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SCARCE ! PERCUSSION COLT.......

COLT 1862 POCKET NAVY .36, 5-1/2 INCH BARREL

One of the least seen, and scarcest models due to limited production, and conversions to cartridge, is the Model of 1862 Pocket Navy of .36 caliber. This Model just so happened to be at the frenzy of converting '62 frame revolvers into cartridge, either .38 CF or .38 RF. This is an ORIGINAL, ALL matching Model of 1862 in the .36 percussion caliber. Serial No. 1042X, has the 5-1/2 inch barrel. Currently this '62 has about 10% of the original blue present, the balance a soft gray patina. However, it has about 60% of all the case colors still visible on the frame, rammer, and hammer. the brass guard is untouched, with a perfect mustard patina. ALL serial numbers are matching, everywhere! ALL factory applied markings are present and clear: barrel address, frame patent, serial numbers and cylinder scene !

The mechanical actions are 100% perfect, in all phases of the working actions. The one piece Walnut grips are smooth, and have only minimal handling marks, and 98% of all the ORIGINAL varnish is present. A scarce revolver to find, and this one is more than satisfactory for the collector of rare Colt percussion revolvers. PRICE $2,850

DOUBLE CASING OF: COLTS 3rd MODEL THUER DERINGERS, .41RF

"MIRROR IMAGES " OF ONE ANOTHER ! This Double Casing is unique, in the feature, it is a Leather Suitcase Style Casing, and lined with a Red baize material. Additionally, the lid is presentation embossed! Condition: Serial No. 4162X, the top one on the case , is about 99.999% of all the Colt original factory finish. Bright Nickel, bright blued screws and furniture, and perfect Ivory grips, also factory. All case colors are also present on the high hammer. Serial No. 3846X is almost the same, with 99.5% all original finish, except a small area at the breech where the lid has touched, leaving a small area of the brass frame showing. Otherwise, all blue and case colors are the same as the other Deringer.

Every detail is present on these Thuer Deringers, Barrel address, caliber, checkering on hammer etc... Mechanically, they BOTH have 100% perfect working actions.  They are a very striking pair of Deringers , with a unique leather casing, and a presentation casing. PRICE $6,250

Embossed Leather Lid: L. COL. BRIDGES

" THE ULTIMATE COLT"

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY, IN .44 RIM FIRE, WITH ORIGINAL PLUG BOTTOM  SLIM JIM HOLSTER & MONEY CARTRIDGE BELT... 1875

This outfit certainly is the embodiment of the "Old West" from 1875. Colt Single Action , Serial No. 25X is a .44 Rim Fire revolver. It is an ULTIMATE scarcity, as only @1,800 were ever manufactured through a five year period from 1875-1880. They were numbered in their own serial range. This Rim Fire is early, 1875, and has all the earliest characteristics. It has the + Italic Barrel address+, donut hole ejector, two line patent address on frame, and early style ejector housing. The caliber is marked on the trigger guard shoulder, and a very small 44 on the bottom of the barrel, in front of cylinder pin ( which has the hole in the end).

ALL factory applied markings are clear and present, barrel address, frame patents, caliber, all matching serial numbers ( cylinder & barrel, plus all other standard locations). The over all finish is about 75% + original factory nickel plate. The balance is a soft light gray patina.

The above image shows the original factory rim fire hammer. All original nickel still on trigger !

This Rim Fire Colt still has it's ORIGINAL Ivory grips, in a beautiful patina finish, and NO damage.

The best part, this SAA rim fire is 100% Mechanically correct. A PERFECT working action, each and EVERY time the hammer is pulled to the rear. NO problems !  It is IMPORTANT to remember the SCARCITY of this model, they saw HARD frontier use, today a very high percentage have cut barrels, and are not original. Many have had a barrel "stretched" to bring the Colt back to its original appearance. THIS RIM FIRE is 100% ORIGINAL and UNTOUCHED !! This may well be considered the ultimate Single Action, and with its ORIGINAL 1875 Holster & Belt, a fabulous offering for the collector.

PRICE $18,500 SOLD

 

 

 

 

The only mark on this matching belt & holster is "50".

It is worth noting: the frame, back strap, trigger guard, hammer are all in the high 90% of original nickel finish.

The barrel has nickel loss  on about the last 4.5 inches, the breech end still has the nickel plating, as well as the top of the ejector housing.

COLT 1860 .44 ARMY REVOLVER, MARKED on GRIP: K 10 CAV 1 , No 5

HISTORICAL REVOLVER USED BY THE "BUFFALO SOLDIERS" UNIT, 1Oth CAVALRY, Shown Above.

Colt 1860 Army, Serial No. 13979X is from the 1863 production of Colt revolvers, and is FULLY Military marked, with all Inspector Letters, in this case "D" or "DD". Following the Civil War, and the reduction of regular troops Black Units were sent into key Cavalry patrol situations in the West. Many 1860's were sent to Springfield for re-furbishing, and marked with a US on the trigger guard.  This 1860, however, is a completely CORRECT serial Numbered 1860, ALL matching, including the cylinder. This 1860 has perfect mechanical actions, the working actions all function correctly each time. Historically this is a very important revolver, as the 10th CAV saw action in almost ALL the Western Indian Campaigns. High Plains, Apache, all through the west, along with its sister unit the 9th. Why was this still in service, ? well the 1st Model S&W American was a limited purchase of only 1,000 revolvers , and saw poor distribution to main line troops. It wasn't until the Single Action began ( really ) in 1874 and then select units were issued, not enough arms to go around. Therefore the Buffalo Units continued with the tried and proven 1860 .44 Army.

