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ACTION ARMY .45 /*COLT FACTORY LETTER* St. LOUIS 1892
Serial No. 14432X is a fine example of the consumer changes brought on by the passage of time, and evolution of Colt. By 1892, the "Wild" country was still with us, but the demand for long barreled Colts had diminished. It seems the 4-3/4 inch barrel became "the" preferred barrel length. We also see the change from Walnut to Hard Rubber Eagle Pattern Grips. This Single Action has about 15-20% of the original blue finish present, mostly in the flutes and on the trigger guard. The ejector housing has a small amount, as well as along the edge of the barrel. The frame is very pleasing as it has most of the case color hardening, only it has faded and is not as vibrant. Case color is also present on the hammer. The working mechanical actions are ALL in PERFECT working order. Safety, half cock, full cock, indexed, locking tight, and releasing to fire ! The Eagle hard rubber grips are still strong condition. The right hand grip shows the owner was right handed, as it exhibits more hand wear than the left grip. The patriotic Eagle is still present on each grip, as well as the Rampant Colt at the top of each grips.. The checkering is still strong, and there is NO damage !
Black Powder frame Single Actions are the most in demand, and the most difficult to find in all original condition.
PRICE $ 3,850 SALES / HOLD
ALL parts are original to the Colt, and ALL factory applied markings: barrel address, frame patents , ALL matching Serial Numbers, as well as clean screw head slots are clear and present.
|INDIAN WARS ON
THE PLAINS... Post Civil War
SPRINGFIELD ARSENAL RE-ISSUE COLT 1860 .44 ARMY REVOLVER
This grouping of revolvers is very significant to the Plains Indian Wars and selected units of the "Buffalo Soldiers". The American Civil War was basically an Eastern War...the Plains Indians took full advantage of this and raided at will for four years. Following the War, the Army sent the bulk of the remaining Army to Western Posts. However, most arms on western postings were antiquated and varied, so the Government had 1,000's of tried and proven 1860 Army revolvers from the Civil War sent to Springfield Arsenal. They were hastily disassembled, and re-assembled after restoration with no regard for Serial Number integrity. A practice to be found 30 years later with the Artillery Models. The refurbished arms were sent west quickly to Indian War units, MANY, of them found in the hands of the 8th-10th Cavalry Units. The "Buffalo Soldiers" .This mixed Serial Number 1860 bears the correct re-issue mark of a large U.S. on the trigger guard.
Butt Strap Number is : 6337
**By the way, note the Serial Number on the Trigger Guard, 100, a VERY collectable part of the 1860. These Army revolvers saw extensive and hard use during Campaigning against the Plains Indian in the Post Civil War era. They were the chosen pistol until the S&W American and Single Action Colt came along years later. These significant Colts were discussed in detail in the February 2009 Issue of Powder Flask Extra, Page 50. In fact, one was a dug relic found at the Big Horn ! An interesting and significant 1860 Colt revolver, the saga of the western frontier and early Cavalry engagements with the Plains Indians. PRICE $3,550
This 1860 Springfield Re-Issue was finished in Nickel Plating ! Currently it has about 30% of the original nickel plate present, mostly on the barrel end, recoil shield area, trigger guard and back strap. The balance of the surface is a soft light gray patina ( NEVER been cleaned ). ALL factory applied markings are present, Barrel address, frame patent, and all the various serial numbers.
Mechanically it still operates 100% on all the working/loading action and firing.
Very smooth Walnut grips, with excellent surface patina.
|COLT MODEL 1877 DA
.41, "THE THUNDERER"....
REPUBLIC of MEXICO
In the world of collecting, this is an extremely rare variation. Serial No. 1879X would have been shipped to Wexell & Degress, who handled all the Republic of Mexico shipments for Colt and Remington Arms. This 1877 Colt is marked with the mark used by W&D, for Colt and Remington, the R*M. which can be found on the left recoil shield.
It is the R*M with the Liberty Cap Sunburst in between the letters. The overall condition is very strong with 99%+ of all the original factory nickel plate finish. The nitre fire blue is still present on the hammer reverse and trigger.
The mechanics of this "Thunderer" work 100% correctly on single and double action, ALL the time !
This is 1877 has the 3-1/2 inch barrel. no ejector. The rarity of the "marking" on an 1877 is very rare, as another prestigious dealer has said he has seen two, in 30 years. This one is in a sate of high condition, and with pearl grips. It has been suggested these R*M revolvers went to Military or Police in Mexico.
This is an 1877 DA from the 1879 production, therefore has the acid etched barrel panel designating caliber.
The "Thunderer" is further enhanced by the presence of original Pearl Grips, in perfect condition, both sides. They have the wonderful radiant colors only natural age offers.
Recent Text document showing mark goes with purchase.
COLT 1862 POCKET NAVY .36, 5-1/2 INCH BARREL
One of the least seen, and scarcest models due to limited production, and conversions to cartridge, is the Model of 1862 Pocket Navy of .36 caliber. This Model just so happened to be at the frenzy of converting '62 frame revolvers into cartridge, either .38 CF or .38 RF. This is an ORIGINAL, ALL matching Model of 1862 in the .36 percussion caliber. Serial No. 1042X, has the 5-1/2 inch barrel. Currently this '62 has about 10% of the original blue present, the balance a soft gray patina. However, it has about 60% of all the case colors still visible on the frame, rammer, and hammer. the brass guard is untouched, with a perfect mustard patina. ALL serial numbers are matching, everywhere! ALL factory applied markings are present and clear: barrel address, frame patent, serial numbers and cylinder scene !
