October 14th, 15th & 16th Firearms Auction
Generates Over $18 Million

Auction: October 14th - 16th, 2013

Preview: October 13th, 2013 and October 12th, 2013

Please Note: All prices include the hammer price plus the buyer’s premium, which is paid by the buyer as part of the purchase price. The prices noted here after the auction are considered unofficial and do not become official until after the 46th day.

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2000

COLT MODEL 1855 HALF STOCK SPORTING RIFLE. SN 2849. Cal. 44. This is an attractive deluxe sporter with checkered oiled walnut stock and an unusual bright “sky blue” finish. Other sporting rifles are found with similar features to this gun, including 24″ part oct/rnd bbl, crescent shaped buttplate, 6-shot cylinder and 2-line Colt patent and address on top strap. CONDITION: Gun is very good to fine overall. The bbl is gray/brown with thin plum colored finish. The frame, cylinder and trigger guard have an unusual “sky blue” finish that is 60% intact with balance turning plum. This is not a normal color associated with Colt sporting arms and may have been applied after manufacture, however it was possibly orig as no changes to surface can be detected as when guns are normally refinished. The hammer also has a most unusual surface with body painted or Japanned black. The sides of ear of hammer are however still bright. We have not encountered surfaces quite like this before and gun is indeed 100% orig. Stocks are fine overall, well fit, buttstock is cross hatched and raised grain is still present in areas. Wood used in buttstock has a more attractive color than the typical straight grain normally seen on Colt rifles of this era. Stocks are oil finished and have a few dings, dents and scratches. Wooden ramrod with brass tips is very good. 4-48392 JS44 (7,500-12,500)

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2001

MODEL 1855 COLT REVOLVING SHOTGUN. SN 51. Cal. 10 ga. This rare gun, made about 1860, conforms to other known revolving shotguns with 5-shot cylinder 27″ bbl, semi-oct breech, rnd bbl, varnished walnut stock and standard address “COL. COLT HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.” on top strap. Patent marked on left side of frame and in flute of cylinder. “75 CAL” stamped on left side of trigger guard. This is a beautiful gun, retaining much of its orig finish. CONDITION: Bbl retains 20-30% bright blue with larger areas of finish turning plum. Frame retains about 50% of its bright blue finish with areas of pitting, especially under hammer. Cylinder retains strong traces of bright blue finish in each of its flutes and trigger guard retains traces of bright blue in protected areas. Markings are all crisp and bright. Stock retains about 60% of its orig varnish with small storage dings and dents. Mechanically gun functions quite well. The ramrod consists of a rarely seen gutta-percha tube with threaded rod inside. There is a 1/2″ chip off end of gutta-percha tube. 4-48627 JS43 (8,000-12,000)

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2002

BRITISH COLT REVOLVING CARBINE. SN 10079. Cal. 56. This is a very fine example of the standard 21″ bbl revolving carbine with sling swivel. British carbines are typically found in the serial range 10000-12000, according to Flayderman’s guide, and this gun falls at the beginning of this range with matching SNs of 10079. This gun is in wonderful condition, retaining most of its orig blue finish with a bright near mint bore. This conforms to other specimens with address on top strap “COL.COLT HARTFORD CT U.S.A.” CONDITION: This gun retains 95%+ blue finish on bbl and frame with some areas of thinning; scattered small scrapes and scuffs. Rifling in bore is shiny and well defined. Blue on cyl and buttplate is 80%+ but much thinner than on other surfaces. Hammer retains about 50% of its case colors, though muted, with balance a silver gray with brown staining. Stock is fine and well fit, still with areas of raised grain with scattered small dings and dents and there is a 1-1/4″ sliver missing at right toe where stock meets frame tang. Mechanically gun functions well. 4-48623 JS42 (12,500-17,500)

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2003

COLT MODEL 1855 MILITARY RIFLE. SN 2146. Cal. 56. 31-3/16″ oct to rnd bbl three leaf flip up rear sight top flute of receiver is marked “COL. COLT HARTFORD CT. USA”. 5 shot fluted cylinder, one of which is marked “PATENTED SEPT. 10TH, 1850”. Left side of receiver behind recoil shield is marked “COLTS PATENT/NOVEMBER 24, 1857”. Mounted with walnut stock, steel buttplate with trap door. Gun is iron mounted complete with sling swivels and small brass nosecap. Gun was not disassembled to check for matching serial numbers, however, external numbers visible all matched, and gun appears all orig. This was a popular Civil War era rifle purchased by U.S. Government, and by private contract such as this gun with no government inspector’s marks. CONDITION: Fine overall. Bbl retains no orig blue but most of bbl is plum with small areas of pin-prick pitting and light nicks and scratches. Bbl bands show some orig blue turning plum with scattered nicks and scratches. Frame, cylinder, and hammer show tiny traces of orig blue overall being brown/gray with scattered dings and scratches. Mechanics are strong and functional. Bore exhibits very crisp distinct rifling. Buttstock and forestock are sound with a few minor nicks and dings. 4-48626 JS41 (7,000-9,000)

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2004

BREVETTE COPY OF COLT MODEL 1855 REVOLVING SHOTGUN. Cal. 65. This is a most interesting gun which has engraved bbl, frame, trigger guard and hammer, and nickel plated cylinder. Two bbl bands are friction and screw fit over a straight 17″ apparently walnut stock with pewter nosecap. The buttstock is over sized, apparently made from a wide grain wood not normally seen on American guns. Buttstock is pistol gripped and is much wider than the frame, about 1-3/4″ at its thickest with the frame just less than 1″. Bbl shows more wear than rest of gun and engraving appears Mediterranean. Proof marks on bbl are 2 square cartouches with only partially discernible markings. Engraving on frame and trigger guard are definitely in a different hand and a different “flavor” than remainder of gun. A dog pointing to a bird is engraved on bottom of trigger bow and the same dog is seen on top of frame tang. No idea as to origin of this gun, but it appears all orig and well made. CONDITION: 26-3/8″ smooth bore bbl is part oct, changing to rnd with 3 rings as interface. Bbl is overall brown with staining and pitting. Frame is brown with traces of blue finish, is engraved with various floral and geometric designs and 1-3/4″ panel of dog. German silver trigger guard is engraved with dog and bird. Hammer is florally engraved with traces of blue finish. Cylinder is nickel plated and retains 95% of its nickel with areas of bubbling, rust and pitting. Stocks are sound and solid with a 1-1/4″ German silver star inset into bottom of pistol grip with a central brass stud. Mechanically gun functions well. 4-48624 JS45 (4,000-5,000)

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2005

VERY SCARCE COLT LARGE FRAME LIGHTNING PUMP ACTION SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 1975. Cal. 45-85-285. Standard grade carbine with 22″ standard weight bbl, full magazine, dovetail barleycorn front sight & reverse mounted carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has the Rampant Colt roll marking & a staple, ring is missing. Trigger guard is without manual safety, relying only on the hammer safety notch. Bbl & receiver have British proofs. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock that has straight grip & carbine buttplate. Forearm is checkered walnut with double schnable. Accompanied by one orig Winchester 45-85 cartridge. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only 6,496 of this scarce model was produced in the period 1887 to 1894, making it the most rare of all the lightning firearms. This model was produced in both rifles & carbines, deluxe & standard configurations in a large variety of calibers, up to & including 50-95. Carbines are much more scarce, especially standard weight carbines due to their 9 lb. weight. The baby carbine apparently was more popular, weighing only 8 lb. The lightning rifle & carbine were produced by Colt as competition for Winchester, Marlin & other lever action rifles but were never readily accepted by the buying public & so production was stopped. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-96% strong orig blue with a small ding on the magazine tube & correspondingly on the bbl. Receiver retains about 80-85% orig blue, lightly to moderately thinned with a few light scratches & nicks, turning plum on the trigger guard. Tangs are a plum/gray patina. Buttplate retains about 85% bright blue with wear on the heel and toe. Buttstock is missing a couple of tiny slivers by the top tang, has a 2-3 bruises & several nicks & scratches and retains a hand-worn orig oil finish. Forearm shows moderate diamond point wear, has a scratch on the left side & retains most of its orig oil finish. Hammer spring is broken, otherwise mechanics are fine. Brilliant, shiny bore. Cartridge is fine. 4-48691 JR264 (5,000-8,000)

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2006

COLT MEDIUM FRAME LIGHTNING PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 44396. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Standard grade rifle with 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight & Colt semi-buckhorn rear sight. Left side of the receiver is marked with the Rampant Colt roll marking, the bolt has a mortised dust cover. It is without manual safety, relying only on the safety notch of the hammer. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut buttstock that has straight grip & crescent buttplate. 2-pc forearm has double schnable with standard checkering patterns. This was Colt’s other attempt to compete with Winchester in the rifle market after they had reached accommodation with Winchester to stop production of their Burgess lever action rifle. While moderately successful the pump action rifle was never fully accepted by the buying public & only about 90,000 medium frame rifles were produced in the period 1884-1902. Very few are found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 95% orig blue that is turning plum colored over the top & has some scattered rust freckles. Magazine tube is in nearly identical condition with a spot of heavier pitting just forward of the slide handle. Receiver retains about 90% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn to a dark patina mixed with freckles of rust. Wood is sound & retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are fine. Brilliant, shiny bore. Would make an outstanding Cowboy Action shooter. 4-49258 JR262 (3,000-5,000)

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2007

FINE COLT MEDIUM FRAME LIGHTNING PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 69732. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine, ivory blade, Rocky Mountain style front sight and orig Colt semi-buckhorn rear sight. Left side of receiver has the rampant Colt roll marking and it is without manual safety, relying on the safety notch of the hammer. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered, slab-sawed American walnut buttstock with straight grip & crescent buttplate. Forearm is checkered with dbl schnables. The medium frame Lightning was the highest production of Colt’s pump actin rifles and also the model which saw the most and continuous service. Rarely are they found with high orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine. No disassembly was affected to check for matching parts. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with only muzzle end wear, a couple of dings on magazine tube, which is turning a little plum color on outer radius; receiver retains 95-96% slightly thinned glossy orig blue with light sharp edge wear; hammer retains about all of its bright case colors. Stock is missing a tiny sliver on each side of top tang and has a few very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig oil finish, turned dark around the wrist; forearm shows light edge wear and a few chipped diamonds and overall retains about all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with slight frosting in the grooves. 4-49661 JR315 (3,500-5,500)

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2008

EXTREMELY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT NEW LINE SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER. SN 528. Cal 41 RF. Nickel finish with 2 1/4″ rd bbl, half moon front sight with 2-line address that has a Maltese cross at each end. Left side of the frame below the cylinder opening has the caliber marking. The bird head grip frame is mounted with 2-pc smooth ivory grips that are matching numbered to this revolver. Revolver is spectacularly engraved in very fine foliate arabesque patterns on the frame and beautiful leaf and vine patterns on the front of the frame and bbl. Bottom front of the frame and right side, below the cylinder opening are engraved in diamond patterns. All the engraving has an extremely fine pearled background. Cylinder is engraved to match with a very fine dimpled oval border around the rear edge with line engraving around the cylinder stops and flutes. Screws, hammer and trigger are all blued. Accompanied by a beautiful, nickeled brass bound rosewood casing with empty rectangular plaque in the lid. It is purple velvet lined and French fitted in the bottom for the revolver and has a cartridge block in the rear edge containing 11 orig rounds of ammunition and a covered compartment in the left front corner containing 3 more rounds of ammunition. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson there were about 7,000 of these revolvers produced in the period 1874-1879. Another New Line revolver with nearly identical engraving, certainly by the same hand is pictured on page 302 of the referenced publication. Very few of these little revolvers were so elaborately engraved and of those, extremely few were cased with surviving examples nearly unknown. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grips. Overall retains virtually all of it’s crisp orig nickel finish with bright blue on the screws and faded blue on the trigger and hammer. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with fine pitting. Case has a crack across the lid and a grain check in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light handling and storage nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Top metal corners of the case show moderate nickel wear. Interior is lightly faded. Altogether a wonderful and near unique New Line revolver. 4-47789 JR49 (15,000-25,000)

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2009

VERY RARE COLT MODEL 1872-1873 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER FROM THE FAMOUS U.S. CARTRIDGE COMPANY COLLECTION. SN 2729. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight, 1-line New-York U.S. America address and fixed rear sight at the breech end of the bbl. Right side of bbl lug is mounted with an ejector housing that has flat bull’s eye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 2-line paten dates. The blued steel trigger guard & backstrap contain a nicely figured, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Bottom right edge of grip is stamped “JK”. Cylinder is unfluted & unnumbered with the Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll marking. Hammer has had the firing pin attached to the left side of the nose with 2 rivets. Top of the backstrap is hand stamped “U.S.C. Co.” which stands for the U.S. Cartridge Company. Very likely this revolver was either furnished by or purchased from Colt for cartridge testing. Fortunately for today’s collector, if it was fired, it shows no evidence at all. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 7000 of these scarce revolvers produced in the period 1872-1873. The vast majority of these revolvers saw hard service on the American frontier but were shortly made obsolete with the advent of Colt’s Model 1873 Single Action Army Revolver which had a solid frame and used heavier center fire cartridges. The majority of these revolvers, once replaced, found their way into Mexico and South America where the Henry cartridge was still popular and in extensive use. Those specimens that have returned from Mexico and South America are usually found to be in near relic condition with a large percentage of them having had their bbls cut. Extremely few are ever found with high orig finish and an unfired specimen such as this one is practically unknown. PROVENANCE: U.S. Cartridge Company CONDITION: Extremely fine. Wedge is unnumbered, cylinder arbor is numbered 1527 and the cylinder is without number. Bbl retains 60%-70% orig blue, having flaked to a medium patina. Frame and hammer retain virtually all of their bright, orig case colors. Firing pin retains about all of its bright fire blue. Cylinder retains most of its bright orig blue showing wear on the front and rear edges and some fine flaking & shows about 99% Ormsby Naval Battle Scene. Chambers retain strong orig blue as do the front & rear faces of cylinder indicating that it has never been fired. Trigger guard & backstrap retain nearly all of their bright orig blue mixed with fine flaking. Grip has a chipped left toe, otherwise is sound with a few nicks and shows moderate edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-49406 JR301 (30,000-45,000)

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2010
Revised: 10/2/2013

Caliber is 44 RF Henry not 41 RF Henry.

RARE COLT OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 3215. Cal 41 RF Henry. Blue finish with 7 1/2″ rd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Rear sight is integral with top rear of bbl. Right side of the bbl lug has an attached ejector with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Cylinder is unfluted and straight sighted with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and rectangular stop notches without approaches. Left side of the frame has the 2-line 1871 and 1872 patent dates. The blued steel trigger guard and backstrap contain a smooth 1-pc walnut grip. Firing pin is attached to the hammer nose on the left side and secured with 2 rivets. Loading gate is in the right recoil shield with exposed spring. These revolvers were Colt’s first truly successful attempt at a large bore cartridge revolver which were readily accepted by the American buying public and were immediately placed into service on the American Frontier. There were only about 7,000 of them produced in the 1871-1872 period and were supplanted by Colt’s Single Action Army revolver. A very large number of these revolvers found their way to Mexico and other South and Central American countries where they remained in service many years along side the Henry and Winchester Model 1866 rifles and carbines. Large numbers of these revolvers had their bbls reduced during their period of service outside of the US and nearly always are found in a poor state of repair. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge and grip which are properly unnumbered. Traces of orig finish remain on the bbl lug and frame with stronger amounts of blue on the trigger guard and backstrap. The cylinder and balance of the metal is a smooth, even plum brown patina. Grip has slightly chipped toes and shows heavy wear with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with heavy pitting. 4-48910 JR45 (7,000-12,000)

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2011

FINE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY RICHARDS CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 5659. Cal. 44 Colt. Nickel finish with 8″ bbl, slightly reduced front sight and 1-line address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. Mounted with beautiful, orig, 1-pc ivory grip made from two slabs of ivory attached to two wood spacers in the orig manner to make a solid 1-pc grip. Inside right ivory is marked with matching SN. Rebated 6-shot cyl has the Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 9,000 of these predecessors to the venerable Model 1873 Single Action Army were produced in the period 1873-1878. They became very popular on the American frontier and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge & grip which are unnumbered and cyl spindle which is numbered “1178”; overall retains 96-98% strong nickel finish with muzzle edge wear and some candy striping on the frame; cyl retains about all of its strong orig nickel and shows 97-98% Ormsby Naval battle scene; grip is sound with a few age lines on bottom edges and overall retains a wonderful, mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-49300 JR407 (15,000-20,000)

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2012

RARE, VERY EARLY AINSWORTH INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH EXPOSED SERIAL NUMBER ON THE BARREL. SN 386. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script address that has broken “O” in “Co” and broken “A” in “HARTFORD” with a broken tail in “C” in “CT”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 2-patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Mounted with replacement 1-pc walnut grip that is marked “1 B” and “84” with a large “NY” (1st Battalion, rack #84). Bottom right of grip has “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector initials and no visible cartouches. This indicates that this revolver was one of the 800 Cavalry revolvers recalled and refurbished by Colt in 1895 for issue to the New York State Militia. The toe of the buttstrap was radiused during the rebuild as the revolver in this serial range originally had sharp toes which the troops in the field did not like because they were uncomfortable to shoot and wore their holsters very quickly. Hammer is later type with short checkered panel on the spur and has the concave firing pin and is fire-blued, as is found on a number of New York State Militia issued revolvers. Various parts including bbl, cyl, trigger guard & backstrap are stamped with a tiny “A”, the inspector initial of Orville W. Ainsworth. This revolver is one of the very few with exposed bbl SN. According to Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, this revolver is documented and listed by SN as having been issued to Company B, 1st U.S. Cavalry. The 1st U.S. Cavalry is one of the most famous and decorated Cavalry Units to ever take the field prior to and during the Indian wars. They were formed in 1833 in Missouri, fought in the Mexican War and were assigned to California in 1856 where they had continuing skirmishes with local Indians. They fought throughout the Civil War both in the East & in New Mexico & Arizona. They returned to California in January 1866 and participated in a number of fights with the Indians throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Washington & Wyoming with 18 officers, NCO’s & troopers earning the Medal of Honor. In 1877 they participated in the Nez Perce War, 1878 the Bannock War in Idaho and in 1881 fought the Apaches in Arizona and even chased them into Sonora, Mexico. In 1884 they were assigned to the Dept. of Dakota and were stationed at Fort Custer and from 1886-1918 at Fort Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming. They continued fighting the Indians until all hostiles had been subdued. Undoubtedly right up until the time that this revolver was recalled in 1893, it was in use from its issue until recall, fighting hostile Indians. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except grip, as noted. Bbl retains about 60% refurbished blue showing light wear with the balance flaked; ejector housing retains bright blue in gullets and has a blue/gray patina on outer radius; frame retains traces of case colors being mostly faded to silver; cyl retains dark blue in the flutes, being a gray patina on outer diameter; hammer retains most of its fire blue on sides with the top & rear edges blue/brown patina; trigger guard & backstrap retain strong blue in sheltered areas with the front & back straps blue/gray patina. Both sides of frame and shoulders of trigger guard have vice marks. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and retains much of its orig oil finish with handworn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered small spots of pitting. 4-48804 JR361 (12,500-17,500)

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2013

SCARCE AINSWORTH INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH NUMBERED EJECTOR HOUSING. SN 3504. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script address with serifs at each end. Left side of frame has 2-line, 2-patent dates and “U.S.”. Mounted with what is probably a field replacement 1-pc walnut grip that has the SN “3604” in the backstrap channel and a tiny “L.D.” on right side. These initials apparently are those of sub-inspector Lewis Draper who worked only a short period of time in 1876, which indicates that since this revolver was manufactured in 1874, the grip could not have been replaced any earlier than 1876. The SN in backstrap channel is in pencil instead of India ink indicating that it was added later. Various parts, including bbl, trigger guard, cylinder & backstrap have the tiny inspector initial “A” (Orville W. Ainsworth). Base pin is correct type with dimpled ends and the ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and has the extremely rare feature of matching SN in the left gullet at the frame. Page 270 of A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore, as of that writing (1976), lists only ten such numbered ejector housings, now eleven, including this one. Obviously there may be others. Cylinder is of the earliest type with small stop notches and tiny approaches. Buttstrap appears to have had the toe beveled slightly. It is well documented that the vast majority of these early Cavalry Colts were issued to front-line units and saw continuous hard us on the frontier. They are rarely found with high orig finish and the majority of them were recalled in the 1890s and early 20th century where they were converted to artillery configuration. That this revolver remains in full Cavalry configuration attests to the theory that it was probably re-issued to a militia unit where it remained until sold as surplus. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains about 60% strong orig blue with the majority of the losses on left side that appears to be from long term storage in a holster and is now a medium brown patina; frame retains case colors in sheltered areas being mostly a dark gray patina; hammer retains very bright case colors on sides & rear edge with top edge turned dark; cylinder retains bright blue in the flutes, somewhat dull on outer diameter and showing wear on the front & rear edges; trigger guard & backstrap retain strong, bright blue in sheltered areas with candy striping mixed with blue on front & back straps; ejector housing retains about 92-93% strong orig blue. Grip has chipped toes, otherwise is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and shows a handworn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-48808 JR363 (20,000-30,000)

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2014

RARE CUSTER RANGE INDIAN SCOUT OR OFFICER’S SPECIAL COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 6226. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line script letter address with serifs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Mounted with orig 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in back strap channel. Left side of grip has the partial outline of a cartouche which would have been “OWA” (Orville W. Ainsworth) and there are small “A” inspector initials on various parts. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. While it is well known that the Ordnance Dept. did not order Colt revolvers nickel finished, it is equally well known that Springfield Arsenal did custom order nickel finish for certain Cavalry officers. It is also known that in order to discourage theft among his troops Lt. Col. Custer, during the Civil War, ordered companies to distinctively mark their firearms. Later, when he had been assigned to the 7th Cavalry at Fort Abraham Lincoln, he ordered his Indian scouts’ revolvers to be nickel plated. This work was probably done by the Adams Plating Company. In the instance of this revolver the hammer & trigger are nickel finish which indicates that they were not plated at the factory because the Colt factory finished triggers blue with blued screws and color case hardened hammers while the after-market plating did not follow those guidelines. This revolver is from Lot 6 which accounts for a large number of known 7th Cavalry revolvers and all the above lends strong probability that this may have been one of the revolvers issued to Custer’s 7th Cavalry Indian scouts. Accompanied by a 2-page letter from renowned Colt historian & author, John Kopec, wherein he details much of the above information. Regardless of the possible 7th Cavalry/Little Big Horn connection, this revolver almost positively was issued to one of the fighting cavalry regiments in the west engaged in the Indian Wars. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 50% dull orig nickel mixed with medium to dark patina and shows heavy wear on the left edge of the muzzle; frame retains 60-70% strong orig nickel mixed with dark patina; trigger guard retains nickel on the bow with the balance a medium to dark patina; back strap retains about 60% orig nickel mixed with dark patina; cyl is a gray/brown patina showing moderate to heavy wear; ejector housing retains 30-40% nickel finish. Grip has chipped toes and shows heavy wear with a fine hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with sharp rifling & scattered pitting. 4-48620 JR63 (9,000-15,000)

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2015

SCARCE CASEY INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 16623. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script letter address with serifs. Left side of the frame has 2-line patent dates and “U.S.”. Mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip which has last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Left side of the grip has partially legible “APC” (A.P. Casey) inspector cartouche. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s-eye ejector rod head and base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Bottom right edge of the grip, bottom of the bbl, trigger guard, back strap & cyl are marked with a small “C” (also for A.P. Casey). The “C”s on bottom of bbl & cyl are of a different size font which, according to A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore, this disparity in letter size is correct in that it is believed Mr. Casey simply used two different sized stamps. Butt strap is hand-scratched with the initials “JHN”. This revolver was produced in 1875 at the height of the Indian Wars and almost certainly would have been issued to a front line cavalry unit and would have seen service on the American frontier. That it escaped the recalls of the 1890s and early 1900s attests to the theory that it was either lost in battle, stolen or assigned to a militia unit. It is known that there are several revolvers in this series which were assigned to the 7th Cavalry as replacement revolvers after the Battle of the Little Big Horn. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 75% strong orig blue with holster wear on the left side and thinning over the top; frame retains bright case colors in the front gullets and left side, more faded on the right side and top strap; recoil shields also retain bright case colors, turned silver on the loading gate; hammer retains strong, bright case colors, turned silver on top edge; trigger guard & back strap retain blue in sheltered areas, strong on the trigger plate, faded to a blue/gray patina on the front & back straps and butt strap; cyl retains strong blue in the flutes, flaked to a medium patina on the outer diameter; chambers of the cyl and bore retain strong orig blue. Grip is sound showing moderate edge wear and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore, shows very little use. 4-48241 (20,000-25,000)

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2016

SCARCE CASEY INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 16432. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script letter address with serifs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates, the top line of which is extremely faint from a light strike. It also has a small “U.S.”. Ejector rod housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Left side of grip has a legible “APC” (A.P. Casey) sub-inspector’s cartouche. Several of the revolver parts have a small “C” inspector initial. Mr. Casey’s inspection period ran from Dec. 1874 thru March 1875 and encompassed a rather small contract making Casey-inspected Colts substantially scarce. In most instances Casey-inspected single actions were issued to fighting cavalry regiments including the 2nd, 5th and 10th, in the American west fighting Indians, all of which were up and down the northern plains, Rocky Mountains and Southern plains from Montana to Texas. The 2nd Cavalry fought at the Battle of the Rosebud which immediately preceded Custer’s fiasco at the Little Big Horn. Few Casey inspected Cavalry Colts survive today in any condition. To find one completely orig with high orig finish is truly a great rarity. A majority of these revolvers were recalled in the 1890s and early 20th century and were altered to artillery configuration usually with mixed parts and bbls shortened to 5-1/2″. Apparently at one time an owner removed the orig 1-pc grip and replaced it with 2-pc grips as there is a grip locator pin hole in the front strap, now missing. Equally apparent the past owner retained the orig grip and eventually returned it to the revolver. According to our consignor, this is the earliest serial numbered Casey inspected Colt SSA, with #16433 being listed in John Kopec’s book as the earliest in his survey in Colt Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including bbl, cylinder & grip. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with visible feathers on each side of the front sight; ejector housing retains about 90% strong orig blue with some flaking on outer radius; frame retains about 70% bright case colors with some fading on the sides; hammer retains faded case colors; cylinder retains 96-97% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear and some minor nicks & flaking; grip frame retains about 90% strong orig blue with some candy striping on the front & back straps and trigger guard. Grip has chipped toes and a chipped left heel with some nicks & dings in the edges and retains a fine hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few small scattered spots of pitting. 4-49006 JR65 (25,000-45,000)

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2017

SCARCE 1875 ISSUE CASEY-INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 18819. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script address. Left side of the frame has 2-line, 2-patent dates and a tiny “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has mostly obscured last four digits of a SN in the back strap channel which appears to be “8819”. Right side of the grip is hand-stamped “1ST B / 19 NY”. This indicates that this was probably the 19th revolver of the 1st Battery New York Militia. Page 43 of Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, lists known revolvers from this series issued to the New York Militia, which lists this revolver by SN. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s-eye ejector rod head and the base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Bottom of the bbl, under the ejector housing, is marked with the complete SN. Cyl is without a SN which is common to find on New York Militia revolvers which occurred when they were refinished. Tiny “C” (A.P. Casey) sub-inspector initials are found on the trigger guard, top of the back strap and bottom of the bbl. Bbl mark is nearly obliterated. Bottom right edge of the grip is marked “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector initials. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains 65-70% strong orig blue with chemical spotting on the left side and shows orig feathers on each side of the front sight; bbl address was thinned during the refinish process; frame retains bright case colors in sheltered areas, moderately faded elsewhere, turning silver on the high points of the recoil shield & loading gate; trigger guard retains strong blue with the front strap & trigger bow thinning to a blue/gray patina; back strap is mostly a blue/gray patina; cyl retains about 80% bright restored blue. Grip has a couple of large dings and overall retains about 60-70% refinished varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-48240 (13,500-15,000)

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2018

SCARCE COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 54373. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. It is mounted with 1-piece walnut grip with matching serial number in backstrap channel. Left side of the grip has the faint outline of a cartouche and what appears to be the date 1880. The inspector initials “DFC” (David F. Clark) appear on various parts including both bottom edges of the grip, frame, bbl, and cylinder. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter identifying this revolver, as found, delivered to U.S. Government inspector at the Colt plant on March 20, 1880 in a shipment of 300 guns. Under remarks section the letter also indicates that this revolver was returned to the factory for refurbishing and was again delivered to the U.S Government inspector on October 23, 1895. When this revolver was initially produced it undoubtedly was issued to an active line Cavalry unit for use in the Indian wars. The fact that it was refurbished in 1895 speaks to that premise of hard military use and then that it escaped the recalls of the 1890’s and early 20th century indicates that it was again in use or possibly residing in a Militia armory. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including cylinder and grip. Bbl retains about 90% glossy factory blue with a series of light scratches and nicks with some minor flaking. Ejector housing retains about 85% glossy factory blue with light flaking. Frame retains virtually all of its factory case colors, fading on the top strap and recoil shields, brilliant on the sides. Hammer retains faded case colors. Cylinder is a plum blue brown patina with strong blue in the flutes. Trigger guard and backstrap retain bright factory blue with some minor thinning. Grip has chipped toes and overall shows moderate edge wear with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-48679 JR66 (17,500-27,500)

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2019

NEW YORK MILITIA CAVALRY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 54860. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Frame & trigger guard are numbered “54860” with matching last four digits on bottom of bbl under ejector housing. Cyl has the last four digits “5048” on the outer diameter. Buttstrap has the number “132349” and 1-pc walnut grip has last four digits of SN “2349” in backstrap channel which matches the backstrap. Ejector housing is second type with bullseye ejector rod head. Grip is stamped on both sides with a “2” at the top and “6 BATTERY” in the center. Frame, bbl, cyl & right bottom edge of grip are marked with the sub-inspector initial “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr). Buttstrap and front end of ejector housing are stamped with the inspector initial “K”. According to Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, it is not unusual to find New York Militia revolvers with field mixed numbers and field replaced grips without cartouches. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 96-97% glossy orig blue with strong feathers on both sides of the front sight and ejector housing stud; ejector housing retains 90-92% strong orig blue with wear confined to the outer radius; frame retains virtually all of its brilliant orig case colors showing light wear on the recoil shield & loading gate with light to moderate fading on top strap; hammer also retains strong bright colors on the sides & rear edge, faded on top edge; cyl retains 88-90% strong orig blue with a medium drag line and a couple areas of wear; chambers & bore retain strong orig blue; front strap & trigger guard retain most of their strong orig blue; backstrap retains blue in sheltered areas being mostly a blue/brown patina. Grip has chipped toes and shows moderate to heavy wear with a few dings on left side and retains a handworn patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows very little if any use. 4-48786 JR356 (8,000-12,000)

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2020

NETTLETON INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 48198. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/” bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and large “US”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Left side of grip has the “JEG” (Capt. John E. Greer) inspector cartouche under the date “1878” and right side of grip has the “HN” (Henry Nettleton) sub-inspector cartouche. “HN” initials are also found on various parts including bottom right edge of the grip, bottom of bbl, frame, trigger guard, back strap & hammer. Cyl has the last four digits of the SN “1432” and sub-inspector initials “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr). Ejector housing is second type with bull’s-eye ejector rod head and base pin is a later replacement without dimpled ends. The book Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, lists another Cavalry revolver, SN 48200, only two numbers from this one, as being unique with an “X” instead of the “HN” initials on the frame. It also has a mismatched cylinder. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue with some flaking on the right side of the muzzle and light thinning on the left side; both sides of the front sight and ejector housing stud retain orig feathers; frame retains brilliant case colors in the front gullets and front sides with strong, bright case colors on the top strap and recoil shields with loading gate a silver patina; sides of the frame are lightly cleaned; cyl retains strong blue in the flutes, flaked & worn to a blue/brown patina on the outer diameter; trigger guard & back strap retain strong orig blue. Grip is sound showing light to moderate edge wear, with a few nicks & dings and retains most of its orig oil finish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-48242 (18,000-22,000)

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2021

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 119034. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, reattached full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and large “U.S”. Mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Left side of the grip is marked with the “JGB” (Capt. John G. Butler) cartouche under the date “1887”. Right side of the grip bears the “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector cartouche. Bottom left edge of grip, bottom of bbl, bottom of the frame & cyl also have the “DFC” sub-inspector initials. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. In addition to the reattached front sight, both sides of the bbl have peened & dressed tool marks which areas have been artificially aged. This revolver was part of the 11th Contract which was signed Nov. 4, 1886 and completed in Feb. & March 1887. This revolver falls just before the listed serial range for the John G. Butler series as listed in Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, which lists the contract as being in the #119047 through #121238 range. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 75-80% glossy orig blue with the restoration as noted above; frame retains about 65-70% orig case colors, brilliant in the front gullets, moderately faded elsewhere and turning silver; hammer retains about 80% orig case colors; cyl retains most of an old restored finish with strong dark blue in the flutes, faded on the outer diameter to a blue/brown patina; trigger guard & back strap retain strong blue in sheltered areas, turning a little plummy on the front & back straps. Grip has a couple of chips in the edges, shows moderate edge wear with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its strong orig finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-48239 (20,000-25,000)

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2022

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 119442. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color cased hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly dinged front sight and block letter 1-line address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and “U.S”. Ejector housing is 3rd type with half-moon ejector rod head. Mounted with the correct 1-pc walnut grip whose SN in backstrap channel is obscured. Left side of grip has the legible cartouche “JGB” (Capt. John G. Butler) under the date 1887 and the right side has the outline of the “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector cartouche. This revolver originated in the 11th contract signed Nov 4, 1886 for 2,000 revolvers, which was completed by March 24, 1887. Capt. Butler was the only inspector whose cartouche is without a border, the reason for which is unknown. The “DFC” inspector initials are also found on left bottom edge of grip, frame, bottom of bbl and cyl. Revolvers of this series were generally issued to the cavalry regiments stationed on the American Frontier and generally saw hard and continuous service during the Indian Wars, and afterwards, and are rarely found with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grip, as noted. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with strong feathers on both sides of front sight and both sides of ejector housing stud; ejector housing retains strong orig blue in gullets, moderately thinned on outer radius; frame and hammer retain strong case colors, moderately faded on the left recoil shield and front sides of frame; loading gate is a gray metal patina; cyl retains about 90% thin blue, stronger in the flutes; trigger guard and backstrap retain strong blue in sheltered areas with a gray frontstrap and center of the backstrap; bottom of grip shows numerous nicks and dings with no corresponding damage on buttstrap, indicating that this may be a period of use orig equipment replacement; grip has a slightly chipped left heel, otherwise is sound, showing a heavy hand worn patina; mechanics are crisp; bright shiny bore. 4-47539 (15,000-20,000)

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2023

FINE 1880s COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 71052. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and very light 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip whose number in the backstrap channel is obscured with staining. Left side of grip has the date “1881” over the oval inspector cartouche “CCM” (Lt. Charles C. Morrison). Right side has the very faint oval sub-inspector cartouche of “DFC” (David F. Clark) whose initials also appear on bottom right edge of grip, bottom of bbl, bottom of frame & cylinder. Ejector housing is third type with first type bull’s eye ejector rod head and has the “K” inspector initials on the tip. Trigger guard has the mystery “G” inspector initial. Base pin is a late replacement without dimpled ends. This revolver appears to be one of the 800 or so Cavalry revolvers recalled in 1893, refurbished and re-issued to a militia unit. Accompanied by a 1-1/2 page letter from renowned researcher, historian & Colt authority, John Kopec, wherein he speculates that this revolver may have been issued to a Michigan militia and therefore escaped the alteration to artillery configuration. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & ejector housing retain 95-96% glossy orig blue with very light muzzle edge wear and a few small scattered spots of flaking; bbl shows strong feathers on both sides of front sight and ejector housing stud; frame retains strong case colors in sheltered areas, heavily faded on left side with light case colors on right side; hammer retains brilliant case colors on sides & rear edge, faded to silver on top edge; cylinder retains 80-85% thinning blue on outer diameter with strong blue in the flutes; trigger guard retains strong orig blue with candy striping; backstrap retains strong blue with light wear & flaking. Grip has a bruise on right side, otherwise is sound with a few light nicks and retains a handworn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore, has been fired but very little. 4-48799 JR362 (10,000-15,000)

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2024

FINE LATE COLT CAVALRY MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 132836. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “US”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Left side of grip has a mostly legible “SEB” (Capt. Stanhope E. Blunt) inspector cartouche under the date “1890” and the right side a fully legible “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector cartouche. The frame, bbl, cyl & left bottom edge of grip are also marked with the “RAC” sub-inspector initials. Trigger guard, backstrap & end of ejector housing have the “K” inspector initials. Screws & trigger are fire blued. All visible SNs are matching with last four digits of matching SN on bottom of bbl & cyl. This revolver was in the last contracts of governmental orders which were usually issued to state militias which allowed them to escape the recalls of the 1890s and early 20th century where large numbers of Cavalry revolvers were converted to artillery configuration by having their bbls reduced to 5-1/2″ and usually with mixed parts. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including cyl & grip. Bbl retains virtually all of its crisp glossy blue with only faint sharp edge wear on left side and a small scratch on left side; both sides of hammer & ejector housing stud show strong feathers; ejector housing has a couple of small nicks on outer radius and shows very light sharp edge wear; frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere, thin on the recoil shield; hammer retains brilliant case colors turned a little dark on top edge; trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their bright orig blue with a few small nicks on backstrap; cyl retains about 90% crisp orig blue with scrape lines around outer diameter and shows strong blue in the chambers and bore of the bbl. Grip has a tiny chip on left toe and a couple of dings on each side, shows light to moderate wear and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be completely unfired. 4-48765 JR334 (30,000-40,000)

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2025

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 33060. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line, 2-patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that is stamped on left side “A / 250” which is Batallion A of the New York Militia and rack #250, and has matching SN in backstrap channel. Buttstrap is fitted with a swivel as found on a number of New York Militia revolvers. Frame has the sub-inspector initials “J.T.C.” (John T. Cleveland) which are also found on bottom of bbl & cylinder. Grip is marked on bottom right edge “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) whose inspector mark was applied during the Colt restoration in 1895. During the restoration process two additional matching numbers were added to the bbl SN and cyl number. It also appears that the middle “0” on the cylinder is stamped over another number. This revolver is listed by SN on p. 49 of Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, as having been issued to the New York Militia. CONDITION: About fine, all matching including grip. Bbl retains about 70% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas, thin and turning to a plummy blue patina elsewhere; frame retains about 60% faded case colors, a little stronger in sheltered areas; hammer retains 60-70% fire blue; cyl retains 50-60% thin blue; trigger guard & backstrap retain strong blue in sheltered areas, blue/brown patina elsewhere. Grip has a chipped right toe and shows moderate to heavy wear and retains a hand worn patina. Hammer is not solid in half-cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-48788 JR345 (7,000-10,000)

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2026

LATE NEW YORK MILITIA COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 140060. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has the 2-line, 3-patent dates and a small “U.S”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. It shows a legible “SEB” (Capt. Stanhope E. Blunt) inspector cartouche below the date “1891” on left side. Right side of grip has the legible “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector cartouche. Right side of grip also has stamped crossed signal flags with a “2” above and “NY” below which surmounts the number “25”. This indicates that this revolver was assigned to 2nd Signal Brigade, New York Militia and was revolver rack #25. Buttstrap is hand-stamped “2 / SC / 25”, having the same significance. Bottom of the frame by the SN, bottom of bbl, cyl and bottom left edge of grip all have the “RAC” sub-inspector initials. Trigger guard, buttstrap and front end of ejector housing are marked with the “K” inspector initial. This revolver was part of the last contract for Cavalry revolvers. Only because they were in the New York Militia Armory at the time did they escape the recalls of the 1890s and early 20th century where large numbers of Cavalry revolvers were converted to artillery configuration by having their bbls reduced to 5-1/2″, usually with mixed parts. All visible numbers are matching with last four digits of matching SN on bottom of bbl & cyl. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including grip. Bbl & ejector housing retain 60-70% orig blue with the loss areas a medium patina, silver blue on outer radius of ejector housing with fine pitting on right side of muzzle; frame retains faded case colors in sheltered areas being mostly faded to smoky case colors and silver/brown patina; hammer retains faded case colors on sides & rear edge, turned silver on top; cyl retains thin blue in the flutes being a medium brown patina on outer diameter; trigger guard & backstrap retain blue in sheltered areas with front & backstraps a blue/gray patina. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy wear with all cartouches and date thin but legible. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some light frosting in the grooves. 4-48809 JR365 (7,000-12,000)

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2027

RARE HENRY NETTLETON INSPECTED, “U.S.I.D.” MARKED NICKEL PLATED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 49391. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and “US”. Left front web of trigger guard has the civilian caliber marking. Ejector housing is second type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Left side of grip has the outline of an oval cartouche as does the right side, neither of which are legible. Buttstrap is stamped in block letters “U.S.I.D.”, which stands for U.S. Interior Department which was the governmental department in charge of Indian affairs, including the Indian Police. All visible SNs are matching and the bbl & cyl have the last four digits of matching SN. Frame, trigger guard, backstrap, bbl & cyl are all stamped “H.N.” (Henry Nettleton), sub-inspector. Page 250 of A Study of The Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore, disclosed that as of that writing there has only ever been one Single Action revolver reported with this buttstrap stamping. Over the years various theories & speculations have surfaced regarding Indian Scout/Indian Police issued nickel plated sidearms. Some of these theories are based on photographs of Indian Scouts and Police holding what appear to be nickel plated Single Actions. It is known that Gen. Custer, in order to distinguish individual units’ arms, had them specifically marked and that he is believed to have issued his Scouts nickel plated Single Action revolvers. It is further known that individual Army officers could purchase nickel plated revolvers through the National Armory as there are several recorded letters & invoices for such revolvers. It should be noted that the screws & trigger are fire-blued and the hammer is color case hardened which is typical of those revolvers nickel plated by the Colt factory whereas those revolvers known to have been plated at the National Armory or by a private firm had nickeled screws & hammers. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45, bbl length, finish & type of stocks not listed, sold to & delivered to U.S. Government on Aug. 12, 1878 in a shipment of 150 guns. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Overall retains most of a strong, bright nickel with some extremely fine freckling on the frame; cyl retains most of its nickel with some very fine flaking in two or three of the flutes; trigger guard & backstrap retain dull nickel mixed with polished metal; hammer retains strong case colors on right side with traces elsewhere, faded to silver on top. Grip is sound showing heavy edge wear and a dark & worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-48759 JR337 (10,000-15,000)

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2028

SCARCE NICKEL PLATED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 12661. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script address with serifs at each end. Frame has 2-line, 2-patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Various parts including bbl, cyl, trigger guard & backstrap have the small “A” (Orville W. Ainsworth) sub-inspector initial. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and base pin is correct style with dimpled ends. Cyl has the early style stop notches with very short approaches and buttstrap has a sharp toe. Buttstrap also has a lanyard swivel. Mounted with 1-pc ivory grip that is constructed of two slabs of ivory attached to two wooden spacers with orig Colt style. All visible numbers are matching with the bottom of the bbl & cyl having last four digits of matching SN. These nickeled revolvers are considered “buybacks” with this revolver being part of a large shipment made to the Commonwealth of Virginia who almost immediately sold them to private dealers in New York, one being Hermann Boker who apparently took these new revolvers, had them nickel finished with civilian style grips added and sold them on the open market. Page 21 of Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, lists this revolver, by SN, as being one of the nickeled buyback Cavalry Single Actions. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. Overall retains most of its strong nickel finish with slight muzzle edge losses, some light pimpling on right side of frame and worn or cleaned to bare metal on about half of the backstrap; cyl retains traces of orig nickel, being mostly a cleaned gray metal patina with some fine pitting in cloth patterns. Grip is sound with a few natural age lines and retains a golden ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-48762 JR328 (8,000-12,000)

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2029

SCARCE COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 13416. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script letter address with serifs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Left side of the grip has the faint outline of the orig “OWA” (Orville W. Ainsworth) inspector cartouche. Most of the parts are also stamped with a tiny “A” by Mr. Ainsworth. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and base pin is first type with dimpled ends. This revolver was part of about 2,000 similar revolvers issued to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1874. Virginia, at that time, being in dire need of funds, sold all 2,000+ revolvers to a major New York distributor, Herman Boker & Co., who had a large number of them nickel plated and resold them on the commercial market. Accompanied by a 2-page letter from renowned historian & author, John Kopec, wherein he relates most of the above information. This revolver is listed by SN on p. 161 of the book Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers, A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, as one of the known Ainsworth nickel plated revolvers. CONDITION: Good, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 30-40% nickel, mostly under & around ejector housing with balance cleaned to a gray metal patina with scattered fine pitting; frame retains about 30% orig nickel, mostly on right side with balance cleaned to a gray metal patina; trigger guard retains about 50% nickel with front strap & trigger bow gray metal patina; back strap & butt strap retain about 80% strong nickel with a few light scratches; cyl retains 40-50% orig nickel, strong in the flutes and mixed with gray metal patina on outer diameter; ejector housing retains about 75% nickel. Grip has a chipped left toe, shows heavy wear and retains a hand worn patina. Half-cock notch is broken, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-47863 JR64 (8,000-12,000)

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2030

RARE CLEVELAND INSPECTED NICKELED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 35556. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Mounted with a 1-pc ivory grip consisting of two slabs of ivory attached to two wooden spacer blocks as originally produced by Colt. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Frame, bbl & cyl all have the “J.T.C.” (John T. Cleveland) sub-inspector initials. All visible SNs are matching and the bbl & cyl have last four digits of matching SN. According to A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore, p. 249 identifies this revolver and another by SN as one of two known nickeled Cleveland inspected U.S. revolvers and states “It is believed that these two revolvers were special ordered for officer’s personal use. In a later publication Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers…A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, on p. 49 identify eight nickeled revolvers of the Cleveland series, by SN, but do not include this one, with the notation that they may be buyback revolvers with one listed as “condemned” and another an “overrun”. It is known that Springfield Armory did accept orders from officers in the field for revolvers with nickel plating. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 45 with bbl length, finish & type of stocks not listed, sold to the U.S. Government and delivered at the Colt factory Feb. 13, 1877 in a 203-gun shipment. The date of delivery of this revolver certainly coincides with prime Indian War issues and it seems unlikely that the government, once a firearm had been received would have released it to the public instead of being issuing it to a trooper in the field. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. Overall retains most of its strong nickel finish with slight wear losses around the muzzle, some light flaking on the bbl, backstrap & buttstrap and a little heavier flaking on the cyl; hammer retains 40-50% milky nickel and the screw heads dark blue. Grip is sound with numerous small age lines and some rust staining around the back & buttstrap slots, corresponding to light rust spotting on the sides of the backstrap & buttstrap; grip is slightly shrunken. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with some very fine orange peel type pitting. 4-48754 JR336 (8,000-12,000)

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2031

LATE NEW YORK MILITIA COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 136974. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has the 2-line, 3-patent dates and a small “U.S”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has a legible “SEB” (Capt. Stanhope E. Blunt) inspector cartouche below the date “1891”. Right side of grip has the partially legible “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector cartouche. Right side of grip also has stamped crossed signal flags with a “2” above and “NY” below which surmounts the number “35”. This indicates that this revolver was assigned to 2nd Signal Brigade, New York Militia and was revolver rack #35. Buttstrap is hand-stamped “2 / SC / 35”, having the same significance. Bottom of the frame by the SN, bottom of bbl, cyl and bottom left edge of grip all have the “RAC” sub-inspector initials. Trigger guard, buttstrap and front end of ejector housing are marked with the “K” inspector initial. This revolver was part of the last contract for Cavalry revolvers. Only because they were in the New York Militia Armory at the time did they escape the recalls of the 1890s and early 20th century where large numbers of Cavalry revolvers were converted to artillery configuration by having their bbls reduced to 5-1/2″, usually with mixed parts. All visible numbers are matching with last four digits of matching SN on bottom of bbl & cyl. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 90-92% strong orig blue with some mottling around the muzzle and thinning on left side; orig feathers are lightly visible on both sides of front sight and ejector housing stud; ejector housing retains bright blue in the gullets with the outer radius a mostly blue/brown patina; frame retains faded case colors in sheltered areas being mostly a light brown patina; cyl retains faded blue in the flutes with the outer diameter a light blue/brown patina with a few scattered spots of pitting; trigger guard & backstrap retain blue in sheltered areas with the front & backstraps blue/gray patina. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy wear with all legends visible and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with fine frosty pitting. 4-48761 JR329 (8,000-12,000)

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2032

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 17579. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with bbl slightly reduced to 7-3/8″, full front sight and 1-line script letter address with serifs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S”. Mounted with a 1-pc, period of use replacement walnut grip. Bottom of the bbl, trigger guard, back strap & cyl are all marked with a tiny “J” (believed to be W.W. Johnson) sub-inspector initials. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Grip is without inspector cartouches or initials and if there was a SN in the back strap channel it is obscured by oil staining. Regardless, grip appears to be a period of use replacement that fits nearly perfectly. This revolver was produced in 1875, at the height of the Indian Wars and almost certainly would have seen service with a front line cavalry unit on the American frontier. The fact that it escaped the recalls of the 1890s and early 1900s attests to the theory that it may have been lost in battle, stolen or possibly assigned to a militia unit. During those recalls most cavalry revolvers were reworked to artillery configuration with 5-1/2″ bbls. This revolver is listed, by SN, on p. 43 of Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers…A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, in a group of known revolvers with “J” sub-inspector initials. Several other revolvers from this series are known to have been 7th Cavalry replacement revolvers after the Battle at Little Big Horn. CONDITION: Very good, all matching, except grip as noted. Traces of orig finish remain in the most sheltered areas being mostly a clean gray metal patina with some fine pitting near the muzzle on the right side; hammer retains strong case colors. Grip is sound showing heavy wear and a hand worn patina. Mechanics are solid, strong bright bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-48238 (9,500-11,500)

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2033

AINSWORTH INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 4096. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script address with serifs at each end. Left side of frame has small 2-line, 2-patents and “U.S.” Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel and a partially visible cartouche on left side. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Various parts including bbl, cyl, backstrap and bottom left edge of the grip are also stamped with the small “A”, the initial of inspector Orville W. Ainsworth. This revolver was part of 1,000 revolvers of Lot 4 which were shipped Jan. 31, 1874 to the 2nd Cavalry stationed in Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West and east into Kansas with outposts scattered throughout the region. They were very active in fighting the Indians including the Battle of Powder River in March 1876 and the Battle of the Rosebud in June 17, 1876, just preceding the Custer Battle of Little Big Horn. They were part of the campaign with Gen. Crook who was scheduled to link up with Custer to present an overwhelming force to convince the Indians that it would be in their best interest to return to the reservation. Instead, as history shows, Custer struck out on his own with the 7th Cavalry and was overwhelmed on June 25 & 26. The column under Gen. Crook, after the Battle of the Rosebud had retreated to regroup without being able to communicate with Custer. Later when word came to them of Custer’s massacre they advanced to the Little Big Horn and buried the dead and collected discarded & damaged weapons. The 2nd Cavalry had acquitted itself very well at the Rosebud, forcing the attacking Indians to scatter & retreat. The regiment continued to serve in the West throughout the Indian Wars and were involved in numerous fights & skirmishes well into the 1880s and later. CONDITION: Good, all matching including grip. Overall retains traces of orig finish with bright blue under the ejector housing, having been cleaned, now with a gray/brown patina; hammer retains strong case colors on the sides and rear edge; cyl is matching patina as is the grip frame. Grip has chipped toes with some battering on bottom edges, shows heavy wear and retains an old restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-48795 JR352 (6,000-10,000)

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2034

FINE COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 2713. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 2-patent dates and “U.S.” Mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip with no SN in back strap channel. Neither trigger guard nor butt strap are serial numbered although the trigger guard has a “K” inspector initial. Left bottom edge of the grip is marked with the “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector initials which are also found on bottom of bbl, under the base pin and rear face of cylinder. Ejector housing is third type with half moon ejector rod head. According to Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers, A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, the frame of this revolver was shipped from the Springfield Armory on Jan. 15, 1874 in a 1,000-gun shipment to San Antonio, TX to arm the 4th Regiment of Cavalry. The 4th Regiment was engaged in fighting Indians in the Southwest in Texas, New Mexico & Arizona and were a famous & storied fighting unit. They were assigned to Texas in 1865 and although active throughout the region only fought a few skirmishes. That all changed in 1870 when the Comanches and Utes became very active. Later in 1874 under Col. McKenzie the 4th fought several times with the Comanche finally reducing their territory substantially. They continued fighting in Texas and eventually were assigned to Arizona where they pursued and captured Geronimo. They are also famous for their raid into Northern Mexico. Undoubtedly the frame on this revolver saw action in many of these battles. It was only in the 1890s and early 20th century that the Cavalry revolvers were recalled and altered to artillery configuration as found here. This revolver has a commercial bbl, cyl, trigger guard & back strap that remained unnumbered during the rebuild. This work was probably carried out at Springfield Armory. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains about 98% crisp arsenal restored finish with only light muzzle edge wear and some minor thinning on bbl & cylinder; trigger guard has one small spot of pitting on left rear edge of the shoulder, otherwise it and the back strap retain most of their fine arsenal blue; cyl retains about 95% glossy blue with sharp edge wear and a light drag line; frame & hammer retain most of their case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, fading elsewhere; both sides of the bbl boss show light peening, apparently an attempt to tighten the bbl in the frame; screws & trigger retain most of their bright blue. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and retains most of its strong oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired since rebuild. 4-48752 JR324 (6,000-10,000)

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2035

COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 35012. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly thinned front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits “2360” or possibly “2368” in backstrap channel. Frame is marked with the “J.T.C.” (John T. Cleveland) sub-inspector initials and is numbered “35012”. Buttstrap is not inspected and has SN “54475”. Cyl is Ainsworth inspected and has last four digits “0370” on the outer diameter. Bbl is numbered “4297” and is “DFC” (David F. Clark) inspected. The most interesting part is the trigger guard which is Ainsworth inspected and has the full SN “4863”. This trigger guard was from Lot 5 which was for 1,000 Cavalry revolvers in the serial range 4500-5504, from which 755 revolvers were issued to the 7th Cavalry under Lt. Col. Custer in the second quarter of 1874. The other 250 or so revolvers were issued to the 1st Cavalry, another historic fighting Cavalry regiment. Odds are very that this trigger guard was on a revolver that fought at the Little Big Horn. CONDITION: Fine, mixed numbers as noted. Bbl retains about 85-88% glossy Colt blue with feathers on both sides of front sight and upper side of the ejector housing stud; frame retains strong case colors in the most sheltered areas with smoky case colors and silvery patina elsewhere; hammer retains smoky case colors turned silver on top & back edges; cyl retains strong blue in the flutes at about 60% thin orig blue on outer diameter; trigger guard & backstrap retain traces of blue, being mostly a silver/gray patina; ejector housing retains strong blue in the gullets, thin & turning silver on outer radius. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy wear, having been cleaned & re-oiled and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-48787 JR344 (5,000-7,000)

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2036

COLT ARTILLERY MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 1559. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly reduced front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector initials on left bottom edge. Ejector housing is second type with half moon ejector rod head. Frame is numbered “1559”, trigger guard “119812” and buttstrap has only last two digits “73” visible and has the earliest style sharp toe. Cyl is unnumbered and has “RAC” initials on rear face. Bbl is also unnumbered with “RAC” initials on the bottom. This is one of the revolvers rebuilt during the recalls of 1895 & 1903 and has a replacement cyl and civilian style bbl. Bbl has the address with a period after the “O” in “Co” of the address. Neither the cyl nor bbl have SNs or “P” proofs. Apparently during the refurbishing process this revolver was also supplied with a new trigger, screws and a fire blued hammer similar to those of the New York Militia. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 80-85% glossy Colt blue with holster wear on left side and a thin spot on the right side; ejector housing retains strong blue in the gullets being a plum/brown patina on the outer radius; frame retains about all of its orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere; hammer retains about 75% fire blue; cyl retains strong blue in the flutes, thin on the outside with a heavy drag line; trigger guard & backstrap retain blue in sheltered areas with the front & back straps blue/gray patina with candy striping. Grip has a chipped right toe, otherwise is sound showing moderate to heavy wear and retains a handworn patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-48791 JR351 (4,000-6,000)

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2037
Revised: 10/7/2013

The serial number was omitted from the catalog description. The SN is 122385.

