OB - EXCELLENT- all original parts; over 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal; unmarred wood.
PRF - PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED OR RESTORED
Engraved examples of the M1871-72 Revolver are rare; most of the known examples were decorated by Schuyler, Hartley & Graham of New York City. This revolver has Germanic style heavy, bold, scroll engraving on a punch-dot background on the barrel, ejector housing , frame and triggerguard and is fitted with "Tiffany" style cast-bronze grip with a shield and stand-of-flags on the back and relief Civil War battle scenes in ovals on either side. The engraving and grips are nearly identical to those on the L.D. Nimschke engraved M1871-72 Open Top Revolver pictured on page 237 of "The Book of Colt Firearms" by Sutherland & Wilson. The silver plated "Tiffany" grips have a cast eagle on the butt and are identical to those illustrated on pages 237 and 576 of "The Book of Colt Firearms." Removal of the buttcap reveals the number "83" stamped near the retention screw (see photo). Writer likes this number being there and believes it to be correct placement. The seldom encountered and very desirable "Tiffany" style grips appear to be of the period. Overall an attractive model 1871/72 Open Top revolver.
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