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A COLT WITH A STORY...1888

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45. 7-1/2 INCH... NEVADA GRIPS !

This Single Action has a story, and it displays part of that story in Nevada. Serial No. 12784X is a Colt that was carried and used by a proud owner. Currently it is a soft gray patina finish, with some darker patina sporadically on the revolver. ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, frame patents, all matching serial numbers. All parts to the Colt are original to this Colt of 1888. The mechanical action is very strong: safety, it 1/2 cocks, full cocks, locks, and the cylinder indexes correctly and locks tight for firing, with a smooth release. What makes this such a charismatic revolver, that says, " I was there, and took part" are the totally unique grips. Unique to the state of Nevada, where it was a player in the late 1880's.

The right grip is ornately decorated. It has a Silver Band diagonally across the grip, then two Silver Stars. Note, one star is a six point star, the other a five point star ! Both grips are Pearl, dating to the period, and have the wonderful iridescence only age can offer. Now, to the rest of the story: this Colt has been in few hands since the original owner who was from the Eureka Nevada area. As the verbal history goes, the owner was a "perceived" tough guy and gambler, profiting on the miners silver strike. One day, he got into a high stakes game, he busted out, including this Colt which was thrown into the pot also! From there it stayed in a few collections, one family for more than 25 years. This is simply stated, one of those unique pieces of individual history, a unique individual grip adornment from the Silver of Nevada and it TALKS to you ! Is it a high condition Colt , no, but it exudes what more collectors should value today, Western Frontier heritage.

PRICE $3,800

GALVESTON TEXAS SHIPPED 1895.. COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44/40..COLT FACTORY LETTER..

Serial No. 16327X has a very pleasing appearance.  It has about 5% of the original blue, but the balance is an untouched natural medium gray patina with minimal traces of plum coloring. ALL the factory applied markings: barrel address, frame patents, matching serial numbers, Roll Die Barrel, Colt Frontier Six Shooter are all vividly clear. The working action is precisely crisp: safety, half cock, full cock, indexes, locks tight and releases to fire. A perfect working action. The checkered hard rubber grips show limited hand wear, as the checkering is still strong, as is the Colt Logo at top of the grip. ALL parts are original to this Colt.  The Letter and the Colt match perfectly, 5.5, blue, 44/40. This Colt shipped to W.F. Stewart, Galveston , Texas.

This period in history Galveston was still a very rambunctious town, and had it's fair share of Wild West theatrics. So, a Single Action was still a good investment in ones own health insurance.

PRICE $ 4,750

BEAUMONT, TEXAS 1905

COLT FACTORY LETTER

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .41....

Single Action Army Serial No. 26518X was shipped into Beaumont, Texas in July of 1905. The letter states blue, 5-1/2 inch, .41/C. Today the Colt still has the SAME configuration. The finish is no longer a bright blue, but a gray/plum mixture. A patina finish which has not been disturbed, it is all original as time has brought it forth to this point. The cylinder does show some stronger hints of the original blue, the balance is a plum/gray patina. ALL factory applied markings are still present and clear: Barrel address, barrel caliber, frame patents, and all matching serial numbers. The hard rubber grips show everyday hand wear, as the checkering is very light ! but the Colt logo at top of the grip is strongly visible. The working actions are PERFECT, on ALL phases. Safety, half cock, full cock, indexing, locking tight, and releasing to fire. ALL parts are original to the Colt.

What was Beaumont ? In 1901 they discovered vast quantities of "Texas Tea" , "Black Gold",  to the rest of us, OIL ! It was "THE" Oil boom that pushed American into the future we have today. Like any boom town, weather it be gold or oil, there will ALWAYS be disputes, company land, privately owned land etc...In many cases violence erupted. Along with the normal "boom" problems came, gamblers, ladies of the evening, con men, and ruffians.The need for self protection, and maybe even deal direction was settled out of court. There was a need for a Colt ! Judging by the grips, this SAA .41 was worn and handled everyday, in what manner we will never know. PRICE $3,150

Please Note: The .41 Caliber has been placed into a new category. Due to the extinct cartridge the ATF has placed the .41 into the same category as Pre 1898 single actions...antique !

COLT NEW POLICE .32 & THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPT., TEDDY ROOSEVELT POLICE COMMISSIONER, 1896.. *COLT FACTORY LETTER*

In 1896 Theodore Roosevelt became Police Commissioner of New York City. He found complete and utter chaos ! Uniforms, varied,  efficiency varied, and social positions were honored above the law. He began a major reformation of the department. He contacted his favorite pistol company, Colt's Patent Firearms Mfg. Co. Colt had just introduced a new Pocket Size revolver, the New Police .32. Roosevelt was impressed and ordered 4,500 revolvers, so the NYPD would be uniformly armed. This Colt New Police, Serial No. 552 with New York Police issue number 1972 on the butt is one of them !!

