Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 2438: Documented W.H. Gough Engraved Colt Officer's Model Revolver

Auction Date: December 2, 2017

Rare Factory Documented W.H. Gough Factory Engraved Colt Officer's Model Target Double Action Revolver with Relief Carved Steer Head Pearl Grips and Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $20,000 - $30,000

Rare Factory Documented W.H. Gough Factory Engraved Colt Officer's Model Target Double Action Revolver with Relief Carved Steer Head Pearl Grips and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Officers Model
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 38 LC
Barrel: 6 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: pearl
Stock:
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 268
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

The accompanying factory letter lists this revolver with a 6 inch barrel, blue finish, pearl grips and factory engraved by William Gough. It was shipped to the loan account of Von Lengerke and Antoine, Chicago, Illinois, on December 15, 1933, and was subsequently purchased by Von Lengerke and Antoine on January 24, 1934. At the time the Chicago retailer bought the revolver, the records note that it was engraved by Gough. William Gough's shop was located in Utica, New York, and Colt frequently sent guns to him for engraving and would be sent back to the Colt factory for finishing. Gough's engraving style is very similar to Wilbur Gahn's, and his work is highly prized on today's collector market. The beautiful floral scroll engraving on a punch dot background covers nearly all of the surfaces to include the cylinder latch and matte blued top strap. This type of extensive engraving was usually reserved for the very rich or elite among the top shots in the shooting fraternity. The revolver has standard Colt markings, polished hammer sides and adjustable Patridge blade and notch target sights. The grips are pearl, and the right grip panel has a fine relief carved steer head.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The revolver retains 98% plus original blue finish showing some loss at the muzzle. The grips are also excellent with a slight chip near the bottom (left panel) and a crisp steer head. Mechanically excellent. A high conditioned example of a rare factory documented William Gough engraved Officer's Model target revolver that will be a welcomed addition to any Colt double action revolver collection.



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