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COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44/40
BLACK POWDER, EAGLE H/R GRIPS COLT FACTORY LETTER 1884
This is a very solid example of a Colt Frontier Six Shooter, chambered in the 44/40 caliber. Important: the fact it is an early 1880's Colt, it still has the ORIGINAL Eagle Pattern hard rubber grips. Single Actions with the Eagle grips are becoming, I should say become, very difficult to find. This CFSS , No. 10155X is as the letter depicts. 4-3/4 inch barrel, Eagle H/R grips,44/40 and blue finish. This 139 year old finish has aged, now it is mostly a soft gray patina with spots of color remaining. Some blue in the cylinder flutes and case colors visible on the hammer and front of frame. This would have had the "etched panel CFSS" on the barrel but 139years of age and use have worn it off. However, you can see fragments of the panel under magnification. Important: the working action is 100% correct, safety, half cock, full cock, cylinder rotation, indexes and locks tight to fire, then of course releases. All factory applied markings are present and clear: barrel address, frame patents, and 44WCF on trigger guard. The Eagle H/R grips shows hand wear, normal wear, and still retain their eagle, logo, and checkering and NO damage.
Early 1880's Colt Single Actions are right in the thick of the Old West and many of the memorable moments. This veteran still is very desirable and a strong collectors example.
PRICE $ 4,350
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER .45,
This is a solid example of a Black Powder Single Action Army, Serial No. 14054X, .45. It has the popular barrel length for the year, a 4-3/4 inch barrel. It would have been finished in the Blue at the Factory, but has since lost most of the applied blue and is a darker gray patina. However, there are strong traces of blue still on the barrel at the frame and in recessed areas. The balance is a soft natural untouched gray patina. There are even traces of the case colored frame, like ghost puddles of color. Most important: the working actions are in perfect condition and operate flawlessly.
The hard rubber grips show hand wear, yet still retain their checkering and Logo clearly visible. In addition, there are no breaks or cracks and are a perfect fit.
This Colt would be worthy of a Factory Letter as it was and discovered in Eastern Oklahoma, a.k.a Indian Territory.
COLT CARVED LONG HORN STEER
PEARL GRIPS..@ MID 1870'S TO 1880'S..Blind Screw, Ancient Color
This is an incredibly early and super fine condition Carved Long Horn Steer Pearl Grips for the Colt Single Action Army Revolver. Due to thickness and the well aged color of the grips, the age is estimated at mid 1870's to 1880' era. The non carved side has the "blind" screw for attaching the grips and the escutcheon never shows on the Long Horn steer side. They are in super excellent condition, with no damage cracks or breaks even at the corners. This pair of grips is well suited for a superb condition SAA of the earlier period, engraved or not. PRICE $2,995 SOLD / HOLD
EARLY & RARE, COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED .44 ARMY REVOLVER,
.44cal WITH COLT FACTORY LETTER, which is also very rare ! 3 DIGIT SERIAL
Colt introduced this Model in 1860, and had great success as the Civil War began and sales were prolific ! Around 150,000 were purchased by the government and used by Union Troops. This 1860 was shipped before the beginning of the hostilities on January 16, 1861. It is one of the earliest ones available today, a three digit number of 72X, and the earliest feature, a Full Fluted cylinder. It is hard to say exactly why, but this must have been a special Colt, as it shipped to Colt's Office in New York, at 240 Broadway, NY, NY. Then Colt Letter has a "Special Remarks" section where this 1860 was returned to Colt at Hartford, then sent in a shipment of 5, to J.C. Grubb & Co. in Philadelphia on July 9. 1861. NOW! the first shots had been fired, the Civil War was in progress. You never find many letters with this Model, but this one is unique! This early model has the EIGHT inch barrel with the New York address, and no cylinder scene. However, in the flutes on the cylinder ( 2 flutes) you find the Patent date of 1850, and the Serial No. 72X in the other.
This 1860 Army is in a remarkable state of preservation for being 161 years old ! The barrel address, and patent date, are present, slightly faded, and ALL serial numbers are matching. The overall finish is a perfect antique patina of blue and underlying plum patina, yielding an excellent appearance. All edges are sharp and screw heads clean. The working actions are 100% correct, all the notches for cylinder rotation, are correct, half cock, full cock ,and perfect rotation. It locks tight and indexes perfectly in a crisp manner. The original Walnut grips show normal hand wear and have no damage.
This is a wonderful, 3 digit serial number EARLY Full Fluted Cylinder 1860 Army .44
This is also a Cut for Stock, 4 screw version, with ALL the original screws and stock screws present
PERCUSSION REVOLVER !
