Sam Colt was not only an inventor but also an extraordinary promoter. Early on, he recognized that the addition of decorative engraving to his products converted the innovative and practical firearms into prized presentation pieces and collectibles. He hired the best engravers of his day, most notably the famed L.D. Nimschke, and Colt firearms quickly became sought-after works of art throughout the world.
Custom engraving remains a signature component of the Colt legacy to this day. Colt’s Manufacturing Company is pleased to offer collectors the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind revolvers and pistols custom-engraved by the master craftsmen in Colt’s Custom Gun Shop. Each product of the Colt Custom Gun Shop instantly becomes a treasured heirloom, which, based on history, will appreciate over time in both artistic and economic value.