VERY RARE AUTHENTICATED COLT SHERIFFS MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Cal .44 WCF (44-40). Blue color case hardened with 4″ bbl made without ejector housing. Front sight is altered slightly, having been thinned. Small 2-line address and left side has the full, legible etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Bottom of bbl is marked with a tiny “44” under the base pin. Frame is considered a “made as” frame, not converted from a frame with ejector housing. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Mounted with 1-pc varnished walnut grip that has last four digits of matching serial number in the backstrap channel. Hammer is correct style with long, coarse checkered panel and all visible numbers are matching. Rear face of cylinder is marked with an “I” inspector mark and hammer slot of the frame is marked with a “p”. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal 44-40 with 4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stock not listed and shipped to “A. G. Spearth”, Astoria, OR on October 20, 1887 in a two gun shipment. Also accompanied by a 4-page letter from renowned Colt historian, author, Ron Graham, and someone who is considered to be one of the most knowledgeable experts regarding the Colt Single Action Army Sheriffs Model revolvers. Mr. Graham gives a brief history of the Sheriffs Model revolvers and states that the person named in the records, to whom the revolver was shipped “A.G. Spearth” has another spelling in the records as “Spexart”. Mr. Graham also states that there are only 5 surviving examples of Sheriffs Model Single Actions with etched panel bbls that were discovered during his 35 years of extensive research for his books. He states that the total production will never be known because so many of those revolvers were subjected to such hard service, under extreme conditions which erased the shallow etched panels. His research confirmed the production of at least 426 ejectorless Single Action revolvers but is definitely not a total production number. He states that his research has concluded that about 23% of Sheriffs Model revolvers were chambered for the 44-40 cartridge and that extrapolation of the figures show that there were probably only about 75 which had etched panels. He also states that this revolver is factory orig and that all characteristics found on this revolver are correct for its 1887 production period. He recants that conversation between Mr. Graham and well known Sheriffs Model collector and authority, John Irwin, disclosed that Mr. Graham had never previously seen a complete etched panel on a Sheriffs Model revolver until this one and that Mr. Irwin had never seen or heard of a complete panel on a Sheriffs Model revolver. Also, Mr. Irwin believes that the person or company to whom this revolver was shipped was probably “A. G. Spalding & Bros”. Also accompanying is a sheet of combined research from Mr. Graham and Mr. Irwin as of Dec 1986, which shows that as of that date there were 428 authenticated Sheriffs Model serial numbers that had been documented and that there were 124 Sheriffs Model revolvers still in existence. The list also shows that the lowest know “made as” frame is this revolver. All of this information combines to make this one of the most rare Single Actions and also one of the most rare of Sheriffs Model revolvers. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 50% orig blue with the balance mostly turned to a plummy patina with holster wear on left side at the muzzle. Frame and hammer retain traces of faded case color in the most sheltered areas being mostly a silver gray patina. Cylinder retains about 50% thin orig blue on the outer diameter, strong in the flutes. Rear face in the cylinder retains strong orig blue. Backstrap and trigger guard retain traces of orig blue and plummy patina with front and backstraps grey patina. Buttstrap has some scratched initial that may be “MV”. Grip is sound showing moderate edge wear, a few nicks and scratches and retains 75-80% orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with good shine and a few scatters spots of light pitting. Has been fired but not a lot, mostly just handled and carried. This is a true exceptional Single Action in great orig condition. 4-49415 JR309 (37,500-57,500)

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2038

FINE AND IMPORTANT CUNO A. HELFRICHT ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER, SILVER- AND GOLD-PLATED WITH ONE-PIECE IVORY GRIPS , WITH EXHIBITION GRADE EMBELLISHMENTS. SN 56286. .45 cal, 7-1/2″ bbl with one-line maker and Hartford address marking on top; “45 CAL” on left side of front bow of triggerguard; three-line three patent date marking on left side of frame; silver-plated with gold-plated cyl, hammer and ejector rod housing; blued screws, cyl pin, ejector rod head and trigger; one-piece ivory grips. Profusely and finely scroll and border engraved on barrel, ejector rod housing, cyl, frame and gripstraps; ejector rod housing also with zig-zag lines and punched dot motifs; sunburst motif on top flat of backstrap. Note last four digits of serial number, 6286, on cyl within riband, in line with one of the flutes. Included is a Colt factory letter stating revolver left factory with silver finish and gold-finished cyl, ejector and hammer. Ivory grips. It was shipped on July 5, 1880 in a shipment of one gun to C.E. Gildea. CONDITION: Fine. 85% silver-plating, with tarnish, blemish near muzzle; light wear and spots patina; 75% gold,light wear and patina;50% blue; engraving sharp; grips very good to fine, rich, mellow patina; minor chipping and wear at butt and cracks visible on butt of grips. See R.L. Wilson, The Colt Engraving Book, volume I, chapter 10, page 416, where this revolver is pictured in color, with detailed description, identifying the work as by Cuno A. Helfricht himself. Wilson’s The Colt Engraving Book, volume I, page 416, notes: “Considered one of the finest prewar Single Action Army revolvers known.” 4-48349 (60,000-70,000)

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2039

RECENTLY DISCOVERED EXTREMELY RARE ENGRAVED NICKEL & GOLD COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 32922. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel & gold finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has small 2-line patent dates and caliber marking on left rear web of trigger guard. Mounted with 1-pc smooth ivory grip. Revolver appears to have been manufactured in late 1876 and was engraved by Eugene Young in his minimalist style similar to engraving on two other important gold & nickel revolvers sold by Julia’s in the recent past. Bbl, frame, trigger guard & back strap are nickel finish while the cyl, hammer, trigger & front sight are gold washed. All screws are fire blued. SN is found on bottom of frame, trigger guard & buttstrap, which are all accompanied by a small “E” which indicates that this revolver was destined for factory engraving. Last four digits of matching SN are found on the cyl & bottom of bbl under ejector housing. Engraving consists of light coverage on frame, recoil shield, loading gate, bbl, ejector housing, cyl, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard. Top of back strap, back of hammer slot is engraved in an oval pattern with cross hatching and a similar pattern on each side of the hammer nose with foliate arabesque patterns on sides of shank & hammer spur. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 Colt, bbl length not listed, nickel with gold cyl, hammer, trigger & screws, type of stocks not listed, factory engraved & shipped to B. Kittredge & Co., Cincinnati, OH, on Dec. 18, 1878 in a 20-gun shipment. It is apparent that the gold screws mentioned are either a data entry mistake in the records or a transcription mistake when the letter was printed. Screws are all fire blued but it has a gold sight which is probably what the orig entry was supposed to be. Also accompanied by a notarized statement dated July 10, 2009 over the signature of George R. Dullnig, wherein he states that this revolver, identified by SN, “Has been in our family since a few years after the 1776-1876 Centennial celebration.” In the next paragraph he states “My grandfather, Richard E. Rolle, wanted one of the beautiful guns of Colt’s centennial wheel display. He purchased the gun from the Colt Manufacturing Co. for, I’m told, around thirty plus dollars which he considered a significant amount of money, although he owned a successful clothing company.” He goes on that his family moved from Philadelphia to Houston, TX and left this revolver to his father, George E. Dullnig, who then bequeathed it to George R. Dullnig. Mr. Dullnig’s statement above corresponds with the probably date of manufacture of this revolver which appears to have been late 1876, probably too late for the 1876 exposition but would correspond with an order generated from the 1876 expo. This revolver is nearly identically engraved to two other Single Actions previously sold by Julia’s, SNs 47135 & 48206, which were both manufactured in 1878 and absolutely engraved by the same hand. They also had fully engraved hammer shanks & spurs with slightly different motifs. Information provided by the consignor of #47135 states that the combination of nickel & gold was originated by collaboration between Colt and well known Colt dealer J.P. Lower of Denver, Colorado, who was in business in the 1870s and was a major Colt sales outlet. SN 48206 was also shipped to B. Kittredge & Co. The style of engraving found on this revolver is unlike any other known master engravers at Colt, although it has stylistic similarities to some of the engraving by Oscar & Eugene Young at Smith & Wesson. Very few Eugene Young engraved Colts are known and when encountered are probably not recognized for their simple beauty. Also accompanied by a 6-page letter from renowned Colt authority & author, Ron Graham, wherein he authenticates this revolver as being absolutely real & original and states that it was “factory assembled, engraved and finished expressly to be one of Colt’s exhibition firearms”. He also states that these revolvers “were displayed at centennial exhibits, world fairs, state fairs, distributor marketing promotions—for many years”. He states that after examining and studying many engraved Colts he speculates that this revolver was engraved in the Cuno Helfricht shop and the engraver may have been influenced by master engraver, Gustave Young, or his immediate family who were also master craftsmen. He additionally states that “During the entire first-run Single Action production, only three ‘A’ style, factory embellished, SA revolvers are known that have nearly full hammer coverage.” He further states “As of this writing there are only two known first-run SAs having factory gold plated front sights.” Additionally accompanied by a letter on Cullity & Son letterhead over the signature of Daniel Cullity. Mr. Cullity is a renowned restoration artist for all things firearm, a former master engraver at Colt and recognized authority on Colt firearms. He authenticates this revolver as being “genuine in every respect including the grips.” He states “It is unfired, and it had no indications that it had ever been disassembled.” He also states that it has never been refinished. He additionally states that “The elegant engraving is identical in style and execution with other Colt revolvers that are believed to have been engraved for the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibit of 1876.” He further states “This pistol may have been on the ‘wheel’ display.” We however have no proof of this gun being in the exhibition and so cannot affirm Mr. Cullity’s statement, however it is the most compelling documentation for a wheel gun we have seen. This is an extraordinary Colt Single Action in astounding orig condition with engraving patterns known on only a very few, very rare Colts from that era. PROVENANCE: Richard E. Rolle & descendants. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, new & unfired retaining virtually all of its crisp, bright orig factory nickel and brilliant fire blued screws & base pin; cyl retains bright gold wash in the flutes with the outer diameter showing about 75% orig gold, partially exposing the silver underplating. Gold wash on face of trigger is a little thin; hammer & front sight retain about all of their orig gold wash; top edge of front sight has a couple of tiny nicks with a small ding on the shank of the hammer. Grip has a tiny chip in right front toe, otherwise is sound showing very light edge wear and slight dulling from handling. Simply an extraordinarily beautiful revolver that is a pleasure to behold, suitable for the highest level of collector or museum. 4-49414 JR313 (175,000-300,000)

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2040
Revised: 10/12/2013

Please Note: This spectacular and rare Colt revolver is illustrated in the book “Colt Engravings” by R.L. Wilson on page 396. It is also illustrated in “A Study of the Colt SA Revolver” by Graham Kopec Moore and can be found on page 105.

It was previously in the esteemed Robert Peterson Collection of magnificent firearms and before that in the renowned Collection of iconic collector, John Peck.*ULTRA RARE & SPECTACULAR PRESENTATION GLAHN ENGRAVED GOLD PLATED SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 354396. Cal. 38-40. Extraordinarily rare single action with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 2-line address on top which is slightly off-center and the usual bbl marking & caliber on left side. Frame has 2-line 3-patent dates with rampant Colt in a partial circle. Fitted with rampant Colt medallion pearl grips which have a carved ox head on right side and the inscribed initials “ALS” on left side. The bbl has an engraved presentation which accounts for the offset address, which reads “To Arthur / from a Grateful County”. The balance of the revolver, sides of bbl, ejector rod housing, cylinder, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are typically Glahn engraved with some of his very finest work consisting of foliate & floral patterns with an extremely fine punch dot background. Top strap has intertwined leaves & vines and back strap has acanthus leaves. Cylinder is, unusually, fully engraved except for the flutes. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver as found and showing that it was sold to Kleins Hardware, address unavailable and shipped to the George Worthington Co., Cleveland, Ohio, May 2, 1931 to order #19866/1 in a shipment of one revolver. Also accompanied by a fine tooled Heiser belt & holster rig; tooled in Heiser’s trademark style of leaves & blossoms, buckstitch lacing on the holster which has a sewn-in plug and has Deputy Stuckert’s initials near the right end of the decorations. His initials are also on front of the holster near the top. This revolver, lest we lose sight of an important aspect of its existence, was presented to a 33-year old deputy sheriff, Arthur L. Stuckert, by the citizens of Bucyrus Township, Crawford County, Ohio, for his heroic service in the line of duty. Accompanied by copies of several newspaper articles primarily from the Bucyrus, Ohio, Telegraph-Forum regarding the presentation of this revolver to Deputy Sheriff Arthur Stuckert for his bravery and services on January 23, 1931 when his sheriff was killed in an attempted arrest of a chicken thief. Apparently Deputy Stuckert, upon hearing the shot that killed the sheriff, rushed into the house and kept assailants at bay until the sheriff could be removed. He died shortly thereafter. One of the articles dated May 22, 1931 details the presentation along with the photograph of the revolver itself. Another copy of a page of a newspaper is a thank you letter from Deputy Stuckert for the “beautiful gun, and holster”. This note also has a picture of the gun. Additionally accompanied by copies of pp. 45-48 of the Winter 2007 The Rampant Colt magazine which is an article by Corky Ullom, dealing with gold plated engraved & gold inlaid Colts. He states that there are only a total of twelve gold engraved Colt single actions of the total 357,859 single actions manufactured in the first generation and only one of them was in 38-40 caliber, making this one of the most extraordinarily rare Colt single action revolvers extant. Additionally accompanied by a 3-1/2 page hand written letter from noted Colt authority, Ron Graham, authenticating the originality of this fabulous revolver. Mr. Graham states that it is one of only three and possibly a fourth known in nearly 50 years of research. Additionally accompanied by a fine Arno Werner blue leather covered case embossed in gold on the lid and lined on the inside with gold embossed satin inside the lid and blue velvet in the bottom, French fitted for the revolver. It also has another gold embossed blue leather patch inside the front cover. Deputy Stuckert served in WWI with honor and died Jan. 21, 1971 at age 71. Certainly additional research should be able to provide additional history regarding Deputy Stuckert. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Overall retains 92-94% strong orig gold plating with some thinning to the silver underplating in the area of the bbl address & presentation, over the top strap, back strap & butt strap with some additional thinning in trigger guard. Front strap retains about 20% silver with balance gray metal. It has been fired and shows slight burn on cylinder face but only a little and there is still gold plating in the bore. Is not solid at half cock, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. Belt & holster rig are slightly dry with the holster lining worn & torn but completely solid & usable. Box is as new. 4-48712 JR68 (100,000-150,000)

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2041

FINE HELFRICHT ENGRAVED SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 126414. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and caliber marking is on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Revolver is beautifully engraved by master engraver Cuno Helfricht with full coverage on the frame consisting of foliate arabesque patterns on sides, sunbursts on recoil shield & loading gate with small sunbursts on each side of the ejector boss and cyl pin boss. Bottom front frame gullets have zig zag and snake & dot patterns. Top strap is engraved in snake & dot patterns with extensive foliate arabesque patterns over both sides of bbl and around front sight at the muzzle. Ejector housing is engraved with snake & dot patterns in the top gullet & outer radius. Cyl is engraved with Mr. Helfricht’s distinctive alternating sunburst and foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes and has a snake & dot border around rear edge. Cyl is gold plated. Top of backstrap has Mr. Helfricht’s distinctive fan pattern with geometric patterns down backstrap, on buttstrap & trigger bow. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 Colt with 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish with gilt cyl, type of stocks not listed, factory engraved and shipped to E.C. Meacham Arms Co., St. Louis, MO on June 28, 1888 in a 1-gun shipment. Under remarks the company reports that there is another revolver with the same SN listed as caliber 44-40 with 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish & rubber stocks shipped to the San Francisco Agency on May 31, 1888. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl, frame & ejector housing retain virtually all of their strong orig nickel finish with some slight sharp edge & high point losses; trigger guard & buttstrap retain most of their strong orig nickel with some fine flaking on the front strap; backstrap is a gray metal patina; cyl retains about 93-95% gold plating. Grips are sound with great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-48350 (35,000-40,000)

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2042

RARE AND EXCEPTIONAL ENGRAVED ETCHED PANEL COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 92101. Cal .44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, nearly full front sight and 2-line address with “COLT. FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” etched panel on the left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 CF”. Trigger, screws and base pin are fire blued and hammer is color case hardened, which is the normal configuration for early factory, nickeled Single Actions. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 44-40 with 4-3/4″ bbl, finish “soft”, type of stock not listed, and shipped to Hartley & Graham, NY, NY on March 5, 1883 in a 10 gun shipment. Under remarks the letter states that the word “soft” indicates the frame and gate were not case hardened when shipped from the factory, left in soft condition for engraving outside the factory. Revolver is engraved in New York style from the L. D. Nimschke shop with about 60% coverage foliate arabesque patterns with fine pearled background. Matching engraving patterns extend up both sides of the bbl, surrounding the etched panel and were obviously engraved after the panel was originally applied. Top of the backstrap is engraved in a foliate fan pattern. Cylinder is engraved with matching patterns on lands between the flutes and has a small punch dot fluer-de-lis behind each flute, with a very fine zig-zag border around the rear edge. Mounted with Hartley & Graham supplied thick, 2-pc pearl grips that have a very deep carved ox head on the right side that is fitted with gold bezels around diamond eyes. This is one of the finest engraved black powder, etched panel Single Actions known and certainly the finest this cataloger has ever had the privilege to examine. CONDITION: Very fine, all external serial numbers match. Overall retains most of its strong, bright nickel finish with only slight muzzle end wear and a small spot of pitting on the right front end of the top strap. Cylinder retains approximately 95% strong orig nickel with losses mostly from the front face and front edge with some very fine flaking elsewhere. Screws and base pin retain most of their orig blue. Trigger retains strong fire blue on sides and rear edge and the hammer, strong case colors on the sides and rear edge with the top edge turned silver. Grips are outstanding with no visible flaws and show great fire. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with sharp rifling, frosty in the grooves. A truly exceptional etched panel Single Action that very likely was special ordered for someone of importance on the American frontier. 4-49402 JR307 (50,000-75,000)

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2043

*VERY RARE ENGRAVED LONG FLUTE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 331111. Cal .45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight, 2-line address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates mounted with exceptional 2-pc pearl grips that have deep left and right rampant Colt medallions. Left grip is carved with a very deep relief ox head. Revolver has about 75-80% coverage wonderful, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with exceptionally fine, even pearled background by master engraver Cuno Helfricht. Engraving also consists of extraordinary patterns on the left recoil shield and loading gate with feather patterns down the top strap and diamond patterns on each side of the bbl boss. Bottom front gullets are engraved in Mr. Helfricht’s distinctive flower blossoms. Foliate arabesque patterns extend completely up the sides of the bbl with geometric patterns over the top of bbl. Top gullet of the ejector housing is engraved in a very fine snake and dot pattern with unusual zig-zag edge patterns. Outer radius of the ejector housing is engraved in leaf and vine patterns. Backstrap is engraved in Mr. Helfricht’s distinctive fan pattern with geometric patterns down the backstrap, on the buttstrap and on the trigger guard. Cylinder is extensively engraved with unusual patterns on the lands between the flutes, a line border around the flutes with scalloped border around the rear edge. Rear face of the cylinder is marked with last four digits of matching serial number. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were only two long flute revolvers that were engraved. One was silver plated, the other nickel plated. He identifies the silver plated one but does not identify the nickel plated one. The long flute Single Action revolver was produced beginning in 1913 with about 1,379 manufactured between serial numbers 328915 & 329925, in six Calibers in all three bbl lengths plus two ejector-less models. The long flute cylinders are left-over model 1878 DA Frontier revolver cylinders. Colt, being the ultra-frugal company that it was, never disposing of anything that might be useful, recycled these cylinders by having stop notches cut on the outer diameter and installing them in these Single Action revolvers. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 45 with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, pearl grips with carved steer head motif, factory engraved and under special features, “furnished with a double action cylinder of long flute configuration” and shipped to Praeger Hardware Company, San Antonio, TX on Sept. 23, 1914 in a one gun shipment. This is one of the most elaborately Helfricht engraved Colt’s ever examined by this cataloger, undoubtedly from the hand of the master himself. CONDITION: Very fine, overall retains about 95% strong, orig nickel finish with the majority of the losses on the left side of the bbl and top strap with slight loss just behind the trigger guard. Cylinder retains most of its strong orig nickel with front face mostly dark patina and some very fine, minor flaking in the flutes. Outer diameter shows thinning and wear on the lands between the flutes. Grips have chipped toes otherwise are sound showing great fire and strong color. Mechanics are crisp. Strong bright bore with scattered and very fine pitting. This is one of the finer, more exciting 4-3/4″ Single Actions to come to market in some time. 4-49413 JR310 (70,000-90,000)

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2044

*SUPERB HELFRICHT ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH WONDERFUL AZ HISTORY. SN 335045. Cal .38 WCF (38-40. Spectacular silver finished Single Action with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has the 2-line, 3-patent dates and is mounted with spectacular 2-pc, Rampant Colt deep silver medallion pearl grips. Right side has a deep relief carved stooping eagle. Rear face of cylinder has last 4 digits of matching serial number. Revolver is engraved probably from the hand of the master himself, Cuno Helfricht, with about 80% coverage, very fine, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with extremely fine pearled background. Left recoil shield is engraved in Mr. Helfrichts typical fan pattern with feather patterns on the top strap, diamond patterns on each side of bbl boss and his distinctive flower blossoms in the bottom front gullets. Matching foliate arabesque patterns extend the entire length of both sides of bbl with fine snake & dot patterns in the top gullet of the ejector housing along with fine zig-zag borders and leaf and vine pattern on the outer radius. Backstrap is engraved with Mr. Helfricht’s distinctive fan pattern at the top with geometric patterns downs the back and buttstraps with another of his distinctive patterns on the trigger bow. Cylinder is engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes, a line border around the flutes with a small sunburst at the rear end of the flutes. Rear edge of the cylinder is beautifully engraved in scallop and snake & dot patterns. This is one of Mr. Helfricht’s more elaborately engraved Single Actions. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal 38-40 with 4-3/4″ bbl, silver finish, pearl grips with carved eagle motif, factory engraved and sold to Globe Hardware Co., address unavailable, shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO on January 24, 1917 in a one gun shipment. The Globe Hardware Co. in the letter, is located in Globe, AZ, and has been in business from 1898 to the present. Contact with a granddaughter of the orig owner of the company disclosed that some of the old records are still available. A search of those records disclosed that this revolver was received January 30, 1917 from Simmons Hardware Co. and was sold the same day to Alvin Booth. Contact with the Gila County, AZ Historical Museum revealed that Alvin Booth, a “colored” man, was born April 1, 1868 in Hillsboro, TX, settling in Globe to do handyman and janitorial services around town. Booth was a well known and respected figure in Globe, being employed by several prominent bankers and businessmen in town. Booth was very frugal, saved his money and purchased several investment properties in the area, becoming somewhat well-to-do. In 1913 he was chosen to attend the Emancipation Convention in Philadelphia to represent the Arizona colored population at the convention. His appointment was made by Governor George W. P. Hunt, who Booth had worked for when the governor was a businessman in Globe. He was also a delegate in 1920 to the convention of the Industrial and Commercial Council of People of African Descent. He was mentioned in “Arizona’s Black Pioneers” and several other publications noting prominent people of early Arizona. Booth died March 16, 1937 in Globe, AZ, and was laid to rest in the “white man’s cemetery” next to his father who had joined him in Globe in his later years. PROVENANCE: Fax correspondence from Gila County, AZ Historical Museum. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus and all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp, orig silver finish which is lightly oxidized, showing no wear. Revolver appears to be new and unfired. Grips are crisp with no visible flaws. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore shows no evidence of having ever been fired. An absolutely spectacular example of the engravers art and finisher’s polishing skills. This revolver is nearly identical to another Single Action from the same time frame, being sold elsewhere in this auction. 4-49405 JR311 (65,000-85,000)

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2045

FINE ANTIQUE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 136939. Cal .45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, one line block letter address with Cal marking on the left side. Screws and base pin are fire blued and the hammer is color case hardened. Left side of frame had 2-line 3-patent dates. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Revolver is beautifully engraved in New York style from the Nimschke shop with about 65-75% coverage, deep foliate arabesque pattern with fine pearled background. Top strap is engraved in snake and double dot patterns and has a hunters star on the right front side with snake patterns in the bottom gullets. Matching engraving patterns extend nearly the full length of both sides of the bbl and top gullet of the ejector housing is engraved with a snake pattern. Top of the backstrap is nicely engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s foliate fan pattern with geometric patterns down the backstrap and on the trigger bow. Cylinder is engraved in matching patterns on lands between the flutes and has snake and dot pattern around the rear edge. Engraving on left side of bbl covers about half of the caliber marking which indicates that the engraving was probably not done by the master himself but by one of the engravers in his shop. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal .45 Colt with 5-1/2″ bbl, type of stock not listed and shipped to Hartley & Graham, NY, NY on December 12, 1890 in a two gun shipment. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all visible numbers match. Overall retains about 96-98% crisp nickel showing wear on the left front edge of the bbl and minor losses on front face of cylinder. Screws retain virtually all of their bright fire blue with dulling on face of trigger. Base pin, which is probably orig, retains most of its orig fire blue, turned a little plummy. Hammer retains faded case colors on the back edge, turned silver on the sides, and turned dark on the top edge. Grips are sound with no visible flaws and show great fire and color. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shinny bore with very few, scattered small spots of pitting. A truly beautiful engraved Single Action in high orig condition. 4-49403 JR308 (45,000-65,000)

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2046

NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 22249. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, 1-line script address with serifs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and it is mounted with an original 1-pc ivory grip with very deep relief carved Mexican eagle on right side. Grip is made in orig style from two slabs of ivory affixed to a central wooden spacer block to create the 1-pc grip, or they may have been added by the Nimschke shop. They are definitely period to the gun. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Front strap, under the grip, was drilled for a 2-pc grip locator pin and now has that hole plugged. This revolver was produced in 1876 and the 2-pc hard rubber eagle design grips were not introduced until 1882. Revolver is engraved by the L.D. Nimschke shop with about 80-85% frame coverage of foliate arabesque patterns with fine pearled background. Top strap is engraved in feather patterns with a diamond & dot pattern on each side of bbl boss and a hunter’s star on the sides of the ejector housing boss & base pin boss. Matching foliate arabesque patterns extend 4-1/2″ on each side of bbl and on each side of muzzle with a dash & dot border pattern around the address which terminates in a foliate arabesque pattern. Ejector housing is exceptionally engraved with a large diamond & dot panel on the outer radius with dash & dot borders and a sunburst at each end. Top gullet is engraved in a leaf & vine pattern. Backstrap is engraved with Mr. Nimschke’s distinctive sunburst pattern with diamond center and foliate arabesque patterns elsewhere. Trigger bow & cyl are engraved to match with feather patterns on back edge of cylinder and foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes. Accompanied by a copy of a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 45 Colt with bbl length & type of stocks not listed, blue finish and shipped to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, New York, NY on Dec. 31, 1875 in a 67-gun shipment. Engraved early single actions are quite rare and are seldom encountered especially in an unaltered state. Only a few deluxe engraved revolvers in the Nimschke style are known and all are in the 22,000 serial number range, except the few that are thought to have been on the centennial wheel. Multiple experts think that because of the extra-deluxe engraving and the extra deluxe grips this gun may have been on the centennial wheel. A copy of a letter from noted Colt authority, Dick Burdick, accompanies the gun. In part it states “This fine revolver remains today very much in the state it was finished in circa 1876. It retains the majority of the original nickel finish, which was applied after the engraving in the L.D. Nimschke shop in New York. The Colt markings are sharp and distinct, and do not show evidence of later polishing or abrasion post finishing circa 1876. There is some finish loss and fine pitting in the engraving cuts which have the hammer and graver progression cuts that demonstrate age and method of engraving. The engraving is classic L D. Nimschke, quite profuse, and orig in all respects. It is noteworthy to observe the broken italic barrel address die. This example is very near the end of the use of this die. The block letter die marked barrel has been observed as early as the 19000 serial number range. Along with this style of die change, an improved method of attaching the ejector tube to barrel was adapted. The hammer is the proper early long knurling with case hardened finish and the trigger is blue, which is proper for the outside factory New York engraved revolvers. The last four digits of the matching serial number are on the barrel underneath the ejector tube and on the periphery of the cylinder. The three full serial numbers match, and are authentic stamping by Colt. The front sight is full and has its original configuration. The grips are of the same age as the revolver and could have been installed by the Nimschke shop at time of engraving. The carving is finely executed and the ivory is in excellent condition for its age, showing little use. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. Overall retains 80-90% strong bright original nickel with flaking on the cyl with wear & loss of nickel on the top strap, backstrap, right side of frame & loading gate & ejector housing; front strap is dulled and the cyl is moderately to heavily flaked and retains most of its nickel plating on front face; hammer retains faded case colors, mostly on left side and rear edge with balance turned silver; grip is sound with a couple of minor age lines and overall retains a wonderful mellow dark ivory patina; hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting; inside top strap & recoil shield are moderately pitted; firing pin hole in the bushing is enlarged and the firing pin retaining pin has been staked; firing pin appears to be of later vintage. 4-48812 (35,000-55,000)

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2046A

UNUSUAL PANEL SCENE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 32920. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address with last four digits of SN on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and is mounted with replacement checkered ivory 1-pc grip. Ejector rod housing is a replacement and is second type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. SN was observed in the usual places on frame, trigger guard & butt strap with last four digits of SN on bottom of bbl and outer diameter of cylinder. The SNs are noted on frame, trigger guard & butt strap there are also small “E”, which was added later. This revolver is engraved with full coverage on frame consisting of a large panel on left side depicting a setter and two birds in a field scene and a man laying prone in a mountain scene shooting at a standing grizzly bear with a six-shooter. Balance of engraving is wonderful foliate arabesque patterns, most of which terminate in flower blossoms, all of which have a fine, meticulous punch dot background. Engraving extends over top strap and onto the sides of bbl terminating forward of the address and again around the muzzle and front sight. Replacement ejector rod housing has been engraved to match the foliate arabesque patterns on outer radius and three small patterns in top gullet with an unusual border pattern at top of outer radius. The edge of the ejector rod head is also engraved with a simple line border and dots. Cylinder has full coverage matching engraving on outer diameter with flutes left unengraved for artistic contrast. Rear edge of cyl is engraved in a border pattern matching the ejector rod housing. Top of back strap is engraved with a third panel depicting an Indian in full headdress holding a spear & shield astride a horse. This panel is surrounded by light foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and the tops of the ears of the back strap are engraved in tiny flower blossoms. Back strap itself is engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns as are the butt strap and trigger guard. The screws on the frame have engraved heads. The trigger guard & back strap screws are replacement screws and not engraved. Replacement hammer has deluxe, full-coverage engraving on sides consisting of matching foliate & floral arabesque patterns with punch dot background and elaborate, fierce wolf’s head on each side of hammer nose. Accompanied by two Colt factory letters, one dated 1965 and the other 2006 with both reporting identical information: caliber 45 Colt, 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Kennedy Bros., Minneapolis, MN on May 11, 1886 in a 1-gun shipment. The 2006 dated letter, however has a special remark indicating that this gun is listed twice in the factory records. The first record shows this exact same gun being shipped in a 50 gun shipment to Schuyler, Hartley and Graham, in NY on November 28th, 1876. This of course is 10 years earlier and the factory records also note that the gun when shipped to S,H&G Company was with a blue finish. From this information, one would usually deduce that the gun shipped in the blue to S,H&G was engraved and nickeled then eventually went back to Colt for some reason then later in 1886 shipped to Kennedy Bros. The fact that Colt records do not mention “engraved” is not unusual, such details were occasionally mistakenly ommited as has been verified on many past occasions. What’s a mystery is how a gun shipped to S,H&G in 1876 would reappear at Colt to be later shipped to Kennedy in 1886, possibly an interesting story there. The reason we refer to this as an unusual panel scene is as follows, the overall foliate engraving on the gun, so wonderfully executed was unquestionably done by an engraver other than the one that did the panel scene engraving. Two different people were involved in the engraving of this gun. The quality of the panel scene engraving in no way equals the craftsmanship of that found on the rest of the gun! Certainly an unusual circumstance and as was mentioned earlier, there is possibly an interesting story there. PROVENANCE: Colt Factory Letters. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 90% strong old nickel finish with losses from the front face of cyl and light flaking in some of the flutes which has turned to dark patina. Replaced ejector rod housing shows wear around the tip with some minor flaking on outer radius and top gullet. Front strap & trigger guard retain strong nickel on trigger plate & trigger bow with the front strap mostly gray metal with pin prick pitting. Back strap is light gray metal patina with the butt strap retaining most of its old nickel. Grip has a chip in left front edge, a repaired left toe and chipped right toe, otherwise is sound showing shrinkage with numerous extremely fine age lines and moderate diamond point wear and retains a lovely golden ivory patina. Replacement hammer is not solid in safety notch and timing needs adjusting, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-87726 (50,000-100,000)

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2047

ENGRAVED EARLY PRODUCTION COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 45589. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address with etched panel on left side partially visible. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left rear shoulder of trigger guard is stamped “44 CF”. Ejector housing is second type with half moon ejector rod head and base pin is orig with dimpled ends. Mounted with 1-pc ivory grip with deep relief carved Mexican eagle on right side. Grip is constructed in the orig manner with two slabs of ivory attached to two wood spacers in the center. Revolver is very nicely engraved in New York style, probably from the Nimschke shop, with about 60-70% coverage in a variety of patterns including foliate arabesque, fan & feather patterns, diamond & dot patterns and leaf & vine patterns on the top strap. Front gullets are stamped with a series of decorative dots. Foliate arabesque patterns extend up both sides of bbl, on both sides of muzzle with geometric patterns around front sight. Ejector housing is engraved with leaf & vine pattern in top gullet and a zigzag & dot pattern on outer radius. Top of back strap has a Nimschke style fan pattern with geometric patterns down the back strap and on the trigger guard that also has a hunter star. Butt strap is hand scratched “W H NESBITT”. Cyl is engraved in unusual foliate patterns on the lands between the flutes, a snake & dot pattern around the rear edge and two straight line borders, one on each side of the stop notches. Engraving is over the SN on the cylinder. All visible numbers are matching with the bbl & cyl having last four digits of matching number. Some of the trigger guard & backstrap screws have been changed. This revolver was produced in 1878, the same year that the etched panel bbl marking was introduced. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains 60-70% nickel with losses mostly from frame & cyl; bbl retains most of its nickel with some flaking on the bottom and shows about 3/4 of the etched panel; ejector housing retains about 75% nickel showing wear on front of outer radius. Grip has a chipped left toe with numerous age lines, shows moderate to heavy wear and retains a wonderful golden ivory patina; grip has shrunk over the years and now has very old oil soaked spacers at the frame. Hammer will not hold in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine and scattered light pitting. 4-48763 JR325 (10,000-15,000)

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2048

FINE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 129317. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard has the caliber marking. Mounted with fine 2-pc pearl grips with raised carved ox head on right side. Revolver is engraved in Cuno Helfrecht style but after-market and probably not period. Frame has nearly full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background and Mr. Helfrecht’s style of fan pattern on recoil shield & loading gate. Top strap is engraved in feather patterns. Foliate arabesque patterns extend up both sides of bbl and on each side of muzzle with geometric patterns around the address. Top of backstrap is engraved also in Mr. Helfrecht’s fan pattern with snake & dot and geometric patterns down the backstrap, geometric patterns on buttstrap & trigger guard. Cyl is engraved in alternating foliate arabesque & geometric patterns on the lands between the flutes with smaller patterns back of the flutes and a feather border around the rear edge. Ejector housing is engraved with a snake & dot pattern in the gullet and geometric patterns on the outer radius. This is a beautiful, well-executed engraved Colt but not by Mr. Helfrecht or from his shop. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Overall retains just about all of its custom nickel finish with minor pimpling in a couple of spots on the frame, front & backstraps; cyl also has fine pimpling with the front face being polished metal; screws retain faded blue and the hammer strong case colors. Grips are outstanding with great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with dark fine pitting. 4-48801 JR354 (10,000-12,000)

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2049

RARE EXTREMELY EARLY ENGRAVED RIMFIRE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 1891. Cal .44 RF Henry. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, altered front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. It is mounted with wonderful, old 1-pc ivory grip that has a raised, carved Mexican eagle on the right side. Revolver is engraved in New York style with about 50% coverage foliate arabesque patterns that have fine pearled background. Top strap is engraved in light foliate patterns with diamond and dot patterns on each side of the bbl boss. Left side of the base pin boss and right side of the ejector boss along with the trigger bow are engraved in fine hunters stars. Foliate arabesque patterns extend up both sides of the bbls with geometric patterns on both sides of address and towards front sight, terminating in a fluer-de-lis. The first type ejector housing has been converted to 2nd type, has bull’s eye ejector rod head and is engraved in a snake pattern in the top gullet and leaf patterns on the outer radius. Top of the back strap is engraved in a starburst pattern and had a light zig-zag pattern down the backstrap and buttstrap with also a small fleur-de-lis at the heel pan & the buttstrap. Cylinder is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Bottom of bbl, under ejector housing has last three digits of matching serial number, also added text. This revolver is pictured on p. 277 of Colt Engraving, Wilson, accompanied by a wonderful studded period dbl loop holster. The caption states that it was shipped March 1880 to Hartley & Graham, New York, NY, bbl length & stocks not listed. Mr. Wilson states that it was engraved & finished on Hartley & Graham order and fitted with the Mexican eagle grips. He was unable to specifically identify the engraver. Caption credits the Tom Seymour Collection. According to various publications including The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson and Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran there were 1,863 Colt Single Action revolvers produced in 44 rimfire caliber in which case this revolver is 28 numbers higher than the last one listed, making it possibly the last 44 rimfire produced. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in 44 rimfire with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Hartley & Graham, New York, NY on March 20, 1880 in a 10-gun shipment. When the 44 rimfire was introduced in 1875 the cartridge was already obsolete and was not pursued by the buying public. Colt, being the enterprising company they were, made arraignments to ship the majority of the production run to Mexico and South America where the Henry and Winchester Model 1866 rifles and carbines were still in active use. The vast majority of those revolvers returned from Mexico and South America have usually been found to be in less than desirable condition with a majority of them having had their bbls cut. Very few are known to be engraved. PROVENANCE: The Tom Seymour Collection. CONDITION: Fair and all matching. Overall retains traces of orig nickel finish, approximately 20% being mostly a very worn dark, plummy brown patina with scattered rust spotting. Both sides of the muzzle edge shows long & hard wear. Most of the screws are fine and may be old replacements. Cylinder shows equal hard wear and matching patina. Grip has losses on the left front and right rear edges that correspond to heavy rust on the front and back straps. Grip shows heavy wear and retains a wonderful golden ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine. Dark bore with god rifling with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-49407 JR312 (27,500-37,500)

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2051

*SCARCE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 193469. Cal. 45 Colt. Silver finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with wonderful 2-pc pearl grips with a raised carved eagle & American shield on right side. Grip locator pin in front strap has been moved from its orig position apparently to make these grips fit a little better as the orig locator pin holes in both grips are elongated which would have allowed the grips to shift. Revolver is engraved by Cuno Helfricht with about 60% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on sides of frame with his trademark fan pattern on left recoil shield and a sunburst pattern on loading gate. Bottom front gullets have a snake & dot pattern. Top strap is engraved in snake & dbl dot patterns. Foliate arabesque patterns are on each side of the bbl boss which patterns extend up both sides of bbl with geometric patterns around address and a hunter star toward the front sight. Top of backstrap has Mr. Helfricht’s sunburst pattern with geometric patterns down the backstrap and on buttstrap with a detailed hunter star on trigger bow. Lands between the flutes on the cyl are engraved in unusual patterns for Mr. Helfricht with leaf & vine patterns around the rear edge. All visible SNs are matching with last three digits of matching SN on rear face of cylinder. This revolver will letter in caliber 45 with 4-3/4″ bbl, factory engraved, shipped Aug. 14, 1900 to Simmons Hardware, St. Louis, MO in a 3-gun shipment. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains virtually all of a fine factory style restored silver finish over a copper under plating, showing only light muzzle edge wear and wear to the tip of the ejector housing; cyl has fine pitting on front face. Grips are sound with a couple of very minor chips and overall show great fire & color. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with light pitting. 4-48779 JR342 (12,000-15,000)

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2052

*FINE WILBUR GLAHN ENGRAVED COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 350108. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Silver finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with roll marking on left side “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44-40”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with 2-pc silver medallion ivory grips with raised carved ox head on right side. Right side of front & backstraps, under the grip, are marked with matching SNs and rear face of cyl has last two digits of matching SN. Revolver is engraved in Mr. Glahn’s distinctive style of intertwined foliate & floral patterns which also incorporate his distinctive “V” patterns. Frame has about 60% coverage with matching patterns extending up both sides of the bbl and on the outer radius of the ejector housing with a snake pattern in the top gullet. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are engraved to match. Cyl has matching patterns on the lands between the flutes and has a snake pattern around rear edge. This revolver will letter in caliber 44 with 4-3/4″ bbl, silver finish, Grade 2 engraving with ivory stocks, carved steer head motif, shipped to Richards & Conover, Kansas City, MO, Oct. 18, 1926. It appears that the screws & hammer may be nickel finish while the balance of the revolver is silver. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains about 95% strong orig silver finish showing holster wear on left muzzle edge of the bbl and tip of ejector housing; front face of cyl has lost most of its silver; front & back straps have some light pimpling. Grips have several age lines, show light wear and retain a fine ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with fine frosty pitting. 4-48784 JR348 (10,000-20,000)

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2053

*RARE COLT FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 317022. Cal. 44 Russian/S&W. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl with rare Metford rifling, rectangular base target front sight and 1-line block letter address with cal. marking on left side. Frame is flat top style with fixed target sight. Left side of frame has the 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in the circle. Mounted with 2-piece Rampant Colt hard rubber grips that are numbered 351636 and have the initials “DJ scratched inside. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identified this revolver in cal. 44 S&W, with 7-1/2” bbl, blue finish, stocks not listed, and shipped to A.B. Cole, address unavailable on January 30, 1912 in a 1-gun shipment. An internet search disclosed that Alson B. Cole (1854-1916) was born in Indiana and in 1873 moved to Nebraska where he apparently worked on an inventions of or improvement on radio vacuum tubes and wrote a treatise on the Audion tube for receiving radio time signals. While this is not a positive identification of the owner, it is very likely given his location in the west that he was the purchaser of this revolver. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, Metford rifling was very popular in Great Britain and is found in only a few British Caliber Single Action Colts. CONDITION: Extremely fine, plus. Overall factory conditions, retains about 99% crisp, glossy orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and very slight thinning to the recoil shield. Hammer retains about all of its very bright case colors, cylinder also retains about all of its brilliant blue and appears to be unfired. Grips are sound, showing very light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-49409 JR305 (27,500-37,500)

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2054

EXTREME RARE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY FLAT TOP TARGET WITH EXTENDED GRIPS. SN 158911. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, ivory bead target front sight in a rectangular base, 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. There is a tiny “41” on bottom of bbl just at the frame. “41” is the actual bore diameter of the 38-40 cartridge. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed fixed target sight and left side of frame has the 2-line, 3-patent dates with rampant Colt in a circle. Screws & trigger are fire-blued. Mounted with long & wide 2-pc, full checkered walnut grips with two screws. Grips are an overall 4-1/8″ long. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver as a Single Action Flat Top Target in caliber 38-40 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Albert Foster, Jr., New York, NY on Dec. 1, 1909 in a 1-gun shipment. Also accompanied by a 1-page letter from renowned Colt researcher, historian & author, R.L. Wilson, wherein he states “The varnished and checkered walnut grips are of the special long grip style, considered one of the most rare and desirable features on a select few Flattop Colt Single Action revolvers.” Mr. Wilson also cites several other authors & books espousing the rarity of long grip variations. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were about 925 Flat Top Target Model Single Actions produced in the period 1888-1896 of which only 19 were in caliber 38-40. There are no statistics on the numbers with extended grips but they most certainly are extremely rare. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all visible numbers match. Overall retains about 90% glossy orig blue with very light muzzle edge wear on the bbl and ejector housing with faint sharp edge wear on the frame; front & back straps are a gray patina; screws & trigger retain most of their orig fire blue, dull on trigger face; hammer retains brilliant case colors on sides & rear edge, top edge heavily faded; cyl retains about 95-96% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear and a light drag line. Grips are sound with a few light nicks & scratches, showing light to moderate diamond point wear and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-48756 JR320 (20,000-30,000)

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2055

RARE COLT FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 162897. Cal. 455 Eley. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, target front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Top strap is flat style with adjustable square notch sight. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Hammer is color case hardened and the trigger is fire-blued with checkered face. Mounted with 2-pc rampant Colt hard rubber grips matching numbered to this revolver. Left side of the bbl & frame and cyl in the flutes has tiny British proofs. Bore has the very rare Metford rifling. According to the book Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, of the 914 flat top target model single actions produced, only 37 were made in caliber 455 Eley. Also according to the referenced publication, Metford rifling is found only on a few British caliber revolvers. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 455 Eley with blue finish, bbl length & type of stocks not listed, shipped to Colt’s London Agency on May 8, 1902 in a 6-gun shipment. Although shipment was not made until 1902, the frame was manufactured in 1895. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 60% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina; ejector housing retains about 50% glossy orig blue, primarily in the gullets; frame & back strap retain about 70% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked to a light patina; trigger guard retains strong orig blue with the front strap flaked to a medium patina; trigger retains most of its orig fire blue and the hammer most of its orig case colors, moderately faded; cyl retains about 40% orig blue with the balance flaked to a medium patina, strong & bright in the flutes; screws are crisp and retain most of their orig blue. Grips are sound showing very light diamond point wear with the left side turning slightly chocolate. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. The loading cutout in the right recoil shield has had a notch filed in the lower front edge, ostensibly to speed up loading & ejecting empties. It is not visible with the loading gate closed. 4-49004 JR62 (8,500-12,500)

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2056

RARE FLAT TOP TARGET COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 132795. Cal. 32 Colt. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, rectangular base pinned German silver target front sight, 1-line block letter address and cal marking on left side. Bottom of bbl is marked “32 M” just in front of frame. Frame is flat top configuration with fixed target rear sight and has 3-line patent dates on left side with cal marking on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with 2-pc fleur de lis checkered walnut grips that appear to have the last 3 digits of SN “010” in pencil inside each grip. SN was observed in usual places, on bottom of frame, trigger guard and buttstrap. Last 2 digits of matching SN are on rear face of cyl. SN on buttstrap may have been restamped. According to the book Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were only 24 of these rare revolvers produced in this cal in the period 1890-1898, as published in The Peacemaker and its Rivals, Parsons. According to the referenced publications, there were only a total of 914 flat top target Single Actions produced in this time frame, making this one of the most rare of Colt revolvers. This revolver is additionally rare in that it is not British proofed as the majority of them are found today. Most of the flat top models were sold in England and consequently bear British proofs. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber “.32 S&W? Colt?” with 7-1/2″ bbl, type of stocks not listed, blue finish, flat top target frame and shipped to Montgomery Ward & Co., Chicago, IL on July 5, 1890 in a 1-gun shipment. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with some scattered chemical spotting on the left side with some minor thinning toward the muzzle; right side of bbl by front sight has a small, lightly cleaned spot with fine pinprick pitting; ejector housing retains 95-96% glossy orig blue with only front end wear; frame retains 90-92% glossy orig blue with some scattered flaking and some spots of fine pitting, showing wear on left recoil shield and loading gate; cyl retains a blue brown patina on outer diameter, also with one small area of fine pitting, and retains strong blue in flutes; trigger guard retains about 75-80% brilliant blue, thin on front strap, with a couple small spots of light pitting; backstrap retains strong blue at top, being mostly a blue gray patina and the buttstrap cleaned to bare metal with a couple spots of light pitting; hammer retains bright fire blue on the top and back edges with the sides polished bright; right side of hammer has some scattered fine pitting; grips are sound, showing moderate wear and retain about 80% orig varnish; mechanics are crisp; bright shiny bore with some scattered orange peel roughness. 4-47544 (7,500-12,500)

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2057

*RARE COLT FLAT TOP TARGET BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 195475. Cal. 32 Colt. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver target front sight in a rectangular base with 1-line block letter address and the left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 32 COLT”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed fixed rear sight. Screws & trigger are fire blued. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 32 Colt with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Caverhill & Learmont, Montreal, Canada on Jan. 11, 1901 in a 1-gun shipment. This revolver is illustrated on p. 136 of A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore, with credit to the Capt. William Peterson, USN Collection. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were only 976 Target Model Bisley revolvers produced in the period 1894-1913 of which only 24 were made in this caliber, making this a very rare revolver indeed. PROVENANCE: The Capt. William Peterson, USN Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all visible numbers are matching with last three digits of matching SN on rear face of cylinder. Overall retains 93-95% strong orig blue, glossy on the bbl & frame showing only muzzle end and sharp edge wear; front & back straps are a plummy/blue patina; trigger & screws retain most of their orig blue, dull on face of trigger; hammer retains bright case colors on sides & rear face, turning silver on top edge; cyl retains 93-95% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and some spots of thinning on outer diameter. Grips are sound showing light to moderate diamond point wear with the left side a nice chocolate brown and the right side turning chocolate. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. 4-48755 JR323 (8,000-12,000)

