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COLT FACTORY LETTER...Unique location & quantity, plus 1889.. SHERIFF'S MODEL .45

TEXAS SHIPPED, PARIS TEXAS to Russell Stanhope, known for his part in the Johnson Co. Cattle Wars, as arms supplier to Texans headed to Wyoming.

This Sheriff's Model shipped to Paris, Texas, Russell Stanhope on 22 August 1889 . Serial Number 12241X appears as the Factory Letter describes, except for grips. It has a 3-1/2 inch barrel, Blue finish. The One Piece Ivory grips were undoubtedly added by the purchaser at the time of purchase or quickly thereafter.

A Sheriffs Model is one of the highest sought after configurations on Black Powder Single Actions. This one is totally correct, with ALL factory applied markings present: frame patents, two line barrel address, ALL matching serial numbers. ALL original parts. Also this SM is absolutely 100% correct in all working actions. the Ivory grips have the color and patina only 135 years of natural aging does, plus there is no damage. All screw head slots are clean and not "buggered". This one has the 3-1/2 inch barrel, and a crisp action. For those who are not familiar with Stanhope, he supplied most to all the firearms going with the Texans contracted to go to fight in the Wyoming  Cattle Wars, Johnson County. Additionally, after extensive research, these were the ONLY two Sheriffs Models ever to ship to Paris Texas. A great opportunity to own a Sheriffs Model with historic and unique background, besides being a very scarce Model.

PRICE $ 12,850

 

 

 

Currently the once blue finish is now after many years and use, an untouched natural medium gray patina. Even glimpses of the original blue finish

IMPORTANT COLT REVOLVER in THE SINGLE ACTION CALIBER OFFERINGS FROM COLT..1877..44/40

PRE-PRODUCTION, SEVEN GROOVE GAIN TWIST, LEFT HAND TWIST RIFLING..

COLT FACTORY LETTER...J.P. MOORES, NY.  1877

This is an incredibly rare and scarce Single Action, showing the introduction of a new caliber to the Colt line in Single Action revolvers. Serial No.4108X is the very beginnings of 44/40 for Colt. Officially introduced in 1878 as a standard caliber, like many things there were a few hundred 44/40 pistols made and shipped, but they were different! The difference being the gain Twist Rifling. All of this is explained in detail in the Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia by Keith Cochran. The lowest serial number presently recorded is 41078, this one is only six numbers away! The letter states Blue, Barrel Not Listed, more than likely 7-1/2 inches. However, looking at the end of the barrel, sight etc.. it really has Factory appearance of 4-3/4 inches !  The current finish is a medium gray original untouched patina, with blue only present in the most protected areas.

ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, frame patents and all matching serial numbers in ALL locations, including cylinder. All parts are original, and the WORKING Action is PERFECT. ALL HAMMER STOPS, AND LOCKS , ALIGNS, AND IS TIGHT. It has the original one peiece Walnut grips, showing hand wear but NO damage.  In a way this Colt CFSS is a pre-production example and highly sought after for it's scarcity among SAA collectors. Along with the Colt comes older documents, even one showing the rifling. Interesting to note: Peacemaker No.1 and few hereafter had the Gain Twist rifling.

 

PRICE $4,500

This 44/40 pre dates Etched Barrel Markings and All other marking on barrels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, NEW YORK ENGRAVED, ONE PIECE IVORY GRIPS, COLT FACTORY LETTER 1877

This Colt Single Action, Serial No. 3964X presents an interesting characteristic found in Colt Factory Letters from the 33,000 - 39,000 Serial Range. Colt did not Factory Nickel plate any revolvers until 1877, the year of this Colt. Prior to that date all were sent to Adams Plating Co. Previous to that ALL SAA's were Blue Finish. If you review many factory letters of this serial range, you find finish "blue", which based on physical revolvers not correct. Perhaps a communications breakdown within the process of shipping. Anyway, this Colt letters Blue, .45, Barrel & Stocks unlisted. It was shipped on November 3rd, 1877, to a New York dealer, with a quantity of 25.  This is a New York engraved Nickel finished revolver, with the style of Cuno Helfricht. Regrettably, the barrel has been reduced from 7-1/2 inches to 5-1/8 inches. The SAA has been engraved at a high level of quality, close to maximum coverage.. Then fitted ( 1877 ) with one piece Ivory grips. I might add the grips construction is as done in that period.

