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I'd say 1950's - 60's as a guess. I have the same #55 listed in my 1974 Shooters Bible, list price in 1974, $23.00, and the 7000 grain capacity reservoir you could buy for it list a $3.00. Same pic as your paper work.
 

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Wow, this is a good one you got for us, Glock-Siggy!

OK, as near as I can tell, and NOT BEING AN EXPERT!, I would hazard a guess to between late 1950s to mid-1960s, for the following reasons:

1. The graphics on the manual is consistent with prevalent artwork of the time.

2. The color of the metal is grey and not the orange we associate with Lyman today. Lyman changed colors (to orange) in 1958 and then again in 1965, then back to orange in 1972 (so far as I can research on the Internet). Unless yours has been repainted, it was made pre-1958 or between 1965-1972.

3. This one-lb (7,000grain) capacity powder dispenser was originally named the "Lyman #55" (and is still known by the same name), and in 1955 Lyman added an extra drum or set knob (marked with a "D" on it) for dispensing black powder in Drams, a practice ended in 1968. Is there such a marking on any of the knobs or on extra knobs that came with the unit? This would date it between 1955-1958.

For a more accurate historical report, you may want to contact Lyman Product Information hotline at 800-225-9626.

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Then I would hazard a GUESS that the D means "drams" which is intended for loading blackpowder, that your powder dispenser was made no later than 1968, and based on the color of the metal, most likely between 1955-1958.

I have also read online how these things will just keep on working and working as long as they are kept clean.

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Glock-Siggy said:
Hodgdon universal. Loaded up 100 rds yesterday for the 30sf...everything went boom. Actually enjoyed the single stage loading more than the pro 1000 that I use for 9&40. Go figure.
Been debating diving into progressives for some years now. Just cant justify it 'coz the trusty RCBS still works fine after all these years....
 
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