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2058

*SCARCE BISLEY FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 316012. Cal. 38 Colt. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver target front sight and rectangular base with 1-line block letter address and left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 38 COLT”. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed fixed rear sight and left side of frame has the 2-line, 3-patent dates along with the rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that have last four digits of matching SN scratched inside each grip. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 38 Colt with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, type of frame “target or flat top”, shipped to E.O. Hall & Son Ltd., Honolulu, Hawaii on Dec. 6, 1910 in a 1-gun shipment. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were 976 Target Model Bisley revolvers produced in the period 1894-1915 of which only 96 were made in caliber 38 Colt. This revolver was made for & sold on the American market whereas most of the Target Model Bisleys were sold on the British market and are British proofed. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains 80-85% strong orig blue with only light wear on the left side of the bbl at the muzzle, thinning on the outer radius of the ejector housing and light edge wear on the frame; front & back straps are mostly a blue/brown patina; cyl retains about 90-92% glossy orig blue; hammer retains about 75% bright case colors; screws retain strong fire blue as does the hammer; face of hammer is a dull plum patina. Grips are sound with a small gouge on left side and show light to moderate diamond point wear with left side turning chocolate. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore, shows very little use. 4-48758 JR319 (7,500-12,500)

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2059

*SCARCE BISLEY FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 272042. Cal. 38 Colt. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, custom German silver target front sight and rectangular base with 1-line block letter address and left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 38 COLT”. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed fixed rear sight and left side of frame has the 2-line, 3-patent dates along with the rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that have last four digits of matching SN scratched inside each grip. Left grip also has the name “C O CLARK” hand scratched near the top. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were 976 Target Model Bisley revolvers produced in the period 1894-1913 of which only 96 were made in caliber 38 Colt. This revolver was made for & sold on the American market whereas most of the Target Model Bisleys were sold on the British market and are British proofed. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Overall retains about 80-85% glossy orig blue with muzzle edge wear and light thinning & flaking on bbl, cyl & frame, heavier on the backstrap; trigger & screws retain most of their orig fire blue and the hammer bright case colors on left side, faded on the right. Grips are sound showing light to moderate diamond point wear, left side turned a light chocolate color and the right side beginning to turn. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few small scattered spots of light pitting. 4-48771 JR338 (6,000-10,000)

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2060

*SCARCE COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 328461. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, altered front sight with very large brass bead and 1-line block letter address with left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 45 COLT”. Left side of frame has the 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without circle. Trigger & screws are fire blued. Mounted with custom diamond checkered walnut grips that have a small oval initial plate on left side engraved “RLJR”, the first “R” is backwards. Right grip has a similar silver oval engraved with the image of a mustachioed man wearing hunting clothes. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were 44,350 Bisley revolvers produced in the period 1894-1915 of which 8,005 were in caliber 45 Colt making it the third most common caliber in the Bisley line. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 45 Colt with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Paul L. Haines, address not available on Feb. 27, 1914 in a 1-gun shipment. CONDITION: Very fine, all visible numbers are matching. Bbl retains about 98% glossy orig blue with a small ding on left edge of muzzle; frame retains about all of its strong, orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, thin on recoil shield & loading gate; hammer retains 65-70% brilliant case colors; trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig blue, showing some thinning especially at the heel; cyl retains 95-96% glossy orig blue with bright blue in the chambers & bore. Custom grips are sound with a couple of small dings and shows light diamond point wear with good oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. May have been fired but if so very little. 4-48760 JR322 (6,000-10,000)

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2061

*RARE COLT BISLEY FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER MADE FOR THE AMERICAN MARKET. SN 278376. Cal. 45 Colt. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver target front sight in its rectangular base and 1-line block letter address with left side of bbl marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 45 COLT”. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed, fixed rear sight. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Screws & trigger are fire-blued. Mounted with rare 2-pc fleur-de-lis and diamond checkered walnut grips. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were 976 Target Model Bisley revolvers produced during the years 1894-1915 and of that total only 97 were produced in caliber 45 Colt. All visible SNs are matching. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 95-96% glossy orig factory blue with slight muzzle & ejector housing edge wear with faint sharp edge wear on the frame; front & back straps are minutely thinned as is the cyl which also shows front & rear edge wear; screws & trigger retain about all of their bright fire blue, a little dull on trigger face; hammer retains bright case colors on sides and rear edge, lightly to moderately faded on top edge. Grips are sound with a few minor nicks & scratches and retain virtually all of their orig varnish with very light diamond point wear. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. Has been fired but very little. 4-48757 JR318 (10,000-15,000)

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2062

*RARE BISLEY FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 278368. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, missing front sight blade with 1-line block letter address and left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) / COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed fixed target rear sight. Mounted with 2-pc rampant Colt hard rubber grips which are marked on inside of left grip “F.M. ELWELL / LOS ANGELES / CALIF. / FEB 1913”. All visible SNs are matching. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were 976 Flat Top Target Bisley Model revolvers produced in the period 1894-1913 of which only 78 were made in caliber 44-40. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains 60-65% orig blue turning a little plum on some areas of the bbl with scattered spots of light surface discoloration; ejector housing is a blue/gray patina on the outer radius with some fine pin prick pitting; frame retains strong blue on left side, thin on right side and top strap; front & back straps are a plum/brown patina; cyl retains strong blue in the flutes, thin on outer diameter. Grips are sound showing moderate to heavy diamond point wear with the left side turned chocolate. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore. 4-48764 JR321 (6,000-10,000)

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2063

SCARCE COLT BISLEY FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 160895. Cal. 455 Eley. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, rnd top military front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side, without the “(BISLEY MODEL)” marking. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Frame is flat top style with dovetailed fixed rear sight. Bore has Metford style rifling which is found on only a very few revolvers and then only on those in British calibers. Mounted with smooth 2-pc walnut grips that have last four digits of matching SN inside each grip. Buttstrap has a factory lanyard loop and trigger is full checkered. All visible SNs are matching and rear face of cyl is marked with last four digits of SN “0897”, obviously switched during the period of use with a sister revolver. Bottom of bbl and each flute of cyl is marked with tiny British proofs. This exact revolver, identified by SN, is pictured on p. 128 of A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore, with credit to the Collection of Capt. William Peterson, USN. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were 976 Bisley Flat Top Target Revolvers produced in the period 1894-1913 of which 196 were in caliber 455 Eley. Apparently the bbl marking found on this revolver is quite rare. PROVENANCE: The Collection of Capt. William Peterson, USN. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except cyl as noted. Bbl retains 65-70% orig blue with a small cleaned area on left side and another on right side just above the ejector housing; outer radius of the ejector housing and top gullet have also been cleaned to near bright metal; frame retains 60-70% bright blue showing evidence of coarse cleaning as does the trigger bow; front & back straps retain bright glossy blue, a little thin; cyl is cleaned to a thin blue/brown patina. Grips are sound with a couple of bruises on each side and overall retains most of their orig oil finish with a handworn patina. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-48790 JR350 (5,000-8,000)

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2064

EXTREMELY SCARCE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 168033. Cal. 41 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with cal. marking on left side. Left side of frame is marked with 2-line, 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with 2-pc Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal. 41 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, rubber stocks and shipped to the Colt San Francisco Agency on November 11, 1896 in a one gun shipment. According to the book Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, there were only 16,402 Single Actions produced in this cal. of the 357,859 produced 1873-1941, which calculates to only about 4.5% of the total production, making this a rather scarce sgl action. Consignor spent 25 years trying to find a 90% plus gun like this. They are extremely rare in this condition. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains about 96% glossy orig blue with only muzzle edge wear, a couple tiny scratches and slight thinning on the left side. Ejector housing retains approximately 92% strong orig blue with light holster wear on the front of the outer radius. Frame retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere, thin on the recoil shield and reloading gate. Hammer retains bright case colors, turned dark on top edge. Trigger guard retains strong case colors on the plate, flaked on the front strap and trigger bow. Backstrap is mostly a blue/brown patina with strong blue at the top and on the buttstrap. Cylinder retains about 90% orig blue, strong and bright in the flutes, and on both front and rear faces. Outer diameter shows sharp edge wear and thinning. Chambers retain virtually all of their strong orig blue. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Shows very little use, just handling and holster wear. 4-49408 JR304 (15,000-25,000)

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2065

FINE EARLY CIVILIAN COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 72202. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and caliber marking on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with very nicely figured, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. SN was observed in usual places on bottom of frame, trigger guard & butt strap with last four digits of SN on bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing and on outer diameter of cylinder. This revolver was produced in 1881 during the period of the great westward expansion where Colt was king on the frontier. These revolvers usually saw hard & continuous service in every imaginable weather usually with limited or no maintenance and are rarely encountered today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 50-60% glossy factory blue with balance flaked, not worn, to medium/dark patina. Ejector rod housing retains 75-80% glossy factory blue with the loss areas flaked to a medium patina. Frame retains traces of case colors having been cleaned to a light gray patina. Hammer is the rare 1878 type with short knurled spur with line and is finished bright on sides and retains most of its fire blue on top & back edges. Trigger guard retains most of its brilliant factory blue, slightly faded on front strap. Back strap & butt strap retain dark factory blue, moderately faded & thin on back strap. Cyl retains about 90% strong factory blue, slightly thinned on outer diameter. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its brilliant factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with a few tiny scattered spots of pitting. 4-48351 (14,000-17,000)

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2066

SCARCE LONDON VARIATION OF COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 141005. Cal. 455 (presumed to be 455 Eley). Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, rare, tall V-shaped front sight and 1-line block letter “PALL MALL, LONDON” address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in broken circle. Fitted with a scarce, checkered, Bisley style, niter-blued trigger and mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Bbl has the very rare Metford rifling found only on single actions of British caliber. Cyl & bbl have tiny British proofs. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 455 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, wood grip & shipped to Colt’s London Agency on June 3, 1891 in a 20-gun shipment. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were only 1,150 Single Actions produced in this caliber out of the approx. 357,859 made prior to WWII, making this a very rare Single Action. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except cyl which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains 95-96% strong, orig, glossy factory blue with feathers still visible on each side of the front sight which indicates that this sight is orig to this bbl; ejector housing retains about 90% orig blue with light thinning on outer radius; frame & hammer retain strong case colors in sheltered areas being mostly moderately to heavily faded; cyl retains 30-40% orig blue, strong in the flutes, thin on outer diameter. Trigger guard & backstrap retain blue in sheltered areas with front & backstraps a blue/brown patina. Grip is sound showing light to moderate edge wear, a couple of bruises on left side and retains a hand worn patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. A rare & seldom encountered Single Action. 4-48766 JR335 (10,000-15,000)

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2067

SCARCE ETCHED PANEL COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 108904. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of bbl has a fully legible etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” and the bottom is marked with a tiny “44”. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 C.F”. Screws are blued and it has an orig early base pin with dimpled ends. Mounted with early 2-pc rampant Colt & eagle hard rubber grips. This revolver is pictured on p. 53 of A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore. It is pictured in a period money belt & holster and identified by SN with credit to The William W. Dalrymple Collection. Attached to the belt in the photograph is a monogrammed presentation shield marked “Wells Fargo & Co. Express 1893” along with a letter addressed to “Spcl. Agent Bradley, Huron, South Dakota”. PROVENANCE: The William W. Dalrymple Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 85% strong orig nickel with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a dark patina; frame retains about 95% strong orig nickel with slight wear on left recoil shield and a cleaned area on the loading gate; trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig nickel, turned dull on front & back straps; ejector housing retains about 90% orig nickel; cyl retains about 60% orig nickel with most of the losses in one area consistent with long term storage in a holster; that area is bare metal with brown patina in two flutes. Grips are sound showing heavy wear, turned slightly chocolate. Mechanics are fine, strong bore, dark with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-49011 JR60 (9,000-12,000)

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2068

FINE COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 92096. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with clear, fully legible etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on left side. Bottom of bbl is marked with a tiny “44” just forward of base pin. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web is marked “44 CF”. It is mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip that has 2 matching numbers “96” legible in the backstrap channel. Revolver has 3rd type ejector housing with half-moon ejector rod head. Backstrap is engraved in block letters “J. FITCH.”. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in cal 44-40 with bbl length and type of stocks not listed, nickel finish and shipped to Hartley & Graham, NY, NY, on June 14,1883 in a shipment of 200 same type firearms. Given that this revolver was shipped in 1883, which was the height of a great Manifest Destiny westward expansion in America, it is very likely that this revolver would have been used probably by a lawman or an outlaw as it is unlikely that an ordinary cowboy would have gone to the extra expense of the nickel finish. Regardless, it is rare to find a single action Colt from this era with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 75-80% strong orig nickel with a clear, legible etched panel; ejector housing retains about 60% orig nickel; frame retains about 60% orig nickel, lightly cleaned on top strap and right front side; trigger guard and backstrap retain most of their orig nickel with nicks and dings on buttstrap and corresponding spots on the bottom edges of grip; cyl retains about 40% orig nickel with the balance flaked to metal patina; trigger guard retains about all of its strong orig nickel and backstrap/buttstrap about 80% orig nickel; grip is sound with the aforementioned nicks and dings on bottom edges and overall retains a hand worn patina; mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with scattered light pitting; hammer spring is a replacement. 4-47550 (10,000-12,000)

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2069

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH PALL MALL LONDON ADDRESS. SN 37155. Cal. 45 Boxer. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter “HARTFORD PALL MALL LONDON” address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard the caliber marking. Bottom of bbl & cyl have tiny British proofs. Mounted with 1-pc smooth ivory grip that is made in the orig style of two slabs of ivory attached to two wood spacers. Ejector housing is second type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, of the 357,859 Single Actions produced from 1873 to 1941 only 729 were in caliber 450 Boxer. This revolver will letter in its current caliber with nickel finish, 5-1/2″ bbl, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Colt’s London Agency on Oct. 10, 1878 in a 30-gun shipment. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all visible numbers matching. Bbl, cyl & grips are unnumbered; overall retains most of its strong orig nickel with the majority of the losses on the front & backstraps which are cleaned gray metal; screws & base pin retain most of their orig fire blue; trigger guard & left side of trigger plate have small dings; cyl retains most of its orig nickel showing very little use; ejector housing also retains about all of its orig nickel. Grip is sound with age lines and retains a fine ivory patina on left side, faded to lighter ivory patina on right side with myriad small age lines. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered tiny spots of pitting; hammer spring has been changes. 4-48793 JR353 (4,000-7,000)

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2070

COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 162011. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” roll marked on left side. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” just in front of frame. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with Rampant Colt hard rubber grips that have last 4 digits of matching SN scratched inside each grip. It is a little unusual that this revolver, produced in 1895 with the black powder frame, when the smokeless powder frame with transverse cyl pin release had been introduced in 1892 and became standard in 1896. Regardless, this is a somewhat unusual late black powder Single Action. Accompanied by a period brown leather, mail order flap holster with brass closure stud and a Cheyenne plug. Belt loop is missing from the back. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains 88-90% glossy orig blue with light surface rust on left side and very light muzzle edge wear; frame retains traces of orig finish in the most sheltered areas, being mostly a silver brown patina with light surface rust; screws are fine and retain most of their orig blue; hammer retains bright case colors on the left side and rear edge, moderately faded on right side and top edge; cyl retains mostly a blue brown patina with stronger blue in flutes; trigger guard retains about 30-40% orig blue, showing wear around the trigger and front strap; backstrap and buttstrap retain strong blue in sheltered areas, flaked to a blue brown patina on the buttstrap and center of backstrap; grips are sound, showing light diamond point wear, turned slightly chocolate on bottom edges; mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting; ejector housing screw is battered; holster is crackled and flexed, missing the belt loop with a tear in top edge of the flap and another around the stud hole, otherwise is sound and retains substantial orig brown finish. 4-47546 (6,000-8,000)

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2071

*COLT FIRST GENERATION FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 227085. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address and “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” roll marked on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and Rampant Colt in broken circle. Mounted with fine 2-pc pearl grips with raised carved ox head on right side. Inside of right grip scratched with name “JOHN DAMON”. Accompanied by Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as: .44/40 cal, 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, shipped to M. Hartley & Company, New York, NY on June 3, 1902, with a 10-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except cyl and grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with glossy bright blue on bbl and ejector rod housing with only slight muzzle edge wear. Cyl & grip frame also retain strong bright blue with some minor flaking on backstrap. Frame retains brilliant case colors in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere. Hammer is moderately pitted on both sides, having been cleaned. Left grip has repaired chip in toe, otherwise grips are fine with great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-48777 JR6 (6,000-10,000)

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2072

*PRE-WWII FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 351163. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Right side of front & backstraps, under the grip, are marked with the matching SNs and rear face of cyl has last two digits of matching SN. Mounted with 2-pc silver medallion, smooth ivory grips that are orig to this revolver. This revolver will letter in caliber 45 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish and rubber grips, shipped Jan. 30, 1928 to Piper & Taft, Seattle, WA in a 1-gun shipment. Remarks section states that the special order number was 14134/1 and also included one pair of ivory stocks which are installed on this revolver. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Bbl & ejector housing retain about 95% glossy orig blue showing holster wear on left side of bbl & tip of ejector housing; frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant in the most sheltered areas, strong elsewhere, faded on the left recoil shield and top edge of hammer; cyl retains about 90% orig blue, strong in the flutes showing wear on front & rear edges with a drag line and light thinning; trigger guard retains strong orig blue with the front strap a blue/gray patina; backstrap & buttstrap retain most of their strong orig blue. Grips are sound and retain a fine ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-48785 JR347 (6,000-8,000)

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2073

*PRE-WWII COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 346213. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly reduced front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with 2-pc pearl grips that have a raised carved ox head with gold covered horns on right side. It also has one red stone in its left eye with its right side stone missing. Accompanied by what is probably its orig rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Right side of front & backstraps, under the grip, have matching SN and rear face of cyl has last two digits of matching SN. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & ejector housing retain 96-97% crisp orig blue with some light muzzle edge & front end wear; frame retains bright case colors in sheltered areas, faded elsewhere; hammer retains faded case colors; trigger guard & backstrap retain most of their orig blue turned plum on front & backstraps; cyl retains about 95% orig blue. Pearl grips are a little large, are sound and show great fire & color; hard rubber grips are also sound with one small nick and light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-48773 JR327 (4,000-6,000)

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2074

*PRE WW-II COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 353011. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, orig thick front sight, 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and a rampant Colt. Mounted with replacement smooth ivory grips that are pencil numbered on inside to this revolver along with a $7.00 price marking, which indicates that they were purchased about contemporary with revolver. The full serial number was observed on the right side of the front & back straps under the grip and the last two digits of SN are stamped on rear face of cylinder. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & cyl retain 98-99% glossy orig factory blue with only slight sharp edge wear and a faint cyl drag line; frame & hammer retain about all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere; grip frame has a few very minor nicks with some minor sharp edge wear. Grips are solid & sound with a couple of age lines and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-48803 (6,000-10,000)

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2075

*FINE PRE-WWII FIRST MODEL COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 251993. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. While the 32-20 cartridge was not a real man-stopper, it was popular in the American West among law enforcement officers and others who wished to have a reasonably effective cartridge with low recoil which also had a matching caliber in the Winchester Models 1873 & 1892. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & ejector housing retain 96-97% glossy orig blue showing light muzzle end wear and a small ding on left edge of muzzle; frame & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, brilliant on sides of frame, somewhat faded on the recoil shield, loading gate & top strap; hammer is lightly to moderately faded; trigger guard retains about all of its bright orig blue, lightly thinned on front strap; backstrap & buttstrap retain bright blue, turned to a plummy/blue patina in the center; cyl retains 93-95% glossy orig blue showing wear around front & rear edges and a light drag line. Grips are sound showing very light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-48767 JR341 (5,000-9,000)

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2076

*RARE PRESENTATION PRE-WAR/POST-WAR COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 357175. Cal. 38 Spcl. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and 1-line block letter address with model & caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips matching numbered to this revolver. Right side of front & backstraps, under the grip,have the matching SNs. This revolver is one of the few assembled after WWII with pre-WWII produced & finished parts. This revolver will letter with 5-1/2″ bbl, in 45 caliber with blue finish and type of stocks not listed. Remarks section will show that it was charged to “Arms Selling Expense and shipped on May 25, 1949 in a one gun shipment to Mr. Graham Anthony, President of Colt’s Manufacturing Company in Hartford for Mr. Charles B. Cook.” Mr. Cook was an executive at The Royal Typewriter Company in Hartford. This revolver was very near the very end of pre-war Single Action SNs and those few revolvers assembled after the war are very rare. CONDITION: Crisp, new & unfired, all matching including grips. 4-48782 JR346 (6,000-8,000)

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2077

*VERY LATE PRE-WWII COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 357034. Cal. 38 Spcl. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and 1-line block letter address with model & caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that are matching numbered to this revolver. Right side of front & back straps, under the grip, are marked with matching SN and rear face of cyl has last two digits of matching SN. This revolver appears to have been produced in 1940 just before WWII when Colt stopped production to gear up for the government orders of WWII. A large number of these revolvers were sent to England on the lend/lease program, most of which have not returned to the U.S. CONDITION: Crisp & near new, has been fired but very little. Overall retains bright orig factory blues and about all of its orig case colors, brilliant in the sheltered areas, strong elsewhere; cyl has a couple of small lines. Grips are equally new showing faint diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-48776 JR326 (4,000-7,000)

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2078

*FINE PRE-WWII FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 317988. Cal. 41 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips with last four digits of matching SN scratched inside each grip. This revolver was produced in 1911 when the West was still active and law enforcement personnel and bad guys were still carrying Single Action Colts. The 41 caliber revolver was favored by a number of people for its reasonable velocity & energy and mild recoil. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except cyl which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 93-95% glossy orig blue with light holster wear around the muzzle and a few spots of wear on left side; ejector housing retains strong orig blue in the gullets showing holster wear and some flaking on outer radius; frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere, thin on recoil shield; cyl retains 92-93% glossy orig blue with one small area of fine pinprick pitting from long term storage in a holster; grip frame retains about all of its orig factory blue, a little thin near the heel of the backstrap. Grips are sound showing very light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, has been fired but very little. 4-48807 JR357 (4,000-6,000)

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2079

*SCARCE DUAL CALIBER COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 340071. Cal. 44 Russian and S&W Spcl. Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking “RUSSIAN AND / S&W SPECIAL 44”. Left side of frame has the 2-line, 3-patent dates and the rampant Colt in a partial circle. Left side of front & backstraps have the matching SNs and rear face of cyl has last two digits of matching SN. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that are probably orig to this revolver. CONDITION: About fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Bbl retains 75-80% strong orig blue with holster wear on left side; ejector housing retains about 80% orig blue; frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, moderately to heavily faded, bright in front gullets and strong in sheltered areas; trigger guard retains strong orig blue and the backstrap strong blue at the top and on buttstrap being mostly a blue/brown patina elsewhere; cyl retains 80-85% strong orig blue. Grips are missing small chips from the rear edges and has a chip on right bottom edge, otherwise are sound showing moderate to heavy wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-48774 JR332 (5,000-8,000)

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2080

*PRE-WWII FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 342638. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Left side of front & backstraps are marked with matching SNs to this revolver and rear face of cyl has last two digits of matching SN. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue with wear on left side of muzzle and thinning on left side of bbl; ejector housing retains bright blue in gullets with outer radius a blue/gray patina; frame retains very strong, bright case colors in sheltered areas with the balance faded to a silver/gray patina; hammer retains strong case colors; cyl retains bright blue in flutes, thin on outer diameter with wear on front & rear edges; trigger guard & backstrap retain blue in sheltered areas with the frontstrap a plummy/blue patina and the backstrap strong blue with fine flaking. Grips are sound showing light to moderate diamond point wear, beginning to turn chocolate. Screws retain most of their fire blue. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-48783 JR343 (4,000-7,000)

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2081

*PRE-WWII FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 302573. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that have last four digits of matching SN scratched inside each grip. This revolver was produced in 1907 when the West still had active outlaws and most business was conducted from the back of a horse or wagon. Some law enforcement officials favored the 32-20 for its reasonable recoil and the availability of rifles in the same caliber. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except cyl which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue with holster wear on left side and some light flaking on right side; ejector housing retains 85-90% strong orig blue with holster wear and flaking on the outer radius; frame retains bright case colors in sheltered areas and lower left side of the frame with the balance fading; hammer retains strong colors on sides and rear edge with the top edge turned silver; trigger guard & backstrap retain glossy orig blue with the bottom half of the frontstrap & backstrap faded blue; cyl retains bright blue in the flutes and about 70% thin blue on outer diameter. Grips are sound showing light to moderate diamond point wear with a small bruise on left side, turned chocolate. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-48800 JR358 (4,000-7,000)

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2082

*RARE BATTLE OF BRITAIN COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 355608. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and 1-line block letter address with model & caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips matching numbered to this revolver. Right side of front & back straps, under the grip, having matching SN and rear face of cyl has last two digits of matching SN. Bottom of bbl, cyl, right side of frame and left shoulder of backstrap have British proofs. Left shoulder of backstrap also has the British broad arrow acceptance mark. Bottom of bbl is proofed in one line which shows a mailed arm holding a sword over “NP” followed by “.45′ .680″ 5 TONS”. Right side of frame & cyl have tiny crown over “GP” proofs. Left shoulder of backstrap is proofed with a crown over “E4” over “M”. This revolver was one of 163 Single Actions shipped to Winchester Repeating Arms Co., New Haven, CT on June 18, 1940 that had been sold to the British Purchasing Commission. Of that order 108 of those Single Actions were in caliber 45 Colt. Of the 163 Single Actions only 63 were nickel finish. A listing on p. 182 of A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore, details the entire SN listing of the Single Actions in that shipment including this revolver. CONDITION: New & unfired, all matching with only one or two tiny spots of nickel loss; one spot is on left edge of muzzle and the other on a land between the flutes of cyl. Grips are equally crisp & new with one or two tiny spots on left side. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, with only a faint drag line around the cylinder. 4-48781 JR339 (8,000-12,000)

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2083

*PRE-WWII FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 352757. Cal. 38 Spcl. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, thick front sight that has been slightly reduced in height, 1-line block letter address and model & caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Buttstrap has a factory stud & loop. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips matching numbered to this revolver. Right side of front & back straps have matching SN and rear face of cyl has last two digits of matching SN. Very few pre-war 38 Spcl. Single Action revolvers were produced and of those, extremely few were nickel finished. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig nickel with slight dulling on left edge of muzzle and ejector housing tip; front & back straps are also slightly dulled. Grips are crisp, just beginning to turn chocolate on left side. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may have been fired but if so, very little. 4-48778 JR340 (5,000-7,000)

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2084

*PRE-WWII FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 343630. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, thick front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has the 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that are probably not orig to this revolver. Right side of front & backstraps, under the grip, has the matching SN and rear face of cyl has last two digits of matching SN. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains 95-96% restored nickel finish with some light flaking and scattered spots of loss; front & backstraps are turned a little milky. Grips show moderate to heavy wear with a bruise or two on each side. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore, would make an outstanding shooter. 4-48775 JR331 (3,500-5,000)

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2085

*SCARCE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH LONG FLUTE CYLINDER AND TEXAS HISTORY. SN 331060. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly reduced front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with left & right, Colt silver medallion, diamond & fleur-de-lis carved, 2-pc walnut grips. Cyl is one of 1,478 Model 1878 DA Frontier cyls that Colt assembled in their Single Action revolvers from 1913-1915. After the Model 1878 was discontinued in 1905 these cyls remained in storage until 1913 when Colt, being the frugal enterprise they were known to be, decided to recycle them by cutting stop notches and approaches on the outer diameter and reworking the ratchet. All of these long flute Single Actions appear in the serial range 330001-331479 plus eight others reported outside of this serial range. This information was extracted from A Study of The Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore. This revolver will letter in caliber 45 with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Krakauer, Zork & Moye Co., El Paso, TX on Sept. 18, 1914 in an 8-gun shipment. Special features shows that it was “Furnished with a double action cylinder of long flute configuration”. While there were a significant number of these long flute Single Actions produced they are rarely encountered today. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue showing holster wear on the left side; ejector housing retains 70-75% orig blue in the gullets, mostly a silver/blue patina on outer radius; frame retains strong case colors in the most sheltered areas being mostly turned silver; hammer retains very bright case colors on the sides & rear edge, turned dark on top edge; trigger guard & backstrap retain bright blue in sheltered areas with the front & back straps a blue/brown patina; cyl retains bright blue in the flutes with strong blue on the front & rear faces, thin on outer diameter. Checkering on grips has been freshened on the left side with a ding on the right side and overall show moderate to heavy wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-48780 JR349 (3,000-5,000)

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2086

EARLY FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER RIG W/KNIFE. SN 77573. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly thinned front sight, one line block letter address and etched panel on the left side. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” just in front of the frame. Left side of frame has three line patent dates and it is mounted with an original one piece ivory grip. Replaced grips. Ejector housing is third type with bulls eye ejector head. Base pin is also original type with dimpled ends. Accompanied by a fine period leather belt that is about 34″ x 2″ with unusual string inlay and 36 sewn-on cartridge loops containing 7 modern 44-40 cartridges. Also accompanied by a period leather holster with sewn rear edge and toe and nicely tooled front and rear with brass grommet lanyard hole in the toe. Additionally accompanied by an antiqued (20th cent.) bowie knife with 8″ heavy clip point blade, 13″ overall with 1/8″ thick oval brass double hand guard mounted with two piece smooth bone scales secured with three brass rivets. Blade is 3/16″ thick with slightly tapered tang along with knife sheath with steel grommet and tooled decorations. Also accompanied by A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore which pictures this revolver on p. 42, identified by serial number, along with its complete rig as described above. The caption states “shown with its contemporary 1880’s belt, holster, bowie knife, sheath and corroded cartridges” with credit to the William W. Dalrymple Collection. Finally accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver, as found, with barrel length and type of stocks not listed, shipped to Hartley & Graham NY, NY on March 10, 1882 in a 100 gun shipment. It was common practice for major distributors such as Hartley & Graham to provide special grips for plated guns. PROVENANCE: William W. Dalrymple Collection, Barnes Family Collection. CONDITION: Revolver retains about 30% original nickel, mostly on the bbl and top strap; bbl has moderate to heavy pitting around the muzzle with the loss areas a dark patina; etched panel shows wear but is mostly legible; frame shows pitting around the front gullets with the flaked areas a dark patina; hammer retains about 50-60% original nickel; trigger guard and front strap are a cleaned gray metal patina; back strap retains about 40% original nickel and cylinder is a gray metal patina with fine pitting over the front 1/3 and in the flutes; ejector housing retains strong nickel in the gullets and a gray-metal patina on the outer radius; mechanics are fine; strong bore with moderate pitting; grip is sound with a beautiful golden ivory patina and light damage from rust from the front and back straps. Knife is very good with fine pitting on the blade, which appears to be nearly full length and is a gray metal patina; grip scales have age lines on each side and retain a fine ivory-like patina. Belt, holster and knife sheath show moderate to heavy wear with some crackling and finish loss but overall retain most of their original brown finish; knife sheath is very dry with heavy flexing on the tip and a cut in the back edge and is restitched; the buckle billet is a replacement but the buckle appears to be original. Book is fine. 4-47646 JR204 (7,000-10,000)

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2087

*FINE COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 264522. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address, left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL)” with caliber marking. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with 2-pc rampant Colt hard rubber grips. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue and the ejector housing 92-93% orig blue; frame & hammer retain most of their strong orig case colors, bright in sheltered areas, moderately faded elsewhere; screws & trigger retain most of their orig fire blue; trigger guard retains most of its orig blue, slightly dulled on front strap; back strap retains bright blue at the top and on the butt strap with the center a plum/blue patina; cyl retains about 85% thinning orig blue. Grips are sound and show light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-48367 JR61 (3,000-5,000)

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2088

*RARE WILBUR GLAHN ENGRAVED COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 282422. Cal. 44 Russian & S&W Special. Blue and color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl. Full thick front sight & one-line block letter address with left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) RUSSIAN AND / S&W SPECIAL 44”. Left side of the frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with 2-piece Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Revolver is engraved by Wilbur Glahn in his typical flowing foliate and floral patterns that have very fine pearled background with the frame having about 70% coverage. Matching engraving patterns extend up both sides of the bbl, top of the backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard. Recoil shield, loading gate, top of the backstrap & buttstrap have Mr. Glahn’s distinctive V-shape patterns. Front strap, backstrap and trigger are beautifully checkered. Left side of the buttstrap, frontstrap and inside ejector housing are marked with the assembly No. 1074B. This indicates that this revolver was returned to the factory for restoration which is likely the time that Mr. Glahn was commissioned to engrave it. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter which identifies this revolver as a Bisley Model in Cal. 44 with 5-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stock not listed and shipped to Schovering, Daly & Gales, NY, NY on Oct. 4, 1906. While this revolver was not originally factory engraved, it certainly was engraved by a factory engraver at the time it was returned for restoration. The bbl and cylinder were probably replaced at the same time. The bbl is quite rare with its dual caliber marking. CONDITION: Pristine, new and unfired. Retains virtually all of its crisp factory finish with bright blues and brilliant case colors. Grips are sound, showing light to moderate diamond point wear, and the right side turned a little chocolate. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-49404 JR302 (30,000-50,000)

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2089

*THE LONE RANGER’S COLT! SCARCE BEN SHOSTLE ENGRAVED 2ND GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER THAT BELONGED TO THE LATE ACTOR JOHN HART. SN 32395SA. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickle finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address with model and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line three patent dates and the Rampant Colt. Bottom of the bbl is stamped in tiny letters “SHOSTLE”. Mounted with orig 1-piece ivory grip with raised buffalo skull motif on left side. Inside each ivory slab has the SN in pencil along with “TD ’83”. Left side of the front and back straps, under the grip, is marked with the SN. Revolver has nearly full coverage, very deep relief engraving in leaf and vine patterns. Ejector housing, backstrap, buttstrap, and trigger guard are engraved to match. Both sides of the front sight are engraved. Cylinder has matching engraving with a feather border pattern around the rear edge which is also found in the top gullet of the ejector housing. This revolver is pictured on page 251, as well as on the cover and identified by serial number, in the book Guns That Talk, LaFever & Root, in a grouping of 5 single action colts, captioned “A few of the Colt Single Actions owned and used by John Hart, the Lone Ranger”. Inside the cover is the inscription to Herb Wilmers over the signature of Nick LaFever, the author. This inscribed copy of this book accompanies. Also accompanied by a cook book by John Hart with an autographed color picture of Mr. Hart kneeling by his star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Also included in the lot is a fabulous black and white photo of John Hart signed and inscribed to our consignor and also identifies the gun by serial number. John Hart was born December 13, 1917 and died December 20, 2009. He grew up in California and as a youngster worked as a cowboy on two different California cattle ranches. He was mostly a western movie actor but appeared in a variety of films beginning in 1937. He was drafted into the Army in WWII and rose to the rank of 1st Sgt and served in the Philippines. After the war he returned to acting and in 1953 replaced Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger for one year in the T.V. series by the same name. He also continued acting in supporting roles in various movies and in 1957 portrayed “Hawkeye” in the syndicated western series Hawkeye and The Last of The Mohicans. He also continued to appear in various T.V. shows. Accompanied by a fine glass topped, burgundy velvet lined Colt custom shop showcase. CONDITION: Appears to be new and unfired retaining virtually all of its custom finish after engraving. Grip has a few age lines and retains a light ivory patina. Case is equally new. 4-48384 (12,500-27,500)

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2090

RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH TEXAS CONNECTIONS. SN 164018. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Nickel and gold finish with 4 3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight & 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and rampant colt in a partial circle. It is mounted with modern replacement 2-pc ivory grips with raised carved ox head on the right side. Revolver is beautifully engraved in New York-style, probably from the Nimschke shop, possibly by the master himself. Engraving consists of about 80% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame, bbl, buttstrap & trigger guard. Top of backstrap is engraved in a fan pattern with triangular center. Backstrap is engraved in snake and dot patterns with matching patterns on top strap & in top gullet of ejector housing. Outer diameter of the ejector housing is very nicely engraved in geometric patterns & a flower blossom. Cylinder is beautifully engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes, a beautiful double line swag pattern from flute to flute with border patterns at the rear edge. Cylinder, hammer, trigger & base pin are gold plated with the balance of the revolver nickel finished. Ejector housing is 2nd type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 38-40 with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel & gold finish, pearl stocks with carved American Eagle motif, factory engraved & shipped to J. Bielenberg, Brownsville, Texas on December 21, 1895 in a one gun shipment. Also accompanied by the book Colt Factory Engravers of the Nineteenth Century, Houze which is furnished simply as a reference for engraving. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains virtually all of it’s fine, factory-style restored finish. Replacement grips are sound with a dark artificially aged patina. Hammer is not solid in the safety or half-cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bore is worn with fine pitting and a ring near the muzzle which has caused a slight bulge. Book is near new. 4-48291 JR82 (8,000-12,000)

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2091

*CUSTOM ENGRAVED PRE-WWII COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 319236. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address with left side ROLL marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44-40”. Left side of frame has the 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with smooth, 2-pc, silver medallion ivory grips. Revolver is very nicely engraved in very deep relief foliate arabesque patterns with nearly full coverage on frame & top strap. Matching patterns extend nearly full length of the bbl & around front sight with additional matching patterns on ejector housing. Cyl also has nearly full coverage matching patterns with only the flutes not engraved. Top of backstrap has a very nicely detailed snarling grizzly bear head with matching foliate arabesque patterns down the backstrap, on the buttstrap & trigger guard. Altogether a very nice custom engraved Single Action. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all visible numbers are matching. Overall retains virtually all of its custom finish with crisp bright blues and strong, bright case colors with one small scratch on left side of barrel. Grips are sound with a few light age lines and retain a fine medium ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired since custom finishing. 4-48772 JR330 (5,000-7,000)

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2092

*SCARCE JOHN ADAMS ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN JA453. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 4 3/4″ bbl, full front sight & 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates with rampant colt. SN is in a special range numbered especially for master engraver John Adams. Left side of front and backstraps are matching numbered and also have the additional SN of “S07820A”. Front strap and buttstrap also have the date “6.23.95” along with Mr. Adam’s signature. It is mounted with smooth 2-pc gold medallion ivory grips, matching numbered to this revolver. Revolver is beautifully engraved with about 60% coverage Nimschke-style foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background and a hunter star on each side of the front of the frame. Top strap is engraved in feather patterns. Bbl, cylinder, backstrap, buttstrap, trigger guard & ejector housing are all engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns. Sides of the front sight are engraved. Top of the backstrap is engraved in a Nimschke-style fan pattern with checkerboard center. John Adams is a self-taught engraver who worked for many years as a master engraver at Colt, producing over 3,000 engraved pieces for them. He then became an independent engraver and has continued, with his son as Adams & Adams Engraving, producing numerous, wonderful pieces of art for the firearms collecting fraternity. All together an exceptional & beautiful single action revolver. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its wonderful custom finish with bright blue & brilliant case colors. Grips are also extremely fine. Brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-48919 JR79 (4,000-7,000)

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2093

*FINE VIRGIL GRAHAM ENGRAVED COLT 3RD GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 90152SA. Cal. 45 Colt. All blue finish with 7 1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 1-line block letter address and model & caliber on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt inlaid in flat gold. It is mounted with beautiful 1-pc pearl grip. Left sides of front and backstraps have the matching SN. Revolver is beautifully engraved with about 95% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame and recoil shield. Bbl is engraved nearly the full length on both sides in a variety of mixed patterns. Outer radius of the ejector housing is engraved to match with scallop & arrow patterns in the top gullet. Cylinder is engraved to match with a feather border pattern around rear edge. Hammer is also engraved to match. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard also have full coverage engraving with the backstrap in a braided pattern with alternating foliate arabesque & stars. Buttstrap is engraved in a Nimschke crossed ribbon pattern with gold stars. Frame is outlined in rose gold with silver accents. Recoil shields are outlined in yellow gold as are the front sides of the frame. Bbl is inlaid with gold wire around the address & beautiful geometric patterns on top & around the front sight. Each side of the bbl, about center is engraved in a stylized cornucopia that has 7 gold stars on one side & 6 on the other. Cylinder is inlaid with 2 gold wire bands around the rear edge & around the flutes and front edges. Lands between the flutes are also engraved with the cornucopia style flag motif inlaid in gold with 6 stars each. A truly spectacular example of the engravers art. Robert Virgil Graham was a fine artistic engraver who passed away in 2003 leaving a legacy of numerous beautifully engraved firearms. CONDITION: Appears to be unfired since engraving. Grip is crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-48933 JR78 (5,000-8,000)

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2094

*BEAUTIFUL VIRGIL GRAHAM ENGRAVED 3RD GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN SA13072. Cal. 45 Colt. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of bbl has the model & caliber marking. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with beautiful 1-pc pearl grip. Revolver is wonderfully engraved by the late Virgil Graham and signed on front of frame. Engraving consists of sparse geometric & foliate arabesque patterns with checkerboard patterns on each side of the bbl boss. Frame is outlined in flat gold wire and the cylinder has four wide gold bands around the rear edge. Top strap & recoil shields are inlaid with flat gold wire as is the trigger bow. Each side of the muzzle is engraved with a triangle pattern outlined in gold wire connected to a gold band. Ejector housing is engraved in a scallop pattern with arrows and the outer radius is inlaid in 2-color gold with Nimschke style crossed ribbons that has a gold star in the center over a gold inlaid arrow with wavy gold wire inlay. Top of back strap is engraved in a Nimschke style flower blossom and the back strap is inlaid in flat gold “Walker Patterson Inman”. The late Walker P. Inman was an inveterate collector who lived in Star Valley, Wyoming who passed away a few years ago. Robert Virgil Graham was a fine artistic engraver who passed away in 2003 leaving a legacy of numerous beautifully engraved firearms. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Appears to be new & unfired since engraving. Overall retains about all of its crisp custom blue finish. Grips are sound showing great fire & color. 4-48925 JR76 (5,000-8,000)

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2095

*SCARCE VIRGIL GRAHAM CUSTOM ENGRAVED COLT 2ND GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 6479SA. Cal. 45 Colt. All blue finish with 7 1/2″ bbl slightly altered front sight with 1-line block letter address and model & caliber marking on the left side. Left side frame has 2-line, 3 patent dates & rampant Colt. Mounted with smooth 2-pc gold medallion ivory grips. Left side of the front strap and backstrap, under the grip is marked with the SN. Revolver is beautifully engraved by master engraver Virgil Grayham & has his signature on the bottom front of the frame. Engraving consists of 80-90% coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns on the frame and recoil shields with Nimschke-style feather patterns on the top strap. Matching engraving patterns extend over the bbl and around front sight with leaf & vine pattern in top gullet of ejector housing. Top of backstrap is engraved in a beautiful fan pattern with a braided pattern down the backstrap that has alternating bands of foliate arabesque and inlaid gold stars. Buttstrap is engraved in a Nimschke-style crossed ribbon pattern and trigger plate is engraved in leaf & vine patterns with inlaid gold foliate arabesque patterns on trigger bow. Cylinder is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes with incorporated gold wire inlays. Sides of frame are outlined in gold wire with incorporated gold foliate arabesque patterns. Cylinder has double gold and silver bands around the rear edge with a gold band around the muzzle & at the frame with beautiful geometric patterns on top outlining the address. Hammer is also outlined in gold wire. Robert Virgil Graham was a fine artistic engraver who passed away in 2003 leaving a legacy of numerous beautifully engraved firearms. CONDITION: Appears to be unfired since engraving retaining virtually all of its crisp dark blue. Brilliant shiny bore. 4-48935 JR77 (4,000-7,000)

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2096

*WONDERFUL CUSTOM CATTLE BRAND ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN SA52448. Cal. 45 Colt. All blue finish with 5 1/2″ bbl, full front sight & 1-line block letter address with model & caliber markings on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and rampant colt. Mounted with beautiful 2-pc smooth ivory grips that have gold medallions. Left side of front and backstraps, under the grip have matching SN. Grips are numbered “41482”. Front strap is missing the grip locator pin. Revolver is beautifully engraved with extremely fine, semi-relief, foliate arabesque patterns that has a fine shaded background. Left recoil shield is engraved with a very detailed longhorn steer. Revolver is also engraved with about 32 different Texas cattle brands inlaid in silver on the frame, bbl, cylinder, front & backstraps & buttstrap. Cylinder additionally has 2 narrow inlaid gold wire bands. Bbl is inlaid with gold bands & a simple geometric pattern near the frame and around the muzzle. Ejector housing outer radius is beautifully inlaid in gold with a “Colt” logo & “45” along with “Riding for the Brand”. The 3 frame screws are also engraved. Front flat of the frame, below the base pin is engraved “DRH”, the initials for the engraver, Don Henderson. This cataloger has not previously knowingly encountered Mr. Henderson’s work but it certainly ranks near the top for modern custom work. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Appears to be unfired, retaining virtually all of it’s beautiful custom finish. Grips are sound, bright shiny bore. 4-48940 JR80 (4,000-6,000)

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2097

*SCARCE COLT 3RD GENERATION BUNTLINE SPECIAL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN SA53489. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 12″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address with model & caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant colt in a circle. Mounted with matching numbered, smooth 2-pc walnut grips. SN is found on bottom front of frame and on left side of the front & back straps under grip. Last four digits of matching SN are on front face of cyl around the bushing hole. Accompanied by its orig 1-pc brown cardboard box, owner’s manual and hang tag with gold end label. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, new, unfired & unturned. Box is fine with tape & light soil. 4-48282 JR309 (1,750-2,250)

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2097A

*CUSTOM ENGRAVED RUGER SUPER BLACKHAWK 44 MAGNUM REVOLVER FROM “BOCEPHUS” COLLECTION. SN 24538. This Ruger Super Blackhawk 44 Magnum with 6-1/2″ bbl was once in the collection of Hank Williams Jr. and has an accompanying affidavit and factory certificate from Ruger Collector’s Association stating gun was from catalog number S47 with following features, “.44 Magnum Caliber, 6-1/2” barrel, steel Dragoon style grip frame, ribbed cylinder frame, super polished finish, micro rear sight, patridge ramp wide front sight, walnut grip panels, black Ruger “eagle” grip medallion, serial number size: 1/8″, action type: “Old Model” single action. The 6-1/2″ barrel S47 was produced during 1966 only.” Gun has since been fully engraved and had checkered ivory grips with “bear” vignette on right side added. The orig wood grips accompany the pistol also. PROVENANCE: Hank Williams, Jr. Collection. CONDITION: The gun is in very fine to excellent condition overall retaining most of its orig finish with engraved initials on backstrap of “DRW”. The date “1998” is engraved on a scroll on frame flat. The “ivory” colored grips were not removed to see what material they are made of but appear to be elephant ivory but fit loosely. Action is crisp and bore is shiny and well defined. 4-49363 (4,000-6,000)

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2098

*CASED PAIR OF COLT BOA DA REVOLVERS. SN BOA 0133 & BOA 0134. Cal. 357 Mag. Revolvers are identical except for bbl length. Number BOA 0133 has a 4″ bbl and BOA 0134 has a 6″ bbl. Both have ventilated ribs with red ramp and white outline sights. Bbls are marked “BOA .357 / 357 MAGNUM CTG.” on the left sides with the company name and address on the right sides. Side plates have the Rampant Colt. Both are mounted with checkered 2-pc, gold medallion, rosewood grips. Accompanied by their orig 1-pc wood grain, styrofoam lined cardboard boxes that have owners manuals and other papers. Also accompanied by a Colt custom shop, burgundy velvet lined oak casing recessed in the bottom for the 2 revolvers. CONDITION: Revolvers are extremely fine plus, unfired, as new. They retain virtually all of their orig royal blue, high polish finish. Boxes show corner and edge wear, otherwise are sound. Display case is as new. 4-48321 (4,500-6,500)

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2099

RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT THUNDERER DA REVOLVER. SN 39559. Cal. 41 Colt. Silver finish with 4-1/2″ bbl, half moon front sight and 2-line address. Left side of bbl has a sharp etched panel “COLT DA 41″ and the left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates. Left rear web of trigger guard has the caliber marking. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Frame is beautifully engraved in New York style with about 60-70% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame, sunbursts on left recoil shield and loading gate with leaf & vine patterns on bottom front of the frame. Engraving patterns extend up the sides of the bbl with geometric pattern in top gullet of ejector housing and a snake & dot pattern on outer radius. Top of back strap is engraved with a fan pattern with geometric, snake & dot patterns down the back strap. Cylinder is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes with zig-zag patterns in the flutes. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 41 Colt with 4-1/2” bbl, nickel finish, type of stocks not listed, factory engraved and shipped to Hartley & Graham, New York, NY, Oct. 24, 1882 in a 2-gun shipment. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains nearly all of its fine factory restored finish; trigger & hammer retain strong fire blue. Left grip has a chip at the top rear, otherwise grips are sound showing great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with scuffing in the grooves. 4-47865 JR75 (6,000-10,000)

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2100
Revised: 9/25/2013

Correction: Catalog estimate should read 6,000-7,000.

