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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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Documented Factory Engraved Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Pearl Grips and  Factory Letter

Lot 1300: Documented Factory Engraved Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Pearl Grips and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $25000 - 35000 Colt Single Action Army revolver with Colt factory letter that states the revolver was shipped from Colt's to the H&D Folsom Arms Co., in New York, New York, on June 20, 1907. The letter verifies that the revolver is .45 caliber with a 5 1/2-inch barrel, nickel-plated finish and factory engraving. The grips are not identified in the letter. The revolver has a full nickel-plated finish and is engraved with factory "B" with geometric scroll-work, with a punch-dot background and two-piece mother-of-pearl grips. The engraving appears to be the work of master engraver Cuno A. Helfricht or his shop. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the one-line legend "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.". The caliber designation "45 COLT" on the left side of the barrel is surrounded by an engraved banner. The left side of the frame has the Colt two-line/three-date patent markings in an engraved banner followed by the Rampant Colt in an engraved circle. The Colt triangle/VP proof mark is stamped on the left front trigger guard bow and the assembler's mark "6" is stamped on the left rear trigger guard bow. The assembly number, "2782" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. The full serial number, "295994" is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number, "5994" is stamped on the underside of the barrel below the ejector housing and "994" is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder. All of the visible serial number match. BBL: 5 1/2 In Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: Nickel Grips: mother of pearl Serial Number: 295994 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 90% of the original nickel-plated finish. There is some minor finish loss on the barrel below the caliber designation and on the edges of the frame next to the cylinder face. The cylinder has moderate flaking. The engraving is deep and crisp. All of the factory markings are sharp. The grips have some very slight shrinkage from age. The grips are excellent. This is an exceptional example of a documented Colt factory engraved nickel-plated Single Action revolver.

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Outstanding Documented Historic

Lot 1301: Outstanding Documented Historic "Battle of Britain" Colt Single Action Army Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $14000 - 22500 This Colt Single Action Army revolver was manufactured in 1937. This revolver is one of the 163 Colt Single Actions sold by Colt to the British Purchasing Commission in June 1940 to replace handguns lost during the evacuation of the British Army at Dunkirk in May 1940. This revolver is identified by serial number in the list of "Battle of Britain" Single Action revolvers on page 182 of "A STUDY OF THE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER" by Graham, Kopec and Moore. The left shoulder of the back strap is stamped with the British Army "Broad Arrow" property mark above a Royal Arms Factory Enfield "Crown/E4/E" inspection mark. London "Crown/GP" proofmarks are stamped on the cylinder over each chamber and on the right side of the frame below the cylinder. The underside of the barrel is stamped with post-war Birmingham Nitro Proofmarks. The revolver has a full nickel-plated finish with black checkered hard rubber grips embossed with the Rampant Colt. The knurling on the hammer spur is not bordered. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the one-line legend "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT U.S.A." The left side of the barrel is roll-stamped "COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45". The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the Colt two-line/three-date patent markings followed by the Rampant Colt. The inside of the loading gate is stamped with the assembly number "213". The left front trigger guard bow is stamped with the assembler's mark "4" above the Colt "Triangle/VP" proofmark. An "F" inspection mark is stamped in the hammer well. The full serial number "355608" is stamped on the bottom of the frame and on the right side of the back strap and front strap underneath the grip. The inside both grips are etched with the serial number "355608". The partial serial number "08" is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder. BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: nickel Grips: black hard rubber Serial Number: 355608 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 97% plus of the original nickel-plated finish. Wear is limited to some very minor flaking on the left side of the barrel at the muzzle and on the face of the cylinder with some scattered and very inconsequential storage marks. The grips are near new. The action functions perfectly. The Colt markings and British proof and property marks are crisp. This is an outstanding example of one of the last documented pre-war Colt Single Action Army revolvers manufactured with very desirable British "Battle of Britain" history.

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Excellent Colt Bisley Model Single Action Army Revolver

Lot 1302: Excellent Colt Bisley Model Single Action Army Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $3500 - 4750 Made in 1907. Blade and notch sights with the two-line Hartford address on top of the barrel and "(BISLEY MODEL) 32 W.C.F." on the left, "VP" and "6" on the trigger guard and the two line patent markings next to the circled Rampant Colt on the frame. Matching numbers are present on the frame and grip straps. Grips are checkered with the Rampant Colt imprints at the top. BBL: 4 3/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 32-20 WCF Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 299335 Condition: Excellent, with 90% plus of the original blue finish, showing a gray patina on the gripstraps, drag lines on the cylinder and scattered light handling marks. Vivid case colors are present on the protected areas of the frame, particularly on the frontstrap ahead of the cylinder and in the sight channel with a light brown and gray patina overall. Grips are very fine, with sun fading and a small crack on the bottom left panel, along with some mild handling marks overall. Mechanically excellent.

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Rare Serial Number 48 Black Powder Colt

Lot 1303: Rare Serial Number 48 Black Powder Colt "Pinched Frame" Single Action Army Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $50000 - 80000 This is an early production Pinched Frame Colt Single Action Army revolver that was manufactured in July 1873. The revolver has the rare and extremely desirable "Pinched Frame" rear sight found only on civilian Single Action Army revolvers below serial number 200 and government test model revolvers. This revolver was formerly part of the Jonathan Peck collection. Peck began to collect Colt Single Action revolvers prior to WWII and assembled one of the premier Single Action collections. A letter that accompanies the revolver states that Jonathan Peck said that this revolver was the best "Pinched Frame" Single Action he had the opportunity to buy in 50 years of collecting. The revolver has a full nickel-plated finish with a one-piece varnished walnut grip. The revolver has the first style ejector housing with barrel boss and "bullseye" ejector rod head and very early cylinder with small bolt stops and no guides. The hammer has a bordered knurled spur. The barrel is roll-stamped with the first style script address "+COLT'S PT. F. A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A.+" with slanted crosses at either end of the address. The left side of the frame is roll stamped with the second style patent marking "PAT. SEPT.19.1871/PAT.JULY 2.1872" in two lines. This marking was utilized by Colt on civilian Single Action revolvers from serial number 25-32,000. "45 CAL" is stamped on the left shoulder of the trigger guard. "4" and "C" are stamped on the barrel between the ejector rod screw hole and the barrel boss hole. "C" is stamped in the hammer well above the firing pin hole. The serial number, "48" is correctly visibly stamped on the underside of the barrel just ahead of the frame, on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap and on the rear face of the cylinder. The wood one-piece grip is serialized "48" in ink internally. There is correctly no assembly number on the loading gate. The revolver is accompanied by a detailed letter that gives the Jonathan Peck Collection history of this revolver and other noted "Pinched Frame" Colt Single Actions; the letter concludes "Serial #48 Pinch Frame is one of the top five Pinch Frames extant, in my and other expert's opinions, and was a crown jewel of Peck's collection". BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: nickel Grips: walnut Serial Number: 48 Condition: Extremely fine. The revolver retains 95% plus of the period retailer applied nickel-plated finish. Wear is limited to some flaking on the face of the cylinder (caused by firing) and a small spot of flaking on the right side of the trigger guard below the screw hole. The markings on the barrel and frame are crisp and all of the serial numbers are sharp. The action is tight and functions perfectly. The walnut grip is fine and retains about 80% of the original varnish with some finish wear on the edges of the heels and along the back strap. This is an outstanding and very well documented example of the rarest and most desirable variation of the Colt Single Action revolver. This exceptional revolver would be the centerpiece of the most advanced Single Action Army collection.

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Exceptional Presentation Pre-War/Post-War Colt Single Action Army Revolver with the Original Maroon box

Lot 1304: Exceptional Presentation Pre-War/Post-War Colt Single Action Army Revolver with the Original Maroon box

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Description: Estimate: $9000 - 12000 This is a scarce late prewar manufactured Colt Single Action Army revolver that was later assembled and sold after the end of WWII in the late 1940s. These prewar/postwar revolvers have been thoroughly discussed in several of the Colt Single Action books, the most note worthy is by John Kopec and the other by Don Wilkerson. This post war revolver was numbered in the prewar serial range. The accompanying factory letter verifies the caliber, barrel length, blue finish and with grips as "Not Listed". The letter states the revolver was charged to "Arms Selling Expense" and shipped as 1 to Mr. Graham Anthony, President of Colt's Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Connecticut for Mr. Charles B. Cook on May 25, 1949. At that time Mr. cook was an executive at Royal Typewriter Company in Hartford. (Obviously the revolver was for presentation). The selling of these prewar revolvers during this time directly coincided with the restarting of the production line for the Second Generation Colt Single Action Army revolvers in the early 1950s. The pistol has the Colt high quality prewar blued finish with the color casehardened frame and loading gate. The top of the barrel has the one line address "COLTS PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." and the left side of the barrel is marked "COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY 38 SPECIAL". The left side of the frame has the two-line, three patent dates followed by the Rampant Colt. The Colt triangle "VP" proof on the left front side of the trigger guard with a single "F" proof on the rear. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, on the right side of the grip straps under the grip and on the inside of each grip panel. The matching assembly number, "893" is marked on the right rear of the frame and on the loading gate. Fitted with the black plastic checkered grips with the Rampant Colt in an oval at the top. The revolver is complete with the original hinged lid maroon box numbered to the gun, cleaning brush, test target and "Shooting Suggestions" pamphlet. BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 special Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 357175 Condition: Excellent plus. The revolver retains 98% original blue finish showing a slight drag line and cycling scratches on the cylinder. The frame and loading gate retain 98% original bright case colors with a small area of minor spotting on the loading gate. The grips are as new. The markings are sharp. The action is tight as new. The box is very good with some minor wear on the rear edge of the lid and corner wear. The inside rear edge of the bottom section is torn where the hammer has gouged it from improperly removing the pistol.

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Excellent Colt Bisley Model Single Action Army Revolver

Lot 1305: Excellent Colt Bisley Model Single Action Army Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 7500 Manufactured in 1908. Two line address on top of the barrel with "(BISLEY MODEL) 32 W.C.F." on the left and the two line, three patent dates on the left side of the frame followed by the circled Rampant Colt. "VP" and "6" on the left side of the triggerguard, the matching serial number on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap and "1619" assembly number on the loading gate. Blue finish with casehardened frame and hammer, blade front and frame notch rear sights, and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with the Rampant Colt in a oval at the top. Colt manufactured approximately 44,350 Bisley revolvers from 1894 to 1915. BBL: 4 3/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 32 WCF Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 304663 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 98% bright original high polish blue finish with some muzzle and high edge wear, some scattered minor scratches and a noticeable drag line and cycling scratches on the cylinder. There is a small amount of pin prick type pitting on the front cylinder face. The frame and hammer retain 98% original bright case colors with some mild fading to gray on the loading gate. The grips are also excellent, with the left panel having faded to brown, showing only light overall handling marks and very crisp checkering. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent.

