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Came across this one on an "Armslist" listing recently and would not have pursued it if not for the etching. It was done fairly crudely but is legible.

I have contacted the Fairmont PD and they are trying to come up with information on Wesley Brooke.

The S/N on this 6" M&P .38 HE is 512761

I did verify through the library in Fairmont that Wesley did indeed work for the PD and passed away sometime in 1953.

There are some strange symbols at the bottom of the etching that I am trying to disifer.......anyone with a clue please feel free to comment.


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If anyone here can correctly decipher those, he must be the lead cryptographer for the CIA...

But good luck.
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If anyone here can correctly decipher those, he must be the lead cryptographer for the CIA...

But good luck.
I am wondering if it is some sort of symbol for a brotherhood or fraternity??
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I know they say, "Buy the gun, not the story." Looks like you got both!

Very nice.
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Based on the serial number I am guessing this was shipped in the mid 1920's
I will eventually send off to Roy for a letter in hopes that it letters to the Fairmont PD.
My guess is that Wesley A. Brooke was presented his service weapon on retirement.

Hoping the Fairmont PD will be able to give me some detailed information on Wesley.
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Here is the information I received from the historian at the Fairmont Library......

Mr. Graham, I found through the Polk City Directory for Fairmont that Mr & Mrs. Wesley A. Brooke (Anna A.) lived at 910 Hawthorne, Fairmont, West Virginia in 1927, then at 820 Field Street, 608 6th Street, and ended at 810 Short Ave.until 1952. His various occupations were listed as police, patrolman, policeman. He served under Chiefs: Lawrence D. Snider 1927, William B. Moran 1929-35, Joseph T. Hodges, James L. Whitecotton (Henry B. Squires as Assistant Chief until 1950), Felix Yanero, and John R. Austin in 1952. In 1952 his wife Anna A. is not listed, and in 1953 his residence 810 Short Avenue is listed as vacant and there are no rural route listings for Brooke.
Our in-house copies of obituaries run from 1982 to present. We have no Brooke records in our genealogy collection (however there are Brooks).

In looking at the wvculture.org vital records research website I typed in the last name Brooke and no date or other information and found the Death Records for Anna (4 Mar 1952) and Wesley (22 Feb 1953) both were buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Lumberport, Harrison Co., WV.

For further information you may want to contact Fairmont State University for access to their microfilm copies of the Fairmont Times and Fairmont West Virginian (now combined) newspapers. Also the Marion County Historical Society may have further information (Marion County Historical Society & Museum).

I hope this is enough information to get you on your way.
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Stab in the dark, Symbol signature of person etching.
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Came across this one on an "Armslist" listing recently and would not have pursued it if not for the etching. It was done fairly crudely but is legible.

I have contacted the Fairmont PD and they are trying to come up with information on Wesley Brooke.

The S/N on this 6" M&P .38 HE is 512761

I did verify through the library in Fairmont that Wesley did indeed work for the PD and passed away sometime in 1953.

There are some strange symbols at the bottom of the etching that I am trying to disifer.......anyone with a clue please feel free to comment.


I have this gun in my database. It shipped March 1927. Must have been previously owned by another forum member.
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Ken,

Actually Jim Goldthwaite ran a ship date request to Roy Jinks on this one a couple weeks back......I was out of town and asked him to put in the request for me.

Unless you had it in your database before that??
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I sent the photos to Ed Cornett, he mentioned that the symbols may be shorthand of some sort. But he said they did not look like Gregg shorthand.

Anyone else know different types of shorthand?
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Could the symbols be part of the IOOF's Lodge markings? Just throwing that out there. I remember going past a IOOF's retirement home years ago and vaguely remember some type of symbols on their sign.

I agree with you on your purchase. Having an old coppers gun is neat. I have a few I carried during my 32+ years and wouldn't sell/trade them for anything.
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