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  REPUBLIC of MEXICO 1881..

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 , COLT FACTORY LETTER , with ORIGINAL HOLSTER.

This is a very colorful Colt, and undoubtedly could tell a very interesting saga of south of the border. This Colt was shipped in 1881 to Wexell & DeGress , Mexico City, as a nickel .45. Serial No. 6941X has the original Walnut one piece grips, and about 10% of the original nickel plating , mostly found in the flutes, around the ejector housing and end of the barrel. The balance of the revolver is a soft UNTOUCHED patina. The grips show hand wear, but no damage, and have a soft luster. ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, frame patents and serial numbers ( all matching). The WORKING ACTION is 100% CORRECT.  MOST IMPORTANT : Wexell & DeGress were the supply agents for the Mexican Government, meaning military, Police, and or Federales. This Colt has the markings of the Republic of Mexico on the cylinder and barrel. These marks are: the R M, with a Sunburst above middle of the letters.

The Colt Letter lists barrel length " not listed", but it would have been a 7-1/2 inch. The barrel was professionally shortened and re-sighted to 5 inches, and done during the 19th century while in service. This Colt was carried by Military, Police, Federales, or maybe ? even a Bandito ! I am sure this old Colt saw action south of the Border, and Maybe ? even a few times north of the Rio Grande.

PRICE $ 3,950

COLT RICHARDS CONVERSION, of the .44 1860 ARMY REVOLVER  @ 1877

RECENT  DISCOVERY...ATTIC FIND !!

This Frontier Outfit has just now entered the collection and sale of antique arms. For many decades it resided in a western state home, with the descendents, as you see it here.

The Richards Conversion of the 1860 Army .44 was the first practical conversion, far exceeding the Thuer and its bizarre system. Serial No. 19766X would have been in the 1877 year of conversions, originating as an 1860 Army, and directly converted to cartridge. Although in 1873 Colt introduced the Single Action Army, almost ALL the production went to the Military, civilian sales were sparse. Being a frugal company, Colt saw the wisdom of converting a now somewhat obsolete Colt into a saleable item. Most westerners were very familiar with the 1860, as either a Civil War veteran, or used during the percussion era, there was a level of comfort ! They sold for less than the new SAA  and were widely !! accepted. In MANY old images of the Cowboys pushing the herds north to Rail Heads, MANY Richards are see in their belts and holsters.

ALL parts are the original parts to this Richards. The working action is PERFECT ! ALL actions associated with the operation of this revolver function perfectly. The finish is mostly a soft gray/charcoal color, however there is about 10% original blue present. It is in the cylinder rebate and at the top of the back strap. The brass trigger guard shows specs of silver plate, and has a soft untouched mustard patina. The hammer has all its case colors, slightly darkened. the same could be said of the frame: the reds and blues are there just darkened with age. ALL Colt company applied markings are present, barrel address, caliber , 2 line patent etc... In fact the entire cylinder scene is present, just slightly faded from use. Even the "Engaged" Line is still present on the cylinder periphery edge. Really, how often do you find a Colt Richards with this appearance and grips, right out of the "bush" not traveled, not having " been around", the real west , untarnished !

 

An early variation of the Slim Jim style holster with border stamping, and border stamped design cartridge belt. Also, it has the early nickel plated rectangular buckle . All typical of the same period as the Richards conversion.

The image of this Richards is set above all others, with an INCREDIBLE pair of checkered carved one piece Ivory grips. They have been with this Richards since the beginning ! They are in near pristine condition, showing only normal hand wear, and the beautiful color only 142 years of age can create.  They are free from damage, with sharp checkering still defined.

The case colors can still be seen on the frame, darkened with age, but present.

PRICE $ 5,995 SOLD / HOLD

*COLT FACTORY LETTER*

DALLAS, TEXAS SHIPPED  1891....

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

In 1891 Dallas was NOT the metropolis it is today. In fact in 1891, it was just a sleepy little town on the Trinity River, dotted with ranches and cattle. Their neighbor, 30 miles to the west was the BIG town, Ft. Worth. So few Colts went to Dallas direct. This one , Serial No. 13686X shipped to Dallas in January 1891, in the configuration and caliber as you see it now. This Colt was used, not abused, it undoubtedly was carried EVERY day, and saw honest use. The original blue finish is absent, and the Colt has a soft gray patina throughout . All serial numbers and frame patents are visible. However, the top barrel address is worn nearly off, only parts of the one line address can be seen. Mechanically, it is 100%: safety, half cock, full cock, indexed, locks tight, releases perfectly to fire. ALL parts are original to this Single Action.  The checkered hard rubber Eagle Grips remain in excellent condition both in color and definition.

A true Texas Colt, and shipped to Dallas. It saw use, and that is what a real Texas Colt Single Action is all about ! PRICE $3,050

 

UTAH TERRITORY ...1890

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

* COLT FACTORY LETTER*

This Single Action Army .45, was shipped in 1890 to Browning Brothers, in Ogden , Territory of Utah. Note: the letter states Ogden, NOT Ogden/Salt Lake City. So, this is early for the Browning bros. as they had not yet opened their Salt Lake City shop. Serial No. 11782X was a Colt Factory Nickel Plate finish, however today about 35% is still present. The balance of the finish is a soft medium gay, some plum, patina. It is untouched and all original. ALL factory applied markings are still present: barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers, caliber mark on trigger guard shoulder. ALL parts are the original parts to this Colt. Thee SAA is fitted with the checkered hard rubber " Eagle " grips. They remain in very, very good condition showing minimal hand wear.

MOST IMPORTANT: the working action is in PERFECT condition. All the hammer notches function correctly, the cylinder rotates, indexes and locks tight. It releases to fire as it should.

A true veteran of the Old Western Frontier. Also, a highly sought after Territorial shipped Single Action, and Utah being a scarcer ship !! PRICE $4,750

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 $3,150

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APRIL 26, 2019

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