Re: Smiths with matching serial numbers
Posted by Jim Stubbendieck on February 15, 2012, 4:14 pm, in reply to "Re: Smiths with matching serial numbers"
Ocassionally, I see two shotguns with the same serial number in the ledgers. Usually, a lower grade, such as Field or Ideal, is written on the ledger line and a higher grade is written in a much smaller script above the Field or Ideal. The higher grade will have a later finish date. Do you suppose that they forgot (or didn't record) that a serial number was assigned to a higher grade already in production and stamped the same number on the frame on a shotgun that took only a short time to produce? Then, when the higher grade was completed and they went to record it in the ledgers, they found that the line for the serial number was already filled in forcing them to write the entry for the higher grade above the line.