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#593449 03/06/21 09:26 AM
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This document has been revised, and hopefully improved.
The terminology came from Dr. Gaddy, and the contributions of Steve Culver are most appreciated, even if he doesn't like 'scrolls' wink
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zMmG-80ZUWwiLDbjBNk-wiOdDxKrhQL6jMNs5L2XVfc/edit

I've added several images that should help. An "American Flag" barrel clearly showing 2 wavy 'zipper' rod to rod welds between 2 straight ribband edge welds (down the middle of a smaller scroll) = 3 Iron

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Thanks for your work on this, Drew and others.
I'm not confident I can "twist my head" around this topic. Is this one 3 iron Oxford, "London best"?

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That is a tough read JB.
I think it is English 3 Stripe, and the ribband edge welds are as marked. Yes, a U.S. maker would call the pattern "Oxford" or just "Fine" damascus.

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There was no criteria for "London Best" damascus other than the barrels were on a London Best gun, with barrel tubes likely sourced in Belgium.

The Modern Sportsman's Gun and Rifle, John Henry Walsh (Editor of The Field) 1882
http://books.google.com/books?id=OLwUAAAAYAAJ
Quite three-fourths of the tubes used in Birmingham are Belgian make, and nearly all the London trade use them, with this difference, that they use the best quality...


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