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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.
GALVESTON, TEXAS SHIPPED...COLT FACTORY LETTER...1895
COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER...44/40
Today we think of Galveston as a Beach destination, or boating destination, not so in 1895. In fact, another Galveston Colt with factory Letter, stated shipping as "end of line", referring to where the railroad stopped ! Galveston was originally a big cattle area, home to Ranches like the King Ranch. Many, many Cattle drives began or passed through Galveston. Many years later, Cotton King, and it shipped world wide from Galveston. This Colt Frontier Six Shooter, Serial No. 16249X, shipped in August of 1895 to a Hardware dealer. In the recently released book, " The Official Record, Colt Single Action Army Revolver, 1873 -1895 " by Wilkerson & Hoyt, on Page 414, it list the location. J. S. Brown Hardware Co, located at 2226-2228 Strand, Galveston, Texas. This is a small ship location for Galveston , as it seems W.F. Stewart got the bulk of shipments. Today the overall finish is a soft mellow gray patina, with the slightest tint of plum in some areas. An original untouched natural patina finish. This is very typical of a finish on a Galveston Colt, as the sea air and moisture tended to be hard on finishes. There is 1% of the blue remaining, and some "ghost" traces of case color on the frame and hammer. All factory applied markings are present: barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers etc...The Roll Die legend on the left side of barrel, "Colt Frontier Six Shooter" is faint, and stronger in some spots. This was a working CFSS, and undoubtedly holstered much of its time. The checkered hard rubber grips show hand wear, and the checkering is still present, just not so sharp. The Logo is still present on each grip, and quite sharp.
The working action is 100% correct. It safety cocks, half cocks, full cocks, the cylinder rotates, indexes and locks tight. The action releases smoothly to fire. ALL parts are original to this Colt. The screw head slots are clean and fresh, suffering no damage. A fine example of a South Texas Colt, that took part in the life of Galveston. PRICE $ 3,450
TEXAS SHIPPED 1885....
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44/40
Serial No. 10959X was shipped to San Antonio, Texas in March of 1885, to the leading dealer Charles Hummel & Sons. This is a TEXAS Colt all the way ! When shipped into Texas they saw action, and were used, not abused. They never saw the inside of a drawer, or Bank shelf, they saw the inside of a holster from horseback. The Colt appears EXACTLY as the letter details it to be, 44/40, 4-3/4 , Nickel & rubber grips. Currently only about 10% of the factory nickel remains, the balance is an honest original plum patina, NEVER having been cleaned or touched. ALL parts are original to the Colt, ALL factory applied markings are clear and present, with ORIGINAL Eagle hard rubber grips. Mechanically this Single Action is 100% correct in all the working actions ! Cocking, locking tight, etc...etc.... The checkered hard rubber grips STILL have their very visible and distinct Eagles, as well as the Colt Logo at the top of the grips, showing normal carry wear, with NO damage. *It may be interesting to note, in a recent edition of TRUE WEST magazine, there was a discussion about Charles Hummel's store. He was the premier dealer in the area for hundreds of miles. In fact, on the night Ben Thompson was shot and killed at the Vaudeville in San Antonio, he stopped at Hummel's store and bought a few loose rounds of 44/40.
A TRUE TEXAS Frontier Colt, it was there !!
PRICE $ 3,850
NEW MEXICO 1898..COLT FACTORY LETTER
COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER... 44/40 Cal
This Colt Single Action has the Roll Die Barrel legend on the left side, Colt Frontier Six Shooter. Serial No. 17682X was shipped into New Mexico Territory in March of 1898, to Albuquerque. There is an interesting remark in the Colt Letter: First the Colt by contractual obligation had to go to Winchester Repeating Arms, then on to Albuquerque. Why? From 1895 - 1915 Colt had to use Winchester as an Export Agent ! The Territory was considered outside the United States ! Currently the factory blue finish has aged and become a blue/plum patina on the surface of the revolver. ALL parts are original to the Colt, and ALL factory markings are clear and present. All serial numbers are matching, the patent dates are clear as is the barrel address. Mechanically, it is PERFECT in all the working actions. Safety, half cock, full cock, indexes, locks tight, releasing to fire correctly. The grips show hand wear, but are still in fine condition with checkering and the Colt logo at tops of grips.
Territorial shipped Single Actions may well be the highest demand for collectors. There is no question they went to the Wild West, with intentions of being carried and used ! This is why this New Mexico Territorial Colt is an honest used Single Action and has a true aged UNTOUCHED natural patina finish. Simply put, it was there ! When considering all the shipments of Colt, Territorial's are an EXTREMELY small amount, and perhaps are the genuine survivors of a long gone Western era, who wouldn't want one in the collection? PRICE $4,250
|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 $4,600
|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 $3,650
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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