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Smith & Wesson Model 53 Jet .22 Jet & .22 LR $86,750

Engraved and gold inlaid by Winston Churchill

6" pinned, matted-ribbed barrel with ramped blade front sight. Rear sight

adjustable for windage and elevation. Checkered, casehardened hammer

with firing-pin selector. Striated casehardened trigger. Polishing refinements

by Creighton Audette. Highly figured, smooth walnut grips. Extensively

engraved with intertwining scroll by Winston Churchill and with roadrunner

on left crane, sitting eagle on left frame, dove with olive branch on right

frame, flying eagle with arrows on right frame all in raised three-dimensional

gold. Maker's name and calibre inlaid in gold surrounded by flush gold

scroll inlay. Extensive flush gold borderline work. Raised gold scrolls on

chambers of .22 Jet cylinder; raised gold scrolls on flutes of .22 LR cylinder

and on triggerguard. With extensive documentation pertaining to its

construction and bills showing 1359 3/4 direct hours of Winston Churchill's

engraving time. In Churchill's custom made French-fitted mahogany display

case with engraved hardware and containing engraved turnscrew, ramrod,

handmade key, oil bottle and maker's escutcheon on lid. Extensive

paperwork and documentaion hidden inside case lid. Originally mfd 1961.

Completed by Winston Churchill in 1977 for William H D Goddard, author of

The Colt Government Models. Appears unfired. Pictured in Wilson, "Steel

Canvas", p21.


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