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I can't undestand why people shed family treasures? This beloned to a man's Father and it ended up in my friends estate sale. I would place the time frame in the20s 0r 30s? The pistols serial number matches the number on the holster, strange?
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WOW! I live in Pittsburgh too. I know a lot of people who would love to get their hands on that collection.
 

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Yeah, like my 3 local neighbors ( all LEOS) + me too. I had 2 Uncles.. were ..Cycle Cops.
 
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The Black Hard Rubber Stocks were discontinued around 1925 if memory serve, so, if the Stocks are original to the Revolver, it'd be mid 1920s or earlier some ways, but no older than say 1913 anyway.

Serial Number will be found inside the Crane Knuckle area, stamped on both the Crane itself and on the Frame there.

You can look the Serial Number up on 'Proofhouse' -


"Police Positive Special" ( being a different series than the 'Police Positive' )


Serial Number Data
 

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I don't understand why people sell their family treasures. I guess it's good in one case it ended up in a good collectors hands. I personally collect police pistols when I run into them and man that is nice with all it came with. I would clean the gun and make a nice shadow box with all it came with and hang it on my wall. Check e bay for a nice old patch to place it in with that collection. The patch should have a cheese cloth backing no plastic and may have been made out of felt. Look around I'm sure you can come up with one. If you can't drop me a pm I will see what I can dig up from my collection for you.
 
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Is the pistol marked ppd or the department name?
 
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while it is sad to see family treasures leave the possession of the family it is nice when they find their way into the hands of someone who will appreciate them for what they are. We live in a disposable society where sentiment is replaced by greed and things of age are sneered at in favor of the latest and greatest colored plastic wampum. Those of us lucky enough to see quality and beauty in the things discarded by others are indeed blessed
 

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If it is chambered in 32 Colt( ammunition box label); wouldn't that make it built prior to 1915 or so?
 
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In the case where families will sell such "Treasures" it is all a case of how you look at the items.With us it is family history of a person who served and protected and we appreciate the revolver that he/she used as a work of art and to be cherished and preserved.With alot of people they look at the "Gun" as something evil to be hated and gotten rid of for as much money as possible. If people feel that way it is all the better so this way the collection will go to a person who will treat it with the reverence and respect that they deserve.I was so happy to get my instructors Off Duty and BUG from his estate when he passed.Because of severe frame pitting it was returned to Colt, refinished,and brought back to factory specs.The Royal Bluing failed after 2 years,and it was Ionbonded,I replaced the grips to original with a Tyler T Grip and it lives on my hip as my primary carry gun in tribute to him......Mike
 

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It is hard to understand sometimes. I have an .38 Official Police manufactured in 1921 if I recall correctly, handed down from my uncle who was an FBI agent many moons ago. (When an Official Police was standard issue to the FBI)!! Haha Anyway I wouldn't part with it for anything. But I wonder down the line in years to come...who will carry on and look after it and appreciate it the way I do when Im gone?
 
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