Interesting that you chose an Army Special to demonstrate the patina effect; I had an Army Special (mfg. 1916) that was as close to 100% condition as any pistol I've ever owned. The (original) bluing was in perfect condition, with no hint of the peeling/freckling/fading/graying, etc. that can be seen on old guns. My M1908 pocket model has just about every kind of fading and discoloring imaginable, and it was made about about the same time (1915). My somewhat earlier M1903 pocket is in much better condition, with more of the finish remaining, and what's left being more nearly "blue" than the grays and browns of the .380. I suspect that the manner in which the guns were cleaned, stored, and otherwise cared for, over the years, is what determines which guns will remain pristine, and which won't.Kev_byf said:I don't know what causes it, but I have seen quite a few older guns with a "patina" color. My 1911 produced Colt Army Special definately is patina. It's sort of a brown color that used to be blue. It's just my guess, but I have a feeling its the decomposition of the blueing over time. Here's a picture of my patina Colt:
You win the cigar !Klingon said:I've always heard that "pleasing plum patina" is just a marketing term for "rust."