Savage Pistol Overview
The Beauty & Artistry of the “Very Rare” and “Special” pistols are testimony to the outstanding craftsmanship produced by the Savage Arms Company in Utica, New York. Most of the engraved pistols & rifles between 1900 & 1929 are the personal handiwork of the master engraver, Enoch Tue, who was the in-house engraver for Savage during the early years when Savage was producing pistols.
There are 3 basic models of Savage Pistols made in 2 calibers.
FANCY PISTOLS: 3 styles or grades of engraving or embellishment were available:
(a) “Protector” or “A” style: the least extensive & the least expensive coverage.
(b) “Monitor” or “B” style: more extensive coverage with greater detail; mid-
(c) “Special” or “C” style: the most extensive coverage with greatest detail. This
was the most costly option.
FINISHES: Savage utilized 4 finishes:
(a) The great majority of all pistols were finished in various blue hues.
(b) 500-600 nickel pistols were produced almost equally between .32 & .380
caliber. Very few 1915 or 1917 nickel pistols were produced.
(c) There are only 2 known examples of silver plated pistols. Silver plated pistols are the scarcest finish since nickel guns were less costly & more durable.
(d)Gold plated pistols are extremely rare, with approximately fewer than 12 having been produced.
GRIPS: Savage produced 5 types of grips:
(a) Stamped metal grips (or plates)
(b) Molded black rubber in two variations, rectangular & flared
(c) Wood grips primarily for the original .45 caliber Test Pistols
(d) Mother of Pearl in 4 configurations; Perhaps 400 pistols were fitted with pearl grips.
1. Rectangular grip with a small round “SAC” medallion inset into the pearl & later an
Indian Head medallion.
2. A very few Rectangular pearl grips that had no medallions.
3. Flared thin trapezoidal shape with no medallion.
4. Black rubber grip to which two pearl panels were riveted.
Factory installed ivory grips are almost nonexistent.