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POTENTIAL GREATNESS !

COLT FACTORY LETTER..1894

"Judge Parkers" Hanging Court !

This Colt 4-3/4  Single Action Army .45 will remain silent, keeping possible great history unknown. It was shipped in 1894 to a Hardware Store in Fort Smith Arkansas, the same one where ALL the Deputies, Marshals, and Court Officers of Judge Parkers "Hanging "Court received their weapons ! Serial No. 15716X letters as you see it, 4-3/4 inches, blue, stocks not listed. Speaking of stocks, it has very scarce  original 2 piece Ivory grips ! They are original to this Colt. Today the Colt has a dark patina finish, it is a dark blue/gray, and quite pleasant in appearance.  ALL factory applied markings are present and clearly seen. ALL serial numbers are matching, and all screw heads are clean. The mechanical actions are PERFECT, cocking, locking, indexing, and locking tight. no mechanical issue with this Colt. The two piece Ivory grips are splendid and show their 120 years of graceful age.

This photo ( copy) is from possibly 1894, and definitely the same time give or take a year. They are the enforcing officers of Judge Parkers Court in Ft. Smith. They are standing ON THE SAME PORCH & STEPS of the store where this Colt was shipped !! I marked a very famous individual with  a blue arrow. It is Chris Madsen. one of the Three Guardsmen, ( Madsen, Thomas, and Tilghman  who enforced the Law in Parkers Court and in Indian Territory. )

PRICE $5,250

 

COLT MODEL 1851, .36 NAVY

        "U.S.", 1857

      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 $ 3,950

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 !

      UTAH TERRITORY !!

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

 

" A MOST UNIQUE REVOLVER" dating to the LATE 1840 to 1850'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 virtually indistinguishable from  a Colt Walker barrel.

The frame still shows some remnants of case coloring, and the barrel traces of blue.

This 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"

PRICE NFS                                                           

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 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 representation, and a 19th century revolver, more Colt than we think and can confirm at this point.

........IMPORTANT NEWS..........

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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