Julia’s October 2014 Firearms Auction
Continues to Raise the Bar!

Auction: October 7th-9th, 2014

Preview: October 3rd-6th, 2014

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3000

VERY RARE COLT MODEL 1839 REVOLVING PERCUSSION CARBINE.

SN 320. Cal. .525 smooth bore. Very rare carbine with 24″ faceted to rnd smooth bore bbl, German silver pin front sight and fixed rear sight, without forearm. Mounted with uncheckered straight gram American walnut buttstock that has smooth, steel, semi-crescent buttplate. Trigger guard is serpentine shaped. Cyl is 2-1/2″ long, six chambers with rounded shoulder and 4-slot nipples. Serial number was observed on the wedge, cyl rotating ring & toe of the buttplate. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. The numbers on rear face of bbl lug & cyl have been obliterated by corrosion. According to various publications there were about 950 of these carbines produced 1838-1841. These are some of Colts most rare long arms and are almost never found today in any condition. Accompanied by Mr. Yearout’s Collection inventory card which shows that he purchased this carbine in May 1972 from well known Western dealer Evie Morgan of Clarkston, WA. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Good, appears to be all matching as best that can be determined. No orig finish remains with the metal being a mottled silver/brown patina with light pitting. Stock has several light grain checks with a repair and wood fill around top & bottom tangs and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine; dark pitted bore. 4-53849 JR38 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3000

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3001

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1855 HALF STOCK PERCUSSION SPORTING RIFLE.

SN 2859. Cal. 44. Fine deluxe rifle with 27″ oct to rnd bbl, nickel silver Rocky Mountain front sight and 3-leaf rear sight graduated to 300 yds. Bottom of the bbl has a steel rib with two guides containing its orig brass tipped wood cleaning rod. Cyl is full fluted and six shots. Mounted with nicely figured American walnut with uncheckered small forearm that has nickel silver tip. Stock has a checkered straight grip with shotgun style heel & toe plates. Toe of the stock has a large repaired section. Trigger guard is serpentine shape. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were 1,000 to 1,500 of these rifles produced 1857-1864. Although these rifles were reasonably popular on the American frontier they were eventually supplanted by the advent of cartridge arms. They usually saw hard service under adverse conditions and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: About fine. Bbl retains 15-20% orig brown finish with the balance a grey/brown patina; receiver & cyl retain 65-70% orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas. Stock has the aforementioned repair on the toe, otherwise wood is sound with usual nicks & scratches and retains most of a restored finish on the buttstock and the orig finish on the forearm. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore. 4-53948 JR103 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3001

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3002

COLT FACTORY PRESENTATION MODEL 1855 SIDE HAMMER SHOTGUN TO RETIRING COLT EMPLOYEE IN 1868.

SN 967. Cal. 10 Gauge. Spectacular deluxe revolving shotgun, blued finish and color case hardened hammer with 30″ oct to rnd bbl and single nickel silver bead. Mounted with highly figured, checkered American walnut buttstock and small uncheckered forearm with nickeled brass tip. Buttstock has a smooth steel buttplate. Forearm is secured with a single key through nickeled brass escutcheons. Bottom of bbl has a metal rib with two iron guides containing an original Colt brass tipped, gutta percha wiping rod. It has a 5-shot fluted cylinder with usual frame & cylinder markings. The top tang is inscribed in period script engraving, “Presented to Wm. Tuller by Colt’s P.F.A. Mfg. Co. Oct. 1st 1868″. Accompanied by a seven page letter from renowned Colt authority, historian and author, Larry Wilson wherein he presents great detail regarding Mr. Tuller’s employment as final inspector for the Colt assembly line. He relates that in March of 1857, an 18 page article appeared in THE UNITED STATES MAGAZINE entitled “A Day at the Armory of Colt’s Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company, Hartford, Connecticut”. This article was published on p.357 of HISTORY OF THE COLT REVOLVER, Haven & Belden. Mr. Tuller was apparently an inspector for several years and his small “T” will be found on many early Colt firearms. Mr. Wilson indicates that Mr. Tuller retired on Oct. 15, 1868 and had been an employee of Colt’s for their entire existence up to that point. Mr. Wilson lists a review of the Colt Factory Journal “B”, on p.588 and under the date Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1868, shows that this shotgun was presented to William Tuller with appendages “As per day book 45/48″. Mr. Wilson states that this book no longer exists and that no entry can be found for this shotgun in Colt records, probably due to the flood in the 1930s. Mr. Wilson states that this shotgun will be featured in future editions of THE COLT ENGRAVING BOOK and in other publications. Also accompanied by copies of the cover and p.74 of COLT PRESENTATIONS FROM THE FACTORY LEDGERS 1856-1869, by Houze. It shows p.588, dated Tuesday, November 17. 1868 that a 30″ 75 cal. shotgun and appendages were presented to “Wm Tuller as per Day book 45.48″. There is an asterisk, “William Tuller retired from the Colt company on October 15, 1868″. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine. Retains virtually all of its fine orig factory finish to both metal & wood; bbl has scattered light spots of surface rust and a scratch near the muzzle and is turning slightly plum; ramrod is extremely fine; frame retains 92-94% glossy bright orig blue with the flaked areas a dark patina; cylinder retains 70-75% glossy bright orig blue with the flaked areas a dark patina; hammer retains 50-60% silvered case colors and the loading lever about 80% dark case colors. Wood is sound, with the stock having a few grain checks on both sides and normal light handling & storage marks on both stock & forearm and both retain most of their bright orig factory varnish; buttplate retains 30-40% orig blue with the balance flaked to a dark patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. This fine shotgun is probably unfired and any finish loss is from flaking & storage, not wear. 4-47898 JR126 (35,000-50,000) – Lot 3002

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3003

FABULOUS SILVER-PLATED AND ENGRAVED COLT 1855 FIRST MODEL SIDEHAMMER SPORTING RIFLE.

SN 906. Cal. 36. A wonderful and rare antique Colt recently discovered in Italy. This 1st Model Sporting Rifle has the patent oiler mounted on left side of frame. Round steel cleaning rod mounted on eyelet on left side of barrel at muzzle and on eyelet on frame to rear of cylinder breech. It has the ball & detent rammer lever and 6-shot cylinder with cylinder scene of a hunter shooting at running stag with two downed and on the ground. Cyl has the etched panel “COLT’S PATENT / SPORTING RIFLE” and on the center bar “ENGRAVED BY W.L. ORMSBY N.Y.” 21-inch round bbl with standard octagonal breech. Standard barrel marking with “COLT’S PT/ ADDRESS COL COLT/ 1856/ HARTFORD CT USA”. Dovetailed German front sight with mouse ear rear sight mounted on the top strap of the receiver. Trigger guard has the sporting rifle style “ears” front & back. The sides of receiver, top strap, octagonal transition of bbl, top & bottom tangs, trigger guard, buttplate tang, patchbox mountings, web of the rammer handle & hammer are and beautifully engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. The serial number was observed on bottom of frame, on bottom tang, and cylinder. Mounted in fancy honey-brown uncheckered walnut has a sculpted steel patchbox on right side and features the “Hartford Stag” engraved on the lid. Plain steel buttplate with elongated top tang, a sneaking fox engraved at the tang base. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 80% of its strong orig silver plating with some thinning at sharp edges and pimpling on backstraps w/ few scattered spots and flakes on frames along with some minor flaking on cyl. Barrel, patchbox and buttplate smooth gray patina, with light pitting. Fading case-hardening on hammer and loading lever. Retains most original varnish with scattered light nicks and mars. Sharp rifling w/areas of pitting, nipples unbattered. 4-53700 JWD101 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 3003

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3004

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED COLT PATERSON #1 BABY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH 4″ BARREL AND COMPLETE ACCESSORIES.

SN 457. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 4″ oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight and usual 1-line left hand script letter address which reads “Patent Arms Mg Co. Paterson N.J. – Colt’s Pt.” with dashes at each end. Cylinder has 5 chambers with centaur scene roll marking. Frame is usual configuration and is mounted with varnished 1-pc, square butt, walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig Colt casing with fluted lid and brown striped velvet lining, recessed in the bottom for the revolver, an orig copper & gold washed brass charger with matching number “53″, an orig capper numbered “89″ inside the lid and in the body, a sgl ball bullet mold with three turned walnut handles, a loading tool with nipple pick, a walnut handle brass cleaning rod and a matching numbered spare cylinder. There were about 500 of these baby-sized Paterson revolvers produced in the period 1837-1838 with a few having loading levers added in the period 1840-1841. Matching SNs were observed on rear face of bbl lug, wedge, both cyls, side of trigger, inside back strap and backstrap channel of grip. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. These diminutive revolvers are rarely ever encountered and of those, extremely few are cased with original accessories and rarely with much, or any, orig finish remaining. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching as noted. Bbl retains about 97-98% glossy orig blue with strong feathers on each side of front sight; overall shows only sharp edge wear; frame, recoil shields and front strap retain 88-90% glossy orig blue with light surface rust and some light flaking; top of backstrap and buttstrap retain glossy orig blue with most of the backstrap flaked to a light patina; hammer retains brilliant case colors on both sides and rear edge, turned silver on top edge; cyl in the revolver retains about 95% strong orig blue and shows about 99% centaur scene roll marking; spare cyl retains about 90% strong orig blue with some light rust and shows about 97-98% centaur scene roll marking. Grip is sound showing very light edge wear with a few light nicks in the finish and overall retains about 98-99% crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Case is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about 85-90% orig finish with some heat crazing, and a chemical spot in the front left corner of lid; interior is moderately faded and lightly soiled inside the lid and lightly faded with moderate soil in the bottom; charger retains about 50-60% orig finish with strong gold wash on the powder end and middle ring; capper is very fine and is a medium brass patina; all three mold handles are sound showing moderate wear and strong orig finish; mold body and sprue cutter are very fine with light, scattered surface rust and shows about 70% bright blue; tool & cleaning rod are fine. All together a complete and very rare Baby Paterson. 4-50351 JR132 (75,000-125,000) – Lot 3004

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3005

RARE CASED COLT PATERSON NO.3 BELT MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH ULTRA RARE PATENT ARMS MANUFACTURING COMPANY DIRECTIONS LOADING FOR THE PATERSON REVOLVER.

SN 853. Cal. 34. All blue finish with 2-1/8″ frame, 4-1/2″ oct bbl, nickel silver front sight and 1-line left hand “Patent Arms” address. Cyl has usual five chambers with centaur scene roll marking and round shoulder. Mounted with nicely figured 1-pc straight grip, matching numbered to this revolver. Accompanied by an orig Colt Paterson mahogany casing with fluted lid and an empty nickel silver plaque in the top. Interior is dark brown velvet lined with recesses in the bottom for the revolver, an orig unnumbered copper & brass charger with standard roll marking on the center band, a brass capper with number “19” inside the lid & body, a single cavity 31 caliber ball mold with three turned walnut handles and sprue cutter, a loading tool & a brass cleaning jag with walnut handle. Also included is a small ebony screw top cap box. Spare cyl is missing from its spindle. This case was probably originally for a 1″ longer bbl revolver. Also accompanied by an extraordinarily rare, possibly the only one extant, Patent Arms Manufacturing Company directions for loading for the Paterson revolver. Paper measures appox. 8-3/8″ by 7″ with black lettering and the line drawing of a No.5 Texas Paterson revolver. Paper has been folded into eight sections, showing heavy wear and separation along the fold lines, missing one of the sections. Inserted in the missing section area is a typewritten note which states “ORIGINAL DIRECTIONS WHICH CAME WITH CASED PATTERSON (sic) NO. 853 WHICH WAS PURCHASED NEW IN 1841 IN BALTIMORE BY DANIEL RENICK McNEILL OF OLD FIELDS, VIRGINIA, NOW WEST VIRGINIA”. Additionally accompanied by Mr. Yearout’s Collection inventory card which shows that he purchased this revolver from well known collector/dealer John Fox of Missoula, MT in Mar. 1972. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were about 800 of these revolvers produced in the period 1837-1840. Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms states that there were appox. 850 manufactured, which number also included the No.2 Pocket Model. As noted above, this pistol has the 2-1/8″ frame with a single scallop forward of the trigger screw. Paterson revolvers were the first commercially successful self-rotating cyl revolvers and were immediately accepted by the buying public. However, with their difficulty of loading and weak charge soon fell out of favor to the ensuing larger big bore revolvers. The fact that Colt went bankrupt after only a few thousand guns were produced didn’t help either. The larger No.5, Texas Paterson was adopted by the early Texas Rangers and remained in use until about 1847 when the Rangers went to war in Mexico and were issued Colt Walker revolvers. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including bbl, wedge, cylinder, cyl rotating sleeve, hammer, grip, trigger, front strap & backstrap. No further disassembly was effected to check for other matching numbers. Bbl retains most of a very old restored finish turning a little plum and showing sharp edge wear; frame retains about 60% thinning orig blue; cyl retains 50-60% thin blue and shows about 75% centaur scene roll marking; backstrap & buttstrap retain about 70% thinning orig blue. Grip is sound showing light wear and retains most of an old restored finish. Hammer retains dark case colors. Mechanics are fine; strong bore with some shine and moderate pitting. Case has a crack in the left front corner of the lid, otherwise is sound with nicks & scratches and retains about 95% of an old refinish; lining in the lid is lightly faded & soiled with the bottom moderately faded and heavily soiled; charger retains strong gold on the powder end with traces of finish elsewhere; powder rotating ring spring is broken; charger is fine and shows a medium mustard patina; other accessories are fine. Loading instruction paper, as noted above is separated on the fold lines with one section missing; paper is yellowed & soiled but otherwise legible. 4-53894 JR146 (75,000-125,000) – Lot 3005

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3006

RARE CASED COLT EHLERS NO. 2 BELT MODEL PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 420. Cal 34. Usual configuration with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and usual 1-line script letter address with “M’g Co.” missing from the address. Bore has 11 lands and grooves. Bbl has attached Ehlers rammer. Cyl is 1-1/16″ long and has usual 5 rebated chambers with centaur scene roll marking. Mounted with a straight 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in buttstrap channel. Grip is constructed of two pieces of walnut to form a solid one piece. SN was observed on rear face of bbl lug, wedge, cyl, side of trigger, trigger plate, right sides of front and backstraps and grip, as noted. Accompanied by a rare burgundy velvet lined orig Colt Paterson casing, recessed in bottom for the pistol, a small brass charger with plunger and an orig single ball mold with sprue cutter and 3 turned walnut handles. Also included is a rare orig nipple wrench. According to various publications there were only about 500 of these little revolvers produced 1840-1843 combined with the No. 1 Baby Paterson. Apparently all pistols with added rammers had rnd shoulder cylinders and cased examples are as found here. Very few survive today in orig configuration with any orig finish. Altogether a very rare set. CONDITION: Very good, all matching as noted above. No additional disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. Pistol, overall retains a mottled gray patina with fine surface pitting. Cyl is matching patina and with about 20-25% centaur scene roll marking visible. Frame and grip frame are also matching patina with moderately battered screws. Grip has a replaced large chip in right toe and is missing small chips from left toe and heel and shows a dark, hand worn patina. Hammer shank has an old forged repair. Mechanics are fine. Worn, dark bore. Case has three grain checks in lid and another in bottom otherwise is sound with handling and storage nicks, dings and scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish. Lid lining has strong, deep wine color with one small chemical stain from contact with cyl. Bottom is moderately faded and soiled with chemical staining around cyl and bbl areas. Flask is fine showing a medium mustard patina and is functional. Mold is mostly a dark gray patina with some light battering on sides. Sprue cutter handle has a hairline by the brass ferrule and both large handles have smoothed chips, otherwise are sound with a dark, hand worn patina. Nipple wrench is a dark patina. 4-54290 (45,000-75,000) – Lot 3006

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3008

SCARCE CASE ENGRAVED 3RD MODEL HARTFORD ENGLISH DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 57. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, that has German silver front sight and 1-line New-York City address with dashes. Left side of frame is engraved “Colt’s Patent” in a small ribbon. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a deluxe, burl walnut 1-pc grip. Frame, bbl lug, backstrap & buttstrap are beautifully engraved with light foliate & floral English style engraving. Rammer pivot and sides of the hammer are engraved to match. Accompanied by an orig mahogany, blue velvet lined English casing with empty rnd medallion in the lid and swinging latches on the front. Front of the case is installed with a dummy brass lock. Interior is compartmented for the revolver, a Sykes patent bag-shaped flask with adjustable spout, a blued two cavity Colt’s Patent mold with sprue cutter, marked on the right side “44H” and a small “T” inspector mark. Also accompanied by a small tin of Joyce caps and a pewter & crystal oiler. Also included is an L-shaped nipple wrench. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there are a total of only about 700 of these revolvers manufactured in the period 1853-1857, with only a few engraved. In 1860 Colt returned 200 Hardford-English dragoon revolvers to the U.S. to supply the demand of the looming U.S. Civil War and by 1861 were all sold. While a higher percentage of English dragoons than those made for the American market were cased & engraved, they are still a very rare commodity and seldom encountered today. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 25-30% glossy English blue with the balance a mottled silver/brown patina; rammer, rammer pivot & handle retain smoky case colors, stronger and brighter on the left side; frame retains 30-35% faded case colors, mostly turned silver; cyl retains 30-40% thin orig blue and shows 60-70% Dragoon-Indian fight scene roll marking; hammer retains strong case colors turned silver on top edge; trigger guard retains about 80-85% strong orig silver and the backstrap about 50%. Grip is sound with a few light nicks and retains traces of orig finish, being mostly a hand worn patina. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong sharp bore with fine pitting. Case is sound with handling & use nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is lightly faded in the top lining and moderately faded in the bottom with moderate to heavy soiling; flask has a couple small dents on one side otherwise is sound and retain about 65% orig finish; mold is extremely fine and retains most of its orig blue; other accessories are fine. 4-53591 JR133 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 3008

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3009

ENGRAVED LATE 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH CASE AND ACCESSORIES INSCRIBED TO A CIVIL WAR OFFICER.

SN 18927. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line right hand New York City address. Top flat of bbl, at the breech end is fitted with a 3-leaf folding sight graduated to 200 yds. Frame has “COLTS PATENT” on the left side. Frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with extended stock screws and flat head hammer screw. The silver plated brass trigger guard and iron backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip that is probably an old replacement, created from two slabs of walnut attached to a center spacer. Bottom right edge of grip is stamped “LT. L. STILLWELL” and left side is stamped “61ST. ILL. VOL. INF.” which translates to Lieutenant L. Stillwell of the 61st Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Revolver is engraved in doughnut scroll style with full coverage, large foliate arabesque scrolls on the frame, sides of the bbl lug and rammer pivot. Backstrap & buttstrap are engraved to match. Edges of trigger plate are engraved in feather patterns with foliate arabesque patterns and an American shield on the trigger bow. Cyl has a complete band of matching engraving over the area what would normally be the Dragoon Indian Fight scene roll marking. Accompanied by a reworked oak silverware case with brass plaque in the lid engraved “Lieutenant / Leander / Stillwell”. Interior of the lid is blue felt lined and the bottom is lined with black felt with blue trim, recessed for the revolver, a bow-legged steel “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, a reproduction Peace Flask for Mississippi rifles, a small cap tin and a functioning key. In a front compartment is a small pewter fob embossed with a bulldog and stamped on 4-lines “LEANDER STILLWELL 219 W. 2ND ERIE. KAN”. Embossed around the top hole is “Please return to”. Accompanying this lot is a large packet of information which shows that Leander Stillwell enlisted as a private in Company D, 61st Illinois Infantry on Jan. 7, 1862 at Carrollton, IL and was promoted through the ranks to 1st Sergeant, then to 2nd Lt. and was mustered out with his unit Sept. 8, 1865 as a 1st Lt. The 61st Illinois had a fine service record having fought in numerous battles from early 1862 right until Dec. 1864. They remained in Arkansas & Tennessee, seeing no more action until they were mustered out. Lt. Stillwell apparently became a judge in Erie, KS where he died Aug. 1934. CONDITION: Good to very good. No orig finish remains being an overall smooth cleaned grey metal patina. Cyl is matching patina; trigger guard retains about 60% orig silver with the backstrap being a matching grey metal patina. Grip is sound with nicks & dings and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine; worn dark bore. Case is sound and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is lightly soiled; accessories are fine. 4-51229 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3009

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3010

RARE ENGRAVED COLT LONDON THIRD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 159. 44 Cal. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and stamped “ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY”. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” engraved in a ribbon. There were only 700 Hartford-London dragoons, very few engraved. This gun was made in 1853. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a burl walnut deluxe 1-pc grip. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and the “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLTS PATENT” legends partially visible. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. Revolver is engraved in English style with about 60-70% coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns & beautiful foliate & floral patterns on the recoil shields, frame and bbl lug. The rammer pivot is engraved to match with rosettes around each side of the pivot link screw. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are also engraved to match with line borders. This revolver is pictured on p. 147-148 of the book Colt Engraving, by R.L. Wilson. PROVENANCE: Charles Maris Great Falls, MT. Lewis Yearout 1964. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Matching SNs except grip which is unnumbered. Overall the steel parts retain a medium to dark gray metal patina with a few scattered spots of fine pinprick surface pitting. Etching is quite crisp overall and edges of gun are sharp with traces of orig blue finish in protected areas of well. Cyl retains 25-30% faint Dragoon/Indian fight scene with the legends partly visible. Trigger guard retains about 30% orig silver plating and the back strap about 20%. Grip is sound and solid with 3/8″ X 3/4″ chip on right side at frame, typical nicks & dings, shows moderate edge wear and a couple small chips at inside toes; retains 50-60% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, crisp rifling with scattered pitting. 4-53945 JS45 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3010

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3011

RARE EARLY COLT FIRST MODEL 1847 DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 2712. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, nickel silver front sight and 1-line left hand New York City address. Top flat of bbl has a tiny dovetailed sight added. Left center side of frame is marked with a small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” There are small “P” proofmarks on several of the parts. Cyl has oval stop notches with Dragoon Indian Fight Scene roll marking. The unplated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc, oil finish walnut grip. This grip is a period of use replacement with a hole under the buttstrap and internal modifications, apparently from another revolver that had a swivel added into the buttstrap. All serial numbers on bottom of revolver are in very tiny font like the predecessor civilian Walkers. There were about 7,000 of this model Dragoon produced 1848-1850, of which the U.S. Government purchased about 2,700. These revolvers were used to rearm the Texas Rangers and Dragoons fighting in Texas and the Southwest against the Comanche and Apache tribes right up until the outbreak of the Civil War. They revolvers began replacing the old Colt Walker and Paterson revolvers almost immediately after the cessation of hostilities with Mexico. They remained in service throughout the Civil War and later on the American Frontier, seeing nearly continuous hard service under harsh circumstances with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish and in orig configuration. CONDITION: About fine. Rammer and wedge are mismatched and grip is unnumbered, otherwise other parts are matching. Revolver retains an old, period of use blue finish mixed with areas worn to bare metal with scattered pitting. Top edge of muzzle shows heavy wear from innumerable trips in and out of a holster. Front sight may be an old replacement. Cyl is a light brown patina and shows about 50% Dragoon Indian Fight Scene roll marking with partially legible cartouches around the serial number. Trigger guard and backstrap are a medium mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes, otherwise is sound, showing very heavy wear, with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong dark bore. 4-47892 JR245 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3011

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3012

SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT FIRST MODEL 1847 DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 6069. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, nickel silver front sight and 1-line, left hand New York City address. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” Cyl has oval stop notches with Dragoon Indian Fight Scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc, oil finish walnut grip with last 3 digits of matching serial number in pencil faintly in buttstrap channel. There were about 7,000 of this model Dragoon produced 1848-1850 of which the U.S. Government purchased about 2,700. These revolvers were used to rearm the Texas Rangers and Dragoons fighting in Texas and the Southwest against the Comanche and Apache tribes right up until the outbreak of the Civil War. They began replacing the old Colt Walker and Paterson revolvers almost immediately after the cessation of hostilities with Mexico. They remained in service throughout the Civil War and later on the American Frontier, seeing nearly continuous hard service under harsh circumstances with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish and in orig configuration. CONDITION: All matching except wedge, which is numbered “7851”, a period of use replacement that has been with this revolver most of its service life. Overall retains a dark blackish brown, artificially aged patina over fine pitting. Cyl is matching patina and shows 15-20% Dragoon Indian Fight Scene roll marking with partially legible cartouches around the serial number. Hammer is matching patina with fine pitting. Trigger guard and backstrap retain 25-30% orig silver finish with the exposed brass a light mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes, otherwise is sound with the outline of a cartouche faintly visible through the hand worn patina on left side. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. A fine old Dragoon that would have seen lots of service on the Frontier. 4-47893 JR244 (7,000-12,000) – Lot 3012

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3013
Revised: 10/1/2014

James D. Julia Auctioneers complies with all federal laws and regulations (Please review our Ivory Position Statement): The ivory on this item is one hundred years old or more and is accompanied by an ESA attesting to this. When you purchase this firearm inclusive of ivory, we will receive the ESA statement. As per the President’s Executive Order of 2014, provided the ivory is over one hundred years old and can be proven by an ESA certification, it is legal to sell, buy, and export.

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EXTREMELY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 9278. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & 2-line New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT”. The square back, silver plated, brass trigger guard & backstrap contain what appears to be its orig 1-pc ivory grip. Grip is built in the orig manner with 2 slabs of ivory attached to 2 wooden spacers. Revolver is engraved in vine style without background shading and has a double chip border around the frame, rear edge of the bbl lug and around the muzzle. Engraving extends over the bbl lug, on to the back strap, buttstrap & trigger guard. It has the additional very rare feature of an engraved cylinder in matching patterns, never having had the roll marking applied. Accompanied by an orig rosewood casing with brass plaque in the top that has had an inscription removed. Interior is burgundy velvet lined & partitioned in the bottom for the revolver, a replacement Hawksley stag head & oak leaf double sided flask with graduated spout and a lacquered Eley cap tin. Baby dragoons in and of themselves are very rare with only about 15,000 having been produced in the period 1847-1850 in 4 different bbl lengths. Extremely few were engraved and of those very few retain their orig casing. PROVENANCE: Andy Palmer Collection; Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: About fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. Overall retains a medium plummy brown patina. Trigger guard retains strong orig silver with the front strap a medium brass patina. Backstrap retains traces of orig silver. Hammer spring may be a period of use replacement. Wedge screw appears to be a replacement. Grip is sound with a couple of very minor age lines and overall retains a fine, mellow ivory patina. Case is sound with numerous handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about 80% orig varnish. Bottom green velvet covering is faded & worn with a few small holes. Interior is very faded with moderate soil in the bottom. Flask is near new. Cap tin is fine. 4-51180 JR116 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 3013

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3014

RARE COLT MODEL 1848 BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 12719. Cal. 31. Late Baby Dragoon with rare 3″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with dashes. Bbl is made without rammer. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl has 5 chambers with Stagecoach Holdup Scene roll marking, rectangular stop notches and all 5 mostly serviceable safety pins. Cyl spindle is 2-1/2″ long, without grease grooves and has a cupped end to be used as a loading tool. The silver plated brass, small, square back trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip that is probably a period of use, orig equipment replacement. It has spurious number “718” in backstrap channel in pencil. There was a total of about 15,000 Baby Dragoon revolvers produced 1847-1850. Frame is short type and hammer has the roller device. These little revolvers were Colt’s first attempt at a pocket revolver after the demise of the Paterson line. They were produced at a time of the Great Westward Expansion and the California gold rush where any kind of sidearm was in great demand. They remained in service throughout the Civil War and well into the 1870’s on the American Frontier. They are rarely ever found with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except grip, as noted. Bbl retains a smooth plummy brown patina with some fine surface spotting. Frame retains traces of case colors in the most sheltered areas, being mostly a smooth gray brown patina with a small gouge on left side. Cyl is matching patina with a series of small peen marks and shows 30-40% strong Stage Coach Holdup Scene. Trigger guard and backstrap retain 65-70% orig silver with most of the losses on the backstrap. Grip is sound, showing light to moderate wear, a couple of small bruises, nicks and scratches and retains about 85% orig varnish. Grip fits the frame as original. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with heavy pitting. 4-53756 JR239 (3,500-6,500) – Lot 3014

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3015

EXTREMELY RARE COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH 3″ BARREL.

SN 183768. Cal 31. Blue and color case hardened with 3″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame is marked with a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl has 6 chambers with stagecoach holdup scene roll markings and all 6 pins prominent and serviceable. The silver plated large guard trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap panel. This pistol is pictured on pg. 112 of The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, identified by SN with credit to the Robert Q. Sutherland Collection. In that photograph it is pictured in an orig Colt casing with accessories which has now been separated from this pistol. According to COLT’S POCKET ’49 IT’S EVOLUTION, Jordan & Watt, on pg. 74 they discuss at some length the 3″ bbl pistols. They estimate that there were only about four hundred 3″ Model 1849 pistols out of the estimated 325,000 pistols produced 1850-1873. This pistol was made in 1860. The referenced publication states that their research, out of 644 revolvers examined, 23 of which had 3″ bbl and only 2 had 6-shot cylinders. The two they identify in the book both have matching numbered cylinders. They also state that it is not unusual for a 6-shot cyl to be unnumbered. They state that replacement unserialized cylinders were available for $2.24 and any 5-shot revolver could be upgraded to 6-shots very easily. Regardless extremely few of these diminutive revolvers survive today. Their tiny loading lever handles were utterly impractical. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except rammer handle and cyl. Bbl retains about 50% orig blue with the balance flaked to a dark patina. Rammer pivot retains dark case colors. Frame shows traces of case colors being mostly a mottled gray/brown patina. Cyl is a blue/brown patina with a patch of rust on one area and shows about 65-70% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain about 95% orig silver. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with some shine and light pitting. One of the finest examples known. 4-54294 (8,500-12,500) – Lot 3015

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3016
Revised: 10/1/2014

James D. Julia Auctioneers complies with all federal laws and regulations (Please review our Ivory Position Statement): As per the President’s Executive Order of February 2014, this item with its ivory is legal to sell and buy provided there is an ESA “Antique Certification” document proving the age. You must purchase an ESA in order to take possession of the ivory. If you wish to acquire the ivory after you purchase this gun, you must hire John Sexton, who is an independent consultant with the appropriate qualifications to prepare ESA certifications accepted by government agencies. John’s address is: 1962 Portage Landing North, North Palm Beach, FL 33408. ESA statements prepared by John Sexton can be acquired for a cost of $1,500.00/each. It is the buyer’s responsibility to make payment to John for the ESA statements. The documents are prepared by John and not by James D. Julia Auctioneers. Once the ESA statement is prepared and provided to Julia’s, you can have the ivory mounts. Be sure to keep a copy of your ESA certificate for your records also.

THIS GUN IS BEING SOLD WITHOUT THE IVORY MOUNTS. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE IVORY AT THE TIME OF YOUR PURCHASE. IF YOU WISH TO ACQUIRE THE IVORY ITEMS, YOU MUST PURCHASE AN ESA “ANTIQUE EXEMPTION” CERTIFICATE. NO EXCEPTIONS!

RARE CASED SILVER-FINISHED AND ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER W/POSSIBLE GARABALDI GUARD CONNECTION.

SN 187177. Cal. 31. Nickel finish with 6″ oct bbl, scarce dovetailed front sight with 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” engraved in a pillow shape. Cyl has stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking and six chambers. The brass, large guard trigger guard and backstrap contain a spectacular 1-pc ivory grip that has the raised, carved head on the left side of a man who appears to be that of Guiseppe Garabaldi for whom a unit called the Garabaldi Guard was named. It was raised in May of 1861 and mustered into service Jun. of 1861 and fought completely through the war and was mustered out July 1865. They had a very distinguished career and fought in a number of significant battles including Gettysburg and several other hotly contested battles. They had eight officers and 107 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded during their service along with one officer and 158 enlisted men died from disease. Revolver is engraved by Gustave Young with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which has several scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Engraving extends over the bbl lug and rammer pivot with Mr. Young’s trademark dogs head on the left side and flower blossoms on the right side. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are engraved to match with Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern at the top. Hammer is also deluxe engraved with wolfs heads on each side of the hammer nose. Accompanied by a rare burgundy velvet lined Colt maple or applewood casing that has the colorful figure of a man in very early style clothing applied to the lid. Interior is compartmented, probably for a 6-1/2″ Colt Model 1862 Police percussion revolver, a silver plated double-sided eagle & stars flask, a silver plated “Colts Patent” mold without sprue cutter, a silver plated L-shaped nipple wrench, a partial packet of combustible cartridges, an ivory screw-top bits box with Eley cap tin label on top, a pair of dice and an ivory pendant. All of the serial numbers on the bottom of the revolver are accompanied by a small “I” which indicates it was to receive ivory grips. Several of the screw heads are engraved, as are ends of wedge. There is a drawing in the accompanying pages which shows the Garibaldi Guard marching past Pres. Lincoln in 1861. Their uniforms resemble the colorful figure on top of the case. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching except grip. Overall retains most of an old silver finish with some scattered fine pitting; cyl retains most of its plated finish and shows about 30% stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking; hammer screw, wedge screw, trigger guard and top of the backstrap screws are replacements. Grip has a couple of age lines but is completely sound with a wonderful, mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine; strong bore with moderate pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks in the lid and a few more in the bottom, otherwise is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of what appears to be it’s orig finish; interior is lightly faded & soiled with solid partitions; flask retains about all of its orig silver finish; mold retains most of its silver finish; cartridge packet has been opened and repaired; other accessories are fine. 4-51230 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 3016

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3018
Revised: 9/28/2014

Please note: The ivory knob on the compartment is missing.

SCARCE CASED BRACE OF COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVERS.

SN 114167/114291. Cal. 31. Revolvers both have 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address. Left side of frames are marked with a small “COLTS PATENT”. They have silver plated brass trigger guards and backstraps containing 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in respective backstrap channels. Cylinders have stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking with five chambers. Accompanied by an aftermarket fitted mahogany double casing, probably by the late Bob Els. Case is burgundy velvet lined with green trim, French fitted in the bottom for both revolvers, a double sided, early eagle flask, a brass “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter, a packet of six combustible cartridges and a small lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Left front corner has a matching fabric covered compartment with ivory pull containing lead balls. This set is pictured in color on p.248 of COLT’S POCKET ’49 IT’S EVOLUTION, Jordan & Watt with credit to another auction house. CONDITION: SN 114167: Fine, all matching including rammer, wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 60-65% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked to a light patina; rammer & pivot retain dark case colors; frame retains about full coverage smoky case colors; hammer a mottled patina; cyl is a grey metal patina with all five safety pins serviceable and shows about 95% stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking; trigger guard & backstrap retain about 90% orig silver. Grip is sound showing light wear and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with light pitting. SN 114291: Fine, all matching including rammer, wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 50% orig blue mixed with flaked areas of light patina; rammer retains traces of case colors; frame retains about 75-80% smoky case colors on the left side, stronger and brighter on the right side; hammer retains dark case colors; cyl retains about 60-65% thin blue with four of five safety pins serviceable and shows about 98% stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking; trigger guard & backstrap retain most of their orig silver finish. Grip is sound showing light wear with a few nicks & scratches and retains most of the orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore. Case has a ding and a small crack in the bottom otherwise is sound with usual nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is moderately faded with light soil; flask is fine with one small ding and retains about 85% orig finish; mold is extremely fine with some minor battering on the right side; other accessories are fine. 4-53517 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 3018

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3019

SCARCE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 105638. Cal. 31. Silver finish with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and engraved “Saml Colt” address. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” engraved in a pillow shape. Cyl has 5 chambers with fine deep-rolled Stagecoach Holdup Scene and all 5 safety pins crisp and serviceable. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished, highly figured burl walnut 1-pc grip with last 4 digits of matching serial number in backstrap channel. Revolver is beautifully engraved by Gustave Young in deluxe full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with one scroll on the right side terminating in a flower blossom. Engraving extends over the bbl lug and top slide flats with matching patterns on the rammer pivot. One scroll on left side of bbl lug terminates in a flower blossom and another on the right side terminates in Mr. Young’s trademark dog’s head. Hammer is also deluxe engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on shank and a wolf’s head on each side of nose with fish scales on sides of shank and top edge. Top of the backstrap has Mr. Young’s typical fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns down the backstrap, on the buttstrap and trigger guard. Screw heads are all engraved, as are ends of wedge. Buttstrap screw hole is surrounded by a sunburst pattern. The ’49 pocket revolver was the successor to the Baby Dragoon with only minor improvements and was Colt’s largest production of percussion revolvers with about 325,000 produced 1850-1873. This revolver was made in about 1861, probably after the onset of the Civil War, a time when any handgun was in great demand. Given the deluxe engraved features of this revolver, it most probably was a special presentation to a young officer leaving to fight. That it remains in such little used condition is a testament to the esteem in which it was held. The strong likelihood is that it was that it was returned to Colt shortly after the Civil War for restoration. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching, including rammer, wedge, cyl and grip. Overall retains virtually all of its factory quality restored silver finish. The restoration is extremely well done, without softening the engraving or cyl roll markings. Grip is equally new looking with sharp edges and one small spot on left side. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore with a few small spots of very fine pitting and one larger spot. Altogether an extremely fine, high condition ’49 pocket. 4-47888 JR240 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3019

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3020
Revised: 10/1/2014

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THIS GUN IS BEING SOLD WITHOUT THE IVORY MOUNTS. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE IVORY AT THE TIME OF YOUR PURCHASE. IF YOU WISH TO ACQUIRE THE IVORY ITEMS, YOU MUST PURCHASE AN ESA “ANTIQUE EXEMPTION” CERTIFICATE. NO EXCEPTIONS!

FINE DELUXE ENGRAVED CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 237728. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and engraved “Sam’l Colt” address. Left side of frame is engraved “COLT’S PATENT” in a ribbon. The brass small guard trigger guard and backstrap contain a smooth 1-pc ivory grip with intricately carved bottom edges. Revolver is beautifully deluxe engraved by Gustave Young with full coverage, very fine, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns on the frame that has very fine pearled background and scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Engraving extends over sides of the bbl lug and rammer pivot with a dogs head & flower blossom on the left side and a flower blossom on the right side. Backstrap & buttstrap are engraved to match with Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern at the top. Cyl has six chambers and hand engraved stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking with engraved borders and blank panels between the stop notches. All the serial numbers on the bottom of the revolver are accompanied by a small “I” which indicates it was to receive extra polish and ivory grip. Several of the serial numbers appear to have been re-stamped with the last two digits on the cyl having been engraved. Wedge is a replacement, engraved to match with the re-stamped number “7718”. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined Colt casing compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a small double sided, all brass eagle & stars flask, a brass “Colts Patent” two cavity mold without sprue cutter, a tin of caps, a packet of five combustible cartridges and a non-functioning key. CONDITION: Very good. Overall revolver retains a cleaned silver finish with a few light nicks & dings that may have been polished out; cyl has been cleaned to bare metal with fine pitting and shows about 90% stagecoach hold-up scene; trigger guard & backstrap retain traces of orig silver being mostly a medium mustard patina. Grip has a few age lines, but is completely sound and shows a beautiful, mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine; strong bore with moderate pitting. Case has a couple grain checks in the bottom and is missing a small chip around a knot in the right end with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is lightly faded in the top & bottom with moderate soil in the bottom and solid partitions; flask has a few small nicks & dings with a partially open seam; mold has light nicks & dings with sharp, clean cavities and a dark mustard patina; other accessories are fine. 4-47894 JR147 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3020

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3021
Revised: 10/1/2014

James D. Julia Auctioneers complies with all federal laws and regulations (Please review our Ivory Position Statement): As per the President’s Executive Order of February 2014, this item with its ivory is legal to sell and buy provided there is an ESA “Antique Certification” document proving the age. You must purchase an ESA in order to take possession of the ivory. If you wish to acquire the ivory after you purchase this gun, you must hire John Sexton, who is an independent consultant with the appropriate qualifications to prepare ESA certifications accepted by government agencies. John’s address is: 1962 Portage Landing North, North Palm Beach, FL 33408. ESA statements prepared by John Sexton can be acquired for a cost of $1,500.00/each. It is the buyer’s responsibility to make payment to John for the ESA statements. The documents are prepared by John and not by James D. Julia Auctioneers. Once the ESA statement is prepared and provided to Julia’s, you can have the ivory mounts. Be sure to keep a copy of your ESA certificate for your records also.

THIS GUN IS BEING SOLD WITHOUT THE IVORY MOUNTS. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE IVORY AT THE TIME OF YOUR PURCHASE. IF YOU WISH TO ACQUIRE THE IVORY ITEMS, YOU MUST PURCHASE AN ESA “ANTIQUE EXEMPTION” CERTIFICATE. NO EXCEPTIONS!

SCARCE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 266837. Cal 31. Silver finish with 5″ oct bbl, replacement nickel silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “Colts Patent” and the caliber marking on left rear web of trigger guard. Cyl has stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking and six chambers. The large guard silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a smooth, 1-pc ivory grip made in the orig style consisting of two slabs of ivory attached to a center ivory spacer. Front strap, under the grip is drilled for a 2-pc grip locator pin. All serial numbers on bottom of revolver are accompanied by a small “E” which signifies that it was intended for engraving and should receive extra polish. Revolver is engraved in late vine style by Gustave Young with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame. Two scrolls on the frame terminate in flower blossoms. Engraving extends over the bbl lug and top flats with one scroll on the left side terminating in Mr. Young’s trademark birds head and two scrolls on the other side terminating in flower blossoms. Rammer pivot and ends of the wedge are engraved to match. Hammer is also deluxe engraved with wolfs heads on each side of the nose and other standard patterns. Accompanied by a purple velvet lined Colt mahogany casing that is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a single sided eagle & stars flask, a brass two cavity “Colts Patent” bullet mold without sprue cutter, a small lacquered tin of Eley’s caps and a non-functioning key. This revolver was produced in about 1864, during the Civil War and was probably intended as a reward for valor or a presentation to a high ranking officer or official. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching except grip which is unnumbered and may be an old replacement. Revolver retains about all of an old re-nickel, showing muzzle end wear and thinning on left side of bbl. Grip is fine and retains a mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine; worn dark bore. Case has a couple grain checks in the bottom with reattached right end, possibly replaced parts; exterior has areas of stain with nicks & scratches and retains about 85% orig varnish; interior is moderately to heavily faded in the lid and heavily faded in the bottom with heavy soil; flask has a couple of small dents and retains a medium to dark copper patina; mold is fine with a few, very light nicks & scratches; cap tin in fine. 4-53592 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3021

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3022

SCARCE CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH IRON GRIP FRAME.

