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KANSAS SHIPPED, 1886

  FACTORY LETTER

  SCARCE CONFIGURATION

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 HOLD* Sale Pending

The acid etched caliber panel is still present, just somewhat faded" Colt Frontier Six Shooter"

COLT 1862 POLICE, GUSTAVE YOUNG, EXPOSITION LEVEL ENGRAVED, from 1863, FULL SILVER PLATE, FLYING EAGLE GRIP..

Volumes could be said of this 1862 Police .36 revolver, with a 4-1/2 inch barrel. An ultimately important revolver then in 1863, and even more so in 2016. This '62 Police was either the property of a very financially well to do individual, or made for presentation. Speaking of individuals, this '62 Police  once resided for many years in the famous collection of G. W. "Bill" Stewart of Sonora, Texas. I personally knew Bill, and he was a student of antique arms, and only the finest entered into his collection. This '62 Police, Serial No. 1568X is full Silver Plated, and about 95% remains, the balance just slight fading, and some dark spots near the entrance of the rammer. Overall, for the age, an incredibly strong Silver Plate revolver from antiquity. The engraving is all very strong, and shows no wear. It is in exposition level quality, the style of flowing vine & leaf pattern, and  very precise curls, with a pearl dot background.  The original 1863 Grips are fantastic, the right grip being an Eagle in Flight, the other plain Ivory. The grips show the fantastic patina that only 150 plus years can produce. There are many Gustave Young signature  marks of engraving on the revolver, the back strap, and upper shoulders of the back strap. However, one significant one is the hammer, and the Wolfs Head on one side , and  scaled on the other.

The Colt Patent marking is clearly seen in the flute, Pat. Sept. 10th, 1850.

Regarding factory markings: ALL factory applied markings are clear and well defined: NY barrel address, frame patent, and all serial numbers. Which are ALL matching including the engraved wedge! Mechanically, this Colt '62 Police is PERFECT, in each and every working action, each and every time.  This is simply a EXTRAORDINARY Colt Police 1862, beautiful in appearance, and the engraving of the Master, Gustave Young. It was very important in 1863, and even more important to collecting today, in 2016.

PRICE $ 8,850 SOLD*HOLD

The presence of IE on all the parts signified, Engraved/Ivory. Factory workers took extra care in finishing this example as they knew it was to be engraved, and fitted with Ivory.

UTAH TERRITORY SHIPPED  1888 , FACTORY LETTER....

This 4-3/4 inch, Colt Single Action Army  was shipped in 1888 to Utah Territory. It is a .41 caliber Colt, and went to Western Arms & Cartridge Co. Territorial shipped Colts always hold a great fascination with collectors, as there is no doubt, they went West, and into the untamed west of the 19th century. This one , Serial No. 12670X ( all matching ) has a small amount of original blue remaining, mostly on the back strap and in the cylinder flutes. The balance is a soft light charcoal patina.  Traces of case color hardening can be found on the front of the frame, near cylinder, and ejector housing. There are traces of case colors on the hammer, but the trigger still has almost all the bright fire clue ! ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, frame patents , caliber marking etc... Mechanically this Colt SAA is 100% correct in each and every working action functions. The checkered hard rubber Eagle grips are very nice, showing minimal wear for its age, having sharp and distinct patterns.

Salt lake City must have been quite a town in 1888, not even actually a true part of the U.S., but a Territory. This is where this Colt arrived at, a Territorial City on the Frontier, perhaps this is why all collectors want a territorial shipped Colt. The problem, is, there just weren't that many, and they are very difficult to find.

PRICE $ 4,850 SOLD*HOLD

 

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

ADAMS EXPRESS CO. , SACRAMENTO, CAL.

Sign for display purposes only......

