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DEADWOOD, SOUTH DAKOTA..SHIPPED 1895...1 of 1

COLT FACTORY LETTER & DEADWOOD HISTORICAL SOCIETY LETTER

This is the type Colt Single Action every collector searches for, maybe some find, most do not find. This Colt Single Action Army, Serial No. 15974X, had to be a special order Colt. It was a 1 of 1 shipment in 1895 to Morrell Hardware Co. Additionally it is in the incredibly scarce caliber of .38 Colt ! A 4-3/4 inch, blue, hard rubber revolver as described in the Colt Archival letter. It was Sold to Morrell Hardware Co., but shipped to and by Simmons hardware in St. Louis. In doing a COMPLETE United States Search for Morrell Hardware Co. 1895, ONLY ONE ! appears. that is Morrell Hardware Co. in Deadwood South Dakota. Upon contacting the Deadwood Historical Society, they had a comprehensive amount of information available.  They  maintained a Store Front on Main Street in Deadwood, S.D. Owners, Hathaway and Maloney were quite enterprising. They chased the gold ! in the Black Hills. In 1895 they opened a satellite office in Cripple Creek, Col. and in Victor Col., both booming gold strike towns. All shipments received from the east came to Deadwood. Other store locations received shipping and supply was from Deadwood. The merchandise was shipped by Stage Coach route through Cheyenne. Information from the Deadwood Historical Society etc.. plus the Colt Letter accompany this Colt when sold. The condition of this RARE COLT is as follows: 7-8% blue remaining, mostly on top of ejector housing, flutes and small protected areas. The balance is a soft gray/light plum patina. Untouched and all natural. Most all case colors are still on the frame and hammer, strongly faded. Screw heads have clean slots and blue color ! The checkered hard rubber grips are  excellent, with fine checkering and NO damage. The Colt logo is quite clear. Mechanically Perfect: ALL the cocking actions are there, it indexes, locks tight, and releases smoothly to fire. ALL parts are original to this Single Action. ALL factory applied markings are clear: barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers (all matching), and barrel caliber designation, 38 Colt. When one considers the presence of this Colt, it is fabulous! Deadwood, S.D. is  famous, the Black Hills Lawless Boom Town, "Bill" Hickok, Calamity Jane, Colorado Charlie Utter, Deadwood Dick, on and on.   T-V Shows have been made about this town, written about extensively, it embodies the OLD WEST, as of this writing, NO OTHER Deadwood Single Actions completely verifiable, not suggestive rumor, are known to exist. It well can be the jewel in a Single Action Collection, on both rare configuration, 1 of 1, and destination in 1895.

PRICE $ 10,950

 

 

A VERY EARLY SINGLE ACTION...1876..CLASSIC APPEARANCE

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY, 7-1/2 INCH, 1 PIECE WALNUT

This is a very early Single Action, being a Civilian Model. At this time, it would be fair to say almost all production was to fill the government contracts for the .45 revolver. Civilians were made and sold during the short down times between government renewal of contracts. Only 11,000 revolver were manufactured in 1876. Therefore, very few made it into the civilian distributor sales. This Army , Serial No. 3247X, has the classic appearance, long barrel, one piece walnut, and a scarce original nickel plate finish. It is more than possible this revolver was plated for Colt by the Adams Plating Company. This is THE original fish, and about 30% is still present. The balance is a soft gray patina, creating no harsh contrasts. ALL parts are original to this Colt, and ALL Serial Numbers are matching. This Single Action has an unusual factory " error" , lets say a Friday afternoon, Monday morning error. Actually it makes the Colt more appealing to collectors. The barrel address runs in the wrong direction !

The photo also shows quite a bit of nickel remaining on top of the ejector housing and breech of the barrel. Most Important: the working action is perfect. Safety, half cock, full cock, indexes, locks tight, and smoothly releases to fire. ALL parts are original ! The one piece Walnut grips show normal hand wear, NO damage, and have about 70% of the original factory varnish present. Single Actions from this early production are seldom encountered, and especially in this original condition and finish level.

