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Offline Confederale

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Sort of interesting 'defarbed' 1851.
« on: September 05, 2018, 01:05:17 AM »
G'day folks,
  Bought this piece reasonably cheap ( for AUS ) recently. It's had a very basic 'defarb' job done on it but hasn't been fired much at all. Thing I'm curious about is the choice of marks put back on the  barrel & backstrap -  ' J M Cooper & Co ' on the barrel and ' James B Hume 1852 ' on the backstrap. Most all the original marks/stamps have been removed, apart from part of the Italian Proof marks on the cylinder. Any opinions on the combination of 'Cooper' and "Hume'? My searches have come up with J M Coopers being the maker of a double action variant of the 1851 & James B Hume being Chief Detective for Wells Fargo. Curious or not?
   Cheers, Ian.
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Re: Sort of interesting 'defarbed' 1851.
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2018, 12:30:28 PM »
Definitely curious, yes.
Wondering if someone in the past was trying to pass it off/sell it as an original?
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Re: Sort of interesting 'defarbed' 1851.
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2018, 07:11:28 PM »
Howdy Captain,
                          That was my first thought but there's enough of the original cylinder proof marks left intact so as to make it easy to confirm its origin. Is the frame engraving a 'usual' style/type used on repros do you think?





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Re: Sort of interesting 'defarbed' 1851.
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2018, 04:51:56 PM »
Yes, fairly typical for that style.
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