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Was just browsing my Colt percs...while I like the 3rd gen better than the 2nd (I know...I am an oddball...but my 3rd gens all have richer bluing, more vibrant case colors, and with one exception better fitting) it turns out I own more 2nd than 3rd gens, go figure! Anyway, I noticed my black boxes have the labels inked in with 3 different types of ink. So I started looking online at the boxes. Most prominent online and in my collection is a brown color ink...like a sharpies pen (was that around back in the early 1980s?), then black ink like a sharpies pen, and one I have is inked in blue ball point pen. BUT, upon close examination of my brown inked labels....I am wondering if it actually was black when it was applied and has since faded to brown. This all started because I was wondering if maybe my blue ball point inked box was faked (1860 Army), that got me looking at the others. So...are your gold labels inked in with brown or black sharpies or blue ball point? Do you think the brown is actually a faded black?
As an aside I noticed two different writing styles on the same label on some boxes, with the difference being on the serial number. My theory is that what probably happened is someone wrote out a batch of labels with the model number, caliber, barrel length, and finish, then the final packer in the shipping dept (maybe a different person) wrote in the serial number on the the labels.
 

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My Walker is brown felt tip.
The 1860 Army is brown felt tip and ball point.

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Upon closer inspection (in better light) of the Walker box...everything is written in VERY light ball point with only the "Factory Order" (58) in brown sharpie.
 

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Thanks to all. The shipping dept must have used whatever was available. Thanks a lot guys, appreciate it. Mark Hubbs your black felt tip shows a hint of brown in the photo....I just wonder if ALL of the brown ink marked labels is actually faded black.
 

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Of the eight boxes that were easy to check without emptying the gun safe there were:

Pocket Police was blue ball point;
Baby Dragoon was black sharpie;
Pocket Navy was black ballpoint with red ball point serial number.
1860 Army was Black sharpie
1860 Army was Black ball point
1860 Army was Brown (faded Black?) sharpie
1861 Navy was Brown (faded Black?) sharpie
1st Model Dragoon was Blue ball point.

I'd say they pretty much used what they had on hand.
 
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