James Smyth

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Daryl Hallquist 59
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Re: James Smyth

Post by Daryl Hallquist 59 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:30 pm

David, you made me more curious. I just ordered a uV torch on ebay. Hope it works.

Daryl Hallquist 59
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Re: James Smyth

Post by Daryl Hallquist 59 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:41 pm

Well, the UV torch [light] came today, and it doesn't seem to be much help. I'll keep trying, though.

John 39
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Re: James Smyth

Post by John 39 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:10 am

Looking at this gun again, the crossed sceptres with BPC mark was, when accompanied by the crossed sceptres V mark, definitive Birmingham proof for the period up to 1904. I am sure the gun was made by William Ansell following an order prompted by C A Ansell in South Africa. 67 is the serial number, William was not trying to boast about how many guns he made so his number probably started at 1 !

Daryl Hallquist 59
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Re: James Smyth

Post by Daryl Hallquist 59 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:24 pm

John, thanks. Looking at the proofmarks, there are no post 1875 Bore or Muzzle notes and no Not for Ball marks. I cannot clearly read the Crown/BP mark. It could, then, fall into the 1855-1868 period, or more likely the 1868-1875 period. Your thought on who made the gun and who ordered it makes a lot of sense.

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