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I have a Colt SAA in .45, blued with "D" coverage engraving. It is tastefully inlaid with gold detail including a stunning eagle. The grips are ivory. The gun is new and unturned. The serial number suggests it's probably one of a kind. Anybody know what she's worth?





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Its worth a lot! I would suggest having it appraised and keeping it forever. My guess would be over $4000 just from what I've seen online.
 

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Its worth a lot! I would suggest having it appraised and keeping it forever. My guess would be over $4000 just from what I've seen online.
It's my intention to get the factory letter from Colt's Historical Department. But, my understanding of what they'll do for me is to confirm in writing the original configuration when it left the custom shop, but not make any attempt to appraise it.

I've made some limited inquiries in my area and I can't find anybody who knows enough about the custom SAA's to give even a reasonable assessment of market value.

I agree with your idea of keeping it forever. The only thing that could make me part with it is if it's worth sooooo much that I can't afford to have a drastic reduction in value (likely caused by some stupid new law up here) wipe out a large chunk of equity.

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If it was done at the factory, it may be signed signed, probably under the grips. If it was done outside the factory, it should have a signature or initials somewhere on it. A recognized name would have value. Who engraved it will assist in determining the value. If, as you say, it was a Custom Shop order, the letter may or may not list the engravers name. If done by a well know Colt Master Engraver, you could be in the 10K range. A little less for a Colt Expert. Last time I looked, gold inlay was going for 50$-75$ an inch. Ivory grips somewhere in the 500$ range.
 

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Surely it's very expensive and it's so great and nice, Hope I can have it.
 

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Re: re: Colt SAA, engraved

Fuelburns2 said:
Its worth a lot! I would suggest having it appraised and keeping it forever. My guess would be over $4000 just from what I've seen online.
Pretty accurate guess, I would say about the same... I'd be a darn fool if I sold this.
 
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