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Re: Model 88 unit marks on stock
Posted by John S. on Tuesday, 3 February 2015, at 2:53 p.m., in response to Re: Model 88 unit marks on stock, posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 3 February 2015, at 11:17 a.m.
The number/letter/number format was that used by the Army to identify other equipment issued to an individual soldier, with the letter indicating the Company (Battery or Troop if Artillery or Cavalry instead of Infantry) and one number indicating the Regiment and the other number indicating the solider within that company and regiment.
However, regulations strictly prohibited marking arms in any way. But, as always, sometimes regulations were ignored and guns were marked in this format anyway, or in some locally devised format. (Several cavalry used arms are known with only the regiment and company marked.)
States were less inhibited about marking arms, and sometimes included an abbreviation for the state in the markings. (Georgia examples come to mind.)
New York state seemed to have been especially enthusiastic about marking trapdoors with regimental marks. Unlike most states which used individual hand stamps which are not very well aligned, New York seems to have used specially made stamps, often with large numbers (up to maybe 1" to 1.5" high) instead of the usual 3/8" or less hand stamps.
Off the top of my head, I seem to recall New York (or thought to be New York) marks for the 9th, 13th, 65th and 71st. In most cases these are thought to be regiments, but New York also had "Separate Battalions" with their own numbers, often three digits, and anything with "SEP CO" is almost certainly a New York state marking.
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