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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.

 

EXPOSITION QUALITY LEVEL ENGRAVED, COLT MODEL 1849, .31 POCKET REVOLVER, by GUSTAVE YOUNG, 1854 / FACTORY CASING/ COMPLETE with ALL ACCOUTREMENTS.

This is an EXQUISITE offering from 1854. A Colt Factory Cased, Gustave Young Exposition Level Quality engraved Presentation Set. The back strap is beautifully script engraved " R. Ratcliff". It would be fair to say, Mr. R. Ratcliff was a "somebody" in 1854. As in 1854 this was "as good as it gets" in quality and presentation. The interior of the box remains in excellent condition & color, a nice blue velvet, showing correct wear.

Serial No. 9730X has all the deluxe features from Gustave Young.  Woven into the floral & trumpet vine engraving are animal heads, as well as the Wolf Head engraved hammer, with Serpent back top design.

In the curl of the vine on the barrel Lug, between the wedge and screw head, you can see the head of a dog, worked into the pattern.

The cylinder scene is perfect, all the way around, with details and no wear. Also the hand engraved Colts Patent is clearly visible on frame.

Hand Engraved Barrel Address, SAML COLT, with decorative framing.

Currently, the once blue finish has faded away, but some strong blue remains on the barrel lug, and the underside of the barrel. Surprisingly, the Silver is 100% on the trigger guard and back strap. This '49 pocket actually saw little to no use, the blue just didn't hold up. The engraving is "THE BEST" and is still fresh, and not worn, clearly visible and distinct. This is a beautiful revolver, done by the Master, and the finish is all original and untouched, a correct natural patina. PRICE $ 8,250

The interior of the box has ALL the period and original accoutrements: Eley Cap Tin, Cleaning Rod, Nipple Wrench, 1 Spare Nipple, Embossed Eagle Flask ( both sides), Colt Marked Bullet Mold, and yes, the case key ! Not showing in covered compartment, about 12 conical & round lead balls. **IMPORTANT: The original inside lid label is present, as when it left Colt, giving loading & cleaning directions.

You can see the head of an Eagle, worked into the vine curl on frame above trigger, in front of grip junction.

This Model 1849, which is now 162 years old, mechanically functions PERFECTLY on all working actions, each and every time.

*COLT FACTORY LETTER*

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, "BULL HEAD" IVORY GRIPS 1887..

**A TERRITORIAL SHIP, WITH A VERY LIMITED ??? DESTINATION**

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

 

 

"BLACK POWDER"  1882

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 / EAGLE GRIPS, 5-1/2 INCH

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 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.

The Essence of the Old Western Frontier, Colt & Leather, @1871

VERY SCARCE, COLT OPEN TOP OF 1871, WITH NAVY SIZE GRIPS & BRASS BACK STRAP, AND A THREE DIGIT SERIAL NO. 41x....44 Henry RF....

Of all the Open Tops manufactured , only 7,000, this is the most sought after and most difficult to find for the collector. As we all know, they saw hard use, and in reality few Open Tops of either design exist as they left Hartford. A 7-1/2 inch original barrel, Navy size grip, NOT Army size, and a Brass trigger Guard and Back strap. This is very typical of the percussion era, even the Colts Patent, and on Frame, and New York barrel address. The Ivory grips have been there since 1871, and have a incredibly attractive aged appearance, being the "mellow yellow" of age. ALL Colt factory applied markings are present, barrel address, patent on frame, serial No's ( all matching, including cylinder). The cylinder scene is not discernable, from wear, only fragments of the scene, other wise all is present. The working action is 100% correct on ALL phases of working etc... The finish is a light gray, untouched, and even has traces of color on the frame and hammer.

All parts are ALL original. Perhaps the most incredible factor is the 1871, Square 1/2 Skirt Holster, the earliest type loop holster. A direct and next step descendant from the Slim Jim, and  so is the Colt from percussion. The pair are original together and from the early 1870's period.

If you are seeking a very scarce Colt, and a SIGNIFICANT Colt in their history, plus the same for the significant holster, and a part of the early 1870's Western Frontier, it is this Open Top , .44 Henry Rim Fire.  PRICE $6,550 *SOLD / HOLD

"UNIQUE PRODUCTION VARIATION"

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. It would be interesting to obtain a factory letter, and see where this Over-run Colt was shipped. An honest example of a unique Black Powder Colt Single Action, and few of them can be found in this assembled condition. Foot Note: It has been brought to my attention that this Colt shipped to Simmons Hardware, St. Louis in 1891, and will letter as such.

PRICE $ 4,150

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, Omaha, Nebraska. Probably related to the leather workers, saddles, and holsters etc....Collins.

PRICE $ 3,995

 

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 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.

 

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