For me it's not about the gold or the engraving it's about the shape of the reciever and the overall lines of the gun. Guns with a cross lock are boxy looking to me. The LC Smith comes in second. As cross locks goes I like the Charles Daly. I like the old Ithacas and have shot some fine scores with it but the Parker I like magic when I point it.
For elegant looks, I would put the L.C. Smith first because of the side plats. The Ithaca 4 E would be next and the Parkers would be third. I think the exposed hing pin of the Parkers detracts from the otherwise clean lines. A.H. Fox made a wonderful single trap gun, but it did have a rather large and boxy receiver.
Bakers are in a class by themselves. This conclusion may be shaded a bit by the fact that once I had a small Baker collection.