I know this is the TD forum, but this weirdo fits right in with the era. It IS 50/70,
so here goes. If it wasn't for Dick Hosmer's book, I would have been totally lost.
There is almost NO info available on the Type I. I feel lucky to have found an
example, even though it is not as great as Dick's. The dealer I bought it from thought
it only to be a typical Navy RB. Dick's pictures and descriptions helped me immensely.
These Type 1 rifles are not easy to locate because so many went overseas and got used to death (or scrap). Also, the Navy had fostered the "unsafe" rumor. Details:
Nope, not martially marked. Barrel is stamped 69 under wood. Bayonet lug is there, but key has been ground off (will now mount either the Navy or M1855). ESA stamp is
light, but there if you know what to look for. Dealer said there wasn't one. Navy bayonet came with rifle, hilt has number 28 stamped on it. Displays nice on the rifle.
Sgl shdlr cleaning rod. Barrel, block, through bolts, etc., are in the white. Barrel bands
are blue. Markings are sharp, but receiver and trigger guard appear blued. If casehardened in colors, none show. As I said, all markings are crisp and there is no
cold blue odor/streaking. Blue on the tang appears like that on my model 1 1873
Winchester, that old arsenal blue that is almost black. Witness marks are at barrel top
and align perfectly with each other. No rust or pitting. Butt plate is white, typical CW
type. Everything operates nice and the weapon is displayable as is. The bayo makes
it very impressive. Bore good. I only hope I didn't pay too much at $1050 for everything (shipping included) but I really wanted one of these historical Type 1's
and they seem to be hard to find or research.