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COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 w/5-1/2 INCH BARREL, EAGLE GRIPS, COLT FACTORY LETTER, SAN ANTONIO TEXAS SHIPPED 1883

Despite the perhaps on going opinion, in 1883 there were not that many Colts shipping directly to Texas, in particular San Antonio. This Single Action shipped to Charles Hummel early in 1883 in a shipment of 10. The Colt is as the Letter describes, except the loss of finish over 138 years of Frontier use. It has about 5%-6% of the original nickel finish present, mostly on the hammer and rear of cylinder.  The balance is a soft gray patina. ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers ( ALL matching). ALL parts are original to this Colt. All screw heads are clean and very respectable. Most IMPORTANT: ALL the working actions function 100% perfectly, each and every time called upon. The original Eagle hard rubber grips show 138 years of wear and carrying use, however, they are still clearly checkered with Eagle and ribbon.

Interestingly enough the verbal history which came with the purchase indicates this Colt spent most of it's time in one family, the Kube Family. Traveling from Ranches in Farwell, Texas to Lubbock and Clovis New Mexico. A real western working Colt in Texas!

PRICE $ 3,999 SOLD / HOLD

COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY.44, PERIOD MODIFIED.. 1862..Original Slim Jim Holster

This 1860 Army Colt is very interesting , in the fact it was altered "during the day" when it was a new and current revolver, to fit it's owners preference. Serial No. 6391X has a barrel length of Five inches, and has been professionally re-sighted with a dove tail front sight, a.k.a. Rocky Mountain style sight.

 The 1860 has about 30% original blue, 70% of all case colors on frame and hammer, and rammer, slightly faded, 15% silver on trigger guard. The cylinder has considerable blue in the rebate portion, and 98% of a clear and visible Naval Engagement cylinder scene.

The Walnut grips are in fine condition, and still have about 65% of their original varnish. This 1860 Army has 100% CORRECT working actions on ALL phases of loading, unloading, cocking, indexing, locking tight, rotation and releasing to fire, a perfect action.  The Slim Jim Holster is an exact fit to this Five Inch 1860. This Colt was carried and used , but not too much, as it is in superb condition for an 1862 Colt.  The owner in my opinion was an individual who carried it daily, and the eight inch barrel was simply not convenient. As I said this was done in the 1860's , and served the owner better with more convenient length barrel, maybe even easier to draw from the holster. This was a REAL frontier revolver and served a specific user and purpose from the 1860's forward.

PRICE $ 3,250

 

ALL Serial Numbers are matching, even the cylinder and ALL factory applied markings are present.

 

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 , with FACTORY LETTER, 1881

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 SOLD / HOLD

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.

PRICE $2,950

 

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!

 

 

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

 

 

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