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Auction Description for Rock Island: Day 2 - Premiere Collector's Firearms Auction

Day 2 - Premiere Collector's Firearms Auction

by Rock Island Auction Company


996 lots with images

December 1, 2012

Live Auction

7819 42nd Street West

Rock Island, IL, 61201 USA

Phone: 800-238-8022

Fax: 309-797-1655

Email: info@rockislandauction.com

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High Condition Colt

Lot 1250: High Condition Colt "Eagle and Shield" Pattern Powder Flask

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Description: Estimate: $1000 - 1500 Measuring 4 1/2 inches tall and 1 7/8 inches wide, with an unmarked gilt brass charger top outfitted with a niter blue external spring. The main body is brown lacquered brass, with a raised design on one side of "COLTS/PATENT" over an array of 13 stars, an American eagle with shield, a crossed pair of revolvers and an "E PLURIBUS UNUM" banner. BBL: Stock: Gauge: Finish: Grips: Serial Number: Condition: Excellent. The charger retains 60% plus of the original gilt finish, with a finely aged patina on the visible brass. The Roman numeral "XIX" has been added next to the spout. Some light rubbing of the high points on the main body, with a nicely contrasting mustard patina. Mild handling marks overall. An excellent antique Colt accoutrement, which could find a home alongside a fine revolver.

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Factory Cased Colt Deluxe Hartford London Engraved Model 1851 Navy Revolver

Lot 1251: Factory Cased Colt Deluxe Hartford London Engraved Model 1851 Navy Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $18000 - 27500 This is a Colt London Model 1851 Navy Revolver manufactured in 1856. The sides and bottom of the loading lever, the end of the wedge, the barrel muzzle, upper flats and lug, frame, bottom and sides of the trigger guard, and backstrap are covered with deeply cut English scroll engraving on a lined background. There are simple scroll work flourishes on the sides of the hammer and the top of the hammer is engraved with a scale motif. The edges of the recoil shields, backstrap and trigger guard are engraved with double line borders. The legend "- ADDRESS COL. COLT LONDON - " is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel in a panel formed by engraved double line borders and scroll work flourishes. "COLTS PATENT" is engraved on a relief carved scroll on the left side of the frame. The cylinder is roll-engraved with the Texas Navy battle scene and "COLTS PATENT No". A punch dot utilized by Colt to denote components that required special finish or engraving is stamped below the serial number on the loading lever, frame, trigger guard and backstrap. "1" is stamped below the punch dot on the trigger guard and backtrap. The full serial number, "42397", is stamped on the loading lever, wedge, barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number, "2397" is stamped on the cylinder and the arbor pin. London "Crown/V" and "Crown/GP" proof and inspection marks are stamped on the left side of the barrel lug ahead of the wedge slot and above each cylinder chamber. The revolver has a high polish blue finish on the barrel, cylinder, backstrap and trigger guard. The loading lever, frame and hammer have a color casehardened finish. The one-piece walnut, grip has a varnished, piano finish. The revolver has the distinctive London Navy features which include: large oval iron trigger guard, iron backstrap with large hammer notch, elongated bordered knurling on the hammer spur, round head screws and bell-shaped grip contour. The left heel of the grip is crudely scratched with the markings: "Co. D 1862" and the right heel is scratched "JK 22 MI". The revolver is complete with a Colt London factory case and accessories. The mahogany case has a brass plaque inlaid in the lid and is lined with red felt. The case has six compartments and is complete with accessories that include a cleaning rod with steel shaft and iron knob, L-shaped combination screwdriver/nipple wrench, straight leg blued iron bullet mold for conical bullets and round balls stamped "COLT'S/PATENT" in two lines across the spruce cutter, 250-cap japanned tin of Joyce's percussion caps with embossed brass disk on the lid, James Dixon & Son, "COLTS NAVY FLASK" marked, bag shaped powder flask with adjustable charger, gilded top, fire-blue spring, brown lacquer body and lanyard ring on the end and several lead round balls and conical bullets. The markings on the bottom of the grip appear to be related to the U.S. Civil War. Colt returned unsold London Model 1851 Navy revolvers in the 42,000 serial number range to the United States in 1860-1861 in anticipation of increased demand with outbreak of the Civil War. This revolver was apparently one of those guns. BBL: 7 1/2 inch octagon Stock: Gauge: 36 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 42397 Condition: Fine. The revolver retains 40% of the blue and casehardened finish. Most of the blue finish is present on the barrel. The cylinder has a silver patina with crisp naval scene and traces of blue finish in protected areas. All of the safety pins are intact and the rear of the cylinder and percussion nipples have only very minor flash pitting. The backstrap has a silver-gray patina. Traces of the blue finish are present on protected areas of the trigger guard. The loading lever, frame and hammer have a silver-gray patina with small amounts of the case colors in protected areas. There are some minor takedown marks on the right side of the barrel lug around the wedge slot. The delicate deeply cut scrollwork is crisp. The screw heads are free from screwdriver marks. The case exterior is very good with several minor scratches and handling marks. The case interior is is very good. The red velvet lining is slightly faded and has several minor stains and compression marks from contact with the revolver. The screwdriver is very good with 70% of the blue finish. The bullet mold has a dark patina and is good. The cap tin is empty but is very good and retains 80% of the brown japanned finish. The powder flask is very good; the flask body shows light to moderate wear but retains 85% of the brown lacquer finish, the spring retains 90% of the fire blue finish and the brass top and adjustable charger have an attractive age patina. This is a fine example of a factory cased and engraved Hartford London Model 1851 Navy Revolver that appears to have been carried in the American Civil War.

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Colt Paterson Model 1839 Carbine with Unique Cavalry Sling Bar

Lot 1252: Colt Paterson Model 1839 Carbine with Unique Cavalry Sling Bar

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Description: Estimate: $10000 - 16000 This is an example of a Colt Model 1839 Carbine that was manufactured at Colt's Paterson, New Jersey, factory circa 1840-1841. This standard model carbine has a part-round/part beveled smoothbore barrel with brazed lug. The right side of the barrel lug has a factory loading lever with a guide stud that encircles the rammer. The barrel has a pin front sight and dovetail mounted block rear sight. The right side of the barrel lug is roll-stamped with the one-line legend "-Patent Arms M'g. Co. Paterson, N.J.-Colt's Pt.-" with a "snake" and "star" terminal at each end of the marking. The 2 1/2-inch six shot cylinder has a round back and is roll stamped "PATENT ARMS MAN'Y/Patterson JERSEY/COLT'S PATENT" with three roll engraved oval panels depicting a hunting scene, a naval battle and a land battle. The frame has a flared recoil shield and scroll trigger guard. The recoil shield has a capping notch in the upper right corner. The stock is walnut with an iron buttplate. This carbine is fitted with a well-made cavalry style sling bar on the right stock wrist. The iron 5-inch sling bar is attached to an iron tang inletted into the left stock wrist. The tang/sling bar is attached to the stock by two screws that run through the wrist and are fitted to round iron escutcheons on the right side of the stock. Although the sling bar appears to be blacksmith work, the design, execution and installation are professional and functional. The stock has a hairline crack in the right wrist and the sling bar could have been installed on the carbine to repair and reinforce the stock wrist. The serial number "770", is located on the bottom of the two-groove wedge, on the rear face of the barrel lug, on the rear face of the cylinder and on the cylinder turning ring. All of the visible serial numbers match. The Model 1839 Carbine was the most successful of the Colt Paterson firearms; total production was less than 950 guns. BBL: 24 Inch port round Stock: walnut Gauge: 525 Finish: blue/brown Grips: Serial Number: 770 Condition: About good. The carbine is of stock configuration with exception of the added period sling bar. There is an even dark brown patina on the barrel, frame, cylinder, sling bar and buttplate. The legend on the right side of the barrel lug and the "COLT PATENT" markings on the cylinder are sharp. Traces of the delicate battle and hunting scenes are visible on the cylinder. The walnut stock is good with the exception of the repaired crack in the right wrist. The loading lever is a modern replacement. Colt Model 1839 Carbines were highly sought after functional firearms that typically saw considerable service - this period modified Model 1839 Carbine could very well have been used by a U.S. Dragoon or Texas Ranger during the Mexican War.

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Gustave Young Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Lot 1253: Gustave Young Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $6500 - 8500 This is an example of a Gustave Young factory engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver that was manufactured in 1859. The revolver has deluxe factory floral scroll engraving on a punch-dot background and floral accents executed by Master Engraver Gustave Young or his shop. The flawlessly executed scrollwork covers the lug and rear two thirds of the barrel, the loading lever flats, the frame, the sides and bottom of the trigger guard, the trigger guard bow and the bottom and upper third of the back strap. The top and sides of the hammer are decorated with Young's characteristic wolf head motif. There is a dogs head on the left side of the barrel above the wedge and a birds head on the left rear of the frame. The head of most of the screws are engraved. The top barrel flat is presentation style scroll engraved "Saml Colt" surrounded by simple decorative line engraving and the left side of the frame is marked "COLT'S/PATENT". The complete matching serial number is marked on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap and cylinder, with the partial serial number "4212" on the loading lever. Writer was unable to remove the wedge to check it's or the cylinder pin number. The cylinder is roll engraved with the stagecoach holdup scene and marked "COLTS PATENT" over the serial number. The barrel and cylinder were blue, casehardened loading lever, frame and hammer and silver-plated trigger guard and back strap. Fitted with with a one-piece nicely figured varnished walnut grip. BBL: 4 inch octagon Stock: Gauge: 31 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened/silver Grips: deluxe varnished walnut Serial Number: 154212 Condition: Fine. The barrel retains 25% original blue finish mainly on the lower flats and shows seven noticable dents on the top left flat. The remaining metal surfaces have a smooth mottled grayish brown patina. The hammer screw is a crude period replacement. The back strap and trigger guard retain 30% original silver finish concentrated on the top of the back strap and in the protected areas of the trigger guard. The brass has a pleasant aged patina. The deluxe factory burl grip is very fine with at least 95% original varnish, showing some lower edge wear and a few minor dings and handling marks. The cylinder scene is 95% visible and the engraving and markings are clear. The action is fine.

