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2000

SCARCE VOLCANIC NO. 2 NAVY SIZED LEVER ACTION PISTOL. SN 1987. Cal. 41. Usual configuration with scarce 6″ bbl with integral magazine tube, German silver pin front sight and a very light bbl roll-marking on top flat that has only the patent date and “NEW HAVEN CONN.”. Brass frame is lightly engraved in foliate arabesque patterns on sides and side plates with foliate patterns over top flats of chamber area and top strap. It is engraved with feather patterns around hammer slot and foliate patterns down the back strap and is mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips numbered to this pistol. SN was observed on right side of butt strap under the grip, on lever, both links & the bolt. Left side plate is numbered to match with right side plate numbered “1951”. Even though the right side plate is not matching numbered it is readily apparent that it has been with this pistol its working life. Engraving is identical to the left side and matches the engraving patterns on the frame. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 300 were produced after the company became New Haven Arms Company. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 88-90% dark, strong orig factory blue with a few scattered spots of light surface rust. Frame retains traces of silver plating being mostly a very rich brass patina. Lever retains 30-40% orig blue with balance a medium patina. Hammer retains traces of case colors on sides with the edges a light patina. Grips have three repairs that are unnoticeable externally. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with scattered pitting. There are other mechanical repairs that are not detectable. 4-40757 JR307 (12,500-17,500)

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2001

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE VOLCANIC PISTOL CARBINE. SN 50. Cal. 41. Very rare pistol/carbine with 16-1/2″ oct bbl with integral magazine tube, pinched blade front sight and carbine rear sight on the frame with elevation adjusting wheel. Bbl address is three lines “THE VOLCANIC / REPEATING ARMS CO. / PATENT NEW HAVEN CONN FEB 14 1854”. The address is a light strike and difficult to read but is mostly all legible. Mounted with smooth 2-pc walnut grips numbered to this carbine. Accompanied by an orig pistol carbine stock that attaches to the back strap at the butt with a small attaching iron that is retained with a thumb screw through the butt strap. Stock is nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with a silver plated brass crescent buttplate that has a faceted top tang. SN was observed on left side of butt strap under the grip, on lever and inside both side plates and on bottom of frame just behind the carrier opening. SN of the buttstock iron is “20” and is found on left side under the wood. Stock & buttplate are unnumbered however the buttplate screws are numbered “20”. The thumb screw through the butt strap appears to be bent and probably fragile with plier marks on the outer edges so no attempt was made to remove it for fear of breaking it. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, “Quantity unknown; extremely limited; very rare.” PROVENANCE: Eldon Owen Estate Collection; David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except stock as noted, rotating sleeve was not removed to check for matching numbers. Bbl & magazine tube are a smooth, even plum patina with traces of blue in the rib. Frame & side plates are a smooth dark coffee colored brass patina. Left grip has a repaired crack and right grip has a hairline through the escutcheon hole and a chip at the frame. Overall they retain 75-80% orig varnish showing moderate wear. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. Bottom of carrier is slightly battered. Stock is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Buttplate retains 60-70% orig silver with exposed brass a medium patina. 4-36887 JR308 (30,000-40,000)

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2002

RARE NEW HAVEN ARMS VOLCANIC CARBINE. SN 141. Cal. 41. Rare carbine with 16-1/2″ oct bbl with integral magazine, German silver front sight and receiver mounted rear sight with elevation adjustment wheel. Mounted with very nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with crescent brass buttplate that has faceted tang. SN was noted on left side of lower tang under the wood, the top of the heel of the buttstock under the buttplate and inside the toe of the buttplate. Buttplate tang screw is somewhat battered and artificially aged. Top receiver tang screw is a replacement and is unnumbered. All other screws have the number “141”. Bottom of frame is marked “11” just below the elevator opening. No further disassembly was effected to check for matching numbers. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 1,000 carbines were produced in the period 1857-1860 in three bbl lengths making this indeed a very rare firearm. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except front top tang screw as noted. Bbl & magazine tube retain traces of orig blue being mostly a smooth plum brown patina, thinner on bbl with some light surface spotting. Frame is crisp & clean with very lightly worn edges and overall retains a medium to dark brass patina. Rear sight retains 30-40% fire blue and the carrier about 30% fire blue. Lever retains 25-30% orig blue with balance flaked, not worn to a light patina. Hammer retains 50-60% dark case colors. Stock is sound with a minor chip at left heel and a few scattered minor handling & storage scattered nicks & scratches and overall retains about all of its strong orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36888 JR312 (25,000-35,000)

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2003

NEW HAVEN ARMS ENGRAVED VOLCANIC CARBINE. SN 68. Cal. 41. Fine Volcanic carbine with 16-1/2″ oct bbl with integral magazine, German silver front sight and rear sight on top of frame. Sight elevation screw & wheel are missing. Mounted with an old replacement straight grain, uncheckered American walnut stock with orig crescent brass buttplate with faceted tang. Receiver & side plates are engraved in typical Volcanic style with foliate arabesque patterns on sides. Top of receiver is engraved in foliate patterns with the border around the hammer slot and additional foliate arabesque patterns on top tang & buttplate tang. SN was observed on the left side of lower tang along with the assembly number “228”. SN was also found inside the tang of the buttplate. Buttstock is unmarked, however the two buttplate screws also bear the matching SN. Receiver tang screws are orig Volcanic screws however they have had their SNs ground away, possibly indicating that the stock is an old factory replacement. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 1,000 of these rare carbines were produced in the period 1857-1860 in three bbl lengths. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain strong dark blue in sheltered areas with the balance turning plum with just about all the surfaces showing very little wear. There is a small spot of pitting in left gullet at the frame. Receiver has sharp corners showing very light wear and overall the brass retains a medium to dark mustard patina. Stock is sound and retains about all of its varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. A sight repair is easily effected and would add to the aesthetic appearance. 4-40860 JR313 (9,000-12,000)

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2004
Revised: 10/2/2010

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The lower left side of the receiver has an additional third screw that has been countersunk. This screw is not normally seen on guns in this serial range. However, this was a standard production feature on Third Model 1873s. The original screw on the left side of the forend cap is also slightly countersunk. As previously noted in the description, this rifle is in extraordinary condition and represents what is probably the finest condition 1873 1 of 100 or 1 of 1000 in existence.

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE & EXCEPTIONAL WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 “ONE OF ONE HUNDRED” LEVER ACTION RIFLE, THE FINEST OF ITS TYPE IN THE WORLD. SN 19675. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Fantastic Winchester rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine with threaded plug, half nickel front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and early style thick base tang sight with spiral knurled bbl and duplex aperture. Receiver is 1st Model 2nd Type with mortised thumb print dust cover and single set trigger. The lever latch is 1866 style that screws into the lower tang. Mounted with exceptional burl and flame grain, center crotch American walnut with early style checkered forend and straight stock with case hardened crescent buttplate with trap containing an orig brass & steel 4-pc cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked “XXX” and the assembly number “3”, which number is also found in the top tang channel of buttstock and inside the toe of the buttplate. Chamber area of the bbl, behind the rear sight is engraved exactly like a “1 of 1,000” with identical foliate arabesque scrolls over the top side flats and lightly on the side flats. The top flat is engraved in script “One of One Hundred” with a fine chip & dot border and a fleur-de-lis at the front end. There is a dbl line border at the receiver. The muzzle end of the bbl is engraved with foliate arabesque pattern completely around the muzzle, also with a dbl line border. Records at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody Firearms Museum, Cody, WY, show that there were only eight of these rare rifles ever produced. According to the book Winchester The Golden Age of American Gunmaking and the Winchester 1 of 1000, Wilson, he also states that only eight of these rare rifles were ever produced. Of the eight produced only three had 24″ oct bbls, three were 3-X checkered, all eight had set triggers and only one was blued. This rifle is not pictured in the book simply because it was unknown at the time of the writing. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle with oct bbl, set trigger, “XXX” checkered, blued finish, received in warehouse “8-9” (1876) and shipped “8-10” (1876) to order #6647. Under the remarks section is listed “1 of 100”. This rare rifle was purchased by the late Owen W. “Bill” Nelson in about 1949, just about the time he graduated from high school. He purchased it from an old family friend named Judge McEwen for $100.00. Being an old family friend Bill’s father was highly incensed that the judge charged young Bill for the rifle rather than simply giving it to him. The rifle remained in the Nelson family home until about 1957 or thereabouts when Bill wrote a request for information about the rifle to Winchester. He received a reply from Tom Hall and learned that his rifle was extremely rare so it was relegated to a bank vault in DeKalb, Illinois, where it remained until 1996 when it was placed on loan to the Cody Firearms Museum. This rifle was prominently displayed in Cody until August 2010 when it was removed from exhibit and consigned to this auction. That this rare rifle has remained in the same family for over 60 years is in and of itself a true miracle. Then to have additional ownership provenance pre-dating the current ownership is also a rare and desirable feature. PROVENANCE: Judge McEwen, DeKalb, IL; Owen W. “Bill” Nelson Family. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 97-98% strong orig factory blue with light sharp edge wear and some minor thinning on top flat forward of rear sight. Receiver retains 96-98% glossy orig factory blue with light edge wear around bottom front edge and sharp edge wear with a couple of very minor, light scratches. Loading gate retains 96-98% bright fire blue. Screws have a couple of minor slipped slots with a scrape around the rear lower tang screw and another around the left timing screw and a chip out of the right timing screw. Tang sight retains about 95% glossy orig blue and the trigger about 99% orig blue. Bottom tang retains virtually all of its glossy orig factory blue forward of the lever latch and is a gray patina back of the lever latch. Lever, hammer & buttplate retain most of their orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas of the lever, faded but visible elsewhere. Hammer has crisp bright case colors and the buttplate fully visible but faded case colors. Stock has a couple of tiny chips at the toe, otherwise wood is sound, checkering is crisp with very minor, very scattered faint mars in the finish and overall retains virtually all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Bolt & bolt face retain about all of their orig factory blue. Crisp mechanism, brilliant, shiny bore. This is an exceptionally rare rifle in exceptionally high condition. 4-40939 JR346 (225,000-325,000)

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2005

INCREDIBLE VERY EARLY HENRY 1860 LEVER ACTION REPEATING RIFLE. SN 516. Cal. 44RF, 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral mag, half-moon German silver front sight, no provision on bbl for rear sight. Top flat of bbl in small letters “HENRY’S PATENT. OCT. 16, 1860 / MANUFACT’D BY THE NEW HAVEN ARMS. CO. NEW HAVEN. CT.” And adjacent receiver “516”. Standard receiver, dovetail on top flat with 1000 yd ladder sight without retaining screw. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, brass buttplate with rounded heel and trap door housing a 4-pc hickory cleaning rod. Stock is proper early style with abrupt comb, slight perched belly and large hole for cleaning rod. Underside of tang of buttplate is stamped “516” forward of screw hole. Both of the hand-fit screws are marked “516”. The hand-fit bottom tang screw is marked “16”. Hand-fit rear top tang screw stamped “516” and hand-fit front “16”. Left side of bottom tang is marked “516”. The assembly number on loading gate and rnd portion of bbl are matching “157”. Cartridge follower is a proper smaller variation with simple rectangular cut in receiver to accept. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection CONDITION: Extremely Fine. Bbl retains 96-98% dark orig blue, slightly silvering on sharp edges, some minor thinning on mag tube near receiver and some very fine surface oxidation. Sharp crisp receiver has a beautiful butterscotch patina on frame with side plates having the quite common darker discoloration patina. Hammer retains a silver hardening blended with brown patina. Lever is a dark brown patina with some silver mixed in. Stock is sound with a few minor handling marks and tiny nicks & scratches retaining nearly all of its fine orig varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp with a spectacular shiny bore. Gun appears to have seen very little use in its 150 year existence. Such a fine example of this early repeating rifle is very seldom offered for public sale. 4-36880 BDT240 (75,000-125,000)

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2006

HENRY 1860 LEVER ACTION REPEATING RIFLE. SN 8668. Cal. 44RF, 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral magazine, German silver front sight blade, 2-leaf 900 yd ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “HENRY’S PATENT. OCT. 16. 1860 / MANUFACT’D. BY THE NEW HAVEN ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CT.” Standard receiver mounted with lightly figured straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, pointed heel brass buttplate with trap door, left side with inlet base with swivel, distinct “Henry bump” below. Left side trough of bbl sling loop attached with screws. Inspection of tangs reveals matching “8668” on left side of lower tang, top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Fine+. Bbl retains a silver and brown patina blend with a couple spots of dark brown and some normal minor nicks & scratches. Receiver has very nice sharp edges, some minor tiny dents on top of left side plate, some usual minor nicks & scratches, cleaned sometime back and starting to show a mustard color patina. Hammer shows silver patina on sides with back being a dark brown patina. Lever retains a dark brown patina. Lever screw appears to be a replacement. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings & small bruises retaining a hand-worn varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp with a remarkable shiny bore showing only a couple minor shallow pits. 4-40844 BDT236 (17,500-27,500)

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2007

ENGRAVED HENRY 1860 LEVER ACTION REPEATING RIFLE. SN 2825. Cal. 44RF, 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral magazine, no front sight blade, open dovetail for rear sight. Bbl is marked “HENRY’S PATENT. OCT. 16. 1860 / MANUFACT’D BY THE NEW HAVEN ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CT.” “2825” adjacent to receiver. Left side trough has 2 screws with sling loop removed. Early receiver with top dovetail with 900 yd ladder sight without retaining screw. Receiver is engraved in the Samuel Hoggson style with left side with bold foliate scroll with punch dot background and deer leaping a two rail, split-rail fence. Forward portion of left side has typical Hoggson flower blossom with punch dot background. Both vignettes are framed in wavy-line border. Right side has foliate scroll with punch dot background with flower blossom on forward section. Top rear section and top tang have foliate scroll with punch dot backgrounds. This gun is engraved nearly identical to the gun shown on page 155 of the Les Quick book The Henry Rifle. This gun is serial number “8300” and is also inscribed “J.B. STUART”. The lower tang has had the lever latch removed and hole filled. Mounted with streaky walnut, replacement custom stock, brass round heel buttplate with trap door with top tang engraved with matching foliate scroll with punch dot background. Tang screws and buttplate screws all appear to be replacements. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate collection CONDITION: Fine+. Bbl and mag tube retain a dark patina with some areas thinning and blending with silver patina with normal nicks, dings & fine scratches. Receiver, which was orig silver-plated, shows fairly sharp engraving with some typical nicks & dings and relatively sharp edges. Bolt has both extractor tips missing. Hammer and lever both retain a dark brown patina blended with some silver. The replacement custom stock has a few minor nicks & scratches and retains an open-grain, hand-rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are good, dark bore with distinct rifling with shallow pitting throughout. 4-36886 BDT237 (15,000-25,000)

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2008

HENRY 1860 LEVER ACTION REPEATING RIFLE. SN 7292. Cal. 44 RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral mag tube, nickel front sight blade, 2-leaf ladder rear sight with broken leaf. Top flat of bbl in front of rear sight marked “HENRY’S PATENT. OCT. 16, 1860/MANUFACT’D BY NEW HAVEN ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CT.” Left side troth has screwed on sling loop. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent brass buttplate with trapdoor and pointed heel. Left side with inlet base and sling swivel. Visible Henry bump. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals matching SN as well as top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Fine, bbl retains a brown blended with gray patina with normal nicks and dings and a couple dark spots of fine surface oxidation. Receiver is a gold color with sharp edges and usual nicks, dings and scratches. Hammer is a brown blending with silver patina. Lever is a dark brown patina with some fine pitting. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings, a repaired chip at toe and retains an open grain re-oiled finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are good, dark bore with strong rifling and scattered pitting. 4-39726 BDT147 (21,000-31,000)

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2009

FINE MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 11624. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard civilian rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral magazine tube, German silver front sight and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl has usual Henry markings & patent dates forward of rear sight and SN over chamber area. Receiver has an orig early tang sight with 3-1/2″ thick staff with beveled edges and a friction slide. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock with straight grip & crescent brass buttplate with late pointed heel and trap. Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with the “Henry bump” below and ther is a corresponding sling loop on left side of bbl. SN is on top flat of bbl, left side of lower tang under the wood and inside toe of buttplate. Remnants of a SN can be seen in top tang channel of buttstock, however the screw mounting holes for the tang sight have extended below the tang and have obliterated most of the numbers in the buttstock. However, given the wood to metal fit and the orig buttplate, there is no reason to suspect that this is not the orig buttstock. The assembly number “823” was noted to be on top of the round portion of the bbl, under the rotating sleeve which number is also on rear face of rotating sleeve. The Henry rifle was used to great effect during the Civil War and later on the frontier, usually seeing hard service under adverse conditions with little or no maintenance. They remained in service well into the 1870s before being surplanted by centerfire cartridge firearms. Accompanied by a small leather pouch that contains 15-rnds of no-head stamp 44 RF Henry ammunition. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl & magazine tube retain a smooth dark brown attic patina with traces of blue around the rear sight. Receiver retains strong edges showing only light wear with some bruises in the metal on the front side. Top edge of sideplates & receiver are clean with no hammer marks. Wood is sound with usual light handling & use nicks & scratches and retains a fine hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore that may clean better. Ammunition is oxidized with small amounts of verdigris. 4-39977 JR319 (20,000-25,000)

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2010

EARLY TWO-DIGIT HENRY LEVER ACTION REPEATING RIFLE. SN 28/1086. Cal. 44RF, 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral mag tube, modified German silver front sight blade, standing semi-buck horn V-notch rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “HENRY’S PATENT. OCT. 16. 1860 / MANUFACT’D BY THE NEW HAVEN ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CT.” Adjacent receiver “1086”. Early Henry receiver with dovetailed cut in top flat. Bottom tang not equipped with lever latch. Left inside of bottom tang stamped “28”. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip and rnd heel brass buttplate with trap door stamped inside top tang “28”. One buttplate screw is numbered “28”. No other numbers were observed on stock screws. The appearance of this gun is that its been assembled in this manner for quite some time. For whatever reason, serial number “28” receiver was re-barreled and had stock and lever replaced at some time during period of use. CONDITION: Good to Very Good. Bbl and mag tube retain a dark brown patina with some areas of silver showing through, normal nicks & dings, bbl collar retaining screw is battered and loading gate lock is missing. Receiver retains a golden mustard patina, slightly rounded edges, some nicks, dings & scratches and some small spots of dark patina. Top of both side plates show some minor battering and screw heads show some minor battering. Replacement stock is sound, fits reasonably well around tangs with tiny chips on each side of upper tang, nicks, dings & minor dents, small chip at toe of buttplate and retains a hand-worn open-grain oil finish. Lever fully cocks hammer but lifter does not rise completely to the top. Bore is dark with distinct rifling and some moderate pitting. 4-40721 BDT235 (12,500-17,500)

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2011

OUTSTANDING CONRAD ULRICH ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 66 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 84012. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Wonderful engraved ’66 with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, with threaded magazine plug, half nickel front sight and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight. Top flat has sharp, completely legible Winchester & King’s Patent markings. Mounted with 2-3X center crotch, flame grain uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent brass buttplate. Forend cap has dimpled front edges and an integral sling loop with corresponding loop in buttstock. Trigger is the thin pointed type occasionally found on deluxe & high grade 1866s. Receiver is wonderfully engraved by Conrad Ulrich with about 70% coverage very artistic, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns on both sides with the left side having a large open panel and two eagle’s heads incorporated into the engraving patterns at the front edge of the side plate. Front recessed area is engraved with a small raebuck head vignette with Indian pattern borders on top & bottom edge. Left side also incorporates fleur-de-lis at the front & rear edges and top & bottom edges of the open panel, along with mirror image fleur-de-lis at the rear end. One of the scrolls terminates in a large flower blossom and the lever screw hole is surrounded by an engraved sunburst. Right side is engraved almost identically with the large panel in the center engraved with a shorthair pointer on point in a field scene and the front panel in the recessed area engraved with the head of a cougar. The lever screw hole on the right side is surrounded by a shell pattern. Top of receiver is wonderfully engraved to match with engraving patterns down rear edges of the receiver and on top & bottom tangs. Bottom of receiver is engraved with mirror image geometric patterns on the frame and bottom of the carrier. Front & rear edges of frame have nicely scalloped borders. Buttplate tang & forend cap are beautifully engraved to match the receiver. All of the engraving has a wonderful, extremely fine punch dot background and all of brass is gold plated. SN is on the bottom tang and is preceded by a small “B”. SN is also found in top tang channel of the buttstock and inside toe of the buttplate. Additionally the assembly number “58” is found on left side of lower tang under the wood and inside toe of buttplate. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain most of their strong, bright, orig factory blue with sharp edge wear and some light surface etching on the bbl. Magazine band retains most of its orig bright factory blue. Receiver retains about 50-60% strong orig gold plating with exposed brass a dark mustard patina. Forend cap retains virtually all of its orig gold plating and buttplate 30-40% gold plating. Lever is a dark brown patina with traces of silvered case colors. Hammer retains dark case colors. Wood is sound with usual light handling & use nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its wonderful piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some scattered orange peel roughness. 4-36882 JR335 (50,000-100,000)

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2012
Revised: 9/22/2010

CORRECTION: Correct Serial Number is 83904.

RARE & IMPORTANT CASED NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 RIFLE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT OF PERU. SN 8394. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Fantastic Winchester rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine with threaded cap, standard front sight with screw and a 900 yard Henry style ladder rear sight. Mounted with smooth elephant ivory stock & forearm with straight grip and crescent brass buttplate with trap. Receiver is beautifully engraved by L.D. Nimschke with about 70% coverage fine intertwined foliate arabesque patterns on both sides with one scroll on left side terminating in a flower blossom. Right side has an oval vignette engraved “JAP” for Juan Antonio Pezet. Receiver ring is engraved in a large half flower blossom with a foliate spray back of the ejection port and the top flat engraved in geometric patterns with a flower blossom in the center. Top flat is bordered in dash & dot patterns which extend down past the hammer slot and terminate in a foliate arabesque pattern. Rear edge of receiver is engraved in a fine dbl dash pattern which extends around the top tang. Top tang has a small border around the screw hole with a foliate spray to the front. Carrier is engraved in a diamond & dot patterns and the sides of the hammer are beautifully engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with border patterns down the back edge. Left side of buttstock at one time appears to have had a name carved which is now illegible. Forend cap is fitted with a sling swivel with corresponding factory swivel in the buttstock. Butt trap contains an orig 4-pc silver plated brass & iron cleaning rod. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate were originally gold washed over silver plating. Accompanied by a blue velvet lined leather casing with brass reinforced corners and front mounted brass lock, 49-1/4″ long x 9-1/2″ wide x about 3-1/4″ deep. Center of the top is mounted with a 1-7/8″ rnd disc engraved with the Crest of Peru and inscribed in an arc over the top “Jose Balta” and in an arc at the bottom “Juan Antonio Pezet”. The interior is French fitted in the bottom for the rifle and a box of cartridges with a covered compartment in the right rear. Cartridge box slot contains a partial box of blue label 44 Henry flat ammunition which contains about 32-rnds of orig 44 Henry flat ammunition with “U” head stamp. Also accompanying is a Peruvian officer’s shoulder board in heavy gold and silver brocade with heavy gold tassels. Additionally accompanying is a small foot officer’s sword with 30″ slightly curved blade with dbl fullers and a gold washes cartouche on right ricasso. Blade is etched with trophies of arms & flags and foliate & arabesque patterns and what appears to be the Peruvian flag on the right side. Left side is similarly engraved. It has a brass handguard with single quillion & basket cast with the crest of Peru with brass backed handle that has lion pommel and single knuckle guard. Handle is fish skin wrapped with braided brass wire. Accompanied by its orig nickel silver scabbard with engraved brass mount & drag. Left side of the throat has a raised gold oval engraved “JAP”. There is a gold sword knot suspended from the handle. Additionally accompanied by a small mamaluke style sword that has 28-1/2″ slightly curved blade with sgl fuller and etched blade in foliate arabesque patterns with trophy of arms on right side and trophy of flags on left side. The heavy cast brass hand guard is “S” shaped with acorn quillions and languettes, and decorated with floral & arabesque patterns. Handle is slightly curved ivory panels with a brass hole through the pommel from which is suspended a short brass chain. Accompanied by its orig nickel silver scabbard with cast brass fittings decorated with trophies of arms. Jose Balta was the 19th President of Peru serving from August 1868-July 1872. He was born in Lima in April 1814 and murdered in Lima on July 26, 1872. He was a soldier & politician who had graduated from military college in 1833 at age 19 years with the rank of Sergeant. By the age of 38 he was a full colonel. In 1855 he joined a revolution which ultimately led to the ascension of Juan Antonio Pezet to the presidency on August 5th, 1863, apparently the opposition party of the one supported by Mr. Balta. In 1865 he joined the rebellion against Pres. Pezet who was overthrown on April 25, 1865. In the meantime Jose Balta was exiled to Chile. He returned to Peru in 1867, again leading a movement for Gen. Pedro Canseco who eventually became President. Pres. Canseco almost immediately called for elections which propelled Balta into the presidency. His presidency saw great improvements in railroads & roadways throughout Peru but not without background plots and manipulation which eventually led to Balta’s arrest on July 22, 1872 and the proclamation of Tomas Gutierrez as the Supreme Head of the Republic. When Mr. Gutierrez’ brother, Silvestre, was killed in a skirmish in the capitol, Tomas Gutierrez ordered the execution of Jose Balta that same day. This eventually led to the overthrow and lynching of Gutierrez. Juan Antonio Pezet, the 17th President of Peru, was born in 1809 in Lima, Peru and died 24 March 1879 in Lima. He was the son of a a doctor in Lima who had been one of the heroes of Peru’s independence. As a very young boy Pezet joined the Patriots and took part in a number of campaigns under Bolivar & Sucre. In 1828 he became Captain and in 1835 as a colonel with a battalion of sharp shooters participated in the rising of Pres. Augustin Gamarra against the Peru-Bolivian Confederacy for which he was banished. By 1843 he had returned and took part in the revolution of Vivanco. During the revolt he was appointed Inspector General of the Army and Prefect of La Libertad. In 1844 he was wounded and taken prisoner but pardoned and in 1848 was made General-in-Chief of the Division of the South. In 1853. Under Pres. Echenique, he was appointed Inspector General and Chief of the Army of the South during the invasion of Bolivia. In 1859 he was Secretary of War and in 1862 was elected first vice-president under Gen. San Roman and assumed the presidency when San Roman died in late 1863. In Jan. 1865 he signed a treaty with Spain which was considered derogatory to Peruvian national honor which generated an uprising, removing him from office on Nov. 7, 1865. He retired to England but returned in 1871 where he lived until his death in 1879. While early on it appears that Jose Balta may have had political disagreement with Mr. Pezet and participated in removing him from office but apparently there was a reconciliation with Pres. Balta presenting this rifle to former Pres. Pezet. Given that this rifle was produced in 1871, the year that former Pres. Pezet returned to Peru, it seems likely that Pres. Balta made this rifle a present as a reconciliation overture to prevent Pezet mounting a movement against him. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Rifle is very good to fine, with the SN in the top tang channel of the buttstock. Buttplate screw was frozen in place so could not be removed to determine if it was matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 80% plummy/blue finish with stronger blue in sheltered areas. Receiver retains silver with traces of gold in the most sheltered areas being mostly a medium to dark brass patina with moderately rounded edges. Loading gate retains about 80% bright blue. Lever retains traces of dark case colors and the hammer traces of silver & gold. Buttplate & forend cap also retain traces of oxidized silver. Stock has several very old repairs around the wrist, and another in the forend, with a few minor age lines in both stock & forend and overall retains a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting and a half ring about 5″ from muzzle. Cleaning rod retains virtually all of its orig silver plate. Case is sound with heavy soil & staining with some crackling on the edges and has a small repair in top of lid. One strap is missing. Shoulder board is fine with a few pieces of silver bullion missing. Sword #1 is fair to good with the blade dark & worn having been severely sharpened. Guard is slightly bent with wear on the handle. Scabbard is nicked, dinged & dented showing moderate to heavy wear. Sword knot is fine. Mameluke sword is also fair to good with dark pitted blade but strong etching. Handle is missing a chip of ivory on both sides with broken chain and dark brass fittings. 4-36878 JR377 (35,000-50,000)

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2013

EXTRAORDINARY HIGH CONDITION MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 17199. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine with threaded magazine plug, standard front sight and Henry style 900 yard ladder rear sight. Bbl has sharp Henry & King’s patent markings. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent brass buttplate with trap. Forend cap has dimpled front edge with integral sling loop and a corresponding sling loop in the buttstock. SN was observed on left side of lower tang along with a small “W” and the initials “VR”. SN was also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. These early ’66 rifles were the immediate successor to the eminently successful Henry rifle that saw service throughout the Civil War. By the time the ’66 hit the market the buying public was accustomed to and demanded repeating rifles. The vast majority of all these early rifles were immediately pressed into service during the great Westward expansion across the American frontier. They usually saw hard & extended service under extremely adverse conditions in saddle scabbards and wagon boxes, usually with little or no maintenance leaving most of them in hard worn condition with little orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig factory blue with light sharp edge wear and some thinning around the muzzle end. Magazine band shows moderate wear with a couple of tiny spots of pitting. Bbl has some very minor surface oxidation in a couple of tiny spots and one small thin spot toward the front end on the top flat. There are a couple of small nicks on top & top side flat just above the forearm. Receiver retains sharp edges with only a very minor amount of wear and overall retains a medium mustard patina, probably having been polished many years ago. Loading gate retains about 90% glossy orig fire blue. Trigger retains about 75% dark orig blue. Lever retains case colors on left side mixed with light patina. Right side retains traces of case colors. Hammer retains strong case colors on sides and bright colors on rear edge. Wood is sound with light handling & use nicks & scratches in the varnish and a couple of small gouges near the buttplate tang and another on the bottom above the sling swivel base. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired, retains most of the orig blue on bolt face. This is one of the finest Henry marked ’66 rifles to come to market in many years. 4-40803 JR334 (40,000-60,000)

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2014

EARLY HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 20285. Cal. 44RF, 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, half nickel front sight, 900 yd 2-leaf ladder rear sight with retaining screw. Top of bbl is marked “HENRY’S PATENT-OCT. 16. 1860 / KING’S-PATENT-MARCH 29. 1866”. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, brass crescent buttplate with trap door, inlet base with swivel 5-1/4″ from toe and standard forend with brass nose cap with integral base sling swivel. Inspection of top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate reveal matching “285”, the last three digits of serial number. CONDITION: Fine+. Bbl and mag tube retain 75-80% orig blue with some toning to brown, bright on sharp edges, normal minor nicks & dings and some minor spotting of fine surface oxidation. Receiver was polished years ago, remaining with sharp edges, some normal minor nicks & dings and retains a mellow brass color. Loading gate shows strong orig nitre blue with some silvering in trough. Hammer shows dark orig case colors with some minor silvering on sides. Lever retains a silver and brown patina blend. Stock is sound with some normal nicks, dings & minor dents and retains an old coat of added finish blending with hand-worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with some nicks & dings and a small shallow dent on right side. It retains a hand-worn patina blended with traces of an old coat of added finish. Mechanics are crisp, good bore with distinct rifling lightly frosted. 4-40837 BDT234 (27,500-42,500)

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2015

CUSTOM ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 2ND MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 20685. Cal. 44RF, 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, modified German silver rocky mountain front sight, standing blade semi-buck horn V-notch rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860”. Standard receiver that has been custom engraved with foliate arabesque scrolls with punch dot background. Circle on left sideplate with feeding buck deer, right side with alert buck deer. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, brass crescent buttplate with trap door, tang with foliate scroll with punch dot background, inlet base with modified swivel 5-1/4″ from toe and standard forend, brass nose cap with sling eye and swivel. Inspection of top tang channel of stock reveals legible number “6” with other numbers not discernible. Inside toe of buttplate is stamped with “685”. CONDITION: Good to Very Good. Bbl and magazine tube retain an even dark brown patina, bright on sharp edges and some normal nicks & scratches. Receiver polished years ago, slightly rounded edges and retains a mellow brass patina with sharp engraving. Stock is sound with small crack off right side of top tang, some normal nicks & dings and retains an old, restored finish blended with hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with expected nicks, dings & dents and retains a hand-worn patina with traces of an old, restored finish. Mechanics are good, dark bore with distinct rifling and scattered shallow pitting. 4-40945 BDT239 (5,000-7,000)

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2016
Revised: 9/29/2010

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: We do not believe this to be a genuine Winchester 1866 and do not guarantee it.

SCARCE WINCHESTER FIRST MODEL FLAT SIDE 1866 RIFLE. SN 14512. Cal. 44RF, 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag with front band attached with 2 screws, half-nickel front sight, 2-leaf flip-up carbine rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “HENRY’S-PATENT-OCT. 16. 1860 / KING’S-PATENT-MARCH 29. 1866”. Henry-style receiver with flat front edge, King’s Improvement flat loading gate on right side, staple and ring on left. Receiver has been custom engraved with oak leaves and acorns on forward portion of each side. Left plate has flower blossoms and fine open scroll with flowing ribbon inscribed “J.W.J.” Right plate has similar flowers and scroll with smaller banner “LIBERTY MISSOURI”. Top flat has a flower blossom design. Mounted with dark walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent brass buttplate with trap door, 9-7/16″ forend with chamfered end retained by single screw. Inspection of lower tang finds large stamped “14512” on lower left tang and forward of that, in smaller numbers, “1585”. Top tang channel of stock is stamped “14512” with inside toe of buttplate stamped “14232”. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection CONDITION: Very Good. Bbl retains a silver-gray patina with areas towards muzzle showing some blue blending with silver patina. Mag tube retains a silver mixed with brown patina, showing blue in protected areas. There are normal minor nicks & scratches. Receiver was cleaned and polished years ago, has slightly rounded edges and retains a mustard patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks & dings, a couple minor small dents in toe line and retains a dark, hand-worn restored oil finish. Hammer shows a mottled silver and dark brown patina. Lever shows similar dark brown patina mixing with silver. Stock is slightly shy along edge of buttplate. Forend is sound with minor nicks & dings and retains a dark hand-worn restored oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore with a couple of minor shallow pits. 4-36848 BDT244 (10,000-15,000)

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2017
Revised: 9/29/2010

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: We do not believe this to be a genuine Winchester 1866 and do not guarantee it.

FLAT SIDE FIRST MODEL WINCHESTER 1866 RIFLE. SN 14962. Cal. 44RF, 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine retained with bbl band attached with 2 screws, dovetailed fine bead front sight with bead missing, 2-leaf flip-up rear sight with silver alignment mark. Top of bbl is marked “HENRY’S PATENT OCT. 16, 1860 / MANUFACT’D BY THE NEW HAVEN ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CT.” The Henry-style flat side receiver with King’s Improvement flat loading gate on right side with staple and ring on left mounted with lightly figured walnut, uncheckered straight grip. Missing brass buttplate. 9-5/8″ chamfered forend retained by single screw. Inspection of lower tang reveals large stamped serial number “14962” and much smaller numbers forward of that stamped “1556”. Top tang channel of stock is stamped “14962”. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection CONDITION: Fair to Good. Bbl and mag tube retain a brown and silver patina mix with numerous fine scratches and normal minor nicks & dings. Flat side receiver cleaned and polished years ago, with slightly rounded edges, a V-shaped notch at forward left side, bronze colored spot over chamber ring, many minor nicks & dings and retains a mustard patina. Top tang shows repaired break at forward screw and screw is missing. Stock is sound, fitting tangs reasonably well, some minor handling marks and a fine, hand-rubbed restored oil finish. Forend is sound with repaired crack at escutcheon on right side, some minor nicks & dings and retains a fine, hand-rubbed restored oil finish. Mechanics are good, dark bore with distinct rifling and considerable pitting. 4-36849 BDT241 (3,000-5,000)

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2018

WINCHESTER SECOND MODEL 1866 SRC. SN 26423. Cal. 44RF, 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, front bbl band with integral sight blade, 2-leaf flip-up carbine rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “WINCHETER’S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENTS-PATENTED-MARCH 29 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860.” Standard receiver with staple and ring on left side. Mounted with streaky straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent brass buttplate with trap door housing 3-pc steel with brass tip wiping rod, 8-1/2″ forearm with single band. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection CONDITION: Very Good+. Bbl retains a mostly brown patina with some very fine surface oxidation with orig blue in protected areas. Magazine tube retains more blue mixed with brown patina and some fine surface oxidation. Front band retains orig blue blending with silver and brown patina. Rear band has flaked and worn to a brown and silver patina mix. Receiver is a mellow butterscotch patina with fairly sharp edges, some minor nicks & small dings, loading gate retains much of its fine nitre blue with some thinning in trough. Hammer has faded and turned a silver blending with brown patina. Lever has turned a dark brown patina. Stock is sound with numerous minor nicks, dings & shallow dents, some minor chipping at top tang & receiver and small chip at rear of top tang. Finish is a thin coat of added varnish blending with some hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with small crack behind band, has had a file and sandpaper treatment removing finish and leaving a rough dark oil appearance. Mechanics are crisp with a very nice bright shiny bore. 4-36881 BDT231 (6,000-10,000)

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2019

WINCHESTER THIRD MODEL 1866 SRC. SN 157726. Cal. 44RF, 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base with slightly modified pinned blade, 2-leaf carbine rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW-HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1886. OCTOBER 16. 1860”. Standard receiver with staple and ring on left side. Mounted with lightly figured walnut, uncheckered straight grip, brass carbine buttplate with trap door housing 4-pc steel with brass tip wiping rod and standard forend with single band. Inspection of lower tang finds assembly number “4756C”. Number in tang channel is not clearly legible. Inside toe of buttplate “1446”. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection CONDITION: Good to Very Good. Bbl and mag tube retain a silver and brown patina mix with fading blue in protected areas. Receiver was polished years ago with slightly rounded edges and retains a mellow patina. Loading gate shows much of its orig nitre blue, silvering in trough. Hammer and lever retain a dark patina. Stock is sound with crack through a knot at lower tang on right side, numerous minor nicks & dings and retains a hand-worn open-grain oil finish. Forend is sound with normal nicks & dings and retains a hand-worn open-grain oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, decent bore with distinct rifling and moderate shallow pitting. 4-36914 BDT233 (4,000-8,000)

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2020

WINCHESTER SECOND MODEL 1866 SRC. SN 76438. Cal. 44RF, 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, front bbl band with integral sight blade, 2-leaf rear carbine sight. Top of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS-NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER. 16. 1860.” Standard receiver with staple and ring on left side. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, brass crescent buttplate with trap door and standard forend with single band. Inspection of stock reveals matching “6438” in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Good to Very Good. Bbl and mag tube retain a brown mixed with silver patina finish with normal nicks & scratches and a couple spots of minor surface oxidation. Receiver was polished years ago, still keeping nice sharp edges and has aged to a golden mustard color. Hammer has traces of orig color but is mostly a brown patina. Lever is a mixture of brown and silver patina. Stock is sound, slightly shy at tangs and buttplate with some minor nicks, dings & scratches and retains a restored finish. Forend is sound with some nicks & small bruises and retains a restored finish. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore with a few scattered, shallow pits. 4-40845 BDT232 (5,000-7,000)

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2021
Revised: 10/4/2010

Correction: Nine of the cartridges are not New Haven.

