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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.

 

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

ORIGINAL /PERIOD COLT 1860 ARMY SIZE IVORY GRIPS...

WILL FIT 1860 ARMY, OR ANY OF THE RICHARDS-MASON CONVERSIONS OF THE 1860.....

This  set of Ivory grips is of the 1860-1878 period. They have a mellow yellow color ( mustard) patina, and have darker age striations in the Ivory. They are 100% condition, except for a minor aged repair in the toe of the right hand side grip in front. Grips like this are ever increasingly difficult to find ! certainly they will add value and appearance to any of the aforementioned Models.

PRICE $ 975 SOLD/HOLD

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 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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MAY 30, 2018

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