Colt Model Ns came in factory presentation cases. These
cases were available in both maroon (left) and blue (below)
and offered by Colt's for a small extra expense. In 1929,
for blued pistols with checkered walnut stocks, the cost of
the case was an extra $1.30. The cases
along with special finishes and grip types offered for this
model contributed to its success among firearms available in
the retail market.
1908 Colt serial number 307455, blued with
mother-of-pearl grips in maroon factory presentation case.
This was one of two pistols shipped to Robert's Hardware
Company, Utica, NY on February 8, 1922. Note the presence of
gold and blue enamel Masonic emblem inlet into grips.
Colt Model N serial number 356304 in a blue lined
factory presentation case. Factory letters rarely indicate
when a pistol was shipped with a presentation case. The
absence of any special features on the pistol combined with
the presence of a factory order number is the most
convincing evidence that a pistol was shipped with one of
This pistol was shipped to Von Lengerke & Antoine in
Chicago, IL on April 26, 1926 in a single gun shipment. An
additional note which read "Dlvd. from Hotel Sherman" was
also present in the records. It was processed on Colt
Factory Order number 11291/1.