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ARIZONA, TERRITORY, COPPER QUEEN MINING,
COLT SINGLE ACTION BISLEY MODEL, 32/20 with COLT FACTORY LETTER, PEARL GRIPS.
This is an interesting Copper Queen Colt, in the fact it was sold to a Dry Goods Company in New York, BUT shipped to Bisbee Arizona Territory and the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company. It is a 5-1/2 inch barrel model, finished at the Colt factory in Blue and case hardening colors. It has about 10-15% blue finish present, faded case colors, but quite bright in some protected areas, like the curve in the frame. ALL serial numbers are matching, 24588X. ALL parts are original, and ALL factory applied markings: barrel address, frame patents, and serial numbers are clear and legible. MOST IMPORTANT: the working mechanics on ALL operational phases are 100% correct ! Undoubtedly after arriving in Arizona Territory it was fitted with Mother of Pearl grips. Currently they show the relative hard use a Territorial revolver saw, being carried all the time. The right grip shows an ancient repair in the escutcheon area, but well done and holding to this day. The left grips is not broken, but has a "peel" of pearl missing up by the junction of the frame. However, they still have a dynamic appearance, and the lure of the last territory !!
This Bisley IS the LAST of the WILD, when Arizona became a state it closed the "Old Frontier", for the collector it is a chance to own a piece of the last Frontier. Also, associated with a famous Mining Operation. All verified with a Colt Factory Letter.
Factoid: This is a very unique Factory Letter, unlike others with a Copper Queen Mining destination. It shows a unique link with another company operating in several states.
PRICE $ 3,950 SOLD
COLT CLOVERLEAF, .41rf, FACTORY
CASED/FACTORY ENGRAVED /IVORY GRIPS
This cased Cloverleaf is a spectacular sample of the engravers art. It is engraved by Nimschke, and fitted with a case, as sold by Colt. A current auction has another high hammer Cloverleaf, with almost mirror image engraving, but more finish, suggesting $12,000. A real bonus for being engraved is how early the piece is, Serial No. 78X about the first few weeks of production. The case has no damage, and the wine colored velvet interior is free from damage, BUT CLEARLY shows the impression of this Cloverleaf being in this box since day one ! It also comes with the original cleaning rod and 8 original rim fire .41 cartridges. The Factory Box is true to construction having the soft poplar bottom, the hard wood for the visible exterior. The Cloverleaf ( House Pistol, a.k.a. Cloverleaf) was the ONLY four shot Colt ever manufactured.
The original Factory finish was silver frame, and blued barrel and cylinder. Today, only traces of the silver remain on the frame, and the blue has turned to an untouched dark blue/gray patina. The Ivory grips are flawless, with that perfect Ivory color from age. ALL factory applied markings are still present and vividly clear. Mechanically it is very tight, and functions correctly This is undoubtedly one of the EARLIEST engraved Cloverleaf's. A fine addition to a Colt collection. PRICE $ 5,500
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.
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.
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.
PRICE $ 3,250
PERFECT CONDITION CHECKERED HARD RUBBER GRIPS WITH LOGO.
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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.
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 !
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
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