SCARCE COLT MOD. EL 1877 LIGHTNING SHERIFF’S MODEL DA REVOLVER. SN 23536. Cal. 38 Colt. Nickel finish with 2-1/2″ bbl. Half moon on front sight and 2-line address with etched panel “COLT D.A. 38″ on the left side. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and it is mounted with 2-piece Rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Left rear web of trigger guard has the caliber marking. Cylinder is usual 6 shots with long flutes. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter that identifies this revolver in 38 cal. with 2-1/2” bbl, nickel finish and rubber grips, shipped to Hartley & Graham, NY, NY on March 1, 1880 in a 75-gun shipment. Lightning revolvers are not terribly uncommon but Sheriff model configuration is quite scarce and those with etched panels are rare. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its strong orig nickel finish and most of the blue on the screws. Grips are sound and show light diamond point wear. Mechanics are fine. Bright, shiny bore. 4-49411 JR303 (6,000-7,000)

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2101

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1878 DA REVOLVER. SN 27452. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left rear side of frame has the rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with 2-pc rampant Colt hard rubber grips and has a lanyard stud & loop in the butt. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with long flutes and last three digits of matching SN on rear face. Trigger & edges of hammer are fire-blued with hammer having bright polished sides. Screws are fire-blued. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were 51,210 of these scarce revolvers were produced in the period 1878-1905 in a large variety of calibers, configurations and bbl lengths in blue & nickel finish. It was Colt’s first attempt at a large bore dbl action revolver and was immediately successful becoming extremely popular throughout the American West, Northwest Territories and Alaska. They usually saw very hard service on both sides of the law and are rarely found today with any orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains virtually all of its bright orig nickel finish, probably unfired with some minor flaking on right side of frame and slight dulling of the grip frame with some faint sharp edge losses on the front & back straps. Trigger & hammer retain most of their bright orig fire blue as do most of the screws; hammer screw is lightly faded. Grips are sound showing very little wear, turning slightly chocolate. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-48340 JR73 (5,000-8,000)

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2102

*VERY RARE ENGRAVED EARLY COLT OFFICER’S MODEL FLAT TOP TARGET DA REVOLVER. SN 252863. Cal. 38 Spcl. Nickel & gold finish with 6″ rnd bbl, adjustable target front sight and 2-line address with last patent date “1905”. Left side of bbl is marked “OFFICERS MODEL 38” with Maltese cross at each end. Flat top frame is inscribed “Dr. W.C. Lyon / U.S. Navy”. Mounted with, 2-pc left & right, deep rampant Colt medallion smooth pearl grips. Right grip is numbered in pencil “955” which is the assembly number inside the crane and “252863” which is the SN. This marking may or may not be factory. Left side of butt strap is marked with assembly number “1N” and a square symbol which number & symbol are also found on rear face of cylinder under the star wheel. Revolver is beautifully engraved in New York style probably from the Cuno Helfricht shop with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on rear sides of frame, snake & dot patterns on sides of top strap, diamond patterns on sides of bbl boss with foliate arabesque & floral patterns in the gullets. Foliate arabesque & geometric patterns extend over the bbl, on butt strap & trigger guard. Top of the hump behind the hammer is engraved in a partial flower blossom with feather patterns around the hammer slot. Cylinder is engraved in Mr. Helfricht’s alternating patterns of foliate arabesque & geometric designs with a line border around the flutes and a scalloped border around the rear edge. Back strap & trigger are checkered. Trigger, edges of hammer and sights are fire-blued. Cylinder is gold washed. Right rear web of trigger guard is stamped with a small 6-point star which indicates factory restored finish which is probably when the revolver was engraved. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 38 Colt with 6″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to E.K. Tryon, Jr. & Co., Phila., PA, Nov. 28, 1905 in a 2-gun shipment. Cylinder is early type with dbl cylinder stop notches and it has the early hook cyl latch. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching, grips numbered as noted. Overall retains virtually all of its factory style finish, slightly thinned on the cylinder. Right grip has a sliver missing from the heel, otherwise grips are fine with great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-48907 JR74 (10,000-15,000)

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2103

*VERY RARE CASED AND ENGRAVED COLT POLICE POSITIVE DA REVOLVER. SN 403755. Cal. 38 Spcl. All blue finish with 4″ bbl. Integral half moon front sight and 2-line address with model and cal. marking on the left side. Mounted with beautiful Colt silver medallion 2-pc smooth pearl grips inscribed on the left side “EAF”. Revolver is beautifully engraved, probably by Wilbur Glahn. Engraving consists of about 60% coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background and fine border line engraving around rear sides of the frame. Sides of the top strap are engraved in leaf and vine patterns. Foliate arabesque patterns extend over both sides of the bbl, onto the top strap, rear edge of the frame, backstrap and trigger guard with Mr. Glahn’s distinctive “V” device on the buttsrap. Cylinder is engraved to match with fine line borders around the flutes. Accompanied by its orig blue velvet lined, black Moroccan leather covered casing which is form fitted in the bottom for the revolver. Top of the case is inlaid with a 3-3/4″ X 2-1/2″ silver plated brass plaque engraved “TO / IMPERIAL POTENTATE / ESTEN A. FLETCHER / FROM / THE NOBILITY OF / SPHINX TEMPLE / AAONMS / HARTFORD, CONN. JUNE 10, 1931 / MERTON W. BASSETT / POTENTATE”. Esten Fletcher (1864-1941) was elected Imperial Potentate of the Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine June 1930 for a 1 year term into June 1931, which coincides with the date on the presentation plaque. Mr. Fletcher was active in local politics and charities and was even considered as a candidate for national politics, which he apparently declined. He was very active in the Masonic order, rising to the 33rd degree to which very few attain or even pursue. In order to become a 33rd degree Mason one must have impeccable character and a history of service, not only to the Masonic order but to the local community. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in Cal. 38 with 4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stock is not listed, factory engraved and shipped to Sphinx Temple, Hartford, Conn on June 19, 1931 in a 1 gun shipment, under factory order 3275, delivered by “Mr. Penfield”. PROVENANCE: Esten A. Fletcher. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, probably unfired. Overall retains virtually 100% of its crisp orig factory blue with no visible flaws. Grips are equally new. Case shows nicks and scratches on the outside and retains strong orig black finish. Interior is lightly faded inside the lid and moderately faded with light soil in the bottom. 4-47860 JR101 (12,500-17,500)

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2104

SCARCE LIMITED EDITION BRONZE RAMPANT COLT STATUE BY ALVIN WHITE. SN 22/50. Fine small edition of the famous Alvin White rampant colt that stands 12″ high by 11-1/2″ long on it’s orig 7-1/2″ dia. rnd walnut base. Base has a gold embossed leather tag “THE RAMPANT COLT / A.A. WHITE / 22/50”. These small statues were sold through the Colt Collector’s Association many years ago and rarely come to market today. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of it’s antique bronze finish and about all of it’s orig varnish on the base. Leather tag has some minor separation on two of the corners of label on one end, not affecting any of the embossing. 4-49725 JR420 (3,000-4,000)

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2105

LOT OF TWO PACKETS OF 44 CALIBER COMBUSTIBLE CARTRIDGES. Two identical packets of six combustible envelope cartridges. CONDITION: Fine. Both packets sealed in plastic but appear to be still sealed although each has some loose flakes of powder inside the plastic. Both packets appear to be bright & clean. 4-49668 JR389 (800-1,200)

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2106

EXTREMELY RARE FULL BOX OF CALIBER 31 THUER CARTRIDGES. 2-pc paper covered tin box, 3-3/4″ x 1-7/8″ x 1-5/16″ with orange & black orig label. Label is imprinted “ECONOMIC METALLIC CENTRAL FIRE CARTRIDGES, / FOR COLT’S NEW PATENT REVOLVER, POCKET SIZE”. These cartridges were manufactured by Colt at the Pall Mall London Armoury. The bottom line of the label reads “THE EMPTY CARTRIDGE SHELLS CAN BE RELOADED”. Another extremely rare accessory for a Thuer revolver, in an orig tin of primers for Thuer cartridges being sold elsewhere in this auction. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Box wrapping paper is sealed and cartridges were not examined. Label is lightly soiled but completely intact with only a couple of small nicks. Wrapping paper shows some minor staining but appears to be completely sealed. An extraordinarily rare accessory for a Colt Pocket Model Thuer Conversion revolver. 4-49098 JR373 (5,000-10,000)

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2106A

LOT OF THREE EXTREMELY RARE TINS OF PRIMERS FOR COLT THUER CARTRIDGES. Two lacquered tins with partial mottled paper wrapping and orange & black label on tops. Labels read “250 / Waterproof / PERCUSSION CAPS / FOR / CENTRAL-FIRE / BREECH-LOADING / CASES” with the bottom line the Eley Bros. name & address. The third item is a lacquered tin for 500 primers identical to the first two, the only difference being the orange & black label is slightly larger with larger font and is marked for “500” caps. These are extremely rare accessories for a Thuer revolver, the companions to a box of orig cartridges being sold elsewhere in this auction. CONDITION: 1) Label is completely intact with only one small spot of soil. Paper wrapping is about 60% intact and is very brittle. Caps are extremely fine. 2) Virtually identical in condition of the paper wrapping with light soil & wear on the orange label. 3) 500 rd tin retains about 60% orig lacquer with the label having lost about 15% around the edges and showing moderate soil. 4-49099 JR374 (3,000-5,000)

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2106B

COLT APPLICATION FOR THUER PATENT IN LONDON. This rare British patent document which measures 8″ x 12.5″ was issued to Samuel Colt’s brother-in-law Frederic Von Oppen who headed up Colt’s operations in England on December 31, 1868. Document issued to Von Oppen at No. 14 Pall Mall (Colt’s address in London) and was for “the invention of improvements in revolving breech-loading fire-arms and in cartridges for the same and in devices attached to the said fire-arms for changing the cartridges. A communication to him from abroad by the Colts Patent Fire-arms Manufacturing Company (Incorporated) of Hartford Connecticut United States of America.”. This rare document is in beautiful condition and is sealed by the “Commission of Patents for Inventions”. CONDITION: Very good. Ink is dark and legible. Document has been professionally and archivally encapsulated in Mylar. 4-46491 JS230 (1,500-2,500)

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2107

FINE PAIR OF ENGRAVED STERLING SILVER SPURS BY LEO WESLEY. Beautiful spurs with heavy sterling yoke & shank. Yoke has swinging buttons and the shank chap guards with 2-1/8″ rowels that have 20 flat tip points. Yokes & shanks along with the rowels have full coverage foliate arabesque pattern engraving with zigzag borders and large raised gold longhorn steer heads on the outside of the yokes. Outside buttons also have a small raise gold steer head. Mounted with very nicely tooled, lined straps with silver buckles. Consignor states that he has owned these spurs at least 15 years. He stated he spoke with Mr. Wesley who stated that this is the only pair he ever made in this configuration and he would never make another pair. CONDITION: Very fine, have been worn but appear new. Straps are soft & supple with a fine russet brown color. 4-47781 JR86 (4,000-6,000)

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2108

RARE COLT WALKER PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN B COMPANY 163. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 9″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line left hand New York City address. Left side of bbl lug is marked with SN and the right side “US / 1847”. Left side of frame & buttstrap are also marked with the full SN. Bbl lug & frame SNs appear to have been recut some time in the past. Trigger guard & cyl are marked “B COMY NO 163”. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with oval stop notches and the Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. Cyl also has the legible “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLT’S PATENT” panels surrounding the SN. Rear face of cyl retains its one orig serviceable safety pin. Cyl may be an old replacement. Left side of front strap, under the grip, is marked “163”, which number is also found on bottom of cyl arbor and inside the toe of the grip. Wedge is a period of use replacement bearing the number “29”. It appears that the rammer handle has been repaired and rammer latch spring is a replacement, along with a couple of miscellaneous screws, however most screws are original. This revolver was part of the famous William M. Locke Collection and is pictured as the bottom revolver on p. 43 of the book, The William M. Locke Collection, Sellers. It was also offered for sale by Great Guns Inc. of Durham, NC in an ad in the July 1980 edition of The Gun Report, a copy of which page accompanies this revolver. As is well known, only 1,000 martially marked Colt Walker revolvers were produced in 1847 to arm American troops fighting in Mexico. These revolvers were designed by Samuel Colt at the persistent instigation of Texas Ranger, Capt. Samuel H. Walker, for whom the model was named. For his help Colt presented Capt. Walker with a pair of civilian Walkers which were with Capt. Walker when he was killed at Humantla, Mexico on Oct. 9, 1847. It is well recorded that only 500 of the orig 1,000 Walkers were ever issued to troops in Mexico. Apparently the other 500 arrived after the cessation of hostilities and were never issued in Mexico. All of the issued Walkers were to have been returned by the troops upon embarkation from Mexico, although it is speculated that a few were retained by some of the troops and others lost in battle. So it is unclear just exactly how many did return to the U.S. where they were stored at San Antonio Arsenal, Texas. Some of those revolvers in Texas were issued to Texas Rangers and frontier troops where they saw extensive and hard service. Most of these Walkers remained at San Antonio until the outset of the Civil War when they were confiscated by the Confederacy and it is believed they were issued to Texas Cavalry troops, again seeing hard service under adverse conditions with very little maintenance. It is extremely rare to find a completely orig Walker with any orig finish or cyl scene roll marking. PROVENANCE: William M. Locke Collection CONDITION: Fine with old restored finish, all matching except wedge as noted. No orig finish remains, being an overall smooth gray brown patina with very fine pinprick pitting; rammer handle repaired as noted & latch spring replaced as noted; cyl is a matching patina with a few scattered spots of pitting and shows 50-60% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with the Ormsby signature still visible and the two panels surrounding the SN completely legible; the finish on the cyl may be slightly enhanced; trigger guard is a medium mustard patina and the backstrap an artificially aged blue/brown patina; frame is a matching patina with fine pitting and lightly enhanced finish. Grip is sound showing heavy wear with a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with light frosting. 4-47559 (85,000-95,000)

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2109

MARTIALLY MARKED COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 6482. 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 is marked with a tiny “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” The square back brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in the butt strap channel. Grip has a legible “SK” (Samuel Keeler) inspector cartouche on the left side and a “WAT” (William A. Thornton) sub-inspector cartouche on the right side. Various parts have small sub-inspector initials. Cyl is 6-shots with oval stop notches and its single prominent safety pin. Cyl has the Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and the scarce “U.S. DRAGOONS” / COLT’S PATENT” panels surrounding the SN. It also has a partial pressure ridge. Accompanied by an outstanding “COLTS PATENT” Dragoon flask with plunger spout and “COLT’S PATENT” marked swinging cover ball chamber. Flask also has the “WAT” inspector initials and has low mounted, triangle shaped hangers. Additionally accompanied by a very rare russet brown leather military flap holster with tab closure and Cheyenne-style plug. 1st Model Dragoons are occasionally encountered but rarely with any cyl scene whatsoever or grip cartouches. PROVENANCE: Dr. John M. Pickup Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Revolver retains traces of orig finish on the bbl with the balance having been cleaned to bare metal and has some very fine scattered pin pricks of pitting; frame, cyl & hammer are also cleaned to bare metal with scattered fine pin pricks of pitting; trigger guard & back strap are a medium mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes, otherwise is sound with moderately worn edges, a few nicks & scratches and retains a wonderful hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore, slightly frosty in the grooves. Flask has a repaired seam on the bottom with a slightly open seam on one side and retains a very dark copper patina. Holster is sound with a repaired belt loop, is dry & crackled on the flap but overall is serviceable and retains about 75% orig finish. Altogether a rare grouping. 4-46422 JR55 (25,000-40,000)

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2110

RARE MODEL 1847 WALKER REPLACEMENT “FLUCK” DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 2506. 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 a tiny “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 weak in spots and are almost completely legible. The squareback brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip whose number is obscured in backstrap channel. 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 “254” which number is also on bottom of bbl just forward of the rammer slot. Cyl is numbered “2641” and the wedge is an unnumbered replacement. Accompanied by an orig “E. GAYLORD” marked black military flap holster with brass stud closure. Also accompanied by an orig military belt with inspector cartouche and an oval, lead filled, brass “US” belt plate, a black sheepskin lined cap box, a black leather fuse box with scalloped flap with an illegible name over “US” on the front, an L-shaped nipple wrench, and a very early French brass compass. 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, whether numbering 300 or 1,000 pieces. CONDITION: Very good. No orig finish remains, SNs as noted above. Metal overall retains a dark plummy brown patina, mottled on the bbl with some fine pitting and heavy wear on left edge of muzzle; bbl lug has light hammer marks on both sides; cyl is matching patina with vice marks on opposite sides and shows about 50% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking with readable legends; trigger guard & backstrap are a light mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes and shows very heavy wear with a dark hand worn patina; toe of buttstrap also shows heavy wear. Mechanics are fine, strong bore, pitted in the grooves. Holster is sound, lightly crackled on the flap with some minor finish loss and solid stitching; belt shows heavy wear, missing the tab and retains about 60% orig finish; belt plate is fine; two leather boxes are fine and the brass compass is serviceable. 4-48353 (15,000-20,000)

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2111

1ST MODEL COLT DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 6448. 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 a modern replacement 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. Hammer spring is flat style instead of the usual V-shaped spring which was standard on these revolvers. Revolver has small inspector initials on various parts and probably was a martially issued piece, but without the final inspectors’ cartouches on the orig grip, that statement cannot be positively made. 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. CONDITION: Good, all matching except wedge and grip which are unnumbered. The steel parts overall retain a smooth gray metal patina with fine pitting on the bbl lug and a spot of heavier pitting on left side of frame; cylinder is a matching patina and shows 25-35% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with both panels mostly legible; trigger guard & backstrap retain a medium mustard patina. Replacement grip is sound with a few nicks & dings and retains a handworn oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-48806 JR377 (6,000-10,000)

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2112

US COLT WALKER REPLACEMENT DRAGOON. SN 2156. Cal. 44. This is a very nice “as found” example of the rare Walker replacement Dragoon once known as the “FLUCK”. This gun was recently discovered in a northern estate. These guns were made to replace Walker revolvers that had left service. Of the few hundred replacement Walker Dragoons most saw very hard service and finding an orig example with no restoration like this example is difficult. This gun conforms to other examples with 7-3/8″ part round/part oct bbl. Small inspector “P” are found on many parts including frame, cyl, backstrap, hammer, loading arm, and trigger guard. Gun appears all orig and authentic showing honest hard use and no abuse. The distinctive Walker style “slim-jim” grips have good color matching the overall look of this scarce martial Colt. CONDITION: Gun is brown/gray overall with tiny traces of muted case color in protected areas. Bbl and cyl have scattered areas of staining and pitting. Cyl has “ghosts” of rolled scene visible. Mechanically gun is sound and functional with good markings though a few letters and address are weak as can be seen in photographs. Stocks are sound and solid with a chip on right toe of right grip. 4-49299 JS203 (15,000-25,000)

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2113

OUTSTANDING CASED COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION PISTOL. SN 15711. 44 Cal. This is a fine example of an apparently never fired 3rd Model Dragoon retaining most of its original finish in its original factory case with accessories also in excellent condition. This gun is in the usual configuration with 7-1/2″ partially octagonal bbl, German silver blade front sight and single line New York address. Left side of frame stamped “Colts Patent”. Cylinder scene is crisp and well defined showing the rolled “Texas Ranger/Indian Fight”. The “Ormsby” signature is complete and easily read as can be seen in photos. Surrounding the serial number on cylinder are two ribbons reading “MODEL USMR” & “COLTS PATENT”. This gun is all matching, complete and original in every regard, there are few better cased Dragoons than this one. PROVENANCE: Dr. John & Margaret Pickup Collection. CONDITION: This gun is very fine overall showing little wear. The bbl retains over 90% of its original bright blue finish with scattered scuffs and scratches especially in area at left muzzle about 2″ x 1/2″ where finish is worn, being plum and gray. Loading assembly is gray/silver overall with flats of lever being mostly muted case color. Wedge retains most of its color on flats. Frame retains 70-80% muted case colors with balance silver/gray with staining especially on shoulders. Cylinder retains 95%+ of the rolled Indian Fight cylinder scene with 20-30% blue retained. Balance of cylinder is silver/gray with much original blue inside chambers. Two safety pins are still fairly crisp and intact, the other four are partially or totally flat. Back of cylinder which retains strong traces of bright finish around safety pins and a crisp inspector “R”. Stocks are sound and solid with about 70% of their original varnish. Backstrap and trigger guard retain over 90% of their original silver plate. All markings including bbl address and serial numbers are all crisp and legible. Accompanying 6-3/4″ Colt marked flask with angled spout retains 60-70% of its original brown lacquer and is otherwise complete and functional. Accompanying 44 caliber two-cavity bullet mold has “S” stamped on one side and sprue cutter is marked “Colts Patent”. Body of mold retains over 90% of its original blue finish with scattered nicks and scratches. Sprue cutter retains most of its finish, though thinning and turning plum. Included is a packet of cartridges. Case lining has scattered wear and fraying as expected. Fits gun, mold and flask very well. Top of case has crack running its entire length, but overall case is sound and solid with the normal scrapes and scratches. Case still retains an original contemporary key that operates lock. The Dixon marked oiler in case is in excellent condition as is the carved bone container with screw top. 4-48769 JS138 (70,000-90,000)

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2114
Revised: 9/25/2013

Correction: The photo in the catalog contains the wrong tin. The correct and original tin to this set is photographed online and will be sold with the gun.

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE EARLY CASED COLT HARTFORD-LONDON 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 3. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and ultra rare hand engraved left hand address “SAML COLT, LONDON.” Left side of frame is hand engraved “COLT’S PATENT”. 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. Left side of frame & cyl have English proofs. The hammer is, most unusually, matching numbered on the right side. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain an extremely rare, varnished deluxe burl walnut 2-pc grip with blued steel escutcheons and a steel transverse screw. Accompanied by an orig, rare, burgundy velvet lined English oak casing with empty medallion in the lid, a rnd lock escutcheon on the front with swinging latches. Interior is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a fine Barlow bag flask with adjustable spout graduated 3/4, 7/8 and 1 dram, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked with an “H” on right side, a lacquered tin of Eleys caps with repoussed brass medallion on top and marked on right side “NO.26”, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a pewter oil bottle and a full sealed tin of orange label Eley Bros. caps. Covered right rear compartment contains bullets & balls. Also accompanied by two letters dated July & August 2002 from renowned Colt historian & author, Joseph G. Rosa, wherein he discusses this revolver and its extreme rarity and that only a very few are known with the engraved bbl address and frame marking as well as the extremely rare 2-pc grip. Additionally accompanied by a 3-page letter from renowned Colt researcher, historian & author, R.L. Wilson, wherein he states that this revolver is “one of the rarest of percussion Colt revolvers”. He also comments that only a handful of 3rd Model Hartford English Dragoon revolvers used the grip escutcheons with transverse grip screw that “This likely reflects a concern that the one-piece grips might not hold up under the stress of a four pound two ounce revolver, particularly with recoil of firing.” He also states that this is the second lowest numbered Hartford English Dragoon known. According to the records of Pete Holder, firearms dealer/collector, who has surveyed 235 of the 700 (more than 33%) Colt Hartford-London Dragoons production, only three revolvers (#2, #3 and #125) have the hand engraved “SAML COLT, LONDON” address and also that only three revolvers (#2, #3 and #125) are known with the grip escutcheon. Also Pete Holder states that serial number 3 is the second lowest number known because he found serial number 2 in England more than twenty years ago. PROVENANCE: Dr. John M. Pickup Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 75-80% orig blue mixed with flaked areas that are a medium patina; rammer & handle retain dark case colors; frame retains faded case colors, turning silver, stronger on the right side; hammer also retains faded case colors with pitting around the nose; cyl is a medium to dark patina with a ding near the front edge and scattered pin prick pitting and shows 60-70% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with both panels completely legible; trigger guard & back strap retain about all of their strong orig silver finish with only slight wear at the heel. Grip has a series of bruises on left side at the frame with a few light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its deluxe varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case lid is slightly shrunken and overall has light handling & storage nicks & scratches with some staining on the lid and retains about 80% orig varnish; inside the lid is heavily faded with light soil; bottom is moderately to heavily faded with moderate soil; flask is extremely fine with bright brass & bright blue spring; mold is lightly nicked & dinged with bright blue remaining on the sprue cutter; other accessories are very fine. 4-46455 (40,000-70,000)

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SCARCE MAHOGANY CASED & DELUXE ENGRAVED COLT 3RD MODEL HARTFORD-LONDON DRAGOON, SN 18. 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. 4-48352 (37,500-47,500)

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SCARCE CIVILIAN 3RD MODEL COLT DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 11069. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame is marked with a tiny “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip numbered “11059” in the back strap channel, obviously an assembler’s mistake. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” panels around the SN. Hammer spring is flat style. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only about 2,700 2nd Model Dragoon revolvers produced in the period 1850-1851, making them the lowest production of all the Dragoon revolvers and the most scarce to find, especially with high orig finish. Dragoon revolvers were much sought after as sidearms for use on the American frontier and continued throughout the Civil War and post-war years during the great westward expansion. They usually saw hard & continuous service with very limited maintenance and are very rarely encountered, especially with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Dr. John Pickup Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except grip as noted which is, obviously, an assembler’s mistake as this grip is a perfect fit and has matching condition. Bbl retains 93-95% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear, some minor flaking and a small cleaned rust spot on the right side near the muzzle; rammer & handle retain dark case colors as is typical of Colts of this era; frame retains most of its orig muted case colors, turning silver on recoil shields; hammer retains about 75% orig case colors with some minor pitting on hammer nose; cyl retains a thin blue/brown patina and shows about 95% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking with fully legible panels around SN; trigger guard & back strap retain virtually all of their orig silver plating. Grip is sound with good edges, a few nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. An exceptional and rare Dragoon. 4-46442 JR54 (30,000-50,000)

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COLT THIRD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 15387. 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. 4 of the safety pins are crisp and serviceable. 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. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including wedge and grip. Bbl retains about 50% orig blue with the balance turning plum with scattered light surface rust. Rammer and handle retain mottled brown finish. Frame and hammer are a mottled dark brown finish with some scattered pin pricks of rust. Cylinder is a grey metal patina and shows 75-80% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with the “MODEL U.S.M.R.” & “COLT’S PATENT” cartouches sharp and legible. Cylinder has some scattered fine pin-pricks of rust. Grip frame is a medium mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes, otherwise is sound showing moderate to heavy edge wear and a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Brilliant shiny bore with a few small spots of pitting. 4-48908 JR40 (10,000-18,000)

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COMMERCIAL COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 8851. 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 a tiny “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 has three partially serviceable safety pins. Although the frame is “U.S.” marked and various parts have small inspector initials, the grip is without cartouches and it appears that this was a commercial Dragoon assembled from contract overrun parts. 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. This most rare of Dragoons is rarely found today with any orig finish with most having seen very hard use. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except wedge which is numbered “9216”. All the steel parts retain a cleaned gray metal patina with scattered discoloration and some very fine pitting on right side of bbl; cyl is matching patina with scattered spots of fine pitting and shows 75-80% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with crisp clear panels; grip frame is a cleaned medium mustard patina. Grip shows moderate wear with a handworn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with a few small spots of pitting. 4-48805 JR376 (10,000-15,000)

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MARTIALLY MARKED COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 12929. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line address with serifs at each end. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. The rnd brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip that has partially visible SN “29” in backstrap channel which is apparently the first part of “2929”. Grip appears to be spuriously struck with a “JB” (probably for Joseph C. Bragg) cartouche on left side, struck vertically and a “WAT” (William A. Thornton) cartouche on right side, also struck vertically. This appears to have been a civilian revolver that someone attempted to turn into a military revolver not realizing that many civilian Dragoons were made with “U.S.” marked contract overrun frames. CONDITION: About good, all matching including wedge & grip, wedge screw is missing. Traces of orig blue remain on bbl lug with the balance a mottled medium brown patina; rammer & handle are a gray patina; cylinder is mostly a medium brown patina and shows about 50% Dragoon/Indian fight scene with “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” panels above & below the SN completely legible; trigger guard & backstrap retain a medium mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes and a couple of gouges on right; shows heavy wear and retains a handworn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-48749 JR368 (5,000-8,000)

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MARTIALLY MARKED COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 16801. 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 with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel, which have been overwritten with the full SN in pencil. 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. One safety pin is still serviceable. Left side of grip has a faint cartouche which appears to be “GDS” (G.D. Shattuck) and the right side a legible 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. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge & grip. No orig finish remains being an overall mottled brown patina with pitting on right side of bbl lug, on the rammer and at the muzzle; frame also has an area of pitting at the right front end of the frame; frame, hammer & backstrap have matching patina; cylinder is a lighter patina with a few small spots of pitting and shows 60-70% Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking; trigger guard retains a dark mustard patina. Grip has a gouge on bottom right edge and overall shows moderate to heavy wear and retains a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. 4-48814 JR375 (7,000-12,000)

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SCARCE COLT FIRST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 5865. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and left hand New York City 1-line address. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” The square back brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip whose backstrap and buttstrap channels are dark and oil stained, obscuring any numbers present. Cyl is usual 6 shots with oval stop notches and traces of orig Dragoon/Indian Fight Scene roll-marking along with traces of a pressure ridge. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 7,000 of these scarce revolvers produced in the period 1848 to about 1850 with the majority of them seeing hard service on the American Frontier and later throughout the Civil War, usually under harsh circumstances with limited or no maintenance, and are rarely found today in orig configuration with any orig finish. CONDITION: Good to very good. Overall retains a mottled blackish brown attic finish with scattered pitting on right side; it is all matching except the wedge and grip, grip as noted above and the wedge has the number “351” in a matching size font indicating an orig equipment period of use replacement; cyl has a line of deep pitting with some scattered fine pitting; grip has chipped toes and shows heavy wear with traces of orig finish and retains a dark hand worn patina; mechanics are fine; worn dark pitted bore. 4-47543 JR (5,000-8,000)

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COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 16958. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York City address. Top flat of bbl lug contains a dovetailed 2-leaf, 3-position sight. Frame is 4-screw style cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw and extended stock yoke screws. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” The brass trigger guard and iron back strap contain an oil finished 1-pc walnut grip whose backstrap channel is dark oil stained making any numbers illegible. Left side of grip has a partially legible “JCB” (Joseph C. Bragg) cartouche and the right side a completely legible “WAT” (William A. Thornton) cartouche and there are small inspector initials on the various other parts. Cyl is in the white, never having been originally blued and has the dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. All six safety pins are crisp & serviceable. This revolver appears to be new & unfired but has several areas of pitting reminiscent of blood pitting or possibly having been stored in a leather holster for an extended period in very damp circumstances. PROVENANCE: Floyd Everhart (1981); Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge & cyl, grip as noted above. Bbl retains 60-70% thin orig blue with the aforementioned pitting. Rammer handle retains faded case colors with pitting. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig faded case colors with scattered small spots of pitting. Cyl retains its orig bright finish with areas of pitting and overall retains 65-75% dragoon/Indian fight scene. The “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLT’S PATENT” legends are mostly legible. Chambers of cyl are bright and clean and appear unfired. Trigger guard, which was never silver plated, is a medium mustard patina. Backstrap retains traces of thin blue with several areas of pitting. Grip shows moderate to heavy wear with slightly chipped toes & heels and has several dings & bruises and is probably not orig to this revolver. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-47554 (6,000-10,000)

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COLT SECOND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 8308. Cal 44. Usual configuration with 7 1/2″ octagon to rd bbl. German silver front sight and New York City address. Left side of the frame has a small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. Cylinder is usual 6 shots with 5 of the 6 safety pins serviceable and the SN possibly restamped. The brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in the backstrap channel. Rammer handle appears to be an unnumbered period of use replacement. Backstrap is hand-stamped “GEN.JOHN.MORGAIN.” and the left ear of the backstrap is hand scratched “DC”. CONDITION: Good, all matching including wedge and grip. No orig finish remains with the bbl and cylinder an artificially aged silver/brown patina. Frame has been cleaned on the left side with scattered fine pitting. Recoil shields and right side of frame are a dark patina. Trigger guard and backstrap are a light mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes with a deep recess in each bottom edge, shows heavy wear and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp bore, dark in the grooves with pitting. 4-47658 JR41 (2,500-4,000)

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SCARCE CIVILIAN COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 11701. Cal 44. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rd bbl, German silver front sight and New-York U.S. America address. The 4-screw frame, cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw and short stock screws, has small “COLTS PATENT” on the left side and the caliber marking is on the left shoulder of trigger guard. All the SN’s of the bottom of the revolver are accompanied by a small punch mark which signifies that this revolver was to receive extra attention in the polishing room. Cylinder is rebated and usual 6 shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a fine, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in the backstrap channel. This revolver was produced in 1861 during the build-up of Union forces for the Civil War and virtually any firearm produced by any American manufacturer was being purchased by the government and very few civilian arms of that era are known. 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. Also accompanied by two pages of historical information titled “Special Finish Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver Serial Number 11701”. It states that in Nov. 1861 Samuel Colt began a vigorous campaign to sell his revolvers to the Union Army for the looming Civil War and presented sixty Colt revolvers of various types to high ranking Army personnel and members of the President’s Cabinet. Many, but not all, were inscribed and fall within the serial range 11672 thru 11719 for the Model 1860 Army. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge and grip. Bbl retains 90-92% glossy orig blue with light muzzle wear and some light thinning over the address. Rammer handle and pivot retain bright case colors. Frame and hammer retain brilliant case colors and a silvered area on the left recoil shield. Cylinder retains about 50% glossy orig blue with 2 areas of blue loss and fine pitting consistent with long-term storage in a holster in damp circumstances. Overall cyl shows about 50% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard retains 85-90% orig silver. Backstrap and Buttstrap retain about 30% glossy orig blue with the balance mostly flaked to a gray patina with fine pitting, again consistent with long-term storage in a flap holster. Grip is sound with 1 sm chip in the edge, a few light nicks and scratches and retains virtually all of its brilliant orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-48909 JR37 (15,000-25,000)

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LATE NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 188946. Cal. 44. Late 1870 production, near the end of this model run. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame had “COLTS PATENT” in a small oval which is now worn away with only the “C” visible. Mounted with a very early 1-pc ivory grip inscribed on the side ” ’72”. Grip is constructed of two slabs of ivory attached to an ivory spacer block in the orig style. Revolver is engraved by L.D. Nimschke with full coverage on the frame of flowing arabesque patterns with pearled background and has his sunburst on left recoil shield with matching sunburst on top of backstrap. Foliate arabesque patterns extend over the sides of the bbl and each side of the muzzle with geometric patterns around the address. Backstrap & buttstrap are engraved to match with a fine hunter star on trigger bow. Cyl has usual 6-shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and all six safety pins crisp & serviceable. All visible SNs are matching and are accompanied by “I.P.” which stands for Ivory and Plated, which were signals to the finishing department to give extra attention to the process. CONDITION: Good, all matching except wedge which is a period of use replacement and grip which is unnumbered but original. No orig finish remains except on the trigger guard & front strap which retains about 50% orig silver plating; balance of revolver is a gray metal patina; cyl has matching patina and shows about 70% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Grip has a few age lines and is completely sound retaining a wonderful ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 4-48816 JR367 (5,000-8,000)

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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. 4-48811 JS222 (6,000-8,000)

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MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 7847. Cal. 44. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ round barrel German silver front sight and New-York U.S. America address. The 4-screw frame, with flat head hammer screw and short stock screws, is marked “COLTS PATENT” on left side. Cylinder is usual 6 shots with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking. The brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a one piece walnut grip with matching S/N in the backstrap channel. The left side of the grip has legible cartouche that appears to be “GGJ” or “GGL”. Various other parts are marked with small inspector initials. Although Models 1860 Army were produced in fairly large numbers they’re rarely found with high original finish today as most of them saw hard service throughout the Civil War and later on the American Frontier, usually under harsh circumstances with little or no maintenance. To find one today with strong original finish is, indeed, a great rarity. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching, including wedge and grip. Bbl retains about 90% plummy blue/brown patina with a few scattered spots of pitting around the muzzle. Rammer pivot retains bright case colors. Sides of the frame and hammer retain strong case colors with the recoil shields and top edge of hammer fading to silver. Cylinder retains traces of blue in the rebated area with the balance a medium brown patina and shows 80-85% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking with one spot of heavy pitting. 5 of the 6 safety pins are serviceable. Trigger guard is a light mustard patina. Backstrap and buttstrap retain strong blue at the top and bottom with a main part of the backstrap a blue/gray patina. Grip is sound with a couple of small dings in the edges and overall retains a wonderful hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-49010 JR36 (6,000-9,000)

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MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 37614. Cal 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rd bbl, altered German silver front sight and one line New-York U.S. American address usual rebated cylinder with 6 chambers and Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Frame is 3-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. The brass trigger guard and steel backstrap contain a 1pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in the backstrap channel. Left side of grip has the outline of a cartouche and some of the small parts have tiny inspector initials. This revolver is typical of those which saw Civil War service. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching including wedge and grip. No orig finish remains being an overall cleaned gray metal patina. Trigger guard is a medium mustard patina. Grip has a chipped left toe and shows heavy wear with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-48630 JR38 (1,500-2,500)

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RARE COL. COLT PRESENTATION ENGLISH ENGRAVED CASED COLT 2ND MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 207. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and New-York City address. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” engraved in an ellipse. Cyl is usual 6-chambers with Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll marking and has all six safety pins serviceable. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a beautiful burl, deluxe, 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Trigger guard is very small and square back and is a 2nd type revolver with screw over the wedge and a slotted cyl spindle with a thin lug. This beautiful revolver is wonderfully English engraved with very fine foliate arabesque patterns in full coverage on both sides of frame with foliate & floral patterns on recoil shields. Engraving extends over bbl lug and top side flats with matching patterns on rammer pivot and around muzzle. Bottom of rammer handle is engraved in leaf & vine patterns. Top of backstrap, backstrap ears and heel of backstrap, along with buttstrap & trigger bow are engraved to match the frame. The trigger guard is stamped with a small “2” below the SN. Accompanied by its orig English oak casing with brass medallion inlay engraved in period script “Presented / to / Park Pittar Esqr. / by / Col. Colt”. Inside is lined in burgundy velvet and compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a Barlow bag shaped flask, a brass 2-cavity bullet & ball “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, a pewter oil bottle, two combustible cartridges, a spare hammer spring and cast lead bullets & balls. It also has an orig functioning key. Items presented from “Col. Colt” are the most rare of the presentation Colts and are extremely rare on English items. Park or Parke Pittar was born in Dec. 1814 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and died in 1884 at age 69. He was a businessman, entrepreneur and investor in a variety of companies; one of which was the Charles, Nephew & Co. in Calcutta, India which he and his uncle Charles Pittar founded in 1848 assuming the business of an older uncle. They were jewelers, watch makers, gold and silversmiths and became extremely prominent for high quality goods. They opened an additional shop in Simla, India and were also agents for the famous London firm of Elkington & Co. According to research material provided by the consignor, it seems likely that Col. Colt probably became acquainted with Park Pittar during the 1851 Crystal Palace World Exhibit in London. It is known that Col. Colt either sold or provided Dragoon revolvers numbers 10222 and 10223 which were also in the exhibit, to Charles, Nephew & Co. which is inscribed on the rear of the trigger guard. It is speculated that Col. Colt, not wanting to have his approx. 500 firearms inspected and marked by the Tower of London, possibly defacing or damaging them, agreed not to sell any of his displayed firearms within England, but it is believed that he sold and presented a number of those arms to high ranking political persons, military officers and other important people who could aid in promoting his company outside of England. Charles, Nephew & Co. of Calcutta was just such an entity and it is known that they did distribute firearms. So, the logical conclusion is that once the exhibit was finished Col. Colt presented the 1851 Navy being sold here to Mr. Pittar, probably in about 1853. Included in the information provided is a list of seven 1851 London Navy revolvers that are engraved and/or presented, including this revolver with only two having the square-backed trigger guards and the other 5 having small rnd trigger guards. SN 209 is listed as being engraved and nearly identical to this revolver and it also has a small square-back trigger guard. This information is compiled by renowned English collector and dealer Pete Holder. There is also a 1993 dated letter from renowned collector/dealer Joseph G. Rosa wherein he discusses the nearly identical similarity between this revolver and SN 209. He states that the use of the square-back trigger guard intermittently in these early English Navys was simply cleaning up old parts. Additionally accompanied by a handwritten letter from renowned Colt researcher and author, R.L. Wilson, wherein he describes the gun and states that it was presented in 1853. There is a plethora of information regarding the family and history of Park Pittar and some of his business dealings. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 70-75% glossy orig blue with some light cleaning on both side flats; rammer & handle retain about all of their orig case colors, moderately faded; frame retains about 50-60% faded case colors and the hammer smoky case colors; cyl retains 60-70% strong English blue and about 95% Ormsby Naval Battle scene with one cleaned area and one thin spot; trigger guard & backstrap retain just about all of their orig silver plating, a little thin on the heel with brass showing through on trigger guard. Grip is sound with a few light nicks & dings, showing light edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp bore with a few small scattered spots of pitting. Case is extremely fine with only a few minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish; interior is heavily faded to a light rose color with moderate soil; flask retains most of its orig. finish on the body and about 60% gold wash on collar & spout; mold is crisp with balance of accessories fine. A truly exceptional & rare set. 4-48355 (70,000-90,000)

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TWO COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY REVOLVERS IN AN EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CONTOURED DOUBLE CASING. SN 12185 & 27450. Cal. 36. Both revolvers are nearly identical with 7-1/2″ rnd bbls, German silver front sights, 1-line New-York U.S. America addresses and small “COLTS PATENT” on left sides of frames. Cyls are usual 6-chambers with Ormsby Naval Battle scene roll markings. Silver plated brass trigger guards & backstraps each contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with matching last four digits of respective SNs in backstrap channels. The buttstrap of #12185 is inscribed in period script “H.H. Langdon”. The other revolver is not inscribed. Accompanied by an extraordinarily rare brass bound orig mahogany Colt casing with rectangular brass plate in the lid inscribed in period script “Presented to / Lieut. J.H. Bailey / Quarter Master 1st U.S. Hussars / by the Provost Guard / under his command / January 30th. 1864”. Interior is royal blue velvet lined and compartmented in the bottom with contoured partitions for the revolvers, a fine eagle & stars Navy size flask with angle spout, a blued steel “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, two packets of Colt’s Cartridge Works combustible cartridges and two orig, blue paper wrapped, sealed tins of 250-count Eley’s caps. Covered compartment in the left rear corner contains a used spare hammer and a functioning key. Contour fitted cases are the most rare configuration of all the Colt cases and are very rarely encountered, only on the most special presentation pieces. Unfortunately the orig revolvers for this casing are, as of this writing, not known. Also accompanied by NRA silver medal #81 for the “NRA AFFILIATE CLUB OUTSTANDING DISPLAY AWARD”. The NRA reported that this medal was one of 10 given to the Missouri Collectors Association in 1998 for their use as awards, and they are not aware of who the recipient might be. Lt. Bailey was assigned to the 1st U.S. Hussars, also known as the 3rd New Jersey Cavalry. This unit was mustered in between Dec. 1863 & March 1864 and mustered out Aug. 1, 1865. During their period of service they participated in numerous important battles & skirmishes and were a highly decorated unit in more ways than one. Their uniforms were the most elaborate in the Union Army, even more so than the Zouaves and were known as the “Butterfly Hassars”. A quick Google search disclosed no relative information regarding Lt. Bailey but it seems likely that the presentation of his pistols was probably made at the time of his enlistment. CONDITION: Case is very fine with a couple of minor grain checks in the lid and a couple of cracks in the bottom with storage & handling nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish on exterior; interior shows little or no fading, with light soil. It is likely that the orig pistols did not remain in this case for any period of time; flask is extremely fine with one tiny dent and retains most of its orig finish; mold & nipple wrench are also very fine; cap tins & cartridge boxes are crisp & orig with some minor paper losses on cap tins. Revolvers are nearly identical in condition with bbls retaining about 95% glossy orig blue, a little thinner on #27450; rammer handles both retain bright case colors; frames retain virtually all of their strong, bright, orig case colors, a little darker on recoil shields; hammers retain bright case colors; cyls retain 85-90% strong orig blue with some light thinning & minor flaking and both retain about 98% Ormsby Naval Battle scene; #12185 cyl roll marking is a little more thin; both cyls retain all six of their safety pins with only a couple showing damage; chambers on #27450 retain just about all of their orig blue while #12185 appears to have been fired but still retains some orig blue; trigger guard & backstrap on #27450 retains traces of orig silver in sheltered areas being mostly a medium mustard patina; #12185 retains 30-35% orig silver with balance a medium mustard patina. Grip on #27450 is sound with light nicks & scratches, showing light wear and retains about all of its strong orig varnish; grip on #12185 has light nicks & scratches with light edge wear and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics on both revolvers are crisp with both bores brilliant & shiny showing little if any use. This is an extraordinary case with two very high condition revolvers. 4-48354 (60,000-70,000)

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RARE CASED ENGRAVED & INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 91918. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, rare dove tailed front sight and 1-line Hartford address. Left side of frame is engraved “COLTS PATENT” in a pillow shape. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a beautiful 1-pc ivory grip with checkered bottom edges that has last four digits of matching SN in back strap channel. Screw heads are domed English-style, probably from left over English parts returned to the U.S. when the London Armory closed. Revolver is deluxe engraved by Gustave Young with full coverage flowing foliate arabesque patterns with several scrolls on the frame terminating in flower blossoms. Matching engraving extends over bbl lug and top side flats with geometric patterns around the address. Matching patterns are also on the rammer pivot. Wedge screw is surrounded by an engraved rosette and one scroll terminates in Mr. Young’s stylized bird’s head while two others on the right side terminate in flower blossoms. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved to match with the back strap inscribed in period script “H.B. Allen”. Hammer is deluxe engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the shank, a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer nose, fish scale patterns on sides of the spur & top edge with a V-shape pattern below the hand-cut checkered panel on the spur. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing that is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a brass reproduction, “COLTS PATENT” flask with angled spout, a blued steel 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “36B”, an open packet of “COLT’S CARTRIDGE WORKS” cartridges and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. A search of the personnel directory of the Civil War disclosed a listing of 473 Union soldiers named “Henry Allen” of which eight were named “Henry B. Allen”. While it is likely that the inscription was to a Union soldier, no determination could be made as to the actual owner. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 30-40% thinning orig blue with the balance flaked to a medium patina; rammer pivot retains faded case colors; frame retains silvered case colors turned a little dark, as does the hammer which has light pitting around the nose; cyl is a cleaned gray metal patina with fine pitting around the rear edge and shows 60-70% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking; trigger guard & back strap retain orig silver in sheltered areas with the balance a medium mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes, otherwise is sound and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains 85-90% orig varnish; interior is heavily faded inside the lid with light soil; bottom is moderately to heavily faded with light soil and one partially loose partition; flask has several dents & dings and partially open seam; mold is fine, slightly battered on the bottom; other accessories are fine. 4-48330 JR52 (20,000-30,000)

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COLT 4TH MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH PRESENTATION CASETO “CHARLES BABBIDGE, CHAPLAIN,6TH REG”. SN 102290. Cal. 36. Usual configuration 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 silver plated large guard brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Ormsby Naval Battle scene and all six safety pins sharp & serviceable. Accompanied by a very rare Colt rosewood casing with a brass plate in the lid inscribed “Charles Babbidge / From Classmates / MAY 1861”. Interior is burgundy velvet lined and compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a Navy size “COLTS PATENT” sgl-sided flask with angle spout, a blued steel 2-cavity bullet & ball “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a sealed tin of UMC caps. Also included is a Massachusetts Civil War medal inscribed around the rim with the name “CHARLES BABBIDGE, CHAPLAIN, 6TH. REG.” Also included is a GAR medal with ribbon and a chaplain’s pin. Additionally accompanied by an unknown bronze medal in the shape of a cross with crossed swords surmounted by a spread winged American eagle. Mr. Babbidge, according to military records, was commissioned chaplain May 11, 1857 and was from Pepperell, Mass. He mustered in as a chaplain on April 22, 1861 into the field & staff of the 6th Mass. Infantry and mustered out on Aug. 2, 1861. He was mustered into the field & staff of the 26th Mass. Infantry on Nov. 17, 1861 and mustered out on Nov. 7, 1864. Records indicate that in 1861 he was 54 years old. CONDITION: About fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 60% thin orig blue, mostly on right side & bottom with left side a dark patina; rammer handle retains dark case colors; frame retains 50-60% case colors, strong & bright on right side, turned dark on left side; hammer retains 60-70% case colors; cyl is a smooth medium brown patina and overall shows about 95% Ormsby Naval Battle scene; trigger guard & backstrap retain most of their orig silver finish with some minor flaking on backstrap. Grip is sound with one or two tiny nicks and retains about all of its bright orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with some shine and moderate pitting. Case has several grain checks in the lid veneer and missing a small piece of veneer, otherwise case is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; inside lid is very lightly faded with a couple of areas of soil; bottom is moderately faded & soiled, partitions are solid with damage from front sight & hammer spur; flask has a couple of dents in bottom and what may be an open seam and retains a dark mustard patina; mold retains 50-60% flaked orig blue with some cold blue on left side; nipple wrench & cap tin are fine; medals are fine. 4-48357 (10,500-12,500)

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MARTIALLY MARKED COLT 3RD MODEL 1851 NAVY/ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 51879. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York City address. Left side of frame has small “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. The small loop brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip that has the matching last four digits of SN in backstrap channel. Both sides of grip have crisp legible cartouches and there are small inspector marks on various parts. The Model 1851 revolver was produced in fairly large quantities but only about 20,000 were purchased by the Federal government for the Army. These government purchased revolvers were universally issued and used from their purchase date through the entirety of the Civil War, after which they were either retained by military personnel and continued in use or were sold as surplus and saw extensive, continuous service on the American frontier by citizens from all walks of life. ’51 Navys are known to have been used by many famous law men and outlaws. Wild Bill Hickock is known to have carried a pair of ’51 Navys. They remained in service well into the 1870s before being supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridge arms. PROVENANCE: Mike Simens (1995); Robert Howard Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including rammer, cyl & grip, wedge is numbered “7273”. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig factory blue with sharp edge wear and a few scattered spots of light surface discoloration; rammer & handle retain most of their orig case colors, mostly faded but strong on pivot; frame retains virtually all of its bright case colors, slightly thinned on recoil shields; cyl retains about 80-85% orig blue and shows about 97-98% Ormsby Naval battle scene; 5 of the 6 safety pins are crisp with the 6th serviceable; trigger guard & backstrap, which were never silver plated, retain a clean, medium mustard patina; grip has one small chip on each toe, otherwise is sound with sharp edges and very minor nicks & one small bruise and retains most of its orig oil finish; inspector marks & cartouches are sharp. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. This is one of the finest Navy/Army revolvers extant and is possibly unfired. Chambers of cyl & bore retain most of their orig factory blue. 4-48789 (15,000-35,000)

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COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY U.S. NAVY NAVY REVOLVER. SN 6863. 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. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver as having been shipped to the Navy in New York, probably the Brooklyn Navy Yard on March 5, 1862 in a shipment of 300 same type firearms. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “883” vs. the last three digits of serial number which is “863”, possibly a field switch. Bbl retains 50-60% orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas, flaked to dark patina elsewhere. It has good feathers around front sight. Rammer pivot retains strong case colors. Cylinder has an area of deep pitting with no finish remaining being a gray/brown patina with remaining Ormsby Naval battle scene being sharp. All six safety pins are crisp. Frame retains about 70% strong case colors, bright on right side with recoil shields turned dark with some very fine pitting. Trigger guard & backstrap are a light brass patina. Grip is sound showing moderate wear with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. 4-48794 (8,500-10,500)

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GUSTAVE YOUNG ENGRAVED COLT 4TH MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 142557. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, rare German silver blade front sight that is probably a period of use replacement for the orig brass pin. Top flat has the 1-line New-York U.S. America address and left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT”, with both left side, front & rear webs of trigger guard marked “36 CAL”. The silver plated large 4th Model brass trigger guard & backstrap contain an orig style Colt 1-pc ivory grip with raised carved Mexican eagle in a raised scalloped frame on left side. Grip is made in the orig manner of two slabs of ivory attached to a central ivory spacer block. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and all six safety pins crisp & serviceable. Frame is engraved by Gustave Young in full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with two scrolls on left side terminating in flower blossoms. Matching patterns extend over bbl lug and rammer pivot with two scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Matching patterns extend over top side flats and the top flat has a dash & dot border pattern around the address. Backstrap has Mr. Young’s style of foliate fan pattern at the top with foliate arabesque patterns at the top, on the heel, buttstrap & trigger bow. Hammer is engraved in his deluxe patterns of foliate arabesque scrolls on the shank, wolf’s head on each side of the nose and fish scale patterns on sides & spur & top edge. These revolvers were Colt’s answer to the demand for a smaller, lighter revolver for use as a holster pistol, especially on the frontier where they saw extensive and continuous service. They remained in service throughout the Civil War until about 1873 when they were supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridge revolvers. Even after that they were still in use to some extent on the American Frontier, in Mexico & South America. Wild Bill Hickock and other notables of that era are documented as using the ’51 Navy. This revolver was undoubtedly produced for a Mexican dignitary or military officer. CONDITION: Very good. No orig finish remains on the frame, bbl or rammer handle, being mostly a smooth gray/brown patina with some scattered fine pitting; cylinder retains an overall thin blue/gray patina and shows 80-85% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Grip has numerous fine age lines and retains a light ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-48748 JR371 (10,000-15,000)

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GUSTAVE YOUNG ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER. SN 128281. Cal. 36. Fine engraved ’51 Navy 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” rolled mark. Cylinder is standard with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. The 4th Model large guard silver plated trigger guard & backstrap contain its orig 1-pc smooth ivory grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Orig factory matching numbered 1-pc ivory grip is extremely rare with not very many known. Revolver is beautifully engraved by Gustave Young with full frame coverage foliate arabesque patterns with fine pearled background. Three scrolls on the frame terminate in flower blossoms. Matching patterns extend over the bbl lug, top side flats and rammer pivot. Four of those scrolls terminate in flower blossoms. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger bow are engraved to match, with Mr. Young’s foliate fan pattern at the top of backstrap. Hammer is also deluxe engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on shank, wolf’s head on each side of the nose and fish scale patterns on the spur & top edge. All visible numbers are matching and the numbers on the frame, bbl lug & buttstrap are accompanied by a small “I” which indicates ivory grip. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains 20-25% thin orig blue in sheltered areas and on the right side with the balance a medium blue/brown patina; rammer pivot & handle retain dark case colors; frame & hammer also retain dark case colors with fine pitting around the hammer nose; cylinder is a thin silver/brown patina and shows 60-70% Ormsby Naval battle scene; trigger guard & backstrap retain thin silver in sheltered areas being mostly a medium mustard patina. Grip is extremely fine plus showing very little wear with much orig polish and retains a beautiful golden ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine and a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-48815 JR378 (8,000-12,000)

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LATE PRODUCTION COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 214630. Cal. 36. Usual configuration 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 the left shoulder of trigger guard has the cal marking. Cyl is usual 6-shots with the Ormsby Naval Battle Scene roll-marking. The 4th type large brass trigger guard and backstrap contain an unnumbered, orig type ivory 1-pc grip. Wedge is a period of use replacement which bears the SN “110905”. Rammer is properly unnumbered. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were 215,348 of these revolvers produced in the period 1850-1873. This being one of the later production pieces, it would not have seen service during the Civil War but almost certainly would have been used on the American Frontier during the great Westward expansion of Manifest Destiny. These revolvers were extremely popular in all facets of American frontier life and famous as well as notorious individuals on both sides of the law were known to have carried and used them very effectively. Wild Bill Hickok carried a matched pair of ’51 Navy Colts and used them with deadly effect, as history records. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 50-60% orig blue with some fine pitting on right side; rammer and handle are mostly a gray patina with the right side of pivot having been lightly cleaned; frame and hammer are mostly a cleaned gray metal patina; cyl is a matching patina and shows about 50% Ormsby Naval Battle Scene; trigger guard and backstrap retain silver in the most sheltered areas with the balance a dark mustard patina; grip shows numerous age lines, mostly on the bottom and left side, with a chip in the left toe and left side of backstrap and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina; timing needs adjusting, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-47557 (4,000-7,000)

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COLT MODEL 1851 LONDON NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 41355. Cal. 36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line London address with dashes. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” with a small “M” inspector initial on left shoulder of trigger guard. Blued steel trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip whose numbers in backstrap channel are obscured by oil staining. Left side of bbl lug and cyl have British proofs. According to accepted numbers, there were about 42,000 of these well made revolvers produced in Colt’s London Armory in the period of 1853-1857, this one, obviously, very near the end of production. These revolvers were mostly purchased by British military officers for use in overseas postings such as India and Africa where they usually saw fairly hard service. Finding one today with high orig finish is rare. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge and cyl, grip as noted above. Bbl retains about 70% orig blue, showing holster wear on sharp edges and front half of bbl, which is a light blue-brown patina. Rammer pivot retains faint faded case colors. Frame retains 70-75% orig case colors, dark on left side, more bright on right side and in sheltered areas. Cyl is a gray metal patina with traces of blue and shows 60-70% Ormsby Naval Battle scene. Trigger guard retains about 30% orig blue, the front and back straps are mostly a blue-gray patina. Grip is sound, showing moderate edge wear with a few chips and scratches in the varnish and overall retains about 80% bright orig finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-48358 (3,500-5,500)

