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SCARCE EARLY CASEY INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 17418. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script address with serifs at each end. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. The ejector housing locator stud is missing. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a “U.S”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has a 4-digit number in backstrap channel which begins with “7” and ends with “8”, so it can be considered as matching numbered. The two middle numbers are obliterated by dark stain. Left side of grip has remnants of an inspector’s cartouche, probably that of sub-inspector A.P. Casey. The bottom of bbl, trigger guard and top of backstrap are all marked with a tiny “J” which is believed to be the initial of Mr. Casey’s assistant, W.W. Johnson. However, there is no recorded information regarding Mr. Johnson other than the fact that he was employed at the same time as Mr. Casey. It is unusual to note that there are no “C” inspector marks on any parts visible. This is indeed an extremely rare cavalry Colt. Accompanied by a letter from noted Colt author & historian, John Kopec, wherein he authenticates this revolver and states that two other revolvers in close serial proximity were issued to Troop L, 7th Cavalry in late 1876, only a few months after the massacre at Little Big Horn. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Traces of orig finish remain in visible areas with strong blue under the ejector housing; overall the revolver is a dark plum patina with blue/brown patina in the flutes of the cyl; several screws are battered; grip is sound showing heavy wear with a few light nicks & dings and retains a hand worn patina and the outline of a cartouche on left side. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-44707 JR210 (10,000-20,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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