Markings on the New Model Army
What makes a firearm really so interesting for a collector? Especially when several thousand examples of some models are produced and brought onto the market.
Today, amateurs can scarcely comprehend this question. But it makes the collector quite uneasy when a firearm surfaces with an unusual marking.
Factory markings, as prescribed by law, were in any case always interesting to the arms collector. But what is involved with importer markings, country markings, or the marking or stamp which is reversed or ill-applied? Do these factors make a firearm more valuable or even more uncommon?
The markings of the “German” were always painstakingly applied and on the same place. One could count on that. But in the eastern countries the marks rather looked as though they were made with improper hammers or by fellows made too powerful by a 12-pound hammer in the hand to stamp in a number just a few millimeters in size.
We find marks and numbers both struck and engraved. The engraving can come from the hand of a master engraver or be done by a hobbyist with an electric pencil from a hardware store.
He we want to present exclusively the markings on our Santa Barbara revolvers, for to try to show all markings would easily burst the limits of the study. We address here just those markings not depicted already under the Plain Jane rubric or in another way.
Since the European Agreement regulates the arms proof marks of member nations, we need not look for German markings stamped on a Spanish or Belgian New Model Army.
During the production years of the Santa Barbara, the appearance of the stamp used on the underside of its barrel changed, both in overall size and font style. Initial production examples left space just beyond the front sight to accommodate additional markings. Later pieces lack this feature.
The serial number was framed by a "X" stamped fore and aft, probably to prevent later alteration or to make modification difficult
Sensational is the discovery of the serial number 01048 at an American auction house in the year 08/2019. The number was thus awarded twice! A mistake? Is this the turning point of serial numbers from frame to barrel? Thus, these two revolvers have advanced to a unique.
Barrel markings late
Barrel markings early
Barrel markings mid-term
In the years the designations were arranged in different sizes. There are no explansions yet.
Importer – Markings
FWW = Frankonia Waffen Würzburg
left side of the loading lever
Here we have a Frankonia stamp with a"book I" infront of
Another dealer stamp appears on the left side of the frame, a “Hofmann H” in a circle. Helmut Hofmann numbers among the various German forms who imported the Santa Barbara revolver in the 1970’s.
aktual stamp of the Helmut Hofmann company
The hunting and sport arms dealer Hege offered the Santa Barbara for sale. New legal regulations in Germany required dealers there to stamp the imported arms with their individual trademark.
Black Powder Only was previosly intended for Italians, why sporadically now these on the Spanish Revolvers can only be owed to the scare makers.
The bullet points of 1982 can also be found on the handle bottom again. it was not always stamped in the same place. Of course, they are the least notice able on the handler bottom.
The cylinder also has the new firing markings, three rings stacked to theb pyramid.
Stamp after deactivation
Disabled weapons are known from the museum or uniform collector scene.Here is the first Santa Basrbara with French zertificate, whereby the disarmament has been officially confirmed and documented
Which dealer used this stamp on the barrel screw-end?
This import stamp appears on an engraved
two tone revolver
Further puzzles are posed by an N and a 4, each deeply struck on the right side of the grip frame
Unfortunaly our spanish friend are not so cooperative, so many answers remain open. Todocolession is an internet platform where you can find a lot of Santa Barbara. I hope I can quickly delete the phase "not so cooperativ" and fill it with facts.
Here is a 'Made in .....' designation set directly above the loading lever.