.41 Colt, 2.325" barrel, S/N 13888 (mfg. ca 1882). Nickel finish, mother-of-pearl grips. Five-shot cylinder with long flutes. Barrel with etched panel that reads COLT NEW 41, frame marked CAL 41 on the left below the cylinder. Top of barrel marked in two lines: COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. Bottom of barrel marked PAT. SEPT. 15, 1874 / 13888. Matching serial number on frame under left grip. Fully engraved in the style of Colt master engraver Cuno Helfricht and quite likely his work. The engraving features flowing foliate scrolls, with punch dot shaded backgrounds, a star burst at the top of the backstrap and his flowing border lines with dots and flashes. A really wonderful example of a highly embellished New House revolver that displays wonderfully.
Excellent. Retains nearly all of the factory nickel finish with the etched panel nearly all intact and fine crisp engraving and markings. Mechanically functional, very good bore with some scattered pitting and find rifling. Mother-of-pearl grips fine with some light handling marks and a couple of minute chips at the sharp edges that are barely noticeable.