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Auction Description for James D. Julia: Extraordinary Firearms Auction, Day 2
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Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 7-9, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., March 10, 11 & 12, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Sale Notes:
Julia's has established itself as the preeminent seller of rare, expensive, high-grade firearms in the world today. The upcoming March auction is again a MUST SEE-MUST PARTICIPATE event. Included are extraordinary private collections and single items from around the globe including the William Gerber Family Collection of Rare Colts, the late Norm Flayderman's personal collection (the most iconic firearms figure of the 20th century), the 2nd session of the Michael Leff Estate Collection; also, the lifetime Win/Colt collection of the renowned Tommy Rholes of TX, the 2nd sessions of the world renowned Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess Military Collection, the spectacular European Wheelocks and Kentucky rifle/pistol collections of Dr. Douglas Sirkin and Frank Sujansky, the German Imperial "Pickelhaube" collection of the late Robert H. Haskell, III and Martial Arms from ASAC member Charles A. Lamb.

Extraordinary Firearms Auction, Day 2

by James D. Julia


579 lots with images

March 11, 2014

Live Auction

203 Skowhegan Road

Fairfield, ME, 04937 USA

Phone: 207 453 7125

Fax: 207 453 2502

Email: loakes@jamesdjulia.com

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VERY RARE CASED COLT PATERSON #2 BELT MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH ALL ACCESSORIES.

Lot 2000: VERY RARE CASED COLT PATERSON #2 BELT MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH ALL ACCESSORIES.

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Description: SN 667. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4-1/2" oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight and usual 1-line left hand, script letter address that reads "Patent Arms M'g Co Paterson N-J Colt's Pt." with small bow ties at each end. Frame measures 2-1/8", front to back, and has scalloped bottom edges. Cyl has 5 chambers with centaur scene roll marking and round shoulder. Mounted with very nicely figured, matching numbered, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig Paterson mahogany casing that is dark brown velvet lined and recessed in the bottom for the revolver, an orig charger with numbers "51" and "54", a sgl cavity ball mold that has three turned walnut handles, an orig capper with "NO 89" inside the lid & body, an orig loading tool with nipple pick and an orig turned walnut handle brass cleaning rod. In the right rear corner is a wooden spindle with a spare matching numbered, round shoulder cyl. There were about 800 of these rare revolvers produced 1838-1840, a few of which had rammers added in the 1840-1841 period. Examples of this model are rarely encountered today and of those, the vast majority show wear and hard use and are almost never found cased with complete accessories, especially with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Famed Parsons' Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection, William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including bbl, wedge, cyl plate, frame, backstrap, grip & both cylinders. No additional dismantling was effected to check for additional matching numbers. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with strong feathers visible on both sides of front sight; cyl plate & recoil shields retain virtually all of their glossy orig blue with faint thinning on each side of recoil shield; frame retains 75-80% orig case colors which were traditionally light to begin with; case colors are almost never found, ever; hammer retains strong case colors on the sides and rear edge, turned silver on top edge; front & backstraps are mostly a gray metal patina with the buttstrap retaining faded case colors. Grip is sound with sharp edges and overall retains 60-65% orig varnish with the loss areas flaked, not worn; cyl in the revolver retains about 90% glossy orig blue, a little thin around the front & rear edges and shows 98-99% crisp centaur scene roll marking. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Spare cyl is mostly a gray metal patina and shows about 90% centaur scene roll marking. Case is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish; lining inside the lid is intact with strong colors and soil from contact with revolver and various parts; bottom is lightly faded with light soil from contact. Charger is intact and retains about 90% crisp gold & copper finish; capper is fine with a dark brass patina; mold is very fine and retains about 75-80% strong orig blue; the two large handles on the mold each have a small grain check; loading tool is mostly a gray metal patina and cleaning rod is fine. All together a very high condition, rare, complete cased set. (WG-001) 4-51084 JR495

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED COLT PATERSON #1 BABY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH 4

Lot 2001: EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED COLT PATERSON #1 BABY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH 4" BARREL AND COMPLETE ACCESSORIES.

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Description: SN 223. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 4" oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight and usual 1-line left hand script letter address which reads "Patent Arms Mg Co. Paterson N.J. - Colt's Pt." with dashes at each end. Cylinder has 5 chambers with centaur scene roll marking. Frame is usual configuration and is mounted with varnished 1-pc, square butt, walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig Colt casing with fluted lid and brown striped velvet lining, recessed in the bottom for the revolver, an orig copper & gold washed brass charger with matching number "34", an orig capper numbered "58" inside the lid and in the body, a sgl ball bullet mold with three turned walnut handles, a loading tool with tipped nipple pick, a walnut handle brass cleaning rod and a matching numbered spare cylinder. There were about 500 of these baby-sized Paterson revolvers produced in the period 1837-1838 with a few having loading levers added in the period 1840-1841. Matching SNs were observed on rear face of bbl lug, wedge, both cyls, side of trigger, cyl rotating sleeve, hammer, front & back straps and grip. These diminutive revolvers are rarely ever encountered and of those, extremely few are cased with original accessories with much, or any, orig finish. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching as noted. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with strong feathers on each side of front sight; overall shows only sharp edge wear and a small worn spot on left side of bbl lug; frame, cyl plate, front & backstraps retain 95-96% glossy orig blue with a series of scratches on front strap and slight thinning; backstrap has one small spot and some light thinning; hammer retains brilliant case colors on both sides and rear edge, turned silver on top edge; cyl in the revolver retains about 95-96% strong orig blue and shows about 99% centaur scene roll marking; spare cyl retains about 90% strong orig blue and shows about 98% centaur scene roll marking. Grip is sound showing very light edge wear with a few light nicks in the finish and overall retains about 98-99% crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with some very fine pitting near the cyl end. Case has a crack in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish; interior is moderately faded and lightly soiled inside the lid and lightly faded with moderate soil in the bottom; charger retains about 80-85% orig finish with strong gold wash on the powder end and middle ring; capper is extremely fine and is a medium brass patina; mold has a hairline in two handles, otherwise is very fine with some light dings on the left side and retains about 80% orig blue; tool & cleaning rod are fine. All together a complete and very rare Baby Paterson. (WG-002) 4-51085 JR496

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EXTREMELY FINE OUTSTANDING CASED 1ST MODEL COLT DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2002: EXTREMELY FINE OUTSTANDING CASED 1ST MODEL COLT DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 6215. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2" oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line left hand New York City address with brackets. Frame is marked with a small ìCOLT'S PATENTî over a tiny ìU.S.î Cyl is usual 6-chambers with oval stop notches and the Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and a crisp, clear ìU.S. DRAGOONS. / COLT'S PATENTî cartouches surrounding the SN. The sgl safety pin is crisp. The silver plated square back brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last three digits of matching SN in buttstrap channel. Accompanied by an extremely rare, orig, blue velvet lined Colt casing. Compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an orig brass 2-cavity, early Dragoon ìCOLT'S PATENTî 2-cavity bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter and a lacquered Eley's cap tin. Also accompanied by an extremely fine ìCOLTS PATENTî powder flask with plunger spout & low mounted triangle hangers. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 7,000 of these revolvers were manufactured in the period 1848-1850 and this particular example was made in 1849. They are rarely found with any orig finish and a cased revolver is extremely rare with only a few known especially in such high condition. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered "456". Bbl retains over 90% orig blue with light scratching and small areas of pitting especially at muzzle on left side, balance is mostly plum/blue; rammer pivot retains muted case colors with balance of rammer silver/gray; frame and hammer are mostly a silver/gray with strong traces of muted case color especially in protected areas; there is a small muted area on the lower right recoil shield and tiny areas of scattered staining and pinprick pitting; cyl is crisp and well defined with strong traces of blue finish and an overall silver/gray patina, the cyl scene is virtually all intact with several small dents and scattered scratches; The ìU.S. DRAGOONS.î and ìCOLT'S PATENTî cartouches are crisp with surrounding foliate patterns completely visible as is the Ormsby signature; trigger guard and backstrap retain tiny traces of very thin silver wash as was originally applied that is now only visible as ghosts in protected areas around trigger guard; the trigger guard and backstrap have tiny sub-inspector marks being overrun military parts which the frugal Colt used in his civilian arms; grip is sound and solid and well fit with numerous small dings, dents & scratches and overall retains 95%+ of a bright varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, crisp shiny bore. Case is sound and solid with a long glued repaired crack in lid with usual light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of a fine but thin varnished finish; there is a separation at the bottom right section of lid from warpage; interior of case is a royal blue with moderate fading, staining and damage where muzzle and cyl rested; partitions are sound and solid; mold is very fine with bright fire blue on about 30% of sprue cutter, there are numerous small dings and dents on the external brass portions of mold where it was used apparently as a hammer; flask is in very fine condition with no dents, slightly soiled with light handling scratches and retains 90%+ of its orig varnish with wear mostly at the highest points of relief, plunger and top retain 80%+ of their orig silver plate; cap tin is fine; there are two like new mainsprings also found in one compartment. (WG-015) 4-51086 JS228

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EXTREMELY FINE & RARE COLT NEW HAMPSHIRE MARKED 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2003: EXTREMELY FINE & RARE COLT NEW HAMPSHIRE MARKED 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 10716. Cal. 44. Scarce martially marked dragoon with 7-1/2" oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight with usual 1-line address on top flat and ìNEW HAMPSHIREî on left side of round section. Rammer has vertical latch and left side of frame has ìCOLT'S PATENTî over a tiny ìU.S.î. It has square back brass trigger guard and back strap with 1-pc grip having a legible ìJCBî (Joseph C. Bragg) cartouche on left side and ìWATî (William A. Thornton) cartouche on right side. Various parts have small inspector initials including grips, backstrap, trigger guard, frame, hammer, loading arm & cyl. Cyl has usual markings with the Dragoon/Indian fight scene. This revolver appears as the center image on pg. 52 of the book The Wm M. Locke Collection, Sellers. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms only a few hundred of these rare revolvers were contracted by the state of New Hampshire and few are known today. The 2nd Model Dragoon is the most rare of all the dragoons with a total production of only about 2,700 revolvers in the period 1850-51. They were just about all issued and used, even through the Civil War, leaving few with much orig finish. This is among the finest examples known of a New Hampshire 2nd Model Dragoon. PROVENANCE: Wm M. Lock Collection; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall, appears all matching though gun was not disassembled. Bbl retains over 90% of its orig bright blue finish though thinning on bbl and balance plum with some light scratching and small areas of oxidation; cyl retains about 70% blue finish though only about 10% is truly bright remaining blue is very thin turning to a silver/blue with areas of plum/silver retaining virtually all of its rolled Ormsby Dragoon/Indian fight scene with tiny areas of pinprick oxidation; four safety pins are intact and functional; the frame is smooth and mostly a silver/gray with strong ghosts of muted case color over 50% of its surface; hammer has a similar color to frame with same muted case colors; backstrap and trigger guard have a light mustard patina with light scratching on trigger bow; grips are sound, solid and very well fit with light storage marks and edge wear, left inside toe is chipped, cartouches are both crisp and discernible and grips retain a hand worn patina retaining most of their orig oiled finish. Mechanics are crisp, bore is crisp and shiny. (WG-017) 4-51087 JS227

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EXTREMELY FINE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2004: EXTREMELY FINE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 18273. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, brass front sight and 1-line right hand New-York City address with brackets. Left side of frame is marked with a small ìCOLTS PATENTî over a tiny ìU.S.î Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and ìMODEL U.S.M.R. / COLTS PATENTî cartouches surrounding the SN. Brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with well defined cartouches on each. There are small inspector initials on various parts including grips, cyl, backstrap, front strap, trigger guard & bbl. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 10,500 of these powerful revolvers produced in the period 1851-1861 and this is among the very last of these guns produced. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching though stocks were not removed to check for SN. Bbl retains about 95% of its thinning bright blue on bbl housing, remainder of bbl has about 20% bright blue especially in protected areas with balance smooth silver/gray; frame and hammer retain about 80% muted case colors; trigger guard & backstrap have a light colored mustard patina with scattered small scratches on trigger guard and buttstrap; cyl is extremely crisp but only ghosts of a very thin blue finish with an overall blue/gray patina with virtually all the Dragoon/Indian fight scene legible with small areas of staining and pinprick pitting; three of six safety pins are still crisp and serviceable; grip is sound and solid with fine cartouches, showing light wear, numerous small storage dents & dings and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright crisp bore. (WG-018) 4-51088 JS226

