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Old 09-26-2021, 09:38 PM
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I suggest a 1964 date as well..... Most boxes from that era appear to be the blue two-piece box with a solid border on the top, "Smith & Wesson Inc. Springfield Mass", with the date April 15, 1955 inside the lid. (I can 'bracket' your serial number with the blue boxes.) The gold picture boxes seem to have been phased out around 1953/1954, in favor of the blue boxes. I have also seen a few 'charcoal' colored ones appear, but not many.
Now, for what it is worth, S&W seems to have never thrown out anything, so it is possible that some old gold boxes may have shipped later as mentioned above - just I have not seen one.
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