Somewhere in time an owner felt a checkered grip would help, his version of checkering, still a beautiful pair of original 1 piece Ivory grips.

At this time about20%-25% of the original nickel finish is present, the balance is an original untouched natural gray patina. The engraving is ALL present and strong, no removal from wear, except for the cylinder. It is present there, but very faint. This Colt was USED and carried it's entire working life, before being retired to collection. ALL parts are original, ALL factory applied markings are present and legible. It has a totally correct working action: cocks, locks, and of course correct cylinder rotation. A period engraved SAA, that was engraved and carried. In passing, this Colt was discovered in the San Antonio Texas area.

 

PRICE $ 7,850

EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COLLECTOR OF SAA's BLACK POWDER REVOLVER !!

ONE OF 24 EVER PRODUCED, WITH COLT FACTORY LETTER VERIFYING CALIBER

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY, in 44 S&W CALIBER with ORIGINAL "RIG",1898 Antique

This Single Action is a rare opportunity to have a Single Action in  RARE caliber, and one of only 24 ever made, who knows today how many are left ? The Colt Factory letter on Serial No. 17631X 44 S&W caliber, Blue and Hard Rubber grips states it was a ONE gun shipment. Shipped on February 12, 1898 to Jack Morris, unfortunately no address is shown on letter, unavailable ! WE do not know where it shipped, but it was purchased in Oklahoma, in the Old Indian Territory area, and the Belt, Holster and hand Made Silver buckle indicate some Frontier symbolism. This SAA 44S&W has lost most of the original blue finish, but traces show in the flutes etc...The finish today is a natural, untouched medium patina. MOST IMPORTANT: the working action is perfect ! ALL hammer notches, the cylinder rotates, indexes and locks tight to fire. The trigger release the hammer and it operates 100% correctly, NO mechanical issues. The checkered hard rubber grips are in very good condition, with strong checkering and Colt Logo. Plus being damage free. Lets review: here we have an ultimate RARE caliber in a Colt SAA, ONE of only 24 EVER produced. It is still a Black Powder Antique, and 100% mechanically correct, PLUS the factory letter and a one of one shipment to an individual!

Please Note: the basket weave holster and most important, the hand made tooled belt. The belt has Indian symbols on it, and the hand made Silver Buckle is also engraved with Indian symbolism.

All factory markings are present: barrel address, caliber, Serial Numbers ( all matching), ALL parts are the factory original.

PRICE $7,250

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 /EAGLE GRIPS..1884 w/ ORIGINAL BADGE, HAMBURG, ARK.

" THE GREAT WILDERNESS", This is what this area was called. Geographically the town of Hamburg ( named after Hamburg Germany, as many names in Arkansas were, like Stuttgart etc...) sat at a confluence of rivers and later Railroads. This 5-1/2 inch SAA , Serial No.11084X, left the Colt factory as a Nickel finish in 1884. Currently you can see about 15-20% nickel still present, mostly barrel, ejector tube and back strap. ALL factory markings are vividly clear, and ALL serial numbers are matching. The Eagle H/R grips show only normal hand wear.

The balance of the revolver is a soft untouched original light /medium gray patina. IMPORTANT: The working actions of this Colt are PERFECT in every aspect, NO mechanical issues, ALL parts are original.

The men in town still sporting their tall boots and Stetson Hats ! @ 1885

A very historical Colt associated to the Police of an area so wild at one time it was call " The Great Wilderness". Along with the original Police Badge.

