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    EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND DESIRABLE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1872 'OPEN TOP' REVOLVER.
    Superbly engraved specimen in exceptional condition. Engraving pattern and style are reminiscent of known revolvers in the percussion and early cartridge era executed in the shop of L.D. Nimscehke. Engraving coverage on this revolver is in keeping with the "C" pattern offered on single action revolvers but of a quality level that far exceeds most of those known examples. All physical features are as standard as produced at the factory for this model including the 7½ barrel in .44 rimfire calibre. Cylinder scene is 100 percent. The plating on this revolver appears original but is quite a curiosity. The exterior of all metal components with the exceptions of the cylinder, hammer of ejector housing, are nickel with a silver base. There are a few wear or flaking areas on the revolver that evidence the silver under plating. Nickel coverage is approximately 95%. Essentially, this revolver is in relatively unfired condition and shows no evidence of post production buffing or polishing. Dual-plating processes are known on an assortment of early firearms but remain a curiosity for the most part. Revolver has sharp edges with all factory applied stamping being clearly legible. Revolver, serial number 2327, is pictured in the R.E. Habel book of Fine Colt Firearms published in the 1970's. When pictured this 'Open Top' was fitted with a pair of plain ivory grips. Currently, a vintage pair of magnificent checked "Mexican Eagle with Snake" ivory grips adorn this revolver. Revolver is mechanically sound and may have never been fired. Additionally, this lot is accompanied by an outstanding 'Slim Jim' style holster. This russet brown holster of harness leather is deeply tooled in a floral pattern with decorative edge tooling. Holster is in fabulous condition, untrimmed with 100% of stitching.

    Condition: Silver/nickel finish on revolver is about 95% and in keeping with original period of use. Cylinder, hammer and ejector housing have been re-gold washed since revolver was pictured in Habel book. Fortunately, these components weren't buffed or polished prior to plating and retain their original sharp edges. In reality, the gold plating was a restoration as traces of gold plating were evident on these parts originally. Carved, checkered ivory grips are a pretty good fit to straps. Overall, this is a very scarce and attractive example of one of Colt's most limited production models of a pistol. It would be almost impossible to find a vintage engraved Colt '72 open top in this condition. Overall this is an exceptional and very striking Open Top revolver, and one of the finest known to exist! From The George Jackson Collection.


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    November, 2007
    11th Sunday
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