March 2014 Firearms Auction
World Record at Approximately $19 Million+

Auction: March 10, 11, & 12, 2014

Preview: March 7-9, 2014

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2000

VERY RARE CASED COLT PATERSON #2 BELT MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH ALL ACCESSORIES.

SN 667. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4-1/2″ oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight and usual 1-line left hand, script letter address that reads “Patent Arms M’g Co Paterson N-J Colt’s Pt.” with small bow ties at each end. Frame measures 2-1/8″, front to back, and has scalloped bottom edges. Cyl has 5 chambers with centaur scene roll marking and round shoulder. Mounted with very nicely figured, matching numbered, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig Paterson mahogany casing that is dark brown velvet lined and recessed in the bottom for the revolver, an orig charger with numbers “51” and “54”, a sgl cavity ball mold that has three turned walnut handles, an orig capper with “NO 89” inside the lid & body, an orig loading tool with nipple pick and an orig turned walnut handle brass cleaning rod. In the right rear corner is a wooden spindle with a spare matching numbered, round shoulder cyl. There were about 800 of these rare revolvers produced 1838-1840, a few of which had rammers added in the 1840-1841 period. Examples of this model are rarely encountered today and of those, the vast majority show wear and hard use and are almost never found cased with complete accessories, especially with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Famed Parsons’ Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection, William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including bbl, wedge, cyl plate, frame, backstrap, grip & both cylinders. No additional dismantling was effected to check for additional matching numbers. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with strong feathers visible on both sides of front sight; cyl plate & recoil shields retain virtually all of their glossy orig blue with faint thinning on each side of recoil shield; frame retains 75-80% orig case colors which were traditionally light to begin with; case colors are almost never found, ever; hammer retains strong case colors on the sides and rear edge, turned silver on top edge; front & backstraps are mostly a gray metal patina with the buttstrap retaining faded case colors. Grip is sound with sharp edges and overall retains 60-65% orig varnish with the loss areas flaked, not worn; cyl in the revolver retains about 90% glossy orig blue, a little thin around the front & rear edges and shows 98-99% crisp centaur scene roll marking. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Spare cyl is mostly a gray metal patina and shows about 90% centaur scene roll marking. Case is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish; lining inside the lid is intact with strong colors and soil from contact with revolver and various parts; bottom is lightly faded with light soil from contact. Charger is intact and retains about 90% crisp gold & copper finish; capper is fine with a dark brass patina; mold is very fine and retains about 75-80% strong orig blue; the two large handles on the mold each have a small grain check; loading tool is mostly a gray metal patina and cleaning rod is fine. All together a very high condition, rare, complete cased set. (WG-001) 4-51084 JR495 (150,000-250,000) – Lot 2000

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2001

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

SN 223. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 4″ oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight and usual 1-line left hand script letter address which reads “Patent Arms Mg Co. Paterson N.J. – Colt’s Pt.” with dashes at each end. Cylinder has 5 chambers with centaur scene roll marking. Frame is usual configuration and is mounted with varnished 1-pc, square butt, walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig Colt casing with fluted lid and brown striped velvet lining, recessed in the bottom for the revolver, an orig copper & gold washed brass charger with matching number “34”, an orig capper numbered “58” inside the lid and in the body, a sgl ball bullet mold with three turned walnut handles, a loading tool with tipped nipple pick, a walnut handle brass cleaning rod and a matching numbered spare cylinder. There were about 500 of these baby-sized Paterson revolvers produced in the period 1837-1838 with a few having loading levers added in the period 1840-1841. Matching SNs were observed on rear face of bbl lug, wedge, both cyls, side of trigger, cyl rotating sleeve, hammer, front & back straps and grip. These diminutive revolvers are rarely ever encountered and of those, extremely few are cased with original accessories with much, or any, orig finish. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching as noted. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with strong feathers on each side of front sight; overall shows only sharp edge wear and a small worn spot on left side of bbl lug; frame, cyl plate, front & backstraps retain 95-96% glossy orig blue with a series of scratches on front strap and slight thinning; backstrap has one small spot and some light thinning; hammer retains brilliant case colors on both sides and rear edge, turned silver on top edge; cyl in the revolver retains about 95-96% strong orig blue and shows about 99% centaur scene roll marking; spare cyl retains about 90% strong orig blue and shows about 98% centaur scene roll marking. Grip is sound showing very light edge wear with a few light nicks in the finish and overall retains about 98-99% crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with some very fine pitting near the cyl end. Case has a crack in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish; interior is moderately faded and lightly soiled inside the lid and lightly faded with moderate soil in the bottom; charger retains about 80-85% orig finish with strong gold wash on the powder end and middle ring; capper is extremely fine and is a medium brass patina; mold has a hairline in two handles, otherwise is very fine with some light dings on the left side and retains about 80% orig blue; tool & cleaning rod are fine. All together a complete and very rare Baby Paterson. (WG-002) 4-51085 JR496 (225,000-325,000) – Lot 2001

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2002

EXTREMELY FINE OUTSTANDING CASED 1ST MODEL COLT DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 6215. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line left hand New York City address with brackets. Frame is marked with a small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” Cyl is usual 6-chambers with oval stop notches and the Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and a crisp, clear “U.S. DRAGOONS. / COLT’S PATENT” cartouches surrounding the SN. The sgl safety pin is crisp. The silver plated square back brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last three digits of matching SN in buttstrap channel. Accompanied by an extremely rare, orig, blue velvet lined Colt casing. Compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an orig brass 2-cavity, early Dragoon “COLT’S PATENT” 2-cavity bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter and a lacquered Eley’s cap tin. Also accompanied by an extremely fine “COLTS PATENT” powder flask with plunger spout & low mounted triangle hangers. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 7,000 of these revolvers were manufactured in the period 1848-1850 and this particular example was made in 1849. They are rarely found with any orig finish and a cased revolver is extremely rare with only a few known especially in such high condition. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “456”. Bbl retains over 90% orig blue with light scratching and small areas of pitting especially at muzzle on left side, balance is mostly plum/blue; rammer pivot retains muted case colors with balance of rammer silver/gray; frame and hammer are mostly a silver/gray with strong traces of muted case color especially in protected areas; there is a small muted area on the lower right recoil shield and tiny areas of scattered staining and pinprick pitting; cyl is crisp and well defined with strong traces of blue finish and an overall silver/gray patina, the cyl scene is virtually all intact with several small dents and scattered scratches; The “U.S. DRAGOONS.” and “COLT’S PATENT” cartouches are crisp with surrounding foliate patterns completely visible as is the Ormsby signature; trigger guard and backstrap retain tiny traces of very thin silver wash as was originally applied that is now only visible as ghosts in protected areas around trigger guard; the trigger guard and backstrap have tiny sub-inspector marks being overrun military parts which the frugal Colt used in his civilian arms; grip is sound and solid and well fit with numerous small dings, dents & scratches and overall retains 95%+ of a bright varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, crisp shiny bore. Case is sound and solid with a long glued repaired crack in lid with usual light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of a fine but thin varnished finish; there is a separation at the bottom right section of lid from warpage; interior of case is a royal blue with moderate fading, staining and damage where muzzle and cyl rested; partitions are sound and solid; mold is very fine with bright fire blue on about 30% of sprue cutter, there are numerous small dings and dents on the external brass portions of mold where it was used apparently as a hammer; flask is in very fine condition with no dents, slightly soiled with light handling scratches and retains 90%+ of its orig varnish with wear mostly at the highest points of relief, plunger and top retain 80%+ of their orig silver plate; cap tin is fine; there are two like new mainsprings also found in one compartment. (WG-015) 4-51086 JS228 (75,000-125,000) – Lot 2002

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2003

EXTREMELY FINE & RARE COLT NEW HAMPSHIRE MARKED 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 10716. Cal. 44. Scarce martially marked dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight with usual 1-line address on top flat and “NEW HAMPSHIRE” on left side of round section. Rammer has vertical latch and left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. It has square back brass trigger guard and back strap with 1-pc grip having a legible “JCB” (Joseph C. Bragg) cartouche on left side and “WAT” (William A. Thornton) cartouche on right side. Various parts have small inspector initials including grips, backstrap, trigger guard, frame, hammer, loading arm & cyl. Cyl has usual markings with the Dragoon/Indian fight scene. This revolver appears as the center image on pg. 52 of the book The Wm M. Locke Collection, Sellers. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only a few hundred of these rare revolvers were contracted by the state of New Hampshire and few are known today. The 2nd Model Dragoon is the most rare of all the dragoons with a total production of only about 2,700 revolvers in the period 1850-51. They were just about all issued and used, even through the Civil War, leaving few with much orig finish. This is among the finest examples known of a New Hampshire 2nd Model Dragoon. PROVENANCE: Wm M. Lock Collection; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall, appears all matching though gun was not disassembled. Bbl retains over 90% of its orig bright blue finish though thinning on bbl and balance plum with some light scratching and small areas of oxidation; cyl retains about 70% blue finish though only about 10% is truly bright remaining blue is very thin turning to a silver/blue with areas of plum/silver retaining virtually all of its rolled Ormsby Dragoon/Indian fight scene with tiny areas of pinprick oxidation; four safety pins are intact and functional; the frame is smooth and mostly a silver/gray with strong ghosts of muted case color over 50% of its surface; hammer has a similar color to frame with same muted case colors; backstrap and trigger guard have a light mustard patina with light scratching on trigger bow; grips are sound, solid and very well fit with light storage marks and edge wear, left inside toe is chipped, cartouches are both crisp and discernible and grips retain a hand worn patina retaining most of their orig oiled finish. Mechanics are crisp, bore is crisp and shiny. (WG-017) 4-51087 JS227 (50,000-80,000) – Lot 2003

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2004

EXTREMELY FINE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 18273. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, brass front sight and 1-line right hand New-York City address with brackets. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLTS PATENT” cartouches surrounding the SN. Brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with well defined cartouches on each. There are small inspector initials on various parts including grips, cyl, backstrap, front strap, trigger guard & bbl. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 10,500 of these powerful revolvers produced in the period 1851-1861 and this is among the very last of these guns produced. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching though stocks were not removed to check for SN. Bbl retains about 95% of its thinning bright blue on bbl housing, remainder of bbl has about 20% bright blue especially in protected areas with balance smooth silver/gray; frame and hammer retain about 80% muted case colors; trigger guard & backstrap have a light colored mustard patina with scattered small scratches on trigger guard and buttstrap; cyl is extremely crisp but only ghosts of a very thin blue finish with an overall blue/gray patina with virtually all the Dragoon/Indian fight scene legible with small areas of staining and pinprick pitting; three of six safety pins are still crisp and serviceable; grip is sound and solid with fine cartouches, showing light wear, numerous small storage dents & dings and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright crisp bore. (WG-018) 4-51088 JS226 (25,000-40,000) – Lot 2004

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2005

Please Note: The correct Serial Number is 123, not 125 as noted in the catalog.

VERY RARE CASED COLT 3RD MODEL LONDON DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 125. Cal. 44. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York City address with dashes. Frame has engraved “COLT’S PATENT” about centered on the left side. Cyl has usual 6-chambers with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLT’S PATENT” cartouches surrounding the SN. All 6 safety pins are crisp and prominent. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with SN “124” in the backstrap channel. Buttstrap is also numbered “124”. While all other serial numbered parts on the revolver are numbered “125”. It has been reliably reported that a major Colt collector in the U.S. England has an engraved 3rd Model Dragoon with backstrap numbered “125” which lends credibility to the hypothesis that this was simply an assembler mistake in switching the grips & backstrap before “124” was engraved. Attempts to contact this individual have thus far been unsuccessful. Accompanied by a rare, orig, blue velvet lined, English oak casing with empty brass plaque in the lid, swinging latches on the front and a mortised lock. Interior is compartmented for the revolver, a Dickson bag shaped flask with adjustable spout, a brass “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter, an “L” shaped nipple wrench and an early tin of Eley’s caps with black & white label. Right rear covered compartment contains a new spare hammer spring, 3 spare nipples and a functioning key. Also included is a pewter Dickson oil bottle and a crisp sealed packet of “COLT’S CARTRIDGE WORKS” combustible cartridges. There were only about 700 of these rare revolvers produced 1853-1857, primarily from Hartford made parts assembled & finished in England. These revolvers are rarely encountered today especially with high orig finish and cased examples are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: Pete Holder; Ron Romanella; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except grip and backstrap as noted. Bbl retains about 70% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina; rammer and handle retain virtually all of their orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot; frame retains virtually all of its brilliant orig case colors, somewhat muted on the left side; hammer retains about 50% faded case colors; cyl retains 30-40% thinning orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina and shows about 95% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll markings with both cartouches crisp and legible; trigger guard and backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver finish with only slight sharp edge wear; grip is sound with crisp edges, a couple small nicks & bruises and retains virtually all of its brilliant orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may have been fired, but if so, very little. Case is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its bright orig varnish; interior shows little fading with only light soil in the bottom from contact with the bbl, cyl & edge of grip; accessories are crisp and new. Cartridge packet is also crisp. (WG-016) 4-51089 JR509 (60,000-100,000) – Lot 2005

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2006

EXTREMELY FINE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 48313. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line U.S. America address. Frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” on left side and is 3-screw style, cut for shoulder stock, with flathead hammer screw. Cyl is usual rebated style with 6-chambers and Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. All six safety pins are crisp & serviceable. The brass trigger guard & iron backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Both sides of grip have crisp, like new cartouches and several of the metal parts have tiny inspector initials. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms about 127,000 Model 1860 revolvers were purchased by the Federal Government for use in the Civil War. The majority of these revolvers were issued to front line troops and was the most extensively used handgun throughout the Civil War. They mostly saw continuous service throughout the war and later on the American frontier, usually under harsh conditions with limited or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish or with visible cartouches. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is number “5916”. Bbl retains 95%+ orig blue with the loss areas flaked around muzzle and shows strong feathers on each side of the front sight; there are several small nicks & scratches on right side of bbl lug at wedge slot; rammer & handle retain bright case colors; frame retains very bright orig case colors, especially on right side; left recoil shield shows fading of colors and areas of small surface scratches; hammer retains about 60-70% strong case colors, with balance silver; cyl retains 50-60% bright orig blue and shows virtually all of the rolled Ormsby Naval battle scene; trigger guard is a smooth medium mustard patina never having been silver-plated; backstrap & buttstrap retain about 95% orig blue with the balance silver/gray. Grip is extremely fine and crisp with raised grain, well fit with one 1″ dent on right side, crisp “JT” (John Taylor) cartouche on right side, crisp “CSL” (C.S. Leonard) cartouche on left side. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore; chambers of cyl retain strong orig blue. (WG-028) 4-51046 JS225 (30,000-40,000) – Lot 2006

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2007

RARE CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 164562. Cal. 44. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Frame has small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Cyl is rebated with usual 6-chambers and Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Three of the safety pins are serviceable. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an orig, royal blue velvet lined, Colt mahogany casing that is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a single sided “COLTS PATENT” trophy of flags & arms, angled spout flask, a blued “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter with a “K” inspector mark on right side, an “L” shaped screwdriver and a green label lacquered tin of Eley’s caps and a functioning key. The Model 1860 was one of the most popular side arms of he Civil war and served with great distinction throughout the war and later on the American frontier. This revolver, a civilian model, was produced in 1867 at the height of the great Western expansion when any repeating arm was in great demand. These arms usually saw extensive hard service under very adverse circumstances and are rarely found today with orig finish. Those with high orig finish are very rare and cased examples are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains 96-97% glossy orig blue with some fine spots of discoloration from light flaking on each side of the muzzle and very faint sharp edge wear; rammer handle and pivot retain brilliant case colors; frame retains brilliant case colors on the sides, moderately faded on left recoil shield and lightly faded on right recoil shield; hammer retains virtually all of its bright, orig case colors, lightly faded on top edge; cyl retains about 90% glossy orig blue and the rebated area about 50% thin blue on the major diameter and shows 97-98% Ormsby battle scene roll marking; grip is crisp with only a couple small nicks and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, sharp bright bore with moderate pitting. Case has a couple grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old added finish; interior is bright and clean with solid partitions and only light soil from contact with the cyl and edge of the grip with light damage from the front sight; flask retains about 75% strong orig finish; mold has sharp cavities and retains about 80% thing blue, other accessories are fine. (WG-027) 4-51047 JR508 (40,000-60,000) – Lot 2007

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2008

EXTRAORDINARY CASED BRACE OF COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS THAT BELONGED TO SPANISH GENERAL DON CARLOS GARCIA TASSARA.

SN 1264 & 1311. Cal. 44. Revolvers are virtually identical, blue and color case hardened with scarce 7-1/2″ rnd bbls, German silver front sights and 1 line Hartford address. Left side of frames have small “COLTS PATENT”. Frames are 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screws. Cylinders have 6-chambers and are full fluted. They each have a matching SN in one flute and a patent date in another. The silver plated brass trigger guards and silver plated steel backstraps contain smooth, Army sized, 1-pc ivory grip. Buttstraps are engraved in period script “C.G. Tassara”. Accompanied by a fantastic, burgundy velvet lined rosewood casing with a brass plaque in the lid, inscribed identically to the revolver butt straps “C.G. Tassara”. Interior is French fitted with black velvet lining around the edges of the recesses for the revolvers, a dbl sided, angled spout flask with repoussed decorations of birds and a bird dog, a 2-cavirty blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold with bowed legs and sprue cutter marked on the right side “44H” and an L-shaped nipple wrench. Right rear open compartment contains a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps and left compartment contains a functioning key. These pistols were purchased from Colt’s New York office in 1861, which is probably where they were inscribed, cased and accessorized. They remained with the General until his death in February 1889 and then with his family until the 1970s when they were discovered by a friend of Dr. Chester P. Bonoff of Los Angeles, CA, who helped him buy them from the family. General Tassara was born September 1823 and entered the Spanish Army in 1839 at age 16. He served the remainder of his life, dying while still on active duty in 1889. He served at a variety of commands from artillery to Cavalry, lancers and staff & field. Over his career he fought in several wars and numerous battles being wounded on one occasion fighting Spanish rebels. In 1860 after heroic service in Africa, he was, by Royal decree, declared a National hero. Some of his major decorations included; the Military order of San Hermenegildo; Cross of San Fernando 1st Class; Military Great Cross of Merit; Plaque and Grand Cross of San Hermenegildo; Great Cross of Military Service and Medal of Alfonso XII. He reached the rank of Lt. General and was appointed director General of Artillery and President of General Defense Board of the Kingdom and Director General of Cavalry. General Tassara was a very distinguished and brave soldier his entire life and the condition of this set of pistols reflects the thought and care of a soldier. Accompanying this lot are two authentic medals similar to those awarded to General Tassara. One is the Grand Cross of San Hermenegildo and the other is the Grand Red Cross of Military Merit. Additionally accompanying is a 2-pg letter from renowned Colt author & historian R.L. Wilson which authenticates this set of pistols. Mr. Wilson begins his letter with the statement that General Tassara was an ambassador to the States, which is incorrect. This set was awarded a silver medal, #153 and a Top 10 Best Weapons Award at the April 20, 1975 NRA meeting in San Diego, CA to Dr. Bonoff. Medallion has been misplaced, however the original certificate and plastic plaque accompanies this lot. This set also was awarded Best of Show Honors at both the American Society of Arms Collectors meeting and The Texas Gun Collectors Association annual show in 2011. Also accompanying this lot is a Colt Factory Letter for each revolver which identifies them in cal. 44 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Colt’s New York office on January 16, 1861, together, in the same 50-gun shipment. Also accompanying is a very large volume of copies of documents in Spanish with translations detailing General Tassara’s career and awards. Additionally accompanying is a copy of a picture of General Tassara. PROVENANCE: Dr. Chester Bonoff; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Revolvers are very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. #1264). Bbl retains about 85% glossy orig blue with a large flaked area on right side of lug and scattered flaking elsewhere; rammer and handle retain about all of their orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot; frame and hammer retain virtually all of their orig brilliant case colors, showing fading only on left recoil shield; trigger guard and backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver; grip is sound showing no flaws and retains a fine mellow ivory patina; cyl retains about 80-85% glossy orig blue with the loss area flaked to a medium patina, 4 of the 6 safety pins are serviceable; appears to be unfired. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. #1311). Bbl retains 75-80% thin orig blue mixed with flaked areas and some scratches on the right side with the loss areas a medium patina; rammer and handle retain brilliant case colors; frame and hammer retain brilliant case colors, showing light fading only on left recoil shield; trigger guard has a small chemical spot and backstrap some fine pimpling, otherwise overall retains virtually all of its orig silver plating; grip has an age line, otherwise shows no flaws and retains a fine mellow ivory patina; cyl retains about 90% glossy orig blue and all 6 safety pins are serviceable. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. Case is sound showing numerous handling and storage nicks & scratches and retains about 75% orig varnish with most of the losses on top of the lid; interior is bright and clean, showing light soil under the revolvers; flask and mold appear to be new; cap tin is nicked & dinged with a very faded label; nipple wrench is also new with light, fine pitting. Altogether an extraordinary set the likes of which never to be encountered again. (WG-003) 4-51090 JR522 (250,000-350,000) – Lot 2008

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2009
Revised: 2/25/2014

Additional Information:  This double cased set of revolvers was part of a special grouping of approx. 60 special revolvers consisting of several double-double and even fewer double cased sets given by Colonel Colt to select military dignitaries as “Presents to Officers” in late 1861.  Lot is accompanied by an original handwritten letter to Col S. Colt dated 1/23/1860 from Thornton requesting a quantity of pistol barrels be sent to affect repairs at the New York Arsenal, and signed W.A.T.

EXTRAORDINARY RARE PRESENTATION DOUBLE CASED SET OF COLT 1860 ARMY AND 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS PRESENTED TO GENERAL WILLIAM A. THORNTON BY COL. COLT.

Both revolvers have a period engraved inscription on backstraps “Col. W. A. Thornton / with Compliments of Col. Colt”. Both revolvers are blue and color case hardened with deluxe 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Accompanied by their spectacular, orig, purple velvet lined, brass bound walnut casing with empty brass plaque in the lid. Corners have mortised brass reinforcements and its has English style sliding latches in the front with a mortised brass lock and large escutcheon. Interior is compartmented for both revolvers, a sgl sided, angle spout, “COLTS PATENT”, trophy of flags & arms, Army sized and Navy sized flasks, blued “COLTS PATENT” bullet molds with sprue cutters in both 36 & 44 cal, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a tin of Eley’s caps. Left front corner has a small tube of spare parts and a functioning key. Col. William A. Thornton, later Brigadier General Thornton, graduated West Point in 1825 and became Captain of Ordnance in 1838. Over 41 years of service he commanded Ordnance depots at New York, Watervliet and St. Louis and was chief inspector for Military Arms at Springfield beginning with the Paterson revolver and continuing through the Dragoon series. There were many sub-inspectors who worked for him until 1861. General Thornton was highly regarded and very ingenious and was instrumental in the development of the Dragoon models of Colt revolvers. He died in 1866. It is evident that Sam Colt regarded General Thornton very highly or at least wished to influence his decision making with this presentation. According to preeminent Colt Historian & author R. L. Wilson there were only a very few dbl case sets, such as this one, presented by Col. Colt in late 1861. Several of them are know today, with this one being one of the most important. 1). Model 1860 Army. Serial number 11682. Cal. 44. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Frame is 4-screw type, cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contains a highly figured 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. 2) Model 1861 Navy. Serial Number 1822. Cal 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”, and left shoulder trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Cyl has usual 6-chambers with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a highly figured 1-pc varnished walnut grip with matching serial number in backstrap channel. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: 1) Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 75% orig blue mixed with dark brown patina; rammer handle retains about 95% orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot; frame and hammer retain about 90% orig case colors, strong & bright on the sides, turned a little dark on recoil shields and edge of hammer, showing light wear on left recoil shield; cyl retains about 50-60% thin orig blue and shows about 75% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore with a couple small spots of pitting. 2) Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 75-80% orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas, mixed with light patina elsewhere; rammer and handle retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant on pivot; frame and hammer retain about 90% orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded; cyl retains about 50-60% orig blue with balance a brown patina and shows about 80% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard and backstrap retain about 98% strong orig silver; grip is sound with a few nicks in the edges and retains about 93-95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with 3 or 4 small spots of pitting. Case has a couple grain checks in the lid and couple more in the bottom with usual handling and storage nicks & scratches and retains 95-96% strong orig varnish; interior is very lightly faded in the lid with some light staining from revolvers and implements, bottom is moderately faded showing wear from the front sights and hammer spurs with light soil; flasks are very fine with the Army model retaining about 93-95% orig finish with one small dent on the back side; Navy model also has a sgl dent and retains about 95-98% orig finish; molds and other accessories are fine. This is an extraordinary rare set. (WG-004) 4-51091 JR524 (200,000-300,000) – Lot 2009

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2010

EXTREMELY RARE CASED COLT 2ND MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 2211. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl and 1-line New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking, and 3 serviceable safety pins. The silver plated, square back, small brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 3-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an orig green velvet lined, Colt mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a dbl sided “COLTS PATENT” trophy of flags & arms, angled spout flask, and an early brass 2-cavity bullet mold with straight legs, a bright metal sprue cutter, marked on the right side “COLTS PATENT”, an “L” shaped nipple wrench, a blue paper wrapped tin of Eley’s caps and a packet of combustible cartridges. According to various publications there were about 3,000 2nd Model 51 Navy revolver produced. The primary differentiation between 1st & 2nd models is the wedge screw being over the top of the slot and the cyl spindle slotted through the center. Other than that they are otherwise indistinguishable. The early 51’s were all rapidly purchased by pioneers moving west or by those already on the western frontier where they usually saw hard and continuous service. They served throughout the Civil war and later back on the frontier well into the 1870’s and 1880’s until supplanted by cartridge revolvers. They were used by law men, outlaws and common citizens to great affect with such luminaries as Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickock, who was recorded as having carried a pair of Navies. Cased examples are extraordinarily rare. This revolver is pictured on pg. 88 as the bottom photograph in the book The Wm. M. Lock Collection, Sellers. PROVENANCE: Wm. M. Locke Collection; George Lewis Collection; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including rammer, wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains 92-93% glossy orig blue with only sharp edge wear and some light flaking with a spot of rust on the right side of the muzzle. Frame retains about all of its traditionally muted orig case colors. Hammer retains strong case colors, partially faded on top edge. Cyl retains about 80% orig blue, showing wear around the front edge and dulling and wear around the rear shoulder and shows about 96-97% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain about all of their strong orig silver, showing wear at the heel. Grip is sound with one small gouge and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Case has a compression fracture in the lid and a grain check in the bottom, otherwise is completely sound with storage handling nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Lining in the lid is strong and bright with one spot of stain, with contact with the cyl, bottom is lightly to moderately faded with moderate soil and wear from contact with the bbl, cyl and edge of grip. Flask is fine with no dents and retains about 60% orig finish. Mold is very fine with bright metal sprue cutter and some light hammer marks on the right side. Other accessories are fine. Cap tin has slight loses from the paper wrap but it is still sealed. (WG-024) 4-51048 JR507 (60,000-100,000) – Lot 2010

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2011

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

SN 41943. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” engraved in a pillow shape. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and 5 of the 6 safety pins completely serviceable. The silver plated, small rnd guard, brass, trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished, deluxe, burl walnut 1-pc grip that has last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Revolver is deluxe engraved by Gustave Young with full coverage, foliate arabesque patterns on the frame. Two of the scrolls on the frame terminate in flower blossoms. Matching engraving extends over the bbl lug and top side flats. One scroll on left side terminated with Mr. Young’s mythical dog creature and another scroll on the right side terminates in a flower blossom. Rammer pivot has matching engraving. Hammer is deluxe engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the shank and a wolfs head on each side of the hammer nose. Top edge and sides of the spur are engraved in fish scale patterns and the spur is hand checkered. Backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard also have matching engraving patterns with Mr. Young’s fan pattern on the top panel. Screw heads are all engraved. Accompanied by a burgundy velvet lined Colt mahogany casing that is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a sgl sided “COLTS PATENT” trophy of arms and flags, angled spout flask, an “L” shaped nipple wrench, an early brass “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity bullet mold with sprue cutter, a spare hammer spring, 6 spare nipples, a spare lock bolt and a paper wrapped, sealed tin of Eley’s caps. This revolver was produced in 1859 during the time of America’s great Westward expansion of Manifest Destiny, when any repeating arm was in great demand. The Model 1851 was a tremendously popular sidearm on the Frontier and was used by such notables as Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickock, who was known to have carried a pair of Navies, along with and many others. These revolvers remained in service throughout the Civil war and then returned to the Frontier, remaining in service well into the 1870s & 1880s until supplanted by cartridge revolvers. Engraved examples are rare and cased, engraved examples are very rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl retains about 75% orig blue with the loss areas mostly flaked, not worn, to a medium patina and shows light, sharp edge wear; rammer and handle retain dark case colors; frame and hammer also retain even dark case colors; cyl retains traces of orig blue being mostly a dark brown patina and shows about 95% Ormsby Naval battle scene with Ormsby signature still visible; trigger guard and backstrap retain 96-98% strong orig silver with wear only at the heel and toe; grip is sound showing very light edge wear with very few, very fine, light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with pitting near the breech end, probably from snapping caps without cleaning afterword. Case is sound with fine nicks & scratches and retains about all of an old refinish; interior is moderately faded inside the lid with staining from contact with the cyl; bottom is heavily faded with heavy soil, partitions are solid. Flask is extremely fine and retains about 95% orig finish; mold has a few nicks & dings with orig bright metal sprue cutter; nipple wrench and cap tin are fine. (WG-025) 4-51049 JR511 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 2011

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2012

COLT 4TH MODEL 51 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 203206. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line “NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contaning a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. This revolver appears to be made in 1867, after the Civil war which had established the 51 Navy as a premier side arm. This was the time of great western expansion of Manifest Destiny and any repeating arm was in great demand. These Navy revolvers were used by every facet of American life on the western frontier on both sides of the law to great effect. It is well documented that many notables of that era carried and used these revolvers, including such luminaries as William B. (Wild Bill) Hickock who was known to carry a brace of them. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip, except rammer handle which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue, showing faint sharp edge wear and flaking, not wear, over the bbl lug area. Loss areas are a light patina. Rammer and handle retain brilliant case colors. Frame and hammer also retain about 98% brilliant, orig case colors showing only light fading on the left recoil shield and a cleaned spot on the hammer nose. Cyl retains 80-90% orig blue and shows aobut 98% Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain silver plating in sheltered areas being mostly a medium mustard patina. Grip has some light chips on the left edge, otherwise shows only very light wear and retains virtually all of its bright, orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore, may be unfired. (WG-026) 4-51050 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2012

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2013

SCARCE CASED COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 2266. Cal. 31. Blue and color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City left hand address with brackets and left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl has 5-chambers with rnd stop notches and the Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. SN and “COLTS PATENT” on cyl read left hand, and the “COLTS PATENT” on cyl is the same size font as on the frame. The silver-plated square back brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last 3 digits of matching SN in buttstrap channel. Cyl spindle has a cupped end to be used as a rammer for loading the cyl. Accompanied by a very early, orig, dark brown velvet lined, mahogany Colt casing with fluted lid and recessed in the bottom for the revolver and orig Baby Dragoon “COLTS PATENT” dbl sided eagle flask, an orig brass Baby Dragoon 2-cavity bullet mold without sprue cutter and has straight legs that are beveled on the inside edges. Bullet cavity is without shoulder. Also accompanied is an “L” shaped nipple wrench, a small early tin of Eley’s caps and a functioning key. There were about 15,000 Baby Dragoon revolvers produced 1847-1850 in 4 different bbl lengths with 3 different styles of cyl stops and 2 different cyl scene roll markings, some of which had loading levers added in the later production. These revolvers were introduced early in the Great Westward expansion and were readily purchased by those pioneers. They usually saw extensive hard service from their introduction right through the Civil war and later, again on the American Frontier. They are rarely found today with any orig finish and cased examples are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching. Including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 90% orig blue with sharp edge wear and a few light thin spots; frame retains about 75% dark orig case colors that were traditionally muted; cyl retains about 75% thin orig blue mixed with light patina and has sharp edge wear with a light cyl line. Overall cyl shows about 98% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain 70-75% orig silver, stronger on the front strap. Grip has a chipped left toe otherwise shows moderate wear and retains about 75% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound showing light storage and handling nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; lining in the lid is extremely fine, strong and bright; bottom is moderately faded with heavy soil in the revolver recess. Flask retains about 90% strong orig finish, mold is battered on the right side, otherwise is fine with crisp cavities and a dark brass patina. Other accessories are fine. (WG-068) 4-51051 JR500 (40,000-60,000) – Lot 2013

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2014

RARE CASED BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 2147. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl has 5 chambers with its orig, crisp safety pin and Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. Cyl has rnd stop notches and left hand panel marked in tiny letters “COLTS PATENT” the same size as is on the frame, over the matching SN. The silver plated, square back, brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with obscured number in the backstrap or buttstrap channels. Although the grip has no visible number, there is little doubt that it is orig to this revolver. Accompanied by a green velvet lined, mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an early dbl sided eagle flask, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter, a small tin of Eley’s caps and a functioning key. The Baby Dragoon was Colt’s first attempt at a pocket sized revolver after the cessation of production of the Paterson line. It was introduced near the beginning of the great Westward expansion and the 49er miners where it became extremely popular. These little revolvers, in a variety of bbl lengths, saw hard & continuous service from introduction right through the Civil War, well into the 1870s. They are rarely found today with any orig finish and cased examples are extremely rare. There were fewer than 15,000 of these little revolvers produced 1847-1850. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge & cyl, except grip as noted. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear and a couple of scratches with some minor flaking and some light nicks around the wedge slot; frame retains 80-85% orig case colors which are traditionally muted; hammer retains mottled, dark case colors; cyl retains 65-70% orig blue and shows about 95% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking; trigger guard retains strong silver on the trigger plate and front & rear ends of the trigger bow with the front strap a light brass patina; backstrap retains silver in sheltered areas and on the buttstrap. Grip has chipped toes with light wear on the edges and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. Case has three fine cracks across the lid, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish; lining in the lid is lightly faded & soiled; bottom is moderately faded with heavy soil under the revolver and a large stain under the flask area; flask retains about 95% strong orig finish; mold is equally new with a few light nicks & dings; cap tin is fine. (WG-019) 4-51052 JR499 (20,000-40,000) – Lot 2014

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2015

EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE COLT MODEL 1849 WELLS FARGO POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 85303. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 3″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with brackets. Bbl is made without rammer. Left side of frame is marked with a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl has 5 chambers with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip that has SN in backstrap channel. There were about 4,000 of these rammerless model 1849 revolvers produced, scattered over much of the total production. They were made in several different variations with 3″ & 4″ bbls, small & large trigger guards and two different frame styles. They represent a very small portion of the approx. 325,000 model 1849 pocket revolvers produced 1850-1873. Being a small and easily concealed revolver they usually saw hard service and are rarely found today with any orig finish. This is one of the finest Wells Fargo models extant. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching, including wedge, cyl & grip. Overall retains virtually all of its fine orig finish with bright bbl blue showing only faint sharp edge wear and a few nicks around the wedge slot. Frame retains virtually all of its orig, naturally muted case colors, as does the hammer. Top edge of hammer has turned dark. Screws are fine and retain most of their orig fire blue. Cyl is also fine and retains about 75% thin orig blue and shows about 98% crisp stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their strong, orig plating. Grip is sound, showing very light edge wear and retains about all of its bright, orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong, bright bore with scattered pitting. Has been shot, but very little. (WG-020) 4-51053 JR364 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2015

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2016

WONDERFUL CASED COLT LONDON MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 418. Cal. 31. Blue and color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brasspin front sight and 2-line London address with brackets. Left side of frame has small “COLTS PATENT” and the silver plated, small guard brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by a fine blue velvet lined, English mahogany casing with empty brass plaque in the lid and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a Dixon “COLTS POCKET FLASK” brass and copper bag shaped flask, a blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter and straight legs, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a large tin of Eley’s caps and an all metal cleaning rod in its compartment at the rear. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were about 11,000 of these revolvers produced in the period 1853-1857. Mr. Wilson indicates that this is the second model and is of a series probably made up of Hartford produced parts and is without beveled edge on the loading cutout. These London Pocket Model Colts are quite scarce, especially cased examples and those with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Robert Howard Collection; Herb Glass; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including rammer, wedge, cyl and grip. bbl retains about 30% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a dark patina; rammer and handle retain about all of their orig case colors, strong and bright on the pivot; frame & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, lightly faded on the left recoil shield and turned a little dark on top edge of hammer; trigger guard and backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver plating; cyl retains about 60-65% orig blue and shows about 98% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking; all 5 safety pins are crisp and serviceable; grip is sound with a couple small nicks and retains virtually all of its crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. Case has a couple grain checks in the lid otherwise is sound with light handling and storage nicks and scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Interior is strong and bright in the lid with very light soil; lining in the bottom is lightly faded with light soil from contact with the bbl, hammer spur and edge of the grip; flask retains about 98% orig finish; mold has some light flaking on the legs otherwise appears to be new and unused; other accessories are fine. (WG-23) 4-51054 JR373 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2016

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2017

CASED LATE COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 307014. Cal. 31, blue and color case hardened with 6″ 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 trigger guard is marked “31 CAL” Cyl is 6 chambers with stage coach holdup scene roll marking and has all 6 safety pins prominent and serviceable. The large guard brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an original, burgundy velvet lined, mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a double sided eagle and stars flask, a brass 2 cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold without sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps and a sealed packet of 6 combustible cartridges. It appears that this revolver was produced in about 1868, at the height of the great westward migration when any repeating firearm was in great demand. These little revolvers were extremely popular and remained so well into the 1870’s, until being supplanted by cartridge firearms. Cased examples are scarce and those with high original finish are very scarce. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip, except rammer which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 95% glossy org blue with only light muzzle end and sharp edge wear; rammer & handle retain most of their org case colors, bright on the pivot; frame retains brilliant case colors on the sides lightly to moderately faded on the recoil shields; hammer retains brilliant case colors on the sides and rear edge, faded on top edge; cyl retains about 95% glossy orig blue and shows about 99% stage coach hold-up scene roll marking; trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver plating with only sharp edge wear on the toe; grip is sound with a few of small nicks and retains virtually all of its orig varnish; mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered small spots of pitting; case has a grain crack in the lid, otherwise is sound, showing light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish; interior is lightly to moderately faded with light soil inside the lid & moderate soil in the bottom; flask is near new & other accessories are extremely fine; cartridge packet is extremely fine. (WG-022) 4-51055 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 2017

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2018

CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 114226. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2 line New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame has small “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl has 5 chambers with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking and all 5 safety pins mostly serviceable. The silver-plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an extremely rare, orig, fluted lid Colt mahogany casing with blue velvet lined interior. Bottom has the very rare contour partition to fit this revolver. Case also contains a fine single sided eagle & stars flask, a brass 2 cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter, a green label “W. & C. Eley” tin of caps and a functioning key. This revolver appears to have been made in about 1856, during the height of the great westward migration when any revolver was in great demand. The ’49 pocket revolver was the successor to the baby dragoon and was immediately adopted by the buying public. These revolvers usually saw hard & continuous service under harsh circumstances, usually with limited or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Cased examples are especially rare and the contoured, fluted lid cases are exceptionally rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including rammer, wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue with some light flaking, mostly on the left side. Rammer pivot retains brilliant case colors. Frame & hammer retain brilliant case colors for this model which is notorious for having muted case colors. Cyl retains 88-90% strong orig blue with about 99% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Trigger guard & backstrap retain most of their orig silver plating, showing only sharp edge wear on the trigger guard & front strap with some very fine pimpling on the back strap and wear at the heel. Grip is sound with only a couple of small nicks and retains all of its orig bright varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case has a couple of grain checks in the lid, otherwise is sound with about 75% of its orig paper covering on the bottom. Lining inside the lid is strong & bright with very light soil. Bottom is lightly faded with moderate soil from contact with the revolver cyl & grip and also from the flask. There is moderate damage from the front sight. (WG-021) 4-51056 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2018

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2019

EXTREMELY RARE CASED PAIR OF COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVERS MARKED FOR THE LONDON MARKET.

