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ULTRA-RARE EXTREMELY EARLY PINCHED FRAME COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER SN 2. SN 2. Cal. 45 Colt. Yes, that’s correct! This revolver is the second production sgl action Colt Army revolver made in the line of this famous model of which there were over 250,000! It has the rare pinched frame with nickel finish. Bbl has been reduced to 5-1/2″ & it currently has wonderfully carved raised ox-head 1-pc ivory grip with ruby eyes (one missing) & gold covered horns with a small oval plaque at the top of the right side inscribed “NO.2”. When the bbl was reduced in length the sight was relocated and has been slightly altered with notches cut in the front & rear. The serial number “2” is clearly visible on the frame, trigger guard, backstrap, cylinder and bbl. Bbl has 1-line address in small slant letters with a serif at each end & it has 2-line “JULY 25 1871” and “JULY 2 1872” patent dates on the left side of the frame. It has its orig 1st type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. There is no evidence that the caliber was marked on the trigger guard. It is readily apparent that this revolver has seen hard service. It spent virtually all of its life in Mexico & possibly the southwest. This revolver was previously sold by the Julia Auction Co. in 2005 at which time it was shown to be accompanied by several Colt Factory letters identifying this revolver as having been shipped Oct. 1, 1877 to Wexel & DeGress, Mexico City, Mexico in a shipment of 30 like revolvers. Also accompanied by a letter dated Jan. 18, 1992 from prominent collector Enrique E. Guerra of Linn, TX wherein he states that in about 1952 he purchased this revolver from a detective of the City of Monterey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, named Jose Medina for about $650.00, which was a considerable amount since Colt single actions with little finish could be purchased for $20 – 25. He also states in the letter that at the time it had wood grips. Mr. Guerra states that he replaced the wood grips with the carved steer heads with the gold oval and later sold it to someone he can’t recall. He states that he did not have the “NO.2” engraved on the plaque. Also accompanied by a 1968 dated collection sheet from the collection of Robert Q. Sutherland fully identifying this revolver. He states that the plaque on the grip was engraved for Gerald G. Fox by A.A. White & that it was item #22 on pg 27 of Evolution of the Colt and was displayed at a number of shows in 1966 & 67. The revolver is also pictured in The Book of Colt Firearms by R. L. Wilson, page 238. Also included is a note from Ron Wagner, former curator of the Winchester Museum, listing a few of the serial numbers which accompanied this revolver when it was shipped. Also accompanying is a copy of the Nov. 1955 issue of Modern Man magazine which on p. 32 features three Colts from the Gerald Fox Collection which includes #1 & #2. And finally accompanying are copies of the cover & pages from The Texas Gun Collector, Fall 1987 which has an article regarding serial #2 and also the collection of Charles Schreiner III which included #2. This revolver is well-known, having passed through many famous collections to the Wes Adams Collection. PROVENANCE: Enrique E. Guerra Collection; Robert Q. Sutherland Collection; Gerald G. Fox Collection; Dave Stauble Collection; Charles Schreiner III Collection; Bob Dean Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good, as noted, all matching including the bbl & cylinder. Retains 20-25% orig nickel with the balance a very dark attic patina. Some of the screws are battered & the cylinder pin is pretty chewed up but probably orig. Cylinder pin screw is an old replacement. Hammer has a crack by the firing pin on each side. Mechanics are fine, with a strong dark bore that may clean better. This revolver is completely authentic as found in Mexico with period modification of shortened bbl (from 7-1/2” to 5-1/2”) and replaced grips of carved elephant ivory. A truly rare single action revolver. 4-44686 JR208 (40,000-60,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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