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Re: Real or repro
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 15 August 2014, at 5:52 p.m., in response to Real or repro, posted by Bill on Friday, 15 August 2014, at 4:40 p.m.
I could go either way - it's one of those things I'd really have to see in my hands, to roll around in the light, etc.
But, if I HAD to make a choice, I'd say it's a fake, based on the quality of the inletting (though I've seen much worse), the cartouche (a little too elliptical), and the rear end of the band spring cut, which is sharply squared on an original. Now they are routed, and come out rounded (you tip for the day). FWIW, I don't see any cleanout hole in the TG mortise.
Plus, the guy's cocky attitude is a bit of a turn-off. But, it is getting up into serious money, so someone likes it! If I needed it, I might be tempted, but I don't, so I won't (AND, I don't poach!)
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