Cabot Guns press release (with TTAG pics):
Certified Master Engraver Otto Carter’s second piece for Cabot Guns, entitled Sacromonte, shows what a true artist can do with a blank canvas of stainless steel. Its intricate, flowing embellishments take their inspiration from Moorish design, especially the artwork adorning the Alhambra palace in Grenada, the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain.
“Hand engraving is a painstaking process,” Carter says. “Using a single-point chisel, I cut thousands of lines into every available surface of the Cabot 1911: the slide, slide stop, trigger guard, frame, mainspring housing, safety, grip safety, barrel bushing, magazine release and trigger. I inlaid over seven feet of 24-gauge 24-carat gold wire, and set it against a prismatic background of triangular shapes.”
The finished piece is more than the sum of its parts. Working from freehand drawings, Carter strived to make each element blend into and enhance the whole, creating an engraved gun that’s a journey of aesthetic discovery.
Sacromonte is Carter’s second piece commissioned by Cabot Guns. His previous work, Pandemonium, was hailed as an artistic triumph. Carter says Pandemonium was a breakthrough that enabled Sacromonte’s carefully positioned artwork, avoiding the visual crowding art critics call horror vacui.
Pandemonium opened my eyes to the artistic possibilities inherent in John Moses Browning’s original design for the 1911. The surfaces connect with lyrical efficiency, making it the perfect canvas for my creativity.”
“We’re honored to continue our collaboration with Mr. Carter,” Cabot Guns Founder and President Rob Bianchin asserts. “Sacromonte is a one-of-a-kind piece that demonstrates what a superb craftsman with a clear vision can create. It not only preserves the storied tradition of gun engraving, it creates new possibilities for the future.”
List Price: $50,000