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The double action revolver played a significant part in the history of Colt, and the Old West. Starting in 1877, 1878, 1889, and finally in 1892. The Model of 1892 reflects subtle design changes in the locking  mechanism ( external stop bolt notches) from its direct predecessor the Model of '89. This is a TRUE Model of '92, with barrel address ending in the 1888 patent line. The Colt letter states this was part of a 3 gun shipment, in 1894, to a distributor who shipped to the west from Cincinnati. The 3 inch barrel is quite scarce ! with the norm being 4-1/2 inch or 6 inches. It has about 50% of the factory nickel plate remaining, the balance is a soft gray original untouched patina. Case color can still be seen on the hammer, and blue on the trigger. ALL factory applied markings are present and legible. It is 100% mechanically correct on all working actions. What really sets this 1892 apart are the grips ! Carved Steer Head pearls ! Quite unusual for this Model. However, this Colt and rig came out of the Dakota's.

I think it is worth noting that the Colt DA Model of '92 was embraced on the Frontier. One particular area was Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory.  Marshals Heck Thomas, Bill Tilghman, and Chris Madsen, all carried Colt Model 1892 Revolvers while chasing the infamous Daltons & Doolin gangs. Plus many others, why ? because it gave them an "edge" in  fight.  PRICE $2,650 SOLD/HOLD




This Colt Frontier Six Shooter is about as good as it gets ! maybe not condition, but a life of adventure !!!This is an 1896 Colt, Serial No.16621X, and was part of the real west, and then the west of EARLY movies.  Briefly, as documents come with this Colt explaining all in great detail. Bison Films was an eastern company attempting to make Western films with lots of Indians. Their eastern locations were not suitable, so they packed up, went to California. Stroke of luck, while there the Miller Brothers 101 Wild West Show was performing. They immediately saw opportunity, all they needed was already there, so they packed up moved to Ponca City, OK, and changed their name to Bison101 , and new western films rolled out. Early stars like Tom Mix, even Will Rodgers, came to be known, and none more authentic than E. ( Enos) Canutt, actor and stuntman. This revolver is marked many ways, for many things:

Please note the 'B" by the hammer bolt, and BISON stamped into the frame. Then punch dot stamped are the letters "E.C." Undoubtedly for Enos Canutt.  The back strap is also punch dot marked with other symbols, as is the butt between the grips. The Colt itself has some of the original blue remaining, I would say about 10%, the balance is a soft gray patina. Mechanically this CFSS has a PERFECT working action. The checkered hard rubber grips show use ! no damage just use, and hand wear.

There is a small notebook of valuable information that comes with this Colt CFSS

If you like the Old West, and those Mythical beginnings of the Western Films, when the 20th century was in it's infancy, and 1900 was a new world, then how could you not be romantic about this Colt? PRICE $5,900

This side of frame is punch dot "A" with a dot in the letter, plus for arts sake they re-circled the rampant Colt.

Another interesting feature is the fact down the barrel are punch dot symbols for all the suits of cards: Hearts, Spades, Diamonds, and Clubs.


A Territorial "Rig" matching Money Belt/Cartridge Loops, and Plug Bottom Holster, from @ 1884 . This Holster will hold the Iconic Single Action Army revolver with the 4-3/4 inch barrel, in either 44/40 or .45 based on cartridge loop size. The original "plug" is still present in the bottom of the holster. It has the classic rectangle nickel plated buckle, with "clipped" corners.

It is interesting to note, that both the buckle and billet has been moved at one time in the distant past. Perhaps the "Rig" changed owners, or the owner lost or gained weight. Either way the change is an ancient one.

