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‘38 Buescher AristoTenor, ‘66 Martin Magna Tenor
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Hi folks. Took a risk on a local auction site on a link that seems to have all the hallmarks of a vintage Florida USA link. It has the “T” stamp on the lig, small font facing on the side, “U.S.A.” and “Super” in quotes on the shank, a fair bit of rollover baffle, narrow profile and shank diameter, nickel plating under the gold, and no denim mill marks on the table, but one can never be sure.
The stamps all seem a bit faint despite a fair amount of gold plating still remaining, and there are concentric milling marks on the interior of the shank.
Are there any other defining features that your collective experienced eyes can see that may help verify whether this is the real deal or not?

Thanks in advance!
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Florida link. Has an 8 facing stamp but it looks like it may have been refaced at one point.
 

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Not an Early Babbit ?
 

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I thought the early Babbits had a larger font for the facing stamp and milling marks on the table.
 

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Florida link. Has an 8 facing stamp but it looks like it may have been refaced at one point.
What indicates to you that it has been refaced? Looks to me that the rails, tip, and baffle still have the gold plating intact
 

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Early Babbitts have an 8 that is more squeezed in on the sides. The Florida ones, like this one, have an 8 that is rounder like a snowman :D
 

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Looks like a late Florida USA.
Some of the last ones before the Early Babbitt had a larger font marking but a denim table.
Something about the blanks having been made in the Florida plant and then faced at the Elkhart Indiana plant.
Mr Spivack would be able to tell you for sure.
 
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