RARE BOX OF NEW HAVEN ARMS CO. 44 HENRY RIMFIRE CARTRIDGES. Full box of 50 early 44 Rimfire Henry ammunition with green & black top label on a Kraft colored 2 pc box. Ammunition is standard flat nose lead bullets with copper cases that have recessed, raised “H” head stamps. Label is imprinted “50 CARTRIDGES / FOR / HENRY’S REPEATING RIFLE, / MANUFACTURED BY THE / NEW HAVEN ARMS CO., / NEW HAVEN, CONN. / No. 44-100.”. These early boxes of Henry ammunition are rarely encountered today especially full, with intact label. CONDITION: Good to very good. Label is intact with a couple of very minor chips in the edge and light wear, not affecting the printing or border. There is a small blue ballpoint ink line on the bottom front edge of the label. Box has several open corners & edges but is complete and easily repairable which would be unnoticeable from the outside. Ammunition has lightly oxidized bullets with a dark copper patina on the cases. Altogether a rare box. 4-40745 JR310 (4,000-7,000)

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2022

SCARCE ORIG LATE MARTIAL HENRY BUTTSTOCK. An unusual find from the Crocker Estate Collection with no indication of where it may have originated. The SN has been mostly obliterated leaving only partial, indecipherable numbers, the second of which appears to be a “2”. This is a standard 7000-9000 serial range Type II, martially marked buttstock with tiny initials “AWM” on the left side of the wrist at the receiver. Left side of buttstock has the mortised relief cut for a factory swivel with a pronounced “Henry bump” immediately below. It also has the cutout & recess for cleaning rod in the butt. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Missing one small sliver from left heel with minor nicks & scratches and a couple of dings in the left rear edge and another by left top tang channel and also missing a small sliver from the right lower tang slot. Overall has light handling & use marks with a few minor dings and retains about 80% strong orig finish. 4-40978 JR333 (3,500-5,000)

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2023

EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER BOOKLET FOR THE MODEL 1866 RIFLE & CARBINE. Rare booklet dated 1871, 8-7/8″ high x 5-3/4″ wide with Buff colored paperweight covers with black & white line drawings of the Winchester 1866 rifle & saddle ring carbine. Upper corners of the printed cover also have drawings of the 44 rimfire cartridges and the cover is imprinted “WINCHESTER REPEATING / Firearms / Manufactured by the / Winchester / Repeating Arms Company / NEW HAVEN. CONNECTICUT.” Bottom corners of the printed area show the cartridge head stamps of both Henry & Winchester. Interior has 63 pages of printed material about the Model 1866 and testimonials from a variety of various military officers and civilians along with reproductions of 6 targets fired from 300 paces to 1,000 paces. CONDITION: Fair. Cover has been reattached with brown paper at the spine and now has a 5-1/2″ tear near the spine but overall all the printing & lithography on the cover is intact. Covers are very fragile. Interior pages are yellowed with worn corners that appear to have been trimmed. 4-40472 JR311 (2,000-3,000)

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2024

SCARCE DELUXE 2ND MODEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 41568. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Fine & very scarce deluxe 2nd Model ’73 with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, half nickel front sight and short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver & sideplates are color case hardened with screwed-on dust cover rail and sgl set trigger. Left side of bottom tang, under the wood, is marked “XXX” and the assembly number “479”, which number was also observed in the top tang channel of the buttstock and inside the toe of the buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle with oct bbl, set trigger, finely checkered stock with pistol grip, received in the warehouse & shipped Feb. 16, 1880. Rifle is mounted with wonderful 3X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with early style checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with curved grip cap and crescent steel buttplate with trap containing an orig 4-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Rifles produced in this time frame are rarely found in high orig condition as this period was during the great Westward expansion when firearms, especially the centerfire repeaters, were in great demand and usually saw hard frontier service in extraordinary conditions usually with limited maintenance, if any at all. A rifle such as this would have been greatly prized by its owner who very likely was someone of importance and was not required to be exposed to the elements on a regular basis. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including stock & buttplate. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig factory blue with only light sharp edge wear. Receiver, lever & hammer retain about all of their orig factory case colors, moderately faded, stronger in sheltered areas with the outer face of the lever a dark brown patina. Forend cap retains dark case colors, brighter in sheltered areas. Buttplate is silvered case colors with a few spots of light surface rust. Wood is sound with light handling & use marks and some dark oil staining over the forearm checkering and overall retains most of its orig piano varnish finish with crisp clean checkering showing only the lightest diamond point wear. Mechanics, including set trigger are fine, brilliant shiny bore. This is a very fine early specimen suitable for an advanced collection. 4-40797 JR212 (30,000-50,000)

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2025

BEAUTIFUL SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER. SN 148075. Cal. 32WCF, 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, fine bead front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear. Top of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS-NEW HAVEN CT. /KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860.” Adjacent receiver “32 CAL.” Standard Third Model receiver mounted with “X” walnut, multi-point checkered pistol grip with S-shaped cap, crescent steel buttplate with trap door and H-style checkered forend with nose cap. Factory records indicate gun being shipped without stock, so its professional, custom stock should be considered its original stock. Consignor tells us that the in-letting is identical to Winchester and that lower tang is marked with assembly number “5389X”. Accompanying gun is a Winchester Gun Museum letter dated January 25, 1967 to Mr. A.J. McCroskie. It identifies the gun as “32 caliber, octagon bbl, plain trigger, case hardened, pistol grip, no stock. It was shipped March 5, 1886”. Signed “T.E. Hall, Curator”. Also there is a Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet confirming this information. PROVENANCE: Ex-A.J. McCroskie Collection Ex-Tom Lewis Collection CONDITION: Extremely Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 96-97% orig blue with a couple minor nicks & scratches, slight brightening on sharp edges and some minor thinning on bottom of tube. Receiver retains 95-97% strong orig case coloring with some thinning on front edge and blending with silver patina on sharp edges. Hammer retains most of its fine orig case colors. Lever has dark strong orig colors on side, thinning and blending with dark patina on bottom. The fine custom stock has sharp checkering, a few minor handling marks and retains nearly all of its high-gloss finish. Buttplate has good visible, orig fading case colors. Forend is sound with good checkering, some minor handling marks, and retains orig piano varnish finish blending with hand-worn patina across bottom. Nose cap retains good orig case colors. Mechanics are crisp, shiny bore with a couple minor shallow pits near muzzle. 4-40661 BDT248 (13,500-18,500)

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2026

WINCHESTER MODEL 73 FIRST MODEL DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE ENGRAVED. SN 13255. Cal. 44-40, 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, checkered side V-notch sporting rear. Top flat of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860.” First Model receiver, mortised dust cover with checkered thumb print. Receiver is engraved in bold foliate scroll with punch dot background. Bottom of carrier is diamond checkered with single punch dot in center of each diamond. Also equipped with a single set trigger. Mounted with highly figured flame-grain walnut, checkered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trap door, highly figured forend with H-style checkering. Nose cap has a chip-dot border with foliate scroll around each screw. Inspection of lower tang has assembly number “1073”. Number in tang channel of stock was not legible and inside toe of buttplate “387”. CONDITION: Good. Bbl and mag tube retain a splotchy brown and silver mix patina with normal nicks & scratches. Receiver has a pewter patina toning with brown. Hammer shows a very dark patina. Lever has brown patina blending with silver. Stock is sound with extremely worn checkering, numerous grain checks on both sides, chip at toe missing, and normal nicks & dings in a hand worn oil finish. Forend is sound with severely worn checkering, some chipping on top left side and all the way around nose cap retaining a dark hand worn oil finish. Mechanics are good including set trigger with adjustment screw, dark bore with distinct rifling and considerable shallow pitting. 4-40726 BDT238 (6,000-10,000)

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2027

WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 346922. Cal. 44-40, 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, combination front sight, buckhorn rear sight with set screw. Top of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED MARCH 29, 1866. OCTOBER 16, 1860.” Adjacent receiver 44W.C.F. Third model receiver mounted with nicely figured walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 70-75% orig blue thinning in middle and blending with brown and silver patina. Mag tube shows strong orig blue starting to tone with brown patina. Receiver retains 85-90% orig blue, bright on sharp edges and starting to blend with brown patina across bottom. Loading gate shows most of its orig nitre blue. Hammer and lever show good orig colors with hammer showing silver on left side and lever darkening & blending with brown patina. Stock is sound with some usual nicks & dings, grain crack at buttplate on lower right side and retains a professionally cleaned finish. Forend is sound with some minor nicks & dings and retains a professionally cleaned finish. Nose cap retains strong orig blue. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-36900 BDT54 (5,500-7,500)

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2028

EARLY WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 FIRST MODEL LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 373. Cal. 44-40, 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, slightly modified half nickel front sight with set screw, checkered side V-notch sporting rear. Top of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860.” No caliber markings on bbl or bottom of lifter. First Model ’73 receiver with mortised dust cover and checkered raised thumbprint and single set trigger. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trap door housing 4-pc steel with brass tip cleaning rod, and standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as 24″, oct bbl rifle with set trigger, “TARGET 5 INCH”. Received in warehouse February 13, 1874. Shipped on March 9, 1874 on order “1058”. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number “A66”. “66” can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Good to Very Good. Bbl retains orig blue that is toning with brown patina and silvering on sharp edges. Magazine tube is a silver and brown patina mix with orig blue around hanger. There is a shallow dent about 3-1/2″ from nose cap on bottom of tube. Receiver shows traces of orig color in protected area with balance a blend of silver and brown patina. Lever and hammer show a mottled mix of silver and brown patina. Stock is sound with faint hairline crack on right side at receiver, another on left side of upper tang, numerous nicks, dings & scratches and retains a dark hand-oiled finish. There is a 1-1/2″ x 1/2″ oval neatly filled with walnut about 1″ behind lower tang. Forend is sound with numerous nicks, dings & bruises and retains a hand-worn patina and oil finish. Nose cap has about 50% orig blue blending with silver and brown patina. Mechanics are crisp including set trigger adjustment screw without slot. Good bore with distinct rifling and some scattered shallow pitting. 4-40720 BDT227 (5,000-8,000)

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2029

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 RIFLE. SN 244689B. Cal .44 WCF. 24″ part rnd bbl with nickel silver blade fixed front sight and sporting rear sight. Half length mag. Top flat of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S REPEATING ARMS, NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A./KING’S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29, 1866. OCTOBER 16, 1860.” Standard blued receiver, Marbles flexible tang sight. Standard straight grip stock and rifle forend, straight grain American walnut with steel shotgun butt. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. Accompanied by a letter from Buffalo Bill Historical Center stating specifications as follows: rifle/44 Cal/plain trigger/shotgun butt/1/2 mag/rec in warehouse July 2, 1887/Shipped from warehouse July 5, 1887. CONDITION: Good. Some bbl blue blending with patina and areas of surface oxidization. Receiver has good blue in the protected areas blending with patina. Lever and hammer have traces of case colors. Buttstock is sound with normal wear and handling marks. Forend has a chip on left side at the receiver with normal wear and handling marks. Sound mechanics with a good bore. 4-36912 DS44 (3,000-5,000)

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2030

RARE WINCHESTER 1873 32″ LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 293557. Cal. 32 WCF. 32″ oct bbl & full magazine, half-nickel front sight with serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Mounted in straight grain American walnut with uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt plate. Inspection of lower tang reveals no assembly numbers. Gun is accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet, identifying gun as 32 caliber 32″ oct bbl with plain trigger, shipped Mar. 18, 1889. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl & magazine tube have turned to a dark blue/brown patina & is very even the entire length. Bright showing through on sharp edges of oct & small amount of muzzle wear; small dent in magazine tube between the 2 hangers. Receiver is likewise a dark blue/brown patina; small dimple on left side of receiver, 3 similar dimples on right side. Stock is sound & fits receiver very nicely, has its usual bumps & bruises & is dark around upper tang with large black area on left side halfway down comb; also a dark area along lower tang that continues entire length of toe line to butt plate; open grain with hand-worn patina finish. Forend is solid with the usual nicks & dings; shows traces of varnish, but is mostly open grain with hand-worn patina finish. Dark bore with moderate pitting & visible rifling. Mechanics are good. 4-36905 BDT51 (5,000-8,000)

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2031

WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 196354. Cal. 44-40, 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, half nickel front sight, serrated side sporting rear. Top flat of bbl is marked “WINCHESTERS-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT. / KINGS-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29, 1866. OCTOBER 16, 1860”. Adjacent receiver 44 CAL. Standard third model receiver with dust cover, mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor. Standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as rifle with oct bbl and plain trigger received in warehouse 12/18/1885 and shipped from warehouse 2/18/1886 on order number 4372. CONDITION: Very good plus. Bbl and mag tube retain orig blue that is toning with brown patina, silvering on sharp edges, normal nicks & dings and some spots with some fine surface oxidation. Receiver has thinning orig blue blending with brown patina showing wear on sharp edges and normal nicks & scratches. Hammer & lever show dark patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings & handling marks, slightly dark around receiver and top tang with small sliver missing forward right side of top tang. It does carry orig finish blending with hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks & dings, minor chip on right side, adjacent receiver and retains orig finish blending with hand-worn patina. Nose cap has flaked and blended with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp, decent bore with distinct rifling and shallow, scattered pitting. 4-36394 BDT56 (3,000-5,000)

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2032

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 THIRD MODEL LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 400079. Cal. 38WCF, 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full mag, half nickel front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear with set screw. Top of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860.” Adjacent receiver “38W.C.F.” Standard Third Model receiver with lifter marked “38 CAL.” Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trap door and standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 80% thinning orig blue toning in areas to brown patina. Mag tube has traces of orig blue but is mostly a light brown patina, perhaps caused by a chemical loss of the blue. Receiver retains 75-80% orig blue blending with brown patina, some minor nicks & scratches, showing bright on sharp edges. Dust cover has flaked to a gray mixed with brown patina. Hammer shows dark, orig case colors. Lever is a dark brown patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings & small bruises and retains orig varnish blending with hand-worn patina. Stock is sound with some minor denting on left side, some minor nicks & scratches with hand-worn patina blending with orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp with a very nice bore with a couple of minor shallow pits. 4-40861 BDT230 (2,000-3,000)

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2033

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 31211. Cal. 44-40, 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, modified to small post half nickel front sight, checkered side sporting rear. Top flat of bbl is marked “WINCHESTERS-REPEATING ARMS, NEW HAVEN. CT. / KINGS-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED MARCH 29. 1866 OCTOBER 16. 1860”. Second model receiver with screw-on rail and checkered thumbprint dust cover and single set trigger. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor. Standard forend with nose cap. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number “151”. No numbers found in tang channel of stock but matching “151” on inside toe of buttplate. Accompanying rifle is Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as rifle oct bbl, 28″ set trigger, stock 1″ longer, received in warehouse on August 28, 1878, shipped from warehouse same day on order number 12787. Stock measures 13 3/4″ CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and mag tube retain a silver mixed with brown patina finish. There are traces of blue in the most protected areas, normal nicks & dings. Receiver has similar silver and brown patina mixed, again with some traces of blue showing in most protected areas. Loading gate screw on right plate has been replaced with a peened rivet and has been there a long time. Stock is sound with numerous shallow nicks, dings & gouges and retains an old coat of added finish blending with hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks, dings & shallow gouges, small crack on right side at nose cap and retains an open grain hand-worn patina. Mechanics are good, set trigger works but will only release hammer to half-cocked, fully functional when pulled from standard position and adjustment screw is broken off flush. Decent bore with distinct rifling, grooves with scattered, shallow pitting. 4-36388 BDT53 (3,000-4,000)

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2034

WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 310474. Cal. 32WCF, 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, slightly modified half nickel front sight, checkered side, semi-buckhorn rear sight, top flat of bbl is marked “WINCHESTERS REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. / KINGS IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29, 1866 OCTOBER 16, 1860”. Adjacent receiver “32 W.C.F”. Standard 3rd model receiver with dust cover mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Very good plus. Bbl retains an orig blue finish that is toning with brown patina with normal nicks, dings & light scratches, faint silvering on sharp edges. Mag tube has turned a brown patina with traces of orig blue in protected areas. Some battering marks around dovetail for hanger on bottom of bbl. Receiver shows 60-70% orig blue blending with brown patina and silvering at sharp edges. There are normal nicks, dings & light scratches. Hammer & lever have silvered and blending with brown patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings & scratches and retains a fine, hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks, dings & bruises and retains a hand-worn patina with traces of orig varnish. Mechanics are good, bore is dark with distinct rifling and some very shallow, scattered pitting. 4-40018 BDT50 (2,000-3,000)

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2035

SCARCE WINCHESTER 1873 TRAPPER SRC WITH SCABBARD. SN 111853. Cal. 44-40, 15″ rnd bbl, half-magazine, barley corn front sight, gunsmith-made fixed blade V-notch rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860”. Third Model receiver with staple and ring on left side. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, steel carbine buttplate with trap door. 7-7/8″ forend with single band. Found under trap door in buttplate a Buffalo Bill Historical Center letter dated February 17, 1978 to Mr. J.M. Taylor identifying gun as a 15″ carbine, 1/2 magazine. Received in warehouse January 12, 1883 and shipped same day along with another identical gun to same order number. Signed “Richard Rattenbury, Assistant Curator”. Also with gun is a current Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet with same information. Gun is accompanied with a supple, hand-tooled leather scabbard with no visible markings. An ATF-NFA exemption letter also accompanies the lot. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection CONDITION: Good to Very Good. Metal surfaces retain a dark brown patina with some minor nicks & scratches, some areas of fine surface oxidation, faint ring mark on left side. Lower tang is missing stock screw. Stock is sound with some nicks, dings, dents & worn areas, grain crack in comb from tang of buttplate and a couple other along edge of buttplate. Rear left side stock has a period carved “H”. Finish is a hand-worn dark oil. Forend is sound with nicks, dings & dents, small chip at front edge and retains a hand-worn dark oil finish. Mechanics are good, dark bore with considerable shallow pitting. Scabbard is sound with considerable surface cracking. 4-36884 BDT245 (4,000-8,000)

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2036

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 DELUXE EXPRESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH BRITISH PROOF MARKS. SN 32693. Cal. 50EX (50-95), 22″ rnd bbl, half magazine, slightly modified half nickel front sight, checkered side V-notch sporting rear. Top of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860.” Left side below rear sight is a series of 4 British Proof Marks, right side has a shield-shaped proof mark and “130”. Adjacent receiver on top “50/CAL”. Left side of receiver ring has crown V proof. Standard receiver with dust cover marked “WINCHESTER EXPRESS / 50 CAL 95 GRS”. Bottom of lifter is marked “50-95”. Mounted with “XX” walnut, checkered pistol grip with ebony fleur-de-lis insert in grip cap, smooth steel shotgun butt, H-checkered forend and nose cap with 3rd screw on bottom. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number “XX440S”. Top tang channel of stock has matching “440” number and inside toe of buttplate carries the number “26”. Accompanying gun is Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as Express rifle with 22″ rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, half magazine, shotgun butt, case hardened. Other remarks: inside finish. Received in warehouse 3-19-1883. Shipped 3-20-1883 on order “2490”. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection CONDITION: Extremely Fine. Bbl retains 85-90% thinning orig blue with minor muzzle wear, numerous tiny nicks, dings & scratches, thinning forward of mag tube and blending with silver and brown patina. Receiver retains 90-95% dark orig case colors with some minor nicks & scratches, thinning across bottom and blending with silver patina. Dust cover retains orig blue that is toning a purple patina. Hammer shows most of its fading, orig case colors. Lever has strong, dark orig colors on sides blending with silver patina across bottom. Inside lever loop neatly marked in small white numbers “74-24-237”. Stock is sound with slightly worn checkering and a few flattened points, numerous minor nicks, dings & scratches, retaining its orig piano varnish blending with hand-worn patina in grip. About an 1″ behind grip cap there is a stamp “93/237″ and about 1” from buttplate perpendicular to toe line there is a small stamp “50”. Forend is sound with moderately worn checkering with some flattened points, numerous nicks, dings & bruises retaining a hand-worn patina blended with some orig piano varnish. Mechanics are crisp with very nice bore with some slight frosting in grooves. 4-36885 BDT228 (25,000-35,000)

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2037

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 DELUXE EXPRESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 29756. Cal. 50EX (50-95), 26″ oct to rnd bbl with half magazine, ivory bead front sight, checkered side V-notch sporting rear. Top flat of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860”. Adjacent receiver “50-CAL”. Standard receiver with dust cover marked “WINCHESTER EXPRESS / 50 CAL 95 GRS”. Top tang accompanied with tang peep sight. Mounted in “XXX” walnut, checkered pistol grip, fleur-de-lis ebony inlay in grip cap, smooth steel shotgun butt, H-checkered fancy forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as Express, case-hardened rifle, half octagon, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip, shotgun butt. Received in warehouse November 3, 1882. Shipped on November 8, 1882 on order number 434. There is also a Cody Museum fact sheet dated 6-24-94 to Eldon Owens identifying as above and including half magazine. Inspection of lower tang finds assembly number “XXX427S”. The “427” can also be found in top tang channel of stock. Inside toe buttplate is stamped “39”. CONDITION: Good to Very Good. Bbl retains a mottled silver and brown patina showing traces of blue in the most protected areas. There are a few normal, minor nicks & scratches. Receiver and side plates retain a mottled silver hardening and gray patina with some normal minor nicks & scratches. Dust cover retains orig blue that is blending with brown to purple patina. Stock is sound with slightly worn checkering, numerous minor nicks, dings & small scratches retaining much of its orig piano varnish finish blending with hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with slightly worn checkering, normal nicks, dings & small scratches with hand-worn patina blending with orig piano varnish. Dust cover does not always fully retract, otherwise mechanics are crisp. Shiny bore with some light frosting in grooves. 4-40719 BDT226 (15,000-25,000)

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2038

WINCHESTER 1876 SECOND MODEL LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 11892. Cal. 45-60, 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, slightly modified half nickel front sight, 1876-marked 1000 yd ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860.” Adjacent receiver “CAL. 45-60”. Second Model receiver with screwed-on rail, dust cover with checkered oval thumbprint, top tang with 2-1/2″ Vernier sight. Mounted with lightly figured straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trap door and standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as 45-60 oct bbl rifle with plain trigger. Received in warehouse 11-24-1880. Shipped on 11-25-1880 on order number “23295”. CONDITION: Fine+. Bbl and mag tube retain 85-90% orig blue, areas that are slightly thin and blending with silver patina, bright on sharp edges, and normal, minor nicks & dings. Receiver retains 90% orig blue, thinning and showing bright on sharp edges, thinning and blending with brown patina in forward section, some minor nicks & scratches and showing orig polish marks blending with brown patina. Hammer shows fading orig case colors blending with some silver patina. Lever is mostly a silver hardening with faded colors in protected areas. Stock is sound with some minor nicks & dents and retains a clean and waxed orig finish. Forend is sound with normal nicks & dings and retains a hand-worn patina with some orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-36387 BDT229 (12,000-17,000)

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2039

WINCHESTER 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 14436. Cal. 45-75WCF, 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, “1876” marked 1000 yard ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “WINCHESTERS-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT. / KINGS-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29, 1866, OCTOBER 16, 1860”. Standard receiver with screw-on rail and dust cover. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor. Inlet base with swivel 4-1/4″ from toe, standard forend, nose cap with sling swivel. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly numbers CF 150, matching 150 number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanying gun are 2 boxes of Winchester ammo in 2-pc boxes, one with lime green label and one with an olive drab label. Both are wrapped together in cellophane. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 75-80% orig blue with minor muzzle wear, thinning on sharp edges, thinning in chamber area and normal nicks, dings & light scratches blending with brown patina. Mag tube retains 85% orig blue thinning at muzzle end and normal minor nicks & scratches. Receiver is a mottled silver & gray patina with traces of orig case color in protected areas, normal minor nicks & dings. Hammer shows 50-60% orig color, balance blending with silver patina. Lever has traces of orig color in protected areas, balance a blend of brown & silver patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings & shallow dents and retains an old coat of added oil that is blending with hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks & dings and retains an old coat of added oil blending with hand-worn patina. Nose cap shows traces of thinning colors blending with silver patina. Mechanics are crisp, bore has distinct rifling with some very shallow, scattered pitting. No inspection of ammo was made. One box appears to be completely intact, second box has torn top lid and some old masking tape. 4-40458 BDT52 (4,000-6,000)

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2040

WINCHESTER 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 40444. Cal. 40-60, 28″ rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, “1876” marked, 1000 yard ladder rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 26, 1866. OCTOBER 16, 1860.” Adjacent receiver “CAL.45-60”. Standard receiver with dust cover. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor. Standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying as 45-60 rnd bbl rifle with plain trigger received in warehouse on October 13, 1884 and shipped from warehouse on October 16, 1884 on order number 16362. CONDITION: Very good plus. Bbl and mag tube retain a blue-brown patina mixing with silver patina, normal nicks & scratches and a couple small spots of surface oxidation. Receiver shows 40-50% orig blue blending with brown patina and showing silver at sharp edges and balance point, minor nicks & scratches, a small clean spot on left plate and some areas of minor surface oxidation. Stock is sound with normal handling marks and minor nicks & dings showing traces of orig varnish in an overall hand-worn patina finish. Forend is sound with normal bruising, minor nicks & dings and retains a weathered open-grain hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with moderate dark bore, distinct rifling and scattered pitting. 4-36395 BDT57 (3,000-5,000)

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2041

CUSTOM ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 50870. Cal. 40-60WCF, 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, “1876” marked ladder rear sight. Top flat is marked “WINCHESTERS-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29, 1866. OCTOBER 16, 1860”. Muzzle is engraved with descending lengths of scroll engraved wedges. Flats of bbl at receiver are engraved with descending lengths of scroll engraved wedges and top flat with “CAL 40-60”. Receiver is wonderfully engraved with game scene on left plate of hunter shooting an elk in wooded scene surrounded by bold foliate scroll with punch pot background. Right plate has bold foliate scroll with punch pot background and portrait head of a setter. Forward portion of both sides of receiver with foliate scroll and punched out background. Top of chamber, dust cover, rail and rear receiver with matching similar scroll work. Mounted with straight grain walnut, checkered straight grip, steel crescent buttplate with trapdoor engraved with matching scroll, standard forend with H style checkering and nose cap with matching scroll. Lower right bbl flat is neatly stamped in tiny letters forward of nose cap “BDL LTD EDGEFIELD SC”. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Like new from its custom upgrade. Bbl and mag tube retain nearly all of the fine custom blue with some very light scattered pitting beneath the mag tube finish and just a couple minor light handling marks. Receiver is finished bright with a clear, protective coating. Hammer, lever & dust cover retain nearly all of a fine custom blue finish. Stock is sound with sharp checkering, a couple of minor handling marks and a fine custom finish. Forend is sound with sharp checkering, a few minor handling marks and a fine custom finish. Mechanics are crisp with dark bore with shallow, scattered pitting. 4-40066 BDT55 (4,000-5,000)

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2042

WINCHESTER 1876 EXPRESS RIFLE WITH SPECIAL LENGTH BARREL. SN 7749. Cal. 50-95. Special length 26″ oct bbl with a nickel silver blade front sight and an adjustable leaf rear sight. Bbl marking on top flat “WINCHESTER’S REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN, CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860.” and caliber marking behind rear sight “.50 CAL. EXPRESS”. Full length mag. Early 2nd Model receiver with dust cover guide secured by screws. Dust cover has impressed oval thumb piece and is marked “Winchester Express / .50 Cal. 95 Grs.”. Top tang is marked “Model, 1876.”. Standard rifle butt stock with crescent steel buttplate and rifle forend of semi-fancy American black walnut. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter stating rifle/bbl shape is octagon/plain trigger/Express/ rec’d in warehouse May 22, 1879, shipped from warehouse on May 23, 1879. CONDITION: Very good as restored. Professional restoration by Roger’s Winchester Restoration in California. Bbl and mag tube have 98% restored finish with slight edge wear. Receiver has 98% restored finish with some small wear spots. Forend cap, hammer, trigger, lever and buttplate have very good re-cased finish. Very good refinished wood with minor handling marks. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. 4-40662 DS50 (10,000-15,000)

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2043

RARE WINCHESTER 1876 NORTHWEST MOUNTED POLICE SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 34715. Cal .45-75. 22″ Carbine bbl with post type front sight and special NWNP rear sight with graduation in meters. The bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN CT/KING’S-IMPROVMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860”. Standard carbine receiver with saddle ring, top tang is marked “Model 1876”. Buttstock is a period of use replacement w/o NWNP marking. Full length carbine forend. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter stating specifications as follows: Carbine/”April 8 Carbine NWP”/Received in the warehouse on April 8, 1885/with 398 other Model 1876s, order number 19819. CONDITION: Good overall. Metal surfaces have handling marks and widely scattered surface corrosion with an overall silver/gray patina appearance. Stock has small chip on the right side at the intersection of the receiver and top tang and a small crack below the intersection of the receiver and top tang. Forend has a sliver of wood missing on the left side forward of the receiver. Stock and forend are sanded and refinished having moderate/heavy handling marks. Bore is fair and mechanics are sound. 4-40729 DS51 (4,000-7,000)

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2044

WINCHESTER 1876 EXPRESS RIFLE. SN 42522. Cal. 50-95. 22″ rnd bbl with a bead front sight that is gunsmith altered to accept a sight hood, a sporting rear sight and a combination tang sight with coarsely knurled post. Bbl markings “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENT-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860.”. Button mag. Standard action with the dust cover marked “WINCHESTER EXPRESS / .50 CAL. 95 GRS.”. Straight grip rifle stock with steel shotgun butt and rifle forend of straight grain American walnut. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good. Bbl and receiver blue have a patina finish mixing with spots of light surface corrosion. Stock has a repaired chip on the right side at intersection of top tang and receiver and a splinter of wood missing on the right side along the lower tang. Forearm is sound. Wood has worn original finish with handling marks. Mechanics are sound with good bore. 4-36915 DS49 (4,000-7,000)

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2045

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 30429. Cal. 38-56WCF, 28″ oct bbl, half magazine, Lyman fine ivory bead front sight, 1886-marked 1000 yd ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver “38-56W.C.F.” Standard receiver with single set trigger and top tang equipped with Lyman peep sight, mounted with “X” walnut, checkered pistol grip, ebony insert in grip cap, crescent steel buttplate, H-style checkered forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as 38-56 rifle, 28″ oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman front and rear sights, sporting leaf sight, half magazine. Received in warehouse August 30, 1889. Shipped same day on order number 1059. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number 3072X. Matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Extremely Fine. Bbl retains 98-99% orig blue with a few minor small handling marks and just starting to show bright on sharp edges. Receiver retains 97-98% orig case colors, just starting to thin on bottom, front portion and sharp edges. There are a couple very small spots of brown surface oxidation. Hammer retains virtually all of its fine dark orig case colors with some faint silvering on left side. Lever retains strong dark orig case colors with some fine brown spotting on bottom of loop. Stock is sound with sharp crisp checkering, a few minor handling marks, retaining virtually all of its fine orig piano varnish finish. Buttplate shows good orig case colors blending with some brown patina. Stock is sound with sharp crisp checkering, a few minor handling marks and retains its fine orig piano varnish finish. Nose cap retains nearly all of its vibrant, orig case colors. Mechanics are crisp, including set trigger, bright shiny bore as gun has seen very little use. 4-40187 BDT225 (27,500-42,500)

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2046

*VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1886 IN 50-100-450. SN 125497. Cal. 50-100-450, 22″ rnd bbl, half magazine, Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear with set screw. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Left side below rear sight “NICKEL STEEL”. Adjacent receiver “50-100/450”. Standard receiver mounted in lightly figured straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, smooth steel shotgun butt, sling eye 4″ from toe, standard forend with nose cap with sling eye. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as a 50-100-450 rifle, 22″ rnd bbl, nickel steel, plain trigger, flat top sporting rear sight, half magazine, shotgun butt, sling and swivel, smokeless. Received in warehouse May 15, 1902. Shipped from warehouse May 16, 1902. It should be noted that a record survey of the Model 1886 revealed 241 guns produced in the 50-100-450 caliber. Inspection of lower tang reveals no assembly number but number 459 can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Very Fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue with just a few normal minor nicks & scratches. Receiver retains 90-95% orig blue thinning and blending with silver patina across bottom, front portion and sharp edges. Sides show orig polish marks. Hammer retains dark orig case colors with some faint silvering at nose. Lever retains strong orig case colors on side, thinning and blending with gray patina across bottom. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings & fine scratches, retaining much of its orig finish blended with hand-worn patina through grip. Left side center of wrist at receiver has a neatly carved arrow. Back towards buttplate is matching arrow with vertical line followed by Roman numeral XII followed by “in.” Some previous owner had a purpose to measure 12″. Buttplate retains orig blue blended with silver patina on heel and toe and outside edges. Forend is sound with some minor nicks & dings and a shallow 1″ x 1/4″ dent on left side, retaining orig finish with hand-worn patina across bottom. Nose cap retains most of its orig blue with a few minor scratches. Mechanics are crisp with a bright, shiny bore. 4-39867 BDT224 (30,000-50,000)

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2047

SCARCE WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION EXPRESS RIFLE. SN 30984. Cal. 50EX, 26″ octagon to round bbl, half magazine, fine bead front sight with bead missing, 3-leaf Winchester express rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver “50EX”. Standard receiver with tang mounted peep sight. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 50-110 rifle, half octagon bbl, plain trigger, half magazine. Received in warehouse 7-9-1889. Shipped from warehouse same day on order number 23246. This gun is a recent attic find as consignor states that gun was unknown until recently cleaning his grandfather’s house and found stored in attic in the Boston area. The gun came to us with a covering of many years of attic grunge, which fortunately, as you can see, cleaned very nicely. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue with some faint wear at muzzle, some normal minor nicks & scratches and some areas of very shallow faint surface oxidation. Receiver retains strong dark, orig case colors slightly thinned on bottom with sides retaining some faint surface oxidation, mostly to lacquer finish. Hammer retains nearly all of its fine orig case colors as well as lever. Stock is sound with some normal nicks & dings and retains orig finish blending with hand-worn patina in grip area. Buttplate shows traces of faded color mixed with brown patina. Forend is sound with some minor nicks & dings and retains its orig finish. Nose-cap retains dark, orig case colors. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny new bore, as gun has seen very little use. 4-39852 BDT178 (13,000-18,000)

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2048

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 EXPRESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH BRITISH PROOFS. SN 76077. Cal. 50EX, 26″ round bbl with half magazine, fine bead front sight, 2 leaf express rear sight marked “100 & 200”. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver top center “50EX”. Left side with 4 British proof marks with “CROWN V” adjacent left side receiver and top rear of bolt. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as rifle, 50-110 caliber, round bbl, plain trigger, shotgun butt. Received in warehouse February 25, 1893. Shipped from warehouse March 1, 1893 on order number 15010. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number “9S”. No number is visible on top tang. Rear of buttstock is stamped “N.C.R. / JAN. 67”. No number is found on rear of buttplate. Stock is also stamped behind lower tang “93/238”. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90-95% orig blue with minor muzzle wear, normal nicks & scratches and a couple of spots rubbed bright and blending with silver patina. Receiver retains 95% orig case colors, strong and bright on sides, thinning across bottom and top and sharp edges. Hammer shows thinning orig color blending with silver-gray patina. Lever shows strong orig colors on sides blending with dark patina on bottom. The top inside of loop is neatly marked “74.24.396” in small white numerals. Stock is sound with small chips on both sides of upper tang, repair crack on left side at upper tang, some minor nicks & scratches and retains an open grain oil finish. Forend is sound with numerous nicks, dings & shallow dents and retains an open grain oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-36879 BDT171 (10,000-15,000)

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2049

RARE WINCHESTER DELUXE MODEL 1886 EXPRESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 48399. Cal. 50EX, 26″ octagon to round bbl, half magazine, half-nickel front sight with set screw, flat top V-notch sporting rear. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver “50EX”. Standard receiver with tang mounted peep sight. Mounted with “XX” walnut, checkered pistol grip with ebony insert, smooth steel shotgun buttplate, H style checkered forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as rifle, 50-110, half octagon, plain trigger, checkered stock, pistol grip, oil finish, half magazine, shotgun butt. Received in warehouse October 9, 1890. Shipped October 10, 1890. Inspection of lower tang reveal assembly number 213XXSO. The 213 can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. An interesting note – when removing buttplate, revealed drilled hole filled with about 2 dozen very old wood stick matches. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Collection. CONDITION: Very Good. Bbl retains 80% orig blue that is toning with brown patina, minor muzzle wear, some thinning and blending with silver patina in round portion, bright on sharp edges of octagon and normal nicks, dings & small scratches. Receiver has some faint color visible in protected areas but is mostly silver hardened blending with brown patina. Hammer and lever are mostly silver-brown patina. Stock is sound with moderately worn checkering, hairline crack right side of top tang, normal minor nicks & dings and retains orig oil finish blended with hand-worn patina. There is a small 1/4″ spot just behind pistol grip that has been filled with plastic wood. Forearm is sound with moderately worn checkering, normal nicks & dings and retains orig oil finish blended with hand-worn patina. Nose cap has faded to silver and blended with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp, shiny bore with some minor scattered shallow pits. 4-36918 BDT179 (8,000-15,000)

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2050

VERY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 IN 50-100-450. SN 110686. Cal. 50-100-450. 22″ oct bbl, half magazine, Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, 2-leaf flip-up rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver “50-100-450”. Standard receiver top tang equipped with Lyman peep sight. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, steel shotgun buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as 50-100 cal., 22″ oct bbl, plain trigger, Lyman hunting front and rear and leaf sights, half magazine, shotgun butt. Received in warehouse November 2, 1896. Shipped November 6, 1896 on order 22144. Additionally, 241 Model 1886 Winchesters were produced in 50/100/450 caliber as found in a previously compiled survey of the Model 1886 Winchesters. Inspection of inside tangs reveals assembly number 29 on left side of lower tang. Matching 29 can be found on back of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Good to Very Good. Bbl retains a brown and silver patina mix. Front half has some shallow surface pitting. Receiver is mostly a silver patina blended with some brown with some areas of shallow surface pitting. Stock is sound with expected nicks, dings & scratches. Has had comb slightly modified for tang sight and retains an open-grain oil finish with hand-worn patina through grip. Forend is sound with expected nicks, dings & scratches and retains an open-grain oil finish blended with hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with slightly dark bore with distinctive rifling and some scattered shallow pitting. 4-40838 BDT223 (10,000-15,000)

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2051
Revised: 9/28/2010

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Assembly number on barrel and inside nose cap is 400.

WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 89224. Cal. 45-70. 26″ oct bbl, full mag take down, Lyman ivory bead front sight, 1,000 yard ladder rear sight, standard takedown receiver, rear tang mounted peep sight. Mounted with “XX” walnut with checkered pistol grip, ebony insert in grip cap, smooth steel shotgun buttplate, “H” style checkered deluxe forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number 246XXS. Matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanying gun is a Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying gun as found except in caliber 40-70. There is also a copy of the ledger sheet for serial numbers 89222 through 89226 that show the gun before and the gun after being 45 caliber and each of these guns having additional hand-written information. Given these facts, the discrepancy between gun and written records of it are likely due to a simple clerical error. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue, starting to thin on sharp edges, and a few minor light nicks & scratches, mag tub retains good orig blue with thinning from take down ring and a small area forward of forend that is thinned and turning a brown patina. Receiver and take down ring retain 95-97% orig blue with some minor light scratches, thinning on some sharp edges, a small spot of surface oxidation on top right side and top center of right side. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors, as well as lever on sides and thinning and blending a silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with good checkering, some typical minor light marks in the finish and retains most of its orig piano varnish finish. Buttplate shows good orig blue, silvering on edges and heel & toe. Forend is sound with good checkering, a few minor small nicks & scratches, but retains most of its piano varnish finish, with some minor hand worn patina on bottom. Nosecap retains good orig blue with a few minor spots, blending with silver patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-39360 BDT36 (10,000-15,000)

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2052

*SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 134697. Cal. 40-82WCF, 28″ octagon bbl, full magazine, half-nickel front sight with set screw, serrated side V-notch sporting rear. Top flat is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Standard receiver mounted with lightly figured, straight-grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as rifle, 40-82, 28″ bbl, octagon, plain trigger. Received in warehouse July 8, 1905. Shipped August 31, 1905 on order number 5411. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 98-99% blue, some minor nicks & scratches and starting to thin on sharp edges of octagon. Receiver retains 97-98% blue, thinning on sharp edges, some minor, faint nicks & scratches, some faint shallow spots of surface oxidation, mostly on left side. Hammer retains nearly all of its fine case colors, as well as lever. Stock is sound with numerous small handling marks and a series of minor dents on left side in wrist area, retaining most of its orig finish. Buttplate shows dark case coloring. Forend is sound with a couple minor shallow dents and typical handling marks. Retains orig finish blending with hand-worn patina on rear left side. Nose cap shows strong blue blending with some brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore, as gun shows to have very little use. 4-36909 BDT175 (12,500-17,500)

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2053

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 110367. Cal. .45-70, 26″ octagon to round bbl, half-magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight, Lyman flip-up 2 leaf rear sight. Top of octagon portion marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver top flat marked “45-70”. Standard receiver mounted on left side with Lyman lever sight with two platinum beads. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, Winchester hard rubber buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as 45-70 rifle, 1/2 oct bbl, plain trigger, shotgun butt. Received in warehouse 9-10-1896. Shipped from warehouse 9-11-1896 on order number 18407. CONDITION: Fine+. Bbl retains 90-95% orig blue with minor muzzle wear, normal nicks & dings thinning on sharp edges of octagon, small rub mark on top flat behind rear sight. Receiver retains 80% strong orig case colors on sides and protected areas, thinning and blending with silver patina across bottom and forward edge. Hammer and lever show strong orig case colors with bottom of lever fading and blending with gray patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks, dings & handling marks, retaining most of its orig finish. Forend is sound with normal minor nicks, dings & handling marks, retaining orig finish blending with hand-worn patina across bottom. Forend cap shows thinning orig case colors. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. 4-39914 BDT170 (7,000-10,000)

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2054

*WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 144459. Cal. 45-70, 26″ round bbl, full mag, Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, 1000yd ladder rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PAT. OCT. 14. 1884. JAN. 20. 1885.” Adjacent receiver is WP proof marked “45-70″ and WP proof top of receiver ring. Standard receiver mounted with lightly figured straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, checkered steel shotgun butt, sling eye 4” from toe, standard forend, nose cap fit with sling eye. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester fact sheet identifying rifle 45-70, round bbl, plain trigger, Lyman hunting front, shotgun butt, screw eyes. Received in warehouse June 23, 1908. Shipped December 16, 1909 on order number 240349. No assembly numbers were found on lower tang. Under butt plate and stock is stamped “E.G. BURGER”. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95-97% orig blue with slight muzzle wear, some minor nicks, dings & handling marks and just starting to thin in chamber area. Receiver retains 90% orig blue, thinning and blending with brown and silver patina across bottom, silvering on sharp edges and some areas on each side of fine, shallow surface oxidation blending to brown patina. Hammer shows strong orig case colors. Lever shows dark orig case colors on side blending with brown patina across bottom. Stock is sound with normal minor nicks, dings & handling marks, retaining an old thin coat of added oil. Forend is sound with normal nicks, dings & handling marks and retains an old thin coat of added oil. Mag tube retains strong orig blue. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-36908 BDT173 (9,000-12,000)

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2055

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 133360. Cal. 45-70, octagon bbl, full magazine, half-nickel front sight, unmarked ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver “45-70”. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum letter identifying as rifle, 45-70, octagon bbl, plain trigger. Received in warehouse February 28, 1905. Shipped September 16, 1905 on order number 27060. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 90-95% orig blue with some nicks, dings & scratches, some minor muzzle wear thinning on sharp edges and starting to tone slightly brown. Receiver retains 90-95% orig blue, thinning and blending with brown patina on bottom, showing bright on sharp edges and some normal fine nicks & scratches. Hammer shows strong orig case colors blending with silver patina. Lever retains a silver patina finish. Stock is sound with some normal nicks & dings and retains an old added coat of oil blending with hand-worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with shallow nicks & dings and retains an old coat of added oil blending with hand-worn patina across bottom. Nose cap retains orig blue blending with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp, good bore with some fine shallow pitting close to muzzle. 4-36906 BDT174 (9,000-12,000)

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2056

*WINCHESTER 1886 EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 122772. Cal. 45-70, 22″ round bbl, full magazine, pedestal front base with Lyman hunting sight, 3-leaf express rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Left side of rear sight marked “NICKEL STEEL”. Top adjacent receiver marked “45-70”. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, Winchester hard rubber shotgun buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as rifle, 45-70, 22″ round bbl, plain trigger, full mag, shotgun butt rubber. Received in warehouse 10-23-1900. Shipped 10-24-1900 on order number 73977. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals assembly number “38R”. Matching 38 is found in top tang channel of stock. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95% orig blue with minor muzzle wear, minor small nicks & scratches, a small cleaned spot of shallow oxidation near bbl address, and some narrow rub marks behind rear sight. Receiver retains 90-95% orig blue, thinning and blending with silver patina on bottom and sharp edges, some minor nicks & scratches and 2 small clean spots of shallow surface oxidation each side of bolt at rear. Hammer shows good, orig case coloring. Lever shows strong orig case coloring in protected areas with balance blending a silver patina. Stock is sound with typical minor nicks & dings and retains orig open grain oil finish blended with hand-worn patina in grip area. There are two small chips at toe. Forend is sound with typical minor nicks & dings and retains orig open grain finish blended with hand-worn patina. Nose cap shows strong orig blue blended with some silver patina. Mechanics are crisp, shiny bore with a couple very shallow scattered pits. 4-36907 BDT176 (9,000-12,000)

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2057

*WINCHESTER 1886 TAKE-DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 156985. Cal. 50EX, 26″ octagon to round bbl, full mag take-down, marble reversible front sight, blank in rear seat. Top flat of octagon portion finely matted. Top flat is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Left flat adjacent receiver ring “50EX”. Standard receiver left side mounted with Lyman lever peep sight. A WP proof mark is found top of receiver ring. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, Winchester hard rubber buttplate, sling eye 4-1/4″ from toe, standard forend, nose cap fit with sling eye. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet recording no record – SN too high. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains a fine restored blue finish with minor muzzle wear, thinning at sharp edges and normal nicks & scratches. Matting on top flap is shallow and very thin at outer edges. Mag tube shows strong restored blue with typical rub marks from take-down. Receiver shows orig blue, strong on sides, silvering on sharp edges, thinning and blending with brown patina across bottom. There are a couple small cleaned areas of shallow pitting on right side. Hammer shows thinning blue blending with silver patina. Lever is a gray mixed with brown patina with orig colors in protected area. Stock is sound with some normal nicks & dings and retains an added varnish finish. Forend is sound with some minor nicks & dings and retains a restored finish. Nose cap retains a restored blue. Mechanics are good. Shiny bore with some minor pitting in grooves. 4-36901 BDT173 (7,500-12,500)

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2058

WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 109854. Cal. 45-70, 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, 1/2 nickel front sight with set screw, 1000 yd. ladder rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Very Good to Fine. Bbl retains 75-80% thinning orig blue, bright on sharp edges, normal nicks & dings and some small areas of fine surface oxidation. Mag tube shows excellent orig blue with some normal scratches and some spotty areas showing brown. Receiver has traces of orig case color in protected areas with overall finish being a silver hardening with areas blended with spotty brown patina. Hammer has visible orig case colors on back with sides faded to a silver patina. Lever has good orig colors on side with bottom a blend of brown and silver patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks & dings and retains a restored Winchester varnish finish. Forend is sound with some minor nicks & dings, retaining a thin coat of added finish blending with hand-worn patina. Nose cap is silver hardening with gray patina. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore with a few small areas of shallow pits in the grooves. 4-40846 BDT188 (5,000-7,000)

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2059

*WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 152307. Cal. 45-70, 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, Marble #2 fine bead front, Marble V-notch sporting rear with set screw and captive elevator. Left flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. PAT. OCT. 14 1884. JAN. 20. 1885”. Adjacent receiver left flat marked “45-70”. Top flat and top receiver “WP” proof marks. Standard receiver mounted with nicely streaked straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Very Good to Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 90-95% orig blue showing bright on sharp edges, some normal minor nicks & scratches and a couple of spots of shallow fine surface oxidation. Receiver retains orig blue thinning and flaking, blending with silver and brown patina. Hammer shows strong orig blue. Lever retains thinning orig case colors blending with silver and brown patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks & dings, an area of small shallow dents on left side and retains an added coat of finish. Forend is sound with some minor nicks & dings and retains an added coat of finish. Nose cap has been cold-blued. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-39888 BDT189 (3,000-5,000)

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2060
Revised: 9/22/2010

CORRECTION: The correct serial number for this gun is 132409, not 132408 as stated in the catalog description.

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LIGHTWEIGHT TAKE-DOWN. SN 132408. Cal. 33WCF, 24″ rnd bbl, 1/2 mag take-down, pedestal front with Lyman ivory bead front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear with set screw. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver ring “33W.C.F.” and left side below rear sight “NICKEL STEEL BARREL / ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER”. Standard receiver mounted with lightly figured straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, steel crescent buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Fine+. Bbl and mag tube retain 95% orig blue with some minor muzzle wear, usual rub marks from take-down, some minor nicks & scratches and a couple tiny spots of fine surface oxidation. Receiver retains 85-90% orig blue, silvering on sharp edges, thinning and blending with silver and brown patina across bottom and minor nicks & scratches. Take-down ring has orig blue across top with bottom and sharp edges blending with silver patina. Hammer has strong dark orig case colors and lever has thinning orig colors in protected areas blended with silver patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings & shallow bruises, retaining most of its orig varnish blended with hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with minor nicks & dings, a couple very shallow dents, retaining orig varnish blended with hand-worn patina across bottom. Nose cap retains most of its orig blue with a couple small spots of silver patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-40862 BDT187 (2,000-3,000)

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2061

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

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2062

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 62100. Cal. 40-82WCF, 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, 1/2 nickel front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear with set screw. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver “40-82W.C.F.” Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as 40-82 rifle, oct bbl, plain trigger. Received in warehouse October 6, 1891. Shipped from warehouse October 15, 1891 on order number 13059. CONDITION: Very Good. Bbl and mag tube retain a brown patina finish blending with some areas of silver patina, normal nicks & scratches. Receiver shows traces of orig thinning case colors, stronger in protected areas, blending with brown and silver patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings & scratches and retains orig varnish blending with hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks, dings & scratches, 2 small shallow dents on forward left side, and retains a hand-worn patina blended with some orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp with a very nice bore. 4-36396 BDT191 (4,000-7,000)

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2063

*SCARCE WINCHESTER 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 124159. Cal. 40-82WCF, 22″ round bbl, full mag, pedestal base with pin blade front sight, 1000yd ladder carbine rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver “40-82 / W.C.F.” Standard receiver, left side mounted with stud and ring. Mounted with lightly figured straight-grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, 9-7/8″ forend with single band. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as carbine, 40-82, sight for smokeless, shotgun butt. Received in warehouse April 13, 1903 and August 5, 1903. Shipped from warehouse August 5, 1903 on order number 195085. CONDITION: Very Good, as partially restored. Bbl retains 90% orig thinning blue blending with brown patina with normal nicks & scratches. Magazine tube and bbl bands retain most of a fine restored blue finish. Receiver retains nearly all of a fine restored blue finish showing bright on sharp edges and faint ring mark on left side. Hammer shows fading orig case colors blending with silver patina. Lever shows fading orig colors on side with balance showing a silver patina. Stock is sound as a more recent replacement, some minor handling marks and retains most of its orig finish. Forend is sound with some minor nicks, dings & handling marks and retains an old coat of added finish blending with hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-36902 BDT177 (7,000-10,000)

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2064

CUSTOM WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 5575. Cal. 40-82WCF, 26″ octagon bbl, full magazine, nickel rocky mountain front sight with interesting base, serrated side V-notch sporting rear. Top flat is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver “40-82W.C.F.” Receiver is engraved with bold foliate arabesque scrolls with 2 blank panels on left side and 2 smaller blank panels on right side. Bolt and top tang are engraved with foliate scrolls and top tang “MODEL 1886” inlaid in gold. Just behind hammer is circular ribbon marked “ENGR. BY WALTER J. KOLOUCH / PHILA. PA.” Mounted with highly figured walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, highly figured forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Appears new since upgrading. Bbl and mag tube retain virtually all of their fine restored blue finish. Receiver retains all of its restored case coloring, as well as hammer and lever. The replacement stock has a couple small handling marks and retains virtually all of its Winchester style finish. Replacement forend, with a few minor handling marks, retains virtually all of its Winchester style finish. Mechanics are crisp, slightly dark bore with sharp, distinct rifling. 4-40723 BDT180 (7,000-10,000)

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2065

*RARE WINCHESTER 1892 SEMI-DELUXE TAKEDOWN LEVER-ACTION RIFLE. SN 670956. Cal. 32 WCF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, half mag takedown, silver bead front sight with set screw, sporting rear sight with set screw. Left flat of bbl above nose cap is marked, “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.PATENTED OCTOBER 14.1884.” Top flat at receiver ring has “WP” proof mark, left flat “32 W.C.F.” Standard receiver mounted with straight-grain walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester hard rubber shotgun buttplate, “I” pattern checkered standard forend with nose cap. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number 7313R and matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges, some areas of fine surface oxidation, rub mark on bottom flat from takedown. Takedown ring has flaked to just traces of orig blue blended with silver patina. Receiver retains about 95% orig blue with silvering from wear on front edge with some fine tiny rust spots, bright on sharp edges and both sides of upper rear have small clean spots of fine pitting. Hammer shows strong orig colors, silvering on left side. Lever shows thinning orig colors, stronger in protected areas, blending a gray patina. Stock is sound with good checkering, some typical minor nicks and dings and retains most of its orig finish. Forend is sound with slightly flattened checkering normal minor nicks and dings showing orig finish blending with hand-worn patina. Nose cap has flaked leaving traces of orig blue and blending with silver-brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore. 4-39176 (6,000-8,000)

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2066

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 ROUND BARREL RIFLE. SN 833890. Cal. 38WCF, 24″ rnd bbl with fixed blade front sight and open rear sight. Left side of bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14, 1884”. Standard blued receiver and lever. Crescent steel rifle buttplate. Stock and forearm of straight grain American black walnut. CONDITION: Very Fine. Bbl retains 98% blue with slight muzzle wear, very minor handling marks. Magazine tube retains 95% blue with a spot of patina between forearm cap and magazine tube band. Forearm cap has some blue mixing with patina and light surface corrosion. Receiver and lever have 98% bright blue with minor edge wear, minor handling marks and light scratches. Buttplate has 90% blue with light handling marks. Sound buttstock with very good finish and normal wear and handling marks. Sound forearm with good finish and normal wear and handling marks. Crisp mechanics with good bore. 4-36899 DS13 (5,500-7,500)

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2067

*VERY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 MUSKET. SN 699236. Cal .44 WCF. 30″ rnd bbl with integral musket front sight with copper replacement blade. Adjustable musket rear sight. Bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14.1884.” Stock of straight grain walnut with carbine/musket buttplate, musket length forend with three bbl bands. Stock has inleted swivel with integral swivel on middle band. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl has 80% blue with wear in front of the rear sight. Receiver has good blue on the sides mixing with silver on the edges and bottom. Lever has traces of case colors in the protected areas. Sound wood with normal wear and handling marks. Very good bore, crisp mechanics. 4-40725 DS11 (7,000-10,000)

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2068

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 DELUXE TAKE-DOWN RIFLE. SN 535707. Cal. 25-20WCF, 24″ oct bbl with Sheard brass bead front sight and King folding rear sight. Combination tang peep sight with coarsely knurled post. Left flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14. 1884.” Stock with fancy American black walnut. Pistol grip checkered stock with hard rubber grip cap, crescent steel buttplate. Checkered forend. CONDITION: All metal surfaces are reblued, with litle use or wear since the refinishing. Stock and forend are sound and have original finish with considerable finish wear and handling marks. The checkering is worn and the wood shows darkebing from oil. The bore is dark with generally strong rifling and some pitting.The action is mechanically sound. 4-40261 DS14 (3,000-4,000)

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2069

*VERY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 16 INCH TRAPPER. SN 802695. Cal. 44 WCF, 16″ rnd bbl, full mag. square base with pinned front sight blade, carbine ladder rear sight. Standard receiver with staple and ring on left side. Mounted with straight grain walnut uncheckered straight grip,steel carbine buttplate, 7 7/8″ forend with single band. CONDITION: Very Good +. Bbl and mag tube retain orig. thinning, blue blending with silver patina, normal minor nicks, and scratches. Receiver has good orig. blue on sides, thinning and blending with silver patina on the top and bottom, minor nicks and scratches, normal ring mark. Stock is sound with minor nicks and dings,retaining restored open grain oil finish. Buttplate shows traces of orig. blue blending, with silver and brown patina. Forearm is sound with normal nicks and dings, minor chip front left side retaining restored oil finish blending with hand worn patina. Sound mechanics, good bore, strong rifling with very light pitting. 4-40796 DS12 (10,000-15,000)

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2070

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 15″ TRAPPER. SN 876515. Cal .25-20 WCF 14″ rnd bbl with replacement silver blade in carbine front sight and second type carbine rear sight. Marking on left side of bbl “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14.1884″ Standard carbine receiver with saddle ring, steel carbine buttplate. Gumwood stock and trapper length forend with overall length of 7-7/8”. PROVENANCE: Letter from U.S Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,Firearms and Explosives stating this carbine “is hereby removed from the provisions of the NFA” CONDITION: Good. Bbl and magazine tube have blue in protective areas mixing with patina and light surface corrosion. Receiver has remnants of blue mixing with patina and areas of pitting. Sound stock and forend are refinished with normal handling marks. Dark bore with areas of pitting. Sound mechanics. 4-40037 DS10 (3,000-5,000)

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2071

*EXTREMELY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 55 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 1817. Cal. 30WCF, 24-1/4″ tapered rnd bbl, half magazine take-down, pedestal front ramp with gold bead sight, sporting rear sight with set screw. Left side of bbl below sight is marked “MODEL 55 – WINCHESTER / TRADEMARK – NICKEL STEEL – 30W.C.F.” Right side “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN.” Top of bbl at take-down ring has 1-1/2″ wedge of open foliate scroll. Left side at ring “WP” proof mark. Corresponding “WP” can be found on top left side of receiver. Take-down ring has single line border engraving. Receiver is factory engraved in #2 pattern with foliate arabesque scrolls, left side with buck and doe deer in meadow scene and bull moose on right side. Top of receiver, rear of bolt and top tang have wedges of open foliate scroll. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, B-carved pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, serrated steel shotgun butt, B-carved forend, nose cap with foliate scroll around screw. This rifle is pictured in R.L. Wilson’s Winchester Engraving, second edition, page 290, a full page color spread showing both sides. CONDITION: Extremely Fine. Bbl retains 96-97% orig blue with minor muzzle wear, a couple minor handling marks, and a couple spots of very faint, fine surface oxidation. Receiver and take-down ring retain 97-98% orig blue, just starting to show bright on some of the sharp edges and flaked around screw on lever link blending with silver and brown patina. Hammer shows orig blue with some silvering on both sides. Lever shows orig blue with some flaking and blending with brown patina. Stock is sound with a couple minor handling marks and retaining its fine orig oil finish. Forend is sound with a couple minor handling marks, retaining orig oil finish blended with some hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-40632 BDT247 (30,000-50,000)

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2072

*RARE WINCHESTER 1894 TAKEDOWN RIFLE WITH NICKEL TRIM. . SN 324332. Cal .3855 26″ oct bbl with fixed nickel-silver blade front sight and open rear sight. Top flat marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN CONN.U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21.1894” Receiver, receiver extension, forend cap and crescent buttplate have nickel finish. Lever, hammer and trigger are case colored. Stock and forend of semi-fancy American walnut. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum factory letter identifying this rifle as: 38/55, oct bbl, plain trigger, takedown, nickel trim, received warehouse Dec 22 1906, shipped from warehouse on Dec 24 1906, repair and return on Jan 29 1907. CONDITION: Bbl and magazine tube have 90% blue with edge wear and handling marks. Receiver has 90% nickel finish with small spots of surface corrosion. Hammer and lever have good case colors in the protected areas with the balance turning to patina. Sound stock with normal finish wear and handling marks. Sound forend with normal wear and handling marks. Bright bore with strong rifling and spots of very light pitting. Sound action with crisp mechanics. 4-36904 DS7 (9,000-12,000)

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2073

EXCEPTIONAL FIRST MODEL WINCHESTER 1894 RIFLE WITH EXTERNAL GUIDING BAR SCREWS. . SN 624. Cal .38-55 26″ rnd bbl with fixed nickel silver blade front sight and open rear sight. Bbl marking “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO NEW HAVEN. CONN.U.S.A.” First type receiver with outside guiding bar screws, left guiding bar has inletted spring which bears against the breechbolt. Case colored hammer, trigger and lever crescent steel rifle butt plate. Stocked in straight grained American walnut. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying the rifle as: SN 624, 38/55, rnd bbl, plain trigger, shipped 12-12-1894. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube have 95% blue mixed with normal wear, spotting and light handling marks. Very good receiver blue with an area of patina along the upper edge of right side and spots of fine surface oxidization. Loading gate has 80% niter blue. Hammer retains 90% case colors, lever has very good case colors on sides turning to patina on the edges. Dark case colors visible on the trigger. Several of action screws have screwdriver distortion. Buttplate has a mottled silver gray patina. Stock has two hairline cracks extending from the left side of the receiver and another extending from the right side. The toe is repaired with a 1-1/2″ of replacement wood. Forend has one gouge in right side near forend cap. Both stock and forend have very good orig finish with normal handling marks. Crisp mechanics with very good bore. 4-36903 DS6 (7,000-10,000)

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2074

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN RIFLE. SN 274608. Cal .30 WCF 26″ half rnd bbl. with combination front sight and Winchester express rear sight with short yardage leaves. Half magazine standard blue receiver with case colored hammer,trigger and lever. Case colored crescent rifle buttplate. Stock and forend of American black walnut with some figure. CONDITION: Very fine overall. 95% bbl blue with light edge wear and handling marks. 90% receiver blue mixing with patina on the edges and front portion. Hammer, trigger and lever with dark case color mixing with silver on the edges. Sound stock and forend with very good finish showing normal wear and handling marks. Crisp mechanics and very good bore. ACCESSORIES: Canvas takedown gun case with red Winchester marking on the bbl portion on the case. Marked “A/24” on the leather locking strap with the buckle pulled from retainer. Overall condition of the case is fair/good with initials “L.M.B” in black ink on case end. 4-40863 DS7 (2,750-4,750)

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2075

ANTIQUE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 RIFLE. SN 142290. Cal .32-40 26″ oct bbl with express front sight and open rear sight standard blue receiver with case colored hammer, trigger and lever crescent steel rifle buttplate. Stock and forend of straight grain American walnut. Bbl retains 80% blue with edge wear and handling marks. Magazine tube retains 95% blue. CONDITION: Very good. Very good receiver blue mixing with patina with an area of pitting on the lower rear corner of left side. Dark case colors on lever, hammer and trigger mixing with patina on the edges. Buttplate has overall patina with small spots of surface corrosion. Sound stockand with normal wear and handling marks. Forend has worn finish with handling marks and one deep scratch on left side. Good bore and good mechanics. 4-36898 DS9 (3,250-4,500)

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2076

*WINCHESTER 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 851179. Cal 30 W.C.F. 26″ oct bbl with fixed blade front sight and replacement open rear sight. Bbl markings on left upper flat “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21.1894” and “NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER.” followed by “30 W.C.F.” Full length magazine. Standard receiver, lever, hammer and trigger with blued finish. Top tang marked “MODEL 1894/WINCHESTER/TRADE MARK REG.U.S.PAT.OFF.&FGN.” Crescent steel rifle buttplate. Stocked with straight grain American walnut. CONDITION: Very fine. Excellent bright bbl and magazine tube blue with light edge wear and handling marks. Receiver, receiver extension and lever have very good blue mixing with patina and normal handling marks. Buttplate has good blue mixing with patina in small spots of light pitting on the edges. Sound stock and forend with very good orig finish and light handling marks. Mechanics crisp with an excellent bore. 4-40752 DS5 (4,000-6,000)

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2077
Revised: 10/2/2010

CORRECTION: This rifle is an Antique Firearm MFG in 1897 and not and Modern as indicated in the catalog description.

*WINCHESTER 1894 SPECIAL ORDER RIFLE. SN 68209. Cal .30 WCF 26″ 1/2 rnd bbl with Beaches combination front sight and Winchester express rear sight with short yardage leaves. Bbl marked on top flat “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” left flat marked “NICKLE STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER”. Button magazine. Standard blued receiver and case colored hammer, trigger and lever. Combination tang peep sight with coarsely knurled post. Steel shotgun butt. Stock and forend of straight grain walnut.Accompanied by a fax from the Cody Firearms Museum confirming the special order features, except sights, and listing the date shipped as 9-28-1899 for order # 39338. CONDITION: Fine. 95% bbl blue with slight edge wear and widely scattered areas of very light pitting. Receiver has bright blue mixing with patina and light edge wear. Very good case colors on hammer, trigger and lever. Buttplate is a blue/patina mix. Sound buttstock with some darkening of the orig finish and normal handling marks. Forend has orig finish, normal handling marks with two indentations on bottom surface. Crisp action, bore has strong rifling and slight darkening in the grooves. 4-40955 DS (2,500-3,500)

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2077A

*MINTY WINCHESTER MODEL 95 STANDARD GRADE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 406149. Cal 405 WCF. 24″ rnd bbl, pedestal front with dovetail blade sight, flat top “V” notch sporting rear. Left side of bbl at rear sight is marked “NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER” adjacent receiver is caliber marked “405 W.C.F.” Standard Model 95 receiver with left side marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A w/ usual pats. Top tang is 3 line marked “MODEL 95/WINCHESTER/ TRADE MARK “. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, uncheckered schnable forend with ebony tip insert, restraining screw replaced with sling swivel stud and closed loop swivel, uncheckered straight grip stock, steel crescent buttplate, and sling swivel stud with closed loop swivel 2-1/2” from toe. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbls retains 98-99% orig blue with just a few minor light handling marks. Receiver retains 97-98% orig blue with minor silvering on ears of lever, some minor handling marks, and faint scratching on bottom of mag box and lever. Stock is sound with some minor shallow handling marks, faint scratches, and retains most of its orig factory finish. Buttplate retains most of its orig blue with some faint silvering at heel and toe. Forend is sound with minor handling marks a couple faint scratches and retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. 4-38088 (5,000-7,000)

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2078

VERY RARE INSCRIBED WINCHESTER 1895 FLAT SIDE DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 3668. Cal. 30US, 28″ rnd bbl, pedestal front with pinned German silver blade, serrated side V-notch sporting rear with set screw. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver “30U.S.” Early flat side receiver with solid lever with top tang marked “WINCHESTER / MODEL 1895.” Left side is inscribed in script “JOHN W. FRY / IN APPRECIATION OF HIS KIND ATTENTIONS IN 1896 / FROM J.G.” Mounted with “XXX” walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester hard rubber buttplate, H-style checkered schnable forend with ebony tip insert. Inspection of left side of lower tang reveals assembly number “E887XXXSRB”. Top tang channel of stock is stamped “887”. Accompanying gun is a Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as 30 cal rifle, rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, rubber shotgun butt. Received in warehouse 5-24-97. Shipped same day on order number “8404”. R & R 8-3-97 order number “12508”. CONDITION: Extremely Fine. Bbl retains 98-99% orig blue with a couple minor nicks & dings. Receiver, lever and mag box retain 95-97% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges and across top, some minor spots of flaking blending with brown patina and normal minor nicks & scratches. Hammer, trigger and trigger plate retain strong, bright orig case colors, slightly thinning on trigger and blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with sharp checkering, a few minor nicks & scratches and retains nearly all of its fine orig finish. Forend is sound with sharp checkering, a couple minor nicks & dings and retains nearly all of its fine orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore as gun appears to have seen little use. 4-40185 BDT246 (12,500-17,500)

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2079

*WINCHESTER MODEL 95 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 423309. Cal .30 Army. 22″ bbl with Sheard brass bead front sight, filler screws in the holes for the rear sight. Second model fluted side receiver with saddle ring and early style Lyman WR-WT receiver sight w/o windage adjustment. Left side of receiver is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CON. U.S.A./PATENTED NOV.5.95.NOV.12.95.AUG.17.97.JAN.25.98.AUG.23.98.AUG.6.1907”. Receiver ring marked with circle WP Proof mark and .30 ARMY cal marking. Steel trapdoor carbine buttplate. Stocked in oil finished straight grain walnut, carbine buttstock, grooved carbine style forend and hand guard. CONDITION: Fine. Excellent bbl blue with very slight wear at the muzzle. Bright receiver blue with slight edge wear spots fading to patina. Lever has blue/patina mix. Buttplate has overall patina with some blue in the protected areas. Stock and forend are sound with very good orig finish and normal handling marks. Crisp action with very good bore. 4-36897 DS3 (3,500-5,000)

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2080

*VERY SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 65 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 1007130. Cal. 32-20 WCF. 22″ rnd bbl, button mag, integral front ramp with dovetail fine bead sight and sight hood, flat top “V” notch sporting rear with set screw. Left side of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER/PROOF STEEL-MODEL 65-WINCHESTER/TRADE MARK-32 W.C.F.” Standard 65 receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, deluxe checkered forend with nose cap and integral sling swivel base, checkered pistol grip with Winchester hard rubber grip cap, checkered steel buttplate, deluxe sling swivel base. Included are deluxe Winchester 1″ swivels. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 95-97% orig factory blue with some minor muzzle wear, some slight thinning about 6″ from muzzle, and a couple minor faint scratches and handling marks. Receiver retains 95-98% orig blue with faint sharp edge wear, slight thinning blending with brown patina on bottom and some minor light scratches. Stock is sound with tiny sliver missing from upper right tang, sharp fine checkering, a few minor light handling marks and retains most of its orig factory finish that appears to have had a light coat of wax added. Forend is sound with fine checkering, a couple light handling marks, and retains nearly all of its orig finish and a light coat of wax. Mechanics are crisp and bore is shiny as gun appears to have seen very little use. Model 65 Deluxes are extremely rare and very seldom found in any caliber other than the 218. 4-40969 (5,500-8,500)

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2081

*BEAUTIFULLY UPGRADED WINCHESTER MODEL 65 WITH BOLT PEEP. SN 1003193. Cal. 218 Bee. 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, button mag, stippled ramp with gold bead sight and hood, slot blank in rear seat. Left side of bbl on chamber area are marked, “WINCHESTER/PROOF STEEL-MODEL 65-WINCHESTER/TRADEMARK-218BEE”. Right side is marked, “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO/NEW HAVEN.CONN.” Top of bbl has 2″ wedge of foliate scroll engraving. Receiver has been beautifully custom engraved in a Winchester pattern with a circle and running whitetail buck on left side with bold foliate arabesque scroll with punch-dot background and framed by a zig-zag and punch-dot border. Right side has matching scroll and border with a circle with a standing whitetail buck. Receiver top and bottom have accenting foliate scroll. Bolt is equipped with the factory peep sight. Mounted with straight-grain walnut, pistol grip, checkered steel buttplate with accent border engraving, standard forend with scroll-engraved nose cap. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains nearly all of its fine custom rust-blue finish. Receiver retains nearly all of its fine factory-quality blue finish. Stock is sound with a few minor dings and retains a smooth open-grain, hand-rubbed oil finish. Forend is sound with a few minor dings and retains an open-grain, hand-rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-39327 BDT80 (3,500-5,500)

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2082

*WINCHESTER MODEL 71 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 16629. Cal .348 WCF. 24″ rnd bbl, 2/3 magazine. Integral stippled ramp, hooded front sight with fine bead and filler in rear sight dovetail. Left side of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER/PROOF STEEL-MODEL 71-WINCHESTER/TRADEMARK-348 W.C.F.”, right side of bbl marked “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARM CO./NEW HAVEN, CONN.” Long tang receiver with bolt peep sight. Straight grain American walnut checkered pistol grip stock, hard rubber grip cap and checkered steel buttplate. Checkered forend and steel nose cap with integral sling swivel base. Super grade sling swivels with period leather military style sling. CONDITION: Fine. Over 95% bbl blue with handling marks between receiver and rear sight dovetail. Receiver has 95% bright blue with slight edge wear, left side has small line of very fine pitting near the hammer screw. Bolt has good blue mixing with spots of patina, with patina on the upper edges of locking lugs. Lever has good blue mixing with patina on the edges. Buttplate has overall brown appearance from old application of cold blue. Stock is refinish with normal handling marks, recut checkering, slight rounding at the receiver, grip cap and buttplate from sanding. Forend is refinished with slight flattening of the checkering, normal handling marks with one dent on the left side forward of the receiver. Crisp mechanics and a very good bore. 4-40684 DS2 (2,500-3,500)

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2083

*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 64 DELUXE CARBINE. SN 1096170. Cal. 30WCF, 20″ rnd bbl, 2/3 mag, matted front ramp with gold bead sight and hood, blank in rear seat. Left side of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER / PROOF STEEL – MODEL 64 – WINCHESTER / TRADEMARK – 30W.C.F.” Right side “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN.” Standard receiver, left side equipped with Redfield peep sight. Mounted with straight grain walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, checkered steel buttplate, inlet swivel base 2-1/2″ from toe. Standard forend with checkered side panels, nose cap with swivel base. CONDITION: Extremely fine, as probably factory restored. All metal surfaces retain virtually all of a factory blue with correct polishing and sharp, crisp lettering. Stock is sound with sharp checkering, a few minor handling marks and retains a factory finish. Forend is sound with sharp checkering, a couple minor handling marks and retains a fine factory finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-40171 BDT186 (2,000-3,000)

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2084

*ADAMS EXPRESS COMPANY MARKED WINCHESTER 97 RIOT GUN. SN 458510. Cal. 12 ga. 20″ bbl with modified brass bead sight, CYL marked choke, non-take-down variation. Standard 97 receiver stamped “ADAMS EXP. CO.” on front left side, with SN stamped on rear left side by hand and a series of 3 stamps that are illegible. Mounted with straight grain walnut, 7″ forend with 18 rings, uncheckered pistol grip stock and checkered steel buttplate. Bore diameter: .729. Bore restriction: (.003). Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz. LOP 13-9/16″. CONDITION: Good. Bbls, mag tube and receiver retain a brown patina with numerous scratches, nicks and dings. Stock is sound with cracks on left side above trigger guard and behind it, numerous nicks, dings and handling marks and retains varnish finish blending with hand-worn patina. Forend is fine with crack running from front ring about halfway back on right side and 1/2″ chip on rear portion on left side, usual nicks and dings, retaining a varnish finish blending with hand-worn patina. Action is sticky but functioning, bore is dark with some scattered minor pitting. 4-35992 BDT172 (1,500-2,000)

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2085

*SAVAGE 1899A LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 160566. Cal .30-30 26″ rnd bbl Savage Hi-pressure steel with standard bbl markings. Savage marked rear sight with windage adjustment and captive elevator. Rocky Mountain front sight with German silver blade. Standard blued receiver with case colored lever. Stocked with straight grained American walnut. Straight grip stock with perch belly and crescent steel buttplate. Schnable forend. CONDITION: Fine. Very good bbl blue, thinning in some spots mixing with light spots of patina near cal. marking and in other areas. Receiver has approx 90% bright blue with thinning on the sharp edges and normal scratches. Lever has strong case colors on the sides mixing with patina on the outside surfaces and edges. Crescent buttplate has good blue mixing with patina, thinning on edges with small spots of light pitting in the toe and heel areas. Buttstock has a small chip on the lower edge of right ear and small crack above the bottom of left ear. Stock and forend show areas of moderate wear and light cracking of orig finish with normal handling marks. Action is mechanically sound. Bore is bright with strong rifling. 4-40253 DS1 (700-1,000)

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2086

RARE ROPER REVOLVING SHOTGUN. SN 61. Cal. 12 ga. Very rare shotgun with 28-1/2″ Damascus bbl with orig interchangeable choke and bead front sight. It has a 4-shot rotary magazine with folding dust cover. Action is effected by cocking the hammer by means of a long operating rod/firing pin attached to the hammer nose which rotates the magazine to line a cartridge up with the chamber . When the shotgun is fired the operating rod pushes the cartridge into the chamber and fires it. Cocking the hammer again extracts the fired casing which is ejected out the top and rotates the cyl in preparation for the next shot. Mounted with nicely figured American walnut with uncheckered rnd forearm that has pewter tip and pewter fitting at the rear end. Butt stock has a straight grip with checkered wrist and a smooth steel buttplate. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms states that these shotguns were produced first in Amherst, MA from 1867 to 1868 and later, 1869-1876 in Hartford. This shotgun has the Amherst address. CONDITION: Fair to good. Bbl retains about 60% orig Damascus pattern with a large spot of heavy pitting on left side and a few other small scattered spots. Receiver & magazine housing retain smoky case colors in the most sheltered areas mostly turned to silver with the magazine housing mostly a dark attic brown patina with light surface rust. Stock has a break through the wrist, otherwise wood is sound showing heavy wear and retains a hand worn patina. Hand or hand spring is broken or missing as the rotary magazine does not turn when the hammer is cocked, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with light pitting. 4-40469 JR315 (2,500-3,500)

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2087
Revised: 9/22/2010

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The author of Bullard Arms (1988) and Bullard Firearms (2002) has shared with us that this is a very rare Bullard and his extensive research indicates that only approximately 1700 large frame Bullard repeaters were ever produced by Bullard. He also notes that the first Bullard ever assembled and test fired was in 1883 and Bullard went out of business in 1890.

