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COLT FACTORY LETTER, SHIPPED TO DALLAS, TEXAS

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER .45  ..1888

This Colt Single Action shipped to Dallas, Texas in 1888. Actually that is quite unusual, as most Colts at that time were shipping to San Antonio and Austin. The Colt appears as described in the letter, 4-3/4 inch, blue, hard rubber, .45. The SAA has very small amounts of the original blue remaining, mostly in the flutes and protected smaller areas. The overall finish is a soft charcoal gray original and natural patina having never been touched. There are some of the case hardening colors visible on the hammer and frame, however they have darkened. The mechanical action is PERFECT ! safety, half cock, full cock, indexing and locking tight, with a smooth release to fire. The Hard Rubber Checkered EAGLE grips are fantastic. They have all the checkering, and the Eagle design is strong and defined. The grips show very minimal hand wear.

This Colt Single Action Army was shipped right into the Old West in Dallas, Texas in 1888. A classic ship and a classic appearing .45 SAA, VERY collectable ! PRICE $4,450SOLD

 

"THE ULTIMATE SCARCEST CONVERSION OF THE 1860 ARMY"

COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY CONVERSION TO .44 RIM FIRE, USING STRAIGHT CYLINDER, @ 1870-1872

This is without a doubt the rarest of all Colts conversions of the 1860 Army to a cartridge arm. It took place at the time of the  popularity of the .44 Rim Fire cartridge.  This Model can be found in Bruce McDowell's book on Conversions of the 1860. It is believed that there are and were less than 50 manufactured. In collectors hands today , maybe a few ???.  The conversion was accomplished using a straight cylinder, NO rebate, and the original hammer was re-cut into a rim fire profile and shape. Serial No. 6937X after the conversion, has about 45%+ of the nickel plate finish, the balance is a gray/light gray patina and undisturbed. A sight has been added to the barrel just in front of the cylinder. ALL Serial Numbers are matching, and ALL parts are original to the 1860, including the straight after conversion. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present, barrel address, serial no's etc.... Mechanically this Rim Fire 1860 functions 100% correctly on all working actions. The original one peice Walnut grips are in superb condition, showing an antique hand use patina, and free from damage.

The significance of the 1860 Conversion to .44 Rim Fire is enormous : FEW were made, FEW exist for the collector today, and remember the Colt Open Top was in .44 Rim Fire, no doubt on the heels of this Model. A fine addition to a collector of conversions and Colt History.

PRICE $3,450 SOLD

The original re-worked hammer to accommodate a .44 rim fire cartridge can be clearly seen.

This 1860 Conversion to 44 Rim Fire was used ! Therefore even with limited quantities, some made it into circulation, and no doubt use on the Western Frontier.

 

EL PASO, TEXAS 1894

COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44/40,   *FACTORY LETTER*

This Single Action has the 4-3/4 inch barrel, with the roll die of Colt Frontier Six Shooter.

Serial No. 15378X shipped to El Paso Texas in March of 1894, coincidentally the same year John Wesley Hardin arrived in El Paso. Currently the blue finish shows use and holster wear, as there is about 15% present, the balance is a soft blue/gray patina untouched.  There is some case colors to be seen on the hammer. The frame mostly in front of the cylinder where the cylinder pin passes.  Mechanically, it is 100% CORRECT on EVERY working action, functioning flawlessly. ALL factory applied markings: barrel address, barrel legend, frame patents, and serial numbers are all present and matching. The CFSS is further enhanced by ORIGINAL Mother of Pearl Grips. The grips have a fabulous color and look, only age produces. The RIGHT grip is decorated with a Five Point Texas Star carved into the grip !!

El Paso was the "last of the wild" which collected all the players of the "OLD" west looking for the last "hurrah". It embodied the quickly vanishing Old West, and its way of doing things! Seldom do you see BLACK Powder shipments before 1898, the bulk of shipments were in the 1905 era and the burgeoning Oil business in the Basin.

PRICE $ 4,250 SOLD / HOLD

The Frontier Six Shooter exhibits some holster wear, as the cylinder shows the "rub" in holster .

   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 $7,650

 

COLT NEW POLICE .32 & THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPT., TEDDY ROOSEVELT POLICE COMMISSIONER, 1896.. *COLT FACTORY LETTER*

In 1896 Theodore Roosevelt became Police Commissioner of New York City. He found complete and utter chaos ! Uniforms, varied,  efficiency varied, and social positions were honored above the law. He began a major reformation of the department. He contacted his favorite pistol company, Colt's Patent Firearms Mfg. Co. Colt had just introduced a new Pocket Size revolver, the New Police .32. Roosevelt was impressed and ordered 4,500 revolvers, so the NYPD would be uniformly armed. This Colt New Police, Serial No. 552 with New York Police issue number 1972 on the butt is one of them !!

ALL the back straps were factory engraved by Helfricht, New York Police, and is verified in the letter. The finish today is somewhat worn, as it should be, as this New Police was carried. There is about 10-15% blue remaining, the balance is a soft gray/plum untouched original patina. There is still bright Nitre Blue on the Hammer and trigger reverse. ALL factory applied markings are present and clear. The checkered hard rubber grips are in superb condition, except one very minor under sliver on the back strap edge. I must mention one mechanical short coming, the single action cocking mode is fine, however the double action mode is not functioning correctly each time. I have been told it would be a simple repair, maybe in the $50 -$100 range. This is taken into consideration with the asking price. A very historic revolver for Colt, and a direct connection to a larger than life legend, Theodore Roosevelt, soon to be of "Rough Rider" fame and San Juan Hill.

PRICE $950

 

New York Police Issue number of 1972 is visible on the bottom of the butt.

Nitre Fire Blue, still present on Hammer Reverse.

Also shown is the unique frame logo. Colts New Pocket, encircling the Rampant Colt.

Current Celebrity Status ; If you subscribe to DirecTV, Channel 245, TNT, the show is the ALIENIST. It is the story of crime in New York while Roosevelt is Commissioner. In several episodes the Colt New Police is shown in great detail !! It even shows the wagons from Colt delivering the Revolvers to Roosevelt at the P.D., and T.R. describing the use and value of the Colt. No question it got important status in the show!

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.

 

 

APRIL 30, 2018

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