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Re: Stock Finish - Model 1868
Posted by John S. on Monday, 17 October 2016, at 12:40 a.m., in response to Re: Stock Finish - Model 1868, posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 17 October 2016, at 12:08 a.m.
In my experience with totally original stock finish, Most often the color will tend to dark brown or nearly black on an unissued arm that got its original oil coatings when made and then sat mostly unhandled for decades. A key feature is that the stock will show tiny spikes or "raised grain"instead of a smooth piano type finish. A gently use arm will still retain some raised grain on the butt, but the wrist and handling points on the forearm will be worn smooth, and may be darker or lighter than the rest of the stock.
The sharpness of the cartouches is usually a good indicator. If nice and sharp and deep and not on a glossy smooth surface, then it likely had not bee sanded or cleaned. However, some unscrupulous SOBS will fake cartouches with stamps that are readily available (by despicable SOBs) so be cautious.
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