SN 296885 & 296915. Cal. 31. Revolvers are identical with 5″ oct bbls, brass pin front sights and 1-line New-York U.S. America addresses. Left side of frames are marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guards are marked “31 CAL”. Cyls have 6-chambers with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. Both revolvers have large guard blued steel trigger guards and backstraps that contain varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Both revolvers have British proofs on left sides of bbl lugs & cylinders. Serial numbers on bottom of revolvers are all accompanied by a small “L” which indicates that they were destined for the Colt London Agency. Revolvers were not disassembled to check for matching numbers. Accompanied by an extraordinary brass bound, green felt lined, English mahogany casing with scalloped, mortised brass corners and brass reinforcements on the bottom corners. It has a bullseye brass lifting handle in the lid and sliding latches on the front with a mortised brass lock. Interior has an orig Colt directions for loading and cleaning label inside the lid, held in place by 4 brass tacks and green thread. Bottom is compartmented for the two revolvers, a rare Dickson bag flask marked on the top “COLTS POCKET FLASK” that has a graduated spout, 2 blued steel 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” molds with sprue cutters, marked on the right sides “31 PKT”, 2 L-shaped nipple wrenches, 2 large lacquered tins of Eley’s caps, 2 blue steel wire cleaning rods, a small pewter oil bottle and a spare lock bolt/trigger return spring. Although the Model 1849 was produced in fairly large quantities, few were shipped to England and of those extremely few were sold as pairs and are almost never found dbl cased, especially in new unfired condition, such as these. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, new and unfired, retaining virtually all of their crisp orig factory finish with bright glossy blues and brilliant case colors. Bbls show a couple small spots of sharp edge wear with tiny flaking on right side of each bbl lug; both grips are equally new and show all their orig varnish; cylinders show 99% plus stagecoach holdup scene roll marking; #296915 has a light cyl line; trigger guards and backstraps also show bright glossy blue with a small nick on #296915. Case has three grain checks on the bottom, otherwise is sound with light storage and handling, nicks & scratches and a series of small rnd hammer marks on the left front top corner; interior is clean & bright with only light soil under the revolvers and with light damage from front sights; accessories are equally bright and new; cap tins are probably old replacements and show soil, nicks & scratches. Very likely when these revolvers were imported from England, the orig cap tins were left behind. This is truly an exceptional and rare set, the likes of which are unlikely to ever been encountered again. (WG-058) 4-51057 JR521 (90,000-150,000) – Lot 2019

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2020

VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 6291. Cal. 36. Blue and 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 as a small “COLTS PATENT” and left rear web of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Cyl is rebated with 5-chambers and stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc ivory grip that has matching SN in backstrap channel. Revolver is beautifully engraved in donut style, probably by Gustave Young, with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns without background shading on the frame and with matching patterns about 3/5 up the bbl and on the rammer pivot. Backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard are engraved to match with a fan pattern at top of backstrap. Hammer is deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of hammer nose, fish scale patterns on top edge & sides of spur with hand checkered spur. All 4 SN’s on bottom of revolver are accompanied by a small “E” which signifies this revolver was to receive special attention for engraving. Accompanied by a spectacular orig, brass bound Colt casing that has an empty plaque in the lid with mortised brass corners, brass reinforcements on the bottom corner and a mortised brass lock in the front. Interior is burgundy velvet lined and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a blued steel 2-caivty “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side “36P”, a sgl sided eagle and stars, “COLTS PATENT” flask, a packet of 5 combustible cartridges, an “L” shaped nipple wrench, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps, and a functioning key. Bottom is originally oilcloth covered. There were about 19,000 of these fine revolvers produced 1861-1873. They were mostly produced during the Civil war and remained in service throughout the war well into the 1870’s & 80’s until supplanted by cartridge revolvers. They generally saw hard service and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Cased examples are very rare and engraved cased examples are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip, cyl spindle is unnumbered or perhaps has had the number obliterated by cleaning. Bbl retains about 85% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer and handle retain faint case colors in sheltered areas. Frame retains traces of case colors, being mostly a gray metal patina. Cyl retains about 25% blue in the rebated area with the balance a gray/brown patina and shows about 75% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap are mostly a medium brass patina with silver on the trigger plate. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. Case has grain check in the lid and a couple more in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about 85% orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded with light soil under the revolver and damage from the front sight. Flask retains 65-70% strong orig finish and the mold about 90% orig blue. Cartridge packet and cap tin are fine, other accessories are fine. (WG-029) 4-51058 JR502 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 2020

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2021

SCARCE CASED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 21965. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, brass pin front sight & 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” & left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Cyl is half fluted & rebated with 5 chambers and all 5 safety pins serviceable. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an orig, burgundy velvet lined Colt casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a double sided eagle & stars Colt flask, a blued “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side “36P”, an “L” shaped nipple wrench, a full sealed packet of 5 combustible skin cartridges, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps and a functioning key. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique Firearms there were about 28,000 of these fine revolvers produced in the period 1861-1873. This revolver appears to have been produced in about 1863, during the height of the Civil War when any type of revolver was in great demand. Although there are no known military contracts for this model of Colt, it’s a safe bet that the majority of the production before the end of the war were private purchase & used during the Civil War. After the war they remained in service, primarily on the Western frontier and are rarely found today in orig configuration with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and a small chemical spot with a few tiny nicks. Rammer handle retains brilliant case colors. Frame retains strong case colors on the sides, lightly faded, with moderately faded colors on recoil shields. Hammer retains moderately faded case colors. Cyl retains about 85% strong blue, showing sharp edge wear & thinning over the chambers, all 5 safety pins are serviceable. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about all of their strong orig silver-plate finish. Grip is sound with 1 small spot of black stain on the left side at the frame, otherwise is nearly flawless and retains about all of its crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Appears to be unfired. Case is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Inside the lid is lightly faded with some minor staining from contact with the revolver. Bottom is moderately faded & lightly soiled with light damage from the front sight & hammer spur. Flask has a broken spring, otherwise is as new. Mold is battered on both sides & bottom, but retains about 90% crisp orig blue, other accessories are fine. (WG-030) 4-51059 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2021

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2022

VERY RARE CASED COLT ROOT 1855 MODEL 1A PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 268. Cal. 28. Blue finish with 3-7/16″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address without pointing hand motif. Rammer handle is octagonal shaped. Cyl is usual 5-chambers with Cabin/Indian fight scene roll marking. Mounted with uncheckered, 1-pc, varnished walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig brown velvet lined mahogany Colt casing, compartment in the bottom for the revolver and a bow legged “COLTS PATENT” brass 2-cavity mold with bright steel sprue cutter. Other accessories are not present. This is the first of the Colt Root series and the lowest production with only 384 produced in two different styles. Very few of this model survive today in any condition, especially with orig finish. These little revolvers were quite popular with both ladies and gentlemen as concealment pistols and usually saw hard service. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains 70-75% orig blue mixed with flaked areas that are a light patina; cyl retains traces of blue, being mostly a blue/gray patina and shows about 65-70% Cabin/Indian fight scene roll marking; grip shows moderate wear with a few dings & scratches, otherwise is sound. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. Case has a grain check in the lid, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is lightly to moderately faded with light soil in the bottom and sound partitions; mold is extremely fine. (WG-051) 4-51060 JR520 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 2022

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2023
Revised: 2/25/2014

Please Note: The estimate should read $12,500-$17,500

FINE CASED COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 2 PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 5036. Cal. 28. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address with pointing hand motif. Cyl is usual 5-chambers with Cabin/Indian fight scene roll marking. Mounted with nicely figured varnished walnut 1-pc grip. Accompanied by an orig, burgundy velvet lined Colt mahogany casing that is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a straight legged brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, a dbl sided eagle & stars, 28 cal. size flask and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. This model Root revolver was one of the highest production of the series, but it is rarely found with high orig finish. They were very popular with the public as pocket pistols for gentlemen and muff pistols for ladies. They generally saw very hard use. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching, grip was not removed to check for matching number. Overall retains about 98% glossy orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; rammer handle retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot; hammer retains case colors in sheltered areas being mostly a gray patina; cyl has been fired and shows fine pitting around the nipple recesses; overall retains about 90% thinning orig blue and shows about 98% Cabin/Indian fight scene roll marking; grip is crisp with 1 or 2 tiny nicks and retains about all of its crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case is sound with faint nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish; interior is very lightly faded with very light soil in the bottom, solid partitions; accessories are fine. (WG-052) 4-51061 JR519 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2023

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2024

CASED COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 3 SIDEHAMMER PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 27375. Cal. 28. Blue finish with 5-1/8″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address without pointing hand motif. Cyl is full fluted with 5-chambers and it is mounted with nicely figured, smooth, 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig, dark green velvet lined colt casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a bowlegged “COLT’S PATENT” blued steel mold with sprue cutter that has a “K” inspector initial on the right side, a root sized eagle & stars dbl sided flask, small tin of Hick’s caps that has rupoussed top and bottom and an “L” shaped screwdriver for a later pistol. Revolver was not disassembled to check for matching numbers. These little revolvers were very popular as pocket and hideout guns and saw service through the Civil war well into the 1870s. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Revolver is fine. Bbl retains 95-96% glossy orig blue and the frame about 80-85% orig blue with some candy striping on both sides and screw driver halos around the side plate screws with scratches by the hammer; backstrap retains blue in sheltered areas being mostly a blue gray patina; grip is sound with a few minor nicks and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bore could not be checked. Case has a grain check in the bottom otherwise is sound and retains most of its orig varnish. Lining inside the lid is strong with dark color, bottom is lightly to moderately faded with heavy soil from contact with revolver. Flask and mold are fine to very fine. (WG-053) 4-51062 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2024

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2025

SCARCE CASED COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 5A PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 6251. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address. Cyl is usual 5-chambers and is full fluted. Mounted with very nicely figured, 1-pc, smooth walnut grip. Accompanied by an authentic burgundy velvet lined Colt mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a dbl sided eagle & stars flask, a blued “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, marked on the right side “31 PKT”, a packet of 6 combustible cartridges, an L-shaped screwdriver, a small lacquered tin of Eley’s caps and a functioning key. There were about 5,500 of this model produced in two bbl lengths, this being the more scarce. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching, grip was not checked. Overall retains about 90% glossy orig blue with muzzle end and minor sharp edge wear; backstrap shows moderate flaking, cyl is moderately flaked and retains about 80% glossy orig blue; grip is fine with very light sharp edge wear and a rub spot on the left side and overall retains 95-96% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. Case is sound with a couple small scrapes on the top, light nicks & scratches and retains about 95% orig varnish; lining in the lid is lightly faded with light soil; bottom is moderately faded with heavy soil under the revolver; accessories are fine. (WG-054) 4-51063 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 2025

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2026

SCARCE CASED COLT ROOT 1855 MODEL 7 PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 12837. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ rnd bbl, tall brass pin front sight and 2-line address. Cyl is usual 5-chambers with stage coach holdup scene roll marking and cyl pin retaining screw through the side. Mounted with 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Accompanied by a rare, orig, Colt burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing that has the rare contoured partition in the bottom for the revolver, an early dbl sided eagle flask and a bow legged brass, “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold with bright steel sprue cutter and a green label tin of Hick’s caps. There were about 3,000 of these revolvers produced in 2 bbl lengths, which makes them a rather scarce item. These revolvers were very popular in their day and usually saw hard service and are seldom found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching, grip was not removed to check for matching number. Overall retains about 95-96% glossy orig blue with some light flaked areas on the bbl and cyl; cyl shows fine pitting around the nipple recesses and overall retains about 70-75% orig blue and shows about 93-95% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking; trigger & hammer retain strong, bright case colors; grip is sound with only a couple tiny nicks & retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting. Case has a grain check in the bottom, otherwise is sound with usual storage and handling nicks & scratches, some heavy creases in the lid and retains about 90% orig varnish. Lining in the lid is strong and bright with light staining from contact with the revolver cyl; bottom is moderately faded with heavy soil under the revolver, partitions are solid; flask is good to very good; mold is extremely fine and cap tin is fine. (WG-055) 4-51064 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2026

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2027

VERY RARE COLT FIRST VARIATION MODEL 1860 RICHARDS SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER WITH 12-STOP CYLINDER.

SN 1612. Cal. 44 COLT. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and New-York U.S. America address. Right side of bbl lug has an attached ejector housing with checkered 1/2 moon ejector rod head. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channels. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with the unusual feature of 12 stop notches in the rebated area. This was an experiment which would have allowed the cyl to be locked by the lock bolt half way between chambers for safety. Unfortunately, the notches over the chamber area occasionally wore through creating a dangerous situation. Conversion ring has an integral rear sight with loading gate that has internal spring and detent. Conversion ring, loading gate and cyl spindle have assembly number “310”. This revolver is one of the early versions assembled from previously unused percussion parts and thus was a manufactured revolver, not a conversion. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were about 9,000 of this model revolver produced during the period 1873-1878, of which only a few were fitted with 12-stop cylinders. Undoubtedly, many of those were later converted to conventional cylinders with 6 stops. This was Colts first offering of the bored-through cyl in large caliber and was immediately adopted by the buying public for use on the American Frontier. They generally saw very hard service and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Accompanied by a very rare, full, sealed box, of U.S. Cartridge Co. 44 Cal. central fire cartridges marked on the label “COLT’S NEW BREECH-LOADING / ARMY REVOLVER” and has a line drawing of a Richards conversion revolver. Label is yellow with black lettering and has a kraft colored paper band. Each end of the box is marked “Calibre: / .44 / Colt’s Army Pistol”. PROVENANCE: Francis E. “Bud” Firth Collection; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge, which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 70% glossy orig blue with the loss areas toward the breech end, over the top, from flaking, not wear; ejector housing retains about 95% glossy orig blue; frame, conversion ring, loading gate and hammer retain about 98% brilliant orig case colors, a little dark on the hammer; cyl retains about 90% orig blue, strong and glossy in the rebated area, a little thin on the major diameter and shows about 99% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard retains about 35% silver with the balance a medium mustard patina; backstrap retains about 90% glossy orig blue, thinning toward the heel; grip has some chips in the edges and nicks & scratches with a few bruises and overall retains 93-95% glossy orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore with a few scattered small spots of pitting. Box of cartridges is sound and still sealed; label has a few minor losses on the right end with light soil and wear and is lightly faded; band is lightly foxed with light soil. (WG-008) 4-51092 JR512 (30,000-40,000) – Lot 2027

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2028

RARE CASED COLT FIRST VARIATION MODEL 1860 RICHARDS CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 198214. Cal. 44 COLT. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Right side of bbl lug is mounted with an ejector housing and checkered half moon ejector rod head. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL” which is overstamped with the Frederick Von Oppen “C” and “RAMPANT COLT”. Von Oppen was employed by Colt as a representative in Belgium and in 1861 was transferred to London to act as Colt’s London agent. During his tenure, European copies of Colt firearms were being marketed as authentic, so Von Oppen purchased the small stamp as noted above and marked most of the firearms passing through the London agency with that mark. The silver plated, brass trigger guard and blue steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is the orig for this revolver and has the Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Bottom of bbl and cyl have tiny British proofs. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were about 9,000 of these revolvers produced 1873-1878 with the majority of them manufactured from previously unused percussion parts. This revolver is one of the late manufactured 1860 Army revolvers that was converted. Accompanied by an orig, green felt lined, English oak casing with empty brass disk in the lid and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an “L” shaped screw driver which is missing, an pewter oil bottle and a steel cleaning rod. Left front of the case has a cartridge block containing 59 rds of 44 Colt ammunition. This is Colts first successful model of conversion revolver utilizing the bored-through cyl for self contained center fire cartridges. They were immediately adopted by the buying public and usually saw hard service and are rarely found with high orig finish, cased examples are quite rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge, which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains 65-70% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina; frame and conversion ring contain virtually all of their orig case colors, lightly faded on the conversion ring and loading gate, brilliant on the frame and hammer; cyl retains about 20% orig blue with loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina and shows about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard retains strong orig silver with front strap having silver at the toe, being mostly a light mustard patina; backstrap and buttstrap retains strong glossy blue, slightly thin in center of backstrap; grip is sound with very few, very light handling & storage nicks and retains virtually all of its bright orig varnish; mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may have been fired, but if so, very little. Case has a couple gouges in the top and grain check in the bottom, otherwise is sound and retains most of its orig varnish. Lining in the lid is bright and clean, with faint soil, probably an old re-line. Bottom is heavily faded with heavy soil in the revolver recess. Cartridge block is missing a small chip, ammo & accessories are fine. (WG-009) 4-51065 JR510 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2028

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2029

SCARCE TRANSITIONAL 2ND MODEL RICHARDS CONVERSION COLT 1860 ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 196090. Cal. 44 Colt CF. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line “NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of frame has the 1871-1872 patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Bbl lug has the percussion style loading cutout of the Richards conversion and the short conversion ring of the Richards-Mason conversion without integral sight, along with patent date markings on the frame. In addition it has the firing pin secured with 2-rivits in the hammer nose versus the firing pin in the conversion ring of the Richards conversion. There is no record of the actual numbers of these transitional pieces but they likely are very limited. There was about 9,000 Richards conversion revolvers and 2,100 Richards-Mason conversion revolvers, likely with only a few of the transitional pieces ever produced. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: About very fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 90-92% glossy orig blue, slightly thinned around the muzzle and left side. Ejector housing retains about 60% glossy orig blue. Frame, conversion ring, and hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant orig case colors, lightly cleaned on left side. Hammer retains 30-40% orig blue with the balance flaked to a medium patina and shows about 98% Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard retains about 60% strong orig silver and backstrap about 80-85% orig blue, a little thin in the center. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and retains virtually all of its crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Appears to be new and unfired retaining virtually all of its orig factory blue in the chambers of the cyl & bore. One of the finest Richards/Richards-Mason conversion revolvers extant. (WG-010) 4-51093 JR358 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2029

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2030

SCARCE COLT RICHARDS-MASON SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 6119. Cal. 44 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line block letter Hartford address. Bbl is manufactured for this revolver, not a conversion and has a full length ejector housing attached to the right side that has a bullseye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has the “1871-1872” patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. The silver plated steel trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Loading gate and cyl spindle have the assembly No. “410”. Cyl is rebated, usual 6-chambers and has lightly struck Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were only about 2,100 of these scarce revolvers produced in 1877. All in the serial range of 5800 – 7900, overlapping with the Richards conversion model. These revolvers, like their predecessor were extremely popular and saw hard and continuous service, frequently with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish. This revolver is thought to be one of the finest of its type known. This revolver is pictured on pg. 199 of A Study of Colt Conversions and Other Percussion Revolvers, McDowell. PROVENANCE: Frances E. “Bud” Firth; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 50% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a dark patina; frame, conversion ring and loading gate retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant on sides of frame, moderately faded on recoil shield, loading gate and conversion ring; hammer retains brilliant case colors on the sides and rear edge, turned dark on top edge; cyl retains about 25% strong orig blue in the rebated area, turned to dark patina on the major diameter and shows about 60% Ormsby Naval battle scene marking; trigger guard retains traces or orig silver being mostly a gray metal patina; backstrap and buttstrap retain strong blue on the top flat and buttstrap being a gray metal patina in the center; grip is sound showing light to moderate edge wear with a few light nicks in the finish and retains about 95% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may have been fired but if so, very little; chambers and bore retain most of their orig blue. This is truly an exceptional, high conditioned Richards-Mason revolver. (WG-011) 4-51094 JR513 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2030

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2031

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 908. Cal. 38 RF. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line block letter “NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Cylinder is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Hammer has the firing pin attached to the left side of the nose with 2 rivets. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there was a total of about 2,200 Model 1861 revolvers converted using the Richards-Mason style. Mr. Wilson estimates that there were only about 400 produced in rimfire and 1,800 in center fire. There were about 1,400 of the 2,200 revolvers produced out of previously unused parts and about 1,000 converted for the U.S. Navy all in the mid 1870s. These civilian revolvers were all sold, primarily to a population hungry for any cartridge repeating arm. Most all of them saw hard and continuous service on the American Frontier, well into the late 19th century and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching except wedge, which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains 80-90% glossy orig blue with the only losses over the to of the bbl at the cyl end from flaking, not wear. The loss areas are a smooth medium patina. Frame and hammer retain virtually all of their strong, orig case colors showing light wear on the left recoil shield and loading gate. Top of edge of hammer has turned dark. Cyl retains about 60% flaked orig blue with the loss areas a medium to dark patina and shows about 98% Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain traces of silver plating, being mostly a medium mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes, othewise is sound showing light edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. (WG-012) 4-51095 JR357 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2031

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2032

EXTREMELY RARE CASED BRACE OF THUER CONVERSION 1861 NAVY REVOLVERS.

SN 27164 & 29746. Cal. 36. Revolvers are virtually identical with blue and color case hardening, 7-1/2″ rnd bbls, German silver front sights and 1-line New-York U.S. America addresses. Left sides of frames have a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulders of trigger guards are marked “36 CAL”. The silver plated brass trigger guards and backstraps contain 1-pc smooth ivory grips. Hammer noses have a hardened rnd insert and rammers are threaded for the small loading tool. Accompanied by an orig, green baize lined, Colt mahogany dbl casing that is compartmented in the bottom for the revolvers, a metal cartridge tin with orange label containing 8 orig Thuer cartridges, a tin of Thuer cartridge primers, a 4-pc set of reloading tools, an “L” shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, a small punch and a brass and ebony cleaning rod with jag. Also included are 2 spare percussion cylinders, one with the last 3-digits of a SN “055” and the other “794”. The Thuer cyl on number “27164” has last 3-digits of matching serial number and assembly number is “13”. Cyl on “29746” also has last 3-digits of matching SN and assembly number “19”. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, there were about 5,000 Colt revolvers converted to Thuer configuration in 6 different models including the 1861 Navy, during the period 1869-1872. While the Thuer was not Americas first experiment with center fire cartridges, they were Colt’s first production of self contained center fire cartridges which lead to more advanced designs once the Rollin White bored-though cyl patent has expired. This design was only marginally successful, but is truly a milestone in the development of cartridge arms. Single revolvers are quite rare and pairs such as this are extremely rare with cased sets, as found here, having only a few known. Case is slightly oversized for the 61 Navy, but a 60 Army fits fine. This exact set is pictured on page 111 of A Study of Colt Conversions and Other Percussion Revolvers By R. Bruce McDowell. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: #29164) Fine to very fine, all matching except grip, which was not examined. Bbl retains 40-50% flaked blue mixed with medium patina; rammer retains dark case colors, strong on pivot; frame and hammer retain about 96-97% brilliant case colors with a naturally thin spot on the left side; cyl retains about 70% strong blue on the rotating ring and a blue/brown patina on the major diameter and shows about 80% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard retains about 80% orig silver and the backstrap about 40%; grip is crisp, slightly shrunken with a wonderful ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. #29746) Fine to very fine, bbl retains about 60% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a dark patina; rammer and handle retain brilliant case colors; frame & hammer retain brilliant case colors, a little thin on top edge of hammer; cyl retains blue in sheltered areas on the ring being mostly a blue/brown patina and shows about 90% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard and backstrap retain 95-97% strong orig silver; grip is crisp with a lovely ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. Percussion cyls are fine, one retains about 90% orig blue and the other is a blue/brown patina; cartridge tin is fine with bright label showing light wear and soil; cartridges are fine; primer tin is also very fine; loading tools and other accessories are equally fine. Case has 3 grain checks in the bottom and has shrunken lid with loose joints, otherwise is sound and retains about 90% orig varnish; interior is moderately faded with soil and moth damage; partitions are intact. Altogether an extremely rare and desirable cased set. (WG-014) 4-51096 JR523 (90,000-150,000) – Lot 2032

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2033

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 432. Cal. 38 RF. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, tall brass pin front sight that is a replacement and a 1-line “NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of frame is marked with small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. The silver plated trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Conversion is usual Richards style and is one of the approximate 3,800 revolvers manufactured from previously unused parts. These revolvers were produced in the period 1872-1873 and usually saw very hard service on the American Frontier and remained in service for many years until being completely replaced by center fire revolvers. They rarely are found today in complete orig configuration with high orig finish. Most usually they are near relic state. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 40-50% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a smooth dark patina. Frame, conversion ring, hammer retain about 99% brilliant orig case colors, turned a little dark on top edge of hammer. Cyl retains 50-60% orig blue with loss areas also flaked to a dark patina and shows about 98% crisp Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain silver in sheltered areas being mostly a medium mustard patina. Grip shows light edge wear with 3 or 4 small dings on right side and overall retains about 97-98% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. May have been fired, but if so very little. (WG-047) 4-51066 JR359 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2033

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2034

SCARCE CASED RICHARDS CONVERSION OF COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE REVOLVER.

SN 268. Cal. 38 RF. Blue and color case hardened with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Right side of bbl lug has an attached ejector housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is rebated, half-fluted with 5 chambers. Firing pin is attached to left side of hammer nose with two rivets. Revolver is manufactured from previously unused percussion parts with a plugged rammer hole and large loading cutout. Conversion plate with loading gate has the assembly number “311” which number is also found on the cyl spindle. This series of revolvers was serial numbered in a separate range from 1 to about 19000 which also included the Pocket Navy series, which was in the majority. These conversion revolvers were extremely popular and continued in service well into the 1870s until supplanted by center fire revolvers. They are extremely rare with high orig finish and even more rare with orig casing. Accompanied by an orig red felt lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver and a full 2-pc carton of early U.S. Cartridge Co. 38 Short rimfire ammo. Box has a black & white top label with red lettering and an orange band, printed on the sides “TARGET CARTRIDGES”. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Overall retains 98-99% orig finish with crisp glossy blues and brilliant case colors with only very faint sharp edge wear and a couple of minor scratches, with flaking on the ejector housing; silver on front strap & trigger guard is a little thin from handling. Grip is crisp and retains 99%+ orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; appears to be new & unfired. Case has several grain checks in the lid and a couple more in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is lightly faded with light soil and solid partitions; box of cartridges appears to be sealed showing light soil and four broken corners. (WG-013) 4-51097 JR498 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2034

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2035

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1865 POCKET NAVY ROUND BARREL CONVERSION.

SN 42853. Cal. 38 CF. Blue and color case hardened with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address. Right side of bbl lug has an ejector housing with half-moon bullseye ejector rod head. This bbl type was manufactured specifically for this model and was not a conversion. Left side of frame has 1871-1872 patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Cyl is rebated with 5-chambers and has the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Conversion is Richards style with loading gate and firing pin in the hammer nose secured with 2 rivets. Only about 6,500 of these revolvers were produced in the period 1873-1875 but they remained in service well into the next decade and even later. They were all quickly purchased by the American public who was hungry for a smaller, more compact revolver that still packed a punch. They usually saw very hard service and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl and ejector housing retain about 95% glossy orig blue showing light wear with some thinning on outer radius of ejector housing. Frame and hammer retain about 90% brilliant orig case colors, showing wear on left recoil shield and loading gate. Hammer retains brilliant case colors on sides & rear edge, moderately faded on top edge. Conversion ring is a gray metal patina. Cylinder retains about 90% orig blue, strong and bright in rebated area, thinning on the major diameter and shows about 98% stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking. Trigger guard & backstrap show silver plating in sheltered areas, being mostly a light mustard patina. Grip shows moderate edge wear and retains about 85% orig varnish with most of the losses on the right side. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. (WG-062) 4-51067 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2035

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2036

RARE COLT MODEL 1871-72 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 1496. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Right side of bbl lug has an ejector housing with half-moon, bullseye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc army sized walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Hammer has the firing pin attached to the right side of the nose with 2 rivets. There was about 7,000 of these revolvers produced in the period 1872-1873 and was the successor to the earlier Richards & Richard-Mason conversions of the 1816 Army. These revolvers were manufactured not converted. These revolvers were in great demand on the American Frontier by individuals from all walks of life and both sides of the law. They chambered the cartridge that was well established in the Henry Model 1860 and Winchester Model 1866 lever action rifles, which gave the user the advantage of having to carry only 1 type of ammunition for both arms. These early big bore revolvers usually saw very hard service. Very few survived today and are usually found as relics. They remained in service into the mid-1870s, until supplanted by the center fire cartridge revolver. Afterward, the majority of them were sold into Mexico and South America where the 44RF cartridge was still popular. Those revolvers that have been repatrioted to the U.S. are usually in relic condition. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is properly un-numbered. Bbl retains 88-90% glossy orig blue with wear over the top of the bbl log. Ejector housing retains about 85% strong orig blue. Frame retains nearly all of its orig case colors, moderately faded on the left side, a little brighter on the right side with strong colors in sheltered areas. Hammer retains very bright case colors on the sides and rear edge turning silver on top edge. Cylinder retains about 50% thin orig blue and shows about 90% Ormsby Naval marking battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard shows silver plating only under the grip, being a medium mustard patina overall. Backstrap retains bright blue around top and on buttstrap being a blue/gray patina in the middle. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a couple small spots of pitting. A rare find with strong orig finish. (WG-045) 4-51068 JR356 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2036

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2037

EXTREMELY RARE, VERY EARLY COLT MODEL 1871-1872 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 41. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/4″ orig length rnd bbl with German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address with dashes. It has conventional right hand rifling. Breech end of bbl has an integral fixed, V-notch rear sight. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. The blued steel trigger guard and backstrap contain a very nicely figured, varnished, flame grain 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Firing pin is mounted to the left side of the hammer nose with 2 rivets. Serial number was observed on the bbl lug, frame, trigger guard and backstrap in large size font. Cyl is not numbered in the usual place on the outer diameter, but is numbered on the front face in tiny font, identical to the font on serial number “4” being sold elsewhere in this auction. These tiny numbers were also observed on the wedge, rear face of bbl lug, front face of frame between lug pins, right rear face of frame, right side of front strap and back strap. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. This revolver is pictured as figure 7-23 on pg. 296 of A Study of Colt Conversion and Other Percussion Revolvers, McDowell, with discussion and credit to the C.D. Terry Collection. This revolver is certainly one of the finest, early Open Tops anyone is likely to encounter. These early cartridge revolvers, the immediate predecessor to the renowned Single Army Revolver, usually saw very hard service. By the time of their introduction the rimfire cartridge was obsolete and this model did not sell well. The majority of the production was sold into Mexico and South America where the rimfire cartridge was still in extensive use. Those revolvers repatriated to the U.S. are almost universally in near relic condition frequently with cut bbls. PROVENANCE: C.D. Terry Collection; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue, showing light wear over the address area; ejector housing retains about 30% blue showing light wear and flaking to a medium patina; frame and hammer retain about 97-98% brilliant case colors, lightly faded on left recoil shield and loading gate; cyl retains about 60% thin orig blue overall and shows about 93-95% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard and backstrap retain about 95% glossy orig blue, a little thin on the trigger bow, front strap and center of backstrap; grip is sound showing light edge wear with a few light nicks and retains about 95-96% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. (WG-006) 4-51100 JR515 (40,000-60,000) – Lot 2037

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2038

EXTRAORDINARY AND UNIQUE PROTOTYPE COLT MODEL 1871-1872 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 4. Cal. 44 (appears to be 44 Russian as a 44 Colt will not chamber and a 44 Russian will). Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address with dashes. Breech end of the bbl has an integral, fixed, V-notch sight. Right side if the bbl lug is mounted with an ejector housing that has half-moon bullseye ejector rod head. Bbl was made for this revolver and is not a conversion. It has conventional right hand twist rifling, not gain twist of the Model 1860. Frame is completely unmarked and was a specially made item for this revolver, not a conversion from another model. Hammer very closely resembles the ensuing Single Action Army style with integral conical firing pin and short checkered spur. Firing pin slot in the frame is also conical to accept this firing pin and could not have been converted from anything else. Cyl is new made with usual 6-chambers and extended integral bushing out the front. Grip frame is of un-plated brass and contains a 1-pc, Navy size, oil finished walnut grip and has No. “4” scratched in the backstrap channel and also stamped on the front edges where it meets the frame. The No. “4” is also found on the loading gate, inside the hammer, front face of cyl, rear face of bbl lug and scratched on right side of backstrap at the heel. Inside the front strap has 4 horizontal lines, which presumably is also the assembly number. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. This revolver is pictured on pg. 278 & 294 of A Study of Colt Conversions and Other Percussion Revolvers, McDowell, with credit to Francis E. “Bud” Firth. A nearly identical revolver is pictured as plate D on pg. 235 of The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson. The caption to that revolver identifies it also as cal. 44 center fire, with silver plated brass grip frame and a varnished Navy size grip. The caption further states “Believed to have been submitted to the U.S. Government for acceptance by the Ordnance Department”. Consignor has presented evidence of another nearly identical revolver with ivory grip sold recently. He states that there are 3 other examples known, all with English proofs, silver plated grip frames and varnished walnut grips. It is believed that this is the only example, of the total of 5 or 6 known, that is without English proofs. It is also believed that the revolvers sent to England were to test the market for the center fire cartridge. The rimfire ammunition available in England at that time was problematical and they apparently thought a center fire revolver could be successful. Apparently that did not prove to be so and this model was never produced in center fire. This is one of the most rare and high condition prototype Colts extant. Accompanied by NRA silver medal No. 292 and certificate awarded to Mr. C.D. Terry on April 30, 1989 at the St. Louis, MO annual NRA meeting. PROVENANCE: C.D. Terry Collection; Frances E. “Bud” Firth Collection; Fred Sweeney Collection; The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching as noted above. Bbl retains 70-75% glossy orig blue with loss areas flaked, not worn, to a dark patina and with a couple small rubs; ejector housing is flaked to a dark patina on the outer radius; frame and hammer retain 99%+ orig case colors, brilliant on sides of the frame and hammer slightly faded on left recoil shield and top edge of hammer; cyl retains about 50-60% orig blue with the balance flaked to a dark patina; grip frame was never silver plated and is now a medium, mellow mustard patina; grip is sound with a couple minor nicks and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be new and unfired. (WG-007) 4-51098 JR514 (90,000-150,000) – Lot 2038

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2039

EXTRAORDINARY RARE COLT PROTOTYPE MODEL 1871-1872 POCKET SIZED CENTER FIRE REVOLVER.

SN 8. Cal. 38 CF. Silver finish with 5-5/8″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. American address. Breech end of the bbl has a tiny dovetailed V-notch sight just at the end of the address. Right side of bbl lug is mounted with a small ejector housing that has a very nicely checkered half-moon ejector rod head. Bbl is a new manufactured item, not a conversion from another model. Frame is completely unmarked except for SN. Cyl is rebated with 5-chambers like the pocket Navy and has stage coach holdup scene roll marking. Frame & cyl are also new manufactured items, not conversions, with solid recoil shield recessed about 1/4″ for the cyl star wheel. The hammer is an identical miniature of the later Single Action Army revolver with conical firing pin and a conical recess in the frame. Frame has a loading gate at the right side with external tension spring. Brass grip frame has a large trigger guard and contains a 1-pc smooth ebony grip matching numbered to this revolver. Serial number “8” was observed on the frame, trigger guard, buttstrap and cyl spindle. Rear face of the bbl lug, wedge, loading gate and right rear face of frame have the tiny number “7”. Cyl appears to be unnumbered, but may have had a tiny number on the face, which is now obscured by pitting. Left side of bbl lug and cyl have tiny British proofs. An article by Harry C. Konde that appeared in the September 1964 guns magazine discussed another of these revolvers, SN “1” which is pictured with ivory grip and a 62 Police bbl versus the orig bbl on this revolver. Another picture, however, later in the article shows a revolver similar to this one. Page 234, illustration B of The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, depicts 2 nearly identical revolvers, SN’s “1” & “2”. Caption reads “two of the limited group of arms believed made for testing the British and American market for this design of revolver”. Accompanying is a 2 pg letter by R.L. Wilson discussing this very revolver and its various features. He hypothesises that because of the British dislike of rimfire cartridges, Colt made up several of these revolvers that were hand carried to England for testing, probably in about 1872. Apparently nothing came of this test and this model was never placed into production. As of this writing it is still unknown how many of these revolvers were actually made, but, as Mr. Wilson speculated, probably no more than a dozen. From the available material it appears that only SN’s 1, 2 & 8 are known. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, overall retains about 90% strong orig silver plating with some dulling on the front and back straps; cyl retains about 85-90% orig silver finish and shows 70-75% stage coach holdup scene roll marking; grip is sound showing some light wear with a very few light scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of moderate to heavy pitting. This is undoubtedly an extremely rare gun that requires additional research. (WG-046) 4-51069 JR516 (50,000-100,000) – Lot 2039

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2040

SCARCE CASED COLT POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 8193. Cal. 38 RF. Nickel finish with 4-1/2″ round bbl, pin front sight & 1-Line New-York U.S. America address, Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with the top date “July 25,1871”; left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 Cal”. Firing pin is attached to the left side of hammer nose with 2 rivets. The nickeled brass trigger guard and back strap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is rebated with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking and is without SN. Screws are all fire blued. Accompanied by a purple velvet lined mahogany casing that has a brass oval in the lid which is inscribed in period script “W.T. Binney”. Interior is form recessed for the revolver and has a compartment for a full box of very early U.S. Cartridge Co. .38 short Rimfire Cartridges. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were about 6,500 of these revolvers produced in the period 1873-1875. They, along with other similar arms were very poplar with the buying public for their small size with reasonably powerful cartridge. They remain in service well into the 1880’s or 1890’s until they were supplanted by more modern center fire revolvers. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus; all matching except wedge which is unnumbered and cyl as noted above; overall retains 96-97% strong orig nickel with some minor flaking on left side of frame & hammer with some very light flaking in one small area of the cyl; grip is sound with no visible flaws and retains virtually all of its orig varnish; mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches with heat crazing and overall retains about all of its orig varnish; interior is heavily faded with staining in the lid from contact with the revolver cyl. Bottom retains strong purple under the revolver and cartridge box, otherwise is heavily soiled with staining and damage near the muzzle & cyl areas; cartridge box seal is broken but appears to be intact & full, moderately faded on top label. Scarce revolver with high original finish. (WG-48) 4-51070 JR375 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2040

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2041

SCARCE COLT 4-1/2″ POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 6058. Cal. 38 RF. Blue & color case hardened with 4-1/2″ oct bbl. Brass pin front sight & 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Bbl is converted from percussion with plugged holes. Left side of frame has the 1871-1872 patent dates and left shoulder trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Conversion is in the Richards style with firing pin attached to the hammer nose with 2 rivets. Cyl is rebated with 5 chambers and has the stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. There were about 4,000 of these little revolvers produced in the period 1873-1875, mostly in their own serial range such as this one. They were in great demand nation-wide from citizens of all walks of life, especially those who wished to have an easily concealable handgun that had a reasonable “punch”. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge, which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains 65-70% flaked orig blue with the loss areas a light patina. Frame retains about 80% orig case colors, strong on the left side, brilliant on the right side and fading on the left recoil shield, turned gray on the loading gate. Hammer retains brilliant case colors on the sides and rear edge, lightly faded on top edge. Cyl retains traces of blue in the rebated area, being mostly a gray patina and shows about 70-75% stagecoach hold up scene with a few nicks & dings in one area. Trigger guard & backstrap retain traces of silver in the most sheltered areas being mostly a dark mustard patina. Grip is sound with chemically speckled varnish on the bottom edges & right side. Left side has a couple of small cuts and a few chemical speckles. Mechanics are crisp. Bright, shiny bore. (WG-049) 4-51071 JR362 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2041

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2042

COLT 3-1/2″ ROUND BARREL CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 311554. Cal. 38 CF. Blue & color case hardened with 3-1/2″ bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address. Left side of frame has the 1871-1872 patent dates and left shoulder trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Cyl is rebated with 5 chambers & stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. There are about 6,000 of these revolvers produced during the period 1873-1880. They were made with orig bbls produced for this revolver, not conversion bbls. These little pocket sized revolvers were in use well into the mid 1880s and beyond and generally show hard service. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge, which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 10% orig blue, mostly around the wedge slots with the balance flaked, not worn, to a smooth, even, dark patina. Frame & hammer retain extraordinary, brilliant case colors. Trigger guard retains about 98% orig silver and the backstrap about 50%. Grip is sound, showing very light wear and retains about 98% crisp orig varnish. Cyl retains about 80% blue, stronger in the rebated area, flaking on the major diameter and shows about 98% stagecoach hold up scene. Crisp mechanics, very bright, shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. (WG-050) 4-51072 JR363 (3,500-5,000) – Lot 2042

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2043

VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT CLOVERLEAF HOUSE PISTOL.

SN 1809. Cal. 41 RF. Silver and gold finish with 3″ rnd bbl, pinched blade front sight and 4-chamber cloverleaf shaped cyl. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips, matching numbered to this pistol. Frame and bbl are silver finish and cyl & hammer are gold finish. Frame and bbl are matching numbered, cylinders in these early cloverleafs are not marked with serial numbers but do carry an assembly number. This one carries an assembly number 1719. Revolver is beautifully engraved by L.D. Nimschke with nearly full coverage, foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with a fine zig-zag border and dot & diamond patterns on the front of the frame and trigger sheath. Bbl is matching engraved with a diamond & dot border around the muzzle. Backstrap is engraved with a spider web pattern at the top and geometric patterns down the backstrap. Accompanied by an orig Colt rosewood casing, that is blue velvet lined and French fitted in the bottom for the revolver, a wire cleaning rod in a slot in the back edge and a functioning key. Left front has a Mahogany cartridge block containing 22 orig cartridges. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were only about 7500 cloverleaf pistols produced 1871-1875. Very few were engraved and even less of those were cased. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its orig silver finish on the frame and bbl, thin and showing brass on the backstrap. Cyl and hammer retain virtually all of their orig gold wash, a little thin on the hammer. Grips are crisp with no visible flaws and show great fire and iridescent colors. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. Case is sound and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately to heavily faded with stronger colors under the revolver and shows staining and soil from contact with the revolver inside the lid. Ammunition is fine. (WG-031) 4-51073 JR505 (25,000-40,000) – Lot 2043

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2043a

VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT 1ST MODEL NEW LINE 32 SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

SN 9801. Cal. 32 RF. Nickel finish with 2-1/4″ rnd bbl, half moon front sight with 2-line address. Base pin, trigger, screws & edges of hammer are fire-blued. Mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips matching numbered to this revolver. Revolver has nearly full coverage New York style, foliate arabesque pattern engraving with very fine pearled background, probably by Gustave Young. Accompanied by an extremely rare, leather covered, trunk style factory casing that is pale blue velvet lined with blue satin hinge covering, recessed in the bottom for the revolver. It has a sculpted cartridge block in the left front containing 25 cartridges. In the back it has its orig steel, L-shaped cleaning rod/screwdriver. Although this revolver was the second highest production of the New Line series. It is very rarely encountered engraved and is exceedingly rare with orig case. They were very popular during their day in the 1870s & 1880s and usually saw hard service. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grips. Overall retains 97-98% crisp orig nickel with only one small spot on the bottom of frame and a couple of tiny spots on top strap; trigger, hammer, cyl pin & screws retain bright fire blue. Grips are sound, showing no visible flaws and have great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. May have been fired but if so, very little. Case is extremely fine with a few minor scuffs and a couple of minor scratches and retains about all of its crisp, russet brown finish; interior is heavily faded with stained areas from contact with the revolver; cartridges are dark copper color. (WG-032) 4-51074 JR497 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2043a

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2044

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

SN 53308. Cal. 22. Nickel finish with 2-1/4″ flat sided bbl with half moon front sight, 2-line address and “COLT NEW 22” etched panel on the left side. Cyl is 7 chambers with long flutes & rear face stop notches. Mounted with 2-pc smooth birdhead pearl grips. Revolver is lightly engraved in New York style with about 50% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame. Top strap & top of bbl have double dot patterns and sides of the bbl have zig-zag patterns. Back strap is engraved in geometric patterns. Cyl is engraved on lands between flutes in a geometric zig-zag pattern. Screws & edge of the hammer are fire blued. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains about 99% crisp, orig nickel and bright fire blue. Appears to be new & unfired. Grips are crisp and retain great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, brilliant, shiny bore. (WG-033) 4-51075 JR365 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2044

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2045

SCARCE COLT NEW LINE 38 SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

SN 1592. Cal. 38 RF Long. First model with short cyl flutes & stop notches on the outer diameter. Blue & color case hardened with 2-1/4″ tapered rnd bbl, German silver half moon front sight & 2-line address without patent markings and “COLT NEW 38” etched panel on left side. Left side of frame, below cyl opening, is marked “38 CAL”. Mounted with 2-pc, varnished rosewood birdhead grips that have last 3 digits of matching SN inside each grip. Rear face of cyl also has last 3 digits of matching SN. Screws, cyl pin & edges of hammer have bright fire blue, sides of hammer are bright. There are only about 3,200 1st model revolvers produced during the period 1874-1880. These small revolvers were in great demand for their ease of concealment and reasonably powerful punch. They are rarely found today with orig finish or legible etched panel. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including bbl, cyl & grips, appears to be new & unfired with crisp, glossy blues and brilliant case colors. Grips are sound showing extremely light wear on the sharp edge and retain about all of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. (WG-034) 4-51076 JR369 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2045

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2046
Revised: 2/25/2014

Additional Information: Lot is accompanied by two letters from noted collector/dealer Arnold Chernoff describing the gun and relating that this exact gun was de-accessioned  from the Museum of CT History in Hartford, having originally been part of the Colt’s Patent Firearms Company Collection – Inventory # 439.

RARE CASED 1ST MODEL COLT OPEN TOP 22 SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

SN 445. Cal. 22. Rare 1st model with 2-7/8″ blued bbl, German silver half moon front sight and 2-line address. Right side of bbl has attached ejector with checkered half moon ejector rod head. Frame is silver-plated brass & cyl is blued with usual 7 chambers. Mounted with very nicely figured, varnished 2-pc, birdhead rosewood grips that have matching SN inside each grip. Hammer, screws & trigger are fire blued. Accompanied by an orig, red felt lined, mahogany casing that is partitioned in the bottom for the revolver, a wire metal cleaning rod, an empty box for Peter’s 22 short cartridges & a functioning key. Although this model was produced in fairly large numbers, the 1st model with ejector & high spur hammer are quite rare and cased examples are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grips. Bbl retains 60-70% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a dark patina. Frame retains 95-96% strong orig silver with one chemical streak on the side plate. Cyl retains about 95% glossy orig blue. Grips are sound, showing light sharp edge wear with ding on the right side and retains 95-96% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, needs old dried oil cleaned, bright shiny bore with 2 or 3 small spots of pitting. Case is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded & soiled inside the lid. Bottom is moderately faded & soiled with one small area of moth damage. Partitions are solid. Cleaning rod is fine, cartridge box is fair. (WG-035) 4-51077 JR370 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2046

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2047

RARE ENGRAVED COLT OPEN TOP SMALL BORE SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

SN 45678. Cal. 22. Standard model with sloping hammer spur nickel finish with 2-3/8″ bbl, tiny front sight and 2-line Hartford address. Frame is open top style with “22 CAL” on left side below the cyl. Mounted with 2-pc birdhead smooth pearl grips that are matching numbered to this revolver. Cyl has 7 chambers with last 2 digits of matching SN on rear face. Although this little revolver was produced in large numbers very few were engraved and of those extremely few remain today with any orig finish. They were extremely popular with ladies & gentlemen who required a small, easily concealable short range revolver. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including bbl, cyl & grips. Overall retains 99% plus orig nickel, appears to be unfired. Crisp mechanics, bright shiny bore with a couple small spots of pitting. (WG-036) 4-51078 JR366 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2047

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2048

RARE COLT OPEN TOP 1ST MODEL SMALL BORE SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER WITH BOX.

SN 1273. Cal. 22. Rare 1st model open top with 2-7/8″ rnd bbl, half moon front sight and 2-line address with rare attached ejector housing that has checkered half moon ejector head. Hammer is all fire blued with high spur. Cyl has usual 7 chambers and it is mounted with nicely figured 2-pc, birdhead walnut grips that have matching SN inside each grip. Screws, trigger & hammer are all fire blued. Accompanied by an orig pink & burgundy, 2-pc cardboard box for this model revolver. Although the open top pocket model 22 revolver was produced in large quantities, the early model with ejector is very rare and seldom encountered, especially with orig finish. Boxes are exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, overall retains about 90% strong orig nickel with the only losses on sides of the frame, primarily around the side plate and a scratch on the right side. Both sides have some fine pimpling. Bbl & cyl retain crisp nickel. Grips are sound, showing light sharp edge wear and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp bright, shiny bore. Box shows heavy edge wear with moderate to heavy soil and a repaired break in the edge of the bottom, otherwise is fine. (WG-065) 4-51079 JR367 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2048

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2049

SCARCE COLT NEW LINE 30 SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER.

