The Brass was so shiny, it really did glare, especially cause our eyes are naturally drawn to the piece. I had a Brass Navy back in '73. Never shined like that. Maybe plating. Anyway it did stink the scene up a bit. Authenticity? Let me say that they were not dirty enough by half!
I also had a Hopkins and Allen underhammer in .36 cal as well. As a young man, I saw lots of black powder rifles at give away prices. Of course I was intrigued. I could afford that rifle. Believe it or not, Holy Black could be bought at the LGS and not so LGS. Shot as well, and even a mold for the pistol
at the LGS. So I am of the opinion, maybe it didn't completely vanish in the
Endless mountains part of Appalachia.