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VERY RARE CASED COLT 3RD MODEL LONDON DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2005: VERY RARE CASED COLT 3RD MODEL LONDON DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: Please Note: The correct Serial Number is 123, not 125 as noted in the catalog. SN 125. Cal. 44. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2" oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York City address with dashes. Frame has engraved "COLT'S PATENT" about centered on the left side. Cyl has usual 6-chambers with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and "MODEL U.S.M.R." and "COLT'S PATENT" cartouches surrounding the SN. All 6 safety pins are crisp and prominent. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with SN "124" in the backstrap channel. Buttstrap is also numbered "124". While all other serial numbered parts on the revolver are numbered "125". It has been reliably reported that a major Colt collector in the U.S. England has an engraved 3rd Model Dragoon with backstrap numbered "125" which lends credibility to the hypothesis that this was simply an assembler mistake in switching the grips & backstrap before "124" was engraved. Attempts to contact this individual have thus far been unsuccessful. Accompanied by a rare, orig, blue velvet lined, English oak casing with empty brass plaque in the lid, swinging latches on the front and a mortised lock. Interior is compartmented for the revolver, a Dickson bag shaped flask with adjustable spout, a brass "COLTS PATENT" 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter, an "L" shaped nipple wrench and an early tin of Eley's caps with black & white label. Right rear covered compartment contains a new spare hammer spring, 3 spare nipples and a functioning key. Also included is a pewter Dickson oil bottle and a crisp sealed packet of "COLT'S CARTRIDGE WORKS" combustible cartridges. There were only about 700 of these rare revolvers produced 1853-1857, primarily from Hartford made parts assembled & finished in England. These revolvers are rarely encountered today especially with high orig finish and cased examples are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: Pete Holder; Ron Romanella; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except grip and backstrap as noted. Bbl retains about 70% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina; rammer and handle retain virtually all of their orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot; frame retains virtually all of its brilliant orig case colors, somewhat muted on the left side; hammer retains about 50% faded case colors; cyl retains 30-40% thinning orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina and shows about 95% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll markings with both cartouches crisp and legible; trigger guard and backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver finish with only slight sharp edge wear; grip is sound with crisp edges, a couple small nicks & bruises and retains virtually all of its brilliant orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may have been fired, but if so, very little. Case is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its bright orig varnish; interior shows little fading with only light soil in the bottom from contact with the bbl, cyl & edge of grip; accessories are crisp and new. Cartridge packet is also crisp. (WG-016) 4-51089 JR509

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EXTREMELY FINE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2006: EXTREMELY FINE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 48313. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 8" rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line U.S. America address. Frame has a tiny ìCOLTS PATENTî on left side and is 3-screw style, cut for shoulder stock, with flathead hammer screw. Cyl is usual rebated style with 6-chambers and Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. All six safety pins are crisp & serviceable. The brass trigger guard & iron backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Both sides of grip have crisp, like new cartouches and several of the metal parts have tiny inspector initials. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms about 127,000 Model 1860 revolvers were purchased by the Federal Government for use in the Civil War. The majority of these revolvers were issued to front line troops and was the most extensively used handgun throughout the Civil War. They mostly saw continuous service throughout the war and later on the American frontier, usually under harsh conditions with limited or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish or with visible cartouches. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is number "5916". Bbl retains 95%+ orig blue with the loss areas flaked around muzzle and shows strong feathers on each side of the front sight; there are several small nicks & scratches on right side of bbl lug at wedge slot; rammer & handle retain bright case colors; frame retains very bright orig case colors, especially on right side; left recoil shield shows fading of colors and areas of small surface scratches; hammer retains about 60-70% strong case colors, with balance silver; cyl retains 50-60% bright orig blue and shows virtually all of the rolled Ormsby Naval battle scene; trigger guard is a smooth medium mustard patina never having been silver-plated; backstrap & buttstrap retain about 95% orig blue with the balance silver/gray. Grip is extremely fine and crisp with raised grain, well fit with one 1" dent on right side, crisp "JT" (John Taylor) cartouche on right side, crisp "CSL" (C.S. Leonard) cartouche on left side. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore; chambers of cyl retain strong orig blue. (WG-028) 4-51046 JS225

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RARE CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2007: RARE CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 164562. Cal. 44. Blue and color case hardened with 8" rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Frame has small "COLTS PATENT" and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked "44 CAL". Cyl is rebated with usual 6-chambers and Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Three of the safety pins are serviceable. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an orig, royal blue velvet lined, Colt mahogany casing that is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a single sided "COLTS PATENT" trophy of flags & arms, angled spout flask, a blued "COLT'S PATENT" mold with sprue cutter with a "K" inspector mark on right side, an "L" shaped screwdriver and a green label lacquered tin of Eley's caps and a functioning key. The Model 1860 was one of the most popular side arms of he Civil war and served with great distinction throughout the war and later on the American frontier. This revolver, a civilian model, was produced in 1867 at the height of the great Western expansion when any repeating arm was in great demand. These arms usually saw extensive hard service under very adverse circumstances and are rarely found today with orig finish. Those with high orig finish are very rare and cased examples are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains 96-97% glossy orig blue with some fine spots of discoloration from light flaking on each side of the muzzle and very faint sharp edge wear; rammer handle and pivot retain brilliant case colors; frame retains brilliant case colors on the sides, moderately faded on left recoil shield and lightly faded on right recoil shield; hammer retains virtually all of its bright, orig case colors, lightly faded on top edge; cyl retains about 90% glossy orig blue and the rebated area about 50% thin blue on the major diameter and shows 97-98% Ormsby battle scene roll marking; grip is crisp with only a couple small nicks and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, sharp bright bore with moderate pitting. Case has a couple grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old added finish; interior is bright and clean with solid partitions and only light soil from contact with the cyl and edge of the grip with light damage from the front sight; flask retains about 75% strong orig finish; mold has sharp cavities and retains about 80% thing blue, other accessories are fine. (WG-027) 4-51047 JR508

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EXTRAORDINARY CASED BRACE OF COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS THAT BELONGED TO SPANISH GENERAL DON CARLOS GARCIA TASSARA.

Lot 2008: EXTRAORDINARY CASED BRACE OF COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS THAT BELONGED TO SPANISH GENERAL DON CARLOS GARCIA TASSARA.

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Description: SN 1264 & 1311. Cal. 44. Revolvers are virtually identical, blue and color case hardened with scarce 7-1/2" rnd bbls, German silver front sights and 1 line Hartford address. Left side of frames have small "COLTS PATENT". Frames are 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screws. Cylinders have 6-chambers and are full fluted. They each have a matching SN in one flute and a patent date in another. The silver plated brass trigger guards and silver plated steel backstraps contain smooth, Army sized, 1-pc ivory grip. Buttstraps are engraved in period script "C.G. Tassara". Accompanied by a fantastic, burgundy velvet lined rosewood casing with a brass plaque in the lid, inscribed identically to the revolver butt straps "C.G. Tassara". Interior is French fitted with black velvet lining around the edges of the recesses for the revolvers, a dbl sided, angled spout flask with repoussed decorations of birds and a bird dog, a 2-cavirty blued steel "COLT'S PATENT" bullet mold with bowed legs and sprue cutter marked on the right side "44H" and an L-shaped nipple wrench. Right rear open compartment contains a lacquered tin of Eley's caps and left compartment contains a functioning key. These pistols were purchased from Colt's New York office in 1861, which is probably where they were inscribed, cased and accessorized. They remained with the General until his death in February 1889 and then with his family until the 1970s when they were discovered by a friend of Dr. Chester P. Bonoff of Los Angeles, CA, who helped him buy them from the family. General Tassara was born September 1823 and entered the Spanish Army in 1839 at age 16. He served the remainder of his life, dying while still on active duty in 1889. He served at a variety of commands from artillery to Cavalry, lancers and staff & field. Over his career he fought in several wars and numerous battles being wounded on one occasion fighting Spanish rebels. In 1860 after heroic service in Africa, he was, by Royal decree, declared a National hero. Some of his major decorations included; the Military order of San Hermenegildo; Cross of San Fernando 1st Class; Military Great Cross of Merit; Plaque and Grand Cross of San Hermenegildo; Great Cross of Military Service and Medal of Alfonso XII. He reached the rank of Lt. General and was appointed director General of Artillery and President of General Defense Board of the Kingdom and Director General of Cavalry. General Tassara was a very distinguished and brave soldier his entire life and the condition of this set of pistols reflects the thought and care of a soldier. Accompanying this lot are two authentic medals similar to those awarded to General Tassara. One is the Grand Cross of San Hermenegildo and the other is the Grand Red Cross of Military Merit. Additionally accompanying is a 2-pg letter from renowned Colt author & historian R.L. Wilson which authenticates this set of pistols. Mr. Wilson begins his letter with the statement that General Tassara was an ambassador to the States, which is incorrect. This set was awarded a silver medal, #153 and a Top 10 Best Weapons Award at the April 20, 1975 NRA meeting in San Diego, CA to Dr. Bonoff. Medallion has been misplaced, however the original certificate and plastic plaque accompanies this lot. This set also was awarded Best of Show Honors at both the American Society of Arms Collectors meeting and The Texas Gun Collectors Association annual show in 2011. Also accompanying this lot is a Colt Factory Letter for each revolver which identifies them in cal. 44 with 7-1/2" bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Colt's New York office on January 16, 1861, together, in the same 50-gun shipment. Also accompanying is a very large volume of copies of documents in Spanish with translations detailing General Tassara's career and awards. Additionally accompanying is a copy of a picture of General Tassara. PROVENANCE: Dr. Chester Bonoff; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Revolvers are very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. #1264). Bbl retains about 85% glossy orig blue with a large flaked area on right side of lug and scattered flaking elsewhere; rammer and handle retain about all of their orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot; frame and hammer retain virtually all of their orig brilliant case colors, showing fading only on left recoil shield; trigger guard and backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver; grip is sound showing no flaws and retains a fine mellow ivory patina; cyl retains about 80-85% glossy orig blue with the loss area flaked to a medium patina, 4 of the 6 safety pins are serviceable; appears to be unfired. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. #1311). Bbl retains 75-80% thin orig blue mixed with flaked areas and some scratches on the right side with the loss areas a medium patina; rammer and handle retain brilliant case colors; frame and hammer retain brilliant case colors, showing light fading only on left recoil shield; trigger guard has a small chemical spot and backstrap some fine pimpling, otherwise overall retains virtually all of its orig silver plating; grip has an age line, otherwise shows no flaws and retains a fine mellow ivory patina; cyl retains about 90% glossy orig blue and all 6 safety pins are serviceable. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. Case is sound showing numerous handling and storage nicks & scratches and retains about 75% orig varnish with most of the losses on top of the lid; interior is bright and clean, showing light soil under the revolvers; flask and mold appear to be new; cap tin is nicked & dinged with a very faded label; nipple wrench is also new with light, fine pitting. Altogether an extraordinary set the likes of which never to be encountered again. (WG-003) 4-51090 JR522

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EXTRAORDINARY RARE PRESENTATION DOUBLE CASED SET OF COLT 1860 ARMY AND 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS PRESENTED TO GENERAL WILLIAM A. THORNTON BY COL. COLT.

Lot 2009: EXTRAORDINARY RARE PRESENTATION DOUBLE CASED SET OF COLT 1860 ARMY AND 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS PRESENTED TO GENERAL WILLIAM A. THORNTON BY COL. COLT.

