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CAVALRY REVOLVER .....!
COLT 1860 .44 ARMY REVOLVER
"K 10 CAV 1 , No. 5"
This is an 1863 issued U.S. government, Union Army, Civil War revolver. It is fully U.S. Inspected, with the letters "D" and other single letters on various parts of the 1860 Colt. While the bulk of the Army was "back east" fighting Confederates, the Plains Indians took full advantage of the situation. Their raids and transgressions greatly increased. Before Custer, there was the "Fetterman" Massacre, orchestrated by the Sioux Indians. IMMEDIATELY ! following the end of the War, Cavalry Troops were dispatched west ! Many of the Black Troopers saw a Military Career as an option, and several units, mainly the 10th were known as the "Buffalo Soldiers". They were dispatched right into the Dakota's and Montana to pursue the Sioux. They were ALL carrying Colt 1860 .44 Army revolvers. Serial No. 13979X (all matching) IS ONE OF THEM, and a VETERAN of the Sioux Wars! The grip is AUTHENTIC and clearly stamped showing TRUE field wear, K 10 CAV 1, No.5.....Today the 1860 has maybe 5-10% blue in protected areas, and is actually a correct patina finish revolver. There are even faint traces of case color. ALL Colt company applied markings are clear and present. Mechanically, it works PERFECTLY ! in all phases of operation. This is an EARLY example of a field used Colt during the Plains Indian war. Incredibly historical !!! PRICE $6,850
Cylinder Scene still present, along with Inspector Markings, and Serial Number line, and Patent Dates.
|1 of 1 Shipment, for an
Individual buyer, 1894
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, Factory Letter.....
It is very unusual to find a single piece shipment, designated for an individual. This Single Action, Serial No. 15857X, is exactly that unusual shipment. Shipped in 1894 to J.R. Caldwell, care of E.C. Meachum , St. Louis. It appears in the letter as you see it here, 4-3/4, .45 nickel finish. Except the nickel finish has long ago worn off, leaving only a clean gray patina. It has the standard Hard Rubber grips. The mechanical actions of this Colt are perfect, in every phase of operation, cocking , firing, locking, indexing etc... a very crisp action. All factory applied markings are present, and clearly visible. J.R. Caldwell was a very historically important figure in two states. He was the sitting Judge in Andrew County, Savanhaus, Missouri, and eventually wound up as President of the First National Bank of Fandia Kansas. During his long career, he rode as a Circuit Judge, traveling Missouri and hearing cases. NO DOUBT this man needed protection, and certainly carried this Colt Single Action !! There is much, much more information that accompanies the sale of this Colt, as well as the Colt Factory Letter.
PRICE $ 3,300 SALES HOLD
|COLT FACTORY LETTER, 1883
Black Powder, Short Barrel, Wood Grip .45..scarce configuration.
Serial No. 9142X was shipped in 1883, in the "classic" configuration, with walnut grips. Today, the SAA has about 65% of the original blue, but it has darkened. In fact there is still fire blue present on screw heads. The balance is a blending dark plum patina. In fact, you can see some case colors on the frame. Mechanically this Colt .45 is PERFECT, it cocks, locks, indexes, and has celerity of fire. All factory applied markings are present, and very clear to the eye. ALL serial numbers are matching. The walnut grips have most of the original factory varnish, and have a "hand smooth" patina, with excellent appearance.
An excellent example of a scarce short barrel , wood grips, Colt SAA .45. A true veteran, and a survivor of "the heyday" of this Model. PRICE $ 3,850 SOLD
ARSENAL, RE-ISSUE COLT 1860 ARMY .44 REVOLVER
" BUFFALO SOLDIERS"
Following the conclusion of the Civil War the Government had huge amounts of surplus arms, pistols, muskets etc... The troops went home, leaving only a small standing Army, which was greatly needed for Frontier service. During the war the Indians of the plains grew very aggressive in their raiding activates, as the presence of the Army was all "back east". Now, troops were being shipped to the west, and they needed to be armed. The pistols were all used, so as many as possible Colt 1860 Army revolvers were sent to the Springfield Armory, and some to Colt, to be re-furbished. In the beginning there was an attempt to maintain serial number integrity, but like the Artillery Colts to follow, that soon ceased, and mixed numbers were the standard. The first real significant appearance of these Colts after refurbishment was in spring 1874 when they went with the 12 companies of the 7th Cav. on the Sioux campaign. At that time a few of the S&W American 44's were issued, but the bulk of the fighting troops were carrying the Springfield 1860's. Beginning in late 1873, and VERY slowly, some of the New Colt SAA .45's made their way into Cavalry units. However, so slowly the mainstay was still the refitted 1860's. Eventually by the later 1870's, Colt .45 distribution improved, but there were not enough so they went to all the main Cavalry units. This left the 8th, 9th, and 10th Cavalry to be issued the continued re-furbished Springfield 1860's. These Units were the "Buffalo" Soldiers. These units were issued the recently refurbished 1860's. It was policy at that time, the Black units got all new items last to never, and used refurbished weaponry.
