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Last Post 01 Jan 1900 12:00 AM by  Anonymous
new member with a .45 Blackhawk question
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10 Jul 2010 10:52 PM
    I inherited a most beautiful Ruger New Model .45 caliber Blackhawk with two cylinders that was custom engraved by the reknown master engraver for Colt named Howard Dove. Mr. Dove engraved it about six months before his death as a special gift to the man from his hometown who recommended him to Colt .
    This treasure has been stored in a safe and as far as I know, has never been handled without a cloth to protect its beauty. This revolver was one of my friend's most valuable possessions and I saw him turn down quite large sums of money when offered by several collectors. It was presented to me shortly before my friend's death and continues to be stored in a safe.
    I realize Mr. Dove is known more for his engraving for Colt, and this is a Ruger, but that is part of the private joke the two old friends shared. Mr. Dove's ""signature"", H M Dove, colt engr 800 with a small colt above his initials is under the yoke.
    I may keep it for my grandson, but I am ""toying"" with the idea of parting with it since I am not a gun collector and I thought before I make any decisions, I would get with some of you Ruger collectors to see if you can give me an idea of what you think its value might be. I will attach a picture and I have plenty more if anyone wants to see them. Thanks.
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