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Re: Fake Cartouches

Posted by John (S) on Wednesday, 25 December 2013, at 11:38 a.m., in response to Re: Fake Cartouches, posted by Dean Dingler on Wednesday, 25 December 2013, at 10:26 a.m.

The fakers and suppliers of the tools for their crimes have produced stamps for just about anything that ever had any type of cartouche applied. Besides trapdoors, one must be wary of markings on muskets, Krags, M1903s, Garands, M1 Carbines, and even fake marks on WW2 German stuff with Waffenamts and SS runes quite popular. That does not even get into the handguns, where Civil War revolvers, Colt Single Action Armies, and even M1911s have had "enhancements."

Throw in new inlays added to old Kentucky rifles, presentation inscriptions on assorted old guns, and fantasy claims by some sellers or suction houses plus just general parts swapping and "upgrades" and there really is a lot to be afraid of out there.

Moral of the story is, "If you don't know your diamonds, you better know your jeweler." And, look carefully at the gun and see what it tells you, not just what the seller tells you.

Also, handle as many old guns as you can and discuss them with knowledgeable and ethical collectors and ask them to point out potential problem areas.

Last, but not least, get good books and study them, which nowadays also means keeping up with on-line sources such as this wonderful forum that Al Frasca graciously provides. But, remember, just because you see it on the internet does not make it true. Judge your sources carefully.


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