Lot 26: Cased and Engraved Klay Colt 1851 Navy Revolver

Amoskeag Auction Co

November 17, 2012
Manchester, NH, US

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Description: serial #24920, .36 cal., 7 1/2" octagon barrel with a mint bore. This spectacular revolver is masterfully engraved in the Gustave Young style featuring such familiar motifs as the wolf's head hammer along with a dog's head within scroll on left side of barrel lug and a fouled anchor on right side of barrel lug. The quality of the engraving, polish and finish is truly fabulous and the bottom of the frame is marked with the stylized letter "k" which adorns all Klay Colts. The barrel and cylinder retain 98% original charcoal blue finish with loss just due to a couple of small flakes on the barrel. The frame, hammer and loading lever all retain 100% vivid color case-hardened finish. The gripstraps retain 100% of their original silver plated finish which is taking on a lovely mellow tarnish. The fancy burl walnut grips retain 99% of their glossy varnish. The revolver comes cased in a mahogany case that is a perfect replica of the original Colt cases right down to the scribe marks around the hinges and the fire blued hinge and lock screws. The accessories are perfect replicas including copper '51 Navy flask with sloped charger, two cavity brass mould, two packages of skin cartridges, blued combination tool, a tin of Eley caps as well as the brass case key and some moulded projectiles. The engraver Andrew Bourbon was one of only three people ever to apprentice under Alvin White and he worked for White's company "American Master Engravers" when he engraved this revolver. The only other two people to apprentice under White were Daniel Cullity, a modern master engraver and gunsmith and Alvin White's daughter Nancy. The revolver is accompanied by the original order sheets for this revolver along with the original invoice and correspondence between the buyer and Frank Klay. These Klay Colts are of the finest quality, rivaling the originals they celebrate. Volume II of Colt Engraving shows three 1851 Klay Colt Navy revolvers, two of which were engraved by Bourbon and the other by Cullity. A rare opportunity to acquire one of these rare and exceptionally fine Klay Colt Navies. Investment quality. (15560-10) {ANTIQUE}
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