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    Question about J.F. BYWATER Marked Grips

    I picked up a 1929 Official Police with an amazing trigger job. Nothing else special about that gun, but the grips are marked J.F. BYWATER and a logo. It looks more professional than an owner carving his name into the gun. Does anyone know if J. F. Bywater was a gunsmith or someone possibly connected to Colt?

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    The stamp does not appear to be a professional stamp.
    Pros usually have a special stamp made for them.
    This stamp is obviously a hand stamp done with individual letter stamps. Few pros would use this marking method.
    However, considering the time period anything is possible.

    Usually the only marking you see inside Colt factory grips is a hand written serial number in pen or pencil that was used to make sure the fitted grip went back on the correct gun during final assembly.

    My best guess is the stamp was done by an owner.

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    I see a James Frank Bywater in the 1940 US federal census. He shows to have been born in 1914 in north dakota and was employed as a "hired hand" as a farm laborer in Benton Lake, Montana.

    There aren't just a ton of Bywaters in the census and his is the only name that lines up with J.F. Bywater.
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