SN 7696. Cal. 30 RF. Standard model, blue & color case hardened with 2-1/4″ rnd bbl, German silver half moon front sight and 2-line address with “COLT NEW 30” etched panel on left side. Cyl has long flutes, 5 chambers and matching SN on rear face. Mounted with nicely figured, 2-pc, birdhead rosewood grips, matching numbered to this revolver. There were about 11,000 of this model revolver produced in the period 1874-1876 in 2 bbl lengths, this being the most common. These little revolvers were very popular with ladies & gentlemen, especially gamblers, who wished to have an easily concealable revolver. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including bbl, cyl & grips. Bbl retains 96-97% glossy orig blue and the frame about 98% brilliant case colors, faded on the back strap. Cyl retains about 65-70% glossy orig blue with 2 areas of flaking on lands between the flutes. Hammer, screws & cyl pin retain about all of their orig fire blue, hammer is bright on sides. Grips are sound showing light sharp edge wear and retain nearly all of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Appears to be new & unfired. (WG-061) 4-51080 JR368 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2049

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2050

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 119138. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl, under the ejector housing hast last 4 digits of matching SN, which is also found on the cyl. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Left side of grip has the inspector initials “JGB” (Capt. John G. Butler) under the date “1887” and the right side a “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector initials. The “DFC” sub-inspector initials also appear on bottom of bbl, frame, cyl, and bottom left edge of grip. This revolver was part of the 11th contract for 2,000 guns, completed by March 1887. Capt. Butler’s inspectors cartouche is the only one known without a border. The fact that this revolver remains in a completely orig configuration shows that it probably remained with a Militia unit during the recalls of the 1890s and the early 20th century, where several thousand Cavalry Colts were recalled, had their bbls reduced to 5-1/2″ and were refurbished before being issued as artillery revolvers. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 85% glossy orig blue, showing holster wear and some minor flaking. Orig “feathers” are visible on both sides of the front sight and ejector housing stud. Frame retains case colors in sheltered areas having mostly lost its red and blue hues. Hammer retains bright case colors on the sides and rear edge turned dark on top. Trigger guard and backstrap retain bright blue in most areas, being a blue/brown patina on the front and back straps. Cylinder retains bright blue in the flutes with thin blue, turning brown on the outer diameter. Screws are all fine and retain most of their orig fire blue. Grip is sound with some minor battering on the bottom edges, shows light wear and retains about 90% orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some very fine pitting. (WG-043) 4-51081 JR353 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2050

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2051

SCARCE AND DESIRABLE A.P. CASEY INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 16610. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight & 1-line script letter address with serifs. Bottom of bbl, under ejector housing has last 4-digits of matching SN. Ejector housing is 1st type with Bullseye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Mounted with an oil finish 1-pc walnut grip that has last 4-digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Left side of grip has a crisp “APC” (A. P. Casey) inspector cartouche. Mr. Casey’s small “C” is also found on bottom of bbl, trigger guard, backstrap, cyl, and bottom right edge of grip. The Casey inspected series of Cavalry revolvers were produced between December 1874 and March 1875 and were primarily issued to front line Cavalry units including replacement revolvers for the 7th Cavalry after the Custer massacre. It seems very likely that the majority of the Casey inspected Colt were issued to other units fighting Indians, including the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Cavalry regiments. There is also the possibility that this revolver was issued to a Militia unit where it remained during the recalls of the 1890’s and early 20th century. During those recalls several thousand Cavalry revolvers were returned to Springfield arsenal and Colt where their bbls were cut to 5-1/2″ and they were refurbished. There is also a distinct possibility that this revolver may have been lost or stolen from a field unit or even may have belonged to a high ranking officer where it saw little use. Regardless it has remained in orig configuration as it left Colt. Accompanied by an orig 12 pack of Frankford Arsenal cartridges dated August 1874. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 95-96% strong orig blue, showing light muzzle edge wear and a series of small scratches with some thinning on the left side. Each side of the bbl by the front sight and ejector stud shows strong orig feathers. Ejector housing retains about 90% orig blue, strong in the gullets thinning on the outer radius. Frame and hammer retain 93-95% strong, bright, orig case colors with sharp edge wear and light fading on front sides of frame, left recoil shield and loading gate. Top edge of hammer has turned dark. Trigger guard retains strong blue in sheltered areas, thinned on front strap. Backstrap & buttstrap retain about 90% strong orig blue with some candy striping and light flaking on backstrap. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore, has been fired but very little. Chambers of the cyl and bore retain strong orig blue. (WG-042) 4-51082 JR354 (35,000-50,000) – Lot 2051

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2052

VERY FINE HELFRICHT ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 111060. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly dinged full front sight and 2-line address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Mounted with 1-pc Ivory grip that is constructed in the orig factory manner of 2-pcs of Ivory attached to 2 wooden spacers to create the 1-pc grip. Engraved in New York style by Cuno Helfricht with about “B” coverage well-executed foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background. Engraving extends over the top strap, both sides of the bbl, and each side of the muzzle. Top of the backstrap is engraved in Mr. Helfricht’s fan panel with matching foliate arabesque patterns on the backstrap and at the heel. Screws, trigger and base pin are all fire blued. Hammer is color case hardened. Accompanied by a copy of a Colt Factory Letter which identifies this revolver in cal. 45 with 5-1/2″ bbl “soft” finish, type of stocks not listed, and shipped to Hartley & Graham, New York, New York, on July 14, 1884 in a 6 gun shipment. Under remarks the letter states that the word “soft” indicates that the frame and loading gate were not case hardened before it was shipped so that it could be engraved outside of the factory. This revolver was produced in 1884 at a time when the West was still wild and firearms were daily use working tools. Most likely this revolver was a special presentation to someone of importance or belonged to a wealthy individual. The fact that is shows very little use, lends credibility to the latter speculation. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Shows very little use, having been fired, but not very much. Overall retains 95-96% strong orig nickel with a small flaked area left side of bbl and dulling on the ejector housing and backstrap. Cylinder shows light nickel loss from holster wear around the front edge, otherwise retains most of its strong orig nickel. Grip has several age lines but is sound with a smooth mellow Ivory patina. Screws, trigger and base pine retain about all of their orig fire blue. Hammer retains about all of its strong orig case colors. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore, with some fine frosting. (WG-005) 4-51099 JR352 (35,000-50,000) – Lot 2052

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2053

EARLY FINE ORIGINAL CONDITION COLT 1878 HAMMER GUN WITH TUBE SET AND CASE.

SN 261. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 30″ Fine twist bbls are marked “COLT’S PT. F. A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.” on concave rib. Case hardened top lever action is fitted with front action sidelocks that have serpentine high spurred rebounding hammers. Action is engraved with line borders. Lockplates are marked “Colt’s Pt. F. A. Mfg. Co.” Top lever, trigger plate and trigger guard are charcoal blued. Trigger guard has SN at grip. Plain European walnut round knob pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over blued steel buttplate. There is point pattern checkering with mullered borders at grip. Matching splinter forend has inset ebony tip and Deeley type release. Bore diameter: left-.734, right -.731. Bore restrictions: left -.025 (I Mod), right -.019 (Mod). Minimum wall thickness: left -.034, right -.032. Drop at heel: 3-1/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 13 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. Gun is accompanied by aluminum Nasco case lined in green velvet, with bottom compartment for action and bbls, with Briley tube sets for 20 ga. and 28 ga. in top compartment. Case also contains choke tubes and wrench for the tube set, and a leather hand protector. PROVENANCE: The William Gerber Family Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain 80 – 90% orig brown, darkening overall. Action retains approx 50% orig case hardening color, silvered on fences, and browning on bottom. Lockplates and hammers retain approx 70% of their orig vibrant case color. Top lever is silvered at thumbpiece. Trigger plate is excellent, with some flaking. Trigger guard retains a considerable amount of its blue, most loss due to flaking. Stocks have a number of light marks, and scratches in their orig oil finish. Buttplate retains over 80% of its orig charcoal blue. Bores are excellent with some light frosting. Action is tight. Locks are crisp. Left hammer retaining nut is missing. Case is very fine with some soiling and bumps. Interior cloth is excellent, near new, as are choke tubes and accessories. A fine early ’78 Colt, most saw exceptionally hard use. 4-51083 MGM291 (8,000-15,000) – Lot 2053

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2054

HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION COLT 1878 HAMMER GUN.

SN 18191. Cal. 10 ga. 2-7/8″ Chambers. 32″ Fine Damascus bbls are marked “COLT’S PT. F. A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.” on concave rib with unusual doll’s head extension (per factory letter). Case hardened top lever action is fitted with front action sidelocks that have serpentine high spurred rebounding hammers. Action is engraved with line borders and sprays of unusual broad bodied scroll. Lockplates are marked “Colt’s Pt. F. A. Mfg. Co.” Top lever, trigger plate and trigger guard are charcoal blued. Trigger guard has scroll on bow and SN at grip. Nicely figured and lightly marbled European walnut round knob pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over checkered hard rubber buttplate with rampant Colt logo. There is point pattern checkering with mullered borders at grip, and a vacant silver oval on toe line. Matching splinter forend has inset ebony tip and Deeley type release. The doll’s head extension, engraving, and fancy wood were furnished at a cost of an additional $85.00 (per factory letter). Bore diameter: left-.790, right -.785. Bore restrictions: left -.020 (Mod), right -.018 (Mod). Minimum wall thickness: left -.048, right -.048. Drop at heel: 3-1/2″, drop at comb: 2-3/16″. Weight: 9 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 14-1/4″. PROVENANCE: Factory letter confirming configuration and stating that gun was shipped Oct. 8, 1890. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain over 90% brilliant orig Damascus finish, silvering lightly overall, and with a few areas showing cleaning over some pinprick pitting. Action retains approx 80% orig case hardening color, silvered on fences, and on bottom, which has considerable browning. Lockplates and hammers retain nearly all of their orig vibrant case color. Top lever is silvered at thumbpiece. Trigger plate is excellent, with some scratches. Trigger guard retains a considerable amount of its blue, most loss due to flaking. Stocks have a number of minor marks, bumps, and scratches in their orig oil finish. A 3/8″ x 5/8″ chip is missing from toe of buttplate, with some damage to wood. Bores are excellent with some light frosting. Action is tight. Locks are crisp. A very fine ’78 Colt, most saw exceptionally hard use. 4-51118 MGM261 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2054

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2055

RARE ENGRAVED NEW HAVEN VOLCANIC NO. 1 SIZE LEVER ACTION PISTOL.

SN 1948. Cal. 31. Blue & silver finish with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, steel pin front sight with integral magazine tube. Top flat is marked in one line “PATENTED FEB. 14. 1854 / NEW HAVEN CONN.”. Mounted with smooth 2-pc ivory grips numbered to this pistol. Frame is wonderfully engraved with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background terminating in central left panel with a dogs head that is most unusual, probably from the Nimschke shop with various other patterns on the top three flats of the frame and by the hammer slot. Back strap is engraved to match. SN was observed on right side of butt strap under the grip, on the lever, inside the grips, inside each sideplate and on all visible internal parts. Very few of these guns were custom engraved. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 60% of their strong orig blue finish, with balance turning dull with staining. Frame retains over 90% strong orig silver finish with the front & back strap showing over 90% silver finish also. Engraving is well defined and discernible as can be seen in photos. Ivory grips are sound and solid with several small age cracks and retain a wonderful golden ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, crisp rifling discernible in bore. Bolt face retains most of its orig blue. 4-51139 JS38 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2055

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2056

EXCEPTIONAL NEW HAVEN ARMS NO. 1 VOLCANIC POCKET PISTOL.

SN 440. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 3-1/2″ oct bbl that has integral magazine and pinched post front sight with fixed rear sight in the top flat of the frame. Bbl marking is in 2-line “NEW HAVEN CONN. PATENT FEB 14, 1854”. Mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips matching numbered to this pistol. SN is found on the left side of the butt strap under the wood. No additional disassembly was effected to check for other matching numbers. According to Flayderman’s Guide To Antique American Firearms there were only 850 of these rare pistols produced 1857-1860. The self-contained cartridge for this pistol was severely underpowered and therefore the pistol met with limited success in the buying public. The design of this pistol originated with Horace Smith & Daniel B. Wesson who produced about 1,700 pistols under their name before changing to the “Volcanic Repeating Arms Co.” in 1855. The company was purchased by Oliver Winchester in 1857. The design was later incorporated into the Model 1860 Henry rifle which then evolved into the Winchester 1866, and as they say “the rest is history”. This is an exceptionally fine gun retaining most of its orig finish including silver plating to frame. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine retain about 95% bright blue orig finish; bbl, frame & side plates retain crisp, sharp edges with the frame and side plates retaining about 80% of their bright silver plating. Hammer retains muted case colors and the lever is silver/gray with traces of orig finish. Grips retain most of their orig varnish with right grip missing varnish in a 1/2″ patch where it abuts frame. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-51183 JS37 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 2056

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2057

RARE VOLCANIC NAVY SIZE LEVER ACTION PISTOL.

SN 698. Cal. 41. Rare volcanic pistol with 6″ oct bbl that has integral magazine with full ribs, pinched post front sight and fixed rear sight dovetailed in the top flat of the frame. Top flat of the barrel has the 3-line “The Volcanic Repeating Arms Co.” address. Mounted with varnished, very nicely figured, smooth walnut grips that are matching numbered to the pistol. SN is found on the left side of buttstrap, under the wood, right side of lever and inside each grip. No further dis-assembly was under taken to check for additional matching numbers. While volcanic arms navy sized pistols are occasionally encountered, those that are found usually show hard use and worn finish. To find one in such fine condition is a rarity. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine overall. Bbl, magazine tube, and loading sleeve all retain about 60% crisp orig blue finish though thinning. Loading sleeve retaining ring front sight base is blue. Frame and sideplates retain sharp and crisp edges with only a couple of very fine scratches and shows a crisp, even yellow colored patina. Hammer and lever are overall gray with traces of case color with areas of staining and pitting. Both grips retain most of their orig varnish. Both have a chipped toe on the top inside with scattered light scratches, nicks, and bruises. Mechanics are fine. Bore shows crisp well discerned rifling. 4-51138 JS36 (12,000-17,500) – Lot 2057

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2058

RARE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY RICHARDS CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 21126/621. Cal. 44 Colt CF. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line address. Left side of bbl lug is marked with a tiny “US”. Left side of frame is marked with “COLTS PATENT” and appears to have been re-stamped during the conversion & finishing process. Conversion is 2nd type with mixed SNs, all of which are accompanied by the conversion number “621”, which also appears on the bottom of the ejector lug, in two places on the bottom of the bbl lug, on the wedge, cyl arbor, frame, trigger guard, butt strap & cylinder. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with SN “2356” in the back strap channel. Left side of the grip has a crisp “OWA” (Orville W. Ainsworth) cartouche. There are also small “A” inspector initials on various parts. Frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with rnd head hammer screw and short fourth screw. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were only about 1,200 of these revolvers converted at Springfield Armory with two different numbering systems. The first system had the conversion number accompanied by an “A” and the second series omitted the letter. These are the first military issued cartridge firearms and almost universally saw extensive hard service and are almost never found with any orig finish. This may be the finest example of its type extant. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching as noted above. Bbl retains 65-70% strong arsenal blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina; frame, conversion ring, loading gate & hammer retain about 95-96% strong arsenal case colors, lightly faded on the loading gate and left recoil shield; cylinder retains about 95% thinning blue, shows very little, if any, use and shows about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard retains traces of silver plate and the back strap about 95-96% strong arsenal blue. Grip has a few small nicks in the edge with a few light dings in the left side and retains about 90% orig oil finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few small spots of pitting. A truly rare example of its type. 4-51134 JR136 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2058

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2059

RARE EARLY COLT MODEL 1871 – 1872 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER.

SN 446. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl with 1-line block letter New-York U.S. America address. Top of bbl lug has integral rear sight and right side of bbl lug has an attached ejector housing with half moon bullseye ejector rod head. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT”. Firing pin is attached to the left side of hammer nose with 2 rivots. Cyl is usual 6 shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Out of the approximate 7,000 revolvers of this model produced in the period 1872-1873 only about the first 1,000 of them were marked “COLTS PATENT” while the remainder was marked with 2-line patent dates. Another rare feature of this revolver is the Navy size grip. The preponderance of production was with Army size grip. These revolvers were immediately accepted by the buying public and put into service on the American Frontier where they usually saw continuous very hard service. They were only manufactured those 2 years and were then supplanted by the model 1873 single action Army revolver chambered for center fire cartridges. A large majority of these open top revolvers were then sold into Mexico and South America where the .44 rim fire cartridge were still popular and in extended service. Nearly all of those revolvers encountered today are in near relic condition with little or no orig finish and frequently have altered configuration. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge with is properly unnumbered. Bbl & ejector housing retain 65-70% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina. Frame and hammer retain about 98% bright orig case colors, lightly faded on the loading gate and top edge of hammer. Trigger guard retains traces of orig silver and the backstrap about 60% orig silver. Grip shows moderate edge wear with nicks and dings and retains about 90% orig varnish. Cyl retains traces of orig blue, having flaked to a light patina and shows about 95-96% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-51126 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2059

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2060

OUTSTANDING FIRST MODEL COLT DRAGOON REVOLVER.

SN 5889. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line, left hand New York City address with serifs. Left side of frame has small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. The squareback brass trigger guard & backstrap contain varnished 1-pc walnut grips. Cylinder is usual type with oval stop-notches and Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. It has panels “U.S. DRAGOONS / COLT’S PATENT” above & below the SN. Revolver is most unusual being made with checkered varnished grips. There were about 7,000 of the 1st Model Dragoons produced in the period 1848-1850 of which only a small percentage were ordered by the government. The balance of the production was made for commercial sales and frequently included many inspected contract overrun parts. Regardless these revolvers almost universally saw hard frontier and Civil War service and remained in service well into the 1870s and are rarely found today completely orig with any orig finish. This is a wonderful 1st Model dragoon which appears all orig, authentic and complete with high condition exhibiting very rarely seen and possibly unique checkered factory walnut grips. There was a reason for Mr. Flayderman to keep this beautiful early dragoon revolver. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine overall. All matching SNs and secondary numbers. Bbl retains 40-50% bright blue finish with balance plum/gray with areas of rust and pin prick pitting, and area of pitting on top bbl flat as can be seen in photos of address. Cylinder retains about 20% blue finish with balance gray/plum with scattered pitting. 90%+ rolled Dragoon/Indian fight scene is present with both panels above and below SN, quite discernible. The trigger guard & backstrap retain a mustard/yellow patina where the 50% silver plate is missing. Checkered grips are sound and well fit with a few scattered small dings & scratches. Grips retain 95% varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with crisp rifling with minor pitting. 4-51173 JS50 (30,000-40,000) – Lot 2060

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2061

EXTREMELY EARLY CIVILIAN COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 6295. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl with German silver front sight & left hand New York City address. Rammer latch is of the vertical type. Left side of frame has a small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” and is a light strike. Cylinder is 2 3/16″ long 6 shots with dragoon Indian fight scene roll marking and “U.S. DRAGOONS / COLT’S PATENT” panels. All 6 safety pins are crisp & orig. The silver plated, square back, brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 3 digits of matching serial number in the buttstrap channel. Hammer spring is “V” type & the hammer is without a roller. This revolver is extraordinarily rare being such an early number. There were about 2,700 2nd model dragoons produced in the period 1850-1851 in two styles of loading lever latches & two styles of cylinder roll markings. The 2nd model dragoons serial number series is generally thought to begin around 8,000. Page 88 of The Book of Colt Firearms, Sutherland & Wilson, pictures a similar 2nd model dragoon, serial number “6293” with credit to the Robert Q. Sutherland Collection. The caption states “This is an unusually low number for the 2nd model and may have been a factory prototype”. These revolvers usually saw extensive hard service on the American frontier, right through the Civil War and are rarely found today with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including cylinder & grip except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 92-93% strong orig blue with muzzle end wear and a series of light scratches on the right side. Rammer pivot retains bright case colors & the handle dark case colors. Frame retains strong case colors, bright on the right side, faded on the recoil shields. Hammer retains moderately faded case colors. Cylinder is extraordinary, retaining about 95% orig blue & about 99% dragoon Indian fight scene roll marking with crisp panels. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about all of their orig silver plating with a small ding on the trigger plate that appears to have been in place before the plating was added. Backstrap has a few light nicks. Grip is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. 4-51125 JR122 (50,000-60,000) – Lot 2061

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2062

EXTREMELY FINE THIRD MODEL MARTIAL COLT DRAGOON.

SN 17886. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line address. Frame is standard 3-screw type, not cut for shoulder stock with a small “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” on left side. The brass trigger guard and brass backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” panels surrounding the SN. All six safety pins are complete and serviceable. The right side grip has a crisp cartouche “WAT” (William A. Thornton) and various parts have small inspector initials. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 10,500 3rd Model Dragoons produced from 1851-1861 in both 7-1/2″ and 8″ variations with both 3 and 4-screw frames. They were virtually all issued to front line troops for use in the Indian Wars and continued in service throughout the Civil War, usually seeing very hard service and are rarely found today with any orig finish. This is a very fine gun that is high finish, orig, authentic and complete in every regard. This is a beautiful gun retaining most all its orig finish with bright crisp bore and brilliant case colors rarely seen. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine – excellent overall, all matching SN’s. Bbl retains 80% plus orig blue finish with areas thinning especially on left side if bbl. Cylinder retains 70% plus orig blue and cylinder scene is almost 100% discernible with bright crisp legends on either side of SN. The remainder of cylinder on one side has areas of pitting as does small areas of frame on left side and left side of bbl housing where this gun must have laid in poor environment. Viewed from the right side, this gun looks almost new. Frame retains about 90% bright case colors with balance turning silver/gray with small areas of pitting on left side as can be seen in photos. Backstrap and trigger guard have good yellow/mustard colored patina with some staining on backstrap. Screws all retain some orig fire blue. Grips are sound and solid showing very little handling, well fit with “W.A.T” cartouche being very crisp and well defined. Mechanics are excellent and bore is crisp and bright. 4-51179 JS51 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2062

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2063

EXTREMELY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 9278. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & 2-line New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT”. The square back, silver plated, brass trigger guard & backstrap contain what appears to be its orig 1-pc ivory grip. Grip is built in the orig manner with 2 slabs of ivory attached to 2 wooden spacers. Revolver is engraved in vine style without background shading and has a double chip border around the frame, rear edge of the bbl lug and around the muzzle. Engraving extends over the bbl lug, on to the back strap, buttstrap & trigger guard. It has the additional very rare feature of an engraved cylinder in matching patterns, never having had the roll marking applied. Accompanied by an orig rosewood casing with brass plaque in the top that has had an inscription removed. Interior is burgundy velvet lined & partitioned in the bottom for the revolver, a replacement Hawksley stag head & oak leaf double sided flask with graduated spout and a lacquered Eley cap tin. Baby dragoons in and of themselves are very rare with only about 15,000 having been produced in the period 1847-1850 in 4 different bbl lengths. Extremely few were engraved and of those very few retain their orig casing. PROVENANCE: Andy Palmer Collection; Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: About fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. Overall retains a medium plummy brown patina. Trigger guard retains strong orig silver with the front strap a medium brass patina. Backstrap retains traces of orig silver. Hammer spring may be a period of use replacement. Wedge screw appears to be a replacement. Grip is sound with a couple of very minor age lines and overall retains a fine, mellow ivory patina. Case is sound with numerous handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about 80% orig varnish. Bottom green velvet covering is faded & worn with a few small holes. Interior is very faded with moderate soil in the bottom. Flask is near new. Cap tin is fine. 4-51180 JR116 (20,000-35,000) – Lot 2063

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2064

RARE CASED COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 6776. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & 2-line, left hand New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the silver plated square back trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with matching serial number in the buttstrap channel. Cylinder is 5 shots with oval stop notches, its orig single safety pin & Indian fight scene roll marking. Accompanied by an orig, extremely rare fluted lid, brown velvet lined Colt casing that is recessed in the bottom like a Paterson case for the revolver, a double sided, early “COLTS PATENT” eagle flask, a rare brass 2-cavity bullet mold without sprue cutter marked “PATENT”, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a full small lacquered tin of Eley’s caps & a functioning key. The model 1848 baby dragoon was Colt’s first small sized revolver after the collapse of the Paterson enterprise and was instantly adopted by the buying public. They usually saw very hard service on the American frontier and are rarely ever found with orig finish and even more rarely found with orig casing & accessories. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there are only about 15,000 of these rare revolvers produced in 4 different bbl lengths and 2 styles of cylinder stop notches with two different cylinder roll markings, during the period 1847-1850 when they were superseded by the model 1849. They remained in service throughout the Civil War and later returned to the American frontier until the early 1870s when they were retired with the advent of cartridge revolvers. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cylinder & grip. Bbl retains about 85% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and some minor staining. Frame retains faded case colors on the right side being mostly a dark brown patina. Hammer is matching patina. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about 85% strong orig silver. Grip is sound with a ding on the bottom right edge, a few light handling marks & retains 20-30% orig varnish. Cylinder is a blue/gray patina and retains about 85-90% Indian fight scene roll marking. The single safety pin is sharp & crisp. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore, has been fired, but very little. Case has a crack in the lid, otherwise is sound with handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish. Lining in the lid is strong with only a couple of small spots. Bottom is moderately faded & heavily soiled around the revolver recess. Flask retains traces of orig finish and is mostly a dark copper patina. Mold is slightly battered on top & bottom with the right arm showing green verdigris. Nipple wrench & cap tin are fine. All together a rare & complete unit. 4-51188 JR120 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2064

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2065

RARE COLT MODEL 1848 BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 6183. Cal. 31. Blue and color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line right hand New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is usual 5 shots with rnd stop notches and has the Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. The silver plated, brass, square back trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with the last 3 digits of matching SN in the backstrap & buttstrap channels. There were fewer than 15,000 of these rare revolvers built during the period 1847-1850 in four different bbl lengths & two different cyl scenes. A few thousand of them also had rammers attached, mostly in late production. Pistols in this configuration with this cyl scene are usually found under serial range about 9,500. This revolver has a cupped cyl spindle end which serves as a ramrod to seat bullets in the chambers. The baby dragoon was the first pocket sized revolver produced after the collapse of the Paterson enterprise. Their release to the public coincided with the beginnings of the major migration westward when any repeating arm was in great demand. These reliable little revolvers saw continuous and extended service on the frontier and then throughout the Civil War and well into the 1870s until the advent of cartridge arms. They rarely are found today with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains 90-92% dull orig blue with sharp edge wear. Frame retains faded case colors, being mostly a gray patina. Hammer is also a gray patina. Cyl is a blue/gray patina and shows about 95% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. Trigger guard & backstrap retain 85-90% strong orig silver. Grip shows moderate edge wear with a few light nicks & scratches and retains 85-90% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Strong, dark bore lightly pitted in the grooves. 4-51143 JR140 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2065

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2066

RARE COLT MODEL 1848 BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 13897. Cal. 31. Very rare variation of the Colt Baby Dragoon revolver. Blue and color case hardened with very rare 3″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line right hand New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the silver plated square back brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip that has the last 3 digits of the matching SN in the backstrap channel. Cyl is usual 5 shots with Stagecoach hold up scene roll marking and rectangular stop notches with 5 crisp safety pins. Cyl arbors on baby dragoons without rammers have a cupped end which was used as a ramrod to seat bullets in the chambers. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique Firearms only about 1500 baby dragoons were produced with this cylinder roll marking and rectangular stop notches out of the approximate 15,000 baby dragoons manufactured during the period 1847-1850. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson those baby dragoons with 3″ bbls are the most rare. The model 1848 was Colt’s first pocket size revolver after the collapse of the Paterson enterprise and were released around the beginning of the Great Westward migration & were readily accepted by the public, hungry for smaller, more convenient repeating side arms. They remained in service through the Civil War, well into the 1870s before they were replaced by cartridge arms. Very few are found today with orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear and some thinning on the right side with a couple of chemical spots on the left side. Frame retains about 75% faded orig case colors turned silver on the recoil shields. Hammer is faded to silver. Cyl retains 75-80% thin orig blue and shows about 95% Stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about 98% orig silver. Grip is sound showing light edge wear with a few light nicks and scratches and retains about 80% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-51135 JR142 (7,500-12,500) – Lot 2066

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2067
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SCARCE COLT MODEL 1848 BABY DRAGOON WITH RAMMER.

SN 13684. Cal. 31. Blue and color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line right hand New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is usual 5 shots with Stagecoach hold up scene roll marking and rectangular stop notches with 2 of the 6 safety pins serviceable. The silver plated square back brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last 3 digits of matching SN in back strap channel. There was a total of about 15,000 baby dragoon revolvers produced in the period 1847-1850, the majority of which was made without rammers. Only about 1500 were made in this configuration. The baby dragoon was the first pocket size revolver produced by Colt after the collapse of the Paterson enterprise and was released at the beginning surge of the Great Western migration when any repeating side arm was in great demand, especially the smaller, lighter arms that could easily be handled from a pocket or holster. These little revolvers usually saw continuous hard service right through the Civil War into the 1870s, usually under very harsh circumstances with limited maintenance and are rarely found with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including rammer handle, wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains about 50% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer retains faded case colors on the pivot, faded to silver elsewhere. Frame retains traces of case colors being mostly a dark patina. Cyl retains 60-70% strong orig blue with the balance flaked to a light patina. Hammer is a dark patina. Trigger guard and backstrap retain 85-90% strong orig silver with most of the losses on the lower backstrap and around the heel. Grip has a chip on the left side at the frame, shows moderate edge wear with a few small nicks & retains 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Bright, shiny bore. 4-51124 JR141 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2067

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2068

RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 62710. Cal 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & engraved address “Saml. Colt”. Left side of frame is engraved “COLT’S PATENT” in a pillow shape. Mounted with distributor supplied 1-pc pearl grip constructed of 2 slabs of pearl attached to a center wooden spacer that has a pin through both sides. Cylinder is usual 5 shots with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. Revolver is engraved by Gustave Young in his deluxe full coverage patterns consisting of foliate arabesque scrolls, one of which terminates in his mythical bird’s head on the frame. Matching patterns extend over the bbl lug with another mythical figure incorporated into one of the scrolls. Rammer pivot is engraved to match. Top of the back strap is engraved in his typical fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns down the back strap, on the buttstrap and trigger guard. Screw heads are all engraved as are the ends of the wedge. Hammer is also engraved in Mr. Young’s deluxe patterns with a wolf’s head on both sides of the nose, foliate arabesque patterns on the shank and fish scale patterns on the top edge & sides of the spur. Spur is hand checkered. Accompanied by a patterned blue velvet lined Kidder case with Kidder’s markings on the top rear edge of the bottom. Corners are brass reinforced. Bottom inside is partitioned for the revolver, an early “COLTS PATENT” double sided eagle case with Dixon spout, a small lacquered tin of Goldmark’s caps and a functioning key. This revolver was produced in about 1853 and likely was a presentation for someone of reasonably high position. These early pocket models are rarely found with any orig finish given that they usually saw hard service on the American frontier and later throughout the Civil War. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “2717” but is engraved so undoubtedly has been with this revolver its entire existence. Bbl retains about 98% glossy orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and some very minor spots of flaking. Rammer pivot & handle retain dark case colors. Frame & hammer retain about 97-98% strong orig case colors that are typically muted for this period of production. Cylinder retains 93-95% glossy orig blue and shows about 99% crisp stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. All 5 safety pins are prominent & serviceable. Trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver. Grips are fine with good fire and light iridescent colors. Case has a small grain check in the lid and a stress crack vertically through the lock escutcheon, which is missing. Interior is moderately faded & soiled with all partitions intact. One partition has an old repair. Flask has been replated. 4-51136 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2068

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2069

RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 48528. Cal 31. Blue & color case hardened with desirable 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & engraved address “Saml. Colt” with very small “COLTS PATENT” engraved in a ribbon on left side of frame. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a deluxe varnished 1-pc walnut grip with the last 4-digits of matching serial number in the backstrap channel. Cylinder is 5 shots with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. All 5 safety pins are servicable, 4 of which are crisp. Revolver is engraved in donut scrolls without shaded background, probably by Gustave Youn, with about 75-80% coverage. Matching patterns extend over the bbl lug & rammer pivot with sunburst patterns on the bbl lug tang. Hammer is engraved to match with a wolfs head on each side of hammer nose and fish scale patterns on top edge & sides of spur. Spur is checkered. Top of backstrap has Mr. Young’s typical sunburst pattern with foliate arabesque patterns down the back strap, on the butt strap & trigger bow. Screw heads & tips are all engraved. Accompanied by a purple velvet lined, mahogany casing compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a double sided eagle & stars flask, a blued 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, an early tinned container for Eley’s caps, a sealed packet of 5 combustible cartridges, an open packet for 6 combustible cartridges and a functioning key. This revolver was produced in about 1852 and was almost certainly a presentation to someone of importance. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including rammer, wedge, cylinder & grip. Bbl retains 70-75% glossy orig blue with sharp edge wear & light chemical staining on each side of the muzzle. Rammer pivot & handle retain strong orig case colors. Frame & hammer retain about 98% muted case colors. Cylinder retains about 93-95% orig blue with sharp edge wear thinned around the rear 1/3 and shows about 98% stage coach holdup scene. Chambers retain strong blue. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about 98% crisp orig silver plating that has oxidized to black. Grip is sound with a few light nicks and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case is sound with light handling & storage nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Lining in the lid has a few scattered pin head size chemical spots, otherwise is strong & bright. Bottom is lightly faded with moderate to heavy soil and chemical spotting around the cylinder & muzzle areas. Flask retains about 95% orig finish. Mold is crisp & near new with a couple of small dings. Other accessories are equally fine. 4-51144 JR128 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2069

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2070

EXCEPTIONAL 6″ CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 204749. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with desirable 6″ oct bbl and scarce 6 shot cyl., brass pin front sight and scarce 2-line Hartford address. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT” and it has 6-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The large guard silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an red lined mahogany casing partitioned in the bottom for the revolver, a brass 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold without sprue cutter, a dbl sided brass eagle flask. An ELEY cap tin marked “COLT PATENT BELT AND POCKET PISTOLS” on its original label is found in middle lower compartment. This revolver was produced in 1862 during the height of the Civil War and almost certainly would have seen service during the Civil War and later, probably on the American Frontier. These small revolvers were extremely popular from their first production until well into the 1870s when they were supplanted by the advent of the self-contained cartridge revolver. They saw extensive use by frontier people of all walks of life and are rarely found today with such near new condition and almost never with an orig case. This is an exemplary 6″ pocket with a scarce 6-shot cyl. According to Jordan & Watt in their text on Colt pockets, only 5,700 6-shot variants were made in the Hartford range of over 20,000 pistols. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall. All matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue. Rammer pivot & handle retain brilliant case colors; frame retains brilliant case colors on the sides, turned dark on recoil shields; hammer retains most of it orig bright case colors; cylinder retains about 40% orig bright blue with the balance flaked to a grey/silver and shows almost 100% crisp rolled stagecoach holdup scene; trigger guard & backstrap retain about 95% plus of their strong orig silver plate. Grips are sound and solid, well-fit retaining almost all their original bright varnish with only the slightest edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. Case is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches. Interior has some light fading inside. Brass 2 cavity mold is crisp with good yellow patina and some staining; flask retains most of its original varnish retaining a nice patina. Cap tin excellent overall retaining most of its original japanning and fine green label. 1 cartridge pack is sound and solid with discernible label as can be seen. Bottom pack has good label but is cracked open with 2 perfect cartridges and 2 broken cartridges. 4-51133 JS70 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 2070

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2071

EXCEPTIONAL HARTFORD DEALER CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 178605. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and scarce 2-line Hartford address. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT” and it has 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The large guard silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an orange lined mahogany casing with 3-1/4″ by 2-1/2″ “P.S. NEWTON GUNMAKER & DEALER HARFORD CONN” decorated label pasted into top of case, partitioned in the bottom for the revolver, a blued 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, a sgl sided brass eagle & stars flask marked “COLTS PATENT”, an L-shaped nipple wrench in like new condition. An ELEY cap tin marked “COLT PATENT BELT AND POCKET PISTOLS” on its original label is found in middle lower compartment. Right rear compartment contains cast lead bullets & balls. This revolver was produced in 1860 just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War and almost certainly would have seen service during the Civil War and later, probably on the American Frontier. These small revolvers were extremely popular from their first production until well into the 1870s when they were supplanted by the advent of the self-contained cartridge revolver. They saw extensive use by frontier people of all walks of life and are rarely found today with such near new condition and almost never with an orig case. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall. All matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue. Rammer pivot & handle retain brilliant case colors; frame retains brilliant case colors on the sides, turned dark on recoil shields; hammer retains some orig muted case colors, though balance silver/grey; cylinder retains about 40% orig bright blue with the balance plum/silver and shows almost 100% crisp rolled stagecoach holdup scene; trigger guard & backstrap retain about 90% of their strong orig silver plate with wear to grip straps where handled. Grips are sound a solid, well-fit retaining almost all their original bright varnish with some edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. Case is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches with soiled, uncleaned surface. Interior is faded inside with colors varying from orange to burgundy, as can be seen in photos. Mold retains about 95% original dull blue; flask retains most of its original varnish but does have 2 dents on reverse retaining a nice bright patina; nipple wrench retains most of its original bright blue. 4-51181 JS69 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 2071

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2072

FINE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 113248. Cal. 31. Blue and color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and engraved address “Saml Colt”. Left side of frame is engraved “COLTS PATENT” in a pillow shape. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain what may be its orig, factory 1-pc smooth ivory grip. All the SNs on the bottom of the revolver, bbl lug and buttstrap are accompanied by a small “I” which indicates that it was to have ivory grips from the factory. Grip is constructed of 2 slabs of ivory attached to a center ivory spacer. Cyl has 5 shots with Stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Revolver is deluxe engraved by Gustave Young with full coverage very fine foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with pearled background. A scroll on the left recoil shield and another on the right side of frame terminate in flower blossoms. Engraving extends over the bbl lug and top side flats with one scroll on the left side terminating in Mr. Young’s mythical dog’s head and another on the right terminating in a flower blossom. Rammer pivot is engraved in matching patterns. Top of the backstrap is engraved in Mr. Young’s typical sunburst pattern with foliate arabesque patterns on the backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard. Hammer is also deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the nose, foliate arabesque patterns on the shank and fish scale patterns on the top edge & sides of the spur. Tip of the spur is hand checkered. Screw heads and tips are all engraved except the wedge screw which is probably a replacement. The model 1849 pocket pistol was Colt’s most prolific percussion product with over 300,000 produced in the period 1850-1873. This model was an improvement on the model 1848 baby dragoon and, if anything, was more wildly successful for Colt. This model continued with great success during the Great Westward migration and saw continued hard service on the American frontier, throughout the Civil War and into the 1870s. Although they were produced in the greatest numbers and are frequently encountered with factory engraving they are seldom found with deluxe coverage and high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including rammer, wedge & cyl, grips are not numbered. Bbl retains 65-70% strong orig blue with the loss areas flaked to a dark patina. Rammer pivot and handle retain traces of case colors having mostly faded to silver. Frame & hammer retain traces of case colors having mostly turned dark. Cyl retains 50-60% blue turning brown. Trigger guard and backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver plate with only sharp edge wear. Right side of grip has an age line, otherwise grip is sound and retains a fine, mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with moderate pitting. 4-51137 JR143 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2072

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2073

EXCEPTIONAL 5″ CIVIL WAR COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 205867. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and very early 1-line New York address as there are Hartford addresses in same serial range. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Cyl is 6-shots with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. This model was one of Colt’s most popular revolvers having received immediate acceptance with the buying public upon its introduction with approx. 325,000 being produced in the period 1850-1873. This revolver was produced in 1862 at the height of the Civil War and would probably have seen service in that conflict and later on the American frontier. They remained in service well into the 1870s before being supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridges. They usually served under harsh circumstances with very little maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. This is a beautiful gun with desirable 5″ bbl and an exceptional cyl retaining most all its original blue that would be difficult to upgrade. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall, all matching. Bbl retains 97-98% of its glossy orig blue with few light scratches. Rammer & handle retain much of their original case colors; frame retains most of its original brilliant case color, though most was originally silver/grey; hammer also retains most of its original case color; cyl is really exceptional retaining 80-90% orig blue with the balance plum/silver and shows about 100% sharp stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 99% of their orig silver plating. Grip is sound, well-fit retaining 99% original varnish with almost no edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-51159 JS73 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 2073

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2074

EXCEPTIONAL ENGLISH “THEOPOLIS MURCOTT” CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 208506. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with desirable 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York address with English proofs on bbl housing and each cyl. This variety of “London” Colts is of all American-made parts only proofed and finished in England. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT” and it has 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The large guard silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by a typical English walnut green velvet lined casing partitioned in the bottom for the revolver and various tools which are all missing, with exception of a wood handled cleaning tool and a few loose balls. This revolver was produced in 1862 during the height of the American Civil War but ended up in England where not much was going on and this gun appears to have remained unused and unfired, retaining most all of its original finish. These small revolvers were extremely popular from their first production until well into the 1870s when they were supplanted by the advent of the self-contained cartridge revolver. They saw extensive use by frontier people of all walks of life and are rarely found today with high orig finish and almost never with an orig case. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl and cyl retain 97-98% strong orig inky blue with a few small scratches and dings; frame hammer and loading assembly retain brilliant case colors over most of their surfaces with balance turning silver/grey; cylinder shows almost 100% of its well-rolled stagecoach holdup scene; trigger guard & backstrap retain over 90% of their strong orig silver plate. Grips are sound, solid and well-fit retaining 99% of their original varnish with very light edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. Case is sound though well used with numerous dings, dents, and scratches externally; lining in case is soiled with average wear one hinge has screw that has broken through agent’s label, is slightly soiled as is paper label for “directions for loading” with a few small holes and stains. 4-51174 JS75 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 2074

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2075

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

SN 4358. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line London address with brackets. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is 5-shots with stagecoach holdup scene. Bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. The large guard blued steel trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc, nicely figured walnut grip with SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by a fine, red velvet lined mahogany English casing with empty brass plaque in the lid. Inside the lid has a “Directions for Loading Colt’s Pistols” label. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a Dixon copper & brass bag shaped flask marked “COLTS POCKET FLASK”, a blued steel 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter, a wood handled metal cleaning rod, an extra main spring and several extra nipples, L-shaped gun tool/nipple wrench, Eley cap tin, and key. According to Colt’s Pocket ’49, It’s Evolution, Jordan & Watt, the charts on pp. 147 & 148 indicate that about 6,000 London Pocket Revolvers with this bbl address were produced. No indication of the number believed to have been cased but they are scarce especially with a most desirable 6″ bbl length. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 20-30% glossy inky orig blue with the loss areas flaked to a dark patina and several small nicks around the wedge slot; frame and loading assembly retain about 90% bright case colors; cyl shows about 98% stagecoach holdup scene; trigger guard & backstrap retain about 70% of their original bright blue especially in sheltered areas and balance plum/grey. Grip is sound and solid retaining 99% of its varnish with light edge wear. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case overall is very good with much of its original varnish with light handling & storage scratches; interior is not faded with soil and minor damage from the front sight and muzzle of revolver; label inside the lid is intact, moderately yellowed with a few small holes; flask is sound and retains about most of its original varnish with a few small dents and numerous scratches; mold retains 80-90% original inky bright blue with numerous small dents where probably used as tack hammer. L-shaped gun tool retains almost all its original bright finish. Cap tin is fine overall with good label. 4-51186 JS (7,000-9,000) – Lot 2075

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2076

VERY RARE COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET WITH “CROWNED MUZZLE”.

SN 332681. Cal. 31. Among the rarest Colt pocket model variants is the Crowned Muzzle. This rounding off finish is only found on a few pockets near the end of their production and is the last major improvement made in Colt’s Percussion Pistols. This gun and all other known Crown Muzzle guns were made in 1873, the last year of production. According to Jordan & Watt in their fabulous text on this subject, they only cite 13 SNs ranging from 311801 to 332663. This gun being 332681 would make 14 known specimens and this being the highest known serial number. The reasoning behind these crowned muzzles is explained on pgs 113-114 of cited text. Not only is this a great rarity, this is also an exceptional gun retaining most all of its original finish showing very little use. Like other pocket models, it conforms with blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York address. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Cyl is 5-shots with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. This model was one of Colt’s most popular revolvers having received immediate acceptance with the buying public upon its introduction with approx. 325,000 being produced in the period 1850-1873 and this being one of the very last made in the last year of production and this is the only crowned muzzle variant we are aware to have ever come to auction. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall. Bbl and cyl retain about 80% or their original bright finish and cyl retains almost all of its rolled “stagecoach robbery” scene. Gun was not disassembled but it appears original and authentic in every regard, with matching SNs. Several of the screws still retain some of their fire blue. Case colors on frame hammer and loading assembly are mostly muted and are mostly a dark grey/silver. Stocks retain 95% plus orig varnish with a couple dings and dents and edge wear. Mechanically, gun functions well with crisp well-defined rifling and bore. Backstrap and trigger guard retain strong traces of silver plate but balance has patinaed to a mustard yellow color. 4-51160 JS76 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 2076

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2077

EXCEPTIONAL 6″ COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 200432. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address with dashes. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Cyl is 6-shots with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. This model was one of Colt’s most popular revolvers having received immediate acceptance with the buying public upon its introduction with approx. 325,000 being produced in the period 1850-1873. This revolver was produced in 1862 at the height of the Civil War and would probably have seen service in that conflict and later on the American frontier. They remained in service well into the 1870s before being supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridges. They usually served under harsh circumstances with very little maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. This is a beautiful gun with a most desirable 6″ bbl and an exceptional cyl retaining most all its original blue that would be difficult to upgrade. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall, all matching. Bbl retains 90-95% of its glossy orig blue with the losses flaked, not worn to a medium patina with only faint sharp edge wear; rammer & handle retain muted case colors; frame retains 60% brilliant case colors, with balance faded to a plum/silver; hammer retains some case colors on the sides & rear edge, fading to silver; cyl retains about 60-80% orig blue with the balance plum/silver and shows about 97-98% sharp stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain about half of their orig silver plating. Grip is sound, well-fit retaining 95% plus original varnish with losses only at edges. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting 4-51147 JS71 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 2077

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2078

EXCEPTIONAL 4″ COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 82699. Cal. 31. This pocket model was made at the height of the gold rush in 1853. Colt made more pocket revolvers by far in 1853 than other years with production at about 30,000 guns. Even Civil War years only averaged about 20,000 guns a year. No doubt, the best market for these guns were the California gold fields and people trekking from the east to California. Early pockets are rarely found in such high conditions as this gun which retinas most of its original finish. This gun conforms to other pockets being blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York address with brackets. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is 5-shots with stagecoach holdup scene. The large guard brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc, nicely figured walnut grip with SN in backstrap channel. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall, all matching throughout though gun was not disassembled. Bbl retains about 97-98% orig blue with a few small scratches; frame and loading assembly and hammer retain about 90% silver-colored case color with ghosts of colors; cyl shows about 95% blue finish and stagecoach holdup scene is nearly 100%; trigger guard & backstrap retain over 95% of their original silver plating though a couple areas are scuffed and worn. Grips are sound and solid retaining 99% of varnish with light edge wear. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-51177 JS77 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 2078

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2079

EXCEPTIONAL 4″ CIVIL WAR COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 255653. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York address. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Cyl is 6-shots with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. This model was one of Colt’s most popular revolvers having received immediate acceptance with the buying public upon its introduction with approx. 325,000 being produced in the period 1850-1873. This revolver was produced early in 1864 at the height of the Civil War and would probably have seen service in that conflict and later on the American frontier. They remained in service well into the 1870s before being supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridges. They usually served under harsh circumstances with very little maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. This is a beautiful gun with 4″ bbl and an exceptional cyl retaining most all its original blue that would be difficult to upgrade. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall, all matching. Bbl retains about 90% of its glossy orig blue with few light scratches and right side of bbl housing has some dents and scratches along slot for wedge and wedge has several dents. Rammer & handle retain much of their original case colors; frame retains most of its original brilliant case color; hammer also retains most of its original case color; cyl is really exceptional retaining 80-90% orig blue with the balance plum and shows about 100% sharp stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 99% of their orig silver plating. Grip is sound, well-fit retaining 98% original varnish with light edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-51182 JS73 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2079

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2080

RARE CASED COLT 1855 MODEL 7A PERCUSSION REVOLVER ENGRAVED “CAPT. CHAS. DEERING/AG 3-5 1869”.

