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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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Were there any other patent dates? An "Oct. 15, 1926" date was added and since the Army Special wasn't renamed the O.P. until '28, it seems likely it should have the later patent date. (Unless it's a *really* early example. Does this gun happen to have a SN in the 54x,xxx range?)

I believe the barrel patent markings were retained 'til a couple of years after the war. The WWII Commando versions of the O.P. were usually found so marked.

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