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Description: Additional Information (2/25/14): This double cased set of revolvers was part of a special grouping of approx. 60 special revolvers consisting of several double-double and even fewer double cased sets given by Colonel Colt to select military dignitaries as "Presents to Officers" in late 1861. Lot is accompanied by an original handwritten letter to Col S. Colt dated 1/23/1860 from Thornton requesting a quantity of pistol barrels be sent to affect repairs at the New York Arsenal, and signed W.A.T. Both revolvers have a period engraved inscription on backstraps "Col. W. A. Thornton / with Compliments of Col. Colt". Both revolvers are blue and color case hardened with deluxe 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Accompanied by their spectacular, orig, purple velvet lined, brass bound walnut casing with empty brass plaque in the lid. Corners have mortised brass reinforcements and its has English style sliding latches in the front with a mortised brass lock and large escutcheon. Interior is compartmented for both revolvers, a sgl sided, angle spout, "COLTS PATENT", trophy of flags & arms, Army sized and Navy sized flasks, blued "COLTS PATENT" bullet molds with sprue cutters in both 36 & 44 cal, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a tin of Eley's caps. Left front corner has a small tube of spare parts and a functioning key. Col. William A. Thornton, later Brigadier General Thornton, graduated West Point in 1825 and became Captain of Ordnance in 1838. Over 41 years of service he commanded Ordnance depots at New York, Watervliet and St. Louis and was chief inspector for Military Arms at Springfield beginning with the Paterson revolver and continuing through the Dragoon series. There were many sub-inspectors who worked for him until 1861. General Thornton was highly regarded and very ingenious and was instrumental in the development of the Dragoon models of Colt revolvers. He died in 1866. It is evident that Sam Colt regarded General Thornton very highly or at least wished to influence his decision making with this presentation. According to preeminent Colt Historian & author R. L. Wilson there were only a very few dbl case sets, such as this one, presented by Col. Colt in late 1861. Several of them are know today, with this one being one of the most important. 1). Model 1860 Army. Serial number 11682. Cal. 44. Blue and color case hardened with 8" rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has small "COLTS PATENT" and left shoulder trigger guard is marked "44 CAL". Frame is 4-screw type, cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contains a highly figured 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. 2) Model 1861 Navy. Serial Number 1822. Cal 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2" rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a tiny "COLTS PATENT", and left shoulder trigger guard is marked "36 CAL". Cyl has usual 6-chambers with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a highly figured 1-pc varnished walnut grip with matching serial number in backstrap channel. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: 1) Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 75% orig blue mixed with dark brown patina; rammer handle retains about 95% orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot; frame and hammer retain about 90% orig case colors, strong & bright on the sides, turned a little dark on recoil shields and edge of hammer, showing light wear on left recoil shield; cyl retains about 50-60% thin orig blue and shows about 75% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore with a couple small spots of pitting. 2) Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 75-80% orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas, mixed with light patina elsewhere; rammer and handle retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant on pivot; frame and hammer retain about 90% orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded; cyl retains about 50-60% orig blue with balance a brown patina and shows about 80% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard and backstrap retain about 98% strong orig silver; grip is sound with a few nicks in the edges and retains about 93-95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with 3 or 4 small spots of pitting. Case has a couple grain checks in the lid and couple more in the bottom with usual handling and storage nicks & scratches and retains 95-96% strong orig varnish; interior is very lightly faded in the lid with some light staining from revolvers and implements, bottom is moderately faded showing wear from the front sights and hammer spurs with light soil; flasks are very fine with the Army model retaining about 93-95% orig finish with one small dent on the back side; Navy model also has a sgl dent and retains about 95-98% orig finish; molds and other accessories are fine. This is an extraordinary rare set. (WG-004) 4-51091 JR524

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EXTREMELY RARE CASED COLT 2ND MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2010: EXTREMELY RARE CASED COLT 2ND MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 2211. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2" oct bbl and 1-line New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has tiny "COLTS PATENT". Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking, and 3 serviceable safety pins. The silver plated, square back, small brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 3-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an orig green velvet lined, Colt mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a dbl sided "COLTS PATENT" trophy of flags & arms, angled spout flask, and an early brass 2-cavity bullet mold with straight legs, a bright metal sprue cutter, marked on the right side "COLTS PATENT", an "L" shaped nipple wrench, a blue paper wrapped tin of Eley's caps and a packet of combustible cartridges. According to various publications there were about 3,000 2nd Model 51 Navy revolver produced. The primary differentiation between 1st & 2nd models is the wedge screw being over the top of the slot and the cyl spindle slotted through the center. Other than that they are otherwise indistinguishable. The early 51's were all rapidly purchased by pioneers moving west or by those already on the western frontier where they usually saw hard and continuous service. They served throughout the Civil war and later back on the frontier well into the 1870's and 1880's until supplanted by cartridge revolvers. They were used by law men, outlaws and common citizens to great affect with such luminaries as Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickock, who was recorded as having carried a pair of Navies. Cased examples are extraordinarily rare. This revolver is pictured on pg. 88 as the bottom photograph in the book The Wm. M. Lock Collection, Sellers. PROVENANCE: Wm. M. Locke Collection; George Lewis Collection; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including rammer, wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains 92-93% glossy orig blue with only sharp edge wear and some light flaking with a spot of rust on the right side of the muzzle. Frame retains about all of its traditionally muted orig case colors. Hammer retains strong case colors, partially faded on top edge. Cyl retains about 80% orig blue, showing wear around the front edge and dulling and wear around the rear shoulder and shows about 96-97% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain about all of their strong orig silver, showing wear at the heel. Grip is sound with one small gouge and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Case has a compression fracture in the lid and a grain check in the bottom, otherwise is completely sound with storage handling nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Lining in the lid is strong and bright with one spot of stain, with contact with the cyl, bottom is lightly to moderately faded with moderate soil and wear from contact with the bbl, cyl and edge of grip. Flask is fine with no dents and retains about 60% orig finish. Mold is very fine with bright metal sprue cutter and some light hammer marks on the right side. Other accessories are fine. Cap tin has slight loses from the paper wrap but it is still sealed. (WG-024) 4-51048 JR507

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RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT 3RD MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2011: RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT 3RD MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 41943. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame has "COLTS PATENT" engraved in a pillow shape. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and 5 of the 6 safety pins completely serviceable. The silver plated, small rnd guard, brass, trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished, deluxe, burl walnut 1-pc grip that has last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Revolver is deluxe engraved by Gustave Young with full coverage, foliate arabesque patterns on the frame. Two of the scrolls on the frame terminate in flower blossoms. Matching engraving extends over the bbl lug and top side flats. One scroll on left side terminated with Mr. Young's mythical dog creature and another scroll on the right side terminates in a flower blossom. Rammer pivot has matching engraving. Hammer is deluxe engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the shank and a wolfs head on each side of the hammer nose. Top edge and sides of the spur are engraved in fish scale patterns and the spur is hand checkered. Backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard also have matching engraving patterns with Mr. Young's fan pattern on the top panel. Screw heads are all engraved. Accompanied by a burgundy velvet lined Colt mahogany casing that is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a sgl sided "COLTS PATENT" trophy of arms and flags, angled spout flask, an "L" shaped nipple wrench, an early brass "COLTS PATENT" 2-cavity bullet mold with sprue cutter, a spare hammer spring, 6 spare nipples, a spare lock bolt and a paper wrapped, sealed tin of Eley's caps. This revolver was produced in 1859 during the time of America's great Westward expansion of Manifest Destiny, when any repeating arm was in great demand. The Model 1851 was a tremendously popular sidearm on the Frontier and was used by such notables as Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickock, who was known to have carried a pair of Navies, along with and many others. These revolvers remained in service throughout the Civil war and then returned to the Frontier, remaining in service well into the 1870s & 1880s until supplanted by cartridge revolvers. Engraved examples are rare and cased, engraved examples are very rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl retains about 75% orig blue with the loss areas mostly flaked, not worn, to a medium patina and shows light, sharp edge wear; rammer and handle retain dark case colors; frame and hammer also retain even dark case colors; cyl retains traces of orig blue being mostly a dark brown patina and shows about 95% Ormsby Naval battle scene with Ormsby signature still visible; trigger guard and backstrap retain 96-98% strong orig silver with wear only at the heel and toe; grip is sound showing very light edge wear with very few, very fine, light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with pitting near the breech end, probably from snapping caps without cleaning afterword. Case is sound with fine nicks & scratches and retains about all of an old refinish; interior is moderately faded inside the lid with staining from contact with the cyl; bottom is heavily faded with heavy soil, partitions are solid. Flask is extremely fine and retains about 95% orig finish; mold has a few nicks & dings with orig bright metal sprue cutter; nipple wrench and cap tin are fine. (WG-025) 4-51049 JR511

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COLT 4TH MODEL 51 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2012: COLT 4TH MODEL 51 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 203206. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line "NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA" address. Left side of frame has a small "COLTS PATENT" and left shoulder trigger guard is marked "36 CAL". The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contaning a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. This revolver appears to be made in 1867, after the Civil war which had established the 51 Navy as a premier side arm. This was the time of great western expansion of Manifest Destiny and any repeating arm was in great demand. These Navy revolvers were used by every facet of American life on the western frontier on both sides of the law to great effect. It is well documented that many notables of that era carried and used these revolvers, including such luminaries as William B. (Wild Bill) Hickock who was known to carry a brace of them. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip, except rammer handle which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue, showing faint sharp edge wear and flaking, not wear, over the bbl lug area. Loss areas are a light patina. Rammer and handle retain brilliant case colors. Frame and hammer also retain about 98% brilliant, orig case colors showing only light fading on the left recoil shield and a cleaned spot on the hammer nose. Cyl retains 80-90% orig blue and shows aobut 98% Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain silver plating in sheltered areas being mostly a medium mustard patina. Grip has some light chips on the left edge, otherwise shows only very light wear and retains virtually all of its bright, orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore, may be unfired. (WG-026) 4-51050

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SCARCE CASED COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2013: SCARCE CASED COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 2266. Cal. 31. Blue and color case hardened with 6" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City left hand address with brackets and left side of frame has a tiny "COLTS PATENT". Cyl has 5-chambers with rnd stop notches and the Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. SN and "COLTS PATENT" on cyl read left hand, and the "COLTS PATENT" on cyl is the same size font as on the frame. The silver-plated square back brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last 3 digits of matching SN in buttstrap channel. Cyl spindle has a cupped end to be used as a rammer for loading the cyl. Accompanied by a very early, orig, dark brown velvet lined, mahogany Colt casing with fluted lid and recessed in the bottom for the revolver and orig Baby Dragoon "COLTS PATENT" dbl sided eagle flask, an orig brass Baby Dragoon 2-cavity bullet mold without sprue cutter and has straight legs that are beveled on the inside edges. Bullet cavity is without shoulder. Also accompanied is an "L" shaped nipple wrench, a small early tin of Eley's caps and a functioning key. There were about 15,000 Baby Dragoon revolvers produced 1847-1850 in 4 different bbl lengths with 3 different styles of cyl stops and 2 different cyl scene roll markings, some of which had loading levers added in the later production. These revolvers were introduced early in the Great Westward expansion and were readily purchased by those pioneers. They usually saw extensive hard service from their introduction right through the Civil war and later, again on the American Frontier. They are rarely found today with any orig finish and cased examples are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching. Including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 90% orig blue with sharp edge wear and a few light thin spots; frame retains about 75% dark orig case colors that were traditionally muted; cyl retains about 75% thin orig blue mixed with light patina and has sharp edge wear with a light cyl line. Overall cyl shows about 98% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain 70-75% orig silver, stronger on the front strap. Grip has a chipped left toe otherwise shows moderate wear and retains about 75% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound showing light storage and handling nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; lining in the lid is extremely fine, strong and bright; bottom is moderately faded with heavy soil in the revolver recess. Flask retains about 90% strong orig finish, mold is battered on the right side, otherwise is fine with crisp cavities and a dark brass patina. Other accessories are fine. (WG-068) 4-51051 JR500

