Important Gustave Young engraved 1851 Colt Navy, serial #37716, presented by Samuel Colt to Col.…
Important Gustave Young engraved 1851 Colt Navy, serial #37716, presented by Samuel Colt to Col. J. W. Ripley, superintendent of Springfield Armory at time of presentation. This very deluxe engraved 1851 was in close proximity to two other deluxeengraved examples of the 1851 Navy; one presented to the Connecticut Historical Society serial #37697, and #37698 was presented to General Robert E. Lee. Reference The Colt Engraving Book, Vol. 1, page 118 where it is illustrated in full color, and Colt Engraving, where it is also pictured. Also shown in Samuel Colt Presents and many other publications on Colt presentation firearms. The revolver shows the original inscription, “Col. J. W. Ripley, from the inventor.” The pistol issuperbly engraved by the hand of the master himself with extra deluxe and finely cut flowing scrolls, animal heads, Colt’s Patent hand cut in banner on left side of frame, and generally very deluxe and profuse best-quality Young engraving.The barrel of the pistol shows slight polishing in the areas of the number and advanced collector’s feel that it was refinished by Colt or the Springfield Armory in the 19th century. At the time the barrel was refinished the gun was in
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