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I've been collecting for 30-40 years now, not all Colts but I thought you guys might like to see some of them. This first one is nickel, one-piece ivory grip and NY style engraving. No.85614. It also special order barrel length (5 inches) I judged this by measuring muzzle diameters over a number of different SAs all which have standard barrel lengths, my example is well within acceptable margins and smaller than some others I've got.
 

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Being a novice student (like, kindergarten level) of engraving, can you please describe what constitutes New York style engraving?
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I guess the simplest answer would be. If the gun letters as factory engraved, fine. If it does not letter, then as we cannot readily identify the engraver, we call it New York style. This is because many of the German immigrant engraver families had settled in New York and were conducting their businesses from there. They worked independently of any firearm manufacturer, although they did do engraving work for them if asked to, but purely as independent firms.
 

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I forgot to add, re: NY style engraving, Many of the engraved guns we see today were commissioned by the large department stores, whether situated in New York, Chicago, St. Louis or farther out West. If a purchaser wanted his new gun to reflect his wealth or position in local society, the store were only too happy to oblige. The specialists they turned to were the New York engraver community.
 
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