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RARE CASED BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2014: RARE CASED BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 2147. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame has a tiny "COLTS PATENT". Cyl has 5 chambers with its orig, crisp safety pin and Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. Cyl has rnd stop notches and left hand panel marked in tiny letters "COLTS PATENT" the same size as is on the frame, over the matching SN. The silver plated, square back, brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with obscured number in the backstrap or buttstrap channels. Although the grip has no visible number, there is little doubt that it is orig to this revolver. Accompanied by a green velvet lined, mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an early dbl sided eagle flask, a brass 2-cavity "COLTS PATENT" mold without sprue cutter, a small tin of Eley's caps and a functioning key. The Baby Dragoon was Colt's first attempt at a pocket sized revolver after the cessation of production of the Paterson line. It was introduced near the beginning of the great Westward expansion and the 49er miners where it became extremely popular. These little revolvers, in a variety of bbl lengths, saw hard & continuous service from introduction right through the Civil War, well into the 1870s. They are rarely found today with any orig finish and cased examples are extremely rare. There were fewer than 15,000 of these little revolvers produced 1847-1850. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge & cyl, except grip as noted. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear and a couple of scratches with some minor flaking and some light nicks around the wedge slot; frame retains 80-85% orig case colors which are traditionally muted; hammer retains mottled, dark case colors; cyl retains 65-70% orig blue and shows about 95% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking; trigger guard retains strong silver on the trigger plate and front & rear ends of the trigger bow with the front strap a light brass patina; backstrap retains silver in sheltered areas and on the buttstrap. Grip has chipped toes with light wear on the edges and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. Case has three fine cracks across the lid, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish; lining in the lid is lightly faded & soiled; bottom is moderately faded with heavy soil under the revolver and a large stain under the flask area; flask retains about 95% strong orig finish; mold is equally new with a few light nicks & dings; cap tin is fine. (WG-019) 4-51052 JR499

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EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE COLT MODEL 1849 WELLS FARGO POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2015: EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE COLT MODEL 1849 WELLS FARGO POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 85303. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 3" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with brackets. Bbl is made without rammer. Left side of frame is marked with a tiny "COLTS PATENT". Cyl has 5 chambers with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip that has SN in backstrap channel. There were about 4,000 of these rammerless model 1849 revolvers produced, scattered over much of the total production. They were made in several different variations with 3" & 4" bbls, small & large trigger guards and two different frame styles. They represent a very small portion of the approx. 325,000 model 1849 pocket revolvers produced 1850-1873. Being a small and easily concealed revolver they usually saw hard service and are rarely found today with any orig finish. This is one of the finest Wells Fargo models extant. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching, including wedge, cyl & grip. Overall retains virtually all of its fine orig finish with bright bbl blue showing only faint sharp edge wear and a few nicks around the wedge slot. Frame retains virtually all of its orig, naturally muted case colors, as does the hammer. Top edge of hammer has turned dark. Screws are fine and retain most of their orig fire blue. Cyl is also fine and retains about 75% thin orig blue and shows about 98% crisp stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their strong, orig plating. Grip is sound, showing very light edge wear and retains about all of its bright, orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong, bright bore with scattered pitting. Has been shot, but very little. (WG-020) 4-51053 JR364

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WONDERFUL CASED COLT LONDON MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2016: WONDERFUL CASED COLT LONDON MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 418. Cal. 31. Blue and color case hardened with 6" oct bbl, brasspin front sight and 2-line London address with brackets. Left side of frame has small "COLTS PATENT" and the silver plated, small guard brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by a fine blue velvet lined, English mahogany casing with empty brass plaque in the lid and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a Dixon "COLTS POCKET FLASK" brass and copper bag shaped flask, a blued steel "COLT'S PATENT" bullet mold with sprue cutter and straight legs, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a large tin of Eley's caps and an all metal cleaning rod in its compartment at the rear. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were about 11,000 of these revolvers produced in the period 1853-1857. Mr. Wilson indicates that this is the second model and is of a series probably made up of Hartford produced parts and is without beveled edge on the loading cutout. These London Pocket Model Colts are quite scarce, especially cased examples and those with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Robert Howard Collection; Herb Glass; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including rammer, wedge, cyl and grip. bbl retains about 30% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a dark patina; rammer and handle retain about all of their orig case colors, strong and bright on the pivot; frame & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, lightly faded on the left recoil shield and turned a little dark on top edge of hammer; trigger guard and backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver plating; cyl retains about 60-65% orig blue and shows about 98% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking; all 5 safety pins are crisp and serviceable; grip is sound with a couple small nicks and retains virtually all of its crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. Case has a couple grain checks in the lid otherwise is sound with light handling and storage nicks and scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Interior is strong and bright in the lid with very light soil; lining in the bottom is lightly faded with light soil from contact with the bbl, hammer spur and edge of the grip; flask retains about 98% orig finish; mold has some light flaking on the legs otherwise appears to be new and unused; other accessories are fine. (WG-23) 4-51054 JR373

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CASED LATE COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2017: CASED LATE COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 307014. Cal. 31, blue and color case hardened with 6" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1 line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked "COLTS PATENT" and left shoulder trigger guard is marked "31 CAL" Cyl is 6 chambers with stage coach holdup scene roll marking and has all 6 safety pins prominent and serviceable. The large guard brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an original, burgundy velvet lined, mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a double sided eagle and stars flask, a brass 2 cavity "COLTS PATENT" bullet mold without sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a lacquered tin of Eley's caps and a sealed packet of 6 combustible cartridges. It appears that this revolver was produced in about 1868, at the height of the great westward migration when any repeating firearm was in great demand. These little revolvers were extremely popular and remained so well into the 1870's, until being supplanted by cartridge firearms. Cased examples are scarce and those with high original finish are very scarce. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip, except rammer which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 95% glossy org blue with only light muzzle end and sharp edge wear; rammer & handle retain most of their org case colors, bright on the pivot; frame retains brilliant case colors on the sides lightly to moderately faded on the recoil shields; hammer retains brilliant case colors on the sides and rear edge, faded on top edge; cyl retains about 95% glossy orig blue and shows about 99% stage coach hold-up scene roll marking; trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver plating with only sharp edge wear on the toe; grip is sound with a few of small nicks and retains virtually all of its orig varnish; mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered small spots of pitting; case has a grain crack in the lid, otherwise is sound, showing light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish; interior is lightly to moderately faded with light soil inside the lid & moderate soil in the bottom; flask is near new & other accessories are extremely fine; cartridge packet is extremely fine. (WG-022) 4-51055

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CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2018: CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 114226. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2 line New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame has small "COLTS PATENT". Cyl has 5 chambers with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking and all 5 safety pins mostly serviceable. The silver-plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an extremely rare, orig, fluted lid Colt mahogany casing with blue velvet lined interior. Bottom has the very rare contour partition to fit this revolver. Case also contains a fine single sided eagle & stars flask, a brass 2 cavity "COLTS PATENT" mold without sprue cutter, a green label "W. & C. Eley" tin of caps and a functioning key. This revolver appears to have been made in about 1856, during the height of the great westward migration when any revolver was in great demand. The '49 pocket revolver was the successor to the baby dragoon and was immediately adopted by the buying public. These revolvers usually saw hard & continuous service under harsh circumstances, usually with limited or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Cased examples are especially rare and the contoured, fluted lid cases are exceptionally rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including rammer, wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue with some light flaking, mostly on the left side. Rammer pivot retains brilliant case colors. Frame & hammer retain brilliant case colors for this model which is notorious for having muted case colors. Cyl retains 88-90% strong orig blue with about 99% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Trigger guard & backstrap retain most of their orig silver plating, showing only sharp edge wear on the trigger guard & front strap with some very fine pimpling on the back strap and wear at the heel. Grip is sound with only a couple of small nicks and retains all of its orig bright varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case has a couple of grain checks in the lid, otherwise is sound with about 75% of its orig paper covering on the bottom. Lining inside the lid is strong & bright with very light soil. Bottom is lightly faded with moderate soil from contact with the revolver cyl & grip and also from the flask. There is moderate damage from the front sight. (WG-021) 4-51056

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EXTREMELY RARE CASED PAIR OF COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVERS MARKED FOR THE LONDON MARKET.

Lot 2019: EXTREMELY RARE CASED PAIR OF COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVERS MARKED FOR THE LONDON MARKET.

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Description: SN 296885 & 296915. Cal. 31. Revolvers are identical with 5" oct bbls, brass pin front sights and 1-line New-York U.S. America addresses. Left side of frames are marked "COLTS PATENT" and left shoulder of trigger guards are marked "31 CAL". Cyls have 6-chambers with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. Both revolvers have large guard blued steel trigger guards and backstraps that contain varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Both revolvers have British proofs on left sides of bbl lugs & cylinders. Serial numbers on bottom of revolvers are all accompanied by a small "L" which indicates that they were destined for the Colt London Agency. Revolvers were not disassembled to check for matching numbers. Accompanied by an extraordinary brass bound, green felt lined, English mahogany casing with scalloped, mortised brass corners and brass reinforcements on the bottom corners. It has a bullseye brass lifting handle in the lid and sliding latches on the front with a mortised brass lock. Interior has an orig Colt directions for loading and cleaning label inside the lid, held in place by 4 brass tacks and green thread. Bottom is compartmented for the two revolvers, a rare Dickson bag flask marked on the top "COLTS POCKET FLASK" that has a graduated spout, 2 blued steel 2-cavity "COLTS PATENT" molds with sprue cutters, marked on the right sides "31 PKT", 2 L-shaped nipple wrenches, 2 large lacquered tins of Eley's caps, 2 blue steel wire cleaning rods, a small pewter oil bottle and a spare lock bolt/trigger return spring. Although the Model 1849 was produced in fairly large quantities, few were shipped to England and of those extremely few were sold as pairs and are almost never found dbl cased, especially in new unfired condition, such as these. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, new and unfired, retaining virtually all of their crisp orig factory finish with bright glossy blues and brilliant case colors. Bbls show a couple small spots of sharp edge wear with tiny flaking on right side of each bbl lug; both grips are equally new and show all their orig varnish; cylinders show 99% plus stagecoach holdup scene roll marking; #296915 has a light cyl line; trigger guards and backstraps also show bright glossy blue with a small nick on #296915. Case has three grain checks on the bottom, otherwise is sound with light storage and handling, nicks & scratches and a series of small rnd hammer marks on the left front top corner; interior is clean & bright with only light soil under the revolvers and with light damage from front sights; accessories are equally bright and new; cap tins are probably old replacements and show soil, nicks & scratches. Very likely when these revolvers were imported from England, the orig cap tins were left behind. This is truly an exceptional and rare set, the likes of which are unlikely to ever been encountered again. (WG-058) 4-51057 JR521

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VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2020: VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 6291. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 4-1/2" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. left side of frame as a small "COLTS PATENT" and left rear web of trigger guard is marked "36 CAL". Cyl is rebated with 5-chambers and stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc ivory grip that has matching SN in backstrap channel. Revolver is beautifully engraved in donut style, probably by Gustave Young, with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns without background shading on the frame and with matching patterns about 3/5 up the bbl and on the rammer pivot. Backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard are engraved to match with a fan pattern at top of backstrap. Hammer is deluxe engraved with a wolf's head on each side of hammer nose, fish scale patterns on top edge & sides of spur with hand checkered spur. All 4 SN's on bottom of revolver are accompanied by a small "E" which signifies this revolver was to receive special attention for engraving. Accompanied by a spectacular orig, brass bound Colt casing that has an empty plaque in the lid with mortised brass corners, brass reinforcements on the bottom corner and a mortised brass lock in the front. Interior is burgundy velvet lined and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a blued steel 2-caivty "COLT'S PATENT" mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side "36P", a sgl sided eagle and stars, "COLTS PATENT" flask, a packet of 5 combustible cartridges, an "L" shaped nipple wrench, a lacquered tin of Eley's caps, and a functioning key. Bottom is originally oilcloth covered. There were about 19,000 of these fine revolvers produced 1861-1873. They were mostly produced during the Civil war and remained in service throughout the war well into the 1870's & 80's until supplanted by cartridge revolvers. They generally saw hard service and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Cased examples are very rare and engraved cased examples are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip, cyl spindle is unnumbered or perhaps has had the number obliterated by cleaning. Bbl retains about 85% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer and handle retain faint case colors in sheltered areas. Frame retains traces of case colors, being mostly a gray metal patina. Cyl retains about 25% blue in the rebated area with the balance a gray/brown patina and shows about 75% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap are mostly a medium brass patina with silver on the trigger plate. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. Case has grain check in the lid and a couple more in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about 85% orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded with light soil under the revolver and damage from the front sight. Flask retains 65-70% strong orig finish and the mold about 90% orig blue. Cartridge packet and cap tin are fine, other accessories are fine. (WG-029) 4-51058 JR502