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Magnificent Documented Factory Engraved Colt Model 1877 Double Action Thunderer Revolver with Pearl Grips Factory Letter

Lot 1306: Magnificent Documented Factory Engraved Colt Model 1877 Double Action Thunderer Revolver with Pearl Grips Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $20000 - 30000 This excellent Factory Engraved Colt Model 1877 DA revolver was manufactured in 1883. The revolver is complete with a Colt factory letter. The letter describes the revolver as "Caliber: .41/c, Barrel Length: 4 1/2", Finish: Nickel" and "Type of Stocks: Pearl". The letter notes that the revolver was factory engraved and was shipped to "J.H. Porter" (address unavailable) on December 15, 1883. Documents that accompany the revolver suggest that "J.H. Porter" may have been Dr. Jay H. Porter of Silver City, New Mexico. Dr. Porter was a part-time dentist and mine owner who apparently had shares in a number of successful New Mexico and Idaho gold mines during the 1880s. Included with the revolver are a number of newspaper articles that refer to Jay Porter in conjunction with various mining claims. The revolver is engraved with Germanic scrollwork on a punch-dot background. The engraving appears to be nearly identical to that on a nickel-plated Model 1877 "Lighting DA" revolver serial number, "6751" engraved by Cuno A. Helfricht and illustrated on page 246 of "THE BOOK OF COLT ENGRAVING" by R.L. Wilson. The revolver has a nickel-plated finish with niter blue cylinder pin, trigger and screws and two-piece pearl bird's head grips. The caliber, "COLT D.A. 41" is roll-stamped in an oval panel on the left side of the barrel. The two-line legend "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co./HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A." is located on the top of the barrel in an engraved panel. The Colt three-date/three-line patent marks are located in an engraved panel on the left side of the frame. A "5" inspection/assembly mark is located on the left front trigger guard bow and "41 CAL" is stamped on the left rear trigger guard bow. The assembly number, "504" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. The full serial number, "6919" is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number "919" is stamped on the underside of the barrel just ahead of the frame and on the rear face of the cylinder. All of the visible serial numbers match. BBL: 4 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 41 Long Colt Finish: nickel Grips: mother of pearl Serial Number: 6919 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 85% plus of the untouched original nickel-plated finish. The nickel-plating on the top of the barrel, the right side of the receiver and the leading edges of the cylinder has scattered minor flaking. The trigger retains 40% of the niter blue finish and the frame screws have 70% of the fire blue finish. The flawlessly executed scroll engraving is deep and sharp. The pearl grips are both excellent. The action is crisp. This is an exceptional, original example of a factory engraved Colt Model 1877 DA Thunderer revolver with factory letter.

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Fine U.S. Henry Nettleton Inspected Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver with Factory Letter

Lot 1307: Fine U.S. Henry Nettleton Inspected Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $7500 - 12000 This is a fine example of a desirable Henry Nettleton inspected U.S. Colt Single Action Cavalry revolver with Colt factory letter that states this revolver was delivered to the U.S. Government inspector at the Colt plant on July 12, 1878. The revolver has a military blue finish on the barrel, cylinder, trigger guard and back strap, casehardened frame, hammer and loading gate and one-piece oil finished walnut grip. The revolver has the early "bullseye" ejector rod head and "Cavalry" hammer with bordered elongated knurling on the spur and cone-shaped firing pin. The revolver was inspected by Capt. John E. Greer and the lower left side of the grip is dated "1878" and stamped with Greer's final inspection mark which consists of the script initials "JEG" in an oval. The Ordnance Sub-Inspector Herny Nettleton stamped his sub-inspection mark consisting of the script initials "HN" in a rectangle with rounded ends on the lower rights ide of the grip. Nettleton's block letter "HN" sub-inspection mark is stamped on the underside of the barrel, the frame and trigger guard next to the serial numbers, the side of the cylinder, the left side of the hammer, the top of the back strap and the lower right heel of the grip. A "P" proof mark is stamped on the underside of the barrel in front of the "HN" sub-inspection mark and on the side of the cylinder. Colt "C" and "G" inspection marks are stamped on the barrel behind the ejector housing stud and "S" is stamped in the hammer well above the firing pin hole. The full serial number, "48176" is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and hammer. The partial serial number, "8176" is stamped on the barrel below the ejector housing and on the cylinder. All of the visible serial numbers match. The loading gate is stamped with the assembly number, "6008". The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the legend "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." using the third style, "Bold Block" lettering. The Colt three date/three-line patent markings are stamped on the left side of the frame followed by a small "US" property mark. Most "HN" inspected Colt Single Action revolvers were issued to the U.S. Cavalry regiments stationed on the frontier and saw hard services in the 1870s and 1880s. Original "HN" inspected revolvers are scarce. BBL: 7 1/2 In Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: Blue/Case-Hardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 48176 Condition: Fine. The revolver retains 50% of the original blue and case-hardened finish with considerable amounts of original finish present in protected areas on the barrel, trigger guard, frame and hammer. The exposed areas of the blue components have aged to a blue-gray patina. The barrel and back strap have some scattered surface discoloration. The cylinder has a mottled gray-brown patina with crisp markings. The case colors on the frame and hammer are a silver gray patina with vivid case colors on the remaining balance. All the marking on the barrel, frame, trigger guard and back strap are sharp. The grips are very good with moderate handling wear; the Ordnance inspection marks on the sides and heel are worn but legible.

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Desirable Antique Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

Lot 1308: Desirable Antique Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $4500 - 6500 Manufactured in 1898. The top of the barrel is marked with the one line block letter Colt address, the left side is marked "45 COLT". The left side of the frame is marked with the two line, three patent dates followed by the circled Rampant Colt. The matching serial number is marked on the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The loading gate is marked with the assembly number "821". Standard blade front and frame notch rear sights, all nickel finish and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with the Rampant Colt in an oval at the top. The accompanying factory letter verifies the caliber, barrel length, nickel finish, hard rubber grips and that it was shipped as 1 of 4 to Simmons Hardware Co. St. Louis, Mo. On December 7, 1898. BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: nickel Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 181753 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 70% untouched original nickel finish with scattered minor flaking and areas of smooth mottled gray patina. The grips are very good with a number of small dings on the bottom of the right panel, some moderate wear and a few minor handling marks. The markings are clear. The action is excellent.

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Outstanding Black Powder Colt London Agency Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

Lot 1309: Outstanding Black Powder Colt London Agency Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $27500 - 35000 This is an exceptional example of a blackpowder Colt Single Action Army revolver with Colt factory letter that states this revolver was shipped to the Colt London Agency on March 19, 1885. The letter describes the revolver as caliber .45 with a 7 1/2-inch barrel, blue finish and rubber stocks. The revolver has a high polish commercial blue finish on the barrel, cylinder, trigger guard and back strap. The hammer, frame and loading gate are color casehardened. The screws have a fiery niter blue finish. The revolver has black two-piece checkered hard rubber grips embossed with with an eagle and shield. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." in one line. London "Crown/GP" and "Crown/V" proof and inspection marks are stamped on the underside of the barrel and above each cylinder chamber. The left side of the frame is stamped with the Colt three date/three line patent marking. The inside of the loading gate is stamped with the assembly number "1409". The full serial number "112915" is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. All of the visible serial numbers match. "G" is stamped below the serial number on the trigger guard and back strap. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 Colt Finish: blue/case-hardened Grips: black hard rubber Serial Number: 112915 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 90% of the bright original high polish blue finish overall. Wear on the barrel is limited to some scattered and very minor flaking on the top near the frame. The cylinder has light edge wear and on the inside of the front grip strap. The frame and hammer retain more than 95% of the color casehardened finish with fiery case colors. The case colors on the loading gate have silvered slightly. The screws are in excellent plus condition and retain most of the niter blue finish. The factory markings and British proof marks are crisp. The grips are excellent plus. The action is tight and functions perfectly. This is an excellent example of a Colt London Agency shipped blackpowder Single Action Army revolver.

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Very Scarce Colt Bisley Flattop Target Model Revolver in .455 Eley with London Proofs

Lot 1310: Very Scarce Colt Bisley Flattop Target Model Revolver in .455 Eley with London Proofs

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Description: Estimate: $12000 - 18000 Manufactured in 1896. This revolver is one of 976 Colt Bisley Flattop Target Revolvers manufactured in any caliber, and one of only approximately 196 chambered for the 455 Eley. The barrel stamped "COLT'S P.T. FA. MFG. Co HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." on the top, "(BISLEY MODEL) 455 ELEY." on the left side and "45" with a set of "crown/V" and "crown/GP" London proofs on the underside. The revolver is equipped with an adjustable blade front sight and a V-notch drift adjustable rear sight and has a special order knurled trigger and the distinctive wide hammer and humpback grip profile. The frame is stamped with the Colt "three-date/two-line" patent markings followed by the circled Rampant Colt trademark on the left sdie. The assembly number "78" is on the loading gate. The cylinder has the lefter "s" and a matching partial serial number on the rear with London proofs in the flutes. Matching numbers are present on the frame, grip straps and the inside of the checkered hard rubber Rampant Colt grips. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 455 eley Finish: blue Grips: black hard rubber Serial Number: 164287 Condition: Very good, with 80% of the original blue finish. The barrel has turned a brown patina with traces of blue, with the other components showing light spotting and patches of brown, and some light handling marks overall. Bright, fiery blue remains on the hammer, screws, and trigger. Grips are excellent with crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. This is a fine example of a scarce, limited production Colt Bisley Flattop Target Model revolver.

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Very Fine First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Pearl Grips

Lot 1311: Very Fine First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Pearl Grips

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Description: Estimate: $5000 - 7500 Manufactured in 1905. The top of the 7 1/2 inch barrel is marked "COLT'S PT.F.A. MG. Co HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." with the left side of the barrel marked "41 COLT." (Long barrel 41 LC Colt Single Action Armys are seldom encountered!) The left side of the frame is marked with the two line, three patent dates of "PAT. SEPT. 19. 1871/JULY 2. 72. JAN 1875." followed by the circled Rampant Colt. The revolver has a casehardened smokeless powder frame. The matching serial number "265119" is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The loading gate is marked with the assembly number "3463". The revolver has a blade front sight, a frame notch rear sight, and blue finish with casehardened hammer and frame. It is fitted with smooth pearl grips. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 41 LC Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: pearl Serial Number: 265119 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 85% original blue finish with some muzzle and high edge wear, thinning, minor spotting and drag line on the cylinder, thinning on the trigger guard and areas of grayish brown patina on the grip straps also showing some minor spotting. Overall there are some minor scratches. The frame and hammer retain 75% original case colors with some fading to gray. The grips are also very fine. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent.

