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That proof mark wouldn't be from a specific gun - but rather from a proof house at a specific period of time.

looks to be a crown over a letter - depending on which letter it is it could be Belgian, Birmingham, UK, a French one, or perhaps a Spanish one.

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I’ve not been able to find this one. Probably English, because of the crown, but otherwise I’m at a loss.
I don't believe it is a proof mark at all as those are stamped into a barrel and this is raised - or at least seems raised.
The mark is stamped, not raised. The image is pretty good for my camera, considering how very small the mark is. This is on a side plate, which was extremely rusty. Looks like it was lost in the dirt for many years. Definitely a crown over the letter D.
 

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The oval seems raised and the "stamped" part seems even with plate. Seems more like a something resembling a wax seal on letter. I still say not a proof mark and given it's on a side plate think it's more likely a manufacture/house label which may be added as opposed to stamped. Maybe look for that?
 

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A better image will get you closer to your answer.

The mark is stamped, not raised. The image is pretty good for my camera, considering how very small the mark is. This is on a side plate, which was extremely rusty. Looks like it was lost in the dirt for many years.




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The only thing I can find with a 'D' is a German one - but it is more a Gothic 'D' than a normal 'D.'

Could it be an 'R' that has lost it's legs? That would put you into Belgian/UK proof marks.

What type of firearm is it on??
 

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The only thing I can find with a 'D' is a German one - but it is more a Gothic 'D' than a normal 'D.'

Could it be an 'R' that has lost it's legs? That would put you into Belgian/UK proof marks.

What type of firearm is it on??
Looks it’s from a muzzle loaded shotgun. I don’t have the whole gun. Just the plate with the hammer and spring. Large dog ear looking hammer for striking a cap.
 

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I agree - percussion cap action. Not certain it is from a shotgun - could be off a rifle just as easily.

Very utilitarian in nature - definitely not Italian, and I doubt from the UK - I'd say Belgium based on sheer numbers, but could be French or German/Austrian
 
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Proof marks are generally stamped on the barrel (either the flat, or somewhere on the chamber area), not a hammer side plate. It looks like a proof mark, but doesn't match up with any that I have in my references.

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