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    Fine Nimschke-Style Engraved Colt Single Action Army Revolver With "Tiffany" Grips Shipped in 1876 and Pictured in "Colt Pistols." Serial no. 23453, .45 caliber, 7 1/2-inch barrel with single line address. Nickel-plated and with beautiful and extensive Nimschke-style scroll engraving. Trigger guard is marked 24353 which is considered a factory error. Fitted with gilt, cast bronze Tiffany-style grips with Civil War scenes to side panels. According to Colt Factory records this gun was shipped October 9, 1876 to Spies, Kissam & Co., New York City. This gun is well known as a rare example of an extravagant design with custom fitted grips. It is described by Wilson on page 185 of "Colt Pistols" as "...rescued from south of the border many years ago and was another example of a Mexican delight." Wilson also states in his description that "Tiffany gripped Single Actions are known to have been marketed by Schuyler, Hartley, and Graham but not even a half dozen have survived to modern times." This therefore prized example was included in the Colt Collectors Association Exhibition in 2003 at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. That important grouping is documented and cataloged in "Colt and Its Collectors"
    by Colt Collectors Association Inc. Page 278 shows serial no. 23453. They note that "Tiffany" grips "...of this type were supplied by several New York dealers, most notably, Schuyler, Hartley & Graham." Sold together with Colt Factory letter, professional appraisals and correspondence with Cody Firearms Museum/Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

    Condition: Fine. The gun retains approximately 90-95% of the period re-nickel. There are minor patches of pitting on the barrel and cylinder. There is also some darkening where the nickel has lifted. Markings are good but are a little weak in some places as is often the case with arms engraved and nickeled by Shuyler, Hartley & Graham. Grips retain less than 5% of the gold plating and the brass and copper have an aged patina appropriate for a revolver produced in 1876. Butt cap screws with tool marks, cap a possible replacement. Action good. Bore slightly rough.

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    June, 2014
    8th Sunday
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