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COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45...EARLY 1878...IVORY GRIPS

This Single Action has all the early characteristics collectors prefer, and holds the imagination of the Early Frontier. The 7-1/2 inch barrel, black powder frame, and Ivory grips. Serial No. 4703X is from the 1878 production, only the 4th full year for this  soon to be historic model. Originally it left the factory in full nickel plated, but today only about 5% remains. The finish is a soft plum patina, with the 5% nickel mostly on the frame base and trigger guard. Some faded case colors are still visible. ALL the factory applied markings are still present and clear: frame patents, barrel address, serial numbers etc.. ALL parts are original to this Colt. Most important, the working action is 100% correct: safety, half cock, full cock, cylinder rotation, indexing, locking tight and releasing to fire. The Single Action has ONE piece Ivory Grips. These grips were probably added at the time of purchase by the selling dealer.  They are in great shape except for bottom inside left corn where small  corner is missing, otherwise all there. They also have that antique mustard color only 145 years of natural age can produce.

It becomes ever increasingly more difficult for the collector to find Black Powder, 7-1/2 inch Single Actions that remain ALL original, even with Ivory grips at a reasonable price point.

PRICE $4,150 

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

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