Extraordinary March Firearms Auction
Realized Nearly $8.5 Million!

Auction: March 15 & 16, 2010

Preview: March 12 - 14, 2010

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2000

VERY SCARCE MARLIN 1891 SIDE LOADING LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 52968. Cal. 22. 23-1/2″ oct bbl, dovetailed blade front sight, sporting rear sight with elevator. Top flat of bbl is marked “MARLIN FIRE/ARMS CO. NEW-HAVEN. CT. U.S.A./PAT’D NOV.19.1878.APRIL2.1889.AUG.12.1890.” Take down receiver with rare right side rebated loading gate, round top marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Inspection of top tang channel of stock reveals matching SN to receiver. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains orig blue that is blending and toning to a brown patina, thinning on sharp edges, typical nicks, dings & scrapes, and a few areas of shallow surface oxidation. Mag tube has flaked with blue in protected areas, retaining a silver mixed with brown patina. Receiver shows orig blue blending with brown patina and silvering on sharp edges. Lever and hammer retain a silver/brown patina finish. Stock is sound with typical nicks, dings & handling marks, a small dent left side in grip area, retaining orig finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Buttplate has turned a gray patina blending with dark brown. Forend is sound with nicks, dings, bumps & bruises, retaining traces of orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, descent bore, with slightly dark grooves and some shallow scattered pitting. 4-36636 (2,000-3,000)

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2001

*INCREDIBLE MARLIN MODEL 1893 SRC. SN A4966. Cal. 30-30. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base with a pinned ivory bead front sight, carbine ladder rear sight. Top of bbl in front of rear sight marked “MARLIN FIREARMS CO., NEW-HAVEN, CT. U.S.A./PAT’D. OCT.11.1887.APRIL 2. 1889. AUG.1.1893/SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL”. Behind rear sight, “30-30.” Standard 93 receiver with “MARLIN SAFETY” on top and proper two mounting screws, staple without ring on left side, top tang marked “MODEL/1893”. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, 8″ forend with sgl band. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & mag tube retain 98% of their orig blue with just a few very minor tiny handling marks. Receiver retains 98% of its orig case colored finish with a couple small flake marks on left side, slightly thinning across bottom, and starting to show bright on some of the sharp edges. Hammer retains virtually all of its orig blue finish. Lever retains strong dark orig case colors on sides, thinning and blending with brown patina across bottom. Stock is sound with a few minor finish nicks and slight flaking of its orig finish. Buttplate retains nearly all of its orig blue, slightly thinning at heel & toe. Forend is sound with a few minor nicks & dings, a couple spots on right side where finish has lifted, but retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore as gun shows to have had very little use. 4-39530 BDT92 (3,000-6,000)

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2002

RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED DELUXE MARLIN 1893 TAKEDOWN RIFLE. SN 149175. Cal. 30/30. 26″ oct bbl, full magazine take down, combination front sight with windage adjustment, Lyman two leaf flip-up rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “MARLIN FIRE-ARMS CO.NEW-HAVEN,CT.U.S.A/PATENTED.OCT.11,1887. APRIL 2,1889.AUGUST 1,1893.” Left flat behind rear sight is marked “SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL”. Each exposed flat has about 2″ of scroll engraving with “30-30” on top flat. Takedown ring has scroll and punch dot engraving as well as nosecap. Receiver marked “MARLIN SAFETY” on top has no. “5(1)” engraving, left side of an oval and wildcat surrounded by foliate scroll with punch dot background. Right side has setter behind loading gate, balance of foliate scroll with punch dot background. Top tang is mounted with peep sight. Mounted with nicely figured American walnut, with “C” style checkered pistol grip with serpentine cap, crescent steel buttplate, scroll engraved on top tang, deluxe forend with “C” style checkering. This fine gun comes from the granddaughter of the orig owner, Reverend George Wesley Peck. Reverend Peck was ordained a Methodist Minister in 1877 and was President of Hedding College from 1873 to 1881. From 1881 to 1898 he was pastor at numerous churches in the Buffalo, Rochester and Dansville area. In 1898 he was elected superintendent of Buffalo, Rochester, and Albany Districts of the Anti-Saloon League. He continued in this capacity until 1908 when he became superintendent of New York, Ohio, and Michigan International Reform League. Inspection of gun reveals matching serial numbers on left side of upper tang and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 90-95% orig blue, minor wear on sharp edges, usual minor nicks & scratches, a few small areas of minor surface oxidation and some thinning on bottom of mag tube. Receiver shows traces of orig case coloring that has mostly turned and blended with a silver patina. Hammer shows orig thinning case colors, blending with some silver. Lever shows thinning orig case colors in protected areas blending with silver and brown patina. Stock is sound with good checkering a few minor flattened points, usual minor nicks & dings, retaining much of its orig finish. Buttplate is mostly a silver/gray patina. Forend is sound with slightly flat checkering across bottom, normal nicks & dings and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, shiny bore with slightly dark grooves and a couple very fine shallow pits. 4-39235 BDT4 (17,500-22,500)

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2003

*MARLIN MODEL 1893 TAKE DOWN. SN 268311. Cal. 30-30. 26″ oct bbl, full mag take down, nickel Rocky Mountain front sight, “V” notch sporting rear with set screw. Top flat of bbl marked “MARLIN FIRE-ARMS CO. NEW-HAVEN, CT. U.S.A./PATENTED, OCT.11.1887.APRIL 2, 1889.AUGUST 1.1893.” Left flat below rear sight “SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL”, adjacent take down ring top flat is marked “30-30.” Standard receiver with top marked “MARLIN SAFETY”, and rear tang “MODEL/1893”. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges, thinning over chamber area, normal minor nicks & scratches and a couple scattered areas of very fine surface oxidation. Mag tube has orig blue in protected areas, but is mostly thinned and blending with silver brown patina. Receiver has visible orig case colors that have faded and blended with a silver hardening, a couple minor nicks & scratches and thinning on sharp edges. Stock is sound with small chips on both sides of upper tang at receiver, expected normal minor nicks, dings, a short shallow gouge on left side in wrist area, and retains orig finish with a thin coat of finish added over top. Forend is sound with typical nicks & dings & retains orig finish blended with hand worn patina across bottom. Mechanics are crisp with a lightly frosted bore. 4-39531 BDT93 (1,250-1,750)

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2004

MARLIN 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 14896. Cal. 40-60 WCF. 28″ oct bbl, full mag, Rocky Mountain nickel front sight, V-notch sporting rear sight. Top flat of bbl marked “MARLIN FIRE-ARMS CO., NEW HAVEN.CT.U.S.A./PAT’D FEB.7 69, JAN.7 73 SEP.14 75 NOV.19&26 78 JUNE3 79 DEC.9.79,NOV.9 80.REISSUED NOV.9 1880.” Thin side receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, smooth steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap.Accompanied by a Marlin factory letter confirming the gun’s configuration. CONDITION: Fine, bbl retains strong orig blue, bright on sharp edges, some areas with fine surface oxidation. Mag tube shows orig blue blending with brown patina and some fine surface oxidation. Receiver retains considerable orig blue with some flaking and blending with brown patina, normal minor nicks and scratches, some spots of fine surface oxidation and showing bright on sharp edges. Stock is sound with some darkening around buttplate, normal nicks, dings and scratches, retaining orig varnish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with shallow gouge on center right, normal nicks, dings and minor scratches and retains orig varnish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with good bore with some fine shallow pits. 4-39935 BDT155 (2,000-3,000)

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2005

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH DOUBLE SET TRIGGERS. SN 14957. Cal. 40-60 WCF. 28″ oct bbl, full mag, slightly modified nickel Rocky Mountain front sight, V-notch sporting rear sight. Top flat of bbl marked “MARLIN FIRE-ARMS CO., NEW HAVEN.CT.U.S.A./PAT’D FEB.7 69, JAN.7 73 SEP.14 75 NOV.19&26 78 JUNE3 79 DEC.9.79,NOV.9 80.REISSUED NOV.9 1880.” Thin side receiver with double set triggers, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. CONDITION: Very good, bbl and mag tube show traces of orig blue in protected areas but are mostly a brown and silver patina mix. Receiver has 60-70% orig blue, worn and blending with silver and brown patina across bottom and sharp edges. Normal light nicks and scratches. Stock is sound with numerous nicks, dings and scratches, flaking finish showing some orig varnish blended with hand worn patina. Forend is solid with a few grain cracks at receiver end, normal nicks, dings and small dents and retaining a hand worn patina. Mechanics are good, including double set triggers. Nice bore with some fine scattered shallow pitting. 4-39934 BDT154 (2,000-3,000)

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2005A

MARTIALLY MARKED HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 3130. Cal. 44 RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral mag tube, nickel half moon front sight, 900 yd ladder rear sight,top flat of bbl in front of rear sight is marked “HENRY’S PATENT.OCT.16.1860/MANUFACT’D BY THE NEW HAVEN ARMS.CO.NEW HAVEN.CT.” Adjacent receiver “3130”. Right flat of bbl at receiver is stamped “C.G.C.” Adjacent receiver stamped “HC” and “C” on bbl flat. Bbl collar and inner bbl have matching “852” assembly numbers. Brass receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, brass crescent buttplate with trapdoor and rnd heel. Visible cartouche right side at wrist. Buttplate has small “H” stamped at corner of right side. Left side of lower tang, top tang channel of stock, inside toe of buttplate and 1 buttplate screw all have matching “3130”. PROVENANCE: Charles Radcliff Collection CONDITION: Very good, bbl retains a brown patina blended with silver. Bbl collar has a series of minor dents on left side. Normal nicks and dings and some areas of fine surface oxidation. Strong bbl markings and SN. Receiver has sharp edges and shows a polished finish with normal nicks and dings and diagonal scratch across left plate. Hammer and lever screws appear to be replacements. Hammer and lever show brown patina mixed with silver with shallow surface pitting. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings and scratches. Well fitting but is slightly shy around tang and retains a cleaned and re-oiled finish. Mechanics are crisp, bore has good rifling with some shallow scattered pitting. 4-39627 BDT144 (25,000-40,000)

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2006

FINE TYPE I MARTIAL HENRY RIFLE. SN 3390. Cal. 44RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, integral mag tube, German silver front sight, modified Henry ladder rear sight. Usual bbl markings, standard receiver, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, round heel, crescent brass buttplate with trap door. Henry bump on left side. Carved initials “DC” center left side of stock. “CGC” inspector stamp can be found on right bbl flat over an “H” and matching “H” mark adjacent receiver. Left side of receiver also has matching “H”. Outline of cartouche just behind wrist on right side of stock. A “C” can be found on upper right side of buttplate and adjacent stock. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals matching serial no. to bbl and matching no. can be found top tang channel of stock, inside toe of buttplate and both buttplate screws. Inspection for assembly numbers on bbl could not be done as muzzle collar is frozen to bbl. This Henry rifle, when found, contained fouled casing and bullet lodged in the barrel and section of original wooden Henry cleaning rod in buttstock. These are included with the gun. Rifle #3390, falls in the middle of the range of the first 800 issued martial Henrys. CONDITION: Very Good to Fine. Bbl retains a dark brown even patina thinning on sharp edges, with normal nicks, dings and scratches and a few spots of surface oxidation. Receiver retains a mustard colored patina mixing with some brown mottling, and normal usage marks. Bottom of follower shows a series of small peen marks. Stock is solid, fitting quite well, with normal nicks and dings and retains a dark, open grained, hand-worn oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, good bore with discernible rifling and some shallow scattered pits. 4-37516 (25,000-35,000)

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2007

HENRY 1860 LEVER ACTION REPEATING RIFLE. SN 7292. Cal. 44 RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral mag tube, nickel front sight blade, 2-leaf ladder rear sight with broken leaf. Top flat of bbl in front of rear sight marked “HENRY’S PATENT. OCT. 16, 1860/MANUFACT’D BY NEW HAVEN ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CT.” Left side troth has screwed on sling loop. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent brass buttplate with trapdoor and pointed heel. Left side with inlet base and sling swivel. Visible Henry bump. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals matching SN as well as top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Fine, bbl retains a brown blended with gray patina with normal nicks and dings and a couple dark spots of fine surface oxidation. Receiver is a gold color with sharp edges and usual nicks, dings and scratches. Hammer is a brown blending with silver patina. Lever is a dark brown patina with some fine pitting. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings, a repaired chip at toe and retains an open grain re-oiled finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are good, dark bore with strong rifling and scattered pitting. 4-39726 BDT147 (25,000-35,000)

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2008

HENRY 1860 LEVER ACTION REPEATING RIFLE. SN 9132. Cal. 44 RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral mag, nickel blade front sight, 900 yd ladder rear sight with retaining screw. Top flat of bbl in front of rear sight is marked “HENRY’S PATENT OCT 16.1860/MANUFACT’D BY THE NEW HAVEN ARMS CO NEW HAVEN.CT.” “9132” is adjacent to receiver. Left side trough has screwed on swivel loop. Bbl collar and inner bbl have matching “2241” assembly numbers. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, brass crescent buttplate with pointed heel, inlet base and sling swivel on left side with visible Henry bump. Inspection of lower tang reveals matching SN as well as top tang channel and stock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanying gun are consignor’s family history of this Henry identifying transfers of ownerships back to its original owner, a Private Samuel Lindemuth who used this Henry while with the 16th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, first with Company B and then with Company I. In the letter the consignor tells of how his father obtained the Henry along with a 1860 Colt Army, which Private Lindemuth also carried in the Civil War, in the 1940’s from the widow of Private Lindemuth’s son. The ’60 Army was given to a nephew in the late 1970’s. There are also documents about the 16th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry along with Private Lindemuth’s military muster rolls. CONDITION: Fine, bbl retains a silver blending with brown patina with numerous spots of dark patina. Receiver is a mellow mustard patina with sharp edges, a few minor nicks and scratches. Hammer shows dark patina blending with silver on sides. Lever retains a brown patina blended with some silver on sharp edges. Stock is sound with usual nicks, dings and scratches and retains flaking varnish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with bolt face bushing missing with very good bore with distinct rifling and some fine scattered pitting. 4-39679 BDT146 (25,000-35,000)

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2009

HENRY LEVER ACTION REPEATING RIFLE. SN 4480. Cal. 44 RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral mag tube. Left side trough has screw on sling loop. Modified nickel front sight and standing V-notch rear. A second dovetail was cut in bbl 2-1/2″ forward of orig through bbl markings and has been filled with slot blank. Top flat adjacent receiver is stamped with SN “4480”. Bbl collar and inner bbl have matching “390” assembly numbers. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, brass crescent buttplate with trapdoor and rnd heel. Inlet base with sling swivel on left side. Inspection of left side of lower tang has matching “4480” SN that is also found in top tang channel of stock, inside toe of buttplate and both buttplate screws. Remaining stock screws are replacements. CONDITION: Very good, bbl retains a brown patina finish with normal nicks and dings and some areas of fine surface oxidation. Receiver has good corners and is mostly a mustard patina worn to show bright in forward portion. Stock is sound, slightly shy around tang, receiver and buttplate. Some minor nicks and dings and retains a restored oil finish. Mechanics are good, bolt face insert is missing and bore is dark with shallow pitting. The rear tang screw is an incorrect style, as is bottom tang screw. 4-39775 BDT145 (15,000-25,000)

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2010

SCARCE HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 15574. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Early Henry marked carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, integral front band/sight, early style 2-position flip rear sight and a staple & ring in left side of receiver. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent rifle style brass buttplate with trap containing an orig 3-pc brass & iron wiping rod. Serial number is located on left side of bottom tang under the wood & has been partially obliterated but four of five numbers are mostly legible. Full serial number appears in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. There were very few of the Henry marked ’66 carbines ever produced and extremely few of those survive today. They were very popular on the American frontier and usually saw hard daily service in all kinds of weather in both saddle scabbards and wagons with minimal maintenance. Therefore very few are found today in orig configuration with high orig finish. This is one of the finest ’66 carbines this cataloger has had the privilege to examine. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 85-90% strong bright orig blue with some slight muzzle wear & thinning & some cleaned rust on right side of bbl & magazine tube, otherwise it would be about 98%. Receiver & buttplate have very sharp, crisp edges & a wonderful, even, medium mustard patina. Screws in receiver retain most of their orig blue with some battering of timing screws. Lever retains traces of orig case colors with balance turned silver. Hammer retains about 90% of its bright orig case colors. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and a small gouge on left side of butt & retains virtually all of its orig factory oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-39673 JR153 (30,000-40,000)

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2011

OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER 1866 MUSKET. SN 34405. Cal. 44 RF. 27″ rnd bbl, 24-1/4″ mag tube with 3 bands, center with sling loop, Barley Corn front sight, 900 yd ladder rear sight with retaining screw. Top of bbl in front of rear sight marked “WINCHESTER’S – REPEATING – ARMS. NEW HAVEN.CT./KING’S IMPROVEMENT – PATENTED – MARCH 29.1866. OCTOBER 16 1860”. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, brass carbine buttplate with trapdoor, inlet base with sling swivel 3-3/4″ from toe, 17-1/8″ forearm with 2 bands. CONDITION: Extremely fine, bbl retains 90-95% orig blue with some thinning around front sight and muzzle, some fine scratching between front and center bands and a few other normal light nicks and scratches. Mag tube shows most orig blue with a couple minor spots showing silver patina. Front and center bands retain strong orig blue blending with some silver and brown patina. Rear band has flaked with some orig blue showing but mostly a brown mixed with silver patina. Receiver has a mustard patina with some minor nicks and scratches, sharp edges with loading gate showing nearly all orig nitre blue. Hammer retains most orig case colors with some faint silvering on right side. Lever retains orig colors in protected areas blending with brown and silver patina mix. Stock is sound with some minor nicks, small dings, retaining most of orig finish. Trap in stock contains a 4-pc steel and brass tip cleaning rod. Forend is sound with some minor nicks and dings and usual scratches and retains orig finish blending with some hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-39674 BDT148 (15,000-22,500)

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2012

DELUXE FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 27415. Cal. 44 RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, slightly modified Rocky Mountain nickel front sight, 900 yrd ladder rear sight with retaining screw. top flat of bbl is marked “WINCHESTERS-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29.1866. OCTOBER 16.1860”. The factory engraved receiver with about 90% coverage of bold foliate arabesque scroll with punch-dot background and chipped borders is undoubtedly the work of the Ulrichs. Similar examples are found on pp.62,65 of R.L. Wilson’s book of Winchester Engraving and is in close SN proximity to known Ulrich engraved guns. The brass receiver was orig silver plated as traces can be found in protected areas. Mounted with highly figured walnut, straight grip, crescent brass buttplate with trapdoor, inlet base with swivel 5-1/4″ from toe, highly figured forend with brass nosecap, missing its orig swivel. Inspection of lower tang reveals “S” & “XX” with top tang channel and toe of buttplate stamped with last 3 numbers of SN “415”. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and mag tube retain a gray patina with some orig blue in protected areas and spots of brown patina, some minor small nicks in the area of front sight and usual nicks & scratches. Receiver is mostly a fine patina with very good engraving, some edges are slightly worn and rounded with the orig silver plate to be found in protected areas and lower tang behind trigger. Hammer and lever retain a gray/brown patina. Stock is sound with some nicks & shallow dings, quite a bit of handling wear showing some orig varnish, but carrying mostly a hand worn patina oil finish. Curve of buttplate has neatly inscribed previous owners ID number, top tang has chipped border and foliate scroll around screw. Forend is sound with small chip on forward left side, a minor grain crack, typical shallow nicks & scratches and retains a hand worn patina oil finish. Nosecap has chipped border and foliate scroll around each screw, the orig swivel has pulled from nosecap but is attached to an adjustable, probably orig, leather sling, with nosecap cracked from the hole forward. Mechanics are crisp, dark bore, with distinct rifling and moderate scattered pitting. 4-39966 BDT173 (25,000-35,000)

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2013

RARE AND UNUSUAL NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED IVORY STOCKED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 43040. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard early ’66 carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine with screwed-in plug and integral front band/front sight. It has fully legible Winchester and King’s patent bbl markings with early 2-position flip rear sight graduated to 500 yds. There is a staple and ring in left side of the receiver and it is mounted with beautiful, uncheckered ivory buttstock and forearm. Receiver is spectacularly engraved by L.D. Nimschke with wonderful intertwined foliate arabesque patterns that has punch-dot background. Several of the scrolls terminate in flower blossoms and left sideplate is engraved with the large vignette of a Mexican eagle perched on cactus clutching a rattlesnake, executed in fine detail. Right side is engraved to match with an empty panel on the right sideplate. Bottom of receiver has Mr. Nimschke’s trademark elliptical and figure 8 patterns between and around the timing screws and his flower blossom on the carrier. Top of receiver is engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns and a large 6-pointed star with the “All Seeing Eye” over the chamber area. The large star is surrounded by 15 tiny stars. Top tang and area behind hammer are beautifully engraved with geometric and foliate arabesque patterns. Rear edge of receiver is bordered with feather patterns and both sides of receiver have chip and dot border patterns. Buttplate tang is engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns. Forend band screw is missing and lever screw is a replacement. Over the years several of these ivory stocked carbines and rifles have periodically appeared on the market with attributions to South American military officials and political dignitaries, some of which are legitimate with others having been created. It is this cataloger’s opinion that the engraving on the receiver and buttplate of this carbine is authentic Nimschke engraving and that the stock and forearm were added at a later date. CONDITION: About good. Magazine tube retains a dark blue brown patina with the bbl having been cleaned over the forearm area to a gray brown patina with dark patina towards the muzzle. Receiver and buttplate retain a mottled dark mustard to blackish patina with light to moderate wear on the engraving. Buttplate tang still retains about 30% gold wash. Buttstock has two longitudinal cracks on left side with age line above the top tang of the buttplate. There is also a heavy saddle ring wear spot on the left side of wrist and there is a small chip by the lower tang channel. Forearm has an age line above the bbl band, otherwise is sound. Overall the ivory retains a fine naturally aged mellow patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine and scattered light pitting. 4-39348 JR (25,000-35,000)

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2014

LATE WINCHESTER 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 166502. Cal. 44RF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, barley corn front sight, 1873 marked carbine ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings and “44R.F.” adjacent receiver. Standard receiver with staple and ring on left side mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate with trapdoor, 4 pc steel with brass tip cleaning rod, standard forend with band. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain an old probably factory, restored blue finish with minor nicks and scratches. Front bbl band retains 50-60% orig blue blending with brown patina. Rear band retains about 80% orig blue blending with brown patina. Receiver is a smooth mustard patina color with sharp lines and edges, a few dark spots on right side. Hammer retains a dark brown patina slightly silvered on right side. Lever is a dark brown patina with some faded case colors in protected areas. Stock is sound with some minor nicks and scratches and retains orig oil finish with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with minor nicks, dings and dents. Small chip at receiver and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright bore with a few scattered shallow pits. 4-39972 BDT336 (15,000-20,000)

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2015

WINCHESTER 1866 SRC. SN 127385. Cal. 44 RF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, front band with integral sight, 2-leaf flip up rear sight. Top of bbl in front of rear sight marked “WINCHESTER’S – REPEATING – ARMS – NEW HAVEN, CT./KING’S – IMPROVEMENT – PATENTED – MARCH 29.1866. OCTOBER 16.1860”. Standard receiver with staple and ring on left side, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, brass carbine buttplate with trapdoor, 9-1/16″ forend with single band. Inspection of stock reveals “7385” stamped on top tang channel and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Fine, bbl and mag tube retain orig blue that is blending with brown patina, normal nicks and scratches and a couple small spots of fine surface oxidation. Receiver appears to have been originally gold washed that someone tried to clean and left a coat of polish on it and it has dried leaving a hard green film that is splotchy. There are areas where the gold wash can still be found. Hammer shows a dark patina blending with some silver. Lever is a dark brown patina. Stock is solid but somewhat tipped between tang with normal nicks and small dings and retains an open grain re-oiled finish. Forend is sound with minor nicks and dings, a thin coat of added finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a very nice bore with a couple shallow scattered pits. 4-39675 BDT149 (5,000-8,000)

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2016

*WINCHESTER 1873 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 557334. Cal. 32 WCF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, nickel Rocky Mountain front sight, V-notch sporting rear with set screw, usual bbl markings. 3rd Model receiver with coarse knurl peep sight and single set trigger. Mounted with “XX” quality walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, smooth steel shotgun butt, H-style checkered forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as 32 cal. oct bbl rifle, set trigger, checkered stock, pistol grip, no sights, shotgun butt, case hardened, blank piece, received in warehouse April 6, 1901, shipped from warehouse April 18, 1901. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95-98% orig blue, faint muzzle wear, thinning on sharp edges and some minor nicks and scratches. Receiver retains most of its orig colors that is fading except in protected areas, worn on bottom, blending with some gray patina. Loading gate shows most of its fine nitre blue. Hammer has silvered blending with brown patina. Lever shows orig case colors on side blending with silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with sharp checkering, normal nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Buttplate retains orig blue, silvering on sides and heel and toe. Forend is sound with sharp checkering on sides, slightly worn on bottom diamond. Normal nicks and scratches and retains orig finish with hand worn patina across bottom. Nose cap has faded colors leaving a silver hardening color. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-38357 (12,500-17,500)

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2017

WINCHESTER 1873 2ND MODEL DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 95644. Cal. 44 WCF. 24-1/4″ half rnd, half oct bbl, half mag, combination front sight, checkered side V-notch sporting rear. 2nd Model receiver with screwed on rail and dust cover, thick base 3″ peep sight, mounted with “XX” quality walnut, checkered pistol grip, fleur-de-lis ebony insert in cap, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, 4 pc steel and brass tipped cleaning rod, H-style checkered forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as half oct bbl rifle, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, half mag, case hardened, received in warehouse 7/24/1882, shipped from warehouse 7/25/1882 on order no. 33066. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number “XX 4372 R”, matching numbers can be found on top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains good orig blue that is toning brown mostly on rnd portion, oct is still mostly blue. Bright on sharp edges, thinning over chamber area, some slight muzzle wear and a few minor nicks and scratches. Receiver retains 75-80% orig case colors, strong on side plates, top and rear portion of action. Front half of action has worn and thinned, blending with some brown patina. Loading gate retains strong orig nitre blue. Hammer retains dark orig case colors slightly silvered on right side. Lever shows some dark orig case colors blending with dark patina. Stock is sound with fine checkering, normal nicks and scratches, a shallow scuff on center right side. Finish has slightly flaked around buttplate but retains much of its orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with minor nicks and dings, sharp checkering and retains a hand worn patina blending with traces of orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38627 BDT330 (16,000-22,000)

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2018

INTRIGUING WINCHESTER 1873 FIRST MODEL DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN NSN. CaL. 44-40 WCF. 24-1/4″ 1/2 rnd, 1/2 oct bbl, 1/2 mag, dovetailed fine bead front sight, checkered side “V” notch sporting rear. Top flat of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KINGS-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29.1866. OCTOBER 16.1860”. 1st Model receiver, mortised checkered thumb print dust cover. Mounted with deluxe grain walnut, checkered straight grip, steel crescent buttplate with trap door, housing 4-pc steel with brass tip cleaning rod, checkered forend with nosecap. The intriguing part of this gun is the non-serial numbers lower tang that is presumed due to a change out for trigger. There are no assembly numbers on this lower tang, but matching “722” numbers can be found top tang channel of stock, inside toe of buttplate and inside of side plates. Side plate assembly numbers are normally not found except on one of one thousands. Consignor had the Cody Firearms Museum Records office do an extended search for guns meeting this criteria between SN 25001-35000. A total of 182 rifles were found with one or more of the criteria, and 49 with all of them. Criteria being 1/2 oct, case hardened finish, checkered stocks and 1/2 mag. A SN list of these 49 accompany gun. Serial number range for the extended search was narrowed by specific features of the 5/8″ thumb print dust cover, outside trigger pin, loading gate spring screw on outside, and top tang markings. There are photos accompanying gun disassembled showing assembly numbers. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains strong orig blue, thinning & blending with brown patina on round portion with some minor scratches and rub marks, oct portion turning bright on sharp edges, and normal nicks & small scratches. Receiver retains considerable orig case colors, stronger on plateS and rear portion, thinning and blending with silver patina in forward portion. Loading gate show very strong orig nitre blue. Hammer shows nearly all of its orig case colors, lightly silvering on right side. Lever shows strong orig case colors on sides, thinning and blending with silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with small chip on upper left side at tang, some minor shallow dings at flute of comb, sharp checkering with a line of flattened points on right side, usual nicks & dings, and retains orig finish. Forend is sound with chip at forward left side, sharp checkering with a couple flattened points, normal nicks & scratches, and retains orig finish. Nosecap has dark orig case colors, blending with some silver patina. Mechanics are crisp with a very nice shiny bore. 4-39777 BDT156 (20,000-30,000)

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2019

RARE WINCHESTER 1873 DELUXE W/7-LEAF SIGHT AND MATTED BARREL. SN 508136. Cal. 44WCF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, matted top flat, comb front sight, 7-leaf rear sight. Top of bbl in matting is marked, “WINCHESTER’S REPEATING ARMS NEW HAVEN CONN USA/KING’S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29 1866 OCTOBER 16 1860”. Standard 3d model receiver equipped with single-set trigger mounted with “XXX” walnut checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as .44 cal. rifle, oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock, pistol grip, 7-leaf and Beach sights, case hardened, matted. Received in warehouse 8/15/1896. Shipped from warehouse 8/21/1896 on order number 14719. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number 3195XXX. Matching number can be found on inside toe of buttplate and “319” can be found on butt of stock. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains traces of orig blue showing mostly blended to a brown-blue patina. Bright on sharp edges. Some very fine minor surface oxidation. Mag tube is toned, mostly to a brown patina with blue showing in protected areas. The 7-leaf sight is completely intact and shows mostly as a brown patina. The 3d model receiver shows traces of orig color in protected areas but is mostly a silver patina blended with brown through carry area. The stock is sound with fairly good checkering, minor nicks and dings, and retains a cleaned and re-oiled finish. Forend is sound with fairly good checkering that may have been re-pointed years ago and retains a clean and re-oiled finish blending with hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, including functioning set trigger, dark bore with some scattered shallow pitting. 4-39370 BDT75 (6,000-9,000)

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2020

RARE VERY EARLY WINCHESTER 1873 FIRST MODEL LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 731. Cal. 44 WCF. 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full mag, dovetail 1/2 nickel front sight, checkered side “V” notch sporting rear in reverse position. Top of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER-REPEATING-ARMS.NEW HAVEN. CT./KINGS-IMPROVEMENTS-PATENTED-MARCH 29.1986. OCTOBER 16.1860”. Early first model receiver with mortised raised checkered thumb print dust cover. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trap door, housing 4-piece steel and brass cleaning rod, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanying is a Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as rifle, 24″ rnd bbl, received in warehouse April 4, 1874, shipped from warehouse April 10, 1874 on Order No. 1246. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain orig blue, strong in protected areas, mixing with brown patina, normal nicks & scratches and light dings and some spots of shallow faint surface oxidation. Receiver retains 85-90% orig blue, strong in rear portion, flaking and thinning in forward portion and blending with brown patina. Orig polish marks can be seen under the blue. The rare raised thumb print dust cover retains strong orig blue. Loading gate has good orig nitre blue. Hammer shows very good orig case colors, silvering on right side. Lever shows fading orig case colors on side, blending with silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with some minor nicks & dents, small 1/2 moon dent at toe, and retains a professional factory quality restored finish. Forend is sound with minor nicks & dings and retains a professional factory quality restored finish. Nosecap retains 80% orig blue blended with silver and brown patina. Mechanics are crisp, shiny bore with a few minor scattered pits. 4-39746 BDT129 (22,500-32,500)

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2021

WINCHESTER 1873 OCTAGON BARREL LEVER-ACTION RIFLE. SN 468479B. Cal 38-40. 24-1/4″ oct bbl , full mag, half-nickel front sight, serrated side v-notch sporting rear sight with set screw, top flat of bbl marked, “WINCHESTERS REPEATING ARMS.NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A./KING’S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29.1866.OCTOBER 16.1860.” Adjacent receiver “38 W.C.F.” Standard 3d model receiver with dust cover, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearm’s Museum fact sheet identifying as .38 cal rifle with oct bbl, plain trigger, received in warehouse 6/1/1894. Shipped from warehouse 6/1/1894 on order number 14406. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges, a small nick about 2″ behind front sight on top flat and normal small faint scratches. Mag tube retains 98% orig blue with a couple minor nicks and scratches, a small cleaned area just forward of nose cap. Receiver retains 90% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges, an area on forward left side of loss of finish form what appears to be some type of chemical. Left side plate has some lightly cleaned areas of very shallow surface oxidation, normal minor nicks and scratches and prevalent orig polish marks evident on right side. Hammer has nearly all of its strong orig case colors. Lever has turned a dark patina. Stock is sound with some nicks and minor dents, typical scratches. Toe area has been cleaned or flaked with remainder retaining orig finish. Forend is sound with normal nicks, dings and handling marks and retains orig finish. Nose cap retains much of its orig blue with some thinning and blending with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore as gun shows to have had very little use. 4-39693 BDT86 (6,000-9,000)

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2022

*OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER 1873 MUSKET WITH BAYONET. SN 570127B. Cal. 44-40. 30″ rnd bbl, with 7/8″ mag tube, barley corn front sight, musket ladder rear sight, 24-3/8″ forend retained by three bands, center equipped with fixed loop sling swivel. Top of bbl in front of rear sight is marked “WINCHESTERS REPEATING ARMS NEW HAVEN.CT./KING’S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29.1866.OCTOBER16.1860.”, behind rear sight adjacent receiver “44 W.C.F.” Standard 3rd model receiver with dust cover, lifter engraved “44 CAL.”. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, inlet base 3-1/2″ from toe with closed loop swivel, carbine steel buttplate with trap door housing 4 piece cleaning rod. Accompanying gun is an unmarked triangular socket bayonet. CONDITION: Extremely fine as gun appears to be test fired only. Bbl retains virtually all of its orig blue with some light thinning at muzzle from bayonet. The bbl bands retain orig blue slightly thinning on high spots blending with a gray patina. Receiver retains virtually all of its orig blue, some minor light scratching, distinctive factory polish marks evident, rail on top starting to thin on sharp edges. Hammer shows virtually all of its fine dark orig case colors. Lever shows nearly all of its fine orig case colors starting to thin across bottom. Stock is sound with only a few minor handling marks and retains nearly all of its orig finish. Buttplate shows strong orig case colors, slightly thinning at heel and toe. Forend is sound with a couple minor small depressions, a few tiny handling marks and retains virtually of its orig finish. The bayonet is bright and clean and appears to be new. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore as gun appears to of been test fired only. 4-39691 BDT73 (5,000-8,000)

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2023

*WINCHESTER 3D MODEL 1873 SRC. SN 551547B. Cal. 44-40. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, barley corn front sight, usual carbine ladder rear sight, bbl is marked in front of rear sight “WINCHESTER’S REPEATING ARMS.NEW HAVEN.CT./KING’S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29.1866. OCTOBER 16.1860.” Behind rear sight “44 W.C.F.” Standard 3rd Model receiver with dust cover, staple and ring on left side, mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate with trapdoor, housing three-piece steel cleaning rod. Standard forend with single band. Accompanied by Cody Firearm’s Museum fact sheet identifying as .44 cal carbine. Received in warehouse 1/15/1902 and shipped form warehouse 7/7/1902 on order number 9726. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 97-98% orig blue, some minor muzzle wear, a few normal nicks and small scratches, lightly thinning in front of rear sight. Receiver retains 85-90% orig blue, bright on sharp edges, thinning across top and bottom, normal small nicks and scratches, characteristic ring mark on left side, showing orig polish marks. Loading gate retains much of its orig niter blue. Hammer shows dark, orig case colors. Lever shows orig colors, blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with a few minor nicks and dents and retains much of its orig finish. Forend is sound with numerous nicks and dings and retains orig finish blending with some hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a very bright, shiny bore. 4-39699 BDT88 (8,500-14,500)

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2024

*HARD TO FIND WINCHESTER 1873 TRAPPER 16″ SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 545151. Cal. 44 WCF. 16″ rnd bbl, full mag, barley corn front sight, “1873” marked carbine ladder rear sight. Top of bbl in front of magazine band marked “WINCHESTERS REPEATING ARMS NEW HAVEN CT./KINGS IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29.1866. OCTOBER 16.1860.” A circle “WP” proof mark can be found on bbl in front of rear sight and top front of receiver. Standard 3rd model receiver with dust cover, staple with ring on left side. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate with trap door, 7-7/8″ forend with sgl band. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying gun as 44 cal carbine, 16″ bbl, received in warehouse April 6, 1900, shipped from warehouse on May 18, 1900 on Order No. 1427. Also a photo copy of original ledger supporting these details. There is also a hand written letter by an unknown previous owner describing his acquisition in the 1970’s from rancher in eastern Arizona, and the gun having belonged to his father who had been on the ranch since the late 1800’s. He said he used it to shoot rattlesnakes and coyotes. CONDITION: Good to very good. Metal surfaces of this baby carbine show wear and retain a mixture of silver and brown patina with nicks, dings & scratches from its many years of use. Stock and forend are solid and fairly well fit, and show numerous nicks & dings and a western weathered look. Stock has some carved initials of “H” on right side and an “MT” on left side. Mechanics are good with a surprisingly nice bore with some fine scattered pitting. 4-39748 BDT128 (8,500-12,500)

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2025

SCARCE WINCHESTER 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 510993 B. Cal. 38 WCF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, slightly modified barley corn front sight, standard carbine ladder rear sight. Top of bbl is marked ‘WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN CT./KINGS IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29.1866.OCTOBER 16.1860.”, adjacent receiver “38 W.C.F.” Standard 3rd model receiver with dust cover, staple with ring on left side. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate with trap door. 9-1/4″ forend with sgl band. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum e-mail fact sheet, identifying as 38 cal carbine, received in warehouse 6-2-1887, and shipped from warehouse 9-21-1897 on Order No. 16827. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains some orig blue in protected areas, but is mostly a brown and silver patina with normal minor nicks & dings. Mag tube is similar with blue in protected areas. Receiver has 20% orig blue, mostly in rear portion and protected areas with balance a blend of brown/silver patina, normal light nicks & scratches, faint ring mark on left side. Stock is sound with some darkening at frame and around tangs, normal shallow nicks, dings & dents, and retains a smooth finish with a thin coat of added finish applied years ago. Forend is sound with typical nicks, dings & scratches, a tiny chip near receiver and retains some added finish blended with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with good bore with some fine scattered pitting. 4-39747 BDT127 (5,500-7,500)

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2026

RARE WINCHESTER 1873 WITH 30″ BARREL. SN 257844B. Cal. 32 WCF. 30″ rnd bbl, full mag, Lyman hunting ivory bead front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear. Top of bbl marked “WINCHESTERS – REPEATING – ARMS, NEW HAVEN.CT./KING’S – IMPROVEMENT – PATENTED – MARCH 29.1866. OCTOBER 16.1860.” Adjacent receiver “32CAL”. Third model receiver with dust cover mounted with nicely figured walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as 32 cal., 30″ rnd bbl rifle, plain trigger, received in warehouse 3/7/1888, shipped 3/7/1888 on Order No. 5538. CONDITION: Very good, bbl and mag tube retain a dark brown patina mixing with some silver patina, a couple of areas of very fine surface oxidation. Receiver has some orig blue in protected areas but mostly a dark patina showing silver on sharp edges. There are 3 small diameter punch marks on forward right side. Loading gate shows fading nitre blue. Hammer, as well as lever, are a dark brown patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings, scratches,a nearly undetectable filled swivel hole and retains some orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks, dings and scratches, a couple tiny chips at receiver, and original finish blending with hand worn patina.Nose cap has nearly undetectable filled swivel hole with finish blended to match. Mechanics are crisp with nice shiny bore with scattered pits. 4-39727 BDT152 (2,750-3,750)

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2027

WINCHESTER 1873 ROUND BARREL LEVER-ACTION RIFLE. SN 215054B. Cal. 44 WCF. 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full mag, marble gold bead front sight, serrated side v-notch sporting rear. Top of bbl marked, ‘WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS NEW HAVEN CT./KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH29.1866.OCTOBER 16.1860.” Adjacent receiver “44CAL.” Standard 3d model receiver with dust cover, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied by Cody Firearm’s Museum fact sheet identifying as rnd bbl rifle, plain trigger, Received in warehouse 9/16/1886. Shipped from warehouse 11/8/1886 on order number 11280. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl shows very good orig blue that is starting to tone with brown patina. Minor muzzle wear, normal minor nicks and scratches. Mag tube shows orig blue in protected areas and forward of retaining ring, balance is mostly a blue-brown patina with some minor scratches. Receiver retains 90-95% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges, blending with brown patina across top and bottom, some normal nicks and fine scratches. Loading gate shows good orig niter blue. Hammer has strong orig case colors, slightly silvering on right side. Lever shows orig case colors in protected areas with balance blending with a silver patina. Stock is sound with some typical nicks, dings and scrapes, retains some orig varnish but is mostly an open-grain, hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with the usual nicks and small dings, traces of orig finish mixed with mostly hand-worn patina. Nose cap has good orig blue blending with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with a bright, shiny bore. 4-39695 BDT85 (4,000-7,000)