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COLT 3RD MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER. SN 58412. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. The 3rd Model rnd brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Left side of grip has a partially visible cartouche and right side has a cartouche that appears to be “RHKW” (Capt. Robert Henry Kirkwood Whilely) which are reversed. Capt. Whilely’s cartouche should be on the left side since he was the inspector. The sub-inspector’s cartouche should be on the right side. Cylinder has the Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and all six safety pins serviceable. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge & grip. Overall retains a dark blue refinish including frame & hammer; trigger guard & backstrap show a light mustard patina. Grip, which may be a replacement is sound with a couple of small nicks and retains most of a restored finish. Cylinder is matching restored blue with two areas of fine pitting consistent with long term storage in a holster and shows 50-60% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Would make an outstanding shooter. 4-48750 JR370 (1,500-3,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE ENGRAVED PRESENTATION METROPOLITAN POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 2086. Cal. 36. Silver finish with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl, dovetail front sight and 5-shot semi-fluted rebated cylinder. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap are mounted with a fine orig 1-pc ivory grip. Revolver is engraved by L.D. Nimschke in his typical foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background, having full coverage on frame with the left recoil shield having a scroll terminating in a flower spray. Engraving extends up sides of bbl, terminating forward of engraved inscription and has flower sprays on each side. Bottom of bbl lug is engraved in a spider web pattern and bottom edge of rammer handle is nicely engraved. Top of back strap is engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s spider web pattern with shaded triangular center. Top of back strap, heel, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns. Cylinder is engraved in matching patterns on lands between the flutes with a fine dash & dot pattern at the transition. Hammer is engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s deluxe treatment with intertwined foliate arabesque patterns on the shank, wolf’s heads on each side of hammer nose and fish scale patterns on sides of spur & top edge. Top of bbl is engraved in period script with the inscription “Presented to Hon. E.C. Stacey by Co. C. 2d Regt. Min. Cavy. Jan. 1. 1864.” The location of this inscription is most unusual and rarely ever encountered. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about a total of about 2,750 Police Model revolvers were produced in the period 1864-1866 and of that total only about 1,150 were unmarked as is this one. Edwin Clark Stacy (or Stacey) (1815-1897) migrated from New York to Minnesota, arriving in about 1856. He was schooled as an attorney and educator and became a farmer when he settled near Geneva, Minnesota. Upon his arrival in Minnesota he was appointed as a commissioner to help organize Freeborn County and became the county’s first Judge of Probate. He was also a member of the Constitutional Commission. In 1860 he moved to Albert Lea, MN where he continued his legal practice and also engaged in the real estate business. He served as County Auditor, County Superintendent of Schools and again as Judge of Probate. He was a descendant of a Continental soldier who fought at Bunker Hill and also another who was a chaplain in the War of 1812. In 1876 he was a candidate for Congress, apparently unsuccessfully. It appears from the presentation that Judge Stacy became a member of the 2nd Regiment Minnesota Cavalry which was organized at Fort Snelling, MN, in Dec. 1863 & Jan. 1864 and posted on the MN frontier until May 1864 when they marched to Fort Ridgley, MN, in late May. The unit participated in Sully’s expedition against hostile Indians west of the Missouri River from June to October 1864. They fought in the badlands of South Dakota Territory July 5-28, at the Battle of Kildeer Mtn. and at Two Hills in the Badlands in early August. They effected the rescue of Fiske’s emigrant train most of the month of September 1865 and remained on frontier patrol duty between Forts Wadsworth, Abercrombie, Ripley & Ridgley. They remained at Fort Snelling headquarters until May 1866. Several companies including Company C however, were mustered out in Nov. & Dec. 1865. During the unit’s term of service they had four enlisted men killed and three officers and 56 enlisted men die of disease. It is unclear if Judge Stacy was actually a member of the 2nd Minnesota Cavalry or was simply instrumental in organizing Company C as no record of his military service could be found. It appears likely that Judge Stacy was a benevolent benefactor in organizing and equipping the unit which, in their gratitude, presented him with this fine engraved revolver. This exact revolver appeared on the covers of the 7th & 9th editions of Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms and as part of a collage on p. 208 of Steel Canvas, Wilson. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. Bbl & rammer retain 95-96% strong orig silver with some minor discoloration around muzzle and light losses around forcing cone area. Frame retains most of its orig silver finish with some light pitting on inside of recoil shield. Hammer retains strong silver finish with light pitting on each side of hammer nose. Trigger guard & back strap retain virtually all of their strong orig silver finish. Cylinder retains 85-88% silver finish with some light bubbling & flaking. Grip is sound with sharp edges and retains a wonderful ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine & light pitting. 4-48798 (8,000-12,000)

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FINE CASED PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER TO J.H. WHEELER. SN 19111. Cal. 36. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” with the caliber on the left shoulder of the trigger guard. Mounted with 1-pc ivory grip which is engraved on left side “J.H. WHEELER / 1864. N.C.”. Buttstrap is engraved in period script “C. Sully Wheeler / A 5864”, possibly the date May 8, 1864. The “A” may refer to “Anno Domini” (AD). Serial numbers on the frame, trigger guard & buttstrap are accompanied by a small “E” which, indicates special polishing for engraving, or in this case, for plating. Last four digits of SN were observed on the rear face of cyl on two lands between nipple recesses. Backstrap channel of grip is numbered “5982”, most likely the order number for this revolver. Wedge has the number “5240”. Bbl & cyl have British proofs. Accompanied by an English oak casing with brass disc in center of lid. Case is green baize lined and has the Colt directions label inside lid. This label is overwritten in old red ink “NO. 19111”. Bottom of case is fitted for the revolver, a 2-cavity mold with “COLTS PATENT” sprue cutter and “36P” on right side. Also contains a nickel-plated Dixon bag flask marked on top “COLTS POCKET FLASK”, a Dixon pewter oiler, a nickel-plated L-shaped nipple wrench, a wood handled cleaning rod and a metal tin of Eley’s caps with green & black label marked “W. & C. ELEY”. A compartment in the right rear is missing its cover. J.H. Wheeler (1806-1882) was a lawyer, a diplomat and author who was also the Minister to Nicaragua (1854-1856). He returned to the U.S. at the expiration of that appointment and lived in Washington, D.C. until the outbreak of the Civil War. He then returned to North Carolina to offer his services to his state but apparently was too old to serve. In Sept. 1863 he left North Carolina aboard a Confederate blockade runner and traveled to Bermuda where he then booked passage through Nova Scotia to England. For several weeks in early 1864 Mr. Wheeler spent copying records at the public records office and in April 1864 returned to Bermuda. By that time the Union victory was apparent so he returned to Washington where he remained until his death. It almost certainly was during his time in England that he purchased this revolver and had it inscribed to his son. Very likely there is another. similarly inscribed to his other son. The purpose of his records search was to gather historical information for a second history of North Carolina residents which he was preparing to publish to follow his earlier History of North Carolina which was published in 1851. Mr. Wheeler married twice and with his second wife, Ellen Sully, daughter of Thomas Sully, one of the most distinguished artists of Philadelphia, produced two sons, one of whom was Charles Sully Wheeler who served in the Federal Navy during the Civil War and the other Woodbury Wheeler was a Captain in the Confederate Army. Charles Sully Wheeler was born Nov. 1839 and died May 1916 and is listed as having served in the Federal Navy during the Civil War for eight days in Dec. 1864 as a common seaman. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge & grip as noted above. Overall retains about all of its fine London nickel plating with only slight signs of use. Left side of frame has a few minor scratches and rear face of cyl shows evidence of having been “played with” as all of its safety pins are battered. Grip is sound showing moderate wear on engraving with a few minor age lines and retains a wonderful golden ivory color. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some very minor light pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks and a crack in bottom and is missing a small sliver from right rear bottom edge, otherwise is sound with normal handling & storage marks and retains about 90% orig varnish. Interior is heavily faded & soiled with soiled & yellowed label that has light damage. Mold is fine and retains about 75-80% orig blue. Flask & nipple wrench retain most of their orig nickel finish. Other accessories are fine, missing compartment cover as noted. 4-49195 JR499 (8,000-12,000)

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CASED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 14093. Cal. 36. 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”. The silver plated 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, burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a 2-cavity brass bullet & ball mold, a dbl sided eagle & stars flask, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a packet of five combustible cartridges, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps, a small pewter oil bottle and cast lead balls. 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. Also accompanied by a Bill of Sale from Robin Rapley to Mr. B. DeWolff for this revolver, listed by SN. PROVENANCE: Robin Rapley Collection; B. DeWolff Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains about 40-50% orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn to a dark patina; there is one spot of pitting on the left side toward the muzzle; frame retains about all of its orig case colors, turned a little dark; hammer retains bright case colors on the sides, faded on rear edge and turned dark on top edge; cylinder retains strong blue in the flutes and in the rebated area with the balance a blue/brown patina; trigger guard & backstrap retain silver in sheltered areas being mostly a dark mustard patina. Grip is sound showing light wear with a few scattered small nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine & moderate pitting. Case has a crack in the lid, otherwise is solid with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is very lightly faded with light soil from the revolver; mold is heavily battered with loose hinge; flask has a couple of dents and retains most of its orig brown shellac with light rust on the spring; nipple wrench & other accessories are fine. 4-49246 JR381 (5,000-8,000)

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RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 13612. Cal 36. Blue and color cased hardened with 5 1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of the frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT”. The blued steel trigger guard and backstrap contain a highly figured, burl walnut, varnished 1-pc grip. Revolver is beautifully engraved in New York style with full frame coverage sweeping foliate arabesque patterns that has very fine pearled background. Matching pattern engraving extends over the bbl lug and top side flats, onto the rammer pivot and around the front sight. Rammer handle has an extremely fine checkered panel. Hammer is deluxe engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the shank, wolf’s head on each side of the hammer nose, fish scale patterns on each side of the spur and top edge. Top of the backstrap is engraved in a floral and fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns at the heel and on the trigger guard. Center of the backstrap is engraved “Capt Home. R.H.de Montmorency / 32nd FOOT”. Screw heads are all engraved as are the ends of the wedge with light flourishes by each nipple recess shoulder on the cylinder. Bbl lug and cylinder have British proofs. All SN’s on bottom of revolver are accompanied by a small “L” & a tiny punch mark indicating that the revolver was destined for the London Agency and that it was to receive extra finish in the polishing room which generally indicates that it was to be engraved. Accompanied by a blue velvet lined English mahogany casing with empty plaque in the lid and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a fine bag shaped Dixon “COLTS POCKET FLASK”, a blued two cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, marked on the right side “36P”, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a tin of Joyce caps. Revolver bears an English style finish and it has been engraved in England and finished there as patterns on the left side of bbl lug are cut around the British proofs which would not have been the case had the revolver been engraved prior to shipment to England. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Revolver retains virtually all of it’s English style finish with bright blues and muted case colors. Backstrap and buttstrap are flaked to about 65% blue. Grip is sound and retains most of a beautifully restored finish showing light edge wear on the right side. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with one ring of pitting. Case has 3 or 4 grain checks in the lid and a crack across the rear edge leaving it slightly sprung. Interior is lightly faded and soiled with damage from the front sight. Flask has a few small dents and retains about 90% orig finish. Mold is very fine and retains about 95% orig blue. Other accessories are very fine. 4-47861 JR48 (35,000-50,000)

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FINE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 109082. Cal 31. Blue and color cased hardened with 4″ oct bbl, pin front sight and engraved “Saml Colt” address. Left side of the frame is engraved “COLTS PATENT” in a pillow shape. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a nicely figured varnished burl walnut 1-pc grip with last four digits of matching SN in the backstrap channel. Cylinder is 5 shots with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. Revolver is beautifully engraved by master engraver Gustave Young with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which extend over the bbl lug and top side flats with matching patterns on the rammer pivot. One scroll on the left side of the bbl lug terminates in Mr. Young’s stylized dog’s head and others terminate in flower blossoms. Matching pattern engraving is also on the backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard. Hammer is deluxe engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the shank, a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer nose, fish scale patterns on the sides of the spur and top edge with a hand checkered spur. SN’s on the bottom of the revolver and buttstrap are accompanied by a small punch mark which signifies to the polishing room to do extra polishing for engraving. Accompanied by an orig green velvet lined mahogany casing compartmented in the bottom for a double sided eagle and stars pocket sized flask, a brass 2 cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter and a small cap tin with applied Eley Bros label. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge and grip. Bbl retains 93-95% strong blue with some thinning over the top flats and sharp edges. Rammer and handle retain dark case colors. Frame and hammer also retain dark case colors. Cylinder is a medium brown patina and shows 96-98% stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver plating. Buttstrap and bottom edges of the grip are moderately battered. Grip has good edges with light wear and a few nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light rust. Case has 3 or 4 grain checks in the bottom otherwise is sound with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches and overall retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded inside the lid, moderately to heavy faded with heavy soil in the bottom. Partitions are solid. Flask is extremely fine retaining 97-98% orig finish. Mold has nicks, scratches & dings with bright cavities. 4-49604 JR51 (7,500-12,000)

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CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 180748. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with desirable 6″ 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 a dark green velvet lined mahogany casing partitioned in the bottom for the revolver, a blued 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “31 PKT”, a sgl sided brass eagle & stars flask, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a packet of six combustible cartridges and a cap tin with reproduction label. 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 high orig finish and almost never with an orig case. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 80-85% strong orig blue with some fading about the center; rammer pivot & handle retain brilliant case colors; frame retains brilliant case colors on the sides, turned dark on recoil shields; hammer retains about all of its dark orig case colors; cylinder retains about 30-40% orig blue with the balance flaked to a dark patina and shows 95-97% stagecoach holdup scene; trigger guard & backstrap retain most of their strong orig silver plate with only a few small nicks on the front strap and slight wear on the heel. Grip is missing a sliver from the left heel, otherwise is sound showing light to moderate wear with a few light nicks and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore with two or three small spots of pitting. Case is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains cleaned orig varnish; interior is very lightly faded inside the lid and moderately faded on the bottom with one partially loose partition and some light staining; mold retains about 80% restored blue; flask has 4 or 5 small dents with solder over the collar screws and retains a dull brass patina; nipple wrench is fine; cartridge packet is still sealed; reproduction cap tin is fine. 4-49245 JR382 (5,000-8,000)

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SCARCE CASED INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 193528. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of the frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” & the silver-plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of SN that appears to be “3428”. Cylinder is 6 shots with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking and 4 of the safety pins prominent & serviceable. SN on all parts is “193528” or partial number thereof except trigger guard & buttstrap which were originally numbered “193428” and have “4” stamped over the “5” in these two locations. Buttstrap is inscribed in period script “Wm Kinne”. William W. Kinne enlisted in the 90th NY Infantry as an assistant surgeon, commissioned by the governor of New York on Dec 20, 1861. The 90th NY was almost immediately dispatched to Key West, FL where it remained until late 1862. Surgeon Kinne apparently contracted a tropical type fever & petitioned to be reassigned to a more northern latitude. In May 1862, Surgeon Kinne was granted a 30 day leave of absence to return to New York in an attempt to recover his health. Instead, on June 29, 1862 he resigned and was honorably discharged. It is unclear if Surgeon Kinne actually was involved in any active fighting. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined Colt mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a single sided eagle & stars pocket size flask, a brass 2 cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter & an early tin of Eley’s caps. Also accompanied by a packet of information about Surgeon Kinne’s service and the 90th NY Infantry along with 2 reproduced photos. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching as noted above. Bbl retains 85-90% strong orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn to a medium patina. Rammer and pivot retain strong case colors. Frame retains strong case colors on sides, turned silver on the recoil shields. Hammer retains strong case colors on the sides with pitting on the nose. Cylinder retains 60-70% thin orig blue and shows 96-98% stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard and backstrap retain most of their orig silver plating showing only light wear on the heel. Grip is sound with light edge wear & retains most of it’s orig bright varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case has a couple of grain checks in the bottom and a circular stain on the lid with light handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately to heavily faded with light staining inside the lid with one faded spot. Bottom is moderately to heavily soiled. Flask is fine with a few small dents and retains about 75% of it’s orig finish. Mold has a few small dings on the sides & top with crisp, bright cavitities. Cap tin is fine. 4-48746 JR84 (5,000-7,000)

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LATE PRODUCTION COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 303311. Cal 31. Blue and color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of the frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and caliber is marked on the left shoulder of trigger guard. Cylinder is 6 shots with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in the backstrap channel. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, there were in excess of 325,000 of these little revolvers produced in the period 1850-1873, when they were supplanted by the advent of self contained cartridges. This revolver appears to have been produced in 1868 during the height of the Great Westward Migration of Manifest Destiny where most firearms travelling the western frontier were hard used and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge and grip. Bbl retains about 40% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked to a medium patina. Rammer pivot retains strong case colors. Frame retains bright case colors on the sides, faded to silver on the recoil shields and hammer. Cylinder retains 20-30% thin blue with the balance flaked to a medium patina and shows about 95% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking with one small area very fine pin-prick pitting. 5 of the 6 safety pins are serviceable. Chambers of the cylinder and the bore retain strong orig blue. Trigger guard retains silver plating in sheltered areas and it, along with the backsstrap, is mostly a light mustard patina. Grip has a small chip in the left heel, otherwise is sound with a few very light scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with one small spot of pitting. 4-49601 JR44 (5,000-8,000)

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INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 182327. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & 2-line Hartford address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. The silver-plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain an unnumbered, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder is 5 shots with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking & 4 of the 5 safety pins serviceable. Buttstrap is period script engraved “H. F. Chappell”. Hiram F. Chappell of New London, CT enlisted in Union Army at age 27 as a 2nd Lt on May 7, 1861 & was commissioned into Company E, CT 2nd Infantry, where they were engaged in the first Battle of Bull Run, Feb. 21, 1861. He was mustered out on Aug 7, 1861 & commissioned into Company D, CT 12th Infantry on Jan 1, 1862 and was transferred out on Nov 26, 1864 into Company D, 12th CT Infantry and mustered out on Aug 12, 1865. He was promoted to 1st Lt on Oct 14, 1861 & to Capt on Apr 19, 1863. He was born on Sept 21, 1833, survived the war & died Oct 5, 1915. Capt Chappell’s 12th CT was engaged in the Louisiana area from Oct 1862, participating in several battles there, most notably the Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana May 25-July 9, 1863. In 1864, they were in the Shenandoah in the battles of Winchester Sept 19, 1864, Fishers Hill Sept 22, 1864 & the very costly battle of Cedar Creek Oct 19, 1864 where they suffered heavy casualties. Cedar Creek was their last battle. They participated in the Grand Review in 1865 and were mustered out in Aug 1865. This revolver was listed as item #1833 in a Flayderman catalog. Accompanying this revolver are numerous reprints of histories of the 2nd & 12th CT along with reprints of muster roles for Capt Chappell dating from 1861-1863 and numerous pages of pension applications and supporting documentation. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman, Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge & grip which are unnumbered. Bbl retains about 85% thinning orig blue & the rammer dark case colors. Frame & hammer retain smoky case colors, lightly cleaned. Trigger guard & backstrap retain most of their orig silver plate with light wear on front strap. Grip is sound with lightly worn edges & retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few spots of pitting. Cylinder is gray metal patina and shows 60-70% stagecoach holdup scene. 4-48745 JR83 (3,000-4,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE CASED PAIR OF MODEL 3 1855 SIDEHAMMER ROOT PERCUSSION REVOLVERS. SN 25067 & 25057. Cal. 28. Revolvers are virtually identical with 3-1/2″ oct bbls, brass pin front sights and 2-line addresses with pointing hand motif. Both are mounted with full checkered 1-pc ivory grip. Grips have fine checkered bottom edges and are matching numbered to their respective revolvers. Accompanied by a beautiful, orig rosewood casing with empty brass plaque in the lid. Interior is burgundy velvet lined and recessed in the bottom in Paterson style for both revolvers, a full silver plated dbl-sided eagle & stars flask, a blued steel 2-cavity bullet & ball “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter and an L-shaped screw driver. Bottom front of case has a mortised brass lock with shield shaped escutcheon. Very few 1855 Root revolvers are known with special features and this may be the only cased silver plated pair. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about all of its strong orig silver plating with some light pimpling on backstraps and a few scattered spots on frames along with some minor flaking on cyls. Grip on #25057 has a chipped right heel along with a couple of age lines and a repaired crack, otherwise is sound showing very light wear; grip on #25067 has an age line and shows very light diamond point wear; both grips retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina; the cyl pin lock pin spring is either collapsed or missing, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bore on #25057 is bright & shiny; bore on #25067 is strong with pitting in the grooves. Case has a grain check in the lid and a couple more in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig varnish; interior is moderately to heavily faded with light soil; flask is very fine, retaining about 90% orig silver; mold retains about 60% orig blue with the balance flaked to a light patina with bright strong cavities; screwdriver is fine. 4-48356 (25,000-30,000)

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RARE CASED COLT 1855 MODEL 1A SIDE HAMMER PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 122. Cal. 28. All blue finish with 3-7/16″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address without pointing hand motif. Cyl is unfluted, 5-shots with cabin & Indian fight scene roll marking. Mounted with 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig blue velvet lined mahogany Colt casing, compartmented in bottom with contoured partitions for the revolver, a dbl sided eagle & stars flask, a brass 2-cavity bullet & ball “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an orig maple handle flat blade turn screw with brass ferrule, an L-shaped screw driver and a cardboard packet of Goldmark’s caps. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only about 384 Models 1 and 1A Root revolvers produced. Case is an orig Colt casing made for a Root revolver with longer bbl. Revolver is missing the hand and cyl pin cross bolt spring. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including cyl & grip, except cyl pin which bears number “40”. Overall revolver retains about 92-93% crisp, gloss, orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear with a flaked spot on backstrap; hammer & rammer retain faded case colors; cyl retains thin blue/brown patina & about 98% cabin/Indian fight scene. Grip has a small chip, otherwise is sound and retains about all of its strong orig varnish. Mechanics with missing parts, as noted above, otherwise are fine; bright shiny bore with a couple of spots of pitting. Case has a gouge with touch-up finish in the lid with other light handling & storage marks and otherwise retains about all of its orig varnish; interior is lightly faded & soiled; flask retains about 98% orig finish; mold has been cleaned, with fine pitting on sprue cutter and retains light mustard patina; screwdrivers & cap box are fine. 4-48378 JR147 (8,000-12,000)

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SCARCE CASED COLT MODEL 1855 ROOT PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 5773. Cal 28. Blue finish with 3 1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight with 2-line Hartford address and pointing hand motif. Cylinder is unfluted, 5 shots with cabin & Indian fight scene roll marking. It is mounted with a varnished 1-pc walnut grip numbered in the backstrap channel “5373”, obviously an assemblers mistake. Accompanied by a scarce, orig, burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a zinc eagle & hare pocket sized flask, a brass 2 cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold with steel sprue cutter marked on the right side with a small “K”, an orig oak handled turn screw and a tin container of Eley’s caps. Although this model revolver was produced in quantity they are rarely found cased. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grip as noted. Revolver retains 60-70% orig blue, flaked and thinning on the bbl and backstrap, stronger on the frame. Rammer, hammer and trigger retain strong case colors. Cylinder is a cleaned gray metal patina and shows 60-70% cabin & Indian fight scene roll marking. Cylinder pin latch is chipped and will not retain the pin. Hammer is not solid in the half-cock notch otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case has a couple of cracks in the bottom otherwise is sound with numerous light nicks and scratches and retains most of an old restored finish. Interior is very heavily faded and moderately soiled. Partitions are solid. Flask shows heavy wear with a dark gray patina. Other accessories are very fine. 4-49603 JR50 (3,000-5,000)

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GUSTAVE YOUNG ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 63816. Cal. 36. Third Model Navy with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, rare dovetailed front sight with German silver blade and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. The silver plated brass 3rd Model small rnd trigger guard & backstrap contain a beautiful 1-pc varnished burl walnut 1-pc grip that has last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is usual 6-shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and a groove around the circumference about 1/4″ from front edge. Revolver is engraved in deluxe Gustave Young style with full coverage on frame foliate arabesque patterns with fine pearled background. Three scrolls on frame terminate in flower blossoms. Matching patterns extend over bbl lug and top side flats with one scroll incorporating Mr. Young’s dog’s head. Each side has a fountain-like flower blossom spray. Rammer pivot, backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are engraved to match. Both ends of matching numbered wedge are also engraved. Hammer is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the shank and a wolf’s head on each side of the nose with fish scale patterns on spur & top edge. Frame, bbl, cylinder, rammer & handle have been chemically cleaned to a gray patina. Hammer spring has been replaced by a thin sheet of spring steel, hammer spring screw is changed, hand & hand spring are missing, lock bolt is missing, wedge screw is missing and lock bolt/trigger return spring is also replaced with a thin sheet of spring steel CONDITION: Poor to fair, all matching including wedge & grip. Metal condition as noted above; trigger guard & backstrap retain most of their strong orig silver plating; cylinder shows 50-60% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Grip is very fine plus showing light wear and a few small nicks and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are non-functioning because of missing parts; dark bore with rifling 4-48751 JR369 (4,000-7,000)

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2153

TWO CUSTOM ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS. SN 101989 & 121437. Cal 36. Revolvers are virtually identical with nickel and gold finish, 7 1/2″ oct bbls, pin front sights and one line New-York U.S. America addresses. Left side of the frames are marked with a small “COLTS PATENT”. Rammers, cylinders, hammers and trigger guards were gold washed and revolvers are mounted with beautiful, custom, 1-pc ivory grips. They are accompanied by 2 fine custom 1-pc walnut grips. Revolvers have full coverage flat foliate arabesque engraving with pearled background. Frames, bbls, cylinders, backstraps, buttstraps, trigger guards and rammer pivots are all matching engraving. Hammers are engraved with wolf’s heads on each side of hammer noses. It seems likely that these revolvers were custom built for a stage performer or Wild West show performer, probably someone re-enacting the life Wild Bill Hickok who was known to have carried a pair of Colt 51 Navy revolvers. CONDITION: Very good, as custom finished. Overall retain most of their orig nickel finish with traces of gold wash on the aforementioned areas. Ivory grips are extremely fine with sharp edges and wonderful ivory patina. Wood grips are fine and retain about all of their orig varnish. Mechanics are fine although one hammer spring is a little weak. Number 121437 has been bored smooth while the other has a strong bore with scattered pitting. 4-48621 JR39 (4,000-5,000)

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SCARCE KLAY-COLT 2ND GENERATION MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 24949. Cal. 36. Spectacular 2nd Generation 3rd Model Navy stocked & finished by Frank Klay of Rockland, Mass. This is one of 150 cased sets that he produced in the early 1990s on special order only. This revolver is blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address with “COLTS PATENT” on left side of the frame. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a spectacular flame grain, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip. These revolvers were all finished by former Colt Master Engraver and restoration specialist, Dan Cullity, for Mr. Klay. Accompanied by its orig 1-pc, wood grain, Styrofoam lined cardboard box that is missing its end flap. Also accompanied by its orig Colt-style, burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in orig style configuration in the bottom for the revolver, an outstanding reproduction dbl-sided eagle & stars flask with angle spout, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a reproduction lacquered Eley Bros. cap tin with caps. Also in the case are cast lead bullets & balls and the orig functioning key. And finally accompanied by a large envelope of orig pamphlets, brochures & letters, one of which is the orig invoice dated 19 Nov. ’96 for the revolver & case with an extra charge for special wood. Special ordered by consignor who has maintained it until consigning it to this auction. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all visible numbers matching, new & unfired. Blue & case colors are in orig Colt style with bright blue and brilliant colors. Case is exceptional also and retains virtually all of its orig varnish with bright, clean orig lining; accessories are also equally new. 4-49666 JR314 (3,000-5,000)

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Revised: 10/4/2013

Gun has an additional R.L. Wilson letter that is not listed in the provenance.

US HISTORICAL SOCIETY SECOND MODEL FACTORY ENGRAVED DRAGOON REVOLVER. SN 4234. This is a beautiful and pristine Commemorative of a Second Model Colt Dragoon that was put on display at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. The Second Model Dragoon is of greater rarity than either the First or Third Models. And to find an engraved one is almost an impossibility. This gun exhibits panel scene of “double eagles” (US Historical Society official logo) on left side of frame and the wonderful scroll engraving typical of early Colt revolvers. This gun is marked on the top bbl flat “US HISTORICAL SOCIETY RICHMOND VA” and on left side of bbl “THE ROYAL ARMORIES-H.M. TOWER OF LONDON”. These guns were orig sold by subscription for $2250 in 1989. In a unique historical joint project, The Royal Armouries H.M. Tower of London authorized United States Historical Society in 1989 to produce and issue “The Royal Armouries Colonel Samuel Colt Dragoon” as a limited edition commemorative. Because of the scarce vine style engraving, the U.S. Historical Society requested the use of Michael’s revolver. In another letter from Mr. R.L. Wilson, Chairman at that time of the Antique Arms Committee, he states, “This is to express the thanks of the U.S. Historical Society, and myself, for the loan of your Second Model Dragoon, with its fine early vine style factory engraving, NO. 9646. The engraving of the Society prototype revolver has been completed by Alvin White- the results were superb!” No one can dispute that this is truly a remarkable revolver with an undeniable history, comparable in stature to only two other Engraved Second Model Dragoons that were owned by English Royalty. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection CONDITION: Gun is like new retaining virtually all of its orig finish with bright case colors, silver plating, and brilliant bright blue. Gun is mechanically perfect with shiny crisp bore. 4-49712 (1,000-2,000)

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REPRODUCTION COLT PATTERSON #5 TEXAS MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 97. Cal. 41. Fine old reproduction Patterson with 9″ oct bbl, pinched post front sight and reproduction patent arms address with snake & star at each end. Bore is 11 lands & grooves with right hand twist. Frame is blued with 1-pc flared butt walnut grip. Cylinder is 5 chambers, square shouldered with left hand stagecoach holdup scene roll marking and oval stop notches. All visible parts are matching numbered. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 60-70% flaked blue. Frame and grip frame also retain about 60% worn blue with some flaking on the backstrap. Cylinder is mostly a grey patina. Grip is sound showing moderate wear. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with fine pitting. 4-49701 (4,000-6,000)

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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 JR9 (2,000-4,000)

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LOT OF 12 REPRODUCTION PERCUSSION REVOLVERS. 1) Walker, Cal. 44 SN 26740. Brass plaque on side “DISPLAY AWARD / P.P.B.G.C.A.”; 2) Rogers & Spencer by Euroarms Cal. 44 SN 003938; 3) Lyman Remington New Model Army Cal. 44 SN 137; 4) Lyman Remington New Model Navy Cal. 36 SN 30122; 5) Unmarked Italian Remington New Model Army with engraved brass frame, Cal. 44 SN 7156; 6) Unmarked Italian Baby Dragoon Cal. 31 SN 2968; 7) FIE Italian Colt Baby Dragoon with rammer, Cal. 31 SN 13248, engraved; 8) FIE Italian Colt Baby Dragoon with rammer, Cal. 31 SN 9244. 9) FIE Italian Confederate Brass Frame Copy 51 Navy, Cal. 36 SN 5553; 10) EIG Italian Confederate Copy Brass Frame Cal. 36 SN 27581; 11) EIG Italian Confederate Copy Brass Frame Cal. 36 SN 10420; 12) Non firing die cast engraved 51 Navy with checkered white grips; 13) Five pair miscellaneous hand gun grips including Colt Government Model, checkered Colt Bisley, 1-pc Colt walnut, 1-pc Colt extended grip and dbl-action faux ivory. CONDITION: 1) New unfired; 2) new unfired, ding in grip; 3) New unfired; 4) New unfired; 5) New unfired with rust spots; 6) New unfired; 7) New unfired; 8) New unfired; 9) Polished metal, unfired; 10) New, unfired; 11) Has been fired, brown cylinder, drag line, refinished grips; 12) New; 13) Generally good, 1-pc walnut grip has chipped toes and shows heavy wear. Dbl-action grips have chipped material around escutcheon. 4-49716 JR413 (2,000-3,000)

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LOT OF MISCELLANEOUS CARTRIDGES, FLASKS, CAP TINS, AND PISTOL BOX. 1) Small English oak pistol box, 9″ x 5-1/2″ x 2″ with an empty brass shield in the lid and hand inscribed “E M Archdall”. Box interior has been reconfigured with angled spaces for 2 small Deringers and a cartridge block in the middle containing ten 41 RF Cartridges. 2) Seven packets of combustible cartridges: a) Packet of six 44 caliber cartridges by Sage. b) Packet of six 36 caliber cartridges by American Powder. c) Packet of five 36 caliber cartridges for Police Pistol. d) Packet of six 44 caliber cartridges by Hazard Powder. e) Three packets of 31 caliber cartridges, two with six cartridges and one with five. 3) Box of twelve Frankford Arsenal Cal. 45 cartridges dated 1878. 4) Six tins of miscellaneous revolver caps. Five Eley Bros. and one by UMC. 5) Three orig flasks and five reproduction flasks and a reproduction mold. 6) Miscellaneous cartridges and boxes. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: 1) Box is sound with usual nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly soiled. 2a) Fair to Good. Small portion of top missing. Dark and soiled. 2b) Very Good. Box is sealed, label fine. 2c) Very Fine. Packet is sealed, writing sharp and crisp. No soil. 2d) Poor to Fair, wrapped in old tape that has turned yellow but packet is still sealed. Label is still intact and readable. 2e) All Fine, still sealed. One packet with tape. 3) Packet is opened with all cartridges intact, label is completely legible, cartridges are bright and clean. 4) Two tins with blue labels are good, one with most of its paper wrap intact. Another is missing its label and wrapping, retains strong lacquer. Another tin is a modern reproduction and the fifth Eley tin is plain without label. UMC tin is fine. 5) Peace flask has one small dent otherwise is fine. Two Remington flasks are fine. Reproduction flasks and mold are near new. 6) Full 2-pc box Winchester 38 short RF, green and black label with red band appears fine, ammo is oxidized. Winchester 32 short box with one cartridge, soiled. Winchester 38 short RF with pale green label and yellow band, empty with two broken corners, fine. 4-49718 JR (1,500-2,500)

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EXTREMELY RARE LIMITED EDITION RAMPANT COLT BRONZE STATUE COMPLETE WITH LEATHER BOUND BOOK, THE RAMPANT COLT, BY R.L. WILSON. SN 30 of 100. Statue is cast bronze of the very famous Colt trademark of a rearing stallion produced by the late Tommy Haas in 1968. Mr. Haas, the ultimate craftsman and reproduction artist faithfully copied the orig lead casting formally in the Colt archives and, at that time owned by famous Colt researcher, author & publisher R.L. Wilson. These new castings faithfully followed the orig and exactly 100 castings were made from the orig mold under the supervision of Mr. Haas. Statue measures 21″ high including a 1-1/2″ thick base by about 21″ long. Mounted on a cast bronze oval base that is also 21″ long by about 11″ wide. The base is somewhat domed with cast foliate and rock patterns with a pair of crossed Paterson revolvers towards the front center above the attached 3-5/8″ by 1-1/2″ brass plaque which is engraved “The / Rampant Colt / 30 of one hundred”. The horse as noted, is rearing in the posture representing a war horse holding a spear in it’s mouth and another between it’s front legs as though breaking it. There were only of 100 these bronzes cast in 1968 from the original Cold lead mold pattern of the Rampant Colt that was in the colt factory originally in 1855. The bronze is cast with an embellished base that exhibits two crossed Colt Texas Paterson revolvers. It has a brass escutcheon: The Rampant Colt/ #30 of One Hundred. It is being sold complete with the leather bound book by R.L. Wilson, “The Rampant Colt” which is also #30 matching the number on the bronze. The book comes in its original slip case. The book relates the history of the Rampant Colt and how it is synonymous with the excellence of The Colt Company and its weapons. This bronze is in excellent condition and is complete with two arrows as originally produced. The size is 21 inches high and 10 inches deep and 21 inches wide. Weight about 35 lbs. A wonderful highlight to any colt collection. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Retains virtually all of its orig antique bronze finish. Book is equally new with slight wear on the spine of the slip cover. 4-49717 JR421 (6,000-10,000)

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT 2ND DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 9646. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1 line New York City address. Frame is marked with a tiny “COLT’S PATENT”. Cylinder is usual 6 chambers with dragoon/indian fight scene and “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” and 2 panels around the SN. The silver plated brass square back trigger guard and backstrap contain an exceptional, highly figured, burl walnut 1-pc grip matching numbered to this revolver. Revolver is engraved in vine style scrolls with a wolf’s head on either side of the hammer nose and fish scale patterns on the top edge and hand checkered spur. Matching engraving extends over the bbl lug and top side flats with zig-zag border. Matching engraving is also on the rammer pivot with wide borders at the muzzle and on the transition. Screw heads and ends to the wedge are also engraved. Accompanied by an early English style, orig, brass-bound walnut casing with a brass medallion in the lid engraved with old English initials that appear to be “F.J.” Case is burgundy velvet lined and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an early double sided COLTS PATENT trophy of flags and arms, flask with plunger spout, adjustable to 35 to 40 grains of powder with a swinging lid ball compartment on top. Flask has low mounted triangle shaped hangers. Also included is an orig brass “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity bullet mold with sprue cutter and “L” shaped nipple wrench, a tin for Joyce caps with red top & side labels and a pewter oil bottle. Case is English style, however revolver does not have English proof marks. This revolver is illustrated on page 48 of Colt Pistols, Hable & Wilson. Also accompanied by a letter from renowned Colt authority, historian and author R.L. Wilson wherein he states that only about 2,700 2nd model Dragoons were produced and that “The 2nd model is one of the most difficult of dragoons for the collector to acquire, and of those specimens known today only a handful are engraved”. He relates that Colt dragoon #9623 is in the Windsor Castle Armory Collection and is believed to have been presented by Col. Colt to H.R.H. Prince Albert. He states “It is possible that No. 9646 had been a display revolver used by Col. Colt at the Great Exhibition in 1851, in London, where his products were introduced—“. In a following paragraph Mr. Wilson relates that in addition to dragoon #9623, that #9625, identically engraved, is in the Tower of London Armouries and that this revolver #9646 is identically engraved to both of them in style, quality and other details and he believes that they were all done by the same hand. The Second Model Dragoon is of greater rarity than either the First or Third Models. And to find an engraved one is almost an impossibility. PROVENANCE: R.E. Hable Collection; John B. Solley III Collection. Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge and grip. Overall the steel parts retain a even grey metal patina with some scattered fine pitting on the bbl and cyl. It appears that this revolver may have suffered poor storage in the very distant past and was carefully cleaned. Cylinder is a matching patina with all 6 safety pins intact and shows 60-70% dragoon/indian fight scene. Trigger guard retains virtually all of its orig silver and the backstrap about 60-70% orig silver. Grip is sound with good edges and a few light nicks and scratches and retains about 60-70% bright orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Case is extremely fine with usual storage and handling nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly to moderately faded with wear and soil from contact with a revolver. Flask has a few small nicks and dings and retains a medium mustard patina. Mold is very fine as are the other accessories. Altogether an exceptional and rare, desirable set suitable for the most advanced collection or museum exhibit. In a unique historical joint project, The Royal Armouries H.M. Tower of London authorized The Royal Armouries Colonel Samuel Colt Dragoon to be issued as a limited edition commemorative by the United States Historical Society in 1989. Because of the scarce vine style engraving, the U.S. Historical Society requested the use of Michael Leff’s revolver. In another letter from Mr. R.L. Wilson, Chairman at that time of the Antique Arms Committee, he states,”This is to express the thanks of the U.S. Historical Society, and myself, for the loan of your Second Model Dragoon, with its fine early vine style factory engraving, NO. 9646. The engraving of the Society prototype revolver has been completed by Alvin White- the results were superb!” No one can dispute that this is truly a remarkable revolver with an undeniable history, comparable in stature to only two other Engraved Second model dragoons that were owned by the English Royalty. 4-49623 (55,000-90,000)

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED AND ENGRAVED COLT FIRST MODEL SQUAREBACK MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 344. Cal. .36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight & 1-line New York City address. Frame has tiny “COLT’S PATENT” on left side. Silver-plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain varnished 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is usual 6 chambers with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking & all 6 safety pins mostly serviceable. Revolver is engraved in earliest vine style pattern with wavy border around both sides of frame & recoil shield. Bbl, bbl lug & rammer pivot, along with backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are engraved to match. Ends of wedge are also engraved & there is a border around the muzzle. Hammer is engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of nose, dbl line border & long ear-like projections. Top edge of hammer is engraved in fish scale patterns & has small hand-checkered oval on spur. Accompanied by orig blue velvet-lined mahogany casing, compartmented in bottom for the revolver, an angle spout trophy of flags & arms “COLTS PATENT” flask, brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, full tin of Ely Bros. caps with partial paper wrapping & a few lead bullets & balls. First model Navies are in and of themselves extremely rare, there having been only about 1,250 produced in 1851 with very few surviving today in any configuration or condition. Only a small handful of engraved examples are known & of those, a miniscule number are cased. This revolver, identified by SN appears on pg. 28 of Colt Engraving and again on pg. 20 of The Book of Colt Engraving, Wilson. This revolver has been in several of the finest Colt collections in the country. PROVENANCE: Dr. Robert J. Nelson Collection; Johnny Bassett Collection; George Allen Collection. Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge which is a proper bottom screw wedge but is not numbered and may be a replacement and retains appropriate orig finish commensurate to the rest of the gun. Bbl retains about 75% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and thinning on right side. Rammer pivot retains dark case colors. Frame & hammer are mottled gray patina mixed with silvered case colors. Cylinder is gray-brown patina & shows about 95% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver-plating. Grip shows light edge wear with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, sharp dark bore. Case has crack across lid & another on bottom, otherwise is sound with handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately faded & soiled with solid partitions. Flask is very fine, retaining about 90% orig finish. Mold has been cleaned with restored finish on sprue cutter. Cap tin has rust on lid & is missing about 30% of paper wrapping. 4-49634 (80,000-100,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 LONDON NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH MATCHING NUMBERED DELUXE SHOULDER STOCK. SN 94441. Cal. .36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, rare dovetailed blade front sight & 1-line “ADDRESS COL. COLT LONDON” with dashes. Left side of frame is engraved “COLTS PATENT”. Frame is 4-screw type with extended stock screws. Silver-plated 4th model brass trigger guard & iron backstrap contain a 1-pc deluxe burl walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is usual 6 shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Cylinder SN appears to have been stamped over another number which had been mostly removed. Font of cylinder SN has matching characteristics to other numbers on revolver indicating that it was probably done at factory. Cylinder has standard English proofs while bbl does not appear to have been English proofed. Revolver is beautifully deluxe engraved by Gustave Young in his fine foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background. Hammer nose is engraved with wolf’s head on each side. Matching engraving patterns extend up both sides of bbl lug & top side flats with scrolls terminating in flower blossoms & 1 scroll terminating in Mr. Young’s stylized bird’s head. Rammer pivot is engraved to match. Backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are engraved to match with Mr. Young’s typical fan pattern at top. Screw heads are domed English style. Accompanied by matching numbered orig shoulder stock with deluxe burl walnut & silver-plated yoke & buttplate. Both yoke & buttplate are matching, numbered and engraved to match revolver. Accompanied by an orig red velvet-lined, English oak casing with brass bulls-eye handle in top engraved “FRANCIS BENNOCH, ESQ. RE”. Interior is compartmented for revolver & buttstock along with Dixson bag flask, 2-cavity blued steel Colt’s patent bullet mold, L-shaped nipple wrench & orig all metal cleaning rod, packet of 6 Syms combustible cartridges & lacquered tin of Ely’s caps with partial paper wrapping. Engraved Navy revolvers are somewhat rare in their own right. Cased examples are still more rare and those with deluxe matching numbered shoulder stocks are most rare. The U.S. Historical Society thanked Michael for loaning this engraved shoulder stock as the model for the engraving on the commemorative issue of the Jefferson Davis Revolver. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: About fine, all matching including wedge & grip, cylinder as noted above. Bbl retains about 50% thinning orig blue with fine pinprick pitting. Rammer pivot retains dark case colors. Frame retains traces of dark case colors as does hammer. Cylinder retains about 30% thin orig blue & shows about 95% Ormsby Naval battle scene rolled marking. Trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver-plating. Grip has a chipped right toe & scrape on right side from stock and overall retains strong orig oiled finish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore with a couple small spots of pitting. Shoulder stock retains about 95% bright orig varnish with light nicks & scratches. Buttplate and yoke retain most of their orig silver-plating. Case is sound with very light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig finish. Interior is lightly faded with light soil around revolver. Flask has couple of dents & retains most of its orig finish. Mold is nicked & dinged with scattered light pitting. Other accessories are fine. 4-49624 (29,000-40,000)

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED PAIRING OF ENGRAVED COLT LONDON MODEL 1851 NAVY & MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVERS. SN 19060 & 2144. Cal. 36 & 31. Both revolvers are high polished blue and color case hardened with rare special factory checkered 1-pc walnut grips, domed screw heads with blued steel trigger guards & backstraps. 1) Model 1851 Navy, 7-1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight and London address with spears. Frame is engraved “Colts Patent” in a ribbon on the left side. Cylinder is usual 6 chambers with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking and all 6 safety pins crisp. Bbl lug and cylinder have British proofs. 2). Model 1849 Pocket Model 4″ oct bbl with pin front sight and 2 line London address with small brackets. Cylinder is usual 5 shots with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking and all 5 safety pins crisp. Left side of the bbl lug and cylinder have British proofs. Both revolvers are identically engraved with reduced size patterns on the pocket model. They are engraved in English style foliate arabesque scrolls that have lightly shaded background and about 60% coverage on the frames with matching engraving patterns on the bbl lugs & bbls, rammer pivots, backstraps, buttstraps and trigger guards. Hammers have matching patterns on the sides of the spurs with dolphin patterns on the top edges and hand checkered spurs. Backstraps are inscribed “T.C.” Accompanied by an outstanding English mahogany casing that has bulls eye lifting handle in the top with center medallion engraved in a family crest. Front of the case a round lock escutcheon and swinging latches. Interior is green baize lined and compartmented in the bottom for both revolvers, a fine Dixon bag shaped flask with adjustable spout, graduated 3/8, 1/2 & 5/8 drams, a blued steel 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter for each caliber, 2 “L” shaped nipple wrenches, a fine brass and ebony cleaning rod, a lacquered 500-count tin of Eley’s Caps and an orig functioning key. Undoubtedly this set was produced on special order for someone of importance or a high ranking government official or military officer. This pair of revolvers is illustrated on page 84 of Colonel Colt London, Rosa and a full page illustration on page 64 of Colt an American Legend, Wilson. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Both revolvers are all matching including wedge and grip. 51 Navy. Very fine. Bbl retains 70-75% glossy orig blue with the balanced having flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer handle and pivot retain strong case colors. Frame & hammer retain bright case colors, lightly faded. Cylinder retains 60-70% thinning orig blue and shows about 95% Ormsby naval battle scene. Trigger guard and backstrap are mostly a blue brown patina. Grip is sound showing very light wear and retains about all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. 49 Pocket Model. Very fine. Bbl retains 92-93% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer and handle retain strong case colors. Frame retains faded case colors in the most sheltered areas seemingly having been cleaned and now a dark metal patina with some very fine scattered surface rust. Hammer retains bright case colors. Cylinder is cleaned to a light grey brown patina with some scattered old surface rust and shows about 95% stagecoach hold up scene. Trigger guard retains about 50% thinning orig blue with the balance a blue brown patina. Backstrap is a grey metal patina. Grip is sound showing very light wear and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. Case is extremely fine with a small grain check in the lid, slightly shrunken lid, with a few minor light nicks and scratches and overall retains about all of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded in the lid with some scattered spotting. The bottom is moderately faded with light soil and light damage from the 51 Navy hammer and front sight. Accessories are all extremely fine. A truly wonderful set worthy of the most advanced collection. 4-49636 (45,000-60,000)

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RARE PAIR OF CASED ENGRAVED PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS. SN 128369 & 128372. Cal. 36. Both revolvers are identical configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbls, pin front sights and New-York U.S. America addresses. Both are marked “COLTS PATENT” on the left side of the frames. They have usual 6 shot cylinders with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll markings. The fourth model large guard silver plated trigger guards and backstraps contain very nicely figured deluxe varnished 1-pc walnut grips, matching numbered to their respective revolvers. Revolvers are blue and case colored and are nearly identically engraved by Gustave Young with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frames which extend over the bbl lugs, top side flats of the bbls and rammer pivots. Hammers are deluxe engraved with wolf heads on each side of hammer noses and fish scale patterns on the spurs and top edges. Matching engraving extends down the backstraps over the buttstraps and trigger guards. Several of the scrolls terminate in flower blossoms and one scroll on the left side of the bbl lug of #128372 terminates in a very detailed eagle’s head. Backstraps are engraved in period script “COL. GEO. BOWLER / 46TH MASS REGT / FROM MORNING STAR CHAPTER”. Accompanied by what is probably their orig red velvet lined mahogany 2 gun casing which is compartmented in the bottom for the 2 revolvers, a rare double sided eagle and trophy of flags & arms flask with angle spout, a blued 2 cavity Colt’s patent mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side 36B, an “L” shaped nipple wrench, a packet of sage combustible cartridges, a lacquered tin of Ely’s caps, lead bullets and balls and a functioning key. The 46th Mass was raised in Hampden County, Mass in September & October 1862 by Reverend George Bowler who was elected the units first Colonel. Colonel Bowler was commissioned October 27, 1862, mustered in October 30,1862, resigned on December 23, 1962 and was discharged January 23, 1863 for disability. The regiment left camp on November 5th for Boston and was transported to Newbern, NC arriving there November 15th where they were assigned to Col. Lee’s brigade. Initial duties were guarding the railroad station at Newport barracks. They saw their first active duty and were present at the battles of Kinston, Whitehall and Goldsboro December 14-17, and were only slightly engaged suffering little loss. By December 20, they were encamped near the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, about which time Col. Bowler resigned and subsequently was mustered out. Col. Bowler was ill during the December 14-17 campaign and although he did accompany the regiment in the field, it is unknown what his participation may have been. This pair of revolvers is pictured as figure 12 on page 12 of the May 1963 issue of The Gun Report in an article by John G. Hamilton wherein he gives credit to the Jay P. Altmayer Collection. PROVENANCE: Jay P. Altmayer Collection; C.G. Johnson Collection; Johnny Bassett Collection. Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: 1) SN 128369. Very fine, all matching including wedge and grip. Bbl retains 90-92% glossy orig blue with some sharp edge loses and minor flaking. Rammer and handle retain dark case colors as does the frame and hammer. Trigger guard and backstrap retain about 85% orig silver. Cylinder is a light brown patina with scattered light pitting and shows 40-50% Ormsby naval battle scene. Grip is sound showing light edge wear, a few nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Wedge spring is broken. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 2) SN 128372. Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 30-40% thin orig blue with the balance flaked to a light patina. Remainder of revolver is nearly identical condition as above. Grip retains about 98% crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with a couple of spots of pitting. Case has a repaired crack across the lid and another in the bottom and retains most of a restored finish. Interior is moderately faded with light soil inside the lid and heavier soil in the bottom. Flask is extremely fine with a couple of small dents and retains most of its orig lacquered finish. Mold has a few small nicks on the sides and bottom with good sharp cavities and strong blue. Other accessories are fine. 4-49629 (58,000-90,000)

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2166

RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT 3RD MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 63849. Cal. .36. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl. Scarce dovetailed blade front sight with 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame is marked with a tiny “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “US”. Silver-plated brass trigger guard and backstrap are mounted with a spectacular Colt 1-pc checkered ivory grip that has a raised carved, highly detailed American eagle & shield on left side. Grip is numbered to another revolver. Revolver is wonderfully engraved by Gustave Young in deluxe full-coverage patterns consisting of foliate arabesque scrolls, some of which terminate in flower blossoms. Frame has full coverage engraving which extends over sides of bbl lug and top side flats of bbl with matching patterns on the ramrod pivot. English style round head screws are also engraved. Cylinder is usual 6 shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and all six safety pins are prominent and serviceable. Backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard are engraved in matching patterns with light fan at top of backstrap. Although rammer handle is numbered 7912, and does not match the numbers on the gun, it absolutely was engraved at the same time as rest of revolver by the same hand. SN’s are all accompanied by small punch dot which indicates a special order for finer polish and finish. Accompanied by a wonderful, orig, green velvet-lined rosewood casing with empty gold-washed bass plate in lid. Interior is French-fitted for revolver, a dbl-sided floral Hawksley flask, which appears to be a replacement, 2-cavity blued “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold, L-shaped nipple wrench, packet of 6 combustible cartridges, small tin of UMC caps and cast lead bullets and balls. This set is pictured on Pg 98 in the book THE WM M. LOCKE COLLECTION, Sellers, as published in 1973. It appears that the bullet mold has been changed from the one pictured. Set also appears as Fig. 90 in the JAMES ELWOOD JONES JR. ARMS COLLECTION. PROVENANCE: William M. Locke Collection; James Elwood Jones Jr. Collection. Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except rammer handle & grip, as noted above. Bbl retains 95-96% glossy orig blue with some very minor sharp edgewear and light flaking. Rammer handle and pivot retain strong, bright case colors. Frame & hammer also retain most of their strong orig case colors. Cylinder retains about 30% orig blue with front 2/3 flaked to a light patina & overall shows about 95% Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking with some minor scattered pitting. Trigger guard retains about 75% strong orig silver and backstrap about all orig silver. Grip is sound with fine age lines and overall retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Case is sound with usual handling & storage marks & scratches and overall retains most of its orig varnish. Inside lid shows very little fading while bottom is lightly faded and soiled. Cartridge packet shows broken bottom edge, otherwise is crisp. Mold is crisp & current flask is very fine. Other accessories are fine. Altogether an exceptional set that has had an outstanding grip added. 4-49643 (40,000-60,000)

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2167

VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 41291. Cal. .36. Blue and color case hardened with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl. Brass pin front sight & 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is engraved “COLT’S PATENT” in a pillow shape. Silver-plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc orig ivory grip, matching numbered to revolver. Revolver is beautifully engraved in late vine style, probably by Gustave Young, with some scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Engraving extends over sides of bbl and around address, on backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard. Both sides of hammer nose are engraved in wolf’s head patterns. Cylinder is 1/2 fluted with 5 chambers. Accompanied by orig, spectacular, brass-bound green baize-lined rosewood casing with brass plaque in top engraved with initials “C.A.”. Interior is French-fitted for revolver, fine dbl-sided eagle & shield flask, presentation quality highly polished blued steel 2-cavity Colt’s Patent mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “36P”, L-shaped nipple wrench and lacquered tin of Goldmark’s caps. Covered compartment in right rear contains lead, bullet & balls. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, there were only about 28,000 of these scarce revolvers produced in the period 1861 through 1873 when they were supplanted by the advent of cartridge revolvers. Engraved & cased examples of this model are extremely rare with only a few known and surviving examples are rarely found with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching inc. wedge, cylinder & grip. Bbl retains about 50% glossy orig blue with balance having flaked, not worn, to a dark patina. Rammer handle retains strong case colors, bright on pivot. Frame & hammer retain strong, bright case colors. Cylinder retains about 70% orig blue, strong & bright in flutes with strong blue in chambers. Trigger guard & backstrap retain thin orig silver-plating. Grip is crisp with sharp edges and wonderful dark ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Screws are crisp and retain most orig blue. Case is sound with usual storage & handling nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately faded with light soil inside lid & moderate to heavy soil in bottom. Accessories are all fine. A wonderful & rare set. 4-49641 JR7 (25,000-40,000)

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2168

RARE CASED PAIR OF ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVERS. SN 33612 & 33633. Cal. 31. Both revolvers are virtually identical, blue and color case hardened with 6″ oct bbls, engraved “Saml Colt” addresses, pin front sights with #33612 having a right hand address and #33633 having a left hand address. Both revolvers have silver plated trigger guards and backstraps containing highly figured, burl walnut 1-pc grips matching numbered to their respective revolvers. Both have 5 shot cylinders with stagecoach hold up scene roll markings and all 5 safety pins intact on both cylinders. They are engraved virtually identical with “COLTS PATENT” in a ribbon on the frames with the frames having about full coverage large scroll patterns with very fine shaded background. One of the scrolls on the recoil shield of #33633 terminates in a very detailed flower blossom. Matching engraving patterns extend over the bbl lugs and rammer pivots, on the backstraps, buttstraps and trigger guards. Top of the backstraps are engraved differently with #33612 having a fan pattern and #33633 leaf and geometric patterns. Trigger bows are engraved with small American shields and edges of the trigger guards are in feather patterns. All screw heads are nicely engraved. 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. Accompanied by a beautiful brass bound rosewood casing that has a gold washed plaque in the lid, hand scratched “W. THOMSON / Canada 1851” Interior is dark blue velvet lined and compartmented in the bottom for both revolvers, a double sided eagle and shield pocket size flask, a brass 2 cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter, an “L” shaped nipple wrench, a lacquered tin for Eley’s caps, along with lead bullets and balls and a functioning key. This set is illustrated on page 73 of the book The Wm M. Locke Collection, Sellers. It appears that the mold and cap tin have been changed from this photograph, though they are from the period of this set. Pistols also appear on page 79 as item 46 plate XXVIII in the book Samuel Colt Presents and page 39 of Colt Engraving both by Wilson. PROVENANCE: William Locke Collection; Arnold Marcus Chernoff Collection. Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Revolvers are nearly identical in condition, both all matching except the wedge on #33633 is unnumbered. Both retain about 98% glossy orig blue on the bbls and dark case colors on the rammers and handles. Frames retain most of their orig muted case colors as is typical of the Colts of this era. Cylinders retain virtually all of their bright orig blue and about 99% stagecoach hold-up scene roll markings. Cylinder on #33612 has a large “Z” shaped scratch. Trigger guards and backstraps retain virtually all of their orig silver plating with some minor edge wear. Grips are sound with good edges and light nicks & scratches and retain most of their strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bores with a few small scattered spots of pitting. Case has a crack across the lid, otherwise is sound with handling and storage nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly soiled inside the lid and bottom with light to moderate soil in the bottom. Partitions are all solid. Flask is as new. Mold is of the correct period with casting flaws in the brass, otherwise is extremely fine. Other accessories are equally fine. A truly spectacular set worthy of the most advanced collection. 4-49626 (70,000-80,000)

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2169
Revised: 9/25/2013

Provenance should state: Michael Leff Estate Collection. (correct in online description)

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 JR4 (4,000-7,000)

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2170
Revised: 9/25/2013

Correction: The full serial number is 41384, not 4134 as listed in the catalog.

