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    It is quite a common mark but your book says it's a mark from the 1600's!!!!!!!

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    I just don't think it's quite the same mark.
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    Definitive proof mark of London proof house under 1954 rules of proof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by green View Post
    1954 rules of proof
    That makes sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikecp View Post
    Sorry Peter I misunderstood the sense, you're right there is something amazing to find such stamp on this kind of pistol, have you seen that before?
    As Peter said, very common mark, I have seen 1911's with both Birmingham and London proof marks in the past, thousands of them must have been through the Proof Houses over the last 70 odd years

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    Quote Originally Posted by green View Post
    Definitive proof mark of London proof house under 1954 rules of proof.
    Just trying to further my education. Does that proof mark mean it's a Lend - Lease 1911 sent back to the United Statesicon? If I remember my readings right, all firearms in Britainicon had to be proof marked for export too. Am I right in assuming that's what it is, or is it an acceptance proof mark?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RazorBurn View Post
    all firearms in Britainicon had to be proof marked for export
    It could have been a bring back or a trader from the war years. Won in a poker game by a soldier...it just ended up there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RazorBurn View Post
    Just trying to further my education. Does that proof mark mean it's a Lend - Lease 1911 sent back to the United Statesicon? If I remember my readings right, all firearms in Britainicon had to be proof marked for export too. Am I right in assuming that's what it is, or is it an acceptance proof mark?
    Possibly, but as said, thousands of 1911's will have been through the
    Proofhouse's in the last 70 odd years, until 1997 they were popular among pistol shooters in the UK and many additional examples that passed through the UK will have been proofed too.

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    The "London Armoury" on the Commercial Rd in East London were building Colt 1911s using surplus parts, they had a running advert in Guns Review advertising them throughout the 1980s.



    These would have all been proofed at the London Proof house which was on the same road.
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