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Cased and Engraved Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy Revolver with Ivory Grip

Lot 1254: Cased and Engraved Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy Revolver with Ivory Grip

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Description: Estimate: $4500 - 7000 Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy revolver manufactured in 1861. The revolver has bold New York style Germanic scroll engraving on a punch-dot background on the sides of the barrel, frame, back strap and trigger guard. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the legend "ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA" in one line in a panel with engraved double-line borders. The top and sides of the barrel surrounding the panel are engraved with double-line flourishes. The cylinder is roll-engraved with the Stagecoach Holdup scene and "COLTS PATENT". The rebated portions of the cylinder are decorated with engraved scallop and dot borders. The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the "COLTS/PATENT" marking in two lines in a raised oval panel surrounded by scrollwork. The bottom of the barrel lug and the frame ahead of the trigger guard are not engraved. The hammer has bordered knurling on the spur but has no engraving. The full serial number, "8001" is stamped on the wedge, cylinder arbor pin, bottom of the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and the side of the cylinder. All of the visible serial numbers match. The special Colt factory markings for engraved and special finish arms (usually an "E", "I" or "P" typically stamped above or below the serial number on the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and back strap) are not present on this revolver. The revolver has a one-piece ivory grip. The revolver is complete with a mahogany case with five compartments lined with red felt. The case contains: a 250 cap tin of percussion caps for Colt belt and holster pistols with a green paper Eley Bros label and black japanned body, a blued iron straight leg double cavity bullet mold with "COLTS/PATENT" on the sprue cutter and "36B" on the right block, an L-shaped combination screw-driver/nipple wrench with blue finish, an 1848/1849 Pocket Model powder flask with fixed charger that features an embossed eagle with a revolver in its left talon on both sides of the flask but lacks the "COLTS/PATENT" markings, case key and assorted .36 caliber lead balls and conical bullets. BBL: 4 1/2 inch Stock: Gauge: 36 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: ivory Serial Number: 8001 Condition: Very good. The revolver retains 30% of the original silver-plated finish on the brass trigger guard and traces of casehardened finish on the loading lever. The balance of the barrel, cylinder, loading lever, frame, hammer and back strap have a silver-gray patina with traces of age discoloration. The cylinder has half of the Stagecoach Holdup scene intact; the safety pins are battered and the percussion nipples have moderate flash pitting. The engraving on the barrel, frame, trigger guard and back strap is crisp. The ivory grip is fine with some age shrinkage and discoloration and two minor, hair-line age cracks on the butt. The case exterior is good and has a repaired crack that runs across the top of the lid. The relined interior is good. The red velvet lining is faded and there are oil stains from contact with the revolver cylinder. The cap tin and bullet mold are both fine. The screw-driver has moderate finish wear and is good. The powder flask is good with an untouched patina and some minor age spots.

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Rare U.S. Colt Model 1847 Walker Revolver No. 26 Issued to Texas Ranger

Lot 1255: Rare U.S. Colt Model 1847 Walker Revolver No. 26 Issued to Texas Ranger "C" Company Samuel Walkers Own Company

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Description: Estimate: $95000 - 140000 This is a rare example of a U.S. Colt Walker Model 1847 revolver marked "C COMPANY No 26" that was manufactured in 1847. This revolver is listed by serial number on page 79 of "THE COLT WHITNEYVILLE-WALKER PISTOL" by Robert D. Whittington III as one of the 150 surviving U.S. Colt Walker Models identified by Whittington in 1984. The Colt Walker Model revolver was designed in 1846 by Samuel Colt with suggestions by Captain Samuel H. Walker of the U.S. Mounted Rifle Regiment Texas Rangers. This "C Company No 26" revolver was part of a contract for 1,000 Colt Walker Model revolvers signed by Secretary of War William L. Marcy on January 6, 1847. Even more imporant is C Company was Samuel Walkers own company, and his C compnay were the first to be issued these revolvers making it serial number 26! Because Samuel Colt had no manufacturing facility, he assigned the contract to Eli Whitney Jr., who manufactured the revolvers at the Whitneyville Armory. The U.S. Contract Walker Model revolvers were marked with A-E Company designations with the serial number beginning at "1" for each company. Companies A-D revolvers were numbered from 1-220. The 1st Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers received the initial issue of 214 C Company marked Walker Model revolvers at Vera Cruz, Mexico on October 19, 1847. An additional 280 A and B Company marked Walker Revolvers were issued to the Texas Mounted Volunteers and the U.S. Mounted Rifles during the Mexican War. The remaining 500 Walker Model revolvers were issued to the 2nd Dragoon Regiment and federalized Texas Rangers on the Texas frontier between 1849-1850. Nearly all of the U.S. Contract Walker Model revolvers saw hard service in the field. The massive Walker Model revolver has a half-round barrel with nickel-silver front sight blade. The wedge enters the barrel lug from the right side. The loading lever has a rounded end and is held in position by a T-shaped spring mounted on the bottom of the barrel. The 2 7/16 inch six shot cylinder has oval cylinder stops and a single locking pin. The trigger and cylinder stop screws do not pass completely through the right side of the frame. The frame has cut-outs at the back that match the forward contour of the one-piece black walnut "Slim Jim" grips. The brass square back trigger guard has a distinctive flared bottom. The top of the barrel is roll stamped "ADDRESS. SAML COLT. NEW-YORK CITY" reading from the breech to the muzzle. The cylinder is roll engraved with the Ranger and Indian fight scene and "MODEL U.S.M.R./COLT'S PATENT". "C COMPANY No. 26" is roll stamped on the bottom of the back strap. The serial number "26" is visible on the rear face of the barrel lug, the bottom of the cylinder arbor pin and the right side of the grip strap beneath the grip. The revolver was professionally refinished and overhauled for shooting in the 1920-1930s (the R.F. Sedgley Co. restored several Walker Model revolvers during this period). The barrel lug and forcing cone have been milled to minimize gas leakage and a rear sight has been mounted on the rear of the barrel. The barrel, frame and backstrap are blue. The loading lever and hammer retain the casehardened finish and cylinder is correctly in the white. The brass trigger guard is correctly not plated. The one-piece walnut grip is varnished. Most of the original "C Company 26" markings were removed when the revolver was restored. The barrel legend, "C COMPANY No. 26" is visible on the bottom of the grips strap and the "COLT/U.S.M.R." markings on the cylinder are intact. The wedge and several frame and grip screws are replacements but the major components are all original. BBL: 9.0 In Stock: Gauge: 44 percussion Finish: blue/casehardenend Grips: walnut Serial Number: 26 Condition: Fine as refurbished many years ago by Sedgley.The barrel retains 75% of the bright blue finish that is very close to the military blue found on U.S. contract Colt revolvers. There is finish loss and light pitting on the top and right side of the barrel and on the top flats and right side of the lug. Some of the pitting is on the top flat but the legend is completely legible. The frame has a blue finish with a small area of pitting on the right side at the junction with the grip. The cylinder retains 60% of the Ranger and Indian scene and "COLT/U.S.M.R." markings. The back strap has a mottled steel gray patina with scattered pitting. The hammer and loading lever retain most of the dove gray casehardened finish. The brass trigger guard has an attractive patina. The walnut grip is excellent and retains 70% of the high polish varnish finish with some flaking on the grip sides and heels. The grips on this Walker are some of the best we have ever seen and are totally orginal! This is a good looking example of a C Company U.S. Contract Walker Model revolver that almost certainly saw action with the Texas Mounted Volunteers during the Mexican War and possibly subsequent use on the Southwestern Frontier. The pre-WWII restoration does not detract from the desirability and history of this revolver - it would be a fine addition to any Colt or U.S. Martial Arm Collection.

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Very Fine and Desirable Unique

Lot 1256: Very Fine and Desirable Unique "L" Suffix New York Address Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 7000 Manufactured in 1863. The top of the barrel is marked with one line block letter New York address and has a pin front sight. The cylinder is stamped "PAT. SEPT. 10th 1850" inside one of the flutes, the frame is stamped "COLTS/PATENT" on the left side, the trigger guard is marked "36 CAL" and "8" on the left side. The revolver has all matching numbers, with the letter "L" stamped next to the serial numbers on the barrel, frame, trigger guard and back strap. The "L" marking is seen on steel strapped British proofed London revolvers. Blue finish with casehardened loading lever and frame and silver plated brass grip straps. Fitted with a smooth one piece varnished walnut grip. The '62 Police is regarded by many as one of the most streamlined production arms to leave the Colt factory during the Percussion Era. BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 36 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened/silver Grips: walnut Serial Number: 21013 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 80% bright original blue finish. The barrel has a few areas of mottled brown with patches of satin gray on the underside of the lug and at the muzzle. The cylinder has a mix of original blue with mottled brown and a smooth gray patina. The frame retains 75% original casehardening colors. The trigger guard has almost all of the original silver finish and the backstrap has silver at the top with the exposed brass having a fine aged patina. The grips are very good with some dings and scratches with wear around the butt. Mechanically excellent.

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Excellent Colt Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolver

Lot 1257: Excellent Colt Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 7500 Manufactured in 1853, this is an excellent original example of a Colt Model 1849 Revolver. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two line New York address inside brackets and the left side of the frame is stamped "COLTS/PATENT". The left side of the trigger guard has the letters "W" and "X". The cylinder has the stagecoach hold up scene. A small letter "B" is stamped on the left side of the barrel lug and on the cylinder. Matching full serial number on barrel, cylinder, frame, trigger guard and back strap with the partial serial number on the loading lever and barrel wedge. Fitted with a varnished one piece grip. BBL: 4 inch octagon Stock: Gauge: 31 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened/silver Grips: walnut Serial Number: 81430 Condition: Excellent. The barrel and cylinder retains 95% original early deep blue Colt finish with a smooth gray patina on the balance. The hammer, loading lever and frame retain also retain 90% correct soft original case colors. The grip straps retain 97% original silver plating. The grip is also excellent with a few scattered minor handling marks and retaining most of the varnish. Mechanically functions fine, but is slightly out of time.

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Scarce Colt Hardwood Case for a 6 Inch Early Model 1849 or 1848 Baby Dragoon Revolver with Loading Lever and Accessories

Lot 1258: Scarce Colt Hardwood Case for a 6 Inch Early Model 1849 or 1848 Baby Dragoon Revolver with Loading Lever and Accessories

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Description: Estimate: $1400 - 2250 Measuring 12 inches wide, 5 1/2 inches deep and 1 7/8 inches tall, this mahogany case is configured to accept an 1848 Baby Dragoon Revolver with a six inch long barrel. The exterior is varnished walnut, with a deep purple velvet internal lining. The interior is set up with American-style dividers, with 5 internal compartments, containing a "L" shaped screwdriver, 2-chamber steel later production M1849 Colt bullet mold, lacquered cap tin and an American "Universal" powder flask with double-sided eagle and shield motifs. BBL: Stock: Gauge: Finish: Grips: Serial Number: Condition: Very Good. Mild scuffs are present on the exterior, along with cracks and dents. The interior is good with some separation of the dividers, rubbing from the front sight and a small gap in the top left corner. Accessories are fine.

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Deluxe New York Engraved Gold Plated Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver with Relief Carved Ivory Grip and Holster

Lot 1259: Deluxe New York Engraved Gold Plated Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver with Relief Carved Ivory Grip and Holster

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Description: Estimate: $9000 - 13000 This is a Civil War production Colt Model 1860 Army revolver with three screw frame that was manufactured in 1862. The revolver is decorated with deluxe New York Germanic scroll engraving on a punch dot background. The well executed scrollwork covers approximately three-quarters of the barrel and muzzle, the loading lever, the front half of the cylinder, the frame, hammer, trigger guard and back strap. The ivory or bone grip is checkered. The left side of the grip has a unique relief carved motif of a flying eagle with three eaglets. The barrel and brass trigger guard are silver plated and the cylinder and loading lever are gold plated. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the one-line legend "-ADDRESS COLT SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA -" in a panel formed by scroll engraving. "COLTS/PATENT" is stamped in two lines on the left side of the frame. The serial number, "51389", is stamped on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number, "1389" is stamped on the cylinder. All of the visible serial numbers match. The revolver is complete with full flap military style commercial holster made of black leather. This early style holster has an integral latch tab on the flap, a brass closure finial and narrow belt loop secured by two copper rivets. BBL: 8 inch round Stock: Gauge: 44 percussion Finish: Silver/gold plated Grips: ivory relief carved Serial Number: 51389 Condition: Very good plus. The revolver has a smooth steel-gray patina on the barrel, loading lever, cylinder frame and back strap. Traces of gold-plated finish are visible on protected areas of the rebated portion of the cylinder and on the top of the loading lever. The silver plated finish is visible on the underside of the barrel and on protected ares of the brass trigger guard. The well executed scroll engraving remains sharp. All of the serial numbers and factory markings are clear. The extraordinary carved grip has a pleasant yellow patina and is very fine overall. The relief carved eagle is sharp. The holster is fair; the latch tab and belt loop are torn and there is a tear in the front side of the holster body. The holster body and flap have age cracks and scattered minor flaking. This is a nice example of a deluxe New York Retailer engraved Civil War Era Colt Model 1860 Army revolver with relief carved ivory grip and military style holster.