RARE BULLARD LARGE FRAME LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 210. Cal. Appears to be 45-70 Gov’t. Standard grade rifle with 28-1/4″ full oct bbl, full magazine, half-nickel front sight and a 1,200 yd ladder rear sight. Cal marking is on top of receiver ring with a Type 2 address on left side of receiver. Dust cover is an A-type with coarse serrations on the rear end edges. SN is stamped perpendicular to the frame behind the hammer slot. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight grip and crescent steel buttplate. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms about 10-12,000 of these rifles were produced in the period 1886-1890 in a large variety of styles and cal. The unique rack & pinion levering action, later used by Browning in their BLR and a few others, is superior to the linked systems of other lever action rifles, being more positive and smooth. In spite of having a superior product, Bullard was unable to compete with Winchester & Marlin given their substantial head start in establishing markets & distribution systems. Also the fact that the early Bullards were introduced in the proprietary Bullard cartridges, instead of popular cals of the day, contributed to their demise. So only a few of these fine rifles survive today and are concentrated in a few collections around the country. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig factory blue with faint sharp edge wear and a few scattered small spots of surface etching. Receiver has a cleaned area over the address, otherwise retains most of a strong orig factory blue with some light flaking on sides and bottom with candy striping on right side. Lever & hammer retain strong case colors in sheltered areas, bright on left side, faded to silver elsewhere. Top tang is a blue/brown patina. Buttplate retains about 90% orig blue. Wood is sound with a dark stain on left belly of the buttstock with light nicks & scratches and has been waxed. Mechanics are crisp & smooth, very bright shiny bore. 4-39900 JR317 (8,000-12,000)

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2088

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE & DESIRABLE FREUND “BOSS GUN” SHARPS MODEL 1874 SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 159313. Cal. 40-90 Sharps Bottleneck. Very rare example of a desirable Sharps rifle altered by Freund Bros. of Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory after about 1877. This rifle began as a standard sporting rifle with oct bbl that is 27″, originally shipped to H.C. Squires, Sharps Agent in New York City. Front sight is Freund marked with patent dates and rear sight is Freund’s “More Light” ladder rear sight similar to the Lawrence Patent Sharps sight and hand engraved in the base “NEW FIELD & TARGET SIGHT FREUND PAT.” Right ear of the semi-buckhorn is broken. Top flat of bbl has the “Old Reliable” marking in a panel and the Bridgeport address forward of the rear sight and “FREUND BROS.:” in a serpentine shape back of the rear sight. Caliber is marked over the chamber area. Receiver has been modified to accept Freund’s patented camming breech block with improved firing pin and double extractors. Left side of the breech block is stamped “FREUND BROS.” and the right side “Manufacturers”. Left side of receiver is engraved diagonally “FREUND’S / Improved”. Right side of receiver is engraved in an arc from the left bottom to right top “Famous / American Frontier.” and has the engraved figure of an Indian in buckskins wearing a full headdress brandishing an axe or tomahawk in his right hand with what appears to be a scalp in his left hand. Both scenes are surrounded by light foliate patterns and all of the screw holes have engraved rosettes. The gas seal that is attached above the bbl shank inside the breech block opening has a diamond engraved top edge with light foliate arabesque patterns on top of receiver. Top tang is engraved in an arc below the cartridge slot “Boss Gun” and all of the screw holes in the top tang have engraved rosettes. The lockplate is slightly altered and is engraved “Freund Bros. Manufacturers, / Cheyenne, W.T. / U.S. of A.” The hammer has also been altered to Freund’s distinctive style with extended nose and engraved with a cornucopia on the shank. All of the screw & pin holes have engraved rosettes and the entire lockplate has a fine engraved running vine border. Right side of hammer nose is engraved in light foliate arabesque patterns. The breech block pin handle pad and arm have also been slightly altered with a serrated pad. Mounted with checkered American walnut with schnable tip round forearm and pistol grip stock with stepped oval steel grip cap and fitted with Freund’s alteration of a Sharps checkered steel buttplate with large oval, spring-loaded trap door that is decorated with geometric designs. The buttstock has been further altered with two large drilled holes under the buttplate in line with the trap door to accommodate cleaning equipment and/or cartridges. This exact rifle, identified in three photographs and by SN, is pictured on p. 323 of Freund & Bros. Pioneer Gunmakers to the West, Balentine, with credit to the Lloyd Dietrich Collection. Page 211 of the references publication, paragraph 1, states, “Thirty-two of the 43 surviving specimens show engraving”. Paragraph 3 states that “Boss Gun was engraved behind the breech on (only) four of the surviving specimens”, which, indeed makes this a most rare item among the very rare Freund Sharps rifles. Page 210 of the publication has a picture of the buttplate of this rifle. Although not identified by serial number, there is no doubt that this is the buttplate from this rifle. The SN was observed on bottom of bbl and the last four digits inside the forearm of the bbl channel. Trigger plate is numbered “1204” and the lockplate “5801”. Buttplate has the number “208” in the toe. Receiver, stock & breech block are unnumbered but certainly have been part of this rifle for its entire working life. The recent history of this rifle was related to this cataloger by a close friend with direct knowledge of the events as follows: In 1961 a TV repairman from the Waneks Store in Auroura, Nebraska made a service call on an very elderly farmer, estimated to have been well into his 80’s then, who had inherited the rifle from his brother. His brother had been a bachelor who had cowboyed all over Wyoming until he died. The repairman purchased the rifle from the farmer and put it on the rack in the store for sale, allegedly for $400.00. Mr. Dietrich purchased the rifle from the store and kept it in his personal collection until his death in about 2003. The rifle was purchased from Mr. Dietrich’s widow by the Sidney, NE, Cabelas Gun Library who, in turn, sold it to the consignor. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains a blue/brown patina with scattered spots of discoloration on the upper half forward of the forearm. Receiver retains traces of case colors in the most sheltered areas and case colors turned silver on the raised areas. Breech block retains about all of its orig bright metal finish. Lockplate & hammer are mostly a medium gray patina. The wood is sound showing heavy wear with a series of gouges on left side of butt stock and two other gouges in the forearm and overall retains a wonderful hand worn patina. Buttplate is mostly gray metal patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with some minor orange peel in front of the chamber. 4-36386 JR211 (90,000-125,000)

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2089

FINE SHARPS MODEL 1874 SPORTING RIFLE. SN 154920. Cal. 44-77 or 44-90. Beautiful Sharps rifle with 30″ med weight, oct to rnd bbl, wind gauge globe front sight with broken windage screw and a Lawrence Patent ladder rear sight, and a thick base tang sight that has a 5″ Vernier staff. Front and tang sights are not by Sharps and probably were added by the original purchaser. Trigger plate has Sharps double-set triggers. Top flat of bbl has the Hartford address forward of the rear sight and caliber marking over the chamber. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with Sharps round forearm with pewter tip and straight stock with Sharps smooth steel buttplate. SN was observed on the top tang and bottom flat of the bbl under the forearm. Last five digits of SN are stamped inside the bbl channel of the forearm, on the front face of the butt stock and on the trigger plate. The lock plate is numbered “54504” and the buttplate “555000”. Accompanied by a Sharps letter which identifies this rifle as being listed in order book No.1 as a half-oct rifle which later was termed the Model 1874 sporting rifle. It was invoiced at Hartford on October 13, 1875 to Charles F. Pope, a gun and sporting goods dealer in Providence, RI. The rifle is described as being in 44 cal, case length not specified, with 30″ half-oct bbl, double triggers, open sights and oil finish stocks. It was shipped in the same order with four other rifles and 500 cartridges. CONDITION: Very fine. Serial numbers as noted above. Barrel retains about 98% strong, original factory blue with a few scattered fine spots of surface discoloration. Front sight windage screw broken as noted. Receiver retains 30-40% faded cased colors, mostly on the left side with the balance silvered case colors, turning to dark patina. Lock plate retains about 70% bright case colors around the hammer area with the tail turned silver to gray. Forearm has a hairline at the top right rear edge, otherwise wood is sound with very minor scattered nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its bright, original factory finish. Hammer is missing the half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. 4-40123 JR274 (12,500-17,500)

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2090

RARE SHARPS MODEL 1874 NO. 1 LONG RANGE INSCRIBED SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN C54123. Cal. 44-90 Sharps Bottleneck. Spectacular and very rare No. 1 Long Range with 32″ oct bbl with spirit level windgage Sharps front sight, no provision for a rear sight and the tang mounted with a Sharps long range vernier sight with 5″ staff with the base numbered to the rifle and the staff numbered “54197”. It has checkered single trigger without latch. Mounted with highly figured, streaky English walnut with checkered, tapered rnd forearm with fancy pewter tip and checkered deep pistol grip stock with flat hard rubber grip cap and very rare steel heel & toe plates with checkered wood center. Right side of the buttstock is inlaid with a 1-5/8″ x 1″ oval silver plate engraved in period block letters & script “J.N. WINSLOW. / Pokeepsie, N.Y.”. Left side of wrist is hand stamped “A.G. HULL.”. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including bbl, lockplate, trigger plate, tang sight base, stock & forearm, tang sight staff as noted above. Bbl retains about 90-92% thin orig blue with sharp edge wear. Receiver retains faint case colors in the most sheltered areas being mostly a silver/gray patina. Lever, lockplate & hammer retain case colors in the most sheltered areas being mostly a gray patina. Wood is sound with minor handling & storage mars and retains about all of a fine professionally restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-40125 JR208 (17,500-22,500)

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2091

SHARPS MODEL 1874 SPORTING RIFLE. SN C54259. Cal. 40-50 Sharps Bottleneck. Fine sporting rifle with 26″ oct bbl, globe front sight, Lawrence Patent ladder rear sight and a Sharps style tang sight with 3-1/2″ staff made by Axtell with an “A” inside a shield on bottom side. Top flat of bbl has the Hartford address forward of the rear sight and “CALIBRE 40” diagonally over chamber area. It is mounted with straight grain American walnut with rnd checkered forearm that has fancy pewter tip. The stock is straight hand with smooth steel Sharps buttplate and has an unusual Freund style checkered horn grip adapter attached with a screw to the lower tang. It has a checkered sgl trigger. SN was observed in the usual place on top tang, bottom of bbl, inside forearm bbl channel, front face of buttstock, lockplate, trigger plate & inside the toe of the buttplate. According to Sharps Firearms, Sellers, only 2,120 of these fine rifles were produced at the Hartford plant in the period Jan. 1871 to Sept. 1880. Apparently the added checkered horn pistol grips were not uncommon on the Sharps sporting rifles as they are mentioned in the referenced publication. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except rear sight, as noted. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear. Receiver, breech block, lockplate & hammer retain most of their orig factory case colors, moderately faded with brighter colors on left side, turned more silver on right side. Lever retains case colors in sheltered areas having turned dark on outer surfaces. Buttplate retains smoky case colors being mostly a dark gray patina. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and a small bruise on forearm and overall retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40124 JR209 (13,000-18,000)

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2092

SHARPS MODEL 1874 SPORTING RIFLE. SN 156548. Cal. Appears to be 40-70 Sharps Bottleneck. Standard sporting rifle with 30″ oct bbl, Sharps front sight with German silver blade, Lawrence Patent ladder rear sight and a Sharps style vernier tang sight with 4″ staff by Axtell that has an “A” inside a shield on bottom side. Top flat of bbl has the Bridgeport address forward of the rear sight and the caliber marking over the chamber area. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with schnable tip rnd forearm and straight stock with checkered Sharps steel buttplate. The SN was observed on top tang in usual place and on bottom of the bbl with last four digits of SN on front face of stock, inside bbl channel of forearm, on the trigger plate and inside the toe of the buttplate. The lockplate does not have the SN, however it is marked with the “Y” inspector initial as is found on the trigger plate. According to Sharps Firearms, Sellers, only 3,881 of these rifles were built in the period Jan. 1871 to Sept. 1880. These rifles were very popular all across America and around the world and saw hard service, usually under adverse conditions with limited maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Fine, all matching as noted above except the tang sight, also noted above. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and a few spots of discoloration. Receiver retains 60-70% faded case colors, strong on right side and lockplate around the hammer with left side and rear portion of lockplate faded to silver mixed with brown patina. Breech block retains most of its faded orig case colors and the lever traces of case colors, stronger in the most sheltered areas. Top tang has one extra hole. Wood is sound with normal handling & use marks, nicks & scratches and oil staining around the receiver & lockplate and on rear end of forearm and overall retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some very light orange peel in front of chamber. 4-40126 (12,500-15,000)

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2093

EXTREMELY RARE SHARPS OVERBAUGH GERMAN PATTERN SCHUETZEN SINGLE SHOT TARGET RIFLE. SN 162211. Cal. 40 1-11/16″ (40-50 Sharps Bottleneck). Extremely rare Overbaugh Sharps, 1 of 69 ever produced under the auspices of Charles E. Overbaugh, a New York City gunsmith and part time Sharps employee who was instrumental in the design and ordering of this model, primarily for the New York Central Schuetzen Corps of New York City. This rifle has 30″ tapered oct bbl, with globe front sight, Lawrence Patent rear sight and sporting tang sight with 4″ mid-range vernier stem. Trigger plate is mounted with Sharps dbl set triggers. It is mounted with nicely figured uncheckered American walnut with standard schnable tip Sharps forearm and pistol grip buttstock with shallow cheekpiece and heavy nickeled brass semi-schuetzen buttplate. Right side of buttstock is inletted with an empty German silver shield shaped initial plate like the one pictured in the referenced publication. Top flat of bbl is marked with the Bridgeport address forward of the rear sight and the caliber marking over the chamber area. Bottom flat of bbl, in addition to the SN, is marked “5” and “7” over “16”. The lever, just below the breech block is drilled & tapped for a large hole which contains a professionally made steel, brass & wood palm rest. Accompanied by a Sharps letter identifying this rifle as being listed in order book #6 as a Model 1874 Schuetzen rifle invoiced at the Bridgeport factory on Feb. 13, 1878 to Charles F. Gennerich, captain of the New York Central Schuetzen Corps, 781 8th Ave., New York City. It is described as being 40 caliber 1-11/16″ with 30″ full oct bbl, dbl set triggers, pistol grip stock with cheek piece & sporting buttplate. It is also listed as having a globe front sight and vernier tang sight on a sporting base and the weight is listed as 9 lbs. 13 oz. and cost $42.00. Out of the total 69 rifles of this type ordered, there were 20 in this shipment. Dr. Labowskie, in his letter, states “. . many shipped with the sporting buttplate were subsequently altered to full Schuetzen-style buttplates.” According to Sharps Firearms, Sellers, there were only 69 of these rifles all produced at Bridgeport in the period July 1877 to Oct. 1878. They were mostly in the same configuration as found here. He states that all but three were purchased by members of the New York Central Schuetzen Corps and that 17 of them were equipped with full Schuetzen buttplates. Only one was made with round bbl. The SN was observed on the top tang perpendicular to the receiver, on bottom of bbl, with the last four digits on trigger plate & lockplate. The tang sight staff is stamped with the last two digits of the SN on the bottom front with no number visible on the tang sight base although the condition of the base matches the staff precisely. Neither were there any numbers visible in the stock or forearm. This is an extremely rare Sharps rifle, the likes of which are rarely ever encountered. CONDITION: Fine. Numbers matching as noted above. Bbl retains an even very dark brown attic patina with an area of pitting about mid-point on right side and scattered spots of pitting elsewhere. Receiver retains traces of silvered case colors being mostly a smooth brown patina. Lockplate & hammer are a mottled dark silver/brown patina with scattered pitting. Trigger plate is also mottled silver/brown patina with scattered very fine pitting. Tang sight is a matching dark brown patina with fine pitting on the base and rear of the staff. Wood is sound with minor handling & use nicks & scratches with a small chip on the schnable tip of the forearm and overall retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-40130 JR214 (10,500-15,500)

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2094

SCARCE SHARPS MEACHAM HEAVY CONVERSION RIFLE. SN C45332. Cal. 40 2-5/8″ (40-90 or 40-100). Beautiful conversion rifle with 30″ extra heavy bbl that measures 1-3/16″ across the flats at the muzzle. It has a Sharps Rocky Mountain front sight with German silver blade, Lawrence Patent rear sight with long staff and no provision for a tang sight. Top flat of bbl has the “Old Reliable” marking in a panel and the Bridgeport address forward of the rear sight and the caliber marking over the chamber area. Receiver is converted from a carbine configuration with the sling bar hole plugged. Mounted with slab sawed American walnut with uncheckered semi-schnable tipped forearm without ears and checkered straight stock with Sharps military style smooth steel buttplate. SN was observed on top tang, on bottom flat of bbl under forearm and inside bbl channel of the forearm. Buttstock has the number “99” on the heel under the buttplate. Lockplate, trigger plate & buttplate are unmarked. The following weight measurement includes a 2 lb. lead slug found in the buttstock in a hole under the buttplate, apparently to counter-balance the heavy bbl. Unfortunately the lead has begun to oxidize and has cracked the stock on each side, about 2-1/2″ on left side and 5″ on right side. This lead slug accompanies the rifle in case someone wishes to re-install it. Weight: 16 lbs. 1 oz. This was the favorite weight and one of the favorite calibers of the buffalo hunter with many recorded instances of the plains buffalo hunter using Sharps rifles in the 15-19 lb. range and especially in 40 caliber. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl retains an overall very smooth blue/brown patina with sharp edge wear and crisp markings. Receiver retains most of it lightly to moderately faded case colors with one cleaned area in the front recess on left side. Top tang is mostly a blue/gray patina and the lever is silvered case colors. Lockplate retains most of its strong case with hammer a silver/brown patina. Trigger plate retains about 80% faded case colors and buttplate about 90% strong bright case colors. Stock has the aforementioned cracks from the lead slug and an internal crack not visible from the outside. Otherwise the wood is sound and retains most of its orig Meacham finish with light touch-up over the cracks in the buttstock. Crisp mechanics, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40128 JR217 (10,000-15,000)

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2095
Revised: 9/27/2010

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This lot is accompanied by a Sharps records letter identifying this rifle as a Model 1874 Business rifle invoiced at Bridgeport on April 1, 1878 to Arthur Winchester, the last President of Sharps Rifle Company, in a lot of 100 Business rifles. 30 were in caliber .40 and 70 were in caliber .45. There is no destination in the records for any specific rifle.

EXTREMELY RARE MODEL 1877 LOWER SHARPS SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 161645. Cal. 45 2-1/10″ (45-70). Extremely rare rifle that according to Sharps Firearms, Sellers, only a total of 75 were produced in 1880 with the entire production sold to the J.P. Lower Co. of Denver, Colorado. Of the total 75 rifles there were only 14 in 45-70 with 28″ rnd bbls such as this one. This rifle has a 28″ rnd bbl, with dovetailed front sight and Lawrence Patent ladder rear sight with no provision for a tang sight. Top of bbl is marked “Old Reliable” in a panel and the Bridgeport address forward of the rear sight and “J.P. LOWER / DENVER COL.” and “BUSINESS 45″ over the chamber area. The cartridge case length is marked on right side of chamber area. Receiver is of the last or third type with lightened frame and lockplate with narrow trigger plate. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with rnd tip, typical Sharps forearm and straight stock with Sharps checkered steel buttplate. Top tang has a unique pinned, forged and brazed repqiar in the top tang about 1/2” into the cartridge slot. The restoration work obliterated the SN on the top tang. The full SN was observed on bottom of bbl along with assembly number “47” which number was also observed on the rear face of the buttstock, trigger plate, lockplate & buttplate. Although no number was observed in the forearm there can be little doubt that the forearm has been with this rifle its entire life. Weight: 9 lbs. 14 oz. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains a medium to dark mottled smooth brown patina with strong blue under the forearm. Receiver retains traces of silvered case colors being mostly a medium brown patina. Lockplate & trigger plate retain about 50% silvered case colors with balance a smooth medium patina. Butt stock has internal repairs and a repair with a small spot of fill by the top tang and overall is fragile through the wrist, otherwise wood is sound and retains about all of a professionally restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with some light orange peel in front of chamber. 4-40131 JR215 (10,000-15,000)

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2096

EXTRA HEAVY SHARPS MODEL 1874 BUFFALO RIFLE. SN C52375. Cal. 45 2-7/8″. Standard rifle with 30-1/4″ heavy oct bbl, 1-1/4″ across the flats at the muzzle with replacement Rocky Mtn. front sight and reproduction Lawrence Patent style ladder rear sight with no provision for a tang sight. Top flat is marked “Old Reliable” in a panel and the Bridgeport address forward of the rear sight with the caliber marking over the chamber area. Bottom flat of the bbl, in addition to the SN, is marked “W.C.D.” with a small standing spread-winged eagle. SN was observed on top tang with the number “45727” on bottom flat of bbl under forearm. The stock, forearm, lockplate & trigger plate are unnumbered while the buttplate has the assembly number “58” inside the toe. It is mounted with uncheckered straight grain walnut with wide semi-schnable tip forearm without ears at the rear end. Stock has a straight grip with a filled sling swivel recess on bottom of stock and is mounted with a smooth military style buttplate. Trigger plate is mounted with Meacham style dbl set triggers. Rifle is probably a Meacham or one of his contemporarys’ conversion without the checkered wrist. Markings on the bbl are somewhat deeper than standard in a slightly different font indicative of the conversion bbl. Weight: 15 lbs. 5 oz. This was the favorite weight of the Great Plains buffalo hunter with many recorded instances of using a Sharps rifle in the 15-19 lb. weight range. The 45-100 cartridge was also a favorite of the American buffalo hunter. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains a medium brown patina with scattered pitting, heavier on the right side and around the muzzle. Receiver retains case colors in the most sheltered areas being mostly a medium gray patina. Lockplate retains about 90% muted case colors and the hammer is silvered case colors. Trigger plate is a clean metal patina with fine pitting. Stock has one internal break in the wrist and a very old repair on right side of upper tang. The forearm has a professionally repaired crack and overall stock & forearm retain a professionally restored finish with light nicks & dings and a large gouge on left side of wrist. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-40665 JR216 (4,500-8,500)

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2097

FINE BUFFALO HUNTERS CARTRIDGE BELT & KNIFE CASE WITH KNIVES & SHARPENING STEEL. SN NONE. Wonderful cartridge belt made of heavy steer hide saddle or harness leather about 52″ long including the tongue x 4″ wide with 38 sewn-on dbl loops for what appears to be 40 caliber Sharps cartridges. The entire belt has a deep border around edges and has two keepers along with a square buckle. Top edge of the belt has three riveted “D” rings, two of which contain a 2-pc leather shoulder strap with nickeled snaps and a small German silver roller buckle. Also contained in this lot is an orig buffalo hunter’s knife kit made from a leather covered block of wood, probably buffalo hide, about 9″ high x 3-3/8″ wide with a flat backside. The circumference of the kit is mounted with old brass tacks and the top is slotted for six knives with 14 old brass tacks in the top. The flat back side of the block has the seam for the leather covering which is secured with small iron brads and a couple of old brass tacks with spaces where two other brass tacks are missing. Block & leather covering have numerous small bug holes. The block contains five butchering & skinning knives of the period, all showing heavy, hard use. One of the Green River style skinning knives has the handle carved with the initials “FAB” on the left side and a symbol or brand on right side. The sharpening steel is 20″ overall with dark wood handle and pewter decoration with a steel swivel in the butt. CONDITION: Belt is clean & supple and usable. Cartridge loops have been re-sewn. Knife block leather covering is very dark and dry with crackled surface and some light cuts adjacent to the knife slots. Brass tacks are a very dark brass patina. Knives are intact but all show heavy wear. Steel also shows heavy wear. 4-40666 JR249 (1,000-2,000)

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2098

SHARPS MODEL 1874 HUNTER’S RIFLE. SN 155356. Cal. 40-70 Sharps Straight. Standard hunter’s rifle with 28″ round bbl, Sharps front sight with German silver blade, Lawrence patent ladder rear sight and a modern reproduction, color case-hardened sporting tang sight. Top of the bbl, forward of the rear sight has the Hartford address and the caliber marking is over the chamber area. It is mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with rounded forearm that has a simple rounded tip and straight stock with Sharps military-style smooth steel buttplate. Serial number was observed on the top tang in the normal position and on the bottom of the bbl. Lock plate is un-numbered and the trigger plate bears the serial number “7806”, which number is also found on the front face of the buttstock and inside the toe of the buttplate. Forearm is numbered “7507” in the bbl channel. According to Sharps Firearms,Sellers, there were only 141 of the hunter’s rifles produced at Hartford in the period 1875 until the company moved to Bridgeport. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to Very Good. Bbl retains mostly a plum-brown patina with scattered light to moderate pitting about mid-point, which areas have been lightly cleaned. Receiver retains 20-25% case colors in the sheltered area on the right side with the balance a dark brown patina with scattered spots of silvered case colors. Lock plate and hammer retain dark case colors turning to plum patina. Trigger plate and buttplate are dark patina. Buttstock screw holes have been repaired, otherwise wood is sound with a couple gouges in the toe of the buttstock and a couple of bruises on the left side of the comb. Buttstock retains 75-80% orig finish. Forearm has a couple of small gouges with dark oil staining around the screw escutcheons and retains a smooth, hand-worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-36911 JR267 (3,000-5,000)

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2099

EARLY CONVERSION MEDIUM WEIGHT SHARPS SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 157152. Cal. 45 2-7/8″. Fine buffalo rifle with 30″ medium weight oct bbl, dovetail front sight with homemade German silver blade and fixed semi-buckhorn rear sight in the rear seat, replacing the Lawrence Patent ladder sight. Top flat of bbl forward of rear sight has the Hartford address and the caliber marking is over the chamber area. Receiver is from a carbine with sling bar still on left side. Mounted with straight grain uncheckered American walnut with typical round Sharps forearm and straight stock from an 1859 carbine with inlet for the sling bar base and a 2-pc Model 1859 style steel patchbox on right side. SN was observed on the top tang with bottom of bbl numbered “1S56129”. The inside channel of the forearm numbered “156129” with the number “36” on the front face of the buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Trigger plate is unnumbered and the lockplate is numbered “1152”. Weight: 11 lbs. 9.28 oz. This is obviously a rifle assembled by one of the companies such as Meacham,or any number of others who purchased surplus parts and converted them into frontier buffalo & hunting rifles. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains a deep chocolate brown attic patina with a few scattered spots of light rust and sharp edges. Receiver retains traces of silvered case colors being mostly a dark brown patina. Lockplate, hammer & trigger plate retain traces of silvered case colors, also being a dark brown patina. Buttplate is also a dark brown patina with light pitting and spots of surface rust. Buttstock has a number of grain checks, otherwise the wood is sound showing heavy wear, especially on forearm which shows heavy saddle bow wear. Hammer is missing safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-40664 JR213 (3,500-5,500)

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2100

RARE SHARPS MODEL 1878 PANEL BORCHARDT LONG RANGE SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 7142. Cal. 45 2-1/10″ (45-70). Usual configuration with 34″ tapered medium weight rnd bbl, spirit level windgage front sight, no provision for a rear sight and the integral tang sight base mounted with a 5-1/4″ staff with vernier elevation adjustments. Top of bbl has the “Old Reliable” marking in a panel and the Bridgeport address. The sides of receiver are mounted with wood panel inserts. Mounted with nicely figured English walnut with checkered tapered rnd forearm that has an ebony tip and is secured with a sgl wedge through dog bone shaped steel escutcheons. Buttstock has a checkered wrist with serpentine grip cap that has a black ebony insert and a diamond checkered hard rubber buttplate. Heel of stock is mounted with a long range sight base. Bottom of bbl, buttstock, forearm & wedge are matching numbered to the rifle. Top tang, although matching in condition, does not have a visible number. Accompanied by a Sharps letter from Dr. Richard Labowski identifying this rifle as listed in Order Book #7 as a Model 1878 Long Range rifle invoiced at the Bridgeport Factory on Oct. 19, 1878 to Edwin S. Harris, Gun & Sporting Goods Dealers of New York City. The only other information in the listing is the caliber as noted above and the notation “Vernier Interchangeable” which Dr. Labowski states “no doubt means that the rifle was equipped with a heel-position sight base.” He shows the price of the rifle at $125. This was Sharps’ most expensive rifle. According to Sharps Firearms, Sellers, only 230 of these rare rifles were produced in the period Oct. 1877 to May 1880. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except top tang which is unnumbered. Bbl retains about 98% strong orig factory blue with some slight dulling on both sides just over the forearm area. Receiver, lever & breech block retain about all of their moderately faded case colors. Wood panels have a few minor handling & use nicks & scratches and retain most of their orig factory varnish. Stock & forearm are sound with a few light handling & use nicks & scratches and retain about all of their bright orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40134 JR206 (18,000-24,000)

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2101

SCARCE SHARPS MODEL 1878 MID-RANGE PANEL BORCHARDT SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 7064. Cal. 40-70 Sharps straight. Beautiful Borchardt with 30″ medium weight tapered rnd bbl, spirit level windgage front sight missing the liquid in the glass. It has the Lawrence Patent ladder rear sight and an integral mid-range tang sight base containing a 4″ staff with central vernier adjustment that appears to be from another rifle as the index notch is not vertical. Top of bbl has the “Old Reliable” marking without border and Bridgeport address. Receiver, lever & breech block are color case hardened with patent date & SN on bottom and wood panel inserts on sides. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch American walnut with checkered schnable tip forearm and pistol grip stock with serpentine grip cap and checkered Sharps hard rubber buttplate. According to Sharps Firearms, Sellers, only 215 of these rare rifles were produced in the period Oct. 31, 1877 to Oct. 1880. Accompanied by a Sharps letter from Dr. Richard Labowski. This rifle is listed in Order Book #7 as a mid-range model in 40 caliber 2-1/2″ case with no other specifications listed except the weight which was 9-1/2″ lbs. It was invoiced June 25, 1878 to George R. Stetson, New Bedford, Mass. in care of the Morse Twist Drill & Machine Co. A quick Google search disclosed that George R. Stetson was a trustee & officer of several local banks. Additional research in New Bedford would likely yield substantially more information on such a prominent local person. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including bbl, top tang, forearm & buttstock. Buttplate is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 98-99% strong orig factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear at the muzzle. Barrel sights retain about all of their orig blue with the front sight level missing its liquid. Receiver, lever & breech block retain about all of their factory case colors, moderately to heavily faded with some light discoloration on right side of receiver and outer face of lever. Stock has a couple of minor grain checks in left side, otherwise wood is sound with a few scattered very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retain virtually all of its bright, orig, factory varnish. Buttplate is sound showing light wear, turning slightly chocolate. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40132 JR204 (16,500-22,500)

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2102

BEAUTIFUL SHARPS SHORT RANGE BORCHARDT SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 16139. Cal. 40 1-7/8″ (40-70 Sharps Straight). Fine Sharps rifle with 26″ tapered medium weight rnd bbl, dovetailed Sharps front sight with German silver blade and Lawrence Patent ladder rear sight with integral tang sight base containing a 3″ staff with elevation adjustments. Top of the bbl has the “Old Reliable” marking without border and the Bridgeport address. Left side of the chamber area of the bbl has the caliber marking. Receiver has Borchardt & Bridgeport markings on the left side over “U.S.A.”. Rifle is mounted with highly figured French walnut checkered forearm with schnable tip and buttstock with checkered wrist that has serpentine grip cap and a Sharps rifle company hard rubber buttplate. Accompanied by a Sharps letter from Dr. Richard Labowski which states that this rifle was located in Order Book #7 as a Model 1878 Military Rifle invoiced at the Bridgeport Factory on Jan. 22, 1879 to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, Gun Dealers & Wholesalers of New York City. The only other information is that it was in 45-70 Govt. and was in a shipment of 1,000 rifles. How it came to be in this configuration is speculation but it certainly appears to be factory work. According to Sharps Firearms, Sellers, only 153 short range rifles were produced in the period Nov. 1878 to Oct. 1880. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including bbl, forearm & buttstock with the top tang not numbered. Overall retains about all of its strong, bright orig factory blue on the bbl with a couple of small scratches on left side and brilliant case colors on the receiver, lever & breech block. Trigger & trigger lock also retain brilliant case colors. Wood is sound with a few minor storage & handling marks in the finish and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40127 JR207 (17,500-27,500)

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2103

SCARCE SHARPS MODEL 1878 PANEL BORCHARDT LONG RANGE TARGET RIFLE. SN 20871. Cal. Appears to be 45-70 but may be 45-100 Sharps. Usual configuration with 30″ medium weight tapered rnd bbl, spirit level windgage front sight, slot blank in rear seat and an integral tang sight base with a 4″ staff with vernier adjustment. Bbl retains no markings on top but has matching SN on bottom. Mounted with very nicely figured, streaky English walnut with straight checkered forearm with ebony forend tip and secured with a sgl wedge through dog bone shaped steel escutcheons. Butt stock has a long, checkered wrist with flat-topped, oval hard rubber grip cap and Sharps Rifle Co. hard rubber buttplate. Heel of the stock has had the heel sight base removed and cleverly plugged with a hand-fitted walnut panel. Receiver is mounted with hard rubber panels and the trigger & trigger lock are checkered. Bbl has matching number and the forearm & wedge have the last two digits of the SN. Buttstock could not be removed to check for additional matching numbers. According to Sharps Firearms, Sellers, only 230 of these fine rifles were produced in the period Oct. 1877 to May 1880. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, matching however buttstock could not be removed to check for additional matching numbers. Overall retains about all of an extremely fine professionally restored finish with strong bright blue on bbl and orig style strong but subtle case colors on receiver. Stock & forearm are sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and a couple of small bruises on buttstock and overall retain strong restored varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some light orange peel pitting just in front of chamber. 4-40133 JR205 (5,500-8,500)

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2104
Revised: 9/22/2010

CORRECTION: The correct serial number for this gun is 52-11373.