PRICE $4,950

This is a REAL badge, it has on the reverse a cartouche of the badge maker, Northwest Stamp WCR.

The town was founded in 1854, and was a Confederate strong hold for supplies and troops. It provided farming products, and river transportation, later two railroads arrived: the Ark, La & Gulf Railroad, and the Mo. Pac. RR.  Following the Civil War, as in many places, conflicts arose, culminating in 1884 with two vigilante lynching's. This is the year this Colt arrived 1884, you can see there was a demand for Police and firepower. As with all things eventually the town settled into a commercial center.

 

UNIQUE COLT FACTORY    LETTER...1893...COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .41 NICKEL / IVORY GRIP 5-1/2

This Single Action has tremendous eye appeal, with 96%+ original Factory Nickel Plate finish. The Ivory grips are superb in color and condition, and have been with this Colt for 130 years, Serial No. 15307X has another unique feature. It is a Black Powder revolver and is chambered in .41 Colt. During this era a long barrel .41 was very scarce, most all were 4-3/4 inch barrels. This one is 5-1/2 inches ! This Single Action saw limited use and undoubtedly excellent storage to make it to 2023 in this condition. Not only is the exterior excellent but the working actions are perfect: safety cock, half cock, full cock and a perfect release to fire. The cylinder rotates , indexes, and locks tight. NO mechanical problems. The 130 years old Ivory grips have a "creamy mustard" patina and appearance and are free of any damage.

The Colt factory Letter is interesting as it shows shipped to : Hublint Brothers & Co. , but address unavailable, and a shipment of ONLY 3 in November of 1893. A scarce unusual Colt SAA in many ways, with high condition. Great for any collectors collection of the famous Colt Single Action. PRICE $ 7,200

William H. " Bill" Quillen, United States Deputy Marshal, Oklahoma Territory...this is HIS Colt Single Action Army .45

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, 4-3/4 in, EAGLE GRIPS, COLT FACTORY LETTER, AND EXTENSIVE DOCUMENTATION

There is way more significance to this Colt, Serial No. 10712X. It was a participant in one of the most vicious gun battles, involving the arrest and death of George Weightman. He was known as "Red Buck", and was the MOST wanted man in the Territory. He was so demented than Bill Doolin threw him out of the Indian Ty.gang !

All the details are contained in pages of the details of the event of March 1896. Three USD Marshals, Ventioner, Quillen and Holcomb attempted to arrest this Gang of Miller and "Red Buck" near Arapaho Ok. Ty.  During this attempt a vicious gun battle erupted. One gang member, Miller had his right hand blown completely off, and all but two fingers on his left hand blown off. USD Marshal Ventioner was shot through the lower abdomen, by Red Buck right in front of the dug out. Holcomb was attempting to drag him to safety before Buck finished him off with a 2nd shot. Just then Red Buck fell dead with a shot thru the head, accredited to Bill Quillen. However, later it was said Ventioner shot Buck while laying there being dragged, HIGHLY improbable ! Note: A Minco, OK Newspaper published an article in 1896, stating Quillen had filed for the Reward for killing "Red Buck". Either way this Colt was in the hands of Bill Quillen at the wild shootout in March 1896, Oklahoma Ty. There are many many more pages about this man and his history, the purchaser can read at his leisure. This Colt has about 60% or more original nickel plate finish, the balance is a soft gray patina. The cylinder represents the major loss of nickel and most of the patina. The Eagle Grips show normal wear and have crisp images and no damage. MOST IMPORTANT: despite it's exciting life it remains 100% mechanically correct in every working action. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present. Due Note: 3 notches are present in 3 locations ! butt, trigger guard edge, and very end of the barrel past the sight !! With this Colt, they are the REAL deal !

PRICE $ NFS

Colt Letter, and ALL documentation, photo copies, and note much of this research was done in the areas of happening in Oklahoma.

 

 

APRIL 30, 2024

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