Just going BY prices for 98-100% condition pieces,Nickle versions WILL bring more -- to the "serious collector",looking to round out a collection.
While I agree,somewhat, about the regional preferences,asking prices seem to bear out the Nickle's higher tarrif.
BUT-this is ONLY for TOP END guns!! A nickled gun with 10% of its finish missing,will usually look like hell compared to a 90% blued version. I am talking overall wear here,NOT just one "big zit or stain".
Flayderman has pointed this out numerous times; the blued guns tend to develop a patina on the worn areas that BLENDS in to the remaining finish. The nickled ones have their worn areas stand out like flashing blue lights,at least in my opinion.
Of course,certain models WERE very rare in Nickel,like the New Service,where estimates are 5% ORIGINAL,and that % tended to be in the 1898-1910 period production,so there is a premium.
Finally figured out WHY I am starting to look for "hi end " ORIGINAL Colts & Smiths in nickle!! I miss CHROME on cars!
Yeah,"dumb",I know,but I grew up with cars in the 50's/60's that had REAL "bumpers",emblems etc.-and enjoyed polishing these!
Bud /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif