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The attached photographs depict a 3rd Model Dragoon dating from 1858. Note the apparent significant depth of the barrel markings. Note also the very weak "A" in "SAML" and the missing top part of the first "S" in "ADDRESS". This suggests the die may have been damaged or worn by the time this revolver was manufactured. Are others able to support or refute this hypothesis?
 

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All of these revolvers, which are 12,456 or later are missing the top part of the first "S" in the word "ADDRESS". So, this die break or wear occurred first, prior to 12,456. By 16,782, wear or damage had led to the obliteration of the "A" in "SAML". These observations based on a very small sample size.

I appreciate the prompt response. Please keep the responses coming and perhaps we can pinpoint this (the break in the "A") further.
 
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