The most important factor of this "Rig" is it is marked by the maker: J. S. Collins & CO., Cheyenne, Wyo. If you look at the text "Packing Iron" you will note that Collins was only in Cheyenne a short time, so it makes this outfit even more desirable. Additionally, during this period Wyoming was a Territory, NOT a State !! Very seldom do you find a matching set these days, as over time things become separated, broken, mixed and matched by owners for many reasons etc.. Here we have a Territorial, outfit, from a well known maker, a high plains outfit for the Iconic Colt. Condition: it shows use, NOT abuse, NO broken stitching, ALL original, even the plug in the holster. It has the original Russet color, with some darkening due to sweat and wear use. A very select opportunity for the collector of western " leather" or to complete the perfect pairing with a Colt Single Action Army. PRICE $ 1,950

Cartouche on Holster back : J. S. Collins & Co. Cheyenne, Wyo.

Maker cartouche on the belt...A MATCHING outfit!!




Without doubt, one of the rarest Colts one can find, or collect, is a Colt presented to an individual, by Samuel Colt himself ! Generally it was noted as "from the Inventor" or Col. Colt. This one is engraved as Col. Colt.  This Model is also referred to as the Side Hammer Model of 1855, the design of Elisha K. Root, and also Samuel Colt. This is .28 caliber, and has the 3-1/2 inch barrel, and was finished in the blue. Serial No. 1088X has about 2% of the original blue remaining, the balance is a soft natural untouched gray metal patina.  The Rosewood grips have about 90% of the original varnish, with minimal wear/use marks. the Colt factory applied markings are clear and perfect, particularly the "finger pointing" 1855 Patent, Hartford barrel address. Surprisingly the Indian & cabin fight scene on the cylinder is remarkably clear, somewhat faint, but can be clearly seen. Mechanically, The solid frame ROOT WORKS 100% CORRECTLY ON all PHASES OF THE WORKING ACTION. This Root Model is significant, as because it shows the future thinking of Colt for the company. In 1855 all Colts operated with an "open top" frame, it would not be again until 1871 with the Cloverleaf, and later Single Action a solid frame was employed. A VERY HISTORICAL & SIGNIFICANT ROOT NO.2

Price $ 6,250






This 7-1/2 inch Colt Frontier Six Shooter had a very colorful history in the Old West ! The FRISCO System ran through Indian Territory, all the way through Texas to the Galveston Coast. To say the least, a rough and dangerous route. There was a term in the late 1800's  used for the men who would have used these revolvers. "Cinder Dicks". These men were Railroad Employees, not outside agencies. Their job was to guard the rail yards, equipment and cargo. Most of all, keep transients from riding the rails free. These men gained very quick reputations for brutality and enforcing Railroad Rules. THIS Single Action, without doubt would have been the property of the Frisco System RR and carried by a Cinder Dick ! The right grip is so marked:

The other grip shows "bang" damage, sometimes used as a hammer, or club to beat the transgressors in the Railway Yard or Freight Car.  The Colt itself, Serial No. 6257X is all matching, except the trigger guard which is 103733. It has been together forever, so I suggest the original guard was flattened beyond repair in an "incident", and replaced with the current trigger guard. This would have been an "Etched Panel" barrel, CFSS, but through use the panel is not visible. It has 25% of the original nickel plate remaining, the balance is a smooth plum/gray patina. Mechanically, surprisingly it is 100% mechanically correct on each and every working action ! A FABULOUS Colt with Early Railway/Texas history, FRISCO, the REAL DEAL ! PRICE $ 4,250

NOTE: the photo at right shows the Frisco Line Locomotives across Red River into Texas from Indian Territory.

3 DIGIT SERIAL No., Mfg'd. in  1861

COLT 1862 POLICE .36 REVOLVER, 5-1/2 Inch

***PROBABLE Factory Engraved Back Strap...

An extremely interesting '62 police ! Currently it has about 20% of the original blue finish, mostly in wear protected areas.  The case color is definitely visible, but faded, and stronger in some areas of the frame. ALL parts are original to the '62 Police, and ALL serial numbers are matching. It is , without doubt, a first week production specimen, with Serial No. 23X. In addition it has the Hartford barrel address, not NY. ALL factory applied markings are present: Serial No.'s, frame patents, barrel address etc.. The mechanical action is crisp and exact, each time the revolver is cocked. It cocks, locks, indexes, and releases to fire correctly. In 1861 Washington D.C. was less than 100 miles from Richmond, the Confederate Capital. Panic had seized the city, they were "arming" themselves against imminent Invasion by "Marsh" Robert, and the Army of Northern Virginia. BACK STRAP: probably , by appearance, Factory Engraved: R. ETCHISON, WASHINGTON D.C. I have conducted several preliminary searches, and many "Etchison's appear, all connected to the Civil War, and in Washington. NO DOUBT, this was a soldier, politician, War Dept. Official etc.... arming himself for the forth coming conflagration.