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2028

WINCHESTER 1873 ROUND BARREL LEVER-ACTION RIFLE. SN 268323B. Cal. 38-40. 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full mag, half nickel front sight, serrated side v-notch sporting rear. Top of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S REPEATING-ARMS-NEW HAVEN CT./KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29.1866 OCTOBER 16.1860”. Third model receiver with dust cover, mounted with straight-grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor,standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied by Cody Firearm’s Museum fact sheet identifying as .38 cal. rnd bbl rifle, plain trigger, received in warehouse 6/6/1888. Shipped from warehouse 6/8/1888 on order number 8595. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue with some normal minor scratching, minor muzzle wear and some faint thinning forward of nose cap. Mag tube has strong orig blue with a small cleaned area just above the nose cap and thinning and toning with brown patina in same area. Receiver retains 95% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges, some normal nicks and faint scratches and a little bit of flaking blending with brown patina. Hammer shows nearly all of its orig fine case colors. Lever has turned a brown blending with gray patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings, some slight darkening at tang of buttplate with orig finish that has had a thin coat added years ago. Forend is sound with normal minor nicks and dings with orig finish with a thin coat of added finish years ago and blending with hand worn patina. Nose cap shows nice orig blue blending with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with a bright, shiny bore as gun shows to have had little use. 4-39692 BDT84 (4,000-7,000)

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2029

WINCHESTER 1873 OCTAGON BARREL LEVER-ACTION RIFLE. SN 331690B. Ca. 32 WCF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, half nickel front sight, serrated side v-notch sporting rear sight with set screw. TO flat of bbl is marked, “WINCHESTER’S REPEATING ARMS NEW HAVEN CT U.S.A./KING’S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29.1866 OCTOBER 16.1860”. Adjacent receiver “32 W.C.F.” Standard 3d model receiver mounted with straight grain walnut with some fiddle back, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied by Cody Firearm’s Museum fact sheet identifying as .32 cal oct bbl rifle, plain trigger. Received in warehouse 2/20/1890. Shipped from warehouse 4/3/1890 on order number 10856. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90+% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges, normal nicks and dings, a couple of areas showing light scratching from cleaning that is blending with a silver patina. Mag tube has strong orig blue that is starting to tone to a blue-brown and some minor nicks and scratches. Receiver shows 85-90% orig blue, strong on body, with a small cleaned are on left side in front of side plate. Left plate shows evidence of cleaning and blending with brown patina, normal nicks and scratches, dust cover shows flaking but shows some orig blue. Hammer has strong vivid orig case colors. Lever shows orig case colors in protected areas with balance blending with silver and brown patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings and fine scratches and retains orig finish. Forend is sound with nicks, dings and scratches and shows much orig finish blending with hand-worn patina. Nose cap shows very good orig blue with some thinning and blending with silver patina. Mechanics are crisp with a very good bore with some minor, shallow, scattered pits. 4-39696 BDT87 (4,000-7,000)

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2030

WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 331834. Cal. 32WCF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, half-nickel front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear with set screw. Standard 3rd Model receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95% orig blue thinning on sharp edges, some minor nicks, dings and scratches. Some very faint fine surface oxidation. Couple of small cleaned spots on mag tube. Receiver retains 90-95% orig blue thinning on sharp edges, minor nicks and scratches, some faint surface oxidation. Stock is sound with normal minor nicks and scratches, slightly dark around buttplate and retains flaking orig finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with normal nicks and minor dents and retains flaking orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with good bore, lightly frosted with some scattered shallow pitting. 4-38295 (4,000-6,000)

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2031

WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 146218. Cal. 32 WCF. 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full mag, slightly modified half-nickel front sight, serrated side flat top V-notch sporting rear, usual bbl markings. 3rd Model receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 32 cal. rifle, rnd bbl, plain trigger, received in warehouse Jan. 9, 1884, shipped from warehouse April 5, 1884 with eight other guns on order no. 11662. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95% orig blue with slight muzzle wear, small rub mark behind front sight and usual minor nicks and fine scratches. Receiver retains 95-98% orig blue thinning on sharp edges, bottom blending with brown patina, some faint fine surface oxidation and a few light scratches. Hammer shows strong dark orig case colors. Lever shows strong orig colors on side blending with silver and brown patina across bottom. Stock is sound with just some normal fine nicks and scratches and retains a dark open grain orig oil finish. Buttplate shows fading orig case colors, some very shallow pitting at heel and blending with silver and brown patina. Forend is sound with some minor handling marks and tiny nicks and scratches and retains a dark open grain orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright bore. 4-38355 (4,500-6,500)

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2032

WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER-ACTION RIFLE WITH 7-LEAF SIGHT. SN 510536B. Cal. .44-40. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, combination front sight and 7-leaf rear sight, top flat of bbl is marked, “WINCHESTER’S REPEATING ARMS.NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A./KING’S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29.1866.OCTOBER 16.1860”. Left flat adjacent receiver is marked, “.44 W.C.F.”. Standard 3d model receiver equipped with single-set trigger, mounted with straight-grain walnut, straight grip, sling eye, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap missing sling eye. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as .44 cal rifle, oct bbl, set trigger, 7-leaf and Beach sights, sling and swivels, received in warehouse on 1.3.98 and shipped from warehouse 1/8/1898 on order number 58. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and mag show a blue-brown patina finish, some blue showing in protected areas, bright on sharp edges and usual nicks, dings and scratches. Receiver shows a blue-brown patina mixed with silver from wear and orig blue in protected areas. Hammer shows thinning orig case colors, blending with silver and brown patina. Lever shows as a brown patina finish. Stock is solid with nicks, dings and scratches and shows a weathered open-grain oil finish. Forend is solid with hole adjacent nose cap, a slight hairline crack running from this hole, typical nicks and dings and retains a weathered open-grained oil finish. Mechanics are good except set trigger. Shiny bore with some very fine scattered pitting. 4-39484 BDT76 (2,500-5,500)

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2033

1ST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER-ACTION RIFLE. SN 25127. Cal. 44-40. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, dove-tail part nickel front sight, 800 yard flip-up ladder rear sight with retaining screw. Top flat of bbl is marked “WINCHSTER’S-REPEATING ARMS.NEW HAVEN.CT./KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29.1866.OCTOBER 16.1860.” First model receiver with mortised dust cover with checkered oval, equipped with single-set trigger. Mounted with straight-grain walnut, straight grip, inlet base with sling swivel, 4-1/4″ from toe, standard forend, nose cap with sling swivel. Accompanied by a Cody Firearm’s Museum fact sheet identifying as oct bbl rifle, set trigger, sporting leaf? sights, swivels. Received in warehouse 11/15/1876. Shipped from warehouse 11/29/1877 on order number 77559. Inspection of inside tang reveals assembly number of 387. Matching number on top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 75% of probably a factory-restored blue finish. Bright on sharp edges, some areas that have been cleaned and are blending a gray patina and some tiny spots of flaked finish blended with brown patina. Receiver has factory blue in protected areas with some small areas of very fine surface oxidation and finish blending with silver patina, typical nicks, dings and fine scratches. Stock is sound with a couple shallow depressions on right side near buttplate. Stamped “JF” over a reversed “C” on left side near buttplate. Stock is slight shy around tangs and buttplate and retains an oil finish blended with hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with a grain crack along top edge of right side, a small repaired chip on rear of right side, normal nicks, dings and small scratches, showing some dark oil-stained spots, retaining a thin coat of added finish. Mechanics are good with functioning set trigger and weak lever retaining spring. Slightly dark bore, good rifling with some minor scattered pits. 4-39369 BDT78 (3,000-5,000)

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2034

1ST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 SRC. SN 17692. Cal. 44-40. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, modified bbl band front sight, 2-leaf carbine rear sight. 1st model receiver for mortised dust cover that is missing. Staple and ring on left side. Mounted with straight-grain walnut, straight grip, inlet base with sling swivel, crescent steel buttplate with trap door, carbine forend with single band. CONDITION: Fair. Bbl, mag tube and receiver show a gray metal finish, mixed with some brown patina, some fine shallow surface rust spots, normal nicks and scratches. Receiver’s right side plate shows a blue finish with numerous scratches and some shallow pitting. Dust cover is missing. Stock is fairly well fitting with grain crack on right side at wrist and a shallow gouge around back of top tang. Usual nicks, dings and scratches and a thin coat of added finish. Forend is good with normal nicks and dings, a fairly substantial crack in bottom front running about 1″ behind mag band and retains a coat of added finish. Gun works properly with sloppy lifter. Dark bore, distinct rifling with shallow pitting. 4-39485 BDT77 (1,500-2,500)

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2035

WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE RESTORED. SN 462768B. Cal. 44-40. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, slightly modified 1/2 nickel front sight, sporting rear sight with set screw, top flat of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A./KING’S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29,1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860” adjacent top flat “44 W.C.F.” Standard 3rd model with dust cover, bottom of lifter engraved “44 CAL.”. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut replacement stock, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trap door, with no hole drilled in stock. Standard replacement forend with nosecap. CONDITION: Extremely fine as restored. Bbl and mag tube retain virtually all of their fine restored blue finish, with just a few minor tiny handling marks. Receiver retains virtually all of its fine restored blue finish, with just a faint rub line on rail and 3 small notches on right side of ejection port. Hammer and lever retain all of their fine restored case colors. The properly fitting replacement stock has a few tiny handling marks and retains an authentic style open grain finish. Forend is sound with a few minor handling marks, very well fit and retains an authentic style open grain finish. Nosecap retains virtually all of its fine restored blue. Mechanics are good, bore has strong rifling with moderate scattered pitting. 4-39694 BDT69 (2,000-3,000)

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2036

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE DELUXE SILVER & NICKEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 36575. Cal. 45-60. Extra special Model 76 with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, blue & half-nickel front sight with “1876” marked ladder rear sight. It has caliber marking over chamber & bottom of carrier with standard bbl markings in front of rear sight. Mounted with dlx, feather, crotch cut, flame grain, checkered, American walnut with H-style checkered forearm & pistol grip stock with fleur-de-lis black insert in serpentine grip cap. It has crescent steel buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, has assembly number “1726” and “XXX”. Assembly number was observed in the top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter fully identifying this rifle as found with oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, nickel magazine, silver trim & nickel bbl, received in warehouse Sept. 28, 1883 and shipped Oct. 3, 1883 with one other Model 1876 to Order #7297. There were only a total of 63,871 Model 1876 firearms manufactured in period 1876-1897 in four calibers making this one of the most rare of all the Winchesters. According to The Winchester Book, Madis, only one of every 90 arms had plating, only one of every 400 had special wood, only one of every 420 had pistol grip and only one of every 630 had checkering. All of these factors combine to make an exceedingly rare rifle. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% strong orig factory nickel finish with only a very few, minuscule surface flaws. Receiver & buttplate retain virtually all of their lightly tarnished silver finish. Loading gate retains virtually all of its lightly faded fire blue. Lever & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, stronger on sides of lever & hammer, moderately faded elsewhere. Wood is sound with minor handling & storage mars and retains most of a strong orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. Bolt face retains most of its orig factory blue. A truly rare & exceptional rifle. 4-39224 BDT2 (60,000-80,000)

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2037

HISTORIC WINCHESTER 1876 NWMP SRC WITH RARE CSC MARKINGS. SN 34758. Cal. 45-75. 22″ rnd bbl, barley corn front sight, metered ladder rear sight, long carbine forend with nosecap and sgl bbl band. Top of bbl marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS NEW HAVEN CT./KINGS-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED MARCH 29.1886.OCTOBER 16. 1860.” Standard receiver with dust cover, stud and ring mounted on left side. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, right side of stock has arching “NWMP CARTOUCHE” and stamped “CSC/30” in comb in front of buttplate tang. “CSC” is for Calvary School Corps, “30” is presumed to be a rack number. The “CSC” was formed in 1883 and during the north west rebellion consisted of 30 men and 3 Officers. Around 1890 the core became what is know know as the “Royal Dragons”. There are two other known “CSC” marked 76 carbines, one with the #10 and the other #22. Accompanying gun is a Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter, identifying as 45-60 carbine, received in warehouse August 25, 1883, changed on April 8, 1885 to carbine 45-70 for North West Mounted Police, shipped on April 8, 1885 with 398 other Model 1876’s on Order No. 19819. it is very unusual to find factory notations identifying the gun to the Northwest Mounted Police. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains thinning orig blue blended with a gray and silver patina. There are normal nicks & small dings. Receiver retains 45-50% orig blue, strongest on side plates and protected areas. The balance is a gray brown patina. There are some normal nicks & scratches and flaking of blue on both side plates. Stock is sound with normal minor nicks & dings, and retains a professional cleaned and properly re-oiled finish with strong NWMP Cartouche on right side. Forend is sound with some minor dings & gouges, and just normal wear and retains orig finish blended with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore, with some fine scattered pitting. 4-39742 BDT135 (8,500-12,500)

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2038

SECOND MODEL WINCHESTER 1876 LEVER-ACTION RIFLE. SN 8279. Cal. 45-75. 28″ oct bbl, full mag, nickel Rocky Mountain front sight, 1876″ marked ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked, “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING ARMS.NEW HAVEN.CT./KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH.29.1866.OCTOBER 16.1860.” Second model receiver, screw on rail with thumb print dust cover. Top tang is mounted with a thick base 4″ tang sight. Mounted with straight-grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as rifle, oct bbl, plain trigger, lid, received in warehouse on November 18, 1879. Shipped from warehouse January 1, 1880. Inspection of lower tang reveals an assembly number 4328 and matching number can be found on inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 85-90% orig blue. Silvering on sharp edges, some minor muzzle wear, flaking on right flat near muzzle. Usual light nicks and scratches. Mag tube retains 75% orig blue, thinning and toning with brown patina. Usual light nicks and scratches. Receiver retains 75% orig blue with wear on sharp edges. Some flaking and carry wear blending with silver and brown patina. Numerous minor nicks and small scratches. Dust cover has flaking, orig blue blending with brown patina and sharp checkering. Hammer retains orig case colors, blending with some silver patina on left side. Lever shows orig case colors in protected areas and blending with a silver patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks and dings. Slightly undersized at buttplate and retains an old open-grain oil finish. Forend is sound with typical nicks and dings. Traces of orig varnish retianing mostly a hand-worn patina finish. Nose cap has traces of orig blue that is blending with a brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with nice bore with fine scattered pitting. 4-39510 BDT74 (4,000-6,000)

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2039

RARE WINCHESTER 1876 WITH 7 LEAF EXPRESS SIGHT. SN 62260. Cal. 45-75 WCF. 28″ oct bbl, full mag, Beach combination sight, and factory platinum line 7-leaf rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN CONN./KINGS IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 28.1866. OCTOBER 16.1860”. Left flat adjacent receiver “45-75 WCF”. Standard receiver with dust cover, equipped with sgl set trigger. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel crescent buttplate with trap door, inlet base with swivel 4-1/8″ from toe, standard forend with nosecap with sling swivel. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet, identifying as 45-75 rifle, oct bbl, set trigger, 7-leaf express and Beach sights, received in warehouse 11-12-1890, shipped from warehouse 11-14-1890 on Order No. 19479. Other remarks, sling and swivel. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and mag tube retain a medium brown patina finish mixed with some areas of silver patina, slightly bright on sharp edges, some normal nicks & dings, and a couple small spots of fine surface oxidation. Receiver retains a smooth brown gray patina with some area silvering around plates and sharp edges. Hammer is a brown patina mixed with some silver. Lever is a dark brown patina. Stock is sound with a few minor light handling marks, and retains a professionally cleaned and re-oiled finish. Forend is sound with some minor handling marks, some tiny chips at receiver and retains a professionally cleaned and re-oiled finish. The loop in the nosecap swivel is a replacement. Mechanics are good, bore is dark with distinct rifling and scattered pitting. 4-39743 BDT136 (9,500-13,500)

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2040

WINCHESTER 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 56121. Cal 40-60. 28″ rnd bbl, full mag, Lyman ivory bead front sight, rear seat with slot blank. Top of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S – REPEATING – ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT/KING’S-IMPROVEMENT PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860”. At rear seat, both forward and rear has a shallow milled flat for orig sight. Adjacent receiver is marked “CAL. 40-60”. Standard receiver with dust cover, lifter engraved “40-60”, and top tang is mounted with a mid range vernier sight. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trap door, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet, identifying as 40-60, rnd bbl rifle, plain trigger, received in warehouse 8-9-1887 and shipped from warehouse 8-13-1887 on Order No. 21755. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains orig blue that is toning and blending with brown patina, typical minor nicks & scratches. Mag tube has toned more brown with blue showing in protected areas, and usual fine scratches. Receiver has orig blue mostly in protected areas, with balance blending a brown/silver patina. Hammer has evidence of orig case colors, silver on right side, and blending with brown patina. Lever has traces or orig color in protected areas but is mostly a gray and brown spotted patina. Stock is sound, slightly dark around receiver, a shallow ding in wrist area on left, a series of small shallow pings on center of right side, some orig finish blended with mostly hand worn patina. Forend is sound with nicks & dings and signs of weathering, a thin coat of added finish, blended with some hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, shiny bore with dark groves and some minor scattered pits. 4-39690 BDT71 (5,000-8,000)

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2041

WINCHESTER 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 26194. Cal. 45-60. 28″ rnd bbl, full mag, modified half-nickel front sight, ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains thinning orig blue blending with brown and silver patina; some areas lightly cleaned and normal nicks, dings and scratches. Mag tube has been cleaned and retains a gray mixed with brown patina, some fine surface oxidation marks and some light scratches on right side. Receiver retains orig blue on side plates, thinning on edges and blending with silver and brown patina. Body of receiver appears to have been cleaned years ago and has traces of blue blending with gray patina. Hammer shows dark orig case coloring and slightly silvering on sides. Lever is a dark patina. Stock is sound with numerous shallow dents and normal nicks and scratches and retains an open grain hand worn oil finish. Forend is sound with numerous nicks and shallow dents, slightly dark at receiver and nose cap and carries and open grain, hand worn oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with dark bore and scattered pitting. 4-37524 (2,000-3,000)

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2042
Revised: 3/22/2010

Correction: This gun is an antique not modern as stated in the catalog. Serial # is late 1897 or early 1898.

*SCARCE AND DESIRABLE FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 86 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 119163. Cal. 45-70. 26″ oct bbl, full mag, Lyman ivory bead front sight, 2-leaf flip up rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “Manufactured by the/Winchester Repeating Arms Co.New Haven.Conn.U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver “45-70” and an oval “WP” proof mark. The factory engraved receiver has a circle with walking bull moose on left side accented with large bold foliate scroll with punch dot background surrounded with a zig-zag and punch dot border. Forward right side has circle with bull elk and balance with foliate scroll with punch dot background surrounded by zig-zag and punch dot border. Top of receiver along side bolt has snake and dot pattern. Chamber area of receiver has a scroll pattern with off set to left proof mark. Top tang is mounted with course knurl peep sight. Mounted with “XXX” deluxe walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, steel crescent buttplate with scroll engraved tang, H checkered forend with scroll engraved nosecap. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number 456XXX with matching number in top tang of stock and a “S” found on inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 45-70 oct bbl rifle, checkered stock pistol grip, Lyman rear leaf and sporting front sight, $4 engraved number 9 vignettes, received in warehouse 5/1/99, shipped from warehouse 5/1/99 on order number 25309. Other remarks are “189 in place of regular ‘old style barrel’.” No other information or R&Rs recorded. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 85-90% blue that appears orig but is possibly a period of use factory restored blue. There are usual nicks and scratches, thinning at sharp edges, thinning on mag tube, all with nice crisp lettering. Receiver retains good orig case colors on sides blending with silver and brown patina across bottom and top. Hammer shows strong dark orig case colors with slight silvering on right side. Lever shows good case coloring mostly in protected areas thinning and blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with good checkering, minor nicks and scrapes and a couple small dents with good orig piano varnish finish blending with some hand worn patina in comb and grip areas. Buttplate is a dark brown patina. Forend is sound, good checkering, normal minor nicks and dings, showing orig piano varnish finish blending with hand worn patina across bottom. Mechanics are crisp. Bore with good rifling that has scattered shallow pitting. 4-39233 BDT58 (25,000-35,000)

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2043

OUTSTANDING DELUXE WINCHESTER 1886 EXPRESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 85483. Cal. 50EX. 26″ oct bbl., full magazine, silver bead front sight, marked “PAT. NOV. 4, 02”, with set screw, serrated side sporting rear sight with set screw. Standard bbl markings on top flat “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.NEW HAVEN CONN.U.S.A.” and “50EX” adjacent to receiver. Standard receiver with tang mounted peep sight. “XX” walnut stock with checkered pistol grip, ebony insert in grip cap, crescent steel buttplate, “H” style checkered forend and nosecap. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “241XX” and matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanying gun is a Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as a 50-110 rifle, oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock, pistol grip, Lyman front and rear sights, received in warehouse January 23, 1894, shipped from warehouse January 23, 1894 on Order No. 7507. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95-97% orig blue with some minor muzzle wear and slight thinning on sharp edges and a few typical minor nicks & scratches. Receiver retains 75-80% orig case colors, strong on rear portion of both sides, thinning in forward portion and slightly silvering mixed with brown patina across bottom, right side is mixed with a few minor spots of brown patina. Hammer shows dark orig case coloring with some minor silvering on left side. Lever shows traces of orig color in protected area with balanced blending with a silver patina. Stock is sound, good checkering with a few minor flattened points, typical nicks, dings & light scratches, retaining much of its orig piano varnish finish. Buttplate has toned to a gray patina. Forend is sound with good checkering, a few minor flattened points, usual nicks & dings, and retains orig piano varnish, blending with hand worn patina across bottom in both rear edges. Nosecap shows orig case colors, strong on right side, remainder thinning and blending with gray and brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-39359 BDT3 (25,000-35,000)

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2044

WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 89224. Cal. 45-70. 26″ oct bbl, full mag take down, Lyman ivory bead front sight, 1,000 yard ladder rear sight, standard takedown receiver, rear tang mounted peep sight. Mounted with “XX” walnut with checkered pistol grip, ebony insert in grip cap, smooth steel shotgun buttplate, “H” style checkered deluxe forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly NO. 246XXS. Matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied with Winchester Museum letter identifying gun as 45-70, oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock pistol grip, Lyman front & rear sight, shotgun butt, take down, received in warehouse June 15, 1894, shipped from warehouse June 15, 1894, no other information. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue, starting to thin on sharp edges, and a few minor light nicks & scratches, mag tub retains good orig blue with thinning from take down ring and a small area forward of forend that is thinned and turning a brown patina. Receiver and take down ring retain 95-97% orig blue with some minor light scratches, thinning on some sharp edges, a small spot of surface oxidation on top right side and top center of right side. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors, as well as lever on sides and thinning and blending a silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with good checkering, some typical minor light marks in the finish and retains most of its orig piano varnish finish. Buttplate shows good orig blue, silvering on edges and heel & toe. Forend is sound with good checkering, a few minor small nicks & scratches, but retains most of its piano varnish finish, with some minor hand worn patina on bottom. Nosecap retains good orig blue with a few minor spots, blending with silver patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-39360 BDT36 (22,500-30,500)

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2045

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE AND UNIQUE WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 84830. Cal. 38-56. 36″ tapered oct bbl. slightly modified brass bead front sight, serrated side, sporting rear with set screw. Standard markings on top flat “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.” and “38-56 W.C.F.” adjacent to receiver. Magazine tube is 32″ and retained with two hangers. Standard receiver with sgl set trigger and tang mounted peep sight. Deluxe “XX” walnut stock, checkered pistol grip with ebony insert in grip cap, nickel Swiss buttplate, left side cheek piece, inlet base and sling swivel, 3-7/8″ from toe of stock, deluxe checkered forend, nosecap with sling swivel and palm rest base mounted just forward of receiver. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “248XX”. Top tang channel of stock can be found a “2”, a small hole and an “8”. No numbers were found on inside of buttplate. Accompanying gun are two letters, one dated 1963 from the Winchester Gun Museum and one dated 1999 from the Cody Firearms Museum. Both identifying gun as a 50/110 32″ matted oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman rear sight, Wind gauge sight, cheek piece, sling and swivels, received in warehouse December 3, 1893, and shipped from warehouse December 26, 1893 on Order No. 5744. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 90+ orig blue, bright on sharp edges. Normal minor nicks & scratches with some minor spots blended with patina. Receiver retains 65-70% orig case colors, thinning and blending with silver and brown patina across bottom and front sharp edges. Hammer retains visible orig case colors. Lever has orig case colors in protected areas blending with gray and brown patina. Removing tang sight reveals two extra mounting holes with one in direct alignment with small hole in top tang channel of stock in middle of assembly no. Sgl set trigger is functioning properly. Stock is sound, good checkering with a few minor flattened points, usual nicks & dings and retains much of its orig piano varnish finish. There is a small darkened area in nose of comb blending through on both sides. The edge of cheek piece has usual minor nicks & flaking of finish. Forend is sound with normal nicks & dings, checkering is good with some minor flattening of points especially on bottom and has orig piano varnish finish blending with hand worn patina. Nosecap has faded and turned an even gray patina. Palm rest base appears to have been unfinished and retains a smooth gray patina. Mechanics are crisp, shiny bore, with good rifling and some minor shallow scattered pits. 4-39180 BDT1 (12,500-17,500)

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2046

RARE AND UNUSUAL WINCHESTER MODEL 86 STRAIGHT GRIP DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 97846. Cal. 45-90. 26″ half rnd – half oct bbl, full mag, Lyman ivory bead front sight, 2-leaf flip rear sight. Top of oct portion of bbl is marked “Manufactured by the/Winchester Repeating Arms Co.New Haven.Conn.U.S.A.” and “45-90 W.C.F.” adjacent to receiver. Standard receiver equipped with close coupled double set triggers, mounted with “XX” walnut with checkered straight grip, steel crescent rifle butt, sling eyes 3-1/4″ H style checkered deluxe forend and nose cap with sling eye front toe. Inspection of gun reveals no assembly number on tang but top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate have matching “533” numbers. Accompanied by Buffalo Bill Historical Center letter identifying as 45-90 rifle, half oct, set trigger, fancy checkered stock, Lyman front and Lyman leaf sights, sling and swivel, received in warehouse March 27, 1895, shipped from warehouse April 1, 1895. Gun is also accompanied by a leather sling with hooks and a handwritten note stating that this sling should stay with this gun as it is the orig sling. That cannot be confirmed but it is likely. Also accompanying gun is a George Madis letter expounding on the many special ordered features of this rifle and listing them as the set trigger, deluxe grain walnut, checkering of greater coverage than usual, rare straight grip combined with checkering, part rnd bbl, full mag with normal being half, and special Lyman sights and should also include the sling and swivels. With the 5 listed special ordered pieces, combined with the fine condition, makes this a very hard to find and desirable deluxe 86. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retains 85-90% orig blue, minor muzzle wear, normal nicks and scratches, some thinning and blending with a brown patina and bright on sharp edges of oct. There is a small bright spot at chamber with caliber marking. Receiver retains 75-80% strong orig color, brighter on rear portion, blending with sliver and spotty brown patina on bottom and sharp edges. Hammer shows orig case colors blending with sliver patina. Lever shows orig colors blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with tiny chips on both sides of upper tang, good but slightly worn checkering, normal nicks, dings and light scratches. Exhibits orig piano varnish finish with a very old light coat of added finish blending with hand worn patina at comb and through grip area. Forend is sound with good but slightly worn checkering, minor nicks and normal scratches and exhibits piano varnish finish with a very old light coat of finish blending with hand worn patina. Nosecap shows a gray silver patina. Mechanics are crisp with properly functioning double set triggers. Nice bore with a few shallow scattered pits. 4-39366 BDT57 (12,500-17,500)

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2047

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 81753. Cal. 38-56 WCF. 22″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base front with pin blade sight, ladder carbine rear sight, missing restraining screw. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.NEW HAVEN. CONN.U.S.A.”, with caliber marking between rear sight and receiver “38-56.W.C.F.” Standard 86 receiver with stud and saddle ring on left side. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered forend with single retaining band, uncheckered straight grip stock, with steel carbine buttplate. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet, identifying as 38-56 carbine, received in warehouse October 28, 1893, shipped from warehouse July 20, 1894 on Order No. 17241. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl and mag tube retain about 90% orig blue with some thinning behind front sight, minor nicks & scratches, and usual handling marks. Receiver retains 90-95% orig strong case colors, silvering on bottom and front edges some faint nicks & scratches and faint rub mark from saddle ring. Hammer retains very strong dark orig case colors. Lever retains strong case colors on side, thinning and blending to gray patina across bottom. Stock is sound with usual nicks & dings, a shallow gouge on upper left side, some minor chipping at tang of buttplate, and retains a hand worn open grain oil finish. Forend is sound with minor nicks & dings, and a couple very shallow dents and retains a hand worn open grain oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, shiny bore with good rifling and some minor very shallow pitting 4-39732 BDT153 (18,000-25,000)

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2048

WINCHESTER MODEL 86 SRC. SN 100138. Cal. 45-90. 22″ round bbl, full mag, square base front with slightly modified pinned blade, standard carbine ladder rear sight. Top of bbl in front of rear sight marked “Manufactured by the/Winchester Repeating Arms Co. New Haven.Conn.U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver “45-90/W.C.F.” Standard receiver with left side ring stud (ring absent). Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, standard forend with single bbl band. Inspection of lower tang revealed no assembly numbers. Accompanied by Cody Firearm Museum serial number research request which identifies it as 45-90 carbine, started 6/6/1895 and shipped 9/10/1895 on order number 20137. No further information was given. Also accompanying gun, loose in plastic bag, is a replacement stud with saddle ring. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain strong orig blue with bbl slightly turning towards brown, some minor muzzle wear and some loss behind front retaining ring caused by apparent chemical spill that has since aged and blended with brown patina. Receiver retains 80-85% orig case colors, strong on sides, thinning and blending with silver patina across bottom. Hammer shows fading orig case colors with silvering on right side. Lever shows orig case colors in protected areas but is mostly a dark patina. Stock is sound with expected nicks, dings and shallow bruises and an old thin coat of added finish evident on tang of buttplate with stock retaining some finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with typical nicks and small dings, orig finish blending with mostly hand worn patina. Forend bbl band shows good orig blue mixing with some brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with nice shiny bore. 4-39361 BDT54 (12,500-17,500)

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2049

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 83932. Cal. 40-65 WCF. 28″ oct bbl, full mag, 1/2 nickel front sight, serrated side “V” notch sporting rear with set screw. Top flat of bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.”, adjacent receiver “40-65 W.C.F.” Standard receiver mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, pistol grip with triangular ebony tip insert, steel crescent rifle butt, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet, identifying as 40-65, 28″ oct bbl rifle, plain trigger, plain pistol grip, received at warehouse 11-4-1893, shipped from warehouse on 11-6-1893 on Order No. 3469. Inspection of lower tang reveals Assembly No. 131CF. Matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain strong orig blue, some minor muzzle wear, some small cleaned areas that are blending with brown patina, and usual small nicks & scratches. Receiver retains 75% thinning orig case colors, stronger on sides and protected areas, thinning and blending with silver patina across bottom and top, a couple small areas of fine surface oxidation. Hammer shows strong orig case colors blending with some silvering on both sides. Lever retains strong orig case colors, blending with some silver patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings & shallow dents, a little chipping around edge of pistol grip, and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Buttplate shows thinning orig case colors, blending with silver patina and some minor brown spotting. Forend is sound with normal nicks & dings, a shallow dent on right side, and retains some orig finish blended with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore with a couple minor scattered shallow pits. 4-39815 BDT139 (8,000-12,000)

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2050

CLASSY WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 45447. Cal. 40-82 WCF. 26″ oct bbl, full mag, 1/2 nickel front sight, serrated “v” notch sporting rear with set screw. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” and adjacent receiver “40-82 W.C.F.” Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as 40-82 oct bbl rifle, plain trigger, received in warehouse 6-6-1890, shipped from warehouse 12-15-1890 on Order No. 20020. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain good orig blue with some thinning and blending with brown patina, small amount of muzzle wear, bright on sharp edges, and normal minor nicks & dings. Receiver retains 85-90% orig case colors, strong on both sides and across top, and blending with silver patina through bottom, a few minor nicks & scratches and some areas of very fine surface oxidation. Hammer shows orig case colors, blending with silver patina. Lever shows orig case colors stronger on sides, thinning and blending with silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with normal minor nicks & dings, there is a small “B” carved center of left side of stock, a tiny chip at toe, retaining orig finish blending with some hand worn patina. Forend is sound with some shallow nicks & dings, and normal carrying marks, showing orig finish, blended with hand worn patina, through back and bottom. Nosecap shows thinning orig case colors blended with silver patina. Mechanics are crisp with a very nice shiny bore. 4-39814 BDT138 (8,000-12,000)

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2051

WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 105040. Cal. 40-82 WCF. 26″ rnd bbl, full mag, 1/2 nickel front sight, serrated side “V” notch sporting rear with set screw. Top of bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Standard receiver, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel crescent buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet, identifying as 40-82 rnd bbl rifle, with plain trigger, received in warehouse 11-26, 1895, shipped from warehouse 10-3-1896 on Order No. 21700. CONDITION: Fine. bbl and mag tube retain 90% orig blue with thinning blending with brown patina, slight muzzle wear, normal minor nicks & scratches. Receiver retains 90% strong orig case colors, blending with silver patina across bottom, some fine spots of minor surface oxidation and normal light minor nicks & scratches. Hammer shows dark orig case colors blending with some silver patina. Lever shows orig case colors on side blending with silver and brown patina across bottom. Stock is sound with normal handling marks, nicks & scrapes, and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with normal minor nicks & dings, a couple shallow dents on center right side, retaining orig finish blended with hand worn patina. Nosecap shows strong orig case colors blending with silver patina, mostly on left side. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore. 4-39816 BDT140 (8,000-10,000)

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2052
Revised: 3/15/2010

Correction: It has been brought to our attention there is a professionally repaired area to the toe of the stock. The buttplate is a proper replacement.

*SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1886 SEMI-DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 131160. Cal. 45-70. 26″ half rnd/half oct bbl, Sheard fine bead dovetail front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear with set screw, half mag take-down. Top flat of bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.” Below rear sight on left flat “NICKEL STEEL”. Top flat adjacent to receiver ring “W.P.” Proof mark “45-70”. Standard receiver left side with Lyman lever peep sight, mounted with straight grain walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester hard rubber buttplate, sling eye 4″ from toe, standard forend with I checkering, nosecap with sling eye. Accompanying gun is Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 45-70 cal rifle, half oct nickel steel bbl, plain trigger, checkered plain wood stock with pistol grip, flat top sporting rear, King’s patent front, Lyman receiver, smokeless sights, takedown, screw eyes, shotgun butt rubber, received in the warehouse on September 12, 1904, shipped from warehouse September 13, 1904, order number 237427. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number 376R. Matching number can be found inside top tang channel of stock. CONDITION: Very fine, bbl retains 97-98% orig blue with a few small spots of fine surface oxidation, normal minor nicks and scratches, starting to thin on sharp edges of oct. Receiver retains 95% orig blue, a few minor scratches, showing bright on sharp edges and thinning and blending with silver patina across bottom. Hammer shows thinning orig case colors. Lever shows orig case colors blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with sharp checkering, a few minor nicks and dings and retains orig finish that has been professionally cleaned. Forend is sound with sharp checkering, some minor nicks and dings and retains orig finish that has been professionally cleaned. Mechanics are crisp with nice shiny bore. 4-39817 BDT141 (8,000-12,000)

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2053

*WINCHESTER MODEL 86 SEMI-DELUXE EXTRA LIGHT WEIGHT TAKEDOWN. SN 144680. Cal. 45-70. 22″ tapered rnd bbl, small low ramp front with Lyman ivory bead hunting sight, serrated side flat top sporting rear with set screw, 2/3 mag takedown. Top center of bbl is marked “Manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co./New Haven.Conn.U.S.A. Pat.Oct.14.1844.Jan.20.1885” Left side below rear sight “Nickel Steel” and adjacent takedown ring “45-70” with offset proof mark. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, checkered pistol grip with Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester hard rubber buttplate, “I” checkered forend with nose cap. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number 601R with matching 601 in top tang channel of side. Accompanied by Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 45-70, 22″ rnd bbl, plain trigger, plain pistol grip, checkered, 2/3 mag, shotgun butt, rubber buttplate, extra light weight, nickel steel bbl, smokeless, received in warehouse September 23, 1908, shipped from warehouse September 30, 1908 on order number 170039. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 95% orig blue with a few minor handling marks, a couple small spots on right side of shallow surface oxidation and a little bit of thinning in area of rear sight. Mag tube shows very good orig blue. Takedown ring shows strong orig blue with a couple of spots worn to show silver patina. Receiver retains 90% orig blue thinning on sharp edges, some flaking on left rear side and top rear of right side, lightly thinning across bottom and typical light nicks and scratches. Hammer shows thinning orig case colors with a couple spots showing bright, lever shows orig colors in protected areas blending a silver patina. Stock is sound with good checkering, normal nicks, dings and light handling marks, a small shallow dent in comb and shows orig finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with normal nicks, dings and light handling marks, good checkering, orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with nice shiny bore. 4-39365 BDT55 (6,000-10,000)

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2054

*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 86 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 132452. Cal. 33 WCF. 24″ rnd tapered bbl, short ramp with Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, sporting rear sight with elevator. Top of bbl marked “Manufactured by the/Winchester Repeating Arms Co.New Haven.Conn.U.S.A.” On left side below rear sight “Nickel Steel Barrel/Especially for Smokeless Powder. Top adjacent to receiver “33 W.C.F.” Standard receiver equipped with close coupled double set triggers. Mounted with “XX” walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester hard rubber shotgun buttplate, H checkered forend with nosecap and half mag. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number 628XX and matching number is found in top tang channel of stock. Accompanied by Cody Firearm Museum letter identifying as rifle “33A” caliber, rnd bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, half mag, shotgun butt rubber, received in warehouse November 12, 1904, shipped from warehouse November 14, 1904 with 2 other model 86s, order number 255165. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue, minor muzzle wear, a few minor nicks and scratches and starting to thin in chamber area. Mag tube shows strong orig blue as well as nosecap. Receiver retains 75-80% orig blue, thinning and blending with silver across top, bottom and sharp edges. There are a few minor scratches and distinct Winchester polish lines can be seen. Hammer shows dark orig case colors with some silvering on right side. Lever shows dark orig colors blending with silver patina across bottom and right side. Stock is sound with good checkering, some minor nicks and scratches, a couple spots of flaked finish and retains much of its orig piano varnish finish. Forend is sound with good but slightly flat checkering, minor nicks and dings and retains orig piano varnish finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with properly working set trigger. Good bore with some light frosting in grooves. 4-39368 BDT56 (7,500-12,500)

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2055

*UNUSUAL WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 135237. Cal. 33 WCF. 24″ tapered rnd bbl, ramp front with marbled #2 white bead sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw, half mag. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A.”, below rear sight on left side marked “NICKEL STEEL BARREL / ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER”, top adjacent to receiver “33 W.C.F.” with “WP” proof mark offset left. Standard receiver with left side mounted Lyman lever sight. Mounted with “XX” walnut, F-style checkered pistol grip with Winchester hard rubber grip cap. Winchester hard rubber buttplate, F-style checkered forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 33 cal. rnd bbl rifle, plain trigger, checkered stock, checkering style “F”, pistol grip, flat top sporting rear sight, old style 1/2 magazine, rubber shotgun buttplate, received in warehouse 7/24/1905, shipped from warehouse 8/14/1905 on order no. 11478. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. 699XX and matching number can be found inside top tang channel of stock. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 90% original blue with minor muzzle wear, usual minor nicks and tiny scratches, couple of spots of faint surface oxidation, thinning and blending with silver patina over chamber area. Receiver retains 60% original blue blending with silver patina, blue is strongest on left side. Hammer shows original case colors blending with silver patina. Lever shows original case colors in protected areas but is mostly a silver patina. Stock is sound with good checkering, some normal minor handling marks and retains a smooth, professional hand rubbed oil finish. Forend is sound with good checkering, normal nicks and light dings and retains a smooth professional hand rubbed oil finish blending with some hand worn patina across bottom. Mechanics are crisp with a good bore with strong rifling. 4-39363 BDT64 (5,000-10,000)

