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COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 , with FACTORY
This is the classic look for early Single Actions, the 7&1/2 inch barrel and black powder frame. It is this combination which is eagerly sought after by collectors. This Colt was shipped in 1881 to a western distributor located in St. Louis , and was still considered a jumping off point for westward travel, either land or by river. Serial No. 7060X is as the Factory Letter specifies, .45, nickel finish, however grips not specified. Therefore, the one piece Ivory grips were either factory or applied immediately by the selling dealer, either way, original to this Colt. The original nickel finish is mostly worn with about 7-9% remaining scattered in select areas of the revolver. The balance is a soft untouched original gray patina. The one piece Ivory grips are wonderful, a perfect fit and that deepened mustard yellow patina that comes with 140 years of natural aging.
The mechanical action is crisp and correct. Each time the hammer is drawn to the rear, the cylinder rotates, indexes, locks tight, and releases to fire: simply put it has a perfect mechanical action. ALL factory applied markings are present and clear, and ALL parts are original to the revolver.
A fine and early example of the Colt Single Action Army.
PRICE $ 4,795
COLT MODEL 1877, DA .41, a.k.a. "THE THUNDERER", ORIGINAL
MEXICAN SILVER & GOLD GRIP, ORIGINAL EMBROIDERED SLIM JIM OUTFIT...1896
This is an extremely fine example of art, iron and leather, a la Old Mexico. The revolver is Model of 1877, from the production year of 1896,in the heavier caliber of .41 Colt. Also it has the much scarcer barrel length of FIVE inches. **This 1877 remains in 100% correct working condition, double and single action modes. You might say, this is a Mexican style "Tiffany" grip, as it completely wraps around the factory grip. It is very delicate work with a decorative edge that flawlessly meets the metal surfaces of the revolver. It is 100% silver, and gold washed lettering and symbols of Mexico.
You see the Mexican Eagle & Snake on the Cactus at the top of he grip, and in Gold washed letters, in a stylized manner, the word RECUERDO toward the bottom of the grip. The silver work is of the highest quality. A fine decorative rope pattern around all the edges, the grips around the screw is engraved with the Mexican sunburst pattern, similar to the RM marked Colts.
The leather slim Jim holster & cartridge belt, embroidered pattern, are in perfect condition, with no cracks etc... and very supple. Extremely well preserved after more than 124 years. Overall the Thunderer has about 45% of the factory blue finish, mostly in the flutes and atop the barrel and ejector housing. There is more blue present, but has darkened and is mixed with a soft plum patina. ALL the brilliant fire blue is present on the hammer reverse and on the trigger reverse. The case coloring on the frame has darkened, but you can see the ghost outlines of case colors. ALL factory applied markings are present ! and vividly clear. ALL serial numbers are matching,10246X. ALL screw heads are fresh, most with bright blue, and clean slots. ALL parts are the original factory parts of 1896 to this Model of 1877.
NOTE: The original back strap has NOT been altered, rather the silver grips is cast around the factory grip.
Meticulous detail is shown, as the body of the holster is embroidered to the shape of the closing flap, appearing closed, even when open !
In Spanish this word Recuerdo has about 10 meanings, depending on it's method of usage.
Most probable would be: memory, keepsake or reminder, or many other implied meanings, known to the original owner !! in Old Mexico!
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 SOLD
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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