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SN 8929. Cal. 44. Well known firearms engraver Edward C. Prudhomme (1911-1990) engraved this 1850 vintage 2nd Model Dragoon for famous Colt collector Robert Q. Sutherland (1918-1992). Bbl has extensive leaf and vine and gold wire inlays, in addition to a standing doe deer and Indian brave on each side of the bbl lug. The loading lever is also engraved with gold wire border and crosshatching at the end. Frame and recoil shields are deep engraved with a walking gold horse on the left side and a horse and rider on the right side all surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with fine stippled background. Right side of the frame also has the gold initials logo “R.Q.S.”. The recoil shields are deep relief engraved with foliate and vine patterns and have gold wire borders. Cylinder scene and all its markings have been re-engraved with silver Fleur-de-Lis between the cylinder stop notches and extensive gold wire borders. Hammer is completely stippled on both sides and engraved on the top with gold wire borders. The brass trigger guard and backstrap are deep relief engraved with arabesque patterns. Bbl is engraved in tiny letters “ENGRAVING BY E.C. PRUDHOMME”. PROVENANCE: Pictured in Prudhomme’s book on his engraving (with the orig wood grips). CONDITION: Very fine as restored, retaining most of Mr. Prudhomme’s blue finish. When this gun was originally engraved it was quite worn as noted by muzzle wear on its now 7-7/16″ bbl. Gun otherwise conforms to other standard 2nd Model Dragoons. SN on bbl housing is re-engraved and only one number can be found on loading arm. Original wood grips with matching SN inked in the backstrap channel are well worn and orig from 1850, hand worn patina and rounded edges at inner toes. Mechanically gun is fine, with crisp rifling in bore. 50324-1 JS (10,000-20,000) – Lot 4226

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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