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SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR, FACTORY ENGRAVED
PRESENTATION...COLT FACTORY LETTER
COLT MODEL 1894 DOUBLE ACTION ARMY .38
This Model revolver played a significant role with Colt and Military contracts. It was "the" revolver that replaced the Single Action, and preceded the Artillery Model SAA. Serial No. 9690X is a Model of 1894, BUT did not ship until May of 1898, as verified by Factory Letter. It was factory Engraved on the back strap " William R. Follmer". The letter is further interesting as it was a one gun shipment, sold to one individual, shipped to another, I would say they were Military Associates of Colonel Follmer. It turns out that one of the names ( Sold To) on the letter is the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, and a General in the Army.
The Model 1894 has about 96-98% of all its original bright factory blue finish, and all the fire blue on the hammer reverse and trigger reverse. ALL factory applied markings are very clear and present: barrel address & patents, circled Rampant Colt, barrel caliber etc.. including serial number and assembly numbers. The hard rubber checkered grips are in extra fine condition. The only wear is the back strap, which is understandable as it is where it is held to show someone ! Mechanical working actions are perfect, on both single and double action modes. It has the standard military length barrel of six inches. Colonel Follmer was an active participant in Combat during the Spanish -American War, and following the War, was a major leader in early power companies, steam and electric. Much more material is available and continued research by the buyer will be very satisfying.
All the bright fire blue is clearly seen on the hammer reverse.
Follmer's Spanish-American War Service Medal, and his photo in Colonel's Uniform to the left. ( goes with sale)**William R. Follmer began as Captain of Company A, 12th Pennsylvania Infantry. organized in Lewisburg, Pa. At wars end he rose to Lt. Colonel, and later appointed to Colonel following the war. Later a major force in Citizens Power Company.
COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE,
1871..ORIGINAL .36 Cal.
Considered by many Colt enthusiast to be the ultimate in streamline design of all the Cap N' Ball era pistols. The Police, Serial No. 4480X has the 5-1/2 inch barrel, and the fluted rebated cylinder. This exceptional example is an extremely fine and high condition survivor. After the Civil War, many ! of these were converted to cartridge revolvers, so an original Cap N' Ball is highly desired. This one is extraordinary in condition. It has 98% of all the original factory bright blue, 99% of all the case hardening colors on the frame and loading lever, plus 65% of all the silver on the trigger guard and back strap. The walnut grips have 99.9% of all the original factory varnish. ALL, ALL serial numbers are matching, ALL parts are original to this '62 Police. ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, frame patent. Mechanically, it functions 100% correctly on ALL working actions.
This '62 Police has survived 148 years in remarkable condition. It obviously received excellent care from a proud owner, hoping to receive the same care from it's new home !
AN EXCEPTIONALLY SCARCE COLT SINGLE ACTION
COLT SINGLE ACTION, BLACK POWDER, 1893, 7-1/2 INCH BARREL, IN 32/20 CALIBER, with EAGLE GRIPS.
AUSTIN, TEXAS 1 OF 2 !!!!!
All to most all Single Action collectors recognize that a Black Powder frame, long barrel, Eagle Grips, in 32/20 is an ultimate discovery. Shipped in May of 1893 to Austin Texas, a large dealer, and ONLY 2 were in the shipment. This alone testifies to the singular rarity of this configuration. Serial No. 15149X has about 15% of the original blue, mostly on the Trigger Guard, and back Strap, however much blue in the cylinder flutes.
Case Hardening colors are present on the hammer, but faded. The frame has almost all the case colors, strong in front of the cylinder, and the rest of the frame is a " silvered out" case color.
The balance of the Colt has a soft untouched plum/gray patina. ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, barrel caliber, patents on frame, and ALL matching serial numbers. ALL parts are original to this revolver. ALL mechanical Working ACTIONS are perfect, each and every time !! Just as a Footnote to History: Emmet Dalton, of Coffeyville Bank Fame, preferred and carried a 32/20 SAA !
PRICE $ 3,950
A difficult Single Action for the collector to locate ! Even better, this one shipped to Austin , Texas, 1 of 2 in shipment.
COLT 1860 .44 ARMY REVOLVER with ORIGINAL
SLIM JIM HOLSTER & BELT..1868..JUST OUT OF FAMILY HOME
Colt Model 1860 Army, Serial No. 17452X, has been in one and only one family until now, when discovered and now being offered to collectors. It has an overwhelming presence and condition, along with the original Slim Jim holster and belt. This Army has the eight inch barrel with about 90%+ of all the factory original deep blue. The blue is also strongly present on the back strap. There is about 30% silver plating on the brass trigger guard, the balance an untouched soft patina on the brass. The rammer still has all the vibrant case colors, as does the hammer. The frame has ALL it's case colors, just ever so slightly darkened from age. The Walnut grips are like new, with 100% of all the factory piano varnish present. The cylinder due to probable entry in and out of the holster has less blue. There is blue on the rebated part of the cylinder, but the balance is a soft untouched gray patina. The cylinder scene is 100% present, and vivid ! including the Engagement Line at the cylinder periphery.
