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AN INTERESTING COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY .44, IN 1870....

By 1870 Colt was entering the sunset of the 1860 Army, cartridge revolvers were on the rise and conversions were using up old original percussion parts. The era of new finishes was also upon Colt. This Colt 1860, Serial No. 188374, from the 1870 production shows some very interesting features. FIRST the one piece Ivory grips are ABSOLUTELY Colt Factory grips, shipped with the 1860. In referencing the new text "The Colt Model of 1860 Army Revolver" by Charles W. Pate on Page 298, we see an interesting story.  This Colt is marked in the same places as the serial number with two letters IP.

This ONLY appears in the 188,000 serial range, and maybe as few as 18 of them ! It stood for Ivory / Plated. No doubt because in 1870 Colt was not deeply into nickel Plate, and most all revolvers were sent to Adams Plating Company for finishing. However, this is absolute proof the Ivory grips on the 1860 are the ORIGINAL to the Colt. Upon examination they are put together exactly as the factory did with a twist screw to assemble the two pieces.

Despite it's 150 years of age, ALL the working actions operate 100% correctly. ALL parts are original, ALL factory markings like patents and barrel address are clear and present. The old timer shows use and the finish is mostly a soft gray patina. The Ivory grips are in outstanding condition with no damage and a pleasing patina.

 

The barrel also shows something unusual, as the barrel has been changed to a deeper contour to accommodate the new conversions. Why most all the 1860 Army parts by this time were going into conversions to cartridge. This barrel left as a percussion model.

The cylinder scene is very faint, but visible with or without a magnifying glass, and the serial Number matches the rest of the 1860, 374.

An interesting addition for a Colt Collection, especially if the 1860 is the focus of a collection.

PRICE $2,200

 

 

COLT MODEL 1877 DA .38, 3-1/2 INCH....FACTORY GOLD PLATED with FACTORY PEARL GRIPS ! ..1887...

This Colt 1877 was certainly a prized possession in the 1880's. A most elegant presentation of a Colt 1877 for the owner, 100% gold plated ! with complimenting Pearl grips. Serial No. 5751X obviously was a special order Colt. Today we find 99.999% of all the gold plate remaining. It certainly over a 126 year period of time has developed some darkening of the gold, and minor wear spots, but retains the factory coverage.  The Pearl grips are FREE of any damage, and have a fiery radiance and color only found with age. The 1877 shows signs of being carried and used, but I would say a limited amount of use. Just enough to ABSOLUTELY demonstrate it's 100% originality. The acid etched panel designating caliber on the left side of the barrel is still present, and attest to the originality of the gold finish.

Important to all Models of the 1877, whether Gold or standard finish, the working actions are 100% perfect ! Single action, Double action, rotating, locking etc.... ALL parts are original to the Colt, and ALL factory applied markings are clear, legible and present.

Certainly this would be the MOST interesting Model of 1877 in any collection. As in 1887 as today, Gold is a prized commodity !

PRICE $ 3,500

NOTE: This is a Factory NO RECORD Colt, which means, considering what it is, probably a "pull" for Colt Display purposes, or special presentation. This is good, as it further clarifies factory Gold finish.

 

THE FIRST MODEL 1878 MANUFACTURED IN 1896 !!

COLT MODEL 1878 DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER in the SCARCE CALIBER FOR THIS MODEL OF 38/40 ( 38WCF)

This DA 1878, was by serial number, the very first one manufactured in 1896 ! In addition, it is in a scarce caliber for this Model, 38/40. Serial No. 3510X has the 7-1/2 inch barrel, and a strong ! probability of Factory Ivory grips. The Colt has just about all the factory nickel plating remaining on the frame, along with blue on the screw heads and trigger. The balance of the Colt remains about 60% nickel plate on barrel, and 100% on ejector housing. The cylinder has about 60% also, with some freckling. The balance of the surface is a soft plum patina all original and UNTOUCHED. ALL factory applied markings are present : barrel address, barrel caliber designation, and Serial Number. Very IMPORTANT. the working action is 100% perfect on both single action mode and double action mode. All screw heads are clean and crisp, no burring, and ALL parts are ORIGINAL to this Colt DA 1878. This Model Colt was slow in the beginning BUT after a few years into production it became a VERY popular revolver on the Frontier, and with notables of the Frontier. Very rare we can see the beginning or ending Colt revolver, BUT with this DA, it is listed in all Colt records as THE FIRST 1878 made in the year 1896 !

