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Lot 3503: Gold Plated Savage Model 1917 Pistol with Pearl Grips

Rare Gold Plated Savage Model 1917 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Attractive Pearl Grips and Scarce Factory Box, Factory Letter, and Case

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Lot 3503: Gold Plated Savage Model 1917 Pistol with Pearl Grips

Rare Gold Plated Savage Model 1917 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Attractive Pearl Grips and Scarce Factory Box, Factory Letter, and Case

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500
Price Realized:

Rare Gold Plated Savage Model 1917 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Attractive Pearl Grips and Scarce Factory Box, Factory Letter, and Case

Manufacturer: Savage Arms Corporation
Model: 1917
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 32 ACP
Barrel: 3 3/4 inch round
Finish: gold
Grip: pearl
Stock:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 262
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured in 1920, this is an outstanding and unique example of a Savage Model 1917 pistol. It has the standard two-line address, patent date, and caliber marking on top of the slide. It is fitted with standard blade and notch sights, and a pair of smooth pearl grips. The finish on the pistol is entirely gold plating, including the barrel, trigger, and hammer. The consignor notes that only 12 of these pistols were gold plated. The included factory letter doesn't mention the gold finish but lists shipment to The Hukill Hunter Co. on 7 December 1920. Includes a scarce factory box correctly labeled to the gun and a modern hardwood case. It's not unusual for Savage records to be incomplete on special decoration. From the collection of Bailey Brower, Jr., who believes this to be factory special finish and grips, and included it in his award winning display "The Gold Standard." Provenance: The Bailey Brower, Jr. Collection, author of “Savage Pistols”

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 97% gold plating with some very light edge wear and a few scattered light handling marks. The grips are very fine with a light surface chip/flake near the screw of the right panel, and otherwise only the slightest handling marks. Mechanically excellent. The box is fine with some mild wear and minor corner separation. The case is excellent with only the slightest handling/storage marks.



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