SN 152455. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New-York City address with brackets. Left side of frame has a tiny “Colts Patent”. Cyl has stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking, five chambers and all five safety pins serviceable. The silver plated steel small guard trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip that is unmarked but undoubtedly orig to this revolver. According to COLT’S POCKET ’49 ITS EVOLUTION, Jordan & Watt, there were about 1,450 Pocket ’49s produced with small iron trigger guards such as this one. The chart on p.80 lists the serial range for small iron guards as 151347-152359 which would put this revolver 96 numbers past the highest sample examined. Accompanied by an orig purple velvet lined mahogany Colt casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a double sided eagle & stars flask, a two cavity blued “Colt’s Patent” bullet mold with sprue cutter and an empty lacquered cap tin. This revolver was produce in about 1859 during the height of the Great Westward Expansion where revolvers were in great demand and generally saw very hard service under extreme conditions with very little maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish and in orig configuration. Cased examples are quite rare. These revolvers would have seen service throughout the Civil War, and later again, on the frontier well into the 1870s until they were supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridges. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, rammer, cyl, except grip as noted. Bbl retains 85-88% glossy orig blue with sharp edge wear and some light flaking; rammer pivot retains bright case colors; frame retains about 90% bright case colors, faded over top of recoil shields; cyl is mostly a blue/grey patina with traces of blue and shows about 60% stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking with one small area of cleaned pitting; hammer retains strong case colors, turned silver on top edge; trigger guard retains about 50% thin silver plating and the backstrap about 25%. Grip is sound with sharp edges showing light wear and retains about 96-97% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with moderate pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks in the bottom with light shrinkage; lid has a couple of wet glass rings, one of which is red and overall retains most of its orig varnish with light nicks & scratches; interior is lightly faded inside the lid, moderately faded & soiled in the bottom; flask is very fine and retains about 90% orig finish; mold is fine with about 50% orig finish; cap tin is good. 4-47880 JR141 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3022

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3023

SCARCE CASED HARTFORD-LONDON COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 296784. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked “Colts Patent” and left shoulder of trigger guard has the caliber marking. The blued steel trigger guard and backstrap contains a varnished, 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching serial number in backstrap channel. Cyl has six chambers with stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking and three of the safety pins serviceable. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. Accompanied by an orig red velvet lined English mahogany casing with empty brass plaque in the lid. Interior is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a Dixon bag shaped flask with adjustable spout, a blued Colt’s Patent bullet mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. This revolver was produced in the U.S. for the London market, which is indicated by the small “L” adjacent to all the serial numbers on the bottom of the revolver and the steel trigger guard & backstrap. This series of revolvers are only occasionally found in the U.S. and generally have little orig finish remaining. They are seldom found with orig casing and accessories. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including rammer, wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 80% blue/brown patina with the losses flaked to light patina with bright blue around the bbl lug and a spot of pitting on each side flat; rammer & handle retain bright case colors; frame retains virtually all of its brilliant case colors and the hammer faded case colors; trigger guard retains about 95% bright blue and the backstrap about 70%; cyl is mostly a grey patina and shows 50-60% stage coach hold-up scene roll marking. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and little flaking and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with a few spots of light pitting. Case is sound with handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is moderately faded with light soil; flask has a ding on one side, otherwise is very fine with about 90% orig finish; mold is mostly a flaked blue/brown patina with sharp cavities; nipple wrench & cap tin are fine. 4-53519 JR136 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 3023

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3024

FINE CASED EARLY COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 67299. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame is marked with a tiny “Colts Patent”. Cyl has five chambers with all five safety pins crisp & serviceable and has the stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Trigger guard is of the small variety with a small, unbeveled, v-shaped loading notch in the barrel lug. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined Colt mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a double sided eagle & stars flask, a blued “Colt’s Patent” bullet mold with sprue cutter, a packet of six combustible cartridges and a small lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. This revolver was produced in 1853 during the Great Westward Expansion of Manifest Destiny when any revolver was in great demand. These little revolvers usually saw continued service on the American frontier, usually under very harsh circumstances with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish. Cased examples of these early revolvers are quite rare. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, rammer, cyl, and grip. Bbl retains about 90% thinning orig blue with sharp edge wear and some minor surface discoloration with a couple small freckles of rust; rammer pivot retains smoky case colors; frame & hammer retain most of their orig muted case colors as was common for these early Colts; cyl retains 85-90% thin orig blue and shows 97-98% stage coach hold-up scene roll marking; trigger guard & backstrap retain about 98% orig silver, just beginning to oxidize with some fine pimpling at top of backstrap. Grip has a couple of small dings and overall shows about 99% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. Case is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of a restored finish; interior is lightly faded & soiled with solid partitions; flask has two or three small dents and retains traces of orig finish; mold is extremely fine, retaining most of its orig blue with a few small nicks & dings; cartridge packet and cap tin are fine. 4-53526 JR139 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 3024

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3025

FINE CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 188731. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “Colts Patent”. Cyl is usual five chambers with stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking. Four of the five safety pins are serviceable, the fifth is missing. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an early double sided Colts Patent eagle flask, a two cavity brass Colts Patent bullet mold without sprue cutter, a small lacquered tin of Eley’s caps and cast bullets & balls. This revolver was produced in about 1861 when any sidearm was in great demand for the Civil War. By that time demand was so great that very few were being cased and today cased revolvers from that era are quite scarce. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including wedge, rammer, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 80% glossy orig blue with flaking and light sharp edge wear; rammer pivot retains brilliant case colors, faded on the handle; frame retains about 90% brilliant case colors, faded on recoil shields; cyl retains about 75% strong blue and shows about 95% stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking; trigger guard & backstrap retain about 95% strong orig silver with wear on the heel & toe. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Case has three grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of it orig varnish; lining is spotted in the top and moderately faded; bottom lining is moderately to heavily faded & soiled, partitions are solid; flask is fine with traces of orig finish; mold is nicked & dinged with sharp cavities; cap tin is fine. 4-53520 JR135 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3025

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3026

SCARCE CASED COLT MODEL 1849 LONDON POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 3952. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line London address. Center left side of frame is marked “Colt’s Patent”. Cyl has stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking with five chambers. The large guard iron trigger guard and backstrap contain a very nicely figured, varnished 1-pc walnut grip with partially visible matching number to this revolver. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. Accompanied by a green baize lined, English oak Colt casing with empty gold washed disk in the lid, compartmented in the bottom for a Dixon bag shaped flask, a blued “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a maple handled cleaning rod and a small lacquered tin for Eley’s caps. Inside the lid has the attached orig paper label “DIRECTIONS FOR LOADING COLT’S PISTOLS”. Pocket Model Colts with London address are quite rare with only about 11,000 produced 1853-1857 in Colt’s London Armory. Cased examples are somewhat more rare with an estimated 3,000 sold as cased sets. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge, rammer, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 75% glossy bright blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina. Rammer pivot retains strong case colors with lightly faded case colors on the handle. Frame retains virtually all of its orig brilliant case colors and the hammer moderately faded case colors. Cyl retains 30-40% orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn to a light patina and shows about 98% crisp stagecoach hold-up scene with a small drag line around the center. Trigger guard retains about 95% strong bright blue with some minor flaking on the front strap. Backstrap & buttstrap retain about 40% orig blue, flaked in the center with some scattered freckles of rust. Grip has a tiny chip on right toe otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore; appears to be unfired. Case is sound with moderate nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of it orig varnish; interior is moderately to heavily faded with moderate soil in the bottom; label is yellowed with some minor spots of loss but almost entirely legible; flask has one small dent and overall retains about 90% strong orig finish; mold has been cleaned on the left side but appears to be unused with strong orig blue elsewhere; nipple wrench, cleaning rod & cap tin are fine. 4-53525 JR148 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3026

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3027

FINE CASED 5″ COLT MODEL 1849 LONDON POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 8111. 31 Cal. Blue & color case hardened with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line London address with brackets. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is 5-shots with stagecoach holdup scene. Bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. The large guard silver plated trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc, nicely figured walnut grip with SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by a fine, red velvet lined mahogany English casing with brass plaque which reads “D Mackinder” in the lid. D. Mackinder most likely Dr. Draper Mackinder of Gainsborough, born Lincolnshire, England in 1819 and father of Sir Halford Mackinder, a founding father of geopolitics and geostrategy. Inside the lid has a “Directions for Loading Colt’s Pistols” label and two agents labels of John Liversidge, in Gainsborough. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a Dixon copper & brass bag shaped flask, a blued steel 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter, a steel handled metal cleaning rod, an extra main spring and several extra nipples, L-shaped gun tool/nipple wrench, pack of Colt cartridges for revolving belt pistol, 2-3/4″ cylindrical metal oiler as well as functioning case key. Lewis Yearout bought this same London cased Colt intact in 1960. PROVENANCE: Dean Yearout, Great Falls, MT. Lewis Yearout 1960. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 20-30% glossy inky orig blue with the loss areas flaked to a dark mottled patina; frame, hammer and loading assembly retain about 70-80% bright case colors; cyl shows about 98% stagecoach holdup scene with about 20% bright blue; trigger retains most orig fired blue. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about 90% of their original silver plate though dull. Grip is sound and solid retaining 95% of its varnish with light edge wear. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case overall is very good with much of its original varnish with light handling & storage scratches; interior is not faded but soiled and minor damage from the front sight and muzzle of revolver; three paper labels inside the lid are intact, moderately yellowed with a few small holes; flask is sound and solid and retains about 70% of its thinning varnish with scratches; mold retains 80-90% original inky bright blue. L-shaped gun tool retains almost all its original bright finish. Cartridge pack is fine overall with good label. 4-53812 JS41 (5,000-7,000) – Lot 3027

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3028

FINE CASED 6″ COLT MODEL 1849 LONDON POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 7846. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line London address with brackets. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is 5-shots with stagecoach holdup scene. Bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. The large guard silver plated steel trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc, nicely figured walnut grip with SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by a fine, green velvet lined mahogany English casing with empty brass plaque in the lid. Inside the lid has a fragment of “Directions for Loading Colt’s Pistols” label. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a Dixon copper & brass bag shaped flask, a blued steel 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter, a maple handled metal cleaning rod, L-shaped gun tool/nipple wrench, Eley cap tin, orig pack of 6 Colt pocket pistol cartridges and functioning key. According to Colt’s Pocket ’49, It’s Evolution, Jordan & Watt, the charts on pp. 147 & 148 indicate that about 6,000 London Pocket Revolvers with this bbl address were produced. No indication of the number believed to have been cased but they are scarce especially with a most desirable 6″ bbl length. PROVENANCE: Joe DeSaye, Turner, MT. Lewis Yearout 1962. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Fine to very fine overall. All matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 50% glossy inky orig blue with the loss areas flaked to a plum/gray patina and several small nicks around the wedge slot; frame and loading assembly retain about 70% bright case colors with balance silver/gray; cyl shows about 98% stagecoach holdup scene and retains about 10% orig thinning blue; trigger guard retains about 10% orig dull silver plating & backstrap retains small traces in protected areas. Grip is sound and solid retaining 98% of its varnish with light edge wear. Mechanics are fine, crisp rifling in bore. Case overall is very good with much of its original varnish with light handling & storage scratches & replaced brass plaque; interior is not faded but soiled and minor damage from the front sight and muzzle of revolver; label inside the lid is only about 20% retained as can be seen in photographs. Flask is extremely fine retaining most all of its orig varnish with a few scattered scratches, blue steel spring retains most of its orig color; mold retains traces of orig finish and is marked “31PKT” on side and “Colts Patent” on sprue cutter. L-shaped gun tool shows old cleaning, pitting and about half of its orig blued refinish. Cap tin is fine as is pack of cartridges, both with fine labels. 4-53927 JS40 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3028

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3029

SCARCE CASED COLT MODEL 1849 LONDON POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 5833. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line London address. Center left side of frame is marked “Colt’s Patent”. Cyl has stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking with five chambers and all five safety pins serviceable. The large guard iron trigger guard and backstrap contain a very nicely figured varnished 1-pc walnut grip matching numbered to this revolver. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. Accompanied by a rare blue velvet lined, English maple Colt casing with empty gold washed plaque in the lid, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver with spaces for a flask, mold and L-shaped nipple wrench in the front and space for a cleaning rod in the back. Right rear corner has a covered compartment with replacement lid. Lid is orig but not for this case. Inside the lid has the attached paper label “DIRECTIONS FOR LOADING COLT’S PISTOLS”. Pocket Model Colts with London address are quite rare with only about 11,000 produced 1853-1857 in Colt’s London Armory. Cased examples are somewhat scarce with an estimated 3,000 sold as cased sets. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except cyl spindle which is a replacement. No orig finish remains being a cleaned grey patina. Cyl is matching patina and shows 60-70% stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking. Grip is very fine showing only light wear with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bore with sharp rifling and moderate pitting. Hammer screw & wedge screw are replacements. Case is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is lightly faded with staining from cleaning solution in the bottom and missing one partition; label is completely intact and yellowed with some spots of soil; cap tin is good. 4-47881 JR143 (3,500-5,000) – Lot 3029

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3030

CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 155643. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with brackets. Cyl has five chambers with stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking and all five safety pins serviceable. Left side of frame is marked with a small “Colts Patent” and left shoulder trigger of guard has a small “M” inspector initial and a small “K” on left front web of trigger guard. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined Colt mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a double sided eagle & stars flask, a brass two-cavity “Colts Patent” bullet mold without sprue cutter and a packet of six combustible cartridges. This revolver was produced in about 1859 and would have been available for service on the frontier and later during the Civil War. They continued in service well into the 1870s until they were supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridge revolvers. CONDITION: Fine, all matching incl rammer, wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 75% thinning orig blue and the rammer pivot strong, flaked case colors; frame retains 75-80% faded case colors, stronger in sheltered areas; sides of the hammer retain dark case colors, turned silver on top edge; cyl retains about 25-30% orig blue and shows about 95% stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking; trigger guard & backstrap retain 88-90% strong orig silver. Grip is sound, showing moderate edge wear and retains about 75% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; strong bore with heavy pitting. Case is sound with light nicks & scratches, a couple of dings on the lid and retains most of its orig varnish. Lid lining is lightly faded with a couple spots of chemical damage from contact with the cyl; bottom is moderately faded and heavily soiled with solid partitions; flask is very fine to extremely fine and show about 90% strong orig finish; mold is very fine as is cartridge packet. 4-53524 JR137 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3030

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3031

COLT MODEL 1849 6″ POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH FOUR PACKS OF ORIGINAL CARTRIDGES USED BY WALTER MACDOWELL IN SOUTH WEST ARIZONA.

SN 154798. 31 Cal. Blue and case hardened with 6″ oct bbl standard configuration with 2-line address. Colt’s patent on left side of frame. 5-shot cyl with stage coach holdup scene. This gun is all matching including cyl and loading arm. This gun is accompanied by 4-packs of orig cartridges, 3 of which are still unopened and full. There is a fairly recent tag which states this gun and cartridges were used by Walter MacDowell “while in S.W. AZ in the early days”. We are not sure who Mr. MacDowell was but his gun is in very nice condition retaining orig finish and a crisp stage coach holdup scene with nearly complete varnish on the well fitted stocks. Based on SN this gun was manufactured just prior to the Civil War in 1859. PROVENANCE: Guy A. Ritter Collection. CONDITION: Gun is fine overall exhibiting about 20% bright blue finish especially in protected areas of bbl. Frame has strong traces of case colors is otherwise brown/gray. Trigger guard and backstrap retain about 90% of their orig colors. Cyl is sharp with 5 complete Sharp safety pins with nearly complete discernible stage coach holdup scene. Mechanically gun functions well with a bright, crisp bore. Cartridges are very good on average. 3 of the 4 packs have good full labels, all have some minor cracking at corners; 1 pack appears to be unopened though missing part of the label and cartridges are loose inside though probably just having lost some of the powder on edge of pack. 4-51600 JS86 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3031

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3032

VERY RARE CASED SHORT FRAME COLT WELLS FARGO MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 55650. Cal. 31. Very rare short frame Wells Fargo ’49 with 3″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with brackets. Bbl is made without rammer and is probably from left over Baby Dragoon parts. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl has stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking with five chambers. Cyl spindle is 2/-1/2″ with a cupped end for use as a loading tool and without grease grooves. The small guard silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with faintly visible, only under bright light, last four digits of matching SN. Accompanied by an extremely rare burgundy velvet lined Colt casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a small brass 2-sided eagle & stars flask, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps and a functioning key. According to the book COLT’S POCKET ’49 IT’S EVOLUTION, Jordan & Watt, it is estimated that only about 2,200 short frame Wells Fargo revolvers were ever produced and fewer than twenty were cased. The chart on p.63 of referenced publication shows that only an estimated 1,450 of the estimated 2,200 produced had long triggers as found on this revolver. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Overall retains a smooth dark grey metal patina with traces of smoky case colors on the frame. Trigger guard & backstrap retains about 85% orig silver plating, strong on the front strap, thinning on the backstrap. Grip has a chipped left toe with battering on the bottom edges, showing light to moderate edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; strong bore with moderate pitting. Case has a grain check in the lid and a couple in the bottom with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is heavily faded with light soil and spots of staining in the lid lining and heavily soiled in the bottom; partitions are solid; flask retains traces of orig finish being mostly a smooth brass patina; mold shows draw filed body with evidence of battering, inside & out; nipple wrench, probably a more modern replacement, is very fine; cap tin is fine. All together a very rare and seldom encountered cased revolver. 4-53757 JR156 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3032

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3033

RARE ENGRAVED COLT POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 6285. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 4-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pinned front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT” and left rear web of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Cyl is rebated with 5 chambers and has Stagecoach Holdup Scene roll marking and all 5 safety pins mostly serviceable. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with backstrap channel obscured by dark staining. All the serial numbers on the bottom of the revolver are accompanied by a small “E” which signifies that it was to receive extra polishing for engraving. Revolver is deluxe engraved by Gustave Young in late leaf and vine patterns with about full coverage foliate arabesque patterns without background shading on the frame. Matching patterns extend over the bbl lug, top side flats and rammer pivot with fine border around the muzzle. Top of backstrap is engraved with Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern at the top, with foliate arabesque patterns down the backstrap, on the buttstrap and trigger bow. The pocket Navy revolver had production of about 18,000 revolvers during the period 1861-1873. This revolver was produced in 1861, at the onset of the Civil War, a time when any firearm was in great demand and few special orders were allowed. Most special orders of that time were for high ranking military officers and other officials or for special presentations to recognize acts of valor. Undoubtedly one of those would have been the situation for this revolver. Most of the revolvers of that era saw continued hard service throughout the Civil War and later on the American Frontier, well into the 1870’s until they were supplanted by the advent of cartridge firearms. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching, including rammer, wedge and cyl, grip as noted. Bbl retains blue in sheltered areas, being mostly a plummy brown patina with matching patina on the rammer head. Frame is mostly a lighter plummy brown patina. Cyl retains blue in rebated area with the larger diameter a light plummy brown patina and shows 75-80% Stagecoach Holdup Scene roll marking. Grip is sound, showing heavy wear and retains about 20% orig varnish, all on the left side. Timing needs adjustment, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with good shine and moderate pitting. 4-47882 JR242 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3033

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3034

SCARCE CASED ENGRAVED COLT 3RD MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 63817. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, scarce dovetailed front sight and an added rear sight at the breech end of the top flat with 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. The 3rd Model silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain an outstanding varnished burl walnut 1-pc grip with last four digits of matching serial number in backstrap channel. All serial numbers on bottom of the revolver are accompanied by a small punch mark that indicates that it was to receive special polish for engraving. Cyl has usual six chambers with Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking and all six safety pins serviceable. Revolver is beautifully engraved by master engraver Gustave Young with his deluxe treatment of full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame that have three scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Matching engraving extends over the bbl flats and top side flats and onto the rammer pivot. Left bbl lug is engraved with a foliate & flower pattern and Mr. Young’s trademark bird’s head. Right side has a scroll terminating in a flower blossom. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are engraved to match with Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern at the top and, what appears to be the initials “TJS” engraved near the toe but have been defaced. All the engraving is in semi-relief with fine pearled background. Screws are all engraved. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined Colt casing with shield shaped escutcheon on the front. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a double sided, angle spout, trophy of arms & flags, “COLTS PATENT” flask, a blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter and “36H” on the right side, a packet of six combustible cartridges, a lacquered Eley’s cap tin and a functioning key. This revolver was produced in about 1856 at a time when any revolver was in great demand. They usually saw very hard service under harsh conditions with little or no maintenance and are rarely found with any orig finish. The fact that this revolver has remained with such high orig finish attests to the fact that it probably belonged to a wealthy individual or rancher who used it very little. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including rammer, wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 65-70% thinning orig blue and the rammer faded case colors on the pivot; frame retains about 60% faded case colors and the hammer is a brown patina with light pitting around the nose; trigger guard & backstrap retain about all of their orig silver plating, turning dark with light wear at the heel. Grip shows light edge wear and retains about 75% orig varnish. Cyl is a grey patina and shows about 60% Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. Mechanics are fine; strong sharp bore with light pitting. Case has a few grain checks in the bottom otherwise is sound with nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is lightly faded with soil & stain from contact with the revolver; partitions are solid; flask is very good to fine and retains about 65-70% orig finish; mold retains about 80% orig blue with light battering on both sides; cartridge packet and cap tin are fine. 4-53523 JR154 (17,500-27,500) – Lot 3034

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3035
Revised: 10/1/2014

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RARE CASED ENGRAVED & INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 91918. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, rare dove tailed front sight and 1-line Hartford address. Left side of frame is engraved “COLTS PATENT” in a pillow shape. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a beautiful 1-pc ivory grip with checkered bottom edges that has last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Revolver is deluxe engraved by Gustave Young with full coverage flowing foliate arabesque patterns with several scrolls on the frame terminating in flower blossoms. Matching engraving extends over bbl lug and top side flats with geometric patterns around the address. Matching patterns are also on the rammer pivot. Wedge screw is surrounded by an engraved rosette and one scroll terminates in Mr. Young’s stylized bird’s head while two others on the right side terminate in flower blossoms. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved to match with the back strap inscribed in period script “H.B. Allen”. Hammer is deluxe engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the shank, a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer nose, fish scale patterns on sides of the spur & top edge with a V-shape pattern below the hand-cut checkered panel on the spur. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing that is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a brass “COLTS PATENT” flask with angled spout, a blued steel 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “36B”, an open packet of “COLT’S CARTRIDGE WORKS” cartridges and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. A search of the personnel directory of the Civil War disclosed a listing of 473 Union soldiers named “Henry Allen” of which eight were named “Henry B. Allen”. While it is likely that the inscription was to a Union soldier, no determination could be made as to the actual owner. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 30-40% thinning orig blue with the balance flaked to a medium patina; rammer pivot retains faded case colors; frame retains silvered case colors turned a little dark, as does the hammer which has light pitting around the nose; cyl is a cleaned gray metal patina with fine pitting around the rear edge and shows 60-70% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard & back strap retain orig silver in sheltered areas with the balance a medium mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes, otherwise is sound and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains 85-90% orig varnish; interior is heavily faded inside the lid with light soil; bottom is moderately to heavily faded with light soil and one partially loose partition; flask has been cleaned and is fine; mold is fine, slightly battered on the bottom; other accessories are fine. 4-51227 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3035

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3036

RARE CASED DAMASCENED COLT MODEL 1851 LONDON NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 35232. Cal. 36. Circa 1855. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight and 1-line address “COL. COLT. LONDON” with spears. Frame is marked with a small “COLT’S PATENT”. Damascened steel trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Entire revolver including cyl, rammer & handle, wedge, hammer, trigger guard & backstrap are beautifully damascened with intricate vines and flowerets in heavy gold and a dark brownish metal background. Screw heads are also damascened. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. Accompanied by an orig English mahogany casing with empty brass plaque in the lid. Case is scarlet velvet lined and compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a Dixon “COLTS NAVY FLASK”, bag shaped flask, a blued steel 2-cavity bullet & ball “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, an all steel cleaning rod and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. There is also a functioning key. Most of the Colts so decorated had the work done in India for the RAJ or for the occasional British officer. This exact Colt is pictured on p 141 in “Colt Engraving” by R. L. Wilson. All damascening done in 22k gold wire work in 3 distinct patterns. Bbl & backstrap decorated in complex foliate vine & scrollwork w/flowerets; receiver and chambers area in fine foliate reticulations only; cyl in connecting circular patterns w/linear foliations. PROVENANCE: Ex Frank Russell Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of this fine gold damascening with the only noticeable wear on the ends of the wedge and a couple of small spots on front strap. Grip has a chipped right toe, otherwise is sound showing light edge wear and overall retains about 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. Case is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish; interior is lightly to moderately faded with light soil in bottom and light damage from front sight & hammer spur; flask has one small dent and overall retains 70-75% orig finish; mold has numerous small nicks & dings and retains about 50% orig blue; other accessories are fine. 4-51981 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 3036

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3037

SCARCE DOCUMENTED ENGRAVED COLT THIRD MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 29720. Cal. 36. Silver finish with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” engraved in a pillow shape. Cyl is usual six chambers and Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll marking. The small round silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a checkered 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching serial number in backstrap chamber. Revolver is deluxe engraved by Gustave Young with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame. One scroll terminates in a flower blossom on the left recoil shield and another on the right side terminates in his signature dog’s head. Matching engraving extends over the bbl lug, top side flats & rammer pivot. One scroll on each side terminates in a flower blossom and another on the left side in his trademark dog’s head. Ends of wedge are engraved by another hand. Hammer is also deluxe engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the shank, wolf’s head on each side of nose and fishscale patterns on sides of spur & top edge. Top of backstrap is engraved in Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns down the backstrap, on the buttstrap and trigger guard. Screws are engraved, with a sunburst pattern around the buttstrap screw. Accompanied by a beautifully matted and framed handwritten list titled “Engraved Pistols / No 2”. This revolver is listed by serial number under the heading “Navys”. There are a total of 76 handguns listed of which 24 were Navy models and 52 were “Small”. Mr. Young apparently charged for 8 days of work to engrave these revolvers and is dated “3rd June 1854” over the initials “R.L.P.” Bottom of the frame has a signature of Gustave Young and the same date. This revolver was produced in about 1853 during the period of the Great Western Expansion when any firearm was in great demand and sidearms were a daily use tool exposed continuously to harsh climate, usually with little or no maintenance. They remained in service throughout the Civil War under similar circumstances and back on the Frontier well into the 1870’s before being supplanted by the advent of cartridge firearms. The silver plating is somewhat soft and those revolvers so finished are rarely ever found with any orig finish remaining. The checkered grip is also a great rarity. These revolvers were highly sought after by citizens of all walks of life and are known to have been used by such notables as Wild Bill Hickock, W.F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody, and many others on both sides of the law. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “709” and has had its ends engraved by another hand. Overall retains about 93-95% strong, very old restored silver finish with some fine pitting on the cyl. Cyl shows about 70% Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll marking with the Ormsby signature about half visible. Trigger guard and backstrap retain about 60% silver with loss areas a dark mustard patina. Grip is sound, showing moderate diamond point wear, and retains most of a fine restored finish. This restoration is not recent but likely around the period of use. The polishing was very careful and is only noticeable on close examination. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-47884 JR229 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3037

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3038
Revised: 10/2/2014

Please note: A gun historian has contacted us noting that guns with these markings and in this serial number range were distributed to the Rhode Island Militia prior to the Civil War, so this presents two trains of thought regarding thie inscription. We sell these guns with the understanding that it could be either.

RARE DOUBLE CASED BRACE OF COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS INSCRIBED TO A CONFEDERATE GENERAL.

SN 44250/44871. Cal 36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbls, brass pin front sights and 1-line New York City address with dashes. Left side of frames have a small “COLTS PATENT”. Cylinders are usual 6 chambers, unfluted with Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll marking. The large guard iron trigger guards and backstraps contain 1-pc walnut grip with number 44871 having last 3-digits of matching SN visible in backstrap channel. Grip on number 44250 is without a number. Backstrap of number 44871 is engraved in period block letters, “MAJOR 8TH REGT.”. Backstrap of number 44250 has had an inscription obliterated during the period of use and the buttstrap cleaned, almost completely obliterating the SN. Accompanied by a fantastic, orig, brown velvet lined rosewood Colt casing with brass plaque in the lid inscribed identical to the backstrap of number 44871. Interior is compartmented for the two revolvers an angle spout, double sided panoply of arms & flags, eagle & stars flask, a blued “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, marked on right side “36B”, an L-shaped nipple wrench, two lacquered cap tins, one with label, one without and a packet of 5 combustible cartridges. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson these revolvers were produced in 1855 in a serial range that indicates that they were in the 3rd model series but have the 4th model style large iron trigger guards. It is likely that these revolvers were part of an order from the US Government for 16,962 model 1851 revolvers delivered between May 2, 1855 and November 3, 1859. Accompanying this lot is a large volume of research material relating to James Patrick Major (1836-1877). Major entered West Point in July 1852 and graduated 23rd in the class of 1856. He was brevetted 2nd Lt. in the 1st US Cavalry and served a year at Carlisle Barracks, PA before being promoted to 2nd Lt. in Co. K of the 2nd US Cavalry and sent to duty on the Texas frontier. He was engaged in fighting the Comanche and in 1858 was cited for conspicuous gallantry at the Battle of Wichita Village. In March 1861 he resigned from the US Army and enlisted in the Confederate Army as a Lt. Col. of the Missouri State Guard. He fought in several battles throughout the trans-Mississippi theatre and was promoted to Brigadier General in July 1863. He commanded the defense at Galveston and played a key role in the Red River Campaign of 1864. By the end of the war he had been promoted to Major General. After the war he was paroled in Louisiana and in 1865 went to France then returned to Louisiana and died while on business in Austin, TX May, 1877. During most of the Civil War Major commanded cavalry regiments to good effect. CONDITION: Number 44871. Fine, all matching including rammer, wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains a mixed blue/brown patina with light scattered pin prick pitting. Flaked areas are a dark patina. Frame retains most of a restored finish which nearly obliterated “COLTS PATENT” on the left side. Trigger guard and backstrap are also a smooth, dark patina. Cyl is matching patina with areas of rust on opposite sides and shows 50-60% Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll marking. Grip is sound showing light to moderate edge wear with a few nicks and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with good shine and moderate pitting. Number 44250. All matching except grip, as noted. Buttstrap number is nearly obliterated along with what was probably an inscription and now only a “3” is visible. Backstrap inscription has been obliterated. Bbl retains a plummy, brown patina with scattered, light surface rust. Rammer handle has a blued finish turning plum. Frame also has a blued finish turning plum/brown with a nearly obliterated “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is a gray/brown metal patina with scattered spots of surface rust and shows about 75% Ormsby Navel Battle Scene roll marking and has 5 of the 6 safety pins serviceable. Trigger guard and backstrap are a gray metal patina. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy edge wear and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Bright, shiny bore. Case has a crack and several small grain checks in the top & in the bottom and overall retains most of a an old restored finish. Interior is lightly faded with moderate to heavy soil from contact with the revolvers and implements. Flask has one small dent near the collar and shows a dark, brass patina. Mold is heavily battered on both sides and retains about 50% orig blue. Other accessories are fine. 4-54297 JR291 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3038

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3043

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 6680. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, nickel silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT”. Left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL” stamped over “44 CAL”, obviously an assembler’s mistake. Right shoulder of trigger guard is, most unusually, also stamped “36 CAL”. Cyl has usual six chambers with Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll marking and all six safety pins serviceable. All the numbers on bottom of revolver are accompanied by a small “2”. This revolver was manufactured in the 2nd year of production, 1862, at the height of the build up for the Civil War when any firearm was in great demand for the Union military. These revolvers were one of the most beautiful Colts and a favorite of the Union military. They generally saw continuous hard service throughout the Civil War and later on the American Frontier, well into the 1870’s, until they were supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridges. This revolver has British proofs on left side of bbl lug and cyl, which were likely applied post-Civil War. It is probable that this revolver continued in service with an officer of the British Army or Navy well into the 1870’s or perhaps 1880’s. The fact that it retains some orig finish attests to the care it was given during its period of service. CONDITION: About fine. Bbl retains 50% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas, especially around the loading lever, thin elsewhere with some nicks and dings around the wedge slot and a few scattered spots of light rust. Loading lever pivot retains bright case colors. Frame retains 30-35% faded case colors, primarily on the right side and left recoil shield. Balance of receiver has smoky case colors with three or four pinpricks of pitting. Hammer retains dark case colors. Cyl retains a cleaned gray patina and shows about 25% Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll marking with scattered fine pitting. Trigger guard and backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver finish, a little thin towards the heel. Grip has a small chip in right toe, otherwise is sound, showing light wear and a couple of dings and retains most of its orig bright varnish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-47889 JR231 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 3043

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3044

SCARCE COLT SECOND MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 2874. Cal. 36. Scarce 2nd Model Navy with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is usual six chambers with Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll marking and four of the six safety pins serviceable. The small square back, silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching serial number in backstrap channel. This revolver was produced in 1851 and is one of only about 3,000 revolvers made in this configuration. These revolvers were almost universally used throughout the Western United States and around the world. They usually saw very hard service and few survive today in any configuration or with any amount of orig finish. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Fine, all matching, including rammer, wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains about all of a plummy blue brown artificially aged patina with a few small nicks and some very fine pinprick pitting. Rammer pivot and handle retain smoky case colors. Frame retains traces of faded case colors, being mostly a silvery brown patina. Hammer retains dark case colors. Cyl is a thin, cleaned blue gray patina and shows about 60-65% Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain 25-30% thin orig silver plating with the loss areas a light mustard patina. Grip has a chipped right toe, otherwise is sound, showing moderate edge wear, a few nicks and scratches and retains about 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with good rifling and heavy pitting. 4-53761 JR226 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3044

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3045
Revised: 10/1/2014

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YOU ARE BUYING THIS GUN COMPLETE WITH ITS IVORY WHICH IS ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD AND AN ESA “ANTIQUE CERTIFICATION” WILL ACCOMPANY THIS.

DOUBLE CASED BRACE OF ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS.

SN 187301/185376. Cal. 44. Revolvers are virtually identical with 8″ rnd bbls, German silver front sights and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frames are marked “COLTS PATENT” and left rear web of trigger guards have the cal marking. The silver plated brass trigger guards and iron backstraps contain wonderful full checkered ivory grips with last three digits of matching numbers to their respective revolvers. All of the serial numbers on the bottom of the revolvers are accompanied by a small “E” indicating they were to receive extra polish for engraving. Cyl on No. 187301 is unnumbered but has engraved borders identical to the backstraps. Revolvers are engraved identically in a previously unknown New York style of full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with fine pearled background on the frames. Engraving extends over the sides of the bbls and terminates forward of the address. Backstraps, buttstraps and trigger guards are engraved to match with deep Nimschke-style fans at top of backstraps. Backstraps & buttstraps have dash & dot borders. Hammers are also engraved with matching patterns on the shanks, wolfs heads on each side of hammer noses and fish scale patterns on top edges and sides of spurs. Accompanied by a beautiful, probably distributor supplied, rosewood casing with empty brass shield in the lid missing its lock escutcheon in the front. Interior is burgundy velvet lined and French fitted, recessed for both revolvers, a double sided trophy of arms & flags, eagle & stars angle spout flask, a blued steel bow-legged “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side “44H”, a pewter oil bottle, an orig full paper sealed tin of Eley’s caps with faded orange label, a wood & steel cleaning rod with brass ferrule and a functioning key. Bottom front edge inside the case is compartmented for four cartridge packets. Engraved Model 1860 Army revolvers are scarce and a double cased set is extremely rare. CONDITION: Revolvers are virtually identical in condition, all matching including cylinders & grips; wedges are unnumbered. Overall both revolvers are grey metal patina showing light but authentic wear on the engraving with light pitting around the hammer noses; pitting is down in the engraving on the hammer noses which indicates they were engraved before they were fired, or at least they were engraved during the period of use; trigger guards retain traces of orig silver; backstraps & buttstraps are grey metal patina; cylinders are a grey metal patina and show 15-20% Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking with two areas of pitting on No. 187301. Grip on No. 187301 has a chipped right toe and a few age lines but is otherwise sound, showing moderate wear with a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Grip on No. 185376 has a sliver missing from the left toe and a chip in the right heel and some minor age lines, shows light to moderate wear and has a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine; strong bores with moderate to heavy pitting. Case is missing corner pieces from all four of the bottom corners and has some chipped veneer in the same areas, otherwise case is sound with raised grain on the lid and retains most of its orig finish with a couple spots of touch-up; lining in the lid is moderately faded & soiled; lining in the bottom is heavily faded, brighter under the revolvers and implements with wear and damage from the hammer spurs and front edges of cylinders; covered compartment lid has a repaired edge; flask is a smooth brass patina with three or four small dents, missing its spring; mold retains 60-70% orig blue with sharp cavities; cap tin is missing a little of its paper wrap but is still sealed; other implements are fine. 4-51262 JR161 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 3045

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3046
Revised: 9/28/2014

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EXTREMELY RARE CASED DOUBLE SET OF ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS.

SN 159780/159793. Cal. 44. Revolvers are virtually identical with 8″ rnd bbls, nickel silver front sights and 1-line New-York U.S. America addresses. Left side of frames, about center are engraved with “COLTS PATENT” in a pillow shape. Left front web of trigger guards have the caliber marking. Frames are 3-screw type with usual rebated cylinders that have Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guards and iron backstraps contain old replacement, varnished burl walnut 1-pc grips. Revolvers are identically engraved by Gustave Young in late vine pattern with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns without background shading on the frames. Matching engraving extends up both sides of bbl lugs and terminates just forward of the addresses. Trigger guards & backstraps are matching engraved with Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern on the top flats. SNs on the bottom of both revolvers are all accompanied by the small letters “I.P.” which signifies that they were to have ivory grips and receive special polishing for engraving. Trigger guard on No.159780 has been thinned & beveled. Accompanied by what is probably their orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany double casing with brass reinforced corners and a brass plaque in the lid that is engraved “JJS”. Interior is compartmented for the two revolvers, a presentation style silver plated trophy of arms & flags “COLTS PATENT” flask with long straight spout, a bow-legged brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter that has had the cavities polished which heavily beveled edges of cavities, a soft packet of waterproof cartridges dated “March 18, 1862”, an L-shaped nipple wrench and two lacquered tins of Eley’s caps. Engraved Model 1860 revolvers while not uncommon, are still scarce and are seldom encountered. Double cased sets are extremely rare. CONDITION: Revolvers are both all matching except grips, as noted. They are virtually identical in condition, being mostly grey metal patina with fine pitting around the muzzle of 159780. Cylinders are matching patina and show about 50% Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. No. 159793 has a replaced hammer screw and backstrap screws are battered. The replacement grips are extremely fine with sharp edges and retain about all of their fine custom hand rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are fine; bore on 159793 is bright & shiny; bore on 159780 has strong rifling with some shine and moderate pitting. Case has a couple of cracks in the top with some lifted veneer and some grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound and retains most of a very old restored finish; lining in the lid is lightly faded with light soil; bottom is heavily faded with cleaned heavy soil; partitions are solid; flask has some small dents in the back and overall retains 65-70% thin orig silver finish; mold has pitted sprue cutter and has been heavily polished including the cavities in the left arm which have dished the edges effectively ruining the mold; cartridge packet is still sealed with one small tear on the top and missing parts of the label, but still a very rare packet; nipple wrench is fine; cap tins are flaked with soiled labels. 4-51228 (30,000-40,000) – Lot 3046

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3047
Revised: 10/1/2014

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OUTSTANDING CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 7752. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT”. Standard rebated cyl with six chambers, Ormsby Navel Battle scene roll marking and all six safety pins serviceable. The unplated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a smooth 1-pc ivory grip. Grip is constructed in the orig manner of two slabs of ivory attached to a central ivory spacer and appears to have shrunk during its lifetime. Backstrap channel is inscribed with a triangle, “11” and “16”. No indication of what this code means. Frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with short stock screws and rnd head hammer screw and buttplate is dimpled for stock. Trigger guard is military type of unplated brass. Accompanied by a fine burgundy velvet lined mahogany Colt casing compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a double sided angle spout, trophy of arms & flags, eagle & stars flask, a blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter and a “K” inspector initial on the right side, and L-shaped nipple wrench, a packet of six combustible cartridges, a functioning key and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. This is a very early Model 1860 produced in about 1861 in the same series with fluted cyl types. Just before the outbreak of the Civil War there were a few shipment of these early 1860s shipped to southern dealers and are considered secondary Confederate Arms. Given its fantastic condition and the condition of its case and accessories this almost certainly would have belonged to a high ranking officer or official and saw no combat use. It was produced in a time when any revolver was in great demand for the Civil War and those revolvers are almost never found with high orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge & grip which are unnumbered. Bbl retains about 95% orig blue, bright and glossy in sheltered areas turned a little dull about the center; rammer pivot and handle retains dark case colors; frame retains about 98% brilliant case colors with a few minor nicks; screw heads are all crisp except front trigger guard screw; hammer retains virtually all of its bright, orig case colors with some minor pitting on each side of the nose; trigger guard & front strap, never plated, retains a bright brass patina with a couple of dings on the trigger bow; backstrap & buttstrap retain about 70% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina. Grip has a number of age lines on the bottom edges with a couple of minor chips in the left rear edge and shows a fine, mellow ivory patina. Cyl retains 70-75% orig blue, glossy and bright in the rebated area and shows 97-98% Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. Mechanics are crisp; bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. Case has a couple repaired cracks in the lid with the top board refinished and the edges orig finish; interior is lightly to moderately faded & soiled with solid partitions; flask is extremely fine retaining 96-98% orig finish on the body with light wear on the collar & spout; mold retains about 95% orig blue with crisp cavities; cartridge packet, nipple wrench & cap tin are equally fine. 4-53522 JR153 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 3047

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3048

IMPORTANT CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER TO COL. W.S. TRUEX.

SN 112018. Cal. 44. Fine Civil War revolver with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left rear web of trigger guard “44CAL” upside down. Mounted with exceptional, highly figured, smooth flame & burl grain walnut 1-pc grip with serial number in backstrap channel, mostly obliterated by oil stain. Frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. Revolver is very nicely engraved in New York style, probably by L.D. Nimschke with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on frame, several scrolls of which terminate in flower blossoms. Engraving extends up each side of the bbl, also with flower blossoms. Hammer is engraved with wolf’s head on each side of the hammer nose, foliate arabesque patterns on the shank and fish scale patterns on top edge & sides of spur. Top panel of backstrap is engraved in a foliate pattern with foliate arabesque patterns on the backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard. Center of backstrap is engraved with the inscription “Col. W.S. Truex / from the Enlisted Men of his Reg’t”. All the serial numbers on the bbl, frame, trigger guard and buttstrap are accompanied by a small “E” which signifies that this revolver was to be engraved. Accompanied by a large volume of research materials which disclose that William Snyder Truex was born in 1819 in New Jersey, and attended the U.S. Military Academy from 1837-1838, at which time he resigned and enlisted in the 10th U.S. Infantry in Mar. 1847 to fight in the war with Mexico. Before that wars end, he had risen from the rank of Private to 1st Lt. and was discharged in Aug. 1848. He returned to New Jersey and took up farming. When the Civil War broke out Truex was commissioned Major in the 5th New Jersey Infantry in Aug. 1861. In Mar. 1862 he acccepted commission as Lt. Col. in the 10th N.J. Reg’t and four months later was appointed Col. of the 14th Reg’t of the N.J. Volunteer Infantry. He remained in command of the 14th until May 1864 when he assumed command of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Corps, which command he held until the end of the war. During the Battle of Cold Harbor, Col. Truex was wounded in his left hand, permanently damaging three of his fingers. The 14th participated in the Siege and Capture of Peterburg and Richmond, and then, although defeated at great cost, were instrumental in thwarting the advance of Confederate Gen. Jubal Early who was intent on capturing Washington D.C.. Col. Truex’s one day delaying action allowed reinforcements to arrive and drive Gen. Early’s army South. For his meritorious service at The Battle of Cold Harbor, Col. Truex, in Apr. 1865 was Breveted Brig. Gen.. He was mustered out with his unit in Jun. 1865 and returned to farming in New Jersey. He died Sept. 1889. Included in this research material are Gen. Truex’s muster rolls, biographies, Unit histories and copies of photographs of him in uniform, one of which shows his wounded left hand. CONDITION: Good, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip; overall retains a cleaned metal patina with scattered pitting; cyl has matching patina and shows 65-75% Ormsby Battle scene roll marking; rammer handle & pivot show faded case colors and trigger guard traces of silver; grip has a gouge near the right heel with nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-53516 (20,000-25,000) – Lot 3048

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3049

EXCEPTIONAL CASED MODEL 1860 COLT ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 161882. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and New York, US America address. 3-screw frame has “COLT’S PATENT” on left side and “44 CAL” on left rear of trigger guard. Cylinder is rebated with usual 6-shots, with Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll marking which is crisp and completely discernible. Cylinder retains 5 of its orig safety pins. Silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contains a fine varnished 1-piece walnut grip. Colt Armies saw hard use throughout the Civil War and on the western frontier. Finding such an exceptional gun still in orig Colt casing with fine accessories is a rare find. This is a wonderful gun with bright orig blue and case colors in fine casing. This cased Colt Army was part of “the most historically significant Colt exhibit in 100 years” which took over two years of planning and preparation at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY. The exhibit was titled, “Colt: The Legacy of a Legend”. A 400 page hard back catalog of this exhibit was published in 2003 by the Colt Collector’s Association and this particular gun and casing are pictured and detailed on p.94. A copy of this book along with copy of museum release to consignor accompanies this revolver. PROVENANCE: Richard and Audrey Kravarik, 2003. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching external numbers as gun was not disassembled. Bbl retains 90%+ orig bright blue with high edge wear with some small scratches and patches turning plum. Frame, loading assembly and hammer retain about 60% case colors with balance silver/gray with some spotting and small scratches. Cylinder retains about 20% orig bright blue finish with balance gray/brown matching rest of gun. Cyl has rust and pitting around cones. Backstrap retains about 20% blue finish. Trigger guard retains traces of silver plating in protected areas. Grips are sound and solid and very well fit retaining about 90% of their orig varnish with numerous small dents and blemishes with edge wear. A prior owner carved initials “K” into each side of buttstock. Gun functions mechanically well. Bright, crisp bore. Colt Patent flask retains about 70% of its orig varnish on obverse with design less on reverse. Flask’s angle style spout has heavier patina and spring retains most of its orig fire blue. “Colt Patent” 2-cavity mold is marked “44H” and retains about 70-80% of its orig thinning blue. L-shaped nipple wrench/screw driver combination tool is fine and retains traces of its orig finish. Elay cap tin retains much of its orig varnish. Pack of 44 Cal. “Revolving Holster Pistol” cartridges is also in fine condition. Mahogany casing is sound overall with faded purple velvet lining retaining much of its orig varnish though thinning with the expected small bruises and blemishes after 150 years. 4-53550 JS159 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 3049

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3050
Revised: 10/1/2014

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SCARCE NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 142783. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is rebated with usual six chambers and Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. All six safety pins are somewhat serviceable. The brass trigger guard and iron backstrap contain a 1-pc checkered ivory grip with deep relief, raised carved Mexican eagle on the left side. Grip is of early construction which consists of two slabs of ivory attached to a center ivory spacer. Grip does not fit well and is not orig to this revolver. Revolver is spectacularly engraved in L.D. Nimschke style with the most elaborate and fabulously detailed foliate arabesque patterns with full coverage on the frame. Engraving patterns extend over the bbl lug and onto the bbl and rammer pivot. Backstrap & trigger guard are engraved to match. Buttstrap is unusually engraved in diamond & dot patterns. Rebated area of the cyl is engraved in diamond patterns. The number “3” in the serial numbers on the bbl lug, frame & trigger guard appear to have been stamped over a “2”, possibly at the factory. Trigger guard is engraved by another hand. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined Colt casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a double sided trophy of arms & flags “COLTS PATENT”, angle spout flask, a steel “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter and a most elaborate Gutta Percha cap box with the deep relief medallion of “ARTHUR DUKE OF WELLINGTON” with image of Wellington in uniform on top. The bottom has a similar medallion of Wellington’s tomb depicting a trophy of arms with a warrior, an angel and a subservient male lion. Caption of this medallion is “BRITANNIA MOURNS HER HERO NOW AT REST” and the bottom of this medallion is marked “WATERLOO / JUNE 18, 1815”. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except grip. No orig finish remains being a cleaned dark grey metal patina with pitting on each side of the muzzle. The “U.S.” in the bbl address apparently was defaced and now re-stamped; the brass trigger guard was never silver plated and now retains a light mustard patina; backstrap is grey metal patina matching the frame; cyl is also a matching patina and shows 20-30% Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. Grip has numerous age lines with chipped toes and a small crack on the left side and shows moderate wear, retaining a wonderful ivory patina. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. Case has a grain check in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains an old restored finish; flask has several nicks, dings & dents with an open seam and missing spring; mold has fine pitting and an artificially aged patina; cap box is extremely fine. 4-53594 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3050

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3051

RARE CASED COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 3947. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with scarce 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is full fluted with six chambers and has patent markings in one flute. The nickel plated brass trigger guard and iron backstrap contain a 1-pc Army sized walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with short 4th screw and rnd head hammer screw. Buttstrap is dimpled for shoulder stock attachment. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing with aftermarket nickel silver shield in the lid. Interior is compartmented for the revolver, an angle spout trophy of arms & flags “Colts Patent” flask, a blued steel “Colt’s Patent” bullet mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side “44H”, a packet of six combustible cartridges and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps along with a non-functioning key. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, there were about 4,000 fluted Army revolvers produced in 7-1/2 and 8″ bbl lengths. Very few are known to be cased. These revolvers were produced just prior to and early in the Civil War where the majority of them would have seen hard & continuous service under adverse conditions. Just before the outbreak of the Civil War ther were a few shipments of these early 1860s shipped to southern dealers and are considered secondary Confederate Arms. After the war they remained in service during the Indian Wars and on the American Frontier, again under harsh circumstances and are rarely found today with any orig finish. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl & rammer are a smooth grey metal patina with fine pitting on right side at the muzzle; frame retains 50-60% faded case colors and the hammer dark case colors; cyl is a grey metal patina with battering on the rear face leaving only three of the four matching serial numbers visible; trigger guard & backstrap retain about all of a restored nickel finish. Grip is sound with a gouge on each bottom edge with considerable battering on bottom faces and retains most of a restored finish. Mechanics are fine; bright, sharp bore with scattered pitting. Case has a couple cracks in the top and others in the bottom with nicks & scratches and shows a cleaned surface; front diamond shaped escutcheon is a replacement secured with two screws; interior is heavily faded & soiled with a slightly loose partition; flask has a large and several small dents on the back side and it retains a dark oxidized finish with open seams; mold retains about 65-70% thin blue; cartridge packet and cap tin are fine. 4-53596 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3051