Perhaps if ordered it would be an interesting Colt Letter. PRICE $3,000

   VERY SCARCE PATTERN !

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY 38/40...with A 7-1/2 INCH BARREL, BLACK POWDER, COLT FACTORY LETTER, 1892

I am quite sure at the time there were reasons which guided assembly configurations of Colt Single Action revolvers . For whatever reasons, long barrels just are not found  in the 38/40 caliber. That makes this a scarce Colt SAA, and it shipped to St. Louis, probably making it a western used Colt. Serial No. 14750X has some blue remaining in protected areas, but for the most part it is a dark blue gray patina. Some traces of case colors can be seen on the hammer, and the frame has had all the case colors darken. ALL fcatory applied markings are present: frame patents, barrel address, caliber on left side of barrel, and ALL matching serial numbers. ALL parts are original to the 38/40, and clean screw slots. The checkered hard rubber grips show minimal wear, and still posses sharp checkering. On the bottom of the left grip appears the initials: U.K.T. neatly carved into the hard rubber. More than likely the owner in the 19th century. This Colt has a smooth and PERFECT working action. Safety, half-cock, full cock, cylinder rotation, indexes, locks tight, and a smooth firing release.

A solid example of a scarce Black Powder Colt, in 38/40, along with factory Letter.

PRICE $ 3,950

 

FOOTNOTE: one of the Old West's bad hombres " Little Bill Raidler", preferred this caliber above all others. Said "flat shooting, good knock down power" . A member of the Dalton-Doolin gang in old Indian Territory.

 

 

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, 38/40, 4-3/4" BARREL, 1890...

Serial No. 13003X is a very solid example of a short barrel in the 38/40 caliber. It has about 65-70% of all the original Colt Factory nickel plating. It shows the loss, due to wear, on the cylinder, otherwise one could say an 85%+ nickel finish remaining.  A unique 38/40 as the caliber 38 is marked on the upper left shoulder of the trigger guard. ALL factory applied markings are present and very clear. ALL parts are original to the Colt, and the screw heads are clean and crisp. The WORKING action is PERFECT, in all phases of operation, very crisp ! The checkered hard rubber grips show minimal hand wear, and the checkering is present, as well as the Rampant Colt Logo at top of the grips. This is an exceptionally nice Black Powder 38/40 Colt. The WCF calibers were the precursor to a magnum cartridge and well accepted on the frontier. "Little Billie" Raidler, well known Outlaw, used 38/40 right to the bitter end !

Worthy of a Colt Letter ! PRICE $3,450

COLT MODEL 1877, DA.38..1879

The Model of 1877 represented Colt's first Double Action revolver. It would prove to be very popular, yet was very " delicate" with its DA system. Many found today have mechanical issues. This one, Serial No. 1842X is in PERFECT mechanical condition, which goes along with its physical condition. It has about 95%+ of all the original factory nickel plating, flaking only at the muzzle end of the cylinder. Most of the fire blue is still present on the parts, and it is fitted with Mother of Pearl grips. I believe these grips to original to the "lightning" It has the 3-1/2 inch barrel, with no ejector, sometimes referred to as the Sheriffs Model, or Storekeeper Model.

This is a very striking Model of 1877, with the bright nickel, perfect etched panel, and radiant pearl grips. As a footnote: It was Kittredge in Cincinnati, who hung the name " Lightning" on the .38 Model. When they received their first shipment in 1877, to gain advertising interest in their weekly ad, they billed the new Colt as the Lightning ! the .41 was billed as the "Thunderer"

PRICE $ 2,750

 

 

 

This early "Lightning" of 1879, still has the acid etched barrel panel for caliber identification. IT IS PERFECT and 100% present.

 

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