By Drew Bryant
May 12th, 2022,

Cabot Guns is known for making exceptional, well-crafted, and meticulously designed custom 1911s. The amount of craftsmanship and attention to detail in Cabot’s handguns are phenomenal. Recently, Cabot has added to their One-of-A-Kind (OAK) collection with its new masterpiece called the Fountainhead. This handcrafted 1911 pistol is embellished with engraving motifs from Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, two Legendary American architects. Many believe that their architecture inspired Ayn Rand to create the characters from her literary classic, The Fountainhead. In honor of that inspiration Cabot named this OAK 1911, the Cabot Fountainhead.

The Fountainhead pistol is engraved with distinctive designs and shapes of Sullivan’s architectural design language. The engravings were painstakingly done by FEGA Master Engraver Otto Carter. This custom 1911 is chambered in .45 ACP had has pistol grips made from pietersite, a crystal originating from the country of Namibia. This Fountainhead 1911 by Cabot also comes with a unique carrying case/storage solution–a custom attaché case.

Below, is the product description from Cabot Guns on this wonderfully well-crafted Fountainhead OAK 1911.

Product Description

Cabot Guns is excited to announce their newest OAK (One-of-A-Kind) Custom 1911 pistol: the Fountainhead.

(When we think of pioneers, we picture covered wagons and the long trek westward. Cabot Guns newest custom 1911, the Fountainhead, captures the drive and relentless pursuit to marry beauty, form, and function by two of America’s modern pioneers.)

As our nation entered the twentieth century, American craftsmen were creating world-changing innovations. John Moses Browning would soon design the iconic 1911 pistol. At the same time, Louis Sullivan, dubbed a Father of Skyscrapers, bucked traditional trends to architect buildings that were masterpieces of ornamental modernism. Sullivan also guided the early career of arguably the most well-known American architect: Frank Lloyd Wright. Both Sullivan and Wright are believed to have inspired key characters in the classic Ayn Rand novel, The Fountainhead.

The Cabot Fountainhead features Sullivan’s trademark organic forms, geometric shapes, and interlace—designed and meticulously hand engraved by FEGA Master Engraver, Otto Carter. Despite its artistic inspiration, the Fountainhead maintains a true Cabot pedigree born of a passionate devotion to produce the finest 1911 pistols in America. Chambered in .45 ACP, the Fountainhead’s owner will luxuriate in its rare pietersite grips.

Louis Sullivan is credited with the saying, “Form follows function.” Yet Sullivan himself attributes the origin of this ideal to the Roman architect, Vitruvius, who wrote, “A structure must exhibit the three qualities—firmitas, utilitas, venustas—that is, it must be solid, useful, beautiful.”

Like Sullivan’s signature buildings, all Cabot pistols are designed, engineered, and finished to meet Vitruvius’ exacting standards. The Cabot Fountainhead achieves all three with superlative flair. Carter’s original artwork truly captures Sullivan’s genius.

As befits this paean to American craftsmanship, the Fountainhead will rest in a custom, museum-grade attache case.

The OAK Fountain Head by Cabot Guns has already been sold. The price was unavailable on its page. I imagine a small fortune was paid to have this exquisite 1911 apart of their collection.

What do you think of Cabot’s Fountainhead 1911? Let us know in the comments below.

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