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EARLY PRODUCTION, 1875, FACTORY LETTER...COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45

Serial No. 2211X has all the earliest production characteristics of the Single Action Army. It has the 7-1/2 inch barrel, 1st style ejector, Donut Ejector Rod Head, Two Line 1872 Frame Patent, and  with the Italic Barrel address, with+ at beginning and end. Also the long face hammer knurling.  ALL serial numbers are matching to include the cylinder. Screw heads are clean and crisp and the cylinder pin is the original with the "hole" in the end. The Working Action functions PERFECTLY, on all phases of the action, and locks tight , each and every time.

The overall finish exhibits  about 40% of the original nickel plate finish, with the balance a blending  light/medium dark gray patina. This Colt is an example of Colt in the early days of finish ! This Single Action was plated by the Adams Plating Company for Colt, as in 1875 Colt did not have the processing in place for Nickel finish for their Single Actions.  This Colt has been examined by one of the authors of the text  "A Study of the Colt Single Action Army" and agrees this is an original finish done by Adams.  As ALL Factory Letters for SAA's of this period will say blue, barrel length and grips NOT listed. The Walnut grips have no damage, and exhibit hand use, with a fine  antique patina. Also, there is small percentage of original varnish remaining. Single Actions of this vintage 1875, especially civilian production are hard to come by, and generally hard used.  This Colt saw use, NOT abuse, and by standards is in very acceptable condition for the collector.

PRICE $4,550

 

The Factory Letter states this one was shipped to one of the original "Five Allies" on New York, H&D Folsom.

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****

KANSAS, CITY MO. /COLT FACTORY LETTER, 1895

The classic appearance of the last half of the 19th century, 4-3/4 inch barrel, rubber grips, and in .45 Colt. This Colt Single Action Army .45, Serial No. 16107X was shipped in 1895 to J.F. Schmelzer, Kansas City Mo. K.C. was a town which stayed famous right up until the early 20th century. Known for many of the dangerous westerners who passed that way, stayed, and left. This Colt is an "all patina" Colt, having once been blue, it shows the "Plum" patina finish many once blue revolvers eventually appear after many years. ALL Colt factory applied markings are present and clearly visible: barrel address, barrel caliber, frame patents an serial  numbers. All the serial numbers are matching, and in correct locations. Mechanically this SAA works 100% correctly on ALL the working actions ! Safety, half cock, full cock, indexing,locks tight, and releases to fire.  The hard rubber checkered grips shown long periods of hand use, BUT they are not damaged, and checkering, although worn is still visible. Additionally, the circled Rampant Colts at the top of the grips are very clear.

This Kansas City Colt did what it was built to do, it was used ! not abused. Considering Kansas City, it's almost a sure bet to believe this SAA went to work in the Cattle/Cowboy industry around K.C. Perhaps over into Kansas, maybe north to the Dakota's. An honest Colt with the dignity of use. PRICE $ 2,750

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.

J. S. COLLINS & CO. , CHEYENNE, WYOMING  (TERRITORY) 1881-1886

A Territorial "Rig" matching Money Belt/Cartridge Loops, and Plug Bottom Holster, from @ 1884 . This Holster will hold the Iconic Single Action Army revolver with the 4-3/4 inch barrel, in either 44/40 or .45 based on cartridge loop size. The original "plug" is still present in the bottom of the holster. It has the classic rectangle nickel plated buckle, with "clipped" corners.

It is interesting to note, that both the buckle and billet has been moved at one time in the distant past. Perhaps the "Rig" changed owners, or the owner lost or gained weight. Either way the change is an ancient one.

The most important factor of this "Rig" is it is marked by the maker: J. S. Collins & CO., Cheyenne, Wyo. If you look at the text "Packing Iron" you will note that Collins was only in Cheyenne a short time, so it makes this outfit even more desirable. Additionally, during this period Wyoming was a Territory, NOT a State !! Very seldom do you find a matching set these days, as over time things become separated, broken, mixed and matched by owners for many reasons etc.. Here we have a Territorial, outfit, from a well known maker, a high plains outfit for the Iconic Colt. Condition: it shows use, NOT abuse, NO broken stitching, ALL original, even the plug in the holster. It has the original Russet color, with some darkening due to sweat and wear use. A very select opportunity for the collector of western " leather" or to complete the perfect pairing with a Colt Single Action Army. PRICE $ 1,950

Cartouche on Holster back : J. S. Collins & Co. Cheyenne, Wyo.