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Magnificent Colt Model 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver with Original Box and Factory Letter Confirming Tobacco Company Shipment

Lot 1312: Magnificent Colt Model 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver with Original Box and Factory Letter Confirming Tobacco Company Shipment

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Description: Estimate: $8000 - 14000 This is an excellent example of a Colt Lightning revolver with it's original box that was manufactured in 1903. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. CO./HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.", "COLT. D.A. 38" on the left side and the three line, three patent dates on the left side of the frame followed by the circled Rampant Colt. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap, with the assembly number "624" on the loading gate. Blue finish with casehardened frame, and niter blue screw heads, trigger and hammer with polished sides. Standard blade front and frame notch rear sights and fitted with black checkered hard rubber grips with the Rampant Colt in an oval at the top. The accompanying factory letter verifies the .38/c caliber, 4 1/2 inch barrel, blue finish with the grips as "Not Listed" and that it was shipped as 1 of 24 to the Continental Tobacco Co., Tag Co., Philadelphia, Pa. on June 19, 1903. The revolver is complete with the original maroon hinged lid box numbered to the gun. The lid label has the image of the Rampant Colt on the left side and the Model 1877 revolver in the center and reads "COLT'S DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER" along the top and "COLT'S/Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Co/HARTFORD, CONN" at the bottom. There is a label on the lower left hand corner that reads "THE WITHIN REVOLVER IS NOT/ADAPTED FOR/SMOKELESS POWDER.". The lid end label reads "WITH EJECTOR." and the box end label reads "4 1/2 Colt's D.A. Revolver .38/RUBBER BLUE". The inside lid label is the red and yellow Ideal Reloading Implements label. In the box is an original cleaning brush, "Proper Ammunition sheet and "Special Instruction" pamphlet. BBL: 4 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 LC Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 144898 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 98% bright original blue finish with some minor muzzle and high edge wear, and some minor cycling scratches and spotting on the cylinder. The frame retains 98% vivid original case colors with some fading to gray and minor spotting on the top strap. Most of the original bright niter blue finish remains on the trigger and hammer, and almost all on the screw heads. The grips are excellent with only a small very minor bruise. The markings remain sharp. The hammer does not hold the third notch position, otherwise the double action functions well. The box is very good with a small puncture in the lid and some minor scuffs and edge wear.

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Documented New York Militia Marked, John T. Cleveland Sub-Inspected, U.S. Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver

Lot 1313: Documented New York Militia Marked, John T. Cleveland Sub-Inspected, U.S. Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $12000 - 17000 Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver manufactured in 1877 and inspected by Ordnance Sub-Inspector John T. Cleveland (JTC). This revolver is one of 800 Cavalry Model single actions refurbished by Colt c. 1895 and issued to the New York Militia. These revolvers have matching serial numbers and 7 1/2-inch barrel. The barrels and cylinders were restamped with the full serial number by Colt during refurbishment. The left side of the grip is stamped with the New York rack number "A/250" and the butt has the lanyard swivel fitted by New York militia armorers to some of the Cavalry Model revolvers. This revolver's serial number is listed on page 49 of reference book " Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers" by Kopec and Fenn. The revolver has the late oval ejector rod and cavalry hammer with elongated bordered knurling on the spur and cone-shaped firing pin. The revolver has a military blue finish on the barrel, ejector housing, cylinder, trigger guard and back strap. The frame, loading gate a color casehardened finish. The hammer has the niter blue finish found on some revolvers refurbished in 1895. The one-piece walnut grip is oil finished. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the Style II, Condensed Block Letter address "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." Small "J.T.C." sub-inspection stamps are visible on the underside of the barrel, the bottom of the frame and on the side of the cylinder. The grip was replaced during overhaul and the left heel is stamped with a small "R.A.C." sub-inspection mark. 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 two-date/two-line patent marking followed by the "U.S." property mark. The loading gate is not stamped with the assembly number "6349". The full serial number "33060" is stamped on the frame, barrel, trigger guard, back strap and cylinder. Two additional digits were added to the partial serial numbers originally stamped on the barrel and cylinder when the revolver was refurbished in 1895. All of the visible serial numbers match. Small "C" and "G" Colt inspection marks are stamped on the barrel below the ejector housing stud, "S" and "O"a restamped on the rear face of the cylinder and "C" is stamped in the hammer well above the firing pin hole. The grip has no visible date or final/sub-inspection marks on the sides. BBL: 7 1/2 inch Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 33060 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 80% of the correct original 1895 Colt refurbished blue and casehardened finish. The barrel and cylinder have most of the blue finish with holster wear on the muzzle, ejector housing and forward edges of the cylinder. The trigger guard, grip strap and back strap have moderate handling wear. The frame has most of the casehardened finish on the sides and protected areas with silvering on the recoil shield and top strap. The hammer has 50% of the distinctive niter blue. The grip is good overall with sharp rack numbers and scattered minor handling marks and scratches. All of the markings are clear. The action is crisp but the hammer will not hold at half-cock. Documented New York Militia Cavalry and Artillery single actions are scarce and desirable variations on the Colt Single Action Army revolver.

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Scarce Colt Bisley Flat Top Target Model Single Action Revolver in 38 W.C.F. Caliber

Lot 1314: Scarce Colt Bisley Flat Top Target Model Single Action Revolver in 38 W.C.F. Caliber

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Description: Estimate: $5000 - 7500 Manufactured in 1905. Colt only manufactured 976 Bisley Flat Top Target Model revolvers, and of those only 98 were chambered in 38-40 caliber. Standard one line Hartford address stamped on top of the barrel, the left side of the barrel is marked "(BISLEY MODEL) 38 W.C.F.", and the left side of the frame is marked with the two line, three patent dates followed by the circled Rampant Colt. Matching serial number on the frame, trigger guard, and back strap. The assembly number "9046" is marked on the loading gate. Blue with casehardened hammer. Replacement blade front sight, frame notch rear sight and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with the Rampant Colt in an oval at the top. BBL: 7 1/2 inch barrel Stock: Gauge: 38 WCF Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 263564 Condition: Fine as partially refinished.The revolver retains 30% original blue finish mixed with gray patina. There is some minor pitting on the back strap and some minor spotting and pitting on the cylinder. Overall there are a few small minor dings. The front sight base has been reattached with evidence of refinished blue, only in the immediate area of the repair. The slightly undersize replacement grips are very fine with a few minor nicks on the lower edges and crisp checkering. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent.

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Exceptional Black Powder Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Rare

Lot 1315: Exceptional Black Powder Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Rare "44 S&W;" Caliber Marking

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Description: Estimate: $18000 - 25000 Manufactured in 1895. This revolver is one of the highly desirable 44 Smith & Wesson (44 S&W) marked Colt Single Action Army. Colt only manufactured 295 Single Action Army and Bisley Model revolvers in 44 Russian caliber,154 in the standard frame and 51 as flattop tagets. The top of the barrel is marked with the one line address, "44 S&W" on the left side and the left side of the frame is marked with the two line, three patent dates followed by the Rampant Colt. This is unique in that Colt actually did the unthinkable by putting their competitors name on the side of its own revolvers. This was due to the fact that customers desired this caliber for the interchangeability with the Smith & Wesson revolvers. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The loading gate is marked with the assembly number "786". Standard blade front and frame notch rear sights, blue finish with casehardened hammer and frame, and 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 Russian S&W special Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 162467 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 60% plus bright original high polish blue finish with a crisp, untouched gray patina on the balance. The frame retains 90% original case colors with few high spot areas having faded to a silver gray. The grips have faded to brown and remain very good plus with a couple small dings on the lower edge and a small area of moderate wear on the otherwise crisp checkering. The markings are clear. The action is excellent.

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Desirable Documented Early Production Colt Bisley Flat Top Target Revolver Photographed in

Lot 1316: Desirable Documented Early Production Colt Bisley Flat Top Target Revolver Photographed in "A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver"

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Description: Estimate: $10000 - 15000 This is an example of a scarce Colt Bisley Flat Top Target Model revolver that was manufactured in 1895. Colt manufactured only about 970 of these revolvers with only 196 in the 455 Eley caliber. In May of 1894, the first factory shipment of the "Special Target" revolver was sent to Colt's London Agency. The new Target Model's outstanding performance at England's famous target shooting matches held at the Bisley Common prompted the redesignation to the "Bisley Target Model". According to "A Study Of The Colt Single Action Army Revolver" by Kopec, only 64 target revolvers have been found without the now familiar "(BISLEY MODEL)" barrel stamping. This specific revolver is photographed on page 128 of this book as an example of this rare feature. Those encountered are in the serial number range of 156,300 to 160,900. This is one such revolver making it a highly sought after variation. This revolver is equipped with a "rounded" steel military front sight blade and lanyard swivel on the butt. Colt's London Agency catalog for October of 1896 listed these revolvers as "New Military Target & Frontier Revolver in One". The top of the barrel is marked with the one line Hartford address, the left side "455 ELEY" and the left side of the frame is marked with the two line, three patent dates followed by the circled Rampant Colt. The matching serial number appears on the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The rear face of the cylinder is stamped with "0897". The assembly number "32" is stamped on the loading gate and the British "crown/V" and "crown/GP" proof marks are marked in the cylinder flutes and on the bottom of the barrel ahead of the cylinder pin. Blue finish with niter blue checkered trigger and hammer with polished sides and fitted with smooth two-piece walnut grips. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 455 eley Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 160895 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 70% plus original blue finish with some areas of gray on the barrel, cylinder and frame leaving a smooth brown. There is a small area of very minor pitting on the barrel and top strap. The grip straps show some flaking and thinning. Most of the original niter blue remains on the trigger and hammer. The grips are also very fine with a few minor dents and handling marks. The markings are clear. The action is excellent.