COLT 3-1/2 INCH ROUND BARREL CONVERSION, of the 1849 POCKET, SOLID BARREL, .38 Rim Fire

This is a very significant Colt revolver to California history. Prior to the Gold Rush of 1849, the sending of packages, letters, documents was  a good business but really an easy East Coast business. After 1849  the country had its borders expanded rapidly, and the need for FAST express package and document service from coast to coast was a necessity! Adams Express was in California first, followed closely on their heels by the new Wells, Fargo & Co. It was an instant rivalry that continued until 1918 when all the Express Companies were dissolved into one, American Railway Express, by William McAdoo, Woodrow Wilson's Son-In -Law. This Colt Conversion is of particular interest BECAUSE it is script ENGRAVED on the back strap: Adams Exp. Co. , Sacramento, Cal. , which is the State Capitol.

Regarding the Colt Round Barrel: It is in remarkable condition for an Express Company revolver It can be said it has 95%++ of all the original Colt factory nickel plate finish, with some flaking loss on trigger guard and back strap. If not for that it would be a 99% revolver, which the frame and barrel in fact are. All the case colors are visible on the hammer, and the grips still have 99%+ of all their original varnish, and show no damage. Mechanically, it is 100% on ALL phases of the working action. ALL parts are original and matching, and the Serial No. of 189X is in all the places it should be. This is a very significant and historical Colt, part of the great coast to coast sage of American commerce in the 19th century, one of them being Adams Express.

PRICE $5,250 SOLD*HOLD

 

The holster is also VERY unique, a California style "Bikini" Holster ORIGINAL to this Colt.

The cylinder scene is PERFECT and crisp, as well as all factory applied markings like the frame patent.

 

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

COLT 1851 .36 NAVY, 3rd MODEL , 1857, a "U.S." Issue, and very scarce !

In the text " 51 Navies" by Nathan Swayze, Pages 80 -82, it states, far more were sold to the Army, than the Navy, during this period of time. Serial No. 7737X was manufactured in 1857, and delivered to the U.S. Army, NOT the Navy. It is marked on the side of the frame below the paten U.S., and has ALL the Military inspector marks throughout, such as "M".

 In addition it has visible cartouches on both grips. It is said, there were a few thousand of these in total, so a very scarce revolver! This one has about 25-30% blue remaining on barrel, mixed with plum patina, for an excellent appearance. Of course, under the rammer is 100% blue ! The case colored frame has silvered out, and is a medium gray in color. Case color is still present on the hammer. The Brass is correct, as it was Military and left plain, and it has an untouched perfect patina ! ALL factory applied markings are present and clear ! as well as Military markings. It is also 100% original, and the WEDGE and GRIPS are numbered to this Navy. It is 100% mechanically correct, in all functions.

Although worn from hand use on the grips, BOTH grip cartouches are present and can be seen. NOTE: unlike later cartouches, these tend be be higher on the grip, and very correct for this Model.

 

A very unique, and scarce revolver in the chain of military Colt's and their history with the U.S. Government prior to the Civil War. PRICE $ 4,650 SOLD/HOLD

 

 

The cylinder scene is 100% present, including the "Engaged 1843" line at cylinder edge, some wear, but scene remains intact !

 

 

Colt Single Action Army .45

FACTORY LETTER  1889.. SHIPPED TO SAN ANTONIO TEXAS...Black Powder

One hundred twenty six years ago, almost to the day, on September 18, this Colt SAA was shipped to a major and well known dealer in San Antonio Texas. This Colt, Serial No. 13002X has the very popular 4-3/4 inch barrel, and highly sought after Eagle hard rubber grips. Despite its age, and probable every day use, it is 100% mechanically perfect. The finish is a muted blue/gray patina, and the frame has faded out to a plum brown cased hardened appearance in most areas. ALL serial numbers are matching, and ALL factory applied markings are clear and present, ie...barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers etc..

 

The Eagle grips shows normal wear, not abuse, as there are no breaks or missing chips etc.. Well, all I can say is: this Colt sauntered down the streets of San Antonio Texas, hearing the guitars from the Cantinas, moving cattle in the stock yards, and maybe !! even an altercation or two? Maybe on the hip of a Texas drover, wearing his Texas style sombrero. As you can see, this Colt was carried, and used, it has SOMETHING to say, we just need to listen ! PRICE $4,650

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

 

 

 

CALIFORNIA SHIPPED...FACTORY LETTER..1885..

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

 

 

 

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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