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Rare 1882 Colt Open-Top, Ivory-Handled Revolver Aims for Top Lot Honors

by WorthPoint Staff (12/28/10).

This 1882 open-top .44 caliber Colt revolver with engraving on the raised ivory grips attributed to Louis D. Nimschke is expected to be the belle of the ball at Don Presley Auction’s New Year’s event on Jan. 1-2, 2011.

ORANGE, Calif. – A late, and most welcome, consignment to Don Presley Auctions’ Jan. 1-2 auction—including a Colt 1882 open-top .44 caliber revolver—is expected to capture the attention of collectors who favor exceptional antique firearms and edged weapons.

“This is a sensational collection,” said auctioneer Don Presley. “It came in late, but there’s no way we would have said no to these items. I think we’re going to see some heavy competition when they come up for bid.”

The 1882 open-top Colt revolver with engraving on the raised ivory grips attributed to Louis D. Nimschke. Only about 20 original Colts of this type are known to exist, and this one is a very impressive example, according to Presley, who put the estimated sales price at $50,000-$75,000.

Another item sure to generate conversation, if not bids, is an especially high-quality American Eagle Head Officer’s sword comes with a hand-engraved scabbard and fancy scrolling on the guard. Made sometime between 1810 and 1840, the blue and gold gilt on the blade is 95 percent original.

“It’s the find of a lifetime in this condition,” Presley said of the sword that has a $5,000-$10,000 estimated price.

Another fascinating item is a early dagger with gold and silver inlay, in its original scabbard. Writing appears on the handle and blade of the 15-inch-long dagger, as well as on the scabbard (estimate is $1,000-$2,000).

The collection joins many highlights entered in Don Presley’s annual New Year’s Auction, which includes pop-culture rarities such as Frank Sinatra’s custom-made tuxedo shirt, Marilyn Monroe’s two-piece day ensemble and Michael Jackson’s gilt-bronze clock. A stellar array of antiques and fine art to be auctioned ranges from antique ivory and jade; bronzes and porcelains to Liberace’s opulent fountains and a superb oil-on-canvas genre painting attributed to Eugene Delacroix (French, 1798-1865).

All forms of bidding will be available for the auction, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com. For additional information, call 714.633.2437, e-mail to info@donpresleyauction.com or visit the Don Presley Auctions Web site.

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