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SCARCE CASED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2021: SCARCE CASED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 21965. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2" bbl, brass pin front sight & 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small "COLTS PATENT" & left shoulder of trigger guard is marked "36 CAL". Cyl is half fluted & rebated with 5 chambers and all 5 safety pins serviceable. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an orig, burgundy velvet lined Colt casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a double sided eagle & stars Colt flask, a blued "COLT'S PATENT" bullet mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side "36P", an "L" shaped nipple wrench, a full sealed packet of 5 combustible skin cartridges, a lacquered tin of Eley's caps and a functioning key. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique Firearms there were about 28,000 of these fine revolvers produced in the period 1861-1873. This revolver appears to have been produced in about 1863, during the height of the Civil War when any type of revolver was in great demand. Although there are no known military contracts for this model of Colt, it's a safe bet that the majority of the production before the end of the war were private purchase & used during the Civil War. After the war they remained in service, primarily on the Western frontier and are rarely found today in orig configuration with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and a small chemical spot with a few tiny nicks. Rammer handle retains brilliant case colors. Frame retains strong case colors on the sides, lightly faded, with moderately faded colors on recoil shields. Hammer retains moderately faded case colors. Cyl retains about 85% strong blue, showing sharp edge wear & thinning over the chambers, all 5 safety pins are serviceable. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about all of their strong orig silver-plate finish. Grip is sound with 1 small spot of black stain on the left side at the frame, otherwise is nearly flawless and retains about all of its crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Appears to be unfired. Case is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Inside the lid is lightly faded with some minor staining from contact with the revolver. Bottom is moderately faded & lightly soiled with light damage from the front sight & hammer spur. Flask has a broken spring, otherwise is as new. Mold is battered on both sides & bottom, but retains about 90% crisp orig blue, other accessories are fine. (WG-030) 4-51059

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VERY RARE CASED COLT ROOT 1855 MODEL 1A PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2022: VERY RARE CASED COLT ROOT 1855 MODEL 1A PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 268. Cal. 28. Blue finish with 3-7/16" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address without pointing hand motif. Rammer handle is octagonal shaped. Cyl is usual 5-chambers with Cabin/Indian fight scene roll marking. Mounted with uncheckered, 1-pc, varnished walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig brown velvet lined mahogany Colt casing, compartment in the bottom for the revolver and a bow legged "COLTS PATENT" brass 2-cavity mold with bright steel sprue cutter. Other accessories are not present. This is the first of the Colt Root series and the lowest production with only 384 produced in two different styles. Very few of this model survive today in any condition, especially with orig finish. These little revolvers were quite popular with both ladies and gentlemen as concealment pistols and usually saw hard service. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains 70-75% orig blue mixed with flaked areas that are a light patina; cyl retains traces of blue, being mostly a blue/gray patina and shows about 65-70% Cabin/Indian fight scene roll marking; grip shows moderate wear with a few dings & scratches, otherwise is sound. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. Case has a grain check in the lid, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is lightly to moderately faded with light soil in the bottom and sound partitions; mold is extremely fine. (WG-051) 4-51060 JR520

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FINE CASED COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 2 PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2023: FINE CASED COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 2 PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 5036. Cal. 28. Blue finish with 3-1/2" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address with pointing hand motif. Cyl is usual 5-chambers with Cabin/Indian fight scene roll marking. Mounted with nicely figured varnished walnut 1-pc grip. Accompanied by an orig, burgundy velvet lined Colt mahogany casing that is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a straight legged brass 2-cavity "COLTS PATENT" mold with sprue cutter, a dbl sided eagle & stars, 28 cal. size flask and a lacquered tin of Eley's caps. This model Root revolver was one of the highest production of the series, but it is rarely found with high orig finish. They were very popular with the public as pocket pistols for gentlemen and muff pistols for ladies. They generally saw very hard use. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching, grip was not removed to check for matching number. Overall retains about 98% glossy orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; rammer handle retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot; hammer retains case colors in sheltered areas being mostly a gray patina; cyl has been fired and shows fine pitting around the nipple recesses; overall retains about 90% thinning orig blue and shows about 98% Cabin/Indian fight scene roll marking; grip is crisp with 1 or 2 tiny nicks and retains about all of its crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case is sound with faint nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish; interior is very lightly faded with very light soil in the bottom, solid partitions; accessories are fine. (WG-052) 4-51061 JR519

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CASED COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 3 SIDEHAMMER PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2024: CASED COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 3 SIDEHAMMER PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 27375. Cal. 28. Blue finish with 5-1/8" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address without pointing hand motif. Cyl is full fluted with 5-chambers and it is mounted with nicely figured, smooth, 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig, dark green velvet lined colt casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a bowlegged "COLT'S PATENT" blued steel mold with sprue cutter that has a "K" inspector initial on the right side, a root sized eagle & stars dbl sided flask, small tin of Hick's caps that has rupoussed top and bottom and an "L" shaped screwdriver for a later pistol. Revolver was not disassembled to check for matching numbers. These little revolvers were very popular as pocket and hideout guns and saw service through the Civil war well into the 1870s. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Revolver is fine. Bbl retains 95-96% glossy orig blue and the frame about 80-85% orig blue with some candy striping on both sides and screw driver halos around the side plate screws with scratches by the hammer; backstrap retains blue in sheltered areas being mostly a blue gray patina; grip is sound with a few minor nicks and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bore could not be checked. Case has a grain check in the bottom otherwise is sound and retains most of its orig varnish. Lining inside the lid is strong with dark color, bottom is lightly to moderately faded with heavy soil from contact with revolver. Flask and mold are fine to very fine. (WG-053) 4-51062

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SCARCE CASED COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 5A PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2025: SCARCE CASED COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 5A PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 6251. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 4-1/2" rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address. Cyl is usual 5-chambers and is full fluted. Mounted with very nicely figured, 1-pc, smooth walnut grip. Accompanied by an authentic burgundy velvet lined Colt mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a dbl sided eagle & stars flask, a blued "COLT'S PATENT" mold with sprue cutter, marked on the right side "31 PKT", a packet of 6 combustible cartridges, an L-shaped screwdriver, a small lacquered tin of Eley's caps and a functioning key. There were about 5,500 of this model produced in two bbl lengths, this being the more scarce. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching, grip was not checked. Overall retains about 90% glossy orig blue with muzzle end and minor sharp edge wear; backstrap shows moderate flaking, cyl is moderately flaked and retains about 80% glossy orig blue; grip is fine with very light sharp edge wear and a rub spot on the left side and overall retains 95-96% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. Case is sound with a couple small scrapes on the top, light nicks & scratches and retains about 95% orig varnish; lining in the lid is lightly faded with light soil; bottom is moderately faded with heavy soil under the revolver; accessories are fine. (WG-054) 4-51063

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SCARCE CASED COLT ROOT 1855 MODEL 7 PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2026: SCARCE CASED COLT ROOT 1855 MODEL 7 PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 12837. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 3-1/2" rnd bbl, tall brass pin front sight and 2-line address. Cyl is usual 5-chambers with stage coach holdup scene roll marking and cyl pin retaining screw through the side. Mounted with 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Accompanied by a rare, orig, Colt burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing that has the rare contoured partition in the bottom for the revolver, an early dbl sided eagle flask and a bow legged brass, "COLTS PATENT" bullet mold with bright steel sprue cutter and a green label tin of Hick's caps. There were about 3,000 of these revolvers produced in 2 bbl lengths, which makes them a rather scarce item. These revolvers were very popular in their day and usually saw hard service and are seldom found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching, grip was not removed to check for matching number. Overall retains about 95-96% glossy orig blue with some light flaked areas on the bbl and cyl; cyl shows fine pitting around the nipple recesses and overall retains about 70-75% orig blue and shows about 93-95% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking; trigger & hammer retain strong, bright case colors; grip is sound with only a couple tiny nicks & retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting. Case has a grain check in the bottom, otherwise is sound with usual storage and handling nicks & scratches, some heavy creases in the lid and retains about 90% orig varnish. Lining in the lid is strong and bright with light staining from contact with the revolver cyl; bottom is moderately faded with heavy soil under the revolver, partitions are solid; flask is good to very good; mold is extremely fine and cap tin is fine. (WG-055) 4-51064

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VERY RARE COLT FIRST VARIATION MODEL 1860 RICHARDS SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER WITH 12-STOP CYLINDER.

Lot 2027: VERY RARE COLT FIRST VARIATION MODEL 1860 RICHARDS SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER WITH 12-STOP CYLINDER.

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Description: SN 1612. Cal. 44 COLT. Blue and color case hardened with 8" rnd bbl, German silver front sight and New-York U.S. America address. Right side of bbl lug has an attached ejector housing with checkered 1/2 moon ejector rod head. Left side of frame has a small "COLTS PATENT" and left shoulder trigger guard is marked "44 CAL". The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channels. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with the unusual feature of 12 stop notches in the rebated area. This was an experiment which would have allowed the cyl to be locked by the lock bolt half way between chambers for safety. Unfortunately, the notches over the chamber area occasionally wore through creating a dangerous situation. Conversion ring has an integral rear sight with loading gate that has internal spring and detent. Conversion ring, loading gate and cyl spindle have assembly number "310". This revolver is one of the early versions assembled from previously unused percussion parts and thus was a manufactured revolver, not a conversion. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were about 9,000 of this model revolver produced during the period 1873-1878, of which only a few were fitted with 12-stop cylinders. Undoubtedly, many of those were later converted to conventional cylinders with 6 stops. This was Colts first offering of the bored-through cyl in large caliber and was immediately adopted by the buying public for use on the American Frontier. They generally saw very hard service and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Accompanied by a very rare, full, sealed box, of U.S. Cartridge Co. 44 Cal. central fire cartridges marked on the label "COLT'S NEW BREECH-LOADING / ARMY REVOLVER" and has a line drawing of a Richards conversion revolver. Label is yellow with black lettering and has a kraft colored paper band. Each end of the box is marked "Calibre: / .44 / Colt's Army Pistol". PROVENANCE: Francis E. "Bud" Firth Collection; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge, which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 70% glossy orig blue with the loss areas toward the breech end, over the top, from flaking, not wear; ejector housing retains about 95% glossy orig blue; frame, conversion ring, loading gate and hammer retain about 98% brilliant orig case colors, a little dark on the hammer; cyl retains about 90% orig blue, strong and glossy in the rebated area, a little thin on the major diameter and shows about 99% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard retains about 35% silver with the balance a medium mustard patina; backstrap retains about 90% glossy orig blue, thinning toward the heel; grip has some chips in the edges and nicks & scratches with a few bruises and overall retains 93-95% glossy orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore with a few scattered small spots of pitting. Box of cartridges is sound and still sealed; label has a few minor losses on the right end with light soil and wear and is lightly faded; band is lightly foxed with light soil. (WG-008) 4-51092 JR512

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RARE CASED COLT FIRST VARIATION MODEL 1860 RICHARDS CONVERSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2028: RARE CASED COLT FIRST VARIATION MODEL 1860 RICHARDS CONVERSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 198214. Cal. 44 COLT. Blue and color case hardened with 8" rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Right side of bbl lug is mounted with an ejector housing and checkered half moon ejector rod head. Left side of frame has a small "COLTS PATENT" and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked "44 CAL" which is overstamped with the Frederick Von Oppen "C" and "RAMPANT COLT". Von Oppen was employed by Colt as a representative in Belgium and in 1861 was transferred to London to act as Colt's London agent. During his tenure, European copies of Colt firearms were being marketed as authentic, so Von Oppen purchased the small stamp as noted above and marked most of the firearms passing through the London agency with that mark. The silver plated, brass trigger guard and blue steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is the orig for this revolver and has the Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Bottom of bbl and cyl have tiny British proofs. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were about 9,000 of these revolvers produced 1873-1878 with the majority of them manufactured from previously unused percussion parts. This revolver is one of the late manufactured 1860 Army revolvers that was converted. Accompanied by an orig, green felt lined, English oak casing with empty brass disk in the lid and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an "L" shaped screw driver which is missing, an pewter oil bottle and a steel cleaning rod. Left front of the case has a cartridge block containing 59 rds of 44 Colt ammunition. This is Colts first successful model of conversion revolver utilizing the bored-through cyl for self contained center fire cartridges. They were immediately adopted by the buying public and usually saw hard service and are rarely found with high orig finish, cased examples are quite rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge, which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains 65-70% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina; frame and conversion ring contain virtually all of their orig case colors, lightly faded on the conversion ring and loading gate, brilliant on the frame and hammer; cyl retains about 20% orig blue with loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina and shows about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard retains strong orig silver with front strap having silver at the toe, being mostly a light mustard patina; backstrap and buttstrap retains strong glossy blue, slightly thin in center of backstrap; grip is sound with very few, very light handling & storage nicks and retains virtually all of its bright orig varnish; mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may have been fired, but if so, very little. Case has a couple gouges in the top and grain check in the bottom, otherwise is sound and retains most of its orig varnish. Lining in the lid is bright and clean, with faint soil, probably an old re-line. Bottom is heavily faded with heavy soil in the revolver recess. Cartridge block is missing a small chip, ammo & accessories are fine. (WG-009) 4-51065 JR510

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SCARCE TRANSITIONAL 2ND MODEL RICHARDS CONVERSION COLT 1860 ARMY REVOLVER.