SN 12695. Cal 31. Blue finish with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight & 2-line address. Mounted with 1-pc varnished walnut grip that has last 4 digits of matching serial number in top of backstrap channel. Cylinder has the stagecoach hold up scene roll marking & a set screw in the side which retains the cylinder pin. Backstrap is engraved in period script, through the blue, “Capt. Chas. Deering / Aug 3-5, 1869.” Heel of the backstrap & buttstrap appear to have been heated, probably to assist in removing the hammer spring tensions screw, which is slightly battered. Buttstrap also has a sharp gouge through the “2” of the serial number. Accompanied by an orig purple velvet lined Colt casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a single sided “COLTS PATENT” eagle and stars flask, a blued 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side “31 PKT”, 2 open & empty packets for 31 caliber cartridges, an L-shaped nipple wrench & a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps, missing about 1/3 of its label. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only 2,925 of models 7 & 7A were produced with the model 7A being most rare. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including cylinder & grip. Overall retains about 95% glossy orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear & the heated area on the heel. Cylinder retains about 98% glossy orig blue with about 99% stagecoach hold up scene. Rammer & hammer retain brilliant case colors. Grip has some small chips at the frame, otherwise is new, retaining about all of its orig varnish. Hammer nose drags a little in the slot, otherwise mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with one small spot. Case is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded with light soil in the bottom and solid partitions with damage only from the front sight. Flask, mold & nipple wrench are as new. Cartridge packets are fair. Cap tin is missing about 1/3 of its label as noted. All together a rare & desirable cased pistol. 4-51171 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2080

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2081
Revised: 2/25/2014

Exciting Update! This is a Model 3A, bot a 4th Model as cataloged. The 3A is much more rare!

RARE FIRST DAY PRODUCTION CASED COLT 4TH MODEL 1855 ROOT SIDE HAMMER PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 9. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address without pointing hand motif. It has 5-shot full fluted cyl without patent date in one of the flutes. Mounted with smooth 1-pc walnut grip, matching numbered to this revolver. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an orig brass 2 cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold without sprue cutter, an L-shaped screwdriver and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only 1,149 of these revolvers were produced before the model was discontinued about 1870. These revolvers were very popular as concealed arms and are rarely found in high orig finish and complete orig cased examples are exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including cylinder & grip. Overall retains about 98% glossy orig blue with very faint sharp edge wear and a couple tiny spots of flaking on the bbl. Rammer & hammer retain bright case colors in sheltered areas. Grip has a tiny chip near the frame & a small gouge in the front area and overall retains about all of its bright orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore, probably unfired. Case has a couple of cracks in the bottom otherwise is sound with light handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately faded with moderate soil in the bottom with 1 partially loose partition. Bullet mold appears new, screwdriver & cap tin are very fine. 4-51167 JR118 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2081

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2082

EXTREMELY RARE MATCHED BRACE OF COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS WITH 6″ BARRELS.

SN 46668 & 46671. Cal. 44. Virtually identical brace of special configuration Model 1860 revolvers, both with 6″ bbl, German silver front sights, rebated six shot cylinders that have Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and 3-screw frames cut for shoulder stock. Left side of frames have small “COLTS PATENT” and caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guards. Brass trigger guards and steel back straps are nickel plated and contain varnished 1-pc walnut grips that have last four digits of matching serial numbers to their respective revolvers in back strap channels. Bbl of #46668 has 1-line New-York U.S. America address and #46671 has a 1-line Hartford address. Serial numbers on bottom of both revolvers and butt straps are accompanied by a small “2” which signifies that these revolvers were a pair. These revolvers are accompanied by a volume of information compiled by Norm Flayderman after he acquired them in May of 1975. One of the items is a note on a small bill head from the Tillou Gallery of Litchfield, CT. dated May 3, ’75, addressed to “Norm” apparently transmitting historical society records “on the pair of Colt’s you purchased” and signed “your Litchfield agent / Peter”. Also accompanying is a copy of the orig Litchfield Historical Society donor card which simply says “Brace of Pistols – Colt 44”. The donor is listed as “Mrs. H.W. Wessells, 1912 / Given by Col. Sam Colt to Col. L.W. Wessells on formation of Ltfd Co. Reg. in 1862”. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter dated Aug. 8, 1975, addressed to Norm Flayderman for these two revolvers. The revolvers are identified in Cal. 44 with 6″ bbls, “plated” finish with walnut stocks, shipped, May 28, 1863 in a 12-gun shipment. An additional paragraph states that these two revolvers are listed in Vol. 4, p.120 of the Civil War books at the Colt factory and lists the other ten revolvers in the shipment, all in the 46600 serial range. Additionally accompanying are copies of several pages apparently from a book regarding Connecticut volunteers in the Civil War. Page ten shows that Col. Wessells received his commission on July 25, 1862 and assembled a company at Litchfield. He formed the 19th Infantry which later became the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery Regiment. It appears that the regiment was assigned duty in the defenses around Washington and Alexandria. Apparently his duty continued for about a year before they were put into action. In the meantime Col. Wessells apparently became ill and resigned on Sept. 15,1863 after only one year of service. He apparently returned to Connecticut and records show that in January 1879 he was appointed Brig. Gen. and Quarter Master Gen. for the state of Connecticut. Prior to the war, apparently Mr. Wessells was deputy sheriff and sheriff, a position he held from 1854-1866. He later became a representative to the General Assembly 1875-1877. Gen. Wessells was born in 1819 in Litchfield, CT. and died in Dover, DE in 1895. Also accompanying is a copy of a 2-page letter on Mr. Flayderman’s letterhead dated May 2011 wherein he describes these revolvers and in one paragraph states that Mrs. Wessells “gave them to a well known historic society in the state of Connecticut. They were retained by that society from 1912 until released by them for sale in May 1975 to a well known antique dealer in the state from whom I acquired them immediately after his acquisition at that time in May 1975…and have had them ever since”. Later in the paragraph Mr. Flayderman relates that he did not believe these revolvers were a presentation pair from Colt, but were among a group of a few guns donated to the regiment. He relates that had they been an actual presentation they would have been inscribed. Col. Wessells 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery went on to compile a fine record after he resigned, engaging a number of major battles & skirmishes. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were a little over 200,000 of Model 1860 revolvers produced 1860-1873. Referenced publication states “About a dozen Army revolvers are known to have been manufactured with 6″ barrels. These are in the 46000 serial range —.” PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: #46668. About fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 40-50% flaked, restored blue with the balance a mottled silver/brown patina with some fine pinprick pitting; rammer pivot & handle retain dark case colors; frame & hammer retain brilliant factory case colors, slightly faded on left recoil shield and top edge of hammer; cyl retains 30-40% thin restored blue/brown patina with stronger blue in the rebated area and four of the six safety pins serviceable; cyl shows 25-30% thin Ormsby Naval battle scene; trigger guard retains about 95% nickel; back strap & butt strap retain about 80% nickel with moderate pimpling. Grip has a chipped right heel, shows moderate edge wear with a few nicks & scratches, a couple of bruises on the right side and retains 85-90% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. #46671. Fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 35-40% glossy factory blue with the loss areas flaked to a medium/dark patina; frame & hammer retain brilliant factory restored case colors with crisp markings; cyl retains 50-60% factory blue and shows about 50% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and has five of the six safety pins prominent and serviceable; trigger guard retains virtually all of its orig nickel and back strap about 70% orig nickel with heavy, fine pimpling; grip is sound showing light to moderate use and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with a few scattered small spots of pitting. 4-51162 JR154 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 2082

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2083
Revised: 3/9/2014

Please Note: The Serial Number on this outstanding Colt is 35284. The factory worker applying the number to the original cylinder of this gun was either dyslexic or not paying attention, as the number reads 3284 (it should be 5284).

SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 35284. Cal. 44. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ bbl, German silver front sight and one line address. Left side of frame has a faint Colt’s patent, an unusually light strike. Frame is 3-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. The brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain an oil finished 1-pc walnut grip with the last four digits of matching SN in the backstrap channel. Left side of grip has a crisp “PB” inspector’s cartouche. There are various other inspector initials on other major parts. Finish of this revolver is military type with satin blue & unplated brass trigger guard with oil finish grip. The U.S. government purchased 127,156 of the approximate 156,000 revolvers produced by the end of 1865 which makes this a fairly common revolver. However those arms purchase by the government were issued to field units during the Civil War and remained in service after the war on the American Frontier until the mid-1870s. During that time they usually saw continuous hard service under adverse conditions and are rarely found today with orig finish or configuration. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains about 98% strong orig blue with crisp feathers on each side of the front sight & lever latch lug. Rammer pivot & handle retain about 95% bright case colors, showing a little wear on the pivot. Frame & hammer retain about 98% orig case colors, brilliant everywhere except showing light fading on the recoil shields and top edge of hammer. Cyl retains about 75% dull orig blue and shows about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. All 6 safety pins are crisp and serviceable. Trigger guard and front strap are a medium brass patina. Backstrap & buttstrap retain about all of their orig blue, a little thin on the heel and center of backstrap. Grip is crisp with one or two minor nicks and retains about all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired and retains most of its orig blue in the chambers and bore. 4-51129 JR137 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2083

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2084

VERY RARE CASED COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 2903. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7 1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line Hartford address. Frame is 4 screw style cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw & has a small “COLTS PATENT” on the left side. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a varnished, 1-pc, Army sized walnut grip with serial number 2903 in backstrap channel. Cylinder is rebated & full fluted with 4 of the 6 safety pins mostly serviceable. Trigger guard has the serial number “2901” and the serial number on the bbl lug, “2903” has had a “3” stamped over the “1” which is also found on the wedge. All other numbers on this revolver are clearly “2903”. Accompanied by an extraordinarily rare, burgundy velvet lined, mahogany casing with very rare paper label of distributor James Walsh whose address was 60 Main St. Richmond, VA inside the lid. Bottom of the case is compartmented for the revolver, a double sided Remington style copper & brass flask with dog and pheasant motif, a blued 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold marked on the right side “44H” with an “H” inspector initial and a partial tin of Eley’s caps. There are about 4,000 of these rare revolvers out of the first 8,000 models ’60 army revolvers produced in both 7-1/2″ & 8″ bbls & with both Army & Navy size grips. As is attested to by the distributors label in the lid of this case, many of these early fluted Army revolvers were delivered to southern dealers & distributors just on the eve of the Civil War and are considered secondary Confederate arms. They rarely are found with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Numbers matching as reported above. Bbl retains 60-70% orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer handle & pivot retain strong case colors. Frame retains strong case colors on the sides faded to a mottled silver/brown patina on the recoil shields. Hammer has silvered case colors. Trigger guard retains traces of orig silver being mostly a medium mustard patina. Backstrap retains blue in sheltered areas being mostly a thin blue/brown, the backstrap with light surface pitting. Grip is sound showing moderate wear on the edges with light nicks & scratches and retains about 85% orig varnish. Cylinder retains 50-60% orig blue, mostly in the flutes with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore, has been fired, but very little, just poor storage. Case is sound showing usual handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately to heavily faded inside the lid and the label is completely intact, moderately yellowed. Bottom is moderately faded with moderate to heavy soil. Flask retains about 65-70% orig finish and the mold is a dark blue patina. Cap tin is fine. A truly rare set that undoubtedly has Confederate ties. 4-51172 JR121 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2084

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2085

RARE FINE AND HISTORICAL INSCRIBED CIVIL WAR FLUTED COLT ARMY REVOLVER, COL JOHN KENNETT WITH HOLSTER.

SN 3777. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with scarce 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line Hartford address with dashes. Frame is 4-screw style cut for shoulder stock. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is 6-shots, and full fluted with SN on top and stamped in one flute is patent information “PATENTED SEPT. 10TH 1850” and most unusual and unique as far as we know is agent marking “B. KITTREDGE & CO” in flute. The silver plated brass trigger guard & steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Gun in inscribed on butt “COL. JOHN KENNETT”. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were about 4,000 Model 1860 Colts ever made of which only about half had 7-1/2″ bbls, with the balance the later standard 8″. Col. John Kennett entered service in the 4th Ohio Cavalry Sept. 24, 1861. He was originally born in Russia and was 52 years old when he entered service. Kennett commanded his unit until his resignation, Jan 1863. The 4th Ohio fought in the early campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee. Col. Kennett formerly accepted the surrender of Nashville on Feb 23, 1862. A large folio of records on Col. Kennett accompanies this historic pistol. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine overall. All matching SNs including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl and cyl retain 20-30% bright, original blue especially in sheltered areas of flutes and bottom of bbl. Remainder of metal is mostly brown/plum with a rough mottled area in center of bbl on top and right side; frame, hammer and loading arm retain about half or more of their case colors, with some muting and balance silver/grey. Backstrap and trigger guard retain 80-90% of their original silver plate and well fit stocks retain about half their original varnish with considerable edge wear to right grip and numerous small dings, dents and scratches. Mechanically gun is sound though main spring has weak tension, bore has crisp, well-defined rifling. Accompanying holster is very good overall. Some sewing stitches are coming loose. Brass finial still intact. Leather body is supple, retaining most of its original finish, though scuffed overall. 4-51145 JS66 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 2085

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2086

FINE COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 2210. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line Hartford address with dashes. Frame is 4-screw style cut for shoulder stock. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is 6-shots, and full fluted with SN in one flute and a patent date in another. The silver plated brass trigger guard & steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were about 4,000 Model 1860 Colts ever made of minor variance. This configuration with 8″ bbl was the most popular.Given that this model of Colt made its debut shortly before the onset of the Civil War and there are records of several deliveries to Southern distributors, some just days before the shelling of Fort Sumter, these earliest fluted Armys are considered to be possibly Confederate arms. This gun possibly could be researched from Colt and other sources that have listed many fluted SNs over the years. This gun does have a name carved lightly into right stock and scratched into buttstock. The last name “Dorsey” is easily discerned and initials “WD” are carved into buttstrap; so it might be possible to ascertain which “W. Dorsey” carried this gun in the Civil War. Regardless who carried this gun during the Civil War, this is a very high condition gun for a fluted Army that no doubt saw service. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl and cyl retain about 40% bright orig blue turning to gray/plum. Cyl has patent information & SN stamped into opposite flutes, both being quite discernible though SN is lightly struck. SN’s and other markings on gun are well struck and easily discerned as can be seen in photographs. The frame retains 30-40% muted and bright case colors with balance a silver/gray with scattered staining and pinprick pitting. Loading assembly exhibits traces of muted case color with balance being a smooth silver/gray. Trigger guard and backstrap retain 90% plus orig silver plating with some bubbling on backstrap near butt. Grips are sound and well fit showing light to moderate edge wear retaining 90% plus orig varnish with the lightly carved name “DORSEY” easily discerned.  Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with crisp rifling. 4-51155 JS65 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2086

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2087

RARE CASED COLT HARTFORD LONDON MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 154405. 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 has a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Cylinder is usual 6-shots, rebated, with Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking. The blued steel trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. All SNs on the bottom of the bbl lug, frame, trigger guard & butt strap are accompanied by a small “L” which indicates that this revolver was for the London Agency. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, “Several hundred Model 1860 revolvers were sold through Colt’s London Agency.” Given that there were more than 200,000 Model 1860 revolvers produced in the period 1860 thru 1873, this is a very small number indeed and makes this revolver very rare. Accompanied by an orig purple velvet lined mahogany casing which is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver and normal accessories, none of which are present. Even though the Model 1860 was produced in large numbers, very few are known with orig cases. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 75% orig blue that is flaked, not worn, to a dark patina; rammer pivot retains strong case colors with the handle a dark patina; frame retains traces of case colors being mostly a silver/brown patina; hammer retains strong case colors on the sides & rear edge, faded on top; cyl retains traces of blue on the rebated area being mostly a flaked medium brown patina; front edge has a couple of dings and shows 50-60% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard & front strap retain about 60% orig blue with the trigger bow & front strap a dark patina; back strap & butt strap retain 65-70% orig blue mixed with brown patina. Grip has a few small dings on the right edge with light nicks & scratches elsewhere and overall retains about 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. Case has a grain check in the bottom, otherwise is completely sound with handling & storage nicks & scratches and light to moderate soil and overall retains about 75% orig varnish, stronger on the sides; interior is bright & clean inside the lid showing light wear and moderate soil in the bottom; all partitions are sound. 4-51168 JR147 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 2087

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2088

SCARCE COLT 3RD MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 29983. Cal 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line block letter New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cylinder has Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking with all 6 safety pins crisp & prominent. The silver plated, small guard brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of serial number in the backstrap channel. Colt produced about 215,000 of this venerable revolver with the U.S. Government purchasing about 35,000 of them. This is an early 3rd model produced in about 1853 during the great American migration of Manifest Destiny when any kind of repeating arm was in great demand. The ’51 Navy was one of, if not the most popular side arm on the frontier and later throughout the entire Civil War. They usually saw extensive hard service under harsh circumstances, frequently with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including loading lever, wedge, cylinder & grip. Bbl retains 95-96% crisp, glossy orig blue with very light sharp edge wear, a couple spots of flaking on left side of muzzle and a few tiny surface mars. Frame & hammer retain 99%+ bright orig case colors, lightly faded on the recoil shields and top edge of hammer. Rammer handle & pivot retain faded case colors being mostly a gray patina. Cylinder retains about 95% crisp orig blue with sharp edge wear, a couple small spots of blue wear and shows about 99% Ormsby naval battle scene. Trigger guard & front strap show about all of their orig silver plate turned dark. Back strap & buttstrap retain about 75% orig silver plate, thin around the heel & buttstrap. Grip shows light edge wear with a few minor scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. 4-51130 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2088

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2089

VERY SCARCE CASED HIGH CONDITION 2ND MODEL COLT 1851 LONDON NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 42365. Cal 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7 1/2″ bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line London address with dashes. Frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” on the left side and the silver plated, steel, large trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching serial number in the backstrap channel. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking and all 6 safety pins crisp and serviceable. Left side of bbl lug & cylinder have small British proofs. Accompanied by a green velvet lined English oak casing with empty brass plaque in the lid, a paper directions for loading & cleaning label inside the lid and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a rare Dixon bag flask marked “COLTS NAVY FLASK”, a blued 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a wood handled steel cleaning rod, a spare hammer spring, 4 spare nipples & a large lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Covered compartment in the right rear has lead bullets. While model 1851 London Navy revolvers are not uncommmon they are rarely ever found in new unfired condition. There were about 42,000 model 1851 Navy revolvers produced in London during the period 1853-1857, the majority of which were 2nd models. These revolvers were usually purchased by British officers for postings literally around the world. They rarely are found with much orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including wedge, cylinder & grip. Bbl retains about 99% plus glossy orig blue with brilliant case colors on the rammer, rammer handle & pivot & most unusually, case colors still on the lever latch. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors, slightly faded on top edge of hammer. Cylinder retains about 88-90% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina. Cylinder face retains about 75% orig blue with most of the orig blue still in the chambers & bore. Grip frame retains 99% plus orig silver plating with some light pimpling on the backstrap. Grip is crisp with a couple of small nicks and retains all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant unfired bore. Case is sound with handling & storage light nicks & scratches, a couple small dings with light pry marks around the front opening and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately faded with some light soil and some minor damage from the front sight, hammer spur & mold. Flask is as new. Mold retains about 95% crisp orig blue and appears unused. Cap tin is new. Cleaning rod is fine. Label inside the lid is completely intact, moderately yellowed. A truly extraordinary set. 4-51166 JR123 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 2089

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2090

SCARCE CASED COLT HARTFORD LONDON MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 195662. Cal 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & 1-line London address with dashes. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking and all 6 safety pins serviceable. The blued steel trigger guard & backstrap contain a nicely figured, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching serial number in the backstrap channel. Serial numbers on the frame & trigger guard are accompanied by a small “L”, signifying that this revolver was intended for Colt’s London Agency. Accompanied by a beautiful brass bound, green baize lined, English walnut casing that has bullseye lifting handle in the lid and sliding latches on the front with a mortised brass lock. Inside the lid has Colt’s directions for loading & cleaning label. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a rare Dixon bag flask marked “COLTS NAVY FLASK”, an early brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with bright steel sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, an all steel cleaning rod, an orig paper wrapped tin of Eley’s caps and a functioning key. The flask, bullet mold, nipple wrench and cleaning rod are marked with what appears to be museum numbers. These Colt London Navy revolvers were very popular among British officers and usually saw extensive hard service literally around the world. At that time, as was the saying, “The sun never sets on the British Empire”. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including rammer, wedge, cylinder & grip. Bbl retains about 98-99% crisp, glossy, bright blue with only faint sharp edge wear, one small chemical spot and a few tiny flaked spots. Rammer & handle retain brilliant case colors. Frame & hammer also retain brilliant case colors, turned just a little dark on the left recoil shield and top edge of the hammer. Cylinder retains about 25% blue with the balance having flaked, not worn, to a medium patina and shows about 95-97% Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. All 6 safety pins are crisp. Trigger guard & backstrap retain 97-98% crisp orig blue with very minor, tiny flaked spots on the backstrap. Grip is crisp with a couple small bruises & retains about all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. Case has slightly shrunken bottom and a grain check in the lid, otherwise is sound with normal handling & use nicks & scratches and retains about 95% strong orig varnish. Brass fittings are a medium patina. Interior is moderately faded with light soil in the bottom. Label has 3 or 4 small tears with some moderate soil and is yellowed. Flask has a couple of small dents with some streaking on both sides and retains about 95% crisp orig finish. Mold appears unused with discoloration on the bright metal sprue cutter. Cap tin retains most of its orig paper wrap with faded top label & missing part of the paper around the bottom edge. Other accessories are fine. All together a very high condition, desirable ’51 Navy. 4-51123 JR130 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2090

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2091

SCARCE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 101030. Cal 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, rare dovetail front sight and 1-line block letter Hartford address with dashes. Frame has full coverage engraving from the Gustave Young shop, probably by the master himself, with 2 scrolls terminating in flower blossoms, 1 on recoil shield & 1 on the right side. Matching engraving extends over the bbl lug with a scroll terminating in Mr. Young’s mythical bird head & another in a large flower blossom. Hammer is also deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the nose, foliate arabesque patterns on the shank and fish scale patterns on the top edge & sides of the spur with hand checkered spur. Top of the backstrap is engraved with Mr. Young’s typical fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns down the back strap, on the buttstrap and trigger bow. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain, what appears to be, an orig, full checkered, 1-pc ivory grip. The fan pattern at the top of the backstrap has the engraved tiny initials “S.C.”. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: About fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered but appears orig to this revolver. Bbl retains about 50% thin orig blue, strong in sheltered areas turning plum and turning to patina elsewhere. There are a couple of small dings on the left side. Rammer & handle are mostly faded case colors. Frame & hammer are mostly light plummy brown patina with case colors in the capping cut out. Cylinder is a light brown patina showing about 75% Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking and has 5 or 6 small dents. Trigger guard retains about 60% orig silver. Backstrap retains about 25% orig silver with the appearance of something having been filed away from the center of the backstrap. Grip has a couple small age lines otherwise is very fine. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore for the front 2/3 with rear 1/3 fine pitting, probably from having had caps fired and not cleaned afterward. 4-51154 JR131 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2091

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2092
Revised: 3/9/2014

Please Note: the cylinder Serial Number is “3883”. The revolver Serial Number is “163833”. Obviously an assembly mistake. Cylinder is original to revolver.

SCARCE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 163833. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl. Rare dovetail front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. “PATENT” on the frame is a very light strike. The brass trigger guard and back strap contain a replacement 1-pc smooth ivory grip. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Revolver is engraved in late vine style probably by Gustave Young. Three of the scrolls terminate in flower blossoms which is one of Young’s trademarks. Hammer is engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the nose with fish scale patterns on the top edge and sides of the spur. Matching engraving patterns extend over the bbl lug, top side flats and around the address on the top flat with additional matching patterns on the rammer pivot. Top of the backstrap is engraved in Mr. Young’s typical fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns on the backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard. All the visible serial numbers on bottom of the revolver are accompanied by a small punch mark which indicates that this revolver was to receive extra polishing for engraving. Trigger screw and lock bolt screw appear to have been changed, an easily rectifiable situation. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. Bbl retains about 80-85% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked to a dark patina with some fine pitting. Rammer handle & pivot retain bright case colors with pitting on the handle. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors turning a little dark. Cylinder retains about 50% orig blue with a large area of fine pitting. Trigger guard & backstrap are a medium brass patina. Grip has a few age lines, shows light wear and retains a golden ivory patina. Timing needs attention otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with 2 or 3 small spots of pitting. 4-51178 JR115 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2092

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2093

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 61607. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, modified brass pin front sight and 1-line New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and all six safety pins prominent & serviceable. Front face of cylinder is marked with a small “W” and an asterisk (*). The blued steel large guard trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-piece walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in the back strap channel. Butt strap is marked “U*S*N”. Left bottom edge of grip is marked “G G V” and bottom of right grip is marked “I / J*R*M*M”. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, the Union Navy purchased about 15,000 of these revolvers with many others privately purchased by officers and senior NCOs. Those Navy issued revolvers are rarely ever found with high orig finish given that they were exposed continuously to a salt atmosphere. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including rammer, wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 60-70% thin orig blue with a small dressed ding on the top edge and another on top of the muzzle; rammer pivot retains bright case colors with the handle turned gray; frame retains brilliant case colors on the sides and right recoil shield, a little faded on left recoil shield; hammer retains moderately faded case colors; cyl is mostly a blue/gray patina and shows about 90-92% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard & back strap retain traces of orig blue in sheltered areas being mostly a blue/gray patina. Grip has a chip in the left bottom edge and a few light nicks & scratches and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few small spots of pitting. 4-51131 JR135 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2093

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2094
Revised: 2/25/2014

Please Note: There is a typographical error in the title. It reads “Navy Arms” which is INCORRECT. It should read “Colt Model 1851 Navy-Army…”

SPECTACULAR COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY ARMS PERCUSSION REVOLVER ENGRAVED “H.Y. EVANS 1861, “F.J.P.C.C.”.

SN 104910. 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. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. The unplated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain an oil finished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching serial number in backstrap channel. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking and all 6 safety pins crisp & prominent. Backstrap is very nicely amateur inscribed “H Y Evans 1861” and the buttstrap “F J P C C”. Finish on this revolver is military style with satin blues & not so bright case colors with the unplated grip frame & oil finish grip. This was an expedient by Colt to fill government contracts. A search of the American Civil War Research Database disclosed 227 individuals named Evans with first initial “H” and about half that many Confederates. None, however showed a middle initial “Y”. Regardless this is a scarce, very high condition military revolver that apparently was issued during the Civil War. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl retains 96-97% crisp orig satin blue with the only loss areas faint sharp edge wear and an area of surface rust with fine pitting on the right side toward the muzzle. Rammer & handle retain bright case colors. Frame & hammer also retain brilliant case colors, lightly faded on left recoil shield with a small area of wear at the highest point. Hammer retains brilliant case colors on the sides, faded on top edge. Cylinder is a dull blue/brown patina and shows about 97-98% Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking with one small area of fine pitting. Grip frame is a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound with sharp edges and retains about 99% of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, billiant shiny bore. May have been fired, but if so, very little. Chambers of the cylinder & bore retain most of the orig blue. 4-51141 JR134 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2094

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2095

RARE COLT 2ND MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 3013. Cal 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & 1-line block letter address with dashes. Left side of frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Cylinder has usual 6 shots with Ormsby naval battle scene and all 6 safety pins crisp and prominent. The silver plated square back, small guard brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a deluxe, highly figured 1-pc walnut grip with matching serial number in the backstrap channel. Only about 3,000 of these rare revolvers were produced in the serial range 1250 through about 4200. Features of this model are the wedge screw above the wedge and wedge slot through the cylinder spindel. This model still maintains the small square back trigger guard of the 1st model. When the ’51 Navy was introduced it was immediately & enthusiastically received by the buying public and usually saw extensive hard service on the American frontier and then throughout the entire Civil War, remaining in service well into the 1870s until supplanted by the advent of self contained cartridge revolvers. The very early revolvers, such as this one are rarely ever found with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including rammer handle, wedge, cylinder & grip. Bbl retains 88-90% orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas, thinning elsewhere with light sharp edge wear. Rammer & handle retain dark case colors. Frame & hammer retain about 30-40% faded case colors with the balance turned silver. Case colors of this era were notoriously light & dull. Cylinder is mostly a blue gray patina and shows 90-95% Ormsby naval battle scene. Front & backstraps retain most of their orig silver plate with only light sharp edge wear with wear showing at the heel & toe. Grip is sound with numerous small nicks & retains about 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few small scattered spots of pitting. This is truly an exceptional 2nd model ’51 Navy. 4-51132 JR133 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2095

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2096

FINE FOURTH MODEL COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 203136. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl with brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Buttstrap is fitted with a factory swivel stud and ring. Cyl is usual 6 shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and 5 of the 6 safety pins prominent & serviceable. This revolver appears to have been produced in 1867 during the height of the Great Western migration of Manifest Destiny when repeating side arms were in great demand. The ’51 Navy was one of the most popular sidearms on the American Frontier, used by citizens on both sides of the law including such notables as Wild Bill Hickock who is purported to have carried a pair of these revolvers. These revolvers are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including wedge, cyl and grip. Rammer handle is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue with sharp edge wear, some very fine pin prick surface rust and a series of very fine scratches with nicks & scratches around the wedge slot. Rammer pivot retains bright case colors and the handle darkened case colors. Frame retains about 95% orig case colors lightly faded on the sides, moderately faded on recoil shields. Hammer retains faded case colors. Cyl retains 70-75% thinning orig blue with edge wear & a cyl line and shows about 95-96% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain traces of orig silver being mostly a medium patina. Front strap has a couple small dings. Grip has some light battering by the left toe and a few nicks, dings & scratches shows moderate edge wear and retains about 90% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with a few spots of pitting. 4-51148 JR139 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2096

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2097

RARE CASED HARTFORD LONDON COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 19628. Cal 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl. German silver front sight and New-York U.S. American address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. The blued steel trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching serial number in backstrap channel. Left side of bbl & cylinder have small British proofs. All the serial numbers on bottom of revolver are accompanied by a small “L” indicating that this revolver was destined for the English market. Accompanied by a blue velvet lined, English oak casing with empty medallion in the lid and swinging latches on the front along with a mortised brass lock. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a rare Dixon bag flask marked “COLTS NAVY FLASK”, a blued 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side “36P”, a packet of 6 combustible 36 caliber cartridges & a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. There were about 38,800 of these rare revolvers produced during the period 1861-1873 and this one appears to have been produced in about 1864. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were a few ’61 Navys sold to England and cased examples are considered rare. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including wedge, cylinder & grip. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with some scattered flaking on the left side and a series of nicks & scratches around the wedge slot on the right side. Rammer pivot & handle retain very bright case colors. Frame contains brilliant case colors on the sides, moderately faded on the recoil shields, brilliant in the capping cut out. Hammer retains fading case colors. Cylinder retains about 75-80% strong orig blue with the loss areas flaked to a light patina and shows about 98% Ormsby naval battle scene. Chambers of the cylinder retain most of their orig blue. Trigger guard & front strap retain about 80% strong orig blue, thinning on the front strap with a screw driver halo around the front screw. Backstrap & butt strap retain about 90% glossy orig blue. Grip is sound with a few light nicks and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. Case is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded & soiled with a minor amount of damage from the front sight & hammer spur. Flask is extremely fine. Mold retains about 90% orig blue with clean cavities. Cartridge packet, cap tin & nipple wrench are fine. 4-51163 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2097

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2098

SCARCE CASED INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 17113. Cal 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl. German silver front sight and one line block letter address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and the silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4-digits of matching serial number in the backstrap channel. Buttstrap is engraved in elaborate Old English “TU.C. Staines”. Cylinder is normal 6-shots with very light Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking and all of the 6 safety pins serviceable with 4 of the 6 pins crisp and prominent. Accompanied by an orig, dark green velvet lined, mahogany casing compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a double sided trophy of arms & flags, “COLTS PATENT” flask with sloping spout, a blued 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side “36B”. This revolver was produced in about 1864 during the height of the American Civil War when any firearm was in great demand. Arms of that era are rarely found today with high orig finish. Also accompanied by a large packet of information compiled by The Horse Soldier Research Service attempting to identify anyone associated with this inscription. This research disclosed that there is a town in England, a suburb of London named Staines and that the initials “TUC” stand for “Trade Union Congress” which was formed in about 1860. However, nothing is disclosed regarding a person with those exact initials. Research did disclose that a gentlemen by the name of William C. Staines 1818-1881 immigrated from England to the U.S. under the auspices of the Mormon Church in 1842. He became a prominent businessman and politician in Salt Lake City. Mr. Staines returned to England 1860-1863 on a mission for the church. It is unclear if this information has any relevance to this revolver. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including wedge, cylinder & grip. Bbl retains 97-98% glossy orig blue showing only light muzzle edge wear and a few fine scratches. Rammer handle & pivot retain brilliant case colors. Frame & hammer retain brilliant case colors with only slight dulling on the left recoil shield and a couple of small nicks. Cylinder, with the afore noted light roll marking, retains 93-95% glossy orig blue with a light cylinder line and light sharp edge wear. Chambers of the cylinder & bore retain strong orig blue. Trigger guard & front strap retain 95-96% strong orig silver. Backstrap & buttstrap retain about 60% orig silver. Grip shows very light wear and retains about 80% orig finish simply from handling. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. Case is sound with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches, retains most orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded with light to moderate soil in the bottom. Flask, an obvious replacement, retains traces of orig finish and has a cracked collar and shows a dark copper & brass patina. Mold is fine, battered on the left side & bottom with light surface pitting and bright cavities. 4-51170 JR129 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2098

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2099

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 13085. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. There were about 38,800 of these scarce revolvers produced in the period 1861-1873. This revolver appears to have been made in 1863 at the height of the Civil War when any revolving side arm was in great demand. The U.S. government purchased nearly 2400 of them before the end of the war and another 1600 after April 1866. Although the balance of the production during the Civil War would be classified as civilian arms they were mostly all purchased privately for use in the war. After the war, these fine streamlined revolvers were very popular on the western frontier and continued in service well into the 1870s until supplanted by cartridge revolvers. They are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching incl wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 60% glossy orig blue with the balance having flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer pivot and handle retain about 95% strong case colors. Frame & hammer retain brilliant case colors, lightly faded on the recoil shields and top edge of hammer. Cyl retains 75-80% thinning orig blue and shows about 95% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. All 6 safety pins are serviceable. Trigger guard retains about 90% orig silver and the backstrap about 40%. Grip is sound showing very light wear with a few small nicks and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore with a very few, scattered spots of pitting. 4-51140 (12,000-17,500) – Lot 2099

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2100

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 11068. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, rare German silver Rocky Mtn. style dovetail front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard has the caliber marking. Cylinder has the usual lightly struck Ormsby Naval battle scene and has all six safety pins serviceable. All the SNs on bottom of the revolver and left front web of the trigger guard are stamped with a small “2”. The silver plated trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Left side of front strap under the grip is hand scratched, twice, “D.B.” and the date “1860”. Right side is hand scratched four times “DB”. Inside the grip under the front strap is written in ink twice “DB”. Apparently whoever “DB” was, was afraid of losing his pistol. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 38,800 of these scarce revolvers were produced in the period 1861 to 1873. Those produced prior to mid-1865 were almost certainly used during the Civil War and then later on the American frontier where they saw hard & continuous service under very adverse circumstances, usually with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including cyl & grip. Bbl retains 65-70% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina; rammer pivot retains bright case colors and the handle case colors turned dark; frame retains brilliant case colors, very slightly faded on the left recoil shield; cyl, as previously noted, has a light roll marking which is normal for this model and overall retains 40-50% blue with the balance flaked to a light patina; hammer retains most of its orig case colors, strong & bright on sides, faded on top edge; trigger guard & back strap retain strong silver finish, slightly thinned on back strap, showing wear on the heel. Grip shows light wear with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few small spots of pitting. 4-51176 JR114 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2100

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2101

EXCEPTIONAL COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY REVOLVER.

SN 420. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight & New York address. It has 1860 Army-style rack & pinion rammer with “COLT’S PATENT” on left side of frame. The brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. This gun is in wonderful condition, retaining most of its original finish and oiled stocks like for a military gun instead of typical varnished civilian grips. Colt armies and navies are not uncommonly seen with oiled grips where these were sold privately as military sidearms. But most saw very hard service in the Civil War and rarely like new examples like this surface like this, especially such early serial numbers made in the first months of this pattern in 1861. Like Mr. Flayderman’s original tag reads, this is an “Exceptional Colt M1861”. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to excellent overall, all matching.  Bbl retains 90-95% orig blue. There is about a 1″ by 1/2″ area in middle of bbl on left side where there are scratches in the finish, apparently trying to remove a small piece of rust. This is the major blemish in this bbl, which otherwise retains most of its original finish with overall scattered staining and few small dents and scratches. It has good feathers around front sight. Cylinder retains over 50% of its original blue, though thinning with areas of staining, light scratches and rust. Rolled cylinder scene is almost 100% discernible. All six safety pins are crisp and intact.  Frame retains about 80-90% bright and muted case colors. Loading assembly shows 30% case color with balance turning silver/grey. Trigger guard & backstrap have a light mustard/yellow patina.  Grip is sound and sharp showing only minor edge wear and a small chip near left outside toe.  Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. 4-51158 JS67 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 2101

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2102

EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE CASED LONDON COLT MODEL 1862 POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 37323. Cal. 36. This is an exceptional cased pocket Navy with the rare Dixon marked “COLTS POCKET FLASK” with Navy sized charger. Blue & color case hardened with 4-1/2″ oct bbl with London proofs on left side of bbl housing and on each chamber of cyl, brass pin front sight and 1-line London address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is stamped “36 CAL”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a fine varnished 1-pc walnut grip with SN in butt strap channel. Cylinder is usual 5-shots with rebated diameter and has the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking with all five safety pins crisp & sharp. Accompanied by an orig English Colt oak casing with typical English green felt lining compartmented in bottom for the revolver; Dixon “COLTS POCKET FLASK” pocket sized flask with 1-1/4″ adjustable charger; a blued steel 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold marked on right side “36P”; a packet of combustible cartridges marked “FOR COL. COLTS PATENT REVOLVING BELT PISTOL” and two loose self-contained Eley marked cartridges; and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. There were approx. 19,000 of these fine revolvers produced through about 1873 with most seeing hard service well into the late 1800s and are rarely found cased and almost never with high orig finish. This is one of the finest Pocket Navy revolvers extant. Mr. Flayderman’s original tag accompanies this gun mentioning “EXTREMELY RARE FLASK” along with “EXTREMELY RARE MINT COLT POCKET MODEL OF NAVY CALIBER IN ORIGINAL LONDON CASE”. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching, new & unfired. Bbl retains about 99% glossy bright factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear and a few light nicks around wedge slot. Rammer & handle retain virtually all of their muted case colors. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig bright and muted case colors. Cylinder retains about 97-98% glossy orig blue with some minor flaking, a light cyl line and retains virtually all of its stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Chambers of cyl and the bore retain virtually all of their orig factory blue along minor rust further lending credence to the premise that this revolver is possibly unfired. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig silver plating, slightly thinned on front strap with light scratches. Grip is sound & crisp with only a couple of minor light nicks in finish and retains virtually all of its bright orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound with typical handling & storage marks. Interior is typical with average wear and soiling with light wear from contact with the cyl and edge of grip and light damage from the front sight & hammer spur. Mold is crisp retaining most of its original varnish and finish and near new. Mold retains 95% plus original dull blue finish with some scuffs and staining. Cartridge packet is broken open at top showing 6 complete cartridges. Cap tin is excellent. Cleaning rod has a rusted end; L-Shaped gun tool and nipple wrench retains 90% plus original finish. There is an extra nipple and trigger spring also retained in this box. 4-51164 JS79 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2102

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2103

EXCEPTIONAL CASED 4-1/2″ COLT MODEL 1862 POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 15514. 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 is stamped “36 CAL”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a fine varnished 1-pc walnut grip with SN in butt strap channel. Cylinder is usual 5-shots with rebated diameter and has the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking with all five safety pins crisp & sharp. Accompanied by an orig Colt mahogany casing with blue velvet lining compartmented in bottom for the revolver; a sgl sided eagle & stars pocket sized flask marked “COLTS PATENT”; a blued steel 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold marked on right side “36P”; a blued L-shaped gun tool and nipple wrench; and a lacquered patented tin of “Cox’s Best Waterproof Caps”. There were approx. 19,000 of these fine revolvers produced 1861 through about 1873 with most seeing hard service well into the late 1800s and are rarely found cased and almost never with high orig finish. This is one of the finest Pocket Navy revolvers extant. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching, new & unfired. Bbl retains about 95% plus glossy bright factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear and losses around muzzle, a few light nicks and scratches around wedge slot. Rammer & handle retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors. Frame & hammer retain about all of their bright orig case colors. Cylinder retains about 95% plus glossy orig blue with some minor flaking, a light cyl drag line is present, and retains virtually all of its rolled stagecoach holdup scene marking. Chambers of cyl and the bore retain most all of their orig factory blue further lending credence to the premise that this revolver is unfired. Trigger guard & back strap retain strong traces of their orig thinly applied silver plating. Grip is sound & crisp with only a couple of minor light nicks in finish and retains virtually all of its bright orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Casing is sound with a 6″ crack in the lid and handling & storage marks. Interior is crisp with light wear from contact with the cyl and edge of grip and light damage from the front sight & hammer spur; compartment holding bullet mold and flask have come unglued in areas and are in need of repair, which can be easily done without hurting aesthetics of this fine case. Mold, flask, cap tin and gun tool are crisp and excellent. 4-51151 JS78 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2103

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2104

EXCEPTIONAL 4-1/2″ COLT MODEL 1862 POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 9714. 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 is stamped “36 CAL”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a fine varnished 1-pc walnut grip with SN in butt strap channel. Cylinder is usual 5-shots with rebated diameter and has the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking with all five safety pins crisp & sharp. There were approx. 19,000 of these fine revolvers produced through about 1873 with most seeing hard service well into the late 1800s and are rarely found cased and almost never with high orig finish. This is one of the finest Pocket Navy revolvers extant. This particular gun was made at the height of the Civil War early in 1863 and is amazing but this specimen escaped hard war service and survived in such beautiful condition, retaining most of its original finish. Mr. Flayderman’s original tag notes that this gun was once part of the famous Parsons Collection and was displayed and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. PROVENANCE: John Parsons Collection, Metroplitan Museum of Art, Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching, appears near new & possibly unfired. Bbl retains about 98% glossy bright factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear, several small dents and nicks around wedge slot. Rammer & handle retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors. Frame & hammer retain about all of their bright orig case colors, on top edge of hammer. Cylinder retains about 80% glossy orig blue with some flaking, a light cyl line and retains virtually all of its stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Chambers of cyl and the bore retain virtually all of their orig factory blue with some rust further lending credence to the premise that this revolver is virtually unfired. Trigger guard & back strap retain 90% plus of their orig silver plating. Grip is sound, well-fit & crisp with only a couple of minor light nicks in finish and retains virtually all of its bright orig factory varnish, light edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-51175 JS81 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2104

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2105

EXCEPTIONAL 6-1/2″ COLT MODEL 1862 POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 1211. This is a very early pocket Navy being made early in 1861 that is in the most desired 6-1/2″ bbl configuration in near new condition that would be difficult to upgrade. This gun conforms to other pocket Navies with blue & color case hardened with 6-1/2″ 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 is stamped “36 CAL”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a fine varnished 1-pc walnut grip with SN in butt strap channel. Cylinder is usual 5-shots with rebated diameter and has the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking with all five safety pins crisp & sharp. There were approx. 19,000 of these fine revolvers produced through about 1873 with most seeing hard service well into the late 1800s and are rarely found cased and almost never with high orig finish. Mr. Flayderman’s original tag states this gun once had its original holster but is now missing. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Bbl retains about 95% plus glossy bright factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear and several scrapes and scratches. Rammer & handle retain some case colors with balance grey/silver with brown staining. Frame & hammer retain about half of their bright orig case colors with balance grey/silver with staining and pin pitting. Cylinder retains about 60% glossy orig blue, a light cyl drag line and retains virtually all of its stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Chambers of cyl and the bore retain much of their orig factory blue with some rust. Trigger guard & back strap retain about half of their orig silver plating. There is a dent in bottom of buttstrap causing a slight misfit to grip however grip is sound, fairly well-fit & crisp with only a few light nicks and dents in finish and retains virtually all of its bright orig factory varnish, light edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-51149 JS82 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2105

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2106

EXCEPTIONAL COLT MODEL 1862 POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 15565. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ 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 is stamped “36 CAL”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a fine varnished 1-pc walnut grip with SN in butt strap channel. Cylinder is usual 5-shots with rebated diameter and has the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking with all five safety pins crisp & sharp. There were approx. 19,000 of these fine revolvers produced through about 1873 with most seeing hard service well into the late 1800s and are rarely found cased and almost never with high orig finish. This is one of the finest Pocket Navy revolvers extant. This particular gun was made at the height of the Civil War near the end of 1863 or early 1864 and is amazing but this specimen escaped hard war service and survived in such beautiful condition, retaining most of its original finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching, appears near new & possibly unfired. Bbl retains about 98% glossy bright factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear, small area of wear at muzzle and nicks around wedge slot. Rammer & handle retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors. Frame & hammer retain about all of their bright orig case colors, on top edge of hammer. Cylinder retains about 90% plus glossy orig blue with some minor flaking, a light cyl line and retains virtually all of its stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Chambers of cyl and the bore retain virtually all of their orig factory blue with some rust further lending credence to the premise that this revolver is virtually unfired. Trigger guard & back strap retain strong traces of their orig silver plating. Grip is sound, well-fit & crisp with only a couple of minor light nicks in finish and retains virtually all of its bright orig factory varnish, light edge wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-51152 JS80 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 2106

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2107

RARE CASED LONDON 5-1/2″ COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 35231. Cal. 36. This cased revolver contains among the very rarest of all Colt flasks. This case contains a James Dixon “COLTS POLICE FLASK” in nearly new condition. This gun conforms to other model 1862 revolvers being blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address with British proofs on bbl housing and “L”s above SNs. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Left side of trigger guard is stamped “36CAL”. The rare blued variant iron trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is typical half flutes rebated and has a patent date in one flute. Accompanied by an orig, English oak green felt lined casing compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a 2-cavity brass bullet & ball mold, a Dixon bag flask marked “COLTS POLICE FLASK”, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps, a small pewter oil bottle and cast lead balls and cleaning tool. There were only about 28,000 of these scarce revolvers produced in the period 1861-1873. They were very popular during the Civil War for their small size with powerful load and saw extensive hard service throughout the Civil War and later on the American Frontier. They remained in service well into the 1870s until supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridge revolvers. Very few were cased and this case has a nice 3-1/2″ Colt London label pasted in upper lid. Norm’s original tag states “extremely rare IRON strap… very, very rare unused flask also”. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains about 99% orig blue with minor scratches; frame, loading assembly and hammer retain most of their orig case colors, with balance turning silver/blue; cylinder retains about 95% strong blue overall with light drag line and small scratches consistent with bbl; trigger guard & backstrap retain 95% plus original bright blue with small scratches as seen on bbl and cyl. Grip is sound and solid and well-fit retaining virtually all of its orig bright varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with crisp rifling. Case is typical English oak, overall solid with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and lid is slightly warped; lock face escutcheon is missing; interior is faded, soiled and stained; incorrect “31 PKT” cal mold is in beautiful condition retaining almost all of its original bright blue finish; flask is excellent and retains most of its orig brown shellac and is possibly one of only a few known with “COLTS POLICE FLASK” marking; nipple wrench, caps & other accessories are fine. 4-51169 JS83 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2107

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2108

RARE EARLY COL. COLT PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 13. Cal. 36. This is one of the very first 1862s made in 1861 being SN 13. This gun has Colt factory inscription on backstrap “WM. W. MACFARLAND ESQ WITH COL. COLT’S COMPLIMENTS”. Samuel Colt was known to give many guns to constituents and friends or anyone who could help him sell his guns. This is a very rare variant of the 1862 Police revolver as features noted below and this could quite possibly be the last or among the last “Col. Colt” presentations as Samuel Colt died January 1862! Wm. W. McFarland was a trusted Colt family and business Attorney working in Hartford at the time of the presentation. McFarland was witness to two Colt contracts between Elihu Root and General James Ripley in June and August of 1862 for a total of 18,000 Army revolvers withing months of presentation of this earliest of Model 1862 Police Revolvers. This very early pocket police conforms closely to standard production guns with the addition of a SN on the loading arm on left side and lack of caliber markings on trigger guard and lack of Colts patent marking on fame and unusual Hartford address as these guns should have New York addresses. Otherwise this gun conforms to other model 1862 revolvers being blue & color case hardened with 4-5/8″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line Hartford address. Brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is typical half flutes rebated and has a patent date in one flute. Mr. Flayderman’s tag on this gun, which he must have owned since the 1950s, simply states “V. Rare early 62 Colt”. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall, all matching including wedge. Gun was not disassembled but is no doubt all original and authentic in every regard. Bbl retains about 40-50% orig blue with minor scratches and stains; frame, loading assembly and hammer contain traces of original case colors, with balance silver/grey with staining; cylinder retains about 60% strong blue overall with light drag line. Trigger guard & backstrap retain 60-70% of their original silver plating. Grip is sound and solid and well-fit retaining about 95% of its orig bright varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with crisp rifling. Inscription is easily read with some bubbling of silver as can be seen in photos. 4-51142 JS85 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2108

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2109

RARE COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH LONDON ADDRESS.

