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COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, US,
HENRY NETTLETON INSPECTED, COLT FACTORY LETTER 1878..
Unique discovery of Revolver !
This Nettleton had been "hidden" for a very long time ! It was discovered when an old cabin was being torn down on a settlers property in Oregon. Now, it has 10-15% of the original nickel plate finish. This variation of finish was found within the Nettleton series, as documented on Page 223 of the text, A Study of the Colt Single Action Army, by Graham, Kopec and Moore. The balance of the surface is a smooth brown tone patina, untouched and all natural.. EVERY Inspector mark HN is present: barrel, cylinder, hammer, frame, trigger guard and bottom of right grip. The letter "P" is also present where it should be. The barrel address is also distinctly correct: no dashes before or after address, and the broken T in the Pt. abbreviation in the address. Distinct to this series ONLY there are NO periods in the US on the frame. Of course in addition to all that, it has the early production features: donut ejector, etc... It has the one piece Walnut grips, and you can still see faintly the two cartouches: Nettleton and Greer.
As far as US Inspected revolvers go, it seems that the Nettleton series holds the imagination captive. Why? they were SO FEW in number and survival rate has not been kind, so this is a collectors prize ! Plus the discovery history is the stuff we collectors dream of, I think?
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 SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, 7-1/2 '', .45 cal,
IVORY, Manufactured 1876..FACTORY LETTER Shipped West in 1886... !!
The Colt Factory Letter describes the Colt as you see it, nickel finish, 7-1/2 inch, .45, shipped on February 16, 1886 to Simmons, St. Louis. The grip shows not listed, however it has Ivory grips, probably added by the dealer at time of sale. In addition a Mexican Silver coin has been inlaid into the right grip, perfectly and professionally. This is an OUTSTANDING Colt from 1876. It has a 95% + nickel finish barrel and ejector housing, the frame and cylinder are somewhat less, around 90%.
As standard on most old Colts the back strap is mostly patina from hand wear. The Ivory grips are incredible, with a magnificent dark mustard finish , striation marks and NO damage. The right grip is perfectly fitted with a Mexican Silver coin. Perhaps this Colt saw some time in the Frontier Southwest. The WORKING action on this Colt is PERFECT ! ALL hammer notches, cylinder rotation and alignment etc...ALL Factory applied markings are present : barrel address, EARLY two line 1872 frame patent, serial numbers, 2964X, all legible. ALL original parts including the ''donut" ejector head.
This is a very handsome revolver, and being early ( 3rd year production) has all the early features and the early appearance. HERE is the mystery: it was manufactured in 1876, BUT shipped in 1886, 10 years after manufacture. It is the opinion of many Colt experts it was a factory hold back, or Colt Salesman sample, maybe even property of a higher ranking Colt executive and later turned back for sale. The exact truth will never be known, BUT a wonderful collector mystery!
PRICE $ 5,500
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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