*RARE STEVENS-POPE IDEAL MODEL 52 SCHUETZEN JUNIOR SINGLE SHOT TARGET RIFLE. SN 11373. Cal. 22. Spectacular Pope barreled Model 52 on a 44-1/2 action with 30″ medium weight oct bbl, windgage globe front sight and no provision for a rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “STEVENS-POPE / MANUFACTURED BY THE J STEVENS ARMS & TOOL CO. CHICOPEE FALLS. MASS. U.S.A.”. Bottom flat of bbl under forearm is stamped with a large number “329” and smaller number “1963”. The bore, which was probably a 32-40 or 38-55, has been sleeved to caliber 22 with conventional rifling. Receiver is color case hardened with large panels of foliate arabesque pattern engraving on each side and behind the hammer, with geometric patterns on top flat. All surrounded by simple line border engraving. Top tang is mounted with a tang sight that has a 3″ short-range windage vernier staff and it is fitted with Schuetzen dbl-set triggers and a large Pope finger rest Schuetzen lever. Mounted with very nicely figured, checkered American walnut with Stevens perch belly schnable tip forearm and checkered pistol grip with serpentine grip cap and perch belly buttstock with high comb and Schuetzen cheek piece with case colored steel Schuetzen buttplate. Bottom tang is marked with the model number & serial number, which number was also observed on the rear end of the buttstock under the buttplate and inside buttplate. Last three digits of SN are on rear face of forearm. Bbl is unnumbered. Altogether a very beautiful & desirable, shootable Stevens Schuetzen rifle. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig blue with slight edge wear and a few minor scattered small spots of surface rust. Receiver retains about all of its moderately faded orig case colors. Lever retains case colors in sheltered areas, turned silver elsewhere. Wood is sound with a nick in the tip of the forearm and light handling & storage marks elsewhere and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Buttplate retains traces of case colors faded & turning dark. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40658 JR244 (5,000-8,000)

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2105

MARLIN/BALLARD #2 SPORTING RIFLE. SN 26906. Cal. 32-40. Standard #2 rifle with 30″ medium weight octagon bbl, Marble’s no. 8 sporting front sight with broken ivory bead, a replacement Winchester style, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Marlin’s Improved Graduated peep sight on the receiver. Receiver is rebated with flat sides, dbl-set triggers and small loop finger number. It is mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with semi-schnable tip forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. Serial number was observed in the usual place on the bottom front of the receiver, on bottom flat of the bbl under the forearm, on the rear face of the forearm, on the front face of the buttstock and inside the buttplate. Accompanied by a box containing a rare Ideal capper/decapper in its very rare box with expander plug; a very rare Marlin Model 1881 combination bullet mold/loading tool and an extremely rare brass Pope sizer/luber; five boxes of 32-40 empty cases and one box of antique loaded ammo. There is also a Dupont 1 lb. tin of FFg black powder. Additionally accompanied by a small slip of paper that states “This 32-40 belonged to David L. Postlethwaite Reynoldsville, Pa until 1947 when it was given to his grandson, D.W. Anderson as a prize for academic achievement. D.L.P. said it had a H.L. Pope Barrel. He said the gun was a Pacific model …………”. Note is dated “10/2/03”. Rifle is not a Pacific model, but is a no. 2 Sporting Rifle, and it has a conventionally rifled barrel with right hand twist. CONDITION: Fine to Very Fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 96-97% strong orig factory blue with only light muzzle and sharp edge wear. The left side flat, near the muzzle has a short series of “Xs”, probably vice marks. Receiver retains faded case colors on both sides, being mostly colors faded to silver. Stock has a fine hairline at the wrist, otherwise the wood is sound with handling and use marks, scratches and light dings and some light stains around the buttplate and shows about 80% original varnish. Mechanics are fine, very bright, shiny bore. The Pope tool is extremely fine and functional, the Marlin tool retains traces of blue with the balance a clean metal patina, the Ideal capper/de-capper is fine, box is soiled and missing one end & about 1/2 of one side of the lid, label and end label are mostly intact. 4-40226 JR268 (4,000-7,000)

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2106

MAYNARD IMPROVED HUNTING & TARGET NO. 4 SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 1547. Cal. Appears to be 32-35 Stevens & Maynard. Blue & nickel finish with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, gold washed Beech’s combination front sight and no provision for a rear sight. Receiver, top & bottom tangs are nickel finish and receiver has usual markings on left side. The top tang is mounted with an orig Maynard vernier tang sight with 3-1/2″ staff. Mounted with an unusual, highly figured, uncheckered American walnut pistol grip stock with high comb and a raised tapered rib that extends from below & behind the pistol grip in an arc up to the top tang near the receiver on each side. Buttstock has a lead slug in a hole under the buttplate which has oxidized and cracked the left side forward about 3″ from the butt. Buttplate is Swiss style, nickeled brass with medium prongs. Forearm is orig from Maynard with schnable tip, checkered side panels and a diamond around the screw escutcheon. SN was observed on the bottom tang and bottom of bbl. Just behind the bbl lug is marked with the number “16”. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue, worn to silver over forearm area and thin over the octagonal area. Receiver retains about 80% nickel finish with the flaked areas a light patina. Stock with its crack by the lead slug hole is otherwise sound with light handling & use nicks & scratches and retains most of its fine varnish finish that is slightly crazed. Forearm has two repaired cracks by bbl channel and a small open crack on bottom rear edge and shows moderate to heavy wear, missing a sliver from top right rear edge and retaining about 50% orig finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-40470 JR223 (3,000-4,000)

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2107

SCARCE WHITNEY-PHOENIX SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 1136. Cal. Appears to be 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 30-1/4″ medium weight oct bbl with dovetailed front sight with German silver blade, a tiny 2-position rear sight as observed on some Civil War carbines. Top flat of bbl is marked “PATENT MAY 26.74 PHOENIX.CAL.44”. The action is unique among American sporting arms with a side swinging breech block that when fully opened activates the extractor. Top tang is marked with the same patent date as the bbl. Mounted with nicely figured uncheckered American walnut with steel forend tip & straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. Forearm does have some crosshatch incised lines around tip. CONDITION: Very good. No orig finish remains being a smooth, even, medium gray/brown patina overall, somewhat lighter on the receiver, top tang & trigger guard. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-40467 JR341 (1,500-2,000)

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2108

*RARE WINCHESTER HI-WALL SCHUETZEN RIFLE WITH SCOPE. SN 85535. Cal. 32-40. Wonderful Schuetzen rifle with 30″ No. 3 weight oct to rnd bbl mounted with a 34-3/8″ Stevens scope with fine crosshairs. Front scope mount is in the front sight dovetail and the rear mount, which is adjustable, is in a special narrow dovetail in the top flat. Mounted with extremely beautiful burl & shell grain American walnut with checkered black insert schnable tip forearm & capped pistol grip stock with Swiss cheek piece and nickeled brass Swiss buttplate with medium prongs. Bottom tang is equipped with close coupled dbl-set triggers. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “9733” and “XXX” along with the initials “SBC”. Assembly number was observed on the buttstock, under buttplate and inside toe of buttplate. Forearm does not have the assembly number, however inside the bbl channel is stamped with a “3” to match the weight of the bbl and also has the pencil notation “Nov. 1903 W.B.P.”. The scope is marked with the “J. STEVENS ARMS & TOOLS CO.” name & address and “PAT. PNDG.” Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum information sheet identifying this rifle in caliber 32-40 with 30″ No. 3 half oct bbl, set triggers, checkered stock with pistol grip, Swiss cheek piece, Swiss plate, no rear seat and case hardened. It was received in the warehouse and shipped March 2, 1900 to Order No. 52575. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except forearm as noted. Overall retains virtually all of its strong orig factory finish with deep dark blue on bbl with only a small ring of wear around muzzle. Receiver retains about all of its brilliant orig factory case colors. Breech block & hammer retain about all of their orig factory case colors and lever retains strong case colors in sheltered areas being mostly silvered case colors. Top & bottom tangs also retain brilliant case colors. Wood is sound with a few minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its brilliant piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Scope retains about 96-97% strong orig blue with a series of light scratches near front end. Optics are crisp & clear. 4-40864 JR239 (10,000-15,000)

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2109

EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER LO-WALL “BABY” SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 75759. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Incredible little carbine with 15″ tapered rnd bbl, square base front sight with German silver front blade & carbine ladder rear sight graduated to 900 yards. Top of bbl has standard 2-line Winchester markings in front of rear sight and caliber marking over the chamber area. Left side of receiver has an orig staple & ring. Bottom tang has the “1879” patent date & SN. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered, slab sawed American walnut with its orig slim tapered forearm and straight stock with carbine buttplate. Since this was a standard catalog item with this bbl length it was not special ordered there are no assembly numbers on the lower tang under the buttstock or anywhere else on this carbine. The forearm is substantially different than standard Lo-Wall forearms but is absolutely orig as found. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this as a carbine in caliber 44 with a bbl length of 15″ shipped, Oct. 28, 1896 to Order #20667. The letter, quite unusually, also indicates that this is “The Baby”. Additionally accompanied by a 3-page letter from George Madis, noted Winchester historian & author, who fully authenticates this carbine as found. There are also two other letters from George Madis to the late John Wallace of New York, the apparent owner of this carbine in the year 2000. Additionally there is a 2-page letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms authenticating this carbine, as found, and exempting it from the provisions of the National Firearms Act, and further stating that it is an antique. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains a mottled dark brown patina from the rear sight forward, worn to gray metal finish around & behind the rear sight. Receiver retains a dark plum/blue patina with traces of silvered case colors around the saddle ring stud. Lever, hammer, breech block & buttplate are a plummy brown patina. Wood is sound with light handling & use marks showing moderate to heavy wear and retains most of a light added finish. Mechanics are crisp,strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-40839 JR227 (9,000-12,000)

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2110

*FINE STANDARD GRADE WINCHESTER HI-WALL SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 100709. Cal. 30 US (30-40). Wonderful standard grade rifle with 30″ No. 3 weight rnd bbl with Redfield globe front sight, slot blank in rear seat and a scarce windgage locking Lyman tang sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with black insert schnable tip forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% glossy orig blue with slight muzzle edge wear and a thin spot from a rear sight and elevator. Receiver has some minor flaking on each side and top front edge. Breech block, lever & hammer retain most of their orig case colors turning dark and fading to silver on lower outer face of lever. Buttplate retains smoky case colors. Wood is sound with a few light handling & use marks and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use. 4-36916 JR236 (3,500-6,000)

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2111

*FINE WINCHESTER LO-WALL SPORTING RIFLE. SN 96924. Cal. 22 WCF. All blue finish with 26″ No. 1 weight oct bbl, half nickel front sight with screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. It has standard 2-line markings on top flat of bbl, forward of the rear sight and caliber marking over the chamber area. Bottom tang has the “1879” patent date & SN. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with black insert schnable tip forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. While standard grade Lo-Wall rifles are frequently encountered they are rarely ever found in orig high finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains about all of its crisp orig factory finish with only faint sharp edge wear on the bbl and receiver with a few tiny scattered spots of discoloration. Lever, breech block & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors turned slightly dark. Buttplate retains smoky case colors turned dark on the tang. Wood is sound with a very few scattered, insignificant handling & storage mars in the finish and overall retains about all of its crisp orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, possibly unfired. 4-39909 JR228 (2,500-3,500)

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2112

EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL HOTCHKISS SPORTING RIFLE. SN 3718. Cal. 45-70. Rare special order sporting rifle with 26″ tapered oct bbl, half nickel front sight and 1876 style ladder rear sight graduated to 1,000 yards. Top of sight blade, just below the stop screw is stamped with a small “H”. Left side of receiver has the 3-line company address & patent dates with SN at the top left rear side. Mounted in a very nicely figured, checkered, streaky, English, 1-pc walnut stock with horn schnable tip and black fleur-de-lis insert convex grip cap with a smooth steel buttplate. Right side of stock, below receiver, has the first model safety/cutoff which, when engaged, prevents cartridges from the buttstock magazine feeding into the action, thereby making this a single shot until repeat fire is warranted and the switch can be rotated to release the cartridges in the magazine. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle with oct bbl, checkered pistol grip stock, received in warehouse May 22, 1880 and shipped May 24, 1880. It also states, quite unusually, “along with one other rifle with the same specifications to the same order”. There were about 6,419 1st Model Hotchkiss arms produced which included carbines & muskets as well as sporting rifles. Round bbls & crescent buttplates were standard equipment for the sporting rifles which means that this rifle was special order. Also special order was the horn schnable tip instead of the usual plain or smooth round horn or metal tip. The French walnut is also special order as the standard rifles had simple, uncheckered, straight grain walnut. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and some light hammer marks on the right side of the front sight dovetail. Receiver retains 95-97% strong orig blue. Wood is sound with a few minor handling & storage nicks & scratches, a small bruise in the checkering on left side of the wrist and another small bruise in right side of the forestock and overall retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36913 JR230 (5,000-8,000)

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2113

EXTREMELY RARE REMINGTON-LEE BOLT ACTION SPORTING RIFLE. SN F76283. Cal. 405 Winchester. One of only less than 500 ever made in the period 1880-1907 with few surviving today. This rifle has a rare 24″ tapered round bbl, Remington dovetailed Rocky Mountain front sight with German silver blade and Remington Semi-Buckhorn rear sight. Top of the bbl, forward of the rear sight has the Remington Arms address with the caliber marking “405W” on the bottom forward of the forestock. Receiver has the Remington Arms name, address and serial number on the top left edge and patent dates through 1887 on the left side. Magazine has 3 grooves on each side. Magazine housing and trigger guard are integral with a Knurled magazine release. It is mounted in a nicely figured 1-pc American walnut stock with slim, tapered forestock that has an ebony insert schnable tip and grasping grooves on each side. Stock has a checkered round knob pistol grip and a smooth steel buttplate with heavy heel. The caliber of the rifle appears to be an uncataloged type, the standard having been 45-70 or 45-90. The bbl is also non-standard in 24″ instead of the standard 28″ or 30″. This rifle certainly lends itself to the old adage that for enough money anything could be ordered from the firearms manufacturers of that era. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 75% orig blue, thin over the top, stronger over the bottom with some light rust over the top behind the rear sight. Receiver retains most of a strong orig factory blue with one small spot of pitting and a few scattered spots of pin-prick pitting elsewhere. The left side extractor spring is also lightly pitted. Trigger guard and magazine box retain a medium gray metal patina with blue in sheltered areas. Buttplate has mottled silvered case colors mixed with dark patina. Magazine retains 40-50% thin orig blue, primarily on the left side. Stock has filled sling swivel stud holes in the forestock and buttstock with minor chip around the front of the magazine housing and, overall, retains about all of a fine, professionally-restored finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-36917 JR266 (4,000-6,000)

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2114

RARE REMINGTON-BEALS PRESENTATION SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN NONE VISIBLE. Cal. 32 RF. Very rare rifle with less than 800 produced in the period 1866-1870. Reference Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms. Rifle has 24″ light oct to rnd bbl with small dovetailed German silver front sight with bead and a 2-position rear sight that has one altered leaf. Top flat of bbl, back of rear sight, has the 2-line Beals Patent & Remington address. Frame is nickeled brass which is inscribed on right side in period script “From Dunn to J.J. German”. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with nickeled brass crescent buttplate. These delicate light weight little rifles are rarely encountered today, apparently never having been popular with the buying public. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl is cleaned metal patina with some scattered discoloration near the muzzle. Frame retains 70-75% orig nickel with the exposed brass a medium mustard patina. Stock is missing a sliver by top tang otherwise is sound with handling & use nicks & scratches in varnish and overall retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36926 JR237 (4,000-7,000)

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2115

REMINGTON HEPBURN NO. 3 SPORTING & TARGET SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 1984. Cal. 45-70. Fine single shot rifle with 26-1/4″ oct to rnd medium weight bbl, Rocky Mtn. front sight with German silver blade, Remington semi-buckhorn rear sight and a thick base tang sight with 3-1/4″ vernier staff. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with, long, uncheckered rounded forearm with case colored steel schnable tip and raised panels at the receiver. Buttstock has a checkered round knob pistol grip with raised panels at the receiver and a case colored smooth steel buttplate. This would make an outstanding cowboy action shooter as well as a fine collectible. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 90% strong glossy orig blue with fine surface etching over the forearm area and a few light scratches and surface etching on the round portion of the bbl. Receiver retains most of its orig factory case colors, strong & bright on the sides, fading to silver over the top & bottom. Buttstock has a small gouge on left side, otherwise wood is sound and retains most of its hand worn oil finish. Forend tip & buttplate retain strong case colors turning silver on forend cap, faded on heel & toe of buttplate. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36925 JR229 (5,000-7,000)

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2116

REMINGTON NO 3 HEPBURN SPORTING AND TARGET RIFLE. SN 9560. Cal. 38-55; SN9560. Fine Hepburn with 30″ med weight oct bbl, combination front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight without tang sight. Top flat of bbl has usual markings with the caliber marking on the bottom flat of the bbl above the forearm. Bottom flat of bbl, under the forearm, is marked with the SN and caliber. SN was observed in the usual place on the toe of the bottom tang, bottom flat of bbl, front face of butt stock, rear face of the forearm and inside the butt plate. Rifle is mounted with nicely figured slab sawed American walnut with uncheckered forearm that has black insert Schnabel tip and checkered round knob pistol grip stock with Remington smooth steel buttplate. Although these rifles were produced in fairly large quantities, in the period 1883-1907, they are rarely found with high original finish, given their long exposure to outdoor activities which dramatically fades case colors. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching as noted above. Bbl retains 96-97% strong original factory blue with a few minor nicks about mid point. Exposed post of the combination sight is broken. Receiver retains about all of its strong original case colors, brilliant on the right side, somewhat muted on the left side & turning silver on the top and bottom tangs & trigger guard. Butt plate retains 60-70% faded case colors. Wood is sound with a small scrape on the left side of the buttstock and a few minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its strong original varnish. Breech block & hammer retain most of their original factory finish. Crisp mechanics, bright shiny bore. 4-39899 JR218 (4,000-6,000)

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2117

REMINGTON NO 1 ROLLING BLOCK LONG-RANGE CREEDMOOR TARGET RIFLE. SN 4393. Cal. 44-77 Sharps. Beautiful long-range rolling block with 34″ med weight oct to rnd bbl that has windgauge, spirit level front sight, no provision for a rear sight & thick tang sight base containing a 5-1/2″ vernier staff with a matching base at the heel of the stock. Top flat of bbl has the Remington name and address with a tiny “40” over the chamber. Bottom flat of the bbl, under the forearm is marked with the SN and had the caliber marking on the bottom above the forearm. It is mounted with very nicely figured slab sawed American walnut with long, round, tapered unchecked forearm with steel schnable tip & shoulders at the rear end. The butt stock has a checkered pistol grip with raised side panels & triangle horn insert in the serpentine grip cap & has a smooth steel Remington buttplate. The SN was observed in the usual place on the bottom tang, bottom flat of bbl, rear face of forearm, front face of butt stock and inside the buttplate. Also, the left side of the bottom tang bears the number “28720”, no indication as to the meaning of this number. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, only a few hundred of these rare rifles were made in the period 1873-1890. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching as noted above. Bbl retains about 98% strong, bright original factory blue with a few minor nicks & scratches. Receiver & trigger guard retain virtually all of their strong original case colors, moderately faded. Hammer & breech block retain thin, original factory finish. Stock has a dark chemical streak down the right side, otherwise the wood is sound with a few minor handling & storage nicks and scratches and retains virtually all of its original factory finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. 4-40135 JR219 (13,000-18,000)

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2118

RARE REMINGTON NO. 1 ROLLING BLOCK CREEDMOOR LONG RANGE SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 5583. Cal. 44 (might be 44-90, 44-100 or 44-105). Fine early Rolling Block target rifle with 34″ oct to rnd bbl, spirit level windgage front sight with broken screw tip, no provision for a rear sight and the tang mounted with a thick sight base containing a 5-1/2″ vernier staff. Bottom of bbl under forearm is stamped with SN and “L.L. HEPBURN” three times in very small letters. Bottom of the round part of the bbl is marked with caliber “44S”. Mounted with very highly figured American claro walnut with scallop checkered, long round forearm with gutta percha tip and shoulders at the frame end. Buttstock has nicely checkered pistol grip with serpentine grip cap that has a triangle ivory schnable inlay and raised shoulders at the frame. Buttplate is diamond checkered Remington hard rubber and it has a heel mount sight base on top of stock. SN was observed on the bottom tang, bottom flat of bbl, rear face of the forearm trunion and right front edge of the buttstock under the wood. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only a few hundred of these fine target rifles were estimated to have been made in the period 1873-1890. This model is one of Remington’s finest target rifles. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 90% thinning orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas with some very minor spots of pitting on right side just under the forearm. Receiver, bottom tang & trigger guard retain 75-80% case colors turned silver with some dark mottling on the sides of the receiver mixed with very fine pitting. Wood is sound with minor handling & storage marks and retains most of a fine professionally restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36922 JR232 (8,000-12,000)

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SCARCE ENGRAVED & INSCRIBED REMINGTON NO. 2 ROLLING BLOCK SPORTING RIFLE. SN 24. Cal. 32 RF. Fine sporting rifle with 26″ oct bbl, gold washed Beech’s front sight with broken exposed post and fixed rear sight with a special Remington ladder rear sight mounted over the chamber area. Bbl is engraved in period foliate arabesque & geometric patterns with snake & dot patterns from the receiver to about 13-1/2″ over the top flat and about 7-1/2″ over top side flats and about 3-3/4″ over the side flats. The area between the ladder and fixed rear sights is engraved with a foliate & floral pattern. Forward of rear sight is engraved in period script “C.S. Kingsland”. Top tang has the usual 2-line Remington name & address and patent dates. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with long slim forearm that has a schnable metal tip and straight stock with raised side panels and a smooth steel Remington buttplate. SN was observed on bottom tang, bottom flat of bbl under forearm, rear face of the forearm trunion and inside buttplate. No number was observed on buttstock however there is no doubt that this is the orig buttstock for this rifle. Left side of the top & bottom tangs have the number “230”, probably an assembly number. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only a few thousand of these little rifles were produced in the period 1873 to about 1910. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 88-90% strong orig blue with the loss areas from chemical spotting, probably from some caustic bore cleaner. Frame retains most of its orig faded case colors, slightly stronger in sheltered areas. Top & bottom tangs and trigger guard along with buttplate retain smoky case colors. Breech block & hammer retain about 50% orig bright blue with chemical staining and the trigger most of its thin orig blue. Wood is sound with light handling & storage marks with buttstock retaining most of its orig factory varnish and the forearm about 50% orig varnish with balance a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36932 JR226 (5,000-10,000)

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*FINE DELUXE MODEL 2 REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK SPORTING RIFLE. SN 14524. Cal. 22. Beautiful deluxe Rolling Block with 26″ oct bbl, half nickel front sight and Remington semi-buckhorn rear sight. Bbl marking is on top flat forward of rear sight. Bottom flat of bbl has the caliber marking forward of forearm and the SN under the forearm. Receiver is color case hardened and it is mounted with very highly figured, tiger striped, checkered American walnut with tiny round steel schnable tip forearm with shoulders at the receiver end. Buttstock has a checkered rnd knob pistol grip with shoulders at the receiver and a smooth Remington steel buttplate. SN was observed on bottom tang, bottom flat of bbl under forearm with last four digits on the rear face of the forearm trunion, in the bottom tang channel of the buttstock and inside the buttplate. Left side of the upper & lower tangs are marked with the number “2663”. Top tang is mounted with a reproduction Remington style tang sight. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only a few thousand of these scarce rifles were produced in the period 1873 – 1910 in a large variety of calibers from 22 rimfire to 44-40. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with a spot of pin prick pitting on top flat toward the front sight and a couple of minor scratches with some thinning over the forearm area. Receiver retains about all of its moderately faded orig case colors, stronger in sheltered areas. Trigger guard & lower tang are mostly case colors turned gray, stronger on webs of trigger guard. Breech block & hammer retain about all of their orig factory blue. Buttplate is cleaned gray metal patina. Wood is sound with a small scrape on left side of buttstock and usual light handling & use marks and retains about all of its bright orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore, slightly frosty just in front of chamber. 4-36928 JR231 (4,000-7,000)

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*VERY RARE REMINGTON NO. 7 ROLLING BLOCK RIFLE. SN 300073. Cal. 25-10. Very rare Remington Rolling Block, one of less than 500 made in the period 1903-1906 with few surviving today. This rare rifle is built on a Model 1871 rolling block pistol action with 26-1/2″ tapered oct to rnd bbl with ivory bead hunting front sight and pedestal mounted large loop Lyman tang sight. Top flat of bbl has no provision for a rear sight and is marked with the Remington Arms Ilion, NY address. Bottom of bbl has the caliber marking on rnd portion above forearm and the last two digits of SN on bottom flat of bbl under forearm. Rifle is mounted with very nicely figured, checkered, slab sawed American walnut with delicate tapered, black insert, schnable tip forearm and a most unusual deep pistol grip stock with hard rubber grip cap and “RA Co.” embossed hard rubber buttplate. SN was observed on bottom tang with last two digits of SN on bottom of bbl, rear face of the forearm trunion and inside top tang channel of buttstock. Left side of top tang under the wood is marked “4110” and bottom tang “4635”. These rifles were rather expensive for their time and given their unusual appearance apparently were never popular with the buying public which limited their production. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 93-95% dull orig blue, slightly thinned on right side of round portion. Receiver, trigger guard, top & bottom tangs retain traces of faded case colors being mostly a silver/brown patina. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches, handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Grip cap has a repaired crack, buttplate is sound showing light to moderate wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36927 JR222 (4,000-7,000)

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RARE NO. 1 REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 1978. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Fine sporting rifle in a scarce caliber with 28″ medium weight oct bbl, Remington dovetail front sight with German silver blade & fixed rear sight. Top tang is not configured for a tang sight. Top tang has 2-line Remington address & patent numbers. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with long, tapered rounded forearm with steel schnable tip and shoulders at frame end. Buttstock has a straight grip with raised panels at the frame and has a smooth steel Remington buttplate. SN was observed on bottom tang, bottom of bbl under forearm, right rear face of forearm, left front face of buttstock and inside buttplate. Bottom of bbl has the caliber marking “44 CTG’E” hand stamped forward of the forearm. Top & bottom tangs have the number “22334” on left side under the wood. These rifles were produced in fairly large quantities, as many as 12,000, in the period 1868-1888, however they are rarely found in crisp orig condition such as this one. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig factory blue with some light cleaned spots on both sides. Receiver retains virtually all of its strong, bright case colors with some lacquer remaining in sheltered areas. Sides are lightly to moderately faded. Top tang retains thin case colors and the bottom tang & trigger bow are mostly gray patina with case colors in sheltered areas. Breech block & hammer retain virtually all of their bright high polish blue and the pin plate retains about all of its bright fire blue. Buttplate retains about 50% bright case colors with balance turned silver showing wear & light pitting at heel & toe. Wood is sound with a very few, very minor handling & storage mars and a small chemical streak around the toe and overall retains about all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-36929 JR2389 (4,000-7,000)

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*REMINGTON NO. 5 ROLLING BLOCK RIFLE. SN NONE. Cal. 30 US (30-40 Krag). Built on a No. 1 action with 28″ tapered light weight rnd bbl, Rocky Mtn. front sight with German silver blade and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Caliber marking is on top of bbl forward of rear sight. Top tang has usual Remington company & patent markings with shield shaped checkered panels on breech block tab& hammer spur. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with long, rnd, tapered forearm that has a black insert schnable tip. Buttstock has straight grip with “RA Co” embossed hard rubber buttplate. Although these rifles were made in fairly large quantities for smokeless powder cartridges they are rarely found with high orig finish given that they were inexpensive and saw very hard use as hunting rifles. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with only some thinning around muzzle. Receiver retains dark case colors over most surfaces. Stock has a hairline below bottom tang and another back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with normal handling & use nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore. 4-36934 JR220 (3,000-5,000)

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VERY RARE REMINGTON TYPE III SPORTING SPLIT BREECH ROLLING BLOCK CARBINE. SN NONE. Cal. 38 RF. When the contracts for the Type I & Type II carbines were completed Remington retrieved their machinery & parts from Savage Arms and continued to assemble carbines in various configurations and calibers for the civilian market. Unfortunately, given the glut of surplus arms on the market immediately after the Civil War, their efforts were largely unsuccessful and fewer than 1,000 of these rare carbines were ever completed. This model was advertised in the Remington 1866 catalog. Reference Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms. This sporting carbine has a 22-3/8″ tapered rnd bbl, pinched blade front sight with bead, a fixed V-notch rear sight and a simple tang sight with 3″ staff dovetailed into the top tang. Tang sight has a friction elevation slide and a musket style tension spring with recesses at each end in the tang. Left side of receiver has two plugged holes from where the sling bar was removed. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, American walnut with uncheckered, rounded, tapered forearm and straight stock with a smooth steel carbine buttplate. Wrist of buttstock is coarse checkered with flat squarish diamonds. This is one of the great rarities in Remington long arms. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl retains about 95-96% orig blue, thinning around the muzzle with one small spot of pitting. Receiver, bottom tang & trigger guard retain most of their orig case colors, moderately faded on receiver, turning to dark on bottom tang & trigger guard. Buttplate is a cleaned metal patina. Wood is sound and retains most of its orig factory varnish with a few minor handling & storage marks. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36931 JR235 (4,000-7,000)

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RARE TYPE 1 REMINGTON SPLIT BREECH SADDLE RING ROLLING BLOCK CARBINE. SN 4044. Cal. 46 RF. Rare carbine with 20″ tapered rnd bbl, pinched blade front sight and 2-position carbine flip rear sight. Top tang has 2-line address & patent number and a small “D” inspector initial. Receiver has a sling bar & ring in left side. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with short, tapered, rounded forearm secured with a sgl band with spring keeper. Buttstock has a straight grip with smooth steel carbine buttplate. The SN was observed on bottom of bbl under hammer spring and was not observed anywhere else on the carbine. The buttplate has the number “3490” in large numbers in old red paint on the inside. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms the U.S. Gov’t contracted for a total of 5,000 of these carbines which were delivered in 1865. In 1870 Remington repurchased 3,600 of them and resold them to France for use in the Franco-Prussian War. Undoubtedly the remaining 1,400 carbines were eventually sold to large surplus dealers such as Bannerman’s, also in the 1870s. Given the scarcity of ammunition it is unlikely they would have remained in service very long and would have been relegated to the scrap heap in short order. Very few have apparently been returned to the U.S. from France and therefore these little carbines are extremely rare in the U.S. today. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains 70-75% strong orig blue, turning plum on the front half with scattered surface spots. Frame retains 40-50% faded case colors with balance a silver/gray patina. Stock has a long scrape down left side and a couple of small gouges with a crack in the toe and a gouge on the forearm, otherwise wood is sound with handling & storage marks and retains about all of an old refinish with some orig finish around the wrist. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with some light to moderate pitting just in front of chamber. 4-36941 JR234 (4,000-7,000)

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SCARCE REMINGTON TYPE 2 SPLIT BREECH SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN NONE. Cal. 50 RF. Rare carbine with 20″ round barrel, pinched blade front sight and 2-position 500 yard carbine flip rear sight. Receiver has a sling bar & ring on left side with 2-line Remington address & patent numbers on top tang. Mounted with nicely figured, slab sawed, uncheckered American walnut with tapered carbine forearm secured with a single band and a screw with spring keeper for the band. Buttstock has a carbine/musket-style smooth steel buttplate with “US” on top tang and small inspector initials that appear to be “DAS” on the comb. The split breech designation generates from the design of the breech block which is similar to the succeeding Rolling Block but with two knurled protruding ears over the topof the reciever and the hammer mounted in the center. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms the U.S. contracted for 15,000 of these carbines in Oct. 1864 but the first delivery wasn’t until Sept. 1865 and final delivery in May 1866. In 1870 the U.S. Gov’t sold the majority of these carbines back to Remington who promptly resold them to France where they were used in the Franco-Prussian War. This carbine was made without the sling swivels on the bbl band and buttstock. Apparently very few of these rare carbines remained in the United States and few have been re-imported and are seldom encountered today. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains traces of orig blue around front sight being mostly a smooth mottled blue-gray patina with a couple of small spots of rust and a scrape or two from where the bbl band was removed. All other metal is mostly a silver/gray patina with traces of case colors on breech block. Forearm has a crack on bottom at rear edge, otherwise wood is sound with normal nicks & dings and retains a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36924 JR233 (3,000-5,000)

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SCARCE REMINGTON NO. 1 ROLLING BLOCK SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN NONE. Cal. 50-70. Standard carbine with 20-1/2″ tapered rnd bbl, pinched blade front sight and 2-position flip rear sight graduated to 500 yards. Top tang has usual Remington company & patent markings and the left side of receiver has a sling bar & ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with tapered, rounded forearm secured with a sgl band retained by a spring keeper. Buttstock has a straight grip with smooth steel carbine buttplate. These military rifles & carbines were produced in extremely large quantities in the period 1867-1888 and sold literally around the world as well as to the American military. They were extremely popular and saw service well into the 19th century and, given their hard frontier type service, are almost never found with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Appears to be new & unfired retaining virtually all of its strong bright blue with some minor wear around muzzle. Bbl band retains about 95% high polish blue. Receiver, top & bottom tangs, trigger guard & buttplate retain about all of their strong, bright orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas. Breech block & hammer retain about all of their bright factory blue. Wood is sound with a very few, very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-36933 JR221 (4,000-7,000)

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REMINGTON CADET RIFLE WITH MODEL 1867 PISTOL ACTION. SN NONE. Cal. 50 Remington Pistol CF. Wonderful little cadet rifle, probably produced by Hartley & Co. who owned Remington at the time, with 28″ open top bbl, square base front sight/bayonet lug with a small carbine style 2-position flip rear sight, built on the 1867 pistol action. Left side of frame has Remington address & patent markings with military inspector initials “P / FCW” on right side. Mounted with uncheckered strait grain American walnut with full length forearm that has steel nosecap and is retained with two solid bands that have spring keepers. Upper band is fitted with a sling loop with corresponding sling loop in front web of trigger guard. Bottom of forearm is grooved & contains a slotted head ramrod. Buttstock has a smooth steel carbine/musket buttplate. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, only about 1,000 of these cadet rifles were produced around the turn of the 20th century by Hartley & Co. of New York. Their advertising referred to these cadet rifles as “REMINGTON CADET RIFLE NO. 205”. Accompanied by an orig cadet length socket bayonet with 15″ blade that is marked “US” on the ricasso and has a “W” inspector initial on right side of shank. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. The bbl retains a dark plummy/blue patina with a few scattered spots of light pitting. Front band retains strong bright orig blue with the lower band a plum patina mixed with bright blue. Receiver, breech block & hammer retain strong orig blue with candy striping and surface spotting. Wood is sound with light handling & use marks and retains most of its orig finish. Buttstock is possibly an old replacement. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Bayonet has a small crack at front top of socket, otherwise is sound retaining thin blue on blade with a clean metal finish on socket. 4-36923 JR224 (3,000-5,000)

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FINE REMINGTON NO. 1 ROLLING BLOCK MILITARY RIFLE. SN NONE. Cal. 7mm Mauser. Standard rolling block military rifle with 30″ tapered rnd bbl, tall barleycorn front sight and 1300 yard ski jump musket rear sight. Top of bbl has the caliber marking just forward of the handguard. Hammer has a checkered spur and the breech block tab is checkered in a shield shape. Top tang has 3-line Remington address & patent date of “1901”. Mounted with nicely figured slab sawed American walnut with full length forearm and handguard secured with two bands retained by a spring keeper in the rear one and with bayonet lug and wiping rod under the front band. Front band also has a sling loop with corresponding sling loop in the buttstock. Buttplate is standard smooth steel military rifle buttplate. Although these military rifles were produced in very large quantities and sold quite literally around the world in a variety of calibers, they are seldom encountered today in unused condition such as this one. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, probably unfired. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig factory finish to both metal & wood with bright crisp blue on the bbl Breech block & hammer and brilliant case colors on receiver, top & bottom tangs and trigger guard. Buttplate retains about 90% orig blue with wear on heel & toe. Wood is sound showing only one or two tiny handling & storage nicks and retains virtually all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-36930 JR225 (3,000-5,000)

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RARE LARGE DOG’S HEAD REMINGTON CANE GUN. SN 97. Cal. 32 RF. Fine cane gun about 36-3/4″ long with chocolate brown gutta percha covering and a molded large gutta percha dog’s head as a handle. It has a tapered steel tip and a 1-1/8″ wide unmarked silver band at the joint with concealed button trigger that has four concentric rings. The joint where the handle is attached to the shank has a major repair consisting of a 1-3/8″ silver collar which appears to be over a brass collar and is pinned in place with silver brads. SN was observed on the shaft just below the loading joint. Cane guns were produced by Remington for only a short period, 1866-1888 with only about 1,800 cartridge models created in that time. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Gutta percha appears to be all completely solid & intact with the aforementioned repair to the handle. There is some light fading toward the tip, possibly caused by a chemical solution with one streak further up the shaft. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36935 JR353 (4,500-6,500)

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EXTREMELY RARE INSCRIBED REMINGTON CANE GUN. SN 41. Cal. 32 RF. Remington cane gun with extremely rare red gutta percha shaft & handle with silver collar at the joint between handle & shaft inscribed in Olde English script “F B Andrews MD”. Cane is about 35-1/2″ overall length with a 3-1/4″ slightly curved handle with swelled flat end. It has the concealed round trigger with four concentric rings and a knurled metal tip with a silver metal collar slightly above the tip. The SN is found on the metal tip. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Handle has a crack at the bend and there is a hairline at the loading joint, otherwise handle & shaft are sound. Shaft retains most of its strong dark burgundy colored finish with a few minor, light nicks & scratches. Handle, with its crack, is otherwise sound and retains 75-80% dark orig burgundy finish and the shank about all of its orig finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36936 JR352 (4,000-6,000)

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RARE REMINGTON 1867 NAVY ROLLING BLOCK PISTOL WITH HOLSTER. SN 2455. Cal. 50CF, 7″ rnd bbl with round base pinched blade front sight. Left side of bbl at receiver has anchor stamp. Small rolling block receiver has usual markings on lower left side of frame but are difficult to read. Lower right side is stamped “P / F.C.W.” Right side of grip finds a small “C.E.H.” stamping. Inspection of tangs on left side reveals matching “2455” on upper and lower tangs as well as bbl under forend. Right side of tangs are both stamped “58”. Precise production numbers are not known. Believed to be made in the early 1870s and factory-converted from Model 1865. Accompanied with extremely rare bridal leather holster marked on front “ORD’DEPT” over an oval marked “NAVY YARD / NY / 1872” with anchors either side of date. Simple holster with belt loop and retaining strap sewn on and a brass finial. This holster should be considered extremely rare. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection CONDITION: Very Good. Bbl retains a brown patina mixed with some silver, very fine surface oxidation and traces of orig blue on bottom. Receiver retains orig blue that is thinning and blending with brown patina. Hammer retains a silver hardening color while breech block a dark patina. Grips are sound with some minor nicks & scratches and retains an oil finish with hand-worn patina as well as forend. Mechanics are crisp, good bore with distinct rifling and being lightly frosted. Holster is in good condition with stitching intact and mostly an aged, cracked finish. 4-36937 BDT252 (4,000-7,000)

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SCARCE REMINGTON 1871 ARMY ROLLING BLOCK PISTOL. SN 5271. Cal. 50CF, 8″ rnd bbl with half-moon front sight, no provision for rear sight. Small rolling block action with left side marked “REMINGTON’S ILION. N.Y. U.S.A. / PAT MAY 3 NOV 15TH 1864 APRIL 17TH 1866”. Left side also has 2 inspector stamps “P” & “S”. Grips are of straight grain uncheckered walnut with inspector’s cartouche on left side “CRS”. Inspection of tangs reveal matching assembly number “5440”, back tang also has serial number “5271” that can also be found in front tang channel of grip. There were only about 6,000 of these pistols made and about 5,000 sold to the U.S. Government. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 85-90% orig blue with minor muzzle wear and numerous fine nicks & scratches. Receiver retains 90% orig case colors, bright on sharp edges, and some minor nicks & scratches. Hammer and breech block with notch for rear sight remain bright and clean. Grip and forend are sound with strong cartouche, some minor nicks & dings and retain orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with nice shiny bore. 4-36938 BDT251 (3,000-4,500)

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SCARCE BREVET REMINGTON DOUBLE BARREL ROLLING BLOCK PISTOL. SN 91. Cal. 9 mm Rimmed. Strange dbl bbl rolling block pistol with 5-1/2″ bbls, pinched post front sight with V-notch in the breech block flange. Pistol is built by Emil & Leo Nagant, Liege, Belgium, on Belgian patents under license from Remington during the period 1881-1894, with about 1,500 pistols produced in that time frame. These pistols were built on a rolling block type action with dbl hammers & sgl trigger. Left side of frame is marked “BREVET REMINGTON” and a Belgian proof. Right side of frame is marked “EM & L. NAGANT / LIEGE” between the hammer & breech block pins and “BREVET / NAGANT” at the front of the frame. There is a large Belgian proof behind the hammer pin and the right side of the bbl lug has the “ELG” and another Belgian proof. Mounted with coarse checkered 2-pc walnut grips and has an oval butt cap with stud & swivel. PROVENANCE: Bruce M. Cady Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbls retain about 50% orig blue turning plum with the balance a medium patina. Frame & trigger guard retain about 85% stronger orig blue toning to plum. Hammers & breech block also retain strong orig blue. Grips show heavy wear with dark oil staining and the checkering filled with hand grease. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bores. 4-36940 JR354 (3,000-5,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE BURGESS PUMP ACTION MAGAZINE RIFLE. SN NONE VISIBLE. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Rare Burgess rifle with 24″ oct bbl, full tube magazine with half-nickel front sight and Winchester style semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver has relief milled sides with brass inlaid sighting plane over the receiver ring. Bolt is hand engraved on the top “BURGESS GUN CO. / BUFFALO, N.Y.U.S.A.” with small foliate arabesque engraved patterns to the front & back. Top of bolt is actually a dust cover cleverly mortised into the top edge of the receiver and attached to the bolt with a small screw at rear end. Mounted with very nicely figured American walnut with very fine checkered forearm and uncheckered straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. This buttplate is obviously something recycled as there is a welded up butt trap cover hole in the center and a welded up screw hole in the tang. This appears to be probably from a Winchester rifle, or possibly a Burgess lever action rifle. The operating mechanism of the pump action is released by firing or by means of a small lever in front of the trigger guard. The operating rod is the floorplate of the receiver and linked to the bolt, and to a sliding grip made of checkered gutta percha attached to a stamped sheet metal sleeve over the grip area. This pump action is unique among firearms and is only one of the over 500 firearms & improvements upon firearms patented by Andrew Burgess. Mr. Burgess was born Jan. 16, 1837 in Dresden, NY and died Dec. 19, 1908. As a young man he & his brother were hired by Matthew Brady, the renowned photographer in about 1855. Brady’s eyesight was failing and most of the famous Brady photographs known today were taken by Andrew & his brother, William, including some of the more famous Lincoln photographs, especially the one on today’s $5.00 Bill. The Burgess brothers were photographers under the Brady name through the Civil War until war between the French & Mexico broke out in late 1864. Andrew traveled to Mexico to photograph that conflict and returned to the U.S. in 1867 resuming his partnership with Brady. In 1870 he was the photographer for a team of scientists sent to Sicily to observe a solar eclipse where he became seriously ill but still managed to do the photography. He remained in Italy for a length of time after the Sicilian expedition and toured Europe extensively during which time he probably filmed the Franco-Prussian War. During his tours he visited and discussed firearms design with a number of European manufacturers and upon returning to the U.S. in 1871 began seriously designing and re-designing firearms. His first patent, an improvement on the Peabody rifle, was issued Sept. 19, 1871. From that point forward the tremendous volume of his patents all involved magazine rifles and primarily lever action and pump action rifles. On Jan. 7, 1873, Mr. Burgess was issued patent #134,589 which was to have great repercussions throughout the firearms world which was incorporated into a number of different designs, including the now famous Marlin Model 1881. That patent is still in use in Marlin firearms today. Mr. Burgess also had patents that were incorporated in a number of Whitneyville rifles and the Colt-Burgess Lever Action rifle, all of which, in one manner or another, were either purchased or persuaded to stop production by the overbearing Winchester Company. One of the designs Mr. Burgess had patented was the locking mechanism used in the 1881 Marlin and a similar lock, apparently redesigned by prolific inventor John M. Browning was being introduced by Winchester as their Model 1893 pump action shotgun. With the acquisition of Mr. Burgess’ designs when Winchester purchased the Whitneyville Company, Mr. Burgess’ income was greatly reduced so he organized & built the Burgess Gun Co. of Buffalo, NY and began manufacturing in 1893. His first product was a 12 ga. shotgun based on the design found in this rifle which was extremely efficient & fast. When the shotgun, or in this case the rifle, is fired, just at the instant before the gas pressure in the bore is relieved, the breech block unlatches and the pressure forces the slide to the rear ejecting the empty and all the shooter has to do is move the slide forward for the next shot making this rifle/shotgun a sort of manual semi-auto. The rifle on this design was introduced in 1896, initially in calibers 30-30, 44-40 and 30-40 Burgess. Winchester, apparently feeling the pinch of competition to their new Model 1893 shotgun, and later the model 1897 by the Burgess shotgun, began negotiating to purchase the Burgess Gun Company and, with Mr. Burgess’s ill health, ultimately were successful in buying him out in 1899. Winchester may have produced a few more Burgess firearms out of leftover parts but quickly shelved the design and this great Burgess product ceased to exist. The saga of Andrew Burgess does not stop there however. His designs continue in almost every Marlin lever action firearm produced to this day. Conversation between this cataloger and several rather senior dealers and collectors has disclosed that none of us had previously seen a Burgess rifle with an oct bbl. Only a few had ever seen any Burgess rifles and they had all been with rnd bbls. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain strong orig blue with a few spots of moderate pitting on the side flats that have been cleaned with touch-up blue added. Magazine tube has only a couple of small spots. Receiver retains 65-70% thinning orig blue with a few spots of moderate pitting, deeper in a couple of spots. Steel slide retains 15-20% orig blue with balance cleaned to a light patina. Gutta percha grip is extremely fine. Wood is sound with minor storage & handling nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-40259 JR314 (12,500-17,500)