The finish today is a soft gray patina, with traces of blue, and smooth metal. There are even faint traces of case color on frame and hammer. The brass is untouched, with a perfect and correct patina.  The grips speak for themselves, and are 100% authentic and correct. A significant piece of the history of the Cavalry in the West, and the Buffalo Soldiers. PRICE $6,500

Most of the original cylinder scene is still visible, it shows wear, but visible. The Inspector letters of "D" can also be seen , as well as the frame patent.

The right outside grip without unit marking.

     K 10 CAV No 5..MARKINGS

 

COLT, 4th MODEL , 1851 NAVY, .36 cal.. MANUFACTURED IN 1864

Serial No. 17693X is a splendid appearing example of a Civil War era Colt .36, 1851 Navy revolver. It has the 7-1/2 inch barrel, and is a single action mode revolver. It has about 60% of the original factory blue finish, with 50-60% of the case hardening colors present.

Heavy blue on barrel underside, below rammer.

The case colors have faded somewhat, but still clearly present, and stronger in the crease. All screw heads are clean and crisp. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present: barrel address, frame patent, caliber on trigger guard shoulder, and all serial numbers are present, and in the correct locations.  All serial numbers are matching, cylinder, frame, barrel etc... The mechanical working actions are perfect, each and every time the action is worked. This also applies to the loading, and operation of the rammer etc.... AN IMPORTANT facet to collecting percussion Colt's is the cylinder scene. This '51 Navy has 100% of the cylinder scene present, varying from very strong to lighter, but ALL there and easily seen.  The overall appearance is really made by the presence of Checkered One Piece Ivory grips. This was a real show piece in 1864, and a prized possession of the owner.

This 1864 Civil War era production Colt 1851 Navy is in exceptional condition, considering the 152 years of age, and it was in the era of the Civil War. Which makes you wonder, who, what, when and where ?

An excellent opportunity to own a "deluxe"  Civil War era, Colt 4th Model '51 Navy revolver.  PRICE $7,150 

COLT 4th MODEL, 1851 NAVY REVOLVER of .36 CAL. SCARCE & RARE, 4 SCREW, CUT FOR STOCK MODEL

This Colt 1851 Navy Model, of 1862, Serial No. 12804X, is an extremely scarce variation of the '51 Navy. they exist as an extremely low quantity, maybe 1,000 ? and show some variations in the group. The definitive text on '51 Navy revolvers, "'51 Navies" by Nathan L. Swayze discusses these 4 screw cut for stock models on Pages 60 - 75, and specifically the Serial Range of 128,000 on Page 69. The serial number of this specimen is only numbers from ones photographed in the text. This '51 is ALL serial number matching, , all parts cylinder, etc... It remains in excellent condition. It has about 35% of the original blue, and the balance a untouched plum patina There are distinct remnants of the case colors on the frame, hammer, and rammer. The brass trigger guard is untouched with only miniscule amounts of silver plate present. The original grips are superb ! with about 99% of all the original varnish. Mechanically this '51 functions perfectly on all working actions. The cylinder scene is completely present, a blend of strong and weak, but all there to include the "Engagement" line on the cylinder periphery. Overall this is a very fine example of a very scarce variation within the '51 Navy revolver production. One other small detail worthy of mentioning is , there is a small "2"present above the serial number on the barrel and frame. Some say, was once a pair cased, this is the No.2 Navy. Others will say a very special Colt Inspector mark on this cut for stock variation. ALL factory applied markings are present, : barrel address  (U.S. America), caliber on shoulder, and all serial numbers etc..

This is an excellent opportunity for the collector to add a very scarce '51 Navy to the collection. Comparatively speaking, this is a super fine example. PRICE $5,200

 

"BLACK POWDER" , 1887

COLT FACTORY LETTER

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, 4-3/4 INCH / EAGLE GRIP

The quintessential look ! Short barrel, .45 Eagle Grips Single Action. This one from 1887, was shipped as a blue and case color with rubber grips, in January of 1887 to one of the Colt Allies. Serial No. 11769X is a antique patina Colt, with only traces of blue, and is in a natural untouched condition of 129 years. The metal is smooth, and has a dark blue/gray/plum patina, and has never been cleaned, all original. Speaking of original, all parts are original to the Colt, and ALL factory applied markings are present. This 1887 SA is 100% perfect in all its mechanical actions: cocking , locking, indexing, and releasing to fire. ALL serial numbers are matching. The checkered hard rubber grips, of the Eagle Pattern, show hand wear, with some smoothness to the checkering, and a softening in the sharpness to the Eagle. However, all aspects of the grips are still very and plainly visible.

Black Powder Single Action Colts are in high demand, and conversely harder to find, as they have been collected hard for more than 50 years. This one is collectable, and an honest representative. PRICE $3,350

 

EARLIEST DIRECT CALIFORNIA SHIPMENT, 1881... Factory Letter

COLT MODEL 1877 DA .38, 3-1/2 INCH BARREL, ETCHED PANEL.

Serial No. 3361X  was shipped to the firm of Liddle & Kaeding, San Francisco, California in 1881. This is the ejector-less model, sometimes referred to as the Sheriffs Model or Storekeeper.

The Model of 1877n was Colt's FIRST successful Double Action revolver. Despite it's delicate mechanism, it was extremely popular. This example has about 90% of all it original nickel plate finish, and all the fire blue on hammer and trigger, just slightly darkened. MOST IMPORTANT: it is 100% mechanically correct in both single and double action modes. The checkered hard rubber grips are in fine condition with little to no wear, very sharp !

 

This is a very fine example of a DA .38 Model of 1877, with a unique and historically significant shipping address. Comes with Factory Letter. PRICE $2,000

 

 

 

COLT .36 NAVY , 2nd MODEL, a.k.a.  "SQUARE BACK NAVY" 1850 Production !

 

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 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

 

 

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