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44 Magnum shipped in February 1957 and later engraved and inlaid with gold by Alvin White (who also made the stocks made of stag). Mr. White did a lot of work for S&W and was the principal of Alvin White Engravers (early 60s to early mid-70s).

Mr. White's gold inlay of animals is the best done by an american engraver.

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44 Magnum shipped in February 1957 and later engraved and inlaid with gold by Alvin White (who also made the stocks made of stag). Mr. White did a lot of work for S&W and was the principal of Alvin White Engravers (early 60s to early mid-70s).

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WOW Doc...

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A stunning high end example of the finest art on steel. Even the trigger guard, grip frame, and recoil shields are engraved. Pounds of wire yet still tasteful. The medallion stags are a plus. Thanks for sharing.
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Wow! The color of the stag grips really works well with the gold inlay. Just beautiful! Thanks, Bill,

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damn thats one good locking Smith!
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Forget the pictures, let's have range report!
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WOW !!
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Stunning, Bill, just stunning. I've run out of superlatives with which to praise your phenomenal collection!
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WOW! That is a stunning piece of art. I also really like those stags.
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Bill; That's another Awesome bit of Art Work!!! Thanks for the photos.
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Have you ever thought about producing a book of all of your incredible guns? The pictures and stories here and on the Rugerforum are great. Consider this an order for an autographed copy.
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Beautiful 29!! That's one piece of art. WOW!!
I hope he shoots as good as he looks.
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Now that's what I call stag grips! The whole gun is just gorgeous.
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Fantastic is all I can think of. Thanks Doc for sharing with us.
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I don't know that Mr. White's are better than Winston Churchill's, but that's nice whatever your feelings are!

My personal favorite is still your .44 with the Tiger in the long grass.
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VERY fine revolver! Its a wonderful work of art. Thanks for sharing it...
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Simply spectacular as always, Bill. Thanks for the look.
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Thank you very much for sharing this! Very nice!
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I agree with everyone, beautiful revolver.
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A beauty even among the beauties in your collection! Thanks!
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Droooool! I never realized such work existed in the 50's. Awesome!
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That is just... OVERWHELMINGLY... Beautiful.

I gots to get me one of those in the future
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So Doc, Im still waiting for you to publish that book showing all those great guns of yours. What an amazing collection you have.
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Seriously. For posterity's sake if nothing else.
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Bill, Wow!!!...what an understatement.
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Back in the early 1970's I had seen close up photos of Mr. Whites work on S&W. I wanted him to do a special project on a 5 inch model 27, blue finish. Like everything else in life, it was delayed, and as time passed, nothing happened. I surely regret not getting the work done now. You never realize that his type of skill is not forever, and is one of a kind. I have seen other engravers as well, but none I liked better than Alvin White. Absolutely first class workmanship.
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Doc44,
A truly great example of the engravers art. There was a S&W 44 magnum pictured on the front cover of the American Rifleman in the late 50's or erly 60's. It was also engraved by A. White and inlaid in gold and platinum with a stunning rendition of an elk. I was still in school and could only drool!
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TSQUARED....The revolver you mentioned is in the S&W collection and is on display in Springfield, MA. It is one of Mr. White's best 44 Magnums. The American Rifleman issue is July 1968.

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Very nice, as always, Doc.
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What a way to start my morning, just breathtaking.
Thanks Doc.
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What a beautiful work of art. But, my question is, have you shot it yet? I would have posted a target with the rest of the pictures....
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Shoot this gun? You have to be kidding me. That would be like hanging the Mona Lisa on the back porch.
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Chuck, that's were I keep my Mona.
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What a beautiful gun. The animals are out of this world.
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Bill,
A marvelous gun, to be sure.
I find the shape of the wire frame on the sides to be very interesting- it appears that the gold wire frame AND the engraving closest to the grip tops was done in a manner that allows BOTH service grips AND magnas to be used on the gun WITHOUT disrupting the pattern.
Do you have any knowledge of the gun also once having magnas? Perhaps it once had an exotic pair- like ivory maybe???
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Great gun Bill! As we have discussed, we both agree that Mr. White's inlayed gold animals are the best! Great to see this again.

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Thanks Bob!!

Lee...The stag grips were made by Alvin White, but if the gun was ever fitted with Magnas, there is no way to tell. I have some ivory Magnas that look great on the gun. Alvin White often engraved guns in the pattern seen on this 44 Magnum so different styles of grips could be used. I have one other in my collection.

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Thanks, Bill. I had never seen that approach before. Interesting.
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I am no big fan of lots of gold wire and, certainly not of stag for stocks, but I find I keep looking at this...

That thing is just totally off the chart!
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Doc, does it have a block to prevent the cylinder from being turned? Looks like it.-Dick
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Dick...The only "block" is my strength of will not to dry fire this 44 Magnum. However, that is not too hard as I have several others that I can dry fire or live fire at my convenience .

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Going through some old posts and found this amazing example of artisanship in steel and gold. This is certainly worth pushing to the top of the posting pile for everyone's enjoyment. Phenomenal revolver and photography Doc. Thank-you.
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Not very often do we get to "double Like" Bill's, posts, but because this is one of the pre-forum-conversion-posts we get that opportunity here.

I love the Alvin White engraved guns. They are beautiful to behold in person or in photos.

Thanks for sharing - even if it was over 10 years ago...
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Like the gun, LOVE the grips!
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Yup, whenever you see “Doc44” opening a thread you might as well get the like button warmed up. It’ll be needed. Until I started reading this forum I had no idea such a fabulous collection of S&W 44s could even exist.

There are some folks with nice collections of “small caliber” models (.357s), too.
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A very beautiful engraving. And yes, when Doc44 posts pics, even 10 1/2 years later, they are some of the best.
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44 Magnum shipped in February 1957 and later engraved and inlaid with gold by Alvin White (who also made the stocks made of stag). Mr. White did a lot of work for S&W and was the principal of Alvin White Engravers (early 60s to early mid-70s).

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That there is very special.

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I've never seen anything as fine as the inlaid animals. The whole gun is a masterpiece, but the animals are perfection. What a genius!
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