I saw this thumbnail image at gunbloggers, with headline Elvis Presley’s S&W Model 53 Revolver Sold For Almost $200,000.
I immediately thought, “That couldn’t be Elvis’; it ain’t gilt.” But when I saw the larger image…
Actually, for Presley, that’s pretty damned restrained. He generally went overboard on overly tacky glitz.
Hiram’s, a gun shop in California, commissioned the work and gifted the gun to Presley in November of 1976.
Which explains it. If Presley had the work done, it would’ve been gold-plated, with mother of pearl grips, and a diamond for the front sight.