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THE ULTIMATE RARITY IN COLT 1851 NAVY REVOLVERS
COLT 1851 .36 "FLUTED" NAVY REVOLVER..
In the world of collecting antique arms, there is always the "exception" to standard, a authentic and genuine very low production anomaly. This is it , for the 1851 Navy production, a FLUTED '51 Navy. Serial No. 11600X is a standard Navy in all aspects EXCEPT the cylinder which is fluted. Being manufactured in 1861 it fits into a pattern. At this time they were making 1860 Army revolvers with Fluted cylinders, early 1861 Navy revolvers with fluted cylinders, and later the 1862's with fluted cylinders. I believe it to be a new trend, however discontinued after early production was complete. THERE IS ONE KEY factor present. In all of the fluted models, the following was stamped into the bottom of a flute: "Patented Sept. 10th, 1850". THIS NAVY has this patent roll, proving the flutes were cut BEFORE the patent was applied !!!! It is a "spot on" exact roll, IT IS THE COLT FACTORY marking !! Secondly, the serial number is also stamped into the bottom of a flute, further proving the cylinder was manufactured as a fluted cylinder from the beginning.
This "Fluted " '51 Navy came from a collection started before WWII, and has been passed down until now, when the last inheritor decided to sell. Some 40+ year veterans of this business of antique arms have examined this Colt and agree it is genuine. They recollect having seen maybe ? one before, and maybe? a photograph of one , a maybe an article more than 2 decades ago in a trade publication. Today, it has a soft gray overall finish, with some plum patina in places. Some minute traces of blue and case color. ALL serial numbers are matching, including wedge, cylinder, and rammer lever. ALL factory applied markings are present and clear : barrel address, frame patent, serial numbers , cylinder patent etc... The mechanical action is PERFECT, cocking and locking with each cocking of the hammer. The one piece Walnut grips show hand wear, but are smooth and have a fine antique luster. IF you want to OWN the rarest 1851 Navy, and probably as of this writing the ONLY one known, and definitely for sale, here is the opportunity.
PRICE $ 15,000 SALES HOLD
|COLT MODEL 1877,
" LIGHTNING REVOLVER", Factory Letter.......... 1879
The very first double action revolver produced by Colt was this Model of 1877. It came in basically 2 calibers, the .38, and .41, however there was a .32, and extremely scarce. the firm of Kittredge in Cincinnati gave this model the " popular names of .38 Lightning, and .41Thunderer , also .32 Rainmaker. They became very popular, very quickly, in a variety of barrel lengths. This .38, Serial No.1684X has all the desired early features. Namely, no ejector, and the acid etched barrel panel, and the 3-1/2 inch barrel.
A PERFECT acid etched Panel.
This Lightning has 99.9999% of all its original factory nickel plate finish. Plus most of all the fire blue contrast colors on the parts. It is highlighted with the most rare ONE piece Ivory grips, also in magnificent condition.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR: This 1877 DA .38 has PERFECT mechanical properties, it works perfectly all the time !
All the "fire" blue is present on the hammer back, as well as the same for the trigger.
|COLT MODEL 1862
POLICE , .36 REVOLVER...Manufactured 1863
This is an absolutely stunning revolver. The condition of Serial No. 2198X is exceptional. It has 99.99% of all the original bright Colt Factory blue, 99% of all the case colors on the frame and hammer, only slightly subdued, and 50% of all the silver plate on the back strap and trigger guard.
ALL THE VIVID CASE COLORS ARE PRESENT, JUST SLIGHTLY SUBDUED.
ALL THE SILVER IS ON THE TRIGGER GUARD, AND UNTOUCHED WITH THE ORIGINAL DARK TARNISH IN SPOTS.
The grips are pristine, with all their original varnish. This '62 Police saw no use whatsoever, and maybe fired less than the number of fingers on your hand. The ramming lever has 100% of all its case hardening colors. Mechanically this Police is PERFECT in EVERY phase of operation, including cocking, ramming to load, and then cocking to fire. It has the very desired longer barrel of 5-1/2 inches. ALL serial numbers are matching, and ALL factory applied markings are clear and present. It would be very hard to add a better '62 Colt Police to a collection. PRICE $7,250 SOLD
THE 1862 POLICE IS CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE THE ULTIMATE STREAMLINED COLT OF THE PERCUSSION ERA.
|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. ALL parts are original to this '51 4 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 4 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 $ 4,950
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", in Omaha Nebraska. Probably related to the leather workers, saddles, 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 SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 / SHIPPED TO BROWNING BROTHERS. 1890.... COLT FACTORY LETTER....
Serial No. 13467X is as the COLT FACTORY LETTER details, 7-1/2 inch, .45, Blue. It has about 35% of all the original factory blue, mostly concentrated on the barrel, flutes, and protected areas. The front of the frame actually has strong case color hardening remaining, and the hammer shows some case color. The Eagle Grips are perfect, no damage, and show only slight hand wear.
The mechanical actions of this SAA are perfect, all the hammer notches present, it cocks, indexes, locks, and releases to fire correctly. All screw heads are clean, and some have blue on them. ALL factory applied markings are present and well defined. ALL serial numbers are matching, and all parts are original to this Colt. This SAA was shipped into Utah Territory, to Browning Brothers, of notoriety and fame. Utah did not become a state until January 4, 1896, so this is Territorial Shipped. All Colt collectors know the scarcity of Territorial shipped Single Actions, especially one like this one, to Browning Brothers. In passing, this was only a 2 Colt SAA shipment. PRICE $6,950 SOLD
|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".
|COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, U.S.
MILITARY, ONE PIECE WALNUT GRIPS, 1877
CARTOUCHE ON LEFT GRIP "DAL" FOR DAVID A. LYLE, PLUS 1877 DATE.
CARTOUCHE ON RIGHT GRIP "JTC" FOR JOHN T. CLEVELAND.
These grips are authentic, period grips. The show normal hand wear for their age, but have no chips missing, or damage!. A pair of grips like these are nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find, and if you need them, this is a great opportunity. It is exceptionally rare to find U.S. grips as a single item ! PRICE $450
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