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Unread 11-12-2018, 11:54 AM   #11
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Dave Wolf in Waco Texas could fix that wrist and also restore the wood appearance inside the SSBP, and the repairs would probably be invisible...
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Also....am I seeing it right that is SIX iron Damascus!! Super cool gun to say the least.
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Yep, six-iron crolle. Good eye Mark!

I had expected to see a DD stamp but couldn't see one.





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My best guess is, we are looking at the final D7 gun. Page 403 in Price & Fjestad’s serilization book.
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Many thanks to each of you thus far for your replies. I hadn’t realized the gun may be able to be adequately repaired in its current condition to be fully functioning. Will certainly learn more once I receive the letter and have someone else take a look at it (barrels etc). As mentioned, aside from the stock and screws it’s in good shape. Pictures don’t do the engraving justice.
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Repairing the original stock may prove to be less expensive than making a new stock befitting that gun.





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From the serial number the gun was manufactured in 1907. The gun is accompanied with what looks to be the original leg o mutton case. The nameplate on the case is labeled ‘T.S. Sharretts.

From a quick search on the Net T. S. Sharretts was appointed U.S. Commissioner to China by Teddy Roosevelt in the Dept of Treasury. There are references to him in decisions surrounding trade and commerce in 1898 and 1902 which would be around the time of the gun’s manufacture. Who knows, he may have hunted with President Roosevelt. Any other thoughts from the historians?

The gun also had a cotton slip on it with a name written in pen ‘C. R. Sharretts’. See photos below.
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A VERY unique gun is nearly all respects, mostly due to the engraving work on the gun.

If restoration is to be undertaken, only the best craftsmen should be considered who will devote the time and attention to detail required for a gun like this.

Unless you are limited by your budget, I would recommend just replacing the stock completely. Though a very good repair would be had from a cosmetic standpoint, if the gun is to be used at all, the structural integrity of the repair long term will always be a concern. New wood properly fitted will eliminate ANY concern.
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Here's an interesting bit:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Monterey_(BM-6)



"The Monterey operating from July 1900 to September 1901 as station ship at Shanghai, voyaging upriver to Nanking from 25 to 31 July 1902 with Special Commissioner T. S. Sharretts on board for a diplomatic mission..."



Also, please consider that the original stock of this gun is at least half of its historical value!
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If you want to replace the stock go ahead, but keep the original stock and have it properly repaired. I think that if one of the craftsman that were mentioned above fixed the stock properly there would be no concern with shooting it with low pressure loads for the next fifty years or more. I know of a of a Boss shotgun that the stock was in four pieces and one of the above fixed it and you can barely see the repair and he has been shooting if for the five years without a hiccup....
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