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This one is a very hard one for me. It was picked up and represented as a refinish. I am starting to question this..
Hi Mark, it's factory engraved in the style used at the time, but I'm fairly certain it's been refinished. In 1912, this would have had a high polish finish and fire blue trigger, thumb safety and mag release. Here's one of my factory engraved Colt 1908 .380s in original condition for comparison:

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Still a nice gun and factory engraved examples in any condition are getting tough to find.

Congrats!

Sam
 

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Hi Mark, it's factory engraved in the style used at the time, but I'm fairly certain it's been refinished. In 1912, this would have had a high polish finish and fire blue trigger, thumb safety and mag release. Here's one of my factory engraved Colt 1908 .380s in original condition for comparison:

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Still a nice gun and factory engraved examples in any condition are getting tough to find.

Congrats!

Sam
Thanks Sam.. I am very happy having this even as a refinished example..
 

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Beautiful COLT to own. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
 
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You may want to get a factory letter and that will certainly let you know. I bought this one knowing it was not factory but really liked the engraving:



The engraving is a classic style, and to my untrained eye looks to be very well executed. Your photos piqued my interest...tell us about the grips, please.
 
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