EXTREMELY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 4134. Cal. 38CF. Blue and color case hardened with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl. Brass pin front sight and one line New-York U.S. America address. Cylinder is usual 5 shots with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. Frame has a loading gate with external spring in the right recoil shield and the firing pin is secured in the hammer nose with two rivets. The silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a deluxe burl walnut 1-pc grip with #3375 in the back strap channel which corresponds to the SN 43375 on the buttstrap. Revolver is engraved in late vine style probably by Gustave Young with engraved “COLTS PATENT” on the left side of the frame. Hammer is deluxe engraved with a wolf head on each side of the nose and fish scale patterns on the spur and top edge. Matching engraving patterns extend up both sides of the bbl with different style patterns on the backstrap and buttstrap. SN on all of the other major parts of the revolver is 41384, while the backstrap/buttstrap is numbered as noted above and the wedge is numbered 38888. Small letters I.E. are adjacent to the SN’s on the bbl lug, frame and trigger guard indicating ivory grip and engraved which was so marked to indicate to the factory workers that this revolver’s parts were to receive extra polish. The buttstrap SN has an adjacent “E”. Accompanied by a beautiful, orig, purple velvet lined rosewood casing with empty plaque in the lid. Interior is French fitted in the bottom for the revolver and an empty space for a box of cartridges. Also accompanied by a 1 page letter from renowned Colt historian and author R.L. Wilson, wherein he states that this revolver was apparently sold by famous dealer Arnold M. Chernoff to famous collector John B. Solley III in June 1975. He quotes Mr. Chernoff’s letter “As you know, very few of these conversions were engraved and the ones that were, were mostly nickel plated. I only know of three or four guns of this model that were engraved and blued and case hardened”. Mr. Wilson explains that the mismatched numbers are simply end of production clean up of parts. Although there are mismatched parts it is this catalogers opinion that Mr. Wilson is correct with his statement regarding the numbers and that no special significance should be attached to this fact. Mr. Wilson additionally addresses the disparity in the engraving patterns stating that the mix of engraving patterns is from the factory and again relates to the clean up of left over parts. Regardless this is a truly rare Colt in superb condition. PROVENANCE: Arnold M. Chernoff Collection; John B. Solley III Collection; Jack Malloy Collection. Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. The frame and hammer retain virtually all of their bright, orig case colors. Cylinder retains thin blue in the rebated area with the major diameter a blue grey patina which shows about 75% stagecoach hold up scene roll marking. Trigger guard and backstrap contain virtually all of their orig silver plating. Grip is sound with a few minor nicks and scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Strong sharp bore with scattered pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks in the lid otherwise is sound and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded and soiled inside the lid with severe fading and light damage in the revolver recess, moderately faded and soiled elsewhere. 4-49650 JR17 (15,000-25,000)

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2171
Revised: 9/25/2013

Correction: This IS a modern gun!

*RARE ENGRAVED COLT POLICE POSITIVE D.A. REVOLVER. SN 66531. Cal. 38 Spcl. Gold finish with 4″ bbl, half moon front sight and grooved top strap rear sight. Mounted with 2-pc deep left & right hand rampant Colt gold medallions. Revolver is beautifully engraved from the Cuno Helfrecht shop, probably by the master himself, in foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background. Matching patterns extend over both sides of the bbl and it has leaf & vine patterns on the top strap with snake & dot patterns and a sunburst around the hammer slot. Sides of the frame are engraved in diamond & dot patterns with geometric patterns down the backstrap on the buttstrap, trigger guard and front of the frame. Side plate is engraved with the rampant Colt and stylized “C” along with a small oval engraved with the initials “JRW”. Cylinder is engraved in Mr. Helfrecht’s distinguished style of alternating foliate arabesque and geometric patterns on the lands between the flutes and a snake pattern around the rear edge. Screws are all gold plated. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 38 Special with 4″ bbl, gold finish, pearl stocks, factory engraved with “J.R.W.” on side plate. Shipped to Shelton-Payne Arms Co, El Paso, TX on Oct 21, 1912 in a 2 gun shipment. Police Positive revolvers were produced in fairly large numbers however very few are known engraved and of those this may be the only one with gold plating. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: New and unfired, retaining 99% plus strong orig gold plating with only the hint of a drag line on the cylinder. Grips are crisp with great fire and color. 4-49705 (10,000-15,000)

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2172

VERY RARE CASED ENGRAVED REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 95970. Cal. 44. Silver & gold finish with 8″ oct bbl, pinch post front sight & usual 3-line address. Mounted with very fine, smooth, 2-pc ivory grips. Revolver is silver-plated with gold-washed cylinder & color case hardened hammer. Engraved by L.D. Nimschke in his distinctive style of flowing foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background which extends onto the bbl where it is mixed with geometric patterns. Top strap & top of backstrap are engraved in diamond & dot patterns. Backstrap, buttstrap & rammer handle are engraved to match revolver. Cylinder is engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns around circumference with snake & dot pattern around front edge. Matching snake & dot patterns are found in front gullet of frame & on side of rammer handle. Accompanied by fine, orig, purple velvet-lined casing, compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a single-sided, angle spout Remington flask, blued steel Remington 2-cavity bullet mold with sprue cutter, L-shaped nipple wrench, orig brass mushroom-head steel cleaning rod, packet of 6 combustible cartridges, cap tin with reproduction label & functioning key. Also accompanied by letter from renowned Remington authority & collector, Ted Bell, dated April, 1997 addressed to “Michael”, from who’s estate this revolver is consigned, wherein he states that he purchased this revolver from Mr. Donald Thomas of St. Catharine, Ontario, Canada, in 1966. He further states that Mr. Thomas had purchased it, along with about a dozen others, from an unidentified collector in West Virginia. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Frame, bbl, rammer & trigger guard retain virtually all of their orig silver finish. Front and back straps are bright metal nearly indistinguishable from the silver finish. Cylinder retains about 80% thin gold-wash. Grips are crisp with good edges and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Case is sound with light nicks & scratches & retains about all orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded with light to moderate soil in bottom. Flask is fine with small dent and retains most of its orig finish. Mold retains strong orig finish with flaking on handles & some light pitting. Other accessories are fine. 4-49632 (19,000-35,000)

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2173

RARE CASED ENGRAVED REMINGTON NEW MODEL NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 28138. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 7 1/2″ oct bbl, pinched post front sight and grooved top strap rear sight. Mounted with smooth 2-pc ivory grips, matching number to this revolver. Revolver is silver and gold finish and beautifully engraved by L.D. Nimschke in his distinctive flowing foliate arabesque patterns with pearled background. Frame has nearly full coverage with a shell pattern at top of backstrap and matching foliate arabesque patterns down backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard. Matching engraving patterns extend over top 5 flats of bbl and on rammer handle. Cylinder is matching engraved around circumference as are both sides and top edge of hammer. Cylinder, rammer handle and hammer are gold-washed. Accompanied by an orig red velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in bottom for revolver & orig double-sided dog & birds copper flask, steel 2-cavity bullet mold with sprue cutter, L-shaped nipple wrench, orig mushroom shaped brass handle steel cleaning rod, orig packet of 6 combustible cartridges, lacquered Fowler cap tin and a functioning key. Remington Navy revolvers were widely used during the Civil War and are rarely found with high orig condition. Engraved & cased models are a true rarity, with silver & gold features extraordinarily rare. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its orig silver plating on bbl & frame showing wear only on the recoil shields and front & backstraps. Rammer handle, cylinder & hammer retain virtually all of their orig gold wash while the trigger retains about 50% thinned gold wash. Grips are extremely fine with a mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. Case has a fine crack in the lid, otherwise is sound with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish. Interior is moderately faded and soiled inside the lid, heavily faded and soiled in the bottom. Partitions are sound. Flask and all accessories are fine. 4-49631 JR1 (15,000-25,000)

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CASED ENGRAVED CONSECUTIVE NUMBERED PAIR OF REMINGTON SINGLE ACTION BELT MODEL CONVERSION REVOLVERS. SN 3158 & 3159. Cal. .38RF. Both revolvers are virtually identical with silver finish, 6-1/2″ oct bbls, silver half moon front sights and silver-plated brass trigger guards. Mounted with 2-pc smooth rosewood grips matching numbered to their respective revolvers. Revolvers are identically engraved by master engraver L.D. Nimschke with about 80% coverage foliate and geometric patterns with fine pearled background on frames which extends over 7 of 8 flats of bbls, down backstraps, on buttstraps and trigger guards. Cylinders are engraved in matching patterns with about 40% coverage. Accompanied by a beautiful oak box customized from an English cutlery casing. Interior is black velvet-lined and French fitted in bottom for the two revolvers & an oak cartridge block with holes for 63 cartridges containing 15 orig copper-cased cartridges. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, there were only 2,500 to 3,000 of these scarce revolvers produced in the period 1865-1873. While examples of this model are occasionally encountered, very few were engraved with silver finish pieces being extremely rare & consecutive numbered sets nearly unknown. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching inc. grips. Overall both revolvers retain most of their orig silver finish. Grips on both revolvers show light to moderate handling & use nicks & scratches and retain sharp edges with most of their orig finish remaining. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp bores with very fine pitting. Case is extremely fine. 4-49651 (30,000-45,000)

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2175

RARE CASED ENGRAVED REMINGTON NEW MODEL POLICE DA PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 152. Cal. .36. Blue finish with 4-3/8″ oct bbl. German silver half moon front sight and usual 3-line address. Engraved specimens are rarely encountered, with cased examples very rare. Mounted with smooth 2-pc ivory grips matching numbered to revolver. Revolver is very nicely engraved in New York style from the Nimschke shop with about 75% coverage on frame, backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard. Trigger guard is silver-plated brass. Cylinder is usual 5-shots with etched scene of Confederate & Union Cavalrymen charging each other, separated by large trees. Accompanied by an orig blue velvet-lined mahogany casing, compartmented in bottom for revolver, single-sided Colt style eagle & shield flask, blued steel 2-cavity Remington mold with sprue cutter, packet of 5 combustible cartridges marked “Police Pistols”, and tin of UMC caps. There were approximately 18,000 of these scarce revolvers produced in the period 1865-1873. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including grips. Bbl retains 96-98% strong orig blue with frame retaining about 80% strong blue. Trigger guard and backstrap are mostly a gray patina. Trigger guard retains about 90% orig silver. Cylinder is mostly a thin blue patina with sharp etched markings. Grips are sound with good edges and show a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. Case is sound with a series of deep scratches and small grain check in lid. Overall retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded and soiled. Flask and accessories are all fine. 4-49644 (18,000-24,000)

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2176

CASED ENGRAVED REMINGTON NEW MODEL POLICE CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 6928. Cal. .38RF. Nickel finish with 4-1/2″ oct bbl, half moon blade front sight and grooved top strap rear sight. Revolver is full nickel plated with fire blued trigger and color case hardened hammer. Engraved in NY style probably from the L.D. Nimschke shop with about 70% coverage foliate arabesque and geometric patterns. Cylinder is full coverage engraved around the circumference. Mounted with 2-pc rosewood grips, matching number to this revolver. Accompanied by an orig green velvet-lined mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for revolver and a cartridge block containing 38 copper-cased cartridges. Also a functioning key. Cased and engraved examples of this model are rarely encountered and then almost never with high condition. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains most of its orig nickel finish with some light flaking on the front and backstraps and brass showing lightly through the nickel on toe of trigger guard. Grips are sound showing moderate wear with one lightly chipped toe and worn edges. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with light pitting. 4-49649 (4,000-7,500)

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2177

SCARCE CASED FACTORY ENGRAVED REMINGTON POCKET MODEL CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 24520. Cal. 32RF. Silver and gold finish with 3-1/2″ oct bbl. Half moon front sight and usual 3-line address. Conversion is from the factory with 2-pc cylinder. It is mounting with smooth 2-pc pearl grips, matching numbered to this revolver. Revolver is factory engraved in New York style likely from the Nimschke shop with about 50 % coverage foliate arabesque coverage on the frame with snake & dot patterns on the top strap. Engraving extends onto the bbl. with foliate and geometric patterns on the side flats, leaf and vine patterns on the top side flats with snake & dot patterns on the rammer. Cylinder is beautifully engraved with unusual patterns around the circumference. Accompanied by an orig brass bound, blue velvet lined walnut casing, French fitted in the bottom for the revolver and a full open box of Winchester 32RF cartridges. Consignor’s notes dated June 8, 1995 states that he purchased this revolver from well known dealer/collector Jack Malloy at the Sahara Gun Show on January 21, 1995. He states that this revolver had been purchased by Mr. Malloy from the Remington factory office and was “the last remaining piece in a wall showcase of pistols which was removed from Mr. Remington’s office by Mr. Malloy”. PROVENANCE: Jack Malloy Collection. Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including grips. Cylinder has only the assembly number. Overall revolver retains virtually all of its strong orig silver and gold finish, showing only light wear to the gilding on the spur trigger. Grips are crisp and show great fire. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore appears to be unfired. Case is equally fine with only light handling and storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig finish. Interior is equally crisp. Cartridge box is sharp & crisp. Cartridges are oxidized. 4-49648 (8,000-15,000)

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2178

SCARCE ENGRAVED REMINGTON NEW MODEL BELT MODEL CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 6. Cal. 38 RF. Nickel finish with 6-1/2″ oct bbl, half moon front sight and usual 3 line address. Mounted with 2-pc smooth ivory grips, matching numbered to this revolver. Revolver is engraved in New York style from the L.D. Nimscke shop with about 80% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with feather patterns on the top strap and front sides of the frame, along with a wonderful sunburst on top front of the frame. Matching foliate arabesque, geometric and foliate patterns extend up the bbl and onto the rammer web. Backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard are engraved to match with a fine rectangular feather pattern at the top of the backstrap. Cylinder is engraved around the circumference with foliate and floral patterns seemingly by another hand. The two piece factory conversion cylinder is mismatched. According to Flaydermans Guide to Antique Firearms only about 2500-3000 of these revolvers were produced in the period 1865-1873 and very few of those were engraved. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except cylinder as noted. Overall retains about 80-85% orig nickel with bright nickel on the cylinder. Grips have a couple of small chips & age lines but are sound and retain a wonderful old ivory patina. Mechanics are a little balky with the hammer spring an old replacement, but remains functional. There are a couple of replaced screws. Strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-49707 JR26 (3,500-6,000)

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2179

SCARCE ENGRAVED REMINGTON DOUBLE ACTION BELT MODEL CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 5497. Cal. 38 RF. Nickel finish with 6-1/2” oct bbl, half moon front sight and usual 3-line address. Mounted with 2-pc smooth ivory grips, matching numbered to this revolver. Revolver is very nicely engraved from the L.D. Nimscke shop with about 75% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame and top strap. Matching patterns and geometric patterns are engraved on the bbl, web with the rammer handle, backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard. Cylinder is engraved to match with panels over each chamber area with connecting chip engraved lines and a chip & dot border around the rear edge. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 3000-5000 of these revolvers produced in the period 1863-1873. Very few were engraved and of those very few remain with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 90-95% orig nickel with minor losses on the front & backstraps and frame. Cylinder is mostly cleaned metal patina. Grips are sound, showing moderate wear and retain a wonderful golden ivory patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong, sharp bore with scattered light pitting. 4-49704 (12,000-18,000)

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2180
Revised: 10/2/2013

Correction: This gun is a .36 cal. not a .46 cal as stated in the catalog.

This gun is a “Remington New Model NAVY” not an “Army” and is of course .36 cal.

REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 42843. Cal. 36 RF. Blue finish with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, pinched post front sight and usual 3-line address. Right side of the frame has an attached ejector rod housing and the cylinder pin is single wing. Mounted with smooth 2-pc walnut grips, matching numbered to this revolver. Frame has light flourishes of foliate engraving with snake & dot patterns below the cylinder opening. Right side of the conversion ring has a loading gate. Although this model revolver was produced in fairly large quantities, they were extremely popular throughout the Civil War and later on the American frontier, usually serving under severe conditions with limited or no maintenance and are rarely ever found with high orig finish and almost never encountered with engraving, especially blue finish conversion revolvers. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Probably unfired. Overall retains about 50% thinning orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn to a medium dark patina mixed with fine, light surface rust. Cylinder retains 60-70% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked to a medium dark patina. Trigger guard is a dark mustard patina. Hammer retains about all of its strong case colors. Grips are sound, showing heavy edge wear, a few nicks and scratches and retain about 75% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore appears to be unfired. 4-49703 (6,500-10,000)

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2181

RARE ENGRAVED REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 118088. Cal. 44. Nickel finish with 8” oct bbl, pinched post front sight and usual 3-line address. Mounted with fine, smooth 2-pc ivory grips, matching numbered to this revolver. Revolver is engraved by L.D. Nimscke with about 60 % coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns that have fine pearled background. Engraving patterns extend over the side and top side flats of the bbl, down the backstrap with geometric patterns on the buttstrap and extremely fine detailed hunter’s star on the trigger bow. Cylinder has full circumference engraving in matching patterns. Rammer and lever are modern replacements with light engraving patterns. Although the new model Army was produced in large quantities during the Civil War, very few were plated or engraved, they usually saw hard service and are rarely found with high orig finish today. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains 60-70% orig nickel with strong grip frame. Hammer, rammer handle and cylinder are bright metal. Grips are extremely fine with good edges, a few age lines and show a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong sharp bore with good shine and scattered light pitting. 4-49713 JR28 (4,000-8,000)

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2182

RARE CASED ENGRAVED REMINGTON ELLIOT DERRINGER. SN 22401. Cal. 32RF. Gold over silver finish in standard configuration with 3-3/8″ 4-bbl cluster and mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips. Pistol is lightly engraved in NY style consisting of foliate arabesque and geometric patterns with about 40% coverage. Finish is oxidized silver with light gold wash. Accompanied by an orig red velvet-lined rosewood casing with brass oval in lid engraved with a beautiful American eagle, shield, acanthus leaves and arrows. Bottom is compartmented for pistol and cartridge block for 20 cartridges. Although this model derringer is not exceedingly rare, engraved and precious metal finishes are very seldom encountered. Cased examples are very rare. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Overall retains virtually all of its base silver plating with traces of orig gold overplating. Left grip has small chips on rear edge, otherwise grips are fine showing great fire. Mechanics are fine. Strong bores with moderate pitting. Case is sound with usual nicks and scratches and light interior soil. One partition has been re-attached. 4-49647 (6,000-12,000)

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2183

RARE REMINGTON VEST POCKET #3 SAW HANDLE DERRINGER. SN 3536. Cal. 41 RF. Silver finish with 4″ oct to rnd bbl, pin front sight and 2-line address on the top flat. Mounted with fine 2-pc pearl grips. Frame is engraved, probably from the Nimschke shop with foliate arabesque patterns that have pearled background. Geometric and foliate arabesque patterns extend over the flats of the bbl onto the round section with snake & dot patterns down each side. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 15,000 or less of these pistols produced in 30, 32 and 41 rim fire during the period 1865-1888. Most were in blue finish with silver and nickel finish offered. Few were engraved and of those very few survive today with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains 60-70% orig finish with the balance cleaned to bright metal. Grips are sound, showing great fire and color. Grip screw is a replacement. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with dark pitting. 4-49700 JR30 (3,000-5,000)

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2184

INSCRIBED & ENGRAVED REMINGTON #1 VEST POCKET PISTOL. SN P6. Cal. 22 Short. Usual configuration with 3-1/4″ oct to rnd bbl and pin front sight. Top flat is inscribed “Dick”. Frame is engraved from the Nimschke shop with full coverage, foliate arabesque patterns that have pearled background and a braided pattern down the top of each side. Geometric and foliate patterns extend onto the bbl and down the backstrap. It is mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Although this pistol was made in fairly large numbers they are rarely encountered with engraving and almost never with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fair to good. Traces of orig finish remain with one small spot of gold on the top flat and traces of gold on the hammer and under the grips. The balance has a dark blue brown patina. The rear frame screw has been replaced by a rivet. Grips have a couple of chips, otherwise are sound showing great fire and color. Hammer will not hold at full cock, otherwise mechanics are fine. Worn dark bore. 4-49657 (3,000-5,000)

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2185
Revised: 9/25/2013

Provenance should state: Michael Leff Estate Collection. (correct in online description)

REMINGTON TYPE II, MODEL 3 O/U DERRINGER. SN 600. Cal. 41RF. Rare high polished blue & etched gold finish with 3″ superposed bbls & smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Top of bbl rib is marked “REMINGTON ARMS CO. ILLION, N.Y”. Bbls are high polished royal blue & frame is full gold finish with etched patterns of leaves & vines. A truly rare combination. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain 88-90% bright blue with muzzle edge wear & thinning on sides. Frame retains most of its orig gold finish dulling over top front of frame & frontstrap. Trigger & hammer retain most of their bright blue. Grips are sound showing great fire & some color. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bores with scattered light pitting. Left hinge is cracked. 4-49706 JR15 (3,500-6,000)

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2186

RARE ENGRAVED REMINGTON MODEL 1890 SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 1601. Cal. 44WCF(44-40). Nickel finish with 5-3/4″ bbl. Orig front sight and 1 line address. It is mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Revolver is beautifully engraved in New York style, probably from the Nimschke shop, with about 80% coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns on the frame recoil shield and loading gate. Front gullet of the frame and ejector boss are engraved with hunter’s stars. Matching engraving patterns extend up the sides of the bbl, onto the backstrap, buttstrap and trigger guard. Top of the backstrap is engraved in a beautiful flower blossom with cross hatching on the bottom front of the frame. Cylinder is engraved with matching patterns on the lands between the flutes and around the rear edge. Buttstrap has a factory lanyard loop. Accompanied by a purple felt lined English oak casing with empty medallion in the lid. Bottom of the interior is compartmented for the revolver, a cartridge block containing 20 44-40 cartridges, an “L” shaped screwdriver, a cleaning rod and a functioning key. It is apparent that this case was altered from another revolvers use to fit this revolver. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 2020 of these rare revolvers produced in the period 1891-1896. This was Remington’s last effort to produce a revolver and was an improvement over the model 1875. Remington revolvers were certainly the equivalent or even superior to the Colt model 1873. Unfortunately by the time Remington’s big bore cartridge revolver appeared on the scene Colt was already well established with extensive military contracts and a two year head start in distribution. Remington simply never could catch up and therefore never became a viable competitor to Colt in this area. PROVENANCE: Michael Leff Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Overall retains 96-97% strong orig nickel with some minor dulling and wear on the left side of the muzzle and on the backstrap. Grips are sound showing great fire. Hammer is not solid in the safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong, sharp bore with scattered fine pitting. Case is sound with light handling and storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately faded and soiled. 4-49653 (38,000-50,000)

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2187

RARE REMINGTON MODEL 1890 SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 2015. Cal 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7 1/2″ round bbl, full front sight and one line “REMINGTON ARMS CO. ILION. NY” address. Left forward side of the frame is marked “44 C.F.W.”. It is mounted with 2-pc smooth ivory grips, matching numbered to this revolver. Buttstrap is mounted with a factory stud and ring. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only, 2020 of these very rare revolvers produced in the period 1891-1896. While they were probably superior to the Colt Single Action Army revolver, their #1 competitor, in that the cylinder could be more easily removed for cleaning etc. Unfortunately Remington large bore revolver came onto the market a couple of years after the advent of the Colt SAA and were simply never able to generate government contracts to promote their product. In addition, Colt’s promotional scheme and distribution system were apparently superior to Remington’s and therefore Remington’s sales remained weak, to the point they were forced to discontinue production of this fine large bore revolver. Those Models 1890 which were sold, generally saw very hard service on the American Frontier and few of that very limited production survive today in any condition. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl, ejector housing and bbl web retain virtually all of their bright orig nickel. Frame retains about 60% orig nickel with the majority of the losses on the front part of the frame from firing. Sides of the frame are lightly pimpled. Cylinder retains 85-90% strong orig nickel. Front and backstraps are cleaned bright metal. Grips are sound with a few age lines and overall retain a wonderful ivory patina. Grip screw is a replacement. Hammer is not solid in the safety notch otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting. 4-49012 JR42 (9,000-12,000)

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2188

SCARCE REMINGTON MODEL 1875 SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 16. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue finish with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, pinched post front sight and 1-line left hand address. Mounted with smooth 2-pc walnut grips, matching numbered to this revolver, marked on left side “44 W”. It has a lanyard stud & ring in the butt strap. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only about 25,000-30,000 of these scarce revolvers produced in three calibers during the period 1875-1889. A substantial number of this production was nickel finished and to find a blued revolver with any orig finish is a rarity. This revolver was brought by Remington as competition for the Colt Model 1873 and although a somewhat superior design it was two years late coming to the market after Colt had already established government contracts and a wide distribution system. Unfortunately Remington was never able to catch up. In addition the first Models 1875 were chambered in a proprietary cartridge, the 44 Remington, which did not have wide availability which additionally hurt sales. After a couple of improvements in 1889 and 1890, Remington stopped production of their big bore revolver in 1896 for lack of sales. Accompanied by a period military style black leather flap holster with steel closure stud and a diagonally mounted belt loop on the back, probably for mounting as a cross draw. Additionally accompanied by a most unusual period leather cartridge belt 2″ wide x about 42″ long having 20 sewn cartridge loops for big bore cartridges and a tiny brass roller buckle. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Overall retains traces of bright blue in sheltered areas being mostly a dark plum/brown patina with fine pitting on each side by the forcing cone area, hammer retains bright case colors; cylinder is a matching plum patina. Right grip has a chip from the heel, otherwise grips are sound showing moderate to heavy wear and retain a wonderful hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. Holster is sound showing moderate wear with solid seam and retains strong black finish. Belt is solid, soiled with lightly crackled finish but serviceable. 4-49075 JR72 (3,000-4,500)

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2189

PAIR OF REMINGTON MODEL 1871 ROLLING BLOCK ARMY PISTOLS. SN 5614 & 3963. Cal. 50 CF Army. Pistols are identical in configuration with 8″ rnd bbls, pinched blade front sights with rear sight notches in the breech blocks. Receivers & trigger guards are color case hardened with usual markings and inspector initials. They are mounted with tiny, uncheckered walnut forearms and 1-pc grips, matching numbered to their respective pistols and have “CRS.” cartouche on left sides. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 6,000 of these pistols produced in the period 1872-1888 with about 5,000 purchased by the government. In later years, after these pistols were declared obsolete and sold as surplus, many were converted to other calibers for target shooters, some of which are still in use today. CONDITION: SN 5614: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue. Frame & trigger guard retain virtually all of their orig case colors with some orig shellac remaining on the frame; trigger guard & front strap are moderately faded; hammer & breech block retain faded straw colors, mostly turned silver, with the breech block & hammer pins showing strong straw colors; trigger retains virtually all of its bright fire blue. Grip is sound with a few minor nicks and retains strong orig oil finish with light hand worn patina. Forearm has a chip at the frame with a few small nicks & dings and retains strong orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. SN 3963: Equally fine and nearly identical in condition with slightly more fading of the orig case colors and no remaining lacquer on the frame. Hammer & breech block are silvered straw colors with fine pin prick pitting on their left sides; breech block & hammer pins retain strong straw colors; trigger retains most of its orig fire blue. Grip has a couple of small chips at the frame, otherwise is sound with a few nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish. Forearm is lightly nicked & dinged with oil staining on the bottom. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-48382 JR56 (3,000-5,000)

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2189A

SCARCE REMINGTON KEENE BOLT ACTION SPORTING RIFLE. Cal. 45-70. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/2″ rnd bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight dovetailed into the front band. Rear sight is 1,000 yd Remington ladder style. Left rear side of receiver is marked with the caliber that was hand stamped with the “4” perpendicular to the rest of the stamping. Mounted in an uncheckered, straight grain American walnut half stock with straight grip & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate with rnd heel and trap containing a rare, orig 4-pc brass & steel cleaning rod. Right side of the stock, below the action, is the large screw through an escutcheon. It has a small curved arrow stamped in the wood front and back of the escutcheon. According to Flayderman’s Guide To Antique American Firearms, there were about 5,000 of these rifles produced in the period 1880-1883 in five different versions and three calibers. This was Remington’s first production bolt-action rifle in an attempt to compete with Winchester and Marlin for the Western and big game hunting market. Unfortunately, the buying public was not receptive and only a very few were bought by the military and only these few were produced. Ordinarily these rifles are marked with the Remington name, address, and patent information. This one, however, is not, showing only the cal marking as previously described. This may indicate that it is a very early pre-production sample or possibly one of the few submitted to the Army for test trials. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain most of their bright orig blue with only a couple of minor scratches and some light surface etching. Bbl bands retain most of their bright orig blue showing only light wear on the forearm band. Receiver retains about 80-85% blue mixed with a light patina. Trigger guard retains most of its bright orig blue. Stock is sound with a couple of small gouges, light nicks and scratches and retains most of its bright orig factory oil finish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. Cleaning rod is very fine. 4-47786 JR288 (5,000-7,000)

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VERY RARE, VERY EARLY CASED REMINGTON REVOLVING RIFLE WITH EXTRA SHOTGUN BARREL. SN 17. Cal. 36 & about 46 smooth bore. Extremely rare revolving rifle with 24″ oct to rnd rifle bbl with 5 lands & grooves that has German silver front sight & 2-position rear sight. Top flat is marked in 3 lines with the standard new model address. Frame is very rare color case hardened. Cylinder is unfluted, without decoration, has safety notches in the rear shoulders & is matching numbered to the rifle. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock with silver plated brass crescent buttplate & toe plate. Top tang channel of the buttstock is marked with the matching number to the rifle & which is also found inside the top tang of buttplate. Trigger guard is also silver-plated brass in a serpentine shape with a spur below the trigger. Cylinder is about 2-3/16″ long & the rammer is also extra length. Smooth bore bbl is rnd, 28-5/8″ long with flat sides about 6″ from the breech end & matching numbered to the rifle, and has a simple front brass bead. Inside top strap of the frame has had a small tapered block added to the left side which would prevent the cylinder from being removed from that side. Accompanied by a period full length walnut casing with mortised corners & flat lid with mortised brass lock in front & a swinging latch at each end. Case measures 42-7/8″ by 7-1/8″ by 2-1/2″. Interior is fitted to the rifle with a recess in one end for the muzzle & also for the spare bbl. Additionally, it has a space for a cleaning rod which is missing. In the left rear corner is a hinged-lid covered compartment which contains shot wads & in the right rear corner is another covered compartment with three small interior compartments, one of which contains 5 cast lead balls. Fewer than 1,000 of these scarce rifles were produced in the period 1866-1879 in 2 calibers & 2 bbl lengths. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms oct to rnd bbls are scarce on this model. Reference publication makes no mention of color case hardened frames or smooth bore bbls so it seems possible that this may be the one and only Remington revolving rifle in this configuration with the extra smooth bore bbl. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching & all orig. Rifle bbl retains about 50% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn to a mottled medium patina. Loading lever retains a mottled plum blue finish. Frame & hammer retain strong, faded case colors with about 50% having turned silver. Cylinder retains 60-70% thin, glossy, orig blue. Stock is missing a small sliver by the top tang & has a few minor nicks & scratches & overall retains nearly all of its strong, orig varnish. Trigger guard & buttplate retain nearly all of their strong, orig silver finish. Mechanics are fine. Brilliant, shiny bore. Smooth bore bbl retains about 90% glossy, orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn to a medium patina. Brilliant, shiny bore. Case is sound with a lovely aged patina. 4-47787 JR263 (12,500-17,500)

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RARE REMINGTON PERCUSSION REVOLVING RIFLE. SN 562. Cal. 36. Rare revolving percussion rifle with 28″ oct bbl, German silver front sight & sliding leaf 2-position rear sight. Mounted with straight grain American walnut buttstock that has checkered wrist & nickel brass crescent buttplate with pointed heel and toe plate. Trigger guard is also nickel brass with scroll shape and spur below the trigger. Cylinder is about 2-1/4″ long & loading lever is of extra length, both of which are only found on the revolving rifles. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms less than 1,000 of these carbines were produced in the period 1866-1879 in 2 calibers and 2 bbl lengths which makes this one of a very few of it’s type. Apparently Remington was attempting to capitalize on the Civil War popularity of their new model Army & Navy revolvers. After the war there was such a glut of surplus military arms on the market that their revolver sales had plummeted and the company was grasping at straws to preserve their operation. Apparently these rifles were less than enthusiastically viewed by the buying public & production was stopped after only a few were produced. CONDITION: Good to very good. No orig finish remains with all of the steel parts showing an old refinish. Frame is moderately pitted. Stock has a small crack on the left side of wrist, otherwise wood is sound with light nicks & scratches, a few bruises and retains about all of a restored finish. Mechanics are fine. Strong, sharp bore with scattered pitting. 4-48625 JR261 (3,000-5,000)

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MARTIALLY MARKED REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 92034. Cal 44. Blue finish with 8″ oct bbl with pinched post front sight and usual 3-line address. Trigger guard is brass and it is mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips, matching numbered to this revolver. Left grip has a crisp “BH” cartouche and several of the misc. parts are marked with small inspector initials. The Remington New Model Army was extremely popular during the Civil War for it’s ease of changing an empty cylinder for a loaded one versus the more prolific Colt Model 1860 Army which had to be disassembled to exchange cylinders. These revolvers served throughout the Civil War and later on the American Frontier usually under very harsh circumstances with limited or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains about 98% glossy orig blue and the rammer handle about 40% blue with the balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Frame retains 50-60% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Front and backstraps are also flaked to a light patina. Cylinder retains 96-98% glossy orig blue and appears to be unfired. Grips are crisp with 3 or 4 small nicks and retain virtually all of their orig oil finish. Hammer retains faded case colors. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-49606 JR43 (6,000-12,000)

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REMINGTON NEW MODEL SINGLE ACTION BELT REVOLVER. SN 3548. Cal. 36. All blue finish with 6-1/2″ oct bbl, German silver blade front sight and 3-line address. It has 6-shot cyl and is mounted with 2-pc smooth varnished walnut grips matching numbered to this revolver. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 2,500-3,000 of these fine little revolvers produced in the period 1865-1873. They remained in use on the American Frontier until supplanted by the advent of the self-contained cartridge revolver. They were favored by a variety of individuals for their small size & 6-shots with reasonable stopping power. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & rammer handle web retain 80-85% glossy orig blue; frame retains traces of orig blue having flaked, not worn, to a light patina; hammer retains strong, dark case colors; trigger guard retains most of its orig silver plating; front & back straps are gray metal patina; cyl retains 65-70% glossy orig blue. Grips are sound with a few light creases in the finish and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with a couple of small spots of pitting. 4-48802 JR359 (3,000-5,000)

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SCARCE CASED ENGRAVED REMINGTON NEW MODEL POLICE CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 7470. Cal. 38 RF. Silver finish with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, half moon front sight and usual 3-line address. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips with the left grip matching numbered to this revolver and the right numbered “4770”, obviously an assembler’s mistake. Grips also have the initials “JRV” connected inside each grip. Cyl is a factory conversion. Revolver is very nicely engraved from the L.D. Nimschke shop with about 50% coverage foliate arabesque patterns that has fine pearled background. Front frame gullets are engraved in snake & dot patterns with hunter stars on each side of the rammer boss. Matching foliate arabesque patterns extend over the side flats of the bbl and rammer pivot with other decorative patterns on various parts. Cyl is engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns around the circumference with a chip & dot border around the front edge. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing with contoured space for the revolver and a cartridge block with holes for fifty cartridges containing seven live rds and four casings. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, this model revolver was produced in fairly large quantities. However, they are very seldom encountered engraved with silver finish and rarely cased. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Overall retains 96-98% strong orig silver with some pimpling on the back strap and slight losses on cylinder. Grips are extremely fine with great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains strong orig varnish; interior is lightly faded inside the lid and moderately faded in the bottom with moderate soil. 4-48874 JR53 (4,000-6,000)

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NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED SMITH & WESSON NO. 2 ARMY SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER. SN 17407. Cal 32 RF. Silver and gold finish with 6″ key-hole shaped bbl, half moon front sight and 1-line address. Frame is 3-pin style with unfluted 6 shot cylinder. It is mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips that are period to the revolver but not original to this revolver. Revolver is spectacularly engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s very distinctive flowing foliate arabesque patterns with very fine pearled background. Rear edge of the bbl lug, on both sides and rear edges of the frame are very finely reeded. Above and below the cylinder opening on both sides are zigzag borders. Top front of the topstrap and cylinder stop are beautiful engraved in foliate patterns with a beautiful shell pattern on the rear flat of the bbl rib which also is engraved with geometric patterns. Top of the backstrap and buttstrap are engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s very distinctive, crossed ribbon patterns. Buttstrap is also engraved in feather patterns in the openings. Cylinder is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns completely around the circumference along with chip and dot borders around the front and rear edges. Left side of the heel of the grip frame is marked with the assembly # “AA7” which number is also found on the rear face of the bbl lug and front of the cylinder. Accompanied by a period black Morrocan leather flap holster that has fine suede lining and an unusual gutta percha closure stud for the flap tab. Holster appears to have had a belt loop added at some later date. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus bbl and frame retain most of their strong orig silver finish with some minor losses on the backstrap. Ejector rod and cylinder retain strong gold wash with traces of gold wash on the hammer. Grips are fine, slightly over-sized and retain great fire and color. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. Holster is fine, showing use and retains strong orig black finish. 4-49017 JR47 (5,000-8,000)

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EXCEPTIONAL & RARE VELVET FRENCH LINED CASED PAIR OF SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY REVOLVERS. SN 48918, 48517. Cal. 32. This is an exceptional cased pair of the popular Civil War era Smith & Wesson army revolvers with 6″ bbls. Based on serial numbers of these guns they were made after the Civil War. These guns retain almost all of their orig finish and are among the finest cased pairs we are aware of. They show strong case colors on the hammer, trigger, and ejector rod. The guns have matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on the inside of the grips. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Guns retain 95% + of their orig bright blue finish on frame, cylinder and bbl with minor staining though cylinder on 48517 only has strong traces of bright blue finish turning silver/brown. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cylinder are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Rosewood grips are sound and solid retaining almost all their original varnished finish. Mechanically guns function well with crisp shiny bores. 4-48720 JS78 (7,500-12,500)

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EXCEPTIONAL CASED AND ENGRAVED CIVIL WAR SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY REVOLVER. SN 31035. Cal. 32. This is an exceptional example of the popular Civil War Smith & Wesson army revolver with 6″ bbl. Based on serial number and factory letter this gun was shipped in March 1865. Roy Jinks continues to state in factory letter that engraving is typical and most likely performed by Nimschke who engraved many Smith & Wesson revolvers and the letter “D” on the bottom of the bbl indicates a high level of coverage. This gun exhibits ivory stocks, gold trigger and hammer and the engraving is full coverage to frame and bbl on side flats. This gun retains almost all of its original silver finish and is as fine an example as you will encounter with orig mahogany green velvet lined case with original decorated cartridge pack containing about twenty-five cartridges, and a pewter oiler. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains about 98% + of its orig silver finish on frame, cylinder and bbl with minor staining. Hammer retains most of its original gold finish. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cylinder are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Ivory grips are sound and solid and well fitted with good yellow patina. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp rifling to bore. 4-48718 JS77 (5,000-8,000)

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EXCEPTIONAL CASED SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY REVOLVER WITH CARVED IVORY GRIPS. SN 10121. Cal. 32. This is an exceptional example of the popular Civil War Smith & Wesson army revolver with 6″ bbl. Based on serial number and factory letter this gun was shipped on March 2, 1863 with ivory grips and delivered to J.W. Storrs in New York City where it was cased. This gun retains almost all of its original finish and is as fine an example as you will encounter especially with these rare relief carved ivory stocks of helmeted soldier from antiquity. It shows vivid case colors on the hammer, trigger and ejector rod. Factory casing with red wool lining with some original cartridges and a rare empty Smith & Wesson Civil War era cartridge box with a black label with gold lettering which originally held 50 cartridges. Also included is a rare cleaning rod and a functioning case key. The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is written on the inside of ivory grip with old brown ink. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains about 95% + orig bright blue finish on frame, cyl and bbl with minor staining. There is about a 1-1/2″ area on bottom of bbl where finish is missing and metal is brown/silver. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cylinder are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Ivory grips are very fine with one tiny nick on left side at edge below portrait. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp shiny rifling. Casing is sound and solid. Orig cardboard box for cartridges is worn and scuffed and broken at seams it is however complete and it could be easily repaired. Box has marbled sides with black and gold pasted label that is complete though scuffed losing some of the letters as can be seen in photos. 4-48719 JS75 (6,000-10,000)

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EXCEPTIONAL CASED AND INSCRIBED CIVIL WAR SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY REVOLVER. SN 4964. Cal. 32. This is an exceptional example of the popular Civil War Smith & Wesson army revolver with 6″ bbl. Based on serial number and factory letter this gun was shipped on June 4, 1862 to New York distributor J.W. Storrs where it was cased and pearl grips were added and name inscribed (B.A. Farnham). This gun retains most of its original finish and is a very fine cased example with beautiful inscribed pearl grips and about 80 fitted 32 Cal. cartridges. The gun has matching assembly numbers and includes orig cleaning rod. Benjaman Armstrong Farnham was born in 1811 in Andover, MA. He established a dry goods business in Philadelphia in 1833 and remained in that business for over 40 years. He was partners with his nephew George Gilbert in Farnham, Gilbert & Co. They had offices in Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston. They also started a small bank about 1870 in New York. He retired to Sing Sing, NY and was living there when he wrote a 367 page diary (1894) which is included with this gun. The diary has entries day by day and it is obvious the Farnham family was very well to do and it might give you a glimpse into the life of a wealthy Victorian family. There are sailing excursions to West Point, Shakespeare club meetings, and recitals in the parlor, large lawn parties and political events (and his views on them). Also accompanying this gun is a bound memoriam for Farnham’s older sister privately published in 1894. There is a large file of genealogy and other information concerning Mr. Farnham’s history. PROVENANCE: Bobby Smith Coll., Lloyd Jackson Coll., Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains over 90% of its original bright blue finish on frame, cyl and bbl with staining and thinning. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cyl are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Mother-of-Pearl grips are well fit and very fine with inscription easily read. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp shiny rifling. Rosewood French-lined veneered casing with large bullet block is in fine condition retaining much of its original varnish and shield shaped brass plaque on top of case is finely engraved “B. A. Farnham”. 4-48734 JS74 (8,000-10,000)

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CASED L.D. NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION #2 SMITH & WESSON ARMY REVOLVER. SN 22901. Cal. 32. This is a nice factory engraved and cased example of the popular Civil War sidearm with 6″ bbl in fine condition. Presentation engraved on backstrap reads “Presented to Col. J.H. Ward by his friends of Bowling Green, KY”. Col. John H. Ward organized and recruited the 27th Kentucky Infantry early in 1861 and commanded this unit until he was mustered out at war’s end in 1865. The 27th Kentucky took part in many actions in Kentucky and Tennessee and had its most action late in the war in the Atlanta Campaign where it lost 66 killed and wounded. Col. Ward is mentioned in several Kentucky histories which copies are included in a large folio archive that accompanies this lot. Accompanying this lot is an orig C.D.V. of Ward by Hoag & Quick, Cincinnati,OH, written on the back, “Col. J.H. Ward served in Munfordville.” The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on inside of grip. PROVENANCE: Ronald Curtis Collection, John Otteman Collection, Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains tiny traces original finish but gun is crisp and smooth being mostly plum with staining and pitting and balance of metal gray/brown. Maker marks on bbl flat are crisp and easily read. Rosewood grips are sound and solid with several dings and dents retaining about 30% of their original varnish. Mechanically gun functions well with well discerned rifling. Casing is in good condition overall, gray velvet lining appears replaced. Cartridge pack has easily discerned decorated label as can be seen in photos and box is complete though one flap is detached and another is cracked at seam and quite loose. Box retains about 30 original cartridges. 4-48736 JS65 (4,000-7,000)

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FACTORY ENGRAVED SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY INSCRIBED TO CIVIL WAR SUTLER. SN 17160. Cal. 32. This is a nice example of the popular Civil War sidearm with 6″ bbl with rarely found factory engraving (Louis D. Nimschke) and pearl grips. Inscription engraved on backstrap reads “A. FOULKE 1864”. Andrew Foulke was a military sutler made famous by Dr. Francis Lord by using a war time photograph of Foulke’s army tent with a sign reading “A FOULKE SUTLER, 1ST BRIGADE, HORSE ARTY” as the dust jacket cover of his book Civil War Sutlers. Sutlers in the Army were civilians who were allowed to sell various goods to soldiers and many had very unsavory and unscrupulous reputations among the soldiers he was selling to. This arm was part of a NRA National Firearms Museum display of “exceptional arms” in 2003. This was one of those arms and it is pictured in the publication titled Exceptional Arms. Based on a wonderful article by Marlan Polhemus (American Society of Arms Collectors, Bulletin #85, April 2002) we feel Foulke was not among the hated and appears to have been an honest merchant, though quite prosperous. “While this inscribed revolver was the possession of only a military/civilian merchant, and not of some gallant officer with many heroic deeds, it remains a very unique piece, if not one-of-a-kind, inscribed to a Civil War sutler.” A copy of these articles along with a large portfolio of research and information accompanies this firearm, including a copy of Foulke Family genealogy. Also included are a series of 8X10 photos of A. Foulke’s Sutler Tent by John Gibson (Matthew Brady’s Studio); an image copy of Andrew Foulke provided by his family; and a Life Magazine, dated Feb. 3, 1961, showing Foulke Sutler Tent. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains strong traces of its original silver finish on frame, cyl and bbl with staining and pitting and balance of metal gray/brown. Maker’s address on bbl flat is crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Pearl grips are sound and solid and well fit. Mechanically gun functions well with well discerned rifling. 4-48741 JS62 (6,000-9,000)

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EXCEPTIONAL CIVIL WAR CASED AND INSCRIBED SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY REVOLVER OF CAPTAIN MARTIN LENNON, 77TH NYV. SN 15074. Cal. 32. This is an exceptional example of a cased and inscribed Civil War Smith & Wesson army revolver with 6″ bbl. Based on serial number this gun was made around November 1863 and would have been presented by his men prior to his untimely death in November 1864. This gun retains almost all of its original finish and is as fine an example as you will encounter especially in factory presentation casing with silver presentation plaque on butt. Case colors are on the hammer, trigger and ejector rod. Our consignor states “The original factory mahogany case supplied by M. W. Robinson has red velvet lining (excellent condition); with rare cleaning rod for the No. 2; a green labeled cardboard cartridge box for .32 Cal. long R. F., by Hall & Hubbard, a successor to Smith, Hall, Buckland and manufactured under the S&W patent of April 17, 1860; a pewter oiler; and ten loose cartridges with dished heads indicating early S&W manufacture.” All assembly numbers match, and SN is stamped under grip. Captain Lennon joined the 77th in October 1861 and was promoted to Lt. in November 1861. He along with his regiment saw much action with the Army of the Potomac being involved in the battle of the Peninsula Campaign and the seven days before Richmond, Antietam, Malvern Hill, Fairfax Courthouse, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, the “Bloody Angle” at Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and Fort Stevens. Lennon now promoted to Captain was involved in Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley campaign in 1864 where he fought in the battles around Winchester, Fisher’s Hill and at Cedar Creek where he was severely wounded on October 19, 1864. This was the date of Sheridan’s famous ride. He died from his wounds November 1, 1864. This gun is pictured along with detailed history in The American Society of Arms Collector’s Bulletin No. 93 2006. This publication along with a large archive of research and some original materials accompanies this lot. Included in this group are two B&W photos of Lennon as a 2nd Lieut. & Captain. PROVENANCE: Mario Marinetto Collection, David Burghoff Collection, Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains about 99% of its original bright blue finish on frame, cyl and bbl with some scratching on right side of frame. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cyl are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Rosewood grips are very fine retaining almost all their original varnished finish. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp shiny bore. 4-48735 JS76 (7,000-10,000)

