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.