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Old Official Police help

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A neighbor just had me look at an old Official Police from her late husband and I can't seem to exactly identify,,,,need help.
Gun is nickel (possibly re-nickel) Colt Official Police 6" 38Spl. which is fairly clear to see on the side of the barrel. On the top of the barrel it says patent dates Aug. ? 1884 July 4, 1905. Is this a regular Official Police Pre-War or what, the patent dates have me a little thrown?
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I'm not real up on the earlier Colts, (note the qualifier), but at one time Colt marked patent dates on their guns.

I'm not sure just when they stopped, but it was sometime before the war.
I'd guess that this is an early 20's to 30's Official Police.
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