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Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - April 2017
Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP
Factory Engraved by Colt Master Engraver Rudolph Kornbrath
Shipped to Von Lengerke and Antoine, Chicago, Illinois
 

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 402255 - blue finish with period aftermarket mother of pearl stocks.  Pistol is factory engraved by Rudolph Kornbrath, a Colt Master Engraver from 1910 - 1937.  While this pistol appears to have minimal engraving coverage, Kornbrath is known to have engraved some of the most intricate and highly embellished and well known Colts.  Unfortunately, the pistol was refinished years ago, but is an extremely important variation as it's the only known example of Kornbrath's work on this model that has been encountered.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 402255 - Colt Historical Factory Letter indicates this pistol was one of 2 shipped on September 27, 1923 to Von Lengerke and Antoine, Chicago, Illinois, retuned to the Colt Factory on October 3, 1925 and subsequently re-shipped to Von Lengerke and Antoine on October 5, 1925.  It was processes on Colt Factory Order #3301/1.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP serial number 402255 - Right side of pistol.

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