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RARE HIGH CONDITION COLT BURGESS SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 3975. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Usual configuration with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and reverse mounted carbine ladder rear sight with 900 yards graduations on the inside of the standing leaf. It has usual marking on top of the bbl forward of the rear sight. Left side of receiver is marked with the rampant Colt and has a staple & ring in the left rear. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and carbine buttplate with trap. Bottom of stock has an empty silver initial oval. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only 1,621 of these rare carbines were produced in the period 1883-1885. Of those few carbines produced very few survive today with orig configuration and finish. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl may have been originally brown and today retains about 97-98% strong dark brown finish. Magazine tube retains a smooth plum blue finish that also may have been originally brown. Receiver retains 93-95% glossy orig Colt blue with edge wear and some light flaking over the top. Lever & hammer retain case colors in sheltered areas being mostly heavily cleaned to light metal color. Buttplate retains 25-30% faded case colors with fine pitting on the toe. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of a fine professionally restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36883 JR316 (12,500-17,500)

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RARE EARLY FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 117617. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates with cal marking on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips. Revolver is engraved by Cuno Helfricht in his deluxe coverage. Engraving consists of foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background on sides of frame with zig zag border at rear edges and around recoil shields. Left recoil shield & loading gate are engraved in Mr. Helfricht’s trademark fan patterns with snake & dot patterns over top straps. Each side of bbl boss is engraved in a foliate spray with snake & dot patterns on the base pin boss and ejector rod housing boss. Bottom front gullets are engraved with zig-zag & dot patterns. Foliate arabesque patterns extend to even with the front sight on each side with snake & dot patterns on each side of bbl address which terminate in a geometric pattern. Ejector rod housing has snake & dot patterns in top gullet & outer radius. Top of back strap has a simple foliate spray with geometric patterns down back strap, on butt strap & trigger bow. Cylinder is engraved with foliate sprays on the lands between the flutes with the front edge engraved in an elliptical pattern and five 6-pointed stars in each panel surrounding a simple arched pattern of five fine lines. This is the only time that this exact pattern has been observed by this cataloger. Rear edge of cylinder is engraved in a continuous snake & dot pattern. Screws are all fire blued and show little or no evidence of screwdriver contact. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 Colt with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, wood stocks, factory engraved and shipped to Hartley & Graham, New York, NY on Aug. 21, 1886 in a shipment of 12 same type revolvers. Although the letter indicates this revolver was shipped with wood grip, which at that time would have been a 1-pc grip and the front strap would have been without grip locator pin that is apparently a mistake in the records as the grip locator pin. That entry is currently installed in this revolver is nickel finished and appears correct in all respects. Pearl grips may have been supplied by Hartley & Graham but also could have been supplied by Colt. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Overall retains 96-97% strong orig nickel finish with minor losses around the muzzle and face of the cyl from firing. Balance of nickel finish is strong & bright with a couple of minor dings on the top edge of the front sight and some minor losses in the bottom front gullets of the frame. Screws retain about all of their bright fire blue finish. Grips are sound with great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. This is one of the finest early engraved single actions come to market in recent history. 4-40138 JR332 (125,000-175,000)

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*MINTY FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 351887. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full thick front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with spectacular and most unusual 1-pc pearl grip with a raised carved Mexican eagle on right side and the initials “RGG” carved into left side and filled with black enamel. Revolver is beautifully engraved by master engraver Wilbur Glahn with about 75% coverage foliate arabesque patterns with very fine punch dot background. Both sides have tiny flower blossoms incorporated in engraving patterns. Recoil shield, loading gate and top of back strap incorporate Mr. Glahn’s trademark “V” pattern. Both sides of bbl, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved to match with matching patterns on the lands between the flutes of the cylinder. The SN was observed in usual location on frame and on right sides of front & back straps under grip and last two digits of SN are on rear face of cylinder. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 45 Colt with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, pearl stocks with “carved Mexican eagle motif” and initials “RGG” inlaid in black enamel on left stock, factory engraved and shipped to Shelton-Payne Arms Co., El Paso, TX on July 25, 1928 to factory order #14984/1 in a 1-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including cylinder. Grip is unnumbered, appears to be unfired. Left side of muzzle & tip of ejector rod housing show slight holster wear and there is some minor flaking on front face of cylinder. Front strap has had some restoration. Grip is crisp and retains virtually all of its orig factory polish with fine fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36835 JR15 (40,000-70,000)

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COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL TIFFANY GRIP. SN 21742. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly thinned front sight and 1-line script letter address with brackets. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with the caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. Ejector rod housing is 1st type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. SN was observed on frame & trigger guard with last four digits of SN on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing and on outer diameter of cylinder. Mounted with an orig heavy silver plated cast metal “TIFFANY” grip that has very highly detailed vignettes of Civil War era military scenes on both sides with a trophy of flags & shield on back strap surmounted by an oval initial panel engraved with the initials “RYA” or some combination thereof. While Tiffany grips are not uncommon on percussion revolvers they are very rarely encountered on single action Army revolvers, especially authentic ones. This grip is authentic in all respects except for possibly having had the eagle butt cap replaced. Bottom edge of the front strap of this revolver has been notched to accommodate the cutout in base of grip. This revolver was produced in 1875 during a period when very few civilian revolvers were being produced with nickel plating only a recently offered process CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains 90-92% milky orig nickel with losses turned to dark patina, especially around muzzle and on cylinder. Hammer retains dark case colors on sides. Grip shows moderate wear with some underlying plating or metal exposed in a couple of very high points. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-40148 JR100 (50,000-90,000)

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*FINE WILBUR GLAHN ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH TEXAS & LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSOCIATION. SN 352721. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. SN was observed on bottom of frame & on right side of front & back straps under grip. Last two digits of SN are on rear face of cylinder. Mounted with fine pearl grips with deep relief carved ox head on right side with ruby or garnet eyes. Revolver is engraved in Class B (2) style engraving by Wilbur Glahn with about 60% coverage foliate arabesque patterns which incorporate flower blossoms on each side of frame. Recoil shield, loading gate, top of back strap & butt strap also incorporate Mr. Glahn’s trademark “V” patterns. Top strap & sides of bbl are engraved to match as is the trigger guard. Cylinder is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes with a snake pattern near rear edge. Back strap is zig zag engraved, through the nickel, in a style known to have been used by engravers at Wolf & Klar with the inscription “W.M. PETERSON”. Accompanied by a 5-pointed silver star badge with ball points and engraved arms incorporating a flying American eagle clutching a U.S. shield as the centerpiece surrounded by a black cloissonne circle imprinted “CHIEF OF POLICE WINNETKA”. Rear of badge is engraved “W.M. PETERSON / APPOINTED / MAY 1-1913 / RETIRED / JAN.15-1945”. Badge is in its orig George Harold Police Equipment Co. black leather case. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 Colt with 5-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, rubber grips, factory engraved Grade 2, shipped to Wolf & Klar, Fort Worth, TX on Sept. 18, 1928 in a 2-gun shipment. Additionally accompanying is a telegram dated May 24, 1937 to “Sen. C.T. Baumrucker” and signed by Chief Peterson requesting the Senator’s assistance in passing pension bills. Also part of this package is a portrait of Chief Peterson in civilian coat & tie inscribed on back “W.M. Peterson / Winetka, Ill.”. There is also a photograph of 9 men in suits & ties, apparently a Police Chiefs’ meeting or award ceremony of some sort as they are all wearing the same style of badge on their lapel. Chief Peterson is standing at the left and photograph is inscribed “Milwaukee Wis. Sept. 9th to 12th 40”. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including cyl, except grips which are apparently old period of use replacements. Overall retains virtually all of its orig factory nickle finish with one small spot of flaking on inside of loading gate. Grips have a couple of small chips otherwise are sound with great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may have been fired but very, very little. Badge shows light wear although it appears to have been carried extensively. 4-36847 JR32 (30,000-50,000)

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*WONDERFUL FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 295601. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with fire blued screws, 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking in a ribbon on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates in an engraved ribbon with shaded background and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with 2-pc spectacular pearl grips with deep relief carved eagle with ruby or garnet eye on right side and left side inscribed “ROY NEBLETT”. Revolver is engraved from the Cuno Helfricht shop with about 60% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on frame and a foliate spray on recoil shield & loading gate. The ejector rod boss is engraved with a simple hunter star and with foliate arabesque patterns on each side of bbl boss. Engraving patterns extend about half way up each side of bbl and there is a snake pattern in ejector rod housing gullet. Cyl is engraved in simple geometric patterns on lands between flutes with a snake & dot pattern around rear edge. Top of back strap is engraved with a simple foliate spray with geometric patterns that match the cyl on back strap, butt strap & trigger guard. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter that identifies this revolver, as found, in caliber 45 Colt with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, type of stocks not listed, factory engraved and shipped to H&D Folsom Arms Co., New York, NY on June 20, 1907 in a shipment of 6 same type revolvers. SN was observed in the usual places on frame, trigger guard & butt strap with the last three digits of SN on rear face of cylinder. Removing the grips for examination disclosed that the grip locator pin had been ground away and the right grip attached to the frame with some form of glue. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Overall retains 95-96% strong, bright, orig factory nickel with slight muzzle edge wear and wear on the tip of the ejector rod housing. Front & back straps are slightly dulled with losses of nickel around heel and on butt strap. Cyl retains 96-97% strong orig nickel with some minor flaking in the flutes. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue. Grips, as noted above, are otherwise fine with a repaired left heel and overall retain great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-36833 JR178 (35,000-60,000)

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Revised: 10/4/2010

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The grips have been replaced.

*FINE WILBUR GLAHN ENGRAVED & INSCRIBED SILVER PLATED PAIR OF COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS. SN 356118 & 356293. Cal. 45 Colt. Revolvers are identical in virtually all respects with silver finish, 7-1/2″ bbls, full orig front sights, 1-line block letter addresses and standard, late, pre-war markings on left sides. They have 2-line 3-patent dates on left sides of frames and rampant Colts in a circle. They are mounted with very old 1-pc ivory grips that are two slabs of ivory attached to two wood block spacers that are attached together. These grips have a left hand and a right hand deep relief raised carved horse’s head with ruby or garnet eyes. They are identically engraved by Colt master engraver, Wilbur Glahn in his deluxe C+ coverage of his distinctive flowing foliate & floral arabesque patterns with extremely fine punch dot background. Frames have about 85% coverage with several scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Engraving extends nearly the full length on both sides of bbls, also with a small flower blossom on right sides. Ejector rod bosses are engraved with a large flower blossom with back straps & top of back straps having full coverage foliate arabesque patterns. Trigger guards are engraved to match. Front straps & ears of back straps are engraved in Mr. Glahn’s trademark “V” patterns. Cylinders have identical full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the outer circumference offset by the unengraved flutes. Back straps are engraved “Ray E. Hollinger” and butt straps “June 10, 1937 / Denison Texas”. SN’s were observed in usual place, on bottoms of frames & on right sides of trigger guards & back straps under grips. Last two digits of SN’s were observed on rear faces of cylinders and, unusually on the inside radii of ejector rod housings. In addition each revolver is stamped with a tiny “&”, on right side of number “356118” and on left side of number “356293” signifying factory restorative work. Left sides of trigger guards & back straps, inside radius of ejector rod housings & faces of cylinders around bushing holes are stamped with 3-digit assembly numbers used by factory to maintain order when reassembling revolvers after re-work. Accompanied by a 4-page letter from noted Colt historian & author, R.L. Wilson, who authenticates the engraving as having been done by Wilbur Glahn and states that this pair of revolvers appears on p. 304 of The Book of Colt Engraving and p. 400 of Colt Engraving both by Wilson. He states that the caption to these revolvers identifies them as having been shipped to Hoffman Hardware Co. in Jan. 1938 and that “By error the engraving and ivory grips were not included in the factory listing.” He credits this pair to the David S. Woloch Collection. He further states “It is highly unlikely the revolvers would have been returned to the Colt Factory for engraving and inscribing, especially in that the pair had already been silver plated. Furthermore, the butt strap inscriptions are of 1937 date [June 10, 1937/Denison Texas], and shipment was not until January 1938.” He speculates that the factory re-work ampersands on the trigger guards “could well have been simply a matter of internal parts repairs”. The letter continues that this pair of revolvers by Wilbur Glahn for Roy Hollinger is a true set and indicates they are the only known pair by Wilbur Glahn. He further states that Mr. Glahn seldom used silver plating in his embellishments and that there are only three such plated revolvers in Mr. Wilson’s books, this pair and a single. In light of the above, it is noted by this cataloger that the frame patent dates & rampant Colts are rather faint, indicative of restoration refinish while the adjacent engraving is sharp & crisp with numerous small areas of raised metal as one would find on any unrefinished engraved Colt revolver. Therefore it is this cataloger’s contention, given the assembly numbers and rework marks, that these revolvers were, in fact, returned to the factory for engraving & subsequent refinish. Close examination of the bbl markings leads this cataloger to believe that the bbls were replaced at the time of the restoration as there is still raised metal around the roll markings on the bbls. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Both revolvers are all matching as indicated above. They retain virtually all of their fine factory silver plating with only a couple of minor flakes on bbl of #356293. Both appear to be unfired since plating. Both revolvers have light abrasive marks on grip frames. Grips have numerous age lines with some light crystallization around edges and retain a smooth light ivory patina showing light wear to horse’s heads. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bores. 4-36832 JR30 (25,000-40,000)

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EXTRAORDINARY FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH TEXAS PROVENANCE. SN 145346. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ bbl, rare dovetailed half moon German silver front sight, 2-line address and caliber marking on left side. Revolver is black powder frame and made without provision for an ejector rod housing. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with replacement 2-pc smooth ivory grips. This beautiful revolver is factory engraved by Cuno Helfricht in his deluxe nearly full coverage presentation with flowing arabesque patterns on the frame, his deluxe sunbursts on the recoil shield and loading gate. It has snake & dot patterns on the top strap which extend down rear of the frame on each side of the hammer slot with foliate sprays on each side of base pin boss and snake & dot patterns in the gullets. Right rear side of the frame, below the loading gate is, unusually, engraved with a partial sunburst. Top of back strap is engraved with Mr. Helfricht’s trademark fan pattern with half blossom patterns on shoulders of the back strap and shoulders of the trigger guard. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved in Moorish patterns with presentation panel on the back strap engraved in period script, “J.B. Pritchard” probably by Mr. Helfricht. Cylinder is engraved in typical Helfricht patterns of alternating foliate arabesque and sunbursts on the lands between the flutes with snake & dot and dbl wavy line borders at the rear edge. At some point during the working life of this revolver the orig 4″ bbl was apparently replaced with a 5-1/2″ bbl which accompanies this revolver. Still later in its life a replacement 4″ bbl was created and is currently installed on the revolver. This revolver is pictured on p. 203 & p. 205 in full color in Colt Pistols, Wilson & Hable, near life size, with the caption that it was displayed in the Texas Ranger Museum, Waco, Texas for many years. Another similarly engraved 3″ Sheriff’s Model with German silver, half moon, dovetailed front sight is pictured on p. 432 of The Colt Engraving Book Volume I, Wilson. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 45 Colt with 4″ bbl, blue finish, ivory stocks, factory engraved and furnished with half moon silver sight, shipped to Dunlay & Geisler, Houston, TX on Aug. 5, 1892 in a 1-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. 4″ bbl retains about 95% strong bright blue with light wear on each side of muzzle. 5-1/2″ bbl retains about 98% strong bright blue. Frame & cyl are mostly a medium blue/brown patina with case colors visible in front flutes of the frame, strong in a couple of spots. Cyl is matching patina with blue in the flutes. Trigger guard & back strap retain strong blue in sheltered areas with front & back straps a blue/gray patina. Replacement grips are sound with numerous age lines and retain a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bores. 4-36890 JR17 (30,000-50,000)

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*HISTORIC FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER USED BY ARIZONA TERRITORY U.S. MARSHALL CHARLES A. OVERLOCK. SN 324695. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Fine historic single action, silver finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight, 2-line address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and rampant Colt. The SN was observed in the usual three places, on the frame, trigger guard & butt strap with last four digits of SN on rear face of cylinder. Mounted with factory 2-pc pearl grips with left & right, deep, rampant Colt medallions and a deep relief carved American eagle & shield on right grip. Revolver is engraved by Cuno Helfricht with about 80% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on frame and his trademark sunbursts on recoil shield & loading gate. There is a hunter star engraved on ejector rod boss and snake & dash patterns on top strap with foliate arabesque patterns extending down both sides of bbl and Moorish patterns forward of bbl address. Ejector rod housing has a snake & dot pattern in gullet along with a fine zig zag border pattern. Top of back strap is engraved with Mr. Helfricht’s trademark fan pattern with Moorish patterns down back strap, butt strap and on trigger bow. Back strap is engraved, probably by Mr. Helfricht in period script “C.A. Overlock”. Shoulders of back strap are engraved in half blossom patterns. Cyl is engraved in alternating patterns on lands between the flutes and a snake & dot pattern at rear edge. Accompanied by a large packet of information regarding the life of Charles Alton Overlock who was born in Bangor, Maine in 1859, worked as a carpenter in Boston and thence to Portland, Oregon in 1881. In 1882 he relocated to Tombstone, AZ where he engaged in business as a carpenter and in 1883 the cattle business in Sulpher Spring Valley about 25 miles outside of Tombstone. In 1892 he opened a butcher business in Tombstone which he sold in 1896 and then went to Bisbie, AZ where he remained until 1900 when he disposed of all his business interests and founded the town site of Douglas, AZ where he built the first house an developed the community water system. In 1901 he formed the Douglas Lumber Co. and also built a Post Office, becoming the first Postmaster and the first Mayor of the city. He sold the Douglas Lumber Co. in 1907 and then with his son, Harry, started a real estate & brokerage enterprise which made him a wealthy man. In 1909 Mr. Overlock was appointed U.S. Marshall for the Territory of Arizona with residence in Tucson. When the territory was admitted to the Union in 1912 he was reappointed U.S. Marshall for the District of Arizona which he served until Feb. 1914 when he was politically removed from office by the new incoming president, Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat who apparently removed all serving Republicans from the previous administration. Mr. Overlock apparently returned to Douglas becoming the Mayor from 1919-1922 and died in Douglas in 1926. Also accompanying this packet are copies of several pictures of the Overlock residence in Douglas and Mr. Overlock in various positions as Mayor & Marshall as well as copies of numerous newspaper articles regarding law enforcement activities involving Marshall Overlock. Additionally accompanying is a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 32/20 with 4-3/4″ bbl, silver finish, factory engraved with pearl stocks that have carved “American eagle motif”, shipped to A. Steinfeld & Co., Tucson, AZ on Nov. 20, 1912 in a 1-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Overall retains about 70% slightly oxidized orig silver finish, showing holster wear around muzzle, left side of bbl and outer radius of ejector rod housing. Back strap is gray metal color with about 50% orig silver on front strap. Frame has some light pimpling in gullets in front of cylinder. Cyl retains about all of its orig silver on outer circumference, in the flutes and rear face with front face dark and moderately pitted. Grips have a chipped right toe, otherwise are extremely fine showing moderate wear to the shield on the eagle’s breast and retain great fire & color. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36858 JR11 (25,000-40,000)

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*MINTY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH TEXAS HISTORY. SN 353118. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full thick front sight, 2-line address and standard late markings on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with spectacular 2-pc ivory grips with a raised carved ox head on right side. Revolver is engraved by master engraver Wilbur Glahn in his deluxe full coverage flowing foliate arabesque patterns with extremely fine punch dot background. Top of back strap, top of back strap ears & corresponding area of frame are engraved in Mr. Glahn’s trademark “V” patterns. Back strap is full coverage engraved in tulip patterns with acanthus leaf patterns on butt strap & foliate arabesque patterns on trigger guard. Foliate arabesque patterns extend 3/4 of the way up each side of bbl with a snake & dash pattern in ejector rod housing gullet and foliate arabesque patterns on outer radius. Ejector rod housing boss on frame is engraved with a large flower blossom. Cyl has full coverage foliate arabesque pattern engraving around the outer diameter, strikingly offset by the bright nickel flutes. SN was observed in the usual place on bottom of frame and on right sides of front & back straps under grip. Last two digits of SN are found on rear face of cylinder. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 45 Colt, 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, rubber stocks, factory engraved in Class “C” coverage, shipped to “Loan Account” Wolf & Klar, Fort Worth, TX on July 15, 1929 to Account #16671/1 in a 1-gun shipment. Under remarks section it states that “This revolver was purchased by Wolf & Klar on Jan. 16, 1931.” PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including cylinder, grips are unnumbered. Has been fired, but very little and retains virtually all of its fine orig factory nickel with possible re-polishing & touch-up on front & back straps which is not detectable. Replacement grips are also extremely fine retaining virtually all of their orig polish, showing little or no wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36852 JR19 (20,000-30,000)

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*CUNO HELFRICHT ENGRAVED SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 331254. Cal.45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates & rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with silver Colt medallion 2-pc pearl grips with raised carved ox head on right side. Engraved in Cuno Helfricht’s deluxe style with nearly full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on frame with fine punch-dot background. Both sides of bbl boss have diamond patterns with tiny flower blossoms in bottom front gullets. Loading gate has Mr. Helfricht’s trademark flower blossom and top of back strap is engraved with his trademark fan pattern. Top strap is engraved in feather patterns with foliate arabesque patterns extending about 3/5 of the way down each side of bbl. Bbl address is surrounded by wave & dot and dbl line borders terminating at the forward end in Moorish patterns with more foliate arabesque patterns on each side of muzzle. Ejector rod housing is engraved with a snake & dot pattern in top gullet and a snake & leaf pattern on outer radius. Cyl is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes with simple borders around flutes and a scallop & line border at rear edge. Back strap & butt strap have Moorish zig zag patterns with inscription on back strap “John McKenney”. Trigger guard is engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns. Right rear web of trigger guard is stamped with a small 6-pointed star indicating factory re-work. SN was observed in usual places on frame, trigger guard & butt strap and last four digits of SN are found on rear face of cylinder, bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing and inside radius of ejector rod housing. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 Colt with 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, pearl stocks with carved ox head motif, factory engraved in level 2 with the inscription as found on the backstrap. Under “special features” it lists “furnished with dbl action cyl of long flute configuration”, sold to Wm. McKenney, address unavailable and shipped to R.H. Shearer, address unavailable on Jan. 11, 1915 in a 1-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching as noted above. Grips are unnumbered. Overall retains virtually all of its fine factory restored finish with no evidence of having been fired since restoration. Face of cyl has very fine pitting and is missing cyl bushing. Grips have a chip on right side at the frame, otherwise are sound with great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-36855 JR31 (12,500-22,500)

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FINE GLAHN ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH TEXAS RANGER & U.S. BORDER PATROL ASSOCIATION. SN 168641. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full thick front sight with 2-line address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with 2-pc left & right, deep medallion, pearl grips with raised carved ox head on right side. Revolver is engraved in Mr. Glahn’s typical style with about 75% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on frame and his trademark “V” patterns on recoil shield, loading gate & top of back strap. Butt strap has an additional “V” pattern. Foliate arabesque patterns extend 2/3 up each side of bbl and on outer radius of ejector rod housing. Ejector rod housing also has a snake pattern in top gullet. Cyl has foliate arabesque patterns engraved on lands between the flutes and a snake pattern at rear edge. Heel of back strap & trigger guard are also engraved to match. SN was observed in usual three places on frame, trigger guard & butt strap with addition of the factory assembly number “643N” which is found on left side of the butt strap, front strap, bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing, inside ejector rod housing & face of cyl around bushing hole. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 Colt with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish & rubber grips, shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO on Feb. 15, 1897 in a shipment of 25 same type revolvers. It is apparent, given the facts, that this revolver was manufactured in 1897 and that Mr. Glahn did not begin engraving for Colt until well into the 20th century, that this revolver was returned to factory for restoration & engraving with nickel finish applied at that time. It also appears that the bbl was either replaced or a new front sight added as it has the larger, thick front sight which was not instituted until about 1902. Additionally accompanied by a packet of information regarding the historical ownership of this revolver which is, according to a signed, notarized statement from Patrick L. Fleming, the son of William Adolph (Dolph) Fleming, who states that this revolver along with a number of other firearms was his father’s duty weapon during his law enforcement career, first in the Texas Rangers and then in the U.S. Border Patrol. Additionally accompanying is a letter from the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum, Waco, TX, forwarding information regarding the service of W.A. Fleming as a Texas Ranger. Included in this information is Mr. Fleming’s Oath of Enlistment paper which enlisted him in Company G at Edinburg, TX on 17 Dec 1917. According to Patrick Fleming’s notarized statement Ranger Fleming left the Texas Rangers and joined the U.S. Border Patrol in 1924 where he apparently served until his death in 1948. Also accompanied by a 2-page letter from noted Colt authority, collector & dealer, Mike Clark of Collector’s Firearms, Houston, TX, indicating he purchased this revolver directly from Patrick L. Fleming. Also included in the packet of information are copies of two photographs of Ranger Fleming in uniform, one on horseback in a parade and the other a portrait style photograph. And finally there is a 4-page letter from noted Colt historian & authority, Ron Graham, authenticating this revolver as described above. Also in the letter he states that it was “common practice by lawmen of the Southwestern United States to have their long time service arms refurbished, and in instances such as this, engraved by those weapons’ respective manufacturers.” PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains about 97-98% strong factory nickel with only slight muzzle edge wear on left side and tip of ejector rod housing. Grips have a chipped left toe, otherwise are sound with great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36834 JR20 (17,500-27,500)

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2148

RARE ENGRAVED AND SILVER PLATED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH MONTANA ASSOCIATION. SN 162881. Cal. 45 Colt. Silver finish 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 smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Revolver is engraved by Cuno Helfricht in his deluxe style with full coverage intertwined foliate arabesque patterns on frame and his trademark sunburst patterns on left recoil shield & loading gate. Base pin boss & ejector rod housing boss have unusual spear point decorations. Both sides of bbl are engraved in foliate arabesque patterns about 3/4 the way up with snake & dot pattern borders around the address which terminates in arabesque & Moorish patterns which extend around the front sight to the muzzle. Outer radius of the ejector rod housing has similar engraving with snake & dot pattern in top gullet. Top strap has unusual feather & dot patterns with snake & dot patterns down rear edges by hammer slot. Top of back strap is engraved in Mr. Helfricht’s deluxe fan pattern with Moorish geometric patterns down back strap, on butt strap & trigger bow. Cyl is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes with most unsual intertwined patterns around cylinder stop notches and snake & dot pattern around rear edge. Shoulders of trigger guard and ears of back strap have received Mr. Helfricht’s deluxe fan patterns. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in 45 caliber with 4-3/4″ bbl, silver finish, carved pearl oxhead stocks, factory engraved and shipped to A.L. Babcock Hardware Co., Billings, MT on Aug. 5, 1895 in a shipment of two same type revolvers. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains 75-80% strong orig silver finish with most of losses on left side of bbl near muzzle which also has some very fine pitting and around cyl outer diameter which has been lightly cleaned. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-40539 JR106 (17,500-27,500)

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2149
Revised: 9/27/2010

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This lot is accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber .45, with 5-1/2” bbl, finish “soft”, type of stock not listed and shipped to Hartley & Graham, New York, NY on Feb. 8, 1888 in a shipment of 3 same type revolvers.

FINE NEW YORK STYLE ENGRAVED BLACK POWDER FRAME COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 125503. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “45” under base pin. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and caliber marking is on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with thick, very old, 2-pc ivory grips with a raised carved steer head on right side. Revolver is engraved in New York style, probably from the Nimschke shop, with about 75% coverage foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background on frame with matching engraving patterns extending most of the way to muzzle on each side. Top strap is engraved in snake & dot patterns with geometric & dot patterns on base pin & ejector rod housing bosses. Top of back strap is engraved in a fan pattern with cross-hatched triangle center and geometric patterns down back strap and on trigger guard. Cyl is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns on lands between flutes with a dash & dot border pattern around rear edge. Shoulders of back strap are engraved in sunburst patterns with shoulders of trigger guard engraved in foliate patterns. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains 50-60% orig nickel finish with loss areas barely noticeable bare metal. Grips have numerous age lines with repairs on each side and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with light frosting. 4-40146 JR117 (15,000-20,000)

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2150

*NEW YORK ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 319525. Cal. 38WCF (38-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight, one line block letter address and a tiny “41” on the bottom of the bbl underneath the base pin. Left side of frame has two line, three patent dates and the Rampant Colt in a circle. It is mounted with lovely, smooth, 2-piece ivory grips. Revolver is engraved in New York style, probably from the Cuno Helfricht shop with about 70% covereage foliate arabesque patterns with fine paunch-dot background. Top strap is engraved in feather patterns and each side of the bbl boss is engraved in diamond and dot patterns. Engraving extends about 4″ up each side of bbl with dash & dot borders around the address which terminate in a foliate arabesque pattern with foliate arabesque patterns on each side of the muzzle and a double line border around the muzzle. Ejector rod housing has a snake & dot pattern on the outer radius. Top of the back strap is engraved in a fan pattern with triangle center engraved in diamond & dot patterns. Ears of the back strap are engraved in spider web patterns and the back strap itself has a double wavy line border down each side, terminating in a geometric pattern at the heel. Butt strap and trigger bow are also engraved in geometric patterns. Cylinder is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes and has a snake & dot pattern at the rear edge. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 38-40 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, and shipped to Novell Shapleigh Hardware Co, St. Louis, MO on October 7, 1911 in a shipment of three same type revolvers. Under a remarks section it states “Records do not indicate factory engraving when arm originally left factory. We do not have records available on firearms returned for engraving or other modifications”. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching except cyl and grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains about all of its fine, factory-style nickel finish which was apparently applied after the revolver had been in service for some time as there are a few scattered spots of pin-prick pitting under the finish and a few tiny nicks & dings with nickel finish in them. Grips are sound with a couple of age lines on the bottom left edge and retain a wonderful, mellow ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in the safety or half-cocked notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-40915 JR271 (9,000-15,000)

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2151
Revised: 10/4/2010

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Grips are probably replacements, some touch-up on front strap.

*FANTASTIC ALVIN WHITE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 357723. Cal. 45 Colt. This revolver is a pre-war, post-war model assembled, apparently in 1950, from pre-war made parts. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with late first generation marking on the side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with 2-pc ivory grips with phenomenal relief carved steer head on right side that has gold horns, ruby eyes and a gold ring through itsnose. Left grip is inlaid with the heavy gold initials “TD” and both grips have rampant Colt silver medallions. Left side of front strap, under grip, is inlaid with Mr. White’s silver cartouche marked “A.A. WHITE / ENG.” Revolver is wonderfully engraved by Mr. White with about 70% coverage on the frame consisting of extremely fine foliate arabesque patterns with shaded background. Left recoil shield has a very large raised gold rampant Colt with a raised gold buffalo skull on the loading gate. Top of back strap has an incredible raised gold spread winged American eagle clutching arrows & olive branches in its talons and the back strap is inlaid with a raised, gold longhorn steer head with platinum horns & fantastic detail. Top of bbl, just behind front sight has flat gold inlay of cavalry crossed sabers. Sides of frame, back strap, butt strap, trigger plate, bbl, ejector rod housing & trigger guard are inlaid with flat gold wire as part of the foliate arabesque engraving patterns. Muzzle & root ends of bbl are inlaid with a narrow gold band as is the ejector rod housing. Sides of hammer are also engraved to match. In addition the screw heads on the side of the frame are nicely engraved and the ends of the transverse pin are checkered. Cylinder has full coverage matching foliate arabesque patterns with foliate patterns in the flutes. The flutes & lands between the flutes are inlaid with a fine continuous gold band and the back edge of cylinder also is inlaid with a fine gold band. SN was observed on bottom of frame and on right side of the front & back straps under grip. Cyl is unmarked. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 Colt with 5-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, charged to “Arms Selling Expense” and shipped to Mr. John S. du Mont, Greenfield, Mass. on Sept. 27, 1950 in a 1-gun shipment. Alvin White was one of Colt’s premier master engravers for many years as well as engraving on his own under his own shop name. He produced some of the finest engraved Colts of the modern era that are in some of the finest collections in the world today. Mr. John du Mont was one of the deans of the firearms collecting fraternity for many years until his death late in the 20th century. Mr. du Mont amassed a very large collection of a great variety of firearms of very high quality and great value. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate collection; John S. du Mont Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except cyl & grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains virtually all of its wonderful post engraving custom finish probably by Colt. Blue is crisp & bright with strong case colors. Gold animals are executed in extreme fine detail and are a true example of Mr. White’s talent. Grips have a small repair in right heel, otherwise are sound and retain a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-36854 JR250 (5,000-8,000)

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2152

RARE GENUINE COLT BUNTLINE SPECIAL WITH AN ORIGINAL SKELETON STOCK. SN 28810. Cal. 45 Colt. A true Buntline Special with 10″ bbl, tall dovetail front sight with patridge blade insert and 1-line block letter address. Flat top-strap has a milled slot equipped with the special Buntline leaf sight. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and the hammer screw has an extended head and tip to accommodate the skeleton steel stock. Caliber is marked on left shoulder of trigger guard. SN was observed on bottom of frame & trigger guard and the last four digits of SN are on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing & outer diameter of cylinder. Ejector rod housing is third type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Mounted with very old, probably orig 1-pc ivory grip made in the orig way with two slabs of ivory attached to two slabs of wood that are attached together making one solid piece. Accompanied by an orig Colt steel skeleton stock. While Colt offered and produced single actions in bbl lengths 2-1/2″ to 16″ and the modern jargon for bbl lengths longer than the standard 7-1/2″ has evolved to become “Buntline Specials.” The only true Buntline Specials are found in the serial range 28,800 thru 28,830 and range in bbl length 10″ to 16″ with the special flat top frame milled for the special Buntline leaf sight and the extended hammer screw for stock attachment. Accompanied by a packet of information illuminating the Buntline Specials including a Colt Factory letter stating bbl length as 10″ with Globe & Peep Sight special features and shipped to C.G. Wingard, May 20, 1878. Also included is an 8 page letter and associated material from R.L. Wilson describing the gun and its history in great detail and providing additional information on long barreled Colts. Only 3 genuine revolvers w/ 10″ bbls are known today. SIZE: On Exhibition at Cody Firearms Museum 1974-1998. CONDITION: Fair. No orig finish remains, being an overall cleaned gray metal patina with scattered pitting and a few light dings. The tall patridge front sight is a working replacement. SN on back strap is obliterated. Hammer screw & several of the other screws appear to be replacements as are the hammer spring & screw. Grip has a chipped left toe and rounded right toe with myriad dark age lines and some minor oil staining and retains a fine ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. Stock is sound with a cleaned gray metal patina. 4-39853 (25,000-35,000)

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2153

*SCARCE LATE 1ST GENERATION DUAL-CALIBER MARKED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 352982. Cal. 44 Russian & Special. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of bbl is marked “RUSSIAN AND / S & W SPECIAL 44”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. SN was observed on bottom of frame & right side of trigger guard & back strap, under grip, with last two digits of SN on rear face of cylinder. It is unknown just how many of these scarce revolvers were manufactured with this bbl marking but they are quite scarce and seldom encountered. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, pristine new. Appears to be unfired. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig factory finish with only a faint sharp edge wear on left edge of muzzle and tip of ejector rod housing, probably from sliding around a drawer. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant factory case colors, slightly faded on recoil shield, loading gate & top edge of hammer. Back strap finish is slightly dulled. Cyl retains virtually all of its orig factory blue and appears to be unfired. Grips are crisp with no visible flaws. Crisp mechanics, brilliant shiny bore. A truly new & unfired single action. 4-40147 JR109 (25,000-35,000)

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2154

*COLT FIRST GENERATION DUAL CALIBER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 334309. Cal. 44 Russian & S&W Spcl. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking “RUSSIAN AND / S&W. SPECIAL 44” on the left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. SN was observed in the usual places on bottom of frame, trigger guard & butt strap. There is a tiny “44” on bottom of bbl under the base pin. Accompanied by two Colt factory letters dated 1998 and 2008, both of which report the same information and identify this revolver in caliber 44 S&W with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Warner Hardware Co., Minneapolis, MN, on Nov. 21, 1916 in a 1-gun shipment. Single actions with this style of dual caliber marking are quite scarce and seldom encountered. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including grips, cyl is unnumbered. Bbl retains 97-98% dark glossy orig factory blue with feathers on each side of front sight and ejector rod housing stud. Ejector rod housing retains 90-92% strong orig blue with some thinning on outer radius. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig factory case colors, moderately faded, brilliant in sheltered areas. Cyl retains 96-98% glossy orig blue with only a light cyl line and some sharp edge wear. Trigger guard, front strap & butt strap retain most of their orig blue, slightly thinned on front strap and with some chemical spotting on butt strap. Back strap retains dark blue at the top with the back strap a blue/gray patina. Right grip has an internal compression fracture, not affecting the integrity of the grip, otherwise grips are sound showing light to moderate wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40800 JR200 (8,000-12,000)

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2155
Revised: 9/22/2010

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This Colt SAA has rare Metford rifling. Accompanying the gun is a 7 page letter from R.L. Wilson describing the gun in great detail and relating facts about the production of this model variant along with articles of provenance tracing the gun’s chain of possession through Family history from 1916 and WW I American Volunteer, 2nd Lt.(later Capt.) Jack D. Newsom, British Royal Field Artillery, to Cousin John Field Sr. to his son John Jr. It is the Family’s understanding that this revolver was purchased by Newsom in London on his way to War and has remained in the Newsom and Field families ever since. It was John Field Sr. who incised his initials on the grip after the War; the two notches remain a mystery.

