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Lot 1147: L. D. Nimschke Engraved Nickle & Gold Colt Single Action Army

Spectacular L. D. Nimschke New York Master Engraved Nickel and Gold Plated Colt Black Powder Single Action Army Revolver

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1147: L. D. Nimschke Engraved Nickle & Gold Colt Single Action Army

Spectacular L. D. Nimschke New York Master Engraved Nickel and Gold Plated Colt Black Powder Single Action Army Revolver

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Estimated Price: $55,000 - $85,000
Price Realized:

Spectacular L. D. Nimschke New York Master Engraved Nickel and Gold Plated Colt Black Powder Single Action Army Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 Long Colt
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: nickel/gold
Grip: antique ivory
Stock:
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 139
Class: Antique
Description:

The revolver features beautiful period New York floral scroll engraving on a punch dot background accented with cross hatching, star burst, double line and fan motifs. The elaborate engraving pattern on this Colt Single Action Army revolver strongly resembles the style and quality of the "New York" engraving executed by the 19th century's best known Master Engraver Louis D. Nimschke for Hartley & Graham and other New York City Colt retailers. Two very similar engraved examples wearing the same style of grips, including one close in serial number, attributed to the work of L. D. Nimschke are pictured on pages 186 and 187 of "The Book of Colt Engraving" by R. L. Wilson. The top of the barrel is marked with the one-line "-COLT'S PT. F. A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A.-" address surrounded by an engraved, double-line, panel with a flourish at one end and scallop and punch-dot accents. The left of the frame is marked with the two-line patent date markings. "45 CAL." marked on the left of the trigger guard. The ejector has a "bullseye" head, the cylinder has the small rectangular stops, and the hammer has elongated, bordered knurling on the spur. Matching serial number "23641" on the frame, trigger guard, back strap and barrel (hidden under the ejector housing). Partial non-matching serial number "3541" marked on the cylinder, likely a factory error with the "5" in place of what should be a "6". Assembly number "2455" marked on the loading gate. Detailed examples of Nimschke's engraving patterns can be found in the book "L.D. Nimschke Firearms Engraver" by R.L. Wilson.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine. Retains 97% nickel plated finish on frame, barrel, and trigger guard assembly with a few small patches of light pitting. Retains strong traces of the retailer applied gold plated finish on the ejector housing, cylinder, and hammer, strongest on the flutes of the cylinder and in protected areas. Half of the nitre blue finish remains on the trigger, and most of the screws retain nearly all their attractive nitre blue finish. The very high quality New York engraving is crisp and deep. The serial numbers and factory markings are sharp. Grip is slightly undersized, very fine with defined edges, some scattered minor nicks, and highly attractive grains. Mechanically functions perfectly, and the action is crisp. This is an exceptional example of a rare, L. D. Nimschke New York Master Engraved, gold and nickel plated black powder Colt Single Action Army revolver!



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