I recently acquired a '0' grade Smith that was a bit dirty but was untracked inside and out and shows no internal wear. I was weary because someone took steel wool to the barrels and side plates to scrape off the evil Damascus and Colors. It otherwise is as new advises my gunsmith. The strange thing is the serial number. It is 3465# Last digit is deleted. I cannot find it anywhere in the continuum of published numbers except way before or slightly after production dates. I am at a loss. Thank you for any input you can give me.
Sorry for my mistake. I rechecked my letters and both show an 1899 shipping date for 3281. You should get a letter, especially if it will be restored. Be insistent that the barrels not be over-polished. Denver