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Re: My 1888 trapdoor serial #525855
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 11 October 2016, at 3:52 p.m., in response to My 1888 trapdoor serial #525855, posted by Vince Knapp on Tuesday, 11 October 2016, at 3:08 p.m.
Interesting subject - if I were 30 instead of approaching 80 - I might want to get into it. Actually I tried to get started a few years back, but the time spent didn't produce much, so I dropped it.
M1888s used by the militia seem to be by far the most fertile ground - a comprehensive study of THEM would likely come close to "satisfying" the market. The SRS data will be of SOME help. What would need to be done is to track down several examples of documented guns and try to establish a pattern. There isn't much to say about SMALL date overlaps, other than noting that some are legitimate and some are not, and then moving on. Each individual specimen has to stand on its' own merits.
Hurdles: (1) is the receiver still in the same stock as when the record copied by SRS was audited? (2) Did different companies of the same regiment mark their weapons according to an EXACT format? The GENERAL format (regiment/company/rack) seems to hold true, but there are examples of stamping, burning, painting, engraving, and combinations of the above - to say nothing of varying sizes and fonts due to different stencils, etc. Then there is location (right butt, left butt, wrist, comb, buttplate, etc.
It's a swamp. I wish you, or anyone else, the best if you wish to tackle it!
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