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COLT FACTORY LETTER ..1881
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45
**UNUSUAL SHIP LOCATION **
Colt Single Action Army .45, Serial No.6902X is as the Factory Letter designates. Nickel plated finish, note: barrel and grips not listed, which means 7-1/2 inches and 1 Piece Walnut grips. As we see the Colt today, it has about 35%+ of the original nickel plate finish, the balance is a soft mellow gray patina. ALL parts are factory original, ALL factory markings are clear and present. Most Important: ALL working actions function 100% correctly all the time ! The original Walnut grips have no damage and show normal hand wear.
The most UNIQUE part of the SAA .45 is the shipping location for 1881.
It shipped to M.W. Robinson, NY, NY in a quantity of 12 ! At this time M.W. Robinson was an exclusive S&W distributor. You can look at ALL the factory letters after the Civil War for S&W, you will find shipped to M.W. Robinson, NY. There were exceptions in the 1870's like Curry Brothers, California. In all my years in the business, never have I seen a Colt SAA shipped to M.W. Robinson.
There is a very strong presence of nickel plating remaining on the barrel, both sides, and specific areas on the frame. This early Colt SAA still has the "donut: head ejector. In 1881 the Wild West was reaching a crescendo across the west with Range Wars, Outlawry, and Clan Fights in the Southwest. A strong example of an 1881 Colt, with a unique shipping location.
COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY
"SCARCE" LONG BARREL, 38/40..COLT FACTORY LETTER
BLACK POWDER 1897......
An early example of Colt Single Action Army, STILL A BLACK POWDER REVOLVER, with the new designed cylinder pin release. A tool was no longer required to back out the frame screw, now, just press the spring loaded button and pull out the cylinder pin. Certainly a great improvement, no tool, screw driver etc.. required We see by 1897 the hard rubber grips have changed, no Eagles at the bottom, the entire grip is checkered. Shipped in January 1897 to Kentucky, just in time for the Hatfield and McCoy feud, could be ? This is a blued Colt with Case color hardening, and hard rubber grips. Currently it has about 10% original blue, the balance is a soft plum gray patina. The blue is around the trigger guard. ALL factory applied markings are clear and sharp: barrel address, barrel caliber, frame patent and Rampant Colt, plus clear and MATCHING serial numbers..
The checkered hard rubber grips are in very good condition, strong checkering is sharp, and the upper grip logo is very distinct. The is No damage and are original to the Colt. The working action is crisp and perfect ! ALL working actions: cocking , locking, indexing, and firing NO problems. This is a scarce Single Action, LONG barrels in 38/40 are few and far between. A nice collectable Colt.
PRICE $ 4,500
COLT MODEL 1877 DA .38, 3-1/2
INCH....FACTORY GOLD PLATED with FACTORY PEARL GRIPS !
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
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