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cek
August 16, 2009, 07:06 PM
This is the 3rd gun I am posting (http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=372260) to get more info on.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3535/3828412998_4cde9fdab3.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/ckindel/3828412998)


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2580/3828412496_fde253e208.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/ckindel/3828412496)


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2565/3828413564_242fb4640d.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/ckindel/3828413564)



Previous assessment stated "NRA Exc. or better. Factory refinish (1950). Sound tight. Like new. Especially good case hardening colors.
5.5" bbl.
.44-40 cal
SN 328996


An extremely good looking gun.

Thoughts, comments?

James K
August 16, 2009, 09:01 PM
A beautiful gun. I think it likely it could pass as original.

Jim

cek
August 17, 2009, 12:32 AM
That's a curious comment, Jim. I assume you are implying that there are really good fakes out there that would be hard to distinguish from originals?

Two questions:


How would a professional/seasoned appraiser tell a real from a fake?
If it WERE real, what would it be worth?

PetahW
August 17, 2009, 08:07 AM
[I assume you are implying that there are really good fakes out there that would be hard to distinguish from originals?]

I wouldn't assume that.
I would presume that ANY refinished gun, factory work or not, is deemed to be "non-original", and not necessarily a fake.


[How would a professional/seasoned appraiser tell a real from a fake?]

Through their experience - which cost $$$, both to obtain (as an appraiser) AND to utilize (as a customer in need of an appraisal).



[If it WERE real, what would it be worth?]

It IS "real", just not original (finish), and therfore not worth the same as an identical specimen with original finish.
A factory letter, attesting to the refinish, does help out with value in that respect, though.
A true "fake" is worth even less, some much less.


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RickB
August 21, 2009, 06:01 PM
I have a gun very similar to that, factory refinished to like-new appearance in the '50s. Is the serial number font the same on the trigger guard and frame? Mine had the frame replaced with a new one stamped with the original number. The numbers match, but the fonts are very different. I'm not savvy on serial number ranges, but that must be shortly before production ceased on 1st Generation guns; should it have FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER rollmarked on the left side of the barrel?

cek
August 21, 2009, 07:01 PM
Yes, it has FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER on the LH side of the bbl. See

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2580/3828412496_a3424867a6_o.jpg

The font of both SNs looks the same to me (at least they are not "very different"). See

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2565/3828413564_da01da71b4_o.jpg

for the full res image.

I need to take some more pictures and get better at doing so... ;-)

RickB
August 22, 2009, 02:59 PM
It looks "correct" to me, based on the pics. I thought the serial range put it toward the end of production, but it's actually from 1914; fewer than 30,000 guns were made over the next twenty-six years!