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    Bit the bullet with sweet result

    Well, although I opined that the Custer range Colt, number 4908, was too much money for a mis-match, a little more research and detective work made me pull the trigger. For all you budding collectors, here's a lesson. Sometimes there are factors screaming at you the are ignored. In this case, the mis-matched parts are all period, and the blood pitting extends in matching patterns on the frame and cylinder. But the grips, ah the grips, they tell the best story of all. What I and others thought were oil or burn marks, ignored for decades, and not even mentioned by the seller, turned out to be a pictograph of an Indian village. Changes perspectives, doesn't it?CIMG1840.JPGCIMG1834.JPGCIMG1833.JPGCIMG1829.JPG
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    Beautiful. Congrats on a really great find.

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    Love the gun and grips but having a hard time swallowing the pictograph addition
    I'd have bought the gun just not the grip part of the story.


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    Bit the bullet with sweet result

    What makes you think this a pictograph of an Indian village? (not challenging you just curious)

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    I would have grabbed it in a minute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kahrman View Post
    What makes you think this a pictograph of an Indian village? (not challenging you just curious)
    Ah, same thought most observers had. There is no natural form in nature or random spills or drips that would make a triangle, or the smaller image with the straight shaft and sloped top. I didn't see it until I was loading a photo into the computer, because the contrast revealed the straight angles of the "teepee" and the two curved tops of wiki-ups. Plus, a Sioux chief named White Bull drew several scenes of the battle and his various people, and one of the shapes he uses is identical to the square with the sloped top. Plus, the seller attached no significance to it. He was a dealer, who would have woofed up that feature to help the sale. He never saw it either. A good friend has access to an MSIA system, so we may analyze the black "paint" theses shapes were made with. Probably a mix of charcoal, buffalo fat or grease, maybe even blood. It has a different surface sheen and texture under a microscope than the surrounding wood, and is definitely NOT a modern marker. That's my take, other opinions welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLV View Post
    I would have grabbed it in a minute.
    Thanks Mike, that means a lot, how ya' doin'?

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    That's cool. If you ever analyze the "paint" it would be cool to hear the results. Congrats on awesome gun.
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    That is so cool. Congrats!
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    Very Nice Dave!
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