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3052

SCARCE CASED COLT HARTFORD LONDON MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 154406L. 44 Cal. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Cylinder is usual 6-shots, rebated, with Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. The blued steel trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. All SNs on the bottom of the bbl lug, frame, trigger guard & butt strap are accompanied by a small “L” which indicates that this revolver was made for the London Agency. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, by R.L. Wilson, “Several hundred Model 1860 revolvers were sold through Colt’s London Agency.” Given that there were more than 200,000 Model 1860 revolvers produced in the period 1860 thru 1873, this is a very small number indeed and makes this revolver quite scarce. Accompanied by an orig green felt lined oak casing which is compartmentalized in the bottom for the revolver, brass bag flask, 2-cavity Colt patent mold, L-shaped screw driver, combination nipple wrench, pewter oiler, brass capper, two tins of Eley caps, pack of 6 Colt cartridges, cleaning rod, several bullets and a key. It is a coincidence that James D. Julia Auctions sold a consecutively numbered gun (154405L) in our previous sale, March 2014 (Norm Flayderman Estate Collection). Even though the Model 1860 was produced in large numbers, very few are known with orig cases. PROVENANCE: Frank O’Brenner, Edmonton, Alberta. Lewis Yearout 1968. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 75% orig blue that is flaked, not worn, to a dark plum/gray patina; rammer pivot retains strong case colors with the handle faded to a muted silver/gray; frame and hammer retain traces of bright case colors being mostly a silver/gray patina; cyl retains traces of blue on the rebated area being mostly a flaked medium gray/brown patina with scattered staining and pitting. 80-90% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking is visible; trigger guard & front strap retain about 20-30% orig blue with the trigger bow & front strap a dark patina; back strap & butt strap retain 65-70% orig blue mixed with brown patina. Grip is sound and solid, well fit retaining about 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright crisp bore. Case is sound but weathered and warped and will not close; handling & storage blemishes. Rnd brass plaque has a more recent monogram amateurishly applied. Interior of case is worn and soiled. Mold and L-shaped tool retain about half of their finish with numerous small dings and dents to mold where used as hammer. Cartridge pack is cracked but label is very good as can be seen in photos. Bag flask is a reproduction marked “Made In England” circa 1970. Cap tins, one large one small; smaller of two has nice label for 250 caps, larger 500 cap tin label is worn and only partially discernible as can be seen in photos. Label in case is mostly complete but heavily soiled and text is only partially discernible. 4-53811 JS46 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 3052

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3054
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EXTREMELY RARE CASED ENGRAVED PRESENTATION QUALITY COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 23642. Cal. 36. Silver & gold finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of the frame has a tiny “Colts Patent”. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain an outstanding 1-pc ivory grip, matching numbered to this revolver. Grip has a very deep relief carved eagle on a nest with two eaglets. Cyl is half fluted with five chambers and all five safety pins serviceable. All the serial numbers on bottom of revolver are accompanied by a small “P”, which indicates that it was to have received special polishing for engraving & plating. Revolver is beautifully engraved by Gustave Young with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with matching patterns 3-1/4″ on each side of the bbl and around the muzzle. Top of the bbl is engraved with a long arrow pointing at the front sight. Cyl is engraved with matching patterns on the raised areas over the chambers. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard have matching patterns with Mr. Young’s trademark fan at the top. Hammer is also deluxe engraved with a wolfs head on each side of the nose, foliate arabesque patterns on the shank and fish scale patterns on the top edge and sides of the spur. Cyl, trigger & hammer are gold washed with all the other parts silver plated. Screws are fire blued. Accompanied by an outstanding, orig red velvet lined, Colt rosewood casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a presentation quality “Colts Patent” single sided eagle & stars silver plated flask, a silver plated “Colt’s Patent” bullet mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side “36P”, an orig tin of Eley’s caps still sealed in its orig paper wrapping and a packet of five combustible cartridges. Also in the case is a silver plated, L-shaped nipple wrench, a spare hammer spring and a functioning key. This revolver was produced in 1863 at the height of the Civil War and was undoubtedly was intended as a gift or presentation to someone of great importance or a high ranking official or military officer. It apparently was so highly regarded it was never used. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Overall retains most of its orig silver plating with about 70% dull gold on the cyl, about 80% on the hammer and 60% on the trigger; the two upper backstrap screws are slightly battered, as are two of the trigger guard screws from someone using an improper tool. Grip is outstanding with sharp edges and a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with one small spot of pitting. Case is sound with some fine grain checks in the lid and retains most of its orig varnish; lining inside the lid is heavily faded but unsoiled; bottom is moderately faded with light soil; flask retains about 60-65% thin orig silver and the mold about 98% orig silver, unused; other accessories & equipment are fine. 4-53518 JR140 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 3054

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3055

SCARCE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 23868. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address. Left side of frame is marked “Colt’s Patent” and left shoulder of trigger guard has the cal marking. Cyl is half fluted with five chambers and it is mounted with 2-pc pearl grips that are hand scratched on the inside “BFY”. Revolver is beautifully engraved, probably by L.D. Nimschke in beautiful New York style with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which extend onto the bbl lug, around the address and around the muzzle. Rammer pivot is engraved to match with spiral & foliate patterns on the handle. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are also engraved to match with a deep relief foliate panel at top of backstrap. Hammer is deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer nose. Cyl is engraved to match on the lands between the flutes. Accompanied by an orig purple velvet lined Colt mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an early double-sided eagle flask, a steel Colts Patent mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a packet of six combustible cartridges and an empty Eley’s cap tin. Few of this model Colt were ever cased and engraved. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching except wedge & grips which are unnumbered. Cyl has only one number visible. No orig finish remains on the revolver being an overall dark blue/brown patina. Trigger guard retains about 70% orig silver and the backstrap/buttstrap about 40%. Grips have a hairline above the left escutcheon and a small repair on the right side at the frame, otherwise are sound with good fire. Mechanics are fine; strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. Case has two or three grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is lightly faded with moderate soil and a couple of slightly loose partitions; flask is extremely fine; mold is battered and worn; other accessories are fine. 4-53595 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 3055

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3056

SCARCE CASED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 16897. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with desirable 6-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked with a small “Colts Patent” and left shoulder of trigger guard has cal marking. Cyl is half-fluted with five chambers and has patent date in one flute with all five safety pins crisp and serviceable. The silver plated trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an orig, black velvet lined mahogany casing that is compartmented in the bottom for a double sided eagle & stars flask, a blued two cavity “Colt’s Patent” bullet mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “36P”, a packet of five combustible cartridges and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. There were about 25,000 of these revolvers produced in the period 1861-1873 with this revolver manufactured in about 1863. This was a time when any firearm was in great demand for use in the Civil War. That this revolver remains in such high orig condition with an orig case attests to the probability that it was the property of a high ranking officer or official where it saw little or no use. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 95-96% glossy orig blue with a couple small spots of flaking; rammer pivot retains bright case colors, lightly faded on the handle; frame retains about 99% brilliant case colors with only faint thinning on the left recoil shield; cyl retains 65-70% glossy orig blue, mostly in the flutes and rebated area, thinning on the major diameter; hammer retains brilliant case colors; trigger guard & backstrap retain traces of orig silver, being mostly a light mustard patina. Grip has a couple gouges on the left side, otherwise is sound showing light wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore; may be unfired. Case is sound with usual light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; flask has a couple dents on one side and one edge, and retains about 90% orig finish; mold is fine with about 50% thin blue and a few light dings; cap tin & cartridge packet are fine. 4-53521 JR138 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3056

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3057
Revised: 10/1/2014

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RARE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 3911. Cal. 36. Silver and gold finish with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl, pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is engraved “COLT’S PATENT”. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a full checkered 1-pc ivory grip constructed of two slabs of ivory attached to an ivory spacer block. Revolver is engraved by Gustave Young in full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which extend over the bbl lug and sides of bbl, terminating at the front end of the bbl address with a fleur-de-lis. Matching patterns are on the rammer pivot. Bbl has scalloped border patterns around the muzzle and checkered patterns on each side of the rammer latch stud. Cyl is rebated and half fluted with 5 chambers and matching foliate arabesque patterns on the raised areas & in the rebated area. Cyl also has a star pattern on each land between the nipple recesses and all 5 safety pins are crisp and prominent. Backstrap is engraved with Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern at the top with foliate arabesque patterns down the backstrap and on the buttstrap. Trigger bow is engraved in feather patterns with elaborate feather patterns around the front trigger plate screw hole and bottom of frame. Hammer is typically deluxe engraved. Screws are all also engraved. According to The Book of Colt Firearms there were about 25,000 of these revolvers produced in the period 1861-1873 with this revolver having been made in 1861. They were produced in four bbl lengths. Having been produced during the Civil War, when any firearm was in great demand, obviously limited the availability for fancy presentation quality guns except those for high ranking officials or for presentation to recognized acts of valor. That this revolver was so wonderfully engraved and with special plated finishes attests to the strong probability that this was such a presentation. It seems likely that after the war the owner returned it to the factory for restoration. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge and grip. Overall retains virtually all of its fine factory silver finish with minor, light wear on the backstrap. The gold finish on the rammer, cyl, trigger and hammer is virtually intact except for a small wear spot on side of hammer. Grip is sound with a couple of minor age lines and shows light wear and retains a fine ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp. Strong bright bore, frosty in the grooves. Appears to be unfired since restoration. 4-47887 JR241 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3057

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3058
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RARE CIVIL WAR FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1862 POCKET NAVY REVOLVER.

SN 5563. 36 Cal. Conforms to other revolvers of this series with 5-1/2″ oct bbl, 5 shot rebated cylinder with Ormsby stage coach holdup scene. Most unusual that this gun actually has a factory letter as most percussion Colt records were destroyed in the fire of 1864 at the Colt factory. Shipped to JP Moore in New York City September 18, 1862 and was one of 20 gun shipment. Factory letter states bbl length was 6-1/2″ which is a typo as this gun has always been 5-1/2″ and unaltered. Finish on stocks are not listed or that gun was engraved but under SN on this gun is marked “IE” which we know means factory ivory and engraving. Beautifully engraved with floral scrolls in the past attributed to Gustav Young, but newer insight and recent scholarly text on Colt engravers by Herbert House states this may not be the case. Regardless of Colt engraver, gun is factory engraved in the Germanic style made famous by Young starting in about 1853. Carved ivory stocks are beautifully patinaed with Lady Liberty carrying a large American Flag. Can’t get much more patriotic than this for a gun being sold in the summer of 1862 at the height of patriotic fervor during the Civil War. Appears orig, authentic and all matching including the incredible 1-pc carved ivory grips with inked SN in channel. Must have been a real show stopper in its day as it was gold and silver plated though only remnants of plating are retained today. Gold and silver plated Colt percussion revolvers are quite rare and this is a wonderful example, no doubt carried by a Union officer in the war. PROVENANCE: John Fox, Missoula, MT. Lewis Yearout 1973. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Overall very good, mechanically sound with good discernible bore. Metal surfaces are gray overall with staining and pitting. Traces of silver plate are found on bbl, frame, backstrap and trigger guard in protected areas. Gold plating is visible in trace in one stop on cylinder and about 20% of surface of loading assembly in protected areas as can be seen in photos. All matching including wedge and stocks. SNs on bbl, frame, trigger guard and backstrap are all followed or preceded with “IE”. Full SNs are found on every part normally numbered except for loading arm which contains the last 3 digits. 4-53941 JS36 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3058

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3059

EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL COLT TRIPLE REVOLVER CASING.

Rare burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing for three Colt revolvers which include an 1851 Navy, an 1849 pocket revolver with 4″ bbl and a compartment in the right front for a Model 1855 Root revolver. Other compartments are for flasks and molds, cap tins and bullets. Outside corners of the case are rounded and it has a brass shield in the lid engraved with the intertwined initials “ET”. It also has a small shield shaped lock escutcheon on the front. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Lid has a repaired crack above the hinge and a long grain check toward the front with another couple in the bottom and overall retains about 90% orig varnish with nicks, scratches and dings. Interior is moderately faded inside the lid, a little more heavily faded in the bottom with moderate soil. A very rare casing seldom ever offered on the open market. 4-54295 JR285 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3059

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3060

SCARCE UNACCOMPANIED COLT MAHOGANY CASING WITH ACCESSORIES FOR MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

Fine green velvet lined mahogany casing for a Colt Model 1860 Army revolver with 8″ bbl. Case is compartmented for a revolver and contains an angle spout “COLTS PATENT” trophy of arms & flags flask, a blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter marked with a “C” inspector mark on the right side, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a non-functioning key and a small lacquered tin for Eley’s caps. Opportunities to buy an empty Army case seldom come along and rarely in this nice condition. CONDITION: Very fine. Case has a grain check in the lid otherwise is sound with nicks & scratches and retains most of an old, added light finish; interior is lightly faded & soiled in the top lining with light fading and moderate soil in the bottom; partitions are solid; flask retains traces of finish in sheltered areas being mostly a medium patina; mold retains about 80% orig blue with some battering on the right side; nipple wrench & cap tin are fine. 4-47895 JR150 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3060

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3061

CASED PROTOTYPE OR POSSIBLY A BELGIAN COPY OF A COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH CASE.

SN 29. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 6-7/8″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. The New York part of the address appears to be in a different font and has been double rolled. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is usual six chambers with full wrap-around, European style foliate & floral engraving. Left side of barrel lug & cyl have British proofs. Trigger guard & backstrap are iron and contain a 1-pc walnut grip with an indecipherable number in the backstrap channel. Almost every part is numbered “29” including rear face of barrel lug, side of the rammer pivot, bottom of frame under trigger guard, cyl spindle on the top front, hammer on right side of heel, trigger guard on right side under grip and backstrap on right side under grip. Cyl is unnumbered and has a faint oval “ELG” Belgian proof on the front face. Wedge is a replacement bearing number “327”. Bottom right edge of grip has the faint number “24139” and may be from a “Kriegsmarine” 1851 Navy revolver. This revolver has all the appearances of having been assembled a long time ago from misc. parts, some of which may have been Colt. Accompanied by a blue velvet lined orig English Oak casing with empty plaque in the lid and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a pocket sized Dixon style bag flask with adjustable spout, a blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side “36H”, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a lacquered tin of Charles Nephew & Co. caps. Inside the lid has the Colts “DIRECTIONS FOR LOADING COLT’S PISTOLS” label. Right rear corner of the bottom has a covered compartment with space in the back for a cleaning rod, which is missing. CONDITION: About fine, all matching except wedge, grip & cyl as noted. Bbl retains about 60% thin orig blue and the rammer pivot smoky case colors; frame retains 50-60% faded case colors on the sides, turned silver on recoil shields; cyl retains about 70% restored blue with fine pitting; trigger guard and backstrap retain blue in sheltered areas being mostly a grey metal patina. Grip has several large chips in the edges and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine; worn dark bore. Case is sound with nicks & scratches and retains about 80-85% orig varnish; interior is lightly faded & soiled with sound partitions; flask has a couple small dents and shows a dark copper & brass patina; mold retains about 75% of a restored finish with pitting; nipple wrench, possibly a reproduction is fine; cap tin is fine. 4-51231 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3061

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3062

SCARCE CASED ENGRAVED KLAY-COLT 2ND GENERATION MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 24960. Cal. 36. Spectacular 2nd Generation 3rd Model Navy stocked & finished by Frank Klay of Rockland, Mass. This is one of 150 cased sets that he produced in the early 1990s on special order only. This revolver is blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York City address with “COLTS PATENT” on left side of the frame engraved in a ribbon. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a spectacular flame grain, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip, matching numbered to this revolver. This revolver was engraved by former Colt Master Engraver and restoration specialist, Dan Cullity, for Mr. Klay. Engraving consists of full coverage donut-style patterns with fine shaded background on the frame. Engraving extends over the bbl lug, onto the rammer pivot, backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard. Hammer is deluxe engraved with matching patterns on the sides of the shank and spur with a wolfs head on each side of the nose. Left side of bbl lug has a small oval vignette of a fouled anchor. Backstrap is engraved “R.J. MESSER”. Accompanied by its orig Colt-style, burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in orig style configuration in the bottom for the revolver, an outstanding reproduction dbl-sided, silver plated, eagle & stars flask with angle spout, a silver plated brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, a silver plated L-shaped nipple wrench and a reproduction lacquered Eley Bros. cap tin with caps. Also in the case are cast lead bullets & balls and the orig functioning key. Top of case has a rectangular brass plate with matching engraving patterns and engraved with the initials “R.J.M.” Also accompanied by a reproduction pamphlet advertising “COLT’S PATENT REPEATING PISTOLS” along with loading and cleaning instructions. These revolvers were sold on special order only with the purchaser being able to have his own name engraved on the backstrap and initials in a brass plate on the lid of the case. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all visible numbers matching, new & unfired. Blue & case colors are in orig Colt style with bright blue and brilliant colors. Case is exceptional also and retains virtually all of its orig varnish with bright, clean orig lining; accessories are also equally new. 4-54298 JR286 (4,500-7,500) – Lot 3062

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3063

FINE REPRODUCTION COLT WALKER PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN A Company No 22. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 9″ oct to rd bbl, brass front sight and 1-line, left hand New-York City address. Right side of bbl lug is marked “U S / 1847” and left side of lug has the serial number. Frame and buttstrap have matching size serial numbers with tiny “A COMYNO 22” numbers on the brass trigger guard and cyl. Cyl has usual six chambers with the correct single safety pin and a pressure ridge with Dragoon/Indian Fight Scene roll marking. Cyl has oval stop notches and two partially visible cartouches above and below the serial number. The square back brass trigger guard and iron backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip that has number “963” stamped in backstrap channel. Trigger is of the proper length and trigger guard is of the correct size and dimensions of an orig. Bore is conventionally rifled with right hand twist. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains a mottled light brown, artificially aged patina. Cyl has matching patina and shows about 70% Dragoon/Indian Fight Scene roll marking with visible Ormsby signature line. Trigger guard is a medium to dark mustard patina with a couple of small dings. Grip is sound with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with fine pitting. 4-53744 JR224 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3063

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3066

RARE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY RICHARDS CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 729. Cal. 44 Colt CF. These rare conversions were performed at the Springfield Armory just prior to manufacture of single action armies by Colt and are among the rarest of US martial cartridge revolvers. Blue & color case hardened with 7-7/8 rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line address. Left side of bbl lug is marked with a tiny “US”. Left side of frame is marked with “COLTS PATENT”. Conversion is 2nd type with mixed SNs (5355 bbl, 98539 frame, 17648 trigger guard and backstrap) all of which are accompanied by the conversion number “729″, which also appears on the bottom of the ejector lug, in two places on the bottom of the bbl lug, wedge, cylinder arbor, frame, trigger guard, butt strap & cylinder. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with SN “729″ inked in the back strap channel. Left side of the grip has a well discernible “OWA” (Orville W. Ainsworth) cartouche. There are also small “A” inspector initials on various parts including externally trigger guard, bbl and cylinder. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were only about 1,200 of these revolvers converted at Springfield Armory with two different numbering systems. The first system had the conversion number accompanied by an “A” and the second series omitted the letter. These are the first military issued cartridge firearms and almost universally saw extensive hard service and are almost never found with any orig finish. This is among the finest examples of its type extant. PROVENANCE: Jeffery Braksted, Great Falls, MT. Lewis Yearout 1992. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching as noted above. Bbl retains about 90% strong arsenal blue. Frame, conversion ring, loading gate & hammer retain about 95% strong arsenal case colors, lightly faded on the loading gate and left recoil shield; cylinder retains about 20% blue, shows very little, if any, use and shows about all Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard retains traces of silver plate and the back strap about 80-90% thinning arsenal blue. Grips are sound and solid with a few small storage dings and dents, edge wear and most of orig thin varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Bbl has been cut back about 1/8″. Still bright and well defined “feathering” to finish around front sight. 4-53884 JS33 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3066

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3067

RARE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY RICHARDS CONVERSION SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 181 / 122597. Cal. 44 CF (44 Colt). Nickel finish with 7-13/16″, slightly reduced bbl with nickel silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of bbl lug is marked with a small “US” and inspector initials, including an “A” (Orville W. Ainsworth). Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT”. Frame is 3-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the “OWA”, Ainsworth cartouche on left side. Bottom left edge of grip is marked in white ink “274” which usually indicated a museum acquisition mark. Frame has the Richards conversion ring which incorporates the floating firing pin and fixed rear sight. Assembly number on conversion ring and loading gate is “181” which number is overstamped on all of the serial numbers, which appears to have been “122597”. Wedge and cyl were apparently new parts and have only the “181” assembly number. Various parts on revolver have small inspector initials. Ejector housing was especially constructed for these conversions by having a machined plug which filled the old rammer slot to which the ejector housing is attached. According to The Book of Colt Firearms only about 1,200 of these rare revolvers were altered at Springfield Armory for the military. Only a few martially marked specimens have been observed with nickel finish. The Richards conversion was the forerunner to the slightly improved Richards-Mason conversion. These revolvers usually saw extensive hard service on the American Frontier and are rarely found with high orig finish. This revolver, being nickel plated, may have been an Indian Police or Scout sidearm. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching, including wedge and cyl, with an indistinguishable number in backstrap channel of grip. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig nickel and ejector housing about 80%. Bbl was shortened prior to plating, probably at the arsenal during the conversion process. Frame and conversion ring retain about 60% orig nickel and cyl about 90% with majority of losses from the front face. Trigger guard retains about 50% orig silver and the backstrap traces of silver, being mostly a gray metal patina. Hammer retains strong case colors. Mechanics are fine. Brilliant shiny bore. 4-53758 JR234 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3067

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3068

RARE COLT 1860 ARMY RICHARDS 2ND MODEL CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 195686. Cal. 44 CF Colt. Nickel finish with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Right side of bbl is mounted with the Richards ejector housing and rod that has a checkered, half-moon rod head. Left side of frame is marked with the 2-line patent dates stamped over “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard has the cal marking. It has the standard Richards-Mason conversion ring with external spring loading gate with the Richards-Mason cut-out at the top which eliminated the Richards rear sight. The hammer conversion firing pin secured with two rivets. The nickeled brass trigger guard and iron backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with faint indecipherable numbers in backstrap channel. Accompanied by a homemade, olive green velvet lined casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a 1930s box of 49 Remington/UMC 44 Colt cartridges, a homemade cleaning rod and a covered center compartment containing cleaning patches. These transition revolvers are extremely rare and almost never encountered with any orig finish. Being one of the first successful revolvers for center fire cartridges they were in great demand, especially on the American frontier by lawmen, outlaws and general citizens. These forerunners to the enormously successful Model 1873 Single Action Army revolver are a critical link in the evolution of the modern Single Action revolver. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is probably a replacement from a smaller framed revolver and the grip as noted. Bbl retains about 80% strong orig nickel with muzzle edge wear and a cleaned area with pitting on left side of muzzle; frame retains about 90% org nickel with some spots of flaking; cyl retains about 70% orig nickel with a lightly cleaned area and spots of scattered pitting. Overall shows about 65% Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard retains about 60% orig nickel and the backstrap is cleaned to bright metal. Grip is sound with a dark added varnish. Mechanics are fine; strong, sharp bore with moderate pitting. Case is sound with clean lining; box shows wear, ammunition is fine. 4-54398 JR157 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3068

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3069
Revised: 10/2/2014

James D. Julia Auctioneers complies with all federal laws and regulations (Please review our Ivory Position Statement): As per the President’s Executive Order of February 2014, this item with its ivory is legal to sell and buy provided there is an ESA “Antique Certification” document proving the age. You must purchase an ESA in order to take possession of the ivory. If you wish to acquire the ivory after you purchase this gun, you must hire John Sexton, who is an independent consultant with the appropriate qualifications to prepare ESA certifications accepted by government agencies. John’s address is: 1962 Portage Landing North, North Palm Beach, FL 33408. ESA statements prepared by John Sexton can be acquired for a cost of $1,500.00/each. It is the buyer’s responsibility to make payment to John for the ESA statements. The documents are prepared by John and not by James D. Julia Auctioneers. Once the ESA statement is prepared and provided to Julia’s, you can have the ivory mounts. Be sure to keep a copy of your ESA certificate for your records also.

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RARE PAIR OF FACTORY ENGRAVED MODEL 1862 COLT POCKET NAVY CONVERSIONS.

SN 19972,20099. 36 Cal. Both of these guns were orig made in percussion in 1863 but converted and engraved after the Civil War. Though both guns are quite similar they are engraved by a different hand and as can be seen in photographs there are many differences in design but coverage is roughly the same and condition is matching. Note SN 19972 has blued screws and blue wedge whereas 20099 has plated screws and plated wedge. 19972 has “IE” with SN meaning ivory and engraved and 20099 only has “E” attached but it too as we see is mounted with smooth ivory stocks. Orig pair purchased by Lewis Yearout in 1966 mounted in the contemporary case you see them in now. PROVENANCE: Joe Brown Kalispell, MT. Lewis Yearout 1966. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Both guns retain 95%+ orig nickel overall with small scratches and dents especially around wedge slot on SN 19972. Both functional and both guns have crisp rifling and 19972 has bright shiny bore. Both guns appear orig and complete with possible exception of replaced wedge and wedge screw which are unengraved and blued on SN 19972. 41841 is found inked inside stocks on 19972 and no markings on stocks on SN 20099. 4-53810 JS37 (5,000-7,000) – Lot 3069

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3070

SCARCE COLT 3-1/2″ POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 2204. Cal. 38 RF. Nickel finish with 3-1/2″ rnd bbl, pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address. Left side of frame is marked with “1871” & “1872” patent dates with “36 CAL” on left shoulder of trigger guard. The plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching serial number in backstrap channel. Cyl is rebated with 5 chambers and Stagecoach Holdup Scene roll marking. Hammer has been modified for the rim fire firing pin, which is secured with two rivets. Trigger and screws are fire blued. There were about 6,000 of these revolvers produced with a new manufactured bbl and the balance from left over, unused percussion parts in two calibers, in the period 1873-1880. This revolver is one from a separate serial range and is not really a conversion but a completely new manufactured revolver. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Overall retains about 99% plus crisp orig nickel. Appears to be new and unfired. Hammer retains brilliant case colors and screws most of their orig fire blue, turned a little dull. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. 4-47883 JR243 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 3070

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3071

SCARCE COLT NEW LINE 38 SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

SN 1592. Cal. 38 RF Long. First model with short cyl flutes & stop notches on the outer diameter. Blue & color case hardened with 2-1/4″ tapered rnd bbl, German silver half moon front sight & 2-line address without patent markings and “COLT NEW 38” etched panel on left side. Left side of frame, below cyl opening, is marked “38 CAL”. Mounted with 2-pc, varnished rosewood birdhead grips that have last 3 digits of matching SN inside each grip. Rear face of cyl also has last 3 digits of matching SN. Screws, cyl pin & edges of hammer have bright fire blue, sides of hammer are bright. There are only about 3,200 1st model revolvers produced during the period 1874-1880. These small revolvers were in great demand for their ease of concealment and reasonably powerful punch. They are rarely found today with orig finish or legible etched panel. PROVENANCE: Ex William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including bbl, cyl & grips, appears to be new & unfired with crisp, glossy blues and brilliant case colors. Grips are sound showing extremely light wear on the sharp edge and retain about all of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-87758 JR369 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3071

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3072

RARE ENGRAVED COLT 2ND MODEL NEW LINE SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

SN 53308. Cal. 22. Nickel finish with 2-1/4″ flat sided bbl with half moon front sight, 2-line address and “COLT NEW 22” etched panel on the left side. Cyl is 7 chambers with long flutes & rear face stop notches. Mounted with 2-pc smooth birdhead pearl grips. Revolver is lightly engraved in New York style with about 50% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame. Top strap & top of bbl have double dot patterns and sides of the bbl have zig-zag patterns. Back strap is engraved in geometric patterns. Cyl is engraved on lands between flutes in a geometric zig-zag pattern. Screws & edge of the hammer are fire blued. PROVENANCE: Ex William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus as restored. Overall retains about 99% crisp, factory quality nickel and bright fire blue. Grips are crisp and retain great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, brilliant, shiny bore. 4-87757 JR365 (3,250-5,250) – Lot 3072

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3073

COLT MODEL 1871-72 OPEN TOP REVOLVER PURPORTED TO HAVE KILLED TWO MEN.

SN 3002. 44 Cal. RF. Nickel with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line “ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” with dashes. Right side of bbl has ejector housing with half-moon, bullseye ejector rod lever. Left side of frame is stamped with 2-line patent dates. Stocked with 1-pc wood grips with matching SN in backstrap channel. Configuration conforms to features known on this model including non rebated cylinder with Ormsby Naval Battle rolled scene. Cylinder is also stamped with last 3-digits of SN 002. Appears completely orig and matching retaining much of its orig nickel finish. In a 1959 dated affidavit gun owner states this gun being used in the Boer War and took the lives of two men. “The complete story of this incident is now unknown, …that after the killing of the two men, the gun was put away for safe keeping.” Lewis Yearout purchased this gun with affidavit in January of 1959. PROVENANCE: Ed Gowen, Bynum, MT. Edmund Reinhardt, Great Falls, MT 1956. Lewis Yearout 1959. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Sound and mechanically functional with crisp discernible rifling. Overall retains about 50% orig nickel plating though only traces are found on backstrap and trigger guard. All SNs observed match though there is no SN on wedge. Markings are all crisp and well defined as can be seen in photos. Cylinder exhibits about a 3/4″ area with numerous small dents. Ormsby Naval Scene is over 90% discernible. Matching stocks fit gun well with traces of orig varnish still found. Stocks exhibit several dents, edge wear and chips on both inside toes. 4-53885 JS34 (5,000-7,000) – Lot 3073

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3074

EXCEPTIONAL COLT CALVARY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 112166. Cal 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and large “U.S”. Mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Left side of the grip is marked with the “FH” (Capt. Frank Heath) cartouche under the date “1884”. Right side of the grip bears the “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector cartouche. Bottom left edge of grip, bottom of bbl, bottom of the frame & cyl also have the “DFC” sub-inspector initials. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Small letter “G” are marked under SN on back strap and trigger guard which is thought to denote “government” according to Kopec & Fenn. This revolver was part of the 9th Government Contract which was dated August 11, 1884 and completed in January of 1885 and falls in the early range of the serial range for the Frank Heath series as listed in Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, which lists the contract as being between #111656 & #116931. This gun is as fine an example as you will find, retaining almost all of its orig finish with bright crisp markings and a mint bore. PROVENANCE: George Hollecker, Great Falls, MT. Lewis Yearout 1973. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 98% glossy orig blue with minor scratching; frame & hammer retain about all orig case colors with some muting. Cyl retains about 95% of its bright orig blue finish with drag line and minor scratches. Trigger guard & back strap retain 97% bright orig blue. Grips are excellent with a couple small dents, minor edge wear with cartouches and inspector marks well struck and defined. Mechanics are excellent with bright shiny bore. 4-53883 JS42 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 3074

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3077

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER ATTRIBUTED TO THE 8TH CAVALRY.

SN 49108. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly reduced & thinned front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “US”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Left side of grip has the outline of an oval cartouche that would be for Capt. John E. Greer, under the mostly visible date of “1878”. Right side of grip has the partially visible cartouche “HN” (Henry Nettleton). Right side of grip also has partially visible stamping that appears to be “Co” and what appears to be a “B” and the partial number that appears to be an “8TH” and “CAV.”. The “HN” inspector initials are found on bottom of bbl, frame & cyl. The back strap & grip have small “W” (E.C. Wheeler) sub-inspector initials. Mr. Wheeler filled in for Mr. Nettleton during an illness. Accompanied by a 2-page letter from renowned Colt historian & author, John Kopec, wherein he verifies most of the above information. He states that the hammer is a replacement since it does not have the “HN” inspector initials. He also provides the information that this revolver escaped the recalls of 1893 and the early 20th century where hundreds of cavalry revolvers were returned to the factory & Springfield Arsenal where they had their bbls reduced to 5-1/2″ and usually have mixed numbers. This revolver is identified by SN in Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, as being one of the very few Wheeler inspected revolvers. Additionally accompanied by a notarized letter, over the signature of Jim Finch, Long Hunter Shooter Supply of Amarillo, TX. Mr. Finch states that in March 2011 he purchased this revolver from a north Texas rancher who had found it in a box in an old barn they were tearing down. He states that he traded it to Ron Peterson of Albuquerque, NM. The fact that this revolver remains in its orig configuration attests to the fact that it was very likely issued to a frontline cavalry unit during the Indian Wars and was either lost or stolen. Although it could have subsequently been issued to a militia unit, it likely was not. The 8th U.S. Cavalry Regiment was a very storied & active cavalry unit involved in Indian Wars from 1866-1890. They were formed in California in Dec. 1866, replacing volunteer companies that had been fighting Indians in California, Nevada & Oregon during the Civil War. In 1867 they were moved to Nevada and in 1870 to Fort Union, New Mexico Territory. They remained there at various forts throughout the region fighting primarily the Apaches, making the occasional foray into Texas against the Comanches & Kiowas and in July 1875 were moved to Texas where they continued fighting the Comanche until 1888 when they marched 2,600 miles to Fort Meade, SD and Fort Keogh, Montana Territory. The fact that the 8th Cavalry was a frontline fighting unit in 1878 and thereafter in North Texas certainly lends credibility to the idea that this revolver was stolen by a deserting trooper during the time before the unit left for the north. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Tommy Rholes. CONDITION: Very good, all matching. Traces of orig finish remain in the most sheltered areas being a cleaned gray metal patina; the hammer, as mentioned by Mr. Kopec as having been changed, is a civilian type with short checkered spur which would further support the idea that this revolver had been in use outside of the military. Grip shows heavy wear with heavy chipping along the edges and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-50603 JR346 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3077

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3078

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 16844. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Ejector housing is 1st type with bullseye ejector rod head. Mounted with varnished, civilian replacement grip that has one visible number “7” in the backstrap channel. Bbl, frame, trigger guard & backstrap have matching serial numbers while the cyl bears four digits of the serial number “6696”. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Bbl, trigger guard, backstrap & cyl all have small inspector initials “C” for sub-inspector A.P. Casey. This revolver was produced as part of a 2,560 revolver order between Dec. 1874 and Mar. 1875. Casey inspected Calvary Colts are considered quite scarce. CONDITION: Very good, mismatched as noted above. Bbl retains cleaned, thin blue with an area of pitting near the front sight and light chemical spotting toward the breech end; frame retains about 50% orig case colors, stronger in the more sheltered areas; frame has a forging flaw on the right rear side; trigger guard & backstrap retain 30-40% thin orig blue and the cyl about 50% thin orig blue. Grip is sound showing edge wear, light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are sound. Very bright shiny bore. 4-51321 (8,000-10,000) – Lot 3078

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3079

SCARCE AINSWORTH INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 3996. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates & a small U.S. Ejector housing has last 4 digits of matching SN in the bottom gullet near the frame and is first type with bullseye ejector rod head. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Screws are fine with possibly 1 or 2 replacements. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel with a legible “OWA” (Orville W. Ainsworth) inspector cartouche. There are small A inspector initials on various parts including bbl, trigger guard, backstrap, cyl & left bottom edge of grip. According to Colt Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn. This revolver was part of lot #4 of 1000 revolvers and was shipped to Springfield Armory Jan. 24, 1874 and on to Rock Island Arsenal on Jan. 31, 1874 for assignment to the 2nd Cavalry. However, there are known 4th Cavalry SAAs from the same lot. Regardless, the 2nd & 4th Cavalry Regiments were both very famous frontier units in continuous conflict with Native Americans. The 2nd Cavalry is a very storied unit having fought throughout the Rocky Mountain region most of their existence. They were with General Crook in the Battle of Rosebud where they aquitted themselves very bravely and successfully helped drive off the attacking Indians. They continued on with General Crook to the Little Bighorn, arriving after the Custer massacre. Regardless of whichever unit this revolver was issued to, it saw hard service with a Cavalry trooper during the Indian wars. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter which states that this is a no record gun. Also accompanied by a letter on Wally Francis letterhead which states that he restored this revolver along with another one. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Very good to fine; all matching, including bbl, ejector housing, cyl, & grip; bbl shows a smooth grey brown patina that may be an old restoration; frame retains traces of dark case colors in the front gullets with the balance mottled silver patina; hammer retains strong case colors; cyl is a grey metal patina; trigger guard & backstrap are also a grey metal patina; grip has a chipped right heel & toe with 2 notches on the left bottom edge; mechanics are fine; strong bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-54317 JR169 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3079

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3080

SCARCE EARLY AINSWORTH INSPECTED COLT CALVARY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 259. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line script letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Mounted with orig 1-pc walnut grip with the outline of the “OWA” (Orville W. Ainsworth) sub-inspector cartouche. Serial number is found on bottom of bbl, cyl, frame, trigger guard, backstrap and in backstrap channel of grip. Tiny “A” inspector initials are found on various parts. Bbl is configured for 1st type ejector housing, which is missing. The ejector housing mounting screw hole appears to have been drilled through into the bore. This revolver was part of the 1st contract produced 1873 – 1874 and by its serial number would have been within the first few weeks of production. This revolver has all the early features including unbeveled front edge of cyl, cyl stops with no approaches, a sharp toe on the buttstrap and sharp front edge of the frame. Very few revolvers of this earliest contract survive today in any condition. Accompanied by a very early double loop, Slim-Jim style, half-skirt black leather holster that has a repaired strap with a harness rivet and has several additional holes. CONDITION: Fair, all matching. Traces of blue & case colors remain in the most sheltered areas, being mostly an overall grey/brown patina with scattered fine pitting and heavy muzzle edge wear. Hammer retains strong case colors on the sides. Markings & legends are all still crisp & sharp. Grip has chipped toes otherwise is sound showing very heavy wear. Hammer will not catch in safety notch otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bore with good shine and fine pitting. Holster shows heavy wear and retains about 50% crackled finish. 4-51256 JR81 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3080

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3081

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 123659. 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 has the caliber marking. Mounted with 2-pc Rampant Colt/Eagle hard rubber grips. Bottom of bbl, under the ejector housing, has last 4 digits of matching SN. Bottom of the bbl also has military sub-inspector initials “D.F.C.” (David F. Clark) and a small P proof. Obviously a bbl that did not pass military inspection but was not seriously flawed so was recycled into a civilian revolver. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter which identifies this revolver in cal 45 Colt, with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, rubber grips and shipped to Collins Gun Company, Omaha, NE, on July 2, 1888 in a 2 gun shipment. This revolver was produced in about 1888 at a time when the West was really wild and side arms were a way of life and a daily use tool. They usually saw continuous hard service on the frontier under adverse circumstances, usually with no maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish. Given that this revolver was shipped to Omaha, NE, where outlaws and Indians were still prevalent, along with the ubiquitous great American cowboy, it can almost certainly be surmised that this revolver would have seen Frontier service. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Very fine; all matching except grips which are unnumbered & may be old replacements; bbl retains 65-70% glossy orig blue with holster wear on the left side and around the muzzle with freckles of pinprick pitting; ejector housing retains about 70% glossy orig blue, thin on the front of the outer radius; there are 3 or 4 small scratches on the bbl toward the frame; frame retains about 60% orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, faded on the left side, stronger on the right side; hammer retains bright case colors; screw heads are all crisp with bright blue; cyl retains 60-70% orig blue, strong in the flutes, thin on the outer diameter; trigger guard & backstrap retain glossy orig blue in sheltered areas, thinning on front & backstraps; grips are sound showing light diamond point wear; mechanics are crisp; bright shiny bore with a few freckles of very fine pitting. 4-54316 JR168 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3081

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3082

AINSWORTH INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 7630. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, altered front sight, and 1-line script letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates & a small U.S. Ejector housing is first type with bullseye ejector rod head & base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip with backstrap channel obscured by dark stain. A small “A” (Orville W. Ainsworth) inspector initial is found on the bbl, trigger guard, backstrap & cyl. Grip is too worn to have any markings visible. This revolver was part of lot 8 of 1000 revolvers which were shipped June 1874 to the 5th, 8th, & 9th Cavalry Regiments. Regardless of which unit, they were all stationed in the West and participated for many years in the Indian wars. Undoubtedly this revolver would have seen hard frontier service with a Cavalry Trooper. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: About very good; all matching except grip, as noted; overall retains a smooth, brown, artificially aged patina with fine pitting on the top strap & heavy wear on left edge of muzzle and tip of ejector housing; cyl is matching patina with an area of fine pitting; grip is sound showing heavy wear with a hand worn patina; mechanics are fine; heavily pitted bore with visible rifling. 4-54313 JR170 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 3082

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3083

CUSTER ERA COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 5533.

SN 5533. 45 Cal. One of orig first 8,000 single action armies delivered to US Army in 1874. Very close in SN to guns with good provenance from the Custer Battlefield. Blued finish with 7-1/2″ bbl with replaced front sight. Bbl address is correct slanted style with serifs. Left side of frame has small “US” and 2-line patent dates. Ainsworth inspector initial “A” is found on various parts including bbl, backstrap and trigger guard. Other small assembly letters “G, B, P” are found internally on bbl, frame and cylinder. Cylinder SN is 7441 whereas all other major parts are 5533. PROVENANCE: Paul Voss, Bowman Corners, MT, Lewis Yearout 1970, Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Gray overall exhibiting old cleaning, light pitting and staining. SN 5533 is found on all major parts including bbl, frame, trigger guard and backstrap. SN on cylinder is 7441 but color matches gun well and could have easily grown up with it in its time of use on frontier. Stocks also have full SN inked in channel though cartouche is only slightly discernible in outline only on left grip. Appears all orig with exception of restored front sight, main spring and hammer which are replaced. Top strap has welded repair thought weld lines are difficult to find, the strap is too thick and machine cut in top is not correct. Functions well with good discernible rifling. 4-53947 JS26 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3083

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3084

RARE CUSTER RANGE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 5549.

SN 5549. 45 Cal. Interesting gun that was bought in Montana in 1959. One of the orig first issue martial pistols delivered in 1874 and inspected by Orville Ainsworth. This gun has seen hard use and according to note from Lewis Yearout the bbl was cut on a Montana ranch to about 5-7/8″. Bbl still retains full SN 5549 as does Cylinder, frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Gun was originally blue, of course and has been nickel plated after bbl was shortened and a modified front sight added. Stocks are orig civilian grips still retaining much of their orig Colt factory varnish. Conforms to accepted configuration for this period with 1-line slanted address with serifs, 2-line patent date and US on left side of frame. Bought at Malmstrom AFB, Montana in 1959. Could have been a survivor from Little Big Horn and reconfigured for later use as it is seen now. PROVENANCE: Walter Sealing, MT. Lewis Yearout 1959. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good overall as renickeled. SNs are found on all major parts and match including bbl, cylinder, frame, trigger guard and backstrap. SNs are all fully discernible though Ainsworth inspector “A” is only found on trigger guard and backstrap though assembly letters are found internally on bbl, cylinder and frame. US surcharge on left side of frame is only partially discernible as can been seen in photographs and top patent date is not visible. Stocks are varnished and have internal ink SN 3917. Bbl is noted was cut from muzzle end to 5-7/8″ and new blade sight added. Mechanically functions well. Bore has good discernible rifling. 4-53881 JS24 (5,000-7,000) – Lot 3084

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3085

HENRY NETTLETON INSPECTED NICKEL PLATED COLT SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 49870. 45 Cal. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl. Full front sight. Gun is correctly marked for this serial range with sgl line bbl address and 3-line patent date on left side of frame. Left rear of trigger guard is stamped “45CAL”. All matching including bbl and cylinder which are marked with last 4 digits of SN. Henry Nettleton’s initials are found on most parts including bbl, frame, trigger guard, cylinder and backstrap. No doubt orig factory nickel and falls into the serial range of orig nickel martial sgl actions. John Kopec, noted authority on sgl action armies states in a letter to Mr. Yearout in 1970, “…it is in the serial number range of the nickel guns, secondly it is a US model known to be nickeled. Don’t worry about the Colt letter, I have never seen one that says the gun was finished in nickel”. Lewis Yearout first saw this gun in a Great Falls home in 1970. “Gun could not be purchased until they finally decided to sell it as on the bill of sale, 25 years later (February 22, 1995)”. Listed in factory letter as one of 200 guns delivered to US Government Inspector on August 23, 1878. Wonderful “as found” nickel plated US martial that was last offered over 40 years ago. PROVENANCE: Dale Fait, Great Fall, MT 1970. Lewis Yearout, 1995. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Bbl and ejector housing retain about 70% orig nickel. Frame retains about 60% orig nickel. Trigger guard retains about 10% nickel, backstrap and cylinder have no orig finish but are brown/gray that match color of rest of gun where nickel is gone. Stocks are well fit with hand worn patina, no discernible SN in channel and only a partial cartouche discernible. SN stampings and inspector marks are all well struck and discernible as can be seen in photographs. Ejector rod latch is of later crescent type but color matches rest of gun. 4-53944 JS23 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3085

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3086

HENRY NETTLETON INSPECTED NICKEL PLATED COLT SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 49470. 45 Cal. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl. Full front sight. Gun is correctly marked for this serial range with sgl line bbl address and 3-line patent dates on left side of frame. Left rear of trigger guard is stamped “45CAL”. All matching including bbl and cylinder which are marked with last 4 digits of SN. Grips are also marked in channel in ink with last 4 digits of SN. Henry Nettleton’s initials are found on most parts including bbl, trigger guard, cylinder and backstrap. Falls into the serial range of orig nickel martial sgl actions. Good looking nickel plated martial made in 1878 consistent with other Henry Nettleton nickel plated guns. PROVENANCE: Wayne Shields Phillipsburg, MT. Lewis Yearout 1997. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Bbl and ejector housing retain about 70% nickel. Muzzle wear and most loss to nickel in that area and side of gun. Frame retains about 70% nickel. Trigger guard retains about 30% nickel, backstrap retains about 80% nickel and cylinder has strong traces of nickel in flutes. Remainder of cylinder is brown/gray that match color of rest of gun where nickel is gone. Stocks are well fit with hand worn patina, matching inked SN 9470 in channel and two partial cartouches discernible. SN stampings and inspector marks are all well struck and discernible as can be seen in photographs. Ejector rod latch is correct bullseye type. Even though this gun is in the proper nickel serial range for Nettleton, some numbers appear too worn and patent markings in frame are partially polished out such that refinishing is possible though some parts finish appear totally orig such as bbl and ejector housing. Mechanically functional with crisp well defined rifling. 4-53935 JS31 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3086

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3087

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARTILLERY MODEL REVOLVER.

SN 81926. 45 Cal. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has an unreadable cartouche below a date of 1903. Ejector housing is first type with bulls-eye ejector rod lever. Frame is numbered “81926″, trigger guard “8659″ with Ainsworth “A” inspectors letter and buttstrap is numbered “115154”. Cyl is numbered “034” and has “W” & “P” sub-inspectors initials. Bbl is numbered “47972” with “P” initial on the bottom. This gun was purchased by Lewis Yearout in the late 1950s and he sold it to a friend who died in 1978 and he purchased it back just before the friend’s death. PROVENANCE: Joe De Saye, Turner, MT late 1950s. Lewis Yearout. Jim Wilson, Great Falls, MT. Lewis Yearout 1978. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Fine overall. Bbl and ejector housing retain about 50% glossy Colt blue with muzzle wear. Frame is dark overall with hints of case colors with fine pitting and staining. Backstrap and trigger guard retain about 50% of their orig blue; hammer retains traces of blue with fine pitting consistent with frame; cyl retains 10-20% blue with drag line, finish in drag line looks possibly touched up. Grips are well fit with hand worn patina. Cartouche can only be seen in outline though 1903 is discernible. “RAC” stamped on butt, chips at toes, heavy edge wear. Mechanically functional with crisp, bright bore. 4-53954 JS55 (3,000-4,000) – Lot 3087

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3088

MATCHED PAIR OF ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS.