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Cased Colt Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolver

Lot 1260: Cased Colt Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $2750 - 3500 Manufactured in 1863. One line New York barrel address, "COLTS/PATENT" on the left side of the frame, stagecoach holdup scene on the cylinder, and "31 CAL" on the left side of the trigger guard. The number "3" is stamped on the cylinder, barrel lug, and frame underside, with an additional number "4" on the cylinder. Matching numbers on the barrel, frame, and loading lever, with mismatched wedge and cylinder. The trigger guard and backstrap are also mismatched but are stamped with the same number (311244). One piece varnished grip. Complete with a wooden partitioned case lined in red velvet. Accessories include the following: E. Pluribus Unum eagle flask, "COLTS/PATENT" two cavity brass bullet mold, Eley cap tin, reproduction sealed package of 6 combustible envelope cartridges and key. BBL: 5 inch octagon Stock: Gauge: 31 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened/silver Grips: walnut Serial Number: 235908 Condition: Fine. The barrel retains 20% original blue finish which is mostly on the lug with the balance a smooth brown-gray patina. The cylinder has a smooth gray patina with most of the scene remaining. The hammer, loading lever, and frame retain 30% of the original case colors with the balance a smooth gray patina. There is some scattered minor pitting (mostly on the barrel). The brass retains half of the original silver plating. The grip is very fine with some minor dings (mostly on the left side). The period rosewood veneered case is very good with some minor handling marks, some minor cracks along the grain, and a few missing chips. The lining shows some minor wear.

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Rare Silver Plated Colt Dragoon Powder Flask

Lot 1261: Rare Silver Plated Colt Dragoon Powder Flask

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Description: Estimate: $2500 - 4000 This large Colt Dragoon powder flask measures approximately 9 inches long and is silver plated. The double face flask has the following raised motif: Texas and U.S. flags as the backdrop with military arms including a cannon and mortar above crossed Paterson rifles and crossed revolvers above "COLTS PATENT" in a banner. The charger is the plunger type, has suspension rings and the swivel lid is marked "COLT'S/PATENT" in two line. Silvered specimens such as this one are rare (see Robin Rapley's book COLT ACCOUTREMENTS 1834-1911" page 98). BBL: Stock: Gauge: Finish: Grips: Serial Number: Condition: Very fine. The flask retains 90% plus original silver plating which an attractive dark aged appearance. There are a couple dents and an area where the seam has separated.

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Extraordinary U.S. Contract Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver

Lot 1262: Extraordinary U.S. Contract Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $55000 - 85000 This is an excellent example of a U.S. Contract Colt Model 1851 "Army/Navy" revolver that was manufactured in 1856. This Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver features the small rounded brass trigger guard and beveled loading slot. The barrel and cylinder have the Colt military blue finish and the loading lever, frame and hammer are color casehardened. The revolver has a one-piece oiled walnut grip. The lower right side of the grip is stamped with the script initials of the Ordnance final inspector, "RHWK" (Capt. Robert Henry Kirkwood Whitely) in an oval. The lower left side of the grip is stamped with the three script initials of the Ordnance Sub-Inspector in a rectangle with rounded ends. The cylinder is roll-engraved with the Texas Navy battle scene, "ENGAGED 16 MAY 1843" and "COLT'S PATENT No.". The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "-ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY-" in one line. "COLTS/PATENT/U.S." is stamped on the left side of the frame in three lines. Small "H" Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on the left grip heel, top of the back strap, bottom of the trigger guard bow, cylinder and top barrel flat. The full serial number, "51879" is stamped on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard, back strap and cylinder. The loading lever is stamped with the partial serial number "1879". All of the visible serial numbers match. The first Colt Model 1851 "Army/Navy" revolvers were issued to the newly formed 1st and 2nd Cavalry regiments in 1858-1859 and subsequently saw hard service on the frontier and in the early part of the Civil War. Other "Army/Navy" revolvers were issued to federal volunteer cavalry regiments at the start of the Civil War. U.S. martial "Army/Navy" revolvers are rarely found with any finish whatsoever. BBL: 7 1/2 inch octagon Stock: Gauge: 36 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 51879 Condition: Excellent plus in as issued condition overall. This revolver retains 97% of the original blue and color casehardened finish. Finish loss is limited to some very minor high point wear on the edges of the barrel and lug and minor turn marks on the cylinder. The cylinder retains virtually all of the crisp roll-engraved scene. There is some minor flash pitting on the percussion nipples, sides of the hammer and the inside of the hammer slot. All of the cylinder safety pins remain intact. Takedown marks on the right side of the barrel lug around the wedge slot are minimal. The loading lever and frame retain 95% of the original casehardened finish with vivid case colors. The hammer has 95% of the casehardened finish with darker case colors. The frame, grip and loading lever screws are excellent with most of the niter blue finish. The brass trigger guard and back strap have not been polished and are in excellent condition with minimal handling wear. The grip is also excellent with most of the original oil finish, extremely sharp Ordnance sub-inspection and final inspection marks and minimal handling marks. The Colt and Ordnance sub-inspection marks of the the major components are crisp. This is an outstanding example of a pre-Civil War, U.S. contract Model 1851 "Army/Navy" revolver that would be extremely difficult to upgrade or improve upon. This is one of the very best U.S. Colt Model 1851 Martial Navy revolvers extant.

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Scarce Colt Paterson Model 1839 Carbine with 32 Inch Barrel

Lot 1263: Scarce Colt Paterson Model 1839 Carbine with 32 Inch Barrel

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Description: Estimate: $10000 - 15000 This is an eample of a Colt Patent Model 1839 Revolving Carbine that was manufactured at the Colt Paterson, New Jersey, factory circa 1838-1839. The Model 1839 Carbine was the most successful of the Colt Paterson firearms; approximately 950 were manufactured before the production ceased at the Paterson factory in 1841. This early production carbine, serial number 81, was made prior to 1840 and features the first style square back six-shot cylinder, 32 inch part-round barrel with no loading lever, and capping groove in the upper right side of the flared recoil shield. The barrel lug has a transverse slot that passes through the lug behind the wedge. The barrel has a dovetail mounted block rear sight and a nickel-silver pin front sight. The carbine has a scroll-shaped iron trigger guard and well-figured, varnished walnut stock with iron buttplate. The right side of the barrel lug is roll-stamped "- Patent Arms M'g. Co. Paterson, NJ.-Colt's Pt.-" with wavy lines at either end. The cylinder was roll-engraved with hunting and battle scenes in three oval panels and Colts patent markings. The serial number "81" is visible on the rear face of the cylinder. BBL: 32 inch part round Stock: walnut Gauge: 525 Finish: brown Grips: Serial Number: 81 Condition: Good as refinished. The carbine retains traces of blue finish on the receiver; the balance of the barrel is an artificial brown finish. The right side of the lug shows moderate handling wear and the markings are light but fully legible. None of elaborate roll-engraved scenes or markings are visible on the cylinder and the cylinder has a smooth gray-brown patina. The frame, trigger guard and buttplate have a brown patina. The crude period replacement stock has much of the applied gloss varnished and remains good overall. The action functions properly. This is a solid example of a scarce Colt Model 1839 Carbine.

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Colt Model 1851 Navy 4-Screw Revolver with Rare Prototype Pewter Attachable Canteen Stock

Lot 1264: Colt Model 1851 Navy 4-Screw Revolver with Rare Prototype Pewter Attachable Canteen Stock

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Description: Estimate: $20000 - 30000 This Colt 1851, Fourth Model, Navy Revolver with four screw frame and iron back strap was manufactured in 1862. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with Colt's New York address. "COLTS/PATENT" is stamped in two lines on the left side of the frame. The full serial number "128105" is visible on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number "8105" is located on the cylinder and the loading lever. The third pattern attachable canteen stock has a pewter body with cast brass yoke. A brass canteen cap screws in the hole on the edge of the stock comb and is retained by a brass chain attached to the upper stock yoke. The stock does not have any serial number or markings. Colt manufactured attachable canteen/stocks in very limited numbers for the Model 1848 Dragoon, Model 1851 Navy, Model 1860 Army and Model 1861 Navy revolvers. Documents that accompany the revolver indicate that the attachable canteen stocks were received by future Confederate President Jefferson Davis when he served as the U.S. Secretary of War. Pewter canteen stocks similar to this example have been identified by collectors but are extremely rare. BBL: 7 1/2 inch Stock: Gauge: 36 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 128105 Condition: Fine. The revolver retains about 20% of the original blue finish and 30% of the casehardened finish. The barrel, frame and cylinder have scattered pitting and moderate age discoloration. Markings are clear and strong. Approximately 40% of the cylinder scene is visible. Traces of the silver-plated finish are visible on the trigger guard. The grip has seven notches carved in the right heel, otherwise retains approximately 60% of the "piano" finish. The finish on the upper portions of the grip is heavily scratched from contact with the stock yokes. The action is tight and functions well. The stock is very fine, the pewter body has an even gray finish and the brass yoke has an even age patina. This is a very rare attachable third model canteen stock that may be a patent model or experimental piece. This is a solid Civil War period Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver with four screw frame with a truly unique, possibly one-of-a-kind prototype pewter attachable canteen stock that would be a key piece in any advanced percussion Colt collection.

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Rare Documented Factory Panel Scene Engraved Colt Third Model Dragoon Revolver

Lot 1265: Rare Documented Factory Panel Scene Engraved Colt Third Model Dragoon Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $18000 - 25000 This is a rare example of a Factory Panel Scene Engraved Colt Third Model Dragoon revolver that was manufactured in 1852. The revolver has the combination of oval brass trigger guard and rectangular cylinder stops that identify Third Model Dragoon revolvers. The revolver is factory engraved with the early Hartford "donut scroll" style engraving and features a game scene in an oval panel on either side of the rear flats of the barrel. The engraving covers the sides and bottom of the barrel lug, frame, hammer, trigger guard, sides of the loading lever and back strap. The barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and back strap are stamped with a dot or center-punch mark above or below the serial number which indicates that the components were factory selected for special finish and handling. The brass trigger guard and back strap are silver plated and the one-piece grip is well-figured walnut. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the legend "{ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY}" with engraved borders. A non-factory applied number "F105" is stamped on the cylinder and trigger guard. The full serial number, "12384" is stamped in small numerals on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, cylinder, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number, "384" is stamped on the loading lever and wedge. All of the visible serial numbers match. Colt revolvers with the early Hartford "donut scroll" engraving are rare. This revolver is mentioned in R.L. Wilson's book THE BOOK OF COLT ENGRAVING by serial number as one of the few Dragoons observed with the rare donut scroll with panel scene engraving (page 29). BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 44 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 12384 Condition: Fair. The revolver has traces of the original silver-plated finish on the trigger guard and back strap but no finish remains on the other components. The barrel, frame, cylinder and hammer have a silver-gray patina. There is heavy pitting present on the barrel, cylinder and loading lever. The game scenes on the sides of the barrel are only partially identifiable. The cylinder and the left side of the frame have heavy pitting; the patent markings on the frame are no longer visible and none of the cylinder scene is identifiable. The engraving on the rear portion of the frame, recoil shields, trigger guard and back strap is clear. The grip is very good with traces of the varnish finish present. This revolver remains a rare and desirable example of a very early factory engraved Colt Third Model Dragoon revolver with Hartford "donut scroll' engraving.