To find a previously undiscovered 1860 Army, with it's rig, in this state of condition is incredible, and is all FRESH to the collecting buyers !
Original Slim Jim with carved pattern on border, and body of holster. Plus original belt, typical style of the late 1860's .
ALL factory applied markings are clear and present: barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers ( ALL matching), caliber, and cylinder scene.
ALL, working actions function 100% perfectly, loading, cocking locking, etc...
COLT PRESENTATION: PRESENTED BY SAMUEL
FACTORY ENGRAVED BACK STRAP: CHARLES BROWN / COL. COLT
COLT No.2 ROOT REVOLVER, of .28 CALIBER, 3-1/2 INCH BARREL....1856
Without doubt, one of the rarest Colts one can find, or collect, is a Colt presented to an individual, by Samuel Colt himself ! Generally it was noted as "from the Inventor" or Col. Colt. This one is engraved as Col. Colt. This Model is also referred to as the Side Hammer Model of 1855, the design of Elisha K. Root, and also Samuel Colt. This is .28 caliber, and has the 3-1/2 inch barrel, and was finished in the blue. Serial No. 1088X has about 2% of the original blue remaining, the balance is a soft natural untouched gray metal patina. The Rosewood grips have about 90% of the original varnish, with minimal wear/use marks. the Colt factory applied markings are clear and perfect, particularly the "finger pointing" 1855 Patent, Hartford barrel address. Surprisingly the Indian & cabin fight scene on the cylinder is remarkably clear, somewhat faint, but can be clearly seen. Mechanically, The solid frame ROOT WORKS 100% CORRECTLY ON all PHASES OF THE WORKING ACTION. This Root Model is significant, as because it shows the future thinking of Colt for the company. In 1855 all Colts operated with an "open top" frame, it would not be again until 1871 with the Cloverleaf, and later Single Action a solid frame was employed. A VERY HISTORICAL & SIGNIFICANT ROOT NO.2
Price $ 6,000
Finally, information has been discovered as to who was the presented, Charles Brown. It seems the Brown Family was a very wealthy Rhode Island family, and were stock holders in Colts Patent Firearms Mfg. Co. Almost assuredly this Root was a thank you, or an enticement for addition investment in the company. Know this: there were VERY FEW of any Model presented by Colt himself to anyone. A true collecting opportunity.
FRISCO SYSTEM...FRISCO RAILWAY
1880' s TEXAS ( 1881)
COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER ( 44/40)
This 7-1/2 inch Colt Frontier Six Shooter had a very colorful history in the Old West ! The FRISCO System ran through Indian Territory, all the way through Texas to the Galveston Coast. To say the least, a rough and dangerous route. There was a term in the late 1800's used for the men who would have used these revolvers. "Cinder Dicks". These men were Railroad Employees, not outside agencies. Their job was to guard the rail yards, equipment and cargo. Most of all, keep transients from riding the rails free. These men gained very quick reputations for brutality and enforcing Railroad Rules. THIS Single Action, without doubt would have been the property of the Frisco System RR and carried by a Cinder Dick ! The right grip is so marked:
The other grip shows "bang" damage, sometimes used as a hammer, or club to beat the transgressors in the Railway Yard or Freight Car. The Colt itself, Serial No. 6257X is all matching, except the trigger guard which is 103733. It has been together forever, so I suggest the original guard was flattened beyond repair in an "incident", and replaced with the current trigger guard. This would have been an "Etched Panel" barrel, CFSS, but through use the panel is not visible. It has 25% of the original nickel plate remaining, the balance is a smooth plum/gray patina. Mechanically, surprisingly it is 100% mechanically correct on each and every working action ! A FABULOUS Colt with Early Railway/Texas history, FRISCO, the REAL DEAL ! PRICE $ 3,995
NOTE: the photo at right shows the Frisco Line Locomotives across Red River into Texas from Indian Territory.
@ 1860's Black Patent Leather Type Flap Holster with Red
Leather Trim and Plug Bottom
FITS : COLT 1849 POCKET 5 INCH OR '62 POLICE WITH A 4-1/2 INCH BARREL
OVERALL SUPERB CONDITION FOR A HOLSTER FROM THE 1860'S : no broken stitching etc...original brass closure intact.
OCTOBER 31, 2020
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