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2056

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 39864. Cal. 45-70. 26″ 1/2 rnd bbl, full mag, 1/2 nickel front sight with set screw, Remington type sporting rear sight with elevator. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A” adjacent receive “45-70”. Standard receiver, mounted with striaght grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as a 45-70, 1/2 oct bbl rifle, plain trigger, received in warehouse 4-22-1890, shipped from warehouse 4-22-1890 on Order No. 11569. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue, some minor muzzle wear, minor nicks & scratches, some tiny surface oxidation around rear sight. Mag tube show orig blue with some scuffing and thinning, an area behind retaining ring, and a cleaned area of shallow rust. Receiver shows about 20-25% orig colors, mostly in rear portion and protected areas with balance being a mottled brown/silver patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings & handling marks, slightly darkening at receiver, some areas of flaked finish, but retains much of its orig finish blended with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with typical minor shallow marks, nicks & dings, orig finish, flaked and blended with hand worn patina across bottom. Nosecap shows traces of orig color, blending with a silver and brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with a very nice bore. 4-39698 BDT70 (5,000-8,000)

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2057

*VERY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 86, SHORT RIFLE WITH HALF ROUND BARREL. SN 130380. Cal 45-70. 22 ” 1/2 rnd, 1/2 oct bbl, 1/2 mag TD, combination front sight, unmarked rifle ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” and “45-70″ adjacent receiver ring. Standard receiver with top tang mounted peep sight. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying as 45-70 rifle, 22” bbl, 1/2 oct, plain trigger, 1/2 mag takedown, received in warehouse July 19, 1904, shipped from warehouse July 15, 1904 on Order No. 231687. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90% blue with nicks, scratches & some thinning on rnd portion, all blending with brown patina. Octagon shows bright on sharp edges and slightly thinning in chamber area. Receiver retains 40-50% orig blue, blended with silver and brown patina, a cleaned area on rear left side, and some minor normal nicks & dings. Hammer shows fading orig case colors mixed with some spotty brown patina. Lever retains strong orig color in protected areas with balance blending with a brown patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks & dings and retains a clean professionally freshened finish. Forend is sound with minor dings on rear bottom center, some normal nicks & dings, & retains a clean freshened finish blended with some hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore. 4-39750 BDT126 (6,500-8,500)

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2058

*DESIRABLE WINCHESTER 1886 EXTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 142267. Cal. 45-70. 22″ tapered rnd bbl, low ramp front with Lyman ivory bead hunting sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Full magazine takedown. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. PAT. OCT. 14 1884. JAN. 20. 1885.”. Left side, below rear sight “NICKEL STEEL”. Adjacent receiver ring “45-70” with “WP” proof mark offset to left. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, Winchester hard rubber buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter, identifying as 45-70 Winchester high velocity, rnd bbl rifle, 22″ bbl, shotgun rubber butt, takedown, extra lightweight, full magazine. Received in warehouse 11/26/1907 and shipped from warehouse 11/27/1907 on order no. 137707. Under other remarks; returned 2/1/1908, number 17010, changed to rifle-45-70, round 22″, takedown, nickel steel, extra lightweight,rifle butt, reshipped 12/8/1909, number 237754. Inspection of inside tang reveals no assembly numbers and no numbers are found inside tang channel or under buttplate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95% orig blue with the usual minor nicks and scratches, faint rubbing on mag tube from takedown and a few spots of very fine surface oxidation. Receiver retains 85% orig blue, bright on sharp edges, worn across bottom and blending with silver and brown patina, a small spot of fine surface oxidation on upper left side and typical minor light nicks and scratches. Hammer shows orig case colors; bright on sharp edges. Lever shows traces of orig color in protected areas with balance blending with a gray-brown patina. Stock is sound with some normal minor light nicks and dings, slightly dark at receiver and retains a professionally cleaned orig finish that is blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings. Bottom at takedown ring is carved “IXI”, shows orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4- 39364 BDT63 (5,000-8,000)

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2059

*UNCOMMON WINCHESTER 1886 LEVEL ACTION RIFLE. SN 139842. Cal. 33 WCF. 24″ rnd bbl, full mag, short ramp with marble #2 ivory bead front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Top of bbl is marked “Manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co./New Haven.Conn.U.S.A.Pat.Oct.14.1884.Jan.20.1885”. Left side below rear sight “Nickel Steel Barrel/Especially for Smokeless Powder.” Adjacent receiver “33 W.C.F.” with proof mark off set to left. Standard receiver mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied by Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 33 cal rifle, round bbl, plain trigger, full mag, rifle butt, received in warehouse 7/25/07, shipped from warehouse 7/25/07 on order number 112097. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and mag tube retains 85-90% thinning orig blue, minor muzzle wear and areas of thinning blue mixing with brown patina, a couple minor spots of cleaned surface oxidation that have started to patina. Receiver shows orig blue that is blended with silver and brown patina mixed with some cold blue. Hammer shows orig case color that is dark and blending with patina. Lever shows orig case colors in protected areas, mostly a silver and brown patina. Stock is sound, some tiny chips on both sides of upper tang, hairline crack on both sides of toe, normal nicks and dings, showing an open grain hand worn finish, darker in grip area. Forend is sound with small chip on forward upper left side, normal nicks and dings, showing an open grain with hand worn patina, darker on bottom and rear right side. Nosecap has flaked and turned a brown and silver patina. Mechanics are crisp. Good bore with a few minor shallow scattered pits. 4-39367 BDT59 (3,500-5,000)

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2060

*WINCHESTER 1886 ROUND BARREL LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 139806. Cal. 45-90 WCF. 26″ rnd bbl, full mag, dove tail Marble Sheard front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. / PAT. OCT. 14. 1884. JAN. 20. 1885”, adjacent receiver “45-90 W.C.F.” with “WP” proof mark forward of caliber marking. Standard receiver, top tang mounted with Marble coarse knurled locking tang sight. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 45-90, round bbl rifle, plain trigger, W.H.V. sights, received in warehouse 5/13/1908, shipped from warehouse 9/27/1908 on order no. 170767. No further information was given. Inspection of lower tang reveals “389”, no other numbers were observed. CONDITION: Fine. As probably factory restored. Bbl and mag tube retain 97% of a factory quality restored blue finish, some minor nicks and dings, a couple of small areas of faint surface oxidation. Receiver retains 95-97% of a factory quality restored blue finish showing bright on sharp edges and usual minor small nicks and scratches. Hammer and lever show a factory blue finish. Stock is sound with typical light nicks and dings, some areas showing original varnish blending with mostly hand worn patina. Forend is sound with normal minor nicks and dings and shows hand worn patina blended with varnish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright bore. 4-39362 BDT65 (5,000-10,000)

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2061

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 140664A. Cal. 33 WCF. 24″ tapered rnd bbl, short ramp with Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, sporting rear sight with set screw, full mag. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.PAT. OCT.14. 1884.JAN.20.1885.” Left side below rear sight “NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER” and top adjacent to receiver “33 W.C.F.” with “WP” proof off to left. Standard receiver, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap CONDITION: Very good as restored. Bbl and mag tub retain 98% of a restored blue finish, with some minor nicks & scratches and a couple spots of shallow oxidation. Receiver retains strong restored blue on left side with right side appearing to have been toned with a chemical agent leaving a blue/gray patina. Hammer and lever retain restored blue finish. Stock is sound with normal minor nicks & dings, slightly undersized at buttplate, retianing a restored finish. Forend is sound with some minor handling marks and slightly undersized at receiver and nosecap. Mechanics are good, slightly dark bore with some minor scattered pitting. 4-39697 BDT68 (1,750-2,750)

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2062

ANTIQUE WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 64278. Cal. 45-90 WCF. 26″ rnd bbl, full mag, Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.” Standard receiver mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied by a Winchester factory letter confirming the gun’s configuration. CONDITION: Very good, bbl and mag tube show orig blue in protected areas, overall carry a brown patina. Normal minor nicks and scratches and thinning in chamber area. Receiver is mostly a brown patina mixed with silver with normal minor small nicks and scratches. Hammer shows some orig case colors blending with gray patina. Lever shows traces of orig case colors in protected areas, blending with a gray patina. Stock is sound with some minor shallow dents on right side of wrist, usual minor handling marks and retains an oil finish blended with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with shallow dents on each side, normal nicks, dings and scratches and retains an oil finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice bore with a couple scattered shallow pits. 4-39932 BDT142 (3,000-4,000)

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2063

*WINCHESTER 1886 EXTRA LIGHT WEIGHT TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 129072. Cal. 33 WCF. 24″ tapered rnd bbl, short ramp with Lyman ivory bead front sight, slot blank in rear seat. Top of bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver ring “33 W.C.F.” Standard receiver left side with Lyman lever peep sight mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, Winchester hard rubber buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied by a Winchester factory letter confirming the gun’s configuration. CONDITION: Very good to fine, bbl retains 90-95% orig blue, minor muzzle wear, a couple of thin spots from cleaning that are blending with brown patina, faint rub mark on bottom from takedown and usual minor nicks and scratches. Receiver has 80-85% orig blue, thinning and blending with brown patina top and bottom, a small cleaned spot of surface oxidation top right rear, some areas of very fine surface oxidation and normal nicks and scratches. Hammer shows dark orig case colors. Lever shows dark orig case colors on side, blending with gray patina across bottom. Stock is sound with numerous light nicks and dings and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with numerous small nicks and dings and retains hand worn patina blending with orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with nice shiny bore. 4-39933 BDT143 (2,750-3,750)

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2064

*VERY LATE WINCHESTER 1886 EXTRA LIGHT WEIGHT TAKE DOWN RIFLE. SN 159367. Cal. 33 WCF. 24″ rnd bbl, 1/2 mag take down, pedestal front with dovetail Lyman ivory bead hunting sight, “V” notch sporting rear with set screw. Bbl is marked on left side “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PAT. OCT.14.1884.JAN.20.1885 MADE IN U.S.A.” and below rear sight “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-.33 W.C.F.” On right side below rear sight “MODEL 1886”. Standard 86 receiver, mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, uncheckered forend with nose cap, uncheckered straight grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. This is one of the last few hundred 86’s to leave the factory. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue with just a few minor light nicks and handling marks. Receiver retains 90-95% of a probable factory restored blue as all of the proper polish marks are evident, the only tell-tale is the slightly thin proof mark on the top of the receiver, with some thinning on bottom and sharp edges and usual light scratches and handling marks. Hammer has orig blue showing bright on sharp edges. Lever has most of its orig blue with some sharp edge wear and flaked spots across bottom. Stock is sound with a few light handling marks and tiny scratches and retains nearly all of a thin coat of restored finish. Forend is sound with some minor scratches and handling marks and retains nearly all of a light coat of restored finish. Mechanics are good with a shiny bore as gun doesn’t appear to have had much use. 4-37800 (3,500-5,500)

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2065

*RARE WINCHESTER 1892 SEMI-DELUXE TAKEDOWN LEVER-ACTION RIFLE. SN 670956. Cal. 32 WCF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, half mag takedown, silver bead front sight with set screw, sporting rear sight with set screw. Left flat of bbl above nose cap is marked, “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.PATENTED OCTOBER 14.1884.” Top flat at receiver ring has “WP” proof mark, left flat “32 W.C.F.” Standard receiver mounted with straight-grain walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester hard rubber shotgun buttplate, “I” checkered standard forend with nose cap. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number 7313R and matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges, some areas of fine surface oxidation, rub mark on bottom flat from takedown. Takedown ring has flaked to just traces of orig blue blended with silver patina. Receiver retains about 95% orig blue with silvering from wear on front edge with some fine tiny rust spots, bright on sharp edges and both sides of upper rear have small clean spots of fine pitting. Hammer shows strong orig colors, silvering on left side. Lever shows thinning orig colors, stronger in protected areas, blending a gray patina. Stock is sound with good checkering, some typical minor nicks and dings and retains most of its orig finish. Forend is sound with slightly flattened checkering normal minor nicks and dings showing orig finish blending with hand-worn patina. Nose cap has flaked leaving traces of orig blue and blending with silver-brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore. 4-39176 BDT79 (8,000-12,000)

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2066

*RARE WINCHESTER 1892 FULL NICKEL LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 156340. Cal. 25-20. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, half nickel front sight with set screw, serrated side flat top sporting rear with set screw, usual bbl markings. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 25-20 oct bbl rifle, plain trigger, full nickel, received in warehouse 1/18/1906, shipped from warehouse 1/20/1906 on order no. 42045. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 70-75% orig nickel, back portion of bbl; nickel has flaked and worn, blending with gray patina, from forend forward bbl retains most of its nickel with some minor flaking and numerous nicks and scratching. Mag tube has orig nickel in protected areas but has mostly flaked and blending with silver-gray patina with a few scratches and shallow dents. Receiver retains 80-85% orig nickel with some small spots of flaking, blending with brown patina, thinning on sharp edges and some usual nicks and scratches. Hammer has orig nickel on back and top of spur, mostly flaked and worn on sides. Lever retains much of its orig nickel with some minor flaking blending with brown patina. Trigger has some orig nickel flaked and worn, blending with brown patina. Stock is sound with a couple tiny chips behind top tang, some minor nicks, dings and tiny scratches and retains a clean hand-rubbed open grain oil finish. Buttplate shows orig nickel, flaking and blending with brown patina. Forend is sound with usual minor bruises and retains a cleaned, hand-rubbed open grain oil finish. Nose cap retains 80-85% orig nickel, with some flaking and blending with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp, dark bore with moderate pitting. 4-38349 (4,000-6,000)

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2067

*WINCHESTER MODEL 92 ROUND BARREL LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 441928. Cal. 25-20 WCF. 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full mag, 1/2 nickel front sight with set screw, sporting rear sight with set screw, minus insert. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14.1884.” Left side adjacent receiver “25-20 W.C.F.” Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95% orig blue with some minor spots of shallow surface rust, some minor thinning and normal nicks & small scratches. Receiver retains 95% orig blue showing bright on sharp edges, thinning and blending with some brown patina across bottom, and small spots of surface rust on both upper rear corners, and usual light nicks & scratches. Hammer retains dark orig case colors with some small silvering areas. Lever has dark orig colors on side, blending with dark gray patina across bottom. Loading gate retains strong orig nitre blue. Stock is sound, with shallow dent on right side, a few minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Forend is sound with shallow dent on right side, normal fine handling marks, orig finish, blended with some hand worn patina across bottom. Nosecap has flaking orig finish, blending with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-39819 BDT163 (1,500-2,500)

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2068

*DESIRABLE WINCHESTER MODEL 92 16″ TRAPPER. SN 954154. Cal. 44WCF. 16″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base with pin blade front sight with mag band in front of. Standard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of bbl below rear sight is marked, “MODEL 92-WINCHESTER/TRADEMARK-44W.C.F.” Right side is marked, “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO/NEW HAVEN, CONN.” Standard receiver, staple and ring on left side with leather strap, mounted with straight-grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, 7-7/8″ forend with single band. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 85% orig blue with a spot about 4-1/2″ from muzzle on left side, some very shallow pitting that has been cleaned and now blending with silver patina and a small area of very fine surface oxidation. Mag tube has a larger matching spot to bbl of shallow pitted are that has been cleaned and is blending with silver patina and a little more very fine surface oxidation spots. Receiver shows strong orig blue that has flaked in some areas and blending with dark patina, a couple small areas of very shallow surface rust, faint ring mark on left side. stock is sound with some small typical nicks and dings, some areas of slightly lifted finish, but has a lot of its orig finish blended with some hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings, original finish that has blended with some hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a bright, shiny bore as gun shows to have had little use but a small storage problem. 4-39258 BDT81 (5,000-10,000)

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2069

*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 92 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 941144. Cal. 32 WCF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base with pinned Marbel Sheard No. 6 blade front sight, usual carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of bbl below rear sight is marked “MODEL 92-WINCHESTER/TRADEMARK-32 W.C.F.”, right side “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN.CONN.” Standard receiver with staple and ring on left side, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, 9-1/4″ forend with sgl band. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 90-95% slightly thinning orig blue, with usual minor nicks & scratches and a couple tiny spots of fine surface oxidation. Receiver retains 95% orig blue with some flaking on bottom blending with brown patina, showing bright on sharp edges, and some normal minor nicks & scratches. Usual saddle ring mark on left side, loading gate shows strong orig nitre blue. Stock is sound with a few minor handling marks and retains most of its orig finish. Buttplate shows orig blue with some flaking and worn to silver on heel & toe. Forend is sound with minor nicks & handling marks, and scrape on left side in front of band and retains orig finish blended with hand worn patina across bottom. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-39745 BDT125 (3,000-4,000)

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2070

*RARE WINCHESTER 1894 15″ TRAPPER. SN 743637. Cal. 25-35. 15″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base with pinned blade front sight, standard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of bbl forward of forend band is marked MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21.1894.” Below rear sight “NICKEL STEEL BBL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER 25-35 W.C.F.” Standard receiver left side with stud and ring. mounted with straight grain gum wood stocks, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, 7-7/8″ forend with single band. Gun is accompanied by an orig ATF Form 4467 which is the registration of certain firearms during November 1968. The issued person is a James Pollard of Tempe, Arizona and dated 11/15/1968, showing his date of birth as November 23, 1880 and acquiring this firearm in 1912, making him presumably the original owner. The gun is fully identified by make, model, SN, caliber and bbl length. Also with gun is a fine leather scabbard marked “N. PORTER, PHOENIX, ARIZ”. Additionally there is an N. PORTER Saddle and Harness Company catalog , number 20 dated 1932 showing above scabbard for a price of $4.75. Additionally there is a hand-written bill of sale dated 11/13/1988 transferring the gun and paperwork from an A.M. Serdahely of Orange, California to an S. C. Robertson of Yorba Linda, California. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 85% thinning orig blue with muzzle wear thinning behind front sight and normal nicks and scratches. Receiver retains some orig blue, blending with mostly silver patina, typical ring mark. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings and some shallow gouging on left side, thin chip missing on left side of tang at buttplate, some orig finish blending with hand-worn patina, but is certainly above average for a gum wood stock. The forend is sound with normal nicks and dings and has a hand-worn patina blending with some orig finish in forward most section. Mechanics are crisp with a very nice bore. 4-39689 BDT88 (6,000-9,000)

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2071

*RARE WINCHESTER 1894 TAKE DOWN DELUXE SHORT RIFLE. SN 408938. Cal. 38-55. 22″ tapered oct bbl, full mag take down, marble tunnel front sight with ivory bead. Rear sight is marked “CHAS. DANIELS/PAT.JULY 25.’05”. it is a “V” notch sporting sight with round aperture lined in ivory. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21.1894.” Top flat adjacent take down ring is Winchester “WP” proof mark, and left flat with “38-55”. Standard receiver, mounted with highly figured walnut, checkered straight grip, rubber shotgun buttplate, “H” style checkered, 8-3/8″ forend with nosecap. Inspection of lower tang reveals no assembly numbers but 5436 can be found in top tang channel of stock. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue, silvering on sharp edges, normal minor nicks & scratches. Mag tube retains 95% orig blue with rub mark from take down and some minor nicks & scratches. Receiver retains 90% orig blue, blended with silver patina across bottom and upper rear left side, a few spots of flaked finish blending with brown patina and normal minor nicks & scratches. Loading gate shows strong orig nitre blue. Hammer shows good orig case colors blending with silver patina. Lever has dark orig colors on side, blending with silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with good checkering, normal nicks & light dings, and retains what appears to be orig oil finish. Forend is sound with slightly worn checkering, normal nicks & dings, a small chip on left side and retains an oil finish blending with hand worn patina. Nosecap has orig flaking blue blending with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp, good bore with some minor shallow scattered pitting. 4-39970 BDT175 (8,000-12,000)

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2072

*RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 94 SEMI-DELUXE SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 1021060. Cal. 30 WCF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base with pinned marble 94-C ivory bead front sight, marble sgl leaf flip up rear sight. Left side of bbl below rear sight marked “MODEL 94-WINCHESTER/TRADEMARK-NICKEL STEEL-30 W.C.F.”, right side “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN.CONN.” Standard 94 receiver with stud and ring on left side, top tang with Lyman locking peep sight. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, checkered straight grip, serrated steel shotgun buttplate, 9-1/4″ forend with “I” checkered diamond on bottom. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95% orig blue, lightly thinning in a couple areas and some minor nicks & scratches. Front bbl bank has good orig blue in protected areas with balance thinning and blending with silver patina. Rear band has mostly flaked and turned a brown and silver patina. Receiver has 90-95% orig blue with some areas of flaking finish that are blending with silver or brown patina, some minor nicks & scratches and starting to show bright on sharp edges, faint ring mark on left side. Hammer shows good orig blue, slightly silvering on left side, lever shows good orig blue on sides, flaked and worn across bottom, blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with very nice checkering, normal minor nicks & dings and has orig finish that has a thin coat of finish applied over top. Forend is sound with good checkering, orig finish with a thin coat applied over top blending with some hand worn patina and a few minor nicks & scratches. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-39749 BDT124 (5,250-6,250)

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2073

*OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER MODEL 94 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 966663. Cal. 30 WCF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base front with pinned blade sight, standard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of bbl forward of rear sight is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./ NEW HAVEN. CONN U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21.1894”, below rear sight “NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER-.30W.C.F.” Standard 94 receiver with stud in ring mounted on left side. Mounted with straight grain walnut, steel carbine buttplate, 9-1/4″ forend with sgl band. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl and mag tube retain nearly all of their orig blue with a couple very small nicks & scratches, front bbl band retains strong orig blue with some wear on high spots and blending with brown patina. Rear band retains most of its orig blue with a couple areas thinning and blending with silver patina. Receiver retains strong orig blue with some flaking on left side, and starting to show bright on some sharp edges, a couple of minor small handing marks. Hammer shows strong orig blue, starting to silver on left side and thin on spur. Lever shows good orig blue that has started to flake in spots and blend with brown patina. Stock is sound with only a couple minor tiny handling marks, retaining virtually all of its orig finish. Buttplate shows orig blue toning to brown and slightly silvering at heel & toe. Forend is sound with a couple minor handling marks and retains virtually all of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny new bore, as gun shows to have seen very little use. 4-39741 BDT122 (3,000-5,000)

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2074

*WINCHESTER MODEL 94 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 1068116. Cal 30 WCF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base with pinned front sight blade, standard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of bbl below rear sight marked “MODEL 94-WINCHESTER/TRADEMARK-NICKEL STEEL-30 W.C.F.”, right side “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN.CONN.” Standard receiver with stud and ring on left side, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, 9-1/4″ forend with sgl band. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 92-95% orig blue with some thinned areas behind rear sight and blending with gray patina, some small areas of flaked finish on mag tube, normal minor nicks & scratches. Front band has strong orig blue in protected areas with balance blending with a silver patina. Rear band has strong orig blue with some scratches, thinning and blending with silver patina. Receiver has very good blue with normal nicks & scratches and some areas of flaked finish blending with brown patina and showing bright on some of the sharp edges. Hammer shows good orig blue, silvering on left side. Lever shows strong orig blue, thinning on sharp edges and blending with some brown patina across bottom. Stock is sound with normal light handling marks, and small nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Buttplate shows good orig blue with silver patina at heel & toe. Forend is sound with normal nicks & scratches, some shallow dents across bottom and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-39740 BDT123 (2,750-3,750)

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2075

*OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER 1894 TAKE DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 219415. Cal. 32WS. 26″ oct bbl, full mag take down, 1/2 nickel front sight with set screw, Winchester 32 Smokeless rear sight, top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21.1894”. Left flat below sight “NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER”. Top flat adjacent take down ring “32 W.S.”. Standard receiver, mounted with nicely figured walnut, straight grip, steel crescent buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 98% orig blue with a few minor nicks & scratches, some minor thinning on sharp edges and a couple tiny spots of faint surface oxidation. Receiver retains 95% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges, toning with some brown patina across bottom, and a small area, upper right side with loss of blue and blending silver and brown patina. Loading gate retains strong orig nitre blue, just starting to thin in center. Hammer retains strong dark orig case colors, lever retains strong orig colors on sides thinning and blending to a silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with some minor handling marks and retains nearly all of its orig finish. Buttplate shows fading orig case colors. Forend is sound with some minor handling marks and shallow nicks & dings & retains nearly all of its orig finish. Nosecap retains nearly all of its orig blue finish. Mechanics are crisp with a very good bore. 4-39971 BDT174 (4,500-5,500)

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2076

ANTIQUE WINCHESTER 1894 LEVER-ACTION RIFLE. SN 17527. Cal. 38-55. 26″ oct bbl, full mag, half-nickel front sight with set screw, serrated side sporting rear sight with set screw. Top flat of bbl is marked, “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A.”, adjacent receiver “38-55”. Standard receiver mounted with straight-grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Fact sheet identifying as 38-55 oct bbl rifle with plain trigger, received in warehouse 2-15-1897, and shipped from warehouse 2-20-1897 on Order No. 3982. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue, slightly toning towards brown. Slight muzzle wear, showing bright on sharp edges, some very fine surface oxidation. Mag tube shows strong orig blue with some minor scratching and some very shallow surface oxidation. Receiver retains 95+% orig blue, slightly bright on sharp edges, some minor nicks and dings, starting to thin and tone with brown across bottom and top with strong visible orig polish marks showing. Loading gate shows strong niter blue thinning in center. Hammer shows strong, dark original case colors, slightly silvering on left side. Lever shows good orig case colors on sides, faded and blending a silver-brown patina on bottom. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings, some minor darkening on right side near buttplate, minor scratch in toe, orig finish with some minor flaking and hand-worn patina through grip. Forend is sound with normal nicks and small dings, orig finish blending with hand-worn patina. Nose cap shows strong orig blue, toning and blending with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice, bright shiny bore. 4-39529 BDT82 (3,500-6,500)

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2077

*FABULOUS RESTORED WINCHESTER 1895 SRC. SN 89731. Cal. 303 British. 22″ rnd bbl, integral base with pin fine gold bead front sight, 1800 yd military ladder rear sight. Standard receiver with usual patent dates on left side and stud and ring. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, 13-3/8″ forend, finger grooves on side and handguard over top of bbl. CONDITION: Extremely fine, appears new from outstanding restoration by Turnbull. Metal retains virtually all of fine factory quality restored blue finish with just a couple very minor handling marks. Hammer has virtually all fine restored case color finish. Stock is sound with a couple minor handling marks and retains all of fine factory quality restored finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-39783 BDT150 (2,000-3,000)

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2078

*BEAUTIFULLY UPGRADED WINCHESTER MODEL 65 WITH BOLT PEEP. SN 1003193. Cal. 218 Bee. 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, button mag, stippled ramp with gold bead sight and hood, slot blank in rear seat. Left side of bbl on chamber area are marked, “WINCHESTER/PROOF STEEL-MODEL 65-WINCHESTER/TRADEMARK-218BEE”. Right side is marked, “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO/NEW HAVEN.CONN.” Top of bbl has 2″ wedge of foliate scroll engraving. Receiver has been beautifully custom engraved in a Winchester pattern with a circle and running whitetail buck on left side with bold foliate arabesque scroll with punch-dot background and framed by a zig-zag and punch-dot border. Right side has matching scroll and border with a circle with a standing whitetail buck. Receiver top and bottom have accenting foliate scroll. Bolt is equipped with the factory peep sight. Mounted with straight-grain walnut, pistol grip, checkered steel buttplate with accent border engraving, standard forend with scroll-engraved nose cap. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains nearly all of its fine custom rust-blue finish. Receiver retains nearly all of its fine factory-quality blue finish. Stock is sound with a few minor dings and retains a smooth open-grain, hand-rubbed oil finish. Forend is sound with a few minor dings and retains an open-grain, hand-rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-39327 BDT80 (6,000-10,000)

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2079

*WINCHESTER MODEL 71 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 24320. Cal. 348 WCF. 24″ rnd bbl, integral stippled front ramp with fine bead sight, open rear bbl seat, 2/3″ mag. Left side of bbl at chamber marked “WINCHESTER/PROOF STEEL-MODEL 71-WINCHESTER/TRADEMARK-348 W.C.F.” Right side “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN.CONN.” Standard receiver with left side Redfield peep sight. Mounted with straight grain walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber gripcap, checkered steel buttplate, inlet base with detachable swivel 2-5/8″ from toe, checkered forend with nosecap, with detachable swivel. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 95+% orig blue, minor muzzle wear, starting to thin behind front sight, and normal minor nicks & scratches. Receiver retains 95% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges and across bottom, a couple minor faint scratches. Hammer shows orig blue blending with some silver patina. Lever shows strong orig blue, thinning on sharp edges. Stock is sound with good checkering, normal nicks & small dings, orig finish with some minor flaking at buttplate and edge of checkering and blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with good checkering, some darkening at nosecap, normal small nicks & dings, some flaking at borders of checkering, and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-39809 BDT157 (2,000-4,000)

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2080

*WINCHESTER MODEL 71 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 37230. Cal. 348 WCF. 24″ bbl, 2/3″ mag, integral stippled ramp front, fine bead sight with hood and flip up rear sight. Left side of bbl below rear sight marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA/WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-WINCHESTER/TRADEMARK-MODEL 71-348 W.C.F.” Standard receiver with left side Lyman 56 receiver sight. Mounted with straight grain walnut, checkered pistol grip, with Winchester hard rubber gripcap, checkered steel buttplate, inlet swivel base, 2-3/4″ from toe, checkered forend, and nosecap with sling swivel base. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 98+% orig blue with just a few minor handling marks. Receiver retains 98+% orig blue with small nick on bottom of receiver and a couple faint light scratches. Stock is sound with sharp checkering, some minor handling marks and retains virtually all of its orig finish. Forend is sound with sharp checkering, some minor handling marks, and a couple small chips in the finish, but retains nearly all of its orig finish. Nosecap retains virtually all of a fine factory quality restored finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore as gun shows to have seen very little use. 4-39808 BDT162 (2,000-4,000)

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2081

WINCHESTER 1890 SECOND MODEL PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 37119. Cal. 22 long. 24-3/8″ oct bbl, standing blade front sight and dovetail single blade fine notch rear sight. Top flat of bbl marked “Manufactured by the / Winchester Repeating Arms Co. New Haven. Conn. U.S.A.” Chamber designation on top flat adjacent to receiver is “22 LONG”. Standard case color 2nd model receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip stock with steel crescent buttplate and 12 ring forend. Inspection of inside tang reveals bullseye mark on top tang and matching mark on front of receiver. CONDITION: Very fine, however about 6″ of the bbl (beginning at receiver has been refinished, two scope mount holes filled, and the caliber “22 LONG” remarked. The rest of the bbl retains 95% orig blue with minor wear on sharp edges, minor muzzle wear, a small area of shallow surface oxidation 2″ from muzzle on left side and a few minor nicks and dings. Magazine tube is in similar condition. Receiver retains 90-95% orig case colors, slightly thinning on sharp edges, and some minor surface oxidation on each side. Trigger bow and lower tang have worn to a silvery patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks and dings and retains most of its orig varnish finish. Buttplate shows faded orig case coloring, mixing with some brown patina. Forend is sound with some minor nicks and dings and retains a thin coat of added finish. Mechanics are crisp with a good bore. 4-38386 BDT58 (4,000-6,000)

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2082

WONDERFUL LATE 1880’S EARLY 1890’S UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE COMPANY CARTRIDGE BOARD IN ORIGINAL FRAME. Fantastic orig board 54-1/2″ long x 42-1/4″ high, outside dimensions in its orig frame with gesso overlays that read “TRADE MARK” with “U.M.C.” in the center with decorative ends. The bottom has a matching panel embossed “THE UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO.” Frame contains the orig untouched cartridge board mounted with 156 brass & copper case ctgs., 9 brass shot shells, 7 full length paper shot shells, 9 shot shell brass heads, 10 paper patch bullets, 10 lead bullets, 3 friction fuses and 3 bullet exploders and most importantly the 1″ Gatling cartridge. The bottom center of the board is mounted with a 9″ x 3-3/4″ wood frame box which displays the UMC produced percussion caps, primers & shot shell fiber wads (It is extremely rare to observe this box complete and intact). The cartridges are all mounted around a diamond shaped center vignette which pictures three bull elk in a mountain scene with two deer in right foreground and a roebuck and doe in the center foreground. Each cartridge is wire mounted to the board with a nomenclature description printed below. The back of the board is covered with its orig paper and two labels, one requesting that the recipient display the board in their store and the other giving directions to replace the glass. This is an extraordinary find in complete orig condition. CONDITION: About fine. Frame & the internal gold painted gesso frame are orig and complete with the outer frame showing a few nicks & scratches and a wonderful aged patina. Gold paint on the internal gesso frame has darkened to a silvery gold patina. Orig hand polished glass is intact. Cartridges are all bright & clean with the paper patch bullets still mostly white, some turned slightly yellow. The center vignette is moderately faded and there are some minor water stains around top edges of the board that extend down into the board. Rear paper covering is water stained with some light losses but generally intact and complete. 4-39757 (15,000-20,000)

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2083

LATE 1880’S EARLY 1890’S LARGE UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE COMPANY CARTRIDGE BOARD. Orig cartridge board without orig outside frame. Board has positions for 156 brass & copper case ctgs., 9 brass shot shells, 7 full length paper shot shells, 9 shot shell brass heads, 10 paper patch bullets, 10 lead bullets, 3 friction fuses and 3 bullet exploders and most importantly the 1″ Gatling cartridge. The bottom center of the board is mounted with a 9″ x 3-3/4″ wood frame box which displays the UMC produced percussion caps, primers & shot shell fiber wads. The cartridges are all mounted around a diamond shaped center vignette which pictures three bull elk in a mountain scene with two deer in right foreground and a raebuck and doe in the center foreground. Each cartridge is wire mounted to the board with a nomenclature description printed below. The back of the board is covered with its orig paper and two labels, one requesting that the recipient display the board in their store and the other giving directions to replace the glass. Board is missing five cartridges: 1) 58 Springfield, 2) 40-85 & 90 Ballard, 3) 45-2-6/10″ Sharps, 4) 45-3-1/4″ Sharps & Winchester and 5) Star brand paper shot shell. Orig outer frame and glass covering are missing. CONDITION: Outer frame & cartridges missing as noted, otherwise board is about very good. Cartridges are mostly all bright and clean with some yellowing to the paper patch bullets and a few spots of corrosion. Central vignette is moderately faded with a couple of scrapes. Board background has a water stain in top left and a few streaks down the left side with overall moderate soil and staining. Gesso frame is missing some of the plaster decoration. Backing paper is mostly intact with some water stains and heavy soil. 4-38633 (7,500-10,000)

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2084

FINE ORIGINAL WINCHESTER DEALER’S STORE SIGN FROM 1936. Reverse painted on glass with gold lettering over red & black background. Exposed image is 19-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and reads “AUTHORIZED DEALER / WINCHESTER / – 1936 – / CUTLERY & FIREARMS”. The four corners are decorated in light geometric patterns. Image and background are reverse painted on glass in its orig frame with 2-pc old board backing. These were signs given by Winchester to their storefront dealers and, given their fragile nature, very few survive today. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. All lettering and decorations are completely intact with some slight, light bubbling in background but no losses whatsoever. Frame has separated corners from shrinkage but is intact and sound. Altogether a rare Winchester accessory. 4-36384 (2,000-3,000)

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2085

RARE AND UNUSUAL COLT MODEL 1839 REVOLVING CARBINE. SN 908. Cal. 45. Most unusual carbine with 24″ bbl that has 14 facets over the first 10″ with brass pin front sight and an added military style carbine rear sight with slide graduated to 1,500 yds. Bbl is brazed into the lug which has an attached rammer on the right side. Left side of the lug has the usual Patent Arms markings. The orig 52 cal. smooth bore has been sleeved and rifled to its present cal. Cylinder is usual 6-shots that has had all of the chambers sleeved to the smaller cal. It has serpentine trigger guard/finger rest and is mounted with an uncheckered walnut stock with straight grip and semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. SN was observed on the rear face of the bbl lug, on the rammer, wedge, wedge spring, rotating collar, cylinder spindle keeper, rear face of cylinder and inside toe of the buttplate. No additional disassembly was effected to check for additional matching parts. Only about 950 of these rare carbines were produced in the period 1838-1841. Out of that number, 360 were purchased by the U.S. Government and another 25 had a longer cylinder, with the earliest production made without attached rammer. While actual production figures for this specific model are not known to this cataloger, this certainly is an extremely rare carbine. Accompanied by an 1852 Colt catalog, dated 1854, printed in England, with about 10 pgs. regarding the improvement to Colt firearms and a large fold-out on cloth backed paper containing line drawings for the Model 1839 carbine, specifically showing the loading apparatus. Upper left corner of this fold out is dated 1849 and there are two seals of the Manchester Free Library dated 1851. Center of the catalog is missing numerous pages, which appear to have been cut out. Also accompanied by a very old hand-sewn cloth sleeve, made from a variety of what appear to be cotton materials and other patchwork materials. Sleeve is approximately 50″ long x 6″ wide at the opening tapering to about 2″ at the tip. Sleeve is very fragile and missing quite a bit of its orig colorful covering. CONDITION: Good to very good. Metal overall retains most of a restored blue finish. Cylinder retains its visible printed legends with traces of its orig. elaborate, roll-marked scene. Trigger guard shows considerable wear with a plummy/brown patina. Stock has a repair through the wrist and a few light handling and storage marks and retains most of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine with bright shiny bore. Catalog is fragile with broken spine and chips missing from the edge of front cover, and back cover is missing. Sleeve is also very fragile, missing a substantial portion of its colorful material. 4-39804 JR417 (12,500-17,500)

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2086

COLT MODEL 1839 PATERSON REVOLVING RIFLE. SN 296. Cal. 52.5 smooth bore. Usual configuration with bbl reduced to 20″, brass pin front sight, and fixed rear sight. Bbl is brazed into the lug and has a 14 faceted rear section. Right side of the lug has the stud and guide for a rammer, which was apparently added post-production and is now missing. Right side of lug also has the Patent Arms marking. It has usual 6-shot cylinder, and is mounted with uncheckered walnut stock with straight grip and smooth steel buttplate, which are probably old period of use replacements. SN was observed on the rear fact of the bbl lug and rear face of the cylinder, but could not be found anywhere else. Rotating ring and cylinder arbor retaining ring are missing and replaced with a clever home-made ring. Wedge is an orig unmarked Paterson wedge. There were only about 950 of this model carbine produced in the period 1838-1841 with 360 of those sold to the military. This is apparently the earliest production model, made without rammer and has the rnd shouldered cylinder which is believed to be the model procured by the Republic of Texas in 1839 for the Texas Rangers. CONDITION: Fair. No orig finish remains being mostly a cleaned metal patina with fine pitting. Cylinder is cleaned and polished with fine pitting and retains an old hand applied cold blue. Stock has repairs in the wrist along the lower tang channel and a repaired crack on the right side of the wrist, otherwise is sound and retains most of a refinish. Mechanics are a little soft, but functional with worn dark bore. 4-39330 JR418 (4,000-7,000)

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2087

COLT MODEL 1855 1ST MODEL REVOLVING SPORTING RIFLE. SN 377. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 27″ oct to rnd bbl, with small dovetailed front sight and squirrel ear rear sight slotted into the top strap. Top flat has the roll-marked address with brackets. Left side of the bbl contains orig full length steel ram-rod with knurled head. Left side of lug has the oiler attachment. Trigger guard is of the dbl prong variety and has 6-shot cylinder with elaborate roll-marked scene of a hunter shooting at three fleeing stags with two shot animals lying on the ground. It is mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut stock, with straight grip and crescent steel buttplate. Only about 1,000 of these rare rifles were produced in the period 1856-1859 in 6 different bbl lengths. These rifles are rarely ever encountered, and when one is lucky enough to find one, they are almost never in orig configuration with orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine, all exposed numbers are matching. Bbl retains about 95% orig blue turning a little dull with a few scattered spots of surface rust and a few minor scratches. Frame and lug have striation marks and overall retain about 80% glossy orig blue. Top and bottom tangs and most of the trigger guard are a blue gray patina. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors, strong and bright in sheltered areas. Rammer retains bright case colors on the pivot, faded to silver on the handle. Cylinder is a smooth light brown patina and retains 85 to 90% orig hunter and stag scene. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. 4-39824 JR419 (17,500-27,500)

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2088

FINE COLT MODEL 1855 BRITISH REVOLVING PERCUSSION CARBINE. SN 11927. Cal. 56. Scarce carbine with blue finish with 21″ oct to rnd bbl, small brass front sight with 3-leaf rear sight graduated 100, 300 & 500 yards. Top strap is marked with the “COL. COLT HARTFORD CT U.S.A.” address. It has 5-shot cylinder and a stud & ring in left side of receiver. Left rear side of receiver has a light strike Colt’s Patent marking. Cylinder & left flat of bbl have British proofs. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered walnut stock, made without forearm with brass trigger guard & matching numbered buttplate. SN is in pencil on buttstock under buttplate. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms and The Book of Colt Firearms, Sutherland & Wilson, only about 2,000 of these scarce carbines were purchased by the British government. Unlike this carbine most are found with mismatched buttplates and stocks. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 96-97% military finish with a few scattered spots of discoloration and a minor nick or two. Frame retains about 95% strong orig blue with candy-striping on left side of bbl lug and top strap. Cyl retains 60-70% blue with balance having flaked, not worn to a light patina. Hammer & loading lever retain strong orig case colors, slightly faded on hammer shank and top edge of hammer. Rammer handle is also faded. Top strap is slightly thinned with some patinated candy-striping. Trigger guard & buttplate retain a lemon yellow patina. Buttstock has a hairline back of top tang and a few minor handling & storage marks and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-38614 (17,000-22,000)

