Now here's a gun that we seldom handle for one reason and one reason only, and the reason is pretty simple. I don't like Colt Single-Actions that have been fiddled with. When I run across an engraved one, they've usually been worked over with polishing, buffing, and enhancing in an attempt to improve the over-all look, especially nickel plated guns that show original brown patina scattered about the plating due to natural aging. The whole point to providing a good product is to buy, and then offer for sale those products that are appealing to the eye of the collector. Since I am also a collector, it just stands to reason that if an item doesn't appeal to me, it won't appeal to my customers. This gun however, will practically bring a tear to the eye of the purist collector. It is absolutely untouched and it's a barn-burner of a Colt. This is an absolutely untouched, Nimschke style New York engraved gun with deluxe, C-grade engraving and spectacular pearl grips that haven't so much as a hairs-breath of a chip on them. It shows 98% frosty plating on the barrel, frame and straps and about 75% on the cylinder that has never, ever been polished. The coverage is outstanding on all surfaces and show the detailed trademark features of a Nimschke gun, not engraved by the master himself, but certainly a student of the style. The frame screws show traces of original blue and the strap screws have almost all of their fire finish. The gun comes directly from a family that finally wished to part with it and it has been with them since at least 1900. There's a monkey wrench associated with this gun. That is, it is in the 95XXX range and letters to the U. S. Government. The frame and cylinder have D.F.C. inspector initials and the gun matches with the exception of the barrel, which is un-numbered. I have forwarded photos and this information to some of the best Single Action men in the business, and consensus is that this gun is most likely made from a few rejected parts that were then re-assembled and shipped to a New York Dealer in 1883. Or, it could have been shipped back to the factory in the group of S/A's to be made into an Artillery Models and was assembled from extra parts and shipped to NYC. Had this gun lettered to New York, it would be valued at $22,000 - $27,000.00. It can be bought for half that amount. I guarantee its production to be from the period 1883 - 1898 manufacture, but the style of embellishment dates it to the earlier time period. This is an outstanding gun and would be a welcome addition to most any Colt Collection.