Not really, but I guess that depends on what you mean by matte black. Not flat black, at least. I don't know that your early brakes display what I'd call a factory finish, at least maybe not the final topcoat finish. However, it's damn difficult to tell from a photograph depending on the lighting. They should have a mild shine to them, and be very dark black, not just dark grayish like most black spray paint.Thanks Tantal!
Are the early ones (half moon & zigzag) normally in matte black?
Please take some pics and post them up when you get a chance.I have a bulgarian break with a lower mold number in the same place also chrome lined but stripped of paint. I was gonna take a pic and start a thread asking the same question but never got around to it . It came from a kit i got from copes back when they were $174 i bought 5 or 6. I know of that one but i believe i have another one with the mold numbers on the collar. If i was home id snap a pic of it.