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    Question Opinions on this Colt SAA

    folks - looking for expert opinions - i find this to be with interesting and attractive - but not sure of its value. The gun is all original - one of 15 shipped in 1894 to Simmons Hardware, St. Louis, Mo. Colt .45 SAA with 4-3/4" barrel. Mechanically excellent approx. 15% factory original case colors and blued finish - all matching serials and with Colt Letter. The grips are fairly old ivories - the unique non-factory engraving is by a certified master and is authenticated to the serial number.

    Would this be more appealing with the original rubber grips ? What are the ivories worth ? What is the aprox. value off this as is and with the original vintage black rubber grips ?

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    thanks

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    I'm curious who the "certified master" was that did this gun?
    Bertram Edmonston IV
    FEGA Master Engraver

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    The 1894 date is very desirable to many. The engraving is what it is. The ivory would bring maybe 700-900 due to the aging which is desirable. Its refinished and refinished over pitting. I'd say someone would bite for 3500. If it was not refinished maybe 4500.

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    a fellow named sean mcvicker from california and texas ..

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    I've never heard of this man, nor found him listed as a master by either Colt or FEGA
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    Bertram Edmonston IV
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    Thanks so far - lever action - please give me your opinion about replacing the grips with vintage original hard rubber types and then selling the ivories separately..

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    That's a long way from "certified master" engraving, the 45 Colt marking is particularly poorly done. I think $700 would be top dollar for those grips. I have sold several better sets of aged ivory (more grain, color, and better age checking) recently at auction and that is what I got.

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    Yes, $700 is top dollar for those ivory grips, so they are worth $500 to $700. The revolver is an antique with little original finish in .45 Colt. That is worth about $2,000 to $2,500. independent of any considerations relative to the engraving. I should think $2,500 to maybe be a bit at the high end, so $2,200 to $2,400 is probably a good estimate. This is if it had the original rubber grips. As for the engraving--to me, it detracts from the value, as the engraver was not particularly talented. So, in this particular case, it is whatever the market will bear. Perhaps selling in an auction setting would determine its "true value".

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    I would actually like to see more pictures of the whole Colt.

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