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Posted by Denver Dillard on October 11, 2021, 9:56 pm
Yesterday David Williamson raised a question about an Albert Kraus signature on the Deluxe Grade, #202811, sold at Julia's March, 2014, Auction. I have examined the pictures in the Auction catalog under magnification and strong light. The picture of the tang under the open top latch shows a tiny "A E KRA" engraving. It should be noted that the metal coloration differs in the area incorporating the engraved letters. The original picture digital record was sold to Morphy's when James Julia went out of business. The online Julia Auction pictures have not been well-maintained by Morphy. The description of the gun in Lot 3459 was done by the infamous Parker Team member, Malcolm MacGregor. One possibility is that someone other than Albert Kraus engraved his signature at a later date. The gun is not original in that it now has a beavertail forend rather than the original splinter. I hope this answers Mr. Williamson's question.