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TEXAS SHIPPED 1895, GALVESTON, TEXAS , CFSS 44/40

COLT FACTORY LETTER, Colt Frontier Six Shooter

Today we think of Galveston as a Beach destination, or boating destination, not so in 1895. In fact, another Galveston shipped Colt, simply said, "end of the line", referring to where the Railroad stopped ! Galveston was originally a big Cattle Area, and then Cotton, home to Ranches like the King Ranch. Many Cattle drives originated from that area.  This Colt, Serial No.16249X shipped in August of 1895 to a dealer in Galveston Texas.  Today the finish is a soft gray patina, very typical of Galveston shipped Colts. The sea air and moisture tended to be hard on finishes.  There is 1% of the original blue remaining, and some "ghost" traces of case color on the hammer and frame.  ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers etc...The Roll Die Colt Frontier Six Shooter barrel legend is very faint, as this was a working Colt CFSS. The working action is PERFECT: safety, half cock, full cock, index, and locks tight. It releases to fire correctly. ALL parts are original to the Colt, and screw head slots are crisp and clean.  The checkered hard rubber grips show normal hand wear, and the checkering is there, just not so sharp. There is no damage, and the Colt Logo is clear and sharp.

A very fine example of a South Texas Colt Frontier Six Shooter. PRICE $ 3,250 SOLD/HOLD

 

 

 

RICHARDS-MASON CONVERSION of the COLT 1860 ARMY .44..TYPE II a.k.a. TRANSITION MODEL. 1877-1878

This Model represents the smallest volume of all the 1860 conversions, ONLY 2.100 produced. When design engineer Mason viewed the Richards conversion he saw a better way ! He did away with the spring loaded firing pin, cut through the recoil shield, and the hammer struck the cartridge directly.

However, the barrel assembly was still a percussion barrel, with an ejector assembly fitted to the barrel, using the rammer orifice. Serial No. 19597X is a Richards-Mason cartridge conversion of the 1860 Army. The revolver has about 30% of the original nickel plating, mostly found on the frame, grip area and loading groove area of barrel. The top of the barrel above the ejector housing has about70% nickel. Case colors can still be seen on the hammer. ALL parts are the original parts to the revolver. ALL factory applied markings are present and clear: barrel address, serial numbers, frame patents etc... The brass trigger guard has a perfect untouched patina. The balance of the metal where nickel is absent is a soft gray, some dark gray spots untouched patina. Mechanically, the Richards-Mason is 100% CORRECT in each and every working action, every time it is worked. The Walnut grips show normal hand use, and have a natural patina. The cylinder, since it is an 1860, still has a cylinder scene present. It is lightly there, but there never the less.

Frame Patent Dates are also clear, the Two Line 1872 Patent.

These were the type Colt Single Actions that went up the Cattle Trails in the early days, as Single Actions were not that plentiful yet ! A difficult Model to find for the collector, with only 2,100 manufactured, and hard use on the Western Frontier, this specimen is MORE than suitable for a collection.

PRICE $4,950

 

The ONLY grip damage is the inside corner, and I suggest it has been that way a long time, looking at natural wear.

 

TYPE 5, NEW MODEL POLICE BREECH LOADING PISTOL, a.k.a. COLT 3-1/2 INCH ROUND BARREL a.k.a. SOLID BARREL .38CF

A great deal of information on these unique pistols can be found on Pages 75-79 in the definitive book by Pirie, Breslin & Price. Variations of Colt's New Model Police & Pocket Breech Loading Pistols. Serial No. 31770X is one of the Round Barrels converted from left over Colt percussion parts. All of this  is true in ones having serial numbers above 300,000. The very first shipment went to Kittredge & Co. in 1875. The round barrels were manufactured specifically for this model, a total deviation from percussion barrels. ONLY about 6,700 of these were manufactured from percussion parts, and fewer original ones, totaling ONLY 10,000 ever made. This one is an OUTSTANDING specimen. It has about 95%+ of all the original Colt blue, and 100% of case colors on the hammer and frame.  The grips are super wonderful, having 100% of all their original factory varnish.

This Type 5 is in .38 Center Fire, and has PERFECT mechanics. All the working actions operate perfectly ! The cylinder still has the cylinder scene, a left over from the percussion era, the Stage Coach Hold Up. It would be an enormous collecting task to find a better blued Colt Round Barrel.

PRICE $2,750

COLT 4th MODEL, 1851 NAVY REVOLVER .36, ORIGINAL AND COLORFUL SLIM JIM HOLSTER....1867

Serial Number 20341X, from 1867, has been used with care, and stored with care. Today, the barrel has about 35% of the original blue, and the unseen underside has about 95%. The brass trigger guard and back strap has correct brass color and is untouched. The hammer has very strong traces of case colors, as does the frame, The rammer really has strong case colors remaining.

