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FINE EARLY CIVILIAN COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 42781. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl under ejector housing has the last four digits of SN. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and cal is on left shoulder of trigger guard. Mounted with varnished 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Last four digits of matching SN are also on cyl. Ejector rod housing is 2nd type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. The era in which this revolver was produced (1878) was at the height of the Great Westward Expansion when literally any type of firearm was in great demand and the Colt Single Action revolver was at the zenith of its popularity. There was almost no facet of western life that did not involve a Colt Single Action revolver. Given that these revolvers were working tools having continuous use, usually under adverse circumstances, they are rarely found with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. All matching. Bbl retains about 60% glossy orig blue with only light muzzle edge wear with the balance having flaked, not worn, to a medium patina; ejector rod housing retains 60-70% glossy orig blue with the outer radius about half flaked to a light patina and shows light front end wear; ejector rod head retains most of its orig blue with some thinning in one spot on the edge; frame retains bright case colors in sheltered areas, faded elsewhere being mostly a light patina; hammer retains bright case colors on sides and rear edge, turned dark on top edge; cyl retains strong blue in the flutes with outer diameter blue mixed with flaked patina; chambers retain virtually all of their orig blue; trigger guard retains most of its dark orig blue with the front strap about half flaked to a light patina with some light flaking on the trigger bow; backtrap retains strong glossy blue at the very top with the body of the backstrap & buttstrap retaining thinning blue from candy striping flaking. Grip is sound showing light to moderate edge wear with nicks & scratches and retains about 95% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44865 JR333 (10,000-20,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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