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2089

RARE COLT LIGHTNING MEDIUM FRAME BABY CARBINE. SN 65363. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue finish with 20″ tapered rnd bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and reverse mounted carbine ladder rear sight. Receiver has the rampant Colt on left side, also with a staple & ring in left side. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with checkered 2-pc fluted forearm and uncheckered straight stock with smooth carbine buttplate. Weight: 5 lbs. 8.6 oz. vs. the 6 plus lbs. of the standard weight carbine. Left lower side of bbl and left front side of frame have British proofs. While the medium frame Lightning was produced in fairly large quantities the Baby Carbine is rather scarce and seldom found with much orig finish remaining. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 96-98% strong, glossy orig Colt blue with only slight muzzle end wear and some sharp edge wear on receiver. Left upper side of bbl has a small chemical spot and the bottom tang is partially flaked. Buttplate retains about all of its glossy orig blue with only light heel wear. Wood is sound with a series of small bruises on forearm and otherwise just light handling & storage marks. Buttstock may have been lightly cleaned. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-39225 JR31 (17,500-22,500)

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2090

OUTSTANDING MEDIUM FRAME COLT LIGHTNING PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 69783. Cal. 32 WCF. 26″ oct bbl, full mag, combination front sight, serrated side, “V” notch sporting rear. Top flat of bbl is marked “COLTS PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A./PATENTED MAY 29. SEPTEMBER 18.83. MAY 26.85. JUNE 15.86. FEB. 22.87.” Between receiver and rear sight, “32 CAL.” Standard medium frame with “RAMPANT COLT” logo on left side, top tang with course knurled peep sight with large disk. Mounted in nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, 2-pc checkered forend. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue, just starting to show bright on sharp edges with a couple normal light scratches. Mag tube shows 95% thinning orig blue blended with some silver patina and a couple minor nicks & scratches. Receiver retains 97-98% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges, and a few normal light scratches. Stock is sound with some minor handling marks, a small dent near toe, and retains nearly all of its orig finish. Forend is sound with sharp checkering, a few minor handling marks, and retains nearly all of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore as gun shows to have had very little use. 4-39766 BDT161 (3,000-5,000)

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2091

EXTRAORDINARY COLT LIGHTNING MEDIUM FRAME CARBINE. SN 43944. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Half nickel finish with 20-1/4″ bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and reverse mounted 900 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring and the rampant Colt logo. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain American walnut with checkered dbl fluted forearm and straight stock with carbine buttplate. Finish is half nickel with blued bbl & magazine tube, nickeled receiver, slide rail, trigger, hammer & buttplate. Loading gate, staple & ring are also nickel. Screws are fire-blued. Weight 6 lbs. 0.6 oz. While the medium frame Lightnings were produced in fairly large numbers there were fewer carbines produced than rifles. Usually carbines, being shorter & handier, saw hard use and are rarely found in high orig finish. Half nickel guns, such as this one, were usually for presentation to someone special or as a prop for a trick shooter. This carbine appears to have the bbl address & caliber markings either fully or partially engraved and the rampant Colt on left side of receiver appears to be pantograph applied, indicating an extraordinary restoration. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, as noted above. Overall retains about 98-99% strong restored blue on bbl, magazine tube & band. Nickeled parts retain virtually all of their fine restored nickel plating. Wood is sound with a few minor handling & storage marks and retains most of its fine custom finish. Screws retain generous amounts of their fine fire-blue. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-38616 (5,500-9,500)

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2092

*EXTRAORDINARILY RARE AND HISTORIC HELFRICHT ENGRAVED & GOLD INLAID COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER PRESENTED TO “BAD GOOD GUY” ROBERT D. MELDRUM. SN 253161. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full 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 a circle. Mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips. Revolver is spectacularly engraved in very unique patterns by master engraver Cuno Helfricht with about full coverage on frame consisting of fine foliate arabesque patterns with gold wire inlay in two patterns on each side of the frame, narrow gold bands on the bbl at the frame and at the muzzle and a gold wire border around the presentation on the back strap. Rear edge of left recoil shield has an unusual geometric & foliate pattern with diamond & dot patterns combined with foliate patterns on the top strap. Loading gate is engraved in a beautiful scallop shell pattern and there is a large flower blossom on the ejector rod boss. Bottom front gullets of frame are engraved with tiny flower blossoms. The foliate arabesque patterns extend about 2/3 of the length of each side of the bbl with fine braided border patterns around bbl address, terminating in intertwined geometric & foliate arabesque patterns. In addition to the gold band around the muzzle there is a 4-panel triangular shaped diamond & dot pattern, and a flower blossom on each side of the front sight. Ejector rod housing has an unusual & well-executed foliate arabesque pattern on outer radius with a foliate spray at the frame end. Ejector rod housing top gullet is fully engraved with a braided pattern. Top of back strap is engraved with a fine shell pattern with chip & dot border and punch dot background. Back strap engraved with the presentation “From The Tomboy Gold Mine Co. Lt’d / Telluride Colo” and the butt strap is engraved “Rob’t. D. Meldrum”. Trigger guard & trigger bow are engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with a gold wire inlay on the trigger bow. Cylinder has full coverage engraved foliate arabesque patterns on the outer diameter with the flutes left unadorned. Rear edge of cylinder has four borders with a narrow gold wire band inlay and another very narrow gold wire lands on each side of a very fine, wavy border with a chip & dot border at the very rear edge. The serial number was observed in the usual three places on the frame, trigger guard & butt strap with the last three digits of the SN on rear face of cylinder. This revolver is very similar to two other Helfricht engraved and gold inlaid single actions, SN’s 242701 and 256058 which are illustrated in full color on pp. 434 & 435 of The Colt Engraving Book Volume One, Wilson. A factory letter accompanies this lot which conforms to this gun. It also states the gun was ordered by Tompkins Hunt Hardware Co., (which was located in or near Telluride). According to factory records, only 2 gold inlaid 1st run Colt S.A.A.’s were ever made inscribed with presentations (this being one of them). As noted S.A. authority Ron Graham states in his letter (accompanying the gun), “The only way this could be any better is if the other (inscribed) one did not exist!” However, it actually gets better. The history of its somewhat nefarious former owner is both interesting and reflective of a time of great transition in the history of the West. While civilized societies were expanding, many areas were still hard and dangerous. In these areas, a lawman needed to be equally hard and feared to survive. It was hard to sometimes differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys. Robert Meldrum was such a man. In 1900 Meldrum recognized a Texas fugitive, Noah Wilkerson from a wanted poster. Meldrum simply shot the man and collected his $200 reward without risk of personal injury. This approach seemed to become his policy. By 1902 he hired on as a mine guard and deputy sheriff in Telluride, Colorado, for the Tomboy Mining Co. located high in the mountains overlooking the village of Telluride. It had two serious problems; mineral poachers and organizers attempting to organize the mine workers. In need of a hired gun, the mine purportedly contacted the famous Tom Horn who is believed to have referred his acquaintance Robert Meldrum. While working for the Tomboy Mine company in a covert operation involving the Pinkerton Agency sometime from 1902 to 1904, Meldrum ingratiated himself to the mine (probably by killing some problematic individuals). Tomboy was unquestionably grateful because they not only presented him with this spectacular gun, but also gifted him another engraved (but not gold inlaid) Colt. Meldrum continued his heavy-handed ways and in 1904 killed unarmed Olaf Thissal in Telluride and others as he felt they needed it. He was brought to court on various cases involving killings but was usually acquitted. On a few occasion he worked for cattle growers associations like Tom Horn to dispose of and discourage cattle thieves. Finally in 1912, as a law officer, Meldrum killed another drunk unarmed cowboy, Chick Bowen. Meldrum was again brought up on charges and finally sent to jail. By 1919 he was out on parole and later owned a saddle and holster shop in Wyoming. In 1926 fire destroyed his shop and Meldrum disappeared never to be heard of again. There are far more fascinating details about this bad-good guy. More info and a great exhibit of some of Meldrum’s things are available at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig, Colorado. Much of the above information was graciously provided by Director of the museum, Mr. Dan Davidson. In appreciation of this, James D. Julia Auctioneers has commissioned Doug Turnbull to produce an exact copy of this gun which will be donated to the museum as part of its permanent Meldrum collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including cylinder, grips are unnumbered. Overall retains 20-25% orig blue finish, mostly in sheltered areas on the bbl and in the flutes of the cylinder and on the face of the cylinder. Balance of the revolver is an even bare metal patina showing moderate wear to the inscription on the back strap. Grips are extremely fine with great fire & color. Crisp mechanics, bright shiny bore. 4-38974 JR91 (200,000-400,000)

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2093
Revised: 3/14/2010

Correction: The hammer base pin, and ejector rod head are believed to be old replacements.

WONDERFUL EARLY NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 78305. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ 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 caliber marking. Mounted with 2-pc pearl grips with an extremely deep relief carved ox head on right side. Front strap is not drilled for a locator pin so there is an unusual arrangement of a wooden block inserted in the frame between the grips with two small locator pins to prevent the grips from sliding. Engraving consists of nearly full coverage on frame of flowing foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Sides of bbl boss have diamond & dot patterns with a hunter star on ejector rod boss. Top strap is engraved with a leaf & vine pattern on each side. Engraving extends most of the length of both side of the bbl with matching foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Ejector rod housing is engraved with a leaf & vine pattern on outer radius that matches top strap. Top of back strap has a fine fan pattern with checkered triangular central panel and a fine zig-zag border. Back strap is engraved with Moorish geometric patterns and a zig-zag border pattern. Cylinder is engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes and has a vine & leaf pattern border around rear edge that matches top strap. Early black powder single actions are rarely ever encountered with engraving and are almost never found with high orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 97-98% strong orig nickel with fire blued screws. The only losses are around muzzle edge from firing and very slight losses on face of cylinder. Grips are sound with great fire & color, crisp mechanics, bright shiny bore. 4-39223 JR85 (60,000-100,000)

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2094

WONDERFUL CASED NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 92080. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has three patent dates and the caliber is marked on left front web of trigger guard. It is mountedCuno with a spectacular 1-pc pearl grip. Revolver is beautifully engraved by H. D. Nimschke in his trademark foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Frame has about 70% coverage with hunters’ stars on the base pin and ejector rod bosses. Top strap has light foliate patterns with chip & dot borders. Sides of bbl are engraved about 2/3 of the way to the muzzle with matching foliate arabesque patterns and a chip & dot border with dbl line borders around the address, which terminates in Moorish patterns at the front end. Each side of muzzle is engraved to match. Ejector rod housing has a wonderful climbing leaf & vine pattern on outer radius with a snake & dot pattern in the gullet. Top of back strap is engraved with Mr. Nimschke’s deluxe fan pattern with sunbursts on each side of back strap ears. Main portion of back strap & butt strap are engraved with zig zag borders and Moorish patterns. Trigger bow is engraved with a deep flower blossom. Cylinder is engraved to match with foliate arabesque patterns on lands between flutes and a chain & dot pattern around rear edge. Accompanied by an extremely rare orig Colt mahogany casing, burgundy velvet lined and compartmented in bottom for the revolver with bbl rest and a separate compartment for a box of ammunition. While Nimschke engraved single actions are not uncommon, early examples such as this are scarce and are rarely found with high orig condition. These early single actions usually saw hard frontier service in extreme conditions, generally with little or no maintenance. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Overall retains about 95% strong, bright orig factory nickel with only slight losses around muzzle and on cylinder. Flaked areas are clean gray metal patina barely distinguishable from the nickel finish. Majority of losses are on the cylinder face and in one small area on the body of cylinder. Grip is outstanding, showing little or no wear and retains great fire on both sides. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some scattered very fine pitting toward the cyl end. Case has a couple of grain checks in the lid and another in the bottom with a small gouge in the lid, usual light handling & storage marks and retains about all of its wonderful varnish finish. Interior is faded to gold with light soil. Partitions are solid. 4-39943 JR352 (70,000-100,000)

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2095

*WONDERFUL WILBUR GLAHN FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 351428. Cal. .45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line, block letter address with cal marking on left side. Left side of the frame has 2-line three patent dates and Rampant Colt without circle. It is mounted with beautiful, silver Colt medallion, smooth ivory grips. Engraving is about “C” quality with about 75% coverage intertwined foliate, arabesque patterns with a scroll on each side of the frame terminating in a flower blossom. Top of the backstrap, sides of the bbl and outer radius of the ejector rod housing are engraved to match. Heel of the backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard are also engraved to match. Loading gate, top of the backstrap and heel of the buttstrap are engraved with Mr. Glahn’s distinctive “V” patterns. Additionally the shoulders of the trigger guard and sides of the backstrap ears are incorporated into the engraving patterns which is another trademark of Mr. Glahn. Cyl has matching engraved patterns in the lands between the flutes and a wavy line border at the rear edge. Serial number was observed in the usual place on the bottom of the frame and on the right side of the front- and backstraps. Last two digits of the serial number are stamped on the rear face of the cyl, as well as having the last two digits hand scratched on the rear face. Accompanied by an orig hinged lid, dark burgundy box, numbered “354682” on the bottom, with black & white end label that has the “rubber” grip marking overlayed with a red & white label that reads “IVORY”. Top end of the box has a black & white overlabel “ENGRAVED.” Box is covered in plastic wrap with a reproduced envelope from Colt addressed to “Mr. Bill Cabral” of Sacramento, California, with a postmark of Feb.’65 and has handwritten note “45 x 7 1/2 Engraved / Ivory Grips Case & Blue / 351428 Mint”. Front edge of the wrapping bears the note “SAME COLLECTION SINCE 1965”. Also accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver in Cal. 45 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish and ivory stocks, sold to Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett Co., Chicago, IL, shipped to F.G. Seaman & Co, address not available, Factory engraved and shipped Nov 26, 1927 in a 1 gun shipment. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching numbers. Overall retains about 99% strong, orig factory finish with strong, bright, blue and bright, orig case colors on the frame & hammer, brilliant in sheltered areas. Grips are sound showing no wear and retain virtually all of their orig polish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant, shiny bore. Box is moderately soiled on the bottom with slightly fuzzed corners. 4-39764 JR374 (55,000-75,000)

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2097

*FINE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 342403. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl and mounted with deep relief carved eagle ivory grips with silver Colt medallions. Grips may be later replacements. Left side of the frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle with caliber marking on left side of bbl. Serial number was observed on left side of the grip frame, underneath the grip. Frame, cylinder, bbl, back strap & trigger guard are beautifully engraved in New York style with full coverage intertwined foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with small flower blossoms in the lower front gullets. Each side of the bbl boss is engraved in a checkerboard pattern with feather patterns down the top strap. Matching foliate arabesque patterns extend most of the length of the bbl with a well-executed fan pattern at top of the back strap. Cylinder is engraved in Helfricht style with foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes and a foliate spray at rear edges of flutes and a scalloped border around the rear edge. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in .45 cal. with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, sold to G.D. Willis and shipped to Bronson & Townsend, New Haven, CT on March 6, 1922 in a one gun shipment. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its fine orig nickel finish with one small pencil eraser sized spot of pitting on left side of muzzle. Appears to be new & unfired. Grips fit well and retain a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36596 (22,500-27,500)

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2098

SPECTACULAR FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 87334. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 3-line patent dates on frame and caliber marking on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with extraordinary 2-pc pearl grips with carved ox head on the right side that has red ruby or garnet eyes. The area of the grip that meets the frame is lined with silver plating, pinned in place. Frame, cylinder, bbl, back strap & trigger guard are engraved by Cuno Helfricht with large sunbursts on left recoil shield & loading gate. Balance of the frame is covered with foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and has snake & dot patterns in the lower front gullets and both sides of top strap. Each side of the bbl has a large spray of foliate patterns emanating from a blossom. The third type ejector rod housing, with its bull’s eye ejector rod head, is engraved with snake & dot pattern in the gullet and geometric patterns on the outer radius. Cylinder is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes with snake & dot patterns in the flutes and around rear edge. Incorporated in the engraved designs are the crenulated, circular punch-marks in two different sizes. These are unique to Helfricht’s work. These marks are exhibited in examples of Helfricht’s works on pp 439 of Vol I of R.L. Wilson’s book of Colt engravings, as well pp. 448 & 445. Rear face of the cyl is stamped with the last three digits of the serial number. In addition the last three digits of serial number are on bottom of the bbl, under the ejector rod housing. Accompanied by a modern blue-velvet lined oak casing, French fitted in the bottom for the revolver. Right front corner has a triangular shaped cartridge block containing 6 fired cases. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver, as found, in .45 cal. with 5-1/2″ bbl, Nickel finish, type of stocks not listed, factory engraved, shipped to Simmons Hardware Company, St. Louis, MO, on Feb. 10, 1883 in a shipment of 10 same type guns. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains what appears to be virtually all of its fine orig nickel finish, the gun appears to be in spectacular condition, edges are sharp, engraving has appropriate high points, marks are strong, however if you remove the cylinder and look at the inside of the top strap and recoil shield there are a couple of very small spots of pitting under the nickel, which leads on to believe it is re-plated. It’s possible that the inside of the frame was not completely finished down before the orig nickeling was applied, otherwise the gun has all the appearances of being an untouched, orig, plated gun? There are a few small discoloration spots, one on left side of bbl and another on the cyl, that with careful attention may polish out. There are a couple of small spots on cyl that are the beginnings of some slight bubbling in the nickel. Grips are extremely fine. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36620 (30,000-40,000)

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2099

FINE ANTIQUE HELFRICHT ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 130504. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, very slightly altered front sight, 2-line address with left side roll-marked in a ribbon “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”, and there is a tiny “44” on bottom of bbl under base pin. Mounted with 2-pc pearl grips with a deep relief carved ox head on right side. Revolver is engraved in Mr. Helfricht’s deluxe patterns with full coverage on frame consisting of his sunburst patterns on recoil shield and loading gate with foliate arabesque patterns on sides of frame and a snake & dot pattern on each side of top strap. Cylinder pin boss and ejector rod boss are engraved in hunters’ stars with zig-zag and snake & dot patterns in lower gullet and foliate arabesque patterns on bbl boss. Engraving extends nearly full length on sides of bbl with a dbl wavy line border around bbl address which terminates in Moorish geometric patterns. Top flute and outer radius of ejector rod housing are engraved with snake & dot patterns. Cylinder has alternating foliate arabesque patterns and sunbursts on lands between the flutes with a snake & dot pattern at rear edge. Top of back strap has Helfricht’s typical fan pattern with Moorish geometric patterns down back strap, on butt strap & trigger guard. Accompanied by a copy of a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 44-40, 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, rubber stocks, factory engraved and shipped to Hartley & Graham, New York, NY on Jan. 10, 1890 in a shipment of five same type guns. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: About fine. Overall retains about 90% orig factory nickel finish with exposed areas bare metal barely distinguishable from nickel finish. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue, slightly dulled with evidence of having been removed at least once. Grips are sound with an internal escutcheon repair and retain great fire & color. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with good rifling and moderate pitting. 4-36821 JR84 (15,000-25,000)

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2100

FINE EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 76854. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Ejector rod housing is third type with flat half moon ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “45X CAL / E”. The third digit of the Caliber marking has been peened over. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the last four digits of SN in back strap channel. It is apparent that this revolver was intended to have been caliber 455 Eley but was changed to 45 Colt at the factory. There is no evidence that the chambers in cylinder were modified to accept the longer cartridge so it is apparent that the cylinder was originally bored for 45 Colt cartridges. The cylinder is period equipment with beveled lands between the flutes, without any proof marks on rear face which is not uncommon for this period of manufacture. Further lending credence to the idea that the cylinder is correct for this revolver is that neither the bbl nor the cylinder are British proofed as were the majority of all the single actions made in British calibers. This is a fine, scarce antique single action made in 1882. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including grip. Overall retains about 96-98% strong orig nickel finish, slightly dulled on bbl and sides of frame. There are minor losses on lower front edge of frame by cylinder opening with a couple of flaked spots on hammer. Screw heads retain most of their orig factory fire blue. Grip shows light to moderate edge wear with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Hammer is not strong in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-39226 JR88 (25,000-35,000)

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2101

FINE ETCHED PANEL COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 89397. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and block letter 1-line address. There is a tiny “44” on bottom of bbl just above base pin. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard has caliber marking. Mounted with 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of SN faintly in back strap channel. Serial number was observed in usual three places, on frame, trigger guard & butt strap. This revolver was produced in 1883 during which time the great Westward expansion was in full swing. The majority of these revolvers saw hard frontier service and today are rarely found unaltered with orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains 96-97% strong orig factory nickel with minor losses around muzzle and sharp edge wear on cylinder. Front strap, trigger guard & trigger bow show moderate wear to nickel finish. Etched panel shows light wear and is completely legible. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue, moderately thinned on hammer screw. Grip has a chip in left bottom edge and shows light to moderate edge wear with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore with some minor roughness on two of the lands. 4-39231 JR87 (27,500-37,500)

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2102

FINE COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 168744. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 1-line block letter address and roll mark “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on left side. Bottom of bbl and in each flute on cylinder is stamped with tiny British proofs. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Given that the British did not usually find the 44-40 cartridge to their liking as an everyday side arm, it is very likely that this revolver was purchased by someone to take on safari to accompany his 44-40 Winchester or other rifle chambered for this round. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 98-99% strong orig factory nickel with some minor dulling from holster wear dulling and a few scattered small pimples on front & back straps. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue. Grips, although unnumbered, fit very well and show little or no wear. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-39230 (22,500-27,500)

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2103

*FINE SCARCE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 191328. Cal. 41 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates with rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that are probably old replacements. Bottom of bbl, under base pin, is stamped “41”. Serial number was observed in usual places on frame, trigger guard & butt strap with last two digits of SN on rear face of cylinder. Screws are fire-blued. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including cylinder, grips are unnumbered and probably old replacements. Overall retains about 98% of a fine professionally restored nickel finish probably by famous restorer Tommy Haas, with a few minor handling & use nicks & scratches and a small wear spot on left side of bbl. Sides of hammer have a few minor frame scrapes. Screws retain most of their restored bright fire blue. Grips are sound with a minor chip in left edge with light to moderate wear. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with good rifling & moderate pitting. 4-36743 JR75 (3,500-5,000)

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2104

RARE EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 9256. Cal. 450 Boxer. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full orig front sight and 1-line script Hartford address with serifs at each end. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Caliber marking would indicate that it is chambered for 45 Colt, however examination of the chambers discloses that it is in fact a short chamber, probably for the 450 Boxer. Mounted with varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Left side of bbl and rear edge of cylinder have tiny British proofs. Serial number was observed in the usual three places, on the frame, trigger guard & butt strap and was additionally observed on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing, on cylinder and in back strap channel of grip. Ejector rod housing is orig first type with a bull’s eye ejector rod head. Hammer spring is the orig item without groove. According to the book Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only a very few of these revolvers were produced in the short chambered calibers with the highest production being the 450 Eley at 2,697 revolvers and the fewest being the 450 Boxer at 729 revolvers. There were 1,150 produced in caliber 455 Eley. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including bbl & grip. Overall retains virtually all of its factory orig glossy blue and brilliant case colors with only faint muzzle edge wear and slight thinning of the blue on end of ejector rod housing. There is a small nick on front strap and evidence that the trigger and lock bolt screws have been removed. Cylinder has two small flaked spots and a small scrape with a light cylinder line and shows light sharp edge wear, but appears to be unfired. Grip has a tiny chip in right lower edge and a couple of small creases in varnish and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Revolvers in this condition are very rare and seldom encountered for sale. 4-39227 JR86 (25,000-40,000)

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2105

RARE VON OPPEN COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 15304. Cal. 45 Boxer (45 Eley Short). Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with script letter address that has serifs at each end. Bottom of bbl has last four digits of serial number under ejector rod housing. Ejector rod housing is 1st type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Bottom left side of bbl and cylinder have tiny British proofs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL / B”. Mounted with nicely figured walnut 1-pc grip that has last four digits of serial number in back strap channel. Right shoulder of trigger guard has the Von Oppen stamp which consists of a rampant Colt surmounted by a “C”. Baron Frederick Von Oppen was Samuel Colt’s brother-in-law and was the head of Colt’s London Agency and Sales Agent for all of Europe, the middle and near East. This mark was established by Von Oppen with the concurrence of Samuel Colt which was used as an additional mark to certify Colt originality as early as 1872 and was applied to Colt firearms that were not clearly marked with the Colt address, especially those in the 450 Boxer and 450 Eley calibers. These Von Oppen marked single actions are rarely encountered today with only a few known. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver with blue finish in caliber “45 ELEY SHORT” with bbl length and type of stocks not listed, shipped to Colt’s London Agency, 14 Pall Mall, London, England on Nov. 5, 1874 in a shipment of 100 same type guns. This SAA was manufactured in 1874 which was the first year of production for the 450 Boxer caliber and also the first year the 5-1/2″ bbl was available. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grip. Bbl retains 75-80% glossy original blue with the flaked areas a medium patina. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant original factory case hardened colors, slightly thinned on recoil shield and loading gate with some minor fading on top strap and top edge of hammer. Sides of frame are brilliant. Cylinder retains about 75% thinning orig blue, strong & bright in the flutes. Trigger guard and back strap retain most of their orig glossy bright blue, slightly thinned on front strap with heavier thinning on back strap toward heel. Grip is sound with minor handling & use marks, a couple of small gouges and a heavy scratch on right side and overall retains most of its brilliant orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-38593 JR7 (28,500-32,500)

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2106

RARE CASED VON OPPEN COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 14877. Cal. 450 Boxer. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and script letter address. Left side of frame has two patent dates with left shoulder of trigger guard marked “45 CAL / B”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of SN in backstrap channel. Ejector rod housing is 1st type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Serial number was observed in the three usual places, on frame, trigger guard & buttstrap with last four digits of SN on bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing and on cylinder. Right shoulder of the trigger guard is marked with a tiny Rampant Colt and a “C”. This is the mark of Baron Frederick Von Oppen who was Samuel Colt’s brother-in-law and was the head of Colt’s London Agency and Sales Agent for all of Europe, the middle and near East. This mark was established by Von Oppen with the concurrence of Samuel Colt which was used as an additional mark to certify Colt originality as early as 1872 and was applied to Colt firearms that were not clearly marked with the Colt address, especially those in the 450 Boxer and 450 Eley calibers. These Von Oppen marked single actions are rarely encountered today with only a few known. Bbl & cyl have tiny English proofs. Accompanied by an orig English oak casing with brass disc in lid. Interior is green baize lined with the Colt London Agency paper label inside lid. Bottom is compartmented for revolver, a steel cleaning rod an L-shaped nipple wrench, a Dixon pewter oiler and a cartridge block for 28 cartridges containing 28 mixed manufacture rds. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, which on p. 333 lists only 729 single actions produced in this caliber. CONDITION: Revolver is about fine, all matching including cyl & grip. Bbl retains 50-60% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas and flaked, not worn to a medium patina. Frame & hammer retain nearly all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere. Trigger guard & backstrap retain 75-80% strong orig blue thin on frontstrap and center of backstrap which has candy-striping. Cylinder retains 93-95% strong orig blue. Grip is sound with a tiny chip out of right toe with light handling & use marks and retains most of a wiped-on top finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with three or four tiny spots of very light pitting. Case is fine with a few small chips out of lid and a couple of minor grain checks in bottom with usual handling & storage marks and retains most of an old wiped-on finish on lid. Interior is moderately faded & soiled with damage from front sight & hammer spur. Label shows wear from cylinder, otherwise is intact and moderately yellowed. Accessories are fine. 4-38592 (16,000-22,000)

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2107

OUTSTANDING CASED COLT PALL MALL LONDON SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 37277. Cal. 45 Boxer. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter “DEPOT 14 PALL MALL” 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. All screws are fire blued with 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. Ejector rod housing is second type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Accompanied by what is probably its 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 bone pull contains a functioning key. Cleaning rod is missing. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only 729 of these revolvers were ever produced. Most of those were blue & color case hardened finish with few ever having been cased. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including grip, cylinder is not numbered. Appears to be new & unfired retaining virtually all of its orig factory finish with some slight thinning of the fire blue on a couple of screws. Grip is sound with only one tiny scratch and another small crease in the finish and retains 99% + orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound with a few small handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly to moderately faded with some old mildew evidence and light damage from front sight. Label is yellowed but completely legible. Altogether a fine rare set. 4-39232 JR106 (25,000-35,000)

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2108

WONDERFUL CASED ETCHED PANEL COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 108483. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter Hartford address and the etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on left side. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” forward of base pin. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and “44 CF” on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with highly figured, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip that has four digits of SN that appear to be “4047” inside the backstrap channel. Inside frontstrap channel of the grip is the pencil name “L.A. BRASH” or possibly “LA BRASH”. Although this grip appears to be numbered to another revolver there is no question that it fits perfectly and has been installed about the lifetime of the revolver. Bottom of bbl & cyl have tiny British proofs. Top strap is engraved “COGSWELL & HARRISON / 226 STRAND. LONDON.”. Accompanied by a red baize lined leather trunk case with decorated lid and an empty scalloped-corner brass plaque in the center. Inside the lid has a paper Cogswell & Harrison label. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a brass & ebony cleaning rod, an ebony handled turn screw, a pewter Dixon oil bottle and in the front is a small leather label gold embossed “HUW D. WALTERS”. Two covered compartments with ivory pulls are empty. Front center compartment has a leather cartridge block for 32-rds, which contains twenty-one loaded rds and eleven fired cases. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found with nickel finish shipped to Colt’s London Agency, Pall Mall London on Aug. 20, 1885 in a shipment of twelve same type guns. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains most of its orig factory nickel finish with some fine pimpling on right side of bbl and front of frame with some areas turning milky. Recoil shield & loading gate are slightly dulled with some spotting on frame. Trigger guard & backstrap are milky. Cylinder has some minor discoloration in flutes with dulling on about 30% of circumference. Face of cyl is gray metal color. Grip is sound with moderately worn edges and a small gouge by left heel and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few small scattered spots of pitting. Case is very fine with light scuffing. Interior is lightly faded. 4-38591 JR205 (18,000-23,000)

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2109

RARE COLT PALL MALL LONDON SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 44929. Cal. 450 Boxer. Blue & color case hardened finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and “COLT’S 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” and is mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Serial number was observed in usual three places on frame, trigger guard & back strap, on the bbl, under ejector rod housing & cylinder. Bottom of bbl & cylinder have tiny British proofs. Accompanied by an orig green felt lined English oak casing with brass medallion in lid and Colt’s Pall Mall label inside lid. Bottom of case is compartmented for the revolver, a pewter Hawksley oil bottle, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a cleaning rod, which is missing, and a cartridge block in left front containing twenty-four modern 455 cartridges. Covered compartment in rear contains three additional cartridges and a functioning case key. Round lock escutcheon in front of case is missing. According to the book Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia Volume 2, Cochran, only 182 of these rare revolvers were ever produced with this bbl address and caliber making this one a truly rare Colt. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including bbl, cylinder & grip. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain 75-80% glossy orig blue with balance turning plum. Cylinder retains about 80% thin orig blue, strong & dark in flutes. Frame retains virtually all of its orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas with balance moderately faded. Hammer retains strong, bright colors on sides and rear edge, with top edge faded. Trigger guard retains most of its orig factory blue, slightly thinned on front strap. Back strap & butt strap have strong bright blue at top and on butt strap turning plum on back strap. Grip is sound with a few dings & bruises, showing heavy wear on bottom edges and overall retains 92-93% strong orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case is basically sound with slightly warped lid with minor handling & storage marks and a small pin hole in top of lid. Interior is moderately faded & soiled with the label yellowed and with one worn spot from cylinder contact. Accessories are fine. 4-36776 JR73 (4,000-7,000)

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2110

VERY RARE COLT PALL MALL LONDON FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH EXTENDED GRIP. SN 129590. Cal. 455 Boxer. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl with what appears to be Metford rifling. It has smooth 7-groove right hand twist rifling without the sharp edges of conventional rifling. Front sight is rectangular base target sight and 1-line block letter Pall Mall London address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates with flat top strap and target rear sight. Left front web of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL / B”. It, unusually, has “45 B” stamped in tiny numbers & letters on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing and on face of cylinder around the bushing hole. Chambers of the cylinder will accept a 45 Colt cartridge and there is no evidence that the chambers were modified from another caliber. The vast majority of this model of single action was sold to the English and have English proofs. This revolver is without English proofs which indicates that it was likely intended for the U.S. market and therefore fitted with a cylinder chambered for 45 Colt. It is fitted with orig checkered hard rubber extended 2-pc grips with the last two digits of SN in pencil on the inside of both grips and on the spacer block. In addition all three pieces are stamped with a “9” and an unusual proof mark. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grip. Although cylinder is not numbered it has the additional identification of the caliber marking identical to that found on the bbl. Overall retains 93-95% strong glossy orig factory blue with slight muzzle edge wear and a spot of flaking on right side of frame and the ejector rod boss. Back strap has glossy orig blue at top and on butt strap with center of back strap a blue/gray patina. Front strap is slightly thinned, otherwise trigger guard & trigger bow retain glossy orig blue. Grips are sound showing very light wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-39229 JR90 (27,500-37,500)

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2111

RARE COLT FLATTOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 127819. Cal. 44 Russian. All blue finish with rare 5-1/2″ bbl, rectangular base target front sight with German silver blade and Colt Pall Mall London 1-line address. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and the caliber marking “44 CAL” is on the left front web of the trigger guard. Bottom of the bbl has a tiny “44” and tiny British proofs under the base pin. Cylinder does not have British proofs. It has the target style flattop strap with fixed target rear sight. The hammer has fire blued top and rear edges with polished sides. Trigger is very nicely checkered as is the front strap and it is mounted with rampant colt & eagle hard rubber grips. Backstrap is without serial number. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only 51 of these rare revolvers were made in this caliber, most with 7-1/2″ bbl. On pages 175 & 176 of the referenced publication Mr. Cochran states that there are only 11 flattop models known with other than 7-1/2″ bbls and only 7 of those have 5-1/2″ bbls that were originally fitted with 5-1/2″ bbls. This revolver is listed by serial number as being one of those seven, making this indeed an extremely rare single action. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, overall retains 93-95% strong original blue with muzzle and sharp edge wear and thinning on the left side of the bbl. Cylinder has sharp edge wear with some thinning on the outer diameter. Left grip has a deep scratch, otherwise grips are sound showing moderate wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-39228 JR172 (17,500-27,500)

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2112

RARE COLT FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 144494. Cal. 38 S&W (Appears to be chambered 38-44). All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, rectangular base target front sight with partridge blade, 1-line bbl address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates with rampant Colt in a circle. Top strap is flat top with dovetailed target sight. Mounted with rampant Colt eagle hard rubber grips that are not numbered and are probably old replacements. According to the book Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only 39 of these rare revolvers in this caliber were ever produced. Accompanied by a copy of a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in 38 S&W “Gallery” caliber, 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, type of frame “target”, sold & shipped to J.B. Crook & Co., New York, NY, on Dec. 16, 1891 in a 1-gun shipment. The majority of flat top target single actions seem to have been made for the English market and are usually found with British proofs, which are not found on this revolver. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain about 98% strong orig factory blue, slightly dulled on left side of bbl. Frame retains about 90% dull orig factory blue and hammer about all of its brilliant case colors. Front & back straps are a blue/gray patina with strong bright blue in sheltered areas and on butt strap. Grips are sound showing light wear. Cylinder retains 70-75% flaked blue with loss areas a medium patina, with strong blue in flutes. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36750 JR77 (6,000-10,000)

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2113

FINE COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH RARE HOLSTER. SN 113906. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on the left side. Bottom of the bbl has last three digits of the serial number and a six pointed star under the ejector housing. Last three digits of the serial number and the six pointed star are stamped on the face of the cyl with the six pointed star on the rear face of the cyl. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S.” Bottom of the frame, adjacent to the serial number has the “D.F.C” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector initials. The trigger guard and backstrap are stamped with the mystery “G” initial, which is unknown but believed to designate parts for “Government” service. Mounted with 1-piece walnut grip that has the last four digits of serial number in backstrap channel and the outlines of cartouches on each side. Left side cartouche is a large oval and has partially visible initials “FH” (Capt. Frank Heath)and right side appears to be “DFC”. Left side of the grip has eleven diagonal carved lines filled with a waxy substance that is probably beeswax, which is a substance known to have been used in other such early carvings. Left side of the grip also has carved initials “WG”. Right side of the grip has the large hand-carved initials “CAH”, which probably stands for C.A. Hallford who at age 23, in 1892, owned the Upper Verde Cattle Ranches and “MV”(which is probably for Macon Burdette of Winslow, Arizona). Accompanied by a wonderful, period, double loop holster with a large oval cartouche at the top front “A.J.Mason / Prescott, A.T” (Arizona did not become a state until 1912). Front of the holster is hand-carved with the brands “CAH” bar (again probably C.A.Hallford); Rafter R bar; P Lazy R; and on the top loop 7 Bar 4. The 7 Bar 4 brand was a registered brand of Nocifor Garcia of Snowflake, Arizona and the Rafter R Bar brand is the registered brand of R. T. Cluff, of Pima, Arizona. As of this writing the P Lazy R brand is unknown. Holster is made of one piece medium weight belting leather with wide reverse tapered skirt and sewn rear holster edge. It initially probably had only the lower loop with the upper loop having been cut by the owner during the period of use. Cut edges have matching patina with the rest of the holster. A.J. Mason, the holster maker, was in business in Prescott on Cortez Street 1877-1880 and was listed in Prescott directory from 1864-1900. On Feb 27, 1880 Mr. Mason was listed as renting a building from Samuel Lewis and his business was listed as “boots and shoes”. Accompanying this lot are copies of advertising pages from the Arizona Weekly Miner newspaper for February 16, March 2, and April 13, 1877 which list advertisements for A.J. Mason Boots & Shoes. Also accompanying this revolver is a Colt Factory Letter identifying it as found, sold to United States Government and delivered to the Government Inspector at the Colt Plant on Dec 17, 1884 in a lot of 200, same type firearms. Additionally accompanying is a letter to Mr. Jerry Crandall of Sedona, AZ from noted Colt authority, historian and author John Kopec who authenticates this revolver and states that its finish was restored circa 1906-1910 as the hammer is of that vintage. Also accompanying is a letter to Mr. Crandall, dated Dec. 30, 1983, on Herb Glass letterhead over the signature of Herb Glass congratulating Mr. Crandall on the purchase of this revolver. There is no indication of how this revolver went from Government service to a cowboy’s holster, but it most certainly did and apparently was in his possession for some time to have been returned to Colt for restoration. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including bbl, cyl and grip. Bbl retains about 90-92% glossy Colt blue with traces of feathers by the front sight and ejector rod stud. Frame and hammer retain most of their Colt factory case colors, mostly fading but strong and bright in sheltered areas. Cyl retains about 85-90% thinning orig blue, strong in the flutes with one small cleaned area that has some scattered fine pitting. Trigger guard retains strong blue in sheltered areas with the frontstrap a blue-brown patina. Backstrap retains blue at the top with the body and buttstrap a blue-brown patina. Ejector rod housing retains 90-92% orig blue, strong and bright in the gullets, thin on the outer radius. Grip is sound with slightly chipped right toe and retains a dark, hand-worn patina with moderate to heavy edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. Holster has a couple of small cuts, one on each side of the skirt, otherwise is sound with a dark natural patina with clear cartouche and sharp incised carvings. 4-39682 JR378 (7,000-12,000)

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FINE ORIGINAL AINSWORTH INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 11820. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script address with serifs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with a small “U.S.”. Serial number was observed in usual places on frame, trigger guard & butt strap with last four digits of SN on bbl under ejector rod housing on cylinder & inside back strap channel of grip. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has a legible “OWA” cartouche on left side with no visible cartouche on right side. It has tiny “A” inspector initials on bbl, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder and left bottom edge of grip. Bbl is mounted with first type ejector rod housing and bull’s eye ejector rod head and it has an orig base pin with dimpled ends. The assembly number “191” was observed on loading gate and bottom of frame under trigger guard. These early cavalry single actions are rarely found in orig configuration with orig finish as the majority of them were recalled during late 19th and early 20th century and reconfigured to artillery models or were simply refinished and reissued to state militias. This revolver escaped all of the aforementioned modifications and refurbishing to retain its orig cavalry configuration with orig parts intact. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Overall retains traces of orig blue in the most sheltered areas being mostly a plum/brown patina, slightly thinned on sides of frame. Sides of hammer retain faded case colors, stronger on back edge. Grip, with its legible cartouche, shows moderate wear with light nicks & scratches and retains traces of orig finish, being mostly a hand worn patina. Screws all show evidence of having been removed but generally are not badly battered. Hammer spring has been changed and the hammer is not solid in the safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of very light pitting. 4-36763 JR116 (6,000-10,000)