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Rare Documented Historic Inscribed Serial Number 3 Colt Model 1861 Navy Revolver with Fluted Cylinder

Lot 1266: Rare Documented Historic Inscribed Serial Number 3 Colt Model 1861 Navy Revolver with Fluted Cylinder

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Description: Estimate: $35000 - 50000 This is an extremely rare example of one of the very first Colt Model 1861 Navy fluted cylinder revolvers with serial number 3. Only about 100 Model 1861 Navy revolvers were manufactured with fluted cylinders ( No. 11 and No. 30 are pictured on pages 167 and 168 of The Book of Colt Firearms by R.L. Wilson). The back strap of this revolver is inscribed "E.A. WALLAZZ" and the butt is inscribed "Ringgold/104 P.V.". Extensive copies of service records that accompany the revolver indicate that Edward A. Wallazz enlisted in Company A, 104th Pennsylvania, Volunteer Infantry for three years on September 6, 1861 at Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Wallazz was promoted to Sergeant Major on October 11, 1861 and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and Regimental Adjutant in 1862. Lieutenant Wallazz mustered out of the service in September 1864. The 104th Pennsylvania Infantry fought in the Seven Days Battles in May and June 1862. From January 1863 until September 1864 the regiment was assigned to 18th Army Corps Department of North Carolina and participated on the Carolina coast. The 104th Pennsylvania Infantry lost 2 officers and 68 enlisted men (killed in action) and 115 men from disease between 1861 and 1865. The top of the barrel is marked with the one-line legend "- ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-". "COLTS/PATENT" is stamped on the left side of the frame and "PATENT SEPT10th 1860" is stamped in one cylinder flute. An "L" Colt inspection mark is stamped on the left shoulder of the trigger guard, "C" and * are stamped on the front face of the cylinder and "M" is stamped on the rear face. The number "2" is stamped on the underside of the barrel just in front of the loading lever cut-out. The serial number, "3", is stamped on the underside of the wedge, the bottom of the barrel lug, on the cylinder arbor pin, frame, trigger guard, back strap and on the rear face of the cylinder. The barrel and cylinder were blue, casehardened frame and hammer, with silver plated brass back strap and trigger guard. Blade front and hammer notch rear sights, and fitted with a smooth one-piece varnished walnut grip. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 36 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened/silver Grips: walnut Serial Number: 3 Condition: Fine. The barrel and cylinder retain 30% original blue finish in protected areas with a smooth silver-gray patina on the balance. The loading lever, frame and hammer have a silver-gray patina with traces of the original case colors in protected areas. The trigger guard and back strap retain 40% of the original silver plating. The inscriptions on the back strap and butt are crisp. There is some minor flash pitting on the sides of the hammer and cylinder faces. The grip is fine with 90% of the original varnish remaining with a small chip in the right toe, some wear on the lower edges and overall some minor handling marks. The markings remain sharp. The action is tight and functions perfectly. This is a fine example of a rarely encountered variation of the Model 1861 Navy Revolver with original Civil War inscriptions that identifies it as the weapon carried by a Pennsylvania Officer for most of the Civil War. This is a rare and historic fluted cylinder Colt Model 1861 Navy revolver.

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Extremely Rare Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver with Two-Digit Serial Number 61 and Navy Size Grips

Lot 1267: Extremely Rare Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver with Two-Digit Serial Number 61 and Navy Size Grips

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Description: Estimate: $6500 - 9500 Rare first-year production Colt Model 1860 Army revolver with distinctive features found only on approximately 50 of the first 100 Model 1860 Army revolvers. The revolver has the following distinctive features 7 1/2 inch barrel, Navy size one-piece walnut grip, three-screw frame that is not cut for a shoulder stock, no capping channel in the recoil shield, no stock lug recess in the back strap and round rebated cylinder. The barrel has the Colt Hartford address and the brass trigger guard and back strap have a silver-plated finish. On page 163 of "THE BOOK OF COLT FIREARMS", authority R. L. Wilson states: "Approximately 55 of the first 100 revolvers have round, rebated cylinders, three-screw frames not cut for shoulder stock, Hartford barrel address, silver-plated brass back straps and trigger guards, 7 1/2 inch barrels and Navy size grips." Wilson further states that none of the first 100 Model 1860 Army revolvers manufactured had capping channels in the recoil shields. The serial number, "61" is stamped on the bottom of the barrel lug, wedge, cylinder arbor pin, bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. "61" is written in pencil in the back strap recess on the grip. The serial number on the cylinder is not legible. "COLTS/PATENT" is roll-stamped in two lines on the left side of the frame. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 44 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 61 Condition: Very good. The revolver has a smooth silver-gray patina on most components. The Hartford address on the top of the barrel is partially legible. The cylinder has polish marks and only traces of the roll-engraved Texas Navy battle scene are visible. The cylinder pins are battered and the percussion nipples have moderate flash pitting. Traces of the silver-plated finish remain in protected areas of the trigger guard and back strap. The nickel-silver front sight blade has been carefully filed to a cone shape. The grip is good overall with an old chip near the right heel and edge wear on the shoulders. The action requires repair. Colt Model 1860 Army revolvers with Navy size grips are a true Colt rarity and a highly desirable addition to any advanced collection of Colt percussion revolvers.

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Extremely Rare well Documented Colt Model 1849 Pocket

Lot 1268: Extremely Rare well Documented Colt Model 1849 Pocket "Wells Fargo" Revolver with Rare 4 Inch Barrel

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 8500 Manufactured in 1850, this first year production Model 1849 revolver is in the correct 15,000 serial number block for the "Wells Fargo" Model 1849 revolvers. This revolver has the extremely rare 4 inch octagon barrel with no provisions for a loading lever and has a small round trigger guard. There are only 4 known "Wells Fargo" revolvers with a 4 inch barrel. This particular revolver is one of only two 4 inch barreled variation catalogued in Shumaker's book "Colt's Variations of the Old Model Pocket Pistol 1848 to 1872" and is pictured on page 39 and discussed on page 41. This revolver is pictured and mentioned in a article in "The Gun Report", November 1995 and is listed by serial number and briefly discussed in an article on page 28 of "The Texas Gun Collector", Spring 1986. The revolver is accompanied with copies of the articles (not the Shumaker reference) as well as a number of letters of correspondence. The top of the 4 inch barrel is marked "ADDRESS SAML COLT/NEW YORK CITY" flanked by dashes and the left side of the frame is marked "COLTS/PATENT." The cylinder is roll-engraved with the stagecoach holdup scene and has "COLTS PATENT/No.15619" in two panels. The discrepancy in the cylinder serial number is discussed in the articles and is believed that the cylinder was switched with the other revolver catalogued by Shumaker in his book. The complete matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and backstrap with the partial number "638" on the arbor pin. The wedge is numbered "6675". Fitted with one-piece varnished walnut grip. The Wells Fargo models are a desirable and highly sought after variation of the Colt Model 1849 pocket series and this rare 4 inch variation is the most desirable. BBL: 4 inch octagon Stock: Gauge: 31 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened/silver Grips: walnut Serial Number: 15638 Condition: Very good plus. The metal surfaces have a mix of smooth brown and mottled gray patina. There is a small amount of minor pitting along the lower edge of the left side of the frame. The trigger guard and backstrap retain 90% original silver plating with some thinning and high point wear, and some darkening with age. The grip is fine with the exception of a very small chip on each toe, some wear on the lower edge and a few minor dings and handling marks. The cylinder scene is 100% visible, the markings are clear and the action is excellent. A well documented and discussed Colt Model 1849 Wells Fargo revolver with extremely rare 4" barrel.

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Fine Colt's Patent Powder Flask

Lot 1269: Fine Colt's Patent Powder Flask

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Description: Estimate: $3750 - 6500 This large Colt powder flask measures approximately 8 1/2 inches long. The single face flask has the following raised motif Texas flag, the American flag, the Liberty Cap with military arms including a cannon and mortar above crossed Patterson rifles and crossed Paterson revolvers with flared grips above "COLTS PATENT" in a banner. The charger is the plunger type marked "35 GRS", no provisions for suspension rings and the swivel cover is unmarked. The charger and top are German silver with a lacquered body. Two powder flasks with similar single face motifs are pictured in Robin J. Rapley's book COLT ACCOUTEMENTS 1834-1911 on pages 31 and 32, each going to two different types of long guns. BBL: Stock: Gauge: Finish: Grips: Serial Number: Condition: Fine. The body of the flask retains 30% original lacquer with the balance an attractive aged patina with a few dents. The German silver is fine.

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American Rosewood Presentation Case for Colt Baby Dragoon Revolver

Lot 1270: American Rosewood Presentation Case for Colt Baby Dragoon Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $2000 - 3000 This nicely figured rosewood case fits a four inch Colt model 1848 Baby Dragoon Revolver without loading lever and measures 10 1/8 inches wide, 5 5/8 inches deep and 2 inches tall. The case is partitioned with four compartments and is lined in royal purple velvet. The lining on the inside of the lid is padded. The hinges are brass and the blank initial plaque on the outside of the lid is also brass. The round lock ivory escutcheon has a raised border. Included with the case is the key and an Eley Brothers percussion cap tin for centerfire breech loading cases with caps. BBL: Stock: Gauge: Finish: Grips: Serial Number: Condition: Fine with a few hairline cracks along the grain, a loose lid side and some minor handling marks. The lining has some wear

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Exceptional Colt Model 1861 Navy Richard's-Mason Conversion Revolver

Lot 1271: Exceptional Colt Model 1861 Navy Richard's-Mason Conversion Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $13000 - 19000 Colt Richard's-Mason Model 1861 Navy Revolver cartridge conversion manufactured circa 1873. This revolver is in the percussion serial number range and features a Richard's Type III centerfire conversion ring. The revolver has a Mason type ejector housing on the right side of the barrel lug, ejector head with concentric rings, percussion type wedge with spring plugged loading lever hole in the barrel, re-worked percussion cylinder re-serial numbered to the revolver, external loading gate spring and centerfire hammer with knurled bordered spur. The barrel has a nickel-silver front sight and the top is roll-stamped "-ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-" in one line. The left side of the frame is stamped "-PAT. JULY. 25. 1871-/-PAT. JULY. 2. 1872-" in two lines over the percussion patent markings. The percussion caliber designation "36 CAL" is stamped on the left shoulder of the trigger guard. The modified cylinder is roll-engraved with the original naval battle scene, "COLTS PATENT" markings and the partial serial number "566". The full serial number "32306" is stamped on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard, back strap. The partial serial number "2306" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate and the cylinder is re-numbered with the partial serial number "306" below the original serial number. The revolver has the Colt high polish commercial blue finish on the barrel, ejector housing and cylinder. The frame, conversion ring, hammer and loading gate are color casehardened. The brass trigger guard and backstrap are silver-plated and the one-piece walnut grip has a high gloss varnish finish. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 CF Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: varnished walnut Serial Number: 32306 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 98% plus of the original blue and casehardened finish and shows only very light handling wear. There is some minor finish and surface wear on the high points of the left side of the barrel and the ejector housing. The cylinder has a turn ring and some finish wear on the leading edge but retains most of the blue finish. The frame, conversion ring, hammer and loading ring have more than 95% of the casehardened finish with vivid case colors. The screw heads and trigger have most of the niter blue finish. The brass trigger guard has 40% of the delicate silver-plated finish. The markings and serial numbers are very crisp. The grip is excellent and retains well over 95% of the piano-finish; wear is limited to a few insignificant handling marks and some very minor finish loss on the edges of the heels. This is an exceptional example of a Colt Model 1861 Navy Richard's-Mason Conversion Revolver.

