Roger I know you are a true expert , do you think photo etching was already used around 1888 ? I've seen some factory marks that seem photo etched on old Merwin Hulbert revolvers but I'm not really sure it was etching . For this colt the pannel look really etched the roll markig on the barrel seem much deeper...just curious about your thoughs.
Well guys...heres my take on this. Definately not Louis D. Scroll style is all wrong in layout and details. It also looks like the metal may not have been prepped prior to engraving as it looks frosted in places yet the scroll is shines bright
And yes i know Jim Lowe for many years and he does some fine restoration work and a first class jeweler to boot. I do think his quote might be edited and taken out of context in this auction
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As I look at the scroll and how they are cut it appears to me that these were cut with a pneumatic hand engraver. I say that because of the smooth cuts showing that there is no indication that it was done with hammer and chisel. Someone tell me if you are thinking the same as I do.
Regarding the Merwin Hulbert revolvers, while there may be etched examples, I don't know of any. Mostly MH guns were decorated in what I call "punch dots." Sometimes the punch dots were combined with some engraving or with deep, flaring cuts that I call "slash and punch." Actually, MH marked their boxes for decorated guns as "Intaglio Floral." Some examples are below.
A strange and suspicious letter. There is no data in it.
1. The number of the appraiser from the register of the guild of appraisers and a copy of the license.
2. Description of the subject.
3. Specifying what types of examinations are carried out by the appraiser.
4 personal seal appraiser.
5 numbers in the registry entry ekpertiz.
All appraisers are certified and approved. I am only allowed to evaluate jewelry and stones. I have no right to conduct other types of assessment.
I heard your name and I know. You are the author of books and the official chronicler of the guild of gunsmiths and engravers. You are known outside the United States.Stefan,
You make some valid points, however, Mr. Lowe is not acting as an appraiser in this case. You will note that nowhere in his letter does he suggest the value or expected selling price of the gun. In this case he is making an attribution of the engraver. This is something that I am called upon to do occasionally but I never assign a value to the piece. The valuation is done by an appraiser who, taking into account the attribution and many other factors, assigns a value to the piece. Just the same, when I provide a letter of attribution my letterhead includes some of my qualifications along with a detailed, point by point explanation for my assessment.