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Rare Long Flute Cylinder Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter Shipped to El Paso, Texas

Lot 1317: Rare Long Flute Cylinder Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter Shipped to El Paso, Texas

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Description: Estimate: $6000 - 8000 Manufactured in 1914. Two line address on top of the barrel, "45 COLT" on the left side and the two line, three patent dates on the left side of the frame followed by the Rampant Colt. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. Assembly number, "732", on the loading gate. Standard fixed sights, blue finish with casehardened hammer and frame, long fluted cylinder and fitted with fancy checkered walnut grips with silver Colt medallions. The accompanying factory letter verifies the caliber, barrel length, blue finish with grips as "Not Listed", special features "furnished with a double action cylinder of long flute configuration" and that it was shipped as 1 of 8 to Krakauer, Zork & Moye Company, El Paso. Texas on September 18, 1914. BBL: 4 3/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 331060 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 50% original blue finish mixed with smooth gray and brown patina. The hammer retains 50% original case colors and the frame retains 40% original case colors concentrated in the protected areas with a smooth mottled gray patina on the balance. The front sight has some nicks on both sides. The grips are fine with some minor wear and small chips on the lower edges, a few minor dings on the bottoms and crisp checkering. The markings are clear. The action is excellent.

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Spectacular 1887 Production U.S. David F. Clark Inspected Colt Single Action Cavalry Revolver

Lot 1318: Spectacular 1887 Production U.S. David F. Clark Inspected Colt Single Action Cavalry Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $18000 - 27500 Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver manufactured in 1887 and inspected by Ordnance Sub-Inspector David F. Clark (DFC). 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 oval ejector rod head introduced at approximately serial number 113,000 and the cavalry style hammer with elongated bordered knurling on the spur and a cone-shaped firing pin. 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." There are small "D.F.C." sub-inspection stamps are located on the underside of the barrel, the bottom of the frame and 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 markings followed by the "U.S." property mark. The assembly number "492" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. Colt "O", "G" and "J" inspection marks are stamped on the underside of the barrel behind the ejector housing stud. Colt "S" and "O" inspection marks are stamped on the rear face of the cylinder between the chambers. "O" is stamped in the hammer well above the firing pin hole. The full serial number, "119442" is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number "9442" is stamped on the underside of the barrel and the side of the cylinder. The lower left side of the grip is stamped with the date "1887" above the Ordnance final inspection mark which consists of the script initials "J.G.B," unenclosed, standing for John G. Butler. The lower right side of the grip is stamped with the Ordnance sub-inspection mark consisting of the script initials "D.F.C." in a rectangle. BBL: 7 1/2 inch Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: Blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 119442 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 90% of the original military blue and color casehardened finish. The barrel has nearly all of the blue finish with some minor holster wear at the muzzle and on the tip and right side of the ejector housing. The feathered Colt polishing marks are clearly visible on either side of the front sight blade and above the ejector housing stud. The cylinder has close to 90% of the blue finish intact; with some edge wear of the front of the cylinder and some minor turn marks. Most of the blue is present on the forward portion of the trigger guard and back strap top and butt. The contact portions of the grip strap and back strap have a smooth gray patina. At least 85% of the color casehardened finish is present on the frame and the case colors are vivid. Wear is limited to some silvering on the recoil shield. The sides of the hammer have nearly all the casehardened finish; the top of the hammer and loading gate have faded to a silver patina. The frame screws are in excellent condition and retain most of the niter blue finish. The grip remains fine condition with a clear 1887 date and Ordnance inspection marks with some dings on butt. All of the markings on the revolver are sharp. The action is tight and functions perfectly. This is a fine example of a "DFC" sub-inspected Colt Single Action Cavalry revolver.

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Documented Cuno Helfricht Factory Engraved Silver-Plated Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Carved Pearl Grips and Factory Letter Pictured in

Lot 1319: Documented Cuno Helfricht Factory Engraved Silver-Plated Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Carved Pearl Grips and Factory Letter Pictured in "The Book of Colt Engraving"

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Description: Estimate: $11000 - 16000 Manufactured in 1900. This revolver is pictured and identified in "The Book of Colt Engraving" by R.L. Wilson on page 239. This revolver has a rare silver-plated finish and is decorated with deluxe factory engraving done by Colt Master Engraver Cuno Helfricht. The revolver features scroll and punch-dot engraving on the breech end sides of the barrel and lower sides of the frame. The top of the ejector and back strap are decorated with a zigzag line design, the cylinder flats have a ribbon design, zigzag line and dots on the top strap, star burst on the trigger guard and the recoil shield and loading gate have a shell design. The top of the barrel is marked "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co./HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." in an engraved panel with a double line border, the caliber designation "45 COLT" is marked in a banner and the left side of the frame is marked with the two line/three patent dates followed by the circled Rampant Colt Horse. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap, and the partial serial number "469" is marked on the rear face of the cylinder. The loading gate is marked with the assembly number "765". All silver finish, blade front and frame notch rear sights and fitted with two-piece pearl grips with a carved eagle shield motif on the right panel. The accompanying factory letter verifies the caliber, barrel length, eagle carved pearl grips, factory engraving and that it was shipped as 1 of 3 to Simmons Hardware St. Louis, Mo. On August 14, 1900. BBL: 4 3/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: silver Grips: pearl Serial Number: 193469 Condition: Very fine as period replated with 99% of the silver remaining. The grips are excellent with some light chipping on the lower edges. The engraving and markings are clear and crisp. The action is excellent.

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Black Powder Frame Colt Single Action Sheriffs Model Revolver with Etched Panel and Factory Letter

Lot 1320: Black Powder Frame Colt Single Action Sheriffs Model Revolver with Etched Panel and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $4500 - 6500 The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address, etched panel "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" on the left side, three line/three patent dates on the left side of the frame and "44.C.F." on the upper left front of the trigger guard. The bottom of the barrel just ahead of the cylinder pin is marked "44" and the matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap with the assembly number "681" on the loading gate. Ejectorless model, blade front and frame notch rear sights, all nickel finish and fitted with a smooth one-piece walnut grip. The accompanying factory letter states that serial number 122389 was .44-40 caliber, 4 inch barrel length, nickel finish, "wood" grip and was shipped to Simmons Hardware Co. St. Louis, Mo. On May 15, 1899. BBL: 4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 44-40 Finish: nickel Grips: walnut Serial Number: 122389 Condition: Very fine as professionally restored overall. The revolver retains 99% nickel finish with some minor handling marks and some areas beginning to frost. The grip is near mint. The markings and etched panel are clear. The action is excellent.

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Highly Desirable U.S. Colt Ainsworth Inspected Single Action Army Cavalry Revolver

Lot 1321: Highly Desirable U.S. Colt Ainsworth Inspected Single Action Army Cavalry Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $16000 - 25000 Manufactured in 1874, the second year of production, this desirable U.S. Cavalry Colt revolver was inspected by U.S. Ordnance Department Sub-Inspector Orville W. Ainsworth. The revolver features the standard blade front and notch rear sights. The top of the barrel is marked with the early slant letter "+ COLT'S PT. F. A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A+." The left side of the frame is stamped with the two line, two patent date marking "PAT. SEPT. 19, 1871/PAT. JULY. 2, 1872" followed by "U.S." The bottom of the barrel is marked with a small letter "P" and Ainsworth's "A" sub-inspection mark just ahead of the cylinder pin. There is a letter "P"and letter "A" on the cylinder, and the letter "A" on top of the top of the back strap and just below the serial number on the trigger guard. There is a letter "C" marked in the hammer well. The complete matching serial number "12518" is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap with the correct partial serial number "2518" on the underside of the barrel under the ejector housing and on the cylinder. The ejector rod head is the correct early "bulls eye" or donut style with the hole in the center. The revolver is fitted with smooth one-piece walnut grip with a clear Orville W. Ainsworth "OWA" cartouche on the lower left side. Orville W. Ainsworth was the first Principal Sub-Inspector assigned to Colt by the U.S. War Department. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 LC Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 12518 Condition: Very good plus. The crisp untouched original metal surfaces have a mottled brown patina with strong traces of original blue finish in the protected are of the barrel at the breech, and showing some fine pitting on the frame and cylinder. The grip is fine with some wear on the lower edges, a number of small dings on the bottom edge and a few other minor handling marks overall. As noted above the cartouche is clear. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent. One does not find crisp original, no apologies, Ainsworth Cavalry Colts like this one!

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Cattle Brand Engraved Cole Agee Style Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Eagle Carved Ivory Grips

Lot 1322: Cattle Brand Engraved Cole Agee Style Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Eagle Carved Ivory Grips

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Description: Estimate: $7500 - 12000 This is a nice example of a Colt Single Action Army revolver originally manufactured in 1910 and subsequently custom engraved and embellished. The revolver is nearly completely covered with cattle brand engraving in the style of Cole Agee or his student, Weldon Bledsoe. The brands are well executed in the typical western style with the recognizable "2 Lazy 2 P", "XIT", "101", "HIT" and many other famous Texas brands with intermixed floral scroll designs and a punch dot background. The only surfaces not covered are the front grip strap, the inside area of the trigger guard and the cylinder flutes. The screw heads and ends have a punch dot design. The top of the barrel is marked with the one line Colt address, the left side "45 COLT" and the left side of the frame is marked with the two line, three patent dates followed by the Rampant Colt. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. Standard blade and frame notch sights, all nickel finish and fitted with two-piece ivory grips with a spread winged eagle on the right panel and silver Colt medallions. BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 LC Finish: nickel Grips: ivory Serial Number: 315241 Condition: Custom embellished with 99% plus nickel finish remaining. The grips are very fine with some hairline age cracks on the bottoms and an attractive patina in the grain. The engraving is crisp. The action functions fine, but is slightly out of time.

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Weldon Bledsoe Master Engraved Gold and Nickel Plated Second Generation Single Action Army Revolver with Authentication Letter

Lot 1323: Weldon Bledsoe Master Engraved Gold and Nickel Plated Second Generation Single Action Army Revolver with Authentication Letter

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Description: Estimate: $6500 - 9500 Manufactured in 1969. The left side of the barrel is marked "COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY 38 SPECIAL". The left side of the frame is marked with the two-line, three patent dates and the Rampant Colt. Matching serial numbers on the bottom of the frame and on the left side of the front and back straps under the grip. The grips are smooth plastic with simulated wood grain. The full length of the barrel, ejector housing, frame sides, cylinder flats, top strap, back strap, bottom strap, trigger guard and recoil shields are engraved with floral scroll and punch dot designs. The cylinder, hammer and trigger are gold plated. Complete with letter of authenticity from "Weldon Bledsoe, Custom Engraver, Ft Worth, Texas". BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 special Finish: nickel/gold Grips: plastic Serial Number: 49924SA Condition: Custom embellished. The revolver retains nearly 98% of the plated finish with handling/storage marks. The nickel and gold are showing signs of aging with the gold flaking on the cylinder front due to firing. The grips are near new with very light handling/storage marks. Mechanically excellent.