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U.S. Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Lot 1272: U.S. Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $4500 - 6500 Manufactured in 1853. The revolver has the round brass trigger guard and rectangular cylinder stops found on Third Model Dragoons. The top flat of the barrel is marked "ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY-", the left side of the frame is marked "COLTS/PATENT" over "U.S.", the left upper front of the trigger guard is marked with a small "F" and the left shoulder "G". The complete matching serial number is stamped on the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and back strap, and the partial number "3577" on the loading lever, wedge and arbor pin, and the cylinder is mis-matched (12664). Standard brass blade front sight and hammer notch rear sight and fitted with smooth one-piece walnut grip with a visible cartouche on each side. BBL: 7 1/2 inch part octagon Stock: Gauge: 44 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut/cartouched Serial Number: 13577 Condition: About good. The metal surfaces have a dark patina with overall moderate pitting. The brass has a natural untouched aged patina with traces of age darkened silver in the protected areas. The grip is good with a very faint illegible cartouche present on both sides. Cylinder is mismatched number and absent of the scene. The markings are clear. The action is fine.

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Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver

Lot 1273: Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $3000 - 4000 Manufactured in 1863. The top of the barrel has the one line New York address, "COLTS/PATENT" on the left side of the frame, "36 CAL" on the left trigger guard shoulder. The cylinder is absent of the patent date marking in one of the flutes. Matching serial number on the barrel, frame, trigger guard and back strap, the wedge is marked "444" and the cylinder and arbor pin are marked "4442". Fitted with a smooth varnished one piece walnut grip. BBL: 6 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 36 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened/silver Grips: varnished walnut Serial Number: 24442 Condition: Fine as partially refinished (cylinder). The barrel retains 50% original blue finish mixed with smooth plum patina. There are a few minor dings around the wedge and scattered along the barrel. The cylinder retain most of the dark refinished blue finish with areas of smooth gray patina. The frame retain 40% faded original case colors with the balance having a smooth dark patina. The brass has an aged patina with traces of dark original silver plating in protected areas. The grips are good with exception of a large pieced repair on the lower right side and overall a few minor dents and dings. The markings are clear. The action is fine.

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Very Fine Colt Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolver

Lot 1274: Very Fine Colt Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $4000 - 5500 Manufactured in 1863. Standard one line New York barrel address on the top barrel flat, "COLTS/PATENT" on the left side of the frame, "31 CAL" on the trigger guard shoulder and stagecoach holdup scene roll-engraved on the cylinder. Matching serial number on the barrel, frame, trigger guard and back strap, with the partial serial number "6852" on the loading lever and arbor pin, and "36852" on the wedge. The cylinder is numbered "36883". Fitted with smooth varnished one piece walnut grip. BBL: 6 inch octagon Stock: Gauge: 31 Finish: blue/casehardened/silver varnished Grips: walnut Serial Number: 236852 Condition: Very fine. The barrel and cylinder retain 75% of the original bright blue finish with some minor spotting on the muzzle end of the barrel and a small area that has been cleaned. The exposed areas have a smooth brownish gray patina. All of the cylinder scene is visible. The loading lever, frame and hammer retain 95% plus of the vivid original case colors with a smooth gray on the recoil shields. The trigger guard and back strap retain about 30% of the original silver, mostly in protected areas with the exposed brass having an aged patina. The grips are excellent retaining almost all of the original varnish with some minor wear and small nicks on the bottom edge and a few overall small minor dents. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent.

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American Case For a Colt Model 1862 Police Revolver

Lot 1275: American Case For a Colt Model 1862 Police Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $1300 - 1900 Measuring 10 1/2 inches wide, 5 1/2 inches deep and 1 3/4 inches tall, this case is configured to accept an 1862 Police Revolver with a 4 1/2 inch barrel. The exterior is unmarked, proper for a Colt case, with a red velvet internal lining. The interior is set up with American-style dividers, with spaces for the revolver, capbox, flask, mold and bullets. Fitted with brass hardware, including hinges and a thin lock escutcheon. BBL: Stock: Gauge: Finish: Grips: Serial Number: Condition: Very good, with some minor scratches on the exterior, and mild wear and fading on the interior.The exterior is fine.

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Identified Civil War Martially Inspected Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with Holster Belt Cap Pouch and Buckle

Lot 1276: Identified Civil War Martially Inspected Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with Holster Belt Cap Pouch and Buckle

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Description: Estimate: $2750 - 4250 Manufactured in 1862. This revolver and leather are reported to have belonged to a Civil War soldier from Company F, 173 Pennsylvania Infantry by the name of Israel Klinger. Accompanying the revolver are muster records for Klinger, Record of Burial Place of Veteran for Israel Klinger, a photo of Klinger and several other soldiers and a notarized affadavid from an individual stating that Israel Klinger was her Great, Great Grandfather. Israel Klinger mustered in on November 1, 1862 and mustered out at the rank of corporal on August 16, 1863. The 173rd Pennsylvania Volunteers Regiment was organized at Harrisburg October and November 1862. The regiment left for Washington, D.C. on November 30, 1862. Attached to the 7th Corps, Department of Virginia and 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac. The 173rd served on guard duty until being mustered out on August 18, 1863. The regiment suffered 19 casualties all due to disease. The top of the barrel is marked "-ADDRESS COL SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-", both sides at the breech end marked with a "C", "C" is stamped twice on the cylinder and there is an "R" directly behind the trigger guard bow and top of the back strap. The cylinder is roll engraved with the naval battle scene, as well as "COLTS PATENT No 0167". Matching serial number on the barrel, frame, trigger guard and back strap, with the partial number "0167" on the cylinder, wedge and arbor pin. The frame is cut for a shoulder stock, blade front and hammer notch rear sights, brass trigger guard and fitted with a smooth one-piece walnut grip with a visible cartouche on each side. Accompanying the revolver is a correct unmarked brown leather holster, brown leather cap pouch, brown leather belt and period "US" belt buckle. BBL: 8 inch round Stock: Gauge: 44 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 80167 Condition: Good. The metal surfaces have a gray patina with strong original blue finish on the protected areas of the barrel and some minor pitting on the barrel and recoil shield. The trigger guard has an aged patina. The grip is very good with some lower edge wear, a few minor dings and a pleasant hand rubbed patina. The cartouches are visible, but unreadable. The cylinder scene is mostly visible and clear, and the markings are clear. The action needs work, the hammer does not hold a cock position. The leather is all fair showing heavy wear and cracking of the leather, the closure strap is absent on the holster, one of the belt loops on the cap pouch has separated. One of the leather tabs from the belt has separated and is with the belt, the other is absent. The buckle has a slightly bent end, otherwise good with an aged patina. An absolutely genuine Civil War Colt Model 1860 rig that was consigned by a descendant.

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Colt Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolver

Lot 1277: Colt Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $1800 - 2750 Manufactured in 1858. The barrel has the two line New York address inside brackets, "COLT/PATENT" on the left side of the frame, the letter "M" on the left side of the trigger guard and the stagecoach holdup scene on the cylinder. Matching numbers. Fitted with a varnished grip. BBL: 6 inch octagon Stock: Gauge: 31 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened/silver Grips: walnut Serial Number: 141585 Condition: Fine. The barrel and cylinder retain 20% original blue finish in the protected areas, with the balance a smooth mottled gray patina. At least 95% of the original silver plating, which has darkened with age remains on the grip straps. The grip is very fine showing a few minor chips and dings with most of the original varnish remaining. The markings are clear with all of the well defined cylinder scene remaining. Mechanically fine.

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Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Lot 1278: Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $850 - 1300 Manufactured in 1858. One line Hartford barrel address flanked by dashes, "COLTS/PATENT" on the left side of frame and navy battle scene on cylinder. Left side of trigger guard has the letters "K" and "M" and left barrel lug has the letter "T". Wedge is numbered to another gun, otherwise numbers match. Fitted with a one piece grip. BBL: 7 1/2 inch octagon Stock: Gauge: 36 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened/silver Grips: walnut Serial Number: 86828 Condition: Good. The revolver has a mottled gray patina. The barrel is heavily worn at muzzle. The cylinder retains traces of the navy scene. The grip straps retain traces of original silver plating in the protected areas. The grip is fair with chipped toes, a number of minor pressure dents on the bottom and some minor handling marks overall. Mechanically fine.

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American Case For a Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Lot 1279: American Case For a Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $3000 - 4500 Measuring 14 1/4 inches wide, 6 1/4 inches deep and 2 inches tall, this mahogany case is configured for a Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver. The exterior is unmarked, with a thin brass lock escutcheon on the front and brass hinges. American-style interior, with red felt lining and 5 internal compartments. Included with the case is a functioning key and an Eley Brothers cap tin. BBL: Stock: Gauge: Finish: Grips: Serial Number: Condition: Good. Mild cracks are visible on the otherwise fine lid, with scattered dents and scuffs overall. The interior is fine, with an attractive, sun extensively aged blonde color overall, with original red in the protected areas, in particular showing the outlines of a revolver, bullet mold, powder flask and a small packet of combustible cartridges. A small amount of play is detectable in the dividers, which are otherwise very good. A fine gracefully aged case, which would make an attractive addition to an 1851 Navy Revolver

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Desirable Very Fine Colt Burgess Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Lot 1280: Desirable Very Fine Colt Burgess Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

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Description: Estimate: $8000 - 12000 This model represents Colt's only attempt to compete with Winchester for the lever action rifle market. Approximately 2,500 carbines were made between 1883 and 1885. The top of the barrel ahead of the rear sight is marked with the two-line address/patent dates, the left side of the receiver is marked with the Rampant Colt, the top of the lever loop is marked "BURGESS'S PATENTS" flanked by Maltese crosses and the serial number is marked on the lower tang directly behind the trigger. Block base front blade sight and folding ladder carbine rear sight graduated to 900 yards. Saddle staple mounted on the left rear of the receiver, (ring absent), full tubular magazine, blue finished with casehardened hammer and lever, and mounted with a smooth forearm secured with a single barrel band and straight grip stock with a steel crescent buttplate with compartment with 4 piece cleaning rod. BBL: 20 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 44-40 Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 3972 Condition: Fine. The carbine retains 30% original thin blue finish on the receiver with a smooth mottled gray patina on the balance of the receiver, barrel and magazine tube. The hammer and lever show much of the original case colors on the sides with a smooth mottled gray patina on the balance. The wood is very fine with some scattered minor dings and pressure dents. The markings are clear. The action is excellent.

