NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT FIRST GEN SAA REVOLVER

 

Spring 2024 Premier Firearms & Militaria Auction

June 7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th, 2024
This auction will feature an outstanding collection of items spanning multiple categories including Modern, Military, Sporting, & Antique firearms & militaria! Below is just a small grouping of select highlights from the massive offering to be featured in this upcoming sale!

 

NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT FIRST GEN SAA REVOLVER

01-24323
Cal. 45 Colt
S# 39487

Bbl. 7 1/2″ w/ Hartford address. This timeless colt revolver features 75% coverage of New York engraving w/ motifs of master engraver L. D. Nimschke. It was common practice for the large New York wholesale houses to send revolvers to the shops of Nimschke & other famous engravers to be ornamented to suit their customer’s tastes. Frame, bbl., grip straps & cyl. have vine type foliate scroll engraving w/ punch dot backgrounds. Full nickel finish. Black powder frame w/ six shot fluted cyl. 2 piece pearl grips w/ raised Mexican eagle & snake on the right panel. Bbl., frame & grip straps have matching numbers

UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: Colt Archive Properties letter listing the following information, “Serial Number: 39487 / Caliber: .45/c / Barrel Length: Not Listed / Finish: Blue / Type of Stocks: Not Listed / Shipped To: J. P. Moores Sons / Address: New York, New York / Date of Shipment: November 3, 1877 / Number of Same Type Guns in Shipment: 25”. Also included is a seven page letter from noted author R. L. Wilson. The letter discusses the strongly stylized embellishments of L. D. Nimschke on this revolver. Mr. Wilson states that the Mexican Eagle & ornamentation on this New York engraved revolver are “a clear indication of the market for which this revolver was intended. The 7 & 1/2″ bbl. & the 45 cal. are also indicative of frontier use whether in Mexico or possibly even the United States”.

STATUS: ANTIQUE

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