Lot 2164: EXTRAORDINARILY RARE & UNIQUE COLT PINCH FRAME SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH ORIGINAL SKELETON SHOULDER STOCK.
March 15, 2011
Fairfield, ME, USALive Auction
Description: SN 122. Cal. 45 Colt. Rare pinch frame single action with 7-1/2" bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line script letter address. Even on this early single action the roll marking die for the bbl address has already started to show broken letters from the roll die breaking down. The bottom of the "D" in "HARTFORD" is open, the "A" is broken and some of the letters are missing their serifs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked with the caliber. Frame is standard 3-screws with extended hammer screw which functions as stock lugs. Grip frame contains a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with the SN in the back strap channel. Ejector rod housing is 1st type with bull's eye ejector rod head. SN was observed in the usual places on the frame, trigger guard, butt strap and cylinder. The SN is additionally is stamped with the same die set on the bottom of the bbl above the base pin, in the open. Additional features of this rare revolver are shallow cylinder stop notches with extremely short approaches. The toe of the butt strap has a sharp front edge which is a design feature of the earliest Single Action Army revolvers. Very shortly after production began this feature was redesigned to have a slight radius for more comfortable shooting. The hammer spur has a very long checkered panel with a line and loading gate is slightly more rounded giving it a thicker appearance. This being one of the earliest single actions, it is without assembly number on the loading gate and the hammer spring is 1st type without roller groove. Bore is typical for single actions with six narrow lands and wide grooves. Accompanied by its orig nickeled brass 1st type skeleton shoulder stock. This shoulder stocked pinch frame single action is reportedly one of only two known and in addition is one of the finest condition pinch frame revolvers extant. Colt records do not exist for this revolver, it being in too early a serial range. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except shoulder stock which is unnumbered. Bbl retains about 40% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina with only slight muzzle edge wear and light wear on the end of the ejector rod housing. Ejector rod housing retains about 90% glossy orig blue with about 70% orig blue on bull's eye ejector rod head. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig factory case colors, brilliant on sides of frame and in sheltered areas, fading on top strap, left recoil shield & loading gate. Top edge of hammer is also faded. Trigger guard retains 65-70% strong orig blue with front strap mixed with flaked areas turned to medium patina. Back strap retains thin blue near the top with strong blue on butt strap turned plum on center of back strap. Cylinder retains a blue/brown patina on the outer diameter with plummy blue in the flutes. Grip is sound with a couple of minor dings and other light scratches with light edge wear and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to have been fired but very little. Stock retains virtually all of its orig nickel with a 1/2" x 3/8" flake on the top near the yoke. Screw & nut retain most of their orig blue, turning plum. 4-41701 JR139