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Cattle Brand Engraved Cole Agee Colt Bisley Model Single Action Revolver with Attribution Letter

Lot 1324: Cattle Brand Engraved Cole Agee Colt Bisley Model Single Action Revolver with Attribution Letter

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Description: Estimate: $6000 - 9000 This is a nice example of a custom engraved Colt Single Action Army revolver that was manufactured in 1902 and subsequently custom engraved and embellished by the famous Master Engraver Cole Agee. The revolver is nearly completely covered with Texas cattle brand engraving and the brands are well executed in the typical western style with the recognizable "7UP", "XIT", "HIT" and many other famous Texas brands with intermixed floral scroll and a punch dot background. The only surfaces not covered are the front strap, the inside area of the trigger guard, the cylinder flutes and the hammer (the latter Agee never engraved when doing the cattle brand engraving). The top of the ejector housing has a floral scroll pattern. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address, the left side is marked "BISLEY MODEL" in a panel and the left side of the frame is marked with the two line, three patent dates, (faded), followed by a very faint circled Rampant Colt. The matching serial number appears on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and the back strap. Standard blade front and frame notch rear sights, all nickel finish and fitted with smooth pearl grips. The revolver is accompanied by a letter dated February 26, 1993 from an individual who met Cole Agee in 1950 and had him engrave a revolver for him and examined the engraving on this gun and feels that it was Engraved by Agee stating, "The style and tools used are correct for his work." It is estimated that Cole Agee only did 15 to 20 of these Texas cattle brand guns. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 LC Finish: nickel Grips: pearl Serial Number: 235551 Condition: Very fine as professionally custom embellished with 98% nickel finish remaining. There is some minor pitting on the trigger guard plate. The grips are excellent. Unless noted above, the markings are readable. The engraving is crisp and the action is fine.

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Beautiful Engraved First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Ivory Grips

Lot 1325: Beautiful Engraved First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Ivory Grips

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Description: Estimate: $4750 - 6000 Manufactured in 1902 and subsequently professionally embellished with complete coverage of floral scroll engraving with a matte background. The only surface not engraved is the hammer and the front strap has full coverage of a diamond pattern. The one line address is marked on the right side of the barrel, "COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .38 SPECIAL" on the left side, (both in a pane), and the left side of the frame is marked with the two line, three patent dates in a panel. The matching serial number is marked on the frame, trigger guard and back strap, with the assembly number "181" marked on the loading gate. All blue finish, blade front and frame notch rear sights and fitted with smooth ivory grips. BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 special Finish: blue Grips: ivory Serial Number: 227997 Condition: Very fine as professionally embellished with virtually all of the blue finish remaining, showing only a light drag line on the cylinder. The slightly oversize grips are excellent with a very attractive grain and mellow light patina. The engraving is sharp and the markings crisp and clear. The action is excellent.

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Outstanding Black Powder Colt Single Action Army with

Lot 1326: Outstanding Black Powder Colt Single Action Army with "Colt Frontier Six Shooter" Etched Panel Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $16000 - 25000 This is an exceptional example of a Colt Single Action Army revolver that was manufactured in 1884. The revolver is chambered in caliber .44-40 and has the highly desirable acid etched "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" panel on the left side of the barrel. The revolver has the Colt commercial blue finish on the barrel, cylinder, trigger guard and back strap. The frame, hammer and loading gate have a color casehardened finish. The one-piece walnut grip is varnished with the high polish piano finish. The revolver has the oval ejector rod head. The hammer has a knurled bordered spur and cone-shaped firing pin. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." in a single line. The caliber designation "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/three line patent markings. "44 CF" is stamped on the left front trigger guard bow. The assembly number, "1588" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. An "O" Colt inspection mark is stamped on the underside of the barrel behind the ejector housing stud, "L" is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder and "H" is stamped in the hammer slot above the firing pin hole. The full serial number, "103773" is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number "3773" is stamped on the underside of the barrel beneath the ejector housing and on the side of the cylinder. "3773" is written in pencil in the back strap housing of the grip. All of the visible serial numbers match. BBL: 7 1/2 inch Stock: Gauge: 44-40 WCF Finish: blue/casehardenend Grips: walnut Serial Number: 103773 Condition: Extremely fine overall. The revolver is outstanding and retains 80% plus of the original blue and color casehardened finish. The blue finish on the barrel, ejector housing and cylinder has faded and shows holster wear on contact points. The blue on the grip strap and back strap has thinned slightly from handling and has a dark blue-gray patina. The frame, hammer and loading gate retain about 90% of the case-hardened finish with strong case colors in protected areas. The one piece walnut grip is excellent, nearly all of the piano finish varnish remains intact. Wear is limited to some minor handling marks and two small chips on the lower right edge of the grip. All of the markings are crisp including the acid-etched "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" panel on the barrel. The action is tight and functions perfectly. This is an outstanding example of the classic Blackpowder 44-40 Colt Single Action Army revolver

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Very Fine New York Militia Colt U.S. Contract Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver

Lot 1327: Very Fine New York Militia Colt U.S. Contract Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $10000 - 15000 This is an example of U.S. Contract Colt Single Action Cavalry Model revolver that was manufactured in 1880. This revolver was one of 800 Colt Single Action Cavalry Model revolvers refurbished by Colt in 1895 and subsequently issued to the New York Militia. Both sides of the grip are stamped with the rack number "2" and "6 BATTERY" in smaller letters. The New York Militia Single Action revolvers are described in detail in "COLT CAVALRY AND ARTILLERY REVOLVERS" by John Kopec and Sterling Fenn. A list on page 137 of that book indicates that 80 Colt Single Action revolvers were issued to the Sixth Battery, New York Militia. The revolver frame and trigger guard are stamped with the full serial number "54860" and the barrel is stamped with the partial serial number "4860". The cylinder is stamped with the partial serial number "5408" and the backstrap is serial numbered "132/349". Serial number "132349' is listed on page 85 of "COLT CAVALRY AND ARTILLERY REVOLVERS" as a New York Militia revolver and other New York Militia revolvers are listed in the 54800 serial number range. Kopec states that when the 800 Colt Single Action Cavalry revolvers were refurbished by Colt in 1895, the 7 1/2-inch barrels were retained and all of the revolvers had matching serial numbers. He indicates that New York Militia revolvers with mis-matched serial numbers were "field mixed" (page 135). The revolver has a blue finish on the barrel, ejector housing, trigger guard, backstrap and cylinder. The frame, loading gate and hammer have a color case-hardened finish. The one-piece walnut grip is oil finished. The revolver has the 'bullseye' ejector rod head and cavalry style hammer with elongated, bordered, knurling on the spur. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with: "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." in late, 'elongated block' lettering. The underside of the barrel is stamped with the partial serial number, a "P" proof mark and the "D.F.C." Ordnance sub-inspection mark. The "D.F.C." sub-inspection mark is stamped on the bottom of the frame above the serial number. The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the Colt 'Three-Line/Three-Date' patent marking followed by the "U.S." property mark. The assembly number "2671" is stamped on the loading gate. The cylinder is stamped with the partial serial number "5048", a "D.F.C." sub-inspection mark and a "P" proof mark. The Ordnance sub-inspection mark "R.A.C." is stamped on the left heel of the grip. No date or Ordnance final inspector or sub-inspector initials are visible on the sides of the grip. A Colt "S" inspection mark is stamped in the hammer well above the firing pin hole and a "K" is stamped on the bottom of the backstrap below the serial number. BBL: 7 1/2 In Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: blue/case-hardened Grips: walnut Serial Number: 54860 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 80% plus of the original blue finish. "Feathered' polishing marks are visible on both sides of the front sight blade and on the right side of the barrel above the ejector housing stud. The cylinder and trigger guard have most of the original blue finish. The only significant finish wear is on the backstrap where the blue finish has thinned to a mottled, gray-brown, patina. The frame, hammer and loading gate retain 90% of the color case-hardened finish with strong case colors. All of the markings are sharp. The bore is bright. The grip has light to moderate handling wear but remains in very good condition with legible New York Militia markings. The action functions but the hammer will not hold at half-cock. The trigger is a later replacement. This is a a very fine example of a well-marked New York Militia Colt Single Action Cavalry Model revolver.

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Denver Colorado Shipped Colt Single Action Army .38 Colt Revolver with Factory Letter

Lot 1328: Denver Colorado Shipped Colt Single Action Army .38 Colt Revolver with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $4500 - 6500 Manufactured in 1928. The top of the barrel is marked with the one line address, "38 COLT" on the left side and the two line, three patent dates are marked on the left side of the frame followed by the Rampant Colt. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame and on the right side of the grip straps under the grips. The last two digits "83" of the serial number are stamped on the rear face of the cylinder. The matching assembly number, "1251" is marked on the right rear of the frame and on the loading gate. Replacement blade front and frame notch rear sights, blue with casehardened hammer and frame, and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with the Rampant Colt in an oval at the top. The accompanying factory letter verifies the caliber, barrel length, blue finish, rubber grips and that it was shipped as 1 to Whitney Sporting Goods Co., Denver, Colorado on May 23, 1928. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 Colt Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: plastic Serial Number: 351683 Condition: Fine as partially refinished. The revolver retains 70% of the original blue finish with some high edge wear, overall thinning, a drag line on the cylinder and a smooth gray patina on the back strap. The front sight is a refinished replacement. The frame retains 60% plus original case colors with a smooth gray patina on the balance. The replacement grips are very good with a couple minor dings on the bottom edge and overall moderate wear. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent.

