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HISTORIC TEXAS CATTLE RANCH...The ''Shanghai'' Pierce Cattle Ranch, Pierce Texas. Documented Colt !!

Colt Single Action Army .45,4-3/4''   Shipped 1894  FACTORY LETTER &RANCH LETTER.....

Many times over the years I have been asked about real western Cattle Ranch associated revolvers, this is one of them. Abel Head Pierce was a cattlemen's legend in Texas, his daring, cattle sense and ambition made him a legend. Even his name, ''Shanghai'' came from his uninvited voyage from New York to Texas aboard a ship landing at Indianola, Texas. The ranch he founded in Pierce Texas was famous for the many perfected Cattle breeds and importance in Wharton and Matagorda counties. This began in @1872, after selling his previous ranch. Colt Single Action No. 15951X came from the Pierce Ranch in 1894, where it was in use until 1901. There is a hand written testimonial on Ranch Letter Head stationary attesting to this, and signed. ALL original.

Today the Single Action shows it's life on a South Texas ranch. It is still 100% mechanically correct on all working actions, and all parts are the original. The blue finish is now a mixed gray patina with dark spotting scattered on the surface. ALL factory applied markings are present and clear: frame  patents, barrel address, serial numbers and barrel caliber of .45. The original hard rubber grips show normal hand wear for the period used.

This an absolute guaranteed Colt Single Action used on and carried by a Cowboy on the Shanghai Pierce Ranch. Isn't this what all the collecting fraternity is always wishing for ? A real deal Colt from a Texas ranch and used there !  Lets not forget it comes with a Colt Factory letter also, plus all the 100% guaranteed Pierce Rand information. A rare opportunity for the collector. PRICE $ 4,250

This 35 page documentary goes with the sale of the Colt.

Most intriguing, after day to day use, the Colt was kept safe, although not the best storage. It was kept , and still was in the same bag when acquired. A canvas First National Bank of Galveston $200 Money Sack !


This 7-1/2 inch Colt .45 Single Action certainly saw much use, probably much action, in the wild frontier regions. Serial No. 4642X shows being shipped to Wexell y Degress, Mexico City in 1879, in a shipment of 400 of the same specifications.  There is a small factoid here, as the SAA was manufactured in 1878, according to Sutherland and Wilson. Wexell y Degress was a distributor who had contracts and contacts with the Mexican Government to supply, Army, Police and other law enforcement agencies. Not to mention undoubtedly sold quite a few to individuals seeking Single Actions. ie.. Ranchers, Businessmen etc... This Colt wears it's condition with pride ! Originally shipped as Nickel finish, unfortunately less than 1% remains visible. Almost a certainty Wexell y Degress  placed the Ivory grips on the Colt from day one.  The overall finish is a mixing of dark and light gray patina, the Ivory grips tell the story. They are a fine antique patina, the left ( non exposed grip) shows perfect color and patina, yet the right grip which was exposed when carried, shows 142 years of earned character. I feel it does not detract, but enhances the honesty of the Colt.

All factory applied markings are present: barrel address, frame patents, caliber and ALL matching serial numbers. (all parts). All parts are original to the revolver. The working action is perfect, all clicks, half cock, full cock, indexing, locking, and releasing to fire correctly ! Single Actions with this history, ship location and appearance are highly sought after, and always have been a favorite of collectors.

PRICE $ 5,450

Image of 1878 Mexican Flag  only.






This short barrel Single Action is very strong in condition, having about 93% or more, of the original factory nickel plate finish. There is a small percentage of nickel missing, mostly on the frame above the trigger, where ones thumb might be, and then on the cylinder one side on the rear between notches. However, the Colt was well kept, and the metal remains bright so there is no severe contrast. ALL factory applied markings are strong and clearly visible: barrel address, serial numbers(all matching) all locations. The working action is superb, it has all the hammer stops, half cock, full cock, the cylinder rotates flawlessly, indexes, locks tight for firing , then releases to fire. This occurs each time the revolver is called upon. It has the factory original hard rubber Eagle Grips, which remain in the same condition as the revolver.

PRICE $5,750

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.

PRICE $3,950

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.



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.

PRICE $2,950


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 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 "


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



SEPTEMBER 30, 2021


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