Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 115: Horacio Acevedo Embellished Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Spectacular, Documented Cased Horacio Acevedo Relief Chiseled, Engraved, and Gold Inlaid Exhibition Quality Post-War Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Magnificent Sterling Silver Tiffany Style Grip

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $25,000 - $50,000

Spectacular, Documented Cased Horacio Acevedo Relief Chiseled, Engraved, and Gold Inlaid Exhibition Quality Post-War Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Magnificent Sterling Silver Tiffany Style Grip

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 357 magnum
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: sterling silver
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 116
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured in 1968 and subsequently highly embellished by Horacio Acevedo. Throughout the years Acevedo worked for multiple firms including for Colt through special commission projects and owning his own family operated business. This "extremely elaborate example of metal worker's art" is pictured and identified in R.L. Wilson's "The Book of Colt Firearms" on page 277 and "The Colt Engraving Book Volume II" on pages 706 and 707" and on the covers of the December 1971 issue of "Guns" and the July 1972 issue of "Gun World." Included is a copy of a letter from R.L. Wilson indicating the revolver was to be showcased in "the Colt Engraving Book." According to Wilson, "Grips and engraving by Horacio Acevedo, and the complete project was produced by Thomas Haas. The Tiffany revolver is recognized as one of the finest achievements of Acevedo, a versatile craftsman of considerable talent and experience. Reportedly 1200 hours were devoted to creating this distinctive revolver" (see "The Colt Engraving Book Vol. II" page 706). By far the most stunning feature is the Tiffany style grip. Made of solid silver and featuring "over ten ounces of nearly pure gold," the grip is simply a marvel of post-war firearms artistry. The grip is decorated with gold overlays of a Native American on horseback on the left side and a U.S. cavalry officer riding a rearing horse on the right side, and a three dimensional buttcap depicting a gold eagle clutching an enameled Federal shield. At the top of the grip is a relief Statue of Liberty. The remainder of the revolver is highly decorated with elaborate chiseled floral scrollwork in gold along with magnificent chiseled Western themed panels adorning the barrel, cylinder, recoil shield and loading gate. These panels include wolves chasing cattle and a Native American stalking a wagon train on the barrel, Native American scenes on the recoil shield and loading gate, and various Western frontier animals on the cylinder flats. Ahead of the flush gold Colt Hartford barrel address is a relief gold eagle. According to Wilson, Acevedo used three quarters of a pound of 24 karat gold for the inlays. Comes with an older leather bound case that is refitted with gold tooled leather and rose velvet lining. Provenance: R.Q. Sutherland, J.B. Solley III and Enrique Guerra collections

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine overall as elaborately embellished by renowned Master Engraver Horacio Acevedo. 99% plus of the blue finish remains with limited handling marks and slight traces of a cylinder drag line. 99.9% of the extraordinary gold work remains. The silver grip has a highly attractive untouched appearance. Mechanically excellent. The case is fine with minor wear to the exterior and some typical high spot wear and staining on the lining. A phenomenal piece of firearms artistry at the last half of the 20th century. Acevedo's masterpiece will make a grand statement in any Colt, collector firearms or private/public museum art collection. A truly extraordinary work of art!



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