SN 95521, 111471. Cal 45 Colt. Revolvers are virtually identical with 7-1/2″ bbls and 1-line block letter addresses. Left side of frames have 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guards have caliber markings. They are mounted with 2-pc pearl grips, left and right hand, incise carved with a shaggy face-on buffalo head on one side and a naked lady on the other side. Both sets of grips have foliate arabesque patterns at tops and bottoms with a fine line borders. Right grip on #111471 is broken and repaired. Revolvers are identically engraved by L.D. Nimschke with nearly full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frames and elaborate shell patterns on the recoil shields and loading gates. Top straps are engraved in feather patterns. Almost identical matching engraving patterns extend up both sides of the bbls, over the tops between the addresses and front sights, and each side of the muzzles. Backstraps are engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s distinctive fan patterns with foliate arabesque and geometric patterns down the backstraps. Buttstraps and trigger bows are also engraved in geometric patterns. Cyl has matching foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes with fine pearled panels in between and a wide square & stars border around the back edges. Ejector housings are engraved with geometric patterns in the top gullets and snake and dot patterns on the outer radii. Accompanied by a large packet of information which includes several Colt Factory letters for both revolvers. These letter identify these revolvers in cal 45 with 7-1/2″ bbls, silver finish, pearl grips, and factory engraved, shipped to William Nelson, address unavailable, on September 30, 1884, in a 2 gun shipment. The early letters list his name as “William Nelon” and the later letters show his name as “William Nelson”. These later letters also list both serial numbers in the same shipment. Additional research accomplished by previous owners disclose that Major William Nelson came from Indiana along with Judge J.B. Shackleford to Muscogee, OK, in April 1889 to establish the first court in Oklahoma, Indian Territory. Judge Shackleford was the presiding judge and he appointed Major Nelson as Clerk of the Court. The records show that Major Nelson was from Evansville, IN, a retired officer who had served in the immediate county (around Muscogee) and “in Arizona”. There is very little additional information regarding Major Nelson in this large volume of research other than he is mentioned on pps 458 & 462 of the Chronicles of Oklahoma. A copy of an article which appeared in the April 23, 1988 Oklahoman & Times newspaper is a story about the Guthrie, OK, Old Blue Belle Saloon being back in business. The article relates that on April 23, 1889 John Sampsel opened the first Blue Belle Saloon in Guthrie on a lot that he purchased from Major William Nelson for $30. Since Major Nelson was a member of the court and in Oklahoma, Indian Territory, prior to the Great Oklahoma Land Rush it is elsewhere speculated that he might have used his position to stake claims “a little early” as did many other sooners. A search of a Civil War personnel data base disclosed several hundred Union soldiers named William Nelson, so no conclusive evidence could be found that Mr. Nelson had served in the Army. Regardless of Major Nelson’s status, it is apparent that he had fine taste in firearms. PROVENANCE: Larry Scherrin Collection; Jack Slaughter; Lang Spraggins; Tom Seymour Collection; Dr. S.H. Janes Collection. CONDITION: 1) Serial number 95521: Extremely fine. Overall retains about 97-98% strong orig silver finish with only faint losses inside the cyl opening. Cyl shows equal amount of coverage and very little use, if any. Grips are extremely fine, showing very little to no wear, with good crisp carving showing and great fire and are possibly more modern replacements, carved to match. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with scattered very fine pitting. 2) Serial number 111471: Overall retains about 60-70% orig silver finish with loss areas barely distinguishable gray metal. Both left and right edges of muzzle show extremely heavy holster wear, as does the recoil shield and outer radius of ejector housing. Cyl is a gray metal patina, showing moderate to heavy wear on the engraving. Grips show moderate wear with a chipped left toe and the aforementioned repair of right grip. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate pitting. It is readily apparent that Mr. Nelson used revolver #1 and not #2. 4-51263 JR217 (60,000-80,000) – Lot 3088

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3089
Revised: 10/1/2014

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THIS GUN WILL BE SOLD WITH ITS IVORY AND A CERTIFICATE TESTIFYING THE IVORY IS PRE-BAN AND THAT THE IVORY IS ORIGINAL TO THE GUN.

*MINTY LATE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER BY WILBUR GLAHN.

SN 353453. Cal 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and 1-line block letter address with model and cal marking on left side. Left side of frame is marked with 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with factory 2-pc ivory grips that have silver Colt medallions and raised carved steer head with red eyes on right side. Revolver has about D quality engraving by Colt master engraver Wilbur Glahn with about 85-95% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which extend over the sides of the bbl and ejector housing. Backstrap is engraved to match with matching patterns on buttstrap and trigger guard. Backstrap is also engraved in Mr. Glahn’s trademark “V” patterns. Cyl has full coverage matching patterns, except in the flutes which are a fine counterpoint. There are numerous examples of virtually identical engraving pictured in color in The Colt Engraving Book Volume Two, Wilson on pgs. 559, 570, 578 & 580. This is some of Mr. Glahn’s finest work. Accompanied by two Colt factory letters, one dated 1967 and the other 2010. Both identify this revolver in Cal 45 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish with ivory stocks carved with steer head motif, factory engraved and that it was sold/shipped to the famous Phil B. Bekeart Co. of San Francisco, CA for Charles H. Duke, address not listed on, Sept 22, 1930 in a 1-gun shipment. SN was observed on bottom of frame and right side of front and backstraps under the grip. Rear face of cyl has last 2-digits “73” and also has the hand- numbered “53” which is matching to this revolver. One would speculate that this is probably a mix up in the engraver’s shop and two revolvers had their cylinders inadvertently swapped. This minor mix up is inconsequential to this revolver as it is readily apparent that the cyl was engraved simultaneous with the revolver. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching, cyl as noted above. Overall retains all of its crisp orig factory finish with only the faint hint of a cyl line. Shows no evidence of ever having been fired. Grips are crisp and show a fine ivory patina. Top Shelf! 4-53686 JR284 (35,000-55,000) – Lot 3089

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3090
Revised: 10/1/2014

James D. Julia Auctioneers complies with all federal laws and regulations (Please review our Ivory Position Statement): As per the President’s Executive Order of February 2014, this item with its ivory is legal to sell and buy provided there is an ESA “Antique Certification” document proving the age. You must purchase an ESA in order to take possession of the ivory. If you wish to acquire the ivory after you purchase this gun, you must hire John Sexton, who is an independent consultant with the appropriate qualifications to prepare ESA certifications accepted by government agencies. John’s address is: 1962 Portage Landing North, North Palm Beach, FL 33408. ESA statements prepared by John Sexton can be acquired for a cost of $1,500.00/each. It is the buyer’s responsibility to make payment to John for the ESA statements. The documents are prepared by John and not by James D. Julia Auctioneers. Once the ESA statement is prepared and provided to Julia’s, you can have the ivory mounts. Be sure to keep a copy of your ESA certificate for your records also.

THIS GUN IS BEING SOLD WITHOUT THE IVORY MOUNTS. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE IVORY AT THE TIME OF YOUR PURCHASE. IF YOU WISH TO ACQUIRE THE IVORY ITEMS, YOU MUST PURCHASE AN ESA “ANTIQUE EXEMPTION” CERTIFICATE. NO EXCEPTIONS!

RARE EARLY ENGRAVED COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 42722. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, thinned front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of bbl has a fully legible “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” etched panel and bottom of bbl, under ejector housing, has last 4 digits of matching SN along with a tiny “44”. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “44 CF”. Screws are all sharp and retain most of their orig blue, hammer is color case hardened. Mounted with distributor supplied 2-pc ivory grips with a relief carved ox head on the right side. Revolver is beautifully engraved from the L.D. Nimschke Shop, probably by the master himself, with about 60% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the sides of frame of snake and dot pattern on top strap and hunter stars on the front sides of frame and on the trigger bow. Foliate arabesque patterns extend 3-1/2″ up the bbl and on each side of the muzzle with geometric patterns around the address, on the back strap and butt strap. Cyl is engraved to match on the lands between the flutes and has a snake and dot pattern around the rear edge. Ejector housing is 2nd type with bullseye ejector rod head and has snake and dot pattern in top gullet and on outer radius. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. The nickel finish was also applied by the distributor, probably on special order. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter which identifies this revolver in cal 44-40 with bbl length and type of stocks not listed, blue finish and shipped to J.P. Moores Sons, NY NY, on February 18, 1878 in a 50 gun shipment. J.P. Moores Sons was one of Colt’s major distributors who was contracted with most of the engravers of that era and furnished numerous engraved firearms to the buying public. J.P. Moores was one of the major contractors to the L.D. Nimschke Shop. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Bbl, frame and grip frame retain 95-97% orig nickel with muzzle end wear and light wear on recoil shield and loading gate. Trigger retains dull blue and hammer faded case colors. Cyl retains about 70-75% orig nickel and ejector housing about 80% bright nickel. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with sharp rifling and fine pitting. 4-47885 JR185 (20,000-35,000) – Lot 3090

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3091

FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH MONTANA HISTORY.

SN 105737. Cal 44-40. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, sgl line Hartford address and rolled on left side of bbl “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Full front sight. Left side of frame stamped with 3-line 3-patent dates. Mounted with smooth pearl grips. Factory letter states gun was shipped nickel plated and factory engraved August 28, 1884 to Simmons Hardware in St. Louis, MO. and states gun originally had 7-1/2″ bbl and mounted with carved Mexican eagle ivory grips. Engraving on frame, trigger guard, backstrap, cylinder and ejector housing is all by master engraver Cuno Helfricht while the barrel, probably a replacement, is engraved by another hand. There are several letters to Lewis Yearout and newspaper article concerning the possible connection of Harvey Monroe to early Montana settlers and cowboys John, Hugh and Angus Monroe. On Mr. Yearout’s orig file card on this gun he states this gun is pictured on p 103 of the book Colt Engraving by R.L. Wilson and he bought this gun from Harvey Monroe of Cutbank, MT in 1974 and “related to Hugh Monroe perhaps first white man to stay in Montana Territory, married into Blackfoot Tribe”. PROVENANCE: Harvey A. Monroe. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Bbl and ejector housing retain over 90% orig finish. Frame retains about 80% orig nickel and cylinder about 70% orig nickel. Trigger guard and backstrap retain about 30-40% orig finish. Hammer is not engraved and retains most of orig nickel plate is possibly a later replacement. Pearl grips fit quite well with large chip at left heel. Machine engraved on inside of trigger frame on left side under stock reads “Harvey A. Monroe”. There are also a pair of scratched initials “HS” behind trigger bow, possibly denoted more contemporary owner to the guns time of use. 4-53890 JS22 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3091

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3092
Revised: 10/2/2014

James D. Julia Auctioneers complies with all federal laws and regulations (Please review our Ivory Position Statement): As per the President’s Executive Order of February 2014, this item with its ivory is legal to sell and buy provided there is an ESA “Antique Certification” document proving the age. You must purchase an ESA in order to take possession of the ivory. If you wish to acquire the ivory after you purchase this gun, you must hire John Sexton, who is an independent consultant with the appropriate qualifications to prepare ESA certifications accepted by government agencies. John’s address is: 1962 Portage Landing North, North Palm Beach, FL 33408. ESA statements prepared by John Sexton can be acquired for a cost of $1,500.00/each. It is the buyer’s responsibility to make payment to John for the ESA statements. The documents are prepared by John and not by James D. Julia Auctioneers. Once the ESA statement is prepared and provided to Julia’s, you can have the ivory mounts. Be sure to keep a copy of your ESA certificate for your records also.

THIS GUN IS BEING SOLD WITHOUT THE IVORY MOUNTS. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE IVORY AT THE TIME OF YOUR PURCHASE. IF YOU WISH TO ACQUIRE THE IVORY ITEMS, YOU MUST PURCHASE AN ESA “ANTIQUE EXEMPTION” CERTIFICATE. NO EXCEPTIONS!

RARE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY BELONGING TO TERRITORIAL GOVERNOR OF MONTANA PRESTON H. LESLIE.

SN 61259. 45 Cal. Accompanied by affidavit from the great-great grandson of territorial governor of Montana, Preston H. Leslie who served from February 8, 1887 through April 13, 1889. He later was appointed US District attorney for Montana March 1, 1894 and served in that office until he died at the age of 88 in Helena, MT on February 7, 1907. Revolver started out life as a standard 1880 government purchase that orig was blue with wood grips and inspected D.F.C. (David F. Clark). Gun was in typical military configuration, now nickeled and according to affidavit was orig in a belt and holster marked Sullivan, Ft. Benton, MT (belt rig was sold separately many years ago). Preston Leslie who served as governor of Montana Territory was also ex governor of Kentucky. Lewis Yearout bought this wonderful piece of Montana history in 1973. PROVENANCE: Preston H. Leslie, Robert Lowery, Great Falls, MT, Lewis Yearout 1973, Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall as refinished. Overall retains about 90% nickel plating. Screws still retains much of their orig fire blue. Bbl, frame and trigger guard are all serial numbered 61259 (bbl 1259). Cylinder and backstrap are serial numbered 61307 (cylinder 1307). D.F.C. inspector marks are found externally on bbl, frame and cylinder. Ivory stocks are well fit with good patina. 4-53814 JS32 (10,000-20,000) – Lot 3092

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3093

IMPORTANT COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER AND RIG BELONGING TO DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL HENRY SPENCE MILLER.

SN 163113. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on the left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in a broken circle. Bottom of bbl is marked with a tiny “41” (actual bore diameter for caliber 38-40) under the base pin. Mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips. Backstrap is engraved in period script, probably by a local jeweler, “H. Miller”. Henry Spence Miller was born in 1859 in Clay County, Missouri, one of five brothers in that family. One of the brothers, Clelland Miller, became very famous or rather infamous, as a member of the James Gang and was killed Sept. 7, 1876 by a medical student named Henry Wheeler. From all reports Henry Spence Miller was also fairly wild but did not cross the line against the law. He became Assistant U.S. Marshal for the District of Western Missouri in 1893, a position he apparently held for about four years. Accompanied by a notarized statement from Christopher Riley Wise who states that he is the great-grandson of Henry Spence Miller and lists seven items that were the property of his great-grandfather. Included in this inventory is this revolver, identified by serial number, Deputy Marshal Miller’s gold badge, 16 orig photographs of outlaws captured by Marshal Miller, a gun belt & holster, a leather covered blackjack, a wrist cuff and a small metal savings bank, all of which are included in this lot. Additionally accompanying is a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 38-40 with 5-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Schoverling, Daly & Gales, New York, NY on Oct. 1, 1895 in a 1-gun shipment. Also accompanying is an orig parchment deed for the sale of property in Clay County, Missouri in the name of Moses Miller, Henry Spence Miller’s father, dated 1835 and bearing the Seal of the United States and the signature of President Andrew Jackson in two places. Additionally accompanying is a notarized Bill of Sale over the signature of Christopher R. Wise, selling this lot of merchandise to Tommy Rholes. Also accompanying is the Jan. 1954 issue of The Texas Gun Collector (the official publication of the Texas Gun Collectors Association) which includes a 4-page article about James S. Wise, the father of Christopher, and part of his firearms collections. The photographs, blackjack, wrist cuff & bank (with key) are self explanatory and the revolver has been described above. Badge appears to be about 14 karat gold, made of two flat pieces with the top bar about 1-1/2″ long x 3/8″ wide marked “DEPUTY”. Suspended from two 4-link chains is a small shield 1-5/8″ x 1-3/8″ marked “U.S. / MARSHAL / WESTERN DIST. / MISSOURI” with some light engraved decorations. The belt & holster rig are made of fine tooled leather consisting of a single loop mail-order holster with Cheyenne plug that is highly decorated. Belt is also mail order, made of 1-pc soft leather, sewn at the top, in money belt style with nickeled steel rectangular buckle, about 4″ x 3″, that has been trimmed on the tongue end with the tongue reattached. Belt has 40 sewn-on cartridge loops which contain twelve 38-40 cartridges. All together this lot is very inclusive of part of what would have been worn & carried by a U.S. Marshal in the late 1800s. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Tommy Rholes. CONDITION: Revolver is fine. Bbl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with most of the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium/dark patina, shows holster wear around the muzzle and left side; ejector housing retains about 40% orig blue showing wear on the outer radius and flaking in the top gullet; frame retains 60-70% orig case colors, bright in the front gullets, faded elsewhere, thin and turning silver on recoil shield, loading gate & top strap; hammer retains bright case colors, turned dark on top edge; cyl retains about 85-88% glossy orig blue with sharp edge wear and a medium cyl line; trigger guard & backstrap retain strong blue in sheltered areas being mostly a dark brown patina. Grips are sound showing great fire. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few small spots of pitting. Blackjack retains about 50% orig brown finish with broken wrist strap; wrist cuff retains traces of orig nickel being mostly a brown patina; bank retains most of its orig nickel; holster shows light wear and retains most orig finish; belt shows moderate wear with a few damaged and reattached cartridge loops; photos are yellowed & faded; badge is extremely fine. 4-50661 JR490 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 3093

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3094

SCARCE COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 52127. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue and 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 “44 CF”. Ejector housing is second type with bullseye ejector rod head and base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Mounted with 1-pc varnish walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Bottom of bbl under ejector housing has last 4 digits of matching SN and also has a tiny “44” under the base pin. Left side of bbl has the fully legible “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” etched panel. This revolver was produced in 1879, the second year of the etched panel Colt. Nickeled examples of this model are most often encountered with blue and color case hardened examples quite scarce and to find one with orig finish and a legible etched panel is very rare. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine; all matching, including bbl, cyl, & grip; bbl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and some thinning top center; ejector housing retains 97-98% strong orig blue; frame & loading gate retain virtually all of their orig case colors, very bright in sheltered areas, moderately faded on recoil shields & loading gate; hammer retains bright case colors; screws are all crisp with bright blue; cyl retains 95-97% bright orig blue with some very minor flaking; chambers show most of their orig bright blue giving the appearance of being unfired; trigger guard retains about 95% strong orig blue with some light scratches & candy striping on the frontstrap; backstrap retains strong blue at the top & on the buttstrap with the center blue grey patina; grip is sound showing moderate edge wear with lots of handling & retains traces of orig varnish being mostly a hand worn patina; mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. 4-51225 JR167 (40,000-60,000) – Lot 3094

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3095

EXCELLENT COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER OF KANSAS CITY POLICEMAN SAMUEL PETERSON & ARCHIVE.

SN 143558. 38-40 Cal. Hard rubber rampant Colt grips. Gun is excellent overall condition retaining most of its orig finish. Factory letter confirms configuration. Shipped December 2, 1891 to Schmelzer & Sons, Kansas City, Kansas. This gun descended in the Peterson family being sold by Peterson’s grandson, and affidavit accompanies along with numerous family letters and other documents. Samuel Peterson was born near Liberty, MO in 1860 and became a Kansas City Police officer August 15, 1885. Peterson would remain in police work until his retirement from Union Pacific RR in 1930. Peterson had an interesting start to police work by being charged with murdering a man he arrested in September 1887. A year would pass with over 50 witnesses called in Kansas City trial before he was found “not guilty” in November 1888. The 6’1”, 240 pound Peterson would move on to a “claim agent” for the Union Pacific Railroad. There are seven orig letters & telegraphs to Peterson from 1889-1901 concerning criminals accused of crimes against the RR. Peterson received a $100 reward for service leading to arrest and conviction of a mail thief in 1901 from the U.S. Post Office Dept. There are other letters, one from Pinkertons on their stationary written in 1904. Wonderful archive should be read by those interested. The newspaper accounts of this trial read like a modern soap opera. There is also a very interesting “police code” book Barnard’s Criminal Cipher Code 1895 which was used for telegraphic communication between Chiefs of police, sheriffs, Marshals and other peace officers. 63 pages long with additional 1896 list of police agencies who have this code book listed by state and territory. PROVENANCE: Samuel Peterson. Peter Peterson. CONDITION: Very fine and excellent overall. Bbl and ejector housing retain about 90% bright blue, thinning in areas and a rubbed patch about 1” long on bottom next to ejector housing. Cylinder has about 80% orig polish, thinning with vivid blue in flutes and darker blue on remainder with thinning. Backstrap and trigger guard retain about 80% bright blue. Case colors are 90% intact overall though some muted, silver color on remainder, top strap has less color. Stocks well fit with good black color, some small nicks and dents on buttstrap and grip. Action is crisp and bore is bright. 4-54410 JS269 (10,000-20,000) – Lot 3095

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3096

INTERESTING PERIOD INSCRIBED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH HOLSTER AND CASE.

SN 163823. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, very slightly altered front sight and 2-line address. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in circle. Mounted with fine 2-pc pearl grips with raised carved ox head with red eyes on right side, missing its right eye stone. Buttstrap is engraved in period block letters “J B FOX”. Right side of front and back straps, under the grip, are stamped with a small 6-point star. Rear face of cyl, bottom of bbl and inside ejector housing are also marked with the same star and assembly number “823”. All this indicates that this revolver was refinished at the factory. Accompanied by a late 19th/early 20th Century mail order holster with sewn toe and impressed decorations. Holster has a belt loop on back attached with harness rivets. Accompanied by a reworked walnut silverware box with empty plaque on lid. It has green velvet lining and is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver and three other compartments, one of which contains a full, sealed packet of 12 Frankford Arsenal Cartridges bearing the date 1878. The front of the case has a cartridge block containing eight 44 cal Henry Rimfire cartridges with seven additional empty holes. Inside the lid has a copied Colt advertisement. Accompanied by a packet of information entitled “Jubilee B. Fox /Confederate Soldier and Texan”. Fox was enlisted in the 28th Tenn Infantry and fought for the Confederacy. After the war he migrated to Texas where he died in 1924. The owner of this revolver was very likely a law enforcement officer or cattleman who later in life had it restored, probably during the period of use. A Colt Factory letter may provide additional information on who J.B. Fox was. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains traces of factory blue and ejector housing about 50% blue in the gullets. Frame retains faded case colors in the front gullets with smoky colors on the hammer and frame, being mostly a gray metal patina. Grip frame is a gray metal patina, as is the cyl. Grips have small chips near the frame, otherwise are sound, showing great fire. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with good shine and fine pitting. Holster shows moderate to heavy wear and is sound, retaining strong orig brown finish. Box has a crack in lid, otherwise is fine. Cartridges are fine. 4-53600 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3096

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3097

ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY WITH FACTORY CARVED PEARL GRIPS WITH TEXAS HISTORY.

SN 161641. 45 Cal. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl with 2-line Hartford address. Full front sight. Left side of frame stamped with 2-line 3-patent dates. Mounted with carved American eagle pearl grips. Factory letter states gun was sold April 5, 1895 to Simmons Hardware in St. Louis, MO but shipped to Matthews & Royalty. Factory letter states correct cal. bbl length, finish and “carved pearl with American eagle” though there is no mention that gun was engraved. Other Simmons Hardware guns often lack this mention though this gun was no doubt engraved contemporaneous to shipping. According to 1963 letter from Brunelle R. Moon a Major in the US Air Force certified that he inherited this gun from his uncle Jack Moon in 1934 and that his uncle had related a story that the gun had come from a gambler who had “hocked” it and never returned as he died a violent death in a card game somewhere in Texas in the early 1900s. Jack Moon retained the revolver and carried it as a side arm when he served as a law enforcement officer in Gatesville, TX. It was used to apprehend several horse thieves and two persons who attempted a train robbery. Brunelle also stated he carried the gun through all of WW2 but, “there was no special glory attached to it as nearly all my duty was stateside”. It is interesting to note the progression of the price of this gun. When this gun left the factory in 1885 its total cost was $25.37. Then early in the 20th century it was pawned for $100.00 and then sold in 1963 to Lewis Yearout from descendent of orig owner. This gun has not been offered since that date over 50 years ago. PROVENANCE: Jack Moon. Brunelle Moon, 1934. Lewis Yearout, 1963. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Bbl and ejector housing retain about 90% orig finish. Frame, trigger guard and backstrap retain about 50% finish. Hammer which is un-engraved matches gun well with 80-90% orig nickel. Cylinder retains traces of orig nickel in flutes and stops. Grips fit gun well. Small chips on right rear toe and left forward toe, two 1/2″ glued chip repairs made to each grip where they meet frame and grip straps as can be seen in photographs. 4-53891 JS20 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 3097

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3098

COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, BELT AND HOLSTER RIG THAT BELONGED TO INFAMOUS 19TH CENTURY TRAIN ROBBER OLIVER CURTIS PERRY.

SN 142873. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Revolver has 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” roll marked on the left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Accompanied by an El Paso Saddlery single loop holster for the revolver with large makers cartouche toward the top. “El Paso” has been obliterated from this cartouche. Also accompanied by an unmarked period cartridge/money belt that is about 38″ long by 3″ wide, made of 1-pc pigskin grained leather with a rectangular shaped iron buckle that has 34 sewn-on large cartridge loops. The tongue billet of the belt was relocated during the period of use. Additionally accompanied by a small thin blade skinning knife with wood slab handles carved on the left side with a “P”. The blade has a hole drilled near the handle where it was apparently attached to a display board. Blade is marked “L&G. MFG. Co / CAST STEEL”, along with its brown leather sheath which has a corresponding hole on the back side. Additionally accompanied by a very rare Pinkerton National Detective Agency reward flyer offering $1,000 for the arrest of Oliver Curtis Perry. Flyer has a picture and signature of Perry. Also accompanied by 3 cartridge boxes of ammunition reportedly found in Mr. Perry’s bag captured with him after the train chase: 1). Early 2-pc Winchester box for 44-40 ammo with green top label and line drawing of an 1873 Carbine on one side, containing 41 original rounds of ammo; UMC 2-pc box for 44 Colt ammo, red label on plaid, rnd corner box containing 5 original rds of ammo; Winchester 2-pc picture box for 32 S&W ammo containing 2 rds 32 S&W & 2 rds 38 S&W ammo. Oliver Curtis Perry was a career criminal in late 19th century New York who was a burglar and train robber. On February 22, 1892 Perry hopped the American Express special train as it pulled out of the station in Syracuse, NY, a train he had robbed the year before. He climbed to the roof of the express car, tied a rope to the roof ventilator, put on a cape & mask and swung down through the messenger car window. Once inside he got into a gun fight with a messenger named Daniel McInerney. Meeting the unexpected resistance, after wounding McInerney 3 times, he retreated back to the roof of the train and rode there all the way to Lyons, Wayne County, NY. He was spotted jumping from the roof of the train by the local sheriff and a doctor who had come to treat McInerney. Perry ran over to another platform, climbed into a locomotive, started it up and drove away down the tracks. Wayne County Sheriff Jerry Collins commandeered another train and gave chase. Collins was catching up with Perry, apparently on parallel tracks, when Perry suddenly reversed his engine with the sheriffs express train following suit. The two trains continued this dance until steam pressure in Perry’s train fell off, immobilizing him, so he abandoned the locomotive, stole a horse & buggy and then took off on foot. He was eventually cornered by Deputy Collins and his men where they engaged in a gun battle before Perry gave up. For his crimes Perry was sentenced to 49 years 3 months of hard labor in Auburn Prison. In October 1892 he escaped but was caught before he could get out of the prison by the guards who gave him a severe beating. He continued attempting to escape until December, 1893 when he was declared insane and sent to an asylum for insane criminals. In April 1895 he again escaped but was captured 6 days later in New Jersey. He eventually was declared sane and returned to Auburn Prison. Shortly thereafter he deliberately blinded himself with two needles fixed in a piece of wood, after which he was returned to the asylum. In 1901 he was sent to Dannemora State Hospital where he remained until he died in 1930. At the time of Perry’s arrest by Deputy Sheriff Collins, Walter Thornton was the sheriff of Wayne County and the great-great grandfather of consignor. Reportedly Perry gave Sheriff Thornton this revolver and accessories as he was being transferred to prison. Sheriff Thornton retained Perry’s revolver, belt, holster and knife until his death. They descended down Sheriff Thornton’s descendants until they passed to consignor in 2003. Also accompanied by a large packet of old newspaper clippings about Perry, his arrest and confinement. Additionally included is the 8-page, hand-written article by Mrs. Edna Munn, daughter of Sheriff Thornton and Great Grandmother of Consignor, which appeared on the front page of The Newark Union-Gazette, Feb 25. 1930. Mrs. Munn details most of the information as related above, which she heard directly from her father, Sheriff Thornton. The front page of the same newspaper also had an article about Perry’s costume he wore during the robbery, the rope ladder and weapons he carried being displayed in the front window of the newspaper’s office. Also accompanying are 1982 reprints of this article in a special edition of the 90th year anniversary of the robbery and arrest of Perry, and about Deputy Sheriff Jerry Collins who captured him. CONDITION: Revolver is good to very good, no orig finish remains being an overall cleaned, mottled gray metal patina with scattered spots of surface rust. Trigger guard and backstrap are a plummy brown patina. Left grip is missing a large chunk of its toe, otherwise grips are fine, showing moderate wear. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Belt & holster are fine with slightly crackled surface showing light to moderate wear. Pinkerton poster is yellowed and brittle with several folds, some of which have separated along with a small tear and a couple of chips missing with some old tape on a couple edges. Knife is fine as is the sheath. Winchester 44-40 ammo box is missing both top end flaps, with soil and split edges, ammo is fine; UMC 44 Colt Box is sound with soil and edge wear, ammo is fine; Winchester 32 S&W box is solid with soil, one side band still intact, ammo is fine. 4-53691 JR289 (5,000-15,000) – Lot 3098

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3099
Revised: 10/1/2014

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ANTIQUE ST.LOUIS SHIPPED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 177763. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, replacement nickel silver front sight and 1-line block letter address with cal markings on left side. Bottom of bbl is marked “41” under the base pin, which is the actual bore diameter for the 38-40. Left side of frame has 2-line three patent dates and Rampant Colt in circle. Mounted with 2-pc smooth ivory grips that have deep left and right Colt medallions. Accompanied by a Colt Mfg Co Factory letter listing the gun in the configuration described above and being sold to W.J.Brown, address unavailable and shipped to A.F. Shapleigh Hardware Co., St Louis MO, on April 14,1898. Firearms from that era usually saw continuous hard service under adverse circumstances, usually with very little maintenance and are rarely found today with much if any orig finish. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains about 70% orig blue, showing holster wear on both sides of muzzle. Ejector housing retains about 60% blue in the gullets. Frame retains 60-70% faded case colors, stronger on the right side, with a few freckles of surface rust. Cyl is mostly a gray patina with scattered surface rust and light pitting. Hammer retains faded case colors. Trigger guard and backstrap retain traces of blue in sheltered areas, being mostly a gray patina. Grips, probably not orig to this revolver, are extremely fine, show very little wear and retain a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-53598 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3099

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3100

EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE ETCHED PANEL “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 123417. 44 Cal. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Etched panel scene “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” is crisp and well defined. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and “44CAL” caliber marking on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with 2-pc eagle and rampant Colt hard rubber grips. SN was observed in usual places on bottom of frame, trigger guard & butt strap. Produced about 1887 during the period of the great westward expansion where Colt was king on the frontier. These revolvers usually saw hard & continuous service in every imaginable weather usually with limited or no maintenance and this is a fine orig and complete survivor with etched panel retaining most of its orig finish, fine aesthetics and crisp lines which would be difficult to upgrade. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very fine to excellent overall. Bbl retains about 90% orig bright blue finish. Etched panel is crisp and sharp with a couple scratches as can be seen in photos. Ejector housing retains about 95% orig bright blue finish. Cylinder retains 70% orig bright blue finish. Trigger guard retains 90% bright blue finish and backstrap retains about 50% orig bright blue finish. Frame and hammer retain most orig case colors though much is muted to a silver gray color with small areas of staining and pin prick pitting. Hard rubber grips are well fit, right grip is cracked through middle and has a scotch tape repair inside, grips are not serial numbered. Mechanics are crisp, bore is bright with crisp rifling. 4-53886 JS30 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3100

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3101

*COLT FIRST GENERATION FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 246594. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue and color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight with 2-line address and left side roll marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in circle. Mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips. Mr. Howard’s collection notes refer to a Colt Factory Letter which does not accompany this revolver. He states that it was shipped to a “Winchester dealer in New Mexico in 1903”. PROVENANCE: Richard Garvis (1993); Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except cyl and grips which are unnumbered. Bbl and ejector rod housing retain virtually all of their crisp, glossy, orig factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear at muzzle and tip of ejector rod housing. Frame retains brilliant case colors with the recoil shield flaked, not worn, to a light patina. Hammer retains virtually all of its brilliant case colors. Trigger guard and backstrap retain brilliant blue in sheltered areas with the front and backstraps flaked and thinning. Cyl retains about 95% strong orig blue with some light holster wear around the edges and thinning around the rear part of outer diameter. Grips have a couple minor age lines, otherwise they are sound with great fire and color. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. Bore and chambers of cyl retain virtually all orig factory blue. Altogether a very pretty Frontier Six Shooter. 4-51978 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3101

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3102

RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT 41 CALIBER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH PEARL GRIPS.

SN 146148. 41 Cal. Silver finish with 5-1/2″ bbl with sgl line Hartford address and Cal. markings on left side of bbl. Front sight ground slightly as can be seen in photos. Left side of frame stamped with 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt motif. Mounted with factory pearl grips. Factory letter states gun was sold June 15, 1892 to J.P. Lovell Arms, Boston, MA and shipped to A. L. Chester Co. Factory letter states 41 Cal. 5-1/2″ bbl length, silver finish, factory engraved and pearl grips. Gun appears all orig and unaltered, fully functional and crisp with strong traces of orig silver finish in protected areas. Gun is engraved in a style most often attributed to Cuno Helfricht with large coverage of foliate scrolls with punch dot backgrounds and characteristic fan on recoil shields and top of backstrap. This gun was purchased by Lewis Yearout in 1966 from Jerry Marsh of Kalispell, MO. This gun has not been offered on market in 48 years. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Functionally sound. Engraving and other markings are crisp and well defined with good edges. Silver plating is present on maybe 5% of gun especially on protected areas of bbl, ejector housing, trigger guard, backstrap and frame. No real finish can be seen on cylinder thought its gray/silver color is consistent with overall color of gun. Front sight has been ground slightly and slenderized near top and a small copper inset has been meticulously fitted near its rear as can be seen in photos. Ejector latch is bent about 10 degrees but still functions. Pearl grips are very well fit with minor discoloration where abutting backstrap. 4-53880 JS21 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 3102

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3103

FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 48136. 45 Cal. Nickel plated sgl action with 7-1/2″ bbl with sgl line Hartford address. Left side of frame has 3-line, 3-patent dates and is mounted with smooth pearl grips. Left side of rear web of trigger bow is marked “45CAL”. Gun is all matching with last 4-digits of SN found on bbl. Cylinder has two assembly letters “C” and “P”, bbl has assembly letter “C”. Pistol is factory engraved by Eugene Young in his minimalist style without background similar to those Single Action Revolvers he engraved for the 1876 World Expo. It has foliate scrolls and shells on bbl. and matching series of circles with dots decorate the mating area of cylinder and recoil shields. Accompanying factory letter states the gun is in the configuration described here; factory engraved, nickel, pearl grips, shipped June 25, 1878 to Kittredge & Co., Cincinnati, OH. This gun appears orig and authentic throughout from its time of use including orig pearl grips. PROVENANCE: Butch Hestekin, Vaughn, MT 1988. Lewis Yearout, 1989. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Fine overall. All matching numbers. Bbl retains about 70% orig nickel with muzzle wear and largest loss of nickel in area of left side of muzzle, consistent with its use. Ejector housing retains 50%, frame retains about 10% especially in protected areas and top strap. Cylinder retains traces of orig nickel in stops and flutes. Trigger guard retains traces of orig nickel in protected areas and backstrap retains about 20% especially on buttstrap. Pearl grips are well fit with minor small chips on left side at frame. German silver front sight appears replaced contemporarily and has lower profile and thicker blade than produced at Colt. Mechanically gun functions well. Bore has well defined rifling that is overall lightly pitted. 4-53879 JS19 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 3103

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3104

RARE ENGRAVED COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 8819. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” and a tiny “44” on the bottom. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 CF”. Mounted with replacement, 2-pc, smooth pearl grips. Revolver is very nicely engraved in New York style from the Nimschke shop in L.D. Nimschke patterns with about 70% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which extend up the sides of the bbl and sides of the muzzle with geometric, snake & dot patterns around the address. Top of backstrap is engraved with Mr. Nimschke’s typical shield pattern. Cyl has matching engraving on lands between the flutes with a zig-zag & dot pattern around the back edge. Ejector housing is 3rd type with half moon ejector rod head and base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 44-40 with bbl length and types of stocks not listed, finish “soft”, and shipped to Hartley & Graham, New York, NY on Feb. 17, 1883 in a 25 gun shipment. Remarks section states that “the word ‘soft’ which appears with the finish indicates subject revolver was shipped without final finishing for engraving outside our factory”. Hartley & Graham was one of Colt’s major distributors who contracted with several of the New York area engravers to embellish various firearms, of which this is one. They were one of Mr. Nimschke’s major customers. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 98-99% crisp restored nickel finish with a completely legible etched panel which may also be restored; grips are sound with great fire & color; hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong frosty bore. 4-54335 JR177 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3104

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3105

RARE COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER SHIPPED TO SAN FRANCISCO.

SN 145306. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue and color case hardened with 3-1/2″ bbl. Full front sight and 2-line address with “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” roll marked on the left side. Bottom of the bbl, under base pin is marked with a tiny 44 and last 4 digits of matching serial number. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with 2-pc Rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to another revolver. Bottom edges of the grips are hand-carved “J C”. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 44-40 with 3-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stock not listed and shipped to The Colt Company, San Francisco Agency, San Francisco, CA on May 18, 1892 in a 4 gun shipment. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran there was an estimated 1,000 Sheriff’s model revolvers made out of the approximately 357,000 Single Action revolvers produced by Colt. Mr. Cochran estimates that there were about 305 Sheriff’s model revolvers made with 3-1/2″ bbls and that about 18% (180) total produced in cal 44-40. Extrapolating those numbers 30% of the production having 3-1/2″ bbls results in only approximately 60 revolvers produced with 3-1/2″ bbls in cal 44-40 making this a very rare revolver. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Tommy Rholes. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains traces of orig finish in sheltered areas being mostly a smooth, even, blue/gray metal patina. Cylinder retains plummy/blue in the flutes with matching patina on the outer diameter. Hammer is silvered case colors. Grips are sound, showing moderate wear. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with scattered pitting. 4-50745 JR73 (12,500-22,500) – Lot 3105

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3107
Revised: 10/2/2014

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*RARE PREWAR COLT SHERIFFS MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY.

SN 348838. 44 S&W. 3-1/2″ bbl with no ejector. Sheriff’s models are among the rarest variants encountered in single action production. This gun appears orig and authentic though there is no factory letter available for this SN. Gun is totally nickel plated with fire blued screws, checkered varnished grips with Colt medallions. Gun conforms to typical Colt production with 2-line address, full front sight, left side of bbl “RUSSIAN AND S&W SPECIAL 44”. Gun appears near mint and unfired and according to Lewis Yearout’s records he bought this gun from Pete Harvey in 1979. Mr Yearout’s notes state that this gun was probably a “lunch box” special; meaning that an employee possibly made this gun and carried it home in his lunch box. Regardless this is a beautiful gun that would be difficult to upgrade. According to production dates this gun was made in 1926. PROVENANCE: Pete Harvey, Falmouth, MA. Lewis Yearout 1979. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Like new. Crisp nickel on every part. Screws retain orig fire blue; checkered stocks retain most all orig varnish with minor edge wear. Matching SN 348838 was observed on frame, trigger guard and backstrap under grips. Grips are not numbered but fit gun very well. 4-53931 JS52 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3107

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3108
Revised: 10/1/2014

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RARE EARLY 44 RIM FIRE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 953.

SN 953. 44 Cal. Early civilian 44 rim fire Colt with all matching SNs other than bbl which appears replaced in time of use as patina and color match throughout. Factory letter states this gun was shipped November 13, 1876 to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, NYC. One of a 15 gun shipment this gun shipped in 44 rim fire with bbl, finish and stocks not listed. 7-1/2″ rnd bbl with sgl block letter Hartford address. Full front sight, bullseye ejector rod lever. Left side of frame has 2-line 2 patent dates stamped. Mounted with 2-pc ivory grips. PROVENANCE: Barney Broiles, Dallas, TX. Lewis Yearout 1967. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Overall is gray/brown with numerous small dings and scratches. Appears orig from time of use with a few new parts added including main spring and trigger. All numbered parts appear orig. 4-digit SN on bbl appears to read 7456 though third digit is difficult to discern and is stamped “44”. SN on cylinder only last two numbers 53 can be read. SN 953 is found on frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Additional number “52” stamped under trigger guard SN of unknown origin but not with Colt dyes. 2-pc ivory stocks have good patina but are of later edition, most likely as they are too small for the grip frame. 4-53960 JS27 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3108

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3109

RARE SMALL BORE RIMFIRE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 1721. Cal. 22. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates & left front web of trigger guard has the caliber marking. Hammer & frame are orig rimfire parts with the firing pin secured with 2 rivets. Mounted with 2-pc Rampant Colt/Eagle hard rubber grips that are correct style, old replacements. Accompanied by 2 Colt factory letters, both of which identify this revolver in cal. .22 RF with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, and rubber stocks, sold & shipped to “C.A. Damon”, address unknown on Oct. 22, 1888. One letter shows one gun in the shipment & the other 2 guns. This revolver is pictured and identified by serial number in The 36 Calibers of the Colt Single Action Army, Brown. Accompanying documentation shows that “Charlie A. Damon” was born 1863 & died 1937, and is buried in Fenton, MI. Another document discloses that Charlie Damon was one of the organizers of the Fenton Historical Society. According to various publications, there were only 107 caliber 22 Single Action revolvers ever made by Colt from left over 44 Rimfire frames. They were in their own SN series with the .44 Rimfire revolvers with a few others made later in another series. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Good; overall retains about 85% of a re-nickel finish; the 3 frame screws are modern replacements; grips show light wear; mechanics are fine; worn bore with visible rifling. 4-54370 JR166 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 3109

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3110

EXTREMELY RARE 22 CALIBER COLT FLAT TOP SINGLE ACTION ARMY TARGET REVOLVER.

SN 129312. Cal. 22. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver blade in target front sight post and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl under base pin is marked “22″, left side of frame has three patent dates in 3-lines and left front web of trigger guard is marked “22 CAL”. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed target sight in top strap. Mounted with 2-pc smooth mother of pearl grips. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were 917 flat top Single Action revolvers produced, out of which only 93 were in Cal. 22 Rimfire. Most target Single Actions noted in 22 Rimfire, it is thought were shipped to England and British Proofed. This is a rare example in beautiful condition that is pictured on p. 116 of Graham, Kopec and Moore’s A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver. It is noted that SN 129314 was sold by our company in March of this year from the Tommy Rholes collection. In addition to being an extremely rare caliber in one of these revolvers, it is additionally rare not being British proofed. Colt factory letter states this gun was shipped August 24, 1889 to Griffith & Semple of Louisville, KY, the finish was listed as blue and stocks are not listed. It does state 7-1/2″ target bbl and 22 Cal. PROVENANCE: Bob Bell, Inglewood, CA. Lewis Yearout 1966. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Fine as refinished in nickel. Markings on bbl are crisp and discernible. The “22” on bottom of bbl and “22CAL” on trigger guard are light but discernible. Interesting marking under ejector housing on bbl which includes “6”, “F” and “A” all stamped over each other along with anther cryptic character not noted by this cataloger on Colts before but appears orig to time of use. Bbl retains virtually all of its nickel plating, ejector housing, frame, trigger guard and backstrap retain over 90% of their finish with largest reductions at front face of frame where it mates with cyl. Functionally gun performs well with good discernible rifling. 4-53878 JS58 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3110

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3111

EXTREMELY RARE COLT FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH EXTENDED GRIP.

SN 144729. Cal. 450 Eley. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, blued target front sight with 1-line Hartford and “DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON” address and caliber marking on left side. Frame is flat top style with fixed target rear sight, left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in the circle. Mounted with extremely rare, diamond checkered, extra long walnut grips that are matching numbered to this revolver. Toe & heel of grip frame are sharp versus the rounded configuration usually found in order to accommodate the extended grip without leaving a gap. Bore has Metford rifling. Bottom of bbl and cylinder have tiny British proofs. Accompanied by its orig green baize lined English oak casing that has an empty medallion in the lid and a “J.H. CRANE” paper distributor label inside the lid. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver with several non-orig tools, plus an “L” shaped Colt semi-auto pistol screwdriver. Left center of the bottom has a cartridge block with spaces for 42 cartridges. Also accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal. 450 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, extra long wood stocks and shipped to Colt’s London agency, June 1892 in a 1 gun shipment. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, out of the approximate 357,000 single actions produced there were 914 flat-top target revolvers and only about 50 of these had the extended grip. The chart on pg 174 of the referenced publication shows only 84 flattop single actions were produced in cal. 450 Eley. Extrapolating those numbers discloses that only about 9% of the total flat-top production was in cal. 450 Eley. On pg 251 of the referenced publication, Mr. Cochran states that he had examined 10 long-grip revolvers of which 4 were in cal. 450 Eley, and only 2 had the London address. This exact revolver, identified by SN in pictures on pg. 250 and 251 of the reference publication. Regardless, this is an exceptionally rare Colt Single Action revolver. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Tommy Rholes. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 88-90% glossy orig blue with 3 spots of flaking and some scrape marks on the bottom adjacent to the base pin; ejector housing retains about 60% strong orig blue, showing wear on the outer radius; frame retains about 50% orig blue with the balance having mostly flaked to a medium patina, showing wear on the recoil shield and loading gate; trigger guard retains blue in sheltered areas with the front strap and back strap a blue/brown patina; buttstrap retains about 90% glossy orig blue; cylinder retains strong blue in the flutes, flaked and thinning on the outer diameter with a light drag line. Grips are very fine showing light diamond point wear and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. Case has a couple of cracks and is missing a couple of splinters on the bottom, otherwise is sound; interior is lightly faded and soiled; accessories are all fine. 4-50756 JR91 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 3111

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3112
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RARE COLT SINGLE ACTION “FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” ARMY FLAT TOP TARGET REVOLVER.

SN 146537. 44-40 Cal. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver target front sight in a rectangular base and 1-line block letter address with rolled marking on left side of bbl “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44-40”. Bottom of bbl has small “44” stamped. Frame is flat top target style with fixed target rear sight and has 2-line 3-patent dates on the left side with rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with 1-pc ivory grips. This gun was assembled about 1892 based on SN but was not shipped until 1912. Colt proof marks support this with “VP” in triangle found left front web of trigger bow with Colt inspector “W” on rear web. Accompanying this gun is Colt factory letter which states 44 Cal, 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, stocks not listed, target, sold and shipped to R. I. Burrett address unknown on September 13, 1912 in a 1-gun shipment. Target model Frontier Six Shooters are quite rare and few are known. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only 914 Peace Maker Flat Tops were made out of the more than 357,000 Single Action revolvers produced 1873-1940. According to the chart on p. 174 of referenced publication only 21 of the 914 revolvers made were in caliber 44-40, making this a very rare variation. PROVENANCE: Phil Fisher, Portland, OR. Lewis Yearout 1968. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Gun appears orig and complete conforming to factory letter though ivory stocks are not listed. Markings are fairly crisp and well discerned. Bbl retains about 20% bright blue finish mostly in protected areas under and around ejector housing with muzzle wear. Frame retains 10-15% bright finish mostly in protected areas. Trigger guard and backstrap retain strong traces of bright blue finish in protected areas. Cyl retains strong traces of bright finish in its flutes. Hammer is smooth with staining with muted case colors. Gun overall is gray and matching with scattered staining and small patches of pitting. Front sight base shows old tool marks where tightened. Stocks appear correct for the era of manufacture with ivory stocks with wooden slabs probably screwed to ivory internally as normally encountered. Newer internal glued repair to wood spacers to tighten but wood blocks appear orig and a partially discernible 5-digit SN which appears to read “57855” appears on right inside grip, possibly for SN 157855 which would have been made in 1894, two years after this gun was manufactured though not shipped until 1912 per Colt letter. Mechanically gun is functional with crisp rifling in bore. 4-53958 JS67 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3112

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3113

*LAST COLT BISLEY FLAT TOP TARGET REVOLVER SHIPPED NOVEMBER 6, 1914.

