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This is a sample of a mint factory cased 1908 - 25 Cal. vest pocket auto with high relief carved ivory grips. The carving depicts a variation of the Medical Symbol with no wings due to the location of the screw hole.

 The January 1,1941 wholesale pricelist shows the cost of carved ivory grips for this model at $12.00, and plain ivory grips at $5.00. The pistol itself could be purchased at this time for $19.95.

Genuine Elephant Ivory Grips
Custom Made and Handcrafted
for Most Colt Firearms

Last Updated: February 28, 2008

In addition to crafting quality grips for the general public, I also provide ivory grips to the Colt Custom Gun Shop.

My grips are made to original Colt specifications, using original factory templates, tooling, and components. They are guaranteed to be of the highest quality available on the market today. 

Click on the model below to view samples which illustrate the overall construction, quality, and color of the elephant tusk ivory grips which I produce.

As of March 2008, ivory grips are offered for all Colt Automatics,
excluding the Woodsman’s. 
Revolver grips are no longer available.

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Here's the Story

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Over my collecting years (about 30), I became very frustrated trying to locate real ivory, pearl, or exotic wood grips for my Colts.  I don't think there is anything that improves the appearance of a fine Colt more than a beautiful pair of properly fitted exotic grips (click here for samples).   Most of the grips I found were of poor quality (fat or miss-shaped), and would not fit properly.  Most had the wrong screw and escutcheons, with either no medallions or some aftermarket type.

I was fortunate enough to have had two relatives who worked for Colt's for 2 generations (over 100 years, starting in the 1880's).  Both attained the position of Plant Superintendent of the Small Arms Division.  My interest in Colt products and it's vast history was right at my doorstep.  After their deaths, I acquired most of their Colt items, such as guns, tooling, cutters, numerous pairs of grips (some were  finished and others were not completed), gun parts, and miscellaneous items.  I sorted through these items and removed all that I could identify - namely the guns, finished grips, and parts....I didn't know too much back then.  Recently, I went back through the storage boxes.  I was amazed to find that I had many of the original patterns, cutters, and component parts - such as screws, medallions and escutcheons, as well as various grip panels of ivory, pearl, and some exotic woods (click here for samples).  I never realized what I had!  All I had to do was assemble them (fortunately, I had saved some of the original completed grips to compare the construction).  After a number of futile efforts, I finally got it right,  and they are as original as can be found anywhere on the market today.

As you may know, well aged Elephant Tusk Ivory, Mother of Pearl, and exotic woods of high quality are getting more and more difficult to locate and the price for them keeps going up.  I had not planned on making grips for the Government Model (Model O), Officer's Model, or the 1902 Military & Sport, but to maximize my output from the raw material and seeing the poor quality of some of these grips being offered by other grip makers, I decided to make these as well.  As illustrated in the samples, they are of the highest quality.

Please take a moment to look at the samples above and feel free to contact me if you are interested in obtaining a stunning pair of ivory grips for your special Colt.

~ Mike

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