Jon was in Copenhagen, Denmark a few weeks ago where he spotted these pistols at the Rosenborg Castle armory. These pistols were crafted by Samuel Colt and given as a gift to Federik VII by Abraham Lincoln in 1861. The detail of the engraving, done by a Mr. Young and a Mr Wolf, is incredible.

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I would love to know what those pistols cost to make back in the mid 19th century, and what they would sell for today at auction.

Jon, thanks for sharing these with us!

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  • TechnoTriticale

    What would have been in the center trays with the 12 indents?
    Paper cartridges?

    If so, I suspect they are not lost, but were deliberately removed due to the relative instability of black powder.

    Wondering if the cap tin is empty, too.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Yes and almost certainly yes. If by removed you mean fired out of this beautiful piece of functional art, then you’d be thricely correct.

      • M.M.D.C.

        Yes, those look like they’ve been shot a few times, at least I hope so.

        In any case (nyuk nyuk) those are some pretty pistols.

  • Vitsaus

    American ingenuity meets European gaudiness.

  • iksnilol

    Uh, as a tactical firearms expert I can safely call those “pistols” pieces of crap. Seriously, here’s a list of what’s wrong with ’em:

    -No grip zone (c’mon, even in the stone age we had tactically defined grip zones)
    -Steel frame (we all know steel rusts in the blink of an eye and is heavier than a boat anchor)
    -No rails (how are you supposed to attach your flashlight or bayonet?)
    -No scope mount or adjustable sights
    -No threaded barrel

    In all seriousness though, I really like how the dark finish works with the gold engraving.