SCARCE COLT FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH LONDON ADDRESS AND RARE METFORD RIFLING. SN 130263. Cal. 450 Boxer. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, rectangular based target front sight with bead and 1-line Pall Mall London address. Frame is black powder style with flat top strap having a dovetailed fixed rear sight. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Mounted with rampant Colt/eagle hard rubber grips that are marked with an incised monogram “JF” and 2 cut notches on the left panel. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were only 89 revolvers produced in caliber 450 Boxer of the approx. 215 flat top target models made in British calibers during the period 1888-1895. Bottom of bbl and in each flute on cylinder is stamped with small British proofs. SN was observed in three places on frame, trigger guard & butt strap with rear face of cyl marked “.45B”. These scarce revolvers are seldom encountered in the U.S. today with an unknown number of surviving specimens. Accompanying the gun is a 7 page letter from R.L. Wilson describing the gun in great detail and relating facts about the production of this model variant along with articles of provenance tracing the gun’s chain of possession through Family history from 1916 and WW I American Volunteer, 2nd Lt.(later Capt.) Jack D. Newsom, British Royal Field Artillery, to Cousin John Field Sr. to his son John Jr. It is the Family’s understanding that this revolver was purchased by Newsom in London on his way to War and has remained in the Newsom and Field families ever since. It was John Field Sr. who incised his initials on the grip after the War; the two notches remain a mystery. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 88-90% glossy orig blue with thinning on both sides of muzzle and left side of bbl. Ejector rod housing retains glossy blue in gullets with moderately thinned blue on outer radius. Frame retains 90-92% strong orig blue with some minor flaking on right side and light wear to recoil shield. Left side has a couple of screwdriver scratches. Trigger guard & back strap retain strong blue in sheltered areas with front & back straps a blue/brown patina. Cylinder is a blue/gray patina on outer diameter with strong blue in the flutes. Grips are sound showing light wear with two small repaired cracks on left side base. Half cock on hammer is absent, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-40023 (15,000-20,000)

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2155A

VERY RARE COLT PALL MALL LONDON FLAT TOP TARGET SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH EXTENDED GRIP. SN 129590. Cal. 455 Boxer. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl with Metford rifling. It has smooth 7-groove right hand twist rifling without the sharp edges of conventional rifling. Front sight is rectangular base target sight and 1-line block letter Pall Mall London address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates with flat top strap and target rear sight. Left front web of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL / B”. It, unusually, has “45 B” stamped in tiny numbers & letters on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing and on face of cylinder around the bushing hole. Chambers of the cylinder will accept a 45 Colt cartridge and there is no evidence that the chambers were modified from another caliber. The vast majority of this model of single action was sold to the English and have English proofs. This revolver is without English proofs which indicates that it was likely intended for the U.S. market and therefore fitted with a cylinder chambered for 45 Colt. It is fitted with orig checkered hard rubber extended 2-pc grips with the last two digits of SN in pencil on the inside of both grips and on the spacer block. In addition all three pieces are stamped with a “9” and an unusual proof mark. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grip. Although cylinder is not numbered it has the additional identification of the caliber marking identical to that found on the bbl. Overall retains 93-95% strong glossy orig factory blue with slight muzzle edge wear and a spot of flaking on right side of frame and the ejector rod boss. Back strap has glossy orig blue at top and on butt strap with center of back strap a blue/gray patina. Front strap is slightly thinned, otherwise trigger guard & trigger bow retain glossy orig blue. Grips are sound showing very light wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-39229 JR90 (20,000-25,000)

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2155B

RARE EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 9256. Cal. 450 Boxer. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full orig front sight and 1-line script Hartford address with serifs at each end. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Caliber marking would indicate that it is chambered for 45 Colt, however examination of the chambers discloses that it is in fact a short chamber, probably for the 450 Boxer. Mounted with varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Left side of bbl and rear edge of cylinder have tiny British proofs. Serial number was observed in the usual three places, on the frame, trigger guard & butt strap and was additionally observed on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing, on cylinder and in back strap channel of grip. Ejector rod housing is orig first type with a bull’s eye ejector rod head. Hammer spring is the orig item without groove. According to the book Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only a very few of these revolvers were produced in the short chambered calibers. There were 1,150 produced in caliber 455 Eley. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including bbl & grip. Overall retains virtually all of its factory orig glossy blue and brilliant case colors with only faint muzzle edge wear and slight thinning of the blue on end of ejector rod housing. There is a small nick on front strap and evidence that the trigger and lock bolt screws have been removed. Cylinder has two small flaked spots and a small scrape with a light cylinder line and shows light sharp edge wear, but appears to be unfired. Grip has a tiny chip in right lower edge and a couple of small creases in varnish and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Revolvers in this condition are very rare and seldom encountered for sale. 4-39227 JR86 (18,500-23,500)

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2155C

FINE EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 76854. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Ejector rod housing is third type with flat half moon ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “45X CAL / E”. The third digit of the Caliber marking has been peened over. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the last four digits of SN in back strap channel. It is apparent that this revolver was intended to have been caliber 455 Eley but was changed to 45 Colt at the factory. There is no evidence that the chambers in cylinder were modified to accept the longer cartridge so it is apparent that the cylinder was originally bored for 45 Colt cartridges. The cylinder is period equipment with beveled lands between the flutes, without any proof marks on rear face which is not uncommon for this period of manufacture. Further lending credence to the idea that the cylinder is correct for this revolver is that neither the bbl nor the cylinder are British proofed as were the majority of all the single actions made in British calibers. This is a fine, scarce antique single action made in 1882. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including grip. Overall retains about 96-98% strong orig nickel finish, slightly dulled on bbl and sides of frame. There are minor losses on lower front edge of frame by cylinder opening with a couple of flaked spots on hammer. Screw heads retain most of their orig factory fire blue. Grip shows light to moderate edge wear with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Hammer is not strong in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-39226 JR88 (17,500-22,500)

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2156

FINE BLACK POWDER COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 163700. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with left side of bbl roll marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. There is a tiny “V” and “44” stamped on bottom of bbl, under base pin. Frame is black powder style with screw retained base pin. The transverse pin had been introduced in 1892, three years before this revolver was produced, and was made standard in 1896. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. According to consignor’s family legend, this revolver and another from the same shipment being offered in this auction (SN 163624) were given to him by his father, V.I. McDonald, who had purchased them from a Missoula, Montana collector, Jack Weidenfeller, in about 1970. Weidenfeller apparently told the elder McDonald that he had purchased both revolvers from someone in Glasgow, Montana with the history that they had been used as “security arms” in the First National Bank of Glasgow. He also included that the First National Bank of Glasgow originated in 1871 and is currently known as The First Community Bank of Glasgow. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 44-40 with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to the C.W. Hackett Hardware Co., St. Paul, MN on Dec. 13, 1895 in a shipment of three same type revolvers. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine plus. Near perfect new, all matching and appears to be unfired. Bbl retains 98-99% strong glossy orig blue with only a tiny wear spots on left edge at muzzle and tip of ejector rod housing. Frame & hammer retain about all of their brilliant orig factory case colors, slightly faded on top strap & top edge of hammer. Cyl retains 96-97% glossy orig blue with a few lightly thinned spots on outer diameter, probably from sliding in a drawer. Overall appears to be new & unfired. Grip frame retains about all of its orig factory blue, slightly thinned on front & back straps. Grips are crisp, showing little or no wear with left side turned chocolate. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp, brilliant new bore. An astounding find with good Western history. 4-40053 JR95 (20,000-25,000)

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2157

FINE BLACK POWDER COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 163624. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with left side of bbl roll marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. There is a tiny “V” and “44” stamped on bottom of bbl, under base pin. Frame is black powder style with screw retained base pin. The transverse pin had been introduced in 1892, three years before this revolver was produced, and was made standard in 1896. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that, although unnumbered, leaves no doubt that they are orig to this revolver. Their fit is near perfect. According to consignor’s family legend, this revolver and another being offered in this auction (SN 163700) were given to him by his father, V.I. McDonald, who had purchased them from a Missoula, Montana collector, Jack Weidenfeller, in about 1970. Weidenfeller apparently told the elder McDonald that he had purchased both revolvers from someone in Glasgow, Montana with the history that they had been used as “security arms” in the First National Bank of Glasgow. He also included that the First National Bank of Glasgow originated in 1871 and is currently known as The First Community Bank of Glasgow. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 44-40 with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to the C.W. Hackett Hardware Co., St. Paul, MN on Dec. 13, 1895 in a shipment of three same type revolvers. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except cyl & grips which are unnumbered. Bbl retains 96-97% strong glossy orig blue with only slight left side muzzle edge wear and wear on tip of ejector rod housing. Frame & hammer retain about all of their strong orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, moderately faded elsewhere, brilliant on sides & back edge of hammer. Cyl retains 80-85% strong orig blue, brilliant in the flutes. Grip frame retains about all of its orig factory blue, slightly thinned on front & back straps. Grips are sound showing light wear and turning slightly chocolate. Hammer is not sound in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40054 JR94 (20,000-25,000)

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2158

*OUTSTANDING PRE-WAR POST-WAR COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH BOX. SN 357405. Cal. 38 Spcl. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address & left side of bbl marked “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY 38 SPECIAL”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Accompanied by a copy of a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 38 Spcl. with 5-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, pearl stocks and shipped to “Mr. Grayham Anthony / President, Colt’s Patent Firearms / Hartford CT” on Oct. 14, 1948. Under remarks section; “This is one of four guns delivered to Mr. Anthony, evidently for presentation. Mr. Anthony was president of the Colt Co. from 1944-1949.” Additionally accompanied by a copy of a notarized letter by Douglas L. Conner of Orlando, FL who states that he is the grandson of Benjamin Franklin Conner, Sr. and that this revolver, identified by SN, was a gift from Grayham Anthony to his grandfather when Mr. Conner,Sr. was president of Colt Mfg. Co. Also accompanied by an orig 2nd Generation style hinged lid black cardboard box with gold “COLT” logo on lid and a black & gold end label marked “38 SPECIAL” and 5-1/2″ bbl. There is a partially visible number on the bottom that appears to begin with a “3” with the third number being a “7” and the fourth number a “4”. The other numbers are indecipherable. Box contains the orig factory target for this revolver and a “Shooting Suggestions” pamphlet. The SN was observed in usual place on bottom of frame and on right side of front & back straps under grip with last two digits of SN on rear face of cylinder. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Volume 2, Cochran, only 338 of these rare revolvers were assembled after WWII from pre-WWII manufactured parts with the very last shipments in 1972, long after Colt had begun producing the second generation single actions. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with strong crisp blue and brilliant case colors. Bbl & ejector rod housing show only the most faint sharp edge wear with moderately faded left recoil shield on the frame and one small spot of pitting on recoil shield. Trigger guard & back strap retain virtually all of their crisp orig blue with a few scattered spots of pin prick rust on back strap. Cyl retains about all of its orig factory blue with only a faint cyl line. Hammer is crisp, with bright sides, and bright fire blue on top & rear edges. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. Box is fine with worn edges but completely sound and intact. 4-40143 JR120 (15,000-20,000)

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2159
Revised: 9/22/2010

CORRECTION: The correct serial number for this gun is 355666, not 35666 as stated in the catalog description.

*PRE-WAR COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH ORIGINAL BOX. SN 35666. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with standard left side bbl marking. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates & rampant Colt. Mounted with Colt silver medallion smooth 2-pc ivory grips. SN was observed in usual place on bottom of frame and on right side of front & back straps under grip. Accompanied by its orig hinged lid, dark maroon box with black & white end label idenfifying this revolver in 45 caliber with 5-1/2″ bbl, rubber grips & blue finish. Bottom of box is pencil numbered to this revolver. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, has been fired but very little. Overall retains 97-98% strong orig blue on bbl, ejector rod housing, cyl & grip frame with only faint muzzle edge & tip of ejector rod housing wear. Frame retains most of its orig factory case colors, lightly to moderately faded, strong & bright in sheltered areas. Hammer retains bright polish on sides and about all of its orig blue on top & rear edges. Grips have a few minor age lines and are completely sound with about all of their orig factory polish and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. Box has taped top & bottom front edges & top corners. Bottom of box has a minor pressure crack from cylinder. 4-36875 JR27 (5,000-8,000)

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*WONDERFUL COLT 1ST GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 351819. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame had 2-line, 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt. It is mounted with beautiful, 2-pc pearl grips with a deep-relief carved ox head on the right side and with silver Colt medallions. SN was observed on the bottom of the frame and right side of front and back straps under the grip. Cylinder is properly unmarked. Accompanied by an original Colt, dark maroon, hinged-lid box with blue and white end label for 4-3/4″ .45 “Colt’s Army S.A. Revolver.” With a small red printed over label “PEARL NICKEL”. Inside the box contains an orig “special instructions” pamplhlet. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 45 Colt with 4-3/4″ bbl, nickel finish, pearl stocks and sold to Stauffer, Eshleman & Co, New Orleans, LA and shipped to Martin Moore Co, (address unavailable) with date of shipment May 28, 1928. Under remarks it is stated “records do not indicate carved steer heard pearl stocks”. Letter also states that this was on Colt factory order 14827/1. An exceptionally fine, untouched Colt single action. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except cyl which is properly unnumbered and grips which are also unnumbered. Overall retains all of its original factory nickel finish with only two or three tiny nicks on the left top edge of the front sight and a tiny loss of finish on the right rear of the butt strap and a tiny bubbled area by the left heel, neither of which are detracting. Appears to be completely unfired with only a very faint cyl line. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. Box has some repaired corners with tape on the left rear corner of the lid and a hole on the back side with worn edges and corners. Label is intact with a couple of chips in the edges, not affecting the lettering, otherwise the box is fine. 4-40913 JR273 (7,000-12,000)

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2161

*RARE SPECIAL ORDER LATE FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 347847. 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. It is, most unusually, mounted with smooth 2-pc oil finish walnut grips. SN was observed in usual place on bottom of frame and on right side of front & back straps under grip. Last two digits of SN are on rear face of cylinder. Accompanied by its orig hinged lid, dark maroon box which is serial numbered to this revolver. Also accompanied by a special instructions pamphlet. The end label is usual black & white identifying this revolver with 7-1/2″ bbl in caliber 45 with the addition of a narrow blue & white over-label marked “WOOD BLUE”. While wood grips are not uncommon this late in production they are most uncommon without medallions which were introduced in 1907. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains most of its orig factory finish, both blue & case colors. Left side of bbl is slightly thinned with a couple of small spots of pitting. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, brilliant in front flutes of frame, sides & edges of hammer and inside frame & loading gate with other areas lightly to moderately faded. Screws retain about all of their orig blue. Cyl shows little evidence of ever having been fired and retains about all of its orig blue with slight sharp edge wear and a light cyl line. Grip frame retains most of its orig blue with a couple of small scratches on back strap with dulled blue on front strap & trigger bow. Grips are sound & retain about all of their orig factory oil finish. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Box has one broken top corner & a small repair in lid, otherwise is completely sound with a few minor nicks & scratches and a couple of minor losses on lid with light to moderate soil. 4-36393 JR104 (7,500-12,500)

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2162

*FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH BOX. SN 356858. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address & usual late pre-war markings on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates & rampant Colt. Mounted with 2-pc, silver medallion, smooth ivory grips. Accompanied by its orig matching numbered, hinged lid, dark maroon cardboard box with end label missing and penciled SN on bottom. Also accompanied by an orig twisted wire handle cleaning brush in its orig paper sleeve. SN was observed in usual place on bottom of frame and on right side of front & back straps under grip. Rear face of cylinder is stamped with a tiny “07”. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except cyl as noted. Grips are unnumbered. Bbl, frame & grip frame have only faint sharp edge wear and retain virtually all of their brilliant orig factory finish with frame case coloring very slightly muted. Grips are crisp with good edges and retain virtually all of their orig factory polish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Box has repaired edges & corners with oil stained top, otherwise is fine & functional. 4-36876 JR29 (5,000-8,000)

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2163

EXCEPTIONAL HENRY NETTLETON INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 48298. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl has last four digits of SN under ejector rod housing. Ejector rod housing is second type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “US” without periods. Mounted with orig 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel with date “1878” over the crisp oval cartouche “JEG” for Military Inspector Capt. John E. Greer. Right side has the crisp oval cartouche “HN” for Sub-Inspector Henry Nettleton. This revolver is part of the later contracts of 1878, probably from the one which was signed Aug. 27, 1878. The “HN” sub-inspector initials of Henry Nettleton were observed on the frame & trigger guard adjacent to SNs on bottom of bbl, top of back strap, outer diameter of cylinder & bottom right edge of grip. Left side of the hammer also has Mr. Nettleton’s initials. It is interesting to note that this revolver is only two SNs away from an identified “Keyes” revolver. Capt. A.S.B. Keyes was a captain in Troop D of the 10th Cavalry stationed at Fort Davis, Texas, apparently in charge of the Armory when 47 revolvers were discovered missing. Attempting to cover up his laxity in control, Capt. Keyes privately purchased 47 replacement revolvers and installed them in the Armory prior to an audit. His efforts failed as the subterfuge was discovered and he was issued a written reprimand condemning him for his actions. Nettleton inspected Colts were produced in 1878 and as such were available and issued to troops on the frontier engaged in the Indian Wars for many years thereafter and few survive today in orig configuration and orig finish. A majority of the Nettleton contracts were returned in 1893 and in later recalls and altered to artillery configuration with 5-1/2″ bbls and usually with mismatched parts. That this exceptional revolver survived in such pristine condition attests to the conjecture that it was either stolen or lost during the period of use and thereby escaped alteration. This fabulous revolver is truly an exception and may be the finest Henry Nettleton inspected, completely orig Cavalry Single Action for sale today. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the finest Indian Wars issued Cavalry Model Single Action Army revolvers. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig factory blue with very strong feathers on each side of the front sight and ejector rod housing stud. Ejector rod housing retains 96-97% strong orig factory blue with bright blue on the screw. Frame retains virtually all of its brilliant factory case colors, slightly faded on the recoil shield & loading gate. Hammer retains faded case colors. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig factory blue with candy striping on most of those surfaces with fine feathers on the flats of trigger plate on each side of the front web of the trigger guard. Cyl retains 94-95% strong orig blue, slightly thinned on outer diameter, glossy & bright in the flutes. Grip has a chipped right toe, otherwise is completely sound showing light wear with a few nicks & dings on left side with crisp date & cartouches and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may have been fired but if so very little. 4-40144 JR118 (85,000-135,000)

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2164

EXTRAORDINARY 1880 ISSUED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 55616. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with several broken letters: broken serif on the “T” in the abbreviation “PT”; missing right leg on the “M” in “MFG”; and a broken “A” in “HARTFORD” with a dbl underline in the “O” of “CO”. This bbl address is of the Henry Nettleton series without dashes at each end. Ejector rod housing is second type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Left side of grip has a crisp “1880” date over a crisp “DAL” (Lt. David A. Lyle) inspector cartouche and a crisp “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector cartouche on right side. The DFC initials were observed on bbl, frame, cyl and bottom right edge of grip. This revolver, having been produced in 1880 during the height of the Indian Wars, undoubtedly was destined to be issued to a frontier post but somehow escaped service and remains today in what is probably an unfired state. While cavalry revolvers are not especially scarce they are very rarely found in such high condition as this one, especially one from the Indian Wars era. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the best of its type. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 92-93% strong, dark orig factory blue with two small cleaned areas on left side that now have a light patina. There are strong feathers on each side of front sight and the ejector rod stud. Bbl address is crisp as are the other bbl markings. Ejector rod housing retains strong dark blue in the flutes having been cleaned on outer radius to a light patina. Ejector rod housing screw is crisp with all of its orig blue. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant orig factory case colors with strong bright blue on screws. Left side of frame has one small screwdriver skid mark. Trigger guard & back strap retain virtually all of their crisp orig blue with wonderful, well-defined polishing marks with some slight wear at the heel & toe. Grip is crisp with very slightly worn edges and retains virtually all of its orig oil finish with its crisp markings. Cyl retains about 95% strong orig blue with one cleaned thin area on land between the flutes and some slight front edge wear and appears to be unfired. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends and retains most of its orig blue. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-40696 JR174 (50,000-70,000)

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2165

SPECTACULAR 1885 DATED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 114700. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl has last four digits of SN under ejector rod housing. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S”. Mounted with outstanding 1-pc walnut grip with a crisp date “1885” over a crisp “FH” (Capt. Frank Heath) inspector cartouche on left side and a crisp “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector cartouche on right side. The Clark cartouche is a slight mis-strike being very light on bottom right edge. DFC inspector initials were observed on the frame, cyl, bbl & bottom left edge of grip along with the mystery “G” initial on trigger guard and butt strap. Those of us fortunate enough to have access to large numbers of firearms regularly encounter cavalry single actions but very few of us have ever had the opportunity to closely examine a crisp, probably unfired specimen such as this one. This is one of the finest Capt. Frank Heath inspected single actions on the market today. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching, probably unfired. Overall retains about 98% crisp orig factory finish with strong feathers on each side of front sight and ejector rod stud. Bbl retains strong dark blue with only slight muzzle edge wear and a couple of tiny scratches on left side. Ejector rod housing & ejector rod head retain most of their orig factory blue with light edge wear and some minor thinning on outer radius of ejector rod housing. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, slightly thinned & lightly faded on recoil shield & loading gate, turned slightly dark on top strap, strong & bright elsewhere. Cyl retains about 95% orig blue, thinning on outer diameter with front edge wear, strong & bright in flutes. Cyl pin retains strong orig blue overall. Screws retain virtually all of their orig blue. Trigger guard & back strap retain about all of their orig factory blue, very slightly thinned on front strap, turning a little plummy on back strap. Grip is crisp with very slightly worn edges and a few minor handling & storage nicks in the finish and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. A truly wonderful example of a Capt. Frank Heath inspected cavalry revolver. 4-40697 JR173 (50,000-70,000)

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2166

FINE NICKELED BUY-BACK AINSWORTH INSPECTED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 12370. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script letter address. Bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing has the last four digits of SN. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with the “2” and “3” of the SN visible in the back strap channel. Left side of grip has the outline of the “OWA” (Orville W. Ainsworth) cartouche. SN is found in usual places on bottom of frame, trigger guard & butt strap with last four digits on bottom of bbl and outer diameter of cylinder. Tiny “A” inspector initials were observed on the trigger guard, back strap, cyl and bottom of bbl just above the base pin. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Ejector rod housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and a broken ejector rod spring. This revolver is listed on p. 161 of Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, as an Ainsworth nickel plated revolver and most certainly is one of the “buy-back” revolvers that Colt repurchased in the 1870s and 1880s. According to the referenced publication 769 of those buy-backs were from the State of Virginia which were sold on the open market in the serial range 11,700-14,300. This revolver differs slightly from other buy-backs in that it retains its orig inspected walnut grip and neither the web of the trigger guard or shoulder of the trigger guard are marked with the caliber. The vast majority of all of the identified buy-back revolvers have usually seen hard service with major losses of nickel finish. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains most of its strong orig nickel finish with a small cleaned spot on bottom of bbl and a line around the bbl behind the front sight. Back strap has a worn spot toward the top that is a brown patina. Cyl retains 88-90% strong orig nickel with most of losses in one flute and on one land adjacent to that flute with loss areas a dark patina. Cyl also has a light drag line and holster wear around rear edge. Balance of revolver including bbl, ejector rod housing, ejector rod head, frame, hammer, trigger guard, front strap, base pin & screws retain most of their strong orig nickel, turning slightly milky. Grip shows heavy wear with rounded edges and a chip in the right edge with usual handling & use marks and retains a smooth hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scatterd light pitting. This may be one of the finest nickeled “buy-backs” to come to market in many years. 4-40908 JR247 (30,000-50,000)

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2167

MISMATCHED, UNCUT COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 73797. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl has last four digits of SN under ejector rod housing. Ejector rod housing is second type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates with a small “U.S.”. Mounted with what is probably a period of use replacement 1-pc walnut grip. Cyl is correct for the time frame of the revolver and bears the last four digits of the SN “3679”. Back strap is numbered “131549” with a “K” inspector initial and overstamped with large letters & numbers “C-110”. Trigger is a replacement and is slightly shorter than standard but functions properly. It is apparent that this revolver saw hard service. The “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector initials were found on bottom of frame, bottom of bbl & cyl with the mystery “G” initial on the trigger guard. Butt strap & tip of ejector rod housing have the “K” inspector initials. The revolver which originally had this back strap is from the 1889 & 1890 contracts inspected by Capt. Stanhope E. Blunt and sub-inspector Rinaldo A. Carr. It appears that this may be one of the uncut artillery models that were returned & refurbished in the 1893 recall. There are several recorded instances of the “K” inspector initial on recycled, previously numbered parts found installed on 5-1/2″ artillery revolvers. A little more research is required to substantiate this information, however it appears that the parts installed have been with the revolver most of its later working life. CONDITION: Very good to fine. The bbl retains traces of blue around front sight with strong blue under and around ejector rod housing with good feathers by the ejector rod stud, being mostly a smooth gray metal patina. Frame retains faded case colors in the most sheltered areas with the balance a smooth gray metal patina. Hammer retains faded case colors on the sides, in the area covered by the slot. Trigger guard & back strap also retain traces of orig blue in sheltered areas being mostly a smooth gray metal patina. Cyl retains dull blue in the flutes with the outer diameter a smooth gray metal patina. Ejector rod housing retains dark blue in the gullets with thin blue on lower half of outer radius, smooth gray patina on upper half. Grip is sound showing very heavy wear, probably an old refinish. The trigger, as noted, is shortened with pitting around the toe. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered very fine pitting. Ivory grip has a few age lines and an artificially aged color. 4-40468 JR362 (6,000-10,000)

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2168
Revised: 9/22/2010

CORRECTION: The correct serial number for this gun is 12210, not 12201 as stated in the catalog description.

NICKEL PLATED AINSWORTH COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 12201. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, full nickel finish with full front sight and 1-line script letter address with brackets. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with a clear, sharp “OWA” (Orville W. Ainsworth) cartouche on left side. Right side is not cartouched. Last four digits of SN are barely legible in back strap channel of grip. SNs were observed in usual places on frame, trigger guard & back strap with last four digits of SN on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing and on outer diameter of cylinder. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Tiny “A” inspector initials were observed on trigger guard, bottom of bbl, top of back strap, cyl & bottom left edge of grip. It has second type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. While this revolver is not listed by SN it is only five numbers away from #12205 which is listed as an Ainsworth nickel plated revolver on p. 161 of Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers. . .A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn. Close examination disclosed no indication that this finish is other than by the factory and careful gauging of the frame & bbl show that it has not been polished. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains 80-85% strong orig nickel with some slight losses around muzzle and some fine pimpling on left side. Ejector rod housing retains traces of orig nickel with balance dark gray patina with scattered pitting. Frame retains 70-75% strong orig nickel with exposed metal on left recoil shield, loading gate & top strap with some very fine pitting on loading gate and right side of top strap. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 65-70% orig nickel. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and a few minor nicks on right side and retains about 50% of a dark finish applied over orig oil finish. Cyl retains traces of orig nickel being mostly a dark gray patina with fine pitting. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-40640 JR98 (7,000-10,000)

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2169

AINSWORTH INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 3897. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly thinned front sight and 1-line script letter address with brackets. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Ejector rod housing is 1st type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has a faint but visible “OWA” (Orville w. Ainsworth) cartouche on left side. Back strap channel is dark & oil stained, obliterating any numbers. Small “A” inspector initials were observed on trigger guard, top of back strap, bottom of bbl, cyl and bottom left edge of grip. SN was observed in usual places on bottom of frame, trigger guard & butt strap. It is also found on bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing and outer diameter of cylinder. There are traces of nickel finish on inside radius of ejector rod housing which may indicate that this revolver could have been a buy-back or an Indian Scout issue side arm. This revolver is from the fourth lot of cavalry revolvers which arrived at Springfield Armory Jan. 24, 1874 and shipped Jan. 31, 1874 to Rock Island Arsenal with designation for the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. The 2nd Cavalry began as the 2nd Mounted Dragoons in 1836, fought in the Seminole War 1836-1842; the war with Mexico 1846-1847; the Mormon Campaign; the Indian Wars in Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska & Utah 1849-1860; they were engaged throughout the Civil War 1861-1864; and on March 3, 1861 had their name changed from 2nd Dragoons to 2nd U.S. Cavalry Regiment. They returned to the Indian War from 1866-1883 in Wyoming, Colorado, Dakota Territory, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana & Idaho where they were engaged in numerous very famous battles including the Fetterman Massacre, Slim Buttes, the Sioux Expedition, the fight at Poplar Creek, the Musselshell Fight and the fight at Milk River. Their history includes numerous awards, commendations and several Medals of Honor. They fought in the Spanish American War in Cuba in 1898; the Philippines in 1905, the Ute Uprising in 1907 and returned to the Philippines to help put down the Philippine insurrection of 1910-1912. They fought in WWI in 1918 and WWII 1944-1945, beginning in Normandy. The unit survives today as the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. That this Cavalry revolver survived intact is most unusual as the majority of the early Cavalry revolvers were returned to either Colt or the Springfield Armory to be modified into artillery models with 5-1/2″ bbls. The fact that this revolver has retained its orig configuration can mean only that it was either stolen or lost while on active duty or possibly subsequently issued to a militia unit. CONDITION: Good to very good. Only traces of orig finish remain under ejector rod housing with the balance of revolver cleaned gray metal with fine pitting overall. Grip shows heavy wear with chipped toes and a dark oil stain patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-40639 JR99 (5,000-10,000)

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AINSWORTH INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 8287. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, altered front sight that has been heightened & reshaped with 1-line script letter address. Left side of frame has small 2-line patent dates and “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with last two digits of SN visible in back strap channel, the others are obscured. Left side of grip has a thin but legible “OWA” (Orville W. Anisworth) cartouche. Mr. Ainsworth’s tiny “A” inspector initials were found on the bbl, trigger guard, top of back strap & cyl. Ejector rod housing is a replacement third type while the bbl is made for a first type. Ejector rod head is half moon shape, tapered style but without the usual dimples indicating that it was probably locally made. Bbl has a tiny V-notch semi-buckhorn rear sight dovetailed into the top at the frame end and the sighting notch in the top strap has been opened up to accommodate the new rear sight. According to Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, this revolver falls within Lot 8 which was shipped from Springfield Armory in June 1874 to three different units; the 5th Cavalry at San Antonio, Texas, the 8th Cavalry at Fort Union, New Mexico or the 9th Cavalry at San Antonio, Texas. All three of those cavalry regiments were very active on the Southwest frontier fighting Indians for many years and undoubtedly this revolver would have seen service during that time. Accompanied by a letter from noted Colt authority and author John Kopec, wherein he notes that several relatively close serial numbers of other cavalry Colts were with the 8th Cavalry as early as June 1876. He also notes that since this revolver remains in its orig cavalry configuration that it escaped the Ordnance Dept.’s recall of 1893 and subsequent conversion to artillery configuration. He speculates that it escaped the recall because it was either lost, stolen by a deserter or captured by hostile Indians. He also notes that other revolvers escaped alteration because they were issued to one of the several state militia units. CONDITION: Good to very good. Traces of blue remain on bbl under ejector rod housing and around front sight with balance a plummy/blue/brown patina. Frame is a medium brown patina as are the trigger guard & back strap. Cylinder & ejector rod housing are a matching patina with cyl having a few small dings on a couple of lands between the flutes. Base pin & screw are modern replacements. Grip has chipped toes and shows heavy edge wear with a few small nicks & dings and retains a fine hand worn patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pin prick pitting. 4-40646 JR183 (5,000-8,000)

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2171

COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 121153. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and faint 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with numbers in back strap channel obscured by oil staining. Left side of grip has the date “1887” over script initials “JGB” (Capt. John G. Butler), the only inspector who did not outline his initials with a border. Right side of grip has a legible “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector’s cartouche. The DFC initials were also observed on bottom of bbl, bottom of frame, cyl & partially legible on bottom left edge of grip. Also on bottom left edge of grip is stamped “28” which is probably a unit rack number. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found, sold to the United States Gov’t and delivered to the United States Gov’t Inspector at the Colt plant on March 8, 1887 in a shipment of 450 same type revolvers. Also accompanied by a letter from noted Colt historian & author, John Kopec, wherein he states that this revolver is near to SN 121075 and SN 121090, which were listed as both belonging to the 10th Cavalry as of July 1892. He also notes that this revolver being in its orig cavalry configuration had escaped the recall of 1893 wherein cavalry revolvers were altered to artillery configuration with 5-1/2″ bbls. He states that it could have escaped recall because it was possibly stored at one of the state militias and speculates that the rack number on the butt had probably originated there. He also the quantities numbers of revolvers that were issued to the various states in 1887, 1888 & 1889. He further states that eventually these revolvers were returned to Springfield Armory where many were sold as surplus through commercial arms dealers and also through the DCM Marksmanship Program just after WWI. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including bbl & cyl with grip as noted above. Orig finish remains on the bbl under the ejector rod housing and the inside radius of the ejector rod housing, otherwise it is overall a fine, light, cleaned, smooth, gray metal patina. All legends & markings are visible although the bbl address is light. Grip has slightly chipped toes, otherwise is sound with a couple of gouges on both sides and handling & use marks elsewhere with heavy edge wear and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered small spots of pitting. 4-40647 JR184 (5,000-8,000)

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2172

EARLY AINSWORTH COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 1334. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line script letter address. Bottom of bbl, has the SN slightly off center under base pin. Left side of frame has tiny 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL” and is dbl struck. Grip is a modern replacement with a spurious “OWA” (Orville W. Ainsworth) cartouche. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 Colt, blue finish with bbl length & type of stocks not listed and shipped to J.P. Moores Sons on Jan. 19, 1876 in a shipment of 50 same type revolvers. This revolver is listed in the records of the U.S. Army and shows that it was issued to Pvt. Benjamin F. Morris of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, Rough Riders, during the Spanish American War. It also shows that he was issued Krag carbine #77198. Mr. Morris was born in 1876 in Columbia, TN and moved to Raton, New Mexico, and on June 29, 1898 had traveled by train to Santa Fe to enlist in the cavalry which he apparently accomplished, and was assigned to I Troop 1st Volunteer Cavalry on July 8, 1898. He was mustered out at Camp Wikoff, NY on Sept. 15, 1898. He re-enlisted in 1899 in the infantry, Company F and was discharged on July 5, 1903. He apparently returned to New Mexico and lived in Espanola. This revolver was also the subject of an article in U.S. Martial Arms Collector and Springfield Research Newsletter, June 2010, which recounts much of the above information. The conflict in the records between Colt and the U.S. military requires additional investigation. However the presence of the caliber marking on the left shoulder of the trigger guard certainly indicates that this revolver was probably a reject or buy-back and resold on the civilian market, apparently in 1876 which would have precluded it being issued in 1898. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains about all of an extremely fine, professionally restored finish with strong orig style blue and case colors. The bbl finish is thinned on both sides at muzzle. Frame & hammer retain most of their moderately faded case colors, stronger & brighter in sheltered areas. Trigger guard & back strap retain strong blue, slightly dulled on back strap. Cylinder retains most of its fine blue with only sharp edge wear, may have been fired but if so very little. Bbl address, frame markings & all numbers appear to have been re-rolled and re-stamped. Front strap, under grip, has a welded up grip locator hole where apparently someone had mounted a set of 2-pc grips. Left side of front strap is lightly pitted. Grip is crisp retaining most of its oil finish. Timing needs adjustment, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40177 JR175 (4,000-7,000)

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2173

COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 4277. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script address with serifs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.” Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the last four digits of a SN that appear to be “6387”. The bbl is numbered “4295”. Trigger guard & back strap are numbered “6472” & cyl is numbered “2949”, all of which fall within the serial range of Custer-issued Colt revolvers. Top of back strap & trigger guard have small “A” (Orville Ainsworth) inspector initials. Bbl has only a large & small “P” proofs, apparently the other inspector initials were obliterated during refinishing process. Bbl & ejector rod housing are 1st type with the bull’s eye ejector rod head. Ejector rod stud is missing. Cyl has “DFC” (David F. Clark) inspector initials. Hammer appears to be 1st type with long checkered spur with a bar below and the base pin is a modern replacement without dimples. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, as arsenal restored. Bbl retains about 90-92% strong arsenal blue with good feathers on either side of front sight and a few scattered spots of pitting under ejector rod housing around screw hole. Bbl address is a little thin but completely legible. Frame retains most of its orig arsenal case colors, heavily faded with stronger colors in sheltered areas. Loading gate is a gray metal patina. Trigger guard & back strap retain blue in sheltered areas with front & back straps a blue/gray patina. Cyl is a thin blue/gray patina with dull blue in flutes. Grip is sound showing moderate wear and retains about 85% orig varnish. Timing needs adjustment and hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-36842 JR18 (4,000-6,500)

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2174

COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 55898. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing has two sets of numbers “116741” and the orig number, very faint, “5075”. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with the faint 4-digit number “2723” in back strap channel. Ejector rod housing is 3rd type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Trigger guard & back strap are numbered “136326” and cyl is numbered “8379”. Frame is marked with “DFC” (David F. Clark) inspector initials. No other inspector initials were observed except two small “P” proofs on bottom of bbl. Base pin is a more modern replacement. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies the frame as having been sold to the United States Gov’t. and delivered to the Gov’t inspector at the Colt plant April 28, 1880 in a 100 gun shipment. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains about 85% strong arsenal restored finish with scattered light pitting. Frame retains case colors in forward sheltered areas with balance turned silver with some scattered very fine pin pricks of pitting. Cyl is mostly a blue/brown patina with a couple of small dings. Trigger guard & back strap retain blue in sheltered areas being mostly a silver/gray patina. Grip shows heavy wear, having been cleaned, probably with fine sandpaper or coarse steel wool. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36868 JR26 (3,500-5,000)