SN 38146. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 6-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line lightly struck “ADDRESS COL. COLT LONDON”. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. The blued steel trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Cylinder is 4-shots, rebated, with half flutes. Left side of bbl lug and cyl have small British proofs. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there was a total of about 28,000 of these revolvers produced in the period 1861-1873. He states that those with London address are “rare”. There is no reference as to how many of these London marked revolvers were produced. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 96-97% glossy orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and a few light scratches; rammer pivot & handle retain brilliant case colors; frame & hammer retain brilliant case colors, turned a little dark on top edge of hammer; trigger guard & back strap retain most of their glossy orig blue with some light flaking on front strap; cyl retains 88-90% glossy orig blue with front edge & high point wear; chambers of the cyl & bore retain most of their orig blue. Grip is sound showing light edge wear, a few light nicks and overall retains 95-96% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-51146 JR146 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2109

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2110

CASED 5-1/2″ COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 44801. Cal. 36. This gun conforms to other model 1862 revolvers being blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Left side of trigger guard is stamped “36CAL”. Brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is typical half flutes rebated and has a patent date in one flute. Accompanied by an orig, American walnut purple velvet lined casing compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a 2-sided eagle flask, and an L-shaped nipple wrench. There were only about 28,000 of these scarce revolvers produced in the period 1861-1873. They were very popular during the Civil War for their small size with powerful load and saw extensive hard service throughout the Civil War and later on the American Frontier. They remained in service well into the 1870s until supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridge revolvers. Very few were cased but Mr. Flayderman saved the best examples in every size! PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains about 80% orig blue with minor scratches and stains; frame, loading assembly and hammer retain most of their orig case colors, with balance turning silver/blue; cylinder retains about 60% strong blue overall with light drag line and small scratches consistent with bbl; trigger guard & backstrap retain 50% of their original silver plating. Grip is sound and solid and well-fit retaining about 95% of its orig bright varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with crisp rifling. Case is sound and solid with light handling & storage nicks & scratches; lining inside is heavily soiled and especially worn where muzzle and front sight have rubbed casing; accompanying flask and gun tool are very good retaining about half of their original finishes 4-51153 JS84 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2110

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2111

INSCRIBED 6-1/2″ COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE REVOLVER TO SURGEON W. H. THAYER 14TH NH INFANTRY.

SN 8859. Cal. 36. This gun conforms to other model 1862 revolvers being blue & color case hardened with 6-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Left side of trigger guard is stamped “36CAL”. Brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is typical half flutes rebated and has a patent date in one flute. William Henry Thayer enlisted 9/19/1862 in Keene, NH as a surgeon; he was 40 years old. This gun was made early in 1862 not long before this fairly new model Colt was inscribed to him “W.H. Thayer 14th Regt NHV” on the buttstrap. He stayed with his unit until being mustered out in July of 1865. The 14th took place in many engagements in the war with their hardest fighting occurring in Opequan, VA Sept 19, 1864 where the regiment had about 150 casualties where no doubt surgeon Thayer’s skill was greatly appreciated by his men. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains over 90% orig blue with minor scratches and stains; frame, loading assembly and hammer retain much of their orig case colors, with balance turning silver/blue; cylinder retains about 20% strong blue overall with light drag line with balance being silver/grey; trigger guard & backstrap retain strong traces of their original silver plating especially in protected areas around trigger bow. Grip is sound and solid and well-fit retaining about 95% of its orig bright varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with crisp rifling. 4-51150 JS86 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 2111

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2112

EXCELLENT CIVIL WAR 5-1/2″ COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 15467. Cal. 36. This gun conforms to other model 1862 revolvers being blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Left side of trigger guard is stamped “36CAL”. Brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is typical half flutes rebated and has a patent date in one flute. This gun was made at the height of the Civil War near the end of 1863 or early in 1864. This popular Civil War sidearm generally saw very hard service during the war. This is a wonderful example in high condition that survived in near-new condition. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains about 80% plus orig blue with minor scratches and stains; frame, loading assembly and hammer retain most of their orig case colors, with balance turning silver/blue; cylinder retains about 60% strong blue overall with light drag line and small scratches consistent with bbl; trigger guard & backstrap retain 80% of their original silver plating. Grip is sound and solid and well-fit retaining about 90% of its orig bright varnish with largest loss of varnish on left grip near frame where it appears almost burnt in about 1″ x 1/2″ area. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with crisp rifling. 4-51157 JS87 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 2112

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2113

EXCEPTIONAL 5-1/2″ COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 42909. Cal. 36. This gun conforms to other model 1862 revolvers being blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Left side of trigger guard is stamped “36CAL”. Brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is typical half flutes rebated and has a patent date in one flute. This gun, based on SN, was made near the end of production in 1870. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains about 97-98% orig blue with small loss near muzzle and few small nicks and scratches; frame, loading assembly and hammer retain most of their orig case colors, with balance turning silver/blue; cylinder retains about 50% strong blue overall with balance turning plum/grey; trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their original silver plating. Grip is sound and solid and well-fit retaining about 98% of its orig bright varnish with light edge wear. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with crisp rifling. 4-51156 JS88 (7,000-9,000) – Lot 2113

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2114

CONFEDERATE BELL CAPTURED IN NEW ORLEANS.

SN NSN. This is a fabulous and unique artifact that General Benjamin Butler sent home to Rhode Island as a souvenier and had yoke cast that reads “TAKEN AT NEW ORLEANS BY GEN. B.F. BUTLER 1862 GIVEN IN AID OF SOUTHERN REBELLION TO BE CAST INTO CANNON”. The bronze bell itself is 17″ diameter, 15″ high, is maker marked and dated 1839 and still retains the orig clapper. The massive cast iron yoke is 27″ across, and bell and yoke weigh 151 pounds. General Benjamin Butler was a famous Civil War General and Rhode Island politician and infamous personality in the Deep South. His reign as Military Governor of New Orleans was quite severe to the local inhabitants who gave him the nickname “Beast Butler”. Butler excelled at most everything he did. Although he sympathized with the South and was involved attempting to resolve hostilities before the secession of South Carolina, Butler did become one of the early appointments of Major General of Volunteers. Butler was to capture New Orleans in May of 1862 and became the Administrator of America’s fifth largest city at the start of the war. Regardless of how Southerner’s viewed him, he was a great administrator for the Union and was able, with his brothers aid, to set up business in the lucrative inter-belligerent trade in the commodities of sugar and cotton. Millions of dollars of confiscated cotton and other commodities made their way to the North. At the time of Butler’s death, his net worth was about $7 million. “The source of his fortune is a mystery, but much of it came from New Orleans.” (From Chester Hearn’s LSU published 1997 book “When the Devil Came Down to Dixie, Ben Butler in New Orleans”). What a wonderful relic from New Orleans, the casting on this yoke was not a small job and obviously someone went to great expense. This wonderful relic has sat in the stairway of Mr. Flayderman’s office for over many years. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good overall. Bronze retains a fine patina. Yoke is pitted and raised letters of inscription are painted so they are easily seen. Norm’s children remember painting this artifact and other architectural artifacts when they were young. 4-51207 JS152 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 2114

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2115

FINE LEECH & RIGDON CONFEDERATE REVOLVER CAPTURED BY UNION NAVAL OFFICER.

SN 944. Cal. 36. This particular revolver is among the very finest examples of this model known. This gun appears 100% orig and complete with all matching SN, 944. This gun was purchased by Norm Flayderman from direct descendants of Civil War Naval Captain John Adams Howell. Captain Howell was a graduate of the Naval Academy in 1858 and served throughout the Civil War being promoted to Lieutenant Commander before War’s end and retired a Rear Admiral. Rear Admiral Howell had a long and adventurous military career including his part in the capture of Confederate Ironclad Tennessee in August 5, 1864 at the Battle of Mobile Bay. We mention this capture as there is a great possibility that that is where this gun was made a souvenir as SN 605 Leech & Rigdon was captured off that same vessel on same date. SN 605 is pictured in several reference books with a plaque that reads “Ensign P. Fred Harrington / U.S. Navy / U.S.S. Mononcahela / Mobile Bay, Alabama / Friday Aug 5th 1864 / Captured with the Rebel Ironclad / Tennessee”. This gun has all standard features associated with these pistols made in Greenboro, Georgia. Bbl is marked “LEECH & RIGDON CSA” on top bbl flat. Cryptic of four dots in a cross is seen on left side of trigger guard. SN are found on all parts normally numbered on this gun, including bbl housing, loading arm, latch, wedge, frame, arbor, cylinder, trigger guard and backstrap. This gun retains a thin bright glossy plum color over much of its surface which appears to be original blue that has simply turned. Mr. Flayderman notes on the original tag still attached to this gun “Extremely fine Confederate Leech & Rigdon Revolver – probably the finest known specimen”. This is truly a magnificent gun with beautiful color and crisp fine markings that would be difficult to replicate with Civil War Naval capture history. This gun is pictured on page 196 of Norm’s book The Bowie Knife. PROVENANCE: John Adams Howell, USN. Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: This gun retains about 90% of its plum color to bbl, bbl housing, and loading arm. Cyl retains about 80% of this same plum, though thin with areas of staining and pin prick pitting. The frame is gray with traces of finish with finishing marks still present. Brass trigger guard and backstrap have mustard colored patina with typical scattered scratches. Trigger bow exhibits several casting flaws as can be seen in photos. Stocks are sound, solid, and well fit retaining about 90% orig varnish with scuffing on bottom edges. Bore is crisp and well defined and gun is mechanically sound. 4-51127 JS5 (40,000-60,000) – Lot 2115

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2115a

FINE CONFEDERATE GRISWOLD REVOLVER.

SN 3094. Cal. 36. This is a standard second model Griswold revolver being among the highest SNs known that is complete. This gun overall is in very good condition showing strong traces of blue finish in protected areas. Much of the remaining finish on bbl and bbl housing has turned plum and much is remaining as can be seen in photos and a similar plum color is present on much of cyl’s surface. The safety pins are partially intact with two being totally smashed. Ratcheting on back of cyl is still crisp and the cryptic “C” on back of cyl is visible. This gun appears all-original and authentic in every regard including the screws. This gun has a pleasant mustard/yellow patina to the brass, and a nice dark brown surface to the metal surfaces. This gun is SN’d 3094 on left side of bbl housing, frame, and cylinder. Secondary number “4” found stamped on wedge, hammer, trigger guard and backstrap and penciled into channel of grips; but there is little doubt all parts are original. A cryptic “C” is found on bottom of bbl, back of frame, right side of trigger guard and back of cyl. Secondary number “5” is found on loading arm which no doubt appears original to this gun with nearly identical matching patina. A Roman numeral “I” is found on backstrap and trigger guard. This is an extremely fine Griswold revolver retaining much of its orig finish that no doubt rates it in the top 5% of all surviving Confederate handguns as to originality and finish. This gun is pictured on p. 234 of Norm’s book The Bowie Knife as a prop for knife. PROVENANCE: Listed in William Albaugh “The Brass Framed Colt & Whitney”, 1955. Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: This gun is overall very good to fine. Brass show old cleaning with a mottled surface. Bbl and cyl retain much of their orig finish though mostly turned plum. All parts appear original including screws. The cylinder shows distinct twist marks under its thin plum finish. The right ear of the hammer is missing where it has chipped off. Stocks are sound and well-fit with normally seen small dents and scratches. There is a small area of rust and pitting near front sight at muzzle which does not effect aesthetics. Gun is slightly loose between frame and bbl housing. 4-51128 JS6 (20,000-25,000) – Lot 2115a

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2116

FINE CONFEDERATE NAVAL CONTRACT LONDON LEMAT REVOLVER.

SN 8626. Cal. .42/18ga, serial number “8626”, 6-3/4″ oct bbl. This gun is one of one thousand contracted by the Confederate Navy and manufactured between 1864 & 1865, though few were delivered according to Doug Adams in his text “The Confederate LeMat Revolver”. This gun appears orig & complete with serial number “8626” being found on all major parts and assembly number “692” also appears on the front of the frame & back of bbl assembly. Other assembly markings including “VII” are found on various internal parts of this gun. Both grips have an assembly number “6” stamped on the interior and one stock also has an additional assembly number “8” as does left side of frame internally. Typical Birmingham proofs are found on each cyl chamber & bbl. There is over half of gun’s bright blue finish still visible on bbl and cyl. Bbl is marked on top flat as all guns of this contract “LEMAT & GIRARD’S PATENT LONDON”. This is a beautiful gun retaining much of its original finish with crisp bright markings that would be difficult to upgrade. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Bbl and bbl housing retain about 70% orig blue finish with scattered scratches, dents, and dings. Shotgun bbl and cyl retain about 10-20% of their original blue finish. Frame, hammer, and trigger guard retain strong traces of finish in protected areas with balance gray/silver. Stocks are sound and well fit with a fleur-de-lis stamped on left side flat which is seen on a few other guns. Bores in both shotgun bbl and rifled bbl are smooth and well defined showing little use. Mechanically gun functions well. Loading assembly retains much of its orig bright finish with matching SN and assembly marks. 4-51185 JS7 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2116

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2117
Revised: 3/6/2014

Please Note: The cylinder pin has been shortened (probably during period of use) and cylinder pin retaining screw is missing (as seen in the catalog image)

HISTORICAL LARGE FRAME BEAUMONT-ADAMS PERCUSSION DRAGOON REVOLVER INSCRIBED TO “A FOUNDER OF THE PONY EXPRESS” AND LATER CONFEDERATE PURCHASING AGENT, MAJOR BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FICKLIN.

SN B20276. This rare large-bore Pattern 1856 revolver, 38 bore, approx 50 cal, is inscribed on right side of bbl flat ‘B.F.FICKLIN, VIRGINIA.’ This is a typical style of engraving found on other Confederate-associated English military revolvers. Gun overall measures just over 13″ with a 6-1/2″ full oct bbl. This massive Dragoon had about the largest caliber bullet utilized in any Civil War Revolver. It is impressive. These English guns with multiple patents in this era typically have two serial numbers. This gun has on the frame ‘B20276’ over ‘ADAMS PATENT NO. 36025R’. The ‘B’ serial number we are utilizing as this is the number that is used in the Confederate inventories according to recent research to be published in upcoming text on English Confederate imports The English Connection by C. A. Huey & R. Pritchard. Gun was not disassembled as it is no doubt all orig, matching and authentic. It is interesting to note that there are 5 other identical revolvers with names inscribed identically to other Virginia military officers in same position on right bbl flat of guns in the same serial range. Identities and inscriptions of these other guns will be published in 2014. It is also thought according to upcoming text that Ficklin was the responsible agent for bringing these guns to the Confederacy. Benjamin Franklin Ficklin was a famous graduate of VMI in 1849. He taught school for a short period of time but the lure of the West was too great. By the early 1850s he was out on the plains in the employ of Russell, Majors & Waddell Freight Line. “He familiarized himself with the West making the acquaintance of the Indians, proved himself a shrewd trader, and mixed freely with the military.” Ficklin was one of the orig 3 partners of the Central Overland California and Pike’s Peak Express Company which conducted the famous Pony Express. Ficklin was the first general superintendent for the Pony Express until being replaced in June 1860. According to VMI archives “Along with several others, he formed the famous Pony Express courier company in January 1860 and served as a key partner in the venture until he left the company due to conflict with another partner.” When the Civil War began in 1861 Ficklin was commissioned Major in Virginia’s provisional army. He took part in the July 1st disastrous assault at Malvern Hill southeast of Richmond where, according to the Charlottesville newspaper, “Ficklin succeeded by his own hands of saving a cannon abandoned by those who had served it.” Life between battles was notoriously dull and Ficklin turned to the high seas. He became a blockade runner, operating 3 ships in the risky business: the Virginia, Coquette, and Giraffe. Ficklin is known to have hired 26 English bank-note engravers that he smuggled to the Confederacy on the blockade runner Giraffe in 1863. According to Monticello’s official website: “Ficklin’s ocean-going operations must have proven quite lucrative, for on November 17, 1864, he purchased Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and 600 surrounding acres from the government of the Confederate States of America. Having been the property of Uriah Phillips Levy, a commodore in the U.S. Navy who owned Monticello from 1836 until his death in 1862, the estate had been seized by the Confederacy under its Alien Enemies Act, which authorized the confiscation of property owned by Northerners. According to an account in the Lynchburg Republican, the deputy marshal handling the auction sale of Monticello first told the large assembled crowd that one acre of the property – the Jefferson family cemetery – was reserved and would not be sold. “Monticello was put up,” the newspaper noted, “and the first bid was $20,000, the last $80,500, and Lieutenant-Colonel B. F. Ficklin the purchaser… The bust of Mr. Jefferson, which stood in the hall on a fluted Corinthian pedestal, brought only $50, and will still retain its place, as Mr. Ficklin repurchased it.” The Lynchburg newspaper also described the condition of the Monticello house: “Visitors have defaced the walls of the house by scribbling their names over them. Hundreds of them can be seen and read on each side of the front entrance to the hall; pieces of the bust of Mr. Jefferson were chipped off; chairs, tables, mirrors, vases broken and destroyed, and in some cases mementoes of rare virtue and art have been purloined. Shame, shame upon our thoughtless countrymen; why should they be so disrespectful to the sepulcher of the great patriot of the Revolution?” Ficklin did not acquire the title to Monticello until March 17, 1865, a mere three weeks before Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Although it is unclear whether Ficklin ever stayed in Jefferson’s home, Ficklin family lore holds that the adventurer took his aged father to Monticello, where he died. (The U.S. government never recognized the Confederacy’s or Ficklin’s ownership of Monticello; after the Civil War all confiscated properties were returned to their previous owners. In 1879, after years of disputes among the heirs of Uriah Levy, his nephew Jefferson Monroe Levy bought and took possession of Monticello.) In April 1865, Ben Ficklin was in Washington, D.C. On the 16th of the month, two days after President Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth, Ficklin was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the assassination. A telegraph operator had reported Ficklin to the authorities, saying the 37-year-old ex-Confederate presented “the appearance of a refined pirate.” Ficklin was never tried, and was released after spending a couple of months in prison. Within two years he was back in Texas, running the U.S. mail between San Antonio and El Paso. When his stagecoaches were attacked by Kickapoos, Ficklin managed to obtain cavalry escorts. He later armed his passengers with Spencer repeating carbines. The adventurous Benjamin Franklin Ficklin died March 10, 1871, but not from a bullet, arrow, or cannonball. Rather, a jagged fishbone lodged in his throat during a dinner at the Willard Hotel in Washington. When a physician tried to remove it he severed an artery, and Ficklin drowned in his own blood. His body was transported to Charlottesville and lies buried in the city’s Maplewood Cemetery.” PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: This gun is fine to very fine overall retaining 80% of its orig blue on frame and bbl with numerous small dings, dents and scratches. Cylinder retains 10 – 20% blue with much of its remainder turning plum with scattered dings, dents and scratches. Trigger guard has strong traces of finish in protected areas as does trigger with balance being gray/brown. Stocks are sound and solid with crisp checkering with some dings and dents. Mechanically gun functions intermittently. Rifling in bore is crisp with rust and pitting. Markings including serial numbers are all crisp and easily discerned. 4-51190 JS (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2117

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2118

CASED TRANTER REVOLVER OF CAPT. JULES DELERY of the ST. BERNARD MOUNTED RIFLES, 4TH LA CAV CSA.

SN 10247. Scarce cased Tranter’s Patent DA Army-sized Revolver inscribed to “CAPT. JULES DELERY” on right side of bbl flat. SN 10247. 54 bore which is about 46 cal. Blue and color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl with small dovetailed pin front sight and fixed rear sight at the rear of the top strap. Rammer is mounted to left side of frame. Revolver is dbl action with a checkered hammer spur and has engraved buttcap and 5-shot cyl. It is mounted with a nicely figured, checkered 1-pc walnut grip. Left front side of the frame and rammer handle are stamped “TRANTER’S PATENT” and the top strap is engraved “W. TRANTERS PATENT, HYDE & GOODRICH AGENTS FOR THE UNITED STATES SOUTH”. Right rear side of frame behind the cyl has an articulated safety with a small pin on its nose which corresponds to the small holes in the rear face of the cyls in the lands between the nipple recesses. Revolver is very nicely engraved with tasteful and well-executed foliate arabesque patterns and engraved rammer screw head. Accompanied by its orig American-style mahogany casing. Interior is red felt lined and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, flask is missing however, its orig Tranter’s Patent marked brass 2-cavity bullet mold with blued steel sprue cutter marked “54” is retained. Big frame Tranter revolvers were very popular among Confederate officers, especially from New Orleans where this gun was sold. The inscription on side of gun to Capt. Delery is in the style seen on most English revolvers of this era. Delery is an important family in New Orleans both today and in the antebellum era. There is a Delery Street in New Orleans. There is a series of copies of correspondence that accompany this pistol from Mr. Flayderman in 1958 written to a great-grandson of Mr. Delery in New Orleans requesting information about Capt. Delery. Capt. Delery does show up on the rolls of the St. Bernard Rifles and that unit also known as the St. Bernard Horse Rifles Company of the Louisiana Militia which was connected to the 19th battalion Louisiana Cavalry, afterward the 4th Louisiana Cavalry. In 1861 Jules Delery owned a plantation on the Mississippi River in St. Bernard Parrish just below the city limits of New Orleans. Jules Delery is shown in the 1850 census in Plaquemine, Louisiana along with 50 of his slaves. PROVENANCE: Herb Glass 1957, Norm Flayderman Estate Collection since 1958. CONDITION: Revolver is very good defined overall retaining about 30% blue finish with balance plum/grey with areas of pitting. Cylinder is overall plum/grey. Engraved panels markings including address, inscription and SNs are excellent and easily discerned. Double action pull and secondary trigger fires gun and mechanics are functional. Bore retains crisp, sharp rifling with rust and pitting. Stocks are sound and solid with minor chipping to some checkering overall with good hand-rubbed patina. Case is sound and solid with red soiled lining, worn where gun and mold come in contact with case, especially front sight of Tranter where is has formed a prominent dished-out area. Case retains a fine Tranter marked mold numbered “9006”, 6 loose bullets and a cardboard pack of caps. 4-51161 JS68 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2118

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2119

RARE CASED STARR SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 15. Cal 44. Extremely early example, completely unmarked except for serial numbers. All blue finish with 8″ rnd bbl, dovetailed target style front sight with rear sight in hammer nose. Cylinder is unfluted with 12 stop notches. Mounted with extremely rare, checkered, 1-pc ivory grip that has plain butt cap with matching serial number. Accompanied by an orig, burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an orig Starr single cavity bullet mold, a small bag shaped flask, a packet of 6 combustible envelope cartridges, a pewter oil bottle & a rare lacquered tin of Eley’s caps with repoussed brass top label & a William Read & Son paper label on the side. There is also what appears to be an orig Starr Arms Company paper label showing their address as 267 Broadway, New York. Single action Starr Army revolvers are not necessarily uncommon but orig ivory gripped examples are practically unknown. Undoubtedly this was a presentation to someone of note. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including bbl, cylinder, front & back straps and grip. Bbl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a dark patina. Frame retains about 80-90% glossy orig blue with losses flaked to a medium patina. Trigger guard, front strap & back strap are mostly a brown patina from handling. Hammer retains brilliant case colors on sides & rear edge, fading on top edge. Cylinder retains about 20-25% orig blue with the balance flaked to a medium patina. Chambers of the cylinder & bore retain most of their orig blue. Grip has a couple of tiny age lines, shows little or no wear and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case is sound with handling & storage nicks & scratches, some light to moderate soil and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded with moderate soil in the bottom and tiny damage from the front sight. Mold is fine with a dark brass patina. Flask retains about 75-80% orig finish, missing 1 small screw. Cartridge packet is extremely fine. Oiler is corroded. Cap tin is exceptionally fine. Extraordinary cased Starr unlikely to be encountered again anytime soon. 4-51165 JR124 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2119

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2120

RARE CASED REMINGTON-RIDER NEW MODEL BELT PERCUSSION MODEL WITH CONVERSION CYLINDER.

SN 4769. Cal 36 Perc. & 38 RF. Blue finish with 6-1/2″ oct bbl, half moon German silver front sight and 3-line address. Trigger guard is brass and it is mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips with matching serial number inside the left grip. Accompanied by an orig, purple velvet lined, mahogany case that has beveled bottom edges. Interior is compartmented for the revolver, a rare early American eagle flask with crossed pistols, an orig Remington 2-cavity, 36 caliber mold with sprue cutter, a rare lacquered tin of Eley’s caps with orange label marked “Made expressly for / Remington’s / Belt and Pocket / Pistols” also accompanied by its orig matching numbered percussion cylinder and matching numbered conversion cylinder, an extremely rare combination. Front edge of the case has a cartridge block containing twenty five 38 RF long cartridges. According to Flaydermans Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 3,000-5,000 of these revolvers manufactured 1863-1873. They were serial numbered in the same series with Remington’s New Model Single Action Belt Revolver. These revolvers are scarce to begin with having both cylinders is doubly scarce and a cased example is extremely rare. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including bbl, frame, both cylinders & grips. Frame & bbl retain about 95% of what may be an old restored finish, probably accomplished when it received the conversion cylinder. Cylinders also retain most of their factory blue. Grips are sound showing moderate edge wear with nicks & scratches and retain most of their factory varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong, frosty bore, dark in the grooves. Case has a couple of grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound with handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish Interior is bright with light soil and solid partitions. Flask is crisp and near new. Mold retains about 75% orig blue with bright cavities. Cap tin is very fine with one small rub on the label and light soil. Cartridges are oxidized solid in the block. All together a fine and rare set. 4-51187 JR125 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2120

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2121

RARE 6″ NEW JERSEY CONTRACT WHITNEY NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 15789A. Cal. 36. Blue finish with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line “E. WHITNEY / N. HAVEN” address. Cyl is 1st type with the eagle, lion & shield cyl roll marking. Mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips matching numbered to this revolver. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms about 1,200 of this model & type were produced in the 1850s-1860s. Flayderman mentions that bbl lengths other than the standard 7-1/2″ are quite rare and no doubt this is why he retained this gun in near new condition. Whitney produced the first practical solid frame revolver which became extremely popular during the Civil War with the government buying at least half of the production. Given that these revolvers were produced during the Civil War and previously during the early years of the Great Westward Expansion and usually saw continuous hard service throughout the Civil War it is unusual to find one with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with light flaking, not wear; rammer handle & cyl pin retain just about all of their bright orig case colors; frame retains about 80% orig blue, to a gray/brown patina on grip straps; hammer retains about all of its muted case colors; trigger guard retains about 80% silver plating. Grips are sound with minor nicks & overall retains about all of their bright orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-51184 JS39 (5,000-7,000) – Lot 2121

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2122

EXTRAORDINARY EXHIBITION GRADE CASED WESSON & LEAVITT MASS ARMS PERCUSSION BELT REVOLVER.

SN NSN. Cal. 31. Only about 1,000 of these revolvers were made in period 1850-51. This beautiful revolver with 6” rnd bbl, open bottom receiver, 6-shot cylinder with etched decoration and very nicely engraved frame, lockplate & hammer is fancier than other specimens we have seen. This particular gun has gold plated and engraved backstrap and engraved and gold plated trigger guard, with fancy varnished burl grips. Accompanied by its orig blue velvet lined, mahogany case compartmented in bottom for revolver, a fine flying eagle flask, brass 2-cavity bullet mold without sprue cutter, “MASS ARMS CO” marked on bottom. It also has its brass bullet starter/rammer. Another compartment has the orig key and pack of caps. This is a beautiful gun, most likely unfired, retaining most all of its orig finish with accessories in matching excellent condition. PROVENANCE: Sam Smith Collection, Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine-excellent overall. Bbl retains 98% orig bright blue finish. Frame retains about 90% orig fire blue with most surfaces engraved with small areas of staining and light rust. Lockplate & hammer retain strong traces of case colors with balance silver/gray. Trigger guard and backstrap which are finely engraved retaining 98% orig bright gold plating. Cylinder has about 60-70% bright blue to highlights with silver/plum stippled backgrounds with staining and light pitting. Grip is sound and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Pistol mechanically functions well with bright shiny bore. Case is sound and fine overall with nicks & light scratches. Interior is still bright with light soiling in bottom from the revolver. Flask is virtually new. Mold, which is “MASS ARMS” marked, is in unused condition. Brass mushroom-shaped loading tool is very good. 4-51189 JS49 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2122

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2123

MASSIVE EXHIBITION SHEFFIELD BOWIE KNIFE.

SN NSN. This knife is pictured on p. 388 of The Bowie Knife by Norm Flayderman and he describes this knife “Impressive Exhibition Bowie Knife. 22 inches overall weighing 2 pounds. Wide (2 inches) double edged 16-inch spear point blade with high median ridge (spine). Marked on ricasso ‘R. SMITH/YORK.’Tall handle with die struck German silver mounts; fluted rib patterns on the unusual crossguard. Large coffin-shaped pommel with reclining iron motif. Two-piece pearl grips fastened by six pins; escutcheon both sides. Red leather sheath with profuse, delicate, gold embossed designs very likely made by the same craftsman that produced the near identical sheath with the Walter’s ‘GLOBE WORKS’ exhibition knife; same German silver mounts”. Rarely do knives survive in this type of condition with blades retaining most all of their original polish. They don’t get much better than this. This knife for the last few years was part of the display at The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. PROVENANCE: Donald Euing Collection. Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Blade is bright/white retaining most of its original finish with small areas of staining and pitting. The left pommel escutcheon has three small openings where apparently worn through. Mother of pearl slabs are complete and intact and well fit. There is a looseness to blade where crossguard is slightly dented in at ricasso. The scabbard is sound retaining most of its multicolored decoration. The scabbard was broken just above drag and there is a glued repair as can be seen in photographs below the middle mount to close seam about 6″ long and there is about a 5″ open seam opposite side of scabbard from this repair. German silver mounts on the scabbard are sound and solid with a few minor scratches and a few dents to drag. Frog button is intact and complete. 4-51210 JS3 (17,500-27,500) – Lot 2123

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2124

RARE SHEFFIELD BOWIE WITH HORSE HEADS AND ALLIGATOR.

SN NSN. This is a very rare form with no more than a few examples exhibiting horse head pommel and unique matching horse heads facing apart with an open jawed alligator head between them. Flayderman in his text shows a large Unwin & Rogers folder on p 436. This massive knife measures 19″ overall with a blade just over one foot. Blade is maker marked “J. Nowill & Sons/Sheffield” in a buckled ribbon cartouche on ricasso. John Nowill & Sons was a noted Sheffield cutler who is known to have been in business in the late 1840’s. If you ever wanted a knife of this configuration this may be your only chance. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Knife is good to very good overall with gray blade with old sharpening with scattered staining and pitting. Maker’s mark and cryptics on ricasso are easily discernible as can be seen in photographs. Stamped escutcheons on pommel are slightly loose with scattered dents and dings and at least one small area where lead filler can be seen through the thin German silver shell. The crossguard escutcheons are tightly fit with a few dings and dents. Escutcheon retaining pins show denting where they were apparently hammered, possibly to tighten looseness. Horn slabs are both sound and intact with the typical “over-sized” fit often seen in these early Sheffield knives. Silver escutcheon is intact and well fit with about a 5% loss to one edge as can be seen in photos. The accompanying leather scabbard has about 1/4″ gap and though appears possibly 19th century, was probably made later for continued use of this knife. 4-51209 JS2 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2124

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2125

MASSIVE CONFEDERATE “D” GUARD BOWIE KNIFE.

SN NSN. This quintessential classic Confederate knife is seen in a 1961 Life magazine article with Norm seated in Civil War regalia with this knife sitting on a wall in upper left hand corner of photograph. This knife is pictured and described on p. 227 of The Bowie Knife by Norm Flayderman and is described by the author “Massive Confederate “D” Guard Bowie that could easily fill the bill as a cutlass or artillery short sword. 24″ overall; weighs 4 lbs.!; 18-1/2″ double edged, spear point blade. Thick iron “D” guard; round maple wood grips with pronounced tiger-striped grain; wide pewter ferrule.” This knife shows extraordinary skill in craftsmanship in all features including blade, hilt, mountings, and scabbard. This is truly an exceptional knife and it has few peers. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Knife is very good to fine overall with a gray/bright blade with areas of old tool marks and sharpening. Scattered areas of staining and pitting. Iron “D” guard overall brown with rust and pitting. Pewter ferrule and half penny sized copper washer are tightly seated with expected small dings, dents, and scratches. Maple grip is sound and solid with well patinaed surface with a few scattered dents and scratches. Scabbard is sound and solid but missing about 5% of its leather veneer on right side and missing 80% on its left side. Scabbard body overall is complete with similar matching patina to “D” guard with scattered staining and pitting, one pin at tip is loose, however, and both carrying rings are intact and complete. 5-51211 JS1 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2125

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2126
Revised: 2/25/2014

This item was not consgined by the Flayderman family to the auction. However, this Bowie knife does appear in Flayderman’s book and was once part of Norm’s prestigious collection.

BOWIE KNIFE IMMORTALIZING ZACHARY TAYLOR.

This rare knife with possibly unique motto “GENERAL TAYLOR NEVER SURRENDERS” was made by Wraggs Celebrated Cutlery of Sheffield, circa 1850. This knife is in beautiful condition measuring over 12-1/2″ overall with an 8″ clip point blade. This exact knife and scabbard are pictured on pg 423 of The Bowie Knife Unsheathing an American Legend by Norm Flayderman. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine overall. Blade retains much orig luster with sharpening, staining and pitting; maker mark and 3-1/2″ etched panel is excellent; German silver cutlery handle and cross guard are very good overall with good detail and patina. Accompanying scabbard is scuffed but retains most of its orig red color and gold highlights. Scabbard fits slightly loose and is embossed “I*XL”. German silver mounts to scabbard are well fit and complete including frog button. 4-50315 JS92 (3,000-4,000) – Lot 2126

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2127

RARE BOWN & TETLEY SABER BAYONET.

This very rare “Turner Society” bayonet made in Pittsburgh, PA is shown on p. 225 of The Bowie Knife by Norm Flayderman. Few examples of this rare bayonet are known and this is a wonderful example with excellent markings and orig scabbard. This massive bayonet measures 26″ overall with a 21″ Yataghan-shaped blade with 9″ sharpened false edge. Ricasso is deeply stamped “BOWN & TETLEY / PITTSBURGH”. James Bown and John Tetley started the Enterprise Gun Works in 1848. If this is not the rarest of the maker marked Turner Society (German Immigrant Paramilitary organizations of the 1850’s preceding the Civil War) bayonets it is the largest of the Turner Society maker marked bayonets. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Condition overall is very good. Blade is gray overall with scattered areas of staining and old sharpening, especially at tip. There is a filed area removing about 1/2″ crescent of the crossguard below the stamped number “15” as can be seen in photos. Blade is slightly loose and locking spring is missing. Scabbard retains copper throat and drag with brass frog button identical in patina to brass hilt. The scabbard body is fairly sound and solid though now a bit supple missing over half of its orig black dyed surface. Stitching to scabbard body is still sound and complete. 4-51203 JS18 (2,500-3,500) – Lot 2127

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2128

CONFEDERATE BOYLE & GAMBLE SABER-BAYONET.

This is a nice “as found” example of the classic Boyle & Gamble Saber-bayonet measuring almost 26″ overall with 21″ blade, assembly number 12. This example exhibits rich chocolate patina to brass hilt which has no dents and is complete with locking mechanism. The blade is dark and smooth with several small cuts in edge possibly from battle use as the nicks appear to have the shape of another edged weapon cutting at 90 degrees. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good overall. There is a slight bend to guard at muzzle ring. Otherwise brass has deep chocolate brown patina with staining and small scratches, scrapes, and dents. The 21″ blade is overall brown with areas of rust and pitting. There are numerous small nicks in the cutting edge. 4-51196 JS19 (2,000-3,000) – Lot 2128

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2129

MODEL 1855 SABER-BAYONET IN CONFEDERATE SCABBARD.

Confederates utilized lots of Model 1855 rifles and even copied this bayonet for several patterns including those for their Fayetteville Rifles and Georgia Armory Rifles. We don’t believe this bayonet is Confederate manufactured, however it has a few interesting features including a small “JB” or “JP” inspector’s stamp on hilt. The scabbard appears more typical of Confederate manufacture with sewn throat and sewn belt loop. Most interesting is a small iron buckle sewn into seam for attachment. We have little doubt this was a bayonet and scabbard carried during the Civil War most likely by a Confederate soldier. This bayonet and scabbard do have a wonderful look and feel, no wonder Mr. Flayderman kept this in his small eclectic collection of military bayonets. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good overall. Blade is gray with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Brass hilt has yellow patina with complete locking mechanism. Initials “FR” are crudely scratched above inspector’s mark on flat side of hilt. Scabbard is sound and solid though scuffed and missing finish over about half of its surface. Belt loop has been reattached by use of a couple loops of brass wire where broken. Little iron buckle is orig and appears matching to condition of rest of scabbard with rust and pitting. Scabbard has shrunk with age and there is about a 3/8″ gap. 4-51198 JS21 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2129

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2130

RARE MODEL 1865 TROWEL BAYONET.

This knife was purchased from Ben Palmer in the 1950’s and is pictured on p. 106 of Bowie Knives of the Ben Palmer Collection. This is an intriguing bayonet where a riveted sheet metal trowel is attached to an angular bayonet with a 12″ blade. The bayonet is stamped “183” under the US surcharge. A dovetailed crescent cut is made above the “US” on ricasso that when fitted into the sheet metal spade a pivoting locking device would hold the spade or trowel in place. Though this seems to function, this cataloger has never seen another example before and is not sure if this “183” is SN or not and this could have been a trial piece. When fitted with the spade, this trowel bayonet measures 15-3/4″ the blade being about 13″. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good overall. Metal surfaces are gray/white with scattered areas of rust, staining, and pitting. Of the series of 19 rivets holding the two-piece sheet metal spade together, two are loose at tip and one at tip is missing. 4-51199 JS14 (1,000-2,000) – Lot 2130

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2131

MODEL 1868 TROWEL BAYONET.

This is a rare early model trowel bayonet utilizing Model 1861-63 socket with reinforced finger ring. This example is in very fine condition retaining most of the orig finish on the blade and the scabbard is marked “F. CHILLINGWORTH/PAT. DEC 1 1868”. Ben Palmer on p. 106 of Bowie Knives of the Ben Palmer Collection shows the same model bayonet with similar scabbard. Norm must have upgraded the example he purchased in the 1950’s pictured in the book with the example here as it is much finer with no pitting as seen in Palmer example. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: 9″ spade is white/gray with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Retaining much of its orig tool marks and finish. Socket and reinforcing ring have scattered areas of staining and pitting. Scabbard is sound and solid with some chipping at edges and scuffing at high areas. Brass scabbard tip is sound and solid with a few scratches and dents. Patent mark stamped on scabbard is discernible but a maker’s oval cartouche is only partially discernible as can be seen in photos. Rivets on scabbard are crusted in verdigris and leather body has areas of soiling and mildew which can be easily restored or cleaned. 4-51200 JS15 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2131

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2132

RARE MODEL 1869 TROWEL BAYONET.

This is a rare early model trowel bayonet utilizing Model 1861-63 socket with pivoting reinforcing ring that pivots up and has a built in tompion with a leather head. This example is in fine condition retaining most of the orig finish on the blade and the accompanying orig scabbard is marked “F. CHILLINGWORTH/PAT. DEC 1 1868”. Norm’s tag states this is a very rare bayonet with only 200 manufactured at the Springfield Armory with SN’s found on left edge of socket. This example being SN 102. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Spade retains much of its orig luster and finishing marks with areas of rust and pitting. Socket is dark brown with rust and pitting. Scabbard is sound and solid but with large areas of scuffing. Patent markings are discernible as is a US surcharge. Brass rivets are encrusted with verdigris. 4-51197 JS16 (1,500-2,000) – Lot 2132

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2133

RARE AMES “RICE PATENT” MODEL 1874 BAYONET.

