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Colt, one of a pair of Single-Action Army Revolvers
Colt Industries, Leonard Francolini, and Tiffany & Co.
In the 1860s Tiffany & Co. served as firearms agents for Colt and Henry Deringer. From the 1890s through circa 1916 firearms manufactured by Winchester, Smith & Wesson, and Colt were exquisitely decorated by Tiffany & Co. In 1985 Tiffany & Co. returned to firearms decoration, though on an extremely exclusive basis, with the commission of a pair of revolvers-of which this is one-by George A. Strichman. So exceptional was the commission that it is credited with re-starting Tiffany & Co.'s firearms decoration practice.
This is one of a set of exceptional gold and silver-inlaid Colt Single-Action Army revolvers that combined the talents of Tiffany & Co. and a leading American master engraver. The gold and silver inlaying and engraving were executed by Leonard Francolini, and the silver and design were provided by Tiffany & Co.'s superb designers Paul Epifanio and Larry Wojick. The design features numerous unique elements, including: rampant gold seahorses, a variation of the famous Colt logo, shell motifs, and silver-inlaid dolphins. The grips are of cast-and-chased sterling silver and vermeil depicting George A. Strichman's yacht, the Peacemaker. A third revolver of the set was featured in Christie's benefit auction in 1985 and is in the arms and armor collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Master engraver Leonard Francolini's work has been published in specialized books and journals. Mr. Francolini worked for the Colt Custom Shop from 1972 to 1980. Since 1980 he has worked as a freelance master engraver.
Colt, pair of Single-Action Army Revolvers
Colt Industries, Alvin A. White, and Tiffany and Co.
American, late 20th century
A masterpiece of exhaustive detail and meticulous craftsmanship, this matched pair of Colt Single-Action Army revolvers was decorated on order of George Strichman by Alvin A. White. The design was created and executed by White, while the cast grips, based on "Tiffany" grips of the later 19th century, were designed by Joel Meinsner & Co. The decoration includes motifs based on Western art, including portraits of Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill Cody derived from period photographs. The remaining motifs were based on art by George Catlin, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington, and others.