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COLT SINGLE ACTION GRIPS...RELIEF CARVED PEARL...@1880 -1890

STEER HEAD with FORELOCK

These grips are magnificent, in color and pattern. The relief carving is so that the nose of the Steer stands 1/4" plus above the base of grip. Its a broad head Steer with a Forelock, and full length horns. The radiant colors are defined by age, and have that antique color of gold and radiance. Grips like these are scarce because due to the weight and thickness, Abalone shells of this size became scarce very quickly. Consequently, grips got slightly thinner. This pair of grips will do justice to the finest Single Action, adding value and beauty. PRICE $2,950

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, 5-1/2 INCH BARREL, NICKEL...1883

A VERY INTERESTING COLT, "USID" STAMPED...

This Single Action without doubt has a very interesting historical background as it is directly involved with American Indian. USID stood for United States Interior Department, under their auspices came the reservation System and polices of caring for the Native Americans. As mentioned in several Colt texts, these weapons are seldom if ever seen, and are quite rare. Serial No. 9065X is a USID revolver and so marked.

This Colt would have been used by an Indian Agent, Reservation Authority, or Indian Police.  In this case it would have been more probable an Indian Police revolver as it came in a beaded bag for storage and protection. Plus it came out of Oklahoma, one of the last bastions of Indian communities tied into Fort Sill. This decorative bag is all Indian Beadwork, and the material on the reverse is like a velvet, and the edge is hand sewn with a red cotton cloth border. The Colt fits into this bag nicely, and protects it. This Single Action has about 40-45% of the original factory nickel plate finish present, the balance is as soft, slightly darker gray patina, The surface is untouched and has aged naturally. The one piece Walnut grips show use, but have no damage. ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, frame patents, caliber marking etc... ALL parts are original to the Colt. It works 100% correctly on ALL the working actions all phases. ALL serial numbers are matching. An interesting Colt Single Action, with a very strong background. Plus a fine appearing Colt.

PRICE $ 5,750 SOLD / HOLD

COLT ARMY MODEL of 1894, DOUBLE ACTION .38 / ORIGINAL "PINK PICTURE" LABEL BOX.  1894

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 stop bolt, 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 1892. For Colt, this clearly identified the "New " Models. One mechanical action never changed, the cylinders all rotated to the left! 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 dated grips, and the matching and original box EARLY picture lid box ! PRICE $3,250

The 1892 dated grips are in perfect condition ! Note: they are a brown color, which means the liquid Gutta-Percha was used for this batch of grips. New they are black, but over the years they tend to "brown out"

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 /ORIGINAL HOLSTER,1896

" HOW JIM ALLISON KILLED HIS MAN, AND BLUFFED THE COURT "

James S. Allison, a.k.a. Jim Allison  was a known killer, and it suited his pursuits in Arizona Territory. Jim settled in Flagstaff Arizona Territory when the Atlantic & Pacific rail lines were being built, and the Apaches were making a futile last stand. His deeds from the passing older frontier followed him into Flagstaff, and it was said of him " he was a member of that rare group that never knew fear ".

Jim Allison for a time plied his trade as Marshal of Flagstaff, quote" among the wild thugs ", but had the "wander lust". He traveled through the area we now call the Four Corners. He got into a " big scrape" in Durango Colorado, killed a man, and his rather "just attitude" about it all, buffaloed the judge, and he walked. His exploits even found him in Chicago, at one time, involved in an attempted "mugging" to the sorrow of several Chicago hoodlums. He told the judge, why where I come from a mans guns are just part of his outfit !

The .45 Colt Single Action shows the wear, yet care of , the 121 year old Colt. There is about 15% of the original factory blue present, mostly the ejector rod and barrel, with traces in the flutes. There are case colors still visible on the frame, mostly in front of the cylinder, and strong traces on the hammer. The balance of the Colt has a true and untouched original patina gray/plum. The grips show wear, but have no damage. The checkering is light and shows hand wear, and the Rampant Colt is still clear and very visible. Mechanically, this SAA operates 100% perfectly ! on all the working actions: safety, half cock, full cock, indexes, and locks tight! Serial No. 16492X has a 5 inch barrel. The original barrel was reduced to 5 inches, and done "in the day", and very professionally. Re-sighted with a German Silver front sight, and perfectly installed, no doubt a gun smith of the late 1800's. Along with the Colt, it comes with it's ORIGINAL two loop holster, with some decorative spots.

This Colt has all the qualities of the Old West, and was carried and used by a true member "of the fearless society" , on the Arizona and Colorado Frontier. PRICE $4,250

 

 

 

The right side of the barrel is stamped, in correct period font : J. S. Allison, and is absolutely the same time frame as the Colt.

Considering the reputation of the Colt's owner, I would lean toward believing these notches are real !

**HISTORICAL RESEARCH DOCUMENTS GO WITH THIS COLT**

HISTORICAL LOCATION...COLT FACTORY LETTER, 1895..

COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER, 44/40, FT. SMITH ARKANSAS, SHIPPED......

This Colt Single Action 44/40, Serial No. 16081X, was shipped into Ft. Smith in its HEYDAY! of outlaws, U.S. Marshals and Judge Parker, "the Hanging Judge".

This CFSS has ALL matching Serial Numbers, and ALL factory applied markings are clear and present, such as Colt Frontier Six Shooter on barrel, and patents on frame etc.. It is 100% mechanically correct. Today it has a dark, dark blue finish, with some plum patina blending in the mix. Who carried this CFSS, we will never really know, but it was carried and used, in and about Ft. Smith. Perhaps one of the outlaws, one of the members of the law, or just a cautious citizen, either way it was there !

PRICE $5,200

In 1895 Judge Parker was dispensing justice, and the FAMOUS Three Guardsmen, were bringing them in, in the saddle, or over it ! They were Bill Tilghman, Chris Madsen, and Heck Thomas. This period saw the most ruthless bunch of outlaws ever to ride in the old west, operating in Indian Territory. The Daltons, the Doolin Gang, with members like Skeeter Baldwin etc...Cherokee Bill, Rufus Buck and a whole cast of other characters. When caught they ALL came back to Ft. Smith for their dose of rope justice.

 

ORIGINAL "BIKINI" HOLSTER FOR THE COLT SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER, @1870'S - 1880'S.

This Model Holster was mainly found in the Southwest Territories, Mexico, and the Texas Border area. Designed to hold the Colt SAA, it left the barrel exposed. It was carried over the belt as all holsters were at that time, it was a UNIQUE holster, indigenous to it's time and geographical area.

Single Action for Display Purpose ONLY

A very RARE and SCARCE holster, seldom if ever seen, areal collecting opportunity. PRICE $1,250

No broken seams, leather border trim, and stripe pattern in holster body area. Still flexible.

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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