I'm not sure what's going on with the finish. It IS blued and not the stoving that the British used. Not sure its history prior to 1992 when my dad bought it.Farmer-Ted said:Has it been refinished? Looks polished and blued, should be painted. The date on the side is electro penciled/engraved so should be bare metal. Do the numbers on everything match? If matching original $500-ish, if refinished $350-400.