If you are looking for an early Single Action .45, well then this is an excellent choice. It even has one of those Factory "oops" that make it even more desirable. Just a very solid early Coot Single Action .45. Probably a Factory Letter would be worthwhile.

PRICE $ 4,450

Photo also shows quite clearly the early 2 Line Patent on Frame, and clean screw heads.

BEAUMONT, TEXAS 1905

COLT FACTORY LETTER

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .41....

Single Action Army Serial No. 26518X was shipped into Beaumont, Texas in July of 1905. The letter states blue, 5-1/2 inch, .41/C. Today the Colt still has the SAME configuration. The finish is no longer a bright blue, but a gray/plum mixture. A patina finish which has not been disturbed, it is all original as time has brought it forth to this point. The cylinder does show some stronger hints of the original blue, the balance is a plum/gray patina. ALL factory applied markings are still present and clear: Barrel address, barrel caliber, frame patents, and all matching serial numbers. The hard rubber grips show everyday hand wear, as the checkering is very light ! but the Colt logo at top of the grip is strongly visible. The working actions are PERFECT, on ALL phases. Safety, half cock, full cock, indexing, locking tight, and releasing to fire. ALL parts are original to the Colt.

What was Beaumont ? In 1901 they discovered vast quantities of "Texas Tea" , "Black Gold",  to the rest of us, OIL ! It was "THE" Oil boom that pushed American into the future we have today. Like any boom town, weather it be gold or oil, there will ALWAYS be disputes, company land, privately owned land etc...In many cases violence erupted. Along with the normal "boom" problems came, gamblers, ladies of the evening, con men, and ruffians.The need for self protection, and maybe even deal direction was settled out of court. There was a need for a Colt ! Judging by the grips, this SAA .41 was worn and handled everyday, in what manner we will never know. PRICE $3,150

Please Note: The .41 Caliber has been placed into a new category. Due to the extinct cartridge the ATF has placed the .41 into the same category as Pre 1898 single actions...antique !

CUT FOR STOCK, COLT THREE SCREW , MODEL 3, 1851 NAVY .36 REVOLVER.. 1857

This 1851 Navy, Serial No. 7937X, is discussed in great detail on Page 61, of Nathan Swayze's book, '51 Colt Navies. Quoting Swayze, this Model is "extremely" rare.

 In further research, they are FEW in number , maybe less than 50 manufactured. The identifying feature is the rifle sling  attached to the front of the trigger guard, and the recoil shield NOT cut for stock. This Navy employed the rarest of all stocks from Colt. Samuel Colt was not one to let an idea get by him, and when he saw the 1855 Springfield with Stock being used by Mounted Dragoons, he decided to make it his idea and better. He mounted it to a revolving Navy pistol. The idea with Colt was to achieve Government contracts for the Military. A "Lanyard" was worn around the Dragoon's neck, and attached to the sling on the revolver. Thus preventing loss when dropped or riding hard.  Samuel never missed an opportunity, or a chance to call it his idea, after all the '51 was a six shot pistol !!

The cylinder only has fragments of the original cylinder scene, but it is MATCHING by serial number to the rest of the revolver.

Mechanically, this '51 Navy functions 100% correctly on ALL phases of the working action. ALL parts are original, all serial numbers are matching, and ALL factory applied marks are present and legible.  The overall finish is a dark plum/gray patina. However, you can still see "ghost" traces of case color on the frame and hammer. The entire idea of the RARE, RARE Colt '51 Navy was the pursuit of Government contracts, what ever they had, Colt could offer better !! If you are a Colt Collector do not be fooled by the modern theory of "well it has to have high finish levels to be of importance or have value " the theory fostered by the new genre. This is a very rare Colt, and maybe the only one that will be seen for a few more decades. Samuel Colt thought it worthy to be made ! PRICE $4,250

This image clearly shows the factory square cut hole to accommodate the "hook" attachment for the stock, just like the 1855 Springfield.

The image clearly shows the factory sling strap mounted in front of the trigger guard. Also, the patent on the frame is vivid and easily seen. The screws are also shown and have clean slots.

Both grips , left and right are identical condition, one piece Walnut, showing handling marks NOT abuse.

