That quote was from one of earlier posts above; maybe by David Williams, who posted later and said he did not have a photo only a recollection? So until we have documented proof that Kraus placed his initials under the opening lever; tales of such are nothing more than rumor and intended to fake upgrades as original high grade guns. Until such time we have proof I choose to believe Ken Sweet, Kraus's personal friend, who told me directly that Kraus never signed Smith guns. And by the way, Kraus was a master engraver who was not only a gifted and talented engraver, but also a creative artist. I believe Kraus would have come up with a very creative way to hide his signature "mark" if he had elected to sign his work. Master engraver Charles Jerred apprenticed under his close friend Albert Kraus; Jerred never signed the Smith guns he engraved for Hunter, nor any Smith guns he engraved after the gunworks closed; but he did "sign" some Ruger pistols he engraved in the early 60's. He did so by incorporating, and concealing his initials "CHJ" into the scrolls he cut. Kraus would have been just as creative.
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