I think that may have been my comment. It is based on an analysis of the shipping records. Do you have my article on NM pistols?
Kwill - I saw one posted--in several parts--on another board. It was quite good, but I didn't see the source of the information.
David Albert - I'm attaching some photos of the case, but need to take others when I'm outside in the light. It has a glass top, and that mirrored everything in the room. I can show the interior, the lock and the wood, though. I've had some experience with restoring antique musical instruments, and know that hardware design for cases doesn't seem to change a whole lot over time. I've even got a source for a place that sells hardware that is surplus from the 1920s--left over from a bankrupt company--so it's not hard to make older cases out of new materials. If I had to speculate, though, based upon materials and construction, I'd have to say that this one *might* go back into the '20s,* but is certainly in period for the late '40s to early '60s. I'd be comfortable guesstimating that this case was made in the '50s, or earlier.
[*Cases of similar construction can be identified that were used to hold and display watches and other items in jewelry stores that are from the '20s and '30s -- but it's really hard to tell. Hardware that looks fairly new can either be old and well-stored over the years ... or it can be fairly new. It looks like someone else tried to find marks on this case and failed.]
The medallion was made by Juan Gottuzo, a rather well known craftsman in Argentina. It would be typical for such a medallion to have been stamped in bronze, silver, perhaps silver-plated bronze, and gold. I have found no examples of this in gold. Based upon some small scratches and one "dinged" corner, this one appears to be silver. In the same time period, in the U.S., it was not uncommon for silver medals to be made of "coin silver": literally, melted silver currency, as it was plentiful, sturdy, made to be stamped, and relatively cheap back then.