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Old November 21, 2017, 04:38 PM   #1
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Springfield 1903 Floor Plate

Hey, I got a 1903 today. Receiver and barrel date to 1930. Scant stock with no markings except a few small stamps forward of the floor plate. The floor plate itself has a crossed key stamp on it. That's not original, is it? Any ideas where it came from? Thanks
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Old November 24, 2017, 12:30 PM   #2
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The only thing I could come up with is the "Crossed Keys of Heaven" which is a Papal symbol.


Other than that, I got nothin.
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Old November 24, 2017, 08:24 PM   #3
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There was a battle of Cross Keys in Virginia, in 1862

Descendant of one of the participants once owned the rifle? Who knows.

Crossed key and sword is an old US Quartermaster's symbol.
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Old November 24, 2017, 09:58 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.

I have been looking around, and found a similar crossed keys symbol is the insignia for the British 2nd Infantry Division.
Is the floor plate from a P17 the same dimension as the one for a 1903?
Maybe somebody had a P17 with that symbol commemorating the 2nd Division and it got switched with one for a 1903. I'm grasping at straws here..
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Old November 25, 2017, 04:53 PM   #5
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Maybe the Brit connection is that it was a Lend-Lease rifle during the second world war for their home guard.
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