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|"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 $10,850
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
CONVERSION OF THE COLT .44 1860 ARMY REVOLVER..1873 -1878
Following the end of the Civil War, it became quite apparent to all manufacturers that the future was the self contained metallic cartridge. While other companies such as S&W introduced the .44 American as early as 1870, Colt lingered with the percussion image of pistols. The first attempt, the Thuer was far to complicated, so the first practical and popular conversion of a .44 revolver was the Richards, using the 1860 Army. ONLY 9,000 were ever produced, a rather scarce quantity, and this accounts for the hard use most of them saw. So, a high condition Richards is a true prize. This Richards, Serial No. 19210X is from the percussion range of 1860's. It is a very strong example, with a high condition level. It has all the blue remaining in the cylinder rebate, and lots of blue on the ejector rod, filler plug, and scattered through the protected areas of the barrel. The back strap also has varying degrees of blue. The balance is a soft blue/gray untouched patina. There are even remote traces of silver on the trigger guard. The grips are outstanding, with 96% of their original Colt factory varnish. The cylinder scene is strongly PRESENT, very clear and sharp, including the Engagement Line.
Mechanically this Richards is PERFECT, on each and every phase of working operation. Historically speaking, it was the Richards the Drovers packed on those Cattle Drive North, not the Single Action. The Single Action really didn't arrive until all the Military Contracts were filled, then and only then did they make their way into the civilian market. Meanwhile the Richards were with the "boys" pointing the herds north ! PRICE $6,850
|"THUNDER IN YOUR POCKET"
2 inch COLT SINGLE ACTION .45 with Factory Letter !
Colt No. 6223X was shipped in 1880, Nickel finish, to Hartley & Graham, NY. Barrel length 7-1/2 inches, and one piece Walnut grips. Somewhere in time, probably not too long afterwards, the barrel was reduced to TWO inches. It made this Colt a FORMIDABLE WEAPON FOR THE POCKET, OR TUCKED INTO A TROUSER WAIST BAND, AND THE SHIRT CONVENIENTLY PULLED OUT SLIGHTLY TO HIDE IT! It was a choice, by whom? I would say, outlaw, gambler, lawman, someone who needed a "last ditch" shot!
The remarkable thing about this Colt, is in fact the cutting work! The barrel is professionally crowned, identical to Colt work, and it is re-sighted PERFECTLY with a German Silver front sight. NO blacksmith did this work, indeed it could have been sent back to Colt, or at least done by a professional distributor of Colt products. All parts are original to the Colt, all factory applied markings are present, and it works 100% correct mechanically. Traces of the original nickel are present, as well as traces of case color on the hammer. ONE thing we know, it wasn't made to lay in a drawer, it was made for action on the frontier! PRICE $3,650
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.
|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 $1,850
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