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"UNIQUE PRODUCTION VARIATION"
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, 4-3/4 INCH...1891....
This is a very unique Colt, and an example of the "work ethic" of Colt Firearms in the 19th century. This Single Action, Serial No. 13992X, demonstrates Colt's dedication to NO waste! This .45 is made from Military Over-run parts, except the barrel. The frame is an RAC frame, and all the other parts bear the Military Inspector letter "K". Colt made a few too many on a Military contract, and what they did was use the Military parts in Civilian assembly. So, we have a .45 , 4-3/4 inch revolver made mostly of military parts. It does have a straight forward civilian 4-3/4 inch barrel, and of course hard rubber grips. It has about 15% of the original blue remaining, mostly on protected areas. Case hardening colors are very strong BUT faded. They can be seen on the frame, and the hammer. The checkered hard rubber grips show normal to light handling, but in time someone ( 19th century) carved a "W" in the base of the left grip.
Mechanically is it 100% perfect on all the working actions. ALL factory applied markings, barrel address, serial no's, patent etc.. are all distinct and vividly clear. It would be interesting to obtain a factory letter, and see where this Over-run Colt was shipped. An honest example of a unique Black Powder Colt Single Action, and few of them can be found in this assembled condition.
PRICE $ 4,150
HISTORICAL COLT SINGLE ACTION .45, HARRIS COUNTY TEXAS...
DEPUTY SHERIFF BENNIE CRANFORD...COLT FACTORY LETTER, & NOTARIZED AFFIDAVIT OF PROVENANCE
Colt Single Action .45, 4-3/4 inch, Serial No. 16448X was the property of Deputy Sheriff, of Harris County Texas ( Houston) Bennie H. Cranford. To the right is a wonderful image of Cranford. Also with this family notarized package comes his Badge !
The badge is hallmarked on the back "Sterling".
This Colt .45 SAA has a natural and untouched dark blue/plum patina. ALL factory applied markings are clear and very legible, and ALL serial numbers match. ALL parts are original to the revolver. It has a 100% correct and crisp mechanical action, on all phases of working operation.
This is an extraordinary chance to own an actual working Colt Single Action from Texas that was carried by a Deputy Sheriff in Harris County. The best part you can see him !! and have the Badge he wore. Texas Lawmen are somewhat legendary, and he looks the part ! Even better, it comes with a Colt Factory Letter detailing shipping information, and it is a Black powder antique Colt. This has all the factors of desirability ! THE REAL DEAL TEXAS LAWMAN SINGLE ACTION!
PRICE $ 5,850 SOLD
Here is Deputy Sheriff Cranford, mounted on horseback, maybe on Fannin St. in Houston around 1898 - 1900. The photo is a giant cabinet card, framed, and trademarked by Houston photographer, and identified in ink of the subject.
Notarized family document attesting to the originality and the Colt, and the fact it was the property of Deputy Sheriff Cranford, plus the other items.
COLT MODEL OF 1851, .36, 3rd
It is truly an honor to offer this Colt 3rd Model Navy for sale, as it has all the most desirable qualities for the collector. Serial No. 3910X is very ! high on condition. It has ALL the original silver remaining on the grip strap and back strap.
There is 90%+ of all the case colors remaining on the frame, just ever so slightly faded. ALL the factory varnish is on the Walnut grips, which remain in perfect condition. The barrel has 80% or more of all the original bright Colt blue, and the loading lever has traces of case color.. ALL factory applied markings are present and perfectly clear. All serial numbers are matching, with one exception. The wedge is numbered, but not to this serial number. However, this is definitely an occurrence from the 1800's, and has been withy this Navy over 150 years. Mechanically this '51 Navy operates PERFECTLY through and during ALL phases of mechanical operation. Simply put, perfect mechanics!
ALL CYLINDER SCENE PRESENT AND DISTINCT !
This is without doubt a very fine Colt 1851 Navy of 1854, 3rd Model small trigger guard. One of this age and condition are nearly impossible to find.
The line "Engraved by Ormsby, NY" is still on the cylinder below the Colt Patent line, pristine cylinder condition.
Case colors on hammer and frame , plus vividly clear cylinder scene.
|COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY,
4 SCREW, CUT FOR STOCK !
With Interesting Features !
