June 25-28, 2018 Firearms
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/25/2018
This consecutive numbered Colt factory engraved, gold and silver plated Pocket Navies with the goddess of Liberty carved panels of both guns, was once part of the famed Buddy Hackett collection. They were factory engraved most likely by L.D. Nimschke. This exact set is pictured on page 177 in the book titled "Colt Engraving" by Wilson, 1982 edition. They are housed in a rare double casing of rosewood lined in burgundy velvet. The hammer, cylinder, lever and grip straps of each revolver are gold plated, the balance finished in silver. Two different variations of the goddess of liberty are carved into the grips, one standing and one sitting. Case comes with an original small eagle flask, nipple wrench, blued Colt two cavity bullet mold and two Eley cap tins. You will find matching full or partial serial numbers on the frame, barrel, wedge, loading lever, trigger guard, backstrap, cylinder post and cylinder. You will find the letters "I" and "E" stamped above or below the serial number on frame, barrel, trigger guard and backstrap. The engraving is typical scroll and both hammers have the wolf head design. Rear trigger guards are stamped "36 CAL". The rebated roll engraved cylinders exhibit the stagecoach hold-up scene. Both revolvers have strong rifled bores and index and lock up like new. Standard features are full octagon barrel, five shot, single action. All original nipples with various degrees of visible safety pins. The overall plating is approximately 75% on each gun with the most wear found on the backstraps and trigger guards where the plating mostly gone on No. 5544 and with 75% plating on trigger guard No. 5543 and 10% on backstrap. Double cased sets are extremely rare, consecutive numbers are far more rare and when taking into consideration the carved ivory with Lady Liberty pattern, they are far rarer still. An incredible one of a kind cased pair.
Wooden case, percussion caps and tools
Barrel Length
6 - 1/2"
.36 Percussion
FFL Status
1862 Navy
Serial Number
(A) 5543 (B) 5544
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $13,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium:
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
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