# “Colterization” the Sophisticated Form of Flattery

William B. Edwards and Sigmund Shore did not only share a fine sense of humor but they also liked make fun of the big boys in Hartford, to pull their legs … and got away with it. Therefore, they had Thomas Haas “change” a number of Centaures to look like 1st generation Colt Army 1860s by stamping PC serial numbers in the proper Colt style.

They all feature the barrel marking


engraved with the correct type dies. Some even were stamped with the COLTS PATENT mark in two lines on the forward left side of the frame … where the Centaure logo used to be. Others were traditionally hand engraved and Colt type bluing and case hardening was applied, etc.

All these Centaures known are unique in one way or the other, see for yourself:

#17562: this Centaure left Belgium as a run of the mill 1st variation RNMA, 2nd sub-variation. Note Haas’s beautiful hand engraving, the typical period low profile front sight and the domed and fire blued screw heads.

And yes, above #17562 that is the ivory stock of a Centaure Cavalry model turned Colt!

#17568: like a twin of #17562. Note Colt New-York address on the barrel and Colt dies used for serial numbers!

#18618: was a Civilian Model originally hence no cuts for the stock in the recoil shield. Instead of the proprietary Centaure naval scene her cylinder was engraved with the Ormsby naval scene. On the forward left side of the frame is now the mark COLTS PATENT in two lines.

#8890: regular 1st variation Cavalry Models turned Colt with matching stock. Brass parts are silver plated.

Note deep blue of barrel and cylinder! Trigger-guard, yoke and butt plate are silver plated, New-York address on barrel, two line COLTS PATENTS on the forward left of frame, see close-up below right.


#5414: for me this Centaure “colterized” 1st Cavarly Model is the highlight of the Shore Collection: lavishly engraved & ivory grips and stock. I want one!

New-York U.S.A. barrel marking, butt plate serial numbered and engraved in the style of pistol and yoke.

WDN/June 18, 2010

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