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COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45,
US, HN, HENRY NETTLETON INSPECTED, COLT FACTORY LETTER
and DOCUMENTATION FROM REFERENCE TEXT...1878
This is a very scarce and most desirable US Cavalry revolver, and within this scarcity a most rare feature. Serial No. 4733X is an 1878 standard Government cavalry revolver, with the 7-1/2 inch barrel, and in .45 caliber, with one exception. It is nickel plated ! On Page 223 of the text, Chapter VI, A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, by Graham, Kopec and Moore it states: "these variations within the Nettleton Series are those which are nickel plated". This Nettleton US has about 75% of the original nickel plate finish present. It was delivered to the U.S, Government at the Colt Plant on September 18, 1878, along with 149 others.
The barrel address is also unique to this series of Nettleton inspected revolvers. It does NOT have a dash at the beginning and end of the barrel address, plus the top bar of the letter T in Pt. is broken. MOST IMPORTANT: ALL the serial numbers are matching, which includes the cylinder and barrel, plus all the regular locations. The HN is present on ALL the correct locations: Barrel, right grip butt, frame, trigger guard ,back strap, cylinder and hammer. It is a 100% correct Nettleton Inspected Colt SAA .45.
The Henry Nettleton cartouche is still present on the right grip, which is correct. Nettleton's time was very limited, therefore the number of revolvers inspected by him is also very limited. A HN is one of the prized pieces in a US Colt SAA collection, and SELDOM to never in Nickel !
PRICE $ 7,850 SOLD/ HOLD
An additional uniqueness to the Nettleton series is the US on the frame DOES NOT have a period after the U and S. This is also detailed on Page 226 of the Graham, Kopec and Moore text.
Nettleton was very thorough in his inspection of parts, as witnessed by the HN on the hammer
The Greer Cartouche has had wear and is not visible on the left grip. ALL parts are the original parts from the Colt factory in 1878.
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 SINGLE ACTION .45 / IVORY GRIPS / ORIGINAL HOLSTER
AND CARTRIDGE BELT, DECORATED BUCKLE WITH **DOCUMENTED**
MONTANA HISTORY.....former John Fox, Collection.. COLT FACTORY LETTER...1883
This is an incredible rig, Colt, Holster, Cartridge Belt, and detailed Documented History to Montana. Serial No. 9158X was shipped to Simmons in 1883, traveling to Kansas then on to Montana. this Colt was the property of Stiles Rollo Slosson. His initials also appear lightly carved on the upper right hand grip. He was a part time Deputy Sheriff, when required. This Colt was on the Bacon Ranch in the Big Hole Basin in Montana and was carried EVERYDAY.
More modern information, this Colt has been photographed and appeared in the 2002 Rampant Colt Magazine, plus in a Prize winning display. This information, PLUS Notarized documents ALL go with the SALE. This is a 100% Montana Colt and was once in the John Fox collection, Mr. Montana himself !
PRICE $7,250 SOLD /HOLD
Carved Buckle, Flower type pattern.
Today we find the Factory Original NICKEL FINISH IN ABOUT 15%, the balance a soft gray patina. The Ivory grips are perfect, and have no damage. Working Mechanical actions are 100% correct.
ALL THE EARLY FEATURES, MANUFACTURED
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, 7-1/2 INCH, WALNUT GRIPS
This Colt Single Action Army .45, No. 1973X has all the early production features. Civilian Models in early 1875 were VERY scarce because they were only made between Government contracts and ceased once the new contract was received. It has a very dark blue/ gray finish on all metal surfaces. There is s very slight plum color in areas mixed with the dark colors. ALL factory applied markings are present: ONE LINE ITALIC LETTER BARREL ADDRESS, the TWO LINE 1872 FRAME PATENT, SERIAL NUMBERS (or portions thereof) ON COLT, ALL MATCHING. Maybe about 65% of varnish still present on the Walnut grips. Everything original to 1875, even the cylinder pin. !