The 4 screw, cut for stock 1851 Navy is discussed in detail on Pages 67 - 75 in the text by Nathan L. Swayze, " 51 Colt Navies". It is defined by early models and late models. This example Serial No. 11790X is a late model in the 100,000 range. It is interesting to note, that many were made for Military test trials , others as standard production. Either way in some cases as LOW AS 55 were known produced ! This is an extremely rare & scarce variation of the '51 Navy revolver. The overall finish is a soft and untouched charcoal to light gray patina, with traces of tin plate at the muzzle. The brass is an untouched "mustard" patina, ALL original. The grips still have most of their original varnish, and are in excellent condition, except for a slight peeled chip on the left grip. ALL factory applied markings are present, and clear to include the NY US America barrel address. The cylinder scene is slightly faded but completely visible.
Mechanically, this revolver is PERFECT, it cocks, rotates, indexes, locks, and releases to fire perfectly, with each cocking of the hammer. ALL serial numbers are matching, except loading lever, which is in the same serial range of production. ALL parts are original to this '51 four screw.
1. This '51 was originally Tin Plated, and at the Muzzle of the barrel for about 2 to 2-1/2 inches, Tin Plate still is present !
2. A small number 2 is present on the frame, below the frame serial number, which indicates this was once one of a PAIR !
To me, what this means is that it was a double case set of tin plated 4 screw , cut for stock Navies, MAYBE ? even cased with a Canteen Stock !! Perhaps presented to a Military combatant in the Civil War.
This four screw, cut for stock may well be the scarcest of all '51 Navy models, and is seldom IF EVER seen for sale, or seen period ! PRICE $4,850
A clear view of the 4 screw frame, and cut for stock recoil shield. Even traces of the Silver Plate on the trigger guard are visible.
|COLT MODEL 1851, .36 NAVY
Original Military Holster
In the book, " '51 Colt Navies" by Nathan Swayze, pages 80 -82, he expresses that during the issuing period far more ! were issued to the Army, than the Navy. This .'51 Navy Model, Serial No. 7362X, is U.S. issued, and still along with it's military flap holster.
In addition to the U.S. found on the frame below Colts Patent, there are several inspector letters , such as " L" present. This '51 has an untouched pleasing dark gray patina, with some "plum" tones present. ALL factory applied markings are present and very clear, and ALL serial numbers are matching. The cylinder scene is still very legible and defined.
It is hypothesized that many of these '51 Navy/ Army issued revolvers went to Kansas, as it was a "hot bed" of trouble in 1857, and right up to the Civil War. The operating mechanics on the Navy are PERFECT, all phases of loading, cocking, locking, firing, and the cylinder cycling ! Samuel Colt was a business building genius, he "gifted" many, about 5%, and the doors to the U.S. Contracts remained open to him. The '51 Navy was the FIRST major Military Contract revolver, in sheer volume alone superseding the Walkers and Dragoons combined. It would not be until the '60 Army such numbers would be passed. Despite the volume, U.S. '51 Navies are NOT that often encountered, and fall into the scarce category. This one even scarcer as it has its original Army Flap Holster. A fine addition for the collector of Navy revolvers, Military revolvers, Colt collectors , or collectors of history from a epic period in U.S. history.
PRICE $ 4,850
The grips are in beautiful original condition, and the Inspectors Cartouche is clearly visible. ! The cartouche of A.D. King, ADK is present and visible. He was the Inspector for this Navy.
|COLT MODEL OF 1878, DOUBLE ACTION .45
COLT FACTORY LETTER 1891
Colt was always or close to the cutting edge in advances with firearms. In 1877, they introduced their first Double Action, the Model of 1877. It was small, and chambered for "pocket size" calibers. Colt quickly recognized the market for a large frame double action, similar to their single action, they designed the Model of 1878, and it came in large calibers, .45, .44/40 etc... This example, Serial No. 2930X has the traditional barrel length of 7-1/2 inches, and in the stand by Colt caliber of .45. Currently, it has about 65% of the original bright blue, blending into a perfect plum patina, giving the appearance of a much stronger finish. ALL factory applied markings are present and vividly clear. The checkered hard rubber grips, on the crescent grip are nearly perfect, with fresh appearance. Mechanically, it works perfectly when used in a single action mode, then also works PERFECTLY in the trigger pulling double action mode. NO mechanical issues here ! It has a very interesting ship destination! " The COLLINS GUN COMPANY, Omaha, Nebraska. Probably related to the leather workers, saddles, and holsters etc....Collins.
