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Old October 5, 2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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colt police positive markings

I have a Colt Police Positive that has A. E. B. & T. Co. stamped on the butt. I am sure it is an old security firearm. Can anyone tell me what company this was? The gun is supposed to have been built in the 20's.
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Old October 5, 2012, 06:47 PM   #2
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Here is a verification of the SN ranges for Colt:

As for your question, try posting on the Colt forum under revolvers. A lot of knowledge there. Post the SN with Xs for the last digits such as 325XXX. That will help in identification possibly of the marking if there is a well known contract SN range. Sounds like a neat piece. Pics?
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Old October 6, 2012, 08:13 AM   #3
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That marking COULD (not definitely, but could) stand for American Express Bank & Trust.

AEB&T was chartered in 1930 after Chase National Bank (later Chase Manhattan) obtained most of the shares of the American Express Company.

But, it didn't last long, as Chase and the Equitable consolidated in December 1931...

Be interesting if it could be traced to that company. Very narrow window of operations for it.
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