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COLT BISLEY MODEL .45

SCARCE & RARE  BLACK POWDER ANTIQUE BISLEY from 1896......

The collectors of Colt Single Action revolvers , and Bisley Models, recognize that a PRE 1898 Antique Bisley is indeed very rare and scarce. Introduced in very late 1894/1895 very few were manufactured. I would conservatively say that 98% of all production took place after 1898. So, finding a Black Powder Bisley is a long and difficult collecting road, especially with condition. Serial No. 16593X is a very strong and collection worthy Pre 1898 Bisley. In the old west caliber of .45 Colt, and the "classic" 7-1/2 inch barrel. Overall a strong 60% revolver: Strong blue on barrel and top of ejector rod housing. Strong blue on the trigger guard, back strap and butt. Light blue in the cylinder flutes.  There are strong traces of case hardening colors on the front of frame, and silvered out for the balance. ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, Bisley markings & caliber on barrel, frame patents, and ALL matching Serial Numbers. Unlike the Single Action, the hammer has brilliant nitre fire blue on the top of hammer, and back of hammer 98% still present.

The Bisley checkered Hard Rubber grips are near pristine, with crisp and perfect checkering, and Colt Logo at top of Grip.

Mechanically it is PERFECT on ALL the working actions. This is simply stated a superb and scarce model production variation of a Colt Single Action, a PRE 1898 Antique Black Powder Bisley .45.

PRICE $5,250

 

COLT'S PATENT, "LATE" MODEL WALKER FLASK

LISTED IN "THE POWDER FLASK BOOK" by RAY RILING, AND IN ROBIN RAPLEY'S BOOK . PLUS THIS ONE HAS BEEN EXAMINED BY SEVERAL LEADING EXPERTS AS ABSOLUTE GENUINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND DESIRABLE FLASK

FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND MORE DETAILED INFORMATION,  PLUS GO TO THE POWDER FLASK "BUTTON" CATEGORY ON THIS WEB-SITE

PRICE $2,500

Colt's Patent "late" model Walker Flask
VERY SCARCE CONFIGURATION !

LISTED IN DON WILKERSON'S BOOK on 1878'S , AS ONLY 65 EVER MANUFACTURED !

COLT MODEL 1878 DA, in32/20 CALIBER with 5-1/2 INCH BARREL...

This Model 1878 is among the rarities of big frame Colts, as it is a 32/20 caliber, and with a 5-1/2 inch barrel. As stated above, in Wilkerson's Book on '78's only 65 were ever manufactured in this configuration and caliber. I have not seen the other 64 and never will, but I will say, this is PROBABLY the top 1 or 2 in condition. It has about 95-96% of the original bright factory nickel plate finish, and almost ALL the fire blue on the hammer, trigger and screw heads. A very attractive contrast of colors.

close up of blued hammer

close up of blued trigger on Colt DA 1878

ALL factory applied markings are present, barrel address, caliber, serial numbers etc.... Serial No. 4845X has a PERFECT working action, both on Single Action, and Double Action modes.

right side view of Colt DA 1878 with all markings present

PRICE $ 3,250

Colt Model 1878 DA 32/20 caliber with 5-1/2 inch barrel

95-96% original bright factory nickel finish and fire blue on hammer, trigger,screw heads

top of Colt 1878 DA 5-1/2" barrel

perfect condition checkered hard rubber grips with logo

PERFECT CONDITION CHECKERED HARD RUBBER GRIPS WITH LOGO.

Colt DA 1878 closeup

EARLIEST DIRECT CALIFORNIA SHIPMENT, 1881... Factory Letter

COLT MODEL 1877 DA .38, 3-1/2 INCH BARREL, ETCHED PANEL.

Serial No. 3361X  was shipped to the firm of Liddle & Kaeding, San Francisco, California in 1881. This is the ejector-less model, sometimes referred to as the Sheriffs Model or Storekeeper.

etched panel on Colt Model 1877  with 3-1/2 " barrel

The Model of 1877 was Colt's FIRST successful Double Action revolver. Despite it's delicate mechanism, it was extremely popular. This example has about 90% of all it original nickel plate finish, and all the fire blue on hammer and trigger, just slightly darkened. MOST IMPORTANT: it is 100% mechanically correct in both single and double action modes. The checkered hard rubber grips are in fine condition with little to no wear, very sharp !

ejectorless Colt model 1877 Da 38 with etched panel

 

This is a very fine example of a DA .38 Model of 1877, with a unique and historically significant shipping address. Comes with Factory Letter. PRICE $2,000

 

Colt 1877 Da 38 Sheriff's model

bottom view of sheriff's model shipped to San Francisco

top view of Colt's Sheriff model 1878 DA 38

checkered hard rubber grips with little to no wear

 

 

COLT .36 NAVY , 2nd MODEL, a.k.a.  "SQUARE BACK NAVY" 1850 Production !

 

In 1850 Colt rushed to the drawing board to come out with a lighter, more portable, hard hitting belt pistol. What was introduced was the 1851 Navy Revolver, in .36 caliber. The original introduction had the screw below the wedge, and after about 800 revolvers it was relocated to above the wedge. Therefore, 1st square back and 2nd square back. This Model, the 2nd had very limited production numbers also, from about Serial Range 1,250 to 4,200, only about 2,900 specimens. THIS 2nd Model Navy Square Back is Serial No. 153X. The term square back comes from the shape of the trigger guard, following tradition of the previous .44 Dragoons. This 2nd Square Back has survived over 160 years in relatively good shape. There are minute traces of blue on the surface, but a lot of case color hardening ( 35%)remains on the frame and  hammer. There is also some , tarnished of course, silver plate on the trigger guard. The grips have  fine antique luster, and most all the varnish is there, softened but present. The cylinder scene is barely there, but it can be seen, stronger and weaker depending where on the cylinder.

mechanically perfect Colt Model 2nd Navy scarce

Mechanically this 2nd Navy functions PERFECTLY, on every facet of operation, no problems here ! This is just a VERY SCARCE Colt Model Navy. It is highly sought after by collectors, because with ONLY 2,900 made, and hard use there just aren't many around. All Serial numbers are matching, everywhere ! and ALL factory applied markings are present and clear, such as the New York barrel address etc.. This would be a welcome addition to any collector. PRICE $3,650

   

Colt .36 Navy 2nd model left view

bottom view of square back Navy .36 caliber

top view of square back Navy 2nd model

case color hardening on frame of Square Back Navy 2nd model 51

The recognizable trademark of the 2nd Model '51 Navy, a.k.a. The Square Back....... in addition you can see quite a bit of case color hardening on the frame, and traces of tarnished silver on the guard !

case colors on the hammer and frame of this square back Navy

Case colors on the hammer !! and frame.

all serial numbers matching on the scarce square back Navy

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