Lot 2029: SCARCE TRANSITIONAL 2ND MODEL RICHARDS CONVERSION COLT 1860 ARMY REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 196090. Cal. 44 Colt CF. Blue and color case hardened with 8" rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line "NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA" address. Left side of frame has the 1871-1872 patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked "44 CAL". Cyl is usual 6-shots with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Bbl lug has the percussion style loading cutout of the Richards conversion and the short conversion ring of the Richards-Mason conversion without integral sight, along with patent date markings on the frame. In addition it has the firing pin secured with 2-rivits in the hammer nose versus the firing pin in the conversion ring of the Richards conversion. There is no record of the actual numbers of these transitional pieces but they likely are very limited. There was about 9,000 Richards conversion revolvers and 2,100 Richards-Mason conversion revolvers, likely with only a few of the transitional pieces ever produced. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: About very fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 90-92% glossy orig blue, slightly thinned around the muzzle and left side. Ejector housing retains about 60% glossy orig blue. Frame, conversion ring, and hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant orig case colors, lightly cleaned on left side. Hammer retains 30-40% orig blue with the balance flaked to a medium patina and shows about 98% Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard retains about 60% strong orig silver and backstrap about 80-85% orig blue, a little thin in the center. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and retains virtually all of its crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Appears to be new and unfired retaining virtually all of its orig factory blue in the chambers of the cyl & bore. One of the finest Richards/Richards-Mason conversion revolvers extant. (WG-010) 4-51093 JR358

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SCARCE COLT RICHARDS-MASON SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

Lot 2030: SCARCE COLT RICHARDS-MASON SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 6119. Cal. 44 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 8" rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line block letter Hartford address. Bbl is manufactured for this revolver, not a conversion and has a full length ejector housing attached to the right side that has a bullseye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has the "1871-1872" patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked "44 CAL". The silver plated steel trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Loading gate and cyl spindle have the assembly No. "410". Cyl is rebated, usual 6-chambers and has lightly struck Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were only about 2,100 of these scarce revolvers produced in 1877. All in the serial range of 5800 - 7900, overlapping with the Richards conversion model. These revolvers, like their predecessor were extremely popular and saw hard and continuous service, frequently with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish. This revolver is thought to be one of the finest of its type known. This revolver is pictured on pg. 199 of A Study of Colt Conversions and Other Percussion Revolvers, McDowell. PROVENANCE: Frances E. "Bud" Firth; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 50% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a dark patina; frame, conversion ring and loading gate retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant on sides of frame, moderately faded on recoil shield, loading gate and conversion ring; hammer retains brilliant case colors on the sides and rear edge, turned dark on top edge; cyl retains about 25% strong orig blue in the rebated area, turned to dark patina on the major diameter and shows about 60% Ormsby Naval battle scene marking; trigger guard retains traces or orig silver being mostly a gray metal patina; backstrap and buttstrap retain strong blue on the top flat and buttstrap being a gray metal patina in the center; grip is sound showing light to moderate edge wear with a few light nicks in the finish and retains about 95% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may have been fired but if so, very little; chambers and bore retain most of their orig blue. This is truly an exceptional, high conditioned Richards-Mason revolver. (WG-011) 4-51094 JR513

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SCARCE COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2031: SCARCE COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 908. Cal. 38 RF. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2" rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line block letter "NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA" address. Left side of frame is marked with a small "COLTS PATENT" and left shoulder trigger guard is marked "36 CAL". Cylinder is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Hammer has the firing pin attached to the left side of the nose with 2 rivets. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there was a total of about 2,200 Model 1861 revolvers converted using the Richards-Mason style. Mr. Wilson estimates that there were only about 400 produced in rimfire and 1,800 in center fire. There were about 1,400 of the 2,200 revolvers produced out of previously unused parts and about 1,000 converted for the U.S. Navy all in the mid 1870s. These civilian revolvers were all sold, primarily to a population hungry for any cartridge repeating arm. Most all of them saw hard and continuous service on the American Frontier, well into the late 19th century and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching except wedge, which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains 80-90% glossy orig blue with the only losses over the to of the bbl at the cyl end from flaking, not wear. The loss areas are a smooth medium patina. Frame and hammer retain virtually all of their strong, orig case colors showing light wear on the left recoil shield and loading gate. Top of edge of hammer has turned dark. Cyl retains about 60% flaked orig blue with the loss areas a medium to dark patina and shows about 98% Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain traces of silver plating, being mostly a medium mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes, othewise is sound showing light edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. (WG-012) 4-51095 JR357

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EXTREMELY RARE CASED BRACE OF THUER CONVERSION 1861 NAVY REVOLVERS.

Lot 2032: EXTREMELY RARE CASED BRACE OF THUER CONVERSION 1861 NAVY REVOLVERS.

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Description: SN 27164 & 29746. Cal. 36. Revolvers are virtually identical with blue and color case hardening, 7-1/2" rnd bbls, German silver front sights and 1-line New-York U.S. America addresses. Left sides of frames have a small "COLTS PATENT" and left shoulders of trigger guards are marked "36 CAL". The silver plated brass trigger guards and backstraps contain 1-pc smooth ivory grips. Hammer noses have a hardened rnd insert and rammers are threaded for the small loading tool. Accompanied by an orig, green baize lined, Colt mahogany dbl casing that is compartmented in the bottom for the revolvers, a metal cartridge tin with orange label containing 8 orig Thuer cartridges, a tin of Thuer cartridge primers, a 4-pc set of reloading tools, an "L" shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, a small punch and a brass and ebony cleaning rod with jag. Also included are 2 spare percussion cylinders, one with the last 3-digits of a SN "055" and the other "794". The Thuer cyl on number "27164" has last 3-digits of matching serial number and assembly number is "13". Cyl on "29746" also has last 3-digits of matching SN and assembly number "19". According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms, there were about 5,000 Colt revolvers converted to Thuer configuration in 6 different models including the 1861 Navy, during the period 1869-1872. While the Thuer was not Americas first experiment with center fire cartridges, they were Colt's first production of self contained center fire cartridges which lead to more advanced designs once the Rollin White bored-though cyl patent has expired. This design was only marginally successful, but is truly a milestone in the development of cartridge arms. Single revolvers are quite rare and pairs such as this are extremely rare with cased sets, as found here, having only a few known. Case is slightly oversized for the 61 Navy, but a 60 Army fits fine. This exact set is pictured on page 111 of A Study of Colt Conversions and Other Percussion Revolvers By R. Bruce McDowell. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: #29164) Fine to very fine, all matching except grip, which was not examined. Bbl retains 40-50% flaked blue mixed with medium patina; rammer retains dark case colors, strong on pivot; frame and hammer retain about 96-97% brilliant case colors with a naturally thin spot on the left side; cyl retains about 70% strong blue on the rotating ring and a blue/brown patina on the major diameter and shows about 80% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard retains about 80% orig silver and the backstrap about 40%; grip is crisp, slightly shrunken with a wonderful ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. #29746) Fine to very fine, bbl retains about 60% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a dark patina; rammer and handle retain brilliant case colors; frame & hammer retain brilliant case colors, a little thin on top edge of hammer; cyl retains blue in sheltered areas on the ring being mostly a blue/brown patina and shows about 90% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard and backstrap retain 95-97% strong orig silver; grip is crisp with a lovely ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. Percussion cyls are fine, one retains about 90% orig blue and the other is a blue/brown patina; cartridge tin is fine with bright label showing light wear and soil; cartridges are fine; primer tin is also very fine; loading tools and other accessories are equally fine. Case has 3 grain checks in the bottom and has shrunken lid with loose joints, otherwise is sound and retains about 90% orig varnish; interior is moderately faded with soil and moth damage; partitions are intact. Altogether an extremely rare and desirable cased set. (WG-014) 4-51096 JR523

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SCARCE COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2033: SCARCE COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 432. Cal. 38 RF. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2" oct bbl, tall brass pin front sight that is a replacement and a 1-line "NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA" address. Left side of frame is marked with small "COLTS PATENT" and left shoulder trigger guard is marked "36 CAL". Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. The silver plated trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Conversion is usual Richards style and is one of the approximate 3,800 revolvers manufactured from previously unused parts. These revolvers were produced in the period 1872-1873 and usually saw very hard service on the American Frontier and remained in service for many years until being completely replaced by center fire revolvers. They rarely are found today in complete orig configuration with high orig finish. Most usually they are near relic state. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 40-50% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a smooth dark patina. Frame, conversion ring, hammer retain about 99% brilliant orig case colors, turned a little dark on top edge of hammer. Cyl retains 50-60% orig blue with loss areas also flaked to a dark patina and shows about 98% crisp Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain silver in sheltered areas being mostly a medium mustard patina. Grip shows light edge wear with 3 or 4 small dings on right side and overall retains about 97-98% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. May have been fired, but if so very little. (WG-047) 4-51066 JR359

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SCARCE CASED RICHARDS CONVERSION OF COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE REVOLVER.

Lot 2034: SCARCE CASED RICHARDS CONVERSION OF COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 268. Cal. 38 RF. Blue and color case hardened with 4-1/2" rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Right side of bbl lug has an attached ejector housing with bull's eye ejector rod head. Left side of frame is marked with a small "COLTS PATENT" and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked "36 CAL". The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is rebated, half-fluted with 5 chambers. Firing pin is attached to left side of hammer nose with two rivets. Revolver is manufactured from previously unused percussion parts with a plugged rammer hole and large loading cutout. Conversion plate with loading gate has the assembly number "311" which number is also found on the cyl spindle. This series of revolvers was serial numbered in a separate range from 1 to about 19000 which also included the Pocket Navy series, which was in the majority. These conversion revolvers were extremely popular and continued in service well into the 1870s until supplanted by center fire revolvers. They are extremely rare with high orig finish and even more rare with orig casing. Accompanied by an orig red felt lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver and a full 2-pc carton of early U.S. Cartridge Co. 38 Short rimfire ammo. Box has a black & white top label with red lettering and an orange band, printed on the sides "TARGET CARTRIDGES". PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Overall retains 98-99% orig finish with crisp glossy blues and brilliant case colors with only very faint sharp edge wear and a couple of minor scratches, with flaking on the ejector housing; silver on front strap & trigger guard is a little thin from handling. Grip is crisp and retains 99%+ orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; appears to be new & unfired. Case has several grain checks in the lid and a couple more in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is lightly faded with light soil and solid partitions; box of cartridges appears to be sealed showing light soil and four broken corners. (WG-013) 4-51097 JR498

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SCARCE COLT MODEL 1865 POCKET NAVY ROUND BARREL CONVERSION.