There are very few of these bayonets known and this is likely, according to Mr. Flayderman, the only one known that is marked by the maker “AMES MFG & CO / CHICOPEE, MASS” which is acid etched on the ricasso. This massive saw backed Bowie-bayonet is quite an imposing weapon measuring 16-12″ overall with a blade just over 11″ and 2-3/4″ wide. The massive bolster is over 3/4″ wide where it enters the feathered brass hilt. This exact bayonet is pictured on p. 108 of Bowie Knives of the Ben Palmer Collection and is also pictured on p. 177 of The Bowie Knife by Norm Flayderman. Norm describes the knife, “Experimental U.S. Model 1874 ‘Sergeant’s’ Intrenching Knife. A unique development combination bayonet, knife, and tool for digging rifle pits; designed by Col. Edmund Rice. Of the handful of known examples this is the only specimen recorded with markings of the maker. ‘Ames MFG. Co./Chicopee/Mass.’ etched in a panel at the base of the 11-inch single edge, clip point, saw-tooth backed blade. Cast brass hilt with scaled grip. Weight almost three pounds. Overall 16-1/2″. The ‘Sergeant’s Model’ was to be distinguished by having the saw-toothed back. A similarly designed knife for ‘Men in the Ranks’ was to be fitted with a thinner blade without the saw-tooth back.” It is interesting to note that Ben Palmer in his book states that he bought this bayonet in the 1950’s from Sotheby’s in London for $50. A few years later still in the 1950’s, he sold this bayonet to Norm Flayderman for $500 and Palmer than notes that Flayderman cataloged another Rice Bayonet (unmarked) in 1990 for $5000. This is no doubt not only among the rarest of all American bayonets but also one of the most unusual that would make a great addition to a knife, bayonet, or Ames collection. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good overall. Blade is gray with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Maker’s mark is very good as can be seen in photos. Hilt has yellow/mustard patina and is complete and functional with spring and lock. 4-51201 JS11 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2133

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2134

RARE BOLO-BAYONET FOR MODEL 1898 SPRINGFIELD RIFLE.

This rare Bolo-bayonet was purchased by Norm Flayderman from Ben Palmer in the 1950’s. According to Norm’s tag, only 56 of these knives were ever made and only 6 were made in 1903, the date on this knife. This knife which measures just under 15″ with a blade just over 10″ long and over 2″ wide is in wonderful condition retaining most of its orig luster to blade with crisp fine markings and orig scabbard retaining most of its orig finish. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine overall. Blade retains much of its orig finish with long longitudinal scratches and some dings and dents on top of blade around false edge. Wood grips are complete and well fit. Locking mechanism complete. Pommel has areas of staining and pitting. Accompanying scabbard is sound and solid with 95% blue finish with scattered scratches, stains, and small areas of pitting. 4-51202 JS13 (2,500-3,500) – Lot 2134

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2135

BOWIE-BAYONET FOR MODEL 1898 SPRINGFIELD RIFLE.

This exact knife is pictured on p. 179 of The Bowie Knife by Norm Flayderman. Norm describes this rare knife, “No Official U.S. Model (or contracted) knife or bayonet more closely embodied the idealized features of the Bowie Knife. Popularly known to the collecting world as the “Bowie-bayonet” for the Model 1898 Springfield-Krag rifle, it was officially designated “Combination Intrenching Knife-bayonet” but proved inadequate for digging rifle pits. Its wide 9-inch single edge blade is marked on obverse ricasso ‘U.S.’ and dated ‘1900’ on reverse. Steel mountings finished bright; dark wood grips. Steel scabbard in the curved shape of the blade with blued finish and steel fitting to affix on to waist belt.” This is a very fine example of a very scarce knife in orig scabbard properly inspected US that are rarely offered. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Blade retains most of its orig finish with scattered areas of staining and light pitting. Markings are crisp and well discerned as can be seen in photos. Accompanying scabbard is sound retaining much orig blue finish with scattered staining and pitting and has no discernible markings. 4-51204 JS12 (1,000-2,000) – Lot 2135

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2136

EXTREMELY RARE “PROTOTYPE” MODEL 1909 SPRINGFIELD BOLO-BAYONET.

This bayonet is made from a 1909 dated Springfield Armory Bolo SN 2179. This prototype appears original and unaltered, possibly was the model for the Bolo-bayonets made in 1911 and 1913. Regardless Mr. Flayderman’s tag reads, “Very rare M1909 Bolo-bayonet”. The accompanying scabbard is dated and inspected 1909 also. This bayonet appears in “as found” condition and is fine overall including scabbard. There is much controversy over this pattern having even existed, well Mr. Flayderman kept his one for 50 years plus and it appears all orig to us. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Overall very good to fine. Blade has areas of staining and pitting. Markings are crisp and easily discerned. There is a crack in the right grip. Otherwise grips are complete and well fit. Locking mechanism is complete and functional. Scabbard overall is very good with scuffing, stains, and one small break near throat on back. Markings are excellent as can be seen in photos. 4-51205 JS17 (1,000-1,500) – Lot 2136

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2137

EXTREMELY RARE AMERICAN CHERRY-STOCKED LONG-LAND PATTERN BROWN BESS MUSKET DATED 1740.

SN N/A. Cal. .75 rnd 45″ cut from 46″ long bbl marked near breech with Tower view and proof marks. The lock is marked with Broad Arrow in front of Crown/”GR” under the iron pan and behind the cock in two vertical lines “TOWER/1740”. The early King’s Pattern furniture is brass and typical of other early land patterns including long stepped buttplate tang, raised lockplate escutcheon, straight rear ramrod pipe thimbles and front ramrod pipe just over 4″. This gun was restocked in America utilizing American cherry wood closely emulating the orig British walnut with all the orig furniture utilized with exception of thumbplate which there is no provision for. During the restocking in America the muzzle was cut exactly 1″ making the bbl length 45″ from its orig length of 46″. This is as beautiful and untouched an example of an American Revolutionary War first model Brown Bess that you will find. It is understandable why Mr. Flayderman retained this beautiful musket in his personal collection for so long. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: The bbl and lock are brown overall with good, discernible bbl proofs and lock markings as can be seen in photographs. Metal overall is brown and smooth with areas of pitting, especially along top areas of hammer, frizzen, pan and bbl breech. The bore is pitted and uncleaned. The American cherry stock is sound and solid with only minor storage dings, dents and scratches. Metal is mounted extremely well with some wear and erosion at breech behind hammer. There is a hairline crack forward of lock that is only about 1″ long. Stock is missing nosecap and as noted in description bbl has been irregularly cut to make bbl now almost exactly 45″. 4-51195 JS29 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2137

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2138

WAR OF 1812 ERA SECOND MODEL BROWN BESS MUSKET.

Cal. .75. 42″ bbl. A classic second model Brown Bess in as-found condition with crisp markings and very good condition. This gun has normal configuration of other second model Besses with 4″ stepped buttplate tang, large flat two-screw lock escutcheon, unsupported hammer, two screws behind hammer, and Pratt’s improvement made to ramrod pipes and long 4″ front ramrod pipe. The bbl and thumbplate are both marked “P/29”. There are numerous proofs in stock and bbl and the typical crown over “GR” cipher forward of hammer and “TOWER” engraved behind the hammer. This is a great condition gun that would be hard to improve on and I see why Mr. Flayderman retained this in his collection. This gun is orig, authentic and complete in every regard though missing the front sling-swivel which fits through the forestock. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Gun overall is in very good condition. Metal overall is bright/gray with scattered areas of rust and pitting. Markings in metal are crisp, well-struck and easily discerned as can be seen in photographs. The stock is sound and solid with about a 1″ chip just forward of lock. Stock exhibits numerous small dings and dents. Brass buttplate, trigger guard, thumbplate, escutcheon and ramrod thimbles have yellow patina with scattered small scratches. Mechanically musket is functional. 4-51194 JS32 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2138

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2139

EXCEPTIONAL EXHIBITION GRADE SILVER MOUNTED CONSTABLE PHILADELPHIA PERCUSSION SPORTING RIFLE.

SN N/A. Cal. .45, 28″ full oct bbl. This exceptional rifle is no doubt one of a kind and was made for exhibition for a very wealthy individual as a special order. The gun is entirely silver mounted including ramrod thimbles, nosecap, keyway escutcheons, lock escutcheons, thumbplate, buttplate, toeplate, patch box and trigger guard. The 28″ octagonal bbl retains most of its orig brown finish and the fully engraved lock, hammer, breech and tang and engraved screws retain small traces of case color. A small gold inset in center of lock reads “CONSTABLE/PHILADELPHIA”. The engraving on this gun is extreme. The lock is fully engraved with floral and geometric swirls with a beveled border that is also fully engraved. The hammer is fully engraved, terminating in an animal’s head. The breech is engraved with a sea serpent continuing into swirls into the top bbl flat. The bbl tang is fully engraved, terminating in a panel on its flat with a whimsical standing bird looking over its shoulder. The patch box is a real piece of art with a boar’s head over a horn as a central vignette with engraved leaves radiating about. Two whimsical faces are found engraved on either side of the hinge to the patch box door. Above the patch box door is a large globe showing the Americas surmounted by a drooped-wing eagle sitting atop the globe. The massive trigger guard has a panoply of arms on the flat of the trigger bow and the two finials terminate into a lion and a lioness on opposite ends. This gun is a true piece of art with no peers we are aware of. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Gun is in very fine condition overall with bbl retaining 95%+ its orig brown with crisp, well-defined bore with rust and pitting. Steel surfaces are all engraved, are gray/silver overall with traces of case color in un-engraved areas with some staining and pitting. The gold plaque in lock “CONSTABLE” can only partially be read, as can be seen in photographs. Maple stock is sound and solid showing fine striping. There is a repaired crack at wrist that does not affect aesthetics as can be seen in photographs. There is a 1/2″ crack in bottom toe of stock. The silver mounts are fine overall, well-fit engraving all sharp and discernible with good patinaed surfaces. 4-51192 JS33 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 2139

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2140

OUTSTANDING ENGRAVED SHARPS MODEL 1853 SLANT BREECH PERCUSSION SHOTGUN.

SN 10998. Cal. about 58. Typical 1853 shotgun with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front bead, no rear sight and a sighting groove in top of receiver ring. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered, flame grain American walnut with short pewter tip, Sharps-style, rnd forearm & straight stock with carbine buttplate. Receiver, lockplate, hammer, lever, top tang, trigger plate & buttplate tang are beautifully engraved by Gustave Young with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the receiver & lockplate, including a very detailed scene of 3 dogs in a forest scene on the left raised side panel of receiver. Matching engraving patterns extend about 3″ over top 3 flats of bbl with very fine border patterns around the edges and light elaborate patterns at the transition. Matching engraving patterns are on the top tang, lever, trigger plate and buttplate tang. All the engraving has a very fine pearled background. Sharps factory records indicate that this shotgun is listed in the records as a shotgun with “26” bore, 26″ bbl and extra fine engraved. It was invoiced June 8, 1855. No other information available. According to Sharps Firearms, Sellers there were only 320 of these rare shotguns produced in the period July 1854 to Dec 1856 in 5 different calibers & 4 different bbl lengths. It is unclear what the various bore designations are, 24, 26, 28, 32 & 90 bore. Early in the reference publication we learn that 90 bore is about 36 caliber & a 60 bore is about 44 caliber. No reference is made to the other bore designations. Also according to the referenced publication it appears that the majority of these shotguns were produced in 26 bore and of the total production only 6 were extra fine engraved such as found on this rifle, 4 in 26 bore and two in 28 bore. An email from the current owner of the Sharps shipping records, Dr. Richard Labowskie, indicates this shotgun as a 26 bore, 26″ bbl and Extra Fine Engraved. Invoiced June 8, 1855. Recipients for Model 1853 production are not known from the surviving records. PROVENANCE: Norm Fladerman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including bbl, trigger plate, lock plate, buttplate, stock & forearm. Bbl retains about 95% strong, orig chocolate brown finish with a few scattered spots of surface rust. Receiver retains strong case colors in sheltered areas, fading elsewhere. Lock plate, hammer, lever & trigger plate are matching condition. Buttplate is a silver brown patina. Wood is sound with a few light nicks and scratches, small gouge on the forearm and a bruise on comb of buttstock. Buttstock retaining about 95-96 orig varnish and the forearm about 50%, showing hand wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-51193 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2140

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2141

SCARCE 2ND TYPE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1875 OFFICERS MODEL TRAPDOOR SPORTING RIFLE.

Cal. 45-70. Usual configuration with 26″ rnd bbl, Beach’s combination front sight, a model 1879 rifle semi-buckhorn rear sight & a 3rd type vernier tang sight. Bbl has usual “V,P” and eagle proofs over the chamber area with 2 large “P” proofs on bottom of the bbl under the wood. Bottom of the receiver has small “K” and small “N” proofs. Trigger is single set with standard curve, mounted on its trigger plate with attached trigger guard. Sear is marked “14” as is the trigger plate and also inside trigger guard. Inside the lock plate and on various parts are stamped with a variety of inspector initials. Bottom of the bbl has a single steel guide containing an orig hickory cleaning rod with nickeled brass ends. Mounted in a 1-pc half stock with coarse checkered forestock and straight grip with carbine buttplate without trap. Forend tip has a fine foliate pattern pewter tip with elaborate intertwined engraving. Stock has the number “71” stamped back of the top tang. Bottom tang has an orig attached grip adapter. Breech block and lockplate have the usual 1873 markings with low arch in the breech block. Lock plate, hammer & breech block, receiver ring, top tang, trigger bow, top of bbl band & buttplate tang are very nicely engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with light pearled background. According to The .45-70 Springfield Book II 1865-1893 Frasca, there were approximately 252 type 2 Officers rifles produced between April 1, 1877 & Dec 30, 1881. The later production rifles had a date “1881” on rear of the receiver. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue, showing wear & fine pitting underneath the forestock around edges of the wood. Receiver & breech block retain strong case colors in sheltered areas with the balance fading to gray. Lock plate retains about 75% fading case colors and the hammer shows colors in sheltered areas. Trigger plate retains bright case colors under the attached grip with the balance faded to gray. Buttplate & bbl band are gray patina. Stock is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains a fine, orig reddish oil finish. Mechanics are fine. Bright, shiny bore. Ramrod is also fine. 4-51191 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2141

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2142

UNIQUE AND SPLENDID WORK OF ART PRESENTATION CASED SCOTTISH HIGHLAND OFFICERʼS FULL DRESS GARNITURE BY MACKAY CUNNINGHAM & CO. EDINGBURGH CIRCA 1845.

This garniture of Scottish regalia comprises a traditional basket hilt broadsword of so-called claymore form, the hilt of chased ovals decorated with thistles and intertwined scrolls set between hallmarked branches. Please note the hallmarks are not silver marks but makerʼs marks. The counterguard bears a coat of arms and the pommel is set with a magnificent caringorm. The 32 inch blade has numerous fullers and is frost etched with thistles and scrolls signed by the makers. The reverse is inscribed with an elaborate presentation reading: “The Tenants On The Estate Of Ardnamurchan And Sunart To Thomas Milles Riddell Esq Lieut In The 7TH Dragoon Guards On His Departure To Join His Regiment At The Cape Of Good Hope AD 1846 To Mark Their Respect And Attachment To His Family And Their Affectionate Regard For Himself.” The black Morocco leather scabbard with high relief solid silver overlays on a heavily silvered brass base. The locket features the Goddess of Victory, a knight in armor, a stagʼs head, a wolfhound, and the Riddell crest. The chape is decorated with rose and thistle motifs surmounted by an eagle with spread wings. The sgain dubh with caringorm and Riddell crest. The Highland dirk of characteristic form with 13.25 inch blade, signed, etched, and inscribed en suite with the broadsword. The mounts overlaid with silver and the chased pommel is inlaid with a caringorm. The sheath of black Morocco leather with silver overlaid mounts and knife and fork inlaid with caringorm. Other regalia comprises a tartan dress brooch with massive caringorm, field brooch, Glengarry dress badge, buckle, shoe buckles, and dress belt. The Highland dress percussion pistols are signed on the lock plates Mackay Cunningham and Co. Edinburgh. The ramʼs horn stocks are inlaid with solid silver sphinxes and the Riddell crest and have silver ball triggers and silver nipple picks of thistle form. Literature: Antique Arms Annual, 1971, page 45 PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Pistols retain nearly all original bluing, casehardening, and are as new. Broadsword, dirk, sgain dubh, and buckles retain nearly all their original silvering and silver. The garniture is cased in its original Scottish oak presentation case lined in red felt, 43 inches long, 19.5 inches wide and 8.5 inches deep. The lower section contains a bullet mold, field belt, and a sporran with thistles and the Riddell Coat of Arms. The original hand written letter of presentation dated 18 January 1846. This magnificent survival of Scottish regalia is unique in or out of a museum. It offers the Scottish collector the opportunity to acquire the centerpiece of any Scottish weapons collection even the most advanced. It is a work of art that would be the featured item in anyoneʼs gun room. 4-51208 (80,000-120,000) – Lot 2142

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2143
Revised: 3/7/2014

Please Note: This Gatling was produced by a company by the name of “THUNDER RIVER”, now out of business. Sold to Norm late 1980s/early 1990s by Collector’s Firearms.

Please Note: This is a Modern firearm and subject to ATF Regulation.

FINE REPRODUCTION FULL SCALE MODEL 1874 GATLING GUN.

SN 72480. 45-70 cal. This full-sized faithful, fully-functional reproduction has sat in Norm and Ruth Flayderman’s home in Florida overlooking incoming ships into Ft. Lauderdale since they moved there. The model 1874 came in two lengths and this is a copy of the larger of the two with the gun measuring 49″ overall, weighing about 200lbs. without the mounting. With the addition of the yoke and heavy tripod weight no doubt will double. We are not sure of the maker as there are no markings other than a number ‘72480’ which is stamped on the right side of brass frame. The magazine slot is marked ’45 CAL GOV’. Quality and machining of this gun appear quite fine. I’m sure someone reading this catalogue is going to call and tell us they know who made it. We would like to know. This is a stunning decoration for any family room and is in complete and beautiful condition. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Gun overall is in fine condition. Metal surfaces are smooth gray/bright. Gun appears functional and mechanics seem to work well. The handle to the bolt removal plug in the casabel plate is broken off but is easily restored. 4-51212 JS176 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 2143

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2144

SCARCE MODEL 1874 GATLING GUN STICK MAGAZINE.

SN NSN. Orig Gatling gun stick magazine for 45-70 cartridges, 20-3/8″; long with steel body, brass top & bottom with brass follower & a brass cartridge stop on a steel spring. These magazines were issued in large numbers during last half of 19th C. but are rarely encountered today. Accompanying this lot are two orig paper labels for Gatling gun cartridges now wrapped around wooden blocks for display. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Steel retains a smooth tinned surface retaining about half of its orig shine with several small dents that do not affect the gravity feed of cartridges. Brass has a medium mustard patina. U-shaped brass collar opposite spring latch has small inspector letter “C” and marked “.45”. 4-50782 JS233 (400-800) – Lot 2144

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2145

ABOUT 75 BACK ISSUES OF EARLY NORM FLAYDERMAN’S CATALOGS.

This large lot of Norm’s early catalogs were given directly to consignor by Mr. Flayderman and include 23 of the very earliest from Kennebunk, ME from #17 through #42. There are 12 more from Greenwich, CT #43 through #61 and 40 more from New Milford, CT. This is a wonderful archive of Flayderman & Co. catalogs unlikely to ever be encountered again. CONDITION: All appear to be in complete and near mint, orig condition. 4-50376 JR528 (500-1,000) – Lot 2145

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2146

RARE CASED ENGRAVED PAIR OF HARTFORD/LONDON 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVERS- NRA SILVER MEDAL No. 283.

SN 135 & 136. Cal. 44. Revolvers are virtually identical with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbls, German silver front sights and New-York City right hand addresses with brackets. Left sides of frames are engraved “COLTS PATENT” in ribbons. The silver-plated brass trigger guards and backstraps contain highly figured, 1-piece oil finish walnut grips. Cyls and bbl lugs have English proofs. They are similarly engraved in English style with light foliate arabesque patterns in about 50% coverage without background shading. Hammer screws are engraved with large rosettes, recoil shields are engraved with foliate and floral patterns. Foliate arabesque patterns extend over the bbl lugs and top side flats, onto the rammer pivot and leaf and vine patterns on rammer handles. The 2 rammer screws also have engraved rosettes. Rammer screw on #135 enters from the left and on #136 from the right. Cyls have usual 6 chambers with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. The “MODEL U.S.M.R. AND COLT’S PATENT” panels appear to have been hand enhanced. Accompanied by an original, brass-bound, green felt lined, English oak casing with empty medallion in the lid and swinging latches with a mortised lock in the front. Period original casing originally designed for 8″ revolvers, now housing these 7 1/2″ guns. Inside the lid has an original Colt’s directions for loading and cleaning label. Bottom is compartmented for two revolvers, a Barlow bag shaped flask with graduated spout, a brass Colt’s patent 2-cavity mold with bright sprue cutter and bowed handles with an “S” inspector mark on the right side, 2 large tins of Joyce caps, 2 L-shaped nipple wrenches, a sealed packet of 6 combustible cartridges, a pewter oil bottle, a military-style steel oil bottle, a wood handle cleaning rod, 7 spare nipples and a small turn screw. Also accompanied by an NRA sliver medal awarded for one of ten best arms displayed at an NRA meeting. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were only about 700 Hartford/English Dragoons produced in the period 1853-1857. He speculates that there were about 150 of those 700 that were engraved. It is well recorded that there were 73 engraved English dragoons returned to the US in September, 1861, just at the onset of the Civil War. Simple extrapolation of the estimated numbers shows that probably fewer than 80 English dragoons were sold in England. This pair of revolvers is pictured on pg. 149 of Colt Engraving, Wilson; pg 236 The Colt Engraving Book Volume One, Wilson; pg 62, plate 35 Samuel Colt Presents, Wadsworth Atheneum; pg 70 of Colt’s History & Heroes, Hamilton and pg 98 The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson. None of the illustrations show a case. PROVENANCE: Johnie Bassett Collection; J.P. Altmeyer Collection; George Allen Collection; Robert Q. Sutherland Collection; Arnold Marcus Chernoff; Michael Leff Estate Collection; Mr. Leff’s notes show also the William M. Locke Collection. CONDITION: Revolvers are in virtually identical condition, all matching except grip on #135 which number is obscured. Overall both revolvers retain a smooth, cleaned gray metal patina. Cyl on #135 shows 80-85% strong dragoon Indian fight scene with clearly legible cartouches. Grip on #135 has been repaired with what appears to be a screw and re-gluing with a plug in the left side. This grip retains a fine hand worn patina. Cyl on #136 also retains 80-85% strong dragoon Indian fight scene with sharp, slightly enhanced cartouches. Grip also shows a glued repair and retains a smooth, hand worn patina. Neither grip shows much wear. Mechanics are fine on both revolvers. Bore on #135 is bright with scattered pitting. Bore on #136 is bright and shiny with a few scattered spots of pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks in the lid, otherwise is sound with usual handling and storage nicks, scratches and a few small gouges and retains about 80% original varnish. Interior is moderately faded with yellowed label and light soil in the bottom. Flask has a small dent otherwise is fine with traces of original finish. Mold has a few light nicks and dings with bright sprue cutter and has sharp cavities. Cap tins show spots of rust with one label showing wear with a couple of missing spots. Cartridge packet is crisp and clean, still sealed. Other accessories are fine. Altogether a fine and rare set. 4-49622 (75,000-100,000) – Lot 2146

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2147

VERY RARE CASED SET OF ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS.

SN 79929 & 79956. Cal. 36. Revolvers have identical configuration, blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbls, scarce dovetailed front sights and Hartford bbl addresses. Left sides of frames are engraved “COLTS PATENT” in pillow shape. The silver-plated brass trigger guards and backstraps contain fancy burl walnut 1-piece grips that have last 4 digits of matching SNs in their respective backstrap channels. Cyls have usual 6 chambers with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. They both have rnd head English style screws. Both are engraved by Gustave Young. #79929 has full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with 2 scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Matching patterns extend over the bbl lug and top side flats of the bbl and onto the rammer pivot. One scroll on the left side of the bbl lug terminates in Mr. young’s mythical dog’s head and two others on the right side terminate in flower blossoms. Backstrap has typical Young engraving of a starbust panel at the top with foliate arabesque patterns at the top, on the heel, buttstrap and trigger bow. Hammer is deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the nose, foliate arabesque patterns on the shank and fish scale patterns on the top edge and sides of the spur. Spur is hand checkered. Screw heads and tips are engraved. #79956 is nearly identically engraved with virtually identical patterns, including flower blossoms in the same places and a much more detailed dog’s head on the bbl lug. Screws are not engraved. Accompanied by an extraordinary, burgundy velvet lined, rosewood double casing that is French fitted in the bottom for the revolvers, two brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” molds with bright steel sprue cutters, one of which has an “H” inspector mark on the right side, 2 L-shaped nipple wrenches, a copper and brass 3-compartment flask and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Case has gold-washed hinges with a mortised lock with shield-shaped escutcheon. Right rear and left front covered compartments are black leatherette covered with ivory pulls. Mr. Leff’s notes state that these revolvers were “Cased and sold by F. H. Clark & Company, 290 Main Street, Memphis TN” who were in business 1841-1876. These revolvers were produced in about 1857 when any repeating arm was in great demand by the pioneers traveling west. The model 1851 Navy was one of, if not the, most widely used revolver of that period. They remained in service from their inception right through the Civil War and later on the American frontier well into the 1970s when they were finally supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridge arms. Their use is well-documented by many notable lawmen, outlaws and general citizens. William B. (Wild Bill) Hickock was known to carry a pair of ’51 Navies. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Both revolvers are very fine to extremely fine, all matching including wedges, cyls and grips. #79929 is very fine. Bbl retains traces of original blue having flaked, not worn, to a medium patina with a few scattered spots of surface rust; rammer handle and pivot are a grey metal patina, also with a a few spots of rust; frame retains faint traces of case colors having mostly faded to metal patina; cyl is a light grey/brown patina with one area of fine pitting and shows about 50% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard retains 75-80% orig silver and the backstrap about 60%; grip is sound showing light to moderate wear and retains 75-80% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; moderate to heavily pitted strong bore. #79956. Bbl retains 50-60% flaked original blue with loss areas a dark patina; rammer pivot retains traces of case colors being mostly a dark patina; frame retains case colors in sheltered areas having mostly faded to a light patina; cyl is a grey./brown patina and shows 60-70% Ormsby Naval battle scene with the 6 safety pins mostly serviceable; trigger guard and backstrap retain 60-70% orig silver. Grip has a bruise on the left side, otherwise is sound showing light to moderate wear and retains about 70% orig varnish; mechanics are fine, bight shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. Case has a grain check in the lid, otherwise is sound with most of the oilcloth covering on the bottom intact. It has light handling and storage marks and retains about 95% orig varnish; interior is lightly faded in the top with light soil from contact with the revolver cyls. Bottom is lightly faded with moderate soil at various contact points with revolvers; flask is fine showing about 50% orig finish; molds are also fine showing moderate battering; other accessories are fine. 4-49637 (55,000-80,000) – Lot 2147

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2148

VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED TWO GUN SET OF COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER AND MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 8783 & 49773. Cal 31 and 36. These revolvers are engraved nearly identically in doughnut scroll patterns, probably by Gustave Young. The ’51 Navy was produced in late 1851 and the ’49 pocket was produced in mid-1852. These revolvers were almost certainly engraved in about 1852, as stated on pg 22 of Colt Engraving, Wilson where he states that this style of engraving “would be introduced by Gustave young in 1852″ and had a brief lifespan of only a couple years. (1) 1851 Navy 3rd model with 7-1/2” oct bbl brass pin, front sight and New York City address. Left side of frame is engraved diagonally “COLTS PATENT”. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a nicely figured 1-piece walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Revolver has full coverage doughnut scroll engraving on the frame with extremely fine cross hatched background shading and engraved screws. Matching patterns extend over the bbl lug, top side flats and rammer pivot. Matching patterns are also found on the backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard. In addition, the trigger guard has a small engraved elliptical shield and top of the backstrap is engraved with a spider web panel. Hammer is deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the nose, small flower blossoms on the shank and ribbed ears on the sides of the spur. Cyl has usual Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. (2) Model 1849 pocket with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and engraved address “Saml. Colt”. Left side of frame is engraved “COLTS PATENT” in a ribbon. This revolver is engraved nearly identically to #1, also with engraved screws and hammer. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a highly figured, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl has 5 chambers with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Accompanied by an original Colt mahogany 2 gun casing with brass plate in the lid engraved with a Masonic square and compass. It has a mortised lock with cut corner rectangular escutcheon. Interior is compartmented for the 2 revolvers, a rare Navy-sized double-sided trophy of flags and arms angle spout flask, a double-sided pocket-sized early eagle flask, a brass Navy 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with bright sprue cutter that has an “H” inspector initial on the sprue cutter, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” pocket-sized mold without sprue cutter that has an “R” inspector initial on top, a paper wrapped tin of Eley caps, one full and an empty packets of six 31 cal combustible cartridges and an L-shaped nipple wrench. Mr. Leff’s notes state that this set has provenance to Leon C. (Red) Jackson. This set is similar to a number of other known sets which were presented to various high ranking officers in the Union Army. Several of these officers later joined the Confederacy during the civil War. PROVENANCE: Leon C. (Red) Jackson; Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Both revolvers are all matching, including rammers, wedges, cyls and grips. #1. ’51 Navy. Fine. Bbl retains 75-80% original blue with a few small spots of fine surface rust; rammer and handle are mostly a grey patina; frame is also faded to a grey patina with strong, sharp engraving; some of the screws are slightly battered; cyl is a blue/brown patina with some small dings on the front edge and shows about 75% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard and backstrap retain most of their orig silver with wear only on the heel and toe; grip shows moderate wear with a few small nicks and a hand-worn patina; mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with fine pitting. #2. ’49 Pocket. bbl retains 50-60% orig blue with loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina with sharp edge wear; rammer and handle are grey metal patina; frame is also a grey metal patina with pitting on the hammer nose; cyl is a blue/grey patina with a few nicks and dings and shows 60-70% stagecoach holdup scene; trigger guard and backstrap retain about all of their orig silver plating, showing wear on the heel and toe and a small thin spot on the front strap; grip show light wear with a few small nicks and retains about 80-90% orig varnish; timing needs adjusting, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. Case has a couple small grain check in the bottom and retains about 80% of its oil cloth covering; top has a couple other grain checks with numerous small storage and handling scratches and overall retains about 95% orig varnish; interior is moderately faded inside the lid with light soil and a couple small chemical spots; bottom is lightly to moderately faded with moderate to heavy soil in the areas of the cyls, muzzles and edges of the grips; partitions are all solid with some minor fabric loss. Navy flask retains about 70% orig finish with one small dent between the crossed pistols; pocket flask retinas about 90% strong orig finish; molds show a few small dings with strong bright finish; cap tin paper wrapping is missing about 30% of the sides and shows heavy rust, top label is faded; other accessories are fine. Altogether, a fine original set. 4-49635 (40,000-65,000) – Lot 2148

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2149

EXCEEDINGLY RARE CASED ENGRAVED PAIR OF COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS-NRA SILVER MEDAL NO. 110.

SN 20322 & 20422. Cal 36. Revolvers are identical except for variations in engraving patterns. They have 7-1/2″ rnd bbls, German silver front sights and 1-line New-York U.S. America addresses. The silver plated trigger guards & backstraps contain 1-pc checkered ivory grips with raised carved Mexican eagles. Revolvers are engraved by L.D. Nimschke in his distinctive flowing foliate arabesque patterns with “COLTS PATENT” in a ribbon on the frame of #20422 while that marking on #20322 was obscured by the engraving. Matching engraving patterns extend over the bbls with some of the scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Rammer pivots are also matching engraved with spiral patterns on the rammer handles. Backstraps, buttstraps and trigger guards are matching engraved in very deep patterns with identical fan patterns at tops of backstraps and on the ears. Hammers are deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer noses, fish scale patterns on the sides of the spurs and top edges with small hand checkered panels on the spurs. Cylinders are engraved in matching patterns around the circumferences and both cylinders retain all 6 functional safety pins. Rammer handles, cylinders and hammers are gold washed with the balance of the metal silver plated. Front straps of both revolvers are engraved “From / Dart & Watkinson, / New Orleans.” Accompanied by a 2-tone burgundy & green velvet lined rosewood casing, French fitted in the bottom for the revolvers, a single sided trophy of flags and arms “COLTS PATENT” silver plated flask with angle spout, a silver plated steel 2 cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, marked on the right side “36B”, a silver plated “L” shaped nipple wrench, 3 packets of combustible cartridges, a pewter oil bottle and a tin of Goldmark’s caps. Rear edge of the case also has a silver plated brass and hickory cleaning rod. The lid is inlaid with a large silver shield, engraved in large intertwined letters “TAS”. This set is illustrated on page 151 of The Wm M.Locke Collection, Sellers and page 208 as item 131 plate # CXXXXVI in the book Samuel Colt Presents, Wilson. Both illustrations show 4 packets of cartridges. PROVENANCE: William M. Locke Collection; Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Revolvers are in nearly identical condition, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Period grips show very little wear or staining. Cylinders, rammers & hammers retain traces of gold wash, while the balance of the revolvers retain 30-40% silver plating mixed with cleaned bright metal. Mechanics are fine. Brilliant shiny bores. Left toe on the grip of #20422 has a repair. Case has a couple of grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound with usual handling & storage nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is heavily faded to an orangish color with strong burgundy color in the revolver recesses and under the implements. All together a beautiful and rare set, probably presented to a high ranking Mexican official or military officer. 4-49630 (60,000-75,000) – Lot 2149

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2150

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE PROTOTYPE OR EXPERIMENTAL COLT 1ST MODEL 1851 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER- A TRUE ONE OF A KIND ’51 NAVY!.

SN 7.. Cal. 38 CF. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and early New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has small “COLT’S PATENT”. The silver plated, square back, brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a a varnished 1-piece walnut grip with matching number in buttstrap channel. Cyl is usual 6 chambers with Ormsby Naval battle roll marking and has been converted in the Richards type conversion wherein the rear shoulder of the cyl was machined away to expose the chambers, leaving about a 5/16″ long star wheel extension. The conversion ring is also Richards type with loading gate. Wedge is first type also, mounted upside down, with retaining screw on the bottom, and fits in a groove on top of the cyl spindle. The bbl of this revolver was apparently created especially for this conversion with a very unusual set of plugs in the rammer and rammer pivot slots. Further evidence that is was a specially created bbl is that there was never a dovetail for the rammer handle latch stud. Left side of the front strap is stamped with the number “47”. This number was not observed anywhere else on the revolver. Some of the screws are round head English type. Revolver is engraved in early scroll style with about 75% coverage, very well executed foliate arabesque patterns without background shading or pearling. Conversion ring, loading gate and hammer are not engraved. Matching foliate arabesque patterns extend nearly full length over the bbl lug and side flats of bbl with matching patterns on the top and top side flats. Muzzle is engraved in a scallop pattern with a double chip pattern around the bbl lug. Backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard are engraved to match. Trigger bow is also engraved with a small elliptical shield shape observed on other early engraved Colts. This revolver is pictured on pg 112 of The WM M. Locke Collection, Sellers. Mr. Leff’s note also gives provenance to the Harry Thomas Collection. Undoubtedly this is a one of a kind prototype for the later factory conversions of the ’51 Navy and others that followed. An exceptional and exceedingly rare gun that is an important piece of Colt History. PROVENANCE: William Locke Collection; Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered; bbl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with losses on both sides of the muzzle, probably from long term holster storage; frame retains 75-80% orig case colors, strong in sheltered areas mostly fading elsewhere, worn to metal patina on left edge of conversion plate and loading gate; hammer retains about 70% faded case colors; cyl retains about 50-60% thin orig blue with 2 areas, opposite each other, that are metal patina apparently caused by long term holster storage; cyl shows about 50% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard and backstrap retain about 98-99% strong orig silver plate; grip shows heavy wear on the sides with a few light nicks and scratches and retains 50-60% orig varnish; mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. 4-49709 (75,000-200,000) – Lot 2150

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2151

RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 159800. Cal. 44. Nickel finish with 8″ rnd bbl, full front sight and 1-Line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” engraved in a pillow shape and left rear web of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. The brass trigger guard and steel backstrap contain an original 1-pc ivory grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Grips are of the period. SNs on the bbl lug, frame, trigger guard and buttstrap are all accompanied by the initials “I E”. This signifies that this revolver was to receive extra polishing for engraving and that is was to receive ivory grip. Revolver is engraved in late vine style, probably by Gustave Young with about full coverage, foliate arabesque patterns on the frame without shaded background. Several of the scrolls terminate in flower blossoms. Matching engraving patterns extend over the bbl and onto the backstrap, buttstrap and trigger bow. Top of the backstrap has Mr. Young’s style of starburst panel. Hammer is deluxe engraved with a wolf’s had on each side of the nose, foliate arabesque pattern on the shank and fish scale patterns on the top edge and sides of the spur. Spur is hand checkered. Cyl is rebated and has usual 6 chambers and has 3 of the 6 safety pins serviceable. Accompanied by an orig, brass bound, rosewood Colt casing with empty brass plaque in the lid. Interior is green velvet lined and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a single-sided trophy of arms & flags “COLTS PATENT” flask with angle spout, a blued steel 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with a sprue cutter, marked on the right side “44H” and with a “C” inspector initial. Also containing 2 full sealed packets of combustible cartridges and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps with orange label and band. This exact revolver in its current configuration and case appears on pg 180 of Colt Engraving, Wilson with what appear to be identical accessories but additional includes an L-shaped nipple wrench, with credit to the John B. Solley, III Collection and Ronald Ogan Collection. PROVENANCE: R.L. Wilson Letter of authentication; John B. Solley, III Collection; Ronald Ogan Collection; Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Revolver is very fine to extremely fine, all matching including grip, as noted. Bbl, receiver and cyl retain 97-98% strong orig nickel; trigger guard and front strap retain about 70% orig nickel with the exposed areas a dark mustard patina; backstrap retains about 60% orig nickel with the exposed metal having very fine pinprick pitting; grip has a number of natural age lines with a couple of small chips on bottom edges and overall shows a beautiful golden ivory patina; mechanics are fine, strong bore lightly pitted in the grooves. Case has a crack in the bottom, otherwise is sound with usual light handling and storage nicks and scratches and retains about 95% orig varnish; brass corners and reinforcements are a dark brass patina; interior is lightly faded and soiled with some minor fabric loss to top edges of a couple of the partitions; flask is fine and retains about 75% orig finish; mold retains about 90% orig blue; 1 cartridge packet is taped on one end, the other packet is crisp; cap tin shows light soil and minor damage to the top label and is missing about half the band. Altogether an outstanding set with great provenance. 4-49628 (38,000-65,000) – Lot 2151

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2152

RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 3547. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver front sight and New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” and the silver plated brass trigger guard & steel back strap contain its orig, matching numbered,1-pc, Army-sized ivory grip. Cyl is full fluted style with all six safety pins crisp & serviceable. Frame is 4-screw style with flat head hammer screw and cut for shoulder stock. Revolver is engraved by Gustave Young with about full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with one scroll terminating in a flower blossom on the left recoil shield. Matching foliate arabesque patterns extend over the bbl and terminate just forward of the address. Top of the back strap is engraved in Mr. Young’s minimal starburst panel with foliate arabesque pattern on the back strap, heel, butt strap & trigger guard. Raised areas of the cyl, over the chamber areas are engraved to match. Hammer is also engraved to match with a wolf’s head on each side of the nose, foliate arabesque patterns on the shank and fish scale patterns on the top edge & sides of the spur. It is well recorded that there were about 4,000 of these revolvers with fluted cylinders produced out of the first 8,000 or so revolvers made. Many of these fluted Army revolvers were shipped to southern dealers on the eve of the Civil War and are sometimes considered secondary Confederate arms. Accompanied by an orig, burgundy velvet lined, Colt mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a sgl sided “COLTS PATENT” trophy of flags & arms angle spout flask, a blued “COLT’S PATENT” 2-cavity bullet mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a small tin of Eley’s caps and a functioning key. Given the very limited number of these revolvers produced, and the time frame in which they were produced, it is statistically safe to say that extremely few were engraved and even fewer were cased. This is an orig casing built for the 7-1/2″ bbl revolver with Army grip vs. the 8″ standard production revolver. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 70% thinning orig blue, glossy & bright in sheltered areas; rammer pivot & handle retain about all of their dark orig case colors; frame retains traces of case colors in the most sheltered areas having faded mostly to gray; hammer is a gray patina; cyl retains 60-70% orig blue, mostly in the flutes & rebated area; trigger guard retains 40-50% orig silver and the back strap is a cleaned gray metal patina. Grip has a few age lines, shows very little wear and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine; strong sharp bore with moderate pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks in the lid and another in the bottom, otherwise is sound with handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about 75-80% orig varnish; interior is lightly faded in the lid with one area of soil from contact with the cylinder; bottom is moderately faded & soiled with light damage from the front sight and some slight loose material in the rear edge; flask is mostly a dark brass patina; mold is very fine, other accessories are fine. Altogether an extremely rare & desirable set. 4-49633 (55,000-75,000) – Lot 2152

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2153

RARE CASED ENGRAVED PAIR OF COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS.

SN 154299 & 154304. Cal. 44. Revolvers are virtually identical with silver finish, 8″ round bbls, full front sights and 1 line New-York U.S. America addresses. The brass trigger guards and iron backstraps contain 1-pc ivory grips with left and right hand, very detailed, raised carved Mexican eagles. Revolvers are engraved in vine style, probably by Gustave Young with small “COLTS PATENT” engraved in a pillow shape on the frames. Caliber marking is found on the left rear web of the trigger guards. Engraving consists of full coverage vine patterns without shading on the frames with several scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Sides of the hammers are deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of hammer noses, fish scale patterns on sides of the spurs and top edges. Matching engraving patterns extend over sides of the bbls terminating over the top, forward of the addresses. Ends of the wedges are matching engraved. It appears that the cylinders may have been gold washed. Screws are blued. Frames are 3-screw type cut for shoulder stock. When consigned it was discovered that #154304 was still loaded, but probably never fired. The loads were drawn and the orig bullets are included. Accompanied by an original Colt casing, compartmented in the bottom for the two revolvers, a silver plated, double sided trophy of flags and arms “COLTS PATENT” flask with angle spout, a silver plated 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” steel mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side “44H”, a silver plated “L” shaped nipple wrench, 2 orig, blue paper wrapped, green label Eley Brothers cap tins, a small screw lid ivory bits box and a functioning key. A true pair being only 5 numbers apart. Undoubtedly this set was a presentation to some high ranking Mexican government official or military officer. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: 1) SN 154299. Extremely fine, all matching including wedge, grip is unnumbered. Overall retains 95-96% strong orig silver plating with the only losses on the front and backstraps. Cylinder shows faint gold wash in the rebated area with some light pimpling and thin Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Screws retain most of their orig blue, slightly thinned. Grip is sharp and crisp, showing only light high point wear and retains a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore probably never fired. 2) SN 154304. Extremely fine, all matching including wedge, grip is unnumbered. Overall retains 95-96% strong orig silver plating with the only losses on the front and backstraps. Cylinder shows faint gold wash in the rebated area with some light pimpling, some scattered wear spots and thin Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. Screws retain most of their orig blue, slightly thinned. Grip is sharp and crisp, showing only light high point wear and retains a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, probably never fired. Chambers of the cylinders show light rust from black powder corrosion from when it was loaded, probably in excess of 100 years or more. Although it was loaded, it appears to have never been fired. Both cylinders retain all 6 of their safety pins. Case has a couple of cracks across the lid and others in the bottom with numerous handling and storage nicks and scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish. Interior is faded to a golden color with bright burgundy under the revolvers and accessories and the bottom compartments. Accessories are fine with the mold showing nicks and dings and the cap tins minor paper wrapping losses. Altogether a spectacular and desirable set. 4-49625 (60,000-100,000) – Lot 2153

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2154

RARE DELUXE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 180011. Cal. 44. Silver & gold finish with 8″ bbl, German silver front sight and New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & steel back strap contain what is probably, its orig 1-pc ivory grip with raised carved Mexican eagle on the left side. Revolver is engraved in New York style, probably from the Gustave Young shop with about full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which extend over the sides of the bbl with geometric patterns on top of the bbl and star bursts around the front sight. Top of the back strap has a fine spider web panel with geometric patterns on the back strap. Cyl is rebated with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and all six safety pins are crisp. Shoulders of the trigger guard are engraved with the left side engraved over “44 CAL”. Right shoulder is over-stamped “W.Y. DE G.” which stands for “Wexell & DeGress”, major Colt distributors & dealers in New York and primarily in Mexico City. Accompanied by an extraordinary, brass bound, mahogany casing with empty brass plate in the lid, four narrow brass bands across the top and sliding brass latches on the front. It also has a mortised brass lock. Interior is burgundy velvet lined and French fitted in the bottom in modified English style for the revolver, a scarce dbl sided, “COLTS PATENT” trophy of flags & arms angle spout flask, a silver plated “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter that has a large “C” on the right side, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a full sealed packet of six combustible cartridges, an empty packet of the same type cartridges, a tin of Eley’s caps and an all-steel cleaning rod. Undoubtedly this revolver was created for presentation to a high ranking Mexican government official or military officer. PROVENANCE: Dick Young; Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge & cylinder, grip is unnumbered. Bbl retains 60-70% orig silver with the losses showing rust, not wear; rammer & handle retain about 75% orig gold wash and the cyl about the same; hammer shows about 50% gold wash; frame retains most of its orig silver finish, turned dark; trigger guard retains 60-70% orig silver, worn to gray metal on the front strap; back strap & butt strap retain orig silver in sheltered areas with the body of the back strap gray metal patina. Grip has a number of age lines and some rust spotting which corresponds to rust on the back strap and overall retains a wonderful golden ivory patina showing moderate wear on the eagle. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few small spots of pitting. Case has a couple of repaired cracks in the lid with some grain checks in the bottom and retains about all of a restored finish; interior is moderately faded showing light wear in a few spots; flask, probably not orig to this box, is a copper & brass patina; mold retains virtually all of its orig silver finish with some fine pitting on the edge of the sprue cutter and left side, appears to be unused; cartridge packets are fine as are the other accessories. 4-49646 (25,000-40,000) – Lot 2154

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2155

RARE COLT MODEL 1849 LONDON POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 618. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line London address with brackets. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” engraved in a ribbon. Cyl is usual 5-chambers with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The silver plated steel trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished fancy burl walnut 1-pc grip with matching SN in back strap channel. Screws are rnd head English style. Revolver is lightly engraved in English style with about 50-60% coverage light foliate arabesque patterns without background. Engraving extends over the bbl lug, top side flats and completely around the muzzle. Hammer spur is matching engraved on the sides and has fish scale patterns on the top edge with hand checkered spur. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved to match. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were about 11,000 London-made Pocket Model revolvers manufactured in the period 1853-1857. Of that number he estimates that about 1,000 were engraved. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Traces of orig finish remain in the most sheltered areas on the bbl with the balance a cleaned, smooth, gray metal patina; frame retains about 30% faded case colors being mostly a silver patina; hammer retains faded case colors on the sides, a little stronger on the back edge; cyl retains traces of orig blue, being mostly a gray patina and shows about 75-80% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking; trigger guard retains about 90% orig silver and the back strap about 65-70%. Grip is sound with a few light nicks and retains about 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-49708 (5,000-7,000) – Lot 2155

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2156

RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH RAMMER.