This Single Action is MECHANICALLY perfect on ALL working actions ! Each and every time called upon !
The Walnut grips show hand use, but have no damage, and exhibit a high degree of original varnish. PRICE $ 5,600
Early Single Actions such as this are hard to find, they suffered heavy use, and alterations plus they have early features, even the "donut" ejector head, along with the other early difference.
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY.45, 5-1/2INCH BARREL, IVORY
*COLT FACTORY LETTER*
This Single Action has an excellent appearance. It was shipped west to Simmons Hardware on June 9th, 1883. Serial No. 9319Xhas a very attractive set of one piece Ivory grips, undoubtedly added by the selling dealer Simmons at the request of a customer. Everything else is as the letter states. It has about 50% of the original factory nickel finish, mostly missing on the cylinder, no surprise as it received the most use wear. The balance of the finish is the original nickel and some gray patina, blending for an excellent appearance, especially with Ivory grips.
This is a fine old specimen of a Black Powder Single Action with a 5-1/2 inch barrel. This barrel length was "somewhat" uncommon in the early '80's, as the 7-1/2 inch was clearly established, and the 5-1/2 inch came along late 1875.
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, 1883Uncommon barrel
length, 5-1/2 inches...FACTORY LETTER, Shipped West ....
This Single Action, Serial No. 9741X shipped in 1883 west to St. Louis. It exhibits the early characteristics, one piece Walnut grips, .45 caliber, but a 5-1/2 inch barrel. This barrel length did not become available until about 1876, and was not widely in use, the 7-1/2 inch dominated. The original nickel finish is still present, but only at about 15% coverage. The balance is a soft all original gray patina, NEVER buffed or cleaned. The original nickel is strongly present on the recoil shields, the rear of the frame, and bottom of the barrel along ejector housing. Also scattered on the back strap and trigger guard.
All factory applied markings are present and clear: frame patents, barrel address, caliber on trigger guard shoulder, serial numbers ( all matching). VERY Important ALL the working actions function 100% correctly. The Walnut grips have a smooth antique patina created by the hand ! There are no damages, only normal handling marks.
There is no doubt that this Colt was used and carried some where on the American West frontier. It was used, but NOT abused. Today, honest examples of Black Powder Colt Single Actions are hard to find, especially early ones such as this from 1883, and with a western ship location.
Original nickel is clearly seen on bottom of barrel and half the ejector housing.
The original nickel can be seen on the recoil shields and down the back strap.
The original nickel is clearly seen on the frame and trigger guard.
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.
COLT MODEL 1877 DA .38 , "Etched Panel"
Pearl Grips, 1879...a.k.a. " Lightning " Revolver
This is one time that Colt named the model, but it became known by another name ! The Colt Distributor of Kittredge, located in Cincinnati, applied the name as a marketing gimmick, but it would stick and today this DA .38 is almost always called the "Lightning". Serial No. 1842X is still early in the production of this model, being made in 1879. It has about 93-95% original factory nickel plate, with fire blue screw heads. The fire blue is strongly present on all screw heads except the hammer screw, where it is faded and worn. The hammer reverse and trigger reverse have all their fire blue.. The high degree of nickel remaining is bright and clear. The cylinder accounts for the nickel loss, most all being at the face of the cylinder. Very important, the Etched Panel is PERFECT and completely present.
The "Lightning" is further enhance by, what I believe to be, Colt factory Mother of Pearl grips. They are free from damage and possess a great appearance that only 141 years of natural age can create. Lustrous with swirls of radiant colors, and fit perfectly ! A really important factor in this model at this age is it has a perfect working action, on single and double action mode. From the collectors perspective it is very difficult to find " Lightnings" in this high level of condition,deluxe pearl grips and correct mechanically. Why?, they had delicate operating mechanisms so many simply were discarded, hoping for repair. This one is the exception, it was well cared for since 1879.
PRICE $ 2,650
JANUARY 31, 2022
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