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COLT MODEL 1877 DA .41,       "THE THUNDERER"....


R*M,  1879

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.

PRICE $4,450


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.




This No.3 Belt Model is considered by definition a Relic, however it is a very fine condition relic. It is just not a relic, it's a Paterson Colt relic, giving it a whole new dimension. Excluding the wooden grips, the entire Paterson is present, and many definitive characteristics are still visible. ONLY 850 of this Model were manufactured, so survival rates are very low. The background history is very interesting. It was discovered in @1920 in Midland, Texas. Oil field hands were using an old Adobe Building next to the rig. It was discovered in the old Adobe, thus better condition than a "dug-up". The Paterson eventually wound up in the Philips collection, then passed on to the John Beckwith collection of historic relics. This Paterson has been examined by John Gangel, and Steve Evans, the current experts in the field and pronounced absolute genuine! In fact it was once in a display of Paterson's at the Las Vegas Show presented by Steve Evans. I am very proud to be the current owner, and offering it for sale to collectors.  The finish is a dark, dark brown, as it should be. As I said some distinguishing characteristics can be seen, like the rings around the cylinder, and even some of the correct barrel address. A marvelous piece of history, a Paterson found in West Texas.

PRICE $ 8,500



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 SOLD/HOLD

COLT 1860 .44 ARMY REVOLVER, MARKED on GRIP: K 10 CAV 1 , No 5


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 SOLD / HOLD

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, .36 cal.. MANUFACTURED IN 1864

Serial No. 17693X is a splendid appearing example of a Civil War era Colt .36, 1851 Navy revolver. It has the 7-1/2 inch barrel, and is a single action mode revolver. It has about 60% of the original factory blue finish, with 50-60% of the case hardening colors present.

Heavy blue on barrel underside, below rammer.

The case colors have faded somewhat, but still clearly present, and stronger in the crease. All screw heads are clean and crisp. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present: barrel address, frame patent, caliber on trigger guard shoulder, and all serial numbers are present, and in the correct locations.  All serial numbers are matching, cylinder, frame, barrel etc... The mechanical working actions are perfect, each and every time the action is worked. This also applies to the loading, and operation of the rammer etc.... AN IMPORTANT facet to collecting percussion Colt's is the cylinder scene. This '51 Navy has 100% of the cylinder scene present, varying from very strong to lighter, but ALL there and easily seen.  The overall appearance is really made by the presence of Checkered One Piece Ivory grips. This was a real show piece in 1864, and a prized possession of the owner.

This 1864 Civil War era production Colt 1851 Navy is in exceptional condition, considering the 152 years of age, and it was in the era of the Civil War. Which makes you wonder, who, what, when and where ?

An excellent opportunity to own a "deluxe"  Civil War era, Colt 4th Model '51 Navy revolver.  PRICE $7,150 


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





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




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 1877n 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 $4,650


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.


The reason this is called the Wells, Fargo Model has been lost in obscurity. It is simply a three inch barrel, with no loading lever attached, a true Pocket Pistol. The Model of 1849 is significant because it is the following model to the "Baby" Dragoon, and the first new deigned Pocket Pistol made at Hartford. Serial No. 10139X was made in 1855 as a three inch, no lever. IN FACT , ONLY 4,000 were ever made in this style!! That would make this a very RARE Colt percussion revolver ! The Model of 1849 had longevity, and was not discontinued until 1873, attesting to it's popularity. This one is a 5 shot cylinder, and is mechanically perfect ! Every time it is cocked it works flawlessly. ALL factory markings are clear and present: frame patent, serial numbers ( all matching), barrel address. The grips still have much of their original factory varnish finish. There is about 3% silver on the back strap and trigger guard, the rest is a soft brass patina. The revolver has a soft gray/light gray patina, no rust, and smooth metal. The cylinder still has a very strong portion of the Stage Coach Hold Up scene.

A very pleasing example of a very scarce Colt percussion revolver. PRICE $2,850



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