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I have a Single Action Army from 1994, It is engraved "D" and on the grip frame is stamped "JC" could this be the initials of the engraver and if so who may it be? Colt custom shop, Black powder frame, Nickle plated, engraved "D" with the hammer and front site engraved, fitted with one piece ivory grip with Colt gold emblems. I have done a lot of searching and have not come up with the engravers during this period. any help would be appreciated.
 

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Master Engravers Steve Kamyk and Dennis Kies were both engraving for Colt in the 1990s. John Adams and Denise Thirion also. Tom Freyburger and John Pease are more recent and I am not familiar with their work but have seen guns factory engraved by them. I don't recall an engraver with the initials JC.
Do you have an Achive letter on the gun? An Archive letter will usually name the engraver if it was Master level engraved, but not always. Lesser levels of engraving are usually not named.
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Colt factory archive letter states " Class "D" standard engraving " I guess I will never know. It is a excellent job of engraving so I guess it does not matter who engraved it just that it was done at COLT. It would be hard to duplicate this gun unless you had deep pockets. I have one other engraved SAA, that gun was a huge mistake, from 1883, marked US inspected by DFC, BUT engraved and nickle plated in the 1970's. all number match, what a shame. Purchased at the Las Vegas Antique arms show in 2016. At least I Bought it right paying less then the engraving would cost. Thands to all on the input.
 

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I don't know offhand when Ben Lane was engraving for Colt. The books I have are not clear on that.
Jan Gwinnell was another Colt engraver. I have one by him that was shipped in 1986. JG could be mistaken for JC, I suppose; however, my Jan Gwinnell engraved gun is signed with his full last name under the grips on the left side of the trigger guard at the bottom.
TriggerTripper - I am curious how you know that the grip frame is stamped "JC" if you are not willing to take the grips off. When I get a Colt with factory engraving, the first thing I do is to take the grips off to see if there are any stampings on the trigger guard/back strap (serial numbers and/or engraver's name) and, if the gun has ivory grips, to treat the ivories with mineral oil.

Second generation factory engraved Single Action Army revolvers were almost never signed by the engraver. Exceptions might be some of those engraved by William Mains who used a small "buffalo" figure on his guns. A factory Master engraved 3rd gen Single Action Army will usually, but not always, be signed under the grips and Archive letters on such guns will usually, but not always, name the engraver. Expert and lower level engraved guns will be marked "COLT ENG" on the left side of the trigger guard at the bottom, are not signed and not usually named in an Archive letter.
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I had the grips off years ago but did not photograph the marks that also included the last 4 digits of the serial number. I do treat the grips with mineral oil and keep them wrapped up to eliminate shrinkage. When I got this gun I researched the care of Ivory so as to preserve the beauty of the grips. I would love to have them carved ( steer or eagle ) but would be afraid of sending them off. thanks for the input.
 

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I saw a comment by Ms Carrol (if it is the same person) in 12/18 where she mentioned working for Jim Granger @ www.customfret.com from 2000 to 2018. She might still be working there.

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I tried to reach out to her, no response from from her at this time.
I have had a correspondence with Joice Carrol and she stated that she never engraved for the Colt factor, but had don a number of Colt firearms. I have taken my grips off and the stamp is not JC as I was told when I purchased the gun, it is just "J". back to square one.
 

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The pattern and style identify them as Nimschke engraved. Very nice examples.
I have 50 plus cap guns and many of them have the high quality engraving like your guns. I finely found roll caps (not cheep) for some of my older guns and my 7 year old grandson thinks that's great. He puts on a holster, one of my western hats plus a Red Rider BB gun and he is a cowboy.
 

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Thank you, I was hopeful that I could ID the engraver. I guess not, the Colt letter states "D" engraved and engraver not listed. It is what it is. It still takes a few Pop bottle refunds ($) to acquire an engraved Colt.
 
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