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Excellent Colt Medium Frame Slide Action San Francisco Police Rifle

Lot 1281: Excellent Colt Medium Frame Slide Action San Francisco Police Rifle

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 8000 This is an excellent example of one of 401 Lighting Rifles purchased by the San Francisco Police Department in 1898. The San Francisco Police Department was the only department to adopt the slide action rifle, which was not as popular or reliable as the lever action rifles of the day. These rifles were serial numbered in their own special range, SFP1 to SFP401. The "number" was stamped on the lower tang, with this particular rifle being "SFP 108". The two line address/patent dates is marked on the top of the barrel ahead of the rear sight and "44 Cal." at the breech. The Rampant Colt is on the left side of the receiver. D.W. King blade front and adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sights. Niter blue loading gate and trigger. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with a steel crescent buttplate. BBL: 26 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 44-40 Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: SFP108 Condition: Excellent. The rifle retains 95% plus original blue finish, showing some discolored spots on the barrel, scattered light scratches, edge wear and handling marks. The wood is very good, with a small area of white residue on the wrist, mild scratches and some minor pressure dents and handling marks. Mechanically excellent. A superb example of the very desirable San Francisco Police Department Colt Medium Frame Lighting Rifle.

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Colt Special Order Deluxe Small Frame Slide Action Lightning Rifle

Lot 1282: Colt Special Order Deluxe Small Frame Slide Action Lightning Rifle

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Description: Estimate: $3750 - 5500 Manufactured in 1889 this is a factory deluxe example of the Small Frame Slide Action Lightning Rifle. The rifle has a pinched front sight, an adjustable notch rear sight and a tang peep sight. The top barrel flat is marked "COLT'S PT.F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CY. U.S.A./PATENTED MAY 29. SEPT 18. 83, MAY 26. 85, JUNE 15. 86, FEB 22. 87" ahead of the rear sight. The upper left barrel flat is stamped with caliber marking "22 Cal." at the breech. The four digit serial number is stamped on the lower tang. The left side of the receiver has the Rampant Colt. The forearm and pistol grip stock are nicely figured walnut and have a multi-point checkered pattern with the checkering extending to the grip cap area (a very rare feature). The buttstock is fitted with a checkered hard rubber buttplate featuring a Rampant Colt inside an oval. BBL: 24 inch octagon Stock: walnut Gauge: 22 Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 8407 Condition: Very good. The rifle retains 25% original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. The wood is fine with a couple hairline cracks on the forearm, a number of minor handling marks and a few blemishes in the overall crisp checkering. A minor chip is missing from the buttplate. Firing pin is loose but action works fine. The markings are crisp.

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Extraordinary Documented Factory Engraved, Silver-Plated, Colt Single Action 44-40 Frontier Six Shooter Revolver with Factory Relief-Carved Ivory Grips and Factory Letter

Lot 1283: Extraordinary Documented Factory Engraved, Silver-Plated, Colt Single Action 44-40 Frontier Six Shooter Revolver with Factory Relief-Carved Ivory Grips and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $50000 - 75000 This is an exceptional example of a documented factory engraved Colt Single Action Army "Frontier Six Shooter" revolver with Colt factory letter that states this revolver was shipped to Richards & Conover in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 18, 1926. The letter lists the revolver caliber as ".44/c", the barrel length as 4 3/4 Inch and the finish as "silver". The letter further states that the stocks are "Ivory with carved steer head motif" and that the revolver has "Grade "2" engraving". The deeply cut floral engraving and relief carved steer head grip are the work of master engraver Wilbur A. Glahn. The revolver has a full silver-plated finish and the two-piece ivory grips are inlaid with nickel-silver Colt medallions. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co/HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.". The left side of the barrel is roll-stamped "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44-40" in a lined panel surrounded by engraving. The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the Colt three-date/two-line patent markings followed by the Rampant Colt. A "3" and the Colt "triangle/VP" proof mark are stamped on the left front trigger guard bow. The inside of the loading gate is stamped with the assembly number "535". A "F" inspection mark is stamped in the hammer well. The full serial number, "350108" is stamped on the bottom of the frame and on the right side of the backstrap and trigger guard beneath the grip. The rear face of the trigger guard is stamped with the partial serial number "8". All of the serial numbers match. The hammer has the correct borderless knurling on the spur. BBL: 4 3/4 In Stock: Gauge: 44-40 WCF Finish: silver plated Grips: ivory Serial Number: 350108 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 95% plus of the original silver-plated finish. The untouched original silver plating is tarnished and shows wear on contact points. The engraving and markings are sharp. The hammer has factory bright polished sides and shows less wear that the other components and appears to be a replacement. The grips are excellent; the ivory has yellowed with age and there are hairline age stress lines present on both butts. The relief-carved steer head shows some handling wear. This is an extraordinary example of a scarce fully documented factory engraved Colt "Frontier Six Shooter" with factory documented relief carved steer head ivory grips.

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Exceptional First Generation Colt Single Action Army Frontier Six Shooter with Carved Steer Head Pearl Grip and Factory Letter

Lot 1284: Exceptional First Generation Colt Single Action Army Frontier Six Shooter with Carved Steer Head Pearl Grip and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $13000 - 18000 This is an excellent example of a Colt Single Action Army Frontier Six Shooter revolver that was manufactured in 1902. The revolver is accompanied by a Colt Factory letter, photograph and personal letter. The revolver has a high polish blue finish on the barrel, ejector housing, cylinder, trigger guard and back strap. The frame and hammer are color case-hardened. The two-piece grips are ivory with a relief carved head on the right grip. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the elongated block letter address "COLTS PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." in one line. "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" is roll-stamped on the left side of the barrel. The bore diameter "44" is stamped on the underside of the barrel just in front of the frame. The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the Colt three-date/two-line patent markings followed by the encircled Rampant Colt trademark. The assembly number "181" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. A "W" inspection mark is stamped in the hammer well. The full serial number "227085" is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. All of the visible serial numbers match. The factory letter confirms the serial number, caliber, barrel length and finish with the type of stocks not listed. The gun was part of a 10 gun shippment that was shipped to M. Hartely & Company, New York, New York, on June 3, 1902. A letter from a previous owner states that this revolver once belonged to Ira Hill and this revolver was carried by Hill on an African hunt. With the letter is a photograph of Hill on this hunt and he is wearing a holster which holds this Revolver. BBL: 7 1/2 In Stock: Gauge: 44 WCF Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: carved pearl Serial Number: 227085 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 98% plus of the bright original high polish blue and fiery case-hardened finish. Wear is limited to a few very insignificant storage marks on the blued components, some faint turn marks on the cylinder and traces of finish wear on the back strap. The case colors on the frame, loading gate and hammer are vivid. There is some light flash pitting on the sides of the hammer but no finish wear. The frame screws are in excellent condition with most of the niter blue finish. The pearl grips are in very fine condition with crisp relief-carved ox head. There is a reglued chip on the bottom of the left grip. The markings on the barrel and frame are sharp. The action is crisp and functions perfectly. This is an attractive example of the very desirable Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver.

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Outstanding Colt Bisley Model Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Revolver

Lot 1285: Outstanding Colt Bisley Model Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $8500 - 12000 This revolver was manufactured in 1912 and has the standard fixed sights. The one-line Hartford address is roll stamped on top of the barrel and "(BISLEY MODEL)/COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" is roll engraved on left side. The frame has the two line, three date patent marking followed by the circled Rampant Colt on the left side. There is a "7" stamped above the firing pin hole and the assembly number "458" stamped on the loading gate and the rear of the frame. The upper left front of the trigger guard is marked with the Colt triangle "VP" proof and the rear with a "W". The matching serial number is stamped on the frame, trigger guard and butt. The grips are numbered interally "1448". The frame and hammer are casehardened with blue on the remaining parts. The hammer has the wide, low spur and the trigger is smooth and wide, has the characteristic "humpback" grip and is fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with the Rampant Colt in an oval at the top. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 44-40 Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 321448 Condition: Excellent, 98% of the high polish bright original blue finish remains with some thinning and light scratches on the forward left side of the barrel, cylinder and back strap. The outer edge of the ejector housing has thinned slightly. The frame retains 90% plus bright original case colors with some minor dulling on the loading gate and high area of the recoil shield. The top strap has a smooth gray patina and dull case colors. The grips are excellent plus having faded to a dark brown with light handling marks and sharp checkering. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent. This is a highly attractive Colt Bisley Model Frontier Six Shooter.

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Excellent

Lot 1286: Excellent "R.A.C." Sub-Inspected Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $25000 - 32500 This is a U.S. contract Colt Single Action Cavalry Model revolver that was manufactured in 1891 and inspected by Ordnance Sub-Inspector Rinaldo A. Carr (R.A.C.) and Captain Stanhope E. Blunt (SEB). This revolver is one of the last examples of the 37,063 Single Action Army revolvers purchased by the Ordnance Department between 1873 and 1891. The revolver has the military blue finish on the barrel, ejector housing, cylinder, trigger guard and back strap. The frame, loading gate and hammer have a color casehardened finish and the one-piece walnut grip is oil finished. The revolver has the oval ejector housing adopted about serial number 113,000 and the "cavalry style" hammer with elongated bordered knurling on the spur. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with address "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.". in "elongated block" letters. The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the Colt three date/two line patent markings followed by the "U.S" property mark. The Sub-Inspector's initials, "R.A.C." are stamped on the underside of the barrel, the bottom of the frame above the serial number, on the side of the cylinder and on the left heel of the grip. A "K" Colt sub-inspection mark is stamped on the trigger guard, in the hammer well above the firing pin hole and on the barrel behind the ejector housing stud. "P" proof marks are stamped on the underside of the barrel in front of the "R.A.C." sub-inspection mark and on the side of the cylinder. The full serial number, "139968" is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number. "8966", is stamped on the barrel beneath the ejector housing and on the side of the cylinder. All of the visible serial numbers match.The assembly number, "1905", is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. The lower left side of the grip is stamped with the date "1891" above the script initials "SEB" enclosed in a rectangle with rounded edges. The script sub-inspection mark consisting of the script initials "RAC" in a rectangle is stamped on the lower right side of the grip. BBL: 7 1/2 In Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: blue/case-hardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 139968 Condition: Excellent. The revolver is all original and retains 95% of the original blue and 70% casehardened finish. Feathered polishing marks are visible on the barrel on either side of the front sight blade and above the ejector housing stud. There is some very minor edge wear on the muzzle, ejector housing and the cylinder. The blue finish on the contact points of the grip strap and back strap has thinned to a deep gray patina and the bluing on the trigger guard is thin. The frame, hammer and loading gate retain nearly all of the case-hardened finish with vivid case colors in protected areas and some minor silvering on the recoil shield and loading gate. The grip is very fine with light handling wear. The date, final inspection and sub-inspection marks are light. All of the markings on the barrel, frame and cylinder are sharp. The action is tight and crisp although the hammer does not hold at half-cock. This is an excellent original example of one of the last Colt Single Action Cavalry revolvers purchased by the U.S. Army.

