1875 gold plated saa, factory engraved?
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    1875 gold plated saa, factory engraved?

    I have a gold plated 1875 Colt sr # 15730. Cold has it as records lost, so no help. But in Hempills book, Colts from Texas and the old West, this gun is featured on page 24. I also have a picture that was with the book and pistol when I purchased it. My pistol is also featured in this pic. I have located 5 of the 9 all certified factory engraved. My info is that this pistol sold out of Bill Hellins collection shortly after he died in about 2010 for 125000. BUT it apparently sold in auction a few years ago for 7500? I'm attempting to back door probe its factory engraved. Any ideas. See 3 pictures. Thanks Tom
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    Welcome to the forum. That's a magnificent Colt and the engraving is clearly masterful. The style almost looks too good for 1875! If it's factory it would certainly be a special order and might be listed in other records. Contact Don Jones, the CCA historian and researcher.
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    Welcome to the Colt Forum!

    Can you provide additional pics?
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    Welcome to the Forum! You'll find a wealth of knowledge here.
    That is a spectacular SAA!!

    All I can add is...Dayum...that is a helluva first post!!
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    Here are pictures of an SAA in the 15XXX SN range that I own. A friend of mine engraved it for me.






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    Here is another SAA that I own with similar engraving. I bought it from a collector about 25 years ago. It is silver plated.








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    Beautiful gun. Thanks for posting about it. Do you have more photos? No doubt some outstanding engraving by a master. And it does look to be a very traditional L. D. Nimschke engraving pattern and style. I believe there are folks around who could easily verify that one way or the other. Dave Lanar and John Adams Sr come to mind.
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    After downloading the right side pic and blowing it up, I am not seeing any of the individual cut marks that would have been made by an engraver in that time period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Bowles
    .....The style almost looks too good for 1875!......
    My first impression as well. This bothers me.



    Last edited by Cozmo; 07-17-2019 at 11:48 AM.
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    Well I can see those cuts now, but those would not suggest factory to me.
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