Lot 2035: SCARCE COLT MODEL 1865 POCKET NAVY ROUND BARREL CONVERSION.

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Description: SN 42853. Cal. 38 CF. Blue and color case hardened with 5-1/2" rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address. Right side of bbl lug has an ejector housing with half-moon bullseye ejector rod head. This bbl type was manufactured specifically for this model and was not a conversion. Left side of frame has 1871-1872 patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked "36 CAL". Cyl is rebated with 5-chambers and has the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Conversion is Richards style with loading gate and firing pin in the hammer nose secured with 2 rivets. Only about 6,500 of these revolvers were produced in the period 1873-1875 but they remained in service well into the next decade and even later. They were all quickly purchased by the American public who was hungry for a smaller, more compact revolver that still packed a punch. They usually saw very hard service and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl and ejector housing retain about 95% glossy orig blue showing light wear with some thinning on outer radius of ejector housing. Frame and hammer retain about 90% brilliant orig case colors, showing wear on left recoil shield and loading gate. Hammer retains brilliant case colors on sides & rear edge, moderately faded on top edge. Conversion ring is a gray metal patina. Cylinder retains about 90% orig blue, strong and bright in rebated area, thinning on the major diameter and shows about 98% stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking. Trigger guard & backstrap show silver plating in sheltered areas, being mostly a light mustard patina. Grip shows moderate edge wear and retains about 85% orig varnish with most of the losses on the right side. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. (WG-062) 4-51067

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RARE COLT MODEL 1871-72 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

Lot 2036: RARE COLT MODEL 1871-72 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 1496. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2" rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line "NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA" address. Right side of bbl lug has an ejector housing with half-moon, bullseye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc army sized walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Hammer has the firing pin attached to the right side of the nose with 2 rivets. There was about 7,000 of these revolvers produced in the period 1872-1873 and was the successor to the earlier Richards & Richard-Mason conversions of the 1816 Army. These revolvers were manufactured not converted. These revolvers were in great demand on the American Frontier by individuals from all walks of life and both sides of the law. They chambered the cartridge that was well established in the Henry Model 1860 and Winchester Model 1866 lever action rifles, which gave the user the advantage of having to carry only 1 type of ammunition for both arms. These early big bore revolvers usually saw very hard service. Very few survived today and are usually found as relics. They remained in service into the mid-1870s, until supplanted by the center fire cartridge revolver. Afterward, the majority of them were sold into Mexico and South America where the 44RF cartridge was still popular. Those revolvers that have been repatrioted to the U.S. are usually in relic condition. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is properly un-numbered. Bbl retains 88-90% glossy orig blue with wear over the top of the bbl log. Ejector housing retains about 85% strong orig blue. Frame retains nearly all of its orig case colors, moderately faded on the left side, a little brighter on the right side with strong colors in sheltered areas. Hammer retains very bright case colors on the sides and rear edge turning silver on top edge. Cylinder retains about 50% thin orig blue and shows about 90% Ormsby Naval marking battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard shows silver plating only under the grip, being a medium mustard patina overall. Backstrap retains bright blue around top and on buttstrap being a blue/gray patina in the middle. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a couple small spots of pitting. A rare find with strong orig finish. (WG-045) 4-51068 JR356

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EXTREMELY RARE, VERY EARLY COLT MODEL 1871-1872 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

Lot 2037: EXTREMELY RARE, VERY EARLY COLT MODEL 1871-1872 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 41. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/4" orig length rnd bbl with German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address with dashes. It has conventional right hand rifling. Breech end of bbl has an integral fixed, V-notch rear sight. Left side of frame has a small "COLTS PATENT". Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. The blued steel trigger guard and backstrap contain a very nicely figured, varnished, flame grain 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Firing pin is mounted to the left side of the hammer nose with 2 rivets. Serial number was observed on the bbl lug, frame, trigger guard and backstrap in large size font. Cyl is not numbered in the usual place on the outer diameter, but is numbered on the front face in tiny font, identical to the font on serial number "4" being sold elsewhere in this auction. These tiny numbers were also observed on the wedge, rear face of bbl lug, front face of frame between lug pins, right rear face of frame, right side of front strap and back strap. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. This revolver is pictured as figure 7-23 on pg. 296 of A Study of Colt Conversion and Other Percussion Revolvers, McDowell, with discussion and credit to the C.D. Terry Collection. This revolver is certainly one of the finest, early Open Tops anyone is likely to encounter. These early cartridge revolvers, the immediate predecessor to the renowned Single Army Revolver, usually saw very hard service. By the time of their introduction the rimfire cartridge was obsolete and this model did not sell well. The majority of the production was sold into Mexico and South America where the rimfire cartridge was still in extensive use. Those revolvers repatriated to the U.S. are almost universally in near relic condition frequently with cut bbls. PROVENANCE: C.D. Terry Collection; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue, showing light wear over the address area; ejector housing retains about 30% blue showing light wear and flaking to a medium patina; frame and hammer retain about 97-98% brilliant case colors, lightly faded on left recoil shield and loading gate; cyl retains about 60% thin orig blue overall and shows about 93-95% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard and backstrap retain about 95% glossy orig blue, a little thin on the trigger bow, front strap and center of backstrap; grip is sound showing light edge wear with a few light nicks and retains about 95-96% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. (WG-006) 4-51100 JR515

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EXTRAORDINARY AND UNIQUE PROTOTYPE COLT MODEL 1871-1872 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

Lot 2038: EXTRAORDINARY AND UNIQUE PROTOTYPE COLT MODEL 1871-1872 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 4. Cal. 44 (appears to be 44 Russian as a 44 Colt will not chamber and a 44 Russian will). Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2" rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address with dashes. Breech end of the bbl has an integral, fixed, V-notch sight. Right side if the bbl lug is mounted with an ejector housing that has half-moon bullseye ejector rod head. Bbl was made for this revolver and is not a conversion. It has conventional right hand twist rifling, not gain twist of the Model 1860. Frame is completely unmarked and was a specially made item for this revolver, not a conversion from another model. Hammer very closely resembles the ensuing Single Action Army style with integral conical firing pin and short checkered spur. Firing pin slot in the frame is also conical to accept this firing pin and could not have been converted from anything else. Cyl is new made with usual 6-chambers and extended integral bushing out the front. Grip frame is of un-plated brass and contains a 1-pc, Navy size, oil finished walnut grip and has No. "4" scratched in the backstrap channel and also stamped on the front edges where it meets the frame. The No. "4" is also found on the loading gate, inside the hammer, front face of cyl, rear face of bbl lug and scratched on right side of backstrap at the heel. Inside the front strap has 4 horizontal lines, which presumably is also the assembly number. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. This revolver is pictured on pg. 278 & 294 of A Study of Colt Conversions and Other Percussion Revolvers, McDowell, with credit to Francis E. "Bud" Firth. A nearly identical revolver is pictured as plate D on pg. 235 of The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson. The caption to that revolver identifies it also as cal. 44 center fire, with silver plated brass grip frame and a varnished Navy size grip. The caption further states "Believed to have been submitted to the U.S. Government for acceptance by the Ordnance Department". Consignor has presented evidence of another nearly identical revolver with ivory grip sold recently. He states that there are 3 other examples known, all with English proofs, silver plated grip frames and varnished walnut grips. It is believed that this is the only example, of the total of 5 or 6 known, that is without English proofs. It is also believed that the revolvers sent to England were to test the market for the center fire cartridge. The rimfire ammunition available in England at that time was problematical and they apparently thought a center fire revolver could be successful. Apparently that did not prove to be so and this model was never produced in center fire. This is one of the most rare and high condition prototype Colts extant. Accompanied by NRA silver medal No. 292 and certificate awarded to Mr. C.D. Terry on April 30, 1989 at the St. Louis, MO annual NRA meeting. PROVENANCE: C.D. Terry Collection; Frances E. "Bud" Firth Collection; Fred Sweeney Collection; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching as noted above. Bbl retains 70-75% glossy orig blue with loss areas flaked, not worn, to a dark patina and with a couple small rubs; ejector housing is flaked to a dark patina on the outer radius; frame and hammer retain 99%+ orig case colors, brilliant on sides of the frame and hammer slightly faded on left recoil shield and top edge of hammer; cyl retains about 50-60% orig blue with the balance flaked to a dark patina; grip frame was never silver plated and is now a medium, mellow mustard patina; grip is sound with a couple minor nicks and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be new and unfired. (WG-007) 4-51098 JR514

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EXTRAORDINARY RARE COLT PROTOTYPE MODEL 1871-1872 POCKET SIZED CENTER FIRE REVOLVER.

Lot 2039: EXTRAORDINARY RARE COLT PROTOTYPE MODEL 1871-1872 POCKET SIZED CENTER FIRE REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 8. Cal. 38 CF. Silver finish with 5-5/8" rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. American address. Breech end of the bbl has a tiny dovetailed V-notch sight just at the end of the address. Right side of bbl lug is mounted with a small ejector housing that has a very nicely checkered half-moon ejector rod head. Bbl is a new manufactured item, not a conversion from another model. Frame is completely unmarked except for SN. Cyl is rebated with 5-chambers like the pocket Navy and has stage coach holdup scene roll marking. Frame & cyl are also new manufactured items, not conversions, with solid recoil shield recessed about 1/4" for the cyl star wheel. The hammer is an identical miniature of the later Single Action Army revolver with conical firing pin and a conical recess in the frame. Frame has a loading gate at the right side with external tension spring. Brass grip frame has a large trigger guard and contains a 1-pc smooth ebony grip matching numbered to this revolver. Serial number "8" was observed on the frame, trigger guard, buttstrap and cyl spindle. Rear face of the bbl lug, wedge, loading gate and right rear face of frame have the tiny number "7". Cyl appears to be unnumbered, but may have had a tiny number on the face, which is now obscured by pitting. Left side of bbl lug and cyl have tiny British proofs. An article by Harry C. Konde that appeared in the September 1964 guns magazine discussed another of these revolvers, SN "1" which is pictured with ivory grip and a 62 Police bbl versus the orig bbl on this revolver. Another picture, however, later in the article shows a revolver similar to this one. Page 234, illustration B of The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, depicts 2 nearly identical revolvers, SN's "1" & "2". Caption reads "two of the limited group of arms believed made for testing the British and American market for this design of revolver". Accompanying is a 2 pg letter by R.L. Wilson discussing this very revolver and its various features. He hypothesises that because of the British dislike of rimfire cartridges, Colt made up several of these revolvers that were hand carried to England for testing, probably in about 1872. Apparently nothing came of this test and this model was never placed into production. As of this writing it is still unknown how many of these revolvers were actually made, but, as Mr. Wilson speculated, probably no more than a dozen. From the available material it appears that only SN's 1, 2 & 8 are known. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, overall retains about 90% strong orig silver plating with some dulling on the front and back straps; cyl retains about 85-90% orig silver finish and shows 70-75% stage coach holdup scene roll marking; grip is sound showing some light wear with a very few light scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of moderate to heavy pitting. This is undoubtedly an extremely rare gun that requires additional research. (WG-046) 4-51069 JR516

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SCARCE CASED COLT POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

Lot 2040: SCARCE CASED COLT POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 8193. Cal. 38 RF. Nickel finish with 4-1/2" round bbl, pin front sight & 1-Line New-York U.S. America address, Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with the top date "July 25,1871"; left shoulder of trigger guard is marked "36 Cal". Firing pin is attached to the left side of hammer nose with 2 rivets. The nickeled brass trigger guard and back strap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is rebated with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking and is without SN. Screws are all fire blued. Accompanied by a purple velvet lined mahogany casing that has a brass oval in the lid which is inscribed in period script "W.T. Binney". Interior is form recessed for the revolver and has a compartment for a full box of very early U.S. Cartridge Co. .38 short Rimfire Cartridges. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were about 6,500 of these revolvers produced in the period 1873-1875. They, along with other similar arms were very poplar with the buying public for their small size with reasonably powerful cartridge. They remain in service well into the 1880's or 1890's until they were supplanted by more modern center fire revolvers. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus; all matching except wedge which is unnumbered and cyl as noted above; overall retains 96-97% strong orig nickel with some minor flaking on left side of frame & hammer with some very light flaking in one small area of the cyl; grip is sound with no visible flaws and retains virtually all of its orig varnish; mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches with heat crazing and overall retains about all of its orig varnish; interior is heavily faded with staining in the lid from contact with the revolver cyl. Bottom retains strong purple under the revolver and cartridge box, otherwise is heavily soiled with staining and damage near the muzzle & cyl areas; cartridge box seal is broken but appears to be intact & full, moderately faded on top label. Scarce revolver with high original finish. (WG-48) 4-51070 JR375