There is an excellent opportunity for the collector and diligent researcher here, to discover history !


ALL the original factory varnish is present, except for a "coat" wear at the very bottom of grip.

@ 1860's Black Patent Leather Type Flap Holster with Red Leather Trim and Plug Bottom


OVERALL SUPERB CONDITION FOR A HOLSTER FROM THE 1860'S : no broken stitching etc...original brass closure intact.

PRICE $350

COLT 3rd MODEL .44 DRAGOON, Civilian Model @ 1856

This is an outstanding Dragoon, and remains all original and untouched as it is offered for sale. The original blue has since aged into a correct plum patina color, and remains all original. The case hardening colors on the frame have silvered out, and very strong traces of the case color silvering are present. ALL Serial No's are matching, including the wedge and rammer. The cylinder also is matching, and has a very strong presence of the Texas Ranger and Indian Fight scene , and the acid etched panels framing the serial number.

The acid etched panel, above and below the serial number on the cylinder is vividly present and clear: Model USMR ( above) and Colts Patent  (below), as well as most of the cylinder roll scene.

The Walnut grips still have about 95% of the original factory varnish, and are smooth , only with one edge wear on right hand side. Typical of a coat brushing the grip day to day. This Dragoon is untouched, best part, the brass is the old "mustard" patina, never having been cleaned. The mechanical working actions ALL work perfectly, and it locks up tight each and every time the hammer cocks the Dragoon.


It is most unusual to find a Dragoon this clean and untouched, with defined etched panels, cylinder scene, varnish on grips (as this is a Civilian variation). As most look like a brown mass of metal, unless you step up to a strong five figure Dragoon. This Dragoon is suitable for the most discriminating collector, and is early Colt history. The men who carried these Dragoons were as Rudyard Kipling said, " this is when the boats were of wood, and the men were of iron" !  PRICE $8,950


The Texas Ranger & Indian Fight Scene is still present, although it shows wear, you can certainly make out the Indians, and the bulk of the scene.



This Single Action Army, Serial No. 11335X, shipped in 1885 to a dominant western dealer in St. Louis. It shipped as it appears, 4-3/4 inch, nickel, hard rubber grips, .45, in February. Currently, it has about 50% of the original nickel plating. It is distributed mostly on the top to right hand side of the barrel, including the ejector tube. Also found on the hammer, trigger guard, back strap recoil shields and loading gate. There are even traces of blue on the screw heads. ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers, caliber marking on trigger guard bow etc... ALL parts are original to this Colt.  The working actions are 100% perfect on each and every phase ! the Colt has the original factory Eagle hard rubber grips, and they are in magnificent condition. The E Pluribus Unum can still be seen on the banner above the Eagle !

A fine example of a Colt .45 Single Action from the 1880's, Black Powder Era.