SN 11670. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with desirable 6″ bbl that has brass pin front sight and 2-line right hand New York City address with dashes and its orig, matching numbered 2-pc rammer. Address has been dbl struck. Frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the silver plated square back brass trigger guard & back strap contain what is probably its orig 1-pc smooth ivory grip. Cyl is usual 5-chambers with rectangular stop notches and six crisp safety pins. Cyl also has the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Revolver is engraved in late vine style without shaded background. Frame has nearly full coverage foliate arabesque patterns which extend over the bbl lug, top side flats and rammer pivot. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved to match. Accompanied by what is probably its orig green velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a 1-sided brass flying eagle & shield flask. Eagle has a ribbon in its beak inscribed “E PLURIBUS UNUM”. Also accompanied by an early brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold without sprue cutter, a packet of five combustible cartridges, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a functioning key. It also has a cap tin with homemade Eley Bros. label. There were a total of about 15,000 Baby Dragoon revolvers produced during the period 1847-1850 with the attached rammer first appearing around the 11,600 range making this one of the very earliest to have this feature. At about the same serialization the cylinders had rectangular stop notches and the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Mr. Leff’s notes indicate additional provenance of Leon C. (Red) Jackson. PROVENANCE: Leon C. (Red) Jackson; Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including rammer, wedge & cyl; grip is unnumbered; bbl retains about 80% of an old restored finish which might explain the dbl struck address; rammer & handle are a gray patina; frame is also a gray patina; cyl retains about 50% thin orig blue and shows about 85% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking; trigger guard retains most of its re-silvered plating and the back strap about 80% restored plating. Grip has a chip on the right heel and another small chip on the right side, otherwise is sound showing light to moderate wear and retains a beautiful, mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine; worn bore with strong rifling and moderate pitting. Case has a repaired crack in the lid with another diagonal grain check and a couple of grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound and retains most of an old restored finish; interior is lightly faded & soiled with solid partitions; accessories are all fine. 4-49638 (7,500-10,000) – Lot 2156

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2157

RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1848 BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 8065. Cal. .31. Usual configuration with 4″ oct bbl, pin front sight and 2-line, left hand, NY city address, made without rammer. Usual 5-shot cylinder with rnd cylinder stop notches and orig single safety pin. Squareback silver-plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip matching numbered to this revolver. Revolver is engraved in early vine style with about 70% coverage which also extends down the backstrap, over the buttstrap and trigger guard. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet-lined mahogany casing with shield shaped brass lock escutcheon. Case is compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a dbl-sided early “COLTS PATENT” eagle flask, orig brass loading tool, brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold without sprue cutter that has a tiny “W” inspector mark. Also accompanying is a lacquered Ely’s cap tin, lead bullets & balls & functioning key. This revolver is of a transitional type with the earlier style left hand bbl address with capping cutout in right recoil shield. Cylinder is usual 5 shots and appears to have remnants of dragoon & Indian fight scene roll marking. There were only about 11,600 Baby Dragoons produced without rammers which certainly makes them one of the more rare Colts. Cased and engraved examples are exceedingly rare. This was Colt’s first attempt at a small bore revolver after the collapse of the Paterson enterprise. They were readily accepted by the American buying public who carried them to the far reaches of the world but especially on the American frontier and Northwest Territories where they saw extensive and continuous service under harsh circumstances usually with very limited maintenance. They continued in service throughout the Civil War into the 1870’s until superseded by the advent of the cartridge revolver. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Overall retains a gray metal patina showing moderate wear with scattered surface erosion. Engraving remains reasonably sharp showing expected wear. Cylinder is matching gray patina with scattered pitting and traces of dragoon Indian fight scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain just about all of their orig silver-plating. Grip has a chipped right toe & left heel, otherwise is sound and retains about 70% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong, lightly worn bore. Case is sound with small grain check in bottom and light handling & storage marks and overall retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded & stained with light to moderate soil in the bottom. Accessories are all fine. 4-49640 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2157

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2158

FINE ENGRAVED COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 148032. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, thinned front sight and 1-line block letter address with “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” roll marked on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with exceptional, smooth, 2-pc pearl grips. Revolver is beautifully after-market engraved in L.D. Nimschke style with nearly full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame, feather patterns on the top strap and matching foliate arabesque patterns over about 3/4 of the bbl and around the muzzle. Top of the bbl, forward of the address and around the front sight is engraved in geometric patterns. Top gullet of the ejector housing is engraved in leaf & vine patterns with matching foliate arabesque patterns on the outer radius. Back strap, butt strap & trigger plate are engraved in matching patterns with Nimschke style crossed ribbons centered on the back strap and a small ribbon on the butt strap. Bottom of the trigger bow and bottom of the bbl at the muzzle are engraved in geometric patterns matching those on top of the bbl. Cyl has nearly full coverage matching foliate arabesque patterns. Nearly all the engraving has a fine pearled background. Trigger, screws, ejector rod head and base pin are all fire-blued. This is very high quality engraving by a very talented engraver using patterns from the master. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 44-40 with 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish and pearl stocks, shipped to James Dodds, Dayton, Ohio on Oct. 13, 1892. No mention of the engraving. According to our consignor, noted Colt Collector and Dealer, Ron Dean, sold this gun to Michael Leff many years ago. Ron has stated that he feels the engraving is factory original to the gun and done at the time of sale and plating and that the notation for engraving could simply be missing from the factory records. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Overall retains 96-98% crisp orig nickel finish with some minor pimpling in the front gullets of the frame, heel of the back strap, hammer & flutes of the cylinder; screws, trigger & base pin retain most of their fine fire blue; ejector rod head shows light wear on the outer edge. Grips are exceptional with great fire and fantastic iridescent colors. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-49699 (45,000-55,000) – Lot 2158

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2159

CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 59042. Cal. 38 CF. Nickel & gold finish with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates which is apparently rolled over the orig “COLTS PATENT” and partially obscures “U.S”. This is apparently one of the 1,000 revolvers returned by the U.S. Navy for conversion and was later engraved. The steel trigger guard & back strap contain an early style, full checkered, 1-pc ivory grip. Grip is constructed in the orig manner with two slabs of ivory attached to two ivory spacer blocks creating a 1-pc grip. SNs on bbl lug, frame & trigger guard are accompanied by a small “E” which indicates it was to receive extra polish for engraving. Revolver is beautifully engraved in New York style from the L.D. Nimschke shop with about full coverage on the frame, loading gate & conversion ring, consisting of well-executed foliate arabesque patterns with fine pearled background. Matching patterns extend over most of the bbl and around the muzzle. Ejector housing is engraved in a spiral pattern. Hammer is engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the nose, foliate arabesque patterns on the shank and fish scale patterns on the top edge and sides of the spur. The spur tip has been hand checkered. Top of the back strap is engraved in a spider web panel with “V” center. It has geometric patterns at the heel with foliate arabesque patterns on the butt strap & trigger bow. Cylinder is an orig percussion cylinder that had the rear shoulder machined away to expose the chambers leaving only the star wheel extended. It has the orig SN “89491” with the secondary number “9042” below which matches the last four numbers of the SN of this revolver. Loading gate & cyl spindle are also matching numbered. Wedge is a replacement with numbers stamped upside down. It is apparent that this revolver was engraved, probably at the time of conversion or shortly thereafter, and had the ejector housing, cyl, hammer & trigger re-gilded likely at the same time. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were only about 2,200 of these revolvers converted, of which 1,000 were for the U.S. Navy during the period 1873-1876. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany Colt casing compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an L-shaped screwdriver and a lacquered tin of UMC #2 primers. Front of the case has a mahogany cartridge block with holes for seventy five 38 caliber cartridges which contains 43 tin plated military cartridges. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including replacement, renumbered wedge, grip is unnumbered. Bbl retains traces of orig nickel in sheltered areas being mostly a cleaned metal patina; frame is matching patina and both bbl & frame have scattered fine pitting; ejector housing retains 60-70% gilding, thin on outer radius; cyl retains about 80% gilding and shows about 50% thin Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger & hammer retain strong gilding; trigger guard & back strap are mostly gray metal patina with traces of nickel. Grip has a few age lines and is sound showing a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a couple of spots of pitting. Case is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is lightly faded & moderately soiled, relined at the time of conversion. 4-49652 (30,000-60,000) – Lot 2159

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2160

RARE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1871-72 OPEN TOP REVOLVER.

SN 100. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Silver finish with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl has straight sides and has the Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Mounted with 1-pc checkered ivory grip that has raised carved Mexican eagle on the left side. Grip is orig style with two slabs of ivory attached to two wooden spacers to create a 1-pc grip. Grip is numbered inside the right top edge with what appears to be “196” or “190”. Revolver is engraved in Gustave Young style with full coverage on the frame of foliate arabesque patterns that have pearled background. Matching patterns extend over the bbl lug and around the front sight with geometric patterns down the top of the bbl. Ejector housing is engraved in a spiral feather pattern. Back strap is engraved in Mr. Young’s typical fan or spider web pattern with foliate arabesque patterns on the back strap, at the heel, butt strap & trigger bow. Frame is slightly undersized. Wedge is a matching numbered replacement and SNs appear to have been re-stamped before restoration. Hammer spring is a replacement with roller groove in the tip. Firing pin is attached to the hammer nose with two rivets. The engraving is very old and appears to have been done during the period of use. Very few Open Top Revolvers were produced and even fewer were engraved making this revolver indeed rare with a unique serial number of 100. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains 80-85% strong silver finish with some light flaking and small losses on the bbl & cyl. Cyl shows 60-70% Ormsby Naval battle scene. These revolvers are known for having light cyl rolls. Grip has some fine chips on the right rear edge and some light rust staining in the back strap channel which does not correspond to the current back strap. Grip shows moderate wear. Mechanics are fine, strong bore, lightly frosted in the grooves. 4-49702 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2160

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2161

RARE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 85608. Cal. 38 RF. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, small dovetailed blade front sight and 1-line Hartford block letter address. Left side of frame is engraved “COLT’S PATENT” in a pillow shape. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain an orig type 1-pc ivory grip with last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Revolver is engraved by Gustave Young with full coverage on the frame foliate arabesque patterns with very fine pearled background. A scroll on the left recoil shield and another on the right side terminate in flower blossoms. Matching patterns extend over the bbl lug and on to the top side flats of the bbl. One scroll terminates in Mr. Young’s mythical dog’s head. Hammer is engraved to match with a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer nose, foliate arabesque patterns on the shank with fish scale patterns on the top edge and sides of the spur. Spur is hand checkered. This revolver was engraved, probably from the factory, prior to being converted. The firing pin is attached to the left side of the hammer nose with two rivets through the wolfs’ heads. Cyl is modified from an orig percussion cyl and has the Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. It has the SN “85609”, one number away from this revolver. It seems likely that there may have been a pair of revolvers returned for conversion at the same time and their cylinders switched during the process. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 90% factory style restored blue; frame retains 50-60% fading case colors, a little stronger on the right side; hammer retains strong case colors on the sides, bright on the rear edge; cyl retains about 75% thin restored blue and shows about 65% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard & back strap retain about 60-65% orig silver. Grip has a number of age lines but is sound showing light edge wear and retains a light ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-49656 (17,500-30,000) – Lot 2161

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2162

RARE ENGRAVED POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER WITH TIFFANY GRIP.

SN 5712. Cal. 38 CF. Usual configuration with 6-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has the July 25, 1871 and July 2, 1872 2-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Mounted with a spectacular cast brass Tiffany grip with spread winged eagle clutching olive branches in its talons on the back strap. This is an American Eagle Grip which is more rare than the Mexican Eagle variation. Top of the back strap has an empty initial oval. Body of the grip has raised foliate arabesque patterns. Butt of the grip is flared with flower blossom cap. Under the butt cap has the assembly number “00” with matching number inside the cap. Butt of the grip also has the matching SN to the revolver. Revolver is beautifully engraved by L.D. Nimschke with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame. One of the scrolls on the left recoil shield terminates in a large flower blossom. Edge of the conversion ring & loading gate are engraved in feather patterns. Foliate arabesque patterns extend up both sides of the bbl, foward of the address and on each side of the muzzle. Ends of the wedge are also engraved. Trigger guard has matching pattern engraving. Cyl has full coverage matching foliate arabesque patterns around the major diameter and appears to have never had the standard cyl roll marking. Cyl spindle and loading gate have matching assembly numbers. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were approx. 6,500 of these revolvers produced in the period 1873-1875 in three bbl lengths, two calibers and with two styles of cylinders. Engraved examples of this model are quite rare and those with Tiffany grip are doubly rare. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine, no orig finish remains being an overall dark brown patina showing heavy wear on the bbl and moderate wear on the cyl & frame; trigger guard & front strap show traces of orig silver, being mostly a dark brass patina. Grip shows moderate wear with only traces of orig silver on the inside. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-49711 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2162

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2163

RARE DELUXE CASED ENGRAVED COLT POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 11635. Cal. 38 RF. Gold finish with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates of July 25, 1871 and July 2, 1872. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips that are probably are not orig to this revolver as there is no locator pin or locator pin holes for the grips. Revolver is beautifully engraved in New York style with about 70% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which extend over the bbl lug and about 7/8 up the side of the bbl. Outer radius of ejector housing is engraved in geometric patterns. Top of back strap is engraved in a borderless fan pattern with geometric patterns down the back strap, on the butt strap & trigger bow. Cylinder is engraved with a variety of border patterns around the rear edge & rebated area. Cyl has the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Loading gate has the assembly number “1815” which is also found on the cyl arbor. Wedge, a replacement, is not engraved or gold washed and has the SN “15851”. Accompanied by an orig, burgundy velvet lined, mahogany casing compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a walnut handled cleaning jag/ramrod with cupped end & brass ferrule and an L-shaped nipple wrench. Front of the case is fitted with a mahogany cartridge block with holes for 38 cartridges containing 25 copper cased rimfire cartridges. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were about 2,000 of these revolvers produced 1873-1875. Bbl has the unusual slightly rounded bottom contour vs. the later type with the large loading cutout of the Police Models. PROVENANCE: John Gangel; Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge as noted. Bbl retains 30-40% orig gold plating with the balance showing exposed, dark silver, and gray metal patina; ejector retains about 50% gold wash; frame, trigger guard & back strap retain 75-80% strong gold wash with bright case colors on sides and rear edge of hammer; cyl retains 50-60% thin gold wash on the major diameter, stronger in the rebated area and shows about 90% stagecoach holdup scene. Grips are crisp with great fire. Mechanic are fine, strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. Case has a repaired crack in the lid, otherwise is sound and retains about all of a fine professionally restored finish; interior is lightly faded inside the lid, heavily faded in the bottom with moderate to heavy soil; accessories are fine; ammunition is oxidized. 4-49655 (8,500-12,000) – Lot 2163

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2164

RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER.

SN 6410. Cal .38RF. Blue and color case hardened with 4-1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of frame has tiny engraved “COLTS PATENT” in a pillow shape. Mounted with orig Colt 1-pc ivory grip in its silver-plated brass grip frame. Cylinder is rebated and usual 5 shots with factory conversion, without loading gate in the recoil shield. Hammer nose has factory rimfire conversion secured with 2 rivets. Revolver is very nicely engraved in late vine style with about full coverage on frame which extends over bbl lug and top flats. Backstrap is engraved to match with fine fan pattern at top and sunbursts on each ear. Accompanied by an orig mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for revolver, a 2-pc box of Winchester Stetson’s patent .38 short rimfire cartridges and a lacquered cap tin. Orig engraved examples of this model are very rare. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. All matching except grip which is not numbered and wedge which is numbered “2591”. Bbl retains about 60% thinning orig blue with scattered light surface rust and a few small nicks. Frame retains 60-70% orig case colors, strong in sheltered areas. Hammer retains brilliant case colors on sides. Trigger guard and backstrap retain about 60-70% thinning silver-plate. Cylinder retains strong blue in the rebated area and shows about 80% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Grip is sound showing light wear and retains fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. Case is sound showing light handling and storage marks. Interior is re-lined and lightly faded with light soil. Cartridge box is good and cartridges are heavily oxidized. 4-49639 (10,000-12,000) – Lot 2164

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2165

BELGIAN COPY OF COLT PATERSON REVOLVER.

SN 24. Cal. .32RF. Scarce Belgian copy of a belt model Paterson with 5-1/8″ oct bbl, pinched post front sight, folding trigger & smooth 2-pc homemade walnut grips. Frame & backstrap, along with bbl lug are lightly engraved. Cylinder is quite unusual in that it appears to be a fluted cylinder inserted into steel tube with stop notches on outer diameter. Accompanied by a black velvet-lined homemade walnut case. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: About good. No orig finish remains being an overall blue-gray patina with light pitting on bbl & bbl lug. Cylinder is matching patina. Mechanics are weak and may need adjustment. Grips are crude & poorly finished. Case is fine. 4-49642 (2,000-4,000) – Lot 2165

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2166

FINE ENGRAVED ITALIAN REPRODUCTION 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 1070. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl. Altered brass front sight with coin finished receiver, blued bbl and cylinder, color case hardened rammer & handle and hammer with square back brass trigger guard and backstrap containing a 1-pc walnut grip. Receiver, bbl lug, rammer pivot, backstrap and trigger guard are nicely hand engraved as are the sides of the hammer and hammer spur. Cylinder has an etched Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking with a narrow silver band around the rear edge and two silver bands around the muzzle. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: New and unfired, retaining virtually all of its orig finish. 4-49710 (1,000-2,000) – Lot 2166

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2167

RARE PAIR OF ENGRAVED REMINGTON NO. 1 VEST POCKET DERRINGERS.

SN 426 & 526. Cal. 22 Short. Both pistols are nearly identical with nickel finish, 3-1/4″ bbls and pin front sights. They are mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Both pistols are engraved in crude foliate patterns with diagonal band on each side with clusters of circles in each band. Sides and top of the bbl on #426 are engraved in snake & dot pattern. Sides of bbl on #526 are engraved in a snake pattern which is also found on the top side flats of the frame. Except for the SN’s and engraving these little pistols are completely unmarked, indicating very early production. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: 1) SN 426. Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its orig nickel finish with one small scrape on the buttstrap. Trigger and hammer retain most of their orig blue. Right grip has a small chip otherwise grips are fine with great fire. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with a couple small spots of pitting. 2) SN 526. Retains 93-95% strong orig nickel with some flaking on the front & backstraps and buttstrap. The rear frame screw is battered. Left grip has a small chip, otherwise grips are sound with great fire. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 4-49654 (4,500-7,500) – Lot 2167

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2168

ENGRAVED COLT 2ND MODEL DERRINGER.

SN 7212. Cal. 41 CF. Nickel finish with 2-1/2″ ovoid shaped bbl, with half moon front sight, 2-line address and rear sight in hammer spur. Mounted with bird head pearl grips. Pistol is engraved from the L.D. Nimschke shop with about full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame & back strap with matching patterns on sides of the bbl. Left side of the front strap, under the grip, is stamped “R.F. ENEWOLD”. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, Robert F. Enewold was a dealer out of Reno, NV who stamped the guns he sold in the manner found here. This pistol has been converted from 41 rim fire to 41 center fire by removing the rim fire firing pin and installing a center fire firing pin further down the hammer to strike through another hole which has been drilled into the recoil shield. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Bbl retains about 60% orig nickel and the frame about 30% nickel with the balance cleaned metal patina with fine pitting. Grips are very fine with strong fire & color. Mechanics are fine, strong frosty bore. 4-49698 (1,500-3,000) – Lot 2168

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2169

SPECIAL ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOT.

This lot consists of twelve past Julia auction firearm catalogs, together with their prices realized list. These catalogs serve as a valuable reference source. We regularly sell our past auction catalogs to collectors and dealers alike for that purpose. Please also note: The entire proceeds of this lot (to include the buyer’s premium), shall be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. St. Jude’s is one of the finest hospitals in North America today for the research and care of children afflicted with cancer. We hope that you will consider competing on this lot, we consider it to be an extremely worthwhile cause and we have dedicated ourselves to include similar lots in every single one of our auctions, the proceeds of which will be donated to St. Jude’s. Thank you for your participation. CONDITION: Very Good. 8-87112-1 JDJ (300-400) – Lot 2169

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2170

RARE COLT BELT MODEL NO. 3 PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 32. Cal. 34. Blue finish with 4-3/4″ oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight & 1-line “Patent Arms Mg Co Paterson N-J Colt’s PT” address with bowties at each end. Cyl measures 1-3/16″, with 5 chambers and the Centaur scene roll marking. It has rnd shoulder and tiny rnd stop notches. Hammer is also rare on this pistol, being color case hardened. The grip frame contains a 1-pc walnut straight grip with flat bottom, without flare. Matching SNs were observed on the rear face of the bbl lug, wedge, cyl, cyl spindle, cyl rotating ring, trigger, right sides of the front & backstraps and in the backstrap channel of the grip. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there was a total production of about 800 of these revolvers produced 1838-1840 in various bbl lengths with both straight and flared grips. The production numbers also include the No. 2 Pocket Model. Referenced publication also states that the flared grip is most common. This is one of the more hard to find Paterson revolvers especially one with orig finish. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including wedge, cyl and grip. Bbl retains about 70% orig blue, strong in more sheltered areas lightly to moderately thinned elsewhere. Frame retains about 60% thin orig blue with gray metal showing on the recoil shields. Front and backstraps retain strong blue in sheltered areas with sharp edge wear and thin blue on front & backstraps. Cyl retains about 70% orig blue, thin around the rear shoulder and shows about 98% Centaur scene roll marking. Mechanics are fine. Strong, bright bore with fine frosting. 4-49883 JR150 (50,000-80,000) – Lot 2170

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2171

RARE COLT NO. 5 TEXAS PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 643. Cal. 36. Rare Texas Paterson with 9″ oct bbl, tiny German silver blade front sight and address “Patent Arms. Mfg. Co. Paterson N.J.-Colt’s Pt.” with a snake & star at each end. This is obviously a spurious address. The address should read “M’g” whereas this address reads “Mfg”. Bbl has been sleeved from about 2-3/4″ forward the breech end and has the orig style 11 lands and grooves, nearly straight rifling. Breech end of the bbl has one wide & one narrow silver band with a narrow silver band around the muzzle. Bbl lug has an attached Ehlers type 3-pc lever that has assembly number 157 with matching number on bottom flat of bbl. Wedge is a reproduction. Cyl has 5 chambers with small rnd stop notches and a re-cut stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Cyl has rnd shoulder. Right recoil shield has a capping cutout and there is a wide silver band around the recoil shields. Mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip with flared butt. Matching SNs were observed on rear face of bbl lug, cyl rotating sleeve, cyl plate, cyl, front & rear backstraps and grip. One could speculate endlessly on what may have caused the damage to the orig bbl. It could have been a plugged bore or simply someone may have cut the bbl for use as a pocket pistol. Regardless, the damage is done and it is what it is. According to The Book of Colt Firearms there were about 1,000 of the No. 5 Holster Pistol produced in the period 1838-1840. There were 150 of these pistols sold to the government for the U.S. Navy. The Republic of Texas purchased and additional 180 No. 5 pistols with 9″ bbls for the Naval service, however, as is well recorded, many of them were later issued to the Texas Rangers where they served with great distinction fighting the Comanches. These revolvers are rarely ever found in complete orig configuration with orig finish, having served in the Navy with exposure to salt atmosphere and on the American Frontier fighting Indians under equally harsh circumstances. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Fair to good, all matching as noted above. No orig finish remains being an overall artificially aged brown patina. Cyl is matching patina with a series of dings on the front face and has what appears to be its orig single safety pin. Grip has a chipped right toe, otherwise is sound with a few light nicks & dings and retains a restored finish with hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore. 4-49872 JR151 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 2171

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2172

RARE COLT EHLERS MODEL NO.2 PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 152. Cal. 34. Also known as the 5th Model Ehlers. It has 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and script address that reads “PATENT ARMS PATERSON NJ COLT’S PT.” with a small bow tie at each end. The space between “ARMS” and “PATERSON” in the bbl address is where the “M’G CO” would have been found on a Colt made revolver. This occurred when John Ehlers, a major stockholder in Colt, took over upon Colt’s bankruptcy and finished numerous pistols that were in production at that time. This pistol has a 5-shot cyl that is 1-1/16″ long with traces of the centaur scene roll marking and is mounted with very nicely figured 1-pc flat bottom walnut grip. Matching SNs were observed on the bbl lug, wedge, cyl, cyl plate, hammer, front & back straps and butt strap channel of the grip. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 500 of these small pistols were manufactured by Ehlers, which included both the Ehlers #4, Pocket Model #1 and this model. It is a rare and desirable pistol. CONDITION: About good. No orig finish remains being an overall mottled brown patina with spots of rust on the bbl. Faint traces of cyl scene remain. Grip has a chipped right heel & toe with considerable battering on the bottom edges, otherwise is sound with a dark hand worn patina over traces of orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore, dark with moderate pitting and a ring about 1/2″ from the muzzle. 4-50147 JR113 (30,000-50,000) – Lot 2172

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2173

RARE MARTIAL COLT WALKER PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN C Company #136. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 9″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight & 1-line “ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY” left hand address. Left side of bbl lug has the serial number & right side is marked “US / 1847” that is partially obscured by the wedge screw. Frame has the serial number on the left side and tiny number “136” on the front end between the frame lug pins. Serial number is also found on the trigger guard in very tiny letters & numbers and on the butt strap in larger letters & numbers. Cylinder is also matching numbered in tiny numbers & letters and cylinder retains its one orig safety pin. The brass trigger guard & steel back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with number “136” in the butt strap channel. Left side of front strap, under the grip and inside back strap are also numbered “136”. Left edge of butt strap, under the wood is numbered “44” which number is also found on the left ear of the grip. Bottom of the bbl, under the rammer handle has a number “4”. Face of cylinder also has a number “4”. Wedge is also marked with tiny numbers “136” and has the “3” stamped horizontally. Rammer handle is an orig Walker handle with slot for the retaining spring but has been converted to a horizontal latch, with latch stud in a dovetail about 1″ from the muzzle. It appears that the rammer handle spring dovetail was filled during the period of use to accommodate the conversion. As is well documented from numerous official sources there were 1,000 Martial Colt Walker revolvers produced in 1847 with design cooperation between Samuel Colt & Capt. Samuel H. Walker, for whom these pistols were named. The initial shipment of Walker pistols was to have been 220 pistols numbered “C” Company, Capt. Walker’s own company. These pistols were delivered to the Vera Cruz Ordnance Depot for issue to Company “C”, however it appears that Col. John Hays was the better politician and seized this shipment for his own company. Later Company “C” would receive 280 pistols numbered in the “A” & “B” Company serial series. It is also well documented that Capt. Walker was killed in combat at the battle of Huamantla on Oct. 9, 1847. When the war was over Col. Hays’ Company “C”, upon embarkation for return to the U.S. were ordered to turn in their issued arms. Of the 394 total pistols issued to Company “C” only 191 were turned in. Records indicate that 125 were lost in battle plus the 191 turned in (which were mostly unserviceable) accounts for only 316 of the total 394 that were issued, which indicates that about 78 of them were retained by the Texans when they returned home. The 191 turned in Walker pistols, of which only 82 were recorded as serviceable, were shipped to the Baton Rouge Arsenal. The last shipment of 500 Walker pistols were shipped to Vera Cruz in March 1848, and then returned to the Baton Rouge Arsenal in November 1848, unissued, minus 41 pistols that were stolen. In December 1848 all of the pistols at Baton Rouge Arsenal were shipped to the San Antonio Ordnance Depot where most of them were issued to dragoon companies & infantry regiments fighting Indians. By April 1850 all of the old model Walker pistols had been returned to the San Antonio Ordnance Depot and exchanged for the new 1st Model Dragoon revolvers. These Walker pistols apparently remained in that depot until February 1861 when they were surrendered to the Confederacy. Obviously the Confederate military would have issued them to their fighting units. An inventory of known Walker pistols compiled by Mr. W.F.S. Quick in Jan. 1953, lists “C Company number 136” as being owned by Charles W. Fritz of Norwood, OH. Of the 1,000 Martial Walker’s initially manufactured it is unknown just how many survived today, but of those that are known, very few survive in orig configuration with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: About fine, all matching except rammer handle which is obviously a period of use replacement. No orig finish remains being an overall gray metal patina with what appears to be traces of blue on the frame; trigger guard & front strap are a medium mustard patina; cylinder is matching patina with no remaining cylinder scene or pressure ridge; grip has chipped toes showing heavy wear with a repaired crack on the left side and some battering on the bottom edges. Mechanics are fine; strong bore with bright shine and scattered pitting. 4-49844 JR320 (75,000-150,000) – Lot 2173

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2174

RARE MODEL 1847 WALKER REPLACEMENT “FLUCK” DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 2695.

SN 2695. Cal. 44. Rare Dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York City left hand address. Frame is marked about center on left side “COLTS PATENT” over “U.S.”. Cyl is about 2-3/8″ long, 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and a distinctive pressure ridge. The “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” legends are discernible and rolled scene is 90% discernible though pitting has obscured some detail. The squareback brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. All SNs on all the parts are of the tiniest variety. Several of the visible parts have small inspector initials. The rammer handle has the assembly number “356” and number “121” is found on bottom of bbl just forward of the rammer slot. Cyl is numbered “2695” and the wedge is numbered “695”. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 300 of these rare Dragoons produced to replace Walker revolvers that had failed in one way or another in the service. They were apparently part of a 1,000 piece order and utilized some orig Walker and Walker-reworked parts. Further information in the referenced publication states that a 1998 study “Observation on Colt’s Second Contract, 1998 Detailed Study” theoretically states that there were 1,000 of these revolvers contracted in 1847 and delivered in four shipments in 1848. It also states that this survey is conjecture based on the examination of over a dozen specimens. Regardless this is one of the most rare of all the Colt Dragoons. Most specimens of this particular gun are found in very poor, well used condition. This gun is well above average, retaining strong traces of original finish, and discernible inspector cartouches. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very good to find overall. Bbl and bbl housing retain 10-20% orig blue finish, especially in protected areas. SNs as noted above. Metal overall retains a silver/gray patina; cyl is matching patina and shows about 90% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking with discernible legends as can be seen in photos; trigger guard & backstrap are a light yellow patina. Grips have small chipped toes on bottom inside tips and show honest wear with a dark hand worn patina with both cartouches discernible left side complete and right side over 50%. Mechanics are fine, bright bore with strong discernible rifling. 4-50068 JS40 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2174

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2175

1ST MODEL MARTIAL COLT DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 8033. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line, left hand New York City address. Left side of frame has small “COLT’S PATENT” over “U.S.”. The squareback brass trigger guard & backstrap contain 1-pc walnut grip with inspector cartouches. Cylinder is usual type with oval stop-notches and Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. It has mostly legible panels “U.S. DRAGOONS / COLT’S PATENT” above & below the SN. There were about 7,000 of the 1st Model Dragoons produced in the period 1848-1850 of which only a small percentage were ordered by the government. The balance of the production was made for commercial sales and frequently included many inspected contract overrun parts. This gun is martial, with discernible cartouches and most parts have small inspector letter markings and stocks are correctly oil finished. Regardless these revolvers almost universally saw hard frontier and Civil War service and remained in service well into the 1870s and are rarely found today completely orig with any orig finish. This is a nice example which retains traces of original finish in protected areas, good cylinder scene that presents nicely. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very good overall, all matching except loading arm which is numbered “2409”. The steel parts overall retain a smooth gray/plum metal patina with scattered areas of staining and fine pitting. Bbl retains small traces of finish in protected areas. Cylinder is a matching patina and shows 40% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with both panels very light and only a few letters are legible; trigger guard & backstrap retain a yellow patina. Grips are sound with a few nicks & dings and retain a handworn oil finish with weak but discernible outlines of cartouches on both sides. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with crisp, deep rifling. At least two screws in backstrap and trigger guard are replaced. Other screws appear original. There is an inscribed “Co” on bottom of buttstrap of unknown usage, but appears contemporary to gun’s use. 4-49991 JS43 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2175

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2176

1ST MODEL COLT DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 6709. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line, left hand New York City address with serifs. Left side of frame has small “COLT’S PATENT” over “U.S.”. The squareback brass trigger guard & backstrap contain 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder is usual type with oval stop-notches and Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. It has mostly legible panels “U.S. DRAGOONS / COLT’S PATENT” above & below the SN. There were about 7,000 of the 1st Model Dragoons produced in the period 1848-1850 of which only a small percentage were ordered by the government. The balance of the production was made for commercial sales and frequently included many inspected contract overrun parts. This gun appears to be a martial, though cartouches are totally worn but most parts have small inspector letter markings and stocks appear to be originally oiled, which would have been military issue. Regardless these revolvers almost universally saw hard frontier and Civil War service and remained in service well into the 1870s and are rarely found today completely orig with any orig finish. This is a nice example which retains some original finish especially in protected areas, good cylinder scene that presents nicely. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very good overall, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. The steel parts overall retain a smooth gray metal patina with scattered areas of fine pitting. Bbl and bbl housing retain strong traces of bright blue finish, especially in protected area on bottom of barrel where protected by loading arm. Cylinder is a matching patina and shows 50% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with both panels mostly legible; trigger guard & backstrap retain a yellow patina. Grips are sound with a few nicks & dings and retain a handworn oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with crisp, deep rifling. Four screws in backstrap and trigger guard are replaced. Other screws appear original. Front blade sight has been extended to a full 1″ in length but appears original to its time of use. Loading arm appears original and is correctly numbered, however at the last inch or so is dark and discolored but with no apparent repair. 4-50011 JS42 (9,000-12,000) – Lot 2176

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2177

1ST MODEL COLT DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 3378. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line, left hand New York City address with serifs. Left side of frame has small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. The squareback brass trigger guard & backstrap contain varnished 1-pc walnut grips. Cylinder is usual type with oval stop-notches and Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. It has mostly legible panels “U.S. DRAGOONS / COLT’S PATENT” above & below the SN. Revolver is civilian even though there is a “U.S” on the frame. There are no discernible inspector stamps and there are remnants of original varnish on stocks, which is not seen on martial revolvers. There were about 7,000 of the 1st Model Dragoons produced in the period 1848-1850 of which only a small percentage were ordered by the government. The balance of the production was made for commercial sales and frequently included many inspected contract overrun parts. Regardless these revolvers almost universally saw hard frontier and Civil War service and remained in service well into the 1870s and are rarely found today completely orig with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very good overall. All matching SNs and secondary numbers, including wedge and loading arm. The steel parts overall retain a smooth gray/brown metal patina with fine pitting; cylinder is a matching patina and shows 50-60% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with both panels mostly legible; trigger guard & backstrap retain a medium yellow patina. Grips are sound and well fit with a few scattered dings & dents and remnants of original varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good discernible rifling with minor pitting. 4-49840 JS41 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2177

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2178

MARTIALLY MARKED COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 7061. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line left hand New York City address. Left side of frame has a small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and oval stop notches. It has the “U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” cartouches surrounding the SN. The square back brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip that has the outline of inspector cartouches on each side with small inspector initials on major revolver parts. There were only about 7,000 1st Model Dragoons produced in the period 1848-1850. A few thousand of these revolvers were purchased by the U.S. Government with the majority being civilian & foreign government sales. Mr. Colt, anticipating larger government contracts, had all or nearly all of the Dragoon frames marked “U.S.” and when the contracts did not materialize he simply used these frames on civilian models. These early big bore revolvers were all immediately purchased and placed into service on the western frontier and foreign countries, then continued in service throughout the Civil War and later on the American frontier until supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridge revolvers. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Fair, all matching except grip whose number has been obscured. No orig finish remains, being an overall dark mottled patina with several dings on the bbl and light pitting on the bbl lug, recoil shields & cylinder; cyl shows about 20% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with the cartouches mostly legible; grip frame is a medium brass patina. Grip has a repaired crack on the left side with worn toes and shows heavy overall wear with a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-49999 JR181 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 2178

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2179

COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 3175. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line left hand New York City address. Left side of frame has a small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and rnd stop notches. It has the “U.S. DRAGOONS / COLT’S PATENT” cartouches surrounding the SN. The silver plated square back brass trigger guard & back strap contain a replacement 1-pc oil finish walnut grip with spurious last three digits of matching SN in butt strap channel and the initials “YAN” in the back strap channel. There were only about 7,000 1st Model Dragoons produced in the period 1848-1850. A few thousand of these revolvers were purchased by the U.S. Government with the majority being civilian & foreign government sales. Mr. Colt, anticipating larger government contracts, had all or nearly all of the Dragoon frames marked “U.S.” and when the contracts did not materialize he simply used these frames on civilian models. This being a civilian model, it should have had a varnished walnut grip. These early big bore revolvers were all immediately purchased and placed into service on the western frontier or by foreign governments and continued in service throughout the Civil War and later on the American frontier until supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridge revolvers. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Good, all matching except grip, as noted and wedge, which is a replacement with SN 121. No orig finish remains being an overall smooth, cleaned gray metal patina with a few scattered light spots of surface rust on the bbl lug; cyl is very fine, showing about 60% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with clear, legible cartouches; the sgl safety pin is partially serviceable; grip frame retains silver on the inside, othewise is a smooth medium brass patina. Grip has chipped toes, otherwise is sound with a smooth oil finish. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore with fine pitting; wedge spring is broken. 4-49847 JR180 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 2179

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2180

SCARCE VERY EARLY COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 1346. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line, left hand New York City address. Frame has a small “COLT’S PATENT” over a small “U.S.” centered on the left side. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip similar in shape to the Whitneyville/Hartford Dragoon which used leftover Walker parts. Cyl is usual six chambers with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” cartouches around the SN. The sgl safety pin is missing. SNs on this revolver are tiny Walker style. Rammer has vertical latch with the assembly number “22” which matches the assembly number on bottom of the bbl. Left side of front strap has the assembly number “14” which is also found in the butt strap channel of the grip. This is one of the very first 1st Model Dragoons made whose SNs overlap with the Whitneyville/Hartford Dragoons. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 7,000 1st Model Dragoon revolvers produced in the period 1848-1850. The referenced publication shows that serialization of this model began at about #1341 and that the Whitneyville/Hartford Dragoons ran through about SN 1340. This exact revolver, identified by SN, is pictured on p. 86 of The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, with credit to the Robert Q. Sutherland Collection. These very early Dragoons are very rarely encountered and usually are in near relic condition. This revolver, even though marked with a “U.S.” on the frame was a civilian arm and undoubtedly would have seen service on the American frontier. Every one of the 1st Model Dragoons were sold out to the U.S. Government, private customers or foreign governments. Mr. Colt, anticipating stronger military contracts, simply had the entire production of frames marked with a “U.S.”. The contracts did not materialize and so he simply assembled revolvers utilizing those already produced frames. PROVENANCE: Robert Q. Sutherland Collection; Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge & cyl; rammer & grip are matching assembly numbered. Bbl retains about 90% dull restored blue; rammer retains traces of case colors under a blue finish; frame is a mottled blue/brown patina, possibly artificially aged and has a hairline crack below the trigger screw on the left side; hammer is also blued; cyl, possibly a period of use replacement, has the correct tiny SNs and retains about 98% crisp Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking with a distinctive shallow pressure ridge; trigger guard & back strap retain about 90% strong silver, probably applied at the time of restoration. Grip is sound with a few nicks & dings and retains a restored varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. The hammer spring retaining lug on the front strap under the grip appears to be partially chipped and does not hold the spring securely. 4-49975 JR176 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 2180

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2181

UNUSUAL AND RARE PARTIALLY ENGRAVED COLT CIVILIAN 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER BELIEVED TO BE MADE AS A DISPLAY PIECE.

