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|TEXAS SHIPPED, FACTORY
LETTER, 1891 AUSTIN
COLT MODEL 1878 DOUBLE ACTION FRONTIER 44/40
Based on the success of the 1877 Model, Colt quickly introduced a "beefed" up Model, similar in appearance to the Single Action, the Model of 1878. It came in all the calibers of a Single Action, 32/20, 38/40, .41, 44/40, and .45 Colt. It also came in the same barrel lengths, this one, Serial No. 2767X has the 4-3/4 inch barrel. Original in the blue finish, today it has about 25% of the blue, the balance has a mixed plum patina and dark blue finish. In viewing the DA 1878 it appears a much stronger finish. It has the Roll Die barrel markings, and clearly visible.
All factory applied markings are present and clear, and all parts are original. Very important, it is MECHANICALLY perfect, in all functions. Over the years, I have seen many Colt letters with shipments to Austin, Texas, namely J.C. Petmecky. This is a first for a 1878, short barrel, and the Colt matches the letter, with a small shipment of ONLY three ! It is a known fact that Petmecky supplied many Texas Rangers with their arms, maybe this one ? Texas shipped Colts always carry a certain "mystique" with them, and it shows that Double Actions were very much part of the Frontier.
|COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY, .36
The '61 Navy was a streamlined version of the '51 Navy, and has a very sleek elegant appearance, and very popular with collectors. Serial No. 1056X has about 30% Colt blue remaining, with the bulk on the barrel. However it is distributed in a manner to give an impression of more blue and a good look. Case color is still visible on the frame and hammer, but it appears more of a darkened case colored frame. The brass back strap and trigger guard still have strong traces of silver plate, most strongly on the trigger guard and surrounding area. The grips are very fine, with strong presence of varnish, ALL serial numbers are matching, with a "Colt" factory variation. The cylinder is serial numbered twice ! The correct number follows the first number on the cylinder. ALL other numbers are standard in appearance. IT IS absolutely the Colt factory as the drag line passes through the 2nd applied number , and the correct and matching number. Mechanically, this '61 functions PERFECTLY on ALL phases of the working action. The cylinder scene is very distinct and clear, around the full circumference.
This appears to be a civilian '61 Navy, however it could be a H&G purchase by a Military unit. It lacks individual inspector letters, BUT under the barrel appears a "D" which is a single letter Inspector marking !
A very fine and interesting Colt 1861 Navy. There are not that many out there as Colt only manufactured about 38,000 from 1861 until 1873. Many saw extremely hard use, which means this is a very strong example for the collector. PRICE $ 3,950
Very fine condition grips, free of any damage.
|COLT .36 NAVY , 2nd MODEL, a.k.a.
"SQUARE BACK NAVY"
In 1850 Colt rushed to the drawing board to come out with a lighter, more portable, hard hitting belt pistol. What was introduced was the 1851 Navy Revolver, in .36 caliber. The original introduction had the screw below the wedge, and after about 800 revolvers it was relocated to above the wedge. Therefore, 1st square back and 2nd square back. This Model, the 2nd had very limited production numbers also, from about Serial Range 1,250 to 4,200, only about 2,900 specimens. THIS 2nd Model Navy Square Back is Serial No. 153X. The term square back comes from the shape of the trigger guard, following tradition of the previous .44 Dragoons. This 2nd Square Back has survived over 160 years in relatively good shape. There are minute traces of blue on the surface, but a lot of case color hardening ( 35%)remains on the frame and hammer. There is also some , tarnished of course, silver plate on the trigger guard. The grips have fine antique luster, and most all the varnish is there, softened but present. The cylinder scene is barely there, but it can be seen, stronger and weaker depending where on the cylinder.
Mechanically this 2nd Navy functions PERFECTLY, on every facet of operation, no problems here ! This is just a VERY SCARCE Colt Model Navy. It is highly sought after by collectors, because with ONLY 2,900 made, and hard use there just aren't many around. All Serial numbers are matching, everywhere ! and ALL factory applied markings are present and clear, such as the New York barrel address etc.. This would be a welcome addition to any collector. PRICE $4,650
The recognizable trademark of the 2nd Model '51 Navy, a.k.a. The Square Back....... in addition you can see quite a bit of case color hardening on the frame, and trcaes of tarnished silver on the guard !
Case colors on the hammer !! and frame.
|COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER, 44/40, ETCHED
PANEL, EAGLE GRIPS, 1886
The iconic image of the Old West, and other areas also, the Colt Single Action Army revolver. The caliber Model in 44/40 was known as the "Colt Frontier Six Shooter", and so marked on the left side of the barrel, first in a acid etched panel, later a roll die.
The acid etched panel is still present, but faintly seen, as 128 years of life has taken away it's sharp appearance. never the less, it is still there " Colt Frontier Six Shooter"
This 4-3/4 inch version, Serial No. 11737X was produced in 1886, and has the classic Eagle Grips. ALL serial numbers are matching, all factory applied markings are all clear and present, barrel address etc.. Mechanically it is perfect, safety, half cock, full cock, locks tight, indexes perfectly, EVERY time the revolver is asked to function.
Overall, the finish is a smooth gray patina with "plum" tones in the patina. There is original blue scattered, as in the flutes, on top ejector housing, and around the trigger guard area. Short barreled 44/40's are not that common, and this one from 1886 has the etched panel and Eagle Grips. A very acceptable Colt for the collector. PRICE $4,250 SALES HOLD..
Very crisp Eagle Grips, high definition remaining on checkering and Eagle with Banner.
|COLT MODEL OF
1849, POCKET REVOLVER, .31 cal, THREE INCH/ NO LOADING LEVER, a.k.a. WELLS
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
|"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.
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
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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