This 4-3/4 inch ,.45 Cal. Colt Single Action Army revolver was shipped into the heart of the "Old Southwest" Territory of New Mexico in 1887. The destination is, and I can only say, so far unique, and no others as of now are known, to this destination. Silver City New Mexico Territory. All other information as to dealer is in the Colt Letter. Along with the Colt letter are some other historical info documents about Silver City, even a picture ( copy) of the Silver City Baseball Team of 1887. This is a significant ship location, as even though the "hey day" of 1882 had passed, there were still plenty of the "Santa Fe" ring members around, and many of the criminal actions of the just a few years ago period. Additionally, Silver City was "tough enough" on it's own being a rowdy mining camp. This Colt, Serial No.12203X shows the hard life of the southwest, but only finish, as it is 100% mechanically correct in every manner of working actions. The finish is a collage of blue and plum patina, mixed with gray patina. However, there is actually quite a bit of case hardening color on certain areas of the frame, and most definitely on the hammer. The singularly most eye catcher to this old territorial Colt are the Ivory grips. It has an enormous "Bull Head" relief carved on the right hand grip, so it would show when carried. The other side is plain and both sides have the beautiful color of age and antiquity. The Bull Head side shows an ancient repair, perfectly executed, therefore NOT diminishing the appearance. For those collectors who really like the "look" of the "Old West" , this is it, and further more IT IS the REAL old west, a Territorial verified by Colt Factory letter. Then within that category, an extremely rare ship location within the New Mexico Territory. When you hold it ,you can feel the history ! PRICE $7,950 *SOLD / HOLD





This Single Action came out of New Mexico, however was not shipped into the Territory, but like many SA's found it's way to the wilds of the southwest. In 1882 5-1/2 inch barrels were not all that frequent, so it has a bit of uniqueness. It was a blue revolver with case colors. Today it has about 10% of the blue, mostly on the trigger guard and protected areas. Case Colors are more present, just faded, the frame has about 95% of all the case colors, just severely faded, but can be seen when examining the Colt. The balance of the finish is a soft gray/plum patina. Actually a very crisp Single Action, just an antique patina finish. ALL factory applied markings are present, and ALL serial numbers are matching, 8128X, ALL parts are original to the Colt, and the hard rubber Eagle Grips are in very fine condition. We will never know why ? but the base of each grip "scalloped" or notched , what have you ! An artistic Cowboy, or keeping track, you pick! The mechanical action is 100% perfect, on all phases., very crisp. Black Powder Eagle Grips Colt Single Actions are ever increasingly difficult to locate, and are highly sought after. This is a very honest example, and worthy of purchase.

PRICE $3,950

"EARLY", COLT FOUR SCREW, .36 CUT FOR STOCK '51 COLT NAVY seen on Page 68, in Swayze's '51 Navy Revolvers book...1857...

It seems that in 1855 Samuel Colt got the idea of a revolver with a detachable stock. It apparently came from the Springfield Model of 1855. he was always interested in Military Contracts, and set his designers to create a pistol, which could be fitted with a detachable stock. The very first attempts were not produced, as they fitted like a 1855 and were simply not practical. The first true and practical pistol with detachable stock was this Model. Serial No. 7463X has ALL the features, of the early model:

  • Recoil Shield Cut for Stock Attachment
  • Iron Trigger Guard & the Back Strap, also cut for stock
  • Four Screw Frame
  • IMPORTANT : Factory Installed Sling Swivel in front of Trigger Guard

This close up clearly shows the Sling Swivel, and the Four Screws used to attach the Stock.

This Early Four Screw Navy is incredible, after so many years the mechanical action is still 100% on all phases of the working actions. The grips are smooth, with a fine antique luster and appearance, and no damage. ALL factory applied markings are present, and visible. The finish has original blue spots scattered on the revolver, ghost images of case color on the frame, and mostly a medium gray patina. ALL parts are matching, even the wedge ! The revolver shows minimal signs of having the stock attached, as Swayze mentioned, this accounts for the extreme scarcity of stocks, few produced and separation. Yes, this '51 is not a high condition specimen, BUT what it is , is an INCREDIBLY RARE & SCARCE Colt, with miniscule production levels. Simply put, NEVER seen on the market for Colt collectors and '51 Navy enthusiasts. Therefore, MORE than acceptable as a collectable Colt, a rare '51 Navy find ! PRICE $5,350


The cylinder scene is still present, it is worn and faded, but still visible and present. Also frame patent clear and present.


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. An honest example of a unique Black Powder Colt Single Action, and few of them can be found in this assembled condition. This Colt shipped to Simmons Hardware, St. Louis in 1891, and letters as seen in images.

PRICE $ 4,150



FEBRUARY 28, 2017


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