Or would they just tell me it was made in '41 and sent to England? Serial number 830XXX. All matching numbers including grips and no Brit proofs, but was re-imported by Interarms. .38 S&W cal.
No personal significance. It would be nice though having a factory letter that says 'This revolver was carried aboard the Lusitania and presented to the Queen by Horace Smith himself'."Is a letter worth it" is a question that only you can answer. If there is some personal significance to the gun... or a chance it was used by some recognized historical figure... or if you think it will increase the value of the gun... then it might be worth getting one. If not, then it's kind of a crap shoot.
I'm not a letter kind of guy so take that into consideration.
Really nice looking gun, but at the risk of sounding ignorant who is Horace Smith?No personal significance. It would be nice though having a factory letter that says 'This revolver was carried aboard the Lusitania and presented to the Queen by Horace Smith himself'.
Absolom, I agree that in the pictures the hammer and trigger look dark. The light I snapped the pics in is not the best. When I look at the hammer and trigger in natural light the parts appear to be a dark grey case hardened. Darker grey than some of my other weapons with case hardened parts but not a shiney blue. The topstrap has no markings. There is the expected P on the butt on the other side of the lanyard loop. It is hard to see as they filled it with the yellow paint. The 74 rack marking intrigued me. It must have come from a fairly sizable agency with at least 73 more of these.Guy:
I’m conflicted. I enlarged the photos and you’re right that the finish looks good in general and especially the logo on the sideplate appears exceptionally crisp and definitely not buffed.
On the other hand, looking at the trigger in the second and third photo, no way is that just faded case color, it appears solid shiny bluing at least based on these less than ideal photos.
So I wouldn’t put down money either way. I would like to see the gun in decent natural light; the yellowish artificial light does not make it easy. I’d also like to see a close-up of the topstrap.
If it indeed appears to be original and not had either L-L property stampings nor Enfield acceptance stampings, it would definitely be worth a letter. Then it was likely a direct-purchase contract to a third country.
. The topstrap has no markings. There is the expected P on the butt on the other side of the lanyard loop.