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EARLY CIVILIAN COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 72967. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Mounted with modern replacement 1-pc walnut grip with matching last four numbers of SN in backstrap channel. Last four digits of SN were observed on bottom of bbl under ejector housing and on cyl. Careful examination discloses that this revolver is a spectacular restoration with either an orig replacement bbl or a carefully restored one with re-rolled address. Frame has very slightly dished screw holes and the caliber marking on trigger guard is dbl struck. Cyl has “DFC” (David F. Clark) military sub-inspector initials indicating that this is a recycled cyl from Colt surplus parts. Backstrap shows fine pitting near the top which has been polished over prior to finishing. Dimensionally this revolver holds to factory specifications and therefore may be simply a factory assembled specimen from some rejected military parts which appears to be the most likely scenario. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in 45 cal. with bbl length and type of stocks not listed, blue finish & shipped to Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co., Chicago, IL on Feb. 2, 1882 in a 10-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including grip. Bbl retains 65-70% glossy factory style blue with muzzle end wear with most of the losses flaking near the frame; frame retains brilliant case colors in sheltered areas with balance fading; hammer retains brilliant case colors turned dark on top edge; trigger guard retains strong bright blue, lightly faded on front strap; backstrap retains glossy bright blue at top and on buttstrap with backstrap a blue/brown patina; cyl retains 88-90% strong bright blue; grip is sound with a few nicks & dings and a scratch on right side and retains most of its bright varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44693 JR203 (7,000-12,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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