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TEXAS SHIPPED...AUSTIN, TEXAS 1893..COLT FACTORY LETTER.....FAMOUS DEALER...BLACK POWDER FRAME COLT

This Colt Single Action Army revolver is chambered in .41 Caliber, it seems a popular caliber for Walter Tips in Austin. In paying attention to shipments over the years Tips sold many .41's , in fact some to Texas Rangers. This .41 has the 4-3/4 inch barrel and hard rubber grips in the Eagle Pattern. Serial No. 15192X has some of the original blue still present, but darkened. The balance is a blue/plum brown color. The case hardened colored frame has darkened and shows traces of what it was originally. The metal is smooth and it has clean crisp screw slots, no buggering. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present: barrel address, frame patents, Rampant Colt, Serial Numbers ( ALL matching). ALL parts are original to the Colt, and are uniform condition. The working action is absolutely 100% correct on ALL phases of operation, NO mechanical problems. The Factory Letter is exactly what you see, 4-3/4 inches, blue , hard rubber shipped in May of 1893 to Walter Tips, Austin, Texas. The Eagle Hard rubber grips show hand wear in concert with the overall level of the Colt. The checkering is still present, as is the condition of the Eagle and banner.

Black Powder Single Actions are increasingly more difficult to locate, and TEXAS shipped ones can multiply by many more times.

PRICE $3,950

 

 

 

 

A RARE/SCARCE 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.

PRICE $4,650

 

"THE HARD COUNTRY" the REAL FRONTIER OF THE AMERICAN WEST 1871 AND FORWARD...Original Holster.

COLT MODEL 1871-1872 OPEN TOP 44 RIM FIRE with an "IN THE DAY" MODIFICATION TO KEEP GOING FORWARD INTO HISTORY. COLT LETTER REQUESTED....

This Open Top .44RF exemplifies the true tradition of the Old Western Frontier, a Frontier of hard work, little money and each man made it his way ! This Colt Open Top Model, Serial No. 488X was originally, as it left the factory, a 7-1/2 inch barrel. The owner , for reasons known but to him, preferred a short barrel and reduced the barrel to slightly more than 4-1/2 inches, and re-sighted it with a well known sight, a post. Original finish was nickel plated, and about 10% scattered in patches still remains on the Open Top. ALL Factory applied markings are clear and present: barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers ALL places including the cylinder. The cylinder still has the rolled Naval Engagement scene, just faded but visible!

The old war horse still has it's marvelous original 1 Piece Checkered Ivory Grips, they show the life of frontier use, but still with the Open Top.

One must remember, the first practical self contained cartridge was the .44 Henry Rim Fire, both for Rifle and revolver, and highly welcomed ! The other thing to be remembered is the fact of availability ! there might have been days of riding to find an out  post which sold cartridges, and then what variety ?  As time marched on around 1870, period with this revolver another cartridge appeared and was popular, the .44 American central fire. The owner of this revolver, probably on the Texas Frontier and other remote southwest areas made a decision to insure he could ALWAYS fire his Colt. The Colt has been PROFESSIONALLY enhanced, the hammer still original has had a professional gunsmith add a central fire firing pin, without disturbing the original hammer !!

If you want the "REAL DEAL" a true piece of the Old West and raw hard frontier, this is it ! It has all the charisma required to be a piece of the Old West. PRICE $ 4,250

The grips have a natural darkening patina but still have sharp checkering remaining and exhibit correct wear.

The overall appearance of the Open Top is , as stated before, 10% scattered patches of original nickel, the balance is an UNTOUCHED soft flat gray patina. ALL parts are the ORIGINAL parts, even the ejector rod head etc.... The original rim fire firing pin is the original, it was undisturbed when the central firing pin was cleverly added.

One must ask the question ? what was the other most available cartridge in 1871 -1872 and beyond? The U.S. Cavalry was using the .44 American and was easily available on the remote frontier. In thoroughly checking all the options, besides the .44 Henry Rim Fire cartridge this Open Top will chamber the .44 American. After the professional alteration this Open Top will fire the Henry Rim Fire and the .44 American cartridge. Now, the owners chances of always being able to find ammunition greatly increased for then, and into the future.

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.

ALL THE EARLY FEATURES,    MANUFACTURED 1875

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY   .45, 7-1/2 INCH, WALNUT GRIPS

This Colt Single Action Army .45, No. 1973X has all the early production features. Civilian Models in early 1875 were VERY scarce because they were only made between Government contracts and ceased once the new contract was received. It has a very dark blue/ gray finish on all metal surfaces. There is s very slight plum color in areas mixed with the dark colors. ALL factory applied markings are present: ONE LINE ITALIC LETTER BARREL ADDRESS, the TWO LINE 1872 FRAME PATENT, SERIAL NUMBERS (or portions thereof) ON COLT, ALL MATCHING. Maybe about 65% of varnish still present on the Walnut grips. Everything original to 1875, even the cylinder pin. !

This Single Action is MECHANICALLY perfect on ALL working actions ! Each and every time called upon !

The Walnut grips show hand use, but have no damage, and exhibit a high degree of original varnish. PRICE $ 5,600

Early Single Actions such as this are hard to find, they suffered heavy use, and alterations plus they have early features, even the "donut" ejector head, along with the other early difference.

 

COLT PRESENTATION: PRESENTED BY SAMUEL COLT.....

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

 

 

MAY 31, 2022

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