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Auction Date: April 24, 2015

Lot 1298: Colt - #3 Derringer

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Exceptional K.C. Hunt Signed Master Custom Engraved Colt Third Model Derringer
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,500
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Serial #Colt - #3 Derringer ManufacturerColt Model#3 Derringer
TypePistol Gauge41 RF Catalog Page105
Barrel2 1/2 Inch Round FinishBlue/nickel GripAntique Ivory
Stock ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionManufactured between 1870 and 1912, this Colt Third Model Derringer was custom engraved and signed "K.C. HUNT ENGRAVER" on the muzzle. It features intricately detailed floral scroll patterns with a textured background covering more than three quarters of the surfaces; the only smooth areas are small sections on the sides of the barrels near the muzzle and a small section just behind the trigger. According to R.L. Wilson in STEEL CANVAS: THE ART OF AMERICAN ARMS, Hunt has embellished more firearms for influential figures than any other craftsman alive today. His work is expertly crafted with this example being no exception. The "-COLT-" marking on the top of the barrel, two-line Colt's Pall Mall address present on the left side of the barrel, and "41 CAL" on the left side of the frame have been incorporated into the design to leave them intact. It has a round blade front sight, smooth grips, and the barrel has been finished in blue.

ConditionVery fine as custom embellished. The barrel retains 95% plus of the blue finish while the frame has been left bare after the engraving and has taken on an attractive aged patina. The grip straps under the grips and frame below the barrel retain most of the original nickel plating. The hammer and trigger have faded to a gray patina with some slight pitting. The grips are very fine with a nice variance in texture and tones and only some slight imperfections and light scratches from handling and storage. Mechanically fine with crisp markings and master engraving. Overall, a very attractive piece by one of the finest Master Engravers of our time.
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