Re: Serial Number
Posted by Tom Archer on August 28, 2021, 9:54 am, in reply to "Serial Number"
I was too lazy to pull my information when making my first speculative post, so let's revisit this production date again. Smith guns equipped with auto-ejectors first began shipping in 1892 and all early ejector guns were recorded under a separate serial number block starting at 500. At that point all auto-ejector guns were consecutively serial numbered from 500 to about 3500 when a new 4 digit serial number block was assigned to auto-ejector guns beginning at number 5000 and ending at 9000. In 1902 a final serial number block for auto-ejector guns was assigned beginning at number 200000 that continued up to about 1919. |
So....according to these auto-ejector serial number blocks, your gun would have shipped in early 1899; and not 1894-95 as I speculated earlier (i.e. gun number 3210 shipped in April, 1899; an A-2 Grade). Now what is interesting with your gun is that, although records show a few Pigeon Grade guns were made and shipped as early as 1893, the Pigeon Grade itself was not cataloged until 1895; but yours could be dated to as early as 1899? It's possible that yours was an early numbered and inventoried frame that wasn't finished and shipped until long after 1899, and it's not uncommon to find such examples in the ledgers; but the only way to know for sure is to order a RESEARCH LETTER. If you do so you can confirm not only the ship date; but also the recorded Grade within the ledger entry, as at this point I'm wondering if your gun was even recorded as a PE Grade given that it's my understanding the earliest recorded examples of the Pigeon Grade gun date to 1893 (and we have documented instances of a gun being stamped one grade on the frame and the ledger entry recording a different grade). Note also that all of these earliest recorded Pigeon Grade guns were manual extractor and not auto-ejector guns, which is why they are recorded in a serial number block for extractor guns; so a very early Pigeon Grade with auto-ejectors is another unusual aspect. Clearly this gun requires more study.