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    Early Howard Dove Engraved SAA

    Does anyone have knowledge of a Colt SAA that was factory engraved by Master Engraver Howard Dove that was done/shipped earlier than the one I am posting. SN 99238SA






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    I don't know, but I love the minimal class A engraving. Some times wide open spaces makes you appreciate the engraving more rather than being overwhelmed by it. Like that Townes Van Zant song that goes, "There ain't no dark 'till something shines...". I can only recall two Colts, both Sheriffs Models, that I've seen in books engraved by him. One a Texas themed one in the Doc O'Meara SAA book. Uh hmm. You know, a left hander should really own that gun.

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    Beautiful revolver and engraving! Not gaudy or overly done. This one is pure class!
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    Matt, Maybe the Lawman theme Sheriff Model is the one I own. Doc did include it in one of his book.




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    Very nice Terry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saintclair View Post
    Matt, Maybe the Lawman theme Sheriff Model is the one I own. Doc did include it in one of his book.



    Yeah, that's it. It's even prettier close up. This is a good contrast with the other one comparing the same engraver with different coverage.
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    Did the caliber mark originally say LC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyatt Burp View Post
    I don't know, but I love the minimal class A engraving. Some times wide open spaces makes you appreciate the engraving more rather than being overwhelmed by it. Like that Townes Van Zant song that goes, "There ain't no dark 'till something shines...". I can only recall two Colts, both Sheriffs Models, that I've seen in books engraved by him. One a Texas themed one in the Doc O'Meara SAA book. Uh hmm. You know, a left hander should really own that gun.
    I agree with this. I like engraved Colts as much as the next guy but I don't like full coverage engraving, gold bands or inlays in most cases. My dream gun would be either A or B engraved and finished in antique nickel rather than high polish. With plain ivory stocks too. Saintclair's gun is a beauty.
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    Agree that minimal coverage (A) is, to me, the best type of engraving on any firearm...as it doesn't take away from the manufactured form and lines of the implement it adorns.

    ...just my 2 cents.



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    The 1979 .44 has mellow case colors. Early 80s guns often had that, too. I wonder if this gun had a more Turnbull type fiery case coloring if it would actually be a negative hiding or distracting from the frame engraving. The toned down colors might be better for engraved guns. Sure works that way on this one.
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