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CIVIL WAR INSCRIBED SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY REVOLVER. SN 26212. Cal. 32. This is a nice example of the popular Smith & Wesson Civil War sidearm with 6″ bbl with mother-of-pearl grips in “as found” fine condition. The gun has matching assembly numbers. Presentation engraved on backstrap reads “LIEUT T.E. MARSHALL 2nd NHV”. Lt. Thomas E. Marshall entered service in the 2nd New Hampshire Volunteers April 29, 1861 as a Private. Marshall was 23 years old at his time of enlistment. He was promoted to Sergeant in June 1861 and was wounded July 2, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg and during their engagement at the “Peach Orchard.” He was promoted to Lieutenant of Co I on June 24, 1864, when he must have received this gun, and he was later promoted to Captain just before war’s end, April 27, 1865. He continued in service and was mustered December 19, 1865. The 2nd New Hampshire was a hard-fought unit as part of “Fighting Joe Hooker’s” division; the 2nd had over 100 casualties in its maiden battle at Bull Run June 21, 1861. Marshall fought at Fredericksburg, Cold Harbor, & Petersburg being one of the first regiments to enter Richmond. There is a large file of research materials including Marshall’s war records detailing the numerous battles he was part of and two orig ordnance forms from Oct 1864, one signed by Lt. Marshall and the other listing his company’s gear along with other Lieutenants of the regiment. Also included is a rare 1st edition regimental history of the 2nd Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers written by Martin Haynes in 1896; Marshall is mentioned and his photo is in this book. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains about 90% of its original silver finish on frame and bbl with staining and pitting and some bubbling. Cyl retains traces of silver finish with balance gray/brown. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cylinder are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Pearl grips are sound and solid with two chips at outside toes on each. Mechanically gun functions partially as it will not hold cock and indexes sporadically. Rifling in bore is crisp and distinct. Accompanying ordnance documents are in very good condition overall. Regimental history is sound and solid, ex-libris, minor staining and foxing. 4-48740 JS61 (5,000-7,000)

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CIVIL WAR INSCRIBED SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY HALF PLATE REVOLVER OF LT. EDWARD QUINN 123RD NY. SN 3885. Cal. 32. This is an early Smith & Wesson Army revolver with 2-pin frame made in 1861. This is an unusual early example of the popular Civil War sidearm with 6″ bbl with blued bbl and cyl and silvered frame. The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on inside of grip. Presentation engraved on backstrap reads “Lieut. E.P. Quinn 123rd NY Vols”. Lt. Quinn entered the war on August 14, 1862 at the age of 27 as a 2nd Lt. He was promoted to 1st Lt. in February 1863. He led his company at the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and later in several battles in the Atlanta Campaign. On June 22, 1864 at the battle of Kennesaw Mountain Quinn was shot in the face, a shot which carried away the lower portion of his jaw and caused his discharge from the service for medical disability. The 123rd NY was one of the hardest fought Union regiments around Atlanta and had among the highest casualties. Along with a large archive of research materials and a copy of the Spring 1990 Smith & Wesson Collector’s Association Journal where this gun is pictured and described with an original CDV which is included in this lot; There is an original stereo view circa 1890 of the 123rd NY monument at Gettysburg. Also included is a first edition regimental history “Reminiscences of the 123rd Regiment N.Y.S.V” by Sargent Henry Morhous 1879 and a later regimental history “Soldiering: The Diary of Rice C. Bull” edited by Jack Bauer 1977. A large framed albumen orig photograph 16″ x 11-3/4″ showing the unveiling of the 123rd New York Monument at Gettysburg dated September 4, 1890 by W.H. Tipton. PROVENANCE: Tom LoPiano Collection, Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains about 10% of its original blue finish on bbl with staining and pitting and balance of metal gray/brown. Cyl retains no original finish but matches bbl with same gray/brown color with staining and pitting. Frame retains over 90% of its original silver plating with areas of pitting and bubbling. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cyl are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Rosewood grips are sound and solid with several dings and dents and strong traces of original varnish. Mechanically gun functions with well discerned crisp rifling. 4-48738 JS72 (4,000-7,000)

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CIVIL WAR INSCRIBED SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY REVOLVER, CAPT. H. K. COOLEY, 27TH MASS. SN 1033. Cal. 32. This is among the earliest Smith & Wesson Army revolvers with 2-pin frame made in 1861. This is a fine example of the popular Civil War sidearm with 6″ bbl in “as found” fine condition. The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on inside of grip. Presentation engraved on backstrap reads “Presented to HKC by his Friends” along with an engraved Masonic emblem. Buttstrap is inscribed “Capt. H.K. Cooley”. This gun, along with a war time CDV of Capt. Cooley, are pictured in the Smith & Wesson Collectors Association Journal, Spring 1990. Capt. Horace K. Cooley was born in Grandville, Mass, in 1824 and served as a Private in the 10th U.S. Infantry during the Mexican War, April 1847 to August 1848 when Civil War began. Cooley enlisted Sept 20, 1861 and was commissioned Captain Oct 16, 1861. In the regimental history Bearing Arms published in 1883 by W.P. Derby, Cooley is mentioned receiving a sword, sash and belt from the Masonic Fraternity upon his captaincy. It is a good possibility that this Smith & Wesson revolver was presented at this time also, especially due to its engraved Masonic symbol. The 27th Mass was involved with Burnsides’s North Carolina campaign early in 1862 and Cooley was involved in most actions on the North Carolina coast, including actions around New Berne on Nov 12th where Capt. Cooley was highly complimented by his commanding officer “for his courage and efficiency in holding position during the night”. Cooley resigned his commission due to disability on April 29, 1863 at New Berne. Cooley returned to Mass, originally being employed in manufacture of cartridges and later other enterprises. He died in Boston in 1902. There is a large file of research materials including Cooley’s war records and various ads from the Springfield, Mass, city directory listing his post-war work dealing in the marble business. Included with this lot is a copy of the Spring 1990 Smith & Wesson Collectors Association Journal where this gun is pictured. Also included is an orig engraving of the “Attack on Roanoke Island” published in 1862; a 1st edition copy of Bearing Arms by W.P. Derby 1883, which is a history of the 27th Mass where Cooley is prominently mentioned. There is also a factory letter from Smith & Wesson detailing this gun signed by Roy Jinks. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains about 80% of its original blue finish on frame and bbl with staining and pitting and balance of metal gray/brown with several scrapes on frame near latch. Cyl is brown with pitting. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cyl are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Rosewood grips are sound and solid with about half of their orig varnish present. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp bright rifling. 4-48739 JS63 (4,500-6,500)

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2205

EXCEPTIONAL CIVIL WAR SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY REVOLVER INSCRIBED TO CAPTAIN J.D. VISSCHER, 43RD NY. SN 18660. Cal. 32. This is an exceptional example of the popular Civil War Smith & Wesson army revolver with 6″ bbl inscribed “Capt. J. D. Visscher 43rd Regt”. This pistol remains in such beautiful condition probably due to the fact that Captain Visscher was killed in the defense of Washington, D.C. July 11, 1864 near Fort Stevens. Based on serial number this gun was made early in the war in 1862. In this same year Visscher was made Captain fo Co. G, 43rd N>Y>V., distinguishing himself at Chancellorville, the Wildnerness, Cold Harbor, Spotsylvania, taking demand of the regiment as Colonel in 1864. This gun retains almost all of its original finish and is as fine an example as you will encounter. Case colors on hammer, trigger and ejector rod. This gun along with original signed CDV of Captain Visscher (which accompanies this lot) is pictured and described in several articles including February 1980 Arms Gazette article by Tom LoPiano, American Society of Arms Collectors article June 2006, and the Journal of Smith & Wesson Collector’s Association Spring 1990. All articles detail General Jubal Early’s campaign against Washington where the outcome of the war could have easily changed if Early was able to capture Washington, D.C. The battle that occurred at Fort Stevens on the date of Visscher’s death consumed about 25% of the 1000 men defending. The action at Fort Stevens marked the only instance in our history where an American president came under direct military attack. Most of the officers who died on that day on the field of battle were buried along with their men interred in shallow graves in the fields outside the fort where they fell. The body of the gallant Colonel Visscher was returned home for a final burial in his native state. A large portfolio of history accompanies this revolver including the signed CDV mentioned before and a first edition 1900 “The Defenses of Washington” by William Cox. The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on inside of grip. PROVENANCE: Tom LoPiano Collection, Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains about 90-95% of its original bright blue finish on frame, cyl and bbl with staining and pitting. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cyl are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Rosewood grips are sound and solid retaining almost all their original varnished finish. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp shiny rifling. 4-48737 JS71 (6,000-10,000)

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CIVIL WAR INSCRIBED #2 SMITH AND WESSON ARMY REVOLVER, CAPT. HARRY ROCKAFELLAR, VRC. SN 27182. Cal. 32. This is a fine example of the popular Civil War sidearm with 6″ bbl in “as found” condition. Presentation engraved on backstrap reads “Capt. Harry Rockafellar, Veteran Reserve Corps”. Capt. Rockafellar entered the war April 20, 1861 in Company K of the 71st New York Volunteers. He proceeded to be wounded in his first action at Bull Run July 21, 1861. He was taken prisoner and stayed at Libby Prison until he escaped October 9, 1861. He participated in the Gettysburg campaign, NYC riots and Fort Wagner in 1863. Rockafellar was commissioned Captain in the Veteran Reserve Corps near war’s end about the time he received this pistol which accompanying factory letter states was shipped from factory July 11, 1864 to New York City dealer. Rockafellar later became the commander of the 71st New York Regiment and there are accompanying copy photographs of him in uniform as Colonel, commanding 71st Regiment 1869-1871. There is a portfolio of documents detailing Colonel Rockafellar’s war time and post-war history. Accompanying this pistol is an orig CDV, 1864, signed “Yours Respectfully, Harry Rockafellar, Capt. 21st V.R.C.” The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on the inside of grip. PROVENANCE: Charles Duffy Collection, David Carroll Collection, Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains about 90% of its orig blue finish on frame and bbl with staining and pitting and balance of metal gray/brown. Cylinder retains about 30% of its bright blue finish with balance brown. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cylinder are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Rosewood grips are sound and solid retaining almost all their orig varnish with several dings and dents. Mechanically gun functions well with well crisp shiny rifling. Accompanying chamois protective sleeve is sound and supple with staining and soiling. 4-48733 JS64 (5,000-8,000)

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EXCEPTIONAL CIVIL WAR SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY REVOLVER. SN 19717. Cal. 32. This is an exceptional example of the popular Civil War Smith & Wesson army revolver with 6″ bbl. Based on serial number this gun was made early in the war in 1862. This gun retains almost all of its orig finish and is as fine an example as you will encounter. It shows strong case colors on the hammer, trigger, and ejector rod. The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on the inside of the grip. PROVENANCE: Calhoun Norton Collection, Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains about 95% + of its orig bright blue finish on frame, cylinder and bbl with minor staining. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cylinder are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Rosewood grips are sound and solid retaining almost all their original varnished finish. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp shiny rifling. 4-48722 JS67 (3,500-5,000)

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EXCEPTIONAL CIVIL WAR SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY REVOLVER. SN 11598. Cal. 32. This is an exceptional example of the popular Civil War Smith & Wesson army revolver with 6″ bbl. Based on serial number this gun was made early in the war in 1862. This gun retains almost all of its orig finish and is as fine an example as you will encounter. It shows strong case colors on the hammer, trigger, and ejector rod. The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on the inside of the grip. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains about 98% of its orig bright blue finish on frame, cylinder and bbl with minor staining. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cylinder are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Rosewood grips are sound and solid retaining almost all their original varnished finish. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp shiny rifling. 4-48721 JS66 (3,000-5,000)

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EXCEPTIONAL EARLY CIVIL WAR 2-PIN SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY REVOLVER. SN 988. Cal. 32. This is an exceptional example of the popular Civil War Smith & Wesson army revolver with 5″ bbl. Based on three digit serial number this gun was made early in the war in 1861. This gun retains almost all of its orig finish and is as fine an example as you will encounter. It shows strong case colors on the hammer, trigger, and ejector rod. Early 2 pin varieties are difficult to find in high condition as they generally saw hard service during the Civil War. The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on the inside of the grip. PROVENANCE: Karl Moldenhauer Collection, Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains about 90-95% of its orig bright blue finish on frame, cylinder and bbl with staining and other surfaces turning plum. There are small nicks and dents near latch on bbl housing. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cylinder are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Rosewood grips are sound and solid retaining almost all their old varnished finish. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp shiny rifling. 4-48724 JS69 (3,000-5,000)

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CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY REVOLVER TO CHARLES DOUGLAS, 52ND ILLINOIS. SN 629. Cal. 32. This is among the earliest Smith & Wesson Army revolvers with 2-pin frame made in 1861. This is a nice example of the popular Civil War sidearm with 5″ bbl in “as found” fine condition. The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on inside of grip. Presentation engraved on backstrap reads “C.T. Douglas 52nd Reg. Ill. Vol. Aurora Ill”. Corp. Charles Douglas entered the war Sept 28, 1861. Douglas was 23 years old at his time of enlistment. On April 6, 1862 Douglas was wounded at the Battle of Shiloh. After several months of recuperation, he returned to his unit to be wounded again on Oct 3, 1862 at the Battle of Corinth, Miss. Douglas was given a surgeon’s certificate of disability due to his wounds July 9, 1863. After the war Douglas worked as a building contractor and lumber dealer in Aurora, Ill, until 1888 when he moved to San Diego, CA. There is a large file of research materials including Douglas’ war records and various ads from the Aurora city directory detailing his post-war activities. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains about 30%of its original blue finish on frame, cyl and bbl with staining and pitting and balance of metal gray/brown. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cylinder are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Rosewood grips are sound and solid with several dings and dents. Mechanically gun functions well with well discerned rifling. 4-48742 JS60 (3,000-5,000)

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EXTREMELY FINE CIVIL WAR ERA SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY REVOLVER. SN 44357. Cal. 32. This is an extremely fine example of the popular Civil War Smith & Wesson army revolver with 6″ bbl. Based on serial number this gun was made near Civil War’s end in 1865-66. This gun retains almost all of its original finish and is as fine an example as you will encounter. Case colors are evident on the hammer, trigger and ejector rod. The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on the inside of the grip. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains about 90% of its orig bright blue finish on frame and bbl with minor staining. Cylinder retains about half of its original finish though thinning turning brown/silver. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cylinder are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Rosewood grips are sound and solid retaining almost all their original varnished finish. Mechanically gun functions well with crisp shiny rifling. 4-48723 JS68 (2,500-3,000)

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2212

VERY FINE CIVIL WAR ERA NICKEL SMITH & WESSON #2 ARMY REVOLVER. SN 45425. Cal. 32. This is a very fine example of the popular Civil War Smith & Wesson army revolver with 6″ bbl not often found nickel finished. Based on serial number this gun was made late in the war or just after in 1865-6. This gun retains most of its original finish and is a very fine example. The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on the inside of the grip. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun retains about 98% of its orig nickel finish on frame, cylinder and bbl with pitting and staining. Maker and patent marks on bbl flat and cylinder are crisp and easily read as are serial numbers. Rosewood grips are sound and solid retaining much of their orig varnished finish. Mechanically gun will not index but main spring is strong and bore has crisp discernible rifling. 4-48725 JS70 (3,000-4,000)

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CASED PAIR OF MARLIN ‘XXX STANDARD 1872’ PISTOLS WITH DEGRESS PATENT GRIPS. SN 24, 4449. DeGress grips were patented by Francis DeGress in 1874 and must have been quite popular due to the different guns that they were made to fit. However his grips are difficult to find today as many were sold in his store in Mexico City & also in the U.S. and probably saw hard use. This pair is quite nice as can be seen in photos, retaining much of the orig silver finish to both grips and guns. These little Marlin Pistols conform to other XXX Standard 1872’s with 3″ ribbed bbl, engraved brass frame marked on bbl flat “XXX STANDARD 1872” and on left side of bbl “J. M. MARLIN NEW HAVEN, CT USA PAT. JULY 1, 1873”. This is a beautiful pair of guns in matching condition retaining most of their orig finish. A nearly identical gun is pictured in the January 1972 Gun Report article by Charles Smith and Charles Suydam titled The DeGress “Tiffany Grips” which a copy accompanies these pistols. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Guns are fine overall retaining over 90% of their orig silver plating to bbls and cylinders. Frames retain about 40% of their orig finish and the very scarce DeGress Patented grips which are marked on verso “PAT. APR. 28 ’74” retain about half of their finish on one gun and about 20% on the other. Mechanically both guns function with fine bores. Accompanying post-market casing is in overall very good condition with new brown velvet lining. Included is a copy of recently published “The Francis DeGress Story” by Marlan Polhemus showing and describing these Marlins (p. 124), as well as the patent and many examples. 4-48732 JS80 (4,000-6,000)

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INSCRIBED SMITH & WESSON #1 SECOND ISSUE REVOLVER OF BREVET MAJOR GENERAL LANGDON EASTON. SN 12997. This is a fine little cased 22 Smith & Wesson revolver inscribed in its ivory grips “Maj. Langdon Easton”. Easton was a lifelong military man graduating from West Point in 1838. He was in the quartermaster department before the war and after. During the Civil War he was William Tecumseh Sherman’s Quartermaster and had the daunting task of keeping Sherman’s army equipped so deep in the South during the Atlanta Campaign. Also included is an orig ambrotype image of Easton in civilian dress; a pr. of silver cuff links inscribed with “L.” & “E.” Accompanying this gun are three original CDVs one of which is signed and nine original Quartermaster documents and letters signed by Easton from late 1863 to 1864 through the Atlanta Campaign. There is a large portfolio of research material in addition to these original items and a copy of a book concerning the army in the West where Easton is mentioned titled Sentinel of the Plains: Fort Leavenworth and the American West by George Walton First Edition 1973. The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is written in old pencil on inside of ivory grip. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Bbl and cyl retain tiny traces of blue finish with staining and pitting and balance of metal brown/gray. Silver plated frame retains most of its original silver that is patinaed gray over all. Ivory stocks are well fit with one hairline crack and good patina. Inscription easily read. Mechanically gun functions with good discernible rifling in bore. CDVs are very good. Eight of nine documents are fine with one, dated July 5, 1864 Marietta, GA, water stained, soiled, and foxed. Accompanying post-market casing has new blue felt and a good green labeled cartridge box, UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO. with label showing S&W 1st Model 2nd Issue, which is empty and missing one flap and reduction to label in left corner as can be seen in photos. 4-48743 JS81 (5,000-7,000)

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2215

FACTORY ENGRAVED SMITH & WESSON GUTTA-PERCHA CASED MODEL #1, SECOND ISSUE REVOLVER WITH PEARL GRIPS. SN 86903. Cal. 22. This little gem was something to behold when it was new. This is among the highest grade you will find in these guns. Engraved, gold highlights and mother-of-pearl grips in a scarce Smith & Wesson gutta-percha “Flags” case, embossed with large Panoply of Arms. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Bbl is silver/brown overall with strong remnants of silver finish in protected areas with staining and pitting. Engraved cylinder is silver/brown overall with pitting, silver plated engraved frame, retains about 90% of its orig silver with traces of gold highlights in recesses of engraving. Pearl grips are sound and well fit with good color, with one small chip at rear toe on right. Gun mechanically functions with crisp rifling to bore. The gun has matching assembly numbers. Case is very good to fine overall with a few hairline cracks on sides that do not affect aesthetics of this lovely pistol case. Case still functions and clasps. Interior has some soiling, especially to faded velvet in bottom. The ears to the bbl support internally are missing, otherwise case is fine. 4-48728 JS85 (7,000-10,000)

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2216

SMITH & WESSON GUTTA PERCHA CASED MODEL #1, FIRST ISSUE REVOLVER. SN 10863. Cal. 22. This is a scarce Smith & Wesson Model #1 first issue revolver of the last or 6th type in fine condition in an orig Smith & Wesson embossed “Pistol” presentation case. This gun conforms to other first issue revolvers with bbl address “SMITH & WESSON, SPRINGFIELD MASS” and cylinder “PATENTED APRIL 3, 1855 & JUNE 15, 1858”. The bbl and cylinder were orig bright blue and the frame silver plated. The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on the inside of the grip. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Bbl and cylinder are smooth brown/silver overall with traces of finish in protected areas, and markings are crisp and easily discernible. Frame retains about 95% of its orig silver. Stocks retains about 1/2 of their orig varnish, though thinning. Gun is mechanically functional with good crisp rifling in bore. The accompanying case has good brown color with excellent details as can be seen in photos. There are a few small chips that do not affect aesthetics. Red velvet on bottom of case is faded and soiled where in contact with gun and there is a 1/2″ chip to ear of lower gutta percha bbl mount. The green embossed velvet in top of case, very good overall, with soiling where cylinder contacts it. Hinges are a little loose and case will no longer lock shut. 4-48727 JS83 (4,000-6,000)

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2217

SMITH & WESSON GUTTA-PERCHA CASED MODEL #1, SECOND ISSUE REVOLVER. SN 28994. Cal. 22. 3/3-16″ bbl, rosewood grips, blue bbl and cylinder with silver plated brass frame. This is a fine Smith & Wesson 22 cal. 2nd issue revolver that retains almost all its orig finish and appears possibly unfired that is retained in a beautiful black Smith & Wesson embossed gutta-percha “Pistol” case. This gun conforms to other second issue pistols in this series with “SMITH & WESSON SPRINGFIELD, MASS” on bbl flat and “PATENTED APRIL 3, 1855, JULY 5, 1859 & DECEMBER 18, 1860”. The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on the inside of the grip. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Bbl retains 98% of its orig bright blue finish with small thin scattered scratches. Bore is crisp and shiny, cylinder retains about 70% of its bright blue finish with balance mottled brown/plum with light pitting. Frame retains about 98% of its orig silver plate with light scratching. Hammer retains about 70% case color, though some muted with balance turning silver/gray. Rosewood stocks retain 98% of their orig varnish with only reductions from scuff on right edge on butt. Gun mechanically functions well. Associated case has good black color and excellent details with several small edge chips. Interior of case is soiled and worn. The bbl mounting bracket is missing both ears, which are broken off. Fifteen rimfire cartridges are retained in box. 4-48729 JS84 (4,000-6,000)

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2218

CASED SMITH & WESSON MODEL #1, SECOND ISSUE REVOLVER. SN 56357. Cal. 22. This is a very fine example of a Smith & Wesson Model #1 22 cal. 2nd issue revolver that retains most of its orig finish and is beautifully cased in a varnished walnut box. This gun conforms to other standard Smith & Wesson Civil war era pistols of this model. The gun has matching assembly numbers, and the SN is stamped on the inside of the grip. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Bbl retains about 60% of its bright blue finish with remainder silver/brown. Cylinder retains traces of bright blue finish with balance brown/silver. Bbl and cylinder markings are crisp and easily discerned. Frame retains about 98% of its silver finish with only reduction on backstrap where there are many small scratches possibly an attempt at crude initials. Rosewood grips are sound, well fitted and retain 98% of their orig varnish. Walnut casing is overall sound, solid and in fine condition with one age crack in lid and soiling to red velvet inside. Case retains about 25 rim-fire cartridges. 4-48730 JS86 (3,000-5,000)

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2219

SMITH & WESSON #1 SECOND ISSUE REVOLVER PRESENTED BY FRANCIS DEGRESS. SN 121569. Francis DeGress was a famous Civil War artillery officer, captain of the famous Battery H, 1st Illinois light artillery, General W.D. Sherman’s elite battery unit, who was a hero in the Atlanta Campaign. He is noted for taking the 1st shot in the Battle of Atlanta and continued to be engaged in Sherman’s “March to the Sea.” After the Civil War, DeGress was a well known gun merchant in New York City and especially in Mexico City being one of the largest and best known dealers in Mexico during the Wild West era. This particular 22 Cal. Smith & Wesson was made in its last year of production and delivered to “Wexel & DeGress” November 24, 1868. The backstrap on this gun is engraved “F. DeGress to F. Messmer”. We are not sure who DeGress presented this pistol to but further research could solve this mystery. Smith & Wesson historian Roy Jinks in a 1991 letter (included with archive) states, “Unfortunately, there is no record of a Mr. Fritz Messmer in our company records. I have never examined “contour” cases. I wonder if Mr. Messmer may have been the individual who cast the DeGress grips.” Regardless this is a fine little Smith presented by Francis DeGress with original ivory stocks with silver and blue finish. The gun has matching assembly numbers. PROVENANCE: Marc E. Walz Collection, Tom LoPiano Collection, Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Gun overall is very good to fine. Bbl retains traces of blue finish with balance plum and gray/brown. Cyl is a matching gray/brown. Frame retains about 80% of its silver plate. Some bubbling and much of the silver has turned gray. Ivory grips are fine well fit with good patina. There is an original Civil War inventory receipt signed by Captain Degress which is in fine condition. A large file of research materials accompany this gun. There is also an orig CDV of F. DeGress during his W&D era. Accompanying all of the material is a copy of recently published “The Francis DeGress Story” by Marlan Polhemus which details his CW engagements; Wexel & DeGress Arms business; and DeGress grips patent. This inscribed revolver is prominently shown and described in the book (pp. 77-79). 4-48744 JS79 (5,000-10,000)

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2220

RARE SMITH & WESSON MODEL #1 FIRST ISSUE PISTOL, SECOND TYPE. SN 388. This is a nice example of the first model-first issue Smith & Wesson 22 Cal. pistol made in 1857. This gun conforms to other first issues with seven shot non-fluted cylinder, 3-3/16″ bbl address “SMITH & WESSON, SPRINGFIELD, MASS”. Cylinder is marked “R. White/Patented Apr. 3 1855”. Most distinctive feature on these earliest guns is the bayonet type bbl catch only seen on about the first thousand guns only of the first and second type of the first issue. SN 388 is shown on the frame, butt flat, bbl & cylinder face and inside of both wooden grips. This is a nice complete original example with some original finish that is rarely offered. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Bbl retains strong traces of orig bright blue finish in protected areas with balance gray/brown with some pitting. Cylinder is a matching gray/brown with pitting. Bbl markings are distinct, cylinder markings are mostly discernible but weak as can be seen in photos. Brass frame has pleasant yellow patina with scattered small dings, dents, and scratches. Stocks are sound and solid with about 20% original varnish remaining. Mechanically gun functions and exhibits good discernible rifling in bore. 4-48726 JS82 (6,000-10,000)

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2221

CONFEDERATE REUNION GROUPING OF MAJOR EUGENE C. GORDON, BROTHER OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL JOHN B. GORDON. SN NSN. This grouping consists of gold handled cane inscribed “MAJOR E.C. GORDON FROM HIS BROTHER W.S.G.”, a florally engraved Reed & Barton cuspidor with Major Gordon’s initials and his framed membership certificate in the United Confederate Veterans. Eugene Cornelius Gordon was only 15 years old when he entered along with his brother, and later General, John B. Gordon’s 6th Alabama Regiment. He was present at the battles of Gettysburg and Morton’s Ford; battles around Richmond, Monocacy, Rocky Face Mountain, and one of the last battles of the war fought at Columbus, GA, when he was Major of the 25th Alabama Cavalry Battalion. During Early’s raid toward Washington, D.C. on July 9, 1864, during the Battle of Monocacy, General John B. Gordon’s brigade commander, Brig. Gen. Evans fell wounded and his aide Capt. Eugene Gordon took over his command and he was wounded as well and both were put on an ambulance to the rear of his troops. “W.S.G.”, the cane presenter was Capt. Walter Scott Gordon, Eugene’s younger brother who was wounded at Hatcher’s Run Feb. 5, 1865. They were both in land development and the railroad business in Alabama after the war.These items of Major Gordon are published and described in the American Society of Arms Collector’s Bulletin No. 93, 2006 on pp. 60-63. This journal is included along with a large portfolio of records concerning Gordon that accompany this lot along with a postwar copy of an engraving of Eugene Gordon. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Cane is very good overall. Floral repousse gold L-shaped handle is heavy gold fill. Inscription is crisp. Metal tip is still retained on its 35″ black painted wood shaft. Cuspidor, which measures just over 3″ high and 4″ diameter, is in very good condition with dark silver patina and marked on bottom “MF’D & PLATED BY REED & BARTON”. There are numerous small cut marks in base of rim. UCV membership document, which measures about 14″ x 12″, is in gold gilt gesso frame which has several chips and cracks, as can be seen in photos. The document is easily read with areas of acid burn, foxing, water stains and chipping at top of document. 4-48747 (3,000-4,000)

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2222

RARE CASED & ENGRAVED CHARLES GOLDEN BAR HAMMER, OPEN TOP PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN NSN. Cal. 42. Blue & color case hardened with 5″ oct bbl that has micro-rifling, brass pin front sight and marked on top flat “C. GOLDEN, BRADFORD” (listed in Bailey & Nie, ENGLISH GUNMAKERS, as “Golden, Charles, 18 Cheapside, 1864.” Built on a rnd frame with extended bottom strap with integral nipple shield and right hand slightly offset bar hammer. It has a large trigger guard for the double action trigger and is mounted with highly figured 2-pc walnut grip panels. Cylinder is 6-shots, unfluted with unshrouded nipples and stop notches on a raised ridge at the rear end with riveted-on ratchet wheel. Bbl threads onto the cylinder spindle and is secured by a wing nut screw through the bbl lug into the bottom strap. Frame, hammer, grip frame & cylinder are color case hardened. There is a scroll-like engraving on the sides of the frame, butt and backstrap. Accompanied by its orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing with engraved scallop-edge plaque in the lid inscribed “WILLIAM PARTON”. Interior is compartmented for the pistol, a fine color case hardened nutcracker mold with sprue cutter and one arm that is a rammer. Also accompanied by a Sykes style bag flask with faceted edges, an ebony handle turn screw, a small pewter oil bottle, lacquered tin of caps and a functioning key. A covered compartment contains cast lead balls. Also accompanying is the paper label from inside the lid, which has become detached. PROVENANCE: Marlan Polhemus Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 50-60% glossy blue mixed with dark patina and an area of fine pitting; frame & hammer retain very bright, orig case colors; trigger guard, grip frame & buttcap retain faded case colors; cylinder retains heavily faded case colors. Grips are sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Case is extremely fine with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish; interior is lightly faded with light soil in the bottom; mold retains brilliant case colors; flask is a dark brass patina; other accessories are fine. Altogether a beautiful early percussion revolver. 4-48731 JR372 (3,000-5,000)

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2223

UNIQUE CONFEDERATE C.H. RIGDON 5″ BARRELED REVOLVER. Cal. 36. For the Confederate handgun collector who wants every model, this is the only “Pocket Sized” revolver known. There are only 6 C.H. Rigdon marked pistols known and the other 5 are all standard Navy models with 7-1/2″ bbls. This gun is pictured in William Albaugh’s text Confederate Arms 1957. Albaugh comments that in his opinion, “This is the arm from which the Rigdon-Ansley were modeled.” In Frank Seller’s and Sam Smith’s book American Percussion Revolvers Sam Smith states that he believed this gun to have been Charles Rigdon’s personal gun. This gun has remained in same collection for all these years until 2013. Regardless of the thoughts of these respected early authors on Confederate arms, studying the other known Rigdon revolvers known, I have little doubt that this gun was made near the end of production. There is no doubt this gun was made as a 5″ barreled revolver and is not simply a “cut-down” Navy revolver. The cylinder is over 5% shorter than standard production Rigdon & Ansley revolvers. The back of frame and arbor are correspondingly milled to accept this shorter cylinder. In the opinion of this cataloger, this gun, like a few late Griswold’s and Spiller & Burr’s, were privately purchased and had non-military features such as special finishes and higher grade grips, such as the burled and varnished grips seen on this unique gun. The loading assembly latch, bbl catch and front sight are identically made to those seen on late production Rigdon & Ansley’s, further substantiating the originality and authenticity of this unique revolver. There is only one other identically marked “CH RIGDON” revolver and it is among the highest SN of standard Rigdon & Ansley production, 2316. One other “CH RIGDON” gun is known, also marked “AUGUSTA GA”, that being SN 1490, which is among the earliest 12 stop revolvers (1482 is lowest SN known, no maker’s mark). Three other “CSA” marked and inspected “CH RIGDON, AUGUSTA GA” standard Navy revolvers are known (SN 2154, 2180 and 2182). Two features that stand out substantiating this gun as late production are the “milled cap release channel” and wedge is “non-spring” type (first seen approximately SN 2150). When Herman Stumpf sold his gun collection in the 1950’s he only retained this unique 5″ “pocket sized” revolver he felt was CH Rigdon’s personal gun. This gun is in wonderful condition for a Confederate revolver and is accompanied by a file of research regarding Rigdon & Ansley and orig inventory list of Mr. Stumpf. PROVENANCE: Herman Stumpf collection. CONDITION: Gun is very good to fine overall. Appears all orig and authentic with exception of lap welded repair to mainspring and missing screw in backstrap. Metal overall is gray with tiny traces of blue finish in protected areas with scattered staining and pitting. Brass backstrap and trigger guard have mustard colored patina. Stocks retain 40-50% of their orig varnish. Rifling in bbl is well defined, though pitted overall. Gun functions mechanically though mainspring is weak. There are discernible tool marks on frame, bbl and cylinder, typical of other late production guns. Maker’s mark on bbl is easily discerned, as can be seen in photos. A rebound of die can be seen in a ghost of some letters, this is noted also on other examples as marking identical on all. There are no other external marks but internally there are a pair of punch marks on wedge and backstrap. There is a large punch mark on left side of trigger guard that possibly removed “cryptic” often seen stamped on standard production revolvers. 4-48830 JS48 (30,000-40,000)

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2224

CONFEDERATE GRISWOLD SECOND MODEL REVOLVER. SN 2347. Cal. 36. Samuel Griswold was the largest producer of handguns in the Confederacy, making a total of about 3,700 guns which this gun is the standard configuration of guns made after about SN 1510 with half oct bbl housing, making this example a standard second model with 7-1/2″ bbl and classic Griswold brass frame. This gun appears all orig with exception of a couple screws and wedge which is from a Colt. SN 2347 appears on bbl housing, cylinder, and frame. Secondary number “7” appears on loading arm and triggerguard. Wedge is Colt and has 5-digit SN, though it appears orig to this gun’s time of use based on color and condition. A cryptic letter “C” occurs on bottom of bbl near latch, frame, triggerguard, backstrap and is also discernible on back of cylinder. Roman numeral “IIII” is cut into triggerguard and backstrap. CONDITION: Metal is gray/black with numerous dings, scratches, and scrapes. Brass is cleaned with numerous scrapes, dents, and scratches. Left side of stock has an area carved, such that thumb better fits. Left grip has glued repair about 1″ from frame. Gun is a little loose at junction of frame and bbl. Cylinder nipples are complete though battered, cracked and smashed from use. Gun functions mechanically. 4-48638 JS1 (16,000-18,000)

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2225

SPILLER & BURR CONFEDERATE REVOLVER. SN 119. Cal. 36. Spiller & Burr of Macon, GA made brass framed copies of Whitney Revolvers which are quite popular today and complete orig examples are quite scarce. This gun appears mostly orig including well patinaed brass frame with orig “C.S.” stampings on right side of frame. Serial # 119 stamped on the triggerguard, buttstrap and inside the butt. Bbl and cyl are both heavily pitted and cleaned but appear orig. Grips and loading lever may be proper replacements. There were about 1200 Spiller & Burr revolvers made in Atlanta and Macon, GA during the Civil War making them the third largest Confederate primary revolver manufacturer. This gun with its restoration still presents very well. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by a copy of a letter from noted Confederate authority, Fred Edmunds, describing the attributes of the gun. CONDITION: Gun is good overall. Brass frame has braised repair where cracked just behind hammer on integral brass backstrap. SN 119 is found on frame under trigger guard, on right side of backstrap frame at base, and externally on buttstrap. A cryptic “O” is stamped on backstrap frame four times right and left on either side at base. As noted “C.S.” is stamped on right side of frame but a gash obscures part of the “S” as can be seen in photos. Bbl is heavily filed and cleaned, refinished and restored though a partial SN “11” can be seen on its 6-11/16″ oct bbl with restored brass pin sight. Cyl is also heavily pitted, refinished, and restored. Trigger guard is unserialized, is poorly fit, and is most likely originally from a Whitney revolver. The arbor appears orig to manufacturer though serialized 316, the remainder of loading arm is unserialized and is most likely a restoration. The stocks are well fit and in fine condition with correct Spiller & Burr profile but are probably fine restorations. 4-49692 JS219 (8,000-12,000)

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2225A

LEECH & RIGDON CONFEDERATE REVOLVER. SN 825. Cal. 36. You are bidding on an orig and authentic Leech & Rigdon maker marked revolver. The firm of Leech & Rigdon started their pistol production in Memphis, TN and, being chased by advancing Union forces, moved their operations to Columbus, Miss. and then to Georgia where this gun was made. This gun is marked “LEECH & RIGDON CSA” on top flat of half-oct bbl housing. Matching SNs are found on bbl, loading arm, cylinder, frame, trigger guard, and backstrap. The “8” in SN’s broken die & must have been replaced as SN 887 just 60 numbers different has perfect “8”. The “8” has been confused as “6” before in literature. Gun appears all origi and authentic with apparent contemporary replaced latch and base pin. There is no SN present on wedge but it appears orig to gun’s time of use. Stocks are orig with an old glued repair to the left grip. The maker markings on this gun are better than average, as can be seen in photos. CONDITION: Metal surfaces overall are cleaned, pitted with scattered scrapes and dings. All SN are discernible, though weak on cylinder. Gun is functional with a good bore and discernible rifling. Brass backstrap has scattered scratches, dings and scrapes. Brass trigger guard is smooth with a few scattered scratches and a four dot cryptic below SN. 4-48637 JS2 (17,500-22,500)

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2226

EXTREMELY FINE CONFEDERATE KERR ARMY REVOLVER. SN 1476. This Kerr Army revolver is among the finest examples you will ever see. There are only a handful of minty Confederate Kerr’s known, all with “JS over anchor” marking in the serial range 1450 to about 1500 that must have been captured and sold in prize court because these three or four guns retain most of their orig finish and appear unfired. This is the first example we know of in auction in many years. The “JS over anchor” marking is a Confederate acceptance or export mark seen on Confederate Enfields and Kerr revolvers. The Kerr Army revolver may have been the single most common model of any gun used exclusively in the South. Somewhere around 9000 of these revolvers are known tho have run the blockade though most saw very hard use. Gun conforms to other examples with case hardened lock marked “London Armoury” and “Kerr’s Patent 1476” engraved on blued frame along with other proofs and matching numbers. This is a beautiful example with a mint shiny bore which appears never to have been shot. CONDITION: Lock and hammer retain much of their orig muted color with balance silver, as can be seen in photos. Cylinder retains 95% orig bright blue. Bbl and frame retain 80% orig bright blue. Trigger guard and buttcap retain 25% of their orig finish. Gun is mechanically sound with a crisp, bright shiny bore. 8-76371 JS4 (10,000-12,000)

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2227

RARE CONFEDERATE LEMAT & GIRARD’S PATENT GRAPE SHOT REVOLVER. SN 5266. This is among the rarest variations of LeMat revolvers. Only two or three LeMat revolvers are known in this serial range and unlike the Tipping & Lawden Confederate Naval contract (SN 8000-9000) which has the Colt style ratchet system; this early London made LeMat retains the Paris style reciprocating pin mechanism for rotating cyl. Included with this gun are two letters from LeMat expert Cliff Young stating that this is one of only two guns in this serial range and the other gun SN 5208 had a replaced loading assembly and misnumbered cyl. This gun appears orig and authentic in all regards, in beautiful condition with crisp markings and some orig finish. This is a true rarity in Confederate LeMat variants in fine condition that would be difficult to improve on. PROVENANCE: Fred Edmunds Collection. CONDITION: Metal overall is gray with areas of staining and pitting. There are traces of blue finish in protected areas. Gun is mechanically sound and markings are crisp and well defined and matching throughout. Stocks are sound and solid with well discerned cross hatching with several storage dings, dents, and gouges. 4-49689 JS214 (15,000-25,000)

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2228

CONFEDERATE LEMAT REVOLVER WITH RARE “MURDAUGH” INSPECTOR’S MARK. SN 2213. This is a scarce late Paris made LeMat revolver with British proofs and is one of the few with the “M” inspector’s cartouche which is thought to stand for the Confederate Naval inspector William Henry Murdaugh. William Albaugh and Ed Simmons in their text Confederate Handguns list six known SNs with the “Murdaugh” cartouche. All these guns are in a similar serial range to this gun with few exceptions (SNs 2014-2494). At least two baby LeMats and one carbine have this same inspector’s cartouche. In the most recent scholarly text on Confederate LeMat Revolvers Doug Adams lists several more SNs in same range making a total of about 12 total inspected guns. This is a nice example of LeMat revolver with the orig rare Confederate Naval inspection that other than having a restored loading assembly is all orig and authentic with very good crisp markings. Murdaugh inspected guns rarely come to market and spurious examples are known to exist of this popular and rare marking. CONDITION: Gun is overall very good with crisp well defined markings including bbl address and “M” cartouche stamped on cyl. The loading assembly is among the best restorations this cataloger has ever seen and matches color and patination of gun quite well. Mechanically gun is functional with very good crisp discernible rifling. 4-49690 JS215 (12,500-17,500)

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2229

CONFEDERATE 2ND MODEL LEMAT PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 1585. Cal 42/18 ga. This is an orig example of the standard production LeMat grape-shot revolver. Standard production guns, often called 2nd Models, feature improvements made by LeMat that worked the best, including Colt style ratchet system to turn cyl. The revolver has the distinctive LeMat 9-shot cyl. 42 caliber rifled bbl with smooth bore ‘grape-shot’ 18 ga bbl for firing buckshot. The top bbl flat is marked “Col. LeMat Bte s.g.d.g. Paris” which is the standard addressing on LeMat standard production guns. PROVENANCE: William Hoffeld collection. CONDITION: Gun overall is gray, cleaned and pitted. Bbl address and SNs are all discernible, as can be seen in photos. Loading assembly is unserialized and appears to be an excellent restoration with similar color and patina to balance of gun. Left stock has large central crack repair. Mechanically gun functions well. 4-48636 JS3 (8,000-12,000)

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2230

SCARCE VARIANT LONDON MADE LEMAT GRAPESHOT PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 3812. Cal. 46/18 ga. This is a scarce variant of “LeMat & Girard’s patent London” revolver which is not in the Tipping & Lawden contract range. There are only a few anomalies with odd SN’s such as this, there are also 2 digit numbers known and this is the only gun we are aware of in the 3000 range; the Tipping and Lawden range was 8000-9000 of which there are many guns in this Confederate Naval contract known. A file from NATO historian & LeMat collector, Greg Padlow accompanying. This is a nice example of a well marked gun, polished bright, that functions well and appears all orig. SN’s externally are only noted on bbl and frame with typical English proofs on bbl and each cylinder chamber. Screw heads are florally decorated as is the end of the loading rod. CONDITION: Gun is bright/gray overall with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Engraved bbl markings are easily read as are SN’s stamped on bbl and frame. Gun functions mechanically and rifling in bore is discernible. The latch screw on bbl is drilled through. Breeching rifling stocks are sound and solid still showing well defined checkering. Stocks are also SN’d internally 3812. 4-48235 JS23 (7,500-9,500)

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2231

CONFEDERATE USED LEFAUCHEUX REVOLVER, CDV, AND LETTER SIGNED BY GEORGE H. STEUART. SN 28396. There is no doubt that the Confederacy used many of this military model LaFaucheux based on other identified guns, including one used by Stonewall Jackson and excavated examples. This 12mm pin fire revolver should date very close to Capt. George Steuart’s stint as Captain in the 1st Maryland Infantry in 1861. Impeccably scratched into the base of stocks “STEUART”, “1*MD”. Accompanying this lot is a CDV of Steuart in Confederate General’s uniform and a document signed as Capt. December 1860 while still in the US Army. George Hume Steuart (August 24, 1828 – November 22, 1903) was a planter in Maryland and an American military officer; he served thirteen years in the United States Army before resigning his commission at the start of the American Civil War. He joined the Confederacy and rose to the rank of brigadier general in the Army of Northern Virginia. Nicknamed “Maryland” to avoid verbal confusion with Virginia cavalryman J.E.B. Stuart, Steuart unsuccessfully promoted the secession of Maryland before and during the conflict. He began the war as a captain of the 1st Maryland Infantry, CSA, and was promoted to colonel after the First Battle of Manassas. In 1862 he became brigadier general. After a brief cavalry command he was reassigned to infantry. Wounded at Cross Keys, Steuart was out of the war for almost a year while recovering from a shoulder injury. He was reassigned to Lee’s army shortly before the Battle of Gettysburg. Steuart was captured at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, and exchanged in the summer of 1864. He held a command in the Army of Northern Virginia for the remainder of the war. Steuart was among the officers with Robert E. Lee when he surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House. CONDITION: Gun is gray/brown overall. Gun is mechanically functional, rotating cyl though missing loading assembly and tip of hammer. There is silver inlaid engraved “CSA” in old English script on top of bbl housing which appears quite old and could be contemporary to the war or at least commemorative though the name scratched in stock appears contemporary to the guns time of use and manufacture circa 1860-1862. 4-49691 JS216 (5,000-8,000)

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2232

IDENTIFIED CONFEDERATE COLT HARTFORD NAVY REVOLVER. SN 94314. Cal. 36. This is a standard configuration Colt Navy revolver made at the beginning of the Civil War in 1860. The soldier’s name “P.J. Esnard” and unit “WLI” are found contemporarily carved into grips. “WLI” denotes Washington Light Infantry of Charleston, SC., which was a famous pre-war militia unit that saw service in all American conflicts to date, starting with the War of 1812, and were most prominent during the Civil War. Peter J. Esnard is found on the rolls of the WLI in 1856 but his war time service is unknown, though according to a large file of genealogical data Peter Jean Esnard is found to have applied for a letter of marque in Charleston on May 7, 1861. Peter’s father was a well known antebellum plantation owner in the Caribbean with most of his children settling in South Carolina and Georgia. This gun is in fine “as found” condition exhibiting strong traces of bright blue finish, a nearly complete cylinder scene, some case colors, most orig silver plate and most of its orig varnish. This is a superior condition Confederate inscribed Colt. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall, all matching. Bbl retains 5% or so bright orig blue finish with balance plum with numerous small nicks and dents around wedge slot and scattered staining and light pitting. Cylinder has traces of blue finish, complete cylinder scene though obscured by areas of staining and pitting, as can be seen in photos. Frame shows traces of bright case colors with balance silver gray. Silver plating on backstrap and trigger guard is about 90% intact with about a 1″ area of trigger guard showing numerous small nicks and gouges from a sharp tool. Grips are very good and sound overall, retaining 80-90% of their orig varnish, varnish is lost at edges and where carved. Mechanically gun not indexing properly and may need simple internal correction of hand. 4-48710 JS5 (6,000-8,000)

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2233
Revised: 10/13/2013

Note description state “original brown finish on bottom of barrel” but there is no brown finish on the barrel.