 The cylinder is a smoke/blue original patina, and the cylinder scene although showing some wear is completely visible.

The grips still retain almost all their original Varnish, although duller due to hand use over a 151 year span of time. The 1851 Navy was a prolific model for Colt , running 22 years uninterrupted production. Along the way it had minor design changes, mostly the trigger guard contours. It was incredibly popular, an elegant, light weight , accurate weapon. Perhaps made most famous by "Wild Bill" Hickok, who carried a brace of them, well into the cartridge era. He was deadly accurate with them. Starting with Soldiers in the Civil War, through the Indian Wars, and the great westward movement the '51 Navy was there ! ALL  Serial Numbers are matching, and in every location they should be ! even the wedge ! ALL factory applied markings, like barrel address, frame patent etc... are all present and vividly clear. Mechanically speaking, EVERY working action, for the pistol to function works 100% correctly. A correct tight specimen. PRICE $3,750

The Slim Jim holster is well made, with a Red suede lining, and Border stitched TWICE in Red thread around the entire front, following shape of the Holster.

It is of particular interest that this Navy Revolver still is with it's original Slim Jim Holster and a "grade" above usual quality to it. A colorful lining, and decorative stitching.

COLT NEW ARMY MODEL of 1894, DOUBLE ACTION .38 .... ORIGINAL "PINK PICTURE" LABEL BOX.1894 , RARE DATED 1894 HARD RUBBER GRIPS !!

Colt introduced their very fist double action revolver in 1877, but it still loaded conventionally with a loading gate. In 1889 Colt continued their march into future design by introducing the FIRST swing-out cylinder Colt in 1889, the Navy Model. Between 1889 and 1894 they made design changes, not overwhelmingly obvious. The most noticeable was the addition of external bolt stop and free float notches to the exterior of the cylinder. The barrel roll address remained the same, ending in Nov. 1888. Colt was very clever, and to save time and money, they simply designated the difference by using the grip ! If the grip had only the word Colt in the oval, it was the Navy Model. If it had the Rampant Colt, with Rosettes it was the Army Model. Then the last addition were the adding of dates to the grip, such as 1894. IMPORTANT: the dated grip of 1894 is THE MOST rare of all the grips, as it was basically used only one year. They are NEVER encountered. For Colt, this clearly identified the "New " Models. The mechanical action never changed. Serial No. 1355X is a very strong example of an 1894 new Army revolver. It has about 97%+ of all the bright polish Colt blue, and only missing as usual on the back strap.

The real collector prize here, besides the high condition Colt, is the Pink Picture Label Box, with all it's graphics intact. These boxes are never seen, and highly treasured. The Colt was bought for the most part to use, so the cardboard box wound up filled with sewing needles, spare parts, or worst case scenario started the morning cook stove fire. Another attractive feature is the Nitre Fire Blue Hammer reverse, also on the trigger. Mechanically, this DA Colt functions 100% correctly on all working actions. A very difficult Colt to find, with the 1894 dated grips, and the matching and original box EARLY picture lid box ! PRICE $3,450SOLD /HOLD

 

The 1894 dated grips are in perfect condition ! Note: they are the ULTIMATE rare grip in the Colt Double Action series, basically seen in a one year only production 1894. This is the PERFECT Colt DA, Box dated 1894, Grip dated 1894.

COLT MODEL 1877, DA.38..1879

The Model of 1877 represented Colt's first Double Action revolver. It would prove to be very popular, yet was very " delicate" with its DA system. Many found today have mechanical issues. This one, Serial No. 1842X is in PERFECT mechanical condition, which goes along with its physical condition. It has about 95%+ of all the original factory nickel plating, flaking only at the muzzle end of the cylinder. Most of the fire blue is still present on the parts, and it is fitted with Mother of Pearl grips. I believe these grips to original to the "lightning" It has the 3-1/2 inch barrel, with no ejector, sometimes referred to as the Sheriffs Model, or Storekeeper Model.

This is a very striking Model of 1877, with the bright nickel, perfect etched panel, and radiant pearl grips. As a footnote: It was Kittredge in Cincinnati, who hung the name " Lightning" on the .38 Model. When they received their first shipment in 1877, to gain advertising interest in their weekly ad, they billed the new Colt as the Lightning ! the .41 was billed as the "Thunderer"

PRICE $ 3,295

 

 

 

This early "Lightning" of 1879, still has the acid etched barrel panel for caliber identification. IT IS PERFECT and 100% present.

 

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