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Old January 2, 2009, 07:52 PM   #2
Jim Watson
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Acier is steel, Surete is secure or security, so it is "secure as steel". Maybe acier comprime is the brand or grade of steel. (My Verney Carron is marked "acier diamante".)

Crown PT means it was proof tested at St Etienne or one of its branch offices, not necessarily made there.
17.1 is the bore diameter in mm, kind of a big 16 gauge.

Choke Rectifie surely has something to do with the choke bore, but I don't know what you do to a choke when you rectify it. Modified choke, maybe?

I expect Canon Tanget and Noveau Monsieur are the maker's trademarks, not that I ever heard of the brand.

Don't know anything about the other markings, they are not in my table of French proof marks.
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