Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 290: New Orleans Arms Co., Inc. Exhibition Master Engraved Cased Set

Auction Date: December 1, 2017

Extraordinary Documented Exhibition Quality Lynton McKenzie Master Engraved and Gold Inlaid Cased Garniture

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $65,000 - $85,000

A) Engraved Colt Second Generation Single Action Army Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 Long Colt
Barrel: 5 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened/gold
Grip: smooth
Stock:
Item Views: 3126
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 125
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Master engraver Lynton Stuart Munro McKenzie signed this set four times: "LMcK" on the front strap of the derringer at the toe, "LSMMcK" at the toe of the back straps of each revolver, and "LMcK" on the spine of the Bowie knife. Bill Quimby ranked McKenzie among the top two engravers in the world alongside Winston Churchill, "the only American engraver of his class." Included with this "Centennial Set" is an invoice on New Orleans Arms Co., Inc. letterhead dated October 21, 1975, identifying it as a "cased exhibition double Colt single-action set with Bowie knife and No. 3 Colt derringer" and noting that it was illustrated in their engraving booklet which is included. The letter is signed by McKenzie. The "lavish Colt set" is the first example pictured in the booklet and is listed as "our first major American project." The accessories and knife were likely hand crafted by D.E. Henry. The writer is cautious and does not believe he has adequate words to describe the beauty and intricacy of Mr. McKenzie's work. The set is an utter masterpiece. Pictures will do far better than words!

Rating Definition:

Extremely fine as professionally embellished with only faint handling marks. The accessories are all in near mint condition. The case is near mint.



B) Engraved Second Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 Long Colt
Barrel: 5 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened/gold
Grip: smooth
Stock:
Item Views: 3126
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 125
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

See "A".

Rating Definition:

Extremely fine as custom embellished with only slight handling marks.



C) Engraved Colt Third Model Derringer

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: #3 Derringer
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 41 RF
Barrel: 2 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/gold
Grip: smooth
Stock:
Item Views: 3126
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 125
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A".

Rating Definition:

Very fine as custom embellished with only minor handling marks. This is an absolutely beautiful set built around iconic Colt firearms and complete with a full compliment of accessories including a finely crafted custom Bowie knife. The set is true testament to the incredibly quality of work only the best engravers and craftsmen like Lyton McKenzie are capable of.



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