1950s colt commander custom

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Shep, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. Shep

    Shep Member

    Jun 20, 2010
    Here is one that is hard for me to judge the value.
    Most of the time when someone makes up a gun like this they display it and don`t shoot it much. But this one has seen a fair amount of use.
    It`s a 1950s Colt Commander Lightweight, nickel, .38 Super. Someone has gold plated the hammer, trigger, safety, slide, release, ect.
    The grips are solid silver (but I`m sure they are not pure silver) and much thinker than the ones you see made today. Gold plate on the raised areas of the grips.
    More than a little wear on the gold plating on the grips, safety, trigger, and
    hammer. No damage, just wear from use. The nickel has a few small areas where it is beginning to flake, but is in overall pretty good shape.
    I`d rate the whole gun as 85% condition.
    What you estimate the value as?

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  2. wpage

    wpage Active Member

    Aug 25, 2009

  3. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    The gun was not nickeled originally. I would treat it as a refinished shooter. The grips are nickel silver (which contains no real silver.)
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2010
  4. wonderwhippet

    wonderwhippet Active Member

    Jan 10, 2003
    The grips look very similar to a set of grips I bought in Mexico 25 years ago, and stamped on the backs is ".925," which indicates the silver content. I believe these are also Mexican since they bear the Mexican eagle, and I would estimate the value of the grips alone at around $200.
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