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2115

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 133934. Cal. .45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of the bbl has the last four digits of the serial number under the ejector rod housing and the “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector initials. Carr’s initials are also found on the frame and cyl. Trigger guard, buttstrap and front end of the ejector rod housing are stamped with a “K” inspector initial. Left side of the frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “US” and is mounted with one piece walnut grip with last four digits of the serial number in the backstrap channel, nearly obscured by oil stain. Left side of the grip has the cartouche “SEB” (Capt. Stanhope E. Blunt) and the date “1890”. Right side of the grip has the partial outline of a cartouche that would probably be Mr. Carr’s. Base pin is a replacement without dimples. PROVENANCE: Charles Radcliffe Collection. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including cyl and grip. Overall retains a smooth, even, restored all blue finish slightly thinned on the bbl and cyl. Front and backstraps are a blue-gray patina. Grip has slightly chipped toes and shows moderate to heavy wear and retains a hand-worn patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-39639 JR379 (2,000-3,000)

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2116

FINE COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 6927. Cal. 45 Colt. Fine Colt Artillery with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing has four digits of a SN “5027” with “P” proofs and “DFC” (David F. Clark) proofs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.” Ejector rod housing is third type with half moon ejector rod head. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends and it is mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip with a mostly legible “DFC” cartouche and the date “1903” on right side. Bottom edges of grip are also stamped with the “DFC” inspector initials. Trigger guard is numbered “114407”, the butt strap is numbered “139031” and the cylinder has the last four digits of a SN “2132”. Cylinder has “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) inspector initials. Trigger guard is marked with the mysterious “G” inspector initial. This is one of the cavalry revolvers recalled and altered to its current configuration in the 1900-1903 recall of 5,444 revolvers. Earlier recalls and modification of cavalry revolvers resulted in maintaining SN integrity, however with the country at war in the Philippines, speed in turn-around time was essential so no attempt was made to maintain SN integrity this time, so therefore these 5,444 revolvers are mostly all mixed numbers. Almost certainly this revolver would have been one of the issues to troops fighting in the Philippines. These revolvers continued in service well into the 1930’s with various militia units and then were sold as surplus. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 88-90% orig Colt blue with muzzle wear and thinning on the left side. Ejector rod housing retains strong blue in the gullets, thinning on outer radius. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig, faded case colors, dark on top edge. Cylinder retains 70-75% thin orig blue. Trigger guard & back strap retain strong bright blue in sheltered areas, thin on back strap and mostly a blue/gray patina on front strap. Grip shows heavy wear with a fine hand worn oil stained patina and traces of orig finish showing through, with its thin legible cartouche on right side. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-39946 (8,000-9,000)

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COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 54941. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, 1-line block letter address and full front sight. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. As with most artillery models this one has mixed numbers with the frame number “54941”; trigger guard “47601”; buttstrap “55804”; barrel “4039” and the cylinder “2849”. Ejector rod housing is third type with a replacement bull’s eye ejector rod head. Mounted with a replacement 1-pc walnut grip. Various parts have inspector initials with “DFC” (David F. Clark) on bbl, frame & cylinder. Trigger guard has the initials “HN” (Henry Nettleton) and the back strap is not inspected, base pin is a modern day replacement. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl & cylinder retain thinning dark blue turning purpley/brown with a few spots of pitting on cylinder. Frame & hammer retain about 50% faded case colors mostly turned silver. Trigger guard & back strap are a dark blue/brown patina. Ejector rod housing retains blue in the gullets, dark blue/brown on outer radius. Grip is sound showing moderate wear and retains most of an artificially aged patina. Hammer is not solid in the safety and half cock notches , otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine and fine pitting. 4-36764 JR117 (3,000-5,000)

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FINE COLT ARTILLERY SAA REVOLVER WITH BELT AND CARTRIDGES. SN 115322. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color cased hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line script address with serifs. Ejector rod housing is 1st type with bullseye ejector rod head and the base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Bottom of the bbl has the 4 digits of a serial number “1859”, a small “A” (Orville W. Ainsworth inspector initial and a small “P” proof. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S”. It is mounted with unmarked 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of a serial number at the backstrap channel that appears to be “1293”. Bbl numbered as noted with the frame serial number “115322” and “DFC” (David F. Clark) cartouche. The trigger guard is numbered “18861” or “13861” with a “C” inspector initial. Backstrap number appears to be “48507” and has “H.N.” (Henry Nettleton) initials at the top of the backstrap. Cyl is numbered “1564” with a small “A” initial and a small “P” and has short stop notches without leads as found on earliest single actions. This revolver is one of the 5,444 recalled Cavalry single actions that were converted to Artillery configuration in the 1900-1903 time frame. Many of these Artillery revolvers were issued to Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and saw action during the fight in Cuba with many more issued to troops fighting in the Philippines during the Spanish American War. Accompanied by an 1870’s period black leather belt with brass hook adjustment, bearing a rectangular “US” marked buckle with matching tab that have load bearing equipment loops at each end similar to the Model 1872 but with integral loops rather than the loops on the leather belt. Also accompanied by two orig boxes of twelve rnds .45 cal Frankford Arsenal cartridges – one dated 1875 and the other dated 1878, both filled with Benet primed cartridges. CONDITION: Revolver is very fine retaining virtually all of its restored finish with strong bright blue and moderately faded case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas. Grip is sound with lightly worn edges and retains about all of its orig oil finish. Timing needs adjustment otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. Belt is sound with crackled surface and light to moderate finish loss. 1875 dated box of cartridges is open but intact and fine. 1878 dated box is also open with one broken end otherwise is fine with clear legible label. 4-39495, 4-39504; 4-39513 JR406 (3,000-5,000)

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2119

VERY RARE ROPES PATTERN MILITARY HOLSTER FOR THE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Very rare holster with 11″ body that has a sewn in Cheyenne plug, with separate sewn-on large flap that has a tab attached for the brass stud mounted on front of the holster. Back of the flap has an attached skirt similar to civilian western holsters with a single, narrow loop attached to the skirt with two steel rivets, and most unusually, near the top of the holster, which is covered by the flap, are 10 sewn-on .45 cal cartridge loops. This holster design was fostered by Capt. James M. Ropes of Troop B, 8th Cavalry assigned to Ft. Ringgold, Texas. There are no known production records and few survive today in orig configuration. This was a radical design for the military but imminently practical from the standpoint of field use as suggested by a cavalry officer in the field. Why it was not produced in quantity is unknown. CONDITION: Fair to good. Appears to be completely intact and orig with worn and crackled surface finish and extremely fragile closure tab. Leather has been treated and is now reasonably soft and supple but still quite fragile. This is a rare chance to own a very rare holster. 4-39826 JR404 (3,000-5,000)

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2120

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH PRESENTATION FROM A TEXAS U.S. MARSHALL. SN 84857. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with bbl reduced to 4-15/16″ from either 5-1/2″ or 7-1/2″. Bbl appears to have been cut professionally with a slightly beveled edge and chamfered bore. The sight, however, was not relocated. Fitted with third type ejector rod housing with tapered half moon ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and has the caliber marking on left front web of trigger guard. Grip frame is mounted with a 1-pc smooth ivory grip constructed of two slabs of ivory glued to a split wooden block and is probably orig equipment as supplied by a distributor. Left grip is inscribed in beautiful period script “M.H.W / Deputy U.S. Marshall / Presented by / Hal. Gosling / U.S. Marshall, Tex.”. As of this writing the identity of M.H.W. is unknown but apparently was the deputy to Marshall Hal Gosling. Research through the U.S. Marshall Service would surely disclose this individual’s name and record. In the book Encyclopedia of Western Lawmen & Outlaws, Nash, p. 141 states that Harold L. Gosling (1853-1885) was from Shelbyville, TN, had attended Annapolis Naval Academy, studied law in Washington and owned a newspaper in Medina County, Texas. He was appointed U.S. Marshall for the Western District of Texas in 1884 and on Saturday, Feb. 21, 1885, while transporting James Potts & Charles Yeager from Austin to San Antonio, was killed in the line of duty near New Braunfels, TX. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 Colt, bbl length not listed, nickel finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO on Dec. 26, 1882 in a shipment of 25 same type guns. Simmons Hardware was a major distributor for the Western United States for Colt firearms. Also accompanied by a large packet of information regarding the loan of this revolver to the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service for the period 1988-1991. It appeared in the exhibition of “America’s Star, the U.S. Marshalls, 1789-1989”. It was returned to the then owner, Mitch Luksich, in Aug. 1991. Additionally accompanied by what is probably the orig holster for this revolver. It is described as a Mexican brass & silver wire embroidered dbl loop holster with thumb tab & brass stud with braided laced rear edge. This holster is typical of the workmanship of that time and location. PROVENANCE: Mitch Luksich. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains 85-90% milky orig nickel with fine pimpling on frame & hammer and some minor losses on ejector rod housing, front strap, butt strap & back strap. Cylinder retains strong orig nickel with some flaking that has turned to dark patina. Grip is slightly shrunken but fits fine and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina with clear inscription that shows fine hand wear. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with good shine & fine pitting. Holster is dry & fragile and in need of treatment, with loop rivets having rusted and pulled through the skirt and now are hand stitched in place. Some of silver embroidery is starting to accumulate verdigris. 4-39681 JR155 (9,500-12,500)

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2121

HELFRICHT ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 145117. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish 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 and is mounted with fine 1-pc ivory grip. Engraving consists of nearly full coverage Cuno Helfricht foliate arabesque patterns on sides of frame and Mr. Helfricht’s sunburst patterns on recoil shield and loading gate. Front of frame has a foliate spray on left side of base pin boss and outside of ejector rod boss. Top strap has snake & dot pattern on each side with a very fine rope pattern around sight groove. Engraving extends up sides of bbl with a wavy line & dot pattern around the bbl address that terminates in a geometric pattern. Ejector rod housing has a snake & dot pattern in the gullet and on outside radius. Cyl is engraved with Mr. Helfricht’s trademark alternating foliate spray and foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes. Rear edge of cyl has a snake & dot pattern with another very fine chip border pattern. Top of back strap is engraved with Mr. Helfricht’s trademark fan pattern with sunbursts on outside of back strap ears. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved in fine line geometric patterns. Grip has been repaired inside using Fiberglas on the spacer block and base pin is a replacement. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in 45 Colt with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, type of stocks not listed and factory engraved, shipped to Roberts, Willis & Taylor Co., Sherman, TX on Feb. 29, 1892 in a 2-gun shipment. Consignor requested that we note that the members of the Dalton gang ordered and received engraved Colts thru Roberts, Willis & Taylor that same year. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching incl cyl except grip which is unnumbered. Overall retains most of a restored nickel finish with holster wear around muzzle and end of ejector rod housing. Front sides of frame by the forcing cone and front face of cyl are moderately pitted. Repaired grip is sound showing very little wear, has small age lines in bottom edges and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting. 4-39753 JR361 (11,500-17,500)

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2122

*ENGRAVED COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 191851. Cal. 44 WCF. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 2-line address and left side marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with beautiful 2-pc pearl grips with carved steer head on right side. Revolver is beautifully engraved by Cuno Helfricht with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on sides of frame with small flower blossoms in bottom front gullets and a hunter’s star on ejector rod boss. Engraving extends nearly the full length on each side of bbl with a snake pattern border around address which terminates in beautiful Moorish geometric & floral patterns. Ejector rod housing has a straight zig zag border and snake & dot pattern in the gullet. Top strap is engraved in snake & feather patterns. Top of back strap is engraved in a fan pattern with Moorish geometric patterns down back strap and across butt strap. Trigger guard is lightly engraved in foliate arabesque patterns. Cylinder is engraved with foliate & geometric patterns on the lands between the flutes with a dbl straight line border on each side of a snake & dot pattern at rear edge of cylinder. All of foliate arabesque patterns have a light punch dot background. Serial number was observed in usual places on bottom of frame, trigger guard & back strap with last three digits of SN on rear face of cylinder. Accompanied by a copy of a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 44-40 with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, carved steer head pearl stocks, factory engraved and shipped to E.K. Tryon, Jr. & Co., Philadelphia, PA, c/o F. Dunn on April 24, 1900 in a 1-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including cylinder, except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains 20-25% orig nickel, mostly in sheltered areas with balance cleaned bare metal. Engraving is still fine, showing moderate wear with fine pitting. Cylinder shows moderate to heavy wear. Right grip has a repaired large chip at the toe with internal repairs and a second added locator pin through the front strap. Both grips show great fire and color. Screw heads appear to have been dressed and refinished. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches , otherwise mechanics are fine. Cylinder pin is a replacement. Bore is sharp & strong with scattered light pitting. 4-36765 JR81 (5,000-8,000)

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2123

RARE COLT RIMFIRE SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 1389. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration, probably originally nickel finish, with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with dashes. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left shoulder is marked “44 CAL”. Hammer is standard for the rimfire with firing pin secured with two rivets. Mounted with a 1-pc replacement walnut grip. Serial number was observed in usual places on frame, trigger guard and butt strap with last three digits of number on bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing and on cylinder. Ejector rod housing is third type with a replacement bull’s eye ejector rod head and most of screws appear to be replacements. Only about 1,800 of these rare revolvers were made in their own serial range in the period 1875-1880. By the time they were being produced the 44 Rimfire cartridge was pretty much obsolete in the U.S. and the majority of these revolvers were sold overseas, primarily to Mexico and South America where the cartridge was still popular. Maintenance was very limited and with their hard frontier style use, very few of these revolvers are found today retaining much orig finish and frequently are found with altered configuration. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fair, all matching including bbl & cylinder, except grip as noted above. Traces of orig nickel are found on bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing, otherwise there is no orig finish remaining, being a mottled silver/brown patina with fine pitting. As noted above, most of screws appear to be replacements. Grip is sound, probably artificially aged to represent heavy wear. Hammer is not solid in safety notch otherwise mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 4-36760 JR80 (4,000-7,000)

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RARE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 126095. Cal. 32 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “32 CAL”. Bottom of bbl, under base pin, is stamped “32” and it is mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber eagle grips that are probably old replacements but fit reasonably well. According to the book Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only 192 single actions were produced in this caliber out of the approx. 357,859 revolvers produced in period 1873-1940. Accompanied by a copy of a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver ,as found, in caliber 32 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to “Dr. Augustenens Marrietta” with the address not available, on Sept. 19, 1891 in a 1-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: About fine. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain about 95% glossy orig factory blue with only slight muzzle edge wear and wear on tip of ejector rod housing. Frame retains about 50% orig case colors, mostly faded but strong & bright in sheltered areas. Hammer retains about all of its orig case colors, dark on top edge, bright on sides. Trigger guard & back strap retain strong blue in sheltered areas with front & back straps and trigger guard a blue/gray patina. Cylinder is mostly a blue/brown patina with strong blue in flutes. Grips show moderate to heavy wear and are turning chocolate. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered small spots of pitting. 4-36751 JR76 (6,000-10,000)

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*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 282041. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Revolver has fire-blued screws and is mounted with synthetic 2-pc ivory grips. Butt strap is nicely engraved in block letters “O.R.M.”. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains 90-92% strong orig nickel with numerous fine scratches and some fine pimpling on bbl and right side of frame. Cylinder retains about same amount of nickel with one area of fine pimpling. Right heel is chipped, otherwise grips are fine. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches , otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36742 JR79 (4,000-7,000)

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2126

FINE EARLY CIVILIAN COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 40221. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with dashes. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked with the caliber. Ejector rod housing is second type with a bull’s eye ejector rod head and it is mounted with fine 1-pc pearl grip constructed from two pearl grips attached to a plaster or other synthetic medium center block. Serial number was observed in the usual three positions, on frame, trigger guard & butt strap and was also observed on bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing and on cylinder. Serial number on bbl has two over-stamped numbers, obviously an assembler’s mistake. This revolver was manufactured in about 1877 when the majority of single action production was for the U.S. Government. Those civilian single actions produced in this time frame generally saw extremely hard service on the American frontier and are rarely found today in orig configuration and orig finish. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: About fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered and is an old replacement. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain 96-97% strong orig factory nickel with some minor pimpling around ejector rod housing and bottom of bbl under base pin. Frame retains about 95-96% strong orig nickel with a couple of spots on top strap and some fine pimpling on right side. Left recoil shield has three small dents. Cylinder retains about 60% orig nickel with loss areas a dark patina. Hammer retains dark case colors. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig nickel with some losses on front strap & trigger guard and some light pimpling on trigger bow. Grip is very fine with great fire. Hammer is not sound in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some scattered very fine pitting. 4-36768 JR74 (5,000-8,000)

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COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 169302. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl slightly altered front sight, possibly a period of use replacement with 1-line block letter address and the caliber marking on the left side. Bottom of the bbl has a tiny “32” under the base pin. Left side of the frame has 2-line three patent dates and rampant colt in a full circle. It is mounted with fine 2-pc pearl grips that have a deep relief carved Mexican eagle on the right side. Serial number was observed in the usual three positions on the frame, trigger guard and buttstrap. Cylinder has the last three digits of the serial number on the rear face. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains 85-90% strong original nickel with losses around the muzzle, top strap and front edges of the frame. Front strap behind the trigger bow is also bare metal. Cylinder retains about 50% original nickel and ejector rod housing about 60% with all the loss areas a gray metal patina. Hammer is not solid in half-cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-36777 JR175 (3,500-5,000)

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*PRE-WWII COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 356190. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered from sight with 2-line address and “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY 45” on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without a circle. Serial number was observed in usual place on the frame and on right side of front & back straps under the grip. Rear face of cylinder has the last two digits of serial number. Mounted with silver Colt medallion faux ivory grips. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains about 80% strong orig nickel with nickeled screws and hammer. Grips are fine with a light ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches and hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Would make an outstanding cowboy action shooter. 4-36769 JR115 (3,500-5,000)

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FINE EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 105831. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger bow has caliber marking. Serial number was observed in usual three places on frame, trigger guard & butt strap and it is mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Accompanied by a signed statement from Mr. Irwin dated June 3, 1994 wherein he states that he obtained historical information on this revolver from the orig Colt shipping ledger but did not pursue a formal letter. He states that the records show this revolver was shipped in caliber 45 with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish and type of stocks not listed to Harley & Graham Co., New York, NY on Feb. 28, 1884 in a shipment of 100 same type guns. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: About fine. Overall retains about 90% strong orig nickel with loss areas gray metal color and some dark patina on hammer. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue with a few slipped slots. Right grip has a repaired toe, otherwise grips are sound with great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of very light pitting. 4-36767 JR83 (3,000-5,000)

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*SCARCE COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 260884. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 3-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “45” under base pin. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with 2-pc rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Frame of this revolver has never had the ejector rod boss on right side and shows no evidence whatsoever of having been altered. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, the number of Sheriff’s Model revolvers manufactured is unknown but he estimates that approx. 1,000 of these ejectorless revolvers were manufactured. He estimates that approx. 30.52% of them were with 3-1/2″ bbls and about 68.29% were in 45 caliber. If these figures are reasonably accurate it would indeed make the Sheriff’s Model Single Action a real rarity. The vast majority of the Sheriff’s Model Single Actions encountered by this cataloger have all shown hard and continuous use and rarely are in orig configuration and almost never retain orig finish. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. No orig finish remains being an overall medium plum/brown finish with some fine pitting inside top strap around forcing cone area and very fine pitting on right side of bbl boss. Grips, which are old period of use replacements, show moderate to heavy wear, turning chocolate. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch and hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with good shine and scattered pitting. 4-36778 JR118 (4,000-7,000)

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SCARCE COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 122389. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight, 2-line address and left side of bbl roll-marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and is mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip with five notches on right side. If there was a caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard it is now worn away. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, the number of Sheriff’s Model revolvers manufactured is unknown but he estimates that approx. 1,000 of these ejectorless revolvers were manufactured. He estimates that approx. 49.35% of them were with 4″ bbls and about 17.89% were in 44-40 caliber. If these figures are reasonably accurate it would indeed make the Sheriff’s Model Single Action a real rarity. The vast majority of the Sheriff’s Model Single Actions encountered by this cataloger have all shown hard and continuous use and rarely are in orig configuration and almost never retain orig finish. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Traces of orig finish remain on the rear of frame and back edge of hammer with balance of revolver a dark blue/brown patina with some very fine pitting on front sides of frame. Grip shows heavy wear with nicks & scratches and retains traces of orig varnish. Trigger is not solid in safety or half cock notches, base pin is a replacement and hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with crisp rifling and scattered pitting. 4-36744 JR121 (4,000-7,000)

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2132

SCARCE COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 123287. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 3-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 2-line address. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” stamped below the base pin. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard has caliber marking. Mounted with rampant Colt/eagle hard rubber grips that have a couple of minor internal repairs. Front strap is hand scratched in large letters “W.J. FENN” and back strap at the heel is scratched with initials “WF” and butt strap lightly scratched with date “1887”. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, the number of Sheriff’s Model revolvers manufactured is unknown but he estimates that approx. 1,000 of these ejectorless revolvers were manufactured. He estimates that approx. 30.52% of them were with 3-1/2″ bbls and about 17.89% were in 44-40 caliber. If these figures are reasonably accurate it would indeed make the Sheriff’s Model Single Action a real rarity. The vast majority of the Sheriff’s Model Single Actions encountered by this cataloger have all shown hard and continuous use and rarely are in orig configuration and almost never retain orig finish. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains 50-60% orig nickel finish mostly on bbl, trigger guard & back strap. Cylinder retains traces of orig nickel with some moderate pitting. Frame also retains traces of orig nickel with fine to moderate pitting on front. Grips, with their couple of internal repairs, have a chip in right upper edge where it meets the frame and overall show moderate wear. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, base pin is a replacement and hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with sharp rifling and scattered pitting. 4-36779 JR120 (4,000-7,000)

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RARE SHARP FRAME COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 122365. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 3-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “45” below base pin. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and caliber marking is on the left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with rampant Colt/eagle hard rubber grips that may be old period of use replacements. It has what appears to be orig screws with an orig type base pin with dimpled ends. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, the number of Sheriff’s Model revolvers manufactured is unknown but he estimates that approx. 1,000 of these ejectorless revolvers were manufactured. He estimates that approx. 30.52% of them were with 3-1/2″ bbls and about 68.29% were in 45 caliber. If these figures are reasonably accurate it would indeed make the Sheriff’s Model Single Action a real rarity. The vast majority of the Sheriff’s Model Single Actions encountered by this cataloger have all shown hard and continuous use and rarely are in orig configuration and almost never retain orig finish. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: About very good. Overall retains traces of orig nickel finish mostly on bottom of bbl and sides of hammer with balance a gray metal color with very fine pitting. Grips are sound, showing heavy wear beginning to turn chocolate. Hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are very fine. Strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-36738 JR119 (4,000-7,000)

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*PRE WW-II COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 353011. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, orig thick front sight with 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and a rampant Colt. Mounted with replacement smooth ivory grips that are pencil numbered on inside to this revolver along with a $7.00 price marking, which indicates that they were purchased about contemporary with revolver. The full serial number was observed on the right side of the front & back straps and the last two digits of serial number are stamped on rear face of cylinder. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & cyl retain 98-99% glossy orig factory blue with only slight sharp edge wear and a light cyl drag line. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere. Grip frame has a few very minor nicks with some minor sharp edge wear. Grips are solid & sound with a couple of age lines and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-38596 (8,500-12,500)

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*COLT FIRST GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY. SN 352709. Cal. 44 SPCL. 5-1/2″ bbl, standard front sight, top of bbl marked “COLTS PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.”, left side “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .44 SPECIAL”, right side with standard ejector rod. Standard frame with 2 line patent dates and “RAMPANT COLT” on left side. Two-piece ivory grips, frame has SN in usual spot, matching SN can be found on right side of trigger guard and backstrap under grip. Accompanying gun is a walnut converted silverware box, for two SA revolvers and a red and yellow box of Winchester 44 Special ammo. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 98% orig blue with some thinning at muzzle, front strap, and front edge of ejector rod housing. Frame has 50-60% thinning orig case colors, two small spots on top strap of shallow surface oxidation. Cylinder retains 95% orig blue with some minor scratches, thinning on sharp edges of flutes, and a narrow line of flaked finish, probably caused by felt in display case. Hammer shows orig case colors on sides with right side spotted with some fine surface oxidation. Back and front strap are worn and blending a brown & silver patina, with trigger guard and buttstrap showing orig blue. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. Display case is sound with some minor scuffing to its exterior. 4-39475 BDT181 (3,000-5,000)

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*FINE COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 303962. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & case colored with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight, 2-line address and left side roll-marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44-40”. Left side of frame is marked with the 2-line 3-patent date and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with 2-pc factory smooth ivory grips with left & right Colt medallions. Inside left grip is hand scratched “KWK”. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain about 90% glossy orig blue, thinning on left side of bbl and outer radius of ejector rod housing and with a few scattered spots in ejector rod gullet. Cylinder retains 85-90% thinning orig blue, glossy & bright in flutes. Frame retains most of its orig factory case colors, moderately faded, stronger in sheltered areas. Hammer retains about 50% fading case colors, having been cleaned on left side. Trigger guard & back strap retain strong blue in sheltered areas, thinned to a blue/gray patina on front & back straps. Grips are sound with a few age lines and retain a wonderful honey/ivory patina. Hammer spring has been changed and is a little stiff, otherwise mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36766 JR70 (3,000-5,000)

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*COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 338120. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 1-line block letter address and left side of bbl roll marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44-40”. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without a circle. Mounted with 2-pc Colt silver medallion ivory grips. Serial number was observed in the usual places on frame, trigger guard & butt strap and the last two digits of SN are on rear face of cylinder. Grips are not numbered. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 44-40 with 5-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, shipped to Shapleigh Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO on Dec. 17, 1919 in a 5-gun shipment. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig glossy factory blue with holster wear on muzzle. Ejector rod housing retains 92-93% orig blue, thin on outer radius. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, moderately faded, brilliant in sheltered areas. Trigger guard & back strap retain strong blue in sheltered areas with the front & back straps a blue/gray patina. Cylinder retains 90-92% orig blue, strong & bright in the flutes, thinning on outer diameter. Grips are sound showing little or no wear and retain a wonderful golden mellow patina. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-39829 JR355 (4,000-6,000)

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FINE ANTIQUE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 109110. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line Hartford address. Left side of bbl has caliber markings and left side of frame has 3-line patent dates with rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Serial number was observed in usual three positions on frame, trigger guard & butt strap with the marking “T.U.S.A.” on bbl, under ejector rod housing. Left front web of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. No SN was observed on cylinder indicating that it is either a replacement or the number was obliterated during a restoration process. Base pin is a replacement. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains 75-80% restored nickel finish, probably factory, with some fine pimpling on frame. Exposed areas on bbl are a dark patina. Grips are very fine with a couple of age lines and have great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with fine pitting. 4-36755 JR71 (2,500-4,000)

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EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 33006. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and is mounted with modern replacement 1-pc ivory grip. Right rear web of trigger guard is stamped with a small 6-pointed star indicating factory refinish. Left side of back strap and front strap, under the grip, are stamped with the assembly number “79” and a small diamond. This number & symbol were observed on the bbl, ejector rod housing & cylinder. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching parts. CONDITION: Fine, as factory restored. Overall retains most of its factory restored nickel finish with some dulling & roughness on bbl and some minor losses on right side of frame, otherwise retains strong factory nickel. Base pin is a replacement. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with some very fine pitting near the forcing cone end. 4-39765 JR356 (3,000-5,000)

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2140

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 347749. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without a circle. Serial number was observed in usual place on bottom of frame and on right side of front & back straps under grip. Last two digits of SN are on rear face of cylinder. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that are numbered to this revolver. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains about 97% strong orig factory blue. Front sight has hammer marks on both sides. Ejector rod housing retains about 98-99% orig blue. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, moderately faded elsewhere. Trigger guard retains most of its orig blue, slightly thinned on front strap. Back strap retains about 60% strong orig blue with balance thinning and with a small scrape about the center part. Grips are sound showing very light wear. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-39931 JR360 (2,500-3,500)

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2141

*RARE PRE-WAR/POST-WAR COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 357508. Cal. 38 Spcl. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly reduced orig thick front sight, 1-line block letter address with model & caliber on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without a circle. Left rear web of trigger guard is stamped with an “S”. Serial number is in its usual spot on bottom of frame and right side of front & back straps. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered “357184”. This revolver has all appearances of a standard pre-war single action and is one of the approx. 300 assembled post-war from leftover pre-war parts. Slight differences are lack of a bevel on front end of ejector rod housing, no bevel on rear edge of trigger guard where it meets grip and the last three digits of SN faintly scratched on rear face of cylinder between two chambers. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver as found with type of stocks not listed, shipped to “Mr. Graham Anthony / President”, for presentation to “Theodore Nelson, Jr. / “The Boulders” / Upton, Massachusetts”, shipped on Nov. 6, 1952 in a one gun shipment. (Please note: Consignor states 82 of the 357508 SA were made in .38 Special.) PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain about 95% orig factory blue, slightly thinned on left side of bbl. Frame retains about all of its brilliant factory case colors, slightly faded on top strap and loading gate. Hammer retains brilliant blue on top & rear edges. Grip frame retains about all of its orig factory blue with a couple of small spots on backstrap. Cylinder retains about 75% glossy orig blue with light scrapes around circumference. Grips, while not orig to this revolver, are from the same pre-war/post-war series and are very fine condition with light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36581 (3,000-5,000)

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2142

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 166826. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. There is a tiny “45” on bottom of bbl under base pin. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Screws are fire blued and it is mounted with a 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Even though hard rubber grips were standard at this time, this revolver has not had the front strap drilled for grip locater pin indicating that this was probably a special order. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Overall retains about 70% orig nickel with most of losses from holster wear with some light fine pimpling on frame & hammer. Grip frame is strong with minor pimpling on back strap. Cylinder shows worn nickel with an area of small hammer marks. Grip is sound with light dings & scratches showing light edge wear and retains 70-75% added varnish. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches , otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-36749 JR113 (2,500-4,000)

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2143

*PRE-WWII COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 338224. Cal. .45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, full thick front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on the left side. Bottom of the bbl, under the base pin, is stamped with a “1” and tiny “44”. This is obviously a mis-stamping as the bore is measures .454″ and the cyl accepts a .45 Colt cartridge. Left side of the frame has 2-line three patent dates and Rampant Colt without circle. Serial number was observed in the usual place on the bottom of the frame, on the left side of the frontstrap, under the grip and, unusually, on the toe of the buttstrap, which also has a factory style lanyard swivel. Last two digits of the serial number are stamped on the rear face of the cyl. Mounted with Rampant Colt, hard rubber grips that are un-numbered. Left side of the backstrap, at the heel, is stamped with a tiny “1”, which number was also observed on the left front web of the trigger guard, and as was previously noted, on the bottom of the bbl. This number appears to be an assembly number which indicates that this revolver was likely returned to the factory for installation of the lanyard swivel. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in .45 caliber with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish and type of stocks not listed, shipped to Shapleigh Hardware Co St. Louis, MO on Jan 20, 1920 in a 5 gun shipment. No mention is made of the swivel in the buttstrap. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching except grips which are un-numbered. Bbl and cyl retain about 95% strong, orig factory blue with muzzle wear on the left side of the bbl and sharp edge wear on front of the cyl, with light drag line and a few scratches around the circumference. Ejector rod housing retains about 95-96% strong factory blue with light nicks and scratches and light front end wear. Frame and hammer retain most of their orig case colors, stronger in sheltered areas, brighter on the right side, overall generally faded. Grip frame retains most of its orig factory blue, slightly thinned on the front-and backstraps. Grips are sound, showing light wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant, shiny bore. Revolver shows very little use, just handling and light holster wear. 4-39752 (4,000-5,500)

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SPECTACULAR TURNBULL RESTORED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 100312. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates with the caliber marking on left front web of trigger guard. Frame is black powder style and is mounted with spectacular, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip. Screws, trigger & base pin are fire-blued. Accompanied by a fine glass-topped, hinged-lid, red velvet lined cherry casing that consignor states he made especially for this revolver. Also accompanied by a wonderfully framed & matted collage consisting of a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found, shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, Missouri on July 1, 1884 in a shipment of fifty same type guns. Also in the collage is a letter on Doug Turnbull restoration letterhead signed by Doug Turnbull specifying all of the work his company did to this revolver. That work consisted of a new bbl & cyl, a new trigger guard & grip, along with a new base pin, screws and other small parts. Mr. Turnbull also states that all the markings on the frame & bbl, along with SN’s were re-stamped & re-rolled to orig specifications. Top half of frame pictures both sides of this revolver in the “before” and “after”. Additionally accompanied by all of the orig parts removed prior to restoration. Buttstrap on the old part is numbered “54145”. Consignor, who is from Wyoming, states that this is an old time Wyoming cowboy gun that he thought worthy of restoration. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine. Blues are high polished & brilliant with spectacular, brilliant, Colt-style, bone charcoal color case hardening and the fire-blue on screws and other parts is brilliant. Grip is an absolute perfect fit with orig Colt-style varnish finish. Appears to be unfired since being rebuilt. Frame & contents are extremely fine. 4-38235 (4,500-5,500)

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*FINE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 295601. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and the rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with 2-pc reproduction rampant Colt hard rubber grips. All screws are fire-blued as is the base pin and crossbolt. Engraving is by Cuno Helfricht with full frame coverage consisting of foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and his typical sunburst patterns on recoil shield & loading gate. Cylinder is beautifully engraved with sunburst and foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes with foliate sprays back of each flute with a snake & dash pattern at rear edge of cylinder. Top strap is engraved in Moorish geometric patterns with beautiful foliate arabesque patterns extending over front of frame and over about 3/4 of the bbl. Bbl address is outlined with a wavy border which terminates in intricate geometric Moorish patterns toward the muzzle and the caliber marking is in a ribbon. The outer radius of the ejector rod housing is engraved with matching geometric patterns and the gullet of the ejector rod housing has a snake & dash pattern matching the cylinder. Ejector rod head is engraved with a small hunter’s star. Top of back strap is engraved with Mr. Helfricht’s typical fan pattern with geometric patterns down back strap and on butt strap. Trigger guard is engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns. Butt strap has a hole for a lanyard ring. Left side of back strap, at heel under grip, is stamped “CH-18” which is an assembly number applied at Colt during a refinish operation. Left side of front strap, face of cylinder around bushing hole, on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing, inside ejector rod housing radius and on shank of loading gate are all stamped with the number “18”. Accompanied by a copy of a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, type of stocks “not listed”, factory engraved and shipped to H & D Folsom Arms Co., New York, NY on June 20, 1907 in a shipment of six same type guns. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its fine factory restored nickel finish with some minor staining on right side of frame. Screws retain virtually all of their factory fire blue with evidence of having been removed. Grips have a repaired crack in left side, otherwise are fine showing light wear. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches and hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-36747 JR63 (6,000-10,000)

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*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 353315. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered thick front sight and 2-line address with left side marked “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates with rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Serial number is on bottom of frame and on right side of front & back straps under the grip. Last two digits of SN are on rear face of cylinder. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including cylinder. Overall retains most of a fine factory style professionally restored finish with an area of pitting on left side of bbl. Marking on left side of bbl is thinned from pitting but mostly legible, otherwise all legends are fine. Grips are extremely fine retaining great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36752 JR78 (2,500-4,000)

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*SCARCE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 264683. Cal. 38 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Bottom of bbl, under base pin, is marked with a tiny “38”. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle and it is mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered “350432” on the inside. Left side of front & back straps, under the grip, are stamped with a small “6” which would ordinarily indicate an assembly number used during factory refinish, however no other parts were observed with this number. In keeping with the idea that this is possibly a factory refinish, the rear face of cylinder is hand stamped with last four digits of SN which are also found on the bottom of the bbl under ejector rod housing. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found with type of stocks not listed, shipped to Farwell, Ozmum, Kirk & Co., St. Paul, MN on Feb. 21, 1905 in a one gun shipment. Remarks section states “Approximately 2,376 were produced as 38 Colt.” which makes this a rather rare single action. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains about 60-65% strong factory blue with heavy holster wear on left side and around muzzle. Left side by the caliber marking has some light hammer marks. Ejector rod housing retains most of a restored factory style blue with heavy wear on outside end of the housing. Frame retains mottled, faded case colors, stronger in sheltered areas, brighter on sides of hammer. Left upper edge of frame has an area of deep pitting, probably from holster storage in a damp climate, with another spot on ejector rod boss and lighter etching on right side of frame and right shoulder of trigger guard. Trigger guard & back strap are a blue/gray patina. Grips are sound showing light to moderate wear. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches and hammer spring is a little weak, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a couple of small spots of pitting near the muzzle. 4-39751 (3,500-4,500)

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*COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH CONNECTION TO WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS. SN 268355. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 2-line address and left side marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” under the base pin. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and a rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips not numbered to this revolver. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, with type of stocks not listed, sold to “Winchester Repeating Arms Co.”, New Haven, CT and shipped to E.J. Post & Co., Albuquerque, Territory of New Mexico, on Sept. 7, 1905 in a 10-gun shipment. A quick Google search disclosed that the E.J. Post & Co. was the largest hardware company in the southwest. The time frame around this shipment was before New Mexico became a state when outlaws were still riding the high country and men carried a 6-gun for self protection, law enforcement or other more nefarious activities. CONDITION: Good. Overall retains 35-40% orig finish, mostly in sheltered areas with the bbl showing heavy wear at the muzzle and end of ejector rod housing. Left side of muzzle and outer radius of ejector rod housing are lightly pitting. Case colors on frame are mostly faded but stronger in sheltered areas. Trigger guard & back strap are mostly a blue/gray patina with blue in sheltered areas. Cylinder has blue in the flutes with outer diameter a cleaned metal patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with some scattered fine pitting. A real mountain west cowboy, law enforcement, or outlaw gun. 4-39754 JR359 (3,750-4,750)

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*RARE SAN ANTONIO TEXAS POLICE DEPARTMENT COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 351737. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 4-3/4″ bbl, full thick front sight, 2-line address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that are numbered to this revolver. Serial number was observed in usual place on bottom of frame and on right sides of front and back straps, under the grip. The last two digits of SN are stamped on rear face of cylinder in one location and three digits in another location. Butt strap is hand stamped “S.A.P.D. No. 131”. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including cylinder & grips. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain about 90% strong orig factory blue showing holster wear on left side of muzzle and tip of ejector rod housing. Left side of bbl is lightly thinned. Frame retains 50-60% faded case colors, stronger in sheltered areas. Hammer retains most of its brilliant case colors. Cylinder retains about 85% thin orig blue. Front & back straps are thin blue with strong bright blue in sheltered areas. Grips show moderate to heavy wear with a few scratches & dings. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36754 JR72 (2,500-4,000)

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*PRE-WWII COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 340951. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered thick 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 without circle. Mounted with unnumbered rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Serial number was observed on bottom of frame and on left side of front & back straps under the grip. Last two digits of SN are stamped on rear face of cylinder. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including cylinder, except grip. Bbl retains 92-93% strong orig blue with some light surface discoloration on left side at the muzzle. Ejector rod housing retains strong blue in gullets with outer radius a blue/brown patina. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig factory case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, very strong on sides of hammer, moderately faded elsewhere. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their strong orig factory blue, turning plum on back strap with a couple of spots of pitting on butt strap. Cylinder retains 90-92% thinning orig blue, strong & bright in the flutes. Grips are sound showing very little wear. Hammer is not solid in safety notch , otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with one spot of heavy pitting. 4-36789 JR82 (2,500-4,000)

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*FINE COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 302484. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 1-line block letter address and “(BISLEY MODEL) 32 W.C.F.” on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and the rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain about 97-98% strong glossy orig blue with only light muzzle edge wear and wear to the end of ejector rod housing. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, moderately faded elsewhere. Trigger guard & front strap retain most of their orig factory blue, slightly thinned on front strap. Back strap & butt strap retain dark blue in sheltered areas, thin on back strap. Cylinder retains 93-95% glossy orig blue with a series of light scratches in finish around the circumference. Grips show light wear, turning chocolate on right side. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-39828 JR354 (3,500-5,000)

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*COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 225657. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line Hartford address. Left side of bbl is marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 45 COLT” and left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with smooth old pearl grips. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Overall retains about 75% orig nickel with the loss areas bare metal and showing moderate to heavy wear around muzzle. Cylinder has some bubbling in flutes. Grips are extremely fine showing great fire and brilliant colors. Hammer is not solid in safety notch and hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. 4-36748 JR62 (2,500-4,000)

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*ENGRAVED COLT BISLEY FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 278568. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, address is engraved over with left side of bbl marked in an arc “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER / BISLEY MODEL”. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and the rampant Colt. Mounted with two piece silver Colt medallion modern ivory grips with a raised carved stooping eagle on the right side. Inside right grip is marked “Gunmart Lakewood N.J.”. Revolver has full coverage deep relief engraving in Cuno Helfricht style with modifications consisting of foliate arabesque patterns with sunbursts on the recoil shield and loading gate with a hunter star on the ejector rod boss and flower blossoms on each side of bbl boss. Top strap has chip & dot borders with inner feather patterns. Bbl is full length engraved on each side with foliate arabesque patterns and a flower blossom on the top. Muzzle has zig zag border and the cyl end chip & dot border. Ejector rod housing is engraved to match with dbl borders. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are also beautifully engraved. Cylinder is engraved on the lands between the flutes and completely around the cylinder behind the flutes with three borders at rear edge. Top of hammer is also engraved. Serial numbers have been re-stamped. Bottom front of frame is engraved with a small ribbon and the initials “BJ”, apparently those of the engraver. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains virtually all of its custom nickel finish and does not appear to have been fired after engraving. Grips are sound with a fine ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore. 4-39252 JR357 (3,500-5,000)