The mechanical actions are 100% perfect, in all phases of the working actions. The one piece Walnut grips are smooth, and have only minimal handling marks, and 98% of all the ORIGINAL varnish is present. A scarce revolver to find, and this one is more than satisfactory for the collector of rare Colt percussion revolvers. PRICE $2,850
COLT 1860 .44 ARMY REVOLVER, MARKED on GRIP: K 10 CAV 1 , No 5
HISTORICAL REVOLVER USED BY THE "BUFFALO SOLDIERS" UNIT, 1Oth CAVALRY, Shown Above.
Colt 1860 Army, Serial No. 13979X is from the 1863 production of Colt revolvers, and is FULLY Military marked, with all Inspector Letters, in this case "D" or "DD". Following the Civil War, and the reduction of regular troops Black Units were sent into key Cavalry patrol situations in the West. Many 1860's were sent to Springfield for re-furbishing, and marked with a US on the trigger guard. This 1860, however, is a completely CORRECT serial Numbered 1860, ALL matching, including the cylinder. This 1860 has perfect mechanical actions, the working actions all function correctly each time. Historically this is a very important revolver, as the 10th CAV saw action in almost ALL the Western Indian Campaigns. High Plains, Apache, all through the west, along with its sister unit the 9th. Why was this still in service, ? well the 1st Model S&W American was a limited purchase of only 1,000 revolvers , and saw poor distribution to main line troops. It wasn't until the Single Action began ( really ) in 1874 and then select units were issued, not enough arms to go around. Therefore the Buffalo Units continued with the tried and proven 1860 .44 Army.
The finish today is a soft gray patina, with traces of blue, and smooth metal. There are even faint traces of case color on frame and hammer. The brass is untouched, with a perfect and correct patina. The grips speak for themselves, and are 100% authentic and correct. A significant piece of the history of the Cavalry in the West, and the Buffalo Soldiers. PRICE $6,500
Most of the original cylinder scene is still visible, it shows wear, but visible. The Inspector letters of "D" can also be seen , as well as the frame patent.
The right outside grip without unit marking.
K 10 CAV No 5..MARKINGS
|COLT 4th MODEL, 1851
NAVY REVOLVER of .36 CAL. SCARCE & RARE, 4 SCREW, CUT FOR STOCK MODEL
This Colt 1851 Navy Model, of 1862, Serial No. 12804X, is an extremely scarce variation of the '51 Navy. they exist as an extremely low quantity, maybe 1,000 ? and show some variations in the group. The definitive text on '51 Navy revolvers, "'51 Navies" by Nathan L. Swayze discusses these 4 screw cut for stock models on Pages 60 - 75, and specifically the Serial Range of 128,000 on Page 69. The serial number of this specimen is only numbers from ones photographed in the text. This '51 is ALL serial number matching, , all parts cylinder, etc... It remains in excellent condition. It has about 35% of the original blue, and the balance a untouched plum patina There are distinct remnants of the case colors on the frame, hammer, and rammer. The brass trigger guard is untouched with only miniscule amounts of silver plate present. The original grips are superb ! with about 99% of all the original varnish. Mechanically this '51 functions perfectly on all working actions. The cylinder scene is completely present, a blend of strong and weak, but all there to include the "Engagement" line on the cylinder periphery. Overall this is a very fine example of a very scarce variation within the '51 Navy revolver production. One other small detail worthy of mentioning is , there is a small "2"present above the serial number on the barrel and frame. Some say, was once a pair cased, this is the No.2 Navy. Others will say a very special Colt Inspector mark on this cut for stock variation. ALL factory applied markings are present, : barrel address (U.S. America), caliber on shoulder, and all serial numbers etc..
This is an excellent opportunity for the collector to add a very scarce '51 Navy to the collection. Comparatively speaking, this is a super fine example. PRICE $5,200
POWDER" , 1887
COLT FACTORY LETTER
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, 4-3/4 INCH / EAGLE GRIP
The quintessential look ! Short barrel, .45 Eagle Grips Single Action. This one from 1887, was shipped as a blue and case color with rubber grips, in January of 1887 to one of the Colt Allies. Serial No. 11769X is a antique patina Colt, with only traces of blue, and is in a natural untouched condition of 129 years. The metal is smooth, and has a dark blue/gray/plum patina, and has never been cleaned, all original. Speaking of original, all parts are original to the Colt, and ALL factory applied markings are present. This 1887 SA is 100% perfect in all its mechanical actions: cocking , locking, indexing, and releasing to fire. ALL serial numbers are matching. The checkered hard rubber grips, of the Eagle Pattern, show hand wear, with some smoothness to the checkering, and a softening in the sharpness to the Eagle. However, all aspects of the grips are still very and plainly visible.
Black Powder Single Action Colts are in high demand, and conversely harder to find, as they have been collected hard for more than 50 years. This one is collectable, and an honest representative. PRICE $3,350 HOLD/SOLD
|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.
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
|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 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 $3,950
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 trcaes of tarnished silver on the guard !
Case colors on the hammer !! and frame.
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