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SCARCE COLT 4-1/2

Lot 2041: SCARCE COLT 4-1/2" POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 6058. Cal. 38 RF. Blue & color case hardened with 4-1/2" oct bbl. Brass pin front sight & 1-line "NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA" address. Bbl is converted from percussion with plugged holes. Left side of frame has the 1871-1872 patent dates and left shoulder trigger guard is marked "36 CAL". Conversion is in the Richards style with firing pin attached to the hammer nose with 2 rivets. Cyl is rebated with 5 chambers and has the stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. There were about 4,000 of these little revolvers produced in the period 1873-1875, mostly in their own serial range such as this one. They were in great demand nation-wide from citizens of all walks of life, especially those who wished to have an easily concealable handgun that had a reasonable "punch". PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge, which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains 65-70% flaked orig blue with the loss areas a light patina. Frame retains about 80% orig case colors, strong on the left side, brilliant on the right side and fading on the left recoil shield, turned gray on the loading gate. Hammer retains brilliant case colors on the sides and rear edge, lightly faded on top edge. Cyl retains traces of blue in the rebated area, being mostly a gray patina and shows about 70-75% stagecoach hold up scene with a few nicks & dings in one area. Trigger guard & backstrap retain traces of silver in the most sheltered areas being mostly a dark mustard patina. Grip is sound with chemically speckled varnish on the bottom edges & right side. Left side has a couple of small cuts and a few chemical speckles. Mechanics are crisp. Bright, shiny bore. (WG-049) 4-51071 JR362

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COLT 3-1/2

Lot 2042: COLT 3-1/2" ROUND BARREL CONVERSION REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 311554. Cal. 38 CF. Blue & color case hardened with 3-1/2" bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address. Left side of frame has the 1871-1872 patent dates and left shoulder trigger guard is marked "36 CAL". Cyl is rebated with 5 chambers & stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. There are about 6,000 of these revolvers produced during the period 1873-1880. They were made with orig bbls produced for this revolver, not conversion bbls. These little pocket sized revolvers were in use well into the mid 1880s and beyond and generally show hard service. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge, which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 10% orig blue, mostly around the wedge slots with the balance flaked, not worn, to a smooth, even, dark patina. Frame & hammer retain extraordinary, brilliant case colors. Trigger guard retains about 98% orig silver and the backstrap about 50%. Grip is sound, showing very light wear and retains about 98% crisp orig varnish. Cyl retains about 80% blue, stronger in the rebated area, flaking on the major diameter and shows about 98% stagecoach hold up scene. Crisp mechanics, very bright, shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting.†† (WG-050) 4-51072 JR363

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VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT CLOVERLEAF HOUSE PISTOL.

Lot 2043: VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT CLOVERLEAF HOUSE PISTOL.

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Description: SN 1809. Cal. 41 RF. Silver and gold finish with 3" rnd bbl, pinched blade front sight and 4-chamber cloverleaf shaped cyl. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips, matching numbered to this pistol. Frame and bbl are silver finish and cyl & hammer are gold finish. Frame and bbl are matching numbered, cylinders in these early cloverleafs are not marked with serial numbers but do carry an assembly number. This one carries an assembly number 1719. Revolver is beautifully engraved by L.D. Nimschke with nearly full coverage, foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with a fine zig-zag border and dot & diamond patterns on the front of the frame and trigger sheath. Bbl is matching engraved with a diamond & dot border around the muzzle. Backstrap is engraved with a spider web pattern at the top and geometric patterns down the backstrap. Accompanied by an orig Colt rosewood casing, that is blue velvet lined and French fitted in the bottom for the revolver, a wire cleaning rod in a slot in the back edge and a functioning key. Left front has a Mahogany cartridge block containing 22 orig cartridges. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were only about 7500 cloverleaf pistols produced 1871-1875. Very few were engraved and even less of those were cased. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its orig silver finish on the frame and bbl, thin and showing brass on the backstrap. Cyl and hammer retain virtually all of their orig gold wash, a little thin on the hammer. Grips are crisp with no visible flaws and show great fire and iridescent colors. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. Case is sound and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately to heavily faded with stronger colors under the revolver and shows staining and soil from contact with the revolver inside the lid. Ammunition is fine. (WG-031) 4-51073 JR505

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VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT 1ST MODEL NEW LINE 32 SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

Lot 2043A: VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT 1ST MODEL NEW LINE 32 SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 9801. Cal. 32 RF. Nickel finish with 2-1/4" rnd bbl, half moon front sight with 2-line address. Base pin, trigger, screws & edges of hammer are fire-blued. Mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips matching numbered to this revolver. Revolver has nearly full coverage New York style, foliate arabesque pattern engraving with very fine pearled background, probably by Gustave Young. Accompanied by an extremely rare, leather covered, trunk style factory casing that is pale blue velvet lined with blue satin hinge covering, recessed in the bottom for the revolver. It has a sculpted cartridge block in the left front containing 25 cartridges. In the back it has its orig steel, L-shaped cleaning rod/screwdriver. Although this revolver was the second highest production of the New Line series. It is very rarely encountered engraved and is exceedingly rare with orig case. They were very popular during their day in the 1870s & 1880s and usually saw hard service. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grips. Overall retains 97-98% crisp orig nickel with only one small spot on the bottom of frame and a couple of tiny spots on top strap; trigger, hammer, cyl pin & screws retain bright fire blue. Grips are sound, showing no visible flaws and have great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. May have been fired but if so, very little. Case is extremely fine with a few minor scuffs and a couple of minor scratches and retains about all of its crisp, russet brown finish; interior is heavily faded with stained areas from contact with the revolver; cartridges are dark copper color. (WG-032) 4-51074 JR497

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SCARCE ENGRAVED COLT 2ND MODEL NEW LINE SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

Lot 2044: SCARCE ENGRAVED COLT 2ND MODEL NEW LINE SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 53308. Cal. 22. Nickel finish with 2-1/4" flat sided bbl with half moon front sight, 2-line address and "COLT NEW 22" etched panel on the left side. Cyl is 7 chambers with long flutes & rear face stop notches. Mounted with 2-pc smooth birdhead pearl grips. Revolver is lightly engraved in New York style with about 50% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame. Top strap & top of bbl have double dot patterns and sides of the bbl have zig-zag patterns. Back strap is engraved in geometric patterns. Cyl is engraved on lands between flutes in a geometric zig-zag pattern. Screws & edge of the hammer are fire blued. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains about 99% crisp, orig nickel and bright fire blue. Appears to be new & unfired. Grips are crisp and retain great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, brilliant, shiny bore. (WG-033) 4-51075 JR365

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SCARCE COLT NEW LINE 38 SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

Lot 2045: SCARCE COLT NEW LINE 38 SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 1592. Cal. 38 RF Long. First model with short cyl flutes & stop notches on the outer diameter. Blue & color case hardened with 2-1/4" tapered rnd bbl, German silver half moon front sight & 2-line address without patent markings and "COLT NEW 38" etched panel on left side. Left side of frame, below cyl opening, is marked "38 CAL". Mounted with 2-pc, varnished rosewood birdhead grips that have last 3 digits of matching SN inside each grip. Rear face of cyl also has last 3 digits of matching SN. Screws, cyl pin & edges of hammer have bright fire blue, sides of hammer are bright. There are only about 3,200 1st model revolvers produced during the period 1874-1880. These small revolvers were in great demand for their ease of concealment and reasonably powerful punch. They are rarely found today with orig finish or legible etched panel. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including bbl, cyl & grips, appears to be new & unfired with crisp, glossy blues and brilliant case colors. Grips are sound showing extremely light wear on the sharp edge and retain about all of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. (WG-034) 4-51076 JR369

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RARE CASED 1ST MODEL COLT OPEN TOP 22 SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

Lot 2046: RARE CASED 1ST MODEL COLT OPEN TOP 22 SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

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Description: Additional Information (2/25/14): Lot is accompanied by two letters from noted collector/dealer Arnold Chernoff describing the gun and relating that this exact gun was de-accessioned from the Museum of CT History in Hartford, having originally been part of the Colt's Patent Firearms Company Collection - Inventory # 439. SN 445. Cal. 22. Rare 1st model with 2-7/8" blued bbl, German silver half moon front sight and 2-line address. Right side of bbl has attached ejector with checkered half moon ejector rod head. Frame is silver-plated brass & cyl is blued with usual 7 chambers. Mounted with very nicely figured, varnished 2-pc, birdhead rosewood grips that have matching SN inside each grip. Hammer, screws & trigger are fire blued. Accompanied by an orig, red felt lined, mahogany casing that is partitioned in the bottom for the revolver, a wire metal cleaning rod, an empty box for Peter's 22 short cartridges & a functioning key. Although this model was produced in fairly large numbers, the 1st model with ejector & high spur hammer are quite rare and cased examples are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grips. Bbl retains 60-70% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a dark patina. Frame retains 95-96% strong orig silver with one chemical streak on the side plate. Cyl retains about 95% glossy orig blue. Grips are sound, showing light sharp edge wear with ding on the right side and retains 95-96% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, needs old dried oil cleaned, bright shiny bore with 2 or 3 small spots of pitting. Case is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded & soiled inside the lid. Bottom is moderately faded & soiled with one small area of moth damage. Partitions are solid. Cleaning rod is fine, cartridge box is fair. (WG-035) 4-51077 JR370

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RARE ENGRAVED COLT OPEN TOP SMALL BORE SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

Lot 2047: RARE ENGRAVED COLT OPEN TOP SMALL BORE SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

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Description: SN 45678. Cal. 22. Standard model with sloping hammer spur nickel finish with 2-3/8" bbl, tiny front sight and 2-line Hartford address. Frame is open top style with "22 CAL" on left side below the cyl. Mounted with 2-pc birdhead smooth pearl grips that are matching numbered to this revolver. Cyl has 7 chambers with last 2 digits of matching SN on rear face. Although this little revolver was produced in large numbers very few were engraved and of those extremely few remain today with any orig finish. They were extremely popular with ladies & gentlemen who required a small, easily concealable short range revolver. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including bbl, cyl & grips. Overall retains 99% plus orig nickel, appears to be unfired. Crisp mechanics, bright shiny bore with a couple small spots of pitting. (WG-036) 4-51078 JR366

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RARE COLT OPEN TOP 1ST MODEL SMALL BORE SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER WITH BOX.

Lot 2048: RARE COLT OPEN TOP 1ST MODEL SMALL BORE SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER WITH BOX.

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Description: SN 1273. Cal. 22. Rare 1st model open top with 2-7/8" rnd bbl, half moon front sight and 2-line address with rare attached ejector housing that has checkered half moon ejector head. Hammer is all fire blued with high spur. Cyl has usual 7 chambers and it is mounted with nicely figured 2-pc, birdhead walnut grips that have matching SN inside each grip. Screws, trigger & hammer are all fire blued. Accompanied by an orig pink & burgundy, 2-pc cardboard box for this model revolver. Although the open top pocket model 22 revolver was produced in large quantities, the early model with ejector is very rare and seldom encountered, especially with orig finish. Boxes are exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, overall retains about 90% strong orig nickel with the only losses on sides of the frame, primarily around the side plate and a scratch on the right side. Both sides have some fine pimpling. Bbl & cyl retain crisp nickel. Grips are sound, showing light sharp edge wear and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp bright, shiny bore. Box shows heavy edge wear with moderate to heavy soil and a repaired break in the edge of the bottom, otherwise is fine. (WG-065) 4-51079 JR367

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