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   THE CLASSIC OLD STYLE

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, 7-1/2 INCH, BLUE & CASE, 1 PIECE WALNUT GRIPS...1884

 **COLT FACTORY LETTER**

The classic looking Colt Single Action Army .45. It has the early barrel length of 7-1/2 inches, .45 caliber, and a beautiful blue and case color finish. Regarding the grips, this "color" appeared for a very brief time, sometimes referred to as "Orange grips", due to the more orange color of the Walnut and the Varnish. Serial No. 10784X is a beautiful example of an 1884 Single Action. It has about 25%+ of the original Colt blue, and about 95%+ of all the case color hardening on the frame and hammer. The vivid colors are only slightly faded, and are easily seen . Most of the blue is concentrated on the trigger guard, back strap, in cylinder flutes and the top of the ejector housing and the barrel edge along side. The balance of the finish is a very correct and untouched plum patina. It is the case colors on the frame that really jump out at you. Mechanically, this Colt SAA has PERFECT working actions: safety, half cock, full cock, indexing and locking tight. ALL parts are original to the Colt, including cylinder pin. ALL screw had slots are clean and crisp. ALL fcatory applied markings are clear and present: barrel address, frame patents, trigger guard caliber mark, and ALL matching serial numbers including the cylinder. The hammer checkering is crisp and exhibits no wear. The 1 piece Walnut grips show some wear, but have a very high degree of original varnish present. The color is unusual as it was only this particular wood used for a brief period, with the varnish hat gives you the "orange 'color Walnut.

This Colt shipped in 1884 to one of the Colt " Allies" in New York, as almost all did in this time frame. A very strong Colt Single Action .45 from 1884. PRICE $7,850

 

COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE, .36, "The Most Elegant"

Considered by many collectors the most elegant of all the Colt percussion revolvers, in its sleek lines and function. Serial No. 245X, is a FIRST year production revolver from 1861 ! It remains in INCREDIBLE condition. It has 98%+ of all the original high polish factory blue finish on the barrel, 80%+ of all the blue on the cylinder and 95% of all the case color hardening on the frame and hammer. The back strap and trigger have 99% of all the original silver plating, with of course the blackish tarnish still present. Indicating this revolver is 100% natural, never having been cleaned or disturbed.  The rammer has about 90% of all the original case colors. It has the 4-1/2 inch barrel. ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, serial numbers  (all ) and the frame patent, and most important the patent date in the cylinder flute. The original grips have 100% of all the original factory varnish. Mechanically: this '62 Police is 100% correct on ALL of the working actions ! Amongst all this wonderful aged perfection, this is only one issue. The right grip has some damage, there is no rhyme or reason why ? it just is.' Is it repairable yes, there are restoration artists who can do this. Just scratches, an unknown reason why? These scratches are from the 1860's, and have darkened with age.

An incredible Colt, 156 years old and to be in this condition. Suitable for the finest of collections, or just as a Colt Model 1862 Police with outstanding quality. PRICE $4,950

 

 

SCARCE & SELDOM ENCOUNTERED !

1862 .36 COLT POCKET NAVY REVOLVER...1st YEAR, 1st WEEK PRODUCTION, 3 DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER.

Serial No. 24X was manufactured in 1861, undoubtedly in the first week of production. This Model was manufactured simultaneously, and numbered in the same serial range as the 1862 Police. This Model accounted for slightly less than 40% of all the revolvers  manufactured within this series. The popularity of this model was very high, as it offered the .36 caliber of the '51 Navy, in almost the size of a '49 Pocket Model. Despite this, VERY few can be found on the collectors market today, they are seldom encountered and when they are, mostly in heavily worn condition. One other important reason for their scarcity in original format was the cannibalization for making them into Cartridge conversions ! This Pocket Navy has 97% of all the original blue on the barrel, 75% on the cylinder, with 30 -40% of the case hardening colors still on the frame and hammer. There is about 10%+ silver plating still left on the back strap and trigger guard. There is 100%  of the original factory varnish on the impeccable grips. Mechanically, this Pocket Navy functions  PERFECTLY on all phases of operation, loading, cocking, firing etc... ALL factory applied markings are present and ALL Serial Numbers are matching. The Stage Coach hold up scene  on the cylinder is present, dark in some areas, but visible.

This Pocket Navy has the Scarcest Barrel length, being 6-1/2 inches.

A scarce and elegant model, a pocket .36 caliber revolver, aptly named the Pocket Navy of 1862. PRICE $6,250

Underneath barrel is 100% original blue....

 

COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER ( 44/40 SINGLE ACTION), COLT FACTORY LETTER, ORIGINAL HOLSTER 1884......

Serial No. 10763X is a 7-1/2 inch barrel, ETCHED PANEL 44/40, a.k.a. Colt Frontier Six Shooter. It comes with it's original holster in which it was carried for MANY years on the western frontier. It is a Tritch Hardware, Denver Colorado holster, and so marked!  This CFSS shipped in 1884 to J.P. Moores, NY, and is detailed as you see it, in the Factory Letter. This has the more desirable 'Etched Panel" Colt Frontier Six Shooter" on the left side of the barrel.

I apologize for the images, but the ENTIRE etched panel is present,  and all the words. Just faint enough to make a photo incredibly difficult.

The Colt shipped as blue, and today there is about 10-15% blue present, the balance a correct , UNTOUCHED, plum patina. Which all blue guns eventually gravitate to that finish. You can see traces of case colors, some stronger on the frame in front and lesser on the rear of frame, but present never the less. ALL screw heads are clean. ALL Serial numbers are Matching, including cylinder and barrel, PLUS you have the petite 44 on bottom of barrel.  ALL WORKING MECHANICAL ACTIONS FUNCTION 100% CORRECTLY, EACH AND EVERY TIME ! The one piece Walnut grips are smooth with an excellent patina, and no damage, only light handling marks of the period.

A " Classic" Colt revolver, the Colt Frontier Six Shooter, introduced in late 1878, as a companion revolver for the 1873 Winchester, ONE cartridge, two weapons ! This one experienced life in the high plains of Colorado, it probably has a story !

PRICE $6,250

 

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

FEBRUARY 28, 2018

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