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Exceptional First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver Documented with Ivory Grips and Factory Letter

Lot 1287: Exceptional First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver Documented with Ivory Grips and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $14000 - 22500 Manufactured in 1928. The top of the barrel is marked with the one line address and "45 COLT" on the left side. The left side of the frame is marked with the two line, three patent dates followed by the Rampant Colt. The upper left front of the trigger guard is marked with the Colt triangle "VP" proofmark and the the number "3". The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame and on the right side of the grip straps under the grip. The matching last two digits "63" of the serial number is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder. The assembly number "734" is marked on the loading gate. Casehardened frame and hammer, with blue on the remaining parts, blade front and frame notch rear sights, and fitted with smooth ivory grips with silver Colt medallions. The accompanying factory letter verifies the caliber, barrel length, blue finish, rubber grips at time of shipment and that it was shipped as a 1 gun shipment to Piper & Taft Seattle, Washington on January 30, 1928. The letter further states that the one gun special order number 14134/1 also included one pair of Ivory stocks, which are now on this revolver! BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 LC Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: ivory Serial Number: 351163 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 95% original blue finish with some muzzle wear, edge wear, drag line on the cylinder and slight thinning on the front lower grip strap. The frame retains 97% original case colors. The hammer retains 85% original case colors. The grips are excellent with a light patina on the right panel and an attractive grain. The markings are sharp. The action is excellent.

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Outstanding Special Order Pre-World War II .38 Special Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Lot 1288: Outstanding Special Order Pre-World War II .38 Special Colt Single Action Army Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $8500 - 12000 Colt Single Action Army revolver manufactured in 1929. The revolver has a full nickel-plated finish with black checkered hard rubber grips with the Rampant Colt motif in an oval at the top. The butt is fitted with a special order factory lanyard loop. The revolver is chambered for the .38 Special cartridge and the cylinder has beveled chamber mouths which indicate that it was manufactured for the .38 S&W Special cartridge rather than the .38 Colt Special cartridge. Colt Single Action revolvers chambered for the .38 Colt Cartridge had chamber mouths with 90 degree shoulders. The "BOOK OF COLT FIREARMS" by R.L. Wilson states that 25 Colt Single Action Army revolvers were chambered for the .38 S&W Special cartridge and 82 were chambered for the .38 Colt Special cartridge. The left side of the barrel is roll-stamped with fourth style barrel marking "COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .38 SPECIAL" introduced in 1929. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." in one line. The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the three-date/two-line patent marking followed by the Rampant Colt trademark. The left front trigger guard bow is stamped with a "1" assembler's mark over the Colt triangle/VP proof mark. A "5" inspection mark is stamped in the hammer well. The assembly number "779" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. The full serial number "352757" is stamped on the bottom of the frame and the right side of the trigger guard and backstrap underneath the grip. The partial serial number "57" is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder. "325757" is etched on the inside of both grips. All of the visible serial numbers match. BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 S&W special Finish: nickel Grips: black hard rubber Serial Number: 352757 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 98% plus of the original nickel-plated finish. The only significant wear is some minor flaking on the face of the cylinder. The nickel-plating on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, backstrap and sides of the cylinder is in outstanding condition with minimal handling wear. This is an outstanding example of a 1929 production Colt Single Action Army revolver with 30 special barrel markings in a scarce caliber.

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Documented Western Shipped Fine Black Powder Colt Sheriff's Model Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

Lot 1289: Documented Western Shipped Fine Black Powder Colt Sheriff's Model Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $18000 - 27500 Manufactured in 1890. It has been estimated that only about 1,000 of these "ejectorless" revolvers were manufactured, of which approximately 305 had 3 1/2 inch barrels and only about 180 in 44-40 caliber. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address, "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" on the left side and the left side of the frame is marked with the three line patent dates. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. Standard blade front and frame notch rear sights, was finished blue with a casehardened frame and hammer, and fitted with checkered Rampant Colt/American eagle relief grips. The accompanying factory letter verifies the caliber, barrel length, blue finish, rubber grips and that it was shipped as 1 of 2 to Gordon Hardware Co. in Seattle, Washington on March 19, 1890. BBL: 3 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 44-40 Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 122396 Condition: Fine. The revolver has 30% blue with the balance a smooth mottled brown patina with strong traces of the original blue finish in the cylinder flutes. The frame has 30% of the case colors present, mostly in the forward portion with the balance a mottled silver gray patina, with shadows of the once present case colors. The grips are very fine having faded to brown showing some small areas of moderate wear in the otherwise crisp checkering. The markings are clear. The action is excellent. A truly exceptional, crisp Colt Sheriff's Model 44-40 revolver that would be difficult to find a duplicate as fine as this example!

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Very Fine U.S.

Lot 1290: Very Fine U.S. "R.A.C." Sub-Inspected Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $13000 - 18000 Colt Single Action Cavalry Model revolver manufactured in 1890 as part of the 12th Ordnance Single Action Revolver contract. 1890 was the next-to-last year of production for U.S. contract Single Action revolvers. The revolver was inspected by Ordnance Sub-Inspector Rinaldo A. Carr (R.A.C.) and Captain Stanhope E. Blunt (SEB) and has the Colt military blue finish on the barrel, ejector housing, cylinder, trigger guard and back strap. The frame, loading gate and hammer have a color casehardened finish and the one-piece walnut grip is oil finished. The revolver has the oval ejector housing adopted about serial number 113,000 and the "cavalry style" hammer with elongated, bordered knurling on the spur. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with address "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.-" in "elongated block" letters. The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the Colt "three-date three-line" patent markings followed by the "U.S" property mark. The Sub-Inspector's initials, "R.A.C." are stamped on the underside of the barrel, the bottom of the frame above the serial number, on the side of the cylinder and on the left heel of the grip. A "K" Colt sub-inspection mark is stamped on the trigger guard, the back strap, on the front of the ejector housing and on the barrel behind the ejector housing stud. "P" proof marks are stamped on the underside of the barrel in front of the "R.A.C." sub-inspection mark and on the side of the cylinder. The full serial number, "132154" is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and backstrap. The partial serial number. "2154", is stamped on the barrel beneath the ejector housing and on the side of the cylinder. The assembly number, "619", is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. The lower left side of the grip is stamped with the date "1890" above the script initials "SEB" enclosed in a rectangle with rounded edges. The sub-inspection mark which consists of the script initials "RAC" in a rectangle is stamped on the lower right side of the grip. BBL: 7 1/2 Inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 132154 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 80% of the original blue and 60% casehardened finish. The barrel and ejector housing have most of the blue intact and 'feathered' polishing marks are visible on either side of the front sight blade. There is some holster wear along the left side of the barrel and some edge wear on the right side of the muzzle and ejector housing. The cylinder has moderate edge wear and typical drag lines. The trigger guard has most of the blue intact with light handling wear on the front grip strap. The backstrap has a silver-gray patina with some age discoloration and traces of blue in protected areas. The case colors on the hammer, top strap, recoil shield and loading gate have a silver-gray patina. The sides of the frame have stronger case colors. The very fine grip has moderate handling wear and the Ordnance inspection marks on the grips sides are clear with an overcoat of old varnish. All of the markings on the frame, barrel and cylinder are sharp. The action is tight and crisp. This is a very fine original example of an 1890 production, "R.A.C." sub-inspected Colt Single Action Cavalry Model revolver.

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Fine U.S. Colt Artillery Model Single Action Army Revolver

Lot 1291: Fine U.S. Colt Artillery Model Single Action Army Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $7500 - 9500 From 1895 to 1903 a number of "US" marked Single Action Army revolvers, like this one, were returned to either the Colt factory or Springfield Armory where they were modified (to 5 1/2 inch barrel length), dismantled and refinished, often with little regard to which gun the refinished parts came from, resulting in a mix of serial numbers and markings. This revolver has a 5 1/2 inch barrel, casehardened frame, niter blue hammer and blue remaining parts. The serial numbers are mixed on these altered models and they were remarked by inspectors of the era. This revolver is serial numbered "1559" on the frame,"119812" on the trigger guard, "73" visible on the back strap and the cylinder is un-numbered. It bears the standard one line address on top of the barrel, "45 COLT" on the left side and the two line, two patent date marking on the left side of the frame followed by "U.S.". The rear face of the cylinder is marked "R.A.C". The loading gate is not marked with an assembly number. It has the standard blade front and frame notch rear sights and is fitted with the correct smooth one-piece walnut grip with "R.A.C." stamped on the bottom of the right side. BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 LC Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 1559 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 70% of the correct arsenal/factory refurbished blue finish with the balance a smooth brown and gray patina. The frame retains 90% bright case colors. Much of the bright niter blue finish remains on the hammer. The grip is also very fine with a few small minor chips and some minor wear on the lower edges. The markings remain clear. The action is excellent.

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Outstanding Documented Colt Bisley Flattop Target Model Revolver in 38 W.C.F. Caliber with Factory Letter

Lot 1292: Outstanding Documented Colt Bisley Flattop Target Model Revolver in 38 W.C.F. Caliber with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $16000 - 22500 This is an exceptional original example of a Colt Bisley Flattop Target Revolver that is chambered for .38 W.C.F. caliber. The revolver is accompanied by a Colt factory letter that states it was shipped to Schwabacher Hardware in Seattle, Washington on December 22, 1910. Colt manufactured a total of 976 Bisley Flattop Target Revolvers; only 98 of these revolvers were chambered for the .38 W.C.F. cartridge. The revolver has the Colt high polish commercial blue finish with a color casehardened hammer and niter blue trigger, rear sight and screws. In addition to the flat frame with drift adjustable target rear sight and block-mounted target front sight with removable brass blade, the revolver has the distinctive Bisley humpback grip and extended back strap, special frame, curved wide spur hammer and longer wider trigger. The black hard rubber two-piece grips are checkered and have the Rampant Colt in an oval at the top. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the legend "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." in one line. The left side of the barrel is roll-stamped "(BISLEY MODEL) 38 W.C.F.". The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the Colt three date/two line patent markings followed by the circled Rampant Colt. The Colt "Triangle/VP" proofmark is stamped on the left side of the front trigger guard bow and a "W" assembler's mark is stamped on the left rear bow. The assembly number "12" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. "41" is stamped on the underside of the barrel just ahead of the frame. The inspection number "3" is stamped in the hammer slot. The full serial number "313441" is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. All of the visible serial numbers match. BBL: 7 1/2 inch Stock: Gauge: 38-40 WCF Finish: blue Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 313441 Condition: Excellent. The revolver is original and retains 95% plus of the original high polish blue in desirable American caliber. Wear is limited to some very minor finish loss on the edge of the muzzle and ejector housing and some thinning on the back strap and front grip strap. Cylinder wear is limited to some light turn lines between the stops. Nearly all of the fiery niter blue finish is present on the rear sight, trigger and screw heads. The hammer has vivid case colors. The screws are all excellent. All of the markings are extremely sharp. The finely tuned action functions perfectly. The hard rubber grips are both excellent and show minimal handling marks on butt. This is an outstanding example of a Colt Bisley Flattop Target Revolver.

