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|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
MODEL OF 1878, DA "FRONTIER" 44/40, FACTORY LETTER, 1887, CHICAGO, "ETCHED
Following the successful introduction of Colt's first Double Action, the Model of 1877, Colt introduced the Model of 1878. The '78 is basically a double action , single action revolver. It has the weight , size, and calibers of a SAA, including 44/40 caliber. It was very popular, and many notable persons on the frontier found favor with the 1878. This one, Serial No.1953X was shipped in 1887 to Chicago, Illinois, and H. S. & B. It has about 90-95% bright original blue finish, the balance is a blending of plum patina under some blue and blending very well. The working action is 100% correct: cocking, indexing, locking, and releasing to fire, each and every time the action is worked, BOTH double and single action. ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, serial number etc.. The brilliant Nitre Fire blue is 100% present on the hammer reverse and trigger.
This 1878 "Frontier Six Shooter" is very striking, and the brilliant high polish blue shines, as well as the firs blue parts, hammer etc.. The lanyard ring is still present, and ALL parts are original to this Model of 1878.
The left side of the barrel sill has the "etched panel" COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER", however it is faded and light, BuT present.
100% perfect checkered hard rubber grips, both sides !
FIRST LOOP OF HOLSTER IS MARKED 44
COLT SINGLE ACTION, "CFSS", COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER...44/40 **Original Holster & Cartridge Belt.**
I say this is a scarce configuration because, it is a 4-3/4 inch barrel, etched panel, wood grip model. This Colt CFSS, Serial No. 9891X was shipped into Kansas in 1886, to a major and historical dealer. The factory letter is as you see the Colt, same finish, and specific characteristics. Currently, there is about 20% of the original nickel plate remaining, the balance is a soft gray patina. There is some "pepper" dotting on the hammer, once side only, as the other side has 80% of the nickel plate. There is significant nickel finish on the cylinder, and areas of the recoil shield. All parts are original to this Colt, all serial numbers are matching, and all factory applied markings are present and clear: barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers. Mechanically, it is 100% correct on ALL of the working actions, each and every time! The original Walnut grips are smooth showing normal hand wear and no damage. This is simply stated, a very nice western, more than likely Cowboy Colt, carried in Kansas, Cattle Country !
PRICE $5,995 SALES HOLD
The acid etched caliber panel is still present, just somewhat faded" Colt Frontier Six Shooter"
|COLT SINGLE ACTION 38
WCF (38/40)..FACTORY LETTER..TEXAS SHIPPED 1892
This Single Action Army, in 38/40 caliber, shipped in 1892 to Austin, Texas, to a dealer famous for it's clients! Serial No.14517X, was finished at the factory with a nickel plated finish. Currently, it shows the life of a Texas Single Action, you see, they were used here!! Overall you could say it has 75% of all the original nickel plating, but the left side is the stronger side. This Colt was carried, therefore, it shows holster wear. As the left side is better than the right, which "rubbed" in the holster with motion on the cylinder, as it should. The 38/40 was used NOT abused ! Mechanically this SAA is 100% correct with each and every working action required for the revolver to function. It is a colorful Texas Frontier Colt, condition is not everything, lets remember the people, and how they used it ! that's historical value. With the exception of the holster wear on the cylinder, this is a pretty good Texas Colt. ALL factory applied markings: barrel address, frame patents etc.. are clear and present. ALL serial numbers are matching. The grips are the correct checkered hard rubber pattern, and show reasonable hand wear, with factory checkering still strong. as well as the Rampant Colt logo at top of grips. Like I said, they didn't lay in a drawer in 1890's Texas, we used them here! Which gives a Texas Colt it's special identity and appearance.
PRICE $3,750 SOLD*HOLD
|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
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
Serial No. 5124X is a relatively scarce configuration for an 1877 DA .38. It has the 2-1/2 inch barrel, with etched panel.
This was Colt's first double action revolver, introduced in 1877. Despite a delicate mechanism, it as very popular, and had strong sales. The 2-1/2 inch is the shortest standard production barrel, with 2 inch and 1-1/2 inch being seldom produced, and seen on the collectors market. This 1877 was shipped in 1885 to N. Curry and Brothers, San Francisco, California. It has about 65% of all the original nickel plating, and most of the bright blue on the hammer reverse and trigger. MOST IMPORTANT: ALL mechanical actions work perfectly, on both double and single action modes. The hard rubber grips are very crisp, and strong checkering remains.
A scarce version in 2-1/2 inch, and a very UNIQUE and exciting shipping location, still early on into California shipments. PRICE $1,950
|COLT NEW POLICE
.38, A.K.A. "COP and THUG" REVOLVER....1884..
Of all the series of New Line revolvers, this Model was the only one with a barrel mounted cartridge extractor as standard. It was manufactured in a very small quantity, only about 4,000 between 1882 and 1886. This one is Serial No. 1719X, from 1884. What makes it are the Cop N' Thug hard rubber grips !
BOTH GRIPS ARE IN PERFECT CONDITION !
The barrel was acid etched with New Police .38, this is still found on the barrel, It has some wear from being carried, but still visible to the eye.
This Cop N' Thug has about 85% + of all it's original factory nickel plate finish. All the fire blue remains on the trigger and hammer reverse. Mechanically it functions perfectly on all working phases. For a Cop N' Thug this is a very high condition example, and few are to be found !!
PRICE $ 2,650 SALES HOLD
|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
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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