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Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket Hammerless .25 ACP - Factory Engraved & Gold Inlaid with Factory Monogrammed Mother of Pearl Grips

The first factory engraved and gold inlaid Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket .25 ACP Serial Number 9918 – Factory “master” engraved, featuring 17 gold inlays and relief carved monogrammed mother-of-pearl grips bearing the monogram “JAB”.  This is the first of only seven gold inlaid Model N pistols produced and these are the first monogrammed grips to appear on a Model N pistol. Additionally, it is one of only two factory engraved and gold inlaid Model Ns recorded in Colt’s shipping ledgers.

This pistol was a product of the Cuno Helfricht shop with the grip monogram attributable to Cuno Helfricht.  Perhaps the most unique aspect of engraving on this pistol is that when the work was performed, no pre-defined styles of engraving existed for the Model N.   It was a one gun shipment to Birmingham Arms Company, Birmingham, Alabama on May 14, 1909 for J.A. Blount.

One of the three guns featured on the cover of the Rampant Colt magazine, Winter 2001.

The hand written entry from the Colt Special Order Ledgers shows the entry for "May 4, 1909, 4058, 1 25/c Colt Aut. Pistol. Engr #1 1/4, Gold inlaid #5. Pearl with monogram J.A.B. carved right side 5 5/12. Promised by May 15th."

The Colt historical letter indicated that Colt Model 1908 Hammerless Automatic Pistol serial number 9918, .25/c, blue, pearl and factory engraved and gold inlaid and the initials J.A.B. on one side of the pistol, was shipped to Birmingham Arms Company, Birmingham, Alabama, For: J.A. Blount, May 14, 1909 in a one gunshipment.

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