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OKLAHOMA TERRITORY SHIPPED..

**COLT FACTORY LETTER**

This short barrel Single Action, a "Colt Frontier Six Shooter", meaning in the 44/40 caliber, was shipped into Oklahoma Territory. Shipped into El Reno, to a rather charismatic named dealer, Bonebreak Hardware. Serial No. 20907X has that Frontier Appearance.  A small percentage of blue remains, but it is mostly a soft gray patina finish, what else would you expect ? they were used in the Oklahoma & Indian Territories. This is a real high profile shipping location, and highly sought after by Colt Collectors. Despite the location, the working action on this CFSS is PERFECT. It 1/2 cocks, cocks, indexes, locks tight, each and every time the hammer is pulled to the rear. NO mechanical problems here. ALL parts are original to this CFSS, ALL factory applied markings are clear and present , including barrel roll of Colt Frontier Six Shooter. The grips some normal hand wear, and have no damage, with crisp checkering present.

This is a real survivor of the Old West, the Bill Cook gangs, Bill Doolin, Cherokee Bill, on the other side, the "Three Guardsmen" Tilghman, Thomas and Madsen. Oklahoma Territory was wild, and this was a driving force to make it a State in the early 20th Century. This Colt was shipped right into the thick of things, what it did we will never know, all we know is where it went !

PRICE $5,250

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .41 1894, *COLT FACTORY LETTER*

A solid Black Powder .41 Colt Single Action. This Colt shipped in 1894, as you see it, 4-3/4 inch, .41 , Blue, in a two piece shipment to one of the Colt Allies. The case hardening colors on the hammer are still there, slightly faded, as are the colors on the frame.  The frame has "silvered" with darker tones, as the case colors changed over the last 124 years. Blue can still be found on the protected areas of back strap and trigger guard. The overall finish is a soft gray color patina, untouched and original as 124 years has created. The checkered hard rubber grips are in high quality condition, strong checkering, no damage, and the Colt Logo very clear.

ALL Serial Numbers are matching, 15812X, and ALL factory applied markings are clear and present: frame patents, barrel address, and caliber barrel roll. ALL screw head slots are clean and clear. ALL parts are original to this Colt. Mechanically this SAA .41 is tight and crisp !! ALL working actions function perfectly. The .41 SAA was very popular in the 19th century , and had excellent knock down power, with a lesser recoil, yielding better accuracy control. Favored among many Law Enforcement personnel.

PRICE $2,750

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, 38/40, 4-3/4" BARREL, 1890...

Serial No. 13003X is a very solid example of a short barrel in the 38/40 caliber. It has about 65-70% of all the original Colt Factory nickel plating. It shows the loss, due to wear, on the cylinder, otherwise one could say an 85%+ nickel finish remaining.  A unique 38/40 as the caliber 38 is marked on the upper left shoulder of the trigger guard. ALL factory applied markings are present and very clear. ALL parts are original to the Colt, and the screw heads are clean and crisp. The WORKING action is PERFECT, in all phases of operation, very crisp ! The checkered hard rubber grips show minimal hand wear, and the checkering is present, as well as the Rampant Colt Logo at top of the grips. This is an exceptionally nice Black Powder 38/40 Colt. The WCF calibers were the precursor to a magnum cartridge and well accepted on the frontier. "Little Billie" Raidler, well known Outlaw, used 38/40 right to the bitter end !

Worthy of a Colt Letter ! PRICE $3,650

COLT NEW LINE  .30, 2-1/4 INCH, BLUE & CASE COLOR FRAME , FACTORY IVORY...1876

This small Colt has a big distinction ! It was the ONLY Colt EVER manufactured in .30 caliber. In addition, a small quantity of about 10,500 were manufactured. Serial No. 461X has the case color hardened colors on the frame, and bright factory blue on the cylinder and barrel. It also has factory Ivory grips. Additionally the hammer reverse is fire blue. This one has the 2-1/4 inch round barrel, with the Etched Panel, Colt New 30.

The .30 New Line has about 95%++ of all the original blue, and about 98% of all the case colors on frame. The frame colors are ever so slightly faded. ALL factory applied markings are present and clear. ALL parts are original, and all screw heads clean. All serial numbers match. The New Line has Factory Ivory grips, and they are in that beautiful mellow yellow cream color, with no damage. The working mechanics are PERFECT, cock, lock, index, etc... etc... NO mechanical problems. The hammer still has all the bright fire blue on it's reverse side.

One might ask, why ? did Colt discontinue this caliber ? Simple, competition from H&A, Hood Firearms, H&R etc.. etc... had captured the small .30 pocket pistol market. Most important they sold for LESS than 1/2 the price of Colt. Colt would not "sully" their name in a price war, and would not "cut corners" on quality. So, they left the .30 Pocket Pistol market. A scarce and wonderful Colt rarity, with SUPERB condition.

PRICE $ 1,450

 

LAREDO , TEXAS  / **COLT FACTORY LETTER** COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER ( 44/40)

In the years 1910 - 1919, particularly 1913 there was on going friction along the Texas, Mexican Border. This friction, brought on by the Mexican Armies of the North during the Mexican Revolution, and Border Bandits, some with only raiding in mind, others a desire to regain lost territory. The Border from Brownsville  to El Paso was alive with various levels of action, most involving armed conflicts. This Colt Frontier Six Shooter arrived in Laredo Texas in 1913, right in the midst of all the conflict. Shipped to A. Deutz & Bros. & Sons in February. Serial No. 32553X , originally blue, has an overall dark plum patina finish. There are shades of blue on the cylinder and flutes,  the balance is a soft plum patina. This finish is undisturbed and never been cleaned. ALL parts are original to the Colt, and ALL factory applied markings: barrel legend, barrel address, frame patents serial numbers are all clear and present. ALL serial numbers are matching. Most important: ALL working actions are perfect: safety, half cock, full cock, indexing, locking tight, and releasing to fire. It has perfect celerity of fire. This CFSS has checkered hard rubber grips showing lots of hand wear ! The checkering is ALMOST smooth, but the Rampant Colt Logo is still visible. During this period of 1913 Border raids and Local resistance reached peaks, it was a dangerous place to be !

The Wild West wasn't over in 1913 in this part of Texas and I am sure this Colt , based on wear and exposure, was very much a part of this waning era of the West.

PRICE $3,650

A tragic example of the end results of a Cross Border Raid in 1913 on the Texas Border. A clash between local Texans and raiding Mexican soldiers.

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.

 

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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DECEMBER 30, 2018

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