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*SCARCE ENGRAVED & GOLD INLAID COLT TEXAS GUN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION SPECIAL EDITION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN SA73010. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, 1-line script address with serifs at each end. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. Frame is black powder style with screw retainer for the base pin. Mounted with beautiful 1-pc ivory grip with the left side having a raised carved longhorn steer head over the 5-point Texas Lone Star. Receiver has style B engraving on frame and style A engraving on bbl & cylinder, consisting of 25-35% coverage foliate arabesque patterns with a sunburst and foliate patterns on the recoil shield and loading gate. Cylinder has matching foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes with a wide inlaid gold band at rear edge. Bbl has a wide inlaid gold band at frame end with a narrow gold band around the muzzle. Top of back strap is inlaid in gold with the 5-point Texas star engraved “TEXAS”. Back strap is engraved in script “Texas Gun Collectors Assn.” Butt strap is engraved “10 of 30”. Ejector rod head is early donut style and base pin is dimpled on each end. Ejector rod housing has an engraved hunter’s star in center with sunbursts at each end and trigger bow has an engraved hunter’s star on bottom. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found, shipped to McBride’s Guns, Inc., Austin, Texas, Attn: Joe McBride, on March 26, 1987. The production of these limited edition single actions coincided with the 150th anniversary of Colt Firearms and the 150th year of Texas’ independence. Additionally accompanied by the orig inspection certificate signed by noted Colt historian and author, R.L. Wilson. Also accompanied by its orig brown suede lined oak casing with laser etched long horn steer head and 5-point star on lid. Case is French fitted in bottom for revolver and has a gold plated brass plaque in the front inscribed “Presented to the / Texas Gun Collectors Association” which surmounts a long-horn steer head and 5-point star which in turn surmounts ” 10 of 30″. Finally accompanied by its orig Styrofoam lined burgundy 1-pc custom shop cardboard box with custom shop label and owner’s manual. Case also includes its orig functioning key PROVENANCE: Dr. Robert A. Bettis Collection. CONDITION: New & unfired. Case is equally new. 4-39323 JR170 (4,000-7,000)

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*COLT CUSTOM SHOP SINGLE ACTION ARMY TEXAS SESQUICENTENNIAL PREMIER SPECIAL EDITION. SN TEXAS 90. Cal. 45 LC. 4-3/4″ bbl, standard front sight. Top of bbl is marked “COLTS PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.” surrounded by bold foliate scroll with punch dot background, gold band at muzzle and chamber end, left side with “TEXAS” in gold, “SESQUICENTENNIAL”, right side with ejector rod housing and bullseye ejector rod. Frame has 3-line patent dates, bracketed with gold line. Bottom and rear edge on both sides of receiver have gold line, left of hammer is gold inlaid front of the “Alamo” the un-fluted cylinder has gold border at each end and a single gold star, backstrap and trigger guard are gold plated with top of backstrap having out line of the state of Texas. One piece ivory grips with one side scrimshawed with head of Longhorn Steer. Accompanying gun is a blue Custom Shop box, white outer box with Custom Shop label, and oak display case branded “COLT” on top lower right corner, French fit with maroon interior. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Gun appears new and unturned since manufactured, finish is a high polish blue, with gold accents. Boxes and display case are equally new. 4-39267 BDT180 (5,000-7,000)

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*COLT US BICENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE THREE GUN SET WITH CASE. SN SN0352DG/SN0352PM/SN0352PY. Set consists of 3 Colt revolvers, a 44 cal black powder Dragoon, a 45 cal. SAA, and a 357 Python. All guns are marked on the left side of bbl “1776-U.S.A. BICENTENNIAL-1976”. All other bbl markings would be standard for model. The unfluted cylinder of Python is engraved “PROCLAIM LIBERTY” and with picture of Liberty Bell, then “THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND”. Next scene, “E PLURBIUS UNUM”, capitol building, WASHINGTON.D.C.”, 3rd scene “GIVE ME LIBERTY”, the statue of Liberty and “OR GIVE ME DEATH”. Single Action Army is engraved “DELAWARE/PENNSYLVANIA/NEW JERSEY/GEORGIA/CONNECTICUT/MASSACHUSETTS/MARYLAND” a full field of stars flag, “SO. CAROLINA/NEW HAMPSHIRE/VIRGINIA/NEW YORK/NO. CAROLINA/RHODE ISLAND” and a 13 star flag. The Dragoon is engraved with a “W.L. ORNSBY”, “S” Indian fight scene. All guns have smooth walnut grips, with inlaid circle of the Great Seal of the United States of America. This set of guns comes with their orig cardboard boxes and three-drawer walnut display case, complete with orig outer shipping carton. The Armsmear book, and accessories for the Dragoon as still sealed in plastic in their orig box. CONDITION: Guns appears new since manufacture with extra fine high polished blue, case colored frame on SA and Dragoon, and Dragoon as silver backstrap and trigger guard that is showing some tarnish from age. Display case appears new and unused. 4-39294 BDT164 (2,000-3,000)

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*FIRST YEAR, SECOND GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY. SN 4320SA. Cal. 38 Special. 5-1/2″ bbl, standard front sight. Top of bbl is marked “COLTS PT.F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.”, left side “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .38 SPECIAL”. Standard frame with 2-line patent date and Rampant Colt on left side, checkered hard rubber grips with Rampant Colt logo, matching SN can be found etched on inside. CONDITION: Extremely fine, gun appears test fired only. Gun retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with just a few minor handling marks with very faint marks on leads to notches. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny new bore. 4-39476 BDT177 (1,500-2,500)

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2158

*COLT THIRD GENERATION SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN SA39308. Cal. 44-40. Blue & color case hardened with 3″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with left side of bbl marked “COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL” and right side “COLT SAA .44-.40”. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without a circle and is mounted with rampant Colt/eagle black composition grips, matching numbered on inside. Serial number was observed in usual place on frame and on left side of front & back straps under grip. Last four digits of SN are stamped around cyl bushing on face of cylinder. Would make an outstanding cowboy action shooter. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including cyl & grips, appears to be unfired. Overall retains virtually all of its brilliant orig factory finish with bright blue and brilliant case colors. Grips are crisp showing little or no wear. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36741 JR122 (1,000-1,500)

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2159

SCARCE CASED COLT MODEL 1878 DA REVOLVER WITH PALL MALL ADDRESS. SN 160. Cal. 450 Boxer. All blue finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line HARTFORD / DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON address. Bottom of bbl has visible SN and left front web of trigger guard has caliber marking. The round butt grip frame has a lanyard swivel and is mounted with 2-pc diamond checkered walnut grips numbered to this revolver. Trigger and top & rear edges of hammer are fire blued with sides of hammer polished bright. Serial number was observed in the usual place on toe of the butt, rear face of cylinder, bottom of bbl and inside grips. Bottom of bbl and cylinder have tiny British proofs. Orig cylinder pin has dimples on each end. Accompanied by an orig English oak Colt casing with rnd medallion in lid and Colt’s Pall Mall factory label inside lid. Case is green baize lined and compartmented in bottom for revolver, an L-shaped screwdriver, a Dixon pewter oil bottle and an all metal cleaning rod with loop handle. Left front of case has a drilled cartridge block for 28 cartridges. Very few Models 1878 have the Pall Mall bbl address with extremely few of those being cased making this an extremely rare Colt revolver. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 Eley, 5-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Colt’s London Agency on July 29, 1878 in a shipment of 50 same type guns. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including bbl, cyl & grips. Appears to be new & unfired retaining most of its brilliant glossy orig factory blue with some light surface etching on bbl, thinning of the back strap that has some cleaning scratches and mild flaking on cylinder. Grips are sound showing light edge & diamond point wear and retain most of their orig factory varnish. Hammer screw is slightly battered, apparently someone did not know that this screw has left hand threads. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has a repaired crack along the hinge edge and a grain check in bottom, otherwise is extremely fine with light handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Interior is lightly faded with freckled mildew staining and light damage from the front sight. Label is slightly yellowed with a small pressure stain from cylinder. Altogether an extremely fine and exciting find directly from England. 4-39822 JR251 (6,000-10,000)

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2160

SCARCE CASED COLT LONDON MODEL 1878 DA FRONTIER REVOLVER. SN 26507. Cal. 476 Eley. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter “DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON” address. Left side of bbl has the caliber marking and left side of frame has the rampant Colt in a circle. Left front web of trigger guard appears to have had the caliber marking removed. Revolver is mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips and has a lanyard swivel in the butt. Serial number was observed on toe of butt with last three digits also on rear face of cylinder. Left side of grip frame, under grip, is stamped with assembly number “58” which number is also found on loading gate. Accompanied by an English oak casing with brass medallion in the lid, green baize lined with “COLT’S PALL MALL LONDON” label inside the lid and compartmented in bottom for revolver, a small pewter oil bottle, a cartridge block for 28 cartridges, an empty compartment in left front corner and covered compartment in right rear corner containing a replacement all metal cleaning rod. It appears that the cylinder has possibly had the chambers opened up as they will accept a 45 Colt cartridge. Bottom of bbl and each flute of cylinder is stamped with tiny British proofs. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains about 95% strong orig factory nickel with light holster wear around muzzle and on ejector rod housing outer radius. Edges of front & back straps have some light losses with light surface rust. Front tab of trigger guard is slightly battered with light losses of finish. Cylinder is flaked to about 75% with loss areas gray metal color, barely discernible from nickel. Grips are sound with fabulous fire & color. Hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a very few small scattered spots of light pitting. Case has a couple of cracks in bottom with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately to heavily faded and soiled with evidence of old mildew. Accessories are fine. 4-36816 JR142 (3,000-5,000)

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2161

*COLT MODEL 1878 DA FRONTIER REVOLVER. SN 41256. Cal .45 Colt. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter Hartford address with caliber marking on the left side. Bottom of the bbl has a tiny “45” under the base pin. Left lower rear side of the frame has the rampant colt in a circle. Bottom of the buttstrap has a lanyard swivel and the left side of the grip frame, under the grip, is stamped with assembly number “112”, which number is also found on the loading gate. Serial number was observed in the usual place on the toe of the buttstrap with the last three digits of the serial number on the rear face of the cylinder. It is mounted with 2-pc rampant colt hard rubber grips. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Overall retains 93-95% glossy original blue with light muzzle and sharp edge wear and some slight holster wear on the left side of the bbl at the muzzle and on ejector rod housing. Front and backstraps are a thin blue brown patina. Left side of the frame around the trigger pin has some small hammer marks. Cylinder retains 93-95% strong original blue. Grips are sound showing very light wear turning slightly chocolate on the left side. Hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-36756 JR177 (4,000-6,000)

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2162

SCARCE FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION COLT MODEL 1878 LONDON DA REVOLVER. SN 91. Cal. 45 Boxer. All blue finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter Pall Mall London address. Left front web of the trigger guard is marked “45 CAL/B” and it is mounted with fine 2-pc diamond checkered walnut grips pencil numbered to this revolver. Bottom of the bbl and cylinder have tiny British proofs. The serial number was observed in the usual position on the toe of the buttstrap, reversed on the right side of the buttstrap under the grip, on the loading gate and rear face of the cylinder. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including cylinder and grips. Overall retains about 85% glossy original blue mixed with fine flaking which has turned to a medium patina. Right side of the frame has several scratches around the hammer screw. Apparently someone was not aware that the hammer screw has left handed threads. Back strap is mostly a plum patina with thin blue on the front strap mixed with plum patina. Hammer retains strong fire blue on the top and rear edges with polished sides. Cylinder retains about 90% dull original blue. Side plate retains about 70% thin blue mixed with brown patina. Grips are sound showing moderate wear with a gouge on the right side and retain 75-80% original varnish. Hammer spring has been lightened otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-36757 JR176 (3,500-5,000)

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2163

COLT MODEL 1878 DA REVOLVER. SN 23776. Cal. .476. Scarce revolver in a rare caliber with all blue finish, 5-1/2″ bbl with slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter “DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON” address. Left front web of the trigger guard is stamped with a caliber marking and it is mounted with Rampant Colt hard rubber grips that are pencil numbered to this revolver. Buttstrap has a factory lanyard swivel and the left side of the grip frame, under the grip, had the assembly number “161”, which number is also found on the loading gate. Serial number was observed in the usual place on the toe of the grip with the last three digits of the serial number on the rear face of the cyl. Bottom of the bbl and the cyl have tiny British proofs. Not many models 1878 went to England and few of those were in this largest of calibers. This, almost certainly, was someones safari sidearm or a military officer’s private purchase sidearm. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with light muzzle wear and some extremely fine pitting. Ejector rod housing retains about 85% glossy orig blue with holster wear at the tip along with some very fine pin prick pitting. Frame retains about 90% orig blue mixed with very fine flaking. Cyl retains strong blue in the flutes with the outer diameter a thin blue patina. Trigger guard retains about 95% strong orig blue. Front strap and backstrap are a blue-brown patina. Grips are sound showing light wear, turning chocolate. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-39778 JR385 (5,000-6,500)

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2164

FINE COLT MODEL 1878 FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER DA REVOLVER. SN 31755. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight, 1-line block letter address with “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on left side and a tiny “44” on bottom of bbl under base pin. Revolver is mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Left side of grip frame under the grip is stamped with assembly number “29” which number was also observed on loading gate. Butt of grip frame is mounted with a lanyard swivel. These large frame Colts were very popular on the American frontier, in Northwest Territories and Alaska with their similarity to the venerable Single Action Army, in similar calibers with double action feature. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including cylinder, grips are unnumbered. Overall retains about 80% strong orig nickel with holster wear on bbl and a few small pimples on left side of frame. Grips are sound with good fire & color. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-36770 JR129 (4,000-7,000)

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2165

ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1878 DA REVOLVER. SN 22945. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight, 2-line address with a tiny “45” on bottom under base pin. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips and has a lanyard swivel in the butt. Left side of grip frame under the grip has the assembly number “253” which number was also observed on the loading gate. Cylinder, which is usually matching numbered to the revolver has four or five different sets of three numbers, none of which match. Engraving, probably from the Cuno Helfricht shop, possibly by the master himself, consists of full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on frame with a flower blossom on right side around hammer screw and a large geometric rosette on left side. Foliate arabesque patterns extend nearly full length on each side of bbl with a wavy border pattern around the bbl address terminating in geometric patterns. Top strap is engraved with snake & dot patterns on each side which extend down the rear edge of frame by hammer slot. Top of back strap and rear of recoil shield are engraved in various geometric patterns as are the back strap & trigger guard. Cylinder has Mr. Helfricht’s sunburst patterns on lands between the flutes with a snake & dot pattern around rear edge. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: About good. Overall retains 30-40% orig nickel finish with balance gray metal color. Engraving on left side of bbl shows heavy wear with pitting on ejector rod housing. Cylinder also shows heavy wear with fine pitting. Grips are sound showing great fire & color. Hammer spring has been lightened and cylinder doesn’t lock tight, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-36759 JR132 (2,500-4,000)

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2166

RARE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1878 SHERIFF’S MODEL FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER DA REVOLVER. SN 12926. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight, 2-line address and etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on left side with a tiny “44” on bottom of bbl just forward of base pin. Left front web of trigger guard is stamped “44 CF”. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips without lanyard swivel whose hole has been plugged at the factory prior to finishing. Serial number was observed in the usual place on toe of grip frame, however there is no corresponding number on rear face of cylinder although there is no doubt this is the orig cylinder. Left side of grip frame under the grip has the assembly number “104” which number is partially visible on loading gate. Revolver is engraved by the Cuno Helfricht shop with about 75% coverage on frame consisting of foliate arabesque patterns with geometric and snake & dot patterns. Left side of frame has a fine detailed rosette on sideplate with spider web and snake & dot patterns. Top strap has snake & dot patterns with hunter’s stars on each side of bbl boss. Engraving extends about 3/4 up the bbl on each side with snake & dot patterns the rest of the way. There are snake & dot patterns around bbl address which terminate in geometric patterns. Back strap & trigger guard are engraved in geometric patterns. Cylinder is engraved with Mr. Helfricht’s trademark alternating sunbursts and foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes with snake & dot pattern around rear edge. Revolver apparently had suffered poor storage and had become rusted and some unknowing individual has cleaned it with a wire wheel. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: About good. No orig finish remains being an overall cleaned gray metal color with scattered spots of light to moderate pitting. Etched panel, although cleaned, is still completely legible. Left grip has a repair at the heel, otherwise they are sound with a few minor age lines and retain great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with sharp rifling & moderate pitting. 4-36775 JR133 (2,500-4,000)

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2167

FINE COLT MODEL 1878 FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER DA REVOLVER. SN 31506. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, orig front sight with 1-line block letter address and “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” roll marked on left side. There is a tiny “44” on bottom of bbl under base pin. Mounted with 2-pc pearl grips deep relief carved on right side with a wonderfully detailed Mexican eagle. Bottom of butt has a factory lanyard swivel. Left side of grip frame, under grip, is stamped with the assembly number “6” which number was also observed on back of loading gate. Serial number is in its usual place on toe of butt with last three digits of SN on rear face of cylinder. These revolvers were very popular on the U.S. frontier, in the Northwest Territories and Alaska for their resemblance to the venerable Single Action Army with the same calibers plus the addition of double action. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including cylinder, except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains about 70% orig nickel finish with holster wear on left side of bbl and losses around muzzle and on ejector rod housing. Back strap and front straps are bright polished metal with fine pitting on front strap. Cylinder also shows some nickel losses with scattered fine pitting. Grips are outstanding with some minor age lines and great fire with sharp carving. Hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered very fine pitting. 4-36758 JR130 (2,500-4,000)

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2168

COLT MODEL 1878 DA REVOLVER. SN 33370. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of bbl has the caliber marking and is mounted with 2-pc rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Serial number was observed in usual place on toe of grip frame with last three digits on rear face of cylinder. Assembly number “101” is on left side of grip frame under grip which number was also observed on loading gate. Butt has a lanyard swivel. These revolvers were very popular on the American frontier, Northwest Territories and Alaska with their similarity to the venerable Single Action Army, in the same calibers but with double action feature. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including cylinder, grips are not numbered. Overall retains 65-70% orig nickel with a large area of loss on top of bbl back of front sight, holster wear around muzzle edge and on ejector rod housing with left side of frame mostly cleaned to bare metal with a small area of light pitting. Right side of frame is flaked to bare metal by about 50%. There is some slight bubbling on trigger bow. Exposed metal is cleaned bright and barely distinguishable from the nickel finish. Left grip has a repaired chip around the locater hole and right side has compression cracks on inside and overall show moderate wear, turning chocolate. Hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with one spot of pitting near muzzle. 4-36774 JR131 (2,500-3,500)

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2169

RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1877 THUNDERER DA REVOLVER. SN 78278. Cal. 41 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with “COLT. D.A. 41″ in a ribbon on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and is mounted with beautiful thick pearl grips with deep relief carved ox head on right side. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver, as found, in 41 caliber, 4-1/2” bbl, nickel finish, pearl grips, factory engraved and shipped to J. Petmecky, Austin, TX, on Sept. 11, 1898, in a shipment of two same type guns. A preliminary Google search disclosed that Joseph Carl Petmecky first appeared in Texas in about 1845 and by 1860 was an established gunsmith and gun dealership at 507 Congress Ave. in Austin. One of the sites had a picture of an aged man titled “J.C. Petmecky at his shop in 1925”. Revolver has nearly full coverage Cuno Helfricht engraving consisting of full coverage on the frame with Mr. Helfricht’s trademark sunbursts on recoil shield and loading gate, with the balance foliate arabesque and geometric patterns. Engraving extends most of the length of the sides of the bbl with chip border patterns around the address terminating in beautiful foliate & geometric patterns just behind front sight. Top of back strap has a zig zag cross pattern with snake pattern in the bars and geometric patterns down back strap and on trigger guard. Cylinder is engraved with alternating geometric and foliate arabesque patterns on lands between flutes and has a snake & dot pattern at rear edge. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including cylinder, except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains about 93-95% of its orig factory nickel on the frame, bbl & grip frame with some minor losses on front & back straps and the very tip of muzzle end of bbl and some minor pitting on tip of ejector rod housing. Cylinder retains about 80% orig nickel with some pimpling in the flutes. Grips are outstanding with a couple of minor age lines and are completely sound retaining great fire. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-36773 JR123 (4,000-7,000)

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2170

FINE COLT MODEL 1877 SHERIFF’S MODEL DA LIGHTNING REVOLVER. SN 14712. Cal. 38 Colt. Nickel finish with 2-1/2″ bbl, integral half moon front sight and 2-line address with fine etched panel on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and caliber marking is stamped on left rear web of trigger guard. It has fire blued screws and is mounted with smooth pearl grips. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in 38 Colt caliber with 2-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, rubber grips and shipped to B. Kittredge & Co., Cincinnati, OH on March 21, 1879 in a shipment of nineteen same type guns. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 96-98% strong orig factory nickel finish with crisp etched panel. The only losses are around front edge of cylinder and some thinning of blue on screw heads. Grips, although not orig to this revolver, fit reasonably well and retain great fire & color. Hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36798 JR124 (3,000-5,000)

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2171

*COLT MODEL 1877 DA LIGHTNING REVOLVER. SN 137082. Cal. 38 Colt. Blue and color cased hardened with 6″ bbl slightly modified front sight and 2-line Hartford address with “COLT. D. A. 38” on the left side. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and rampant colt in a broken circle. It is mounted with two piece rampant colt hard rubber grips. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and ejector rod housing retain about 95% glossy original blue. Frame retains case colors in sheltered areas with the balance a faded silver patina. Cylinder retains 92-93% glossy original blue. Grip frame retains about 85% glossy original blue, thin on the backstrap. Grips are sound showing moderate wear, turning chocolate on the left side. Hammer spring has been lightened and hammer will not catch in half-cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. 4-36745 JR174 (1,500-2,500)

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2172

*COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL 1877 DA LIGHTNING REVOLVER. SN 145654. Cal. 38 Colt. Nickel finish with 2-1/2″ bbl, half moon front sight with 2-line address and “COLT. D.A. 38” on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Trigger, hammer & screws are all fire-blued with hammer having bright sides and it is mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall remains 93-95% orig nickel with some bubbling on bbl, right side of frame & trigger guard. Trigger & screws retain thin fire-blue with strong blue on rear edge of hammer. Grips are sound with a small ding in bottom left edge and show moderate wear, beginning to turn chocolate on right side. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36772 JR126 (2,000-3,000)

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2173

SCARCE COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL 1877 DA LIGHTNING REVOLVER. SN 55581. Cal. 38 Colt. Nickel finish with 3-1/2″ bbl, integral half moon front sight, 2-line address and etched panel on left side. Frame has 3-line patent dates with fire-blued screws, trigger & hammer and is mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Rear face of cylinder is stamped with the numbers “58133” but do not appear to be a SN as the “581” are much larger than the “33” and both are larger than the frame numbers. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Overall retains about 95% orig nickel with the only losses around muzzle end of bbl and some fine pimpling on left side of frame and one area on cylinder. Etched panel on bbl shows light wear but is completely legible. Screws, trigger & rear edge of hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant fire blue with some minor thinning to hammer screw. Grips are sound and show moderate wear. Hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36771 JR125 (2,500-3,500)

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2174
Revised: 3/14/2010

Correction: Gun is actually an 1871-72 Open Top Model in caliber .44 RF Not an 1861 Navy Conversion in Caliber .38 RF as stated in the catalog.

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE U.S. CARTRIDGE CO. COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 2729. Cal. 38 RF. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line address. Top rear end of bbl has the Richards Mason style integral rear sight and right side of bbl lug is fitted with an ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Bottom of bbl, just in front of bbl lug, is stamped “#59”. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates. Cylinder has usual Ormsby Naval battle scene and is without serial number. Hammer is standard conversion style with the firing pin fixed to left side of hammer nose with two rivets. Loading gate has an external spring and bears assembly number “1527”, which number is also found on cylinder pin. It has blued steel trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc varnished walnut grip that has the SN in back strap channel. Top of back strap, reading from hammer to heel, is stamped “U.S.C. Co.”. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms and other publications only about 2,200 of these rare revolvers were produced in the mid-1870’s, most of which saw hard service on the American frontier during the great Westward expansion and today are almost never found in orig configuration with orig finish. The fact that this revolver has provenance to the famous U.S. Cartridge Co. Collection makes this revolver doubly rare. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain 35-40% thin orig blue, strong in sheltered areas with balance a thin blue/gray patina. Frame, hammer & loading gate retain virtually all of their bright orig factory case colors, slightly thinned on recoil shield & loading gate. Grip frame retains most of the orig factory blue, somewhat thinned on back strap and trigger bow. Cylinder retains about all of its orig factory blue and about 99.5% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Grip has a chipped toe and shows light to moderate wear on edges with nicks & dings and retains about 95-97% strong orig varnish. A few of the screws are slightly battered. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-39155 (55,000-75,000)

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2175

COLT MODEL 1871/72 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 3108. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address with dashes and an integral rear sight at the forcing cone end of the bbl. Right side of bbl lug is mounted with an ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and hammer has firing pin attached with two rivets to left side of hammer nose. Blued steel trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Only about 7,000 of these rare revolvers were produced in the period 1872-73. This predecessor of the venerable single action army, although a fine revolver in its own right, never gained strong popularity in the U.S. because the cartridge revolvers had already emerged on the scene making the rimfire cartridge obsolete. The majority of these revolvers were sold into Mexico and Latin America where the 44 RF Henry cartridge was still popular and in extensive use. They are rarely found in orig configuration with any orig finish at all given their rough frontier service under extremely harsh conditions with little or no maintenance. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about all of a fine professionally restored finish of the highest quality with high polish brilliant blues and strong bright case colors. Grip is equally new with one or two minor nicks. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-39820 JR365 (6,000-10,000)

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2176
Revised: 3/15/2010

Correction: This revolver is actually an 1871-72 open top in 44 RF Henry w/ Navy size grip. Loading gate may be a replacement.

SCARCE EARLY COLT MODEL 1861 CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 129. Cal. 38 RF. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line address. Top rear end of bbl has an integral V-notch sight and right side of lug is fitted with an ejector rod with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and it has silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in back strap channel. Hammer spring has been lightened. This series of conversions was made from previously unfinished and unassembled parts with an orig bbl that had never been fitted for a rammer. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only 2,200 total production in three variations were ever made during period of mid-1870’s. Blue finished examples with any orig finish remaining are quite scarce. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Overall the bbl & cyl retain traces of orig blue, with balance a medium gray/brown patina with some very fine scattered pitting on bbl. Cylinder retains 80-85% Ormsby naval battle scene. Frame & hammer retain smoky faded case colors, slightly stronger in sheltered areas. Trigger guard & back strap retain 40-50% thin orig silver plating. Grip is sound showing light to moderate wear with a few minor nicks & scratches in finish and overall retains about 90% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-36795 JR68 (4,000-6,000)

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2177

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 29535. Cal. 38 CF. Fine factory conversion with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, orig front sight and 1-line address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with the “36 CAL” marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. Factory conversion consists of machining the rear of the cylinder to completely expose its chambers and the addition of a spacer plate with loading gate. Cylinder has the three digits “455” of its orig revolver with the matching last three digits of this revolver stamped below as is normal for these conversions. The rammer slot was plugged during the conversion and an ejector with bull’s eye ejector rod head added. Trigger guard & back strap are silver plated brass containing a 1-pc walnut grip whose back strap channel is too dark to determine any markings. Hammer spring has been lightened. This appears to be one of the civilian model revolvers returned to Colt for conversion. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 2,200 of these rare revolvers were converted during the mid-1870’s. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered and grip which is probably an old replacement. Overall retains about 75% strong orig factory nickel with a few spots of scattered light pitting. Trigger guard & back strap retain 50-60% orig silver plating, very thin on front & back straps. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting and a couple of spots of deep pitting. 4-36792 JR67 (3,000-5,000)

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2178

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1860 RICHARDS CONVERSION SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 190882. Cal. 44 Colt. Nickel finish with 8″ rnd bbl, orig front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address with attached ejector rod & housing. It has usual 6-shot cylinder with Ormsby Naval battle scene and the Richards conversion ring with fixed firing pin and integral rear sight. Brass trigger guard & iron back strap are also nickel finish and contain a fine, authentic 1-pc ivory grip with raised carved Mexican eagle on left side. Grip is authentic and early, made of two slabs of ivory fastened to a central wood block. The butt strap is crudely scratched with what appears to be the name “CAM REEVES” and possibly the date “1877”. Mainspring has been lightened. Only about 9,000 of these scarce revolvers were produced in period 1873-1878 with few being nickel finish and the majority having been serial numbered in their own range through about number 8,700. Simple extrapolation shows that only about 300 of the martial series were thus converted making this a very rare 1 of about 300. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered and grip which is unnumbered and too dark in the backstrap channel to read. Overall it retains 85-90% strong orig nickel with flaked & worn areas a dark patina. There are a couple of small spots of pitting on bbl. Trigger guard shows brass around trigger bow. Grip is sound with numerous fine age lines and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Grip is slightly shrunken and is a little loose in the frame. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with light pitting. 4-36762 JR50 (5,000-8,000)

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2179

RARE ENGRAVED COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 12774. Cal 44. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and no bbl address. Left side of the frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” The silver plated trigger guard and backstrap contain a checkered 1-pc walnut grip with matching serial number in the backstrap channel. Grip is very nicely checkered with single line border and a small oval silver plaque on the right side with what appears to be a brand or combined initials that are either “KL”, “LK” or some other unknown symbol. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene and usual markings. Three of the safety pins are completely serviceable. Bbl lug is very nicely engraved in early doughnut patterns, probably by master engraver L.D. Nimschke or at least from his shop. Sides of the lug have full coverage engraving which extends onto the top three flats with a simple line border. Muzzle has a double chip border. Backstrap is engraved with Mr. Nimschke’s spider web fan pattern at the top with foliate arabesque patterns near the top and at the heel. Sides of the backstrap ears are engraved in sunburst patterns. Trigger guard is engraved with light foliate arabesque patterns on the bow and shoulders. This most unusual Dragoon appears to have been either a special order piece or possibly a practice piece as the serial numbers on the trigger guard and buttstrap are nearly obliterated which was done prior to silver plating. Engraving is definitely period as is the silver plating on the grip frame. Altogether an unusual and very different Dragoon. This revolver was featured on pg. 64 of the book COLT FIREARMS, Serven. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge, which is un-numbered. Bbl retains 30-35% bright, high-polish blue with the balance a mottled silver-brown patina. Rammer and handle retains smoky case colors somewhat stronger on the rammer. Frame is a cleaned silver-gray patina with very fine pin prick pitting. Cyl is a thin blue-gray patina with a few light nicks on the front edge and retains 75-80% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with the Ormsby signature still visible. All other legends on the cyl are also still visible. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy wear and retains a dark hand-worn patina. Trigger guard and backstrap retain thin silver plating in the most sheltered areas being generally a medium mustard patina. Left end of the wedge is cracked around the spring rivet area. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with fine scattered pitting. 4-39686 JR394 (25,000-35,000)

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2180

FINE CASED COLT THIRD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 15402. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and New York City address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and the brass trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Accompanied by an extremely rare English oak Dragoon size casing with brass bound corners and a brass medallion in the lid. Interior is burgundy velvet lined and compartmented in bottom for revolver, a wonderful angle spout, rifle style flask that has a trophy of arms & flags surmounted by an American eagle & shield with thirteen stars & crossed pistols over the top. Body of flask is single sided and has four hanger loops. Also accompanied by a blued steel 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “44H” and has a “W” inspector mark. Additionally accompanied by an early lacquered tin of Eley’s caps with repoussed brass top label. Right rear compartment is missing its cover and contains cast lead balls. Although a total of about 10,500 of these fine revolvers were produced in the period 1851-1861, they are rarely found with high orig condition as they saw hard service on the frontier in the case of civilian revolvers such as this one and later throughout the Civil War and Indian Wars. They remained in service well into the late 1870’s until the more modern & lighter weight cartridge revolvers were readily available. English Dragoon casings are extremely rare. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 40-50% strong orig blue with the rnd bbl section being mostly a mottled blue/gray patina. Rammer & handle retain faded & silvered case colors. Frame retains strong bright case colors on right side, slightly more subdued on left side, fading over recoil shields. Hammer retains smoky case colors. Trigger guard & back strap, which were never silver plated, retain a medium mustard patina with strong sharp edges. Cylinder is mostly a blue/gray patina with a couple of small spots of very fine pitting and with six crisp safety pins and retains about 85-90% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has some minor damage from pry marks on front edge, otherwise is sound with nicks & scratches on lid and some staining. Interior is lightly faded in lid with moderate soil. Bottom is heavily faded and moderately soiled with minor damage from the front sight and hammer spur. Flask is very fine with a couple of very minor small dents near the top and overall retains about 90% strong orig finish. Mold is cleaned bare metal mixed with brown patina. Cavities are crisp. Cap tin is fine. 4-39101 JR99 (15,000-25,000)

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2181

SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED 1ST MODEL COLT DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 1921. Cal. 44. Early 1st model with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York City address reading from cyl to muzzle. It has vertical rammer latch and usual 6-shot cyl with oval stop notches and a fine pressure ridge from the Ranger/Indian fight scene roll mark on the cylinder. Left side of frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. It has silver plated brass square back trigger guard and back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip. Only about 7,000 of these revolvers were manufactured in period 1848-1850 beginning with SN 1341, a continuation of the Whitneyville Hartford Dragoons. They were produced both in civilian and military issues. Extrapolating figures presented in The Book of Colt Firearms, Sutherland & Wilson, reveals approx. only 1,460 1st Model Dragoons were purchased by the U.S. Government out of the total production of about 7,000 pieces. This is truly one of the more rare Colt revolvers. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: About good, all matching including wedge, except grip which is unnumbered. No orig finish remains being an overall cleaned gray metal patina with fine pitting over bbl, cyl & frame. Trigger guard & back strap retain 25-30% orig silver plating with exposed brass a light mustard patina. Cyl has scattered fine pitting and retains 50-60% orig Ranger/Indian fight scene. Grip has chipped toes and shows heavy wear with a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with very fine light pitting. 4-36780 JR55 (6,000-10,000)

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RARE COLT HARTFORD ENGLISH 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 591. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and vertical rammer latch. It has silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap with a nicely figured varnished 1-pc walnut grip. It has 1-line New York City bbl address with usual 6-shot cyl that has Ranger/Indian fight scene and all six safety pins mostly intact. Left side of frame is marked with “COLT’S PATENT” and there are British proofs on left side of bbl lug and on the cylinder. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 700 of these revolvers were produced in period 1853-1857 from Hartford-made parts, assembled in Colt’s London factory. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching except grip whose number could not be determined due to age and oil staining. Bbl retains traces of flaked orig blue on the lug with faded case colors on rammer pivot. Frame retains 60-70% faded case colors on sides with recoil shields a silver/gray patina. Hammer retains dark faded case colors. Cyl is mostly a gray/brown patina with scattered spots of rust and retains about 50% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Grip is sound showing light edge wear with minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Grip frame retains silver plating in sheltered areas having been polished bright, now beginning to patinate. Hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. 4-36782 JR54 (4,500-7,500)

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FINE COLT SECOND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 9383. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ octagon to round bbl, German silver front sight, and one-line New York City address with dashes that reads from muzzle to cylinder. Left side to frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT”. It is fitted with square back brass trigger guard and backstrap that contains a varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder is usual 6 shots with traces of the ranger/Indian fight scene. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 2,700 of these revolvers were produced in the period 1850-51. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection CONDITION: Fine all-matching except wedge and grip which are unnumbered, being period of use replacements. No orig finish remains being an overall mottled, cleaned, gray patina with scattered pitting. Cylinder is matching condition with traces of ranger Indian fight scene. Grip frame appears to have never been silver-plated and now retains a medium mustard patina. Grip, probably a period of use replacement has slightly chipped toes and shows light to moderate wear retaining about 90% original varnish. Mechanics are fine, sharp bright shiny bore with scattered shallow pitting. 4-36571 (5,000-8,000)

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FINE COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 17983. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight with vertical rammer latch. It has usual 6-shot cyl with Ranger/Indian fight scene and brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. The hammer screw, trigger screw & lockbolt screw have either been refreshed or are replacements. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, only about 10,500 of these revolvers were produced in period 1851-1861. Most were issued and used prior to and during the Civil War with most seeing hard service during that conflict and are rarely found with remaining orig finish. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching including grip, except wedge which is unnumbered. No orig finish remains being a smooth gray patina with some scattered fine pitting on forward 1/3 of bbl and around the nipple end of the cylinder. Grip is sound showing moderate wear and retaining traces of orig varnish being mostly a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with sharp rifling and moderate pitting. 4-36784 JR52 (4,000-7,000)

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MARTIALLY MARKED COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 11414. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and vertical rammer latch. It has brass trigger guard & back strap with a 1-pc walnut grip with matching number in back strap channel. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” and there are inspector initials on various parts. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, only about 10,500 of these workhorse revolvers were produced in period 1851-1861 with most of them seeing hard service before, during and after the Civil War. Hammer screw is a replacement. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching including wedge & grip. No orig finish remains being an overall medium mottled silver/brown patina with pitting around muzzle and on bbl. Cylinder retains about 25% of the Ranger/Indian fight scene and has some scattered pitting around front edge. Grip is sound with minor chipped toes and shows heavy wear with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with sharp rifling and light to moderate pitting. 4-36781 JR53 (4,000-7,000)

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FINE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 8255. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl with German silver front sight. It has usual 6-shot cyl with Ranger/Indian fight scene and three of six safety pins still prominent. It has silver-plated brass trigger guard and back strap with square back trigger bow. Left side of frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. There are tiny inspector initials on various parts. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip without cartouches which may be a period of use replacement. Fit of the grip is extremely fine with the appearance of having been in place for a very long time. Only about 2,700 of these scarce revolvers were produced in period 1850-1851 with majority going to the military. This revolver has a replacement vertical rammer latch and has the V-shaped hammer spring without a roller on the hammer. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. No original finish remains, being an overall smooth medium brown patina with moderate muzzle edge wear and a few small scattered spots of pitting on bbl. Cyl retains 30-40% Ranger/Indian fight scene with one small area of pitting. Frame retains smoky case colors on right side with balance a gray/brown patina. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 75-80% orig silver plating with the exposed brass areas a light mustard patina. Grip is sound showing moderate wear and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine with soft hammer spring, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-36783 JR51 (4,000-7,000)

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FINE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 11330. Cal. .44. Early 3rd model Dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and one line “NEW YORK CITY” address. Left side of the frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” Brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a –piece walnut grip with legible cartouches on each side and last four digits of serial number in backstrap channel. Cyl is usual 6 shots with Dragoon and Indian fight scene roll marking. Although the 3rd Model Dragoon was produced in highest numbers of the Dragoon series they are rarely found retaining much orig finish and in completely orig configuration. They were generally 100% issued and saw hard service on the frontier and throughout the Civil War under adverse circumstances, usually with minimal maintenance. After the Civil War they were sold as surplus to civilian dealers and were then resold not only to individual civilians, where they returned to service on the frontier, but were also sold to foreign governments where they continued in service well into the cartridge era. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge and grip. No orig finish remains, being an overall gray metal patina with scattered areas of pitting on the bbl and cyl. Grip frame does appear to have been ever silver plated and now retains a light, mustard patina. Cyl is matching patina and retains 50-60% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with all legends completely legible. Grip has chipped toes, otherwise is sound showing heavy wear with its two legible cartouches. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting, heavier near the muzzle. 4-39496 JR372 (3,000-5,000)

