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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - July 2000
Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket .25 ACP Serial Number 385727
with Factory Carved Steer head Ivory grips

Model N with Factory Carved Steerhead Ivory grips.
 

Colt Model N serial number 385727 with Factory Carved Steer head Ivory Grips.  Carved ivory is the rarest grip type for both the Model N and M.  In 1930, the additional cost for carved ivory grips for the Model N was $15.00 option, making it the most expensive grip option.  This was a very deluxe option considering that the gun alone sold for $16.50, bringing the total price of this pistol to $31.50 before tax.  

Of the few known carved mother-of-pearl and ivory grip variations for the pocket hammerless  models, this is the only known pair with the carved image on the left grip.  These grips are in absolutely pristine condition with no cracks or chips whatsoever.  All others in either mother-of-pearl or ivory have either a steer head or eagle on the right grip.  The right grip on this gun is a standard medallion ivory grip.  This pistol letters blue finish with ivory grips and was a one gun shipment to "Tex Baker" on June 25, 1930. Tex Baker was a radio personality from the 1930s who performed on WWRL radio in New York City.  The act was called Tex Baker and his Texas Ramblers.

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