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EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COLLECTOR OF SAA's
BLACK POWDER REVOLVER !!
ONE OF 24 EVER PRODUCED, WITH COLT FACTORY LETTER VERIFYING CALIBER
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY, in 44 S&W CALIBER with ORIGINAL "RIG"
This Single Action is a rare opportunity to have a Single Action in RARE caliber, and one of only 24 ever made, who knows today how many are left ? The Colt Factory letter on Serial No. 17631X 44 S&W caliber, Blue and Hard Rubber grips states it was a ONE gun shipment. Shipped on February 12, 1898 to Jack Morris, unfortunately no address is shown on letter, unavailable ! WE do not know where it shipped, but it was purchased in Oklahoma, in the Old Indian Territory area, and the Belt, Holster and hand Made Silver buckle indicate some Frontier symbolism. This SAA 44S&W has lost most of the original blue finish, but traces show in the flutes etc...The finish today is a natural, untouched medium patina. MOST IMPORTANT: the working action is perfect ! ALL hammer notches, the cylinder rotates, indexes and locks tight to fire. The trigger release the hammer and it operates 100% correctly, NO mechanical issues. The checkered hard rubber grips are in very good condition, with strong checkering and Colt Logo. Plus being damage free. Lets review: here we have an ultimate RARE caliber in a Colt SAA, ONE of only 24 EVER produced. It is still a Black Powder Antique, and 100% mechanically correct, PLUS the factory letter and a one of one shipment to an individual!
Please Note: the basket weave holster and most important, the hand made tooled belt. The belt has Indian symbols on it, and the hand made Silver Buckle is also engraved with Indian symbolism.
All factory markings are present: barrel address, caliber, Serial Numbers ( all matching), ALL parts are the factory original.
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 /EAGLE GRIPS..1884 w/ ORIGINAL BADGE, HAMBURG, ARK.
" THE GREAT WILDERNESS", This is what this area was called. Geographically the town of Hamburg ( named after Hamburg Germany, as many names in Arkansas were, like Stuttgart etc...) sat at a confluence of rivers and later Railroads. This 5-1/2 inch SAA , Serial No.11084X, left the Colt factory as a Nickel finish in 1884. Currently you can see about 15-20% nickel still present, mostly barrel, ejector tube and back strap. ALL factory markings are vividly clear, and ALL serial numbers are matching. The Eagle H/R grips show only normal hand wear.
The balance of the revolver is a soft untouched original light /medium gray patina. IMPORTANT: The working actions of this Colt are PERFECT in every aspect, NO mechanical issues, ALL parts are original.
The men in town still sporting their tall boots and Stetson Hats ! @ 1885
A very historical Colt associated to the Police of an area so wild at one time it was call " The Great Wilderness". Along with the original Police Badge.
This is a REAL badge, it has on the reverse a cartouche of the badge maker, Northwest Stamp WCR.
The town was founded in 1854, and was a Confederate strong hold for supplies and troops. It provided farming products, and river transportation, later two railroads arrived: the Ark, La & Gulf Railroad, and the Mo. Pac. RR. Following the Civil War, as in many places, conflicts arose, culminating in 1884 with two vigilante lynching's. This is the year this Colt arrived 1884, you can see there was a demand for Police and firepower. As with all things eventually the town settled into a commercial center.
COLT BLACK POWDER, SINGLE ACTION
ARMY .45, COLT FACTORY LETTER 1883
5-1/2 " BARREL, EAGLE HARD RUBBER, NICKEL
Serial No. 8826X most certainly went into the western frontier, across the Mississippi River. It shipped to Simmons Hardware, St. Louis , February 10, 1883 in a shipment of 50. St. Louis was called the Gateway to the West, for a good reason, by freight or waterway, goods moved into the frontier. Considering they ordered 50 Colt Single Actions, this pretty much clinches the western shipment. This specimen has ALL the markings applied at the factory: barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers (all matching), ALL parts are the ORIGINAL parts. The original nickel finish is less than shipped due to use and wear, BUT 45% original nickel is still present. The heaviest concentration is on the barrel, hammer, top strap and frame.
I think, the frame screws were originally blue, in looking at them. ALL working mechanical actions are 100% correct: all hammer positions, cylinder rotates, locks tight and indexes, then the trigger releases to fire...NO mechanical problems. One of the best features all black powder enthusiasts seek are the hard rubber Eagle Pattern grips. This SAA has a undamaged pair, with only normal hand wear. Checkering and the Eagle Pattern are still very distinct, as is the Colt Logo at top of grips.
A small western attention is noticed on the front sight. It was reduced in size, and a small hole through the sight. Why? many western saloons required your pistol be turned into the bar keep. Many times they hung them on an overhead wire, until the patron left. The original nickel remains on the sight blade.
PRICE $ 4,150
UNIQUE COLT FACTORY
LETTER...1893...COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .41 NICKEL / IVORY GRIP 5-1/2
This Single Action has tremendous eye appeal, with 96%+ original Factory Nickel Plate finish. The Ivory grips are superb in color and condition, and have been with this Colt for 130 years, Serial No. 15307X has another unique feature. It is a Black Powder revolver and is chambered in .41 Colt. During this era a long barrel .41 was very scarce, most all were 4-3/4 inch barrels. This one is 5-1/2 inches ! This Single Action saw limited use and undoubtedly excellent storage to make it to 2023 in this condition. Not only is the exterior excellent but the working actions are perfect: safety cock, half cock, full cock and a perfect release to fire. The cylinder rotates , indexes, and locks tight. NO mechanical problems. The 130 years old Ivory grips have a "creamy mustard" patina and appearance and are free of any damage.
The Colt factory Letter is interesting as it shows shipped to : Hublint Brothers & Co. , but address unavailable, and a shipment of ONLY 3 in November of 1893. A scarce unusual Colt SAA in many ways, with high condition. Great for any collectors collection of the famous Colt Single Action. PRICE $ 7,200
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.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2023
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