Another forum member and I swapped guns a couple months ago. I ended up with this 38 hammer with the "crown over V" proofs on it. It has a near perfect bore. I assume the "crown over V" is a British proof.
phyllis, Good eyes!! Both proofs were 'double struck.' There is a double 'V' on the frame and a double 'Crown' on the slide. I guess the person who knew how to strike a proper proof mark was on vacation when this one went through the proof house.
London commercial proofs from the 1904-1925 time period. Not unusual to get a "bounce" when applying metal stamps by hand. Does barrel have the Nitro proof (added about 1917) which is an arm with sword over NP.
Near yours is #34448, 35163 and 35450 which have barrels marked "NP" arm over sword "38 8?5 T" "6 130GRS". #34448 was Shipped W R Grace & Co NY, NY 1 of 8 Jan 23, 1914.
Approx 900 pistols ( 3% ) of 38 PHs were shipped to Colt's London Agency, mostly WWI per Doug Sheldon.
Just purchased # 36608 which has crown/V , crown/GP and JJ stamps.