SN 326557. 44 Russian. The highest SN known in a target is 326577 which was shipped from the factory November 3, 1913; subject gun is second highest SN known in a flat top Bisley and the last one shipped from Colt. This gun exhibits a six pointed star on the left trigger guard web showing it was returned to the factory for minor repair which may be reason gun was shipped so much later than any other Bisley target. Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber .44 Russian with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, flat top frame, stocks not listed and sold & shipped to Wm. Read & Sons, Boston, MA on November 6, 1914 in a 1-gun shipment. This revolver conforms to other target models being blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, target front sight in a rectangular base with 1-line block letter address and the left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 44 RUSSIAN CTG”. Bbl is marked on bottom with small “44”. Matching SN 326557 is found on bottom of frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt motif. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed fixed rear sight. Trigger guard is proof marked on left forward bow with triangle and “VP” and Colt inspector “1” is found on rear left bow. Screws & trigger are fire blued. Fitted with 2-pc checkered walnut stocks which though not SNed unquestionably appear orig to this gun. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia by Keith Cochran, John Parsons compiled from careful examination of Colt shipping records that there were 977 Target Model Bisley revolvers produced in the period 1894-1913 of which only 62 are listed in 44 Russian caliber, making this a rare revolver indeed especially in excellent condition and being the last Colt Bisley Target revolver ever to be shipped. PROVENANCE: Eric Vaule, Bridgewater, CT. Lewis Yearout 1969. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall retaining 95% orig bright finish on bbl, frame and cyl. There are numerous small scratches in finish and one 1/4″ blemish in center of bbl and muzzle wear on right side as can be seen in photos. Trigger guard retains over 90% of its orig bright finish with wear in grip frame; backstrap retains about 40% of its orig bright finish with wear in grip frame where handled. Exposed surfaces of gun are gray and cyl shows drag line as can be seen in photos. Hammer retains about 60% case colors though muted and worn where gun has been fired and hammer made contact with sides of frame. 2-pc checkered wood stocks fit gun well with minor edge wear retaining 95% of their orig varnish. Mechanically gun functions well with a bright shiny bore. 4-53889 JS64 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3113

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3114

EXCEPTIONAL AND EARLY COLT BISLEY FLAT TOP TARGET REVOLVER.

SN 161396. 455 Eley Cal. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, steel target front sight in a rectangular base with 1-line block letter address and the left side marked “455 ELEY”. Bbl is marked on bottom with small “45” and small letter “V” and small British proofs that also appear in each flute of cyl. Matching SN 161396 is found on bottom of frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Last 4-digits of SN are found on back of cyl though mis-matched 1394 with small “L”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in broken circle. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed fixed rear sight. Screws & trigger are fire blued. Mounted with 2-pc wood grips as stated in factory letter with last 4-digits of SN penciled on each “1396”. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 455 Eley with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, wood stocks, flat top target, sold and shipped to Colt London Agency, London, England on May 27, 1895 in a 50-gun shipment. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia by Keith Cochran, John Parsons compiled from careful examination of Colt shipping records that there were 977 Target Model Bisley revolvers produced in the period 1894-1913 of which 196 are listed in 45 Eley caliber which was the most commonly encountered Bisley Colt target sold however this is one of the earliest “Colt’s New Target Revolver 1895”. From A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver by Graham Kopec & Moore: “The new Target Model’s outstanding performance at England’s famous target shooing matches, held at Bisley Common, prompted Colts’ management to redesignate their ‘Special Target’ revolvers as the ‘Bisley Model Target’.” After serial range 161,000 most target models are encountered with bbl stamps “(BISLEY MODEL)”. Again according to Graham Kopec & Moore they cite the lack of the Bisley marking between SNs 156,300-160,900; this gun is out of that range but appear orig exhibiting same rounded military style front sight blade and checkered trigger as Colt orig marketed. This is a extremely fine example of an early “Special Target” revolver sent to the London Agency to later become better known as “Bisley Target Model”. PROVENANCE: Eric Vaule, Bridgewater, CT. Lewis Yearout 1968. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall retaining 90-95% orig bright finish overall with areas of thinning on cyl turning plum, bbl has some freckling and 1/2″ area of pitting between ejector housing and front sight. Remainder of gun has scattered small areas of spotted staining. Markings are all crisp and well discerned. Stocks are sound, solid, well fit with slight edge wear, a few small dents and blemishes and retain most of their orig oiled finish. Mechanically gun functions well with bright shiny bore. 4-53888 JS65 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3114

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3115

RARE 32-44 COLT FLAT TOP TARGET BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 181319. 32-44 Cal. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver target front sight in a rectangular base with 1-line block letter address and the left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) FOR 32-44 S&W CARTRIDGE”. Bbl is marked on bottom with small “32” and small letter “V”. Matching SN 181319 is found on bottom of frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Last 3-digits of SN are found on back of cyl. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in circle. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed fixed rear sight. Screws & trigger are fire blued. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 32/44 Colt with 7-1/2″ bbl, flat top or target frame, blue finish, rubber stocks and shipped to Montgomery Ward & Co., Chicago, IL. on December 29, 1898 in a 2-gun shipment. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia by Keith Cochran, John Parsons compiled from careful examination of Colt shipping records that there were 977 Target Model Bisley revolvers produced in the period 1894-1913 of which only 17 are listed in 32-44 caliber, making this a very rare revolver indeed especially in excellent condition. PROVENANCE: Eric Vaule, Bridgewater, CT. Lewis Yearout 1968. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall retaining 95% orig bright finish on bbl, frame and cyl. Trigger guard and backstrap retain over 50% orig finish with reductions on either side of grip strap where gun would have been held, remainder of gun is gray and cyl shows significant drag line as can be seen in photos. 2-pc rubber stocks fit gun well with a few small scratches and blemishes; inside of left grip has initials “FTM” and the number “4594” scratched inside. Mechanically gun functions well with mirror like shiny bore. 4-53951 JS59 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3115

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3116
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*COLT BISLEY FLAT TOP TARGET REVOLVER, INSCRIBED R.F. ENEWOLD, RENO, NEVADA.

SN 316151. 32/20 Cal. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, red dot target front sight in a rectangular base with 1-line block letter address and the left side marked “32 WCF”. Matching SN 316151 is found on bottom of frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in broken circle. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed fixed rear sight. Screws & trigger are fire blued. Mounted with 2-pc ivory grips. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 32/20 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, stocks not listed, target or flat top, Lyman sight, sold to Geo. Tritch & Co., Denver, CO and shipped to W. L. Lucas address not listed on April 14, 1911 in a 1-gun shipment. Bbl does not as noted state “(BISLEY MODEL)” which is most often seen on production model target models after about SN 161,000. The grip frame is stamped in a cartouche “R.F. ENEWOLD” whose name is seen on other Colt products in the early 20th century. Robert F. Enewold we believe died quite recently at over 100 years of age. We don’t know much about his gunsmithing other than most of it appears to be mid 19th century and most likely he was responsible for the ivory stocks, king patented adjustable rear sight and more recent bbl without “(BISLEY MODEL)” markings. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia by Keith Cochran, John Parsons compiled from careful examination of Colt shipping records that there were 977 Target Model Bisley revolvers produced in the period 1894-1913 of which only 131 are listed in 32-20 caliber. PROVENANCE: Chris Anderson, Carson City, NV. Lewis Yearout 1968. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very fine overall retaining 70% thinning blue finish on bbl, frame and cyl. Trigger guard and backstrap retain over 40% blue finish with reductions on either side of grip strap where gun would have been held, remainder of gun is gray and cyl shows drag line as can be seen in photos. 2-pc ivory stocks fit gun fairly well with good aged patina. Mechanically gun functions well with bright shiny bore. 4-53892 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3116

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3117

RARE 44-40 COLT BISLEY FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER FLAT TOP TARGET REVOLVER.

SN 167726. 44-40 Cal. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver target front sight in a rectangular base with 1-line block letter address and the left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Bbl is marked on bottom with small “44” and small letter “V”. Matching SN 167726 is found on bottom of frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in broken circle. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed fixed rear sight. Screws & trigger are fire blued. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips, left grip with matching last 4-digists of SN scratched internally. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 44 Cal with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, stocks not listed and shipped to William Read & Son, Boston, MA on January 15, 1897 in a 1-gun shipment. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia by Keith Cochran, John Parsons compiled from careful examination of Colt shipping records that there were 977 Target Model Bisley revolvers produced in the period 1894-1913 of which only 78 are listed in 44-40 caliber, making this a very scarce revolver indeed especially in excellent condition. PROVENANCE: Dave Stewart, Alberta Canada. Lewis Yearout 1988. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall retaining 95% orig thinning bright finish on bbl. Frame retains about 80% orig blue finish with balance gray with small areas of pin prick pitting. Cyl retains 20-30% thinning finish with remainder gray with areas of pin prick pitting. Trigger guard and backstrap retain about 50% orig finish with reductions on either side of grip strap where gun would have been held, remainder of gun is gray and matching patinas overall. 2-pc rubber stocks fit gun well with a few small scratches and blemishes; inside of left grip has last 4-digits of SN “7726” scratched inside. Mechanically gun functions well with shiny, crisp bore with pitting. 4-53952 JS62 (4,000-5,000) – Lot 3117

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3118

*RARE COLT BISLEY FLAT TOP TARGET REVOLVER.

SN 195339. 44-40 Cal. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, brass target front sight in a rectangular base with 1-line block letter address and the left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL)” above “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Bbl is marked on bottom with small “44”. Matching SN 195339 is found on bottom of frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in broken circle. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed fixed rear sight. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia by Keith Cochran, John Parsons compiled from careful examination of Colt shipping records that there were 977 Target Model Bisley revolvers produced in the period 1894-1913 of which only 78 are listed in 44-40 caliber. PROVENANCE: Gene Coats, Forks, WA. Lewis Yearout 1982. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very fine overall as refinished. Gun overall retains about 60% bright blue refinish. Bbl markings are fairly crisp and discernible, patent dates on frames crisp and discernible, rampant Colt motif on frame is light barely discernible from polish when refinished. 2-pc rubber stocks fit gun poorly with overlap and gaps with discoloration to an olive drab especially on left stock where it enters frame. Stocks are numbered internally “0607” and exhibit several small dents and scratches and other small blemishes as can be seen in photos. Mechanically gun is fine with bright shiny bore. SNs on trigger guard and backstrap are not orig and appear engraved not stamped. 4-53946 JS63 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3118

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3119

*RARE 41 CALIBER COLT BISLEY FLAT TOP TARGET REVOLVER.

SN 185438. 41 Cal. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, Marble’s target front sight blade in a rectangular base with 1-line block letter address and the left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 41 COLT”. Bbl is marked on bottom with small “41”. Matching SN 185438 is found on bottom of frame, trigger guard and backstrap. This gun is a factory refurbish with Colt factory rework numbers “1042B” which is found on left side of backstrap, trigger guard, front face of cyl, loading gate and internally on ejector housing. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt motif. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed fixed rear sight. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 32/20 Colt with 7-1/2″ bbl, target model, blue finish, Lyman sight, stocks not listed and shipped to Simmons Hardware Co. St. Louis, MO for Big Horn Sheep Company on August 2, 1899 in a 1-gun shipment. Gun is not mentioned being refurbished in 41 Cal but secondary numbers appear to prove this revolver is indeed factory 41 Cal as refurbished but not when orig shipped, August 2, 1899. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia by Keith Cochran, John Parsons compiled from careful examination of Colt shipping records that there were 977 Target Model Bisley revolvers produced in the period 1894-1913 of which only 131 are listed in 32-20 caliber and only 24 were made in 41 Cal. This is an interesting gun being factory refurbished in rare 41 Cal. PROVENANCE: Joe De Seye, Prescott, AZ. Lewis Yearout 1978. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine overall. Gun retains virtually all of its factory re-blued finish. SNs have all been buffed and are only partially discernible on backstrap and trigger guard. Colt rework numbers “1042B” are crisp and well struck. Stocks are sound and well fit, darkened to a chocolate brown patina with light wear to checkering, small nicks and scratches; number “6153” is scratched inside left stock. Mechanics are excellent with crisp mirror like bore. 4-53934 JS61 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3119

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3120

FINE COLT BISLEY FLAT TOP TARGET REVOLVER.

SN 167731. 38 Cal. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, silver plated target front sight in a rectangular base with 1-line block letter address and the left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 38 WCF”. Bbl is marked on bottom with small “41”. Matching SN 167731 is found on bottom of frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in broken circle. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed fixed rear sight. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia by Keith Cochran, John Parsons compiled from careful examination of Colt shipping records that there were 977 Target Model Bisley revolvers produced in the period 1894-1913 of which only 96 are listed in 38 Colt, making this a scarce revolver indeed especially in very fine condition. PROVENANCE: Eve Morgan, Clarkston, WA. Lewis Yearout 1993. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very fine overall retaining about 50% orig bright finish on bbl, frame and cyl. Trigger guard and backstrap retain over 30-40% orig finish with reductions on either side of grip strap where gun would have been held, remainder of gun is gray and cyl shows drag line as can be seen in photos. Ejector housing internally is scratched “61503-2-A”. 2-pc rubber grips fit gun well with a few small scratches and blemishes; inside each grip has the number “4630” scratched inside. Mechanically gun functions with well defined rifling in bore 4-53956 JS60 (3,000-4,000) – Lot 3120

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3123

CASED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH PALL MALL LONDON ADDRESS.

SN 51099. Cal. 45 Boxer. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter Hartford/Pall Mall London address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and the left front web of trigger guard has the caliber marking. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of SN on back strap channel. Bottom of bbl & cyl have small British proofs. Buttstrap is fitted for a sling stud & swivel which are separate in the case. Ejector housing is third type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Base pin is orig with dimpled ends. Backstrap is inscribed in period script “S C H Monro 72nd Highrs”. Accompanied by a fine, blue felt lined English oak casing with empty brass medallion in lid and the Moore & Grey distributor’s label inside the lid. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a crystal & pewter oil bottle, a small ebony handle turn screw, an ebony handled brass cleaning rod and an oak cartridge block for 25 ctgs containing 24 orig Eley cartridges. Right rear covered compartment contains the lanyard stud & ring which, if installed, would not permit the revolver to fit into the case. This indicates that this revolver probably did not originate in this case. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only 729 Colt Single Actions were produced in caliber 45/450 Boxer. Seymour Charles Hale Monro is listed as a sub-Lt. in 1876 after having graduated from the Royal Military College. He was promoted to Lt. in May 1877 and served throughout the Afghan War 1878-1880 with the 72nd Highlanders. He fought in several battles in Afghanistan and was wounded during the capture of Peiwar Katal and again severely wounded at the Battle of Kandahar. He was highly decorated and mentioned in several reports. He transferred to the Seaforth Highlanders and was transferred to the Egyptian Campaign in 1882 and fought at the Battle of Tel el Kabir where he was again decorated. In 1884 he fought in South Africa as Commander of Volunteers. He fought in the Battle of Hazra in 1891 and in the Chitral and Terah campaigns in 1895. He fought again in Africa in 1897-98. During his career he was promoted through the ranks becoming a Brig. General in command of the Seaforth Highlanders. He died Sept. 1906. PROVENANCE: Herb Glass (1998); Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including cyl & grip. Bbl & ejector housing retain traces of orig blue in sheltered areas with balance a medium gray patina. Frame retains strong case colors in sheltered areas with the balance fading to gray. Hammer retains smoky case colors on sides and back edge with top edge turned gray. Cyl retains traces of blue being mostly a light gray metal patina. Trigger guard & back strap retain strong blue in sheltered areas with the front & back straps gray metal patina. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy edge wear with light nicks & scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case is sound and extremely fine with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig bright varnish. Interior shows little or no fading with slight soil from the revolver cyl, grip & bbl in bottom and a small spot inside lid. Label is lightly yellowed. Accessories are very fine with a repaired crack in cleaning rod handle. Cartridges are fine. Accompanying this lot is original brown military style flap holster for this gun marked w/owner’s initials “S.C.H.M.” 4-51980 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3123

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3124
Revised: 9/28/2014

Please note: The ivory pull on compartment is missing.

CASED COLT PALL MALL LONDON SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 38375. 45 Cal. Eley, blue and case colored finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter “COLTS PT.F.A. MFG.CO HARTFORD CT.U.S.A. DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON” address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL / B”. Bottom of bbl and cylinder have tiny British proofs. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Ejector rod housing is second type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Accompanied by an orig English, green baize lined oak Colt casing with brass medallion in the lid. Bottom of case is recessed for the revolver, a screwdriver and a small pewter oil bottle. Left front of case has an empty cartridge block with spaces for 32 cartridges. Right rear covered compartment with ivory pull contains three non-functioning keys. 9-1/2″ military brass cleaning rod is in compartment in front of case. Colt factory letter states this gun was shipped to Colt London Agency on October 11, 1877. PROVENANCE: Dick Reyes, Carson City, NV. Lewis Yearout 1968. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Matching SNs including grip, bbl and cyl which are numbered with last 4-digits. Markings are crisp including SNs though there are some tool marks at front of trigger guard. Gun retains about 10% orig finish overall, mostly in protected areas of bbl, frame, backstrap and trigger guard. Cyl still retains thin finish in flutes and in chambers showing little use. Grip is sound and well fit retaining most of its orig varnish with a few small dents, dings and scratches. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Case is sound with a few small handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Interior is fairly clean with only minor soiling and wear. Oiler, screw driver and cleaning rod match overall condition of gun. 4-53926 JS44 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3124

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3125
Revised: 9/28/2014

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CASED COLT LONDON SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 20380. 45 Cal. Boxer. Blue finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line slanted block letter “COLT’S PT.F.A.MFG.CO.HARTFORD,CT U.S.A.” address with serifs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL / B”. Bottom of bbl and cylinder have tiny British proofs. All screws are fire blued with originally fire blued cylinder pin and is mounted with a varnished 1-pc walnut grip that has the last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Colt factory letter states this gun was shipped to the London Agency on May 5, 1875. Ejector rod housing has bullseye ejector rod lever. Accompanied by an orig English, green baize lined oak casing with brass medallion in the lid and Colt directions label inside the lid which is titled “DIRECTIONS FOR USING COLT’S NEW 450 BORE GOVERNMENT ARMY PISTOL”. The label has red overstamp “THE GENUINE COLT’S REVOLVERS ARE LONDON PROVED” on the left side and “AND BEARS THE COMPANY’S TRADE MARK” on the right. Bottom of case is recessed for the revolver, an L-shaped screwdriver and a small pewter oil bottle. Left front of case has an empty cartridge block with spaces for 24 cartridges. Right rear covered compartment with ivory pull contains a key and top of copper cleaning rod. This is a fine example, all matching SN’s on this Hartford made gun for the British market. PROVENANCE: Tony Smith, Ft. Smith, AK. Lewis Yearout 1968. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including grip, bbl and cyl. Bbl overall is gray with about 10% orig blue finish with areas of staining, pitting and rust. Frame and hammer are mostly silver/gray with areas of fine pitting and traces of case color. Cyl retains 10-15% thinning blue though bright in flutes. Backstrap and trigger guard retain about 20% of their orig inky black/blue. Grip is sound retaining 95% orig varnish with minor edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Case is sound with a few small handling & storage nicks & scratches and most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly to moderately faded with some old mildew evidence and damage from front sight. Label is soiled but completely legible. 4-53925 JS43 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3125

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3126

*FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 294122. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue and color case hardened with scarce 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in broken circle. Mounted with spectacular 2-pc pearl grips with deep relief carved ox head on right side. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying revolver as: .32/20 cal, 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, pear grips, sold to C. Mullins Company. Shipped to Janney, Semple, Hill and Company, Minneapolis, MN on May 18, 1907. This was the only gun in this shipment. PROVENANCE: Tony Smith; Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except cylinder and grips which are correctly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 85% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Ejector rod housing is about the same. Frame retains most orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, stronger on left side, faded on recoil shields and top strap. Hammer retains strong bright colors on the sides and rear edge with the top edge turned silver. Cylinder retains about 90% thinning blue. Grip frame retains strong bright blue with the front and backstraps flaking. Grips have a chipped left toe and a some age lines, otherwise they are sound with wonderful fire and color. Mechanics crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-51979 (6,000-9,000) – Lot 3126

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3127

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH CARVED STEER HEAD PEARL STOCKS.

SN 356405. 357 Cal. This single action army is in like new condition with factory letter stating shipped May 3, 1938 to W.H. Hoegee Co. Los Angeles CA in 357 caliber, 4-3/4″ bbl length, blue finish, stocks not listed. Typical configuration 2-line bbl address “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY 357” stamped on left side. Frame is marked on left side with 2-line 3-patent dates with rampant Colt. Carved pearl grips have gilted Colt medallions inset. Steer is carved in left grip (for left hand holster). Grips match gun fairly well but as stated are not mentioned in factory letter. PROVENANCE: Jose Garcia Jr., Viselis, CA. Lewis Yearout 1968. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall. Retains about 97% orig bright blue though thinning and stained in areas. Light muzzle wear. Frame retains most of its orig case colors though muted and some staining on top strap. Grips are sound and solid with a chip noted near inside toe on right side on smooth grip. Small 1.5mm squared hole cut at base of frame that runs through to the other side just about trigger guard of unknown purpose as can be seen in photos. Mechanically fine with bright shiny bore. 4-53940 JS50 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 3127

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3128
Revised: 9/28/2014

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*PRE-WWII COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH ORIGINAL BOX.

SN 346211. 38 Cal. Spcl. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and 1-line block letter address with model & caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt. Mounted with Rampant Colt hard rubber grips matching numbered to this revolver. SN 346211 (mfg 1923) was observed on bottom of the frame and right side of front & back straps under the grip. Accompanied by its orig, matching numbered, hinged lid, dark burgundy cardboard box with black & white end label. Inside of box has 2 pasted advertising labels along with small Colt 4-pg pamphlet. This gun orig sold new April 26, 1924 for $34.52. PROVENANCE: Delores Demoth, Great Fall, MT. Lewis Yearout 1973. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching, pristine, new & unfired. Retains all of its brilliant orig finish. Appears to be new & unfired and unturned. Box is sound and solid but one corner is broken and has glued repair, several pieces of veneer are missing, scattered scuffs and scrapes. 4-53928 JS48 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3128

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3129

*PRE-WWII COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH ORIGINAL BOX.

SN 346676. 44 S&W Cal. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and 1-line block letter address with model & caliber marking on left side “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY 44 SPECIAL”. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt. Mounted with Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. SN 346676 (mfg 1924) was observed on bottom of the frame and right side of grip frame. Accompanied by an orig hinged lid, dark burgundy Colt cardboard box with black & white end label with “S.& W. CARTRIDGE” and inside of box has 2 pasted advertising labels. Rarely are Colts SAA’s seen chambered for S&W ammunition. PROVENANCE: Lee McKinney, Troy, MT. Leyton Yearout 1984. Lewis Yearout 1984. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall, appears new & unfired as factory refurbished in 44 S&W. Retains most all of its brilliant orig finish. About an 1/8″ spot of rust and pitting at end of ejector housing. Appears to be new & unfired and unturned though there is a Colt number “276” stamped on right side of trigger guard under stocks and on left side backstrap under stocks. No doubt this number represent this gun was refurbished and refinished at Colt factory but it appears indistinguishable from any new factory finished gun. There are signs of buffing on web of trigger bow when trigger guard was factory refinished where marks there are partially removed. Grips are each numbered 7262. Matching assembly numbers 1279 are found on back of frame and loading gate. Box is sound and solid with typical scuffing, cracks and tears to veneer as expected; a penciled SN on bottom of box is different than gun. 4-53929 JS49 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3129

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3130

*COLT PRE-WWII SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 350820. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, thick front sight and one-line block letter address with cal marking on left side. Left side of frame is marked with 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt. Mounted with 2-pc Rampant Colt hard rubber grips matching numbered to this revolver. SN was observed on bottom of frame and right side of front & backstraps under grip. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching except cyl which is correctly unnumbered. Bbl & ejector housing retain 98-99% strong orig blue with only faint muzzle end wear. Frame retains virtually all of its orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere especially on loading gate and recoil shield. Hammer retains brilliant case colors. Cyl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with a moderate drag line and light scratches around circumference. Trigger guard and front strap retain 96-98% orig blue with only light sharp edge wear and dulling of front strap. Backstrap shows strong blue at top, being a plummy blue patina down the backstrap. Buttstrap has several small hammer marks with light freckles of rust. Grips are sound and show light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use. 4-53682 JR278 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3130

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3131

EARLY COLT ETCHED PANEL FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 77388. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly thinned front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of bbl has a partially legible etched panel. Bottom of bbl under ejector housing has last 4 digits of matching SN and a tiny “44”. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web trigger guard is marked “44 CF”. Mounted with varnished 1-pc walnut grip with partially visible matching SN in backstrap channel. Grip has coarse incise carved lines on the left side with a couple more on the right side. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter which identifies this revolver in cal 44-40, bbl length and type of stock not listed, blue finish and shipped to J.P. Moores Sons, NY NY, on Oct 2, 1882 in a 50 gun shipment. Single Actions of that era were in great demand on the American frontier by citizens of all walks of life. That was a time when a sidearm was a daily used tool, where they usually saw continuous service under harsh conditions, usually with no maintenance and are rarely found today in orig configuration with any orig finish. CONDITION: Good to very good. Traces of orig finish remain in the most sheltered areas, being mostly a dark brown patina, showing left side muzzle edge wear. Grip with its aforementioned carving is sound, showing heavy wear and retains 65-70% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with sharp rifling and fine pitting. 4-47886 JR185 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 3131

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3132

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 234871. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with cal marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with extraordinary 2-pc pearl grips with deep relief carved ox head on right side. Grips are probably old replacements. This revolver was produced in about 1902 when such sidearms were a daily used tool, especially by law enforcement, outlaws and the great American cowboy. They usually saw very hard service under harsh circumstances with little maintenance. CONDITION: Very good. Traces of finish remain on the bbl with faint case colors in the front gullets of the frame. Trigger guard and backstrap also retain traces of blue with the overall effect of a cleaned gray metal patina. Cyl retains thin blue patina on the outer diameter with strong blue in the flutes. Right grip has a chipped toe and left grip is missing a sliver at the frame, otherwise grips are sound, showing great fire. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-51977 JR178 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3132

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3133
Revised: 10/1/2014

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RARE EARLY 44 CALIBER COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 241.

SN 241. 44 Cal. Very early Colt single action SN 241 has seen hard use but most parts are orig and orig bbl has been cut to 4-7/8″. Gun conforms correctly to other early guns with slanted single line Colt address with serifs. Left side of frame marked with 2-lines of 2 patent dates. Large “44” stamped just forward of patent dates which appears orig to time of use. Left rear of trigger guard is marked “44CAL”. Good looking early cowboy era gun fitted with well patinaed 1-pc ivory stocks in a rare 3-digit gun. PROVENANCE: Cecil Anderson, Conley, GA 1964. George Shofelt, Spokane, WA. Lewis Yearout 1968. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Good to very good overall. Gray with traces of an old nickel finish in protected areas. Large areas of old cleaning, pitting overall. 1-pc ivory stocks are too small for grip frame though they fit fairly well. Right stock has long “putty” repair as seen in photographs. SNs are discernible and matching on bbl, frame and trigger guard. Large “44” that appears orig is stamped forward of patent dates on left side of frame that can be seen in photos. Cylinder is correct style but has no SN. Backstrap appears to be replaced, is artificially colored and has no SN. Hammer has had rim fire blade replaced with a center fire pin but still has projection on top to fire rim fire cartridges too. Bbl has been cut from its orig 7-1/2 length and a short blade front sight was fabricated and attached. Lettered from Colt in 1964 states gun was 44 Cal. and shipped to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham June 25, 1877. Bbl length, finish and stocks were not listed. 4-53959 JS28 (2,500-4,500) – Lot 3133

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3134

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 168225. Cal. 38. Blue and color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line block letter address with “38 W.C.F.” roll marked on left side. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “41″ just in front of frame. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with Rampant Colt hard rubber grips that have last 4 digits of matching SN scratched inside each grip. According to factory letter, this gun was shipped to E.K. Tryon in Phildelphia, PA on November 24, 1896. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Tommy Rholes. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl and ejector housing retain 30% thinning orig blue with balance mostly plum; frame retains about 20% muted case colors scattered among areas of staining and light pitting; screws are fine and retain most of their orig blue; hammer retains about 50% bright case colors with balance stained and pitted matching frame; cyl retains traces of blue in protected areas with balance mostly a plum patina; trigger guard and backstrap retain strong traces of orig blue finish in protected areas; grips are sound and well fit, showing light edge wear and light diamond point wear. Mechanics are fine, smooth bore with crisp rifling and light pitting. 4-50614 JS183 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 3134

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3135
Revised: 10/2/2014

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*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY WITH MONTANA HISTORY.

SN 200988. 41 Cal. 4-3/4″ bbl with 2-line Hartford address. Front sight has been partially trimmed as can be seen in photographs for sighting. Roll stamped on left side of bbl “41COLT”. Inscribed on backstrap and buttstrap “OXBOW RANCH TOP HAND J.R.D. 1901”. Left side of frame marked with 3 patent dates in 2-lines and rampant Colt motif. Appears all orig and complete. Factory letter states gun was shipped to Simmons Hardware in St. Louis, MO October 18, 1900 in 41 Cal., 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, stocks not listed. There is a file of correspondence concerning this gun and a cowboy named James William Follis who was sheriff of Billings County, MT from 1899-1903. He owned a ranch on the bend of the Little Missouri River known as “The Little Oxbow”. PROVENANCE: Lewis Yearout 1992. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good overall. Bbl retains about 20-30% orig blue finish especially in protected area along ejector. Ejector housing retains about 40% orig finish. Strong traces of orig finish are found in flutes of cylinder and small traces are found on trigger guard and back strap. Remainder is gray/silver with sharp markings and all matching SNs. 2-pc ivory grips accompanying gun fit fairly well with good patina. Functions well with good discernible rifling and bore. 4-53955 JS29 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 3135

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3136

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH CARVED STEER HEAD PEARL STOCKS.

SN 356776. 38 Cal. 4-3/4″ bbl. This gun conforms with 2-line bbl address on left side of bbl “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY 38 SPECIAL”. Left side of frame correctly marked with 2-lines of 3-patent date and rampant Colt motif. Purchased from Holter Hardware in 1940 for about $35.00 by the Agricultural Vice resident of the Montana Bank in Helena, MT. He had this gun fitted with adjustable rear sights and a raised ramp front sight which are still present on this gun. Factory letter does not specify stocks but stocks fit very well and appear to be factory. PROVENANCE: S. C. Ashby, Helena, MT 1940. Shirley Ashby. Lewis Yearout 1966. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Gun retains most of its orig blue and muted case colors though the addition of the high ramp front sight has removed about 15% of blue finish on bbl. Stocks are fine with several small edge chips on left smooth grip. Mechanics are fully functional and bore is crisp and shiny. 4-53943 JS51 (3,000-4,000) – Lot 3136

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3137

*COLT BISLEY IDENTIFIED TO KANSAS AND CALIFORNIA RANCHER BILL SHLEPPY.

SN 229436. 32-20 Cal. Blue finish with 4-3/4″ bbl. This gun conforms to other standard Bisley model single action revolvers with 2-line bbl address with full front sight, left side stamped “(BISLEY MODEL) 32 W.C.F.”. Mfg in 1902. Gun is mounted with 2-pc Colt medallion hard rubber grips carved in bottom of grips “Bill Shleppey”. There are a couple letters written by George Thomas Shleppy telling of his grandfather William Thomas Shleppy who as a young man hunted Buffalo with the famous Bill Cody and was a law enforcement officer both in the territory and later the state of Kansas and his father, William John Shleppy who was a rancher in the San Joaquin Valley who gave him the gun in 1931. In 1932-1935 George Shleppy carried his grandfather and father’s gun while flying airmail in Mexico. He later carried this gun while working as an airline pilot for Guatemalan airlines where he flew in Mexico and Central America until 1948. This gun orig had an alligator holster and belt that G. T. Shleppy had made in Mexico in 1932 which is pictured in file of provenance and bill of sale in 1990 to Wayne Yearout. PROVENANCE: William Thomas Shleppy. William John Shleppy. George Thomas Shleppy 1931. Wayne Yearout 1990. Lewis Yearout 1990. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good overall with good action and well defined bore. Appears all orig and matching. Brown/gray overall with traces of orig blue finish found in protected areas of bbl, ejector housing, flutes of cyl, trigger guard and buttstrap. Stocks are sound and solid and name cut into buttstock is easily discernible and well patinaed. 4-53936 JS53 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 3137

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3138

SCARCE COLT BURGESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 2841. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 25-1/2″ oct bbl, full magazine, nickel silver front sight, Colt semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Left side of receiver has the Rampant Colt roll marking. Mounted with uncheckered, slab-sawed American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Buttstock is not numbered however the buttplate has matching serial number. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were 6,403 Burgess arms produced 1883-1885 of which only 3,810 were rifles. Although this rifle was a valid competitor to the Winchester 1873, Colt stopped production after only 21 months. Apparently reaching an agreement with Winchester wherein Colt would stop production of lever action rifles if Winchester refrained from manufacturing handguns. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching except buttstock, as noted, however there is no doubt that this stock is orig to this rifle. Bbl & magazine tube retain 65-70% thin orig brown finish and the receiver 30-40% orig blue; lever & hammer retain faded case colors. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and overall retains a smooth hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp; strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-47900 JR111 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3138

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3139

VERY RARE ENGRAVED COLT BURGESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 1913. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with post-market engraving, 25-1/2″ rnd bbl, full magazine, nickel silver Rocky Mountain front sight and Colt semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, slab sawed American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver is very nicely engraved in New York style contemporary to the age of the rifle. Engraving consists of foliate arabesque patterns with fine pearled background and flourishes over the top & bottom edges and top tang along with the buttplate tang. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 44 with round bbl, shipped to J.P. Moores Sons, New York, NY on Jun. 13, 1885. The letter also notes “no mention was made in our records that this rifle was engraved when originally shipped from our factory”. Also accompanying is Mr. Yearout’s inventory record which identifies this rifle and states that he purchased it from Roger Tice of Mayock, NC in Apr. 1965. Another Yearout note reiterates the above information. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Fair to good. The metal retains a smooth, even, plummy/brown patina, lightly cleaned over the engraving on the sides of the receiver. The buttstock was apparently shattered and now shows extensive repair with areas of wood putty fill; forearm is missing a sliver from the right bbl channel and has a small crack on the left side but is sound over the loading gate spring area and overall the wood is a cleaned finish. Mechanics are fine; strong dark bore. 4-53910 (6,000-9,000) – Lot 3139

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3140

SCARCE COLT BURGESS LEVER ACTION SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 5115. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Scarce carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and orig reverse mounted carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring and the Rampant Colt roll marking. Mounted with unchecked American walnut with single bbl band and straight stock with smooth carbine buttplate with trap containing an orig Colt 4-pc brass & steel cleaning rod. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, there were 2,593 carbines of which 1,621 were standard carbines, and 972 produced as “baby” carbines with lightened frame & bbl. This carbine weighs 8 lbs, 1 oz. There was a total of 6,403 Burgess arms produced 1883-1885. There is considerable speculation as to why Colt stopped production after such a short period of time, when they had gone to such expense to tool up a production line. Theories abound as to the reasoning, but the most plausible is that Winchester, sensing severe competition to their Model 1873 line, approached Colt with the threat that they would begin production of handguns, which they had already designed and built prototypes. Apparently Colt acquiesced and ceased production, and Winchester shelved their handgun line. Accompanied by a copy of Mr. Yearout’s Collection inventory card which shows he purchased this carbine in Jun. 1961 from Mr. Tim Hinkle of Daly City, CA. Also accompanied by a copy of a letter from Mr. Hinkle wherein he states that it (this carbine) was in the bank guards’ arsenal in the Central Trust Co. of Cincinnati, OH. A note from Mr. Yearout states that Mr. Hinkle had obtained this carbine from a Butte, MT bank and that it had previously come from Cincinnati as noted above. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain most of their orig factory brown finish with some wear spots near the muzzle ends; receiver retains traces of blue in the most sheltered areas being mostly a blue/brown patina. Stock & forearm have nicks & scratches, a gouge in the forearm with a couple of small slivers missing by the top tang at the receiver, otherwise wood is sound, even the forearm over the loading gate spring area. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore. Cleaning rod is extremely fine. Carbine shows very little use. 4-53911 JR54 (5,000-7,000) – Lot 3140

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3141

RARE COLT BURGESS LEVER ACTION BABY CARBINE.

SN 5377. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Usual configuration with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and reverse mounted carbine ladder rear sight. Bbl has standard 2-line markings. Left side of frame has a staple and ring along with the Rampant Colt monogram. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut and straight stock and carbine buttplate with trap containing two pieces of an orig Colt brass and steel cleaning rod. Buttstock is unmarked and buttplate has the matching serial number inside the toe. Although buttstock appears to be unnumbered it may simply be obscured by oil staining or worn away from the front face where it would normally be found. It fits extremely well and leaves little doubt that it has been with this rifle virtually all of its working life. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter which identifies this carbine in cal 44-40 with 20″ bbl, nickel finish, type of stock not listed, and shipped to Hartley & Graham, New York New York, on February 9, 1884 in a 10 gun shipment. This carbine weighs 5-1/2 lbs versus the 7-1/2 lbs of a standard carbine. The Burgess Arms line was very brief with only about 6,403 rifles and carbines produced in the period 1883-1885. There is no information recorded as to why, after spending a substantial amount of money tooling up for this line, that Colt halted production after such a short run. It is firmly believed by most Colt and Winchester students that when Colt began producing lever action rifles Winchester simply displayed to them Winchester’s line of handguns, which they would not produce if Colt stopped production of rifles and carbines. Apparently a deal was struck and Colt stopped production after only these few rifles and carbines were made and Winchester never started production of handguns. According to Flaydermans Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 972 Baby Carbines produced and of that total only 216 were nickel plated, truly making this one of the most rare of Colt firearms. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 50-60% orig nickel with the balance cleaned to bright metal and scattered spots of pitting. Magazine tube also retains about 60% orig nickel with the balance cleaned bright metal and with spots of pitting. Receiver retains about 60-65% orig nickel, mostly on the left side, top and bottom edges. Right side is mostly cleaned bright metal with fine pitting. Left side is strong bright nickel mixed with pimpling. Hammer retains traces of nickel. Lever also retains traces of nickel with pitting on outer face. Buttplate retains nickel on the tang with the balance cleaned bright metal. Forearm has one crack over the loading gate area and a small chip by the top tang with an old ding in the comb and a gouge on left side of wrist, otherwise wood is sound with usual nicks, dings and scratches and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with frosty pitting. 4-53746 JR252 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3141

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3142

RARE COLT LIGHTNING LARGE FRAME PUMP ACTION BABY CARBINE.

SN 969. Cal. 40-60-260. Standard grade carbine with 22″ light weight, tapered rnd bbl, full magazine, magazine band at the muzzle, barleycorn front sight and a Lyman 6A folding rear sight with one broken blade. Left side of receiver has the Rampant Colt roll marking. Bottom tang has a factory sling swivel and the magazine tube has a factory sling band, missing the swivel. Mounted with uncheckered American walnut buttstock that has smooth steel carbine buttplate. The 2-pc forearm is double Schnable with checkering. Weight just under 8 lbs. Accompanied by Mr. Yearout’s Collection inventory card which shows that he purchased this carbine in Jun. 1973 from Ron Lippold of Oshkosh, WI. Also accompanied by a copy of the orig bill of sale. According to various publications there were 6,496 large frame lightning firearms produced 1887-1894, of which very few were Baby Carbines. While these Colt rifles & carbines were very efficient, by the time they were in production the era of the heavy rifles was drawing to a close in favor of the lighter, handier lever action rifles. Lightning rifles never reached the popularity to make them a viable contender to the Winchester or Marlin lever actions. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Good. Traces of orig finish remain in the most sheltered areas being mostly a cleaned grey metal patina; stock has repairs by the top tang, otherwise the wood is sound showing heavy wear with light nicks & dings. Mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with light pitting. 4-53872 JR39 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 3142

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3143

SCARCE COLT LARGE FRAME LIGHTNING PUMP ACTION RIFLE.

SN 6270. Cal. 38-56-255. Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, gold bead Marbles Sheard front sight, Colt semi-buckhorn rear sight and mid-range vernier tang sight. Sight base is marked “WS” which is code for the Winchester Model 90, and has had the 3″ vernier staff added. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with checkered double Schnable 2-pc forearm and uncheckered straight stock with crescent buttplate. Left sides of the top & bottom tangs and inside buttplate are marked with matching serial number. Left side of receiver has the Rampant Colt roll marking. Buttstock has a screw hole on the bottom, probably for an old sling swivel. Accompanied by a copy of Mr. Yearout’s Collection inventory card which shows that he purchased this rifle in Mar. 1997 from Jerry Marsh of Kalispell, MT. According to various publications there were 6,496 large frame Lightning arms produced in the period 1887-1894 in both rifles and two styles of carbines with both oct & rnd bbls. Although the Lightning rifle was efficient and accurate, by the time they were in production the era of the big bore rifle was waning and they could not compete with the already well established lever action rifles. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Good, all matching. Bbl retains about 75% dull orig blue showing sharp edge wear and an area of very fine rust about mid-point, probably from where an old sling was around the bbl; receiver retains 60-70% thin orig blue showing wear on the bottom to silver metal patina; forearm has a deep scratch and chips around the rear edge with usual handling & use marks on the wood; buttstock retains a hand worn patina and the forearm about 70% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; strong bore, frosty & dark in the grooves. 4-53871 JR40 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3143

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3144

RARE COLT LIGHTING MEDIUM FRAME BABY PUMP ACTION SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 28454. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 20″ tapered light weight rnd bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and reverse mounted carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple and ring and the Rampant Colt monogram. Mounted with straight grain American walnut, including a 2-pc checkered double schnable forearm and straight stock with carbine buttplate. The metal has full nickel finish, which is extremely unusual, probably destined for an order in Central or South America. Underneath side of top tang has matching serial number with last 4-digits of matching number inside of toe of buttplate. Front face of buttstock has a partially visible 3-digit numbers that appears to be “116”. Where the last 2 digits would be is a missing chip. Although the buttstock may be mismatched it has all the appearance of having been mounted during the working life of this carbine. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter which identifies this carbine with medium frame and as a “BABY”. It shows that it was in cal 44 CLMR (44 WCF) with 20″ bbl, nickel finish, wood stocks, shipped to Hartley & Graham, New York New York, June 15, 1888 in a 10 gun shipment. Weight: 5.340 lbs versus the 6-1/4 lbs of the standard carbine. According to Flaydermans Guide to Antique American Firearms there were 89,707 medium framed rifles and carbines produced during the period 1884-1902. Standard rifles and carbines predominate with only a few made as “Baby” carbines. Of those few carbines extremely few had full nickel finish. The Lighting rifles & carbines were probably more popular outside the U.S. than domestically. It is likely that this carbine was part of an order bound for Central or South America. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl, magazine tube and slide bar retain virtually all of their strong, orig nickel finish. Receiver retains about 30% orig nickel, having been cleaned and worn to a gray metal patina. Wood is sound with a few light nicks and scratches with the buttstock being a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are a little balky but function well. Bright shiny bore with some light orange peel erosion. 4-53745 JR253 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3144

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3145

SCARCE COLT MEDIUM FRAME LIGHTNING PUMP ACTION RIFLE WITH SAN FRANCISCO POLICE MARKING.

SN SFP261 & 83361. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine, nickel silver Rocky Mountain front sight and Colt semi-buckhorn rear sight. Left side of receiver has the Rampant Colt roll marking and it is made without safety using only the safety notch of the hammer. Bottom tang is marked “S.F.P. 261”. The rifle serial number is marked on the left side of the top & bottom tangs under the wood. Last four digits of matching number are found on front face of buttstock and inside buttplate. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, only 401 of these rifles were produced and delivered in Jun. 1898. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with 2-pc, single Schnable forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate. While examples of this scarce order of Lightning rifles are occasionally encountered, they are rarely in virtually unused condition as this one. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, all matching. Overall retains about all of its crisp orig factory finish with only light sharp edge wear on the receiver and a couple of small nicks. Wood is sound with a few light handling & storage dings and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore, appears to be new & unfired retaining all of its orig finish on the loading gate & bolt face. 4-47906 JR102 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3145

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3146

*RARE ENGRAVED DELUXE SMALL FRAME COLT LIGHTNING PUMP ACTION RIFLE.

SN 75807. Cal. 22. Usual configuration with 24″ tapered oct bbl, half magazine, Marbles #6 front sight missing it’s bead, Lyman 6A 2-leaf rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with checkered, slab-sawed American walnut with single Schnable forearm and straight stock that has Colt hard rubber buttplate. Receiver is beautifully period engraved in very elaborate style with full coverage on the receiver consisting of the vignette of a national capitol building that may be the U.S. Capitol with flag flying from the dome, a church building with two turrets on the right side of the Capitol Building and what is probably a parliament style office building on the left side. There is a fountain and pool in the foreground. Each end of this vignette is engraved with an elaborate flower blossom with leaves and all surrounded by incredibly fine foliate arabesque patterns. Right side of the receiver is similarly engraved with the vignette of an ocean going steam ship, a sail boat and small fishing boat with a small house on the shore in the left background. The nickeled brass loading gate is very nicely engraved also. Matching engraving patterns extend over the top of the frame and dustcover along with both top & bottom tangs. Bottom of the receiver is engraved with the small vignette of a body of water with hills in the background. Chamber area of the bbl is engraved with large “V” patterns. Left side of the upper tang, under the wood is marked with matching serial number. Buttstock has the number “6105” on it’s front edge. Bottom of the stock and bottom flat of the bbl have sling swivel stud screw holes. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 22, bbl length not listed, blue finish and walnut stocks shipped to M. Hartley Co. / NY, NY on Mar. 24,1903 in a ten gun shipment. No mention is made of the checkered wood or engraving. Also accompanied by a copy of Mr. Yearout’s inventory record card which shows that he purchased this rifle in Apr. 1970 from renown dealer/collector James Goergen of Austin, MN. Another note from Mr. Yearout states that this rifle was reputed to have been purchased from the estate of Senor Fillippi Lopez Netto who was the Brazilian minister to the U.S. in the 1880s. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 90% blue/brown finish with freckles & spots of light rust; receiver retains virtually all of its orig blue turned plum; stock is missing a couple of slivers near the top tang, otherwise wood is sound; stock, probably an old replacement retains most of its orig finish showing dulling from handling & use. Forearm is sound and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are a little stiff but functional, bright shiny bore with a ring about 4″ from the muzzle that is only slightly visible on the outside. 4-53909 JR29 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3146

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3147
Revised: 9/18/2014

Additional Information: James T. Lockwood served as a clerk to Asst. Attorney Genearl of Rhode Island Samual P. Colt and also during Colt’s service as Attorney General. It is a fact that Lockwood and Colt were colleagues in the field of Law from 1883-1887.

