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THREE SCARCE FACTORS !!!

CONFIGURATION, QUANTITY, AND SHIP LOCATION... 1893

   COLT FACTORY LETTER

Here we have a COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY, of the BLACK POWDER persuasion, EXHIBITING  scarce qualities. First, it is a 7-1/2 INCH barrel CHAMBERED IN 32/20 CALIBER !!!!!! ALL collectors know it is extremely rare in this configuration, and nearly impossible to find in ALL original condition. Secondly ONLY 2 were shipped, and the third scarcity, it was shipped to Texas. J.C. Petmecky in Austin, on 5/17/1893.

Yes, Serial No. 14933X is a rare find, and will make a collector very happy. It letters exactly as you see it, blue finish and barrel length and caliber. Currently it has about 65% of all the original blue, except it has darkened and some plum underlying colors. the grips are excellent and are the very desirable Eagle Pattern hard rubber. ALL factory applied markings are present and legible. The working action functions correctly, with all the cock stops and cylinder rotation then locking tight. The Eagle grips are very defined and exhibit correct wear.

 

This is a very scarce SAA, with a fine shipping location & quantity. Hard to find, MUCH LESS to Texas!

PRICE $4.950

COLT 3rd MODEL .44 DRAGOON, CUT FOR STOCK, U.S. ISSUED & INSPECTED. ALL MILITARY MARKS PRESENT, ALL ORIGINAL.

The 3rd Model Dragoon was the largest production number of the three models at about 10,500 made from 1851 -1861. This 3rd model, Serial No. 1692x, has all the Military markings. The left hand side frame has the Colts/Patent marking with the U.S. just below. The Military Inspector letter of "M" appears on the brass guard and other locations. By Serial Range this would be an 1858 3rd Dragoon. ALL serial numbers are matching, including the wedge ! and cylinder.  The part round part octagonal barrel, as many 3rd models were. is fitted with a folding leaf sight. Two leaves for two distances, they are both present and work correctly. Regarding the cut for stock, at this serial range either the first or second model stock would work. This 4 lb pistol was the improved Walk and delivered a powerful wallop with the 7-1/2 inch barrel. The original finish was case hardening on the frame, hammer and lever. The balance a blued finish. Today the finish is mostly a smooth dark gray with some plum undertones. However you can see "puddle" marks outlining the case colors on the frame. The Military NON plated brass has the perfect natural mustard patina, UNTOUCHED. The cylinder had the Texas & Indian fight scene . Right now you can actually see mounted Dragoons and Indians on the cylinder. It is muted with wear and somewhat muddy, BUT can be seen.

ALL factory applied markings are present: barrel address, all matching serial numbers, all military markings, as I said an ALL original 3rd Model. One very unique U.S. marking can be found on the right hand grip. Almost gone but still clear enough to see it....the Inspector Cartouche. which is WAT for William A. Thornton.

Some research on this range of 3rd Dragoons revealed that most were issued as follows: 1st Dragoons, 2nd Dragoons and some to Mounted Riflemen Units. This 3rd Dragoon represents the early years in the Wild Western Frontier, the days of Fremont, Kit Carson and all the trail blazers. The Santa Fe Trail and untamed areas that is where 3rd Dragoons went !

 

You can see a mounted Dragoon in the middle of the cylinder, between the two stop bolt notches and other figures in other locations.

The Dragoon still has it's original 1 piece Walnut grips, and they remain in a darker shade of original Walnut, damage free !

PRICE $7,500

 

 

COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44/40...COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY ...with COLT FACTORY LETTER 1890..4-3/4" and EAGLE HARD RUBBER GRIPS...

Serial No. 13175X was shipped to Simmons Hardware on March 21st, 1890, just as you see it. Blue, Hard Rubber, 4-3/4 ", 44/40 in a quantity of 25. Today the blue finish has evolved into a blue/plum patina, untouched and natural after 133 years. There are still miniscule areas of original blue, like alongside the trigger guard bow.The factory applied markings remain clear and sharp: barrel address, frame patents, serial numbers (all matching) and roll die caliber on barrel. Attesting to Colt quality, the mechanical actions, aka. working actions ALL function 100% correctly: hammer notches, cylinder rotation and indexing, releasing to fire etc...NO problems.

In 1890 the Factory was still using the Eagle Pattern hard rubber grips, which in a few years disappeared.

The Eagle grips are in great condition, showing normal to light hand wear, with NO damage. St. Louis was STILL the jumping off point for firearms going to the WEST. No doubt this Colt crossed the Mississippi River and entered into the wild west which was STILL there in 1890. The west was the greatest demand for this Colt product and considering its caliber matched with the 1873 Winchester Rifle/Carbine drove the demand. Eagle gripped Black Powder Colts are scarce today and highly prized.

PRICE $4,450

 

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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