ALL of these re-furbished 1860's wee uniquely marked, with a large U.S. on the trigger guard, in front of the trigger bow. This Colt 1860 has mixed Serial Numbers:135408, 12998X, 8313X. The barrel on this 1860 has no serial number. It was at the time, a brand new spare parts barrel placed on this Colt when refurbished. It IS THE ORIGINAL Springfield barrel to this Colt. The overall finish shows traces of blue here and there, but mostly an overall antique "plum" patina. the brass is untouched and has a perfect patina. The wood grips show normal handling use, except the right grips which is "trophy" notched. Mechanically the 1860 is PERFECT in each and every working action, to include the lever and loading process. This is a SIGNIFICANT piece of history, as the "Buffalo" Soldiers were in many PITCH Indian battles on the plains and southwest, and THIS IS one of the 1860 Army Colt's that was there !!
Observe the notches in the right grip, somehow I believe these to be genuine, due to the service history of these Springfield Colt 1860's.
There are fragments of cylinder scene scattered on the cylinder, but the patent line is perfect !
Additional information on the Springfield 1860 Re-Issue revolvers can be found in the February 2009 Gun Report Magazine.
|COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY .44,
"DUG-UP", DISCOVERY, AND
"5 CHAMBERS LOADED"
This Colt was unearthed right after World War ii, in the southwest corner of Colorado, near present day Cortez. It hung in the kitchen of a ranch house for all those years until finally, it has been sold. The "discoverer" put the hand carved wooden grips on the Colt, I guess they looked better to him than the plain grips straps. The purchaser of this Colt can make the decision to keep them, or remove them. I think they look "ok". The Serial Number can be seen on the brass trigger guard, no where else, and it is 79339. BUT, THE CHARM TO THIS DUG-UP RELIC IS, FIVE CHAMBERS REMAIN LOADED AND CAPPED !" You know we will never know, BUT there is a story here!!
|COLT SINGLE ACTION
ARMY .45, 4-3/4 INCH BARREL, EAGLE GRIPS, "BLACK POWDER" 1892........
This image is probably the most "iconic", the short barrel Single Action, in .45 Colt. It conjures up all the images of the Old West, and the dramatic events of that era. Serial No. 14767X, was manufactured in 1892, and the accompanying purchase story was that this Colt saw service on Bozeman Montana ranches. Today it shows signs of use, but a well cared for use ! It has about 5% of the original blue finish, in the protected areas, like the cylinder flutes, and trigger guard areas. The balance of the surface is a soft gray patina. The case color hardening on the frame is faded, but certain areas have strong traces of the case hardening still present. ALL factory applied markings are sharp and clear: barrel address, serial numbers, frame patents, etc... ALL Serial Numbers are matching, and ALL parts are original to the Colt. The checkered Eagle Hard Rubber grips are in excellent condition, showing minimal hand wear.
Mechanically, this Colt SAA is PERFECT. The action is correct in each and every movement, and it locks tight ! A fine example of a Black Powder era Single Action .45. PRICE $3,650
|1885 - 1895 MOTHER OF PEARL, RELIEF CARVED
" BULL HEAD" COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY GRIPS
You could almost say, the artist that carved this pair of grips was trying to capture the look of a very angry Bull ! This pair of grips has bright flashing high quality Mother of Pearl colors. These are high relief carved grips, with the head standing nearly 1/4 inch above the background Pearl. They are in superb condition, no cracks, no chips, and still having sharp edges. They certainly have the ability to really enhance the value and appearance of the "right" Single Action. PRICE $2,250
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