Gene asked a good question, which is not addressed in Houchins'. I believe, whether pre- or post-1913 or Reg or FW frame, that 00, 0, Field and Ideals had a flat rib; higher grade guns with the precious metal inlay had a concave rib
This Skeet Special looks to have a flat rib
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Drew, As far as I know, all SSP ribs were flat but I would never say that is 100% fact!
Barrel Markings as a Means of Determining Originality
Posted by Tom Breeden on March 2, 2019, 1:24 pm, in reply to "More ribs"
In the current LCSCA Journal issue (Spring 2019) there is an article entitled 'Barrel Markings as a Means of Determining Originality'. The article references this post so I thought I would tag it with this entry. In this post you can observe barrel markings that are partially obliterated. In my journal article there is an Eagle grade shown with the same partially obliterated lettering that appears new without shell markings on the standing breech.
Over the years I have noticed that these faded markings appear mostly on grades that have top barrel stampings as opposed to top barrel engravings. This would mean that the lettering anomaly would most likely appear on Eagles and lower grades.
In years past I thought that the faded markings were due to careless polishing before a reblue which would, of course, indicate a non-original gun. My thinking resulted in passing on guns that may have been original.
A closer look at top barrel markings indicates to me that misaligned dies may account for many partially faded legends. In contrast, I cannot recall a partially faded engraved legend but I have observed 'softened' engravings indicative of a reblue.
It is important to sort out what is original and what is not because of the premium prices attached to the former.
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