I also really like this engraving, the depth and background are extremely well done IMHO!For those that admire fine engraving and haven't seen this gun it is worth a look at the enlarged photos I think. Discounting poorly polished gun the engraving was done on, I really like the engraving pattern and the majority of the gold inlay work on this blue and case gun.
Take a look at the detailed photos on GI for a better reference. We've already talked about the gun. For those that know somethin of high-level engraving, let's talk about the engraving. Not to everyone's taste but I really like the depth of the relief cuts and shading because of it. The engraver made a minimal amount of coverage go a long way. The more I look at the engraving the more I like it. I'd also guess it is Persinger's ivory.
COLT, Engraved, Inlayed, Cased by R.P. Nott, Colt Master Engraver, .38 WCF 4 3/4”, c1906 for sale (gunsinternational.com)
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