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|COLT SINGLE ACTION
WESTERN SHIP LOCATION...BILLINGS , MONTANA ? FACTORY LETTER
This 4-3/4 inch .45, Serial No. 18978X, has excellent potential ship location. The factory letter, an unusual one, lists the name of the receiving dealer, and gives 4 locations. All in the western U.S., except one. Only two were in the shipment. Billings Montana is one of the locations, and due to the size of the other cities, much larger, with only two in the shipment, Billings Mt. would be the more probable choice. This Colt has about 55%+ of all the original blue finish, the strongest location on the barrel, and cylinder. However, quite a bit around the trigger guard area. The outlines of case color can be seen ion the frame and hammer, but mostly faded to a gray/silver color. All factory applied markings are clear and present: barrel address, frame patents etc... The checkered hard rubber grips show little to no wear, and are very crisp. Mechanically, this Colt operates 100% correctly on EVERY phase of the working action.
An excellent example of a short barrel Colt SAA .45, in blue and case colors, with a potential ship location all collectors are seeking ! PRICE $4,995
Strong blue on the trigger guard and back strap, crisp grips, and you can see the faded outlines of case color on the frame. Excellent screw heads.
|INDIAN TERRITORY ......... (OKLAHOMA)
..COLT FACTORY LETTER..
Perhaps of all the Territorial shipped Colt Single Actions, no other territory stirs the imagination as much as Indian Territory. With good reason, the Doolin Gang, and a plethora of others, such as "Skeeter" Baldwin, "Cherokee Bill" etc.. ALL arch criminals and killers. The toughest lawmen worked Indian Territory, Heck Thomas, Bill Tilghman etc...in a never ending battle. All working out of Judge Parkers Court in Ft. Smith. This Colt, Serial No. 26536X, is in the 38/40 caliber, and letters as such. It has the 5-1/2 inch barrel, and strong traces of remaining blue finish, The balance today is a "plum" patina, mixed with spots of blue in protected areas. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present: barrel address, frame patents, serial no's etc.... It is 100% mechanically perfect, in each and every phase of the working action. Somewhere in Muskogee, maybe a jeweler, it was very skillfully engraved. Not Colt quality, but very fine engraving never the less.
A very fine silver plaque ( thin and long) was inlaid in the barrel, probably for initials or a date, some thing to make note of. Although it is blank to this date. Along with the Factory Letter comes some information about Turner Hardware and Indian Ty. A very attractive revolver, and probably carried by someone who cared ! thus the local engraving, and Ivory grips. Indian Territory, is a real plus value to this scarce Colt. PRICE $5,995 SALES HOLD *
The Colt is sporting fine antique Ivory grips, original to the revolver and Indian Territory.
|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 $2,150
.44 COLT CF, Conversion of the Colt 1860 Army Revolver, 1877
This is by far the scarcest of all the 1860 Army conversions to metallic cartridge, as only 2,100 were produced! Immediately following the Civil War, it became apparent to Colt, the future was in metallic self contained cartridges. The first attempt, the Thuer, was, well a dismal failure. Then the RollinWhite patent was struck down, and bored through chambers were available to all the makers. Historically interesting, at the same time Colt already was making the Single Action Army .45 for the Military. However, ALL production was to fill Government contracts. Therefore, they began converting the 1860 Army to .44 Colt center fire cartridge. The civilian market was demanding cartridge revolvers, and Colt rallied to supply them, with an old familiar pistol, the 1860. The first model was the Richards, which had a spring mounted firing pin in the frame, and the barrel was a percussion barrel, with the rammer hole plugged. Then the 2nd type, Richards-Mason, where the recoil shield was cut to allow the hammer to strike the cartridge directly. Yet, still using the plugged 1860 percussion barrel. The final and most elegant issue, was the 2nd Richards-Mason. For the first time, it used a BARREL made for the cartridge revolver. Very similar to the 1871-1872 open top barrel. ONLY 2,100 were manufactured, making it the most desirable of the conversions, and showed the new Colt image, ALL cartridge revolvers. Serial No. 621X is a Mason-Richards conversion, firing the .44 Colt cartridge. It is totally matching, all serial numbers, and including the cylinder. It has small amounts of blue remaining mostly in protected areas, the balance is a soft gray UNTOUCHED natural finish. The metal is smooth, and ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, frame patent, serial no's. cylinder scene. It is 100% mechanically correct in EVERY operating function. It still sports an 8 inch barrel. THESE are the Colts that were in the old west, the cattle drives, the town tamers, the outlaws, etc...as SAA's simply were not available at that time ! The market was the 1860 conversion, and Colt made the very best of the demand !
NOTE: Another design feature was the use of an Iron back strap, and trigger guard, a complete with the percussion era.
A real Colt of the REAL Old West, and great step forward from Colt into the complete Metallic Cartridge era. PRICE $4,500
NOTE: The solid "S" barrel, designed for cartridge only, no characteristics of the percussion barrel.
NOTE: The hammer passes through the recoil shield and strikes the cartridge directly to fire the Colt.
NOTE: One hold over for this Richards-Mason, is it still has the Naval Engagement rolled cylinder. The scene is weak, but still present ! Note: Two line patent on frame.
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 $ 2,850
|TEXAS SHIPPED, FACTORY
LETTER, 1891 AUSTIN
COLT MODEL 1878 DOUBLE ACTION FRONTIER 44/40
Based on the success of the 1877 Model, Colt quickly introduced a "beefed" up Model, similar in appearance to the Single Action, the Model of 1878. It came in all the calibers of a Single Action, 32/20, 38/40, .41, 44/40, and .45 Colt. It also came in the same barrel lengths, this one, Serial No. 2767X has the 4-3/4 inch barrel. Original in the blue finish, today it has about 25% of the blue, the balance has a mixed plum patina and dark blue finish. In viewing the DA 1878 it appears a much stronger finish. It has the Roll Die barrel markings, and clearly visible.
All factory applied markings are present and clear, and all parts are original. Very important, it is MECHANICALLY perfect, in all functions. Over the years, I have seen many Colt letters with shipments to Austin, Texas, namely J.C. Petmecky. This is a first for a 1878, short barrel, and the Colt matches the letter, with a small shipment of ONLY three ! It is a known fact that Petmecky supplied many Texas Rangers with their arms, maybe this one ? Texas shipped Colts always carry a certain "mystique" with them, and it shows that Double Actions were very much part of the Frontier.
PRICE $3,750 Sold/Reserved
|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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