SCARCE CASED PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1877 LIGHTNING SHERIFF’S MODEL DA REVOLVER.

SN 55499. Cal. 38 Colt. Nickel finish with 3-1/2″ bbl, integral half moon front sight and 2-line address. Left side of bbl has a faintly visible etched panel “COLT D.A. 38”. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and it is mounted with 2-pc hard rubber grips, pencil numbered to this revolver. Backstrap is inscribed in flowing block letters “JAS. T. LOCKWOOD, Esq., / COMPLIMENTS OF SAMAL. P. COLT / MAY 25/86”. Samuel Pomeroy Colt (1852-1921) was the nephew to his famous uncle, Samuel Colt who founded the Colt Firearms Dynasty. In 1875, at age 23 he was appointed military aide-de-camp to the Rhode Island governor and commissioned a colonel in the Rhode Island Militia. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1876. That same year he was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives and in 1879 became assistant attorney general. In 1881 he was elected Rhode Island attorney general in which capacity he served four terms. In 1886 he founded the Industrial Trust Co., a financial organization where he served as its president until 1908. The company later became the Industrial National Bank, then Fleet Bank, and finally was merged into the Bank of America. In 1887 he was appointed as a receiver for the bankrupt National Rubber Co. which he reorganized and reopened in 1888 as the National India Rubber Co. In 1892 he merged that company and several others to form the United States Rubber Co. which later became Uniroyal. He served as president of that company from 1901-1918 when he became chairman of the board. He ran, unsuccessfully for governor of Rhode Island in 1903 and for U.S. Senate in 1905. He died Aug. 13, 1921. Accompanied by its orig black Moroccan leather covered beveled edged case that has red satin lining in the lid with black velvet in the bottom which is recessed for the revolver and a cleaning rod, which is missing. Left front corner has a red satin lined covered compartment and it has a red & white braided border with nickeled latches. Also accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal 38 Colt, with 3-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, type of stock not listed and shipped to S.P. Colt, address unavailable on May 27, 1886 in a 3-gun shipment. A Google search disclosed no information regarding James T. Lockwood. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including grips. Overall retains about 96-97% restored nickel finish with a flaked spot on the bbl; trigger & hammer retain about 50% fire blue finish as do the screw heads. Grips are crisp. Mechanics are a little balky. The double action function does not appear to travel far enough to release, although it does work fine on single action. May just need cleaning. Strong bore with moderate pitting. Case shows moderate to heavy wear with some tattering along the corners & edges; satin lining is fine with bright color; black felt is lightly stained & soiled. 4-53533 JR83 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3147

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3148

*RARE MODEL 1877 COLT 32 CALIBER “RAINMAKER”.

SN 112933. 32 Cal. 4-1/2″ rnd bbl with 2-line address and roll engraved on left side “COLT DA 32”. Proper blade front sight has been slightly trimmed. Colt Lightnings made in 32 Cal. are quite rare with no more than 200 estimated in total production of almost 167,000 guns marketed originally as “Lightnings” in 38 Cal, “Thunderers” in 41 Cal and the rarely seen “Rainmaker” in 32 Cal. This gun appears orig and complete with matching SNs found on frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Bbl is stamped with a small “32” on bottom at base of bbl. Left side of frame is stamped with 3-lines of patent dates and rampant Colt motif in circle. Gun is fitted with 2-pc mother of pearl grips which fit gun nicely with no gaps. Based on SN this gun was made in 1899. PROVENANCE: Donn Heath, Ft. Worth, TX. Lewis Yearout 1974. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Gun overall is gray/brown with pitting overall and scattered scratches and blemishes as can be seen in photograph. There are traces of finish found in protected areas of backstrap, trigger guard, bbl and frame. Markings are all well defined and discernible. Front sight has been trimmed in height to about 2/10″ high as can be seen in photos. Mechanically functioning with crisp well discerned bore with pitting. 4-53937 JS71 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3148

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3149

RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1878 SHERIFF’S MODEL DA REVOLVER.

SN 5942. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4″ bbl, made without ejector, full front sight and 2-line address. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips and has a lanyard swivel in the butt. Revolver has full coverage engraving, probably by master engraver Cuno Helfricht in foliate arabesque and geometric patterns. Top of the backstrap hump is engraved with a foliate pattern. Lands between the flutes on the cyl are engraved in matching patterns. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver with 4″ bbl, nickel finish, pearl grips and factory engraved, shipped to J. P. Lower Co., Denver, CO. May 28, 1881 in a two gun shipment. Also accompanied by Mr. Yearout’s Collection Inventory card which shows that he purchased this revolver from Jack Dron Jr. of Ojai, CA on Dec. 1971. A type written note by Mr. Yearout states that Mr. Dron apparently was going to sell him two such engraved guns but one was stolen. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, only about 200 of these rare revolvers were factory engraved. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains 50-60% orig nickel with the loss areas a grey metal patina; trigger & hammer retain strong fire blue on the rear edges. Left grip has a large chip near the toe, otherwise grips are sound showing great fire. Mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with a couple of spots of pitting. 4-53877 JR84 (10,000-20,000) – Lot 3149

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3150

COLT MODEL 1878 “OMNIPOTENT” DOUBLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 4795. 45 Cal. Among the true rarities of Colt Frontier era guns are the double action Colt 45 revolvers sold only by Kittredge & Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio with etched bbl markings “OMNIPOTENT”. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl. Full front sight & 1-line block letter address with crisp etched panel “OMNIPOTENT” on the left side. SN is found on the butt and on rear face of cylinder with last 3 digits of serial number. Rampant Colt hard rubber grips each have SN scratched inside. Left side front trigger bow web is stamped 45CAL. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Gun conforms to other model 1878s with lanyard stud and loop in butt. Factory letter states gun finished in nickel, 7-1/2″ bbl 45 Cal., rubber grips and bbl marked “Omnipotent”; shipped to Kittredge January 2, 1881. There is a good article from the Colt Collectors Association newsletter written in the summer of 1997 by Don Wilkerson that details this model also noting all known shipments of “Omnipotent” guns to Kittredge. He further states the “OMNIPOTENT” bbl marking was created by Benjamin Kittredge who ordered the markings applied to 45 caliber model 1878 revolvers only sold by his firm and is the only non-caliber marking ever etched on any Colt model other than “Colt Frontier Six Shooter” on Single Actions. This marking was applied for The Kittredge Co. from Aug. 1878 to May 1882 with an estimated 154 revolvers so marked. According to correspondence in file of provenance from Lewis Yearout only 9 of these guns were known by SN and 2 had cut bbls. This information from article written in 1995 (submitted to Gun Report for publication) by Lewis Yearout which we don’t believe was published. John Parsons in his book The Peacemaker and its Rivals pictures on pg 72 a copy of an August 31, 1878 ad in the Army and Navy Journal for Kittredge listing this 45 Cal. Omnipotent priced at a hefty $25.00, almost $10.00 more than a Colt SAA. This is a fine example of an “Omnipotent” revolver that appears orig, complete and authentic in every regard. PROVENANCE: Don Nichols. Lewis Yearout 1991. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Overall retains 60-70% orig nickel with etched panel being quite crisp and clear. Gun is gray where nickel is not present with numerous small scratches, dents and blemishes especially on left side of frame as can be seen in photographs. Last 3 digits on back of cylinder has inverted “5”. Matching assembly letter “S” is found on back of cylinder and bottom of bbl. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp, well defined rifling in bore. 4-53876 JS56 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 3150

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3151
Revised: 10/1/2014

James D. Julia Auctioneers complies with all federal laws and regulations (Please review our Ivory Position Statement): As per the President’s Executive Order of February 2014, this item with its ivory is legal to sell and buy provided there is an ESA “Antique Certification” document proving the age. You must purchase an ESA in order to take possession of the ivory. If you wish to acquire the ivory after you purchase this gun, you must hire John Sexton, who is an independent consultant with the appropriate qualifications to prepare ESA certifications accepted by government agencies. John’s address is: 1962 Portage Landing North, North Palm Beach, FL 33408. ESA statements prepared by John Sexton can be acquired for a cost of $1,500.00/each. It is the buyer’s responsibility to make payment to John for the ESA statements. The documents are prepared by John and not by James D. Julia Auctioneers. Once the ESA statement is prepared and provided to Julia’s, you can have the ivory mounts. Be sure to keep a copy of your ESA certificate for your records also.

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*COLT MODEL 1878 FRONTIER SIX-SHOOTER DA REVOLVER AND ITHACA DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN THAT BELONGED TO DEPUTY SHERIFF T.J. CAHILL OF JOHNSON COUNTY, WYOMING WHO ASSISTED AT THE HANGING OF NOTORIOUS RANGE DETECTIVE TOM HORN.

These two firearms belonged to Johnson County, Wyoming Deputy Sheriff Thomas Joseph “T. Joe” Cahill who was a family friend of infamous Indian scout, tracker and range detective Tom Horn. Cahill was born in 1877 in Wyoming Territory and died in 1965 in Cheyenne. On November 20, 1903 Tom Horn was hanged for shooting a 14 year old boy named Willie Nickell, a crime which to this day is still disputed in Wyoming and other circles. It was never proven that Horn actually killed the boy but his reputation was so fearsome that the jury found him guilty anyway. He was reputed to have killed 30 to 50 men in a short period time, all homesteaders who were accused of cattle rustling by the large ranchers. Horn was employed by the Cattlemen’s Association and, in particular, the Iron Mountain Ranch and John Coble. Horn had requested that his friends, Deputy Sheriffs Proctor and Cahill escort him to the gallows, which they did and Horn was hanged with a rope he had braided himself in his cell while waiting for the appeals process to be completed. Cahill went on to become the Executive Secretary of the Dude Rancher’s Association headed up by Larry Larom who owned Valley Ranch outside of Cody, WY and was the first dude rancher in the country. Cahill was also very active in the rodeo circles, including the Madison Square Garden Rodeo 1928-1933. He then became Chief of Police in Cheyenne, 1934-1940. As of this writing no additional information is available regarding T. Joe Cahill. At one time these firearms were part of a large display of Cahill’s badges and accouterments, including a letter on Iron Mountain Ranch Company letterhead, a pair of boots inlaid “T Joe” and a small piece of the rope with which Tom Horn was hanged. The location of those articles are currently unknown but may have been destroyed in the Yearout house fire. 1) SN 22083. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly reduced front sight and 2-line address with etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on the left side. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” and left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Butt of grip has a factory lanyard swivel. Mounted with 2-pc Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Backstrap is engraved “T.J.C.”, the initials of Deputy Cahill. 2) SN 123611. Cal. 16 ga. A-grade Ithaca double bbl boxlock hammer shotgun with 28″ Damascus bbls & double ivory beads with extractors. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with checkered splinter forearm and Prince of Wales round knob stock with Ithaca Gun Co. monogrammed hard rubber buttplate. Top tang is engraved identically “T.J.C.” as the revolver. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: 1) Very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Bbl & ejector housing retain about 92-93% strong orig blue with sharp, completely legible etched panel. Frame retains about 80% orig blue, showing edge wear and the rest of the losses from chemical staining. Backstrap is mostly a gray patina. Cyl is a blue gray patina. Grips are sound, showing light diamond point wear, turned chocolate on left side. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore, shows very little actual use. 2) Very fine, all matching. Bbls retain 97-98% strong orig Damascus pattern with some slight thinning and light surface rust over the forearm area. Receiver retains about 60% strong case colors turned silver on the bottom and on the fences. Wood is sound with a couple small dings and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bores. 4-53939 JR273 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3151

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3152
Revised: 10/1/2014

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EXTREMELY RARE COLT MODEL 1878 “OMNIPOTENT” REVOLVER.

SN 4924. 45 Cal. Among the true rarities of Colt Frontier era guns are the double action revolvers sold only by Kittredge & Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio with etched bbl markings “OMNIPOTENT”. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl cut to about 4-3/4″. Replaced front sight & 1-line block letter address with panel “OMNIPOTENT” on the left side. SN is found on the butt and on rear face of cylinder with last 3 digits of serial number. Two piece ivory grips. Left side front trigger bow web is stamped 45CAL. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Gun conforms to other model 1878s with lanyard stud and loop in butt. Factory letter states gun finished in nickel, 7-1/2″ bbl 45 Cal., rubber grips and bbl marked “Omnipotent”; shipped to Kittredge January 22, 1881. There is a good article from the Colt Collectors Association newsletter written in the summer of 1997 by Don Wilkerson that details this model also noting all known shipments of “Omnipotent” guns to Kittredge. He further states the “OMNIPOTENT” bbl marking was created by Benjamin Kittredge who ordered the markings applied to 45 caliber model 1878 revolvers only sold by his firm and is the only non-caliber marking ever etched on any Colt model other than “Colt Frontier Six Shooter” on Single Actions. This marking was applied for The Kittredge Co. from Aug. 1878 to May 1882 with an estimated 154 revolvers so marked. According to correspondence in file of provenance from Lewis Yearout only 9 of these guns were known by SN and 2 had cut bbls including this gun. This information from article written in 1995 (submitted to Gun Report for publication) by Lewis Yearout which we don’t believe was published. John Parsons in his book The Peacemaker and its Rivals pictures on p. 72 a copy of an August 31, 1878 ad in the Army and Navy Journal for Kittredge listing this 45 Cal. Omnipotent priced at a hefty $25.00, almost $10.00 more than an SAA is found. This is a fine example of an “Omnipotent” revolver with 4-3/4″ bbl, ivory stocks with well discerned etched panel. PROVENANCE: Judge Robert Holter, Libby, MT. Lewis Yearout 1982. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall retaining about 40% nickel finish to bbl, ejector housing and cyl. Frame retains 10-20% orig finish with balance gray. Trigger guard retains about 80% orig nickel with gray/brown patina. Ejector housing has different patina as does side plate but both fit gun well. Replaced German silver sight has lower profile than the orig sight. Functionally gun works part of the time usually indexing cyl but not cocking hammer every time. Etched panel is all discernible though first letter is partly obliterated as can be seen in photos. Ivory stocks fit fairly well with fair patina. Rifling is sharp and discernible with pitting. 4-53961 JS57 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3152

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3153

*COLT MODEL 1878 SHERIFF’S MODEL DA REVOLVER.

SN 51195. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue finish with 4″ bbl, made without ejector. Has full front sight and 2-line address with cal marking on left side. Left rear side of frame has Rampant Colt in broken circle. Mounted with 2-pc Rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to another revolver on the inside. Assembly number “25” is found on the left side of grip frame under the grip and on the loading gate. Cyl has the assembly number “952”. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying revolver as: .45 cal, 4″ bbl, blue finish, shipped to Chas J. Godfrey Company, New York, NY on August 19, 1905 with 39 guns of same type in this shipment. PROVENANCE: Paul Sorrell (2002); Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 80-85% strong, glossy orig blue slightly thin on the left side. Frame retains about 93-95% strong, glossy orig blue with light edge wear. Cyl retains 92-94% orig blue, strong in flutes, slightly thin on outer diameter. Grips are sound, turned chocolate and showing light diamond point wear with some gouges on left side. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-51937 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3153

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3155

COLT MODEL 1878 SHERIFFS MODEL FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER DA REVOLVER.

SN 1868. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 4″ bbl, thinned front sight and 2-line address with etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on the left side. Left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 CF”. Mounted with 2-pc Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Accompanied by a period, unmarked, single loop holster with brass tack decorations on the loop. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains about 90% restored nickel finish with re-etched panel on bbl. Grips show heavy wear, especially on right side. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with good rifling and fine frosting. Holster is completely sound, showing heavy wear. 4-53754 JR197 (3,000-4,500) – Lot 3155

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3156

LONDON MODEL 1878 “FRONTIER” DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 3700. 450 Boxer. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 1-line “COLT’S PT F A MFG CO HARTFORD CT USA DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON” address. There is a lanyard swivel in the butt and the left front web of the trigger guard bow is marked “45CAL/B”. Mounted with diamond checkered 2-pc walnut grips that have the number “139″ penciled inside each. Loading gate exhibits last 3-digits of SN “700″. The last three digits of the SN are also found on rear face of cylinder and bottom of bbl under ejector assembly. Small British proofs are found on bottom of bbl and cyl. Cyl pin is correct dimpled variety. Hammer has bright polished sides with bright fire blued top & rear edges. Trigger is also fire blued as are screws. Of the more than 51,000 models 1878 produced only a few shipped to England were marked with the Pall Mall address. PROVENANCE: Bill McPherron, Murray Utah. Lewis Yearout 1967. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very fine overall. Matching except grips as noted. Overall retains about 98% nickel plating with scattered scratches and small blemishes with area of light pitting on left side of frame. Face of hammer, trigger and screws retain much of their orig blue. Grips are fine showing light diamond point wear with a few dents and scrapes, retaining 90%+ orig varnish; they do fit perfectly and apparently have been with the revolver most of its life. Mechanics function partially and gun will not hold on full cock every time. Bright shiny bore. 4-53953 JS70 (1,500-2,000) – Lot 3156

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3156a

HEISER DENVER TOOLED GUN RIG FOR 7-1/2″ COLT SAA.

This florally tooled buck stitched gun rig is signed on holster “HEISER DENVER” with part number “724”. Extra wide 3-1/2″ tooled belt contains a single row of 37 rawhide reinforced 45 cal bullet loops. Belt and holster are fully tooled and large silver plated 2-1/2″ square buckle is fully engraved with flowing geometric design. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Holster is sound and solid retaining most of its orig brown color with storage scuffs and scratches; gun strap is intact with a Heiser logo-ed snap button; male portion of snap attached to holster is broken off. Belt is decorated with similar full coverage with crazing and cracking; internal leather veneer is mostly intact with worn and torn areas; tongue has wear and scuffing but is still supple and complete. Buckle is detached. Belt is unsigned. 4-50776 JS203 (1,000-2,000) – Lot 3156a

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3157

*◊ EXTREMELY RARE HIGH CONDITION COLT MODEL 1905 SEMI-AUTO PISTOL WITH EQUALLY RARE ORIGINAL STOCK/HOLSTER.

SN 713. Cal. 45 ACP. Blue finish 5″ bbl, orig fixed sights with thin half-moon front sight and round top rear sight. Left side of slide has the 3rd type markings with “1905” patent date and Rampant Colt in circle at left rear. Right side of slide has standard markings. Backstrap is slotted for shoulder stock. Mounted with diamond checkered 2-pc walnut grips and accompanied by one orig magazine. Also accompanied by an orig black leather attachable holster/shoulder stock that has thong & brass stud latch with belt loop on the back. The attaching slide in the toe of the holster is of brass. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were 6,100 Model 1905 pistols built in the period 1905-1911, which less than 500 were produced with shoulder stocks, in two different batches. This Model pistol is the direct forerunner of the venerable Model 1911 which, in its many iterations, is still being produced today. It is also the first big bore semi-auto pistol purchased by the U.S. Government (200 in 1907). While there are a number of surviving examples, extraordinarily few are ever found with orig holster/stocks and almost never with high orig finish. This pistol, with its holster stock, is pictured as figure 22-1 on pg 1627 of The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols, Gortz & Sturgess. PROVENANCE: Henk Visser Collection; Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains about 96% glossy bright blue with light holster wear at the muzzle end of slide and faint sharp edge wear elsewhere with a few minor nicks and scratches on the slide. Trigger retains about 85% orig fire blue and hammer most of its orig strong case colors. Grips are sound with a couple small bruises on left side, shows very light diamond point wear and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, has been fired but very little. Magazine is equally new. Holster/stock shows edge wear on top of the flap with a few minor nicks and scratches and retains about 90% orig black finish. Interior is pristine. A truly rare and exceptional find. 4-52051 JR201 (17,500-27,500) – Lot 3157

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3158
Revised: 10/2/2014

James D. Julia Auctioneers complies with all federal laws and regulations (Please review our Ivory Position Statement): The ivory on this item is one hundred years old or more and is accompanied by an ESA attesting to this. When you purchase this firearm inclusive of ivory, we will receive the ESA statement. As per the President’s Executive Order of 2014, provided the ivory is over one hundred years old and can be proven by an ESA certification, it is legal to sell, buy, and export.

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*FINE COLT MODEL 1902 MILITARY SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

SN 35560. Cal. 38 ACP. Blue finish with 6″ bbl, fixed sights with slide stop on left side and a lanyard swivel in left heel. Mounted with 2-pc smooth factory ivory grips with deep left & right Colt medallions. This is a standard production model with rear slide serrations and spur type hammer. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were approx. 18,000 of these fine pistols produced in the period 1902-1929. However, they remained in service well into the 1950s with target shooters due to their reliability and inherent accuracy. They were ultimately supplanted by the advent of accurized 1911s and other newer model pistol. Accompanied by one orig, unmarked, all blue magazine. PROVENANCE: Jerry Fountain; Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Slide retains 93-95% glossy orig charcoal blue with front edge and sharp edge wear and some light thinning on left side; frame retains 96-98% glossy orig charcoal blue with only faint sharp edge wear; hammer retains about all of its orig bright case colors; grips are sound with one small age line and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. May have been fired but if so very little. 4-51975 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3158

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3159

*FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT 1908 AUTO PISTOL WITH MONTANA HISTORY.

SN 8428. 380 ACP. 3-3/4″ bbl. This is an intriguing gun with Colt factory inscription to “Otto Woge”. This gun has affidavit from grandson where it descended in the family from Judge Jere B. Leslie who was Superior Court Judge in Grand Rapids, MT for 29 years (and son of Territorial Governor Preston Leslie). This gun was given to Judge Leslie by Sheriff Robert “Bob” Gordon who was longtime sheriff of Cascade County. A quick search of court records shows that Sheriff Gordon was often in Judge Leslie’s court. How the sheriff obtained this gun might make an interesting research project. Otto Woge is found in North Dakota obit 1874-1958 and it would be interesting to find out how this custom factory Colt got from Mr. Woge to Sheriff Gordon to be later given to Judge Leslie. Regardless this is a wonderful first year production factory engraved gun with Colt pearl grips though not specifically mentioned in factory letter are undoubtedly orig. This gun conforms to other Colt model “M” hammerless 38 auto pistols with a 7-shot magazine marked “CALIBRE 380”. Slide is marked with 2-patent dates and address on left side slide and right side slide reads, “AUTOMATIC COLT” above “CALIBRE 380 HAMMERLESS”. Accompanying factory letter states 380 Cal. finish and stocks not listed, factory engraved “on the grip safety Otto Woge”, shipped to Woge Brothers address not available on March 19, 1912 in a 1-gun shipment. Gun is pictured on p. 343 of Colt Engraving by R.L. Wilson though photo states ivory grips which is a typo because grips are obviously pearl. PROVENANCE: Otto Woge 1912. Sheriff Robert Gordon, Cascade County, MT. Judge Jere B. Leslie, Great Falls, MT. Mrs. Charles R. Lowery 1925. Robert Lowery. Lewis Yearout 1973. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Gun retains about 95% of its orig bright blue finish with losses mostly at muzzle where there is some filing and repair at face of bottom of slide around recoil spring guide and tool marks are seen at end of flared bbl when slide is retracted. Rampant Colt logo at rear of slide is light where originally polished before engraving and there are numerous small scratches on left side of slide as can be seen in photograph. Mechanics are fine and bbl exhibits crisp, well defined rifling. 4-53887 JS69 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 3159

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3160
Revised: 10/1/2014

James D. Julia Auctioneers complies with all federal laws and regulations (Please review our Ivory Position Statement): The elephant ivory mounts on this item were in the country long before the January 8th, 1990’s CITE appendix. As per the President’s Executive Order of February 2014, this gun accompanied by an appropriate ESA Antique Certificate, it is legal to sell and buy.

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*EXTREMELY RARE ENGRAVED COLT PRE-WAR GOVERNMENT MODEL 38 SUPER MATCH SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

SN 17109. Cal. 38 Super. Blue finish with 5″ bbl, standard thick fixed front sight and Stevens adjustable rear sight. Left side of slide has standard markings with last patent date 1913. Right side of slide is marked “MATCH / COLT SUPER .38 / AUTOMATIC” along with the Rampant Colt. SN is in usual place on right side of frame. Trigger is checkered as are the slide stop, thumb safety and arched spring housing. It has its orig long spur grip safety and short wide hammer spur. Hammer appears to be nickel finished, which has been previously observed on other factory automatics. This pistol is elaborately engraved from the factory, probably by Wilbur Glahn with about 70-75% coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background. Mounted with factory smooth ivory grips and accompanied by one orig two-tone magazine with marked baseplate. Also accompanied by its orig hinged-lid, burgundy cardboard box with black and white end labels and a black and white over-label marked “ENGRAVED” and another tiny red and white over-label marked “IVORY”. Interior has a yellow and black over-label inside the lid “INSTRUCTION FOR ADJUSTING STEVENS REAR SIGHT”. Also included in the box is the orig gold and white with black lettering hang tag. Additionally accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter which identifies this pistol in cal 38 Super with 5″ bbl, blue finish, ivory stocks, and factory engraved, shipped to The Colt Company at the Camp Perry National Matches, Camp Perry, Ohio on August 26, 1935 in a one gun shipment to order #14359/2. Super 38 pistols in match configuration are very rare to begin with and engraved ones are extraordinarily rare. This may be a once in a lifetime chance to own such a pistol. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching, as new. Retaining virtually all of its crisp orig finish. May have been fired but if so very little. Grips are crisp, as are the mechanics. Bright shiny bore. Box has a compression fracture and repair in the top left front corner, shows edge wear with some minor burgundy paper losses. Interior is yellowed and lightly soiled. 4-51439 JR179 (40,000-60,000) – Lot 3160

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3161

RARE DIAMOND ENCRUSTED ILLINOIS POCKET WATCH AND CHAIN DOCUMENTED TO HAVE BELONGED TO INFAMOUS CHICAGO GANGSTER AL CAPONE.

Small triangular shaped 17 jewel, six-size, pocket watch, serial number 5281719. The movement has gold wheels and gold jewel cups. Face is platinum color with impressed gold numbers and gold hands. The entire circumference of the front bezel is set with small cut diamonds. The rear plate is mounted with a 5/8″ x 1/2″ oval which surrounds the letters “AC”, all of which are encrusted with cut diamonds. Accompanied by what is purported to be the orig silver colored watch chain from Mr. Al Capone. Chain is delicate, 13″, made of 3/8″ links connected by fine wire links. This watch was recently sold to consignor by Mr. Eric Griesa, who, in a notarized affidavit, states that he is the great-grandson of Alphonse G. Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947) and that he received this watch directly from his grandfather Albert Francis “Sonny” Capone (December 4, 1918 – July 8, 2007), who was the only child of Alphonse G. Capone. He states that Albert Francis had four children, all daughters, one of whom was Diane Patricia Capone Griesa, who was born January 14, 1944 and is Mr. Griesa’s mother. He further states that after the death of Albert Francis “Sonny” Capone another of his daughters, Barbara Capone Prince, a resident of California, “delivered the watch described below to me, along with other personal property that at one time was the personal property of my great grandfather, Alphonse G. Capone.” He further states that his great grandfather had given all of this material to his grandfather, who had instructed his daughter Barbara to give this property to Mr. Griesa upon the grandfather’s death. The description of the watch in the statement is as above, with the addition “This watch was purchased new by Alphonse Capone”. The affidavit is notarized and signed. Also accompanying are copies of two photographs of an elderly gentleman holding a baby which is captioned “Albert Francis “Sonny” Capone / Eric Griesa” and the other is of the same gentleman and baby with a man and woman, apparently Erick’s parents, with the additional caption of “Diane Griesa” included. PROVENANCE: Alphonse G. Capone; Capone Family Descendents. CONDITION: Fine. Watch will run, however it appears the mainspring is broken. The glass crystal is intact and the face is crisp and clean. Back of the watch shows light wear and scuffing with one small ding in a lower point. All the diamonds are intact. Chain is fine. 4-53666 JR237 (35,000-55,000) – Lot 3161

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3162

*CUSTOM COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL TARGET PISTOL DESCENDED FROM THE FAMILY OF AL CAPONE.

SN 279505-C. Cal 45 ACP. Blue finish with 5″ National Match bbl and a military National Match slide produced by Colt. Slide is mounted with Bo-Mar fully adjustable target sights. The commercial frame was produced in 1957. Mounted with diamond checkered walnut grips and has stippled frontstrap & spring housing with adjustable trigger, long spur grip safety and a replacement commercial hammer. This pistol was recently sold to consignor by Eric Griesa, who is a direct descent of Alphonse G. Capone, the infamous Chicago bootlegger/gangster. In a notarized affidavit, Mr. Eric Griesa states that this pistol, identified by serial number in the affidavit, was given directly to him by his grandfather, Albert Francis “Sonny” Capone, the only child of Al Capone, in 2006. He states that it has probably been in the Capone family since it was manufactured. Pistol is accompanied by one modern stainless steel magazine. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains about all of an old refinish. Grips show heavy wear with a crack on the right side. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-53667 JR238 (800-1,200) – Lot 3162

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3163

*PRESENTATION COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL SEMI-AUTO PISTOL FROM SAVAGE ARMS PRESIDENT A.C.BORIE IN 1917.

SN C88494. Cal. 45 ACP. Blue finish with 5″ military bbl and orig fixed sights. Lower left side of bbl is marked “COLT 45 AUTO” & has a small “P” proof on left side of lug with a “G” proof on bottom of bbl. Slide and frame have usual markings. Pistol is mounted with diamond checkered walnut grips and accompanied by one 2-tone, lanyard loop, orig military magazine. Also accompanied by a private purchase brown leather swivel holster. Holster has a short drop with brass flap closure stud and is missing the leg strap. Right side of slide is engraved in very fine script “Arthur T. Rush Q.M.C.N.A. / From A.E. Borie / Aug. 1917.” This is a rather important presentation by a man directly involved in the role of the Lewis machine gun to the U.S. Military. Mr. Borie was at that time, and in the preceding years the head of Savage Arms Corp. and for several years had been working on developing the Lewis machine gun to accommodate U.S. Military ammunition. Finally after substantial testing and intense demand of the military for machine guns at the beginning of WWI, Savage was awarded large contracts to manufacture these guns. Mr. Rush was a member of the U.S. Army Quartermasters Corps but we have yet to learn his involvement, if any, with the Lewis gun contracts. However, Rush was Mr. Borie’s son-in-law. Consignor is a direct descendent of Mr. Rush with middle name of “Borie”. Colt records indicate 1917 shipment to Schoverling, Daly & Gales in NYC. Accompanied by a late period 1860 pattern Staff & Field Officer’s sword and scabbard bearing the initials “A.T.R” and marked with the Francis Bannerman, New York logo, which consignor states as belonging to Capt. Arthur Temple Rush. CONDITION: Very fine. Slide retains about 90% strong orig blue with muzzle end and sharp edge wear. Frame retains 90-92% strong orig blue with holster wear on bottom front and sharp edge wear. Front strap is lightly freckled over strong blue. Spring housing is a plummy/brown patina with light surface rust. Grips are sound showing light diamond point wear with wear on bottom right edge. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore, shows very little use. Magazine retains about 97-98% orig finish. Holster is flexed on flap and toe showing moderate wear and soil with a compression bulge near top front and overall retains about 75% orig brown finish. Sword and scabbard are fine. 4-53683 JR279 (5,000-10,000) – Lot 3163

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3164

*◊ HIGH CONDITION NORWEGIAN MODEL 1914, RARE WAFFENAMPT MARKED NAZI PROCUREMENT, COLT PISTOL.

SN 29735. Cal. 11.25 mm (45 ACP). Black phosphate finish with 5″ bbl and fixed sights. Left side of slide has usual markings with Waffenampt WaA8 cutting through the finish. Right side of slide is dated “1945”. Left forward side of frame has the SN with last 3 digits of matching SN on various parts, including trigger, thumb safety, grip safety, spring housing, slide lock and bbl. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching parts. Mounted with light colored wood (probably birch) diamond checkered grips. Accompanied by one orig Lanyard loop magazine. These pistols are rarely encountered with the WaA mark and completely matching. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Fine, overall retains at least 95% black phosphate finish. Grips are sound, showing light to moderate diamond point wear. Magazine is fine. Bright shiny bore with frosting. Mechanics are crisp. Very difficult to find an all original Nazi WaA marked contract Norwegian M1914. 4-52375 JR206 (4,000-6,500) – Lot 3164

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3165

*SCARCE PRE-WAR FIRST YEAR COLT CIVILIAN ACE SEMI-AUTO PISTOL WITH BOX.

SN 3179. 22 Cal LR. Blue finish with 4-3/4″ solid bbl. Adjustable rear sight and usual address and patent markings on left side of slide with rampant Colt at the left rear end. Mounted with full checkered walnut grips and accompanied by orig 2-tone magazine with base plate marked “COLT” / “ACE” in diamond / “22LR”. Accompanied by its orig dark purple, hinged lid cardboard box, matching numbered in pencil to this pistol. Accompanied by an orig bi-fold owners pamphlet and a shooting suggestions pamphlet. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson there were about 11,000 of these pistols produced from 1931 to 1947, 10,500 of which were made through 1941. This pistol was produced in first year of production, 1931. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains about 97-98% crisp orig factory blue with only faint muzzle edge wear on the slide from laying in the box. Grips are crisp and show faint diamond point wear. Magazine is very fine with thinning on both sides. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. Box is fine with 3 or 4 small edge nicks and a small tear in the paper covering on the bottom. End label is mostly complete with some damage and reduction at edges as can be seen in photos. Pamphlets are very good. 4-51956 JS87 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3165

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3166
Revised: 9/28/2014

Please note: The barrel is not “Civilian” but is in fact original “National Match” barrel and so marked. The pistol also has rare “Schwartz” safety.

*RARE WWII COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL NATIONAL MATCH SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

SN C199689. Cal. 45 ACP. Blue finish with 5″ Civilian bbl. Slide has fixed sights with standard Colt patent and address markings on left side and “NATIONAL MATCH COLT AUTOMATIC / CALIBRE .45″ with Rampant Colt. Right side of frame is marked in small letters “GOVERNMENT MODEL” over the SN “C199689”. It mounted with fully checkered walnut grips and has a long spur grip safety with checkered arched spring housing. Accompanied by magazine marked “COLT / 45 AUTO” on base. This is last year of production for the National Match pistol (1941) at a time when target shooting was at its height and WWII furor just beginning. It is very rare to find one of these pistols in completely orig configuration with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Bob Wengert, Helena, MT. Lewis Yearout 1963. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Slide retains 97-98% crisp orig blue with slight muzzle edge wear and faint sharp edge wear. Frame retains 98-99% crisp orig blue with a few small stains. Hammer face shows very little evidence of use. Grips show little edge wear with crisp checkering. Mag is crisp and bright blue. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-53932 JS85 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3166

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3167

*BEAUTIFUL FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SERIES-70 GOLD CUP NATIONAL MATCH SEMI-AUTO PISTOL.

SN 70N13828. Cal 45 ACP. Bright blue finish with 5″ bright bbl with the marking “COLT 45 AUTO. N.M. / MK.IV/SERIES’70”. Slide has usual series 70 markings along with “GOLD CUP NATIONAL MATCH” on the left side. Right side is also marked with the Gold Cup designation and the outline of a trophy cup. Pistol has about “A” coverage fine foliate arabesque pattern engraving with pearled background. Slide has the orig thick partridge front sight and Elliason adjustable rear sight. Frame has flat spring housing with long spur grip safety and short spur hammer. Mounted with beautiful 2-pc pearl grips that have three series of 5-incised lines. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this pistol in cal 45 ACP with 5″ bbl, royal blue finish, wood stocks and class “A” engraving, furnished with flat mainspring housing and shipped to Big Bear Stores, Billings, MT, on June 27, 1975 in a 1-gun shipment to order #10158. Pearl grips were obviously added at a later date. While the series 70 Gold Cup is not exceedingly, rare factory engraved examples are nearly unknown. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Appears to never have been fired. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp, orig bright blue finish with only some light wear from the bushing on the bbl from having been retracted several times. Grips are very fine with light fire and light color. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant, shiny bore. 4-53875 JR281 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3167

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3168

*CUNO HELFRICHT FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT POLICE POSITIVE REVOLVER WITH WYOMING HISTORY.

SN 66672. 32 Cal. 4″ bbl with 3-line address, fixed front sight, left side roll engraved “COLT NEW POLICE 32” and right side marked “POLICE POSITIVE” in 2-lines. Frame is marked on left side with rampant Colt surrounded by COLT’S NEW POLICE in circle. Left top of trigger bow has Colt proof of “VP” in triangle and rear bow has Colt inspector “3”. Engraving on this gun includes a special ordered monogram “BC”. Cuno Helfricht was Colt’s master engraver at time of manufacture and no doubt was engraved in his shop. There is a wonderful letter accompanying this lot written in 1962 that details the history of the gun (this letter should be read and is pictured online). “Pistol was ordered in 1906 by Charles Carlson of Newcastle, WY. He special ordered this gun for his wife, “Bess” for her protection when alone at the “AU7″ sheep ranch on the south fork of the Cheyenne River. Accompanying Colt factory letter states 32 PC, 4” bbl, nickel finish, pearl stocks, “BC” factory engraved on sideplate, sold to Wyeth Hdwe. & Co., St. Joseph, MO., shipped to J.L. Baird Mercantile. Company address not available on October, 23 1908 in a 1-gun shipment. J.L. Baird is a listed Merchant in Newcastle, WY in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This gun is pictured on p. 338 Colt Engraving R.L. Wilson. PROVENANCE: Bess Carlson 1908. W.A. Donaldson 1927. Joe Myers, Colfax, WA 1962. Eve Morgan, Clarkston, WA. Lewis Yearout 1965. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Gun is extremely fine overall retaining 98% of its orig nickel, small reductions at inside edge of frame with scattered scratches and small blemishes as can be seen in photos. Hammer has muted case colors on its sides and exhibits about 50% bright fire blue on top side. Trigger also retains about 60% bright fire blue with loss as expected where finger meets trigger. Numbers match throughout including last 4-digits of number on bottom of bbl and rear of cyl with full SN on frame and folding breech. Mother of pearl grips are well fit and fine overall with about a 1″ x 1/8″ chip repair on back of left grip at butt. Mechanically gun functions well with bright, crisp, mirror-like bore. 4-53942 JS68 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3168

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3169

*OUTSTANDING COLT NEW SERVICE DUAL CALIBER DA TARGET REVOLVER.

SN 306703. Cal. 44 Russian and S&W Spcl. Blue finish with 7-1/2″ tapered bbl, flat top frame and adjustable sights. Bbl has 2-line address and is marked on left side “NEW SERVICE RUSSIAN AND S&W SPECIAL 44”. Sideplate has the Rampant Colt monogram. Front & back straps and trigger are checkered. Mounted with matching numbered fleur-de-lis diamond checkered walnut grips that have deep left and right silver medallions. While the New Service revolvers are not overly scarce target models are scarce, especially those with matching numbered fleur-de-lis grips. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains about 97-98% crisp orig blue with a few tiny scratches and a very few scattered, very light spots of surface discoloration on the frame. Grips are crisp with extremely light wear and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, has been fired but very little. 4-50417 JR199 (2,500-3,500) – Lot 3169

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3170

*RARE COLT FITZ BANKERS SPECIAL DA REVOLVER.

SN 341117. Cal 38 S&W. Blue finish with 2″ bbl, fixed sights and mounted with rampant Colt silver medallion, 2-pc walnut grips. The trigger guard has had the front 1/3 cut away to give quick access to the trigger and the hammer spur has been bobbed. J. Henry Fitzgerald was a Colt employee 1918-1944 and apparently was a very flamboyant character. He was a firearms expert, instructor, lecturer and author, primarily involving the rapid employment of firearms in the line of duty, to police officers and undercover operatives. He designed the cutaway, short-barreled revolvers for concealed carry as found here. Mr. Fitzgerald was a nationally known figure and highly respected as an expert witness, having testified at hundreds of trials in which the accused had employed firearms in the commission of a crime. He was an instructor to the employees of a variety of protective services and police departments around the country. Accompanied by a scarce Heiser spring shoulder holster from which the shoulder straps have been cut. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 98% crisp Colt blue showing only sharp edge wear. Has been fired but very little. Mechanics are crisp. Bright, shiny bore. Holster, as noted is fine. 4-53693 JR292 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3170

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3171

*VERY RARE COLT HEAVY BARREL OFFICER’S MODEL DA REVOLVER SHIPPED TO FAMOUS QUICK DRAW ARTIST AND AUTHOR ED MCGIVERN.

SN 431531. Cal. 38 Special. Blue finish with 6″ tapered rnd bbl, adjustable front and rear sights, marked on left side “COLT OFFICERS MODEL 38 / *HEAVY BARREL*”. Left sideplate is pantograph engraved through the blue “TO / W.R. WILCOXSOM / BY ED McGIVERN / OF MONTANA / STATE SHOOT 1923 / GT. FALLS MONT”. Right side of frame is engraved in larger letters “W.R. WILCOXSOM”. Mounted with 2-pc diamond checkered walnut grips with deep left and right Colt silver medallions, matching numbered to this revolver. Accompanied by an old Colt Factory Letter dated 1966 which identifies this revolver in cal 38 with 6″ bbl, blue finish, type of stock not listed, sold and shipped to Ed McGivern, Montana, on July 19, 1919 in a one gun shipment. Also accompanied by a hand printed letter by Mr. McGivern titled “Certificate”. Body of letter states “I hereby certify that the “Colt Officers Model” caliber .38 Revolver serial number 431531 was originally shipped direct to me while in Lewistown, Montana during the year 1919. Shipment was courtesy of the Colt Factory end at no cost to me, through a mutual friend Leonard C. Davis of Colt’s Patent Firearms Company. I gave the gun to my friend R. Wilcoxsom at the state shoot held in Great Falls, Montana in the year 1923. The gun was engraved on the right side of the frame with his name “W.R. Wilcoxson” on the left frame panel it was engraved: To / W.R. Wilcoxson / By Ed McGivern / of Montana / State Shoot – 1923 / Great Falls, Mont.” Also accompanied by a type-written note from Mr. Yearout which states that Mr. McGivern had the revolver engraved locally in Lewistown, Montana. Ed McGivern was a merchant in Montana with an interest in shooting who developed rapid draw and fire techniques which are still being taught today. He became the world’s fastest and most accurate handgun shooter, establishing records, some of which still stand today. He became an exhibition shooter and authored several books and numerous papers about quick draw and shooting, the most well-known of which is Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting in 1938. While Mr. McGivern was given numerous firearms throughout his career very few are known today, especially available on the open market. Mr. McGivern is recorded in old movies demonstrating his shooting with double action revolvers, perhaps this one may have been in one or more of those movies. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Fine, bbl and frame retain 92-94% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear and a couple of small dings. Cyl retains 30-40% orig blue in the flutes with the outer diameter a blue gray patina. Trigger and hammer retain about all of their bright fire blue with sides of the hammer polished bright. Grips are sound with a bruise on the left bottom edge and show moderate diamond point wear, retaining about 75-80% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 4-53957 JR191 (3,000-4,000) – Lot 3171

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3172

*LOT OF THREE SMITH & WESSON REVOLVERS THAT BELONGED TO FAMOUS FAST DRAW QUICK SHOT ARTIST AND AUTHOR ED MCGIVERN.

The following three revolvers were owned and presumably used by world renowned fast draw and trick shot artist Ed McGivern of Montana. Mr. McGivern developed the technique of fast draw with accurate shooting which for years he taught to law enforcement officers around the country. He was also an exhibition shooter, traveling the country giving shooting demonstrations. He was the author of several books, the most famous of which was published in 1938, Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting, two copies of which accompany this lot. One copy is inscribed to Walt Morris and signed by Mr. McGivern. The other is inscribed to Jack Sawlor with a long sentiment and signed by Mr. McGivern. Mr. McGivern began his shooting career in the late 1920’s/early 1930’s and found that he was an exceptional shot with uncanny speed. At that time there were no devices capable of timing his actual shooting speed so he invented his own which allowed him to positively demonstrate just how fast he was. In 1932 he set a new record which still stands today. He emptied two revolvers in less than two seconds and another record of 5 shots in 2/5 of a second from 15 ft and could cover the group with his hand. At still another demonstration he twice fired 5 shots in 45/100 of a second from 15 ft and the group could be covered by a silver dollar. Mr. McGivern was the most unlikely looking quick draw artist one could imagine. He was short and rather portly and looked like someone’s kindly grandfather. 1) SCARCE EARLY CENTENNIAL CHIEF’S SPECIAL DA REVOLVER. SN: 1719. Cal. 38 Spcl. Blue finish with 2″ bbl, fixed sights and smooth 2-pc, silver medallion magna grips numbered to this revolver. Accompanied by its orig 2-pc Chinese red box with blue and white end label which is over-stamped in two places “CENTENNIAL”. Also accompanied by a 2-pg Smith and Wesson Factory letter which identifies this revolver, as found here and shipped January 20, 1954 to Ed McGivern, Great Falls, MT. These revolvers were manufactured 1952-1974 in two different serial series with 30,160 produced in this serial range. From 1952-1957 it was simply known as the Centennial Model. Then in 1957 it became the Model 40. 2) OUTSTANDING SMITH AND WESSON COMBAT MASTERPIECE DA REVOLVER. SN: K168189. Cal. 38 Spcl. Blue finish with 4″ ribbed bbl, partridge front sight with “McGivern” gold bead & target rear sight, standard trigger & hammer and is mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut maga grips with blank brass medallions numbered to another revolver. Although not matching, these grips fit well. Accompanied by a mismatched blue and gold Smith and Wesson 2-pc box that has a blue and white end label. Label is applied over the orig box marking, which is for a 6″ revolver. Also accompanied by a Smith and Wesson Factor letter which identifies this revolver as a pre-model 15 in cal 38 Special which was shipped February 25, 1953 to Ed McGivern, Great Falls, MT with 4″ bbl and “smooth magna stocks”. 3) SMITH AND WESSON MODEL 1917 COMMERCIAL FINISH TARGET DA REVOLVER. SN: 23703. Cal. 45 ACP and 45 Colt. Blue finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, pedestal mounted partridge front sight with “McGivern” gold bead and adjustable target rear sight. Right sideplate is engraved “ED McGIVERN / OF MONTANA / 1938”. Mounted with smooth walnut magna grips, identical configuration to the grips on #2 above. Buttstrap has the hole for a Lanyard stud and ring, which is missing. Also accompanied by a spare cyl and crane. Both cyls are matching numbered to this revolver. Both cyls have Mr. McGivern’s modifications, having had their rear edges rounded. SN on buttstrap is accompanied by a 5-pointed star which indicates factory restoration. Left side of frontstrap, under the grip, has the tiny numbers “3.43” and the backstrap with a small diamond. These numbers and symbols further indicate that this revolver was refinished at the factory in March 1943. Bottom flat of bbl is marked with a tiny Springfield Armory eagle and number “S34”. Additionally accompanied by two of Mr. McGivern’s stopwatches. One watch, with nickeled case, is marked Sterling and the other is Swiss with nickeled case engraved on the back “ED McGIVERN / OF MONTANA / 1920”. Top of the box, which contains this watch, is marked “MASTER STOP WATCH” and has Mr. McGivern’s name and address in Great Falls, MT. Additionally accompanied by a 2-pg Smith and Wesson Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal 45 ACP, shipped March 21, 1918 to Springfield Armory, MA in standard configuration. Undoubtedly Mr. McGivern obtained this revolver as surplus or a gift, added the second cyl, and had it refinished at the factory. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: 1) Extremely fine plus, all matching. Overall retains about 99% crisp orig blue, appears to have been used very little. Grips have a few minor nicks. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. Box is intact, slightly yellowed label and is missing a small patch of red covering on the top, otherwise is intact with light soil. 2) Extremely fine plus, overall retains 98-99% crisp orig factory blue with faint muzzle edge wear and a light cyl line. Trigger and hammer retain brilliant case colors. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. May have been fired but if so very little. Box is fine, missing a couple spots of paper on top. 3) Extremely fine plus, all matching including both cyls, grips are unnumbered. Overall retains 96-97% strong orig factory restored finish with slight muzzle edge wear and a cyl line. Grips are fine. Crisp mechanics. Bright shiny bore. Swiss stopwatch appears to be running and functioning. The other watch, also Swiss, is not running. The two books are fine. 4-53988 JR194 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3172

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3173

*EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED SMITH & WESSON OUTDOORSMAN REVOLVER THAT BELONGED TO FORMER FIRST LADY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT.

