Despite being historically significant, the Francotte has always been a second citizen in the Martini collecting world and have been scattered in the wind and risk being lost forever. Those that have posted theirs on the internet most often leave out one or more of the eight critical data points needed for context and analysis - making the data worthless for comparisons. I'm asking you to take a few moments on this - every new Francotte added is extremely important, regardless of condition.
Please send the following eight data elements to my email address vern.easley @ martinihenry.com (no spaces) - the results will eventually be released in a comprehensive study. I would post example pictures but Photobucket has me between services right now:
- Thumbrest (like a M-H)?
- Long or short nocksform (Long like a M-H I-III or Short like a M-H Mark IV Type A/Witten Martini)?
- Cross pin in Forearm? (like a M-H Mark I or II)
- Cocking Indicator, Weld over CI space, or None?
- Brass, Iron, or Missing butt plate?
- PICTURE of Serial (This is critical - may be found underside of receiver under the lever, on the backside of the lever, or on one of the barrel bands)
- PICTURE of Inscription on the Lever (the dedication to P-M Deva Shumsher - there are several variations)
- PICTURE of right side of the receiver where a cocking indicator would be - the weld is very subtle, a picture helps dispel any questions
Please help get the word out - a good group response will take our collective knowledge and preservation of history a long way forward.