Gold-plated Colt Revolver gleams at Greg Martin Firearms and Militaria auction

As we've reported, Greg Martin's auction house held a Fine Collectible Firearms and Militaria Auction last week - January 19, 2011.

Among the many fine examples were an ultra rare cased presentation Model 1902 Luger Semi-Automatic Carbine by DWM; a unique Model 1902 American Eagle Cartridge-Counter Luger; a rare Georg Luger Model 1902 Prototype Pistol; and a scarce Model 1907 .45 calibre Luger, one of fewer than 25 manufactured.

Gold plated colt
Gold plated colt

However, perhaps the most intriguing lot in the sale was a Custom Engraved and Gold-Plated Colt Bisley Single Action Revolver, bearing medium relief Germanic scroll engraved with gold plating, and two-piece elephant ivory grips.  It comes in its mahogany case lined in dusty rose-coloured pool table grade felt. 

The panel on the backstrap is blank for future owner's name or initial. Extraordinarily, the recoil shield at left side of frame depicting Indian with war bonnet profile.

Gold-plated Colt Indian image
Gold-plated Colt Indian image

The quality of engraving is excellent.  It was manufactured in 1898, making it a true antique. In excellent condition, its action is crisp and the bore is fine with just minor frosting at breech end. The case has light scuffs but shows very well.

The piece sold on target at $4,818. It's an excellent example of investment-grade militaria which is very likely to gain in value if it is looked after. For some other examples which are currently available, click here.

 

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