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COLT No.3 THUER DERINGER, 1st VARIATION, with
RARE Frame SCREW BOLSTER..
FULLY ENGRAVED, IVORY GRIPS, probable Factory, or NEW YORK, appears to be
NIMSCHKE, .41 rim fire.
This Thuer Deringer is so very scarce, being a 1st Model, Late Production, in a quantity of ONLY about 2,000 specimens. Found in Serial Range of about 200 to 2,000 . It is a late production because it has the larger italic letters of COLT on top the barrel, unlike the first 200 having small letters.
However, exceptionally rare due to the bolster frame around the barrel screw... you just never see them !
This Thuer is exquisitely presented, it appears to be the work of L. D. Nimschke. Either done for Colt, or done for a customer in New York, either way the quality of the work is exceptional. Serial No. 12XX is also marked with the factory Inspector initial of K on the grip frame. It is ALL nickel finish, and in Sutherland it states unusual but they were made that way. The fine baby checkering on the hammer spur is perfect, indicating ALL original. ALL factory applied markings are present and legible. The working action is 100% correct, the barrel pivots for loading and unloading the .41 rim fire cartridge. It cocks for opening and then full cock for firing. There is about 99.9999% of the original nickel finish present, and the engraving is clean and crisp with no apparent wear. To further beautify this Colt Thuer it is fitted with original Ivory grips, both sides with a mellow patina and no damage.
A rare and beautiful Colt No.3 Thuer Deringer, 1st/late production, in exquisite condition. Available to collectors, and maybe a loooooong time before the next one appears !!! PRICE $ 5,950
|COLT NEW LINE .30
REVOLVER...Scarce Barrel Length, 1-3/4 inch... 1875
The .30 Colt New Line is an interesting chapter in Colt production. It is THE ONLY revolver ever made by Colt in .30 caliber, and ONLY for two years, in a total of only 11,000 units. MOST all had the 2-1/4 inch barrel, VERY few the 1-3/4 inch barrel. Why so short lived ? During this period of arms history many other firms were making the .30 Pocket Pistol. Hopkins & Allen, Hood, Forehand, etc... and ALL sold way ! less expensive than Colt. True to their nature, rather than sacrifice quality, and sell for less, Colt chose to discontinue the .30 New Line. Therefore, one in this elevated level of condition and barrel length is a great rarity and find for the collector. Serial No.485X has 99.9999% of all its original bright nickel Colt factory finish. The highlight colors of blue on the screw heads is present, just slightly dulling. The bright fire blue on the hammer reverse is still present only slightly darkened. The Rosewood grips still have all their varnish, and show next to no handling dings. The mechanical functions on the working action function 100% correctly, each and every time !
It would be very difficult to improve on this example, excluding engraved or exotic finish, in condition and scarcity.
The "etched" panel is still completely present and vividly seen !
All factory markings clear and present, all matching serial numbers.
PRICE $ 1,850
|SCARCE !! ANTIQUE COLT
BISLEY SINGLE ACTION, 1897
One of the MOST DIFFICULT Single Action revolvers for collectors to obtain is a PRE 1898, Antique Bisley ! The very first and few were introduced in early 1896, and sent to England, after all they are named for the Bisley Target Range in England. It wasn't until 1897 that U.S. Commercial Production began to be somewhat substantial and the Bisley became another single action available to buyers. Besides being a scarce model in Black Powder, this one has a Nickel factory finish Another rarity as most to all were blued and case. It also is in .45 Colt caliber, not a lighter weight target caliber. Serial No.17473X was finished with a nickel plating by the Factory. A 123 years later, only about 15%+ of the nickel remains, dominantly found on the barrel, behind recoil shield, and trigger guard. The balance is a very light gray patina. This is good because there is no harsh contrast on the overall finish image. All parts are factory original, and ALL factory markings are clear and present: Barrel address, barrel legend Bisley Model .45 Colt, frame patents, and ALL matching serial numbers. The screw heads are all crisp and defined, no burring. There are traces of bright blue left on the hammer reverse and trigger. The checkered hard rubber grips, original to the Colt, show everyday hand touching, causing a smooth wear.
Mechanically: this Colt operates PERFECTLY, cocks, locks, indexes, fires, all with original precision. This Bisley was a constant companion to someone for many years , seeing HONEST use, NO abuse, therefore works so well today. In review, a Black Powder Antique Bisley is rare indeed due to limited early production, and then in Nickel finish, also .45 Colt.
PRICE $ 3,750
|COLT, NAVY- NAVY REVOLVER,
1861 NAVY CONVERSION to .38 CENTER FIRE, 1870's
This is a very small production window for the conversions of the 1861 Navy revolver. Only 2,200 were ever made, and issued / sold in the Mid-1870's The Model of 1861 is considered by many to be the most "elegant" of all the percussion series, with sleek lines. This one, Serial No.187X, has an unusual feature. Below EACH serial number, appears a deliberate "punch dot". Although this 1861 does not have a U.S.N. marking, it is one of a few which were pulled from production, and sent to the Navy to complete an order, or to replace a failed Navy. ALL Serial Numbers , all locations, are matching including cylinder. The overall condition is as follows: 60-65% factory original nickel plate, the balance a soft plum/gray patina. Almost all the brass still has the plating, and is untouched. The cylinder has 50% nickel, as the "lay down" side is less, however, the cylinder scene is still crisp and clear.
The grips show hand use over the years, and a small percentage of varnish is present, with only the slightest corner rounding. Most IMPORTANT: The working action is PERFECT. The hammer cocking positions all function 100% correctly. The cylinder advances, locks tight, and indexes properly and has a smooth release to fire. ALL the screw heads are clean. ALL factory applied markings: barrel address, frame patents, caliber on shoulder, and serial numbers are all highly visible. ALL parts are original to this 1861 Conversion. A SCARCE and significant revolver, and the arming of the Navy in the Mid 1870's. PRICE $2,850
AUGUST 31, 2020
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