SN 9923. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, slightly altered German silver front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLT’S PATENT”, about centered on the side. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with “MODEL USMR / COLT’S PATENT” cartouches surrounding the SN. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Most unusually the rammer pivot is engraved on both sides in early donut style and the hammer is engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of hammer nose, foliate arabesque patterns on shank and fish scale patterns on side of spur & top edge. Tip of hammer spur is hand checkered with a scalloped border. All of the screw heads are very nicely engraved with the screw tips checkered. A most unusual configuration and the first ever encountered by this cataloger. It is believed that the gun was prepared this way for exhibition purposes to show that the gun could be a) finished plain, b) partially engraved, c) standard engraved, or d) deluxe engraved. Certainly a most unusual piece. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only about 2,700 of these 2nd Model Dragoon revolvers produced in the period 1850-1851. Sidearms of this era, especially the Dragoons, were in great demand on the American frontier and usually saw hard & continuous service under adverse circumstances with little maintenance. They continued in service throughout the Civil War and well into the 1870s until they were supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridge side arms. With that length & degree of service it is a rarity today to find one with any orig finish or special order features. PROVENANCE: Dr. John & Margaret Pickup Collection. CONDITION: Fine plus, all matching except the wedge which is numbered “046”. Bbl retains 65-70% orig blue, strong over front half, thinning over rear half and flaked on sides of lug; rammer pivot & handle retain strong case colors fading to silver toward the end of the handle; frame has been cleaned to a light gray metal patina; hammer retains dark case colors on left side, faded to silver elsewhere; cyl is a mottled silver/brown patina with one area of fine pin prick pitting and overall retains about 50% Dragoon/Indian fight scene; cyl has a light pressure ridge and all six safety pins are serviceable; trigger guard & backstrap retain most of their strong, orig silver plating with one flaked spot on front strap & some thinning in middle of backstrap and on the heel; screw heads & tips retain most of their orig engraving. Grip is sound, showing light edge wear with a few minor nicks & retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine and moderate pitting. 4-51563 (15,000-20,000) – Lot 2181

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2182

NEW HAMPSHIRE MARKED 2ND MODEL COLT DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 11135. Cal. 44. Fine & rare New Hampshire Dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York City address with brackets. Left side of bbl lug is marked “NEW HAMPSHIRE”. Left side of frame is marked with a tiny “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” panels surrounding the SN. The square back brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in back strap channel. Grip has inspector cartouches “JCB” (Joseph C. Bragg) on the left side and “WAT” (William A. Thornton) on the right side. Various parts also have small inspector initials including bottom left edge and bottom side of grip, back strap, trigger guard, frame, hammer, bbl & rammer pivot. According to Colt Firearms, Wilson, and Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only a very few of these revolvers were produced for the New Hampshire Militia. They are rarely encountered today, only in the most advanced Colt collections especially in high condition. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very fine overall condition, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip; bbl retains 40-50% bright blue finish with remainder turning plum; cyl retains 80-90% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking with clear, legible panels around the SN; cyl has areas of pinprick pitting and has a dull thin blue finish that appears added and not orig to manufacture. Grip frame shows light edge wear and retains a yellow patina. Grip is sound, solid, and well fit showing very light edge wear and retains a hand worn patina with well discerned crisp cartouches. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with some shine & moderate pitting in the grooves. 4-50057 JS46 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2182

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2183

MARTIAL COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 9782. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame has a small “COLT’S PATENT” over “U.S.”. The squareback brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a very nicely figured 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” panels on each side of the SN. Cylinder retains all six serviceable safety pins. The frame is “U.S.” marked and various parts have small inspector initials, the grips both have discernible cartouches noting military purchase. The 2nd Model Dragoon was produced only during 1850-1851 with only about 2,700 manufactured in that period. Of that small number 1,000 were on contract to the government. Colt, anticipating larger orders, produced parts to make the additional 1,700 revolvers, most of which were inspected at the plant but when the contracts from the government did not materialize he simply had them assembled into revolvers and sold them on the commercial market. Regardless of where they were sold these revolvers saw hard frontier service which continued through the Civil War and remained in service well into the 1870s. These rare Dragoons are rarely found today with any orig finish with most having seen very hard use. This is a very nice gun that has seen honest use still retaining traces of blue finish in protected areas. This gun appears all orig, authentic, and complete in every regard. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very good overall, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. All the steel parts retain a gray/brown metal patina with scattered discoloration, staining and fine pitting. Cyl is lighter colored being gray with staining and pin prick pitting in areas; 75-80% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with crisp clear panels is present; grip frame is a medium mustard patina. Grip shows moderate wear with a handworn patina and good discernible cartouches as can be seen in photos. Mechanics are fine, strong crisp bore with a few small spots of pitting. 4-49845 JS45 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2183

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2184

NEW HAMPSHIRE MARKED 2ND MODEL COLT DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 11071. Cal. 44. Scarce New Hampshire Dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York City address with brackets. Left side of bbl lug is marked “NEW HAMPSHIRE”. Left side of frame is marked with a tiny “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” panels surrounding the SN. The square back brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in back strap channel. Grip has inspector cartouches that are very worn and only discernible in outline. Various parts also have small inspector initials including bottom left edge and bottom side of grip, back strap, trigger guard, frame, hammer, bbl & rammer pivot. According to Colt Firearms, Wilson, and Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only a very few of these revolvers were produced for the New Hampshire Militia. They are rarely encountered today, only in the most advanced Colt collections. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very good overall as refinished.  All matching including wedge, cylinder & grip; metal overall is a smooth brown/plum, and frame is gray/silver with mottled texture overall. Cylinder retains 60-80% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking with only partially legible panels around the SN; cylinder has areas of pitting and has a shiny brown refinish that appears added and not orig to manufacture. Grip frame shows light edge wear and retains a yellow patina. Grip is sound, solid, and well fit showing light edge wear and retains a hand worn patina with partially discernible cartouches. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with some shine & moderate pitting in the grooves. 4-49848 JS47 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2184

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2185

COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 10894. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line right hand New York City address. Rammer has vertical latch. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. The square back brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and rectangular stop notches. There were only about 2,700 of these revolvers produced in the period 1850-1851 with most publications giving the serial range generally as 8000 thru 10700. The 2nd Model is the most scarce of all the Dragoons and one of the most difficult to find with high orig finish. As with the 1st Model Dragoons, these revolvers were all sold to either the government or private civilian sales and virtually all saw hard & continuous service from the early 1850s right through the Civil War and later on the American frontier. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. No orig finish remains being an overall cleaned gray metal patina with fine pin prick pitting around the muzzle and on the bbl lug; frame is matching patina, also with fine surface etching; cyl is a little darker patina and shows 60-70% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking with completely legible cartouches surrounding the SN; trigger guard & back strap, which were never silver plated, are a medium mustard patina. Grip shows moderate wear with a few nicks & dings and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-50048 JR177 (5,000-7,000) – Lot 2185

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2186

COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 8221. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line right hand New York City address. Left side of frame has a small “COLT’S PATENT”. The squareback brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with clear “WAT” (William A. Thornton) inspector’s cartouche on the right side. Revolver is a civilian model while the grip is from a military inspected revolver. Back strap channel in the grip appears to have had the numbers removed. Cyl has usual 6-chambers with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” cartouches surrounding the SN. The orig V-shape hammer spring has been replaced by a flat spring. There were only about 2,700 of these revolvers produced in the period 1850-1851 making it the most scarce of all the Dragoons and one of the most difficult to find with orig finish. As with the 1st Model Dragoons these revolvers were all sold to either the government, private civilian sales or foreign governments and virtually all saw hard & continuous service from the early 1850s right through the Civil War and later on the American frontier and in foreign services. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Good, all matching except grip as noted. No orig finish remains, being a cleaned gray artificially aged patina with scattered very fine pitting on the frame & hammer; cyl is matching patina with a small dressed ding and shows 30-40% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking; both cartouches are fully legible; grip frame is a dark brass patina. Grip is sound with an old refinish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-49998 JR179 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 2186

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2187

INSCRIBED COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 8789. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line right hand New York City address. Rammer has vertical latch. Left side of frame has a small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and has rectangular stop notches. The silver plated brass square back trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Butt strap is inscribed in period script “Wm. Drummond”. A quick internet search disclosed a large number of people named William Drummond. Hammer spring is a replacement. The 2nd Model is the most scarce of all the Dragoons and one of the most difficult to find with high orig finish. As with the 1st Model Dragoon these revolvers were all sold to either the government or private civilian sales and virtually all saw hard & continuous service from the early 1850s right through the Civil War and later on the American frontier. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Good, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip except cyl spindle which is numbered “7328”. Overall the steel parts retain a smooth, cleaned, artificially aged patina; cyl is matching patina and shows 40-50% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with mostly legible cartouches around the SN; trigger guard & back strap retain traces of orig silver being most a light mustard patina. Grip is sound showing moderate wear with a dressed chip on the right edge and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-49854 JR178 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2187

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2188

SCARCE MAHOGANY CASED DELUXE ENGRAVED COLT 3RD MODEL HARTFORD-LONDON DRAGOON.

SN 18. Cal. 44. Cased & profusely engraved (one of only six known to be deluxe engraved) Hartford-London Dragoon SN 18 mfg ca. 1853. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight. Hand-engraved barrel address “COLN COLT. LONDON” reading from breech to muzzle (one of five known) and also hand-engraved “COLTS. PATENT.” within an unfurled banner on left side of the profusely engraved frame. It has usual 6-shot cyl with the Dragoon Indian fight scene roll marking and five of its six safety pins mostly serviceable. It has a silver-plated brass back-strap, small rounded silver-plated brass trigger-guard and select burl walnut one-piece grips. Loading lever entering from the right side of the loading lever assembly, no bevel on the cut-out, short trigger (one of nine recorded), vertical loading lever catch and stacked British proof-marks on the barrel. Frame has full coverage, wonderfully executed foliate arabesque patterns on sides with fine shaded background and foliate & floral engraving on recoil shields. Hammer is lightly engraved on sides of spur with dolphin motif on top edge. Bbl lug has full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with British proofs on sides and a nice border around the address on the top flat. There is a scalloped border on the bbl at the transition and around the muzzle. Top of backstrap has a wonderfully executed fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns, a fine border pattern down the backstrap with engraving patterns at top & heel, also on buttstrap & trigger bow. Wedge & rammer are engraved to match. Wedge is unnumbered and rammer handle has the number “37”. Accompanied by a rare orig mahogany English casing with empty brass panel in the lid. It is blue velvet lined and compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a silver plated Sykes Patent bag flask, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold with steel sprue cutter, a Hawksley pewter oil bottle, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, an all metal English cleaning rod and a rosewood screw-lid bits box containing one spare nipple. This exact revolver is pictured on p 148 of “Colt Engraving” by R.L. Wilson, and on p 234 of “The Colt Engraving Book” Vol.1 by R.L. Wilson and p 137 of “Colonel Colt London” by Joseph G. Rosa. Engraved dragoon revolvers are quite rare and cased examples are extremely rare. It has been estimated from collated research, that fewer than 10% of Hartford-London Dragoons were factory engraved and this one, with deluxe engraving, perhaps only 1% of the 700 produced. PROVENANCE: Arnold M. Chernoff Collection. Chester Bonoff Collection. Pete Holder Collection. Damien Scattizi Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge & grip. Bbl retains about 60% orig blue with the loss areas flaked to a medium patina; rammer handle is a gray/brown patina; frame retains dark case colors in sheltered areas being mostly a silver/brown patina; cyl is mostly a silver/brown patina with a large area of light pitting, some dents & dings around the front edge that were dressed out; two of the British proof marks on the cyl appear to have been double struck and overall retains about 25-30% Dragoon/Indian fight scene; trigger guard & backstrap retain 30-40% thin silver plating. Grip is sound, a little undersized for the frame and overall retains a smooth oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Case is sound with numerous handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains 80-85% orig varnish; interior is lightly to moderately faded with moderate soil in the bottom; flask retains most of its fine silver plating with bright blue spring; mold has a few light nicks & dings with fine cavities and a crisp light mustard patina; other accessories are fine. 4-51555 (30,000-40,000) – Lot 2188

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2189

EXTREMELY FINE THIRD MODEL MARTIAL COLT DRAGOON.

SN 11194. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line address. Frame is standard 3-screw type, not cut for shoulder stock with a small “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” on left side. The brass trigger guard and brass backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” panels surrounding the SN. All six safety pins are complete and serviceable. Left side of grip has a crisp cartouche which reads “JCB” (Joseph C. Brigg) and the right side has a crisp cartouche “WAT” (William A. Thornton) and various parts have small inspector initials. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 10,500 3rd Model Dragoons produced from 1851-1861 in both 7-1/2″ and 8″ variations with both 3 and 4-screw frames. They were virtually all issued to front line troops for use in the early Indian Wars and continued in service throughout the Civil War, usually seeing very hard service and are rarely found today with any orig finish. This is a very fine gun that is high finish, orig, authentic and complete in every regard. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very fine – excellent overall, all matching SN’s. Bbl retains 80% plus orig blue finish with the remain reduction being on left side of bbl housing where blue has been cleaned off. Cylinder retains 40% plus orig blue and cylinder scene is almost 100% discernible with bright crisp legends on either side of SN. Frame retains 20% muted case colors with balance turning silver/gray with scattered staining. Backstrap and trigger guard have good yellow patina with scattered small scratches. Several screws still retain orig fire blue. Grips are solid and well fit with “J.C.B” cartouche being crisp and “W.A.T” cartouche being fairly crisp, but typically weakly struck in the upper left quadrant as can be seen in photos. Inside toes of each grip have small chips. Mechanics are excellent and bore is crisp and fairly bright. 4-50075 JS48 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2189

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2190

COLT THIRD MODEL DRAGOON WITH SHOULDER STOCK AND HOLSTER.

SN 16684. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line address. Top flat has a 3-leaf sight in a dovetail on the top flat near the breech end. Frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw and left front has a small “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. The brass trigger guard and steel backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” panels surrounding the SN. Three safety pins are still serviceable. Grips are smooth and appear to have an old oiled military style finish, but no cartouche. Many of these late 4-screw Dragoons were shipped to the South and a little research might show this gun or shoulder stock went South. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 10,500 3rd Model Dragoons produced from 1851-1861 in both 7-1/2″ and 8″ variations with both 3 and 4-screw frames. They were virtually all issued to front line troops for use in the early Indian Wars and continued in service throughout the Civil War, usually seeing very hard service. This gun is accompanied by shoulder stock, SN 16625/26 meaning it was originally issued with that pair of dragoons. The accompanying military style flap holster is typical of holsters made in the South during the Civil War originally having an attached sewn finial for closure which is now missing. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very good overall. All matching including wedge. No orig finish remains being an overall mottled brown patina with scattered pitting. Brass backstrap has mustard colored patina. Cylinder is a lighter patina with a few small spots of pitting and shows traces of Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. Grip is sound and solid overall, with gouged areas from yoke of shoulder stock being attached. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with discernible rifling and moderate pitting. Shoulder stock is very good overall with gray cleaned metal with similar pitting to pistol, stock is sound and solid with typical storage dings and dents. Holster is supple with several holes, sewing is still intact with about a 2″ area loose on flap, belt loop is intact and holster was made without plug. 4-49972 JS52 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2190

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2191

COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH UNUSUAL SERIAL NUMBER.

SN 11111. Cal. 44. Martially marked 3rd Model Dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and left hand New York City address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” over a small “U.S.”. The unplated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip that has the outline of an inspector’s cartouche on each side. Several of the major parts also have small inspector initials. Cyl has usual six chambers with Dragoon/Indian fights scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” cartouche surrounding the SN. All six safety pins are serviceable. The 3rd Model Dragoon was the most prolific of the Dragoons with about 10,500 produced during the period 1851-1861. The 3rd Model Dragoons were generally issued to front line units fighting Indians in the West then continued in service throughout the Civil War. After the war most were sold as surplus to either foreign governments or private citizens where they were continued in use on the American frontier. They are rarely ever found with high orig finish. SN of this revolver is somewhat unusual. There is also a Colt Model 1848 Baby Dragoon revolver with the identical SN being sold as lot 2196 in this auction. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including wedge & cyl, grip number is not visible. Bbl retains traces of blue turning plum in sheltered areas being mostly a blue/gray patina; rammer pivot retains faded case colors; frame retains dark case colors in the most sheltered areas, being mostly a cleaned metal patina; hammer shows mottled dark case colors; cyl is a gray metal patina and shows 50-60% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking with mostly legible cartouches; trigger guard & back strap are a medium to dark brass patina, never having been silver plated. Grip has chipped toes and shows heavy wear with nicks & dings and has a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with a few small spots of pitting. 4-49984 JR175 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2191

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2191a

RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT LONDON THIRD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 129. SN 129. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and engraved address “COL. COLT. LONDON.” Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” engraved in a ribbon. There were only 700 Hartford-London dragoons, very few engraved and even less cased and engraved. This gun was made in 1853. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a burl walnut deluxe 1-pc grip. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and the “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLTS PATENT” legends partially visible. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. Revolver is engraved in English style with about 60-70% coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns & beautiful foliate & floral patterns on the recoil shields. Sides of bbl lug and top three flats are engraved to match with feather & line border patterns around the address. Both sides of bbl lug have braided rope border patterns. The rammer pivot is engraved to match with rosettes around each side of the pivot link screw. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are also engraved to match with line borders. Center of backstrap is hand engraved with a sharp pointed instrument “Capt. Brown” and the front strap engraved in the same hand “U.S.A.”. This style of inscription done with single points from a tool making up letters is not uncommon among maritime inscribed items or other pieces of folk art from the mid-19th century.The use of “U.S.A.” after name with rank most typically refers to regular U.S. Army officer’s. Rammer handle is the early type with vertical latch and is engraved on bottom radius with a running leaf & vine pattern. Accompanied by an orig, blue velvet lined, English oak casing with empty medallion in the lid. Interior is compartmented in bottom for revolver, a bag shaped Barlow copper & brass flask, a scarce brass “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity bullet & ball mold with steel sprue cutter and locator pin in the right arm. Also accompanied by an L-shaped nipple wrench, a lacquered tin for Eley bros. caps, a rnd brass capper with screw lid marked “S. ALLPORT” and a Hawksley pewter oil bottle. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were approx 700 of these Dragoons made from Hartford parts, finished & assembled in Colt’s London factory in the period 1853-1857. It further states that at least 20% of the Hartford English Dragoon production was engraved. It is further states that in 1861 about 200 of these revolvers (many of them engraved) were returned to Hartford for use in the Civil War. This would explain the inscription on the grip frame. Also accompanied by a large black & white photograph showing the bbl address of this revolver with the notation that it is “one of 10 known”. This revolver is pictured on p. 149 of the book Colt Engraving, Wilson and identified by serial number. It is also pictured on p. 61 as plate XXXV of Samuel Colt Presents, Wilson with credit to Harry C. Knode. PROVENANCE: Harry C. Knode Collection; L.C. Jackson; Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered, and wedge which has the number “6819″. Overall the steel parts retain a medium to dark gray metal patina with a few scattered spots of fine pinprick surface rust. Hammer nose & sides of hammer are lightly pitted. Cyl retains 25-30% faint Dragoon/Indian fight scene with the legends partly visible. Trigger guard retains 75-80% orig silver plating and the back strap about 60%. Grip is sound with light handling & use nicks & dings, shows moderate edge wear and retains 50-60% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered spots of pitting. Case has a sliver missing from the lid with a few shrunken loose seams and a couple of grain checks in the bottom and overall retains a cleaned finish. Interior is moderately faded & soiled with a couple of repaired partitions. Flask retains about 75% orig finish. Mold has a few light nicks & dings with a dark mustard patina and bright clean cavities. Cap tin, capper & oil bottle are fine. 4-51556 JS (25,000-50,000) – Lot 2191a

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2192

RARE CASED COLT HARTFORD/LONDON 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 332. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has a small “COLT’S PATENT”. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll markings and five of the six safety pins serviceable. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. The rnd brass trigger guard & back strap contain a deluxe,fancy walnut 1-pc grip. Any number in the grip that might be present is obscured by dark oil staining. The butt strap, at one time appears to have had a stud & swivel which has been removed and the hole welded up. Butt strap channel of the grip has a recess to accommodate the stud. Accompanied by an orig, blue velvet lined, English oak casing with empty brass plaque in the lid. Inside the lid has an orig Colt loading & cleaning directions label. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a Dixon bag flask with graduated spout and a small metal lanyard loop installed in the bottom end. Also accompanying is a “COLTS PATENT” brass 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a square crystal oil bottle with silver top and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps, missing about half its label. Rear edge of the compartment has a slot for a cleaning rod which is missing. Right rear covered compartment is empty. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were only about 700 of these revolvers manufactured in the period 1853-1857 with most of the work being done at Hartford and finished in England. Surviving examples are scarce and cased examples are rare. Many of these revolvers were purchased by British military officers and senior NCOs for use in the Crimean War which ended in 1856. Many of these revolvers saw hard service during this war and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except grip as noted above, which is probably orig to this revolver. Bbl retains thin blue on the lug with the balance gray/brown patina; frame & cyl are a matching patina; cyl shows about 50% thin Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking with partially visible bottom cartouche below the SN; trigger guard & back strap retain a dark brass patina. Grip is sound with moderate to heavy nicks & dings, moderate edge wear and has an old refinish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case has a crack across the lid and a few grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound; missing one of the lid screws with nicks & dings and retains about 75% orig varnish; label inside the lid is yellowed & soiled and is missing small area from left side; lid lining is moderately faded with light soil; bottom is moderately to heavily faded with heavy soil and damage from the front sight; flask is fine with an overall smooth copper & brass patina; mold is fine with a few light nicks & dings on the sides and battering on the bottom; other accessories are fine. 4-50019 JR186 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2192

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2193

COLT THIRD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 14496. Cal 44. Usual configuration with 7 1/2″ octagon to rd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of the frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Cylinder is usual 6 shots with Dragoon / Indian fight scene roll marking. The brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. These Dragoon revolvers were produced from about 1851 to 1861 with a total production of about 10,500 revolvers, of which about 4,330 were purchased on military contracts. The balance of the civilian production were purchased by a variety of individuals for use on the American Frontier and virtually all saw service from earliest production right through the Civil War and afterward returned to service on the American Frontier and in various foreign nations and are rarely found today with any original finish. This is a nice complete, original and authentic example with all matching serial numbers and traces of original finish with a partially discernible cylinder scene. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very good overall, all matching including wedge and grip. Bbl retains small traces of orig blue in well with balance smooth grey/silver with scattered light staining and pitting. Rammer and handle retain similar smooth grey/silver color. Frame and hammer are a mottled silver/grey color with scattered pin-prick pitting. Cylinder has a matching grey metal patina and shows about 40% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with the “MODEL U.S.M.R.” & “COLT’S PATENT” which are only partially legible. Grip frame is a medium yellow patina with traces of silver plating in protected areas. Grip has chipped inside toes, otherwise sound showing moderate to heavy edge wear and a hand worn patina with remnants of a varnished finish. Mechanics are fine. Good bore with crisp, discernible rifling. 4-49932 JS44 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 2193

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2194

RARE MARTIALLY INSPECTED COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON BULLET MOLD.

Fine brass 2-cavity bullet & ball mold with “COLTS PATENT”, bright metal sprue cutter. Right side of mold has the script “WAT” (William A. Thorton) inspector initials. Sprue cutter also has a small “R” inspector initial. Mold has straight legs as pictured on p.120, plate M#14 of Colt Accoutrements 1834-1911, Rapley. Bullet cavity has a heel. CONDITION: Fine. Shows light nicks & dings on sides & bottom with the brass a medium to dark mustard patina. Sprue cutter retains traces of orig bright finish having mostly turned dark. Cavities are crisp, showing very little use. 4-50312 JR321 (3,500-4,500) – Lot 2194

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2195

VERY RARE PAIR OF POMMEL HOLSTERS FOR EARLY DRAGOON REVOLVERS OR POSSIBLY COLT WALKER REVOLVERS.

Outstanding pair of holsters made of heavy black bridle leather with molded bodies 13-5/8″ long including the heavy rnd brass tips. Holsters are attached to a central wide leather band with inner band and keeper tab for attaching to the holster. Holsters have their orig flap covers that are of a lighter Moroccan black leather with yellow leather edge binding. The closure tab for the brass studs are sewn inside each flap. This style of pommel holsters was originated for the earlier flintlock & percussion single shot pistols and was carried forward to the large Walker and Dragoon revolvers. Altogether a beautiful and complete pair of pommel holsters. Possibly one of the better sets to be found today. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Holster bodies are solid and serviceable with lightly crackled surface, retaining most of their orig black finish; covering flaps are still soft & supple with some crackling & retain about 90% orig black finish and most of their yellow finish on the binding; center connecting bands are strong & serviceable. 4-49846 JR187 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2195

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2196

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1848 BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH UNUSUAL SERIAL NUMBER.

SN 11111. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and right hand 2-line New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the silver plated square back brass trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in back strap & butt strap channels. Cyl is usual 5-chambers with oval strop notches and stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Cyl arbor of these early Baby Dragoons had a cupped end to be used as a rammer for loading the cylinders. Accompanied by an orig period of use very well made russet brown leather flap holster marked on the front in India ink “‘Nick’ / Monte Cristo / 1857”. Back of the holster has had a belt loop attached with buckskin lacing during the period of use. There were about 15,000 of these little revolvers produced in the period 1847-1850 in four different bbl lengths, with and without loading levers with two different cyl roll markings. This was Colt’s first pocket revolver after the collapse of the Paterson enterprise and was introduced at a time in American history when any repeating arm was in great demand for use on the American frontier. These little revolvers were immediately purchased and placed into service and remained in service throughout the Civil War and into the 1870s. They usually saw continuous hard service and are rarely found in orig configuration with any orig finish. There is a 3rd Model Dragoon from the same consignor with identical SN being sold elsewhere in this auction. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains traces of blue in the most sheltered areas being mostly a smooth, mottled, silver/brown patina; frame is mostly a matching patina with some fine pitting on the recoil shields; hammer is a mottled silver/brown patina; cyl is a gray metal patina and shows about 60-65% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking with one area of moderate pitting; trigger guard & back strap retain about 70-75% orig silver plating. Grip has a chipped right toe, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about 65-70% orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bore with fine pitting. Holster has a lightly crackled flap and a small area of loose stitching, otherwise is sound and retains most of its orig brown finish. A fine & rare early rig. 4-50015 JR182 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2196

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2197

NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 191675. Cal. 44. Gold & silver finish with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is rebated with usual 6-chambers and Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Five of the six safety pins are serviceable. The brass trigger guard & steel back strap contain an orig ivory 1-pc grip with matching SN inside each grip panel. Grip is constructed in the orig manner with two slabs of ivory attached to two wood spacers creating a 1-pc grip. Revolver is beautifully engraved by L.D. Nimschke with full coverage flowing foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which extend over the bbl lug and each side of the muzzle with dbl border & geometric patterns at the top. Shoulders of the trigger guard are engraved in diamond & dot patterns with matching patterns in the center of the engraving on bbl lug. Top of the back strap is engraved with Mr. Nimschke’s distinctive fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns at the heel and geometric patterns on the butt strap which match those on top of the bbl. Trigger bow is engraved in foliate & floral patterns and all of the engraving has a fine pearled background. This revolver was produced in 1871, near the end of production of this model which had about 200,000 total production. This was a period of great demand for repeating arms for use on the American frontier. Undoubtedly this revolver was for presentation to someone of high position. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including grip, except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Overall retains about all of its strong restored finish showing wear only on the back strap; there are a few small scattered spots of very fine pitting under the finish on the bbl, cyl & frame. Grip is sound showing light wear with a wonderful, mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered very fine pitting. 4-49875 JR184 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 2197

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2198

RARE COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER PURPORTEDLY USED BY CAPTAIN MERRIWEATHER CSA.

SN 1492. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line block letter Hartford address. Left side of frame is marked with a tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with full length flutes on the outside diameter between the chambers with one flute having the patent date marking and another the SN. All six safety pins are prominent and serviceable. The silver plated brass trigger guard & steel back strap contain a varnished 1-pc Army-size walnut grip with matching SN in back strap channel. A note card from Mr. Rholes’ file states that this revolver was used by a Captain Merriweather of the Confederate Army. He states that it was taken as payment by Dr. Bryce Runyon of Clarksville, TN while he was attending to Capt. Merriweather. He continues that there is an article on it by Bryce Merriweather, Jr., in the Colt Collector’s Newsletter. Given that the SN is 1492, it is called “Old Columbus”. There were approx. 4,000 of this variation out of the first 8,000 production run. A large number of these fluted cylinder Models 1860 were shipped to a southern distributor on the eve of the Civil War, very likely this one would have been in those early shipments to the south and therefore is considered a Confederate used revolver. These revolvers almost universally saw continuous hard service throughout the Civil War and later on the American frontier under harsh conditions with limited maintenance. They are rarely found today in orig configuration or with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains a mottled blue/brown patina with stronger blue in the bbl lug gullets; rammer pivot retains strong case colors with the balance a matching patina; frame & hammer retain strong case colors, turned a little dark, more faded on the recoil shields and top edge of hammer; cyl is a matching mottled blue/brown patina with flaked blue in the flutes; trigger guard retains virtually all of its orig silver plating and the back strap 50-60% loose silver. Grip shows light edge wear with a few light nicks and retains 95-97% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered spots of pitting. It appears that this revolver saw long term storage in a holster which caused the blue to flake. Chambers of the cyl are somewhat corroded, apparently from having been left loaded in long term storage. Overall revolver shows very little use. 4-50665 JR105 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2198

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2199
Revised: 2/27/2014

Please Note: This lot is accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver as it is found here, shipped to “P.S. Newton” probably in April 1861, address unknown. The early fluted Armys that letter are scarce!

FINE COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 4762. Cal. 44. This early 1861 manufactured 4-screw fluted army revolver that retains good orig finish and appears much better than most guns in this serial range that generally saw hard Civil War service. Many of these guns were shipped South and possibly more research through Colt records might ascertain where this gun was shipped. SN 4762 matches throughout though wedge and cyl are not serialized. Cyl does retain its safety pins though three of them have been fairly well smashed. Cyl is correctly marked in one flute “PATENTED SEPT. 10 1850″. PROVENANCE: Collection of Charles A. Lamb. CONDITION: Gun is overall very good to fine with good crisp marking including the bbl address, patent markings on frame and cyl and SNs. Bbl retains 10%+ orig bright finish especially in protected areas with balance plum/brown with staining and pitting. Backstrap has strong traces of finish on top where attached to frame and on bottom of butt. Cyl is plum/brown overall with strong traces of blue in protected areas. Frame and hammer exhibit 20-30% muted case colors with balance gray/brown with staining and pitting. Stocks are sound and solid with oiled finish with scattered dings and dents especially in butt where gun apparently was used as tack hammer. 4-51848 JS132 (4,000-7,000) – Lot 2199

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2200

FINE MARTIAL CIVIL WAR COLT ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 53416. Cal. 44. This is a fine example of a 1862 made US Cavalry purchased Colt Army revolver. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York U.S. America address. Frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” on left side and is 3-screw frame variety. Cyl is usual rebated style with 6-chambers and Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. All of the safety pins are serviceable. The brass trigger guard & iron backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Both sides of grip have legible cartouches and several of the metal parts have tiny inspector initials. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms about 127,000 Model 1860 revolvers were purchased by the Federal Government for use in the Civil War. The majority of these revolvers were issued to front line troops and was the most extensively used handgun throughout the Civil War. They mostly saw continuous service throughout the war and later on the American frontier, usually under harsh conditions with limited or no maintenance and are rarely found today with orig finish or with fine visible cartouches. PROVENANCE: Collection of Charles A. Lamb. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall, all matching including cyl and wedge. Bbl retains about 50% orig blue with much of balance plum. Rammer & handle retain strong traces of bright case colors; frame and hammer retain 30-40% orig case colors with balance silver/gray with staining. Cyl retains about 5% of blue finish and shows about 95% Ormsby Naval battle scene; trigger guard is a yellow brass patina, never having been silver plated; backstrap & buttstrap retain about 60% orig blue with the balance plum with light patina. Grip is sound and solid showing minor edge wear, a few nicks & scratches and retains a hand worn patina with well discerned cartouches on either side. Mechanics are fine, well defined crisp bore. 4-51847 JS133 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 2200

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2201

FINE MARTIAL CIVIL WAR COLT ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 88925. Cal. 44. This is a fine example of a mid-war, early 1863 US Cavalry purchased Colt Army revolver. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line U.S. America address. Frame has “COLTS PATENT” stamped on left side and is 3-screw style. Cyl is usual rebated style with 6-chambers and Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. All of the safety pins are serviceable. The brass trigger guard & iron backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Both sides of grip have legible cartouches and several of the metal parts have tiny inspector initials. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms about 127,000 Model 1860 revolvers were purchased by the Federal Government for use in the Civil War. The majority of these revolvers were issued to front line troops and was the most extensively used handgun throughout the Civil War. They mostly saw continuous service throughout the war and later on the American frontier, usually under harsh conditions with limited or no maintenance and are rarely found today with orig finish or with fine visible cartouches. PROVENANCE: Robert H. Haskell, III Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine overall, all matching including cyl and wedge. Bbl retains about 30% orig blue with much of balance plum with scattered staining and pitting. Rammer & handle retain traces of bright case colors; frame and hammer retain 50-60% bright and muted orig case colors with balance gray/brown with pitting. Cyl retains traces of blue finish and shows about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene; trigger guard is a yellow patina, backstrap & buttstrap retain about 20% orig blue with the balance plum with light patina. Grip is sound and dark showing moderate edge wear, several nicks, dings and scratches & retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, well defined crisp bore. 4-50265 JS64 (5,000-8,000) – Lot 2201

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2202

FINE MARTIAL CIVIL WAR COLT ARMY REVOLVER.

SN 127251. Cal. 44. This is a fine example of a mid-war US Cavalry purchased Colt Army revolver. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line U.S. America address. Frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” on left side and is 3-screw style, cut for shoulder stock, with flathead hammer screw. Cyl is usual rebated style with 6-chambers and Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. All of the safety pins are serviceable. The brass trigger guard & iron backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Both sides of grip have legible cartouches and several of the metal parts have tiny inspector initials. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms about 127,000 Model 1860 revolvers were purchased by the Federal Government for use in the Civil War. The majority of these revolvers were issued to front line troops and was the most extensively used handgun throughout the Civil War. They mostly saw continuous service throughout the war and later on the American frontier, usually under harsh conditions with limited or no maintenance and are rarely found today with orig finish or with fine visible cartouches. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall, all matching including cyl and wedge. Bbl retains 10-20% orig blue with much of balance plum with scattered staining and pitting. Rammer & handle retain traces of bright case colors; frame and hammer retain traces of orig case colors with balance gray/brown with pitting. Cyl retains traces of blue finish and shows about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene; trigger guard is a medium mustard patina, never having been silver plated; backstrap & buttstrap retain about 20% orig blue with the balance plum with light patina. Grip is sound showing moderate edge wear, a few nicks & scratches and retains a hand worn patina with about 1″ “cut out” area on right side near frame and small chips on each inside toe and small gap between stock and frame. Mechanics are fine, well defined crisp bore. 4-51559 JS222 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 2202

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2203

EXCEPTIONAL CIVILIAN COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 143707. Cal 44. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rd bbl, German silver front sight and New-York U.S. America address. The 3-screw frame has small “COLTS PATENT” on the left side and the caliber marking is on the left shoulder of trigger guard. All the SN’s are matching and all parts normally serial numbered are numbered. Cylinder is rebated and usual 6 shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking is extremely crisp and 100% discernible. Cylinder retains all 6 crisp safety pins. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a fine, oiled, 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in the backstrap channel. This revolver was produced in 1863 at height of Colt production for the military.Colt expected more military contracts for their Army revolvers and many guns were produced waiting for inspection. There was such a demand for civilian purchase of these “military guns” that some military finish guns were sold privately such as this one. Of those few civilian arms produced, the majority were private purchase for military officers and usually saw equally hard service as their martial brotheren and are rarely found with any strong original finish. After the Civil War these civilian revolvers were usually continued in service on the American Frontier, again serving under continuous harsh circumstances with limited or no maintenance. To find such a firearm today with high original finish is a true, great rarity. This gun is most unusual that it has oiled stocks not varnished like typical military issued, no silver plate on trigger guard like typical civilian issue and most all metal parts have inspector letter stamps like found on military purchased guns. This gun appears all martial without the final inspector’s cartouche. This is a wonderful gun with bright orig blue & case and crisp, near new stocks that would be very difficult to upgrade. PROVENANCE: Robert H. Haskell, III Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge and grip. Bbl retains 95-98% glossy orig blue with a few light scattered scratches. Frame, hammer and loading arm retain most of their bright & muted case colors. Cylinder retains about 95% glossy orig blue with 1 light drag line and minor scratches. Overall cyl shows about all of its rolled Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard has yellow brass patina with minor areas of staining. Backstrap and Buttstrap retain about 95% glossy orig blue with reductions only seen in one area of light wear in center of backstrap as can be seen in photos. Grip is sound and well fit showing little if any wear with crisp sub inspector letter stamped on right butt. Mechanics are crisp with a brilliant shiny bore. 4-50193 JS63 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2203

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2204

CUSTOM ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 17174. Cal. 44. Nickel finish with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard has the caliber marking. Frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. Mounted with exceptional, very deep relief carved, 1-pc pearl grip with a spread-winged American eagle on each side. Revolver is recently engraved with about full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with large rosettes around two of the screws. Matching patterns extend full length of the bbl, back strap, butt strap & trigger bow, all with pearled background. Matching patterns are also on the rebated area of the cylinder. Major diameter of the cyl is engraved, in reverse, with the scene depicting two Indians attacking a stagecoach being pulled by four horses. Accompanied by a black leatherette covered carrying case with buckskin lined bottom recessed for the revolver. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except grip which was not checked for matching numbers. Overall retains about all of its custom bright nickel finish; trigger guard is a light mustard patina. Grip is sound showing great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. Case is fine. 4-50123 JR185 (5,000-10,000) – Lot 2204

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2205

M1860 COLT ARMY WITH DETACHABLE SHOULDER STOCK.

SN 19650. This is a nice example of a Colt Army revolver made in 1861 in four screw pattern for attachable shoulder stock. The accompanying shoulder stock displays nicely with gun. This gun conforms to other 1860 Army revolvers with 8″ rnd bbl, 1-line New York address. This gun is all matching with good markings and patina. CONDITION: Gun overall is gray/brown, all matching, markings all discernible, cylinder still retains 20-30% Ormsby rolled cylinder scene. Gun is functional with very good bore with crisp bright rifling. Stocks are sound and solid with numerous dings, dents and scratches, oiled finish and have a hand worn patina. Stock is in better condition than gun with SN 34126 with residual cartouche on left side near yoke. There is a US cartouche on top of comb which may not be original. Indeed the stock itself appears possibly to be a facsimile. Colt Army appears all original and correct with addition of a reproduction wedge screw. 4-51565 JS158 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2205

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2206

COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 31899. 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 has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Cyl is rebated with usual 6-chambers and Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Five of the six safety pins are prominent & serviceable. Frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. The brass trigger guard & blued steel back strap contain a 1-pc oil finish walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. This revolver was produced early in the Civil War and almost certainly would have been pressed into service for the duration of the war and later on the American frontier either by front line Cavalry troops fighting Indians or sold as surplus and used by ordinary citizens on the frontier. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin. CONDITION: Good, all matching except wedge which is numbered “0667”. Overall retains about all of a professionally restored finish with dark blues and cyanide color case hardening; cyl shows about 50% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Grip shows moderate wear and a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-50018 JR183 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2206

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2206a

MAGNIFICENT NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED & INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH GOLD & SILVER FINISH.

SN 20399. Cal. 36. Exceptional ’61 Navy with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, full 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 “36 CAL”. Cyl, rammer & hammer are gold washed with the remainder of the revolver silver plated. The brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a spectacular checkered 1-pc ivory grip with deep relief carved American eagle & shield on the left side. Revolver and grips are carefully cut, most certainly by L.D. Nimschke, featuring full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame & recoil shields, all with fine pearled background. A scroll on the left side terminates in a flower blossom. Matching engraving patterns extend about half way up each side of the bbl with a flower blossom on each side of bbl lug. Matching engraving patterns are on each side at the muzzle and on top of the bbl. Rammer is engraved with diamond & dot patterns on the pivot and spiral foliate patterns on the handle. Cyl is also fully engraved on the front 2/3, with the appearance that the Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking had been carefully removed to facilitate embellishment. Hammer also received deluxe engraving with a wolf’s head on each side of the nose, foliate arabesque patterns on the shank, fish scale patterns on the top edge and sides of the spur. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard all have full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with a very elaborate fan pattern on the top flat. Front strap is engraved in gothic letters with the inscription “Aloys Seinem Johann.” This exact revolver is illustrated on p 170 of The Book of Colt Engraving . The mate to this gun, with its unique inscription, is on display at the Gene Autry Museum. Accompanied by a copy of an appraisal of this item done by R.L. Wilson describing its history, attributes, and condition. PROVENANCE: Ex. Sutherland Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. Bbl retains about 80-85% orig silver with light freckles of dark patina; rammer pivot retains strong gold wash and the handle about 40% strong gold; frame retains about 50% silver with the balance gray metal; cyl retains traces of gold, being mostly a gray/brown patina; hammer retains gold on the shank and rear edge with the balance brown patina; trigger guard & backstrap retain about 75% orig silver. Grip has a chipped left toe and one age line, shows very light wear and retains a mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. 4-50382 JR527 (100,000-125,000) – Lot 2206a

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2207

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PROTOTYPE OR EXPERIMENTAL PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 28208. 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. The trigger guard & backstrap are steel and are color case hardened and contain an extraordinary, carved, 1-pc walnut grip. Grip is beautifully carved with foliate arabesque patterns at the top & bottom on each side with the center section an intricate basket weave pattern. Back strap channel of the grip is marked with the full matching serial number to this revolver. Frame is most unusual, without “COLTS PATENT” marking on the left side. Cylinder is usual six chambers with the Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking and has all six safety pins prominent & serviceable. Bbl address & cylinder roll marking are very light strikes as is normally found on the ’61 Navy. Accompanied by a one page letter from Colt Historian, researcher and author, R.L. Wilson, where in he verifies most of the above information. Mr. Wilson states that the grip on this revolver is carved similarly to the grip found on a cased Colt pocket navy about which Mr. Wilson had also written a letter attributing the carved grip to Charles J. Helfricht, father of Colt master engraver Cuno A. Helfricht. In the letter accompanying the revolver being sold here he attributes the carved grip to Colt craftsman J. Grosch. Regardless of the attribution these carved grips are extraordinarily rare and only found on equally rare revolvers. Consignor states that this revolver has never previously been offered for sale after it was discovered in a small estate sale in Connecticut several years ago. Consignor further states that when this revolver was purchased from that estate sale it was accompanied by an elaborately engraved Colt Single Action Sheriff’s Model revolver with ebony grip. An additional rare feature on this revolver are the very fine checkered ramrod handle & hammer spur. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including wedge, cylinder & grip. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue, thin on each side, turning a little plum with spots of surface discoloration; left side of bbl lug has three scratches and right side has nicks & dings around the wedge slot; frame & hammer retain bright case colors, slightly more faded on the recoil shields and top edge of hammer; trigger guard retains bright case colors in sheltered areas, moderately faded on the trigger bow and turned gray on the front strap; back strap retains strong case colors at the top and bright colors on the butt strap, lightly to moderately faded in center of back strap; cyl retains about 70-80% thin blue and shows about 90% Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll marking; grip is sound showing light to moderate edge wear with a few light scratches in the finish and overall retains about 95% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore. 4-50310 JR325 (30,000-40,000) – Lot 2207

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2208

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE ONE-OF-A-KIND MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER PROTOTYPE FOR THE 3RD TYPE SHOULDER STOCK.

SN none. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, altered brass pin front sight and 1-line Hartford address, that has a dovetail near the chamber end. Frame & hammer are color case hardened, and the unplated brass trigger guard and back strap contain an unnumbered 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder has usual six chambers with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and has a small “H” inspector initial near the empty SN panel. Revolver is completely unmarked except for the bbl address and the partial SN “8063” on the rammer handle. None of the other parts are numbered and the cyl is without nipples and has never had any installed. The entire bbl & frame are rough finished. The prototype experimental part are the frame & backstrap. Frame has stock yoke cuts in the recoil shields and a threaded hole on each side for the extended stock screws, which are missing. Heel of the backstrap/butt strap has a hand cut dimple for the stock attaching lug. Blue on the bbl is very light with prominent machine marks which matches those on the frame. Hammer screw has been filed flat to accommodate the stock yoke. Trigger guard & backstrap appear to never have been silver plated. Grip is military style oil finish with considerable wear on each side at the top from the stock yoke. Very likely this is the only example of its type and is the prototype for a model that Colt did not produce. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 98% orig thin blue over the rough finish; rammer handle & pivot retain brilliant case colors; frame is also rough finished and shows most of its muted orig case colors; hammer retains dark case colors; cyl retains about 70-75% thin orig blue and shows about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard & backstrap are a dark mustard patina; the grip, as noted, shows damage from the stock yoke with light nicks & scratches and moderate edge wear and retains a hand worn patina with fine, orig dark patina in the stock yoke damaged areas. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting and one large pit. 4-50334 JR334 (40,000-60,000) – Lot 2208

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2208a

DELUXE CASED AND ENGRAVED CIVIL WAR COLT NAVY REVOLVER.

SN 169624. Cal. 36. This gun made at the height of the Civil War in 1863 has a rarely seen Patriotic double panel scene on either side of bbl housing which read “UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL”. The factory ivory stocks have high raised relief American Eagle standing with olive branch and arrows in either talon atop a patriotic American shield with star burst in background. This gun is in wonderful “as found” condition showing honest use where carried during war with no abuse with a unique engraved panel motif and patriotic grips. The accompanying case is English mahogany with plain brass plaque with red lining with accessories. This gun is unique as far as we know in a Colt Civil War factory Engraved Gun that must have belonged to a prominent Union officer. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall, all matching, retaining 20% bright blue on bbl especially in protected areas with balance plum/gray with scattered staining and pitting. Frame is silver/gray overall. Cylinder is plum/silver nicely matching frame and bbl in patina with staining and pitting. The Ormsby Naval battle scene is about 90% discernible. Open scroll and figural engraving fully covers frame, hammer, bbl housing and pivot of loading arm. Trigger bow, buttstrap and top of backstrap also engraved and SN’s are framed with engraving. Ivory grips have aged patina and wear to high spots especially Eagle’s breast and tops of wings. The left rear toe is chipped. Mechanically, gun will not index but that is easily fixed. Bore has well defined crisp rifling. Accompanying case is in average condition. Outside of case has typical scratches & blemishes from handling. Case retains most of its varnished finish. Case contains a Dixon bag flask in fine condition retaining about 85% of its orig varnish. A “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity iron mold with no finish, an L-shaped gun tool retaining about 50% of the finish, a pack of caps, several loose balls and an all metal cleaning rod. 4-51557 JS221 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2208a

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2209

CASED COLT LONDON MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER.

SN 28892. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line London address. Left side of frame has a small “COLT’S PATENT” and left side of bbl and cyl have British proofs. The large guard iron trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by standard English oak casing with rnd brass plate in lid. Case is typical British green felt lined and compartmented in bottom for revolver, a James Dixon navy size bag flask, a “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter marked “36B” plus an L-shaped nipple wrench. Other compartments contain a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps, a rectangular tin oil can and two pewter oilers. Covered right rear compartment contains several loose bullets, key and cleaning rod. This gun, as can be seen in photos, is in beautiful condition brightly blued and case colored and accessories and case are equally fine. PROVENANCE: Collection of Charles A. Lamb. CONDITION: Very fine overall, all matching except wedge which is stamped “372”. Gun was not disassembled to look for any internal or stock markings but gun appears all orig and authentic. This gun retains virtually all of its bright factory finish but there is a dullness to the blue on the bbl and backstrap and a lack of crispness in bbl address that tends to make this cataloger believe this is a possible factory refinish; however since the bore is like new and safety pins are crisp and unused, you will have to be the judge. Bbl retains 98%+ dull blue/black color. Loading assembly especially rammer pivot exhibit bright case colors with handle & rammer a gray/silver patina. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their case colors, though areas muted with areas of erosion and fine pinprick pitting especially on left recoil shield. Cyl exhibits six near perfect safety pins and retains 97-98% glossy blue/black finish with close to 100% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain over 90% blue/black finish worn where expected where hand grips the pistol. Grip is sound and solid with some raised grain with oiled finish. Mechanically gun functions well, with a shiny, crisp bore. Case is sound and solid with usual handling & storage marks and retains most of its varnished finish. Interior is very good to fine overall with good color to green felt and solid partitions. Flask retains 90% of its orig bright red varnish, flask spring is broken and half is missing. Mold, L-shaped gun tool and cleaning rod all exhibit the same blue finish as seen on gun bbl, backstrap and trigger guard. Other accessories are fine. 4-50961 JS131 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2209

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MARTIAL COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY REVOLVER.

SN 10784. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight, unfluted cylinder with Ormsby naval ba