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2188

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE ROSEWOOD CASED ENGRAVED PAIR OF COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS. SN 147666 &147677. Cal. 36. Nearly identically engraved, this beautiful pair of 51 Navys has 7-1/2″ oct bbls, number 147677 has a brass pin front sight and number 147666 has a dovetailed Rocky Mountain front sight and small fixed rear sight at breech end of the bbl. Both have 1-line New-York U.S. America addresses. Serial numbers on both revolvers, in the four locations on bottom, are accompanied by small “E”‘s indicating they were to be engraved. They have large silver plated rnd brass trigger guards and back straps with extraordinary checkered 1-pc ivory grips with both left sides deep relief carved with the scene of an eagle feeding its young in the nest. Both grips have their matching full SN’s in pencil in back strap channels. It is the opinion of this cataloger that these grips were carved by Gustave Young. Both revolvers are silver finished with fire blued screws and are nearly identically engraved by Colt master engraver Gustave Young in his extra deluxe coverage with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frames. Several of the scrolls terminate in flower blossoms. The frame on #147677 is engraved over the “COLTS PATENT”, which remains on #147666. The bbls are nearly identically engraved with full coverage on the lugs which extends onto the top side flats with a chip & dot borders around the addresses. Left side of lugs each have a scroll which terminates in a dog’s head. Rammer pivots are engraved to match. Unusually for Mr. Young, these revolvers also have his intertwined foliate arabesque patterns on the cylinders. Both revolvers have deluxe coverage on the hammers with a wolf’s head on each side of hammer noses and hand cut checkering on hammer spurs. Tops of back straps have Mr. Young’s typical fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns near the tops and at the heels, on butt straps & trigger guards. Centers of back straps are open presentation panels. Accompanied by their orig deluxe brass-bound rosewood double casing with an empty diamond panel in the lid. Interior is burgundy velvet lined and compartmented in the bottom for both revolvers, a beautiful silver, dbl-sided angle-spout Navy-sized flask with trophies of arms & flags surmounted by an American eagle & shield with thirteen stars & crossed revolvers over the top. Compartments also contain a blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, two lacquered tins of caps, a packet of combustible cartridges and a small silver plated pewter oil bottle. There is also a functioning key for the mortised brass lock which has a diamond shaped brass escutcheon. This is truly an exceptional and rare set that should be researched further in hopes of determining for whom it was created. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedges, cylinders & grips. Both revolvers are nearly identical in condition retaining 60-70% orig silver plating, thin on frames. Cylinders are mostly silver/brown patina. Grip frames have thin front & back straps with exposed brass a medium to dark mustard patina. Grips are sound with a few age lines, showing light wear and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. The wedge spring on #147677 is broken, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bores with a few very small scattered spots of pitting. Case has a couple of small hairlines with crackled surface on the lid and a few cracks in the bottom with handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded in the lid, moderately faded in bottom with moderate soil and one loose partition. Flask has a couple of small dings in the bottom edge, otherwise is extremely fine and retains virtually all of its orig silver. Other accessories are also fine. 4-39109 JR102 (50,000-60,000)

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2189

RARE ROSEWOOD CASED ENGRAVED EARLY COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER POSSIBLY ORMSBY ENGRAVED. SN 12058. Cal. 36. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass cone front sight and 1-line New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT” and a small silver plated oval brass trigger guard and back strap containing an orig style 1-pc ivory grip. Grip is constructed of two pieces of smooth ivory glued to a wooden block. Revolver has full coverage early donut style engraving on frame which extends over bbl lug and onto the top side flats of bbl. Top flat has a chip & fine line border around address. Back strap & ears of back strap are nicely engraved with a fan at the top and foliate arabesque patterns down the back strap, on butt strap & trigger guard. Accompanied by an orig brass bound rosewood casing with empty plaque in the lid. Interior is burgundy velvet lined and French fitted in bottom for the revolver, a plain copper & brass flask and a blued 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold. It has two covered compartments with ivory pulls with the front left compartment containing a packet of combustible cartridges and the rear a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Very few early 51 Navys are known factory engraved and rosewood casings are extremely rare. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge which has two different numbers “227” and “3147” and the grip which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 92-93% glossy orig blue with loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer & handle retain strong case colors, faded on the handle, brighter on pivot. Frame retains virtually all of its glossy orig factory blue with trigger screw slightly battered. Cylinder retains most of its orig factory blue, moderately thinned, with all six crisp safety pins. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 95% strong orig silver showing only a little brass. Grip is sound, crisp & clean with a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore with three or four small spots of pitting. Case has a couple of hairlines in the lid and a couple of others in the bottom, otherwise is sound with minor handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is strong & clean in the lid with one spot of chemical fading. Bottom is lightly faded with light soil. Flask has four or five small dents on one side, otherwise is very fine with most of its orig finish. Mold retains about 75% flaked blue and the nipple wrench/screwdriver is slightly modified. Cartridge pack & cap tin are fine. 4-39099 (30,000-40,000)

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FINE CASED ENGRAVED COLT LONDON MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 19080. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and London address with arrows. Left side of bbl lug & cylinder have British proofs and left side of frame is engraved “Colts Patent” in a ribbon. It has silver plated steel trigger guard & back strap containing a deluxe burl walnut 1-pc grip that does not appear to have a serial number in the back strap. Receiver, bbl lug, rammer handle & pivot are very nicely engraved in about 60% coverage foliate arabesque patterns. Back strap, butt strap, trigger guard & hammer spur are engraved to match. All screws are the large round head English style. Accompanied by an English oak casing with faded burgundy velvet lining, compartmented in bottom for revolver, a Bartram bag flask, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a large lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Covered right rear compartment contains cast lead bullets & balls. Although the London Navys were made in fairly large quantities, they are only occasionally found cased and rarely engraved, especially with silver plated trigger guard & back strap. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except grip, as noted above. Bbl retains 75% thinning orig blue with the loss areas light patina. Rammer handle & pivot retain most of their orig case colors, strong & bright on handle & left side of pivot. Frame & hammer retain about 60% orig case colors, bright in sheltered areas, brilliant in capping cutout. Trigger guard retains 75-80% orig silver plating with most of losses on front strap which has fine pimpling. Back strap & butt strap are cleaned bare metal. Cylinder is cleaned to a blue/gray patina and retains 60-70% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Grip is sound showing light edge wear with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore. Case has one small crack in bottom, otherwise is sound with usual storage & handling, light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is heavily faded and moderately soiled with light damage from the front sight. Accessories are fine. 4-39103 (15,000-25,000)

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RARE COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY WITH EXTREMELY RARE CANTEEN STOCK. SN 125536. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address with dashes. Frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with extended stock screws and has “COLTS PATENT” on left side. Serial number on the frame is accompanied by a small “E” indicating that this revolver was destined for England. Blued steel trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last two digits of SN visible in the back strap channel. Other numbers are covered by dark oil stain. Left side of bbl lug and cyl have British proofs. Cylinder is not numbered. Accompanied by its rare orig matching numbered canteen stock with silver plated brass yoke and buttplate. Bottom tang has its orig stud & swivel. Top tang is drilled & tapped for a post peep sight. Research of several publications disclosed no other 4-screw cut for shoulder stock ’51 Navys with iron trigger guard & back strap in this serial range, with the nearest being in the 128,000 range. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including wedge, grip and stock, cylinder unnumbered as noted. Bbl retains 60-70% thin orig blue, strong in sheltered areas with the loss areas flaked to a medium patina. Rammer & handle retain dark case colors, brighter & stronger on the pivot. Frame retains 30-40% faded case colors being mostly a medium gray/brown patina and has a hairline below the left stock screw which does not affect the integrity of the frame. Cylinder is a gray/brown patina with a hammered area over one chamber, probably from a bulged chamber and overall retains 60-70% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of blue in most sheltered areas being mostly a dark brown patina. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy wear on the edges with heavy wear from the stock yoke and overall retains about 75% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. Stock, yoke & buttplate retain most of their orig silver finish with some flaking on the top of the yoke and edge wear on the buttplate. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & dings and a couple of small gouges and retains about all of its bright orig varnish. Canteen cap & chain are original. 4-39945 (35,000-45,000)

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FINE CASED COLT MODEL 1851 LONDON NAVY REVOLVER. SN 31376. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and noe line address “ADDRESS. COL: COLT. LONDON.” with arrows. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and the large guard blued steel trigger guard & back strap contain a deluxe, highly figured 1-pc walnut grip with the last four digits of SN in back strap channel, mostly obscured with oil stain. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs and screw heads are domed English style. Accompanied by a scarce mahogany English casing with an unusual family crest inlaid in the lid. Crest is cast silver with deep relief crown and acanthus leaf wreath surrounding a belt with buckle which bears the Latin inscription “HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE”. Center of the crest has the intertwined Olde English initials “BLM” over “IV”. Interior is purple velvet lined with a directions label inside the lid and compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a Dixon “COLTS NAVY FLASK” marked bag shaped flask, a blued steel “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter marked on right arm “36B”, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a lacquered tin of W&C Eley caps, a rare pewter oil bottle marked on bottom “COLTS PATENT” and a wood handled cleaning rod. There were only approx. 42,000 London Navys produced in period 1853-1856 when the London plant was closed and remaining leftover parts returned to Hartford. Of the 42,000 revolvers produced, 23,500 of them were purchased for the British Army & Navy leaving very few for civilian purchase. Most of the civilian revolvers were private purchase by military officers and usually saw hard frontier service under harsh conditions and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue with only light sharp edge wear with the other losses flaked, not worn to a medium patina with some light pitting on right side near muzzle. Rammer & handle retain about all of their orig case colors, slightly faded, brilliant on pivot. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig brilliant case colors, slightly darkened on recoil shields. Cylinder is a dark blue/gray patina having flaked, not worn, to this condition and retains 97-98% Ormsby Naval battle scene with all six safety pins crisp. Trigger guard & back strap retain blue in sheltered areas, being mostly a blue/brown patina. Grip is sound with sharp edges and a few minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly soiled with damage from front sight. Right rear compartment cover is missing. Flask has a few small dents and retains about 85% orig finish. Mold is fine with about 75% orig finish. Other accessories are fine. Altogether a wonderful set that undoubtedly was the proud possession of one of the landed gentry of England. 4-39984 JR363 (17,500-22,500)

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RARE COLT MODEL 1851 LONDON NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH UPPER CANADA MARKINGS. SN 34570. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address “ADDRESS. COL: COLT. LONDON.” with arrows. Left side of frame has small “COLTS PATENT” and the blued steel trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Numbers in back strap channel are nearly obscured by oil stains. Left side of grip is stamped, up side down, “U_C / B / F / 9”. Left side of bbl lug and cylinder have British proofs. Cylinder is numbered “35131”. There are numerous possibilities for the mismatched cylinder but the most logical is that they were switched during a cleaning session. Both revolvers are from the same series issued to the Upper Canada militia. In 1854, with the British Army heavily engaged in the Crimean War, the Canadian government was asked to take a more active part in the defense of Canada. Canada accepted and a commission was formed to arm & supply their militia forces. Canada was divided into two halves, Upper Canada and Lower Canada. Upper Canada was the western area that later became Ontario and Lower Canada was the Eastern area that later became Quebec. In 1855 the commission was sent to England to purchase arms for the militia and secured 800 Colt Model 1851 Navy revolvers along with rifles, carbines and swords. These revolvers were marked for their specific areas as found on this revolver. The “UC” stands for Upper Canada. The “B” and “F” stand for a small unit of about 20 cavalry militia in a little community called Yorkville. The unit later became the 4th York and very few of these revolvers have ever come to light. The “9” is for the 9th Volunteer of that company. There is considerably more information available about the Upper & Lower Canada Colts through research by a gentleman by the name of Robert W. Band of Toronto, Ontario, Canada as mentioned on page 183 of 51 Navies, Swayze. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except cylinder as noted. Bbl retains 75-80% strong orig blue with light edge wear and flaked losses showing a medium patina. Rammer & handle retain most of their orig case colors turned dark on rammer & handle, strong & bright on pivot. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant on sides of frame, faded on recoil shields and strong on hammer. Cylinder retains 80-85% thinning orig blue with five of six safety pins serviceable and retains 95-97% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard retains about 60% orig blue, mostly around trigger bow with front strap mostly a blue/gray patina. Back strap is mostly a blue/gray patina with blue in sheltered areas and on butt strap. Grip is sound showing light to moderate wear on edges and light nicks & scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore with a few small spots of pitting. Wedge spring is broken. 4-39990 JR366 (15,000-25,000)

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FINE CASED COLT MODEL 1851 LONDON NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 30771. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line “COL: COLT. LONDON.” address with spear brackets. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and the large guard blued steel trigger guard & back strap contain a nicely figured 1-pc walnut grip with obscured numbers in back strap channel. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene and five of six safety pins serviceable. Screw heads are the domed English style and left side of bbl & cyl have British proofs. Accompanied by a scarce, orig mahogany English casing with small brass medallion in lid. Interior is purple velvet lined with “DIRECTIONS FOR LOADING COLT’S PISTOLS” label inside lid. Compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a fine Dixon bag shape flask, a blued steel “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, a tin for National Arms & Ammunition caps containing lead balls and the right rear compartment contains an all metal cleaning rod. Center compartment contains a functioning case key. Right rear compartment cover is missing. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Sutherland & Wilson, only about 42,000 of these London made ’51 Navys were produced in the period 1853-1856, when the London plant was closed. Of those few revolvers, approx. 23,500 were purchased by the British government for issue to various military units & agencies of both the Navy & Army. Untold numbers of the remaining 18,500 revolvers were private purchased by officers in military service. Given the extraordinary circumstances of continuous service in inhospitable climates and conditions with nominal maintenance, few of these London Navys survive today with much orig finish. PROVENANCE: Ex. William Guthman Collection, Charles Radcliffe Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, grip numbers as noted above. Bbl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina. Rammer & handle retain most of their orig case colors, strong & bright on pivot. Frame retains moderately faded case colors turning silver on recoil shields. Hammer retains strong but lightly faded case colors on sides turned silver on top & back edges. Cylinder is flaked to a gray patina with scattered spots of orig blue and retains 97-98% Ormsby Naval battle scene with five of six safety pins serviceable. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of orig blue being mostly a gray metal patina with some fine pitting on back strap. Grip has a tiny repaired chip in right toe with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish with slight edge wear and some minor losses on left side at frame. Trigger return spring is a little weak, otherwise mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has a slightly shrunken lid & bottom with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Interior is lightly faded and moderately soiled with damage from the front sight. Flask is fine and retains about 85% orig finish. Mold is very fine and retains about 75% orig blue. Cap tin, screwdriver & cleaning rod are fine. 4-39637 JR253 (6,000-10,000)

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RARE IDENTIFIED CASED COLT MODEL 1851 LONDON NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 32568. Cal. .36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address “ADDRESS.COL:COLT.LONDON” with spears. Left side of the frame has London style “COLTS PATENT” and the large guard, blued steel trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of serial number in backstrap channel. Left side of the bbl lug and cyl have tiny British proofs. Backstrap is engraved in period script perpendicular to the axis of the backstrap “F.C.Forbes / 37th Regt.” Surmounting the inscription is the Forbes family crest of Skellater and Kingerlock of Scotland. The crest consists of an arm clutching a vertical sword which is holding the head of a cow aloft. Accompanied its orig English oak casing with scalloped brass plate in the lid which is engraved identically to the backstrap of the revolver, also with the family crest. Front of the case has a mortised brass lock with round escutcheon. Interior is green baize lined with an orig Colt directions label inside the lid. It is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a Dickson Navy size bag flask with graduated spout, a Colt’s patent 2-cavity blued steel mold with sprue cutter, “L” shaped nipple wrench and a lacquered tin of Ely’s caps. Covered right rear compartment contains a wood handled steel cleaning rod, an orig spare hammer spring, 5 orig replacement nipples and a functioning key along with cast lead bullets and balls. Francis Chateris Forbes was born October 1840 and commissioned as an Ensign (2nd Lt.) in August 1856 into the 37th Regiment of foot (North Hampshire Rgt.) He served during the India Mutiny from February 1858 to March 1861 as Lieutenant and was awarded the India Mutiny Medal without bar. He was then transferred with his unit to China where they participated in the Battles of Takau Fort and Peking. He was killed May 10, 1862. The August 1859 Roll of Officers for the 37th (North Hampshire) Rgt lists Forbes as a Lt, having joined the rgt in October of 1858. There is little doubt that this handsome revolver would have accompanied Lt. Forbes to India and China where they undoubtedly saw combat together in both countries. Very likely it was with Lt. Forbes when he was killed in China. This revolver was featured as found today in the Herb Glass advertisement in the November 1991 issue of The Gun Report magazine. PROVENANCE: Ex. William Guthman Collection, Charles Radcliffe Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge and grip. Bbl retains about 60% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer and handle retain most of their dark orig case colors, brighter on the pivot. Frame and hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, somewhat darkened, bright on the sides. Cyl retains traces of orig blue being mostly a blue-brown patina and overall retains about 90% Ormsby naval battle scene with Ormsby’s signature still visible. Five of the six safety pins are serviceable. Grip frame retains traces of blue in sheltered areas being mostly a dark brown patina. Grip is sound showing light edge wear with minor nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore with fine frosting at the forcing cone end. Case is sound with light storage and handling nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig varnish and slightly warped lid. Interior is lightly fade with light soiling in the bottom and light damage from the front sight & hammer spur. Flask is crisp and near new with one tiny dent, retaining virtually all of its orig finish. Mold is fine with light surface oxidation. Other accessories are fine. 4-39636 JR384 (6,000-12,000)

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2196

FINE CASED COLT 4TH MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 103412. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address with dashes. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” and the large guard silver plated trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Accompanied by an orig green velvet lined Colt casing compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a “COLTS PATENT” Kriegsmarine Navy flask with angle spout marked “KM / 112”. Also accompanied by an orig “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter that is still in the white, never having been finished. Also accompanied by a packet of Sage combustible cartridges and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Front center compartment contains cast lead bullets. Although the ’51 Navy, and particularly the 4th Model, were made in large quantities, very few are found with high orig condition and still fewer are cased. From its earliest production the ’51 Navy found immediate acceptance seeing hard service in all facets of frontier life, throughout the Civil War where it was one of the most popular side arms on both sides and later during the Indian Wars, usually with little or no maintenance. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with sharp edge wear and some minor flaking and some very light surface etching on right side of bbl lug from case contact. Rammer & handle retain most of their orig case colors with handle having been lightly cleaned, brilliant colors on pivot. Frame retains strong bright case colors on sides with left recoil shield moderately faded and right recoil shield cleaned with some minor light surface spotting. Hammer retains about 30% bright case colors with right side mostly cleaned bright and a cleaned area on left side. Cylinder retains 93-95% glossy orig blue and about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene with five of six safety pins prominent and serviceable. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig silver plating, thinning on the heel & butt strap. Grip is sound showing very light wear and a few minor scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with the rear third lightly to moderately pitted. Case has one grain check in bottom, otherwise is sound with normal handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Interior is very lightly faded with one small tear in lid lining and light to moderate soil in bottom. Flask retains 70-75% old applied copper colored paint. Mold is extremely fine with a few minor nicks and some light discoloration on left side, appears unused. Cartridge packet has a crack down the top with moderate soil, otherwise is fine. Cap tin is fine. 4-39100 JR250 (8,000-10,000)

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CASED COLT 4TH MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 91233. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, scarce dovetailed front sight with small German silver blade and 1-line Hartford address with dashes. Left side of frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the large guard brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc ivory grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. It has usual 6-shot cylinder with Ormsby Naval battle scene and one safety pin serviceable with one chipped nipple. Accompanied by an orig Colt mahogany casing with burgundy velvet lining, compartmented in bottom for revolver, a dbl sided, angle spout, eagle & stars Navy flask, a steel 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a packet of combustible cartridges and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Front center compartment contains cast lead bullets & balls. 1851 Navy Colts were one of the most popular side arms on the American frontier from this model’s first shipments right through 1873 when Colt ceased production of percussion revolvers but it continued in service well into the cartridge era. They served throughout the Civil War where they were extremely popular on both sides and literally around the world with adventurers and other military services, usually in hostile climates with minimal or no maintenance. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 85-88% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina and a couple of spots of pitting. Rammer & handle retain about all of their orig case colors, faded on rammer, dark on handle and strong & bright on pivot with a couple of spots of light pitting on the pivot. Frame retains about all of its orig case colors, generally faded, strong & bright in sheltered areas, darker on recoil shields. Hammer retains strong bright case colors. Cylinder retains about 35% thin orig blue with the forward 2/3 a blue/brown patina and retains about 95-96% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Grip frame appears to have never been silver plated and is now a medium to dark mustard patina. Grip is sound with fine age lines and a few minor nicks & scratches and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a couple of small spots of pitting. Case has a grain check in the bottom and slightly shrunken top with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately faded with a chemical stain in the cylinder area in the lid lining and has light soil in bottom with damage from the front sight and hammer spur. Partitions are solid. Flask is very fine and retains about 80% strong orig finish with the loss areas chemically removed. Mold is a cleaned gray metal patina. Cartridge box & cap tin are fine. Nipple wrench retains strong dark blue. Altogether a fine Civil War era set. 4-39104 JR289 (7,000-9,000)

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FINE GUSTAVE YOUNG DELUXE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER. SN 96469. Cal. 36. Fine engraved 4th Model 51 Navy with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, dovetailed front sight and 1-line Hartford address. It has silver plated trigger guard & back strap containing a checkered 1-pc ivory grip. Revolver is beautifully engraved in Gustave Young’s deluxe patterns with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on frame & recoil shields with some scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Bbl lug and rammer pivot are engraved to match with Mr. Young’s signature bird head incorporated into one scroll on left side of lug and flower blossoms on right side. Engraving extends over top two side flats with a border pattern around address terminating at muzzle end in a heart shaped pattern. Top of back strap has Mr. Young’s typical fan pattern with matching foliate arabesque patterns near the top of back strap, at the heel, on butt strap and trigger guard. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” hand engraved in a pillow shaped pattern. Hammer is deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of hammer nose. Wedge is engraved on both ends. Screw heads are not engraved. The 51 Navy was one of the most popular side arms prior to and throughout the Civil War and was extremely popular on the frontier during the great westward expansion with citizens from all facets of frontier life, including lawmen, outlaws & cowboys. It remained popular until the advent of the large bore cartridge revolver in the 1870’s. Some of the more famous lawmen and outlaws are recorded as having carried & used the 51 Navy to great effect. One of the more prominent personalities known to have used the 51 Navy was Wild Bill Hickock who allegedly carried a matched pair even after the Single Action Army was introduced. This revolver is a fine example of presentation quality, undoubtedly intended for someone of importance. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including wedge, except grip which is unnumbered. Overall retains an even light to medium blue/brown patina with scattered light pitting on the bbl & cyl. Frame & hammer retain identical condition. Cyl is a smooth gray/brown patina and retains 60-65% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig silver plating, thin on trigger bow and center of back strap. Grip has a chipped left toe and a repair in right side with numerous fine age lines. Grips show heavy wear and retain a wonderful aged ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-36787 JR56 (6,000-10,000)

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RARE CASED SECOND MODEL COLT 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 1701. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York City address. Left side of frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT” and it has a small square back silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip with the first three digits of SN visible in back strap channel. Trigger guard & back strap are engraved with a heavy zig zag border with a small engraved cartouche in the form of an oval inscribed “PRO DEO ET REGE” (Translation: For God and King) at the top. The center of the cartouche is inscribed with what appears to be “W R” in Old English and there is a figure above the cartouche that may be a fist or some other indistinguishable character. Center of backstrap is engraved with light foliate & floral patterns. Accompanied by an English oak casing with the lid medallion missing. Interior is purple velvet lined with a Colt directions label in the lid and compartmented in bottom for a Dixon “COLT’S NAVY” bag-shaped flask, a brass 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Right rear covered compartment contains a wood handled cleaning rod with broken tip. CONDITION: About fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Overall retains virtually all of a fine professionally restored finish to bbl & frame. Cylinder was reblued but not polished. Cylinder retains 85-90% Ormsby Naval battle scene with an area of pitting. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their post engraving silver finish. Wedge screw is a replacement. Grip is sound with moderate edge wear and numerous small nicks & dings and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Case has a few minor chips in the edge of the lid, otherwise is sound with handling & storage nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is strong & bright with light soil in bottom and light damage from front sight and hammer spur. Mold, flask and cap tin are very fine, screwdriver tip of tool is slightly reshaped and cleaning rod with its broken tip is fine. 4-39102 JR97 (5,000-8,000)

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SCARCE COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 62192. Cal .36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl with brass pin front sight and one line New York city address with dashes. Left side of the frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” The large guard, iron trigger guard and backstrap contain a replacement 1-pc walnut grip. Butt strap is stamped “USN” alternating with stars. PROVENANCE: Ex: Flayderman, The Charles Radcliffe Collection CONDITION: Fair to good, all matching, incl wedge, except grip which is an un-numbered replacement. Overall retains a cleaned, bright metal finish with scattered, fine pitting. Cyl is matching condition and retains traces of orig Ormsby Naval battle scene. Grip is sound showing moderate wear. Mechanics are fine, worn, dark bore. 4-39634 JR373 (1,500-2,500)

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SCARCE 2ND MODEL COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER. SN 3132. Cal. 36. Scarce early Navy with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, German silver blade front sight with New York City address. It has usual 6-shot cylinder with Ormsby naval battle scene and square back silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip that is numbered “2246” in back strap channel. Butt strap is hand scratched “G. BUCHANAN”. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Wedge spring is broken and wedge screw is a replacement. Only about 2,950 of the 2nd Model 51 Navys were produced early in the production in the serial range of about 1250 to 4200. Most saw hard service prior to and during the Civil War and later on the American frontier during the great westward expansion well into the 1870’s and 1880’s. They are rarely ever found with strong orig finish. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching including wedge except grip as noted. No orig finish remains being an overall dark blue/brown patina with traces of silvered case colors on sides of frame. The wedge was slightly altered during period of use to facilitate ease of installation. Cylinder is a smooth blue/gray patina and retains about 30-35% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain silver in sheltered areas being mostly a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound showing heavy wear and light nicks & scratches with a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp bore with moderate pitting. 4-36785 JR59 (3,000-5,000)

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SCARCE COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 61125. Cal. .36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl with brass pin front sight and one line “NEW YORK CITY” address with dashes. Left side of the frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” The large guard, iron trigger guard and backstrap contain a one piece walnut grip with last four digit of serial number in the backstrap channel. Buttstrap is stamped with tiny “USN”. Few of these Navy issued Colts are found today retaining much orig finish given their continued exposure to salt atmosphere with minimal maintenance. PROVENANCE: Charles Radcliffe Collection. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge and grip. No orig finish remains, being an overall gray/brown patina with a few small,.scattered spots of pitting. Cyl is in matching condition and retains 50%-60% Ormsby naval battle scene. Grip shows heavy wear with severely altered left edge and retains a dark, hand worn patina. Timing needs adjustment, otherwise, mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-39635 JR370 (2,000-3,000)

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CASED AND INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 22402. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address with dashes. Left side of frame is without “COLTS PATENT” but has the caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard and the blued steel trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc varnished burl walnut grip. it has the usual 6-shot cylinder with Ormsby Naval battle scene. Back strap is engraved in period Olde English script “Arthur N. Hollister / From His father. Dec. 28th 1865”. Accompanied by an orig mahogany Colt casing with burgundy velvet lining compartmented in the bottom for revolver, a dbl sided angle spout eagle & stars Navy size flask, a blued steel 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, marked on right side “36 B”. Also accompanied by an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, an empty packet for Colt’s Combustible Cartridges, a large Dixon pewter oil bottle, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps with scarce orange label and a functioning key. Steel trigger guards & back straps are not unknown on the 1861 Navy, however there are usually found only on those revolvers cut for shoulder stock in earlier serial ranges with probably less than 100 ever produced. This revolver was produced in 1864 in the last half of the year and now exhibits all the attributes of having been returned to Colt in 1865 and refinished with the inscription applied at that time. The bbl address is extremely light and in one area several of the letters are nearly obliterated. Serial numbers are also very light as is the caliber marking on the trigger guard shoulder with butt strap SN being extremely thin on one edge. An internet search of the Biographical Record of the Yale University Class of 1858 disclosed the following: Arthur Nelson Hollister was born Dec. 1835 in Andover, CT. He entered Yale University in July 1854 and graduated 1858. While at Yale he was a member of the Skull & Bones Society and several other clubs at Yale. Apparently he had delicate health and from 1858-1859 he was living in Hartford recuperating. From about 1859-1869 he taught school in the Hartford area and briefly was the principal of Hartford Grammar School. Due to his ill health he frequently spent long periods of time in the Adirondack Mountains to recuperate. He was associated with the Charter Oak Life Insurance Co. until about 1877. Then in 1878 he was persuaded to resume teaching and continued until 1883 when he again resigned due to ill health. For the rest of the time until his death, in Jan. 1897, he spent the winters in Hartford, the spring seasons fishing in the north and summers in Keene Valley, NY. He was married briefly from Aug. 1863 to Dec. 1864 when his wife died, possibly during the birth of their daughter. Mr. Hollister & his father were reportedly very close and were “inseparable companions” and his father died two months after Arthur passed away. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge, which is a replacement without spring, & grip which is unnumbered. Bbl retains about 95% glossy factory blue with some minor flaking and light surface rust on bbl lug. Rammer handle has been cleaned to bright metal with brilliant case colors on pivot. Wedge screw is broken. Frame & hammer retain strong bright case colors in sheltered areas having been cleaned to bright metal. Interior of frame retains brilliant case colors as does the hammer under grip frame. Cylinder retains about 85% glossy factory blue mixed with flaked patina and overall retains about 90% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 90% glossy orig blue. Grip is sound with crisp sharp edges and a few minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with fine pitting in the forcing cone area. Case is completely sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately to heavily faded with a spot of staining at about the cylinder area with light to moderate soil in bottom and damage from the front sight and hammer spur, with two partially loose partitions. Flask is sound with one minor dent and is a dark mustard patina. Mold retains about 80% orig blue. Other accessories are fine. 4-39098 JR290 (7,500-12,500)

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COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 26924. Cal. 36. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, orig front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. It has usual 6-shot cyl with Ormsby Naval battle scene. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard has caliber marking. It has silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap containing a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching serial number in back strap channel. Nickel finish is a period of use restoration. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Overall retains about all of its fine nickel finish with a few minor nicks & scratches. Cyl retains 75-80% Ormsby Naval battle scene with a few spots of fine pitting and some bruising on cyl face. Trigger guard & back strap retain virtually all of their fine silver finish. Grip is extremely fine, showing very light wear and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with fine pitting about 1″ from cyl end. 4-36786 JR61 (2,500-4,000)

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COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 5312. Cal. 36. Fine 61 Navy with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight with 1-line New-York U.S. America address. It has usual 6-shot cylinder with Ormsby Naval battle scene and “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame. Caliber marking is on left shoulder of trigger guard. Brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip and there are small inspector initials on various parts. Hammer spring has been lightened. Several hundred of these fine revolvers were sold to both the Union Army & Navy during the Civil War and are not usually found with inspector initials making this a desirable inspected piece. Inspector initials were found in two places on trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, bbl and bottom left edge of grip. Frame & hammer do not appear to be inspected. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge & grip which are unnumbered. Grip may be numbered but oil staining has made the back strap channel very dark. Bbl retains 25-30% glossy orig blue, mostly under rammer handle with balance a blue/brown patina. Rammer pivot retains dark case colors. Frame retains about 50% dark case colors, brighter in sheltered areas. Cylinder is a smooth plum/brown patina and retains 50-60% Ormsby Naval Battle scene. Trigger guard & back strap appear not to have ever been silver plated and are now a medium mustard patina with a couple of small nicks on front strap and a series of light scratches on back strap. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy edge wear with chipped heels and overall retains 70-75% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-36793 JR57 (4,000-6,000)

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EARLY COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 457. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York U.S. America address. It has usual 6-shot cyl with Ormsby Naval battle scene. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard has caliber marking. Trigger guard and back strap are brass containing a 1-pc walnut grip, matching numbered to this revolver in the back strap channel. This was a very popular side arm with the Union forces during the Civil War with only a few thousand purchased by the government and the majority of the production private purchased by military personnel. Most of these revolvers saw hard service throughout the Civil War and afterward on the American frontier during the great westward expansion. They remained popular and in service well into the 1870’s after the advent of the self-contained cartridge revolver. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge & grip. Overall metal retains a smooth blue/gray patina with a few minor nicks & scratches. Cylinder is matching condition and retains traces of the Ormsby Naval battle scene with all six safety pins prominent. Grip frame appears to never have been silver plated and is now a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound showing moderate wear with light nicks & scratches and retains a smooth hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-36794 JR60 (3,000-5,000)

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VERY EARLY INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY USED BY A CONFEDERATE OFFICER. SN 104. Cal. 44. First year fluted Army with 8” rnd bbl, German silver front sight and hand engraved “Saml Colt” address. Left side of frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the silver-plated trigger guard and back strap contain a beautiful, solid, one piece ivory grip with the serial number in two places in the back strap channel. The back strap is inscribed in period script “T.K. Jackson U.S.A.”. This revolver was either presented to or purchased by Jackson when still a US Army officer, and carried by him after he resigned his commission and served in the Army of the Confederacy. This being the very earliest model, the outside of the cylinder does not have the patent date or serial number. Serial number is on the rear face of the cylinder between two of the nipples. It also has the serial number on the left side of the rammer handle. It additionally has inspector’s initials “JT” on the butt strap with a “T” on various other parts, including the bottom of the grip. The cylinder was dbl-struck with “TT”. These marks are for the inspector John Taylor, who only inspected 1860 revolvers from 1861-1862. Accompanied by seven page letter by noted Colt researcher, historian and author R.L. Wilson detailing much of the above information. Mr. Wilson speculates that Mr. Jackson was someone of importance or had connections at the Colt plant in order to obtain one of the very first 1860 Army revolvers produced, with the hand engraved “Saml Colt” address and inscribed back strap. Mr. Wilson states that this revolver is a hand-built specimen as were most of the very earliest of each Model Colt revolver. Mr. Wilson thought so highly of this earliest of Models 1860 that he featured the back strap inscription of this revolver in color on page 155 of THE COLT ENGRAVING BOOK VOLUME ONE, Wilson. Mr. Wilson, in his letter, speculates that this revolver could not have been delivered any later than April 15, 1861 and was likely delivered late in 1860. Thomas K. Jackson was born in South Carolina and appointed to West Point for the Class of 1848. He attended West Point from July 1, 1844 until July 1, 1848, graduating 25th in his class. He was promoted to 2nd Lt. in the 5th Infantry and served throughout the south and southwest, being promoted to 1st Lt. in 1855. He was an instructor at West Point from Dec. 1857 to Jan. 1858 and returned to frontier duty until 1861 when he resigned his commission and joined the Confederate army. It appears that Jackson became a captain in the commissary department under Gen. Albert Johnston where he served at various postings until his unit, under Gen. Buckner, surrendered at Ft. Donelson, TN. Apparently he remained a prisoner until the end of the war, after which he has been shown to have been a farmer and merchant in Gainesville, AL after 1866. PROVENANCE: Charles Radcliffe Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge, rammer, hammer and grip. Metal retains an even light gray patina overall, having been cleaned a long time ago. Cyl. has traces of gold wash in the cyl. stop notches. Four of the 6 safety pins are intact. Frame retains traces of smokey case colors in the sheltered areas, otherwise is a light gray patina also. Grip frame retains about 80% original silver plating with light pimpling on the butt strap and loose silver-plating with dark patina on the back strap. Grips have a couple of age lines and a very old scratch near the frame and a minuscule chip at the heel. They are a beautiful light “streaky” mellow gold color. Strong bright bore with moderate pitting. 4-39638 JR382 (15,000-20,000)

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2208

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 2768. Cal. 44. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, 6-shot full fluted cyl with brass trigger guard and steel back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip with an undecipherable number in back strap channel. Serial number was observed in all usual places including one of the flutes on cylinder. Frame is 4-screw style cut for should stock with flat head hammer screw and short rnd head stock screws with back strap recessed for the shoulder stock lug. There were only about 4,000 of these rare revolvers produced as part of the early production of the early Model 1860. Research of Colt records has shown that there were several shipments of these revolvers to southern distributors just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War and some collectors consider these to be Confederate used arms. The 7-1/2″ bbl is an additional rare feature. Accompanied by a copy of a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, walnut stocks and sold to the U.S. Government, shipped to the U.S. Arsenal, New York, NY on April 4, 1861 in a shipment of 50 same type guns. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching except grip whose number could not be deciphered. Bbl retains about 50% thin orig blue with rammer pivot and rammer handle retaining strong, bright case colors. Frame retains about 75% faded dark case colors with about 50% dark case colors on hammer. Recoil shields are a blue/gray patina. Cylinder retains about 75% thin orig blue, stronger in the flutes. Trigger guard, which appears to not have been silver plated, is a medium mustard patina. Back strap retains traces of orig blue, stronger on butt strap, being mostly a blue/gray patina. Grip is sound with two or three small gouges, showing moderate to heavy wear and retains 30-40% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with sharp rifling and some shine and moderate to heavy pitting. 4-36791 JR58 (4,000-6,000)

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SCARCE COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 826. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with scarce 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line Hartford address. Frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw and short replacement stock screws. Left side of frame has small “COLTS PATENT” and cylinder is full fluted with SN in one flute and a patent date in another. Two of the safety pins are serviceable. Silver plated brass trigger guard and scarce silver plated steel back strap containing a replacement 1-pc walnut grip. Only about 4,000 of the fluted cylinder Models 1860 were produced out of about the first 8,000 and only about half of the 4,000 fluted models had 7-1/2″ bbls. Given that there were just over 200,000 Models 1860 Army produced in period 1860-1873 makes this a truly rare Colt. Many of the early fluted Armys were shipped to southern dealers and distributors prior to the outbreak of the Civil War and are considered by some historians & collectors to be Confederate used arms. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching except grip as noted. Traces of orig blue remain on bbl in sheltered areas being mostly a dark brown attic patina. Frame retains about 50% dark case colors as does the hammer. Cylinder is a dark brown patina with several small dents. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 80% strong orig silver plating, bare on butt strap. Grip is sound & retains most of its custom varnish with crazed surface. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with scattered moderate pitting. 4-39497 JR369 (2,000-4,000)

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2210

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 209. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with scarce 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line Hartford address. Left side of frame has small “COLTS PATENT” and frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw and extended stock screws. Cylinder is full fluted with the SN in one flute and patent date in another. The silver plated brass trigger guard and silver plated steel back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with indecipherable numbers in back strap channel. Only about 4,000 of the fluted cylinder Models 1860 were produced out of about the first 8,000 and only about half of the 4,000 fluted models had 7-1/2″ bbls. Given that there were just over 200,000 Models 1860 Army produced in period 1860-1873 makes this a truly rare Colt. Many of the early fluted Armys were shipped to southern dealers and distributors prior to the outbreak of the Civil War and are considered by some historians & collectors to be Confederate used arms. CONDITION: Good, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered & grip as noted. No orig finish remains on bbl, cyl or frame being an overall mottled brown patina. Right top edge of muzzle shows very heavy wear with moderate pitting on the other side. Trigger guard retains about 85% strong orig silver plating and the back strap about 25-30% silver plating with some fine pitting toward the heel and on butt strap. Grip has chipped toes with a repair on each side at the frame showing moderate to heavy wear and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-39509 JR367 (1,000-2,000)

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2211

FINE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 117146. Cal. 44. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. It has usual six-shot rebated cyl with Ormsby Naval battle scene. Frame is 3-screw type, cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw and a notch in the heel of buttstrap. Left front side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT”. It has a brass trigger guard and iron backstrap containing its orig 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of the SN in the backstrap channel. Both sides of grip have a clear, legible cartouche. Various parts of the revolver have small inspector initials including the bbl lug, cylinder, trigger guard, backstrap and bottom right edge of the grip. This model Colt was one of, if not the most, prolific handguns used during the Civil War with 127,156 procured for U.S. troops. Most were issued during the conflict with many of those that survived the war seeing additional service on the frontier during the Indian Wars. Given their hard service and limited care, it is very rare to find one with much orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching incl. wedge and grip. Bbl retains 65-70% glossy orig blue with a cleaned or worn area on the left side that has turned to medium patina. Right side of the bbl is thin from holster wear and there is a ding on the left end of muzzle. Area on each side of the front sight retains its orig “feathers”. Rammer and handle retain about all of their strong orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot. Frame retains 70-75% strong, bright case colors with full coverage on the sides, turned dark to silver on the recoil shields. Hammer retains faded case colors in sheltered areas with the balance a silver-gray patina mixed with fine pitting. Cylinder retains about 40% thin, dull, orig blue with the balance a medium patina and overall retains 96-97% Ormsby naval battle scene with some fine pitting and nicks around the front edge. Safety pins are battered. Trigger guard and front strap were never silver-plated and now retain a fine light mustard patina. Backstrap and buttstrap retain dark blue in sheltered areas with most of the backstrap a gray patina. Grip is sound with usual light nicks and dings and minor wear from a stock yoke and retains a hand-worn patina with fine, legible cartouches. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. 4-38586 (14,000-18,000)

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FINE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 143707. 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 “COLTS PATENT” and it has usual 6-shot rebated cylinder with Ormsby Naval battle scene. Brass trigger guard & blued steel back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Frame is 3-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw and a stock lug dimple in heel of back strap. There are small inspector initials on various parts. The Model 1860 was the most prolific sidearm in use during the Civil War and saw extensive service throughout the war and well into the cartridge era on the frontier, both with the cavalry and civilians alike. With the advent of the cartridge era eventually the Model ’60’s were recalled and sold as surplus to foreign militaries and civilian distributors where they were again subjected to hard frontier service in harsh conditions with minimal or no maintenance. They are rarely ever found with strong orig finish. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. Overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with strong bright blue and brilliant case colors, probably unfired. The bbl, on each side of the front sight and each side of the rammer latch lug, retains orig “feathers” polishing marks. Cylinder bluing is somewhat thinned with worn edges but retains about 99% Ormsby Naval battle scene with all of the safety pins serviceable. Trigger guard was never silver plated and now retains a medium mustard patina. Back strap & butt strap retain most of their orig factory blue with one small flaked area in the middle of the back strap and light wear on the heel. Grip is crisp and as new with one of two small nicks in the edge and retains about all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-39944 JR350 (8,500-12,500)

