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Louis D. Nimschke

Engraving in the period of Crisis Production 1873-1875

Crisis Production refers to the period in which Colt’s answered significant challenges by turning over most of its manufacturing capacity to the Colt Open Top .22.  You can read more about that here..

In this period, there was a proliferation of engraving and other premium items as Colt’s and its distributors turned to these high-margin items in response to pricing pressure on the guns themselves.  This phenomenon was most prevalent with Colt’s Open Top .22 sales of which far exceeded those of all of Colt’s other arms combined.

Factory Engraving

Unidentified Engravers