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From Fort Sumter To Appomattox:
Adams & Adams 150th Anniversary Civil War Colt 1860 Army

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dams & Adams has been producing hand-engraved
guns for more than 35 years and is renowned for its work
for the Colt's Custom Shop and Smith & Wesson. In the
spirit of the Gustave Young "Tears of Gettysburg" Colt revolver,
Master Engraver John J. Adams, Sr., has created an exclusive
edition to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of The War
Between The States: the Adams & Adams "North-South Civil
War Sesquicentennial 1860 Army." The edition will be limited to
35 individually hand-engraved examples, one for each state that
fought in the war and one for the District of Columbia. Designed
by Adams Sr., the North-South is unusual in that the engravings
pay tribute to both the Union and Confederacy.
The engraving pattern is based on an 1860 Army presented
to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. The Grant gun was embellished with
two banners rolling over the top of the barrel, with "Liberty"
engraved on one side and "Union" on the other. For Adams'
rendition, "Union" appears on the North side of the gun and

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"Confederate" on the South. The handsomely engraved and
color-cased recoil shield is decorated with the Union Jack on
the left and the Stars and Bars on the right. Each revolver is
hand-fitted with carved ivory stocks featuring high-relief "US"
and "CS" on the respective panels. The guns are all original
Colt Blackpowder Arms 1860 Army models, custom-finished
and color-cased by Doug Turnbull.
Each gun will have the backstrap inscribed for a specific state that fought in the war, with a traditional Shield
insignia at the top. The North-South Sesquicentennial sells
for $3,500 and comes in a handcrafted walnut presentation
case with a stand that allows it to reflect the opposite side
in a mirror-lined lid. The 150th Anniversary Colt 1860 Army
models are available exclusively from Adams & Adams,
7040 VT, Route 113, Vershire, VT 05079; (802) 685-0019;
www.adamsandadamsengraving.com.
-DENNIS ADLER
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