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I recently received a beautiful Kearsarge Style case (created by Glenn Dean) to house my Quigley engraved, Keith Brown stocked pre-27. I've posted detailed photos of the engraving in a previous thread, but thought you might enjoy seeing the completed package:












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Beautiful revolver and an amazing case. Thanks for sharing.
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Richard, that is a great looking case! I like the S&W logo on the cover too. Is the logo hand carved? It looks like a lot of love and labor went into making it. It strikes me as a cross between a Kersarge and a Huey case. Very nice. -Karl-
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Holy crow that is a stunning package. Could you tell us the backround on those three figures sitting by the campfire? Inspiration for the subject? I find it really cool and fascinating.
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Beautiful case Richard!!
The grips and the case compliment each other.

I have been tempted to order one myself.

I have to ask when the gun is laying in the box where do you pick it up initially to handle it? Seems like the most likely spot is by the trigger or guard area.
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Now that is fine......beautiful gun in a palatial home!
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Well you certainly don't see that every day.

Magnificent.

Thanks for sharing it.
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...I like the S&W logo on the cover too. Is the logo hand carved?
I believe that Glenn used the help of a CNC machine to do the logo on the top. It is crisp and a very nice touch.
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...I have to ask when the gun is laying in the box where do you pick it up initially to handle it? Seems like the most likely spot is by the trigger or guard area.
Rich, you are correct - I use the trigger to pick it out of the case. It lays in the case perfectly - here's a photo of the complete case with the gun flat in the case.

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Awesome.

I think the felt is a nice touch, you still get the great effect of the box being carved out inside, but have the benefit of nice soft silicone doped felt.

Looks all around fantastic.
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Priceless, Richard...Just magnificent. Sculpture in wood and steel.
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How in the heck did he make that case,
Sheer art.
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How in the heck did he make that case? Sheer art.
How??? I shared some in-process photos of the case that Glen made for a matched set of SAAs here: Custom Case and Matched Engraved SAA's Likewise, here are a few of the in-process photos of this case (photo credit Glenn Dean of Classic Chests and More):

Glenn sent me some pressure foam to make an imprint of the gun (along with a couple of others that I had him make cases for)...



... from which he made a plaster cast of the gun...



We then decided on the layout in the case...



...and he roughed in the shape...







... we then agreed on an edge and top treatment...









... then he finished the case and lined the interior...











It was a fun project to be a part of and Glenn was great to work with. He is a talented craftsman whose skill added with Phil Quigley's engraving and Keith Brown's stocks made a complete package that I think turned out very nice.
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What a great post on how your case was made!

Interesting how he gets the exact dimensions and keeps you in the loop the whole process. You can tweek it along the way to your liking.

Did you pick the blank?

Is there any maintenance on the wood to help keep from warping or wear?
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Stunning package. WAY beyond my pay grade.
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The firearm is an exquisite machine and the case is a beautiful cabinet.
both demonstrate craftsmanship at its finest.
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Just one word. Wow!
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Richard,

With all of the engraved guns you now have, some of them actually being created to your own specifications, over & above all of your factory lettered engraved guns and now combined with beautiful cases such as this one, you have carried all this to a new level.

Congratulations on creating and conceptualizing them.

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...Did you pick the blank?

Is there any maintenance on the wood to help keep from warping or wear?
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I did get to pick the wood. But in this case, it was more of, "I'd like a nice piece of walnut". Glenn identified it and sent a photo for approval.

As to the care, Glenn recommended several coats of Briwax. Prior to working the wood, Glenn split it and let it sit for a couple of months to make sure that it would not warp. Fingers crossed that it will continue to stay true.
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I really like the complete package. Plus, it comes with a case lock to keep investigating (young AND old) fingers off your gun. I imagine the same key works all 3 cases? (Sorry; beautiful works of art and I'm asking about the locks!!!)
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I really like the complete package. Plus, it comes with a case lock to keep investigating (young AND old) fingers off your gun. I imagine the same key works all 3 cases? (Sorry; beautiful works of art and I'm asking about the locks!!!)

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I could not agree more - locks are important, not only do they keep unwanted fingers off of the guns, but they keep the case closed tight when transporting the gun in the case. And yes, the lock mechanism is the same on each of the three cases Glenn crafted for me, with the key being the same key for each. In this photo you can see the brass key above the right Colt SAA:

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WOW!!!! Those are beautiful revolvers and cases.

The craftsmanship on the wood is absolutely over the top!!!

Just out of curiosity, what does a fancy wood case like that run you?
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...Just out of curiosity, what does a fancy wood case like that run you?
Pricing is always something that is best discussed with the craftsman you want to work with. Glenn (Classic Chests and More) is great in that regard and he can help you design a custom case with a specific budget in mind. He is also very good at keeping in touch with his customers and would welcome a call or email. As with any custom product, prices can vary depending on the wood used, the number of special features requested and the availability of the craftsman performing the work. For the above cases, I had some pretty specific ideas in mind and Glenn was very helpful in designing a case that met my vision and budget.
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... Could you tell us the backround on those three figures sitting by the campfire? Inspiration for the subject? I find it really cool and fascinating.
I was re-reading this thread and noticed that I never responded to this question. Sorry about that Bigmoose... I wish there was a better story, but Phil (the engraver) and I wanted a campfire scene with some people sitting around a fire. I searched the web for campfire scenes and came up with a dozen or so images. We eventually narrowed it down to one that Phil used for the side plate sculpture inspiration. If I recall correctly, I think the original artwork had four Native Americans around the fire... vs. the three in the sculpted scene.
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Pretty sure I won't be seeing anything like that anytime soon. Truly beautiful.

Thanks for sharing it (them).
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