ALL the back straps were factory engraved by Helfricht, New York Police, and is verified in the letter. The finish today is somewhat worn, as it should be, as this New Police was carried. There is about 10-15% blue remaining, the balance is a soft gray/plum untouched original patina. There is still bright Nitre Blue on the Hammer and trigger reverse. ALL factory applied markings are present and clear. The checkered hard rubber grips are in superb condition, except one very minor under sliver on the back strap edge. I must mention one mechanical short coming, the single action cocking mode is fine, however the double action mode is not functioning correctly each time. I have been told it would be a simple repair, maybe in the $50 -$100 range. This is taken into consideration with the asking price. A very historic revolver for Colt, and a direct connection to a larger than life legend, Theodore Roosevelt, soon to be of "Rough Rider" fame and San Juan Hill.

PRICE $950

 

New York Police Issue number of 1972 is visible on the bottom of the butt.

Nitre Fire Blue, still present on Hammer Reverse.

Also shown is the unique frame logo. Colts New Pocket, encircling the Rampant Colt.

Current Celebrity Status ; If you subscribe to DirecTV, Channel 245, TNT, the show is the ALIENIST. It is the story of crime in New York while Roosevelt is Commissioner. In several episodes the Colt New Police is shown in great detail !! It even shows the wagons from Colt delivering the Revolvers to Roosevelt at the P.D., and T.R. describing the use and value of the Colt. No question it got important status in the show!

CUT FOR STOCK, COLT THREE SCREW , MODEL 3, 1851 NAVY .36 REVOLVER.. 1857

This 1851 Navy, Serial No. 7937X, is discussed in great detail on Page 61, of Nathan Swayze's book, '51 Colt Navies. Quoting Swayze, this Model is "extremely" rare.

 In further research, they are FEW in number , maybe less than 50 manufactured. The identifying feature is the rifle sling  attached to the front of the trigger guard, and the recoil shield NOT cut for stock. This Navy employed the rarest of all stocks from Colt. Samuel Colt was not one to let an idea get by him, and when he saw the 1855 Springfield with Stock being used by Mounted Dragoons, he decided to make it his idea and better. He mounted it to a revolving Navy pistol. The idea with Colt was to achieve Government contracts for the Military. A "Lanyard" was worn around the Dragoon's neck, and attached to the sling on the revolver. Thus preventing loss when dropped or riding hard.  Samuel never missed an opportunity, or a chance to call it his idea, after all the '51 was a six shot pistol !!

The cylinder only has fragments of the original cylinder scene, but it is MATCHING by serial number to the rest of the revolver.

Mechanically, this '51 Navy functions 100% correctly on ALL phases of the working action. ALL parts are original, all serial numbers are matching, and ALL factory applied marks are present and legible.  The overall finish is a dark plum/gray patina. However, you can still see "ghost" traces of case color on the frame and hammer. The entire idea of the RARE, RARE Colt '51 Navy was the pursuit of Government contracts, what ever they had, Colt could offer better !! If you are a Colt Collector do not be fooled by the modern theory of "well it has to have high finish levels to be of importance or have value " the theory fostered by the new genre. This is a very rare Colt, and maybe the only one that will be seen for a few more decades. Samuel Colt thought it worthy to be made ! PRICE $4,250

This image clearly shows the factory square cut hole to accommodate the "hook" attachment for the stock, just like the 1855 Springfield.

The image clearly shows the factory sling strap mounted in front of the trigger guard. Also, the patent on the frame is vivid and easily seen. The screws are also shown and have clean slots.

Both grips , left and right are identical condition, one piece Walnut, showing handling marks NOT abuse.

****PLEASE NOTE: 2nd item from the bottom of this Page is the Last of the Sling Feature '51 Navy revolvers, the RARE 4 screw cut for stock, a perfect companion purchase with this '51 Navy****

BLACK POWDER COLT, 1896, USED IN EARLY MOVIES OF THE 1900 VINTAGE...by BISON 101 FILM COMPANY...

COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER,44/40..Roll Die Barrel

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.

COLT PRESENTATION: PRESENTED BY SAMUEL COLT.....

FACTORY ENGRAVED BACK STRAP: CHARLES BROWN / COL. COLT

COLT No.2 ROOT REVOLVER, of .28 CALIBER, 3-1/2 INCH BARREL....1856

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

 

 

 

FRISCO SYSTEM...FRISCO RAILWAY 1880' s TEXAS ( 1881)

COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER ( 44/40)

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.

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

FITS : COLT 1849 POCKET 5 INCH  OR '62 POLICE WITH A 4-1/2  INCH BARREL

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

PRICE $350

"EARLY", COLT FOUR SCREW, .36 CUT FOR STOCK '51 COLT NAVY REVOLVER...as 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.

 

 

OCTOBER 26, 2018

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