Lot 1530: *SCARCE COLT MODEL 1909 USMC DA REVOLVER.
March 12, 2012
Fairfield, ME, USALive Auction
Description: SN 24619; USMC# 355. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue finish with 5-1/2" bbl, standard front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Buttstrap has a factory sling swivel. Mounted with 2-pc diamond checked walnut grips matching numbered in pencil on inside of each grip. Buttstrap is marked "U.S. / M.C. / NO / 355" which is the Marine Corps control number. Although the New Service revolver was produced in fairly large quantities the Marine Corps purchased fewer than 2,000 of these fine revolvers. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes (1995); Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including grips except cyl which is unnumbered. Bbl retains about 95% strong glossy orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and some slight thinning on sides; frame retains 95-97% glossy orig blue with light sharp edge wear and a few small nicks & scratches; trigger guard & front strap retain most of their strong orig blue, slightly flaked on front strap; backstrap is a blue/gray patina; cyl retains 93-95% orig blue, strong & glossy in the flutes, slightly thinned on outer diameter; hammer & trigger retain bright fire blue with the face of the trigger a blue/gray patina and sides of hammer orig bright polish; grips are sound showing light to moderate diamond point wear with a couple of mashed diamonds on right side. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, has been fired but very little. 4-45313 JR111