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    Wayne County Markekd Detective Special

    I found a Wayne County Detective Special but the individual number that follows Wayne County has been removed. The original serial number has not been touched. I am curious as to how the value is impacted with the police ID number removed. I would guess it dramatically reduces the value but I am curious what everyone here thinks.
    Thanks in advance,
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    It would reduce the value as it obliterated the provenance of it being a law enforcement issue revolver. Without some documentation of its being an LE revolver it's simply a Detective Special with some unknown number ground off. That doesn't affect its ability as a shooter but sure hurts any market value significantly. Even with some provenance its value is impacted negatively.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnidelyWhiplash View Post
    It would reduce the value as it obliterated the provenance of it being a law enforcement issue revolver. Without some documentation of its being an LE revolver it's simply a Detective Special with some unknown number ground off. That doesn't affect its ability as a shooter but sure hurts any market value significantly. Even with some provenance its value is impacted negatively.
    It retains the "Wayne County" but should read "Wayne County 142" or whatever the number would have been. Only the number is missing.
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    They might as well have ground Wayne County off also as to how it affects value.
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    It might look like this.


    Last edited by mentallapse; 07-29-2019 at 08:52 PM.
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    wc ds.PNGThe one I am looking at is engraved on the backstrap, completely different than the one shown in the above post. Note that below the county it appears that an ID number has been removed.
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    Interesting difference.
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    Two different time periods, one pre-war and one post-war so the narking may have changed.
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    Still much better than if the whole marking had been scrubbed. As the letter posted above shows, Wayne County marked its own guns and didn’t have them factory-marked, or a letter could reveal the number. The right collector (like me) would still pay more for the partial Wayne County marked gun than for a plain-Jane DS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absalom View Post
    Still much better than if the whole marking had been scrubbed. As the letter posted above shows, Wayne County marked its own guns and didn’t have them factory-marked, or a letter could reveal the number. The right collector (like me) would still pay more for the partial Wayne County marked gun than for a plain-Jane DS.
    I just picked up #155 yesterday from the same seller for $50 less than #84 I got last week. Interestingly, the serial is lower than on the #84 gun. Also, Wayne County changed it’s marking to look a bit more professional.
    Last edited by WinstonWolfe; 07-30-2019 at 12:24 PM.
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