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The Churchill-Eaton Colt .45 Book
by SAM ALFANO

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 Published in: Product Reviews

Product Reviewed: The Churchill-Eaton Colt .45 (#024-029) Book

Engraver Winston Churchill, signing the limited edition book.

Patron Hugh Eaton, signing the limited edition book.

A few days ago I received a copy of Winston Churchill’s new book The Churchill-Eaton Colt .45. This is one book that all engravers will want for their libraries.

Engraved for patron Hugh Eaton of New Hampshire, the Colt .45 featured in this book might be Winston’s finest work to date. Numerous raised gold figures, flush borders, and a variety of scroll and sculpted arabesque treatments place this gun in a league of its own. Only a master of design like Churchill could combine all these elements into such a breathtaking, graceful, and harmonious composition.

The Churchill-Eaton Colt took several years to complete, with Winston photographing and documenting much of the process. Not only are there numerous photos of the finished gun (both in the white and after bluing), but many photographic examples of the progressions of sculpting, inlay, and decoration, along with Winston’s comments and explanations. Few people have had the opportunity to see Churchill’s work, and for the many fans of his engraving, this book not only provides brilliant photographs and technical details, but gets up close and personal with the man behind the tools.


Hand-placed, signed, and numbered.

The book is of the highest quality with gold gilded pages and finest quality binding and dust jacket. On page 2 is a fabulous print of ruffed grouse reproduced from an engraving done on a 28 gauge shotgun. The print is signed by Winston, Huge Eaton, and author Charles Fergus, and is a spectacular example of Winston’s wildlife engraving. It’s difficult to resist the temptation to remove the print from the book and have it framed! The print alone is worth the price of admission.


Progression of the Churchill-Eaton Colt .45 from the book.

There are numerous photographs of Winston’s engravings throughout the book, which include guns, handmade knives, and jewelry. Suffice it to say that it’s simply the greatest collection of Churchill engraving photos to date. It’s also a great read, with forward by Hugh Eaton, introduction by R.L. Wilson, and Winston Churchill – The Man and His Masterpiece by Charles Fergus, which tells the story of a shy Vermont farm boy who becomes one of the greatest hand engravers the world has ever known.


Gold-gilded book edge.

This limited edition book is destined to become one that engravers, artists, collectors, and firearms enthusiasts will treasure for years to come. Don't miss this opportunity.