Raised WRACo headstamp


Does anybody know the dates the raised W.R.A. Co. headstamps were used on the 44WCF? The earliest date is 1885/1886 but at what point was the raised design discontinued?



I was not aware that there was any information available regarding when these raised WRACo .44 WCF (as well as .44-90 S.S. and 40-60) headstamps were produced, so the 1885/86 beginning date is news to me. Anyone know of any factory records coming to light that address these raised headstamps?


Going by memory…UMC began using raised headstamps on several calibers in 1884, and had gone to impressed headstamps by 1886-1887, so perhaps the Winchester examples fall into the same time frame…