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SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR, COLT FACTORY
PRESENTATION ENGRAVED with 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 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
JUNE 30, 2021
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