SN 644941. Cal 22. High luster blue finish with 6″ bbl, partridge front sight, round top frame with adjustable rear sight. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips and accompanied by orig silver medallion, diamond checkered walnut grips matching numbered to this revolver. Also accompanied by a distributor supplied, green velvet lined, brown leatherette covered hard case with silver plaque on the lid engraved “OCT. 11, 1933 / May your aims always be perfect / EARL”. Interior is recessed for the revolver, a nickeled brass, Marbles pocket cleaning rod and a small collapsible screw driver. This revolver was the property of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (Oct 11, 1884- Nov 7, 1962), given to her on her 49th birthday by her long time personal security guard and companion Earl Miller (1897-1973). Mr. Miller was a New York State Trooper and Navy Veteran of WWI & WWII. He was the Navy middle weight boxing champion and an alternate to the US Olympic boxing team of 1920, and for a short time a circus acrobat. After joining the New York State Police he taught boxing and judo to cadets and later served as personal body guard of New York State Governor and 1928 Democratic Presidential Candidate Al Smith. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected New York State Governor in 1928 and when Eleanor refused to be driven by official limousine, Franklin assigned Miller to be her body guard. Miller became Mrs. Roosevelt’s constant companion giving her riding lessons, coaching her in tennis and swimming and taught her how to shoot a hand gun. Mrs. Roosevelt became a very good shot and frequently carried a handgun in the glove box of her automobile, especially when traveling alone, driving herself around the country, not just through the neighborhood where she lived, as is reported in several newspaper & magazine articles. Mr. Miller also bought Mrs. Roosevelt a horse which she rode regularly and encouraged her to develop self-confidence and to allow herself to be photographed. There were long standing rumors of a romantic involvement between Miller and Mrs. Roosevelt that have never been completely debunked or verified. Accompanying this revolver is a notarized affidavit from John A. Roosevelt, Mrs. Roosevelt’s youngest son, dated January 24, 1974 which states that upon his mother’s death in 1962 he inherited along with this revolver her estate and gave it to Charles Curnan, the longtime caretaker of the Roosevelt property and multi-talented friend of the family who handled just about everything at Mrs. Roosevelt’s property as the superintendent of Val-Kill Farms, Hyde Park, NY. Mr. Curnan was not only a Roosevelt employee, he was more a family member than anything, who was with the Roosevelt family through 3 generations from FDR to John Roosevelt. “Charlie” Curnan was actually the honoree of the last party hosted by Mrs. Roosevelt, July 28, 1962, wherein he was presented with a silver platter. When Mrs. Roosevelt died, Mr. Curnan was the one who made all the arrangements and was responsible even for her body and was a pallbearer at her funeral. Accompanied by copies of Mrs. Roosevelt’s pistol permit from the State of New York, dated 1957. Also accompanied by a copy of a photograph of Mr. Curnan, Eleanor, John and Anne Roosevelt with Mr. Curnan holding the silver platter. Additionally accompanied by a picture from a magazine article showing Mrs. Roosevelt shooting a Smith & Wesson revolver. The revolver being sold herein will letter from Smith & Wesson as having been shipped June 22, 1933 to Federal Laboratories Inc., Pittsburgh, PA in a group of 6 different revolvers and was not cased at the time. Given Mr. Miller’s former connection with the New York State Police, and his position with the Roosevelt family, it stands to reason that he ordered the revolver and had it shipped to a contact at Federal Laboratories for him to have cased. Federal Laboratories was the manufacturer of tear gas guns and tear gas for law enforcement and the military, along with firearms, ammunition and other military supplies to private industry, strikebreakers, labor espionage agencies, vigilante groups, state and municipal law enforcement agencies all throughout the 1930s and 40s. Times have sure changed the attitude of most members of the Democrat party as relates to the ownership and use of firearms. It should be noted that the notarized letter from John Roosevelt and the NY State Pistol Permit all have the wrong serial number listed. All of that correspondence lists the serial number as “644041”, when in fact, it is “644941”. The “9” of the serial number, on a simple cursory look appears to be a “0”, but under magnification is actually a “9”. What a wonderful opportunity to purchase a firearm owned and used by “The First Lady of the World”. Mrs. Roosevelt was a crusader’s crusader, continuously, energetically and tirelessly promoting various charitable causes, not only here in the United States, but around the world. She is a shining example of what we expect, no, demand, of a First Lady. She was a grand Lady who truly did care, whose efforts weren’t just for show or self-aggrandizement, but were for the benefit of those less fortunate, and to promote the image of America. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains about 99% glossy orig blue with only faint, sharp edge wear and a very light cylinder line. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant, shiny bore, has been fired but not a lot. Case is sound showing wear around the bottom edges with a few nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig brown finish. Interior is bright and clean. Accessories are extremely fine. Walnut grips are extremely fine, as new. 4-54300 JR293 (45,000-65,000) – Lot 3173

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3174

*EXTREMELY RARE, PROBABLY ONE OF A KIND, FACTORY CUSTOM SMITH AND WESSON MODEL 1917 DA REVOLVER BUILT FOR SMITH AND WESSON EXECUTIVE FRED H. MILLER.

SN 169335. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, integral half-moon front sight and fixed rear sight. Mounted with smooth 2-pc walnut grips and has a Lanyard swivel in buttstrap. Buttstrap has standard 1917 markings and bottom of bbl is marked “UNITED STATES PROPERTY”. Bbl has 2-line address with cal marking on left side. It has standard trigger and hammer. Accompanied by a Smith and Wesson Factory letter which identifies this revolver as a “Special production revolver” in cal 45 Colt, with no shipping date listed but “probably built in the mid-1950’s” and delivered to Mr. Fred H. Miller, Assistant Sales Manager. Revolver is listed as having a 5-1/2″ bbl, with blue finish and smooth walnut grips. The letter continues “This rare revolver was specially built for Mr. Miller who could have any special he wanted assembled by the company. This is certainly one of the rarest variations of the .45 Hand Ejector Model of 1917 known.” Additionally accompanied by an undated 2-pg letter over the signature of Roy G. Jinks, Smith and Wesson historian, who states that he first met Mr. Miller in 1957 on Mr. Jinks’ first trip to Smith and Wesson. The letter continues with a short biography of Mr. Miller, who was born in 1910 in Springfield, MA, and came to work at Smith and Wesson in 1937, in charge of the service department. Mr. Miller was a competitive pistol shooter and he and his daughter competed around the Eastern United States and at the National Matches (Camp Perry, OH), where he was the factory representative showcasing company products. In 1947 Mr. Miller was appointed Assistant Sales Manager, a position he held until 1960 when he became Sales Manager, where he remained until his retirement in 1973. In the 1940s Mr. Miller was injured in a shotgun shooting accident and lost use of his right arm. He retrained himself to perform all his tasks left handed, including writing and shooting, and at one time afterwards was ranked as one of the top 50 shooters in the U.S. Revolver Association. Mr. Miller retired to Florida and passed away in 1991 at age 80. This is truly a one of a kind revolver owned by a dedicated and doggedly determined Smith and Wesson employee. This may be the last Model 1917 revolver built and one of only a handful in cal 45 Colt ever built by the factory. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains about 99% crisp orig factory blue with only a faint cyl line. Trigger and hammer retain about all of their orig case colors. Grips have a few small bruises on left side, otherwise are sound and retain most of their orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, appears to be new and unfired. 4-51989 JR200 (5,000-10,000) – Lot 3174

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3175
Revised: 10/4/2014

Additional information: Serial number 551 is chambered for 32 S&W rifle cartridge, but will accept other cartridges. Serial number 2616 is chambered for the shorter 32/44 cartridge.

James D. Julia Auctioneers complies with all federal laws and regulations (Please review our Ivory Position Statement): As per the President’s Executive Order of February 2014, this item with its ivory is legal to sell and buy provided there is an ESA “Antique Certification” document proving the age. You must purchase an ESA in order to take possession of the ivory. If you wish to acquire the ivory after you purchase this gun, you must hire John Sexton, who is an independent consultant with the appropriate qualifications to prepare ESA certifications accepted by government agencies. John’s address is: 1962 Portage Landing North, North Palm Beach, FL 33408. ESA statements prepared by John Sexton can be acquired for a cost of $1,500.00/each. It is the buyer’s responsibility to make payment to John for the ESA statements. The documents are prepared by John and not by James D. Julia Auctioneers. Once the ESA statement is prepared and provided to Julia’s, you can have the ivory mounts. Be sure to keep a copy of your ESA certificate for your records also.

THIS GUN IS BEING SOLD WITHOUT THE IVORY MOUNTS. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE IVORY AT THE TIME OF YOUR PURCHASE. IF YOU WISH TO ACQUIRE THE IVORY ITEMS, YOU MUST PURCHASE AN ESA “ANTIQUE EXEMPTION” CERTIFICATE. NO EXCEPTIONS!

BRACE OF ENGRAVED SMITH & WESSON NO.3 TARGET SINGLE ACTION REVOLVERS WITH CASE.

SN 551 & 2616. Cal 32-44. Revolvers are virtually identical with 6-1/2″ ribbed bbls, one has orig front sight & the other a replacement Lyman ivory bead front sight. They are mounted with Smith & Wesson embossed, diamond checkered hard rubber grips. Right grip on #2616 is hand inscribed “BURT MOOREHOUSE / BENTON / MICH” and “1895” on the inside. Revolvers are identically after-market engraved with foliate & floral patterns with pearled background. Lands between the flutes on the cylinders are engraved to match with matching patterns on the backstraps. Accompanied by a converted oak silverware case that has an empty brass shield in the lid & is lined with a beige velvet, compartmented in the bottom for the revolvers and empty cartridge block, a wood handle cleaning rod, a small wooden box with cleaning patches and what appears to be a full box of Winchester 32-44 gallery cartridges sealed in plastic and was not opened. Also included is one 320 cal. Smith & Wesson revolving carbine rnd. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall revolvers retain virtually all of their strong custom nickel finish; grips show light to moderate wear; mechanics are fine; bbl address on #2616 was obliterated in the refinish process; that revolver has a bright shiny bore. #551 has strong bore with fine pitting; case, box of ammo & accessories are fine. 4-54393 JR165 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3175

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3176

SMITH & WESSON NEW MODEL #3 TARGET SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER WITH SHOULDER STOCK.

SN 2480. Cal. 38-44. Nickel finish with 6-1/2″ ribbed bbl, orig target sights & 2-line address with “Reissue” date. Left side of grip frame, under the grip, is marked with the number “7 56” which indicates that this revolver was refinished at the factory in July 1956. It is mounted with 2-pc Smith & Wesson monogram diamond checkered hard rubber grips numbered 2916 inside right grip. Backstrap is cut for attachable shoulder stock. Accompanied by an orig shoulder stock with nickeled hardware and S&W monogrammed hard rubber buttplate, in its orig hinged lid, green oil cloth covered box with orange end label. Bottom of the box is handwritten in pencil “Clyde O’Neal”. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Revolver is extremely fine, all matching except grips as noted; overall retains virtually all of its fine restored nickel finish with slightly muted case colors on trigger guard & hammer; grips are sound showing light diamond point wear, having turned chocolate; mechanics are crisp; strong frosty bore; stock is about new, possibly never installed; box has a broken end flap on the bottom with some mouse chewings on bottom front edge, but basically intact. 4-54319 JR171 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3176

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3177

SMITH AND WESSON NEW MODEL NO. 3 SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 12213. Cal. 44 Russian. Nickel finish with 7″ keyhole ribbed bbl, slightly altered half-moon front sight and fixed rear sight in bbl latch. Mounted with 2-pc diamond checkered hard rubber grips with Smith & Wesson monogram at top on each side, numbered to another revolver. Backstrap and buttstrap are cut for shoulder stock. While the new Model No. 3 revolver is not uncommon (almost 36,000 produced 1878-1912) those machined for shoulder stocks are quite rare. The orig shoulder stocks are also very scarce. The New Model No. 3 American revolver was quite popular on the American frontier on both sides of the law. Numerous famous lawmen and outlaws are known to have used them in the daily pursuit of their livelihood, very effectively. This was a very accurate and reliable revolver that was simple and easy to load and re-load. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except grips. Bbl retains nickel finish in the rib gullets, having been mostly cleaned to bare metal; frame and grip frame retain about 90% orig nickel and the cyl about 85%; grips show moderate diamond point wear and although they are not numbered to this revolver do fit very well and appear to have been with this revolver for many years; mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore. 4-54318 JR181 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3177

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3179

ANTIQUE POCKET WATCH WITH VEST POCKET PISTOL AND IVORY CARVED FOBS.

SN 103. This is an interesting copy of a Remington 22 Cal. vest pocket pistol which is engraved, silver plated with mother of pearl grips. Opposite end of watch chain contains an Elgin 15 jewel pocket watch made in 1904 in a white metal open case. Two fobs are central to the white metal linked chain containing a 1-3/4″ carved ivory cannon and 2-1/4″ carved ivory mermaid. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very good overall. Action on pistol is a bit tight but seems to function and hold cock. Top of bbl is marked clearly in script “Brevett”. SN 103 is found on bottom of bbl. Watch does not work but appears complete. Ivory carvings are sound and solid with dark staining and several age cracks. The large crack in mermaid’s tail may be a repair however there is no evidence of glue and regardless if repaired it was done with orig piece. 4-50114 JS139 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 3179

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3180

SCARCE ENGRAVED REMINGTON TYPE I, LATE PRODUCTION (MODEL 2) SUPERPOSED DERRINGER.

SN 2527. Cal. 41 RF. Nickel finish with 3″ bbls, raised rib marked on the top, left hand in 2-lines with the early “E. Remington & Sons” address. Pistol is factory engraved in New York style with geometric, foliate arabesque & floral patterns. Mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips matching numbered to this pistol. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, only about 14,000 of these pistols were produced in about 1868. Very few were engraved and few survive today in any condition. They were very popular with both ladies & gentlemen, gamblers, law enforcement & outlaws and usually saw very hard service. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching. Overall retains 50-60% orig nickel with the loss areas a grey metal patina. Left hinge has a small crack by the screw hole. Grips are fine with great fire & color. Mechanics are fine; dark pitted bores. 4-51428 JR82 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 3180

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3181

RARE ENGRAVED REMINGTON TYPE 1 (MODEL NO. 2) DOUBLE DERRINGER WITH BOX.

SN 5314. Cal. 41 RF Short. Blue finish with 3″ superposed bbls with rib and fixed sights. Top of rib has “E. REMINGTON & SONS” markings with patent dates in 2-lines. Mounted with smooth 2-pc rosewood grips. Frame and sides of top bbl are engraved in flowing foliate arabesque patterns. The “3” in the serial number is stamped backwards on both bbl and frame. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 14,000 of these little pistols were produced in about 1868. Accompanied by an orig 2-pc red cardboard box with black and tan end label. The Remington derringer was extremely popular as a concealment arm by citizens of all walks of life, from gamblers to lawmen and ladies of the evening and about everyone in between. The U.S. Government even issued a few of these derringers to members of the Nurse Corps during WWI and WWII. These pistols generally saw hard service, usually carried close to the body where they were exposed to skin oils and salts, which tended to damage the finish. Boxes for these pistols are quite rare. CONDITION: Pistol is very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Bbls retain about 85% glossy orig blue, thinning on both sides towards the muzzles. Grip frame is flaked, not worn, to a blue gray patina with strong blue in the flutes at the top of the frame and sheltered areas. Hammer and screws retain bright fire blue. Grips are sound, showing light to moderate wear and retain about 75% orig varnish. Extractor screw is orig but seems to be a little short and does not fully engaged the stop slot and will fall out. Box shows heavy edge wear with one broken seam in the bottom edge. 4-53668 JR236 (4,000-5,000) – Lot 3181

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3183

UNIQUE REMINGTON MODEL 1875 SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH FLAT TOP STRAP.

SN 60. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line right hand address. Mounted with smooth 2-pc walnut grips numbered to this revolver. Left side of butt strap, under grip, is marked with a small 6-pointed star, the SN, and the letter M. Left rear web of trigger guard is marked “44”. Most unusually, the top strap has been modified to a flat top version leaving a narrow round top band with sight notch. The buttstrap markings are previously unknown to this cataloger but may indicate factory work. Certainly the top strap was modified before it was plated which indicates, with almost certainty that it is factory work. Screws are fire-blued. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Very fine, overall retains about 97-98% crisp factory type nickel finish with slight muzzle edge wear and a spot of pitting on each side of the ejector housing web; screws retain most of their fire blue; grips are sound with light nicks & scratches and retain about 60-65% orig finish; hammer is not solid in safety notch; otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bore with fine pitting. 4-54320 (7,500-9,500) – Lot 3183

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3184

REMINGTON MODEL 1875 SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 514. 44-40 Cal. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and “E.REMINGTON & SONS, ILION, N.Y. U.S.A.” address. Rear left side of trigger guard web is stamped “44″, which indicates the 44 WCF caliber. Mounted with smooth 2-pc walnut grips, matching penciled numbered to this revolver. Remington single actions in fine condition are quite scarce as most of production went outside this country and the few that stayed saw hard use much like Colt single actions of the same era. Retains most of its orig nickel finish. Inside ejector housing is scratched “ED TILTON”. Right stock internally is also scratched with the initials “ET” along with two other sets of initials, (PFW&JWB). This gun was purchased in 1993 from Robert Tilton of Center, MT and according to Lewis Yearout’s notes this gun has family history (not found). Regardless of history this is a fine example of a scarcely encountered cowboy era revolver made about 1875-76. PROVENANCE: Robert Tilton, Center, MT. Lewis Yearout 1993. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very fine, overall retains about all its orig nickel with minor scratches, nicks, dents, staining and other small blemishes. Pin prick pitting on loading gate. Stocks are sound, solid and well fit with hand rubbed patina. Penciled SNs 514 are found internally on each grip though obscured partially by soiling and carved initials. SN 514 also found on loading gate and grip frame. 4-53938 JS54 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3184

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3185
Revised: 10/1/2014

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ENGRAVED REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 114470. Cal 44. Silver finish with 8” oct bbl, pinched post front sight and usual 3-line address on top bbl flat. Mounted with smooth, well patinated 2-pc ivory grips. Revolver is engraved in the New York style quite possibly by L.D. Nimschke with about 50% coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns that have fine pearled background. Engraving patterns extend over the side flats of the bbl, down the backstrap with geometric patterns on the buttstrap. Cylinder has full circumference engraving in matching patterns. Lever is engraved in about 2″ matching pattern. Very fine condition and like a handful of martial Colts seen engraved in New York after the war this Remington falls in that same genre as a sub-inspector letters can still be discerned externally on a few parts. Appears orig and authentic in every regard and is a beautiful example of a Civil War issued sidearm being custom engraved possibly by Nimschke circa 1870. There is accompanying notarized letter stating the purported history back to 1934 which is possible, letter should be read in online catalog. PROVENANCE: Larry Larom, Cody, WY. Don Nichols 1968. Lewis Yearout 1990. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, overall retains about all orig silver plating, engraving crisp and well discerned. This gun was not engraved or plated on a brand new gun but was done on a gun that had seen some use as there is light pitting seen under plating especially on bbl but this would be expected as is seen in other New York style engraved guns of Civil War martial pistols. Grips are fine and well fit with numerous small scratches as expected; there is a glued repair internally to left grip such that a new screw escutcheon is retained. Right grip has a 1″ chip repair and another large sliver chip in same grip near frame as can be seen in photos. Right grip has less patina and may be a replacement or simply was displayed with right side down and not exposed to light. Right grip has an internal scratched marking “DL SPACKMAN 1925”. Mechanics are fine. Strong sharp bore with crisp rifling. 4-53949 JS47 (2,000-4,000) – Lot 3185

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3186

REMINGTON MODEL 1875 SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 342. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full nickel silver front sight and 1-line address. Left side of top of front frame marked “44”. Mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips matching numbered to this revolver. Blue finish model 1875 revolvers are scarce with any orig finish. Nickel finish revolvers appear to be substantially more prevalent and retain higher condition. Only about 25,000 to 30,000 of these revolvers were produced in the period 1875-1888. Although the Remington design is arguably superior to the Colt Single Action Army revolver, being easier to remove the cyl for cleaning, they followed the Colt by 2 years by which time Colt was firmly established with the Army and the buying public. Remington simply did not have the distribution system to compete and no military contracts were forthcoming. In 1888 they slightly redesigned the Model 1875 which evolved into the Model 1890. With the era of single action revolvers waning and lack of sales, Remington, by 1896, had totally discontinued the line. The vast majority of the Models 1875 that were sold usually saw very hard Frontier service and are rarely found today with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl, ejector housing & web along with the frame retain 85-88% strong orig blue with a few small chemical spots on the bbl and a clean spot on the right side of the muzzle which also has some fine pitting. Some of the losses on the ejector housing web and frame are from flaking, not wear. Hammer retains strong case colors, bright on the right side and rear edge. Cyl retains about 85-90% orig blue with sharp edge wear and a heavy cyl line. Trigger guard and backstrap are a gray metal patina. Grips are sound, showing moderate edge wear with light nicks and scratches and retain 90-92% strong orig varnish. Hammer will not catch in safety notch and is not solid in half-cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore, shows very little use. 4-53751 JR215 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3186

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3187

EXTREMELY RARE REMINGTON MODEL 1875 SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 1089. Cal. 45 Colt. Scarce revolver in a rare caliber. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, repaired or replaced thinned nickel silver front sight and 1-line address. Top left front side of frame is stamped “45”, which is also marked on rear face of cyl. Mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips. Only about 25,000 to 30,000 of Model 1875 revolvers were produced in the period 1875-1888 with only a very few known to have been made in caliber 45. Although the Remington design is arguably superior to the Colt Single Action Army revolver, being easier to remove the cyl for cleaning, they followed the Colt by 2 years by which time Colt was firmly established with the Army and the buying public. Remington simply did not have the distribution system to compete and no military contracts were forthcoming. In 1888 they slightly redesigned the Model 1875 which evolved into the Model 1890. With the era of single action revolvers waning and lack of sales, Remington, by 1896, had totally discontinued the line. The vast majority of the Models 1875 that were sold usually saw very hard Frontier service and are rarely found today with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. CONDITION: About fine, overall retains about 80-85% strong orig nickel, with apparent renickeled bbl and cyl. Recoil shield and sharp edges of the frame have light pitting. Right grip has a repaired crack at the rear edge, otherwise grips are sound, showing heavy wear and an old refinish. Hammer will not catch in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with heavy pitting about 1″ from muzzle and what appears to be a light ring which slightly bulges the bbl and likely would have removed the front sight, necessitating the obvious replacement. 4-53759 JR216 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3187

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3188

EXTREMELY RARE REMINGTON MODEL 1888 NEW MODEL POCKET ARMY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 460. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 5-3/4″ bbl, re-attached or replaced German silver front sight and 1-line right hand “E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION. N.Y. U.S.A.” address. It has the usual 6-shot fluted cyl with loading gate in right recoil shield. The ejector housing is scalloped like the successor Model 1890. For many years this model remained unidentified until an obscure 1889 Hartley & Graham catalog was discovered which advertised these revolvers. It is speculated that fewer than 1,000 were produced in the period 1888-1889 as a transition between the Model 1875 and the Model 1890. They apparently were manufactured using modified left over Model 1875 parts when Hartley & Graham purchased Remington and were marketed, according to the referenced catalog, as the “New Model Pocket Army”. The catalog advertises a 5-1/2″ bbl, but according to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms many are found with a 5-3/4″ bbl as found here. Referenced publication also states that most are found with a lanyard loop in the buttstrap and marked with the caliber, neither of which are present on this revolver. Mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips that, although no numbers are visible, appear to fit very well and are probably orig to this revolver. An assembly number “37” is found on front of frame, bottom of bbl and top of ejector housing. Accompanied by a fine, red velvet, lined custom oak casing recessed in the bottom for the revolver with a diagonal divider and a cartridge block with holes for 16 cartridges and which contains 9-rds. PROVENANCE: Ex Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Overall retains most of an old re-nickeled finish showing heavy muzzle edge wear with some fine pitting on the frame; hammer spring is a modern replacement; grips have chipped toes and show very heavy wear and retain an old refinish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with scattered fine pitting. Case is extremely fine. 4-51996 (2,000-4,000) – Lot 3188

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3191a

SPECIAL ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOT.

This lot consists of twelve past Julia auction firearm catalogs, together with their prices realized list. These catalogs serve as a valuable reference source. We regularly sell our past auction catalogs to collectors and dealers alike for that purpose. Please also note: The entire proceeds of this lot (to include the buyer’s premium), shall be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. St. Jude’s is one of the finest hospitals in North America today for the research and care of children afflicted with cancer. We hope that you will consider competing on this lot, we consider it to be an extremely worthwhile cause and we have dedicated ourselves to include similar lots in every single one of our auctions, the proceeds of which will be donated to St. Jude’s. Thank you for your participation. CONDITION: Very good. 87112-3 (300-400) – Lot 3191a

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3205

MARTIALLY MARKED HISTORIC COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER ATTRIBUTED TO PVT. BENJAMIN BINGHAM CO D CUSTER’S 7TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY.

SN 77345. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, nickel silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and frame is 3-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. Cyl is rebated and has usual six chambers with Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll marking. Patent date is crisp and clear with partially visible “ENGAGED” legend. The unplated brass trigger guard and iron backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with the outline of a partially visible inspector cartouche on each side. Several small parts are also inspected. Wedge is a replacement from a smaller frame revolver and wedge screw is a replacement. This revolver has been identified through official records as having been issued to Pvt. Benjamin Bingham of Co D, Custer’s 7th Michigan Cavalry. He enlisted for three years in September 1862 and was mustered into service November 1862. He remained with the 7th through the end of the war and was present at the surrender of General Lee. He apparently fought with his unit at many major battles, including Gettysburg, the Wilderness and numerous lesser battles. In mid-1863 he reportedly suffered partial deafness in his right ear and had treatment for other diseases. Apparently at one point Pvt. Bingham’s wife wrote to President Lincoln attempting to secure his discharge for health reasons. After the war Pvt. Bingham returned to Michigan where he reportedly suffered continued medical disabilities and died in April 1886. This revolver was produced in late 1862 and obviously saw service through the end of the war. There is no indication that Pvt. Bingham retained his revolver after the war but, given the current condition, it seems likely that this revolver would have remained in service with Custer’s 7th on the American Frontier rather than being stored by someone suffering debilitating illnesses. Another identified Co D, 7th Michigan Cavalry 1860 Army revolver, listed on the same sheet as Pvt. Bingham’s Colt, was sold by Julia in the March 2014 firearms auction. That revolver had belonged to Pvt. Joseph N. Hawkins who died of disease right after Gettysburg. Official records show that his revolver remained with the 7th Cavalry through the end of the war and went west with the 7th where they engaged in numerous battles and fights with Indians. It seems likely that Pvt. Bingham’s revolver would also have remained with the 7th and would have seen heavy fighting against the Indians on the Frontier. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by an extensive archive of materials relating to the 7th MI Cavalry incl copies of microfilm ordnance records stored at the National Archives; Regimental history of the 7th during the Civil War; Also service, discharge and pension records for Bingham. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except wedge, as noted and grip whose backstrap channel is too soiled to determine numbers. Metal overall retains a smooth plummy brown patina with a few light nicks and some fine pitting around the muzzle, on the cyl and hammer nose. Cyl is matching patina and shows 60-70% Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll marking. Frame also has some fine pinprick pitting and one broken frame pin. Trigger guard is a medium mustard patina and backstrap is a gray/brown metal patina. Grip has a small crack in the top left side with a couple of bruises also on the left side, along with chipped toes and moderately worn edges and overall retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong dark bore. 4-53545 JR233 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 3205

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3206

SCARCE CIVIL WAR SPENCER SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH SPRINGFIELD ALTERATIONS, USED BY CHEYENNE CHIEF LAME WHITE MAN AT THE LITTLE BIG HORN.

SN 19756. Cal. 56-50. Standard Spencer carbine with 22″ bbl, square base front sight and Spencer 800 yd carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of wrist has a sling bar and ring. Carbine is one of those converted by Springfield Armory 1867-1874 by having the bore sleeved with 3-groove rifling and the Stabler cut-off installed. There is no indication as to how this carbine came into the possession of Cheyenne Chief Lame White Man but it is known that many of the Indians at the Little Big Horn carried Spencer carbines and rifles. This carbine is decorated with a series of square shank iron tacks on all four surfaces of the stock and with two more on bottom of forearm. Each side of buttstock has a small incised rectangular recess about 1-5/16″ x 3/4″ on the right side and 1-5/16″ x 15/16″ on left side. These recesses are reliably reported to have contained small mirrors. Chief Lame White Man was a leader in the Cheyenne Nation who was a member of the Mirror Society, an extension of the Medicine Wheel Society. The Mirror was used in their ceremonies for spiritual reasons. It is reliably reported that Lame White Man had traded for three mirrors while on a trip to Ft. Rice to spy on soldiers there to see when they would be leaving to escort survey crews for the railroad. He reportedly traded beaver pelts to Augustus Balirain for 3 mirrors. He gave one to his wife and daughters and the other two he inletted into the stock of this carbine. On the morning of the Custer Battle, June 25, 1876, Lame White Man and his friend, Brave Bear, along with Lame White Man’s wife, Twin-Woman, and his two daughters, Red-Hat & Crane-Woman, along with Monahseetah (and presumably her son, Yellow Bird), were in Lame White Man’s lodge. Lame White Man was talking with Brave Bear, trying to convince him to join the Medicine Wheel Mirror Society. They both agreed that after the battle that was looming Brave Bear would join the Mirror Society. After they had eaten Lame White Man and Brave Bear went to the sweat lodge for a time until they heard shots and when they emerged they saw Two Moon and his group riding south towards the shooting. He caught his and yelled “Let us kill them all this time” and he & his Cheyenne warriors rode south towards the shooting, which appeared to be coming from Deep Coulee Ford. They turned north and headed back towards the Ford and saw everyone heading up Deep Coulee. They crossed the Deep Coulee Ford and turned northwest to cut off the soldiers. When they reached the top of the hill they saw soldiers everywhere and, again, Lame White Man raised his rifle and shouted “Kill them all”. He charged into the line of dismounted soldiers and he, along with his Cheyenne warriors, Hunkpapa, Two Kettle & Sansarc Sioux, along with some Blackfoot warriors, charged into Company L three times before the soldiers gave way. The group then charged Company C further up the ridge. As they charged Lame White Man was shot dead and fell from his horse. Brave Bear later related this story to Nicholas Black Elk, which was passed down to his son, Benjamin Black Elk, who related it to Custer & Little Big Horn Historian Wendell Grangaard. Brave Bear stated he had become separated from Lame White Man and didn’t realize anything was wrong until he saw a Sioux warrior carrying Lame White Man’s rifle with the mirrors. He reports he rode back as an Indian named Tall-Bull was turning Lame White Man over. He had been scalped so they threw a blanket over him and returned to the battle. After the battle was over they took Lame White Man’s body back to his wife and later that evening a Sioux warrior came and gave back Lame White Man’s scalp and rifle. Twin-Woman (Lame White Man’s wife) broke the mirrors out of the rifle and gave it back to the Sioux warrior. Brave Bear stated that later the Sioux warrior threw the rifle away because he was sorry for what he had done. Brave Bear then took all of Lame White Man’s women into his lodge. This Spencer carbine was later found on the battle field and was the subject of a book, Custer….Indian Gun, Schneider, a copy of which accompanies this lot. Apparently this carbine was auctioned by the Larimer County History Museum of Wellington, CO as a fundraising event along with another small book Marching With Custer, Col. Elwood Nye, an autographed copy of which also accompanies this lot. The Larimer County book shows that this carbine was issued March 1864 to the 12th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry and was returned, refurbished and “reissued to the West circa 1867-1868”. It also states that it was acquired by Col. Nye between 1936 and 1946. It also states that it was gifted to R.S. Baker in 1954 along with numerous other artifacts and eventually was donated to the Larimer County History Museum in 2005. Dick Baker was city manager of Ft. Collins, CO, and was also a close friend of the long-time superintendent of the Custer Battlefield National Monument, Edward Luce. Consignor states that Mr. Luce had bought this carbine locally from one of the Reservation Indians and sold it to Col. Nye. Consignor purchased it at the museum auction and has maintained it all these years. Also accompanying is a lengthy article by Col. Nye dated 1941 which would become the main text of his book, Marching With Custer, published in 1964. Col. Nye was an Army veterinarian assigned at various times to the 7th Cavalry in the 1930’s. His main focus was on the cavalry horses and he was a strong advocate for retaining the horse cavalry even into the age of mechanization. There is a ridge on the Custer Battlefield named after Col. Nye – “The Nye-Cartwright Ridge”. CONDITION: Fair to good. Overall retains a dark blackish brown patina with heavy rust as though exposed to the weather for a long time. The iron tacks are equally rusted. Stock has several small grain checks, otherwise wood is sound and retains a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Worn dark bore with heavy pitting and visible rifling. 4-51259 JR262 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 3206

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3207

EARLY WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH BRASS TACKED BUTTSTOCK.

SN 17397. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine, integral front band with replaced nickel silver sight blade and a replacement, Kentucky rifle style fixed rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with uncheckered American walnut with replacement rifle buttstock & buttplate. Top tang channel of buttstock has the serial number “18044” with matching number inside toe of buttplate. Buttstock has a series of rnd shank brass tacks in three different sizes in identical patterns on each side at the buttplate. Bbl has the Henry’s & King’s patent dates that are all legible but faint. Forearm shows great saddle bow wear with concave bottom and very heavy wear elsewhere. These early carbines were the first light weight repeating arms suitable for handling on horseback and were immediately adopted by virtually anyone moving west. They usually saw extreme hard service under very adverse conditions and are rarely found today in orig configuration with orig finish. While the tacked buttstock may be a more modern adaptation the forearm shows authentic frontier use and heavy wear and was undoubtedly used on the frontier possibly by Indians. It is well documented that many of the Indians at The Little Bighorn who killed Custer and his troops were using Winchester Model 1866 firearms. CONDITION: Fair. No orig finish remains with the bbl, magazine tube & bands a smooth grey/brown patina; receiver & side plates show moderate to heavy edge wear with only a few light nicks & scratches; lever & hammer are mottled grey/brown patina. Stock has a couple of cracks back of the top tang and shows heavy weathering with artificial added stain; forearm, as noted above, is missing three large slivers by the bbl channel and shows a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine; strong bore with some shine, sharp rifling and light pitting. 4-51257 (7,000-10,000) – Lot 3207

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3208

RARE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1875 “OFFICERS MODEL” TYPE II.

SN NSN. 45-70 Cal. Second type officer’s model with 26″ rnd bbl. Hooded adjustable front sight and ladder type rear sight. The low arch breech block has the 1873 markings and the lock plate is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD” forward of a spread winged American eagle. Mounted in a 1-pc walnut half stock with checkered forearm & straight stock that has musket/carbine buttplate without trap. Removable pistol grip is attached to buttstock. Forearm has a pewter tip in foliate pattern & forearm is secured by bbl band with band spring. Top of the wrist is mounted with tang sight with oval base. Lock plate, hammer, breech block, thumb lever, trigger guard, front receiver ring, bbl band, forend cap & buttplate tang are very nicely engraved in flowing foliate arabesque forms typical of this pattern. Bbl has the standard “VP” and eagle head proofs & the buttplate tang is marked “US”. Bottom of the bbl has a single iron guide which contains a hickory and silver plated brass cleaning rod. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 252 of these rifles were produced in the period 1877 to 1881. There is a date “1881” stamped rear on breech which is unusual on these guns but potentially date of manufacture. There is also and inpector’s cartouche in the flat opposite lock “SWP 1881” which is unusual to see an officer’s model with these markings; however gun appears orig in every regard. Initially intended as special order items for military officers but later were awarded as shooting prizes and eventually civilians were even allowed to purchase them. This gun is accompanied by a large file of research listing many of the officers and dates they purchased their guns. This is a nice example that appears orig, authentic and complete. PROVENANCE: W. Hawkinson, Circle, MT. Lewis Yearout 1974. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good overall. Bbl is dark brown/gray with pitting, rust and staining; there are strong traces of bright blue in protected areas. Remainder of metal is similar brown/gray color with areas of rust overall. Silver plated brass and wood ramrod is sound and solid. Markings are all discernible. Stock is sound, solid and well fit and has a small “47” stamped forward of buttplate. Tang sight appears orig and matching in fit and color. Stock has typical “P” in circle proof behind point of checkering on bottom of butt. Other markings found on gun include a “20” and “A” stamped inside trigger guard. Bottom of bbl is stamped with “P” and “3”. Gun is functionally sound, rifling is crisp and bore is fairly shiny. 4-53793 JS97 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3208

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3209

RARE AND HISTORIC SPRINGFIELD OFFICERS MODEL 1875 TYPE II RIFLE USED IN DAKOTA TERRITORY.

SN NSN. 45-70 Cal. Second type officer’s model with 26″ rnd bbl. Hooded adjustable front sight and ladder type rear sight. The low arch breech block has the 1873 markings and the lock plate is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD” forward of a spread winged American eagle. Mounted in a 1-pc walnut half stock with checkered forearm & straight stock that has musket/carbine buttplate without trap and has detachable checkered pistol grip. Forearm has a pewter tip in foliate pattern & forearm is secured by a single band with band spring. Top of the wrist is mounted with tang sight with oval base. Trigger is single-set style. Lock plate, hammer, breech block, thumb lever, trigger guard, front receiver ring, bbl band, forend cap & buttplate tang are very nicely engraved in flowing foliate arabesque forms typical of this pattern. Bbl has the standard “VP” and eagle head proofs & the buttplate tang is marked “US”. Bottom of the bbl has a single iron guide which contains a hickory and silver plated brass cleaning rod. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 252 of these rifles were produced in the period 1877 to 1881. They were initially intended as special order items for military officers but later were awarded as shooting prizes and eventually civilians were even allowed to purchase them. This gun is accompanied by a large file of research listing many of the officers and dates they purchased their guns. In a 1975 letter “this Springfield 45-70 rifle…was given to me by my father before his death. He had been given this rifle by his father who was a paymaster at Ft. Beaufort, which is near old Ft. Union where the Yellowstone runs into the Missouri river…he was killed near Ft Beaufort…buried at Ft. Beaufort, then later reburied at the Custer Battlefield Cemetery near Crow Agency.” This gun was centerpiece of a display of officers rifles that won an NRA Certificate of Recognition in Salt Lake City in 1978 and appears all original and “as found”. PROVENANCE: Woody Hawkinson, Circle, MT. Lewis Yearout 1976. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Good to very good overall. Bbl is gray/brown with pitting, rust and staining, remainder of metal is similar gray/brown color with spotted areas of rust overall. Brass and wood ramrod is sound and solid though darkly stained in exposed areas. Markings are all discernible. Stock is sound, solid and well fit and has a small “86” (thought not easily discernible and Mr. Yearout’s notes say “76”) stamped behind tang. Stock is well worn showing use with checkered areas especially worn on forestock and removable pistol grip losing details of checkering with hand worn patina making wood smooth where held. Tang sight appears orig and has matching patina. Stock has typical “P” in circle proof behind point of checkering on bottom of butt. Removable checkered pistol grip scuffed, at high areas losing detail and part of diamond checkering. Other markings found on gun include a “24” stamped inside trigger guard, and a “K” stamped on bottom of bbl. Gun is mechanically functional. Rifling is crisp and shiny though pitted especially at muzzle end. 4-53795 JS80 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3209

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3210

VERY RARE SPRINGFIELD MODEL TYPE I 1875 OFFICERS MODEL RIFLE.

SN NSN. 45-70 Cal. First type officer’s model with 26′ rnd bbl. Hooded adjustable front sight and ladder type rear sight. The high arch breech block has the 1873 markings and the lock plate is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / 1873” forward of a spread winged American eagle. Mounted in a 1-pc walnut half stock with checkered forearm & straight stock that has musket/carbine buttplate without trap. Forearm has a pewter tip in foliate pattern & forearm is secured by a single band with band spring. Top of the wrist is mounted with tang sight with small rnd base. Trigger is single-set. Lock plate, hammer, breech block, thumb lever, trigger guard, front receiver ring, bbl band, forend cap & buttplate tang are very nicely engraved in flowing foliate arabesque forms typical of this pattern. Bbl has the standard “VP” and eagle head proofs & the buttplate tang is marked “US”. Bottom of the bbl has a single iron guide which contains a hickory and brass cleaning rod. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only 125 of these rifles were produced in the period 1875 to 1877. They were initially intended as special order items for military officers but later were awarded as shooting prizes and eventually civilians were even allowed to purchase them. This gun is accompanied by a large file of research listing many of the officers and dates they purchased their guns. PROVENANCE: Don Nichols. Lewis Yearout 2001. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good overall. Bbl is freckled and spotted with pitting, rust and staining, remainder of metal is similar brown/gray color with spotted areas of rust overall. Brass and wood ramrod is sound and solid though stained and dark especially under guide. Markings are all discernible. Stock is sound, solid and well fit and has a small “11” stamped behind tang. Tang sight base appears orig though sight is replaced with different color and patina. Stock has typical “P” in circle proof behind point of checkering on bottom of butt. Other markings found on gun include a “15” and “A” stamped inside trigger guard, and a “59” stamped on bottom of bbl. Gun is mechanically functional. Rifling is crisp and fairly shiny. 4-53796 JS83 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 3210

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3211

VERY RARE SPRINGFIELD OFFICERS MODEL 1875 TYPE I RIFLE.

SN NSN. 45-70 Cal. Scarce first type officer’s model with 26″ rnd bbl. Hooded adjustable front sight and ladder type rear sight. The high arch breech block has the 1873 markings and the lock plate is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / 1873” forward of a spread winged American eagle. Mounted in a 1-pc walnut half stock with coarse checkered forearm & straight stock that has musket/carbine buttplate without trap. Forearm has a pewter tip in foliate pattern & forearm is secured by a single band with band spring. Top of the wrist is mounted with tang sight with rnd base with stamped marking “PAT MAY 6 / 84” screwed into the wood. Trigger is single-set style. Lock plate, hammer, breech block, thumb lever, trigger guard, front receiver ring, bbl band, forend cap & buttplate tang are very nicely engraved in flowing foliate arabesque patterns. Bbl has the standard “VP” and eagle inspector marks & the buttplate tang is marked “US”. Bottom of the bbl has a single iron guide which contains a hickory and brass cleaning rod. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 125 of these rifles were produced in the period 1875 to 1877. They were initially intended as special order items for military officers but later were awarded as shooting prizes and eventually civilians were even allowed to purchase them. This gun is accompanied by a large file of research listing many of the officers and dates they purchased their guns. PROVENANCE: Eve Morgan, Clarkston, WA. Lewis Yearout 1969. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Good to very good overall. Bbl is freckled with pitting, rust and staining, remainder of metal is similar color with spotted areas of rust overall being gray/brown. Brass and wood ramrod is sound and solid though heavily stained and dark in exposed areas. Markings are all discernible. Stock is sound, solid and well fit and has a small “9” stamped behind tang. Tang sight with 1884 patent date is poorly fit but has a similar matching patina as can be seen in photos. Stock has typical “P” in circle proof behind point of checkering on bottom of butt. Other markings found on gun include a “7” stamped inside trigger guard, and a “55” stamped on bottom of bbl. Gun is mechanically functional. Rifling is crisp and discernible though pitted. 4-53794 JS78 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3211

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3212

RARE SPRINGFIELD OFFICERS MODEL 1875 TYPE II RIFLE.

SN NSN. 45-70 Cal. Second type officer’s model with 26″ rnd bbl. Hooded adjustable front sight and ladder type rear sight. The low arch breech block has the 1873 markings and the lock plate is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD” forward of a spread winged American eagle. Mounted in a 1-pc walnut half stock with checkered forearm & straight stock that has musket/carbine buttplate without trap. Forearm has a pewter tip in foliate pattern & forearm is secured by a single band with spring keeper. Top of the wrist is mounted with tang sight with oval base. Trigger is single-set style. Lock plate, hammer, breech block, thumb lever, trigger guard, front receiver ring, bbl band, forend cap & buttplate tang are very nicely engraved in flowing foliate arabesque forms typical of this pattern. Bbl has the standard “VP” and eagle head proofs & the buttplate tang is marked “US”. Bottom of the bbl has a single iron guide which contains a hickory and silver plated brass cleaning rod. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 252 of these rifles were produced in the period 1877 to 1881. They were initially intended as special order items for military officers but later were awarded as shooting prizes and eventually civilians were even allowed to purchase them. This gun is accompanied by a large file of research listing many of the officers and dates they purchased their guns. PROVENANCE: Eve Morgan, Clarkston, WA. Lewis Yearout 1970. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Good to very good overall. Bbl is freckled with pitting, rust and staining, remainder of metal is similar brown/gray color with spotted areas of rust overall. Brass and wood ramrod is sound and solid though heavily stained and dark in exposed areas. Markings are all discernible. Stock is sound, solid and well fit and has a small “17” stamped behind tang. Tang sight appears orig and has matching patina. Stock has typical “P” in circle proof behind point of checkering on bottom of butt. Other markings found on gun include a “22” stamped inside trigger guard, and a “K” stamped on bottom of bbl. Gun is mechanically functional. Rifling is crisp, shiny bore though pitted especially at muzzle end. 4-53797 JS79 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3212

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3213

SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1875 “OFFICERS MODEL” TYPE II.

