One of 300 factory serial numbers. LDN001 – LDN300.
In 1870, the firearms business centered around New York City. Louis Daniel Nimschke set up his independent engraving shop there after emigrating from Germany in 1850. His work was highly regarded by his contemporaries. Most of the estimated 5,000 jobs were done directly for wealthy collectors, dealers, or gunsmiths, and not for the firearms factories. Nimschke is best known for the quality of his bold American style scrolls, but he was equally skilled in the fine and delicate English styles. Unlike his contemporaries, many of Nimschke’s pieces were signed. L.D. Nimschke must be regarded as on of America’s finest engravers. This Colt pistol is a tribute to his style and contribution to the art of American engraving.
The design of the modern Nimschke Series 70 Colt .45 incorporates some of his favorite themes and patterns using interwoven scrolls and symmetry covering the complete slide, and echoed further on the frame, and again on the custom hardwood grips. Like many of his elaborately decorated work, the artist’s initials can be found on the slide top, just forward of the rear sight.
The slide is brush finished and deep laser engraved on 2 sides and top with distinctive Nimschke patterns. Both the slide top and the rear pannel have selective gold plate. Rear pannels feature a 24kt gold Rampant Colt on one side and scroll on the other. The frame is brush finished and deep laser engraved on both sides Barrel bushing, thumb safety, hammer, slide stop, mag release are brush polished Unique hardwood grips feature Nimschke pattern, a gold Rampant Colt medallion and polished gold grip screws Custom shop box, Special label and insert.
- Manufacturer: Colt
- Model: 1911 L.D. Nimschke Series 70 45 ACP Limited Edition 1 of 300
- Caliber: 45 ACP
- Barrel Length: 5″
- Overall Length: 8.5″
- Grips: Nimsckhe Pattern Hardwood
- Sights: Fixed
- Finish: Engraved Brushed Stainless
- Magazine Capacity: 7 1
- Other Features: Gold Plate Rampart/Enlays; Frame Mounted Safety