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INSCRIBED NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 105747. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and cal is marked on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with wonderful 2-pc pearl grips with a raised carved spread winged eagle on right side. Revolver is engraved in about “C” coverage by L.D. Nimschke with foliate arabesque patterns on sides of frame and snake and dot pattern over top strap. Recoil shield and loading gate are engraved in sunburst patterns with Hunter’s stars on each side of the bbl boss. Base pin boss and ejector boss are engraved with snake and dot patterns. Foliate arabesque patterns extend up each side of bbl with a Hunter’s star back of the front sight. Top of backstrap has a foliate spray with geometric patterns down the backstrap, on the buttstrap and trigger bow. Buttstrap is inscribed in period script “ABA”. Ejector housing is engraved with snake and dot pattern on the outer radius with a series of dots in top gullet. Cyl is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns in lands between flutes and has a snake and dot pattern around rear edge. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter identifying this revolver in cal 45 Colt with 5-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, rubber stocks and factory engraved, shipped to Hartley & Graham, New York, NY, on August 21, 1884 in a 2 gun shipment. Grips were apparently supplied by Hartley & Graham or a dealer. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine; bbl retains 96-98% strong orig nickel with some minor losses around front sight and slight holster wear around muzzle; frame retains about 60% strong orig nickel with the cleaned and worn areas a dull patina; trigger guard retains about 70% orig nickel and the backstrap about 20%; cyl retains about 70% orig nickel with light flaking; ejector housing retains 60-70% strong orig nickel; grips are sound with great fire and color; hammer is not solid in half-cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-44697 JR275 (17,500-27,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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