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Outstanding, Documented Ainsworth Inspected, Nickel-Plated, U.S. Colt Cavalry Model Revolver with Ivory Grips Pictured in

Lot 1329: Outstanding, Documented Ainsworth Inspected, Nickel-Plated, U.S. Colt Cavalry Model Revolver with Ivory Grips Pictured in "A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver"

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Description: Estimate: $15000 - 25000 This exceptional U.S. Colt Single Action, Cavalry Model Revolver was manufactured in 1874. The revolver is nickel-plated with casehardened hammer and fitted with a one-piece ivory grip. This revolver is pictured and described on page 250 of "A STUDY OF THE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER" by Graham, Kopec and Moore and was formerly part of the famous Bob Howard Colt collection. This U.S. Contract Single Action revolver was inspected by Ordnance Sub-Inspector Orville W. Ainsworth and is stamped with the distinctive small "A" sub-inspection mark on the underside of the barrel, the bottom of the frame, trigger guard, top of the back strap and side of the cylinder. The early style, small "U.S." property mark is stamped on the left side of the frame behind the Colt patent markings. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the early script address "+COLT'S F. A. PT. MFG. Co. HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A.+" with slanted crosses at either end. The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with Colt's "two-date/two-line" patent marking. The assembly number, "930" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. Small "P" proofmarks are stamped on the underside of the barrel and the side of the cylinder. A Colt "C" inspection mark is stamped in the hammer slot and on the rear face of the cylinder. The full serial number "12443", is stamped on the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number "2443" is stamped on the side of the cylinder and on the barrel beneath the ejector housing. All of the visible serial numbers match. In addition to the script barrel address, small "U.S." property mark, and two-line patent date markings, the revolver has the early production features that include: (1) small cylinder stops, (2) first style ejector housing with barrel boss, (3) boss hole in the barrel, (4) bullseye ejector rod head and (5) elongated, bordered, knurling on the hammer. The revolver was fitted with a one-piece walnut grip when it was photographed for "A STUDY OF THE COLT SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER". In "A STUDY" John Kopec details how, in June 1874, the State of Virginia requested the Ordnance Department to issue Virginia several hundred revolvers under the Militia Act. Virginia then sold the un-issued revolvers to a broker who re-sold them to Colt. Colt had the revolvers nickel-plated by the Adams Nickel Plating & Manufacturing Co., of South Windom, Connecticut, and fitted with ivory grips to distinguish them from government contract Single Action Cavalry revolvers. Colt sent the nickel plated U.S. contract revolvers to Colt distributors for commercial sale. BBL: 7 1/2 inch Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: Nickel-plated Grips: ivory Serial Number: 12443 Condition: Excellent. The caption for the photograph of this revolver on page 250 of "A STUDY OF THE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER" describes it as in "near new condition". The revolver retains nearly 98% of the nickel plated finish and shows only very minimal handling wear. The hammer retains more than 98% of the casehardened finish with vivid case colors. The screws have minimal screwdriver wear. All of the markings are crisp. The action is tight and functions perfectly. The ivory grip is in very fine condition. The ivory has a yellow age patina and has shrunk slightly. There are hair-line age cracks on the bottom of the grip and on the left side at the junction with the frame. The lower edges of the grip are slightly rounded. This is an outstanding, well-documented, example of a scarce variation of the Colt Single Action Cavalry Model revolver.

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Historic Identified Black Powder Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Holster and Personal Effects

Lot 1330: Historic Identified Black Powder Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Holster and Personal Effects

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Description: Estimate: $7500 - 11000 Manufactured in 1883. This revolver was owned by Colorado pioneer William V. Tascher. The revolver is complete with a Colt factory letter, the original Mexican Loop holster and William Tascher's personal effects. William V. Tascher was an early Colorado pioneer and businessman. He came to Colorado in the early 1870s and prospected from 1875-1880. He spent most of his career as a traveling salesman for Daniels Fisher & Co., Drygoods in Denver. As a salesman he traveled to the Colorado mining towns for orders and organized and led pack trains to the towns with merchandise from Denver. He purchased Colt Single Action Army revolver serial no. 97184 and the russet leather holster for protection on his travels. The revolver, holster and personal items remained in Tascher's family until purchased by the consignor. The items that accompany the revolver include a gold Wostenholm pocket knife engraved with the initials "W.V.T.", gold monogrammed cufflinks engraved with the initials "W.V.T.", two short studs engraved with a Rampant Colt, German Tascher family seal, Western States Cutlery pocket knife, personalized shaving mug, numerous original documents relating to Tascher including a business card, personal letter, several stock certificates, an insurance policy and a gold bullion deposit receipt from the Denver Mint dated 1877. The factory letter that accompanies the revolver verifies the caliber, barrel length, nickel finish, grips as "Not Listed" and that it was shipped as 1 of 50 to Simmons Hardware Company in St. Louis, Missouri on August 15, 1883. The top of the barrel is marked with the Fourth Style elongated block address "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.". The left side of the frame is marked with the three line/three patent dates, "45 CAL" is stamped on the left front trigger guard bow. The assembly number "2937" is marked on the loading gate. "L" and "1" are stamped on the rear face of the cylinder and two small "B" inspection marks are stamped in the hammer well above the firing pin hole. The matching serial number is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The revolver has a full nickel plated finish with casehardened cylinder pin and niter blue frame screws, blade front and frame notch rear sights, later style oval ejector rod head and fitted with a one-piece varnished walnut grip. The holster has the monogram of the New York City Merwin Bray Co., on the front and is constructed of medium russet skirting leather. The holster has a shallow re-curved throat, open toe and has three integral loops that secure the body to the skirt. The holster has a rarely encountered red felt lining. A nearly identical holster is identified as being manufactured between 1890 and 1900 is pictured on page 137 of "PACKING IRON" by Richard Rattenbury. Included with the group are numerous copies of period photographs of the Colorado mining towns frequented by William V. Tascher and two large laminated posters. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 LC Finish: nickel Grips: walnut Serial Number: 97184 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 75% of the original nickel plated finish with scattered flaking and age discoloration. The frame screws retain half of the original bright niter blue finish. The grip is also very fine retaining 90% of the original varnish, showing some wear on the lower edges, and some minor scratches and scuff marks. The holster is very good. The stitching is tight and most of the red felt lining remains. The holster body has flex marks but no flaking and there are scuff marks on the high points of the body and skirt loops. The shaving mug is excellent, the pocket knives show use and are good overall. The documents are very good. This is a unique and historic Colt Single Action Army revolver and holster that is complete with the personal items of a Colorado pioneer.

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Historic Gold Pocket Watch and Ring Belonging to Colorado Pioneer William V. Tascher

Lot 1331: Historic Gold Pocket Watch and Ring Belonging to Colorado Pioneer William V. Tascher

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Description: Estimate: $3000 - 5000 This items belonged to William V. Tascher, early Colorado pioneer and businessman. He came to Colorado in the early 1870s and prospected from 1875-1880. He spent most of his career as a traveling salesman for Daniels Fisher & Co., Drygoods in Denver. As a salesman he traveled to the Colorado mining towns for orders and organized and led pack trains to the towns with merchandise from Denver. The Hampden Watch Company watch has a 14 karat gold case, gold chain and monogrammed fob. The watch has "T" engraved on the cover surrounded by floral engraving and the back has the same engraving and what appears to be a cardinal in the center. The back of the watch is engraved "M J Tascher". The inside of the back of the case is marked "WARRANTED/14K/US. ASSAY" over "92063". The inside of the watch back is marked "14K" over "92063". The inside of the case and watch back are both marked with a watchmakers marking indicating repair or tuneup. The watch appears to be at least 8 jewel. The movement serial number is "629258". It should be noted that there is a letter dated June 2, 2003, (included with the lot) that was sent to the consignor by a member of the Tascher family that the watch and chain had been recently appraised by Arnold's Fine Jewelry of Pasadena, California and at that time was valued at $3,000.00. The price of gold has gone up considerably since then and would probably be more in the range of $5,000.00 today. The watch comes with a suede pouch. Also in this lot is a 18K gold size 8 wedding band, BBL: Stock: Gauge: Finish: Grips: Serial Number: Condition: The watch is very fine with some minor handling marks and wear, and functions well. The ring is is very good showing some handling marks and wear.

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Documented U.S. David F. Clark Sub-Inspected New York Militia Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver

Lot 1332: Documented U.S. David F. Clark Sub-Inspected New York Militia Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $9500 - 14000 This is an example of a Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver that was inspected by Ordnance Sub-Inspector David F. Clark (DFC). This revolver has a grip that is stamped with the final inspection mark of Ordnance inspector Capt. John G. Butler (JGB) and dated "1884". The butt is fitted with a lanyard swivel that is similar to the swivels fitted to Colt Cavalry Model revolvers by the New York Militia. These two features indicate that this revolver is one of the 800 Cavalry Model revolvers with 7 1/2 inch barrels that were refurbished by Colt in 1895 for issue to the New York Militia. 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 is oil finished. The revolver has the oval ejector rod head introduced at approximately serial number 113,000 and cavalry style hammer with elongated bordered knurling on the spur and a cone-shaped firing pin. 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, side of the cylinder and the left grip heel. 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 "603" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. Colt "O", "G" and "J" inspection marks are stamped on the underside of the barrel behind the ejector housing stud. A Colt "S" inspection mark and "1" is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder between the chambers. "G" is stamped below the serial number on the trigger guard and back strap and "S" is stamped in the hammer well above the firing pin hole. The full serial number, "114002" is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number "4002" is stamped on the underside of the barrel and the side of the cylinder. The grip serial number is illegible. All of the visible serial numbers match. 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: 114002 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 80% of the 1895 Colt refurbished blue and casehardened finish. There is finish wear along the left side of the barrel and on the side of the ejector housing but the barrel has visible Colt feathered polishing marks on either side of the front sight blade and above the ejector housing stud. The factory legend is clear and the "D.F.C." sub-inspection mark, "P" proof and partial serial number on the underside of the barrel are sharp. The cylinder retains 80% of the blue finish with sharp markings. The trigger guard and back strap have moderate finish wear and retain about 50% of the blue. The frame, loading gate and hammer retain close to 90% of the casehardened finish with strong case colors. The frame markings are sharp. The replaced grip is fine with moderate handling wear and clear date and final inspection marks. There are a number of small holes in the grip heels. The action is crisp and functions well. This is a good-looking example of a "D.F.C." inspected, New York Militia, Colt Single Action Cavalry revolver.

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Black Powder Colt Shipped Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter in 38 Colt Caliber

Lot 1333: Black Powder Colt Shipped Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter in 38 Colt Caliber

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Description: Estimate: $2500 - 3750 Manufactured in 1889. The included factory letter confirms the serial number, caliber, barrel length, blue finish, and hard rubber grips. The revolver was shipped to Colt's P.F.A. Mfg. Co. (address not listed) as part of a five gun shipment on January 18, 1899. The barrel has the one line Hartford address with the left side stamped "38 COLT". The left side of the frame has the three line, three patent date marking and the left side of the trigger guard is stamped "38 CAL". Matching numbers on frame, and grip straps with the assembly number "502" on the loading gate. Fitted with checkered grips featuring the Rampant Colt and federal eagle. BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 Colt Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 128123 Condition: Good. The revolver retains traces of original blue finish and silvered out case colors in the protected areas with the balance a smooth brown patina. The worn grips are fair. The front sight has been shortened slightly during period of usage. Action needs slight work as cylinder is slightly out of time.