PRICE $ 4,150
A very pleasing Model of 1878, and excellent ship location. When a handgun was called for this model was favored by legendary "shootist" Tom Horn !
|COLT MODEL 1878, DA
.45. "FAT GRIP", 1881, FACTORY LETTER .."BRIDGEPORT ATTACHMENT"..HISTORY...100%
Authentic and Original 19th century Bridgeport Stud, with 1878 DA .45 Colt.
This Colt, is called a "Fat Grip" because, the early models under 5,000 had a larger grip. This one, Serial No. 499X is a "Fat Grip" with a history. First, the overall condition is as follows: 60% of the original nickel plating, found predominantly on the cylinder, trigger guard / back strap area, and some on the forward frame. The hard rubber grips are in very excellent condition. All factory applied markings for this model are present and very legible. An interesting point: the action is ONLY double action ! In examining the hammer of this revolver, it appears that the notches wee professional removed, leaving a smooth hammer face. So, double action is the only firing mode. This would make sense, as being spun from the Bridgeport stud and rapidly fired, ALL you want is Double Action, it goes with the whole idea of the Bridgeport. According to the documents that accompany this Colt, it was once the property of a Virginia City, NV Sheriff in the 1880's. It was bought from the Sheriff by a William Towne, then passed down through the family, and sold by Wm. R. Towne. This information is present on a small document written by Mr. Towne. Along with the DA 1878 comes interesting information. A copy of an 1883 Catalogue offering the Bridgeport Rig !
The copy of the information found in the above 1883 Catalogue. ALL OF THIS comes with the sale of the Colt.
To the purchaser of this RARE "Fat Grip" Colt 1878 DA .45 "Bridgeport" comes all the paperwork, catalogue and documentation.
PRICE $ 6,850
SEE Footnote for below.....
Mr. Townes hand written history on this Colt DA .45 "Bridgeport " Rig.
*** FOOTNOTE** The previous owner spent a great deal of time and money and had an expert make him a Bridgeport Clip, from the original Patent Drawings, and fasten it to a belt, EXACTLY as it would have been in 1883. Even the style belt buckle. This also will go to the buyer of the Colt, and allow him to actually try and see how it was to carry this Colt.
|" A MOST UNIQUE
COLT REVOLVER " dating to the LATE 1840's to 1850's period..
DRAGOON / WALKER COLT, ALL OLD, AND PERIOD TO THE TIME FRAME LISTED.
This revolver is a mystery as to it's existence. The rear half of the revolver is all 1st Dragoon Colt parts. It has been examined, and re-examined by many authorities, and it is the opinion that all those parts were manufactured by Colt, and are 1st Dragoon parts. The barrel, is from Colt Walker production. This is an evolutionary type revolver, an interim Colt.
The frame still shows some remnants of case coloring, and the barrel traces of blue.
This Colt Percussion .44 revolver is the product of Colt Dragoon parts, and a Walker barrel. The entire package is "OLD", this is NOT an Italian copy, and NOT a modern re-pro. It is an old Colt revolver from the mid 19th century. The reason for the marriage of the two models we will never know, or why? Perhaps a Colt revolver for the secondary market or the frugal use of parts for a secondary market revolver. It has the "heft" of the Walker, and it was actually used "during the day"
Original Lead fill hole for the V-Spring
This revolver has no maker identification, and is not marked in any way. It is in every way, a large Colt Dragoon/Walker pistol from the mid 19th century. Lunchbox parts? left over parts, secondary market dumping, either way, a solid specimen. So, if you always wanted a "Walker" and the price left you in the cold, this is a close connection, and a 19th century Colt revolver. More of a unique Colt than perhaps standard production.
AFTER EXAMINATION AT THE RECENT LAS VEGAS ANTIQUE ARMS SHOW, (JANUARY 2013) BY A TEAM OF ONGOING RESEARCHERS INTO THE WALKER COLT, IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THIS IS A COLT FACTORY BENCH, "PROTOTYPE" FOR THE 1ST MODEL COLT DRAGOON. EXHIBITING 1ST DRAGOON PARTS, MIXED WITH WALKER PARTS. THE RESEARCH TEAM HAS UNCOVERED STARTLING INFORMATION ABOUT WALKERS, AND WHEN THEY ACTUALLY WERE FIRST MADE, PREDATING 1847! THE HISTORY OF THE WALKER, A.K.A. "OLD MODEL ARMY REVOLVER". AGAIN IN LAS VEGAS WINTER 2015 THIS COLT WAS DISPLAYED ALONG WITH OTHER UNIQUE WALKER PISTOLS.
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