A cased and engraved presentation Colt Frontier Six Shooter single action Army revolver owned by 19t
Lot 4166ANTIQUEY
A cased and engraved presentation Colt Frontier Six Shooter single action Army revolver owned by 19th century tycoon and mayor of New York W.R. Grace
Sold for US$ 139,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
A cased and engraved presentation Colt Frontier Six Shooter single action Army revolver owned by 19th century tycoon and mayor of New York W.R. Grace
probably by L.D. Nimschke for Schuyler, Hartley & Graham
Serial no. 53166 for 1880, .44.40. 7 1/2 inch barrel with etched panel Colt Frontier Six Shooter and engraved with panels of scrollwork and the intertwined lines characteristic of Nimschke's work. Frame engraved with scrollwork, rocker-engraved bands, dotted crosshatch panels, etc. Nickel-plated finish with fire-blued screws and trigger and casehardened hammer. Elephant ivory grips; serial numbered to the pistol. Complete with original rosewood veneer case, the lid with shield-shaped escutcheon inscribed W.R. Grace/1879. French-style interior lined with red velour piped in purple and fitted with two lidded compartments and cartridge block. Colt factory records indicate the gun was shipped to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham in New York City. The records specify blued finish. In view of the extent of Mr. Grace's business dealings with Schuyler, Hartley & Graham (see footnote), it is likely that this gun was presented to him by the company. After World War II the Grace family presented the gun to the Old Westbury Police Department, whose station house abuts the Grace estate and the gun is being sold to benefit the Old Westbury Police Benevolent Association.
Condition: Excellent and showing little if any use. Retaining virtually all original finishes with some light spotting in two cylinder flutes. Exterior of case showing numerous chips to varnish and crackling to veneer. Lining with some slight wear.
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Footnotes

  • Note: William Russell Grace, 1828-1904, and his brother Paul emigrated from Ireland in the 1850s and set up offices in New York and Peru as ship's chandlers. The business soon expanded to import/export and offices were opened in San Francisco and London. Eventually, they owned their own fleet, the beginning of the Grace Line. Grace's business interests expanded over the years and he served as Mayor of New York City 1881-82 and 1885-86. Among other dealings the W.R. Grace company supplied some three million dollars worth of arms and war supplies to the Peruvian government, much of it purchased from Schuyler, Hartley and Graham.
    See The Colt Engraving Book, second edition, by R.L. Wilson for a number of Nimschke-engraved single actions. Note serial number 27269 on page 361 for the simple but rarely seen treatment of the ejector housing. Of interest also is the double line treatment of the dot and crosshatch panels on the frame.
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