Outstanding early Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum engraved, scrimshawed and triple-signed by Marcello Pedini with grips by Roy Fishpaw. Made in 1983, serial 500-61536 has a 5.5-inch barrel and an adjustable rear sight. ENGRAVING: Themed “The Big Five”, Pedini engraved busts of an elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo – each in 14 carat gold relief and emerging from a field of shaded scroll. The theme continues over the cylinder and along the barrel. Pedini also scrimshawed each grip panel with the big cats. Inspiration for the right grip was one of Pedini’s limited edition prints while the left grip and all three gold busts were original images created for the client. GRIPS: Dated 9-5-83 and bearing the initials RCP (Roy Curtis Fishpaw), they are fashioned from a giraffe bone per Fispaw’s log book). CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Metal finish is at least 95 percent with small areas of light tarnish (engraving not effected). Each grip panel has slight discoloration along the tip and the left panel shows three drying lines. RELATED: A similar Redhawk themed “The Grand Slam” is also presented. No case, box or papers. The price is firm. $4,500 plus shipping.
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