CONFEDERATE PALMETTO ARMORY PISTOL. This is a nice orig Palmetto Armory Model 1842 single shot pistol of which only 1000 were made. Markings are crisp and sharp. Gun is 100% orig and authentic and still retains orig brown finish on bottom of bbl. PROVENANCE: Dr. Andrew Kelley Collection. CONDITION: Bbl, lock and iron are gray/white and cleaned with scattered pitting. Lock markings of “Palm Tree” surrounded by “Palmetto Armory, S.C.” are mostly discernible and “Columbia, S.C. 1852” are crisp and well struck, as are “V/Palm Tree” and “Wm. Glaze”. “1853” on bbl tang and “P” bbl proof are only partially discernible but present. Brass bbl band has brazed repair where it meets escutcheon extension. Brass overall has numerous small dings, dents and scratches and has been cleaned like iron. Stock is broken through under lock and near butt and also has a small inset wood repair between trigger guard and rear of lock about 1″ to 1/2″; otherwise stock has good rich red color and is sound. 4-48890 JS19 (3,000-4,000)

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2233A

TRANTER PATENT REVOLVER INSCRIBED TO CONFEDERATE “COL. R. L. WALKER” AND LATER GENERAL. SN 21192T. Cal. 42. 7-5/8″ Bbl. Typical large frame, double action revolver with checkered walnut grips is unmarked except for British proofs, and the initials “HH” on left front of grip. Frame is double line border engraved with the name “Col. R. L. Walker” engraved on top strap. (Reuben Lindsay Walker, artillery colonel who fought for the Confederate states in 63 battles throughout the Civil War. He was promoted to Brig. Gen. in 1865. After the war he moved to Selma, AL, and returned to VA where he worked as a Civil Engineer). There is no presentation inscription, and it is most likely that this is the sidearm that he carried throughout hostilities. Adams and Tranter revolvers were widely used by the confederacy. PROVENANCE: Wikipedia information on Col. Walker, as well as many copies of after action reports that he filed. CONDITION: Good. Re-barreled, and loading lever altered to fit. Checkering on grips is worn. All metal parts are gray brown patina. Bore is fair. Action needs work. 4-46683 MGM281 (6,000-8,000)

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2234

CONFEDERATE SECOND MODEL MORSE CARBINE. SN 333. Cal. 50. This is the scarcest model of the Morse carbines with only about 100-150 made and this is a fine original and authentic example. The Second Model (or Type II) Morse carbine, produced at the State Military Works in Greenville, South Carolina, is distinguished by a more sophisticated locking and firing mechanism. Included in this improved mechanism is the presence of a flanged iron rod connected to an iron plate with knurled edges which covers the forward top portion of the brass operating lever. The serial number range for this type of carbine is from 200 to the near 350 range. This carbine is serial numbered 333. This is an overall very nice example of the popular Confederate Morse Carbine with an especially nice stock clearly showing the burl and knots not normally picked for gun stocks, which clearly shows the Confederacy used any functional resources. CONDITION: Brass surfaces are scratched and cleaned with numerous small dings and stains. Bbl is gray/brown overall with scattered staining and pitting. Buttstock retains much of its orig varnish. Cryptic letter “C” in buttstock is well struck and discernible. Mechanically gun functions well with well defined rifling in bore. Stocks are sound and solid with about a 1-1/2″ patch repair at toe of buttstock. 4-49365 JS204 (15,000-20,000)

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2235

RARE CONFEDERATE 1ST MODEL MORSE CARBINE. SN 149. Cal. 50. Nice example of a scarce 1st Model Morse carbine with solid brass breech door. SN 149 is found inside door and bottom of frame. This gun is similar to other Morse carbines in this configuration being about 40″ overall with 20″ round bbl, fixed rear sight. Exhibits maple stock, and appears orig and complete. Only about 200 of these scarce 1st Models were made in Greenville, SC and most saw hard use during the Civil War. Most of these guns were issued to South Carolina Militia units. CONDITION: Very good overall. Gun retains mellow brass patina on action body and appended metal surface. Wood stock & forend are sound and show a smooth handworn patina with numerous ding & rubs from use. Buttstock still retains cryptic letter “N” stamped on bottom next to frame. Forestock has a small repair at ramrod ferrule. Functioning cleaning jag is a restoration. There is a welded repair to brass breech door at hinge. Hammer has been professionally repaired. Mechanics are fine. 4-45202 JS201 (15,000-20,000)

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2236

RARE CONFEDERATE JS/ANCHOR M-1856 IRON MOUNTED ENFIELD RIFLE. SN 668/769. Cal. 577. This is a rare iron mounted JS/anchor proofed model 1856 Enfield rifle with 33″ bbl that was once in the collection of Wiley Sword and pictured in his text Firepower From Abroad. Enfield rifled muskets are scarce with JS/anchor marks and SNs but the rifles are much rarer and the iron mounted rifles are among the rarest of all Confederate arms. This gun is in fine orig condition as pictured on pp. 42 and 44 of the book mentioned. Ramrods with SNs are quite rare and no more than a handful of this model are known. The initials of the Confederate “JCM” who probably carried this gun are carved into the buttstock and this carving is also shown in Mr. Sword’s text. This is a scarce and fine example of a rare Confederate used rifle that most examples did not survive. PROVENANCE: Collection of Wiley Sword. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. SN 668 is stamped on bottom of buttstock just behind an easily discerned JS/anchor marking as can be seen in photographs. SN 769 is cut into ramrod and though numbers don’t match they appear to have grown up together as patina and color match well. Metal overall is gray/brown with old areas of cleaning. Markings in lock and bbl are very good and crisp as can be seen in photos. Stock is sound and solid with numerous dings and dents (especially on bottom of buttstock rear of stock maker’s cartouche) with some erosion on top of comb of buttstock. Mechanics are very good and functional. Bayonet stud on bbl has been removed. Bore is very good with well discerned rifling. 4-49416 JS208 (6,000-9,000)

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2237

18TH GEORGIA USED CONFEDERATE ENFIELD RIFLE. SN 1517. Cal. 577. This Model 1856 rifle has 33″ bbl with correct Birmingham proofs, SN 1517 engraved on buttplate tang, “JS/anchor” stamped on bottom of buttplate comb and initials “HJ” of soldier in “Co.A 18th GA” carved in stock. Lock is marked and dated “Tower/1861”. This is a rarely encountered Blockade Run Model 1856 rifle that is SN and ID to a particular unit and possibly a particular soldier with a little research. This gun is all orig and authentic as found. PROVENANCE: Dr. Andrew Kelley Collection. CONDITION: Gun is good overall “as found”. Bbl, lock and bands are all dark and pitted, though lock markings and proofs are all discernible. Brass buttplate, trigger guard and nosecap have good yellow patina and SN engraved is easily seen. This gun was apparently utilized after the war as a smooth bore as front sight has been removed and bore is smooth, measuring over 60 cal with much pitting. Stock is sound and solid with a tacked repair between nosecap and front band. Stock maker’s rnd cartouche appears to read “Bentley & Blaye Makers Birmingham”. “JS/anchor” is discernible as is soldier’s personalization (which is scraped & apparently someone attempted to remove), as seen in photos. 4-48860 JS23 (3,000-5,000)

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2238

CONFEDERATE EARLY 1863 FAYETTEVILLE RIFLE. Cal. .58, 33″ bbl. This is an early production model Fayetteville Rifle which are found dated 1862 and 1863 with the standard-shaped lock and made to fit a saber bayonet with oval cartouche in stock containing initials of Philip Burkhart. This is an attractive example of an orig scarce Confederate rifle. PROVENANCE: Dr. Andrew Kelley Collection. CONDITION: Bbl is overall brown as refinished. Lock & bbl are both dated “1863” and other appropriate marks are present including inspector’s cartouche which is discernible. Remainder of stock is solid & sound with scattered dings, dents & scratches. Front band appears replaced as its color and patina do not match orig rear band. Orig brass nosecap, buttplate, trigger guard and rear band have good matching patinas. Ramrod is reproduction. Gun functions mechanically and rifling in bore is well defined. Stock is sound and solid with scattered dings, dents and scratches. There is an old repair behind bbl on left side where about a 3″ sliver of wood is tacked back in place. 4-48861 JS20 (5,000-7,000)

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2239

RICHMOND CARBINE AND RICHMOND MUSKET. Cal. 58. You are bidding on two 1863 dated Confederate Richmond Arms, both with orig 1863 dated locks. Musket has a very attractive look with orig brass buttplate and nosecap. Carbine is a bit of a relic though still solid and sound but metal pitted overall. PROVENANCE: Dr. Andrew Kelley Collection. CONDITION: Musket conforms to other rifle muskets with 40″ bbl. 3 iron bands, correct brass buttplate and nosecap. Metal overall is gray with areas of staining and pitting. Lock markings are well struck and discernible, as can be seen in photos. “VP” proof on bbl and “U”s on bands are not Richmond. Stock overall sound and solid with old cleaning and numerous small dings, dents and scratches. Musket was not taken apart to ascertain origin of stock and brass buttplate is well fitted. Gun is mechanically functioning with discernible rifling. Carbine is sound and solid, missing sling swivel on front band and rear swivel which was mounted on wood. Front sight is replaced. Bore is smooth and measures about 64 cal. Buttplace has “US” surcharge. Front band and ramrod appear replaced, as their surfaces are not as near as rusted and pitting as the orig iron to this gun. Stock is very weathered and worn. Gun will not hold cock but mainspring is strong. 4-48859, 4-48862 JS21 (4,000-6,000)

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2240

PALMETTO RIFLED-MUSKET WITH BAYONET. These muskets were part of a State of South Carolina contract, William Glaze provided the State of South Carolina with muskets, rifles, pistols, and sabers. This is one of the model 1842 muskets. This musket conforms with other known Palmetto muskets in every regard, and this gun has all the markings you would expect to see, including lock markings as pictured, “SC” on bbl tang, and buttplate, “WG & C” stamped on the backside of bbl. William Graze, at the beginning of the Civil War, rifled some of these smooth bore muskets and this is such an example. The rear sight is missing, however rifling is still easily seen. This is an example of an all orig complete and authentic, secondary Confederate arm that saw hard service by South Carolina forces in the Confederacy. PROVENANCE: Dr. Andrew Kelley Collection. CONDITION: Metal, both iron and brass have all been polished and cleaned. Surfaces have a dull etched look with exception of lock which is untouched with clear, bright markings. The “SC” surcharge on bbl tang is present but just barely discernible. There is no “SC” surcharge visible on buttplate which is highly pitted and cleaned. The accompanying bayonet for an 1816 musket is surcharged “US” over “SC” but is not a South Carolina product, but accompanies gun and fits it for display. Bayonet is gray overall with heavy pitting under cleaning. Stock is sound and solid with numerous scuffs, dents and scratches. Gun appears all orig with exception of restored front sling swivel. 4-48863 JS22 (3,000-5,000)

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2241

ANTEBELLUM MILITIA UNIFORM COAT POSSIBLY OF CLAUDIUS BAKER DENSON, FOUNDER OF THE FRANKLIN MILITARY ACADEMY, NC. This militia tail coat which predates the Civil War is consigned along with Claudius Baker Denson’s Confederate frock coat offered as the following lot. Though this coat does not have Denson’s name as his frock coat does we known he was the founder of the Franklin Military Academy in North Carolina and this coat was typical of the prewar period. The buttons are regulation US eagle “I”s which denote infantry. The buttons are back marked “Horstmann & Allien” which are circa 1855-1860. The sleeves are quite bulbous like those seen during the Civil War measuring 8″ in diameter with 5″ cuffs. The coat has bullion tape decorations and a buff trim on tails. Coat has typical Civil War era construction with a padded breast, white cotton sleeve and pocket linings, and pockets in tails. There are 1-1/2″ six pointed star decorations at the bottom of each tail. Regardless if this was Denson’s coat or not, it descended in the same family and is most likely a southern used militia “tail coat”. Denson’s papers and wartime letters are found in an archive in the North Carolina Room of the New Hanover County Public Library in Wilmington, North Carolina. These documents are available online at the library’s website. CONDITION: Coat is very good overall with dark navy blue color with some moth damage. A few of the larger 1″ holes have old sewn repairs. Coat retains seven large 23mm buttons on face, two 23mm buttons on tails, and smaller 16mm buttons are found three on each cuff and one on each collar tab, no buttons are missing. 1/2″ gold bullion tape trim is complete with some areas of loose stitching. Linings have numerous small tears and separations but are mostly intact and sound. 4-48699 JS212 (3,000-5,000)

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2242

CONFEDERATE REGULATION DOUBLE BREASTED OFFICER’S FROCK COAT OF CLAUDIUS DENSON, SECOND REGIMENT CS ENGINEERS. Claudius Baker Denson was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. He founded the Franklin Military Academy in Duplin County, NC. In April 1861, Denson and his students enlisted in the Confederate army as the “Duplin Grays” as Company B, 20th North Carolina Volunteers. Denson left this company where he was Captain and eventually served as a First Lieutenant in Company A Second Regiment Confederate Engineers. This would have been the coat that Lt. Denson wore through the end of his service in 1862 while writing love letters to his future bride Matilda Cowan who he married in 1863. Lt. Denson’s letters to Matilda are found in large archive of Cowan and Denson family papers in the North Carolina Room of the New Hanover County Public Library in Wilmington, NC. This is a wonderful opportunity to obtain a fine identified regulation Confederate frock coat with buff facings (staff & field), First Lt. collar insignia and single strand quatrafoil on sleeve. This coat overall is in fine condition and could be easily restored by competent conservator and would display beautifully. PROVENANCE: Cowan and Denson Family. CONDITION: Coat is very good overall with scattered moth damage especially on top of left shoulder where there are two holes about 1″ x 1″. The cadet gray color is good with scattered areas of soiling and staining. Buff faced cuffs are sound with scattered moth damage. Collar facings have areas of moth damage, especially on back as can be seen in photos. The interior of coat has scattered moth damage especially on back of collar which has large reductions. Lining is about 70% intact with losses as can be seen in photos. Internal tail pockets and breast pocket are lined with bright blue polished cotton. Light blue sleeve linings are intact. “DENSON” is inked on back of heavy cotton canvas stiffener for collar. Collar retains only the left bullion First Lt. bar and only the right strand of single Lt.’s quatrafoil on sleeve. Double breasted frock retains ten of its orig “EXTRA QUALITY” back marked 22mm General Staff Officer’s buttons on face (though three are loose) and three of its orig General Staff buttons on tails. 4-48698 JS213 (20,000-30,000)

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2242A
Revised: 9/25/2013

Note second tag (which is most rare) is for a “servant”. Photo image in catalog depicts only the reverse of this rare tag. See online description which also depicts the front of the tag. also.

TWO GREAT CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA SLAVE TAGS. Charleston, South Carolina, was the only city in the antebellum South to issue these tags or badges which had to be worn by any slave that was “hired out”. Each year a slave owner who hired out a slave had to pay a tax and the slave had to wear a tag proving the tax had been paid. The greater the skill and training required, the greater the tax. We have offered several great groupings of slave tags in past auctions and now we offer a very rare 1848 “Charleston Neck” servant’s tag. “Charleston Neck” was an outer portion of the city of Charleston which issued their own tags only from 1848 to 1850. Tags from this first year are the rarest and only a handful of tags from “Charleston Neck” are known during their entire production. Second tag offered is an 1833 dated “PORTER” in remarkable condition. The occupation of porter was designated as slaves that would serve as drivers, carry cargo and maintain carriages. Both of these tags were excavated near Charleston, South Carolina, by metal detectorists and are among the best examples of either known. CONDITION: “PORTER” tag is very good with chocolate brown patina, as excavated. “Charleston Neck” tag has green patina with background of light colored soil. There are two bend lines seen above and below the word “SERVANT” on this tag that have been flattened and conserved. 4-49312 JS36 (8,000-12,000)

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2242B

GENERAL GEORGE WILLIAMSON BALLOCH ARCHIVE. This grouping consists of General Balloch’s frock coat, sword, and group of 20 war time CDVs. Also included are a couple post-war letters, and a wartime one dated Nov. 14, 1863 letter to his sister talking about the pitiful people of the area where he was stationed near Chattanooga, TN. “It can be all traced to one thing “slavery”. Let us thank God that our home is in old New England with her free soil and her free schools.” This letter shows Balloch’s true feelings which would later, after the war, see him as Chief Dispersing Officer of the newly founded “Freedman’s” Bureau that would make sure newly freed slaves were not the “pitiful sights” he saw in Chattanooga in 1863. Balloch entered service as a 1st Lieutenant in Oct. 1861. He was made a Captain of Commissary Subsistence under General O.O. Howard. He was promoted to Lt. Colonel in May 1863 and accompanying coat is no doubt his Lt. Colonel coat, which is now sporting Brigadier General straps as he was breveted Brigadier General March 1865. Coat is typical war time double breasted staff coat with fold-down velvet lined collar and with the typical bulbous elbows measuring just over 9″ with cuffs just over 5″. Bollach’s sword is a model 1860 staff and field officer’s sword, being a French import sold by Schuyler, Hartley and Graham of New York. CDVs include a signed Brady by Major General John Mower, 11 other signed cards of various officers with remainder being unidentified. This is an interesting archive of a New Hampshire soldier who was born in 1825 and died in 1907. His military career and government service lasted for 10 years. He later worked in the banking and insurance businesses and wrote his memoirs in 1900, including military articles. His memoirs are unpublished and are archived along with letters dating 1845 to 1902 at the Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. CONDITION: Frock coat is sound and solid, missing one button on face and one button on tail, buttons are back marked “D. Evans, Attleboro, Mass.” Coat has areas of moth damage with worst area on hem about 5″ x 1″ about 8″ below inside row of buttons. Lining is polished green cotton, typical of the era, with fine quilted padding in breast and around arms. One Brigadier General single star strap is retained, though just held now by a few tacking stitches, which has areas of loose and missing bullion. Ghost of second strap is easily seen in photos and does not appear to have been missing very long. Velvet collar shows much wear and loss of nap over much of its surface, as can be seen in photos. Cloth holding velvet nap is quite shattered with numerous cracks and tears, as can be seen in photos. 1860 staff sword has 31″ diamond shaped blade with French maker marks on ricasso and a 3″ panel reading “SCHUYLER, HARTLEY & GRAHAM / NEW YORK”. Agent mark is surrounded by floral and patriotic motifs. Steel body scabbard is brass mounted, brass drag is loose and missing one tail and screw. There are several bends in scabbard body which is overall rusty and pitted but appears “as found”. Photographs are all in average good condition with some soiling and foxing, as can be seen in photos. 4-48876 JS7 (6,000-10,000)

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2242C

CIVIL WAR KEPI OF PHILADELPHIA SURGEON JAMES CHESTON MORRIS. This classic private purchase kepi retains its orig bullion “US” and wreath insignia, as originally applied. This hat is no doubt Civil War, exhibiting features seen on early war hats. Front of hat measures 3-1/2″ tall, crown is 6-1/4″ dia. Kepi is almost 6-1/2″ in back. Patent leather sweatband is 1-3/4″ tall with a cardboard stiffener in sweatband and crown. Hat is lined on sides with polished green cotton and in crown with quilted black silk. Sweatband terminates in general staff buttons with Horstmann & Brothers back marked buttons. Visor has tarred linen sewn around edges. Consignor states the provenance to Contract Surgeon James Cheston Morris of Philadelphia. Morris began his practice in 1854 after graduating from University Of Pennsylvania. From October 1862 to August 1863 he served as a contract surgeon in the Army. The kepi is consistent with other identified hats. Accompanying this kepi is what family thought was a sash. It is not anything military that we are aware of, but consists of three pieces of 2-1/2″ wide linen backed yellow silk with floral silver bullion designs. One piece measures 39″ long, the other two measure about 20″ long each. Material appears to be of the Civil War era as far as materials and sewing style. We have no idea what it represents but family preserved it with Civil War kepi. PROVENANCE: Includes a short family biography on the Morris Family from our consignor. CONDITION: Kepi is sound and solid overall with several small moth holes. Kepi has lost most of its orig blue color and is now more of a olive drab with staining and soiling, as can be seen in photos. Kepi has separated for about 5″ in front between body and visor. Lining appears mostly intact, though loose and separated. Sweatband is missing about half of its attaching stitches. Chin strap is improperly reattached, but is complete. Bullion 2-1/4″ x 1-1/2″ staff insignia appears orig to face of kepi. This hat could be easily restored by a good textile conservator as it is complete and solid. The accompanying “sash” has numerous tears and separations in silk. Bullion is mostly intact and linen backing is solid. 4-48868 JS39 (2,000-4,000)

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2243

CONFEDERATE BELT WITH HOLSTER. Confederate two piece interlocking “CS” buckle with letter of authenticity signed by Steve Mullinax author of the best text on Confederate belt plates. The buckle is of a style thought to have been made by the firm of Leech & Rigdon of Memphis and Columbus, Mississippi. The holster has a “letter of observations” from Butch Myers. Belt and holster display nicely together. The holster is made for a Colt Army or similar sized pistol. CONDITION: Belt and buckle are sound and solid and buckle has a mustard colored patina with one keeper slightly bent. Keepers measure just over 48mm and 50mm with overall length about 81mm which conforms to other known orig examples. Belt retains a heavy iron wire adjustment hook. Belt appears converted from an enlisted belt as the orig slots for “puppy paw” style hooks are still present. The holster according to Mr. Myer’s letter is constructed also from salvaged leather, in this case part of a boot. The attached button as a finial must be a later replacement. Holster is sound and supple overall with holes and redyeing to scuffed areas. Belt also has redyed areas to scuffs. 4-49693 JS220 (3,500-5,500)

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2244

VERY RARE VIRGINIA MILITIA BELT AND BUCKLE IN ORIGINAL BOX. Unusual find of an original piece of Civil war equipment, probably by Horstman. Belt is about 38″ overall length by 1-1/2″ wide folded and sewn black Morrocan leather with original brass Virginia tongue & wreath buckle. The rectangular belt loops are 1.875″ wide (47.625mm); wreath is 2.0625″ (52.388mm); the tongue is 1.375″ (34.925mm), altogether unmarked. Accompanied by its orig, unmarked, reptile skin pattern red paper covered, black lined cardboard box. This belt and box were consigned from a Virginia collector. PROVENANCE: Old Virginia collection. CONDITION: Belt is sound with crackled finish on the leather, appears to have been polished. Buckle retains a dark mustard patina. Box has a couple of broken corners on the lid, an open seam on the edge of the lid with repairs and shows heavy edge wear with some staining but is basically intact. A truly rare find. 4-49227 JR285 (4,000-6,000)

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2245A

“DEATH TO ABOLITION” EARLY BOWIE KNIFE. This knife dates among the earliest examples of Sheffield Bowies made for American market circa 1838-1840. “ARKANSAW KNIFE MADE OF BEST SILVER STEEL” markings are seen on only a few knives, all being wrapped coffin hilts, one example shown pg. 42 & 43, Adams, Antique Bowie Knife Book with same thin long fuller not seen on any other knives other than early “Samuel Bell, Knoxville, Tenn” marked Bowies which are thought to be Sheffield imports also. “Death to Abolition” on bowie blade is noted in 1838 article with illustration of blade with horse head pommel. This knife has rarely seen “Indian War Bonnet” pommel which is seen on few other early American Bowies. Knife measures 13-3/4″ overall with 8-1/2″ clip point blade and almost 3/10” thick at ricasso. If you are interested in one great early American Bowie knife this is your opportunity. CONDITION: Very good-fine overall, markings all discernible as seen in photos, blade still has areas of original polish with areas of staining and pitting, several small nicks in blade. Horn slabs all sound and well fit, mountings retain traces of silver plate. Scabbard is missing frog button and liner with patina and small dents and crack near drag and at throat. 8-76373 JS47 (20,000-30,000)

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2246

RARE APPOMATTOX PAROLE. The terms of surrender between the Union and Confederate forces allowed parole passes to be issued by Confederate officers. These passes were printed on various field presses near the Appomattox surrender site. These slips of paper (about 8″ x 3″) allowed a soldier transportation and rations on his way home. This document assured him that he would not be attacked or imprisoned by Union forces. Though many thousands of these paroles were issued, few survive today and many are in terrible condition. This particular pass to a North Carolina soldier presents beautifully, the ink and printing being easily read. Daniel A. Haynes, who this parole belonged, was member of the 11th North Carolina Infantry and fought side by side with his son, Daniel H. Haynes, who was killed by his side July 1, 1863 at the Battle Gettysburg (the 11th North Carolina had over 450 casualties in this battle). This parole is signed by Colonel of the 11th North Carolina, W. J. Martin. The National Park Service at Appomattox has a good data base on these documents for further research. CONDITION: Paper is very good, as restored. Document was cracked at each of three folds and has a 2″ tear at left margin, which have all been stabilized and conserved, being laid on rice paper. 4-49309 JS35 (4,000-6,000)

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2247
Revised: 9/23/2013

Please note: James Henley Smith was a lieutenant in Mosby’s 43rd Virginia Battalion.

FOUR CONFEDERATE CDVS AND THREE SCARCE 1st EDITION CLASSIC “CONFEDERATE FACES” REFERENCE BOOKS. This group consists of four CDV images from life of General James Henley Smith, Colonel John Mosby, Major Harry Gilmore, and Elijah Bishop. Bishop and Smith both have Baltimore back marks. Elijah Bishop which has written inscription “Elijah Bishop, our Messenger” is pictured as Fig. 329, p. 85 of Confederate Faces by William Albaugh which is included along with More Confederate Faces by William Albaugh and Even More Confederate Faces by Bill Turner. CONDITION: CDVs of Mosby and Gilmore are very good overall. CDV of Smith is on salted paper applied to “Israel & Co.” Baltimore back marked card. There is a tear in top of salt paper and pin holes where mounted. The Bishop CDV is soiled, scratched, and stained with corners missing and has a taped 3″ cracked repair where card is broken in two pieces. The accompanying three books are sound and solid though soiled and dents to boards. “More Confederate Faces” retains scarce dust jacket though soiled and chipped. “Confederate Faces” and “Even More Confederate Faces” both have presentations from late authors William Albaugh and William Turner. 4-49694 JS218 (2,000-3,000)

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2248

CONFEDERATE “LEECH & RIDGON” FOOT OFFICER’S SWORD INSCRIBED TO LT. ERNEST PORTIS, 42ND ALABAMA. This classic pattern foot officer’s sword with “CS” cast in guard was most likely made by Leech & Ridgon in Columbus, Mississippi while Lt. Portis was stationed in Columbus between June and September of 1862. Portis no doubt had this sword when he, along with other members of the 42nd and the 2nd Texas, assaulted Ft. Robinett at the Battle of Corinth, taking 50% casualties, where Portis was wounded. Portis returned to service after his wounding and stayed in the service in various capacities. He was captured in April 1865 at Claiborne, Alabama. Portis survived the war and worked as a physician until his death in 1903. A large portfolio accompanies this sword detailing Portis’ history and further provenance on this sword. Portis lead quite an interesting life after serving in his father’s regiment. His post war history is just as interesting and intriguing with his time as a physician and his romances in the deep South. Portis was buried on his property in Vancleave, Mississippi. Very rare are Leech & Ridgon with fully etched blades such as this. Recent information has shown that Jacob Faser was working in Columbus, Mississippi in this time frame and no doubt was the finest etcher and sword detailer in the Confederacy. Most of the handful of fully etched Leech & Ridgon swords seem to be generated in this time frame in Columbus, Mississippi. This sword in our opinion is the finest example of a Leech & Ridgon foot officer’s sword known, especially with such provenance and condition. PROVENANCE: Lt. E.A. Portis, John Hammer, James C. Harris. CONDITION: Fine overall, 29″ blade is gray/white overall, retaining much of its orig luster with scattered areas of staining. 16″ etched floral patterns contain a 5″ panel “LIEUt. ERNEST PORTIS 42 ALA. REGT”. Brass hilt, scabbard mounts retain a smooth well patina surface. Leather grip is complete with most of its orig luster. Twisted brass wire wrap is also complete and tight. Scabbard body is sound and solid though ring mounts are all loose from apparent shrinkage of orig leather scabbard. Scabbard mounts have a classic pedestal ring mount and scalloped edges unique to this manufacturer. 8-76342 JS236 (37,500-47,500)

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2249

JAMES CONNING CONFEDERATE OFFICER’S SWORD OF LIEUTENANT R.M. ROGERS OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES REVENUE MARINE SERVICE. Not only is this among the finest James Conning, Mobile, Alabama, made foot officer’s sword but it is also the only known presentation to a Confederate in the Revenue Marines. Lt. Rogers came from a long line of naval officers and Marines; his father William Rogers had served with Stephen Decatur on the “Enterprise” and the “Intrepid” during the War of 1812 and had been at Tripoli during the Barbary Coast War in 1804. His younger brother William F. Rogers was a U.S. Revenue Marine and later Confederate Revenue Marine. 3rd Lt Robert M. Rogers received his commission in the Confederate States Revenue Marines May 4, 1861 by order of Stephen Mallory, Secretary of the Confederate Navy. Lt. Rogers was immediately ordered to the CSS Revenue Cutter “Morgan”, then stationed at Mobile, Alabama. Rogers performed his duty with efficiency, protecting Confederate assets in Mobile Bay. In December of 1861 Lt. Rogers took command of the Schooner “Clair”. He transversed the Union blockade and on Feb 13, 1862 he arrived back in Mobile with a cargo of gun powder and other valuable ordnance. Within a month after his daring blockade run, Rogers was given command of the CSS gunboat “Bradford” in Pensacola, Florida and again ran the blockade from Pensacola back to Mobile. In July 1862 Rogers was ordered to Choctow Bluff, Alabama to train the men of the 36th Alabama in the use of coastal artillery guns. On August 19, 1862 Rogers was assigned to the staff of General Frank Gardner, then located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, preparing for the imminent invasion of Kentucky with Braxton Bragg. Here Rogers was in charge of ordnance. It was in this capacity that he saw active service throughout the ill fated Kentucky campaign, where according to General Gardner he served with “zeal and energy” On October 1st, in recognition for his outstanding performance and attention to duty, General Gardner recommended that Rogers be promoted to 1st Lt. of Artillery. General Gardner, in April 1863, requested Lt. Rogers be made Captain of Artillery. “Interesting note on the history of this sword is that it did not descend in the family of Lt. Rogers but in the family of Confederate Major James W. Spratley of Mobile. An examination of Major Spratley’s military career and background show a close relationship to that of Captain Rogers. Rogers first met Spratley on August 19 when he was transferred to General Gardner’s staff where Spratley was also on the staff. In April 1863 Rogers was ordered to Richmond, Virginia for a meeting with the War Department and perhaps visit the family of his friend Major Spratley who lived in nearby Smithfield, Virginia. In anticipation of the long, tiresome and rather difficult journey laying ahead and his inevitable return, Rogers took only the absolute essentials to make traveling as light as possible, leaving the major portion of his baggage, including his sword, with Spratley, his friend and compatriot in arms. History, of course, took a fateful hand in the sequence of events that follow and Rogers was never to see Spratley and his sword again”. Spratley lived in Mobile until his death in 1912. Rogers post war residence and career remains a mystery as his life is not known after his parole on May 22, 1865 as Captain and Assistance Ordnance Officer for the State of Alabama. This most historical sword is described in detail on page 32 in William Albaugh’s “Confederate Edged Weapons”. Albaugh states: “This weapon was once owned by Major J. W. Spratley…on the staff of General Gardner, CSA and used at the siege of Ft. Hudson after the original owner Rogers had been killed.” There are several hundreds pages of correspondence and notes concerning the history and provenance on this sword, but we cannot find any mention of Rogers’ death. Rogers is also mentioned in the 1978 publication by Ralph W. Donnelly “History of the Confederate States Marine Corps”. PROVENANCE: Captain Robert M. Rogers; Major James Walter Spratley; Walter W. Stephen (great-grandson); William Albaugh; James C. Harris; Southern collection. CONDITION: 29-3/4″ blade is gray/bright with scattered areas of staining and pitting. The leather grip wrap is complete. The twisted brass wire is complete and tight though there is an apparent (war time?) repair and replacement of a finer twisted brass wire. Patina to brass hilt, pommel and scabbard mounts is present with scattered scratches, small dings and dents, especially in the drag. Small traces of orig gold wash is visible on hilt, pommel and top mount and also present on snap ring from sword belt still attached to top notch. SN “204” are well struck and discernible on all 3 scabbard mounts and hilt. Leather scabbard body is sound and solid with scattered cracks, scuffs and scrapes. 8-76338 JS237 (25,000-30,000)

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FINE E.J. JOHNSTON CONFEDERATE FOOT OFFICER’S SWORD. This is possibly the finest standard model E.J. Johnston foot officer’s sword known. Blade is bright and frosty with full maker’s mark and a large “CS” etched on blade. Scabbard is perfect, as is the hilt and grip. At one time had a tag that said “Captain Munson”. This tag is now missing and there was no further attribution. Regardless, if you wanted the finest E.J. Johnston in orig scabbard, this is it. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Collection; Southern collection. CONDITION: Fine overall. 29-3/4″ blade is white/bright with much orig luster and scattered staining and pitting. Two 7-1/2″ etched panels contain floral and geometric decoration with a large “C.S” and maker’s mark “E.J. JOHNSTON & CO., MACON, GA.” Grip is unique to E.J. Johnston, being highly polished and blackened wood. Grip is wrapped with its orig twisted copper wire which is slightly loose. Distinctive brass hilt and pommel are foliate decorated, with rich patina. Orig leather scabbard is sewn on the back with two incised parallel lines running length of scabbard. Leather body is sound and solid with one weak area at drag. There is scuffing and flaking of the orig black dyed surface, as can be seen in photos. Scabbard is mounted with high copper scabbard mounts and thin brass ring mounts and brass blade to drag; mounts are loose due to shrinkage of leather. Scabbard mounts exhibit rich patinas with brass portion matching colors of the hilt. 8-76341 JS235 (30,000-35,000)

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RARE AND UNIQUE CONFEDERATE STAFF OFFICER’S SWORD, GOODY & JONES. Little is known about the firm of Goody & Jones of London, however London newspaper advertisements do show advertisements by Goody & Jones of 40 Pall Mall offering military goods including Confederate uniforms and regalia. These ads appear early in the war, in 1862. This is the only surviving or known sword by this retailer and may have been their salesman sample as it is so spectacular. The iron basket hilt incorporates a 1-3/4″ high Confederate drooped wing eagle with “CSA” engraved on its breast surmounted below a ribbon of 11 stars, representing the 11 Confederate states. The 32″ straight blade is intricately etched with floral and geometrical motifs with a central panel on either side of a Confederate battle flag attached on a flag pole. The grip is covered with sharkskin with the highest grade triple silver wire wrap. The entire hilt, backstrap and scabbard are silver-plated. This is a truly wonderful unique and high conditioned Confederate officer’s sword that would grace the finest institutional or collection display. PROVENANCE: C.A. Huey, Southern collection CONDITION: The blade is in excellent condition, retaining most all of its orig luster and polish. The orig protective washer is intact and the pristine silver-plated surface is visible where this washer lifts up. The balance of plating on hilt and scabbard has a mottled and eroded look due to rust and pitting beneath the silver. Sharkskin grip is complete as is the silver twisted wire. 8-76344 JS234 (20,000-25,000)

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CONFEDERATE DOUGLAS, COLUMBIA S.C. CAVALRY OFFICERS SABER. Douglas Cavalry Officer Sabers are among the rarest of all Confederate made swords, and this example is probably the finest example known. This example is 100% orig, authentic and complete in every regard. The Douglas Sword Factory in Columbia, SC was a small Confederate sword maker of high quality arms with only two maker marked examples known. This example we can identify as Douglas through its distinct massive 34″ blade with distinctive protective washer composed of a layer of red cloth and saw tooth edge washer. Other distinctive Douglas features are the rondels that decorate the terminus of the knuckle bow into the pommel and at either end of scabbard drag. The gold-plated hilt is decorated with a scalloped floral design at quillon and florally decorated branches. This is a beautiful example of Confederate Cavalry Officer’s saber that can probably not be upgraded. PROVENANCE: Steven Hess Collection. CONDITION: 34″ unfullered blade is over 1 1/4″ wide and 5/16″ thick at the ricasso and is gray bright overall with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Leather grip is complete, retaining much of its orig polish and shine, though scuffed, chipped and cracking at high areas. Orig thin twisted brass wire wrapped is tight and complete. Hilt retains strong traces of gold gilt in protected areas, especially on bottom of hilt. Brass overall, where gold is lacking, has good yellow patina. Orig and correct Douglas scabbard has brass throat, ring mounts and rings with correct distinctive Douglas soldered iron drag. Scabbard body overall is sound and solid and smooth with much of it’s orig black paint remaining. Orig tool marks are still visible on scabbard body and mounts. Orig 3 layer protective washer is mostly complete and intact with some wear and chipping to surface and edges as can be seen in photos. 8-76361 JS223 (8,000-12,500)

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CONFEDERATE WOOD SCABBARD CAVALRY SABER. This is a nice example of the classic wood scabbard saber that is thought to have been made by either Marshall of Atlanta, GA or Kraft, Goldschmidt and Kraft of Columbia, SC. Often these swords are in poor condition, especially the scabbard, since they broke so easily. This scabbard is sound, still retaining much of its orig finish on mounts and body. The orig throat, which is often missing, is also retained here. This scabbard body is also tight and unopened. Grip retains its orig iron wire on painted wood grip that almost appears to have never had a leather wrap. The blade is 35″ with unstopped fuller, typical of this pattern. PROVENANCE: Dr. Andrew Kelley Collection. CONDITION: Blade is gray with scattered areas of staining and pitting with a few small nicks in cutting edge. Protective washer is missing. Iron wire single strand wire is tightly wrapped around carved wood grip with no remnants of any leather. Brass ferrule and hilt are loose due to loss of leather washer. Hilt and pommel exhibit good brass patina, as do scabbard, ring mounts and drag. Scabbard body is sound and solid with numerous small scratches, stains, dents and abrasions. Sheet metal mounts retain much of their orig black paint, still partially covering brass ring, mounts and brass drag. Thin coating of varnish or shellac covers much of the scabbard body and mounts, which appears orig manufacture. 4-48847 JS14 (6,000-8,000)

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CONFEDERATE FOOT OFFICER’S SWORD, POSSIBLY TEXAS MANUFACTURE. Foot officer’s sword you are bidding on is possibly a product made by J.C. Wilson of Houston, TX. There have been a handful of similar swords that have turned up over the years and none have been signed. Many guesses as to maker have been forwarded but I feel, based on various characteristics, that these swords are most likely products of J.C. Wilson, who operated in Houston, TX throughout the war, where only 2 or 3 marked specimens are known. Marked swords have a similar style of etch, similar ricasso and similar color to brass. These swords are often cited to be products of College Hill Arsenal. College Hill characteristics include etching only in the fuller and similar “pin knife” type ricasso, being flat and stopped only at cutting edge and fuller side being unstopped. College Hill etching on known swords is not as stylized as this sword and lends me to the hypothesis that these are not College Hill products. Regardless of who is the manufacturer of this sword, it is a beautiful example of a classic and unique pattern exhibiting a unique solid hilt with two small branches. The 32″ blade exhibits 20″ etched panels with geometric, floral and patriotic etched motifs which include crossed canons, flags and shields. Blade on this sword is in beautiful condition, rarely seen on any Confederate edged weapon in “as found” condition. PROVENANCE: Dr. Andrew Kelley Collection. CONDITION: 32″ blade is gray/white with areas of staining and pitting. Etched panels retain much of their orig luster. Brass hilt and pommel have rich chocolate patina with scattered dents, scrapes and scratches. Carved wood grip is covered with leather, which is complete. Surface of leather is heavily scuffed and only small portions of orig black dyed areas remain. A few strands of orig twisted wire wrap are still found, though sprung. There are also two strands of cord wrap that are retained under pommel, which I have not seen on any Confederate sword before. 4-48849 JS15 (4,000-6,000)

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EXCEPTIONAL BOYLE & GAMBLE STAFF OFFICER’S SWORD. You will never find a better etched blade on this pattern. Etched panels are about 15″ long and exhibit most of their orig luster. Etched panels include panoply of arms which include Confederate battle flag and shield with “CSA”. The hilt is also in excellent condition with a fine patina and a well-cast “CS” and star in hilt. Grip retains all its orig leather and wire. Scabbard accompanying this sword, that has protected this excellent blade all these years, is from a regulation enlisted model 1833 U.S. Dragoon. This cataloger saw this sword and scabbard, along with a Confederate Bowie knife which is being offered as the next lot, orig in the Pacific Northwest 30 years ago. The purported history was that they were trophies brought back by Union soldier, which I have no doubt is true. These objects have not been offered before. CONDITION: 29-1/2″ blade is bright/white with scattered areas of staining and pitting. There is a small burr at the point on this sword. Quillon is bent up slightly on sword. Protective washer is mostly intact though dry and chipping, as can be seen in photos. Leather grip is complete and retains much of its orig black dyed color, though scuffed and worn at high areas. Scabbard is brown/gray with scattered areas of stain and pitting. There appears to be a war-time era soldered repair along seam about 1′ from drag. Drag is inspected “WS” and “M.P.L. – ORD.” 4-48877 JS10 (8,000-10,000)

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CONFEDERATE D-GUARD BOWIE KNIFE. This Confederate Bowie knife, which was a war souvenir brought back with Boyle & Gamble sword previously offered in this catalog, is in “as found” condition. Knife measures about 17″ overall with blade just over 12-1/2″. Blade is unusually wide and thin for Confederate knives, measuring almost 2″ at its widest, with thickest part of blade measuring .14″. Spear point blade is extremely sharp on all sides. Wooden grip has pewter ferrule at base, crossguard is iron and knuckle bow is covered with leather and sewn, which is a rare feature that rarely survived, however I am sure other knives originally had this feature. The accompanying orig leather scabbard shows crosshatch design on one side and remnants of old paper tag are found on reverse. Most likely this missing paper tag orig told us the history of this knife. PROVENANCE: Consignor believes that John Burke in the First and Second Michigan Cavalry, both units serving under General George A. Custer in the Civil War, was the soldier who carried knife and sword home as souvenirs. CONDITION: Blade is gray/white overall, showing numerous tool marks which I feel are orig to its manufacture. Wood grip is sound and solid, well fit to ferrule and guard, with one old scraped gouge contemporary to its time of use. Leather scabbard and leather covering knuckle bow are dry, heavily scuffed and scraped; scabbard is missing end and belt attachment. 4-48878 JS11 (3,000-5,000)

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CONFEDERATE SHORT SWORD. This particular short sword with turned wooden handle was thought in the past to have been made by the Union Carworks in Norfolk, VA. New information and excavated examples in the Columbus, GA area make it most likely that these short swords were possibly made as naval cutlasses in Columbus, GA, possibly by Louis Haiman. Regardless of manufacturer in Columbus, this is a nice example of this classic wasp waist Confederate short sword. PROVENANCE: Dr. Andrew Kelley Collection. CONDITION: This 23-1/2″ sword is very good overall with 18″ blade being gray/brown, showing tool marks, staining and pitting. S-shaped 5-1/2″ iron guard and 1″ ferrule are brown/gray with areas of staining and pitting. Wood handle is solid with a 1″ crack near base with scattered scrapes, dents and reductions with good patina. Copper washer is intact and handle is tight. 4-48853 JS16 (2,500-3,500)

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THREE CONFEDERATE CAVALRY SABERS. You are bidding on 3 very nice “as found” Confederate cavalry sabers consisting of examples made by Boyle & Gamble, Richmond, VA; Confederate State’s Armory made by Lewis Frolich of Kenansville, NC; and a brass hilted English import made by Mole that is unique to the Confederacy in pattern. All 3 swords have iron scabbards that are not Confederate manufacture. The scabbard accompanying the Kenansville sword is actually an early Ames product made for 1840 Calvalry saber. This is a great opportunity to buy 3 identified maker Confederate sabers in fine condition. PROVENANCE: Dr. Andrew Kelley Collection. CONDITION: Boyle & Gamble exhibits 32″ flat blade which is gray overall with scattered staining and pitting; grip leather grip is about 90% intact with complete orig single strand copper wire. Kenansville sword has 35″ gray blade with areas of staining, pitting, sharpening and cleaning; Roman numeral “XXII” is stamped on side of classic lozenge shaped cross guard of this maker along with flat pommel cap; leather is mostly intact though dry and chipping; single iron wire appears orig; entire grip has been varnished. Mole has 35″ blade which is gray with staining and pitting; maker’s mark “MOLE” stamped on spine and is quite clear; guard has several bends, as can be seen in photos; compressed checkered leather grips slabs are swollen at base, with areas of chipping; tang is rusted and pitted along grip slabs; protective washer is added. 4-48848, 4-48851, 4-48855 JS17 (5,000-7,000)

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DEALER’S LOT OF SEVEN CONFEDERATE AND CIVIL WAR EDGED WEAPONS. This lot consists of an orig Confederate foot officer’s sword, possibly Leech & Rigdon; an orig Boyle & Gamble saber bayonet;an orig saber bayonet for Remington Zouave Rifle; an orig Enfield Angular bayonet; an orig foot officer’s sword with plain quillon, of unknown attribution; reproduction Virginia Manufactory cavalry saber; and reproduction Confederate staff officer’s sword with “CS” and star cast in hilt. PROVENANCE: Dr. Andrew Kelley Collection. CONDITION: Confederate foot officer’s sword has a flower design cast in bottom of guard, typical of Leech & Rigdon products. Florally decorated hilt has good patina. Grip appears to be orig, retaining most of its orig leather with minor scuffs and wear at high areas and orig single strand brass wire. 30″ blade has unstopped fuller, overall brown with staining, pitting and old sharpening. Boyle & Gamble saber bayonet has 18″ blade that is heavily cleaned, buffed and pitted. Hilt has numerous dings and dents and staining but still maintains its orig shape, including round muzzle ring. Lock appears to be restored. Scabbard is 19th century and not a product of Boyle & Gamble. Scabbard leather has old glued repair where broken in half and is about to break again just above drag. Zouave & Enfield bayonets are v.8 with gray baldes.Civil War foot officer’s sword with two floral branches has a plain quillon, typical of Confederate swords, however 30″ blade has stopped fuller and is quite similar to products made by Ames. Grip retains most of its orig leather and remnants of orig dyed surface and all orig single brass wire. Reproduction swords are overall good condition. Virginia Manufactory has scabbard. 4-48850, 4-48852, 4-48854, 4-48856, 4-48857, 4-48858 JS13 (3,000-5,000)

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GENERAL WESLEY MERRITT’S PRESENTATION SWORD AND CIVIL WAR CAMP CHAIR. This lot includes a high grade U.S. Staff and Field Officer’s sword with silver grip, high relief mounts, jeweled pommel and gold highlighted blade. Also included is the only camp chair we have ever seen with a General’s name on brass plaque on back; an 1885 inscribed artillery manual from when Merritt was commandant at West Point; also a biography of Merritt by Don Alberts Brandy Station to Manila Bay(number 18 of 25 special bound edition). This is a beautiful sword which presentation reads “BRIGADIER GENERAL WESLEY MERRITT, DECEMBER 25TH 1863 FROM HIS STAFF”. Wesley Merritt had a long and illustrious military career spanning his graduation from West Point, Civil War service, Indian War service, and the Spanish American War. CONDITION: Sword is in very good to fine condition with 32″ blade by Clauberg, and is agent marked “Hunt & Goodwin”. Blade has etched panels of various military and patriot motifs including large panel that reads “PERSEVERE”. Steel scabbard body is sound and solid with numerous small dings, dents and scratches and old cleaning. Top mount with presentation and middle mount both have elaborate relief cut-out designs and unusual twisted copper wire sword rings, as can be seen in photos. The drag, which also has relief decoration, has a similar fine stippled design along edge, as does throat. Spiral cut silver grip is very good with scattered small dings and dents, still complete with its triple wire wrap. Top stone in pommel cap is badly cracked but still intact. 16 small cabochons that circle crown of pommel are complete and intact. Hilt and pommel retain strong traces of gilt in protected areas, as can be seen in photos. Folding chair is sound and solid and functional with leather back and caning to seat. Signed book has water staining around top of spine and covers with some foxing, though book appears complete and intact and signature page is easily read. Special edition biography is like new in slip case. There is a circa 1900 cabinet card of Merritt in uniform also, which is in good condition with chipping at edges of card. There are also 5 framed large reproductions of photos of Merritt at various time in his career, all in good condition, that accompany lot. 4-47320 JS33 (10,000-20,000)

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WONDERFUL CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION SWORD TO BRIG. GENERAL LAWRENCE GRAHAM. This is a beautiful sword with a massive cruciform guard in the form of a heraldic spread wing eagle. This sword measures 39″ overall with a 31-1/2″ two sided blade with etched floral and geometric patterns with a central fuller. Grip is sharkskin with a knight’s head pommel and a solid brass scabbard with raised relief mounts with human hands used as sword ring attachments. The sword was made by & marked on ricasso by Coulau of Klingenthal, France where many of the great 19th century and earlier sword blades were made. Sword is inscribed on scabbard between top mounts “To Brig. Gen’l L.P. Graham from his staff January 1, 1862”. This sword is in beautiful condition retaining original gold wash on mounts and blade retains much of its original muster. General Graham was born in Virginia in 1815 and graduated from West Point and had a long military career. Even though a Southerner, Graham fought for the Union cause after being an officer in the Seminole Wars in Florida and the Mexican War. When the Civil War began Graham was a major in the regular army but almost immediately was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers and was in charge of a brigade by the end of 1861. In the March of 1862 General Graham was a Division Commander in the 4th Army Corps. General Graham directed his division at the siege of Yorktown but became ill and was given less strenuous duties in St. Louis and Annapolis. General Graham retired from military service in December 1870 and spent his last 35 years (living to ripe old age of 90) as a Shakespearean scholar outliving his wife and his sons, one of which was also a West Point graduate, who are also buried with him at Arlington National Cemetery. CONDITION: Sword is in very good condition overall. Inscription is easily read as can be seen in photos. Brass scabbard, mounts, cross guard, and pommel all have good yellow brass patina with traces of gilt in their background. Chain connecting guard and pommel is missing but is easily replaced if wanted. Blade retains much of its original luster especially in etched panels with pitting and staining especially near tip. There is a leather sleeve that accompanies this sword which has protected its scabbard for many years. Sleeve is in poor condition being highly scuffed, worn, and a hole at the bottom and others in body. 4-49197 JS73 (6,000-9,000)

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RARE MODEL 1840 U.S. ENGINEER’S SWORD. This very rare Ames regulation engineer’s sword rarely comes to market. This example is from the famous Philip Medicus collection and is pictured in Norm Flayderman’s book on swords from that collection. This is the only regulation American sword with Colichemarde blade. All 3 edges of blade have etched panels, including large panel which reads “U.S. Corps of Engineers”. Flayderman described this sword in his text on pg 142; “A U.S. M1840 Engineer Officer’s Sword having a gilded-brass hilt and a straight, three edged eppe, , tapering blade which measures 31-1/2-inches. It has a white raised finish with scroll and floral engraving. Two snakes, wounded around a staff, are on the lower obverse base. ‘NP Ames/Cutler/Springfield’ is marked at the reverse base; ‘US Corps of Engineers’ is found parallel to the blade, 9-inches from the reverse base. There are twenty-six stars on the counter guard, and one large star at the right of the counter guard. Again, one large star is found on the center of the knuckle guard. The sword has a plain, folding rear guard and brass grips that have been formed to simulate a coiled rattlesnake with its tail at the base. The scabbard is brass with a wide, brass throat and a brass tip with drag and frog stud having an American shield. Very rare sword; limited production.” PROVENANCE: Philip Madicus and Norm Flayderman. CONDITION: Sword is in fine condition overall. Hilt is slightly bent at knuckle bow, as can be seen in photos, and retains over 50% orig gilt, as does frog button on scabbard. Blade is gray/white with scattered areas of staining. Etched panels are all discernible, as can be seen in photos. Flat areas of hilt and scabbard mounts have been cleaned and varnished. Leather veneer to scabbard body has small areas of restoration and re-dying. 4-48376 JS18 (20,000-30,000)

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RARE MODEL 1814 N. STARR AMERICAN CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER. You are bidding on one of the rarest regulation American pattern swords known. This sword is new to market and never previously offered in auction. Consignor remembers sword in father’s home forty years ago. This sword is orig, authentic, and “as found”. Nathan Starr was contracted to build only 31 of this pattern and no more than 2 or 3 are known to this cataloger. Harold Peterson, in his treatise on American swords,”The American Sword,” states, “Between August 3 and November 26, 1814, Nathan Starr delivered thirty-one silver plated officers’ sabers to the Commissary General of Purchases. These swords were made at the behest of officers who wanted sabers of the same general pattern as their men but of a better quality. They cost twenty dollars as opposed to eight dollars for the standard saber, and the Commissary General was reimbursed for the extra cost by the men who received them. The saber illustrated is indeed one of these very rare and special arms. In all respects except the silver plating, the checkering of the grips and the small eight pointed stars stamped into each “diamond-shape” from cross hatching and the decorative bands on the scabbard, it resembles exactly the regular issue saber made by Starr under contracts of 1812 and 1813. Since these swords were white mounted, they would also have been appropriate for field officers of infantry. “The heavy curved blade is single-edged with a clipped point and a false edge that extends back about six inches. It is stamped “N STARR” on ricasso with four slash marks on opposite side. The grips are wood highly finished and checkered with a small pinwheel figure incised in the center of each lozenge formed by the checkering. All the metal parts of the hilt are made of iron covered with a layer of silver in the style of “Sheffield-plate”. These parts consist of a ferrule at the base of the grips; a backstrap which surmounts the grips and expands to form a cover for the rounded “Bird’s Head” stylized pommel; a knuckle-bow of the reverse P form which is pierced near the pommel for a sword knot; and a quillon which terminates above the blade in a disc. The tang of the blade is secured at the pommel by a small round spanner-nut. The scabbard is of iron, japanned black. There are two rings for suspension slings, and each of these is attached to the scabbard by bands of Sheffield plate embossed with the so-called “Wall of Troy” motif on “green key”. There is a rudimentary drag at the tip. CONDITION: Blade is 35-1/2″ long, white/gray with scattered pitting and staining. “N STARR” marking is well-struck. Checkered wood grip is very fine. Sheffield plate is 95% plus complete and very good overall. Silver scabbard mounts and throat are very good overall though throat is missing pinned attachment. Scabbard body shows light pitting under black japanning. Overall the sword is in very fine condition and throat pins are easily restored if wanted. 4-49247 JS209 (10,000-15,000)

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AMERICAN LIGHT HORSE HORSEMAN’S SABER. Classic Federal period (1790-1800) American Horseman saber with iron stirrup hilt and iron backstrap with 35-1/2″ blade etched with Heraldic American eagle and “AMERICAN LIGHT HORSE”. This sword very closely conforms to official regulation cavalry swords adopted by the U.S. Army in 1787 according to Harold Peterson in his classic text The American Sword originally published in 1954. This is a nice orig example of this pattern with beautiful markings, as can be seen in photos. PROVENANCE: William Guthman collection. CONDITION: Good overall. Blade markings are fine and easily discernible. Iron hilt appears “as found”, being dark brown w/light salt & pepper pitting. Grips retains about 60% orig leather; missing its orig wire though small pieces are still retained under backstrap. 4-48312 (3,500-5,000)

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COLLECTION OF FOUR FINE US 1902 OFFICER’S SWORDS. If you ever wanted to collect regulation pattern 1902 swords this is an opportunity to buy four of the best in one lot. 1) High grade eagle pommel presentation to “Capt. David Nielson, Company M, 14th New York National Guard, Christmas 1929″ This is a lovely sword in near new condition with relief florally decorated mounts and hilt. Eagle head terminates into feathered backstrap and beautifully silver plated like the rest of the sword. The 30” blade has large etched panels with gold highlights with Nielson’s name again engraved in presentation panel. This sword also retains a bullion sword knot and a patented sword hanger. 2) Presentation on scabbard with a shaped horn grip. Sword is presented to Capt. Charles P. Hunt by Company E of the 1st Regiment National Guard Pennsylvania. Sword is etched and agent marked “Horstmann Philadelphia”. 3) French made import with horn grip and silver plate is presented to Major Daniel Murphy of the 22nd Regiment of Engineers of the New York National Guard in 1906. This is a very early example of a 1902 being presented in 1906. This sword is accompanied by bullion sword knot and a patented 2-strap sword hanger. 4) Springfield Armory regulation issued 1902 with horn grip. Blade is like new with full luster. Accompanied by a very early first model German silver scabbard. Attached leather sword hanger has the name Donald P. Strausbaugh, Chevy Chase, Maryland. A leather sword knot accompanies this sword. CONDITION: 1) Nielson sword; overall is in very fine condition, retaining 90%+ orig plate. Blade is bright, retaining almost all gold highlights and orig polish. 2) Hunt sword; fine to excellent overall. Blade retains most of orig luster. Plating is 95% retained, though dull and bubbling in areas. 3) Murphy sword; very good to fine overall. Blade has been buffed and has pitting. Silver plating to hilt and scabbard have staining and bubbling, though plating is mostly retained. 4) Springfield sword; fine to excellent overall. Blade retains most orig luster with staining and pitting. Grip is solid but has several scuffs and chips. First Model Scabbard is fine, cleaned with numerous small dings and nicks from being carried. 4-47321 JS24 (3,000-5,000)

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LEE SINGLE SHOT CARBINE. SN 1707. 44 Cal rimfire. This very scarce Civil War era carbine rarely comes to market and this is a nice orig example that conforms to other known examples with 21″ round bbl that swivels to load. The bbl is marked “LEES FIREARMS CO. MILWAUKEE, WISC, PAT’D JULY 22, 1862”. CONDITION: Gun is very good overall with gray metal. Gun functions mechanically with discernible rifling in bore. Stock is sound and solid with an old coat of varnish over a pair of carved initials “WD”. Bbl markings are worn but discernible as can be seen in photos. Carbine sling screw appears to be a newer replacement. 4-49366 JS205 (4,000-6,000)

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