When they were made, all British guns had to be subjected to proof testing (they still are) to ensure that they were fit for Proof Mark Dating. All proof marks on all weapons rifle (and pistol) as well as shot gun for these date codes, freedating-loves.site Gentlemen, I am trying to establish the date range that some British proofs were stamped onto a early 's era Walther Pistol. Can any of you.
Originally, makers' marks were pictograms, but by the beginning of the 17th Century it had become common practice to use the maker's initials. A letter "F" in an oval cartouche was stamped alongside the regular hallmarks, the maker's mark being that of the British importing firm sponsor's mark. Items bearing British Import marks will sometimes have additional marks from the country of origin, sometimes not.