The L.C. Smith Collectors Association
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Courtesy of Tom Archer
Edited by board administrator May 11, 2020, 10:08 am
The Skeleton Butt was an option available on virtually all grades of the Smith gun on customer request throughout the lifetime of the gun works. A cost schedule from the Hunter Arms engraving department dated 9/19/41 and prepared by Albert Kraus breaks the engraving cost into two categories; OLD Style and NEW style.
The Old Style listed skeleton butts as available in Grades 1 thru A-4 at a cost of 15 cents for the Grade 1 up to $8 for the A-4 Grade (the A-3 was $3).
The New style covered the Ideal Grade thru the Deluxe Grade with engraving shop costs for the Ideal at 15 cents and the Deluxe at $8. These quotes clearly represent the engraving shop costs only; this was not the price the company charged the customer for this option.