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The Fake A-3 Twenty-bore
Posted by Tom Archer on June 21, 2020, 11:33 am
Members subscribing to the Double Gun Journal will recall the just completed 3-part series depicting one of the two factory documented A-3 20-bores and its discovery. Readers will also recall my discussing the fake A-3 in Part III of "The Quest" and my noting that the pix I had of that gun weren't magazine quality and thus could not be published; but thanks to Cheryl Stubbendieck I'm now able to post comparative engraving pics here so that folks can see for themselves. In this case I've chosen the right side lock plate to illustrate the differences between the quality of the Kraus engraved plate and the fake upgrade. There are huge differences in the execution of the scrolls, but the anatomical differences in the pointer depictions is striking; especially the front legs, muzzle, and ears. As I was told the fake, represented as the restored original, sold for more than $100K it is extremely important that all Smith collectors learn how to recognize original quality and factory details from upgrades. By the way, the original A-3 20-bore two barrel set this fake is supposed to represent, has been discovered. It was engraved by Kraus also, was done in the same style, and both have the name "L.C. Smith" featured in gold inlay on each lock plate.