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1260
$51,750.00

*EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED FACTORY ENGRAVED WITH GOLD INLAY PRESENTATION COLT OFFICIAL POLICE DA REVOLVER. SN 575888. Cal. 38 Colt. Extraordinary Colt revolver believed to be the only one of its type with gold inlay. It has a 6″ bbl with factory altered integral front site that has a serrated rear edge and platinum square bead inlay on the rear face. It has the standard two line address on top with the model and caliber on the left side. Top strap is grooved for rear sight and it is mounted with checkered Colt gold medallion factory ivory grips. Front & back straps and trigger are nicely hand checkered. This revolver is beautifully engraved by Wilbur Glahn in Class “C” coverage, the highest class of coverage available at that time. The frame has nearly full coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns with Mr. Glahn’s trademark v-shaped device just above the left front web of the trigger guard. The side plate on the left side is inlaid in gold “N.R. WEBSTER / COMM. of POLICE / Los Angeles”. The inscription is surrounded by gold wire inlay incorporated within the arabesque scrolls. There is also a vine and leaf pattern inlaid in gold above the inscription. Right side of the frame is also inlaid in gold in matching arabesque patterns. Trigger and hammer are gold plated. Engraving is fully over the top straps and up the side of the barrels nearly to the muzzle, with gold wire on each side of the barrel address and above & below the caliber marking. Top of the backstrap is engraved with a beautiful flower blossom surround by foliate arabesque patterns & it has feather patterns on each side of the hammer slot. Butt strap and trigger bow are engraved to match. Bottom front of the frame is engraved in a sunburst foliate pattern. Accompanied by its original brown leatherette covered, purple velvet lined casing, recessed in the bottom for the revolver, a twisted wire handled bristle brush, a tiny turn screw and a covered compartment in the left front containing an empty box for Winchester 38 long Colt cartridges. Box has a red label with black lettering & a line drawing of a cartridge. Also accompanied by a large binder of information relating to this revolver, including a Colt Factory letter fully identifying this revolver, as found, in cal. .38 Colt, 6″ bbl, blue finish with ivory stocks, factory engraved w/ the inscription as found, with checkered straps & shipped to W. M. H. Hoegee Co. Los Angeles, CA. February 16, 1931 in a one gun shipment to Colt Factory order #19351. This revolver has been featured in numerous publications incl. pp. 290 & 316 of The Colt Engraving Book, Wilson; pp 472, The Colt Engraving Book, Vol. 1, Wilson; pp 548, The Colt Engraving Book, Vol. 2, Wilson; pp 372, Colt Engraving, Wilson; pp 215, Colt An American Legend, Wilson; pp 215, Colt Heritage, Wilson; pp 84, Colt/ Christie’s Rare and Historic Firearms. Nathaniel Rodney Webster (1878-1943) was the part owner of a meat packing company in Los Angeles and in 1925 became the Commissioner of Police for Los Angeles. In 1928 he was forced to resign over a scandal involving awarding beef contracts for the city to his own company. As of this writing it is not known if, in fact, Mr. Webster was ever tried for this misdemeanor. This revolver is one of the most significant Colt double actions to come to market in recent memory, being the only one of its type. PROVENANCE: Jerry Berger Collection; David S. Woloch Collection; Christie’s Firearms Auction Lot 57, Oct. 7, 1981 CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, remains new & unfired. Overall it retains 99% plus strong original factory blue w/ only faint muzzle & sharp edge wear. Hammer & trigger retain all of their original gold plating. Ejector rod head retains about all of its original case colors, a feature rarely ever found. Grips are sound w/ a few age lines on the bottom edges and retain a wonderful golden mellow patina. Mechanics were not checked, brilliant shiny bore. Case covering is crackled w/ nicks and scratches and retains a dark brown finish with a small scrape in the lid. Interior is original, crisp & bright with minor wear from the sights & hammer spur. Cartridge box is sound w/ faded label that has lightly chipped edges. A truly magnificent & original set suitable for the most discerning collector or museum. 4-38011 JR266 (50,000-70,000)


Auction: Firearms - Spring 2009
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