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COLT .32 NEW LINE / EXHIBITION LEVEL ENGRAVED, with SILVER
GRIPS, SNARLING DOG HEAD AND FLORAL PATTERN...1874
This is an EXQUISITE example of Colt engraving, ( possibly Wexell & DeGress , NY). Serial No. 122X is a 2-1/4inch barrel .32 New Line Model from Colt which has been exhibition level engraved and fitted with the MOST ornate Silver grips. As of this date, no one has ever seen a snarling dog motif silver grip ! This New Line was obviously intended for a person of importance, or the companion of some one of importance. Mechanically all the working actions operate perfectly. All factory applied markings are present. Even the grips are marked Patented 1874.
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, 4-3/4 '', BLUE, COLT FACTORY LETTER 1892, HOUSTON
This Colt is testimony to the fact that no matter how dedicated to perfection and exactness a company may be , they are made of imperfect human employees ! Colt Serial No. 148747 is a human assembly error. The frame is 148747 while all other numbers are 148647 ! Note: # 148647 is a .45 caliber revolver. While assembling this Colt a simple number error was made. I contacted Colt, their opinion was if it was detected, it was allowed to ship, as it certainly did not effect function. This Colt has not been tinkered with and exhibits ALL original togetherness since day one !!! ALL factory applied markings are present and legible: barrel caliber, serial numbers, frame patents IMPORTANT: the working actions are perfect: cocking, locking, cylinder rotation and alignment, releasing to fire. The overall finish today is a dark gray patina, and the surface shows some peppering and minor distress. Typical of a south Texas Colt. The Eagle hard rubber grips are extremely worn ! and coincides with the use the revolver has had in Texas.
So here we have a small factory irregularity of human error, and long term use in Houston Texas. However, it is still a BLACK POWDER Single Action with a Factory Letter and a little story to tell.
PRICE $ 2,875
|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
JANUARY 31, 2022
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