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Early 1880 Production U.S. David F. Clark, Sub-Inspected Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver

Lot 1293: Early 1880 Production U.S. David F. Clark, Sub-Inspected Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $11000 - 16000 Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver manufactured in 1880. This revolver was inspected by Ordnance Sub-Inspector David F. Clark (DFC) and Lt. David A. Lyle (DAL) and is stamped with "DFC" and "DAL" sub-inspection and final inspection marks in the appropriate locations. The revolver has a military blue finish on the barrel, ejector housing, cylinder, trigger guard and back strap. The frame, loading gate and hammer have a color casehardened finish. The one-piece walnut grip has an oil finish. The revolver has the "bullseye" ejector rod head used until approximately serial number 113,000. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the "Elongated Block Letter" address "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.". Small "D.F.C." sub-inspection stamps are located on the underside of the barrel, the bottom of the frame and on the side of the cylinder. A "P" proofmark is stamped on the underside of the barrel in front of the sub-inspection mark and on the side of the cylinder. The left side of the frame is stamped with the Colt three dates/three line patent marking followed by the "U.S." property mark. The assembly number "2375" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. Colt "C" and "G" inspection marks are stamped on the underside of the barrel behind the ejector housing stud. A "G" is stamped below the serial number on the trigger guard and back strap. Colt "B" and "O" inspection marks are stamped on the rear face of the cylinder between the chambers. "Y" is stamped on the front of the ejector housing and "H" is stamped in the hammer well above the firing pin hole. The full serial number, "54584" is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number "4584" is stamped on the underside of the barrel and the side of the cylinder. All of the visible serial numbers match. The lower left side of the grip is stamped with the date "1880" above the Ordnance final inspection mark which consists of the initials "DAL" enclosed in an oval. The lower right side of the grip is stamped with the Ordnance sub-inspection mark consisting of the script initials "D.F.C." is a rectangle. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 54584 Condition: The revolver is very fine and and retains 50% of the original blue and color casehardened finish. The original "cavalry" style hammer with cone firing pin has been period-replaced with a civilian hammer with concave shaped firing pin; the hammer has the same elongated bordered knurling on the spur as the Cavalry Model revolvers. The blue finish on the exposed portions of the barrel has aged to a smooth, silver-gray patina. Protected areas of the barrel retain most of the original blue finish. Traces of the feathered polishing marks are visible on either side of the front sight blade and above the ejector housing stud. The barrel legend is faint but fully legible. The serial number, "P" proof and "D.F.C." sub-inspection mark on the underside of the barrel are crisp. The cylinder has a smooth, silver-gray patina with traces of the original blue finish in the flutes. The partial serial number, proof mark and sub-inspection stamp are crisp. Significant amounts of military blue finish is present in the protected areas of the trigger guard and back strap. The frame, loading gate and hammer retain about 60% of the casehardened finish; the finish has faded but strong traces of the case colors are visible. The frame screws are in very good condition and retain most of the original niter blue finish. The sub-inspection marks, serial number, patent dates and "U.S." property mark are crisp. The grip is very fine with minimal handling wear. The date, Ordnance final and sub-inspection marks are crisp. The period initials "FNA" are scratched in block letters on the left heel of the grip. The action is crisp and functions perfectly. This is a very fine original example of an early, Indian War, D.F.C. sub-inspected Colt Cavalry Model Single Action revolver.

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U.S. Colt Artillery Model Single Action Army Revolver

Lot 1294: U.S. Colt Artillery Model Single Action Army Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $3500 - 5500 From 1895 to 1903 a number of "US" marked Colt Single Action Army revolvers, like this one, were returned to either the Colt factory or Springfield Armory where they were modified (to 5 1/2 inch barrel length), dismantled and refinished, often with little regard to which gun the refinished parts came from, resulting in a mix of serial numbers and markings. This revolver has a 5 1/2 inch barrel, casehardened frame and hammer and blue remaining parts. The serial numbers are mixed on these "Artillery" models and they were remarked by inspectors of the era. This revolver is serial numbered "35012" on the frame, "4863" on the trigger guard, "54475" on the back strap and "0370" on the cylinder. It bears the standard one line address on top of the barrel, "P" and "D.F.C." marked on the bottom of the barrel and the three line, three patent date marking on the left side of the frame followed by "U.S.". "J.T.C." is stamped on the bottom of the frame above the serial number and "P" and "A" are on the cylinder. The loading gate is marked with the assembly number "952". It has the standard blade front and frame notch rear sights and is fitted with the correct smooth one-piece walnut grip absent of any markings or cartouches. The right rear trigger guard bow has the six point factory rework star present. BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 LC Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 35012 Condition: Fine as arsenal refurbished. The revolver retains half of the dull blue finish concentrated mainly on the barrel, ejector housing and cylinder, with a smooth gray patina on the balance. There are some light scratches from an abrasive on the barrel. The frame retains 40% original case colors with a smooth mottled gray patina on the balance. The lightly sanded, reoiled grip is good with some minor wear and dings on the lower edges and overall a few minor dents and dings. The markings are legible. The action is excellent.

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Documented Deluxe Factory Engraved Nickel and Gold Exhibition Colt Model 1877 Thunderer Storekeeper DA Revolver with Factory Letter

Lot 1295: Documented Deluxe Factory Engraved Nickel and Gold Exhibition Colt Model 1877 Thunderer Storekeeper DA Revolver with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $7500 - 15000 Manufactured in 1877, this revolver features factory floral scroll and punch dot engraving on the barrel, frame, cylinder flats, hammer, back strap and trigger guard. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address, the left side with a relief engraved, matte panel COLT D.A. 41" and the three line, three patent dates in a banner are on the left side of the frame. The upper left rear of the trigger guard is marked "41 CAL". The revolver is finished in nickel with factory gold hammer and cylinder and niter blue on the small components. Fitted with smooth two-piece pearl grips. The accompanying factory letter, (addressed to the late Dr. Richard Marohn, a noted Colt 1877 DA collector), verifies the caliber, barrel length, nickel/gold finish, factory engraving, and rubber grips at the time of shipment as 1 to J.P. Lower & Sons, Denver, Colorado on April 10, 1878. Also there is a copy of a ledger from H.D. Folsom & Company, St. Louis, Mo. listing this revolver (serial number 2223) with rubber grips. Apparently the ledger is a list of Colts for exhibition to Folsom, (R.L. Wilson letter stating this included). There are also copies of correspondence in reference to the St. Louis Exposition. BBL: 3 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 41 LC Finish: nickel/gold Grips: pearl Serial Number: 2223 Condition: Very fine as possibly period replated. The revolver retains 99% gold and nickel finish. Almost all of the bright niter blue remains on the small parts with some mild flaking on a couple of the screw heads. The replacement grips are very fine. The markings and engraving are crisp and clear. The action is excellent. An attractive, very rare factory documented engraved, exhibition Colt Model 1877 DA Storekeeper Thunderer revolver.

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Extraordinary Etched Barrel Panel Colt Model 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver

Lot 1296: Extraordinary Etched Barrel Panel Colt Model 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $6500 - 9500 Manufactured in 1888. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address, the left side has the scarce etched panel "COLT. D.A. 38" and the left side of the frame is marked with the three line, three patent dates. "Bullseye" ejector rod head, blade front and frame notch rear sights, blue finish with casehardened frame, niter blue trigger and hammer with polished sides, and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with the Rampant Colt in an oval at the top. BBL: 4 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 long Colt Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 65116 Condition: Excellent plus. The revolver retains 98% plus bright original blue finish with some extremely minor brown spots present on the ejector housing and barrel and a small amount of minor spotting on the back strap. The frame retains 99% of the original bright vivid case colors. Almost all of the original bright niter blue finish remains on the hammer and trigger with a small area of minor corrosion on the lower rear of the hammer. The grips are also excellent with some light handling marks and sharp checkering. The markings are sharp and the exceptional etched barrel panel is as clear and bright as the day it was manufactured. The action is excellent. One will look a long time to find a better example!

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Desirable Colt Medium Frame Slide Action Lightning Baby Carbine

Lot 1297: Desirable Colt Medium Frame Slide Action Lightning Baby Carbine

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 8000 Manufactured in 1886. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address/Elliot's patent dates just ahead of the rear sight, the left side of the barrel is marked "32 Cal" and below that are several British proof marks as well as ".3000". A "crown/ V" proof mark is marked on the left upper side of the receiver at the breech and the Rampant Colt is marked on the side. Block blade front sight and folding leaf carbine rear sight graduated to 900 yards. Saddle ring and staple are mounted on the left side of the receiver. Mounted with a checkered forearm and plain straight grip stock with a iron carbine buttplate. BBL: 20 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 32-20 Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 17248 Condition: Very fine. The carbine retains 60% plus original blue finish, thinning in areas giving way to a smooth plum patina. The buttplate is a mix of bright original blue finish and a smooth brown patina. The wood is also very fine with smooth minor bruising in the otherwise crisp checkering, and overall there are some scattered minor dings. Mechanically fine. The markings remain crisp and clear.

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Colt Burgess Lever Action Rifle

Lot 1298: Colt Burgess Lever Action Rifle

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Description: Estimate: $4500 - 7500 This rifle model represents Colt's only attempt to compete with Winchester for the lever action rifle market. A total of 3,775 rifles were manufactured between 1883 and 1885, 2,556 with octagon barrels. Fixed nickel steel blade front sight with adjustable semi-buckhorn sporting rear sight. The top barrel flat is marked "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A./+PAT. JAN. 7. 73. OCT. 19. 75.APR. 1. 79. DEC. 13. 81. JAN 3. 82.+" ahead of the rear sight, "+BURGESS'S PATENTS+" is stamped on top of the lever with the serial number on the lower tang just behind the trigger. The Rampant Colt is marked on the left side of the receiver. The rifle was finished blue with a casehardened hammer and lever. Full length 15 round tubular magazine and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with a steel end cap and crescent buttplate with buttstock compartment. BBL: 25 1/2 inch octagon Stock: walnut Gauge: 44-40 Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 3121 Condition: Near fine. The rifle retains 30% plus original blue finish showing streaks of blue on the barrel and strong in the protected areas of the receiver. The hammer and lever show traces of muted original case colors in the protected areas. The wood has been refinished and remains very good with half of the varnish remaining and showing a few minor dents and scratches. The markings are clear. The action functions fine, but the lever will not stay up without being latched.

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Colt Small Frame Lightning Slide Action Rifle

Lot 1299: Colt Small Frame Lightning Slide Action Rifle

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Description: Estimate: $1400 - 2250 Produced between 1887 and 1904, this rifle was manufactured in 1901. Features dovetailed fixed sights, a half magazine, case colored hammer, checkered forearm and smooth straight grip stock. The top of the barrel is marked "COLT'S PT.F.A.MFG.CO HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A. / PATENTED MAY 29, SEPT. 18, 83, MAY 26, 85, JUNE 15, 86, FEB. 22, 87", the left rear flat is marked "22 Cal.", the Rampant Colt is marked on the left side of the frame and the serial number located on the lower tang. Mounted with a forearm and straight grip stock with a checkered hard rubber buttplate with the Rampant Colt in the center. BBL: 24 inch octagon Stock: walnut Gauge: 22 S & L Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 55151 Condition: Very fine. The rifle retains 85% original bright blue finish with some scattered thinning and flaking, overall high edge wear and some streaking on the receiver. About half of the upper tang has a smooth gray patina. The wood is very fine with some speckled finish loss on the stock. Overall there are a few minor dings and scratches. The barrel markings are sharp, the receiver marking is clear. The action is excellent.

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