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COLT NEW LINE .32, 2nd MODEL,  DEALER CASED 1876, PEARL GRIPS with WINCHESTER CARTRIDGE BOX(EMPTY)

During the period following the Civil War there were many makers of Pocket Pistols , as there was a significant demand. Colt entered the market in the 1870's with the New Line series. Pocket revolvers with a closed top strap. Serial Range 1-10,000 were first models, after that the 2nd Model. Mainly recognized by the length of the cylinder flutes, short vs. long. This 2nd Model, Serial No. 1070X, is in 99.999% original factory condition. The nickel finish is bright and smooth. It was cased by a selling dealer @ 1876, in a French Casing . Colt was very proud of their line of pocket pistols, the same high quality as the larger variety. In fact, the .30 caliber New Line was quickly discontinued because Colt would not diminish quality to be competitively priced. The acid etched panel is perfect on the 2-1/4 inch barrel, " Colt New 32".  The bright nitre fire blue is 100% present on the hammer reverse, and trigger.

This little gem has a 100% correct working action: cocking, locking, indexing and release to fire etc..

An excellent cased New Line .32 for the collector of Pocket Pistols, especially Colt New Line revolvers.

PRICE $ 1,800 SOLD / HOLD

 

A very early box of .32's from Winchester, @ 1870's , as is the New Line .32.

 

 

 

COLT'S PATENT, "LATE" MODEL WALKER FLASK

LISTED IN "THE POWDER FLASK BOOK" by RAY RILING, AND IN ROBIN RAPLEY'S BOOK . PLUS THIS ONE HAS BEEN EXAMINED BY SEVERAL LEADING EXPERTS AS ABSOLUTE GENUINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND DESIRABLE FLASK

FOR ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND MORE DETAILED INFORMATION,  PLUS GO TO THE POWDER FLASK "BUTTON" CATEGORY ON THIS WEB-SITE

PRICE $2,500

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.

TERRITORY OF 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

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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