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Colt Bisley Model Single Action Army Revolver

Lot 1334: Colt Bisley Model Single Action Army Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $2750 - 4250 Manufactured in 1903. Standard one line Hartford address stamped on top of the barrel, the left side of the barrel is marked (BISLEY MODEL) 38 W.C.F.", and the left side of the frame is marked with the two line, three patent dates followed by the circled Rampant Colt. Matching serial number on the frame, trigger guard, and back strap and the assembly number "1625" on the loading gate. Blue with casehardened frame and hammer. Blade front, frame notch rear sights and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with the Rampant Colt in an oval at the top. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 WCF Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 238766 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 60% original blue finish with some wear and thinning on the barrel and cylinder, and a smooth gray patina on the grip straps and trigger guard. There are cycling scratches on the cylinder. The frame shows 30% original case colors mainly in the protected areas with a smooth gray patina on the balance. The hammer shows 60% original case colors. The grips are also fine with a few tiny dings and crisp checkering. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent.

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Colt Lightning Large Frame Slide Action Rifle

Lot 1335: Colt Lightning Large Frame Slide Action Rifle

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Description: Estimate: $2000 - 3000 This Colt Lightning Slide-Action Rifle was manufactured in 1887. The rifle has a octagon barrel with full-length 10-shot, magazine. The barrel has a dove-tail mounted "Rocky Mountain" front sight with nickel-silver blade and a sporting style rear sight. The barrel, magazine and receiver are blued and the crescent buttplate has a case-hardened finish. The rifle has an oil-finished walnut stock and checkered forearm. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped: "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. 1887." in two lines ahead of the rear sight. The caliber designation: "45-60-300" is roll-stamped in large script letters on the left barrel flat, just ahead of the receiver. The Rampant Colt trademark is roll-stamped on the left side of the receiver. The serial number, "829" is stamped on the lower tang. Company markings: "GAC" are lightly stamped on both sides of the barrel and the receiver. BBL: 28 inch Stock: walnut Gauge: 45-60 Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 829 Condition: Good. The rifle shows moderate wear and retains half of the original blue finish.The finish on the barrel and magazine has faded to a blue-gray patina with some light edge wear. The receiver has more finish wear than the barrel and magazine and has a silver-gray patina with considerable amounts of blue in protected areas. The casehardened finish on the buttplate has faded to a brown patina with bright steel on the contact points. The barrel and receiver markings are sharp. The refinished stock is in very good condition with minimal handling wear. The forearm has sharp checkering but there are several old repaired cracks on the right side. This is a good example of a Colt Lightning Large Frame Slide-Action Rifle.

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Colt Lightning Medium Frame Slide Action Rifle

Lot 1336: Colt Lightning Medium Frame Slide Action Rifle

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Description: Estimate: $1300 - 1900 Manufactured in 1890. Blade front and buckhorn style rear sights with the two line address/patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight and "38 Cal." at the breech. Rampant Colt on the left side of the frame. Checkered forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. BBL: 26 inch octagon Stock: walnut Gauge: 38-40 Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 48714 Condition: Very good. The rifle retains 20% original blue finish with the balance a mottled gray patina. The wood is good with some minor handling marks and some chipping around the upper tang. There is some scattered minor blemishes in the overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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Colt Lightning Small Frame Slide Action Rifle

Lot 1337: Colt Lightning Small Frame Slide Action Rifle

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Description: Estimate: $1100 - 1600 This is an example of a Colt Lightning Slide Action Rifle that was manufactured in 1904. There is a beaded blade Lyman front sight, a semi-buckhorn elevation adjustable rear sight and a tang mounted rear peep sight. The top of the barrel has the two line address over the five patent dates and the caliber marking (22 Cal) is on the left rear side. The left side of the receiver has the Rampant Colt in the center and the serial number is on the lower tang. Mounted on a smooth contoured walnut forearm with cut border and straight grip stock with checkered hard rubber buttplate. BBL: 24 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 22 RF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 84833 Condition: Fine, 70% of the slightly faded original blue finish remains on the barrel and magazine tube with some patches of surface oxidation and some wear. The receiver retains 60% original blue finish with wear on the bottom and some freckling overall. The wood is also fine with a cut border added to the forearm, a small tight hairline crack extending from the top tang, two small hairline cracks extending from the bottom tang and a number of scattered minor scratches and dings.

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Civil War U.S. Colt Model 1861 Special Rifle Musket

Lot 1338: Civil War U.S. Colt Model 1861 Special Rifle Musket

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Description: Estimate: $950 - 1600 Colt was given a contract to supply 112,500 of these 1861 Pattern muskets to the Union Army. Colt delivered 75,000 between 1861 and 1865. These muskets were finished bright with an oil finished stock. The National eagle/shield motif is on the bolster and the lock is marked "U.S./COLT'S PT F.A. Mfg Co/ HARTFORD Ct" ahead of the hammer. The rear of the lock plate and the top of the barrel at the breech are dated "1863", and the left barrel flat is stamped with "V/P/Eagle head" proofmarks parallel to the bore. The left side of the barrel is stamped with an "M". The front of the lower tang is marked with the letter "P" and the rear "W". Blade front sight on a square base which doubles as a bayonet lug and folding three leaf rear sight. The buttplate tang is marked " U.S" and "50" and the left flat has a faint inspectors cartouche. Complete with an original tulip head ramrod. BBL: 40 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 58 percussion Finish: bright Grips: Serial Number: NSN Condition: Fair. The metal surfaces have a smooth silver gray appearance with some scattered discoloration and minor pitting on the barrel. The stock is fair with a minor crack on the right side of the wrist extending from the end of the barrel tang, rearward and back to the rear of the lock. Overall there are some scattered minor dents and dings. Unless noted above, the markings are clear. The action is fine.

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Colt Small Frame Lightning Slide Action Rifle

Lot 1339: Colt Small Frame Lightning Slide Action Rifle

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Description: Estimate: $850 - 1400 Manufactured in 1904. Blade and adjustable notch sights with the two line address/patent dates ahead of rear sight and "22 Cal." on upper left flat at the breech. Rampant Colt on the left side of frame with serial number on lower tang. Smooth forearm and straight grip stock with checkered hard rubber Colt buttplate. BBL: 24 inch octagon Stock: walnut Gauge: 22 Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 88628 Condition: Fine. The rifle retains 50% original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. Strong vibrant original case colors remain on the hammer. The wood is also fine with a number of minor handling marks and a repaired chip at the toe with most of the finish remaining. Mechanically excellent.

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Spectacular U.S. Contract Rinaldo A. Carr Inspected Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Model Revolver

Lot 1340: Spectacular U.S. Contract Rinaldo A. Carr Inspected Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Model Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $14000 - 22500 Colt Single Action Cavalry Model revolver manufactured in 1890 during 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, back strap, 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 "134183" is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number "4183", 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 "1991" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. The lower left side of the internally numbered, matching serialized 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: 134183 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 80% plus of the original blue and 70% color casehardened finish. The barrel has the "feathered" factory polishing marks on either side of the front sight blade and above the ejector housing stud. The barrel legend, inspection and proof marks are sharp. The left side of the barrel and side of the ejector housing have light holster wear. The cylinder blue is thin with high point wear. The blue finish on the trigger guard grip strap shows handling wear and has aged to a blue gray patina; the remainder of the finish on the trigger guard is intact. There is a small patch of moderate pitting present on the bottom of the back strap below the serial number; the back strap shows handling wear on contact points and retains most of the blue finish in protected areas. The frame and hammer retain more than 90% of the casehardened finish with strong case colors. The frame markings are sharp. The grip is fine. The "1890" date and "SEB" final inspection mark on the lower left side of the grip are faint but legible. Only traces of the "RAC" sub-inspection marks are visible on the lower right side of the grip. The small "R.A.C." sub-inspection mark on the lower left heel of the grip is crisp. The action is tight and crisp but the hammer will not hold at half-cock. This is a very fine example of an "R.A.C." sub-inspected U.S. Colt Single Action Cavalry Model revolver.

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Desirable Inscribed Colt

Lot 1341: Desirable Inscribed Colt "Frontier Six Shooter" Etched Panel Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $6000 - 9000 Manufactured in 1883. The top of the barrel is marked with the one line address, the left side has the very desirable "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" etched panel and the left side of the frame is marked with the three line, three patent dates. The upper left front of the trigger guard is marked "44 CF" and the bottom of the barrel is marked "44" just ahead of the cylinder pin. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap, with the assembly number "2525" on the loading gate. The backstrap is inscribed "J FITCH" in block letters. The revolver has the early oval ejector rod head and hammer with elongated checkering on the spur. This is one of the last Single Action Army Revolvers fitted with walnut grips before the introduction of the hard rubber eagle grips in 1882-83. All nickel finish with a blade front and frame notch rear sights. The accompanying factory letter verifies the caliber and finish, with the barrel length and grips as "Not Listed" and that it was shipped as 1 of 200 to Hartley & Graham, N.Y., N.Y. on June 14, 1883. There is another Colt Single Action Army etched panel revolver in this auction with the same configuration that was in the same shipment. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 44-40 Finish: nickel Grips: walnut Serial Number: 92096 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 70% plus of the original nickel plated finish with some overall scattered flaking and normal usage wear. Most of the finish loss is on the cylinder and right side of the barrel. There is a gray patina on the exposed areas and a small amount of minor pitting on the lower right front of the frame. The reoiled grip is very good with some minor lower edge wear, a few dents on the bottom and a few minor handling marks. The markings and inscription are crisp and clear. The action is fine. A solid example of the very desirable Colt etched panel "Frontier Six Shooter" Single Action Army Revolver.