SN NSN. 45-70 Cal. Second type officer’s model with 26″ rnd bbl. Hooded adjustable front sight and ladder type rear sight. The low arch breech block has the 1873 markings and the lock plate is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD” forward of a spread winged American eagle. Mounted in a 1-pc walnut half stock with checkered forearm & straight stock that has musket/carbine buttplate without trap. Removable pistol grip is attached to buttstock. Forearm has a pewter tip in foliate pattern & forearm is secured by bbl band with band spring. Top of the wrist is mounted with tang sight with oval base. Trigger is single-set style. Lock plate, hammer, breech block, thumb lever, trigger guard, front receiver ring, bbl band, forend cap & buttplate tang are very nicely engraved in flowing foliate arabesque forms typical of this pattern. Bbl has the standard “VP” and eagle head proofs & the buttplate tang is marked “US”. Bottom of the bbl has a single iron guide which contains a hickory and silver plated brass cleaning rod. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 252 of these rifles were produced in the period 1877 to 1881. They were initially intended as special order items for military officers but later were awarded as shooting prizes and eventually civilians were even allowed to purchase them. This gun is accompanied by a large file of research listing many of the officers and dates they purchased their guns. PROVENANCE: Carl Memke, MT. R.C. Ramsey, Great Falls, MT. Lewis Yearout 1969. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good overall. Bbl is brown/gray with pitting, rust and staining, remainder of metal is similar brown/gray color with areas of rust overall. Brass and wood ramrod is sound and solid. Markings are all discernible. Stock is sound, solid and well fit and has a small “6x” stamped behind tang. Tang sight base appears orig however sight is modified Sharps style and is replaced. Stock has typical “P” in circle proof behind point of checkering on bottom of butt. Other markings found on gun include a “226” stamped inside trigger guard. Gun is functionally sound, rifling is discernible though pitted. 4-53786 JS82 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3213

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3214

SPRINGFIELD CUSTOM MODIFIED OFFICERS SPORTING STYLE RIFLE.

SN 11750. 45-70 Cal. This gun appears to be a custom civilian altered Model 1873 rifle made with earlier trap door receiver with high arch. 26″ rnd bbl stamped “11750” on left side of bbl with matching number on breech adjacent. Fixed front sight and modified 1864 rear sight. The high arch breech block has no markings. Mounted in a 1-pc walnut half stock with checkered forearm & pistol grip stock that has copper musket/carbine style buttplate without trap. Forearm has crown stag tip and bbl is secured with single key. Trigger is single set. Lock plate, hammer and thumb lever are engraved in style typical of this era and pattern. Bbl is unmarked other than “11750”. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms “all such civilian-modified M 1873 rifles, as long as conclusively established contemporary to use in the 19th century, would be regarded fine collectors items (valued for their appearance and quality of workmanship) but not the rare officers sporting rifle”. This gun is possibly contemporary to the era with matching added SNs “11750”. This configuration made without ramrod was purchased by Lewis Yearout in 1971. PROVENANCE: Joseph Hajec, Marina Del Ray, CA. Lewis Yearout 1971. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Good to very good overall. Bbl is gray/brown with pitting, rust and staining, remainder of metal is similar gray/brown color with spotted areas of rust overall. Trigger guard is made from cut down Civil War era musket trigger guard. Stock has unusual feature of checkering being raised higher than rest of stock with a central 1/4″ strip added to top and bottom center of entire stock in configuration I have not seen before. Trigger is coarsely checkered. It is hard to date the “modification” of this particular arm as it is so different to other noted 19th century “officer modifications”. Gun functions poorly and will not hold at full cock. Bore has discernible rifling though pitted. 4-53978 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3214

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3215

SPRINGFIELD CUSTOM MODIFIED OFFICERS SPORTING STYLE RIFLE.

SN NSN. 45-70 Cal. This gun appears to be a custom altered Model 1873 rifle made with earlier trap door receiver with high arch. 28-1/4″ rnd bbl stamped “47” on bottom near breech. Hooded adjustable front sight and ladder type rear sight. The high arch breech block has no markings other than a large “47” stamped inside breech. Mounted in a 1-pc walnut half stock with checkered forearm & straight stock that has musket/carbine buttplate without trap. Forearm has small pewter tip and bbl is secured with band spring. Top of the wrist is mounted with Sharps tang sight with 2-5/8″ rectangular base. Triggers are double set. Lock plate, hammer, thumb lever, trigger guard, bbl band, forend cap & buttplate tang are engraved in flowing foliate arabesque forms typical of this era and pattern. Bbl has the standard small “VP” and eagle head proofs & the buttplate tang is marked “US”. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms “all such civilian-modified M 1873 rifles, as long as conclusively established contemporary to use in the 19th century, would be regarded fine collectors items (valued for their appearance and quality of workmanship) but not the rare officers sporting rifle”. This gun does appear to be contemporary to the era with matching assembly number “47” and the Sharps tang sight appears orig and is also of same era. This is an interesting configuration made without ramrod that Lewis Yearout purchased in 1970. PROVENANCE: William Bowen, Great Falls, MT. Lewis Yearout 1970. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Good to very good overall. Bbl is gray/brown with pitting, rust and staining, remainder of metal is similar gray/brown color with spotted areas of rust overall. Tang sight has partial Sharps patent markings still discernible. Nosecap is replaced; according to Mr. Yearout’s notes was replaced in December of 1996 by his son Leyton. Stock is sound showing hand worn patina and about 10″ crack on left side and a 4″ crack on right side with old glued repair which starts at front of lock and goes to bbl. Trigger guard is made of thinner gauge material than the military type and measures about 1/10″ thick. Engraving style on trigger guard seems more simplistic but has a similar border seen on other parts of gun but probably done by a different hand. Gun functions mechanically well with good discernible rifling though pitted. 4-53980 JS81 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3215

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3216

RARE CUSTOM BUILT TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD SPORTING RIFLE.

SN 20521. Cal. 45-70. Beautiful sporting rifle with 30″ heavy oct bbl, dovetailed Rocky Mountain style front sight and an unmarked, full buckhorn Sharps ladder rear sight. Bore is rifled in a style similar to Metford rifling found on English rifles and Meacham re-barreled Sharps rifles where Mr. Meecham reportedly used English made bbls for his conversions. Bottom flat of bbl, under the forestock has last three digits of matching serial number. Receiver, breechblock & breech plug are color case hardened with the high arch breechblock having standard 1873 markings. Lockplate & hammer are also color case hardened with lockplate having later style markings of a small eagle and “U.S. Springfield”. Trigger guard is 2-pc style without sling loop and is also color case hardened. Buttplate was probably an orig 1873 style without trap and now has a sliding brass trap like found on Winchester rifles and contains an org 4-pc brass & steel cleaning rod similar to the Winchester style rods but distinctly different and of a style observed with other rifles of this type. Mounted in a 1-pc American walnut stock with checkered black insert, schnable tip forestock and straight grip. This rifle is one of a reported 600 units created from surplus military parts by Whitney Arms Co. for Hartley & Graham of New York who had purchased a large quantity of these surplus military parts. The few surviving pieces that have been observed by this cataloger are all virtually identical and in two different calibers, 45-70 & 40 caliber. Very few survive today with this rifle being the finest known to this cataloger. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig blue; receiver retains most of its orig case colors, strong & bright over the front, faded on the sides; breechblock retains faded case colors; lockplate retains about all of its fine case colors, strong & bright around the hammer, moderately faded toward the front; hammer retains 50-60% faded case colors; trigger plate retains bright case colors in sheltered areas faded elsewhere and on trigger bow; buttplate retains strong case colors on the tang with the balance faded and mixed with mottled brown patina on the face. Stock has a tiny chip in the tip, otherwise wood is sound and retains most of its orig oil finish with light nicks & scratches. Mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. 4-47916 JR109 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3216

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3218

SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1884 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 344258. Cal. 45-70. Standard carbine with 22″ barrel, replaceable front sight blade, Buffington rear sight marked with a “C” and standard breechblock & lockplate markings. Mounted in an uncheckered walnut half-stock with grooved barrel band/sight protector. Left side of stock has a sling bar, missing its ring. Stock has short wrist and a carbine buttplate with trap. CONDITION: Very good to fine. No orig finish remains with the metal being a cleaned gray/brown patina with some fine pitting on the lockplate; Stock is sound with a gouge in the comb and overall retains most of a sanded oil finish; Mechanics are fine; strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-46103 JR417 (1,000-2,000) – Lot 3218

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3219

MARTIALLY MARKED 1ST MODEL HOTCHKISS SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 303. Cal. 45-50. Standard carbine configuration (converted from musket) with new 24″ rnd bbl, rectangular base blade front sight and 1400 yd carbine ladder rear sight. Bbl has the usual “VP” & Eagle proofs with a tiny “U.S.” over the chamber area. Left top side of receiver has the usual markings. Mounted in a 1-pc, nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut stock with single band & nickeled brass forend cap with recesses for two pieces of a cleaning rod which are not present. Left side of stock has a stud & ring and a crisp “ESA” (Erskine S. Allin) cartouche over the date “1878”. Trigger guard is 1-pc and it has a musket style buttplate without trap. Right side of the stock has the rotating cutoff/safety. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this Hotchkiss as a “musket”, U.S., received in warehouse May 24, 1879 and shipped same day to order #14221. The letter actually states that it was shipped May 24, 1897 which is obviously a dyslectic mistake by the typist, which was verified by phone. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 6,419 1st model Hotchkiss arms produced in three styles, sporting rifle, musket and carbine. The first model had the lowest production of all the Hotchkiss arms and are rarely found with high original finish as they were all issued and used by the Cavalry during the Indian Wars period. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Tommy Rholes. CONDITION: Extremely fine as converted and restored. Overall retains virtually all of its restored finish with bright blue and crisp new wood. Bolt body and interior action remain bright metal and the forend cap retains virtually all of its nickel. Buttplate retains virtually all of its brilliant blue. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. 4-50533 JR42 (7,000-10,000) – Lot 3219

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3220

VERY RARE SPENCER HIGH GRADE ENGRAVED PUMP ACTION SHOTGUN.

SN 643. Cal. 12 Gauge. Fine Spencer marked shotgun with 26-1/4″ plain Damascus bbl with single bead. Top of the bbl has the Spencer, Windsor, CT address. Mounted with highly figured, streaky French walnut with checkered tiny rnd forearm and rnd knob pistol grip buttstock with checkered hard rubber buttplate. Receiver, carrier, trigger guard, top & bottom tangs are beautifully engraved with about 50% coverage foliate arabesque patterns with the small vignette of an English Setter carrying a bird on the left side. The right side vignette is engraved “SPENCER ARMS CO. / PAT. APR. 1882”. Spencer produced his patented shotguns, which were the first successful repeating shotgun that ultimately lead to the seriously reduced sales of double bbl shotguns over the ensuing decade, 1882-1889 at which time his company was purchase by Francis Bannerman who continued to manufacture these shotguns until about 1907. While the standard, plain version of this model shotgun are not uncommon, deluxe and engraved examples are very rare and seldom encountered with only a few extant. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl & magazine tube retain strong Damascus pattern with about 60-70% orig brown finish on the bbl, thin over the chamber area and about 90% dark brown finish on the magazine tube; receiver, breechblock & carrier are a light mottled grey/brown patina. Wood is sound with light handling & use nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; moderately pitted bore. 4-53557 JR120 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 3220

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3221

HISTORIC CASED SPENCER SPORTING RIFLE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S SECRETARY OF NAVY GIDEON WELLES.

SN 11893. Cal. 56-46. 26″ rnd bbl. This wonderful high condition and historical cased rifle is directly from the estate of Gideon Welles (there is a photocopy of a manuscript inventory listing this rifle in its case). There is also an orig bill of sale on this gun signed by Thomas Welles Brainard the great-great-grandson of Gideon Welles stating “Family tradition says that this rifle was fired by President Lincoln”. The casing also contains an orig note signed by Abraham Lincoln which reads “Respectfully submitted to the Sec of Navy. A. Lincoln”. Lincoln was famous for writing small notes on bits and pieces of pieces of paper and this bit presents beautifully in the fitted rosewood case to this gun. Gideon Welles had several families of heirs and when the greet-great-grandson sold the contents of the ancestral home with wonderful items associated with Gideon Welles and the Lincoln Administration lawsuits started almost immediately which were not finally settled for 30 years until November 2013 in the appellate court of the State of Connecticut. This cased gun is accompanied by a large folio of research materials along with orig bill of sale and orig Lincoln signed note. It remains in wonderful condition retaining much of its orig finish and is pictured in Roy Marcot’s Spencer Repeating Firearms on pgs. 113 & 115. William Edwards in his book Civil War Guns tells the history of the Spencer rifle and carbines during the Civil War he titles chapter 13 of his book, “The Dreaded Horizontal Shot-Tower”. There is little doubt that the Spencer repeater was one of the most important improvements in military long arms that helped the Union win the war more quickly. A Confederate soldier who named it the “horizontal shot tower” because so bewildered by its formidable output of hot lead he did not know what it was, as nothing like it had ever been seen in battle before. Spencers saw us in the field starting in April or May of 1863 and the units used them were enamored by the rapid fire possible and by wars end was the carbine of choice for Union mounted troops. Abraham Lincoln personally was partially responsible for the acceptance of these guns and actually shot one of Spencer’s rifles in either 1862 or 1863 depending on the article that is read. Harold Peterson wrote an article “The Repeater Lincoln Tested” in American Gun Vol I Num I Winter of 1961 which utilized Vesta Spencer Taylors (Spencer’s daughter) “A Personal Reminiscence”, and J. O. Buckeridge wrote “Abe and His Secret Weapon” for The Saturday Evening Post March 31, 1956. One source document quoted as C. M Spencers’s own words describing his visit with Lincoln, published on p. 151 of Edward’s Civil War Guns “‘On the 18th of August, 1863, I arrived at the White House with the rifle in hand, and was immediately ushered into the executive room. I found the President alone. With brief introduction I took the rifle from its case and presented it to him. Looking it over carefully and handling it as one familiar with firearms, he requested me to take it apart to show the “Inwardness of the thing.” It was soon dissected, and laid on the table before him. After a careful examination and his emphatic approval, I was asked if I had any engagement for the following day. When I replied that I was at his command he requested that I “Come over tomorrow at 2 o’clock and we will go out and see the thing shoot.’ Here was no sudden secret interview; Lincoln was expecting Spencer, and had to put aside a few minutes for him to determine if there was any purpose in spending the time of the Government in Spencer’s interest. Convinced, upon superficial examination, there was, he was then willing to arrange time on the morrow to shoot the gun. The report of officers were only confirming what he would himself discover, if it seemed as good as it looked, as a repeating rifle. Spencer continues: ‘Arriving at the appointed time, I found all in readiness to proceed to the shooting place, which was about were now stand the Washington Monument. (Buckeridge also places the site for shooting at the Mall, but states it was 1862. We prefer Spencer’s version). Accompanying us was his son, Robert, and one of the officers of the Navy Department who carried the target and rifle, with the ammunition. Arriving at a point opposite the War Department the President requested Robert to go over and ask Mr. Stanton to come and see this new gun fired. Robert soon returned and reported Mr. Stanton too busy to attend. “Well.” says the President, in his humorous way, “they do pretty much as they have a mind to over there”…Lincoln shot a target which was a roof shingle that measured 6″ wide and 3’ long with a black spot near each end. Mr. Lincoln’s first shot was low, but the next hit bullseye and the other 5 were close around it. Now, says he, ‘We will let the inventor try it’. Being in almost daily practice, I naturally beat the President a little. ‘Well’, he said, ‘you are younger than I, have a better eye and steadier nerve’. The end of the board which the President had shot was cut off by the Navy official…to be placed in the collection of relics”. This board was listed in the collection of the Civil War relics in the state capitol in Lincoln, IL as of 1956. Unfortunately, Bill Edwards when researching his 1961 book was not able to locate it or its whereabouts but we understand it is indeed still there. The initial sporting rifles, according to Marcot, were started in earnest in late 1864 and then 1865 after the war. The earliest of these guns were made from orig military receivers and SNs utilized on the military breech are found throughout the gun as in Gideon Well’s gun here. SN 11893 is found on bbl and frame along with assembly numbers “16” and “18” though number “17” is found on folding rear sight with various other small numbers and letters stamped on various parts internally. Rosewood Casing is identical to other known orig Spencer casing with same compartmentalization. According to our consignor, the front sight of the gun Lincoln shot was removed by President Lincoln and he had a wooden sight he made that caused the gun to shoot more accurately. This may be the reason that the front sight is missing. it was simply never re-applied. PROVENANCE: Gideon Welles. Thomas Welles Brainard. Joe Lynch. George Lower, Gettysburg, PA Private collection 1981. CONDITION: Gun is very fine overall. Bbl retains 95% of its orig blue finish with scattered staining and pin prick pitting. Front sight is missing from its dovetailed slot. Leaves of rear sight were purposefully removed for use of the fitting tang sight typical of Spencer sporting rifles. Frame, lock and hammer retain strong traces of bright case colors with balance muted and gray/silver overall. Markings on breech “SPENCER REPEATING/RIFLE CO BOSTON MASS/PAT’D MARCH 6 1860″ are crisp and well struck. Gun functions well including magazine tube in butt. Extractor is of the earliest type with no stabler device though hammer is beveled in style of 1865. Stocks are sound and solid with 2-1/2″ x 1/2” sliver missing from left forestock end near frame, gun retains 95% of its orig varnish. Rifling in bore is crisp and well defined in the model 1860 six lands and grooves military style. Case is sound but missing lock escutcheons typical wear to exterior with scratches, dents and other blemishes. Lining in top of case is loose but intact. 4-51322 JS73 (40,000-70,000) – Lot 3221

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3222

RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED SPENCER SPORTING RIFLE WITH GOLD INLAID INITIALS.

SN NSN. 56-46 Cal. 26″ rnd bbl. Gun is factory engraved with no discernible SNs thought there is “PH17” stamped on bottom of bbl just forward of nosecap. Engraving is found on all major metal parts except bbl, including pewter nosecap, lock, frame, hammer, lever, baseplate and buttplate. Stock is quite dark and appears to be rosewood and not walnut as typically seen. Some other Spencer sporting rifles have 2-digit assembly numbers but “PH17” appears done after the fact, possibly by a collector or owner. Roy Marcot in his book Spencer Repeating Firearms notes an engraved sporting rifle presented to Frank Cheney proprietor of the Spencer Repeating Rifle Company in 1868 engraved by L.D. Nimschke. Another engraved sporting rifle was presented to Emperor Franz Josef I in 1868 neither of these cited guns are serialized such as subject gun. Engraving is in English style of tightly wound scroll floral vignettes in the style of what would be seen on a fine English manufactured sporting arm of its day. Gold initials are found on top of breech block “HHMH” which according to Mr. Yearout’s notes means “His Highness Maharajah of Hyderabad” of India. An Indian presentation would give credence to English style engraving. This gun was purchased from Norm Flayderman Catalog #94, 1973, item #951. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman. Lewis Yearout 1973. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Gun is very good to fine overall. Bbl shows freckling and fine pitting, though there is still some apparently thin plum colored finish on bottom of bbl where protected by forearm. Rear of buttplate and adjustable rear sight also show rust and pitting. Case hardened frame exhibits minor freckling on reverse of frame. Surfaces are gray/silver with hints of muted case color, same on lock and hammer. Engraved hammer screw appears cruder and of more recent vintage. Breech shows about 50% case color and fire blue with areas of rust. Stocks are sound and solid and quite dark. Mechanically gun functions though stiff; magazine tube is also tight due to rust. Bore has well defined 6-groove military style rifling. 4-53802 JS72 (5,000-10,000) – Lot 3222

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3223

CIVIL WAR SPENCER CARBINE.

SN 14140. This is a very nice orig and authentic “as found” Civil War Spencer carbine that shows honest saddle wear from the Greene Museum. This gun conforms to other early issued Spencer carbines with better than average markings on receiver flat “SPENCER REPEATING/RIFLE CO BOSTON MASS/PAT’D MARCH 6 1860″, 22″ bbl mounted on straight grained walnut stock. This is a nice unaltered example of the popular Civil War Spencer carbine. PROVENANCE: Greene Museum of Southern History. CONDITION: Very good overall with gray/brown fairly smooth metal with scattered staining and pitting. Stocks are sound with numerous small dings, dents and scratches with hand worn patina. There is a 1” chip at toe with some erosion which retains same patina. Buttstock has some light soldier scratched in decorations with indiscernible possible unit and/or initials. Front German silver blade to sight has been filed and sharpened. Mechanically gun functions well with good bore with discernible rifling though pitted. 4-54250 JS304 (2,000-4,000) – Lot 3223

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3224

RARE ENGRAVED CIVIL WAR FIRST MODEL MERRILL CARBINE.

SN 4295. 54 Cal. Often known as officer models, the handful of engraved first model Merrill carbines are quite scarce and all very different. This particular example has engraving only to brass components patchbox, trigger guard, buttplate and bbl band. These components are all engraved and silver plated as can be seen in photos. Stock is also highly finished, strait grain and varnished. These are the only distinctions from the standard military carbine that saw hard use during the Civil War. One famous commander who armed his troops with these guns was General Benjamin Grierson who fought in the western theater of war whose exploits were portrayed with cinematic license by John Wayne in his famous movie “The Horse Soldiers”. A decorated gun like this could have been carried by one of his officers. Conforms to other standard production guns with makers marks on lock and breech as can be seen in photographs. This scarce gun is all orig, authentic and in beautiful “as found” condition. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Engraved buttplate and patch box retain about 90% orig silver plate. Engraved bbl band and trigger guard retain about half orig finish. Iron surfaces of bbl and breech are brown/plum overall with large areas of freckling and pitting on bbl and pitting on breech. External SN 4295 is found on lock and lever. Stock is sound and solid retaining about 90% orig varnish with a 3″ crack at wrist between lock and end of breech as can be seen in photos. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp rifling in bore. 4-53801 JS38 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3224

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3225

EXTREMELY RARE ONE OF ONLY TWO KNOWN ENGRAVED FIRST MODEL BURNSIDE CARBINE.

SN 169. 54 Cal. Less than 300 first model Burnsides were produced and engraved models are extremely rare. This particular arm appears all orig and unaltered with a German silver buttplate that is engraved on top. Lock, hammer, frame and breech are engraved to match as can be seen in photos. Only one other engraved first model carbine is known (SN 214). Like SN 214 this Burnside is made without Maynard tape system and utilizes German silver Schuetzen style buttplate. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Good to very good overall. Gun is sound and solid with good mechanics and crisp sharp rifling in bore. Metal surfaces show old cleaning, rust and pitting but markings are still discernible and matching SNs are found externally on bbl, frame, breech block, sight base and base plate screw. Stock is sound and solid with scattered dings and dents as can be seen in photos. 4-53790 JS39 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3225

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3226

RARE 4TH MODEL BURNSIDE CIVIL WAR CARBINE.

SN 7407. This Burnside model made in 1863 and early 1864 is rarely found thought 7,000 were thought to have been made. This model closely resembles the 3rd model with exception of the hinged breech block which would be improved in 1864 into the standard 5th model which is most often encountered. This gun has proper lock markings “BURNSIDE RIFLE CO/PROVIDENCE RI”. Bbl is marked “CAST STEEL 1862” and breech block is marked “BURNSIDE’S PATENT/MARCH 25, 1856”. These early Burnsides saw very hard use and are quite scarce especially in honest “as found” complete condition such as this example once on display in the Greene Museum. PROVENANCE: Greene Museum of Southern History. CONDITION: Very good to good overall. Appears all matching though not disassembled to check for internal numbers. Metal overall is brown/gray with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Stocks are sound and solid with numerous dents, scratches and other blemishes. Still showing the vertical “scraping” wear from saddle use. Mechanically gun functions well with well discerned rifling in bore. 4-54253 JS305 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3226

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3227

CIVIL WAR BURNSIDE CARBINE.

SN 37733/37809. This is an honest and complete example of the standard 5th model Burnside carbine from the Greene Museum. This gun conforms to other 5th model 1864 manufactured guns with 21″ bbl, about 39″ overall. Markings are all discernible as can be seen in photos. This gun was designed by the Civil War General Ambrose Burnside. Cartridge this carbine used was one of the most unique of the Civil War being an “ice cream cone” shaped brass casing though this was still a percussion arm. PROVENANCE: Greene Museum of Southern History. CONDITION: Good to very good overall. SNs on frame and breech are about 80 numbers apart. Stocks are sound and solid with inspector’s cartouches discernible in outline only. Metal on gun overall shows old cleaning, pitting and staining. Mechanically gun functions and bore retains well defined rifling though pitted. 4-54251 JS306 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 3227

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3228

SCARCE ENGRAVED THIRD TYPE FRANK WESSON TWO TRIGGER SINGLE SHOT SPORTING RIFLE.

SN 340. Cal. 44. Fine deluxe rifle with 28-1/2″ oct bbl, gold washed Beach’s combination front sight, fixed Kentucky rifle-style rear sight and an elevation adjustable lollipop tang sight. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut, straight grip stock with crescent buttplate. Buttstock and bottom flat of bbl have factory sling loops. Receiver & trigger guard are nicely engraved in foliate arabesque patterns without background. Engraving extends over the top & bottom tangs and buttplate tang. Receiver, trigger guard & buttplate are nickel finished. Hammer is 3rd type with adjustable hammer nose designed to fire either rimfire cartridges in the extended position or center fire ammunition by means of the floating firing pin in the frame with the hammer nose retracted. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, only about 7,500 of these rifles were produced in the period 1872-1888. Wesson rifles were popular in their era as hunting rifles and usually saw hard outdoor service and are rarely found today with orig finish. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains about 85% of an old re-blue with light surface rust; receiver, trigger guard & buttplate retain most of an old restored nickel finish; hammer retains bright orig case colors. Stock has a hairline in the left wrist, otherwise is sound with nicks & scratches and retains about 80% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-53556 JR118 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3228

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3229

CIVIL WAR MAYNARD CARBINE CARRIED BY “JOHN T. GREEN” 10TH TENNESSEE UNION CAVALRY.

SN 3754. Rarely do you find carbines where soldiers carved their names as this was frowned upon by regulation; however Private John T. Green prominently carved his name in buttstock as can be seen in photographs and his initials on the opposite side. The 10th Tenn Union Cavalry was one of 5 western regiments(10th & 11th Tenn, 6th, 9th & 11th Indiana Cav) that were issued Maynard carbines in the middle of 1864. The 10th Tenn saw service in northern Alabama and Tennessee. During the first day’s battle at Nashville they lost 70 Officers and men. There is little known about John T. Green other than he was 30 years old when he enlisted as private in Company “K”, 10th Tenn US Cav in February of 1864 and was mustered out with his regiment in September of 1865 at Nashville, TN. PROVENANCE: Greene Museum of Southern History. CONDITION: Very good overall. Frame is cleaned and overall gray/white with staining and pitting. Patent markings and makers marks are crisp and discernible. Bbl is brown/plum overall with traces of blue finish in protected areas. Stock is sound and solid with numerous small dents, scratches and other blemishes with discernible inspector’s cartouches; Mr. Green’s initials and name are easily discerned. Stock has an old applied layer of varnish. Mechanically gun functions with good crisp bore. 4-54254 JS307 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3229

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3230

CIVIL WAR SMITH CARBINE.

SN 1437. 50 cal. 21-5/8″ bbl. About 30,000 of this well made carbine were made for the Civil War, this is a very fine example retaining most of its orig finish that conforms to the standard configuration of this arm with part oct bbl. This gun is iron mounted, case colored and blued. On the left side of breach is marked “ADDRESS/POULTNEY&TRIMBLE/BALTIMORE, U.S.A.” and “SMITH’S PATENT/JUNE 23 1857″, and also the 3-line markings on the contractor, “MANUFACTURED BY/AM’N M’CH’N WKS/SPRINGFIELD MASS”. Among the Union regiments issued this gun were the 7th & 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry, the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry, the 1st Connecticut Cavalry and the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry. These were all good fighting units of the Civil War. PROVENANCE: LTC (r) Bert Millikin Collection. CONDITION: Overall is in very fine to excellent condition, retaining 95% orig blue on bbl with fine bore and crisp rifling. Case colored frame, exhibits about 50% muted case colors with remainder silver/brown. Bbl spring retains about 90% orig bright blue. Trigger guard and breech band retain strong traces of orig blue. Stocks are fine overall, with some raised grain, inspector cartouche “JH” is crisp as are sub-inspectors’ marks on both stocks & other metal parts. Stock has several scattered storage dings & scratches including a large 1/2″ gouge on bottom of forestock. 4-51254 JS14 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 3230

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3231

RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED “OFFICERS” MODEL 1851 SHARPS CARBINE.

SN 1199. 52 Cal. 21-5/8″ bbl. This gun is in standard military configuration for other model 1851 “box lock carbines” and not in sporting configuration. This gun exhibits the same bbl markings and patent markings on frame and primer door. Matching SN 1199 is found externally on tang, inside patchbox, primer door and on bottom of bbl along with the name “L.E. FINNEY”. We know of no other factory engraved military “officer’s” models extant. PROVENANCE: Lloyd Goff, Centralia, WA. Lewis Yearout 1973. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Gun is fair to good overall retaining some orig finish on bottom of bbl where protected by forestock. Bbl overall is freckled, gray/brown with fine pitting. Lock, frame, hammer, baseplate and lever all exhibit old cleaning, are overall gray/brown with pitting especially around breech and nose of hammer. Lever to Maynard door exhibits numerous dings and dents and is lighter colored than rest of metal. Engraving is mostly discernible though worn and fine details are light on iron surfaces. Engraved brass buttplate, patchbox and bbl band have good detail with light mustard patina with old cleaning and many small dents, bruises and scratches. Forestock is sound and solid retaining strong traces of orig varnish with a hand worn dark patina. Buttstock is sound and solid but has inset repair of missing wood about 3″ long between lock and tang. Buttstock is well fit retaining over 50% of its orig varnish though thinning in areas. Mechanically gun functions including Maynard device with good, discernible rifling. 4-53976 JS74 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3231

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3232

RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED MODEL 1852 SHARPS SPORTING RIFLE WITH HEAVY OCTAGON BARREL.

SN 3160. 90 Bore (about 38 Cal). 25-1/4″ bbl. According to Frank Sellers’ in his text Sharps Firearms he states only about 600 1852 sporting rifles were made of which only 3 were engraved in 90 bore and six were “extra engraved” in 90 bore with oct bbl. So this is indeed a rare gun that also exhibits addition of rear tang sight and double set triggers. Gun is totally iron mounted and mounted with deluxe burl walnut stocks. SN 3160 is found on frame; no other SNs are found but bbl has a “33” stamped on bottom and forestock has same assembly number “33” penciled inside. Engraving is in the Germanic style with arabesque and floral design with fairly full coverage to lock, frame, lever, baseplate, patchbox and portions of buttplate and bbl. This is a rare gun with multi groove sharps rifling that is rarely offered. PROVENANCE: Rev. Liester Myers, San Jose, CA. Lewis Yearout 1976. Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: Bbl is freckled and brown overall with pin prick pitting with some areas of orig brown finish especially in protected areas and bottom of bbl where protected by forestock. Rest of metal surfaces exhibit similar color, rust and pitting. Engraving all discernible as are Sharps patent marks on lock and frame. Forestock is sound retains most of its refinished varnish; buttstock is refinished with glued repair where stock is broken between baseplate and patchbox. Two 1″ x 1/2″ insets can be seen at this break. Buttstock retains most of its revarnished finish. Gun functions mechanically and has discernible rifling. Patchbox has an extra Maynard spring, nipple and fixed front sight. 4-53991 JS75 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3232

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3233

UNIQUE FACTORY “EXTRA FINE ENGRAVED” MODEL 1853 SHARPS SHOTGUN.

SN 9327. 26 Bore. 21-3/4″ bbl. Frank Sellers in his text Sharps Firearms notes that there were only 320 model 1853 shotguns made of which only 1 was “extra engraved”. This gun probably falls into the category of extra engraving as the flat on reverse of receiver has a panel scene of a hunting dog. Sellers does mention in his book that some guns with factory letters that are obviously factory engraved list them simply as plain guns, so this is probably not the only “extra engraved” shotgun out there; however this is the only 26 bore gun “extra fine engraved” as invoiced from Sharps factory March 13, 1855. Factory letter lists no recipient and does state gun is 26 bore, originally shipped with 22″ bbl. Gun conforms to other model 1853 Sharps sporting arms with patent markings on both sides of frame and address on bbl. Matching SNs were observed on frame, tang and bottom of bbl. This gun is totally iron mounted with walnut stock and pewter nosecap. Few engraved Sharps shotguns are ever offered. PROVENANCE: Estate Collection of Lewis & Leyton Yearout. CONDITION: This gun exhibits freckling and pitting to bbl which is brown/gray overall. Bright orig brown finish is found on bottom of bbl where protected by forestock. Remainder of metal is brown/gray overall with scattered areas of rust and pitting. Forestock has longitudinal crack running its entire length, about 1/2″ putty repair on left side and several chips near breech end. Buttstock is sound and well fit with well figured wood; glued inset repair of about 3″ x 1/4″ sliver that runs at top rear of lock. Mechanically gun is functional with smooth bore with pitting. 4-53990 JS76 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 3233

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3234

SHARPS MODEL 1853 SPORTING RIFLE.

SN 12282. This is a nice example of the Model 1853 oct bbl percussion sporting rifle made between 1854-1859 with 24″ bbl and 60 bore (about 44 cal). This gun has straight grain walnut stock with iron mountings, 4″ tang sight and set triggers. Gun exhibits standard address on bbl “SHARPS RIFLE/MANUFG CO./HARTFORD CONN”, “SHARPS PATENT 1852” on lock. Breech tang has additional 1848 patent date and SN. According to Frank Sellers definitive text Sharps Firearms this is the most common of the 3,000 rifles of this model made with 1127 60 bore plain oct guns made. CONDITION: Very good overall. Metal is gray/brown with staining and pitting. Stock has been refinished with a couple small putty repairs. Gun is functional including set trigger with crisp bore with discernible rifling. 4-47907 JS327 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3234

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3235

SHARPS MODEL 1853 SPORTING RIFLE.

SN 20642. 32 Bore (52 Cal.). Standard Sharps sporting rifle with 25-11/16″ medium weight oct bbl with standard address “SHARP’S RIFLE / MANUFG. CO. / HARTFORD CONN”. Sharps front sight with brass blade & Sharps single leaf adjustable rear sight. Lock plate has the pellet priming system incorporated and is marked “SHARP’S / PATENT / 1852″. Top tang is marked “SHARPS / PATENT / 1848″ along with the SN. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with rnd Sharps forearm that has pewter nose cap & straight stock that has brass buttplate & 2-pc brass patch box on the right side. Bbl & forearm are matching numbered to the receiver. Buttstock, lockplate & trigger plate are unnumbered. Buttplate has tiny number “39″ which is probably an inspector number rather than an assembly number. According to Sharps Rifles, by Frank Sellers, there were 2,970 of these rifles produced during the period July 1854 to Dec 1859 in 3 different calibers & a variety of bbl lengths with some fancy and engraved. This gun made in the largest caliber about .52 (32 bore); there were only 295 guns of this configuration of all bbl lengths. This is a fine example with crisp markings that appears orig and complete. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains a cleaned, smooth metal patina. Lockplate, hammer, trigger plate, lever & receiver retain traces of faded case colors in protected areas. Remainder of metal is gray overall with scattered areas of staining and pin prick pitting and pitted around cone and breech where expected. Brass buttplate and patch box show a medium mustard patina with old cleaning and small scratches and blemishes. Stocks are sound and solid, fairly well fit but there is a thin gap around lockplate. Wood exhibits numerous small scrapes, scratches and other blemishes with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with crisp well defined rifling. 4-51953 JS98 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 3235

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3236

IDENTIFIED SHARPS CARBINE, JAMES JOHNSON 19TH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY.

SN C12823. This is a fine example of a Civil War Sharps carbine identified by SN and listed on p.90 of Sharps Civil War Carbines and Rifles by Coates & McAuley. James Johnson entered service in Company L 19th PA Cav. in Sept, 1863 and was mustered out of service in May, 1866 in New Orleans. Rarely can you find Civil War arms that were issued to the soldier who carried it then during the war but this is one such case. Sharps carbines were issued to the unit in June and July of 1864. Most members of this late war unit were veterans of other units. The 19th first saw service in Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi, seeing action including the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads losing 15 men killed, wounded and missing. The unit later fought at Big Black, Port Gibson and Grand Gulf, MS. In Sept of 1864 unit saw action against Sterling Price in his invasion into Missouri at Marion, Greensboro, Pilot Knob and the Big Blue River then returning to Memphis on Oct 20. In Nov the 19th skirmished on the flank of Hood’s Army marching toward Nashville and participated in the Battle of Nashville and the pursuit of Hood’s Army. At Franklin the 19th captured three strands of colors and 350 prisoners losing 25 killed, wounded and missing. The command was now much reduced in numbers and consolidated into a battalion moved to Baton Rouge and later to New Orleans arriving there March 9, 1865. Unit served in detachments in Louisiana and Texas until April of 1866, reuniting in New Orleans finally being mustered out May 4, 1866. Accompanying carbine is a fine Sharps bullet mold marked “NEW MODEL 1863”. Johnson’s carbine shows honest use with “saddle wear” otherwise gun is in wonderful “as found” condition with crisp markings and bright bore. It would be difficult to find a better identified and used Civil War carbine. PROVENANCE: Greene Museum of Southern History. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Sharps patent markings are crisp and well defined on both sides of frame. Bbl markings are discernible though a couple letters in bbl address are light. “NEW MODEL 1863” stamped behind rear sight is crisp. Stocks are sound and solid with numerous small dents, dings and scratches as expected, with hand worn patina. Inspector’s cartouches are discernible though weak. Sub inspector’s marks are discernible on most metal parts. Bore retains well defined rifling. 4-54249 JS301 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 3236

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3237

SHARPS NEW MODEL 1863 CARTRIDGE CONVERSION CARBINE.

SN C2671. 52-70 Cal. This Indian War era carbine is in excellent condition and is one of late Civil War model percussion carbines converted starting in 1867. Approximately 30,000 Sharps carbines of all configurations were converted after the Civil War of which only 1900 retained their original 6-groove barrels and had spring loaded firing pins installed and breech block converted. Guns were restocked and refinished as necessary at the armory. This gun appears to have retained its orig Civil War stocks with additional “DFC” in ribbon rework cartouche on left side in middle of buttstock. This gun shows a number of rare features. This is a nice example of an Indian Wars carbine, one of only 1900, that appears to have seen some use but not abused. CONDITION: Very fine overall. Bbl retains a thin plum/blue finish with traces of bright blue in protected areas with discernible “NEW MODEL 1863” behind rear sight and inspectors “HDH” on breech. Bbl address is only partially discernible from polish when arsenally refinished. Lock and frame retain about 20-30% muted case colors with balance a speckled gray/silver. Other case colored components have traces of finish with a mottled silver/gray color. Buttplate was taken from Model 1859 9with patchbox door cut-out) during arsenal conversion and buttplate has similar gray/silver patina with scattered staining and pitting. Stocks are sound and solid with residual Civil War era cartouches and a more discernible “DFC” cartouche. Stocks are refinished with thin varnish layer. Forestock has several large cuts and bruises on right side as can be seen in photos. Sub inspector’s letters are distinct and found on most parts. Mechanically gun is functional with crisp bright bore. 4-50460 JS328 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 3237

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3238

CIVIL WAR BERDAN’S SHARPS RIFLE.

SN 55948. This particular gun is listed by SN on p.99 in Wiley Sword’s 1988 publication Sharpshooter, Hiram Berdan, his famous Sharpshooters and their Sharps Rifles. This gun is on a list, relevant to the 1862 Berdan special order, showing alterations, or significant features bearing on the Berdan Sharps contract “Serial number 55498, single trigger arms within the Berdan serial range; some apparently were refinished and reconditioned post war, others may be Berdan issues with field replacements of the double set trigger assembly, some may be rejections from the Berdan contract and sold later.” The most common configuration for Berdan Sharps were a double set trigger in a serial range typically running between 54,000 and 57,000 with a “JT” cartouche (John Taylor). This gun does have a “JT” cartouche but found on bottom of butt behind trigger guard and another cartouche on buttstock flat opposite lock “CGC” (Charles G. Curtis). Rear sight is graduated to 700 yards and has Sharps patent marks. Front brass blade on rectangular base sight measures 4/10″ high. As stated in Sword’s book above this gun was part of Berdan serial range and this gun is in beautiful condition as refinished as can be seen in photos. CONDITION: Very fine, retains virtually all of a fine arsenal refinish, matching SNs on frame and bbl. Case colors are present on lock, frame, lever, baseplate, buttplate and patchbox. Patent markings on frame are all discernible though thin in areas as can be seen in photos. Bbl markings and SNs are crisp and well defined. Bbl and bands retain most of their refinished blue though thinning on bbl. Stocks are sound and solid as refinished with discernible cartouches as can be seen in photos. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp, bright bore. 4-47909 JS303 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 3238

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3239

SCARCE FINE 1861 DATED SPRINGFIELD RIFLED-MUSKET WITH BAYONET.

SN NSN. 58 cal. 40″ bbl. This is a very nice example of Civil War model 1861 Springfield dated 1861 which over 450,000 were made in 1861 and 1862 and few survive in high condition as this was the workhorse musket of the Union Army during the Civil War. Indeed these muskets were often captured and saw continued use by the Confederacy. This gun is consistent with other 1861 Springfields being iron mounted, fitted with three flat bands that are spring retained, two leaf rear sight and swelled tulip tip ramrod. This gun is properly marked “US/SPRINGFIELD” with Eagle forward of hammer on lock and “1861” on tail of lock and on bbl flat and “VP/Eagle Head” proof. There are two inspectors cartouches crisply stamped opposite lock as can be seen in photos. This is not a surplus gun and no doubt saw some service but is in wonderful condition and a survivor of the early Civil War. This particular Springfield is hard to find in nice condition and appears 100% orig and complete in every regard including bayonet and its orig regulation leather sling. Pictured on pp 22 and 23 of The US Model 1861 Springfield Rifle Musket by Daniel D. Hartzler, Larry W. Yantz and James B. Whisker. PROVENANCE: LTC (r) Bert Millikin Collection. CONDITION: Very good overall. Metal is gray/bright showing old cleaning, staining and light pitting, especially at breech. Markings are all discernible though bbl date and “VP” proof are worn as can be seen in photos. The accompanying bayonet is in good matching condition, fits gun well. Stock is very good-fine overall with crisp edges, good inspector cartouches with a few scattered dings and dents. This gun functions mechanically and has good discernible rifling. 4-51246 JS3 (3,000-4,000) – Lot 3239

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3240

FINE MODEL 1861 SPRINGFIELD RIFLED MUSKET WITH BAYONET.

SN NSN. 58 Cal. 40″ rifled bbl. This was the most advanced longarm in American armories at the beginning of the Civil War. Several hundred thousand of these guns were made in 1861 and 1862 and most saw very hard use. This particular arm conforms to the standard configuration of other Springfield rifled muskets with typical markings and measurements. This gun is 100% orig, authentic and complete in every regard including bayonet. This particular specimen is fine and untouched and appears “as found”. This particular specimen saw honest use still retaining bright crisp markings and gun is in the kind of condition that Civil War aficionados always look for and rarely find. Most guns found in years past have been polished bright. This gun was stored where it has patinaed overall; when a band is moved forward orig bright surfaces are then exposed. The stock still exhibits raised grain with one discernible though light cartouche. Bbl is dated 1862 and lock is dated 1861. This honest lightly used relic of the war has some personalized initials carved in buttstock and is a fine example of a musket that saw action in the Civil War. PROVENANCE: Greene Museum of Southern History. CONDITION: This gun is very good to fine overall. Metal surfaces are mottled gray/brown with areas of staining and pin-prick pitting. Gun is well fit, tight and mechanically functional. Stock is dark with edge wear and some areas of raised grain with typical storage dents and scuffs. Buttplate is properly US surcharged with pitting. Bbl date of 1862 and VP Eagle Head proof are crisp and well-defined on the bbl breech. Lock markings are crisp and well-defined as can be seen in photos. Inspector’s cartouche in stock is discernible as can be seen in photos. The bore has well discerned rifling. Associated bayonet is cleaned overall, no surcharge with pitting but fits gun. 4-54258 JS231 (2,500-4,500) – Lot 3240

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3241

1862 DATED WINDSOR LOCKS CONTRACT CIVIL WAR RIFLED-MUSKET WITH BAYONET.

SN NSN. 58 cal. 40″ bbl. This is a very nice example of Civil War William Muir of Windsor Locks, CT contract of which a total of about 30,000 model 1861 rifled muskets were delivered between 1862 and 1864 to U.S. Government. This gun is consistent with other 1861 contracts being iron mounted, fitted with three flat bands that are spring retained, two leaf rear sight and swelled tulip tip ramrod. This gun is properly marked “US/WINDSOR LOCKS” with Eagle forward of hammer on lock and “1862” on tail of lock and on bbl flat and “VP/Eagle Head” proof and inspector initials “JH” are found on left side of breech. Stock exhibits two inspectors cartouches opposite lock stamped in wood. William Muir originally had a contract for 30,000 muskets early in the war and according to George Moller in his text American Military Shoulder Arms states 29,000 were delivered. This particular musket is about as fine condition as this gun is found and appears 100% orig and complete in every regard including bayonet. Pictured on pp 68 and 69 of The US Model 1861 Springfield Rifle Musket by Daniel D. Hartzler, Larry W. Yantz and James B. Whisker. PROVENANCE: LTC (r) Bert Millikin Collection. CONDITION: Very good-fine overall. Metal is gray/bright showing old cleaning, staining and light pitting especially at breech. Markings are all fairly crisp and discernible. The accompanying bayonet is in good matching condition, fits gun well. Stock is fine overall with good edges with edge wear, good inspector cartouches as can be seen in photos with scattered storage dings and dents. This gun functions mechanically and rifling is discernible though pitted overall. 4-51245 JS4 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 3241

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3242

1862 DATED “NEW YORK” CIVIL WAR CONTRACT RIFLED-MUSKET.

SN NSN. 58 cal. 40″ bbl. This is a very nice example of a scarce Civil War John Sarson and William Roberts of New York City contract of which a total of 5,140 model 1861 rifled muskets were delivered in 1862 and 1863 to U.S. Government. Sarson and Roberts had a much larger contract of 40,000 muskets but as with so many contractors they delivered many less guns to the high standards of U.S. Government inspection. Consistent with other 1861 contracts being iron mounted, fitted with three flat bands that are spring retained, two leaf rear sight and swelled tulip tip ramrod. This gun is properly marked “US/NEW YORK/1862” with Eagle forward of hammer. Bbl flat at breech dated “1862” with “VP/Eagle Head” proof and inspector initial “S”. Sub inspector “S” is found on most other metal parts of gun externally. Stock is cartouched opposite lock and on bottom of stock forward of trigger guard along with a sub inspector “B” back of trigger guard. Two leaf rear sight which more closely approximates shape of M-185