COLT "BABY DRAGOON" .31 WITH LOADING LEVER..1847 - 1848
The Colt Baby Dragoon revolver is a very significant Model for Colt. It was the FIRST Pocket Model to be made at Colt's Hartford factory. Made from 1847 to 1850 in a small quantity of only @15,000 revolvers. It was basically a "down-sized" .44 Dragoon which was already in production. Serial Numbers ran from 1 to 15,500. This Baby Dragoon, Serial No.1502X, is very rare and difficult for the collector to obtain. It has the Stagecoach robbery rolled onto the cylinder, and rectangular stop bolt notches VS earlier models with Indian Fight cylinder scene and round bolt stop notches. It also has one other variant, the frame is slightly longer. This scarce variation found ONLY from Serial Range 11600 - 15500, a small quantity of just 3,900 Baby Dragoons. No wonder they are never encountered today ! This is a FIVE shot, .31 cap and ball Colt revolver. Mechanically this Baby Dragoon is 100% on ALL working Actions. ALL Factory applied markings: barrel address, Serial Numbers, frame patent and Cylinder Scene are all very clear !
The original Walnut grips show hand usage, BUT NO damage, and retain a fine color and antique luster and patina.
The overall finish is a smooth gray tone, with minute traces of case color and blue, with crisp markings. The brass is an original untouched patina, never polished. An excellent opportunity for the collector of significant Colt revolvers.
William H. " Bill" Quillen, United States Deputy Marshal,
Oklahoma Territory...this is HIS Colt Single Action Army .45
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, 4-3/4 in, EAGLE GRIPS, COLT FACTORY LETTER, AND EXTENSIVE DOCUMENTATION
There is way more significance to this Colt, Serial No. 10712X. It was a participant in one of the most vicious gun battles, involving the arrest and death of George Weightman. He was known as "Red Buck", and was the MOST wanted man in the Territory. He was so demented than Bill Doolin threw him out of the Indian Ty.gang !
All the details are contained in pages of the details of the event of March 1896. Three USD Marshals, Ventioner, Quillen and Holcomb attempted to arrest this Gang of Miller and "Red Buck" near Arapaho Ok. Ty. During this attempt a vicious gun battle erupted. One gang member, Miller had his right hand blown completely off, and all but two fingers on his left hand blown off. USD Marshal Ventioner was shot through the lower abdomen, by Red Buck right in front of the dug out. Holcomb was attempting to drag him to safety before Buck finished him off with a 2nd shot. Just then Red Buck fell dead with a shot thru the head, accredited to Bill Quillen. However, later it was said Ventioner shot Buck while laying there being dragged, HIGHLY improbable ! Note: A Minco, OK Newspaper published an article in 1896, stating Quillen had filed for the Reward for killing "Red Buck". Either way this Colt was in the hands of Bill Quillen at the wild shootout in March 1896, Oklahoma Ty. There are many many more pages about this man and his history, the purchaser can read at his leisure. This Colt has about 60% or more original nickel plate finish, the balance is a soft gray patina. The cylinder represents the major loss of nickel and most of the patina. The Eagle Grips show normal wear and have crisp images and no damage. MOST IMPORTANT: despite it's exciting life it remains 100% mechanically correct in every working action. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present. Due Note: 3 notches are present in 3 locations ! butt, trigger guard edge, and very end of the barrel past the sight !! With this Colt, they are the REAL deal !
PRICE $ NFS
Colt Letter, and ALL documentation, photo copies, and note much of this research was done in the areas of happening in Oklahoma.
COLT PRESENTATION: PRESENTED BY SAMUEL
FACTORY ENGRAVED BACK STRAP: CHARLES BROWN / COL. COLT..
HISTORICALLY VERY INTRIGUING, WITH POLITICAL INTRIGUE
"Colt was also a “copperhead,” a northern Democrat who opposed President Lincoln and grew wealthy arming traitors. Colt supported “states’ rights” and even charged the US Army 10% more than he charged the confederate states for his weapons. Weirdly, he called himself Colonel and created his own army. There was lots of weird with 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
Unique to this Model, the "wrap around" grip.
Price $ 6,000
Finally, information has been discovered as to who was the presented, Charles Brown. The Union Newspaper, of Georgetown, Delaware from October of 1863 , Page 2 presents the information on Charles Brown. Originally from New England, then Philadelphia, migrating to Delaware. His purpose was to run for the Congress in Washington. He is referred to as the Honorable Charles Brown Esq. He ran as a " sham" Democrat, being known as a " Copperhead". He opposed N. B. Smithers calling himself a member of the "union Party". Brown had strong Southern sympathies, and felt the U.S. should let the CSA go it's own merry way and end the devastating war. He was often called Charles " Tinder Box" Brown. Now for a very interesting fact !! Samuel Colt was known as a "revolving Northern Democrat" like his pistol, and was considered a Copperhead. In fact shipping several shipments of revolvers to the South AFTER the war had began. It is more than likely Brown and Colt knew one another and he gave this Root to Brown.
The "Cabin & Indian" cylinder scene still present and clear.
MARCH 31, 2023
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