What are the chances that a Colt Lightning shipped in 1878 had factory Ivory?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerFanner View Post
    What about two piece? I would imagine not factory.
    It's harder to say with any certainly about two-piece ivory or pearl. Again, during the first 21 years of production, 2% of this Colt model had factory Ivory. During the same time period 4% were fitted with pearl grips at the factory.

    I have seen some very high quality and perfectly-fitted two piece pearl and ivory grips on these guns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by victorio1sw View Post
    It's harder to say with any certainly about two-piece ivory or pearl. Again, during the first 21 years of production, 2% of this Colt model had factory Ivory. During the same time period 4% were fitted with pearl grips at the factory.

    I have seen some very high quality and perfectly-fitted two piece pearl and ivory grips on these guns.
    It seems that Pearl was more expensive than Ivory
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    Here is one of the very first ivory gripped 1877's shipped from the factory. Letters with ivory which are one piece and confirmed by Paul at Colt Historical that it was in the first known shipment of 6 with ivory grips on March 15, 1877.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    It seems that Pearl was more expensive than Ivory
    They certainly were! At one time, for a Colt SAA ivory was $3 and pearl was $10.

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    Sal , that 1877 has it all , and probably one of the most interesting of all destinations to boot ..


 
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