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2213

IDENTIFIED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 45624. Cal. .44. Blue color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address with dashes. Frame is 3-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. Brass trigger guard and steel backstrap contain a 1-piece walnut grip with last four digits of serial number in the backstrap channel. Cyl is usual rebated six shots with Ormsby naval battle scene. There are small inspector initials on various parts and the bottom edges of grip are stamped “J.W.McQUAID”. John McQuaid, as an 18 yr old, enlisted as a Pvt into Company “E” Ohio 123rd Infantry on Sept. 29, 1862 and was mustered out on June 12, 1865. The 123rd Ohio spent the time from organization until the Spring of 1863 in Winter quarters. Then in the Spring of 1863, with Gen. Early at Winchester, VA was engaged against the Confederates with nearly 100 men killed and wounded the first day and the entire Brigade captured the next and held prisoner until exchanged almost a year later. Apparently they reformed and were re-equipped and in May of 1864 were engaged at New Market and Piedmont, VA after which they were part of the disastrous retreat to the Kanawha Valley. When the fight started the unit numbered 700 men and when they returned there were only 250 left. In July they confronted Gen. Early’s Confederates again at Snicker’s Gap and later confronted Early’s Confederates at Winchester. The regiment was engaged into the Fall in various small skirmishes and battles which ended in the capture of Petersburg. They were then involved in the pursuit of Lee’s Army and were again captured by Lee’s advance Confederate Cavalry and spent the rest of the war as prisoners until they were released at Appomattox Courthouse and were mustered out June 12, 1865. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including wedge and grip. Bbl retains 30-40% thin, orig blue in sheltered areas with the balance a mottled silver-brown patina with scattered, fine surface rust. Frame and hammer retain 75-80% faded case colors, stronger in sheltered areas. Cyl is a smooth medium brown patina with traces of blue in rebated area and overall retains 35-40% Ormsby naval battle scene. Grip frame was never silver plated and the trigger guard retains a medium to dark mustard patina. Backstrap retains blue at the very top and on the buttstrap with the main part of the backstrap a silver-blue patina. Grip has tiny chips from the toes, otherwise is sound showing moderate edge wear and retains a smooth, hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine and scattered, light pitting. 4-39991 JR377 (7,000-10,000)

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MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 37552. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and it has brass trigger guard with iron back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Left side of grip has a partially legible “OWA” (Orville W. Ainsworth) cartouche and there are small inspector initials on various parts. Frame is 3-screw style cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw and stock lug notch in heel of butt strap. The model 1860 Army was one of the most popular and prolific side arms in use during the Civil War with over 125,000 purchased by the Union government, most of which saw hard military service and later on the frontier during the great Westward expansion during the Indian wars. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including grip with wedge properly unnumbered. No orig finish remains on bbl, rammer or cylinder with cylinder retaining 40-50% Ormsby Naval battle scene and a few spots of light pitting. Frame retains 40-50% faded case colors, stronger on left side. Back strap is a mottled silver/brown patina and trigger guard a light mustard patina and does not appear to have been silver plated. Grip is sound showing light to moderate wear with light nicks & scratches and a fine hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, replaced hammer screw & hammer spring, strong bore with good shine and moderate to heavy pitting. 4-36790 JR69 (2,500-4,000)

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MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 58952. Cal. 44. Martial Army with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and one line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address with dashes. Frame is 3-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw and a stock lug dimple in the buttstrap. Brass trigger guard and steel back strap contain a one piece walnut grip with the outline of a cartouche on each side and last four digits of serial number in backstrap channel. Right side of grip is stamped “47” which is probably a unit rack number. Cyl is usual 6 shots with rebated rear section and has Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Various parts have tiny inspector initials. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 25-30% orig blue in sheltered areas with the balance a worn, blue-gray patina with scattered spots of pitting. Frame retains smoky case colors on the left side with the balance a cleaned, gray patina. Cyl is a cleaned gray patina with a few tiny nicks on the front edge and retains 70-75% Ormsby naval battle scene. Trigger guard was never silver plated and now retains a light, mustard patina. Back strap is a blue-gray patina, retaining blue at the very top. Grip has chipped toes and shows heavy wear on the edges and retains a light hand-worn patina with traces of orig finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-39755 JR371 (2,750-3,750)

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2216

SCARCE SPRINGFIELD ARMORY REBUILT COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 28521. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with bbl reduced to 7-3/4″, German silver front sight and only partially visible bbl address. Frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with replacement hammer screw and replacement stock screws. Brass trigger guard is stamped in front of trigger bow with a small “US” and along with the steel back strap contains a 1-pc walnut grip. Serial numbers are all mixed as are usually found on these arsenal rebuilt revolvers with the bbl lug number being “27919”, the trigger guard number “73866”, the back strap number appears to be “28521” and the wedge “9108”. Cylinder markings were all removed during refinishing process. Hammer appears to be from another revolver, possibly a conversion revolver, with the sides of the nose reduced in thickness and has a short checkered spur. Several screws are replacements. It is unknown just how many Model 1860 revolvers were reworked at Springfield but few are encountered today. CONDITION: Fair to good. Traces of armory refinished blue remain in sheltered areas on the bbl and rebated portion of the cylinder with the balance a blue/gray patina. There is light, fine pitting on right side of muzzle. Cylinder scene was all obliterated during refinishing at the armory. Frame retains smoky case colors being mostly a light gray patina. Trigger guard was never silver plated and retains a medium mustard patina. Back strap retains blue at the top and traces on the butt strap being mostly a blue/gray patina. Grip has a slightly chipped left toe with other chips and hammer marks on the bottom edges and retains a hand worn patina with about 60% varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting. 4-39498 JR368 (1,500-2,500)

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2217

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE, NEAR PRISTINE, CASED “CHARTER OAK” COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 7 PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 11060. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ stepped rnd bbl that has rare dovetailed front sight and 2-line New-York U.S.A. address. Cylinder is usual 5-shots, unfluted with screw-in-the side cylinder pin retainer and has stagecoach holdup rolled marking. Most rare of all the Colt percussion revolvers is the Charter Oak fitted models. This revolver is fitted with a smooth oak 1-pc grip that is undoubtedly from the famed Connecticut Charter Oak. Accompanied by its orig Colt mahogany casing with burgundy velvet lining compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a sgl sided “COLTS PATENT” eagle & stars flask, a 2-cavity blued steel “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “31 PKT”. Also accompanied by a full lacquered tin of Eley’s caps and an empty packet of combustible cartridges. This revolver appeared as Plate 100 on p. 158 of the book Samuel Colt Presents, Wilson. The lender was Mr. H.A. Redfield. Mr. Redfield is also credited with another 1855 on the facing page. Additionally accompanied by a 10-page letter from noted Colt historian & author, R.L. Wilson. Mr. Wilson states that this revolver is fitted with an authentic “Charter Oak” grip. In the letter he identifies Mr. Redfield as a somewhat reclusive collector in the Hartford area who was from a wealthy local family and who had “connections” at the Colt plant. Mr. Wilson details how that Samuel Colt was given a substantial portion of the famed Charter Oak upon its demise and that in addition to having various items carved from the wood, which Mrs. Colt later donated to the Wadsworth Atheneum, he also stocked a variety of special presentation revolvers. It is well known that the Colt factory kept on hand previously finished presentation quality arms for “emergency” presentations. Mr. Wilson speculates that this revolver was one of those “stand by” presentation pieces that was never called for and after the model became obsolete was forgotten until Mr. Redfield purchased it or was given it. The Charter Oak of Connecticut is undoubtedly one of the most historic and famous trees in New England, if not in the United States. This venerable old tree stood on the land owned by Mr. I.W. Stuart who apparently was a close friend of Samuel Colt. This tree was recorded to have been huge as early as 1614 and in 1630 a delegation of local Indians is reported to have approached Samuel Wyllys, the early settler who had cleared much of the land around it, encouraging him to preserve the tree and described it as having been planted ceremonially by their tribe when they first settled the area. The name Charter Oak stems from the legend in late 1687 when it became the hiding place for the Connecticut constitution. This constitution had been granted to the Connecticut colony in 1662 by King Charles II, however his successor James II appointed Sir Edmond Andros as Governor-General who stated that his appointment invalidated the charter. In October 1887 he came to Hartford to retrieve the charter which created heated debate in the meeting hall during which the lights were “accidentally” extinguished and when they were re-lit the charter was gone and apparently was spirited away by Capt. Joseph Wadsworth who secreted it in a hollow in this old tree. It is estimated that at that time the tree may have been approaching 500 years of age. After the furor had settled the charter was retrieved but the name Charter Oak remained. The tree lived on almost another 150 years, until Aug. 21, 1856 when it was toppled over by a heavy storm. The owner at that time, Mr. I.W. Stuart, had the tree cut into pieces and gave them to various officials & entities. Several pieces of furniture and other nick-knacks survive today mostly in the museums and major collections in the Hartford area, and on a very few Colt revolvers. This is the only Colt “Charter Oak” Model 7 Root known to exist to the cataloger. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine (was not disassembled to check for matching parts). Overall retains virtually all of its wonderful high polish, glossy, orig blue with some light flaking on the bbl & cylinder. Rammer & hammer retain all of their bright case colors, and grip retains virtually all of its fine orig varnish. Case is equally fine & new with only a few light storage & handling nicks and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded with minor soil in the bottom. Flask is equally new retaining 98-99% orig finish. Mold is also unused but has flaked to about 90% orig finish. Cap tin is equally new. A truly rare & exceptional find unlikely to be encountered again. 4-39942 (115,000-135,000)

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RARE CASED ENGRAVED INVENTOR PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 2 1855 ROOT SIDE HAMMER POCKET REVOLVER TO JAMES E. BIRCH OWNER OF THE “JACKASS MAIL”. SN 830. Cal. 28. All blue finish with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight, usual address on top flat with pointing hand motif. It has 5-shot unfluted cylinder with cabin & Indian fight scene. Mounted with fancy burled walnut 1-pc grip. Revolver is factory engraved with about 60% coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Back strap is engraved in period script “James E. Birch / From the Inventor / Saml Colt”. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a dbl sided correct size E Pluribus Unum eagle flask, a 2-cavity blued “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a rare wood handle flat blade screw driver and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. While Root revolvers are not uncommon, cased ones are quite rare and engraved inventor presentation pieces are extremely rare. James E. Birch was owner of the “Jackass Mail” (the first real “fast” mail in the West)a stagecoach line that ran from San Antonio, TX to San Diego, CA from July 9, 1857 to December 1858. He of course predated the famous Pony Express which is generally given credit as the first “fast” mail. A very nice gun presented to a historic figure of the old West. CONDITION: Very good to fine, matching including cylinder. Overall retains 50-60% orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas turning plum elsewhere with some minor surface etching on the bbl. Cylinder is a gray/brown patina and overall retains 60-70% Cabin/Indian fight scene. Grip shows light edge wear with a tiny chip in the toe and retains most of its orig varnish. Cyl pin crossbolt retainer screw and spring are missing and the cascable from the cylinder pin is also missing. Some of the screws are slightly battered. Mechanics are fine, dark pitted bore. Case has a repaired crack by the left rear hinge and a small crack in right front corner of lid, otherwise is completely sound with light storage & handling marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately to heavily faded with moderate soil in the bottom and damage from the front sight. Partitions are solid. Flask has a few minor dings & dents and retains 25-30% orig finish. Other accessories are fine. 4-39105 JR94 (10,000-15,000)

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2219

CASED COLT ROOT MODEL 7 PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 11619. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ stepped rnd bbl, brass pin front sight, 5-shot unfluted cyl with stagecoach holdup scene and screw retained cyl pin. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an English-style oak casing with scalloped-edge plate in the lid, that is green velvet lined and compartmented in bottom for a revolver, a tiny bag-shaped flask and a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold without sprue cutter. Also accompanied by a small laquered cap tin. Case has a mortised brass lock in front.` CONDITION: Fine with matching cyl, grip was not checked. Bbl & cyl are a mottled gray/brown patina with traces of orig blue. Cyl retains about 50% stagecoach holdup scene. Frame retains 92-93% glossy orig blue, beginning to thin on backstrap. Grip has a repair in left edge, otherwise is sound with light handling & use marks and retains most of a wiped-on finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few small spots of pitting. Case has one loose corner n the lid, otherwise is sound and retains most of an old restored finish. Interior is moderately faded with light soil and wear. Flask has a small repair and two or three tiny dents, otherwise is very fine. Mold is somewhat battered with numerous nicks & dings. 4-37583 (2,750-3,750)

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2220

FINE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 30076. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl, 1-line New-York U.S. America address with “COLTS PATENT” engraved in a ribbon on left side of frame. Left rear web of trigger guard is stamped with caliber marking and silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a beautiful deluxe burl walnut 1-pc grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. It has usual 5-shot fluted cylinder that has the last four digits of SN on rear face on lands between the nipple recesses. Frame & bbl lug are beautifully engraved by Gustave Young in late vine pattern consisting of very well executed foliate arabesque patterns with plain background. Several of the scrolls terminate in flower blossoms. Sides of bbl, over the lug have matching engraving with sweeping ribbons terminating in foliate patterns, with one scroll on left side terminating in a bird’s head and others in flower blossoms. Engraving extends over bbl and terminates on top in front of address. Muzzle is engraved with a dbl chip pattern. Hammer has Mr. Young’s treatment with foliate arabesque patterns on sides, a wolf’s head on each side of hammer nose with fish scale patterns down sides of spur and top edge of hammer and a hand cut checkered spur. Top of back strap is engraved with Mr. Young’s typical fan pattern with sunbursts on sides of backstrap ears and foliate arabesque patterns near top of back strap, at the heel, on butt strap & trigger guard. The SN’s on bbl lug, frame & butt strap are accompanied by a small “E” indicating extra polish for engraving. This revolver was Exhibit #85 in the 1942 Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibit of Colt Percussion Firearms. At that time it was on loan from the very famous Parsons Collection. PROVENANCE: John Parsons Collection; Metropolitan Museum Exhibit. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 88-90% strong glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer & handle retain all of their orig case colors, strong & bright. Frame & hammer retain about all of their strong, bright orig case colors with some slight thinning on left side. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 90% strong orig silver plating. Cylinder retains about 60% glossy orig blue, strong & bright in flutes & rebated area, thin on raised lands between the flutes. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-39940 (30,000-40,000)

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FINE CASED ENGRAVED METROPOLITAN POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 3240. Cal .36. Silver finish with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl and tiny dovetail front sight with 1-line “METROPOLITAN ARMS CO NEW-YORK” address. It has 5-shot fluted, rebated cyl with safety recesses on the lands between the nipples. Silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a one piece smooth ivory grip. Only about 2,750 of these revolvers were produced in the period 1864-1866, and of that total only about 1,600 had marked bbls. Obviously only a minute portion of that small number were cased and even fewer were engraved and plated, making this a truly rare specimen. These revolvers are almost identical to the Colt Model 1862 Police with the exception of the rammer, which on this revolver is articulated, in two pieces with the Colt Model 1862 rammer of the rack and pinion type. Engraving is by master engraver L.D. Nimschke and consists of full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with several scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Engraving extends over the sides of the bbls and terminates in front of the address, with matching engraving on the rammer pivot and lands between the flutes on the cylinder. Top of the back strap has Mr. Nimschke’s typical fan pattern with matching foliate arabesque patterns down the back strap, on the butt strap and trigger guard. Hammer also received his deluxe treatment of foliate arabesque pattern on the sides with fishscale patterns on the sides of the spur and top edge of the hammer, with highly detailed wolf’s heads on each side of the hammer nose. Accompanied by its orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, double sided flask with foliate pattern, a two cavity blued steel Manhattan Arms marked mold with sprue cutter, L-shaped nipple wrench, an open packet of five combustible cartridges and a lacquered tin of Ely’s caps. Case has a mortised brass lock in the front edge with the locking tang removed and is loose in one compartment. Accompanied by a large volume of research material compiled by the consignor and his family regarding the provenance of this revolver and his family history as relates to the famous scout Kit Carson having given this revolver to Lt. E.F. Beale and its descendancey down to the consignor. That Lt. Beale and Kit Carson were close personal friends is of absolutely no doubt and it is well documented that Mr. Carson also gave Lt. Beale his Hawken plains rifle which Lt. Beale’s son, Truxton, presented to Theodore Roosevelt who in turn presented it to the Boone & Crockett Club where is it currently on display. Edward Fitzgerald Beale was born Feb. 1822 in Washington, DC into a military family and, through family connections was appointed to the Naval Academy by President Andrew Jackson, graduating in 1842. In Oct. 1845 as acting sailing master of the frigate Congress under the command of Commodore Robert Stockton, he sailed for California, but 20 days out Stockton dispatched Beale back to Washington with important dispatches, reaching Washington in March 1846. He was promoted to the grade of Master and in May of 1846 overtook and rejoined the “Congress”, reaching Monteray, CA on July 20. By that time the war with Mexico had begun and Commodore Stockton dispatched Beale to serve with the land forces. He and a small body of men under Lt. Archibald Gillespie joined Gen. Stephen Kerney’s column just before the disastrous Battle of San Pasqual on Dec. 6, 1846. The Mexican army had surrounded the small American force and threatened to destroy it when Beale, Kit Carson and his Delaware Indian’s servant crawled through the Mexican lines and made their way to San Diego for reinforcements, which saved the American force. Over the next two years Beale made six or seven more journeys across country frequently in company with Kit Carson, carrying dispatches and along with Kit Carson brought proof to the federal government of the discovery of gold in CA. Beale resigned in 1851 and returned to CA as the manager for a company owned by Commodore Stockton and a Mr. Aspinwall, in the new territory. Beale became superintendent of Indian affairs for CA and NV and later surveyed the route for the Trans-Continental Railroad. In 1856 he was appointed Brigadier Gen. of the CA state militia. In 1857 President Buchanan appointed Beale to survey a wagon road from Ft. Defiance New Mexico territory to the Colorado River. That survey also incorporated the experimental use of camels in crossing desert regions. The camels performed well but they scared the horses and mules so the army abandoned the experiment. Descendants of those camels still roam the Arizona desert today. In 1861 President Lincoln appointed Beale surveyor General of CA and NV. After the Civil War Beale retired to Rancho Tejon, part of the 270,000 acres he had acquired near present-day Bakersfield, CA and later purchased the Decatur house in Washington, DC. In 1876 President Grant appointed Beale minister to Austria-Hungary, a post he held for a year. Grant also suggested Beale to be Secretary of the Navy under President Arthur, but President Arthur preferred someone else. Beale died at the Decatur house in April 1893. Accompanied by a book which is inscribed to “Harold Marsh Sewall from his friend Truxton Beale”, which is a biography of Lt. Beale, Edward Fitzgerald Beale, A Pioneer in the Path of Empire 1822-1903, Stephen Bonsal published in 1912. According to a signed and notarized statement from the consignor, this revolver was given to Lt. Beale by Kit Carson who then passed it to Mr. Y.S. Walter who founded the Delaware County Republican newspaper in Chester, PA who then passed it down through his granddaughter’s family, the Stiner’s where in about 1960 it was given as a gift from Marie Stiner to consignor’s father, Wendell G. Shaw (1925-1988), from whom the consignor inherited it. Both the Walter’s and the Beale’s had a long family history in Chester, PA and were involved in Republican politics at the same time. Also accompanied by a very old and brittle yellowed piece of paper about 9″ x 4-3/4″ which bears the handwritten in ink historical information “owned by Kit Carson; the great scout / Presented to Lt. E.F. Beal —– Presented to the Hon YS Walter —– Who was the grandfather of my wife / Now the property of Edw. Stiner”. Also accompanied by an 8″ x 10″ b/w photo of consignor’s father displaying this revolver and case. The same photo appears in a newspaper clipping from the Portland Press Herald of March 28, 1964. Beale Air Force Base in CA is named after Lt. Beale. CONDITION: Revolver is fine to very fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 75-80% strong orig silver plating with the loss areas a medium to dark patina. Frame, cylinder, hammer and grip frame retain most of their orig silver plating, somewhat thin and oxidized on the cylinder. Grip is sound showing little or no wear and retains crisp edges and a beautiful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks at the bottom, otherwise is sound with usual handling and storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately to heavily faded with moderate soil in the bottom with damage from the front sight and hammer spur. Flask has a few minor dents, otherwise is sound with a dark brass patina. Mold is very fine, retains most of its orig factory blue. Cartridge packet is soiled and missing top. Cap tin is very fine. 4-39672 JR380 (6,000-10,000)

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COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 36056. Cal. .36. Blue and case color hardened with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of the frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and the silver-plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc fancy, burl walnut grip that appears to have the last digits of a serial number “1252”. Cyl is usual fluted 5-shots with last four digits of serial number on the lands between the nipples and 4 of the 5 safety pins are serviceable. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, except grip, as noted. Bbl retains 88-90% glossy orig blue with loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer and handle retain about all of their strong, bright orig case colors with wear marks on the pivot. Frame retains virtually all of its strong, bright factory case colors slightly faded on the recoil shields. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors turned dark. Cyl retains 65-70% glossy orig blue with loss areas a light blue-brown patina. Trigger guard and backstrap retains most of their orig silver plating with wear around the edges and the exposed brass a medium mustard patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with sharp rifling and moderate pitting. 4-39989 JR387 (7,500-10,000)

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FINE COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 30408. Cal. .36. Blue and case color hardened with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of the frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and the brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip that appears to have the last digits of a serial number “516” and the initials “J.E.A.” Cyl is usual fluted 5-shots with last four digits of serial number on the lands between the nipples and all five safety pins crisp. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is un-numbered and grip as noted. Bbl retains 92-94% glossy orig blue with light muzzle wear and light nicks and scratches. Rammer and handle retains most of their lightly faded orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot. Frame retains strong case colors on the sides, faded on the left recoil shield, bright on the right side and brilliant in sheltered areas. Hammer retains strong bright colors on the sides. Cyl retains virtually all of its glossy orig blue. Grip frame retains silver in the most sheltered areas having been cleaned and polished and now retains a medium mustard patina. Grip shows medium wear on the edges with slightly chipped right toe with light nicks and scratches and retains about 85% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore with one or two tiny spots of pitting. 4-39830 JR386 (4,000-7,000)

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COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 24442. Cal. 36. Blue & case colored with 6-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard has caliber marking. Trigger guard & back strap are silver plated brass containing a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Cylinder is rebated with five fluted, chambers with four of the five safety pins prominent. Approx. 20,000 of these fine revolvers were produced during the period 1861-1873 with many seeing hard service during the Civil War and on the frontier in the great Westward expansion and were in use well into the late 1870’s. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with light flaking on right side which areas are a medium patina. Rammer handle & pivot retain most of their orig factory case colors turned dark on handle, bright on pivot. Frame retains about 50% faded orig case colors with recoil shields a brown patina and also with some light hammer marks on left side. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of silver plating being mostly a medium mustard patina. Trigger guard has a few dings on left side. Grip has a chip behind left toe and a replaced wedge on right bottom edge. Cylinder retains about 75% dull orig blue. Hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36788 JR66 (3,000-5,000)

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RARE NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 11215. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 4-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard has the caliber marking, which has been engraved over. It has usual rebated 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Silver plated trigger guard & back strap contain a wonderful checkered ivory 1-pc grip. Revolver is beautifully engraved by master engraver L.D. Nimschke with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame & recoil shields with a heavy dbl chip border around the lower right side. Engraving extends over bbl lug with fine diamond patterns in the center and a feather pattern on right side below the loading notch. Top three flats are engraved in fine line Moorish patterns with a chip & dot border on each side of the address. Both muzzle & breech end of the bbl have a dbl line border. Rammer pivot is engraved to match with a spider web pattern around the screw hole. Ends of the wedge are also engraved. Hammer is deluxe engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the sides and extremely detailed wolf’s head on each side of hammer nose with fish scale patterns down sides of spur. Top edge of the hammer is engraved in a running leaf pattern with a hand cut checkered spur. Top of back strap is engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s deep fan pattern with beautiful sunbursts on sides of back strap ears. Top of back strap and at the heel are engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns with chip & dot borders on edges of the back strap. Butt strap is engraved with matching Moorish patterns and a chip & dot border. Trigger bow exhibits Mr. Nimschke’s trademark pattern found on numerous other examples of his engraving, particularly Winchester rifles. Screw heads are all engraved. Altogether a very rare example of Nimschke’s engraving. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 60-70% thin orig Colt blue, strong & bright in the most sheltered areas. Frame & hammer retain traces of faded case colors in sheltered areas being mostly a gray patina of faded case colors. Cylinder retains about 30% faded blue in the rebated areas with all five safety pins crisp and also retains about 65-70% stagecoach holdup scene with the large diameter cleaned bright. Trigger guard & back strap retain thin silver plating with back strap mostly a light mustard patina. Grip is sound showing light wear and soil and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore with a couple of very small spots of very fine pitting. 4-39947 JR349 (18,000-22,000)

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SPECTACULAR CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 149023. Cal. 31. Fantastic Pocket ’49, 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 tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the small guard silver plated trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with the number “4023” in back strap channel, obviously an assembler’s mistake that should have read “49023”. It has usual 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene and all five safety pins are crisp. Accompanied by an orig Colt mahogany casing with mortised brass lock in front and elliptical shaped escutcheon. Interior is burgundy velvet lined and compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a crisp dbl sided standing eagle flask, an unused brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Right rear compartment contains an orig glass oil bottle with cork and the orig functioning key. Colt’s Pocket ’49 enjoyed the highest production of all Colt percussion revolvers from about 1850-1873 and were in service that entire time, well into the cartridge era and beyond. They saw service from the gold fields of California to the Northwest Territories and all across the American frontier. That was followed by the American Civil War where these little revolvers were extremely popular and were exposed to harsh wartime service. Additionally they were carried afield by adventurers, soldiers & statesmen literally around the world in some of the most hostile and unforgiving circumstances, usually with limited or no maintenance. They are rarely found with high orig finish, even with presentation and cased models. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Overall thisrevolver retains about all of its brilliant factory finish with crisp deep blue showing only slight muzzle & sharp edge wear and slightly faded case colors on rammer & handle. Frame retains brilliant case colors with slightly muted case colors on hammer. Cylinder retains about 95% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Cylinder retains about 99% stagecoach holdup scene with all five safety pins crisp. Trigger guard & back strap retain about all of their orig silver plating. Grip is sound with crisp sharp edges and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Screws are crisp except for the right back strap ear screw which has a slightly slipped slot. Case has a couple of grain checks in bottom, otherwise is completely sound with light handling & storage marks and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Interior is unfaded with light soil from revolver contact points on muzzle, cylinder & grip and light damage from front sight. Flask is extremely fine with slight discoloration on collar and retains most of its orig finish. Mold is crisp & unused. Nipple wrench/screwdriver is fine. Cap tin is very good. Altogether an extraordinary set in nearly unused condition. 4-39736 JR252 (20,000-30,000)

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VERY EARLY AND SPECIAL CASED SAMUEL COLT PRESENTATION MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 36651. Cal. 31. Blue and color case hardened with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and two line “New York City” address with brackets. Left side the frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the small guard silver plated brass trigger guard and back strap contained a one piece walnut grip with the last four digits of the serial number in the back strap channel. Back strap is engraved in old English and period script “Presented To Mr. G. Whiting / by Col. Saml Colt 1851”. Accompanied by a rare special made brown velvet lined English oak casing with brass medallion in lid and swinging English latches on the front, with a mortised brass lock and round escutcheon in the front. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver with a recess for the cylinder, a single sided revolver flask, a two cavity brass Colt’s Patent mold without sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench and an early lacquered tin of Ely’s caps. Covered right rear compartment contains cast lead bullets and balls. This exact cased set is pictured in color as Fig. 3 on pg. 252 of COLT’S POCKET ’49, Jordan & Watt. Back strap of this revolver is pictured as Fig. 2 on pg. 231 of the referenced publication. This casing is a special made English casing for presentation at the London Exhibit at the Crystal Palace and is one of the first known uses of the “Col. Saml Colt” wording on a gun presentation, possibly even before he used the title in the US. CONDITION: Revolver is very good, all matching including wedge and grip. Bbl retains 60-70% thin, orig blue turning plum over the top. Rammer retains smoky case colors, stronger on the left side of the pivot. Frame retains smoky, thin, faded case colors with unusual polishing marks. Trigger guard and back strap retain strong orig silver plating with the exposed areas a medium mustard patina. Cylinder is a gray-brown patina and retains about 75-80% stagecoach hold-up scene. Grip is sound showing moderate edge wear with light nicks and scratches and retains about 85% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Case is sound with usual handling and storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately to heavily faded with moderate to heavy soil in the bottom, partitions are sound. Flask is fine and retains about 50-60% orig finish. Mold is crisp and appears unused with a few minor nicks and scratches. Cap tin is good. 4-39985 JR381 (25,000-35,000)

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COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER IN RARE CONTOURED CASE. SN 179200. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with desirable 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address with dashes. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the large guard silver plated trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with the last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Cyl is usual 5-shots with stagecoach holdup scene and all five safety pins crisp. Accompanied by its orig Colt mahogany casing with beveled bottom edges. Case is burgundy velvet lined and compartmented in bottom with the rare contour partition for the revolver, a dbl sided eagle & stars flask, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Due to the labor intensive construction few of these contour cases were built and very few survive today making this an extremely rare set. This revolver and cased set has always been together, just the way it was found in an estate sale. It is pictured on pg 243 of Colt’s Pocket ’49 , Jordan & Watt. CONDITION: Revolver is extremely fine, all matching incl wedge & grip. Bbl retains 88-90% strong glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer & handle retain virtually all of their brilliant orig case colors. Frame & hammer retain about all of their brilliant orig case colors, extremely strong & bright on right side. Cyl is flaked to mostly a blue/brown patina with scattered spots of orig blue and a few scattered spots of pitting and overall retains about 95% stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain virtually all of their orig silver plating. Grip is crisp with sharp edges and one small nick on left side and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with a few small spots of pitting. Case has a grain check in the lid and a crack across the bottom, otherwise is sound with usual light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately to heavily faded with moderate soil in bottom and staining from loose lead bullets & balls. Flask & mold appear to be unused with flask retaining 97-98% strong orig finish and the mold virtually all of its orig finish. Cap tin is equally fine. A truly wonderful & rare set. 4-39986 JR362 (14,000-18,000)

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FINE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 90396. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and engraved “Saml Colt” address. It has 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene and left side of frame is hand engraved “COLTS PATENT” in a kidney shaped panel. Trigger guard and back strap are silver plated brass containing a 1-pc deluxe walnut grip that has all five digits of the SN in back strap channel. Revolver is engraved in Gustave Young’s deluxe patterns with full coverage foliate arabesque scrolls with fine punch dot background on frame. Scroll on left recoil shield terminates in a flower blossom. Intertwined foliate arabesque patterns extend over bbl & bbl lug with a dog’s head incorporated into pattern on left side and a flower blossom on right side. Rammer pivot is engraved to match with all screw heads also engraved as are the ends of wedge. Hammer is deluxe engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns and a wolf’s head on each side of the nose with hand cut spur checkering. Wedge screw and possibly hammer screw are replacements and hammer spring has been lightened. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Only traces of orig finish remain which appears to have been silver plating. Engraving is strong & sharp showing only light wear. Cylinder retains 60-70% stagecoach holdup scene with an area of light to moderate pitting and a few scattered spots of pitting. Trigger guard & back strap retain virtually all of their orig factory silver plating. Grip is sound with only a few scattered handling & storage nicks with light edge wear and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36740 JR65 (4,000-7,000)

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VERY RARE COLT MODEL 1849 WELLS FARGO PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 164040. Cal. 31. Very rare Wells Fargo model with 3″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with serifs. Made without provision for an ejector rod with 5-shot cylinder and the extremely rare large brass trigger guard, one of approx. 1,250 of the approx. 4,000 of these rare revolvers ever made (Reference Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms). It has silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip that has the last four digits of SN in back strap channel. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge & grip. No orig finish remains being a smooth blue/gray patina with some thin blue on bottom of bbl lug. Bbl has numerous small nicks & dings. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of orig silver plating, mostly on trigger guard with exposed brass a medium mustard patina. Cylinder retains 25-30% stagecoach holdup scene with all five safety pins prominent. Grip is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about 80% orig varnish. Hammer spring is a replacement. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 4-36739 JR64 (3,000-5,000)

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CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 188366. Cal. .31. Usual configuration with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address”NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of the frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the large guard silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-piece walnut grip with last four digits of serial number in the backstrap channel. Cyl is usual five shots with stagecoach holdup scene. Buttstrap is inscribed in period script “Wm. Struthers / to / Adriano D’Orsolini”. Adriano D’Orsolini enlisted in Phila. as a Pvt on Apr 24, 1861 in “D” Co., 18th Regt, PA Infantry and was mustered out on Aug 7, 1861. No other information is available. William Struthers enlisted as a Pvt, from Phila. on Aug 16, 1864 into”C” Col, 186th PA Infantry. and was mustered out, one year later on Aug 15, 1865, apparently as a Pvt. A copy of an entry for “Adriand [sic] D’Orsolini” from the PA State Archives lists the same information as above and shows his occupation as “carver”. Also accompanying is a copy of a letter dated Feb. 19, 1861, from the directors of the Commonwealth Fire Insurance Company of Pennsylvania, to President Lincoln regarding the appointment of General Simon Cameron to the position of Secretary of the Treasury. One of the Directors listed for the Company is William Struthers. Also accompanying is information regarding contracts apparently with the City of Phila. to the firm of William Struthers & Sons to install white marble and ironwork for a clock tower, and later for a cast iron electric light standards. These contracts are dated 1873, 1889, and 1898. There is also a death notice of William Struthers dated Nov 20, 1876. It seems likely that given the fact that Mr. D’Orsolini was a “carver” and the fact that the Struthers company were involved in the marble and decoration business, that D’Orsolini was probably a valued employee of the company when he enlisted, and Mr. Struthers presented him with this revolver. It also seems likely that the William Struthers who enlisted in 1864 was probably William Struthers, Jr., son of the owner of the company. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching including wedge and grip. Traces of orig finish remain as thin blue on the bbl in the most sheltered areas with most of the metal being a mottled brown to silver-brown patina with scattered, light surface pitting. Cyl is matching patina and retains about 40% stagecoach holdup scene with one area of a few spots of crusty oxidation. Trigger guard retains about 55-60% orig silver plating with the frontstrap and most of the trigger bow a light mustard patina. Backstrap retains 85-90% orig silver plating, slightly thinned on the backstrap and worn at the heel. Grip has a chipped right toe with several small chips, or possibly notches in the adjacent area and overall shows moderate wear with nicks and scratches and retains about 75% strong, orig varnish. Hand spring is either broken or missing which causes the hand to occasionally malfunction, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting. 4-39987 JR376 (2,500-3,500)

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RARE AND UNUSUAL COLT MODEL 1849 LONDON POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 13402. Cal. .31. Blue and color case hardened with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address “ADDRESS.COL.COLT. / LONDON”. Left side of the frame has English style “COLT’S PATENT” and the blue steel trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-piece walnut grip that has two digits of a serial number partially visible, that appear to be “41”. Cyl is six shots with stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking and five of the six safety pins serviceable. The unusual part about this revolver is that there are no serial numbers in the usual places, except on the cyl, indicating that this was probably a “lunch box” special. Very likely an employee at the London plant removed the parts one at a time and assembled them at home on his own time. CONDITION: About fine, bbl retains 75-80% flaked orig blue with the loss areas a medium patina. Rammer and handle retains faded dark case colors turned silver on the left side. Frame and hammer retain faded silvery case colors. Cyl is a medium blue-brown patina and retains 60-70% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip frame retains blue in sheltered areas, being mostly a dark blue-brown patina. Grip is sound showing light to moderate wear along the edges with light nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Bbl forcing cone is cracked on the bottom and timing needs attention, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-39988 JR383 (2,750-3,750)

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MODEL 1849 COLT IDENTIFIED TO A NEW YORK ZOUAVE. SN 188090. Cal. 36. 5″ bbl. This gun appears all original and matching. Though there is no serial number on wedge, all other parts normally serial numbered have matching numbers. This gun is crisp and mechanically fine. Cylinder scene is worn but still partially discernible. Inscribed on silver plated backstrap “D.L. Wood, New York. 1861/Co A. NYZ”. A search in an online database provided no information on Mr. Wood, however a little research in a New York reference should determine Mr. Wood’s identity. Identified items to Zouave Units are scarce and this is a nice gun made in 1861 that would display nicely in any Civil War collection. CONDITION: Metal is gray overall showing old cleaning with scattered staining and pitting. Wedge appears to be a replacement. Grips retain most of their original varnish with scattered scratches and nicks. Brass backstrap and trigger guard retain about 20% of their original silver plating. Markings are all discernible though bbl address was lightly struck. Stagecoach scene is about 50% intact. Serial numbers are all crisp and easily read. Engraving is deep and easily read. 4-39113 JS17 (3,000-4,000)

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VERY SCARCE ALVIN WHITE RAMPANT COLT BRONZE. Fine bronze by Alvin A. White, #19 of 50. Figure represents the Colt logo of the Rampant Colt warhorse and stands 10-1/2″ high, about 12″ long on a 1″ x 7-1/2″ round walnut base with a gold embossed fiber plate tacked to the top of the base inscribed “THE RAMPANT COLT / A.A.WHITE / 19/50”. Bronze depicts a rearing, unbridled, un-saddled war horse clutching half of a broken lance in its mouth and the other half between its forelegs. A fine, rare Colt collectible that almost never comes to market. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bronze retains about all of its orig patina showing no visible wear. Base is fine, lightly soiled but un-damaged. Fiber plate shows light wear on the corners and edges but is completely legible. 4-39821 (4,000-6,000)

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FRAMED DISPLAY OF 21 HAND CARVED MINIATURE SCALE MODEL COLT HAND GUNS. Spectacular display of 21 meticulously hand carved miniatures reproduced with great precise detail depicting 21 different models of Colt hand guns including the Baby Paterson, two other Patersons, Walkers, Dragoons, ’60 Armys, ’51 Navy, ’49 Wells Fargo, Single Actions, Bisley, 1877 Thunderer, two double actions and four semi-automatics. All detail is meticulously reproduced including screw heads and some bbl markings. Top center of the case has the Colt sweeping “C” logo and bottom center has a relief carved bust of Samuel Colt. This fantastic set was carved by Lawrence M. Paul of Chicago in 1932 and has his signature and date in bottom right corner. This fantastic set is contained in a deep, black, glass front frame with the pistols mounted on a black background, wired in place. PROVENANCE: Ex Craighead Collection. Consignor states: Presented to the him in the 1960s by Alexander McCook Craighead, from his collection, which now is housed at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. CONDITION: Extremely fine. All of carvings remain in their natural wood finish with no staining or alteration in any way. Frame is equally fine. 4-39671 JR346 (7,500-12,500)

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EXTREMELY RARE COLT 1878 COMBINATION FOLDING SCREWDRIVER. Fire-blue finish with three blades and about 2″ overall with a riveted pivot pin that has large caps on each side. Tool consists of two common screwdriver blades, one thin and one thick and a drift pin punch with cupped end designed so that it could be tapped from the pivot end. These tools are extraordinarily rare, this being only the second one ever seen by this cataloger in over fifty years of examining firearms. An English casing for an 1878 being sold elsewhere in this auction has a small slot on the left end which would accommodate just such a tool. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Appears to be unused retaining about 99% orig fire-blue finish with some minor flaking on the thick blade. A truly rare accessory for an 1878. 4-39823 JR254 (1,000-1,500)

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FINE REPLICA HOLSTER MODEL NO. 5 PATERSON CHARGER. SN 62. Made of copper and brass, as in the orig, and built to precision dimensions faithfully duplicating the orig Paterson No. 5 Texas model percussion revolver charger. It has five spouts on the powder end with a spring-loaded rotating charging band and swinging gate loading cover on top. The ball end is precisely reproduced, with a wood block drilled with five holes to match the charging holes in the spring-loaded ring, as in the orig. Center band duplicates the orig down to the No. 5 sized bbl roll mark with star and snake at each end. Both copper bodies are stamped with the no. “62” and the inside top of the powder charger is stamped “LEPORE” which is the name of the maker. CONDITION: New and unused. 4-37474 (1,800-2,200)

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LOT OF TWO COLT POWDER FLASKS AND AN 1860 ARMY GRIP. 1) Scarce small size “COLTS PATENT” standing eagle flask, double sided with eagle with head turned to its right clutching a revolver and powder flask in its talons with a double row of lead balls below. Probably for a Root revolver. 2) Double sided eagle and stars