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COLT MODEL OF 1849, POCKET REVOLVER, .31 cal, THREE INCH/ NO LOADING LEVER, a.k.a. WELLS FARGO MODEL....

The reason this is called the Wells, Fargo Model has been lost in obscurity. It is simply a three inch barrel, with no loading lever attached, a true Pocket Pistol. The Model of 1849 is significant because it is the following model to the "Baby" Dragoon, and the first new deigned Pocket Pistol made at Hartford. Serial No. 10139X was made in 1855 as a three inch, no lever. IN FACT , ONLY 4,000 were ever made in this style!! That would make this a very RARE Colt percussion revolver ! The Model of 1849 had longevity, and was not discontinued until 1873, attesting to it's popularity. This one is a 5 shot cylinder, and is mechanically perfect ! Every time it is cocked it works flawlessly. ALL factory markings are clear and present: frame patent, serial numbers ( all matching), barrel address. The grips still have much of their original factory varnish finish. There is about 3% silver on the back strap and trigger guard, the rest is a soft brass patina. The revolver has a soft gray/light gray patina, no rust, and smooth metal. The cylinder still has a very strong portion of the Stage Coach Hold Up scene.

A very pleasing example of a very scarce Colt percussion revolver. PRICE $2,850

 

 

COLT MODEL 1855 SIDE HAMMER POCKET REVOLVER...MODEL No.2

COLT FACTORY ENGRAVED by GUSTAVE YOUNG, Exposition Level Engraving.

This Root Revolver, mistakenly named after Elisha K. Root ( Colt designer), when actually designed by Samuel Colt himself, is Factory Engraved. It bears the prefix "E" before the serial number on the underside of the barrel. Serial No. 273X is the first serial range and production, and is in .28 caliber. It has the 3-1/2 inch octagonal barrel, and wrap around Walnut grips.

 It is profusely engraved, at Exposition level quality, by Gustave Young, including the deluxe engraved hammer. The cylinder still has the acid etched Colts Patent, and serial number, plus about 40% of the original blue with plum patina tones. Overall it has about 10-15% of the original blue , excluding the cylinder which is about 40% with plum tones. The engraving is CRISP, CLEAN and sharp, and all present. It shows the perfect and beautiful execution of Gustave Young.

Mechanically it operates PERFECTLY on ALL phases of loading, cocking, locking, indexing, and firing. It still has 99% of all the original Cabin & Indian cylinder scene.

Without a doubt, this is one of Young's finest engraving works, small ,detailed and elegant. This is an early Root, being in the first run of revolvers, @1855 , and was undoubtedly engraved for display at an exposition, or made for presentation. It has the unique "pointing finger" as part of the barrel address.  Simply exquisite !

PRICE $6,500

 

 

"A SERIOUSLY IMPORTANT REVOLVER TO THE EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF COLT"  1871 - 1872

COLT OPEN TOP .44 RIM FIRE

Following the conclusion of the Civil War, it became quite apparent the future was in self contained combustible cartridges. The percussion era was on it's way out ! Colt immediately reacted by CONVERTING existing percussion revolvers to cartridge revolvers, the largest being the '60 Army to .44 Colt. However, in 1871 Colt introduced the Open Top revolver, and it was significant. There were NO percussion parts involved ! It had a cartridge only barrel and frame, however the open top lingered a little longer. This revolver was chambered for the .44 Henry rim fire cartridge. Manufactured from 1871 - 1873 in a SMALL quantity of 7,000 revolvers. SO ! today, they are VERY scarce, and SELDOM seen in ORIGINAL condition. Untouched ! only by time, and 142 years! This Open Top is Serial No. 139X. It has about 55% of the original factory nickel, and ALL factory applied markings are present and vividly clear. The cylinder scene is quite remarkable, even the engaged line is crisp and visible. Very important, ALL parts are original to this Open Top, and numbered the same, parts, serial numbers etc.. ALL factory applied markings a clear crisp, and present. The grips show wear, not abuse, just the act of being used some 142 years ago. Even some original varnish is still present.

In the world of scarce all original Open Top Colt revolvers, this is a very strong and very collectable example.

PRICE $6,950

 

COLT FACTORY CASING OF THE 1862 .36 POLICE REVOLVER.....1865

Considered by many Colt enthusiasts to be the most elegant streamlined design from Colt of the percussion era. This 1862 Police, Serial No. 2936X, is the 6-1/2 inch round barrel, and Factory Cased in 1865.

Present in the factory casing are all the correct accoutrements. The combustible packet has 4 of the fire prepared loads in perfect condition, and is wrapped in plastic to protect the delicate paper. The flask is the correct Eagle and Shield pattern, with a slight variation, it is in the much rarer Zinc Metal, rather than copper or brass. The mold is of particular interest, It is THE blued factory mold for this casing, as it is specially marked 36P ( P for Pocket) plus Colts Patent on front of mold. The tin is an Eley 100 size, and has all the varnish on the body of the tin.

This is a exceptionally high condition casing, and RARE for a '62 Police. The Police has 90% ++ original bright blue on the barrel, and cylinder, and about 35% of the case colors. The case colors are present in higher quantity on the frame, very strong on the hammer, and present on the creeping lever.

The Walnut grips have 99.99% of all their original factory varnish. The grip and back strap area have only slim traces of the silver, BUT the brass is UNTOUCHED and has the correct "mustard" patina of 149 years of natural aging. This is a 95%++ overall condition 1862 Police, and still from early production being made in 1865. Cased examples are SCARCE !. The case has all the ORIGINAL lining, slightly faded, but NO rips or tears. The exterior has a fine antique luster and original finish of 1865. ALL serial numbers are present and matching, including grips and wedge. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present. Mechanically this '62 Police is perfect, in each and every function. It would be extremely difficult to improve on this standard factory blue finished 1862 Police revolver, not to mention the 6-1/2 inch barrel is the least of the volume produced. Factory casings were few and far between, which increases desirability. PRICE $10,250

 

The beautiful golden oak casing has the factory correct bottom, made of pine.

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .41

     NICKEL  PEARL...1890

This Single Action is just a little unique, in the serial number. The year 1890 started at Serial No. 130,000. This Colt is No.1300X0, making it the 70th Single Action produced in 1890. My initial impression of this Colt is that it was a constant companion to someone. It was exposed to heat, cold, light, darkness, rain and drought. It has about 99% of the original factory nickel plating present. However, it has small area flaking of the nickel over most of the revolvers surface. The flaked areas have a slight gray color to them. However, the Colt maintains a strong appearance, and a uniform nickel finish appearance.  ALL factory applied markings are clear and present, all serial numbers are matching. The barrel address and frame markings are clear and present. The 41 cal is plainly marked on the front trigger guard bow. Mechanically this Colt is PERFECT in every working action. This Colt is very striking as it has Mother of Pearl grips. The grips are original to the Colt, and show beautiful color and radiance, only acquired after more than 100 years.

This type Colt Single Action has strong collector appeal to a large segment of collectors. As it remains ALL original and untouched, and that is important. The .41 caliber was highly regarded in certain corners of the Old West by knowledgeable shooters. It was a precursor to a magnum type round. Light recoil for improved accuracy, and a heavy impact punch. You can find many Texas Rangers who carried a .41 Colt Single Action. PRICE $3,995

 

 

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