From: "Nick Francolini" email@example.com
I am a Firearms Engraver and am designing a very fancy, museum quality
pair of Colt Single Action Army revolvers to commemorate the
construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad.
In 1984 I was commissioned by Larry Mayle of Indian Wells, CA to
engrave a Colt revolver to commemmorate the 100th Anniversary of the
Statue of Liberty. Mr. Mayle acquired original materials from the
Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Centennial Commission to incorporate
directly into the Colt (see photo) and its case. I used copper
from the Statue to cast the flame in Her torch on the silver grips and
make keys for the case, steel from concrete reinforcing rods to make
screw drivers and cleaning rods, wood from the observation windows in
Her crown to make handles for the screwdrivers and cleaning rods. The
casemaker made the entire case from the wood and I engraved a piece of
copper Statue skin for the case lid plate. The gun made the cover of
the July, 1986 issue of American Rifleman Magazine and has appeared in
numerous other magazines and books. Many photos and further
explanations of this unique project can be seen on my website.
I would like to give the Transcontinental Railroad pair of Colts (one
East, one West), the same unique treatment by incorporating original
materials from the first Transcontinental Railroad. These materials
could be steel, iron, brass, wood, glass or whatever, and would need to
be authenticated by someone like you, as having been used by the TCR
either during or after construction. Do you know of any such materials,
or do you have any suggestions that would help me acquire such
materials for this project?
I am an engraver, not an antique dealer, and will not sell these
materials to my client or anyone else. To me these materials are
precious pieces of history that I have the privilage of working with to
help tell the story of the conception, construction, and completion of
the Transcontinental Railroad. Like the TCRR itself, this project will
take years, and on completion will hopefully be an inspiration to
people who share an interest in our Country's history and the enormous
contribution some people made to bring us together and link the East
and West with steel.
My website has other historical firearms – Cowboys & Indians,
Tombstone, and a Colt Dragoon that was Tiffany & Co. designed and
engraved with George Catlin and Frederic Remington painting motifs for
Gene Autry's 81st birthday, which now sits in the Western Heritage
Museum in Los Angeles.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Any information that will
help me find documented, original materials will be greatly appreciated
and credited in the documentation that will accompany these firearms. ...
My very best regards and thanks to you; your website is an inspiration.
P.O. Box 1732
Corrales, NM 87048