Posted by Bob Hamilton on June 28, 2020, 2:44 pm
Now that I understand how to actually upload photos (thank you for those instructions, that even I can understand!) I wanted to re-post some pics of my 1893 A-1. I had previously posted some info. on this gun on Trapshooters and Drew had helpfully posted the link here, but now I thought I would take the opportunity to directly post the pictures.
Also, as long as I'm doing this, any opinions on the engraver, maybe Albert Kraus, Theo Glahn or A.E. Spangler? I know some here really know these engravers work well and can probably tell.
I really like the early Smiths, the engraving and overall workmanship is superb. The dogs on the A-1 are not large or gold filled, but the execution is excellent, the expression of the setter reminds me of my very own setter Patch. The convex ribs on the bottom of the frame and the clam shell release just add to the overall style of this A-1. The "Rossen Pattern" 3 iron Oxford barrels with Birmingham Provisional Proof marks are the topper (I know Drew has more knowledge about these barrels and their rarity on Smith guns).