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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
RARE CONFIGURATION & CALIBER
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY, 38 COLT, BLACK POWDER FRAME OF 1895
The caliber of 38 Colt was introduced in 1877, with the "Lightning" DA Model. However, it was not until 1886 it appeared in the Single Action variety of calibers. Even then, ONLY 1,011 were produced until 1914, so a Black Powder Frame .38 Colt of 1895 , with a 7-1/2 inch barrel is a RARE, RARE specimen. I would say, it is probably in the very first ones made, early in the production numbers. THIS IS ALL ORIGINAL, Factory Configuration, and the barrel is marked 38 COLT. Serial No. 16167X has a solid and uniform dark blue/brown patina finish, and untouched. It has checkered hard rubber grips showing normal hand wear, and NO damage on them. Mechanically, it is 100% perfect and correct in all operating functions: half cock, full cock, locks tight, releases to fire, cylinder has celerity for firing action. ALL factory applied markings are clear and distinct, with strong hammer knurling. As the great Radio personality Paul Harvey was fond of saying, NOW for the rest of the story! : I felt a Colt of this scarce variety deserved a Colt Letter. I telephoned Colt, and paid for an expedited letter , and received the information by phone at once. NOW, do you believe humans make mistakes ? workers get tired, and errors occur? You should ! here is why: When looking up the Colt on the data base it came up shipped to a firm called Louis Erhardt Co. , Atchison, KS., June 8, 1895, BUT as a 38/40, 4-3/4 inch...this was questioned because this Colt is all original, no question. So, the original old leather bound log books of 1895 were opened, and what do we see ! The old lined ledger pages gave up human frailty ! the IMMEDIATE line directly below !! no space gaps...showed a 7-1/2 inch , .38 Colt SAA shipped to San Juan Harbor Co., June 18, 1895. Simply put, the clerk in 1895 wrote the wrong Colt opposite the line of revolvers serial numbers. This is a .38 Colt shipped to the San Juan Harbor Co. in 1895. An interesting and extremely scarce Colt, it also tells a story, San Juan, that would be Puerto Rico. Interesting in the fact the War of 1898 was just three years away ! PRICE $4,250 *SOLD/HOLD
|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 !
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
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
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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