Maker cartouche on the belt...A MATCHING outfit!!

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

COLT 3rd MODEL .44 DRAGOON, Civilian Model @ 1856

This is an outstanding Dragoon, and remains all original and untouched as it is offered for sale. The original blue has since aged into a correct plum patina color, and remains all original. The case hardening colors on the frame have silvered out, and very strong traces of the case color silvering are present. ALL Serial No's are matching, including the wedge and rammer. The cylinder also is matching, and has a very strong presence of the Texas Ranger and Indian Fight scene , and the acid etched panels framing the serial number.

The acid etched panel, above and below the serial number on the cylinder is vividly present and clear: Model USMR ( above) and Colts Patent  (below), as well as most of the cylinder roll scene.

The Walnut grips still have about 95% of the original factory varnish, and are smooth , only with one edge wear on right hand side. Typical of a coat brushing the grip day to day. This Dragoon is untouched, best part, the brass is the old "mustard" patina, never having been cleaned. The mechanical working actions ALL work perfectly, and it locks up tight each and every time the hammer cocks the Dragoon.

 

It is most unusual to find a Dragoon this clean and untouched, with defined etched panels, cylinder scene, varnish on grips (as this is a Civilian variation). As most look like a brown mass of metal, unless you step up to a strong five figure Dragoon. This Dragoon is suitable for the most discriminating collector, and is early Colt history. The men who carried these Dragoons were as Rudyard Kipling said, " this is when the boats were of wood, and the men were of iron" !  PRICE $8,950

 

The Texas Ranger & Indian Fight Scene is still present, although it shows wear, you can certainly make out the Indians, and the bulk of the scene.

 

"BLACK POWDER"  1882

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45 / EAGLE GRIPS, 5-1/2 INCH

This Single Action came out of New Mexico, however was not shipped into the Territory, but like many SA's found it's way to the wilds of the southwest. In 1882 5-1/2 inch barrels were not all that frequent, so it has a bit of uniqueness. It was a blue revolver with case colors. Today it has about 10% of the blue, mostly on the trigger guard and protected areas. Case Colors are more present, just faded, the frame has about 95% of all the case colors, just severely faded, but can be seen when examining the Colt. The balance of the finish is a soft gray/plum patina. Actually a very crisp Single Action, just an antique patina finish. ALL factory applied markings are present, and ALL serial numbers are matching, 8128X, ALL parts are original to the Colt, and the hard rubber Eagle Grips are in very fine condition. We will never know why ? but the base of each grip "scalloped" or notched , what have you ! An artistic Cowboy, or keeping track, you pick! The mechanical action is 100% perfect, on all phases., very crisp. Black Powder Eagle Grips Colt Single Actions are ever increasingly difficult to locate, and are highly sought after. This is a very honest example, and worthy of purchase.

PRICE $3,950

"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.

"UNIQUE PRODUCTION VARIATION"  **FACTORY LETTER

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, 4-3/4 INCH...1891....

This is a very unique Colt, and an example of the "work ethic" of Colt Firearms in the 19th century. This Single Action, Serial No. 13992X, demonstrates Colt's dedication to NO waste! This .45 is made from Military Over-run parts, except the barrel. The frame is an RAC frame, and all the other parts bear the Military Inspector letter "K". Colt made a few too many on a Military contract, and what they did was use the Military parts in Civilian assembly. So, we have a .45 , 4-3/4 inch revolver made mostly of military parts. It does have a straight forward civilian   4-3/4 inch barrel, and of course hard rubber grips. It has about 15% of the original blue remaining, mostly on protected areas. Case hardening colors are very strong BUT faded. They can be seen on the frame, and the hammer. The checkered hard rubber grips show normal to light handling, but in time someone ( 19th century) carved a "W" in the base of the left grip.

Mechanically is it 100% perfect on all the working actions. ALL factory applied markings, barrel address, serial no's, patent etc.. are all distinct and vividly clear. An honest example of a unique Black Powder Colt Single Action, and few of them can be found in this assembled condition. This Colt shipped to Simmons Hardware, St. Louis in 1891, and letters as seen in images.

PRICE $ 4,150 SOLD/HOLD

 

 

JUNE 1, 2017

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