****PLEASE NOTE: 2nd item from the bottom of this Page is the Last of the Sling Feature '51 Navy revolvers, the RARE 4 screw cut for stock, a perfect companion purchase with this '51 Navy****

BLACK POWDER COLT, 1896, USED IN EARLY MOVIES OF THE 1900 VINTAGE...by BISON 101 FILM COMPANY...

COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER,44/40..Roll Die Barrel

This Colt Frontier Six Shooter is about as good as it gets ! maybe not condition, but a life of adventure !!!This is an 1896 Colt, Serial No.16621X, and was part of the real west, and then the west of EARLY movies.  Briefly, as documents come with this Colt explaining all in great detail. Bison Films was an eastern company attempting to make Western films with lots of Indians. Their eastern locations were not suitable, so they packed up, went to California. Stroke of luck, while there the Miller Brothers 101 Wild West Show was performing. They immediately saw opportunity, all they needed was already there, so they packed up moved to Ponca City, OK, and changed their name to Bison101 , and new western films rolled out. Early stars like Tom Mix, even Will Rodgers, came to be known, and none more authentic than E. ( Enos) Canutt, actor and stuntman. This revolver is marked many ways, for many things:

Please note the 'B" by the hammer bolt, and BISON stamped into the frame. Then punch dot stamped are the letters "E.C." Undoubtedly for Enos Canutt.  The back strap is also punch dot marked with other symbols, as is the butt between the grips. The Colt itself has some of the original blue remaining, I would say about 10%, the balance is a soft gray patina. Mechanically this CFSS has a PERFECT working action. The checkered hard rubber grips show use ! no damage just use, and hand wear.

There is a small notebook of valuable information that comes with this Colt CFSS

If you like the Old West, and those Mythical beginnings of the Western Films, when the 20th century was in it's infancy, and 1900 was a new world, then how could you not be romantic about this Colt? PRICE $5,900

This side of frame is punch dot "A" with a dot in the letter, plus for arts sake they re-circled the rampant Colt.

Another interesting feature is the fact down the barrel are punch dot symbols for all the suits of cards: Hearts, Spades, Diamonds, and Clubs.

COLT PRESENTATION: PRESENTED BY SAMUEL COLT.....

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 $ 6,250

 

 

 

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 $ 4,250

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.

PRICE $350

"EARLY", COLT FOUR SCREW, .36 CUT FOR STOCK '51 COLT NAVY REVOLVER...as seen on Page 68, in Swayze's '51 Navy Revolvers book...1857...

It seems that in 1855 Samuel Colt got the idea of a revolver with a detachable stock. It apparently came from the Springfield Model of 1855. he was always interested in Military Contracts, and set his designers to create a pistol, which could be fitted with a detachable stock. The very first attempts were not produced, as they fitted like a 1855 and were simply not practical. The first true and practical pistol with detachable stock was this Model. Serial No. 7463X has ALL the features, of the early model:

  • Recoil Shield Cut for Stock Attachment
  • Iron Trigger Guard & the Back Strap, also cut for stock
  • Four Screw Frame
  • IMPORTANT : Factory Installed Sling Swivel in front of Trigger Guard

This close up clearly shows the Sling Swivel, and the Four Screws used to attach the Stock.

This Early Four Screw Navy is incredible, after so many years the mechanical action is still 100% on all phases of the working actions. The grips are smooth, with a fine antique luster and appearance, and no damage. ALL factory applied markings are present, and visible. The finish has original blue spots scattered on the revolver, ghost images of case color on the frame, and mostly a medium gray patina. ALL parts are matching, even the wedge ! The revolver shows minimal signs of having the stock attached, as Swayze mentioned, this accounts for the extreme scarcity of stocks, few produced and separation. Yes, this '51 is not a high condition specimen, BUT what it is , is an INCREDIBLY RARE & SCARCE Colt, with miniscule production levels. Simply put, NEVER seen on the market for Colt collectors and '51 Navy enthusiasts. Therefore, MORE than acceptable as a collectable Colt, a rare '51 Navy find ! PRICE $5,350

 

The cylinder scene is still present, it is worn and faded, but still visible and present. Also frame patent clear and present.

 

 

DECEMBER 30, 2018

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