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Pre-War Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Lot 1342: Pre-War Colt Single Action Army Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $3750 - 5500 Produced in 1923, with blue barrel, cylinder, trigger guard and backstrap with casehardened frame and hammer. Fixed sights, with the one line Hartford address on top of the barrel and "32 W.C.F." on the left side. Smokeless powder frame, with the two line, three date patent markings on the left side next to the Rampant Colt, the rear of the cylinder marked "20" and the loading gate and rear of the frame are assembly numbered "143". The trigger guard is marked with the inverted "&" rework mark, with matching numbers underneath the right grip panel. Grips are checkered hard rubber, with Rampant Colt logos. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 32 WCF Finish: blue/ casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 345420 Condition: Very fine as factory reworked, with 90% plus factory blue and casehardened finish, showing some minor edge wear, turn marks on the cylinder, areas of brown patina on the grip straps, cylinder and ejector housing, and some light dents on the barrel. Case colors are bright and vivid, strongest in the protected areas, with some mild spotting on the top strap and right side. Minor driver marks are visible on the screw heads. Grips are excellent as replacements, with a few dings on the sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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Ainsworth Inspected U.S. Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver

Lot 1343: Ainsworth Inspected U.S. Colt Single Action Cavalry Model Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $13000 - 19000 This is an example of a very early U.S. Colt Single Action Army revolver that was manufactured in 1874 and inspected by U.S. Ordnance Department Sub-Inspector Orville W. Ainsworth. The revolver has the early style ejector housing with barrel boss, bullseye ejector rod head and cylinder with small bolt stops and guides. The hammer has bordered knurling on the spur and a cone-shaped firing pin. Orville Ainsworth's small "A" sub-inspection mark is stamped on the underside of the barrel, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder and bottom of the left grip heel. A "P" proof mark is stamped on the underside of the barrel ahead of a "A" sub-inspection mark. A second "P" proofmark is stamped on the side of the cylinder. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the script style legend "+COLT"S PT. F.A. MFG Co. HARTFORD CO.+". The left side of the frame is stamped with the Colt two date/two line patent markings followed by the "US" property mark. The assembly number "380" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. A Colt "C" is stamped in the hammer well and on the underside of the barrel below the boss. The full serial number, "4096" is stamped on the barrel beneath the ejector housing, on the exterior of the ejector rod housing near the frame, on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard, back strap and on the side of the cylinder. All of the visible serial numbers match. On page 18 of "Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers", the author lists 29 Ainsworth U.S. Colt Single Action Armies by serial number in a list titled "Numbered Ejector Tubes", serial number 4099, just three numbers away is recorded in this list. The revolver has internally numbered, matching serialized, one-piece walnut grips. Traces of the Ordnance final inspection mark are visible 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: 4096 Condition: Very good plus as arsenal refubished. The barrel and ejector housing retain traces of the blue finish in protected areas; the balance is a smooth, silver-gray patina. The cylinder, frame and back strap have been refinished long ago; most of the surface areas have a mellow, silver gray patina. The markings on the barrel, and frame are crisp. The grips are very good overall and show moderate handling wear. The inspection stamp on the tight grip is barely legible. The action is tight and functions well. This is a good looking example of an early production, Ainsworth sub-inspected U.S. contract Cavalry Model Single Action revolver. If you want to own a solid example of an Indian War, Pre-Custer Battle U.S. Colt Single Action Army, this may be the one!

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Cased London Agency Colt Single Action Army Flattop Target Model Revolver

Lot 1344: Cased London Agency Colt Single Action Army Flattop Target Model Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $4000 - 6000 This is an example of a Colt Single Action Army Flattop Target Model revolver manufactured in 1894. The revolver has the distinctive flat frame top and sides with dovetail mounted rear sight. The block mounted front sight is adjustable and has a removable brass blade. The frame is the block powder pattern with cylinder pin screw. The revolver has a full blue finish and is fitted with two-piece black hard rubber grips with the Eagle and Shield motif and the Rampant Colt in an oval at the top of each grip. The barrel is roll-stamped with the legend "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON" in one line. The underside of the barrel is stamped with the caliber designation "45" in front of the receiver, "15" behind the ejector housing stud and and London "Crown/GP" and "Crown/V" proof and inspection marks. The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the Colt three-line/three-date patent markings. The caliber designation "45E" is stamped on the left shoulder of the trigger guard and "45B" is stamped on the left front trigger guard bow. The assembly number "23" is stamped on the loading gate. London proof and view marks are stamped above each cylinder chamber. An "S" Colt inspection mark is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder and in the hammer well above the firing pin hole. The full serial number "156475" is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and hammer. What appears to be the partial serial number "3212" is stamped on the side of the cylinder. The revolver is complete in a wooden case with round brass disk inset in the lid and red fabric lining with a "Colts Pt. firearms Mfg. Co./Hartford, Conn. U.S.A./Depot 14 Pall Mall/London" marked label on the inside of the lid. The case has 5 compartments (two with lids) and a 25 round bullet block. BBL: 7 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 455 eley Finish: blue Grips: black hard rubber Serial Number: 156475 Condition: Good as partially refinished and remarked. The portions of the revolver have been refinshed are the trigger guard, cylinder and hammer. The serial numbers have been restamped. The grips are very good with moderate handling wear. The black hard rubber has faded to brown. The front sight blade is bent. The front sight screw and and frame screws show screw-driver wear. The action is tight and functions well. The case is fine with a minor crack in the lid and a few minor scratches and dings on the exterior and excellent lining with some minor contact wear and staining.

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Colt London Agency Shipped Single Action Army Revolver in Nickel Finish with Ivory Grips and Factory Letter

Lot 1345: Colt London Agency Shipped Single Action Army Revolver in Nickel Finish with Ivory Grips and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 7500 Manufactured in 1878. This revolver is one of only 729 Single Action Army revolvers chambered in the 45 Boxer caliber. This particular revolver is chambered in the 45 Boxer short. The top of the barrel is marked with the one line Hartford and London address, there is no caliber marking on the left side and the left side of the frame is marked with the three line, three patent dates. The left upper rear of the trigger guard is marked "45 CAL/B". The matching serial number is marked on the frame, trigger guard and back strap, with the loading gate marked with the assembly number "1024". The bottom of the barrel ahead of the cylinder pin is marked with a small "crown/GP" proof and the cylinder is marked with alternating "crown/GP" and "crown/V" proof marks between each chamber on the rear edge. All nickel finish with fire blue screws and cylinder pin, blade front and frame notch rear sights, and fitted with a smooth one-piece ivory grip. The accompanying factory letter verifies the caliber, nickel finish, with barrel length and grips as "Not Listed" and that it was shipped as 1 of 30 to Colt's London Agency, 14 Mall Pall, London, England on October 10, 1878. BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 Boxer Finish: nickel Grips: ivory Serial Number: 37155 Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains 70% plus original nickel finish with the finish loss concentrated on the grip straps and inner area of the trigger guard. Overall there are a few minor dings and scratches. Some of the fire blue finish remains on the screw heads, most prominent on the ejector housing and rear trigger guard screws. The grip is a bit undersized and loose, remaining very good with numerous age stress cracks on the right side, a few on the left side bottom and the left side shows an attractive patina and grain. The markings are clear. The action is fine.

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Unique Copper Queen Mining Company Shipped Colt Sheriff's Model Single Action Revolver with Factory Documented Carved Pearl Grip and Factory Letter

Lot 1346: Unique Copper Queen Mining Company Shipped Colt Sheriff's Model Single Action Revolver with Factory Documented Carved Pearl Grip and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $7500 - 12000 Manufactured in 1905, this is a desirable example of a historic Colt Sheriff's Model revolver that was shipped to the Copper Queen mine in Bisbee, Arizona (this is truly a unique find in that not only is it a rare variation of a Colt Single Action Army, it also is documented to a famous Old West mining company). The top of the barrel is marked with the two-line address, "45 COLT" on the left side and the left side of the frame is marked with the two line, three patent dates followed by the circled Rampant Colt. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The Colt triangle "VP" proof is marked on the upper left front of the trigger guard with "5" on the left rear and "3" assembly number on the loading gate. All nickel finish, blade front and frame notch rear sights, and fitted with a replaced pearl grip with carved buffalo head on the right side. The accompanying factory letter verifies the caliber, barrel length, nickel finish, buffalo head carved pearl grip and that it was shipped as 1 of 2 to the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Co. Bisbee, Az. on October 6, 1905. BBL: 4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 LC Finish: nickel Grips: pearl Serial Number: 271718 Condition: Very fine as professionally restored. The revolver retains 99% nickel finish with a few overall scattered minor scratches and handling marks. The grips are also very fine with a small minor hairline crack present on the lower left front. The detail on the buffalo head is very finely detailed. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent.

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Spectacular Engraved Antique Black Powder Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Ivory Grip

Lot 1347: Spectacular Engraved Antique Black Powder Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Ivory Grip

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Description: Estimate: $3000 - 5000 Manufactured in 1893 and subsequently masterfully custom embellished and refurbished. The revolver features floral scroll and punch dot engraving on the muzzle and breech ends of the barrel, cylinder flats, frame and hammer sides. The outer edge of the ejector housing has a wavy line design. The back strap has a geometric shell design on the top, the same scroll and punch dot design on the top and bottom and a geometric design in between. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address, the left side "45 COLT" in a banner and the left side of the frame is marked with the two line, three patent dates followed by the Rampant Colt, both in a panel. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The assembly number "445" is marked on the loading gate. Blue finish with casehardened frame and hammer, blade front and frame notch rear sights and fitted with a smooth one-piece ivory grip. BBL: 4 3/4 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 LC Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: ivory Serial Number: 153539 Condition: Near mint as beautifully custom embellished with only slight overall handling/storage marks. The grip is excellent with a couple of small minor age cracks and a pleasant mellow patina. The markings and engraving are crisp and clear. The action is fine.

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First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Lot 1348: First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $1300 - 1900 Manufactured in 1906 and subsequently refurbished later in the 20th Century. The right side of the post-war replacement barrel is marked with the one line "COLT'S MFG CO HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A." , with "COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY 45" on the left. Two line, three patent dates on the left side of the frame followed by the circled Rampant Colt and the matching serial number is on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. Standard blade front and frame notch rear sights, blue finish with casehardened frame and fitted with checkered hard rubber grips with the Rampant Colt in an oval at the top. Comes with an extra pair of simulated ivory grips. BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 45 Long Colt Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 287290 Condition: Refinished with 98% blue finish remaining with some minor muzzle wear and a drag line on the cylinder. The frame retains 97% case colors. The grips are good overall, the left panel is a replacement and shows a few minor dents with crisp checkering and the right panel shows heavy wear with smoothing of the checkering. The markings are clear. The action is fine. The extra pair of grips are very good

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Outstanding Pre-War Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Lot 1349: Outstanding Pre-War Colt Single Action Army Revolver

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Description: Estimate: $7500 - 11000 Manufactured in 1940, the last year of production for the First Generation Colt Single Action Army revolver. There is no letter with this revolver, but it may well be one of the pre-war, post-war variation. The top of the barrel is marked with the one line Colt address, the left side "COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .38 SPECIAL" and the left side of the frame is marked with the two line, three patent date marking followed by the Rampant Colt. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame and on the right side of the front and back straps under the grips. Each grip panel is numbered to the gun. Casehardened frame and blue remaining parts and fitted with two piece checkered grips with the Rampant Colt in an oval at the top. BBL: 5 1/2 inch round Stock: Gauge: 38 special Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: hard rubber Serial Number: 357034 Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains 99% plus original finish with only the slightest wear on the left side of the muzzle, some minor scratches on the cylinder from cycling and a few minor overall handling marks. The grips are as new. The markings are sharp. The action is tight as new.

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