Originally Posted by Buffalochip
I took the liberty of loading one of your earlier pics into Photoshop and messing with the contrast and brightness a bit. If that receiver and loading lever aren't casehardened, than I don't know what is. The hammer even seems to have some coloring. As you pointed out, the remainder of the gun metal is uniform in color and doesn't exhibit mottling due to age. I think some pics, taken outside without a flash and out of direct sunlight is all that is needed to conclude if it is casehardened or not. Now if that casehardening is original...
Buffalo, I just found out more news. Seems CODY is not as accurate as some people bet their life on.
I also may have given them the wrong model # of 1892 instead of 1894. Anyway there can be at times some addendum's or special order suffix lines on the original documents that CODY workers neglect, miss or confuse to correct serial #'s when printing letters. I will in the near future get you those outdoor photos AND will be demanding CODY perform another lettering for free. Will update soon. Thank you for your expertise.