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In the entire manufacturing history of Colt Firearms, only ONE Four Shot pistol was ever manufactured, this is it, the Cloverleaf. It was named this because of the clover leaf shaped cylinder with 4n shots. Sometimes called the "Jim Fisk" Model, as it was used in a high profile socialite shooting in the 19th century. However, this is the RAREST Factory barrel length, at 1-1/2 inches. This one is the round barrel, and a few had an hexagonal barrel, either way extremely rare as the standard barrel length was  three inches. This specimen, Serial No. 732X, is from the 1875 production, and remains a solid example for collection. It is 100% mechanically perfect , in all functions: loading, cocking, locking, and releasing to fire. It has about 80% nickel plate on the left side of the frame, and about 30% on the right side of the frame. The barrel and cylinder have about most all their blue, but it has faded and softened. The screw heads are all perfect, and the barrel has only the word COLT on the left side, and the patents in the top strap groove. ALL factory markings are present. The grips are in perfect condition and retain about all their original varnish. A very difficult Colt for collectors to find, the 1-1/1inch barrel version. This one is in very strong condition for the model and age.

PRICE $3,650

"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 $5,400


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



What does all this mean ? It means this is a Republic of Mexico issued revolver, and would have been issued to the Regular Army, more likely the Federales ( Federal Police). Serial No. 3996X has about 15-20% of the nickel plate finish present, the balance is a soft light gray patina, some darkening in spots. ALL serial numbers are matching, and all parts are original to this Colt. ALL factory markings are clear & present, barrel address, frame patents etc.. It is 100% mechanically correct in all phases of operation. It has the ( 1879) original Ivory Grips, and in wonderful condition, with a perfect 136 year luster and patina. One can only imagine the colorful & exciting history that was this Colt ! A real part of dramatic history south of the border, maybe even crossing the Rio Grande ?

Certainly a great historical Colt , it can be said IT WAS a part of history, and made history, beautiful, no, a fabulous Colt with a history YES ! It has a charisma all its own, and worthy of any collection, it stands on its character.

PRICE $7,650

A period images of Federales, certainly the civilian clothing part of the group shows cartridge belts /holsters for Colt Single Actions. **See Colt Page 3, there is a Mexican "Bikini" holster which would be the perfect holster to pair with this RM Colt.

COLT TYPE 7, BREECH LOADING REVOLVER, Conversion of the 1862 Pocket Revolver to .38 CF, 5.5 inch SOLID Barrel.

The research text, "Variations of Colt's, New Model Police & Pocket Breech Loading Pistols", by Breslin, Pirie & Price go into great details about this exact model, found on pages 85 to 90. This solid barrel, a.k.a. "Baby Open Top" appearance is the last and final conversion used by Colt. It shows the DEFINITE commitment to the cartridge revolver, in ever aspect of appearance. This Type 7, Serial No. 4318X was manufactured from previously  produced percussion revolvers,  they all fall in the 39,00 to 47,000 serial range. These revolvers were very popular, and saw hard use. To find one with a high degree of finish, as this one is, is extremely difficult and rare. This Type 7, has 90-95% of all the original factory nickel plate finish, the balance is a perfectly blending light gray patina. ALL Serial numbers are matching, including the cylinder. Speaking of cylinder: the roll engraved scene of the Stage Coach Hold up is 99% present and vividly clear. Mechanically, this Conversion is 100% correct in all phases of the working actions.

Clearly seen, is the perfect cylinder scene, MOST IMPORTANT: is the solid barrel, a true cartridge barrel, also known as the " S" barrel.

This Type 7, .38CF Conversion is factory fitted (or selling dealer immediately in the 1870's) with perfect Ivory Grips. They have that aged mellow yellow patina only 125 years plus can create.

A perfect combination: scarcity, condition, and a unique Colt conversion. PRICE $3,950

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


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 $6,850




Unfired cylinder face, as is the balance of the  '89.........

The Colt Model of 1889 is maybe the most significant turning point in the history of the company. Prior to this date ALL Colts were of the fixed frame, whether single or double action. This Model laid the future foundation  for Colt, as it was a double action, and had a SWING OUT cylinder for loading and unloading. A quantum leap forward for Colt, and from this Model came the next  126 years of Colt handguns. Serial No. 893X is 100% ORIGINAL factory nickel finish, and remains unfired! It also has present all the nitre fire blue on the trigger and hammer reverse. Mechanically it is 100% on all the working actions ! It has perfect checkered hard rubber grips, all original to the factory.

The Model of 1889 was quickly identified from all of then following DA Models, as it has NO external bolt stop notches on the cylinder periphery. It locks from behind the cylinder as does the Model of 1877. In addition, the cylinder turns to the left ! The Colt Factory Letter shows this '89 as a ONE gun shipment to a very dominant Rocky Mountain dealer in 1890, the first full year of production. It would be, and is, excluding engraving or embellishment, the FINEST  condition three inch nickel 1889 Colt revolver extant in the world today, period !  PRICE $7,250  HOLD / SOLD*


Please note the presence of all the nitre fire blue present on the hammer reverse side.

The scarcest of all barrel lengths was the three inch, this is the barrel  of #893X, and has the short side barrel address........


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.

PRICE $ 4,150



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 $ 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 !

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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