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2175

RARE WELLS FARGO MARKED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 154612. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration 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 and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips and butt strap is factory inscribed “W.F. & Co.” for Wells Fargo & Company. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Volume 2, Cochran, there were probably less than 200 of these single actions so marked by the factory with the majority of them in the modern era, making this a somewhat rare specimen. CONDITION: Good to very good. No orig finish remains being an overall gray/brown patina with scattered pitting and showing heavy wear. Grips have a few minor chips and some notches on bottom edges and show heavy wear with an escutcheon repair inside right grip. Frame grip locator pin is a replacement. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with scattered moderate pitting. 4-40142 JR116 (7,500-10,500)

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2176

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 with high orig finish. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 50-60% glossy orig blue with balance flaked, not worn, to medium/dark patina. Ejector rod housing retains 75-80% glossy orig 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 “Kopec 1878 type” with short knurled spur with line that was finished bright on sides and retains most of its orig fire blue on top & back edges. Trigger guard retains most of its brilliant orig blue, slightly faded on front strap. Back strap & butt strap retain dark orig blue, moderately faded & thin on back strap. Cyl retains about 90% strong orig 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. 4-39854 JR111 (15,000-20,000)

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2177

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH SAN FRANCISCO ASSOCIATION. SN 122236. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and caliber is stamped on left front web of trigger guard. Revolver is mounted with varnished 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, with type of stocks not listed, shipped to Clabrough & Golcher, San Francisco, CA on June 17, 1887 in a shipment of 3 same type revolvers. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain 65-70% glossy orig blue with left side of bbl and outer radius of ejector rod housing thinned to a blue/brown patina. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas and on right side of frame, fading elsewhere. Grip frame retains about 70-75% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas with front & back straps mostly blue/brown patina. Grip shows heavy edge wear with an apparent dressed out gouge in the edge and light nicks & scratches elsewhere and overall retains 80-85% strong orig varnish. Cyl is mostly a thin blue/brown patina with flaked blue in the flutes. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36837 JR7 (6,000-10,000)

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2178

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 91496. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened, 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl has last four digits of SN under ejector rod housing. Ejector rod housing is 3rd type with half moon ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates. Cyl has last four digits of SN on circumference back of one flute and caliber is stamped on left front web of trigger guard. Revolver is mounted with varnished 1-pc walnut grip that appears to be orig to this revolver although back strap channel is dark & oil stained and no numbers are visible. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO on May 21, 1883 in a shipment of 50 same type revolvers. Remarks indicate that rubber stocks were standard at the time, however the wood grip currently mounted on this revolver appears to be original. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Traces of dark, dull blue & dark case colors remain in most sheltered areas with balance a smooth gray/brown patina. The area under ejector rod housing has brilliant blue. Cyl retains dull blue in flutes with balance a blue/brown patina with fine surface rust in the flutes. Grip is sound showing moderate edge wear with light nicks & scratches and retains 70-75% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-36856 (5,500-7,500)

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2179

*SCARCE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH LONG FLUTE CYLINDER. SN 330863. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, orig front full sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates with rampant Colt. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to another revolver. Cyl is the scarce dbl action style with long flutes that were only installed on Single Actions from leftover 1878 DA parts. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were only 1,379 of these scarce revolvers produced beginning in 1913. Colt Firearms, long known for its frugality, apparently decided to recycle these cylinders into the single action line rather than scrap them. Today they are a quite rare find and seldom are found with high orig finish. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 Colt with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co., Chicago, IL, c/o Wm. A. Groth & Sons on June 13, 1914 in a 1-gun shipment. Under remarks section “Records also indicate this revolver was shipped with a double action cylinder (long flute).” CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 96-97% strong glossy orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and some minor chemical spotting on left side. Ejector rod housing retains strong blue in gullets with a thin blue/gray patina on outer radius. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig factory case colors, moderately faded and turned silver on loading gate and outer radius of recoil shield. Hammer has strong bright colors on sides and rear edge with top edge turned silver. Cyl retains 70-75% orig blue, thinned on outer diameter, strong & bright in flutes. Trigger guard & back strap retain strong bright blue in sheltered areas, thinned on front & back straps. Grips, although not orig to this revolver, fit quite well and show moderate to heavy wear with a ding on left side. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40182 JR121 (6,000-10,000)

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2180

*FINE 1ST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 343377. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight, 2-line address & caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a partial circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. SN was observed on bottom of frame & right side of front & back straps under grip and last two digits of SN are on rear face of cylinder. By the time this revolver was produced very few were being ordered with the 4-3/4″ barrels with the majority being 5-1/2″ & 7-1/2″ making this a somewhat rare configuration. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains about all of its strong, bright orig factory finish with one small spot on left side of bbl and some minor flaking around face of cylinder. Revolver has been fired but very little. Grips are crisp showing one small spot of worn diamond points. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40140 JR114 (7,500-9,500)

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2181

*COLT 1ST GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 345550. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a partial circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. SN was observed in usual place on bottom of frame and on right side of trigger guard & back strap under grip. Cyl is not numbered however there is little doubt that this is the orig cylinder. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Overall retains about all of its strong, bright, orig factory nickel finish with only some slight dulling on top strap & front & back straps. Revolver has been fired but very little with cyl retaining most of its orig nickel on front face with only one small flaked area and one small spot of pimpling on a land between the flutes on outer diameter. Grips are crisp showing little or no diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40139 JR115 (5,500-7,500)

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2182

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 339321. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Right rear web of trigger guard is stamped with a 6-pointed star signifying factory refinish. Mounted with a fine set of 2-piece silver medallion ivory grips with raised carved ox head on right side. SN was observed on bottom of frame and on left side of front & back straps under grip. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 Colt with 5-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, type of stocks not listed, sold to J.K. McDavitt, address unavailable and shipped to Belknap Hardware & Mfg. Co., Louisville, KY on Nov. 29, 1920 in a 1-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Overall retains 95-96% strong factory restored finish with light muzzle edge wear, some flaking & discoloration on ejector rod housing and some light scrapes on both sides of the frame by the grip. Back strap has some small spots of lifted nickel with exposed areas a dark patina. Grips, probably not orig to this revolver, are sound with a few small age lines and retain a light ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in safety and half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with a few small scattered spots of light pitting. 4-36861 (3,000-4,500)

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2183

*SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 355484. Cal. 32 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with late pre-war markings on left side. Markings are not standard size but indicative of a special production. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that are numbered to this revolver. The SN was noted on the bottom of the frame and on the right side of the front & back straps under the grip with the last three digits of the SN on rear face of the cylinder. The number “315” appears on the face of the cyl around the bushing hole. Inside the grips are heat marked with the initials “JS”. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 32 Colt with 5-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and sold to City of Atlanta, Georgia, shipped to City of Atlanta Police Dept., Atlanta, GA, on Nov. 4, 1935 in a 1-gun shipment. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were only 192 of the approx. 354,000 Colt Single Action Army revolvers produced during the entire production from 1873 to 1940. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including cyl & grips. Bbl & cyl retain about 98% glossy, dark orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear and two small scratches on top of bbl. Frame retains about all of its orig factory case colors, moderately faded, brilliant in sheltered areas. Hammer retains about all of its brilliant fire blue on top & back edges with bright polished sides. Grip frame retains virtually all of its orig factory blue. Grips are crisp showing little or no wear. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-40799 (7,500-9,500)

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2184

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH UNUSUAL FACTORY LETTER. SN 354075. Cal. 44 Spcl. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, thick front sight with target serrations on rear edge and 1-line block letter address with late first generation caliber markings on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips with a SN “352033” in right side and “354219” in left side. SN was observed on bottom of frame and on right side of front & back straps under grip. Cyl is unmarked. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 44 S&W with 5-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Von Lengerke and Antoine, Chicago, IL, on June 19, 1930 in a 1-gun shipment. The letter also, unusually, has a special notation “targeted” and date of manufacture June 18, 1930, with Colt factory order #18504/1. Given that it received special “targeted” attention it is logical that the front sight was serrated at the factory. Workmanship is very professional and even, such as the factory would do. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain about 98% crisp orig factory blue with only light sharp edge wear. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig factory case colors, moderately faded, brilliant in sheltered areas. Screws retain about all of their bright blue. Cyl retains 95-96% strong orig factory blue, crisp in the flutes. Trigger guard, front & back straps retain about all of their strong factory blue with some slight thinning on trigger bow and one small spot on back strap. Grips fit reasonably well and show little or no wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40801 JR202 (6,000-9,000)

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2185

*SCARCE THREE-CALIBER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH SPARE CYLINDER. SN 350421. Cal. 44 Russian & Spcl. and 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address with left side of bbl marked “RUSSIAN AND / S&W SPECIAL 44”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with fine, deluxe, fleur-de-lis checkered 2-pc walnut grips with left & right Colt silver medallions. Accompanied by a spare unmarked 44-40 cylinder. SN was observed in usual place on bottom of frame & on right side of front & back straps under grip. Last two digits of SN are on rear face of orig cylinder. Also accompanied by two boxes of Remington Kleanbore 44 S&W Spcl. ammunition. Boxes are plastic wrapped so were not checked but one appears to be missing a few rds. It is unknown how many of these scarce revolvers were produced with this dual caliber bbl marking but they are quite scarce. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain 96-97% strong, glossy, orig factory blue with only slight muzzle edge wear and wear on tip of ejector rod housing. Ejector rod head has a small scrape. Frame retains most of its orig factory case colors, moderately faded, strong & bright in sheltered areas. Hammer retains strong, bright case colors on sides & rear edge with top edge mostly turned silver. Grip frame retains most of its orig factory blue, slightly thinned on front & back straps. Orig cyl retains 93-95% strong orig blue, crisp & bright in flutes. 44-40 cyl retains virtually all of its orig factory blue, appears to be unfired. Grips show moderate to heavy wear with heavy oil staining and an inside compression fracture around escutcheon in left grip. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Ammunition boxes are fine, cartridges were not checked. 4-40457 JR119 (6,000-9,000)

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*LATE FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 355266. Cal. 38 Spcl. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and 1-line block letter address with late first generation markings on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with Rampant Colt hard rubber grips that have had a SN removed from the inside of each grip. SN was observed on bottom of frame and right side of the front & back straps under the grip. Last two digits of SN are found on the rear face of the cyl. Unfortunately this revolver falls within a particular serial block whose records are no longer available at Colt. Regardless, given the fact that the cyl is matching numbered and all other aspects of the revolver are correct, it is assumed that this revolver is a correct 38 Spcl. pre-war Colt Single Action Army. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except grips as noted. Bbl, ejector rod housing & cyl retain virtually all of their brilliant orig factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear and a couple of small dull spots on left side of bbl. Frame retains virtually all of its very strong factory case colors, mostly crisp & bright, lightly faded on the top strap, recoil shield & loading gate. Front strap, trigger guard & back strap retain about all of their orig blue with some light, fine freckles of rust. Grips are sound showing little or no wear and fit extremely well. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40798 JR201 (6,000-9,000)

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2187

COLT ETCHED PANEL FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 125536. 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 “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and caliber on left front web of trigger guard. Right side of frame, below cylinder opening, is stamped “L8736”. No indication as to the meaning or intent of this marking. Mounted with rampant Colt/eagle hard rubber grips. CONDITION: Very good. Overall retains 35-40% orig nickel with balance clean gray metal patina. The etched panel, although faint, is fully legible. All other markings are also clear & legible. Grips show moderate to heavy wear but are completely sound. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few small spots of scattered light pitting toward cylinder end. 4-40249 (5,000-7,000)

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2188

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 162405. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight, 2-line bbl address and 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. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver has found, type of stocks not listed, shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO on Aug. 15, 1895 in a shipment of 15 same type revolvers. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 95% strong orig finish with some slight muzzle edge wear and the outer radius of ejector rod housing flaked to a blue/brown patina. Frame & hammer retain about all of their strong, bright factory case colors, thin on recoil shield & loading gate, brilliant in sheltered areas. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig blue, thin on front & back straps. Cyl retains about 80% thin orig blue. Grips are sound and while they are probably not orig to this revolver, do fit extremely well and are of the period with very light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. 4-36844 JR9 (4,000-7,000)

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2189

LATE BLACK POWDER FRAME COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 161651. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened 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 and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with orig 2-pc rampant Colt hard rubber grips that have the last four digits of SN in each side. This revolver was produced in 1895 toward the end of the production year in black powder frame style with the screw retained base pin instead of the transverse pin which was introduced in 1892 but did not become standard until 1896. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 45 Colt with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO, July 15, 1895 in a shipment of 35 same type revolvers. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including grips, cyl is not numbered. Bbl retains 95-96% glossy orig blue with only light muzzle edge wear. Ejector rod housing retains 60-70% strong orig blue, primarily in gullets with outer radius a blue/gray patina. Frame retains dark case colors in front gullets with balance flaked to a light silver/brown patina. Hammer retains strong case colors on sides & edges, moderately faded. Cylinder retains about 80% thinning orig blue, strong in flutes. Back strap retains about 85% orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas, lightly thinned on back strap. Front strap is a blue/brown patina with strong dark blue around trigger guard. Grips have a chipped right toe and show light wear. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with 3 or 4 tiny spots of pitting. 4-36857 JR28 (4,000-7,000)

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2190

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION. SN 145521. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with 2-pc old ivory grips with a raised carved ox head on right side. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, with type of stocks not listed, shipped to Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Mfg. Co., San Francisco Agency, San Francisco, CA on May 18, 1892 in a shipment of 5 same type revolvers. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 80-85% glossy orig blue with some light flaking and muzzle edge wear. Ejector rod housing retains about 60% blue, in the gullets with outer radius gray metal. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, turned dark with brighter colors in sheltered areas. Cyl is mostly a thin blue/brown patina. Grips are fine, show light to moderate wear, with a few minor age lines and retain a mellow ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-36840 JR8 (5,000-8,000)

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2191
Revised: 10/4/2010

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Possibly replaced grips, re-numbered and refinished butt-straps.

Scarce COLT RIMFIRE SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 1810. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” under base pin and SN under ejector rod housing. Ejector rod housing is 2nd type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and it has an orig type base pin with dimpled ends. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and caliber is stamped on left front web of trigger guard. Cyl has the last two digits of SN on circumference back of one flute. Hammer is orig type with firing pin retained with two rivets. Mounted with beautiful period of use 1-pc smooth ivory grip. Left side of grip is lightly carved with a small “E” and an “X”. This revolver has the usual conventional left hand twist rifling as is found in the 44 rimfire revolvers, however this one additionally has dished lands of a style not previously noted by this cataloger. Only about 1,800 of these rare revolvers were produced in their own serial range in period 1875-1880. By the time these revolvers had reached the market the rimfire calibers had been superceded by centerfire cartridges and they found little or no acceptance on the American market. Therefore the majority of them were sold into markets where the rimfire rifles & carbines were still popular, primarily throughout Mexico & South America. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, with wood grip shipped to Wexell & DeGress, Mexico City, Mexico and New York on May 23, 1879 in a shipment of 50 same type revolvers. Under the remarks section it states that “The records also contain a second listing for this serial number that indicates that it was included in a shipment of four guns to Hartley & Graham in New York on Nov. 6, 1882.” PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good, all matching including bbl & cyl, grip is unnumbered. No orig finish remains being a cleaned gray metal patina with darker patina around muzzle and in sheltered areas. Grip shows moderate to heavy wear with numerous age lines and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Lock bolt & base pin screws are replacements. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Very bright shiny bore. 4-36843 JR4 (4,000-6,000)

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2192

SCARCE EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 14475. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, orig German silver front sight and 1-line script address with serifs. Bottom of bbl under the injector rod housing is marked with last four digits of SN. Ejector rod housing is 1st type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and base pin is dimpled on each end. Left side of frame is marked with small, 2-line, 2-patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is stamped with caliber marking. Mounted with early style 1-pc ivory grip consisting of two ivory panels attached to two wood slabs glued together. Cyl also has last four digits of SN on outer circumference back of one flute. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver with bbl length and type of stocks not listed, shipped to B. Kittredge & Co., Cinn., OH, Oct. 20, 1874 in a shipment of 20 same type firearms. This revolver was probably originally shipped with 1-pc wood grip which was exchanged for the ivory grip, probably by the distributor. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 80-85% thin, lightly cleaned blue, stronger at the muzzle and frame ends. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, strong & bright on left side of frame and both sides of hammer with right side of frame, loading gate & left recoil shield fading to silver. Colors are brilliant in the sheltered areas. Cyl retains about 90% faded orig blue, strong & bright in the flutes. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig blue, thin on front & back straps, strong in sheltered areas. Grip is sound with numerous fine age lines and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36846 JR1 (5,000-8,000)

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2193

COLT ETCHED PANEL FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH BROWNING BROTHERS HISTORY. SN 106382. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of bbl has the etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” just forward of base pin. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is stamped “44 C.F”. Mounted with a fine old 1-pc ivory grip with raised carved ox head on left side. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, with type of stocks not listed, shipped to Browning Brothers, Ogden, Utah Territory on Aug. 3, 1887 in a shipment of 6 same type revolvers. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 60-65% orig blue, strong & glossy in the most sheltered areas especially under ejector rod housing. Etched panel appears to have been over-cleaned but is still completely legible. Frame & hammer are cleaned gray metal patina with traces of case colors in sheltered areas. Grip frame retains blue in most sheltered areas. Cyl is mostly a thin blue patina on outer circumference with strong blue in the flutes. Grip has slightly chipped toes and some minor erosion at right top edge, otherwise fits fine. It has several light age lines and overall retains a wonderful dark golden ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-36860 JR14 (3,500-5,000)

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2194

*VERY RARE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER IN A RARE CALIBER. SN 188511. Cal. 32 S&W. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt/eagle hard rubber grips which are inscribed on inside “George Hartsell Feb 1, 1933” in left side and the initials “GSH” and “George Hartsell 8/19/27” in right side. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were only 32 of these rare revolvers produced in the caliber of the approx. 357,859 single actions made from 1873 thru WWII, making this one of the most rare of all the single actions. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 32 with 7-1/2″ bbl, finish “soft”, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Hartley & Graham, New York, NY, on Aug. 17, 1899 in a shipment of six same type revolvers. Under Note: “the word soft which appears with the finish indicates the frame and gate were not case hardened when this arm was shipped. These parts were left in a soft condition for engraving outside of our factory.” This revolver is, obviously, not engraved but appears to have been nickel finished, probably by Hartley & Graham. It retains traces of nickel finish on sides of trigger guard & back strap under grip. This is truly an extraordinarily rare single action and the first one in this caliber ever examined by this cataloger. CONDITION: Good to very good. Traces of nickel finish remain on sides of grip frame, otherwise the entire revolver is a cleaned metal finish showing moderate to heavy wear. Given that the frame was never hardened it is surprising that it retains as much orig shape as it does. Grips are sound showing heavy wear. Hammer is without safety or half cock notches and timing needs adjusting, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few spots of pitting near muzzle and some roughness & light pitting at forcing cone end. 4-40183 JR123 (12,500-17,500)

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2195

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 126271. Cal. 41 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl has a small “41” under base pin, left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is stamped with caliber marking. Mounted with 2-pc rampant Colt/eagle hard rubber grips. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found, shipped to Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Mfg. Co., Hartford, Connecticut on May 18, 1888 in a shipment of six same type revolvers. This unusual shipping address undoubtedly indicates something special such as a factory pickup or special shipment by a company official. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with one area on left side near the frame a blue/brown patina. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig factory case colors, moderately faded but brilliant in sheltered areas. Cyl is mostly a thin blue/brown patina with strong blue in the flutes. Grips are sound showing very light wear with a few minor chips in edges. Hammer is not solid in half cock or safety notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36838 JR6 (4,000-6,000)

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2196

*COLT FIRST GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 355466. Cal. 44 Spcl. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered thick front sight and 1-line block letter address with late first generation caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and a lightly struck rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered “6292” on inside of each grip. SN was observed on bottom of frame & on right side of front & back straps under grip. Rear face of cyl is stamped with last two digits of SN. Hammer is unusual for such a late first generation revolver in that it is color case hardened instead of being polished bright on sides with blue top & rear edges. This revolver is also in a block of serial numbers that have no record at Colt. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig factory blue with only light muzzle edge wear on left side and a bright edge on front sight where it has been reduced in height. Ejector rod housing retains 96-97% strong orig factory blue. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig factory case colors, bright & strong in sheltered areas, brilliant in front gullets, moderately faded over top strap, recoil shield & loading gate. Trigger guard & back strap retain about all of their strong factory blue with front strap having been cleaned with coarse steel wool or some other abrasive. Grips are a little oversized but fine and show little or no wear. Cyl retains 95-96% strong orig blue, crisp in the flutes. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40802 JR203 (5,000-8,000)

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2197

*COLT 1ST GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 346971. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. SN was observed in usual place on bottom of frame and on right side of front & back straps under grip. Last two digits of SN are on rear face of cylinder. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including cylinder. Grips are unnumbered but are orig to this revolver. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain about 90% strong orig blue with some thinning to patina around muzzle & left side of bbl. Outer radius of ejector rod housing is lightly thinned. Frame & hammer retain most of their moderately faded orig case colors, stronger in sheltered areas. Cyl retains about 80% thinning orig blue, stronger in flutes. Grip frame retains most of its orig blue, slightly thinned on front & back straps and at heel. Grips are sound showing light to moderate wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some very fine pin prick pitting. 4-40546 JR96 (3,000-5,000)

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2198

*ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 189856. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, altered front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and the rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with extraordinary Chinese carved 2-pc ivory grips with deep relief, elaborately carved dragons that have pearl & blue gemstone eyes. The left grip has a Chinese signature at the toe. Revolver is engraved in Wilbur Glahn style, probably in the Orient, with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch dot background. Engraving covers most of the bbl with only a strip down the top and around the muzzle unengraved. Hammer, cyl, back strap, butt strap and trigger guard are matching engraved in nearly full coverage. Ejector rod housing is also engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns on the outer radius with feather patterns in the top & bottom gullets. All the screws are engraved in checkered patterns. Revolver may have been gold washed at one time over the nickel plating which was applied over copper plating which is now exposed in some areas. Altogether rather pleasing engraving with spectacular grips. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains 75-80% nickel finish with exposed copper on bbl, back strap & front strap with more exposed copper on cylinder. Grips are extremely fine showing light wear and retain a wonderful yellow ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch and timing needs adjusting, otherwise mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 4-40843 JR180 (3,000-5,000)

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2199

ENGRAVED EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 23511. Cal. 45 Colt. Silver finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, altered front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing, has the last two digits of SN partially visible. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard stamped with caliber number. Left shoulder of trigger guard also has part of the caliber stamping visible. Ejector rod housing is 3rd type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Mounted with very old 1-pc ivory grip with a relief carved American eagle & shield on right side. Revolver is engraved, in New York style, probably from the Helfricht shop with about 60% coverage foliate arabesque patterns on frame, a shell pattern on loading gate, diamond & dot patterns on each side of the bbl boss and hunter stars on ejector rod boss on each side. Top strap is engraved in square patterns with foliate arabesque patterns up both sides of bbl and each side of muzzle. Ejector rod housing is engraved with snake & dot pattern on outer radius and in top gullet. Top strap is engraved in a fan pattern with light Moorish patterns down back strap & butt strap and a hunter star on trigger bow. Cyl has matching foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes with a dash & dot border on rear edge. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in 45 Colt, blue finish with bbl length & type of stocks not listed, shipped to Spies Kissam & Co., New York, NY on March 31, 1876 in a shipment of 50 same type revolvers. Obviously Spies Kissam ordered the engraving. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fair. Retains about all of a restored silver finish with most of the engraving severely polished, in some areas leaving only the outline of the engraving. Grip has two large repairs on left side and several age lines and shows very heavy wear, obviously having been with this revolver most of its working life. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-36845 JR10 (3,000-5,000)

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2200
Revised: 9/22/2010

CORRECTION: This revolver is a Modern Firearm MFG in 1904 and not and Antique as indicated in the catalog description and subject to ATF regulations.

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 257667. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 38-40 with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish & type of stocks not listed, shipped to Norvell Shapleigh Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO on Aug. 17, 1904 in a shipment of 20 same type revolvers. The discrepancy in bbl length can easily be attributed to a mistake in transcription or recording of the Colt record. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except cyl & grips which are unnumbered. Grips may be old period of use replacements but are orig Colt equipment. Bbl retains 95-97% strong orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear. Ejector rod housing retains about 70% strong orig blue. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, moderately to heavily faded, stronger in sheltered areas. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig blue, thin on front & back straps. Grips show moderate wear, especially on right side but are completely sound. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-36866 JR25 (3,000-5,000)

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2201

EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 36349. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing, is marked with last four digits of SN. Ejector rod housing is 2nd type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked with caliber. Fitted with fine old, period of use, 1-pc ivory grip with raised carved oxhead on right side. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in 45 Colt, blue finish with bbl length and type of stocks not listed, shipped to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, New York, NY on Oct. 8, 1877 in a shipment of 50 same type revolvers. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains 93-95% nickel with some losses around muzzle and other spots on the frame, loading gate & recoil shield. Hammer is dark case colors. Trigger guard & back strap are mostly a dark patina with scattered spots of nickel. Cylinder retains about 75% milky nickel. Orig base pin has had the head modified. Grip has several dark age lines and some edge crystallization with one recent damage on the left toe. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-36864 JR3 (3,000-5,000)

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2202

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH BELT & HOLSTER RIG. SN 200464. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Blue & color case hardened 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 smooth 2-pc ivory grips. Grip frame is missing the grip locator pin.Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 38-40 with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Lee Glass Andresen & Co., Omaha, NE on Oct. 17, 1900 in a shipment of eight same type revolvers. Also accompanied by a modern tooled buscadero style belt & holster rig with cartouche of Bedell Rogers, Longview, TX which is located on both the belt & holster. Belt & holster are lined with the holster being a sgl loop style with buckstitched rear edge. The holster loop is stamped “MAC”. Belt is mounted with a small filigree Mexican made silver buckle & keeper and has six cartridge loops on left side containing six cartridges. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Overall retains most of its strong orig factory finish. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain 95-97% glossy orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and wear to the tip of the ejector rod housing. Frame & hammer retain strong, bright case colors on sides & front of frame, faded to silver on recoil shield & loading gate, thin on top strap. Trigger guard retains about 80% strong blue while the back strap is a plum/brown patina with brilliant blue at top. Cyl retains 75-80% thinning orig blue, strong in flutes. Grips have sharp edges showing little or no wear and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. Belt & holster are dry & flaking, in need of treatment but are solid and usable retaining 75-80% orig finish. 4-40540 JR107 (6,000-9,000)

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2203

INDIAN USED COLT CAVALRY MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 13003. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line script letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. The tip of ejector rod housing is wrapped with sinew-sewn rawhide with a cutout area which would expose the ejector rod head. The entire grip & butt strap are covered with sinew-sewn rawhide with smooth silver conchos on each side, apparently held with three brass pins. There is a trace of nickel finish in the bottom front gullet of frame and around root of bbl at the frame and inside the cyl opening of the frame leading one to speculate that this may have been an Indian Scout revolver that was either lost or stolen during its period of use as it has remained in its orig configuration, escaping the recall and conversion to artillery. Ejector rod head is broken away which leaves the remaining portion of the ejector rod floating free which jams the cylinder and prevents rotation. Broken rod piece was removed and accompanies this revolver. Examination of the broken end reveals that it has been broken for some time which probably accounts for the revolver surviving. Hammer screw is a crude replacement and right back strap ear screw is stripped. SN on cyl has been re-stamped. Accompanied by a soft leather, Indian made holster decorated with three smooth silver conchos that have tin cone tassels. Rear edge of holster & the belt loop are hand stitched with buckskin. Toe of holster is also buckskin stitched and decorated with tin cone tassels. Belt is probably an old captured cavalry belt that has been decorated with four Mexican pesos that have been attached to cartridge cases which were then used as studs to attach the coins to the belt. Each of the coins have horsehair decoration underneath. Belt is studded with about 22 square shank brass tacks with about three others missing. Belt appears to be very old and authentic with the holster of somewhat more modern vintage but still shows very good age & wear. CONDITION: Revolver is fair to good being mostly a very dark attic patina with numerous nicks, scratches & scrapes and some minor fine pitting. Rawhide is solid showing light to moderate wear. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. Holster & belt are soft & supple with belt retaining about 50% black finish. Holster is smoked dark leather, also soft & supple. 4-40188 JR101 (5,000-10,000)

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2204

COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH EARLY BELT & HOLSTER RIG. SN 137501. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Usual configuration with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with left side roll-marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Mounted with Colt hard rubber rampant Colt/eagle grips. Accompanied by a fine authentic ” J.S. COLLINS & CO. / CHEYENNE WYO.” cartridge/money belt and dbl loop holster rig. Belt bears the early Collins cartouche on tongue billet and the holster is marked with the early Collins shield with intertwined initials “JSC” and “CHEYENNE” at the top. Rear edge of holster is dbl stitched with a harness rivet repair near toe. Plug & thumb strap are missing. The skirt, behind the holster, has an L-shaped Colt percussion screwdriver inserted through two slots. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in cal. 44-40 with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish with type of stocks not listed, shipped to Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett Co., Chicago, IL on Jan. 14, 1891 in a shipment of 25 same type revolvers. Also accompanied by a John Kopec letter of appraisal dated “1992” wherein he documents the history of the Collins Company. CONDITION: Revolver is about good having been severely cleaned, probably chemically, leaving the metal with a light gray patina and some very minor pin prick pitting. Lock bolt & trigger screws are replacements as are a few of the grip frame screws. Grips have a chipped left toe and right rear edge and show moderate to heavy wear. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. Belt is worn & crackled with much broken stitching with all of the cartridge loops intact. Tongue billet has been reinforced over the outer 4-1/2″ and has a break about half way through at the flex site where the reinforcement begins. Holster is equally heavily worn with some losses around toe and overall retains 40-50% orig finish. Lining also shows heavy wear. 4-40268 JR102 (2,500-3,500)

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2205

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

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2206

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

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2207

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 46056. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and is mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has four digits of SN “1772” in back strap channel. It has second type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. SN was observed in usual places, on frame, trigger guard & butt strap with last four digits on bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing and outer diameter of cylinder. Bottom left side of bbl, about 1″ in front of frame, has five filed notches. Given that this revolver was produced in 1879 could lead to tremendous speculation as to its history and the origin of those notches. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 Colt, bbl length & type of stocks not listed with nickel finish and shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO on March 5, 1879 in a shipment of 25 same type revolvers. CONDITION: About good. Overall retains 25-30% orig nickel finish with balance a dark brown patina. Grip shows heavy wear with chipped toes and traces of orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-40541 JR105 (2,000-3,500)

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2208

ASSEMBLED COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 122389. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight, 2-line address and left side of bbl roll-marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and is mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip with five notches on right side. If there was a caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard it is now worn away. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, the number of Sheriff’s Model revolvers manufactured is unknown but he estimates that approx. 1,000 of these ejectorless revolvers were manufactured. He estimates that approx. 49.35% of them were with 4″ bbls and about 17.89% were in 44-40 caliber. If these figures are reasonably accurate it would indeed make the Sheriff’s Model Single Action a real rarity. The vast majority of the Sheriff’s Model Single Actions encountered by this cataloger have all shown hard and continuous use and rarely are in orig configuration and almost never retain orig finish. This gun is no exception as the frame undersized, and serial numbers are remarked. We do not guarantee this gun to be a genuine Sheriff’s model. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Traces of orig finish remain on the rear of frame and back edge of hammer with balance of revolver a dark blue/brown patina with some very fine pitting on front sides of frame. Grip shows heavy wear with nicks & scratches and retains traces of orig varnish. Trigger is not solid in safety or half cock notches, base pin is a replacement and hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with crisp rifling and scattered pitting. 4-36744 JR121 (1,000-1,750)

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2209

*ASSEMBLED COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 260884. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 3-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “45” under base pin. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with 2-pc rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Modified frame of this revolver has never had the ejector rod boss on right side and shows no evidence whatsoever of having been altered. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, the number of Sheriff’s Model revolvers manufactured is unknown but he estimates that approx. 1,000 of these ejectorless revolvers were manufactured. He estimates that approx. 30.52% of them were with 3-1/2″ bbls and about 68.29% were in 45 caliber. If these figures are reasonably accurate it would indeed make the Sheriff’s Model Single Action a real rarity. The vast majority of the Sheriff’s Model Single Actions encountered by this cataloger have all shown hard and continuous use and rarely are in orig configuration and almost never retain orig finish. We do not guarantee this gun to be a genuine Sheriff’s model. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. No orig finish remains being an overall medium plum/brown finish with some fine pitting inside top strap around forcing cone area and very fine pitting on right side of bbl boss. Grips, which are old period of use replacements, show moderate to heavy wear, turning chocolate. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch and hammer spring has been lightened, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with good shine and scattered pitting. 4-36778 JR118 (1,000-1,750)

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2210

*FINE COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 297107. Cal. 32 WCF. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address with left side of bbl marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 32 WCF”. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. Inside grip channel of the frame is a small piece of near crystallized brown paper which appears to be inscribed in script “J.G. Crowley / 230 1/2 Yarnhill St. / Portland / Or”. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grips, cyl is unnumbered. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain about 95% dark glossy orig factory blue with only light muzzle wear on left side and holster wear on tip of ejector rod housing. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their strong, very bright case colors, lightly faded on left recoil shield and loading gate. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig blue slightly thinned on front & back straps. Cyl retains 93-95% strong orig blue with some light surface scratches. Grips are crisp, showing light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-40578 JR73 (3,000-5,000)

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2211

*VERY LATE COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 318560. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 2-line address with left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 32 W.C.F.”. 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 the last four digits of SN scratched on their insides. This revolver was produced in 1911 and the Bisley was discontinued in 1912. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig factory blue with faint feathers still visible around front sight. Ejector rod housing retains 93-95% strong factory blue with muzzle end wear and some thinning on outer radius. Frame & hammer retain about all of their brilliant orig factory case colors, lightly thinned on recoil shield & loading gate and lightly faded on top strap. Top edge of hammer is turning silver. Grip frame retains most of its orig factory blue, lightly thinned on front strap & trigger bow with some fading on back strap. Cyl retains 80-85% orig blue with numerous light scratch lines in finish on outer diameter with brilliant blue in flutes. Grips are sound showing light wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-40141 JR113 (3,750-4,750)

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2212

*COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER WITH COLORADO HISTORY. SN 203872. Cal. 41 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with left side of bbl marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 41 COLT.”. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 41 Colt with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish and type of stocks not listed, shipped to The George Tritch Hardware Co., Denver, CO, on Jan. 14, 1901 in a 1-gun shipment. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 70-75% thinning orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas. Ejector rod housing retains about 60% orig blue with outer radius a silver gray patina. Frame retains 75-80% orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas with balance fading to silver. Hammer retains about 50% case colors. Cyl is a thin blue patina with stronger blue in the flutes. Trigger guard & back strap retain strong blue in sheltered areas with front & back strap a blue/brown patina. Grips are sound showing moderate wear, turned chocolate on left side. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches and timing is slightly off, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a couple of small spots of pitting. 4-40542 JR108 (3,000-5,000)

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2213

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

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2214

*FINE 2ND GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 4320SA. Cal. 38 Spcl. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with usual 2nd Generation marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. SN was observed in usual place on bottom of frame and on left side of front & back straps under the grip. Assembly number “342” was observed on loading gate and front face of cylinder. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including cyl & grips. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig factory finish with bright blue and brilliant case colors. Appears to be new & unfired with no cyl line and very faint marks on leads to notches. 4-40264 JR110 (1,750-2,750)

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2215

*SCARCE COLT MODEL 1878 DA FRONTIER REVOLVER. SN 42564. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Lower left rear side of frame has the rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with 2-pc factory smooth ivory grips and has a lanyard swivel in the butt. SN was observed in usual place on butt with last three digits of SN on rear face of cyl and assembly number “33” on left side of butt under grip and on loading gate. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 32/20 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, ivory stocks, sold to C.M. Cook, address unavailable and shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO on March 14, 1901 in a shipment of two same type revolvers. The revolver following this lot is identical and was in the same shipment. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including cylinder. Appears to be new & unfired retaining about 99% strong, glossy, orig factory blue with only faint muzzle & cyl edge wear. Grips have a couple of minor age lines around escutcheons otherwise are sound with a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36853 JR35 (7,000-10,000)

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2216

*SCARCE COLT MODEL 1878 DA FRONTIER REVOLVER. SN 42541. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). All blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Lower left rear side of frame has the rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with 2-pc factory smooth ivory grips and has a lanyard swivel in the butt. SN was observed in usual place on butt with last three digits of SN on rear face of cyl and assembly number “185” on left side of butt under grip and on loading gate. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 32/20 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, ivory stocks, shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO for C.M. Cook, on March 14, 1901 in a shipment of two same type revolvers. The revolver preceding this lot is identical and was in the same shipment. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including cylinder. Appears to be new & unfired retaining about 97-98% strong, glossy, orig factory blue with only light muzzle & cyl edge wear with light wear on tip of ejector rod housing. Back strap has a couple of small nicks. Grips have a couple of minor age lines around escutcheons otherwise are sound with a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36859 JR36 (6,000-10,000)

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2217

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1878 FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER DA REVOLVER. SN 20166. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter Hartford address and etched panel on left side “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Left front web of trigger guard is stamped “44 CAL”. The assembly number “213” is found on left side of butt under grip and on loading gate. SN is found in usual place on toe of butt with last two digits of SN on rear face of cylinder. Mounted with 2-pc ivory grips that have a raised carved ox head on right side and it has a lanyard swivel in butt. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching, grips are unnumbered. Bbl retains 75-80% thinning orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas with fully legible etched panel. Frame retains 93-95% strong orig blue with some thinning and sharp edge wear. Front & back straps are a blue/gray patina. Cyl retains thin blue/brown patina with strong blue in flutes. Grips have an age line in each side with some inside pressure cracks around right escutcheon, otherwise are sound and retain a dark mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36863 JR37 (3,500-5,000)

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2218

*COLT NEW SERVICE DA REVOLVER THAT BELONGED TO FAMOUS TEXAS RANGER JOHN R. HUGHES. SN 112944. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with left side of bbl marked “NEW SERVICE 38 W.C.F.”. Sideplate has the rampant Colt slightly offset towards rear and is engraved, probably by pantograph in simple lines with a 5-pointed star and the letters spelling “TEXAS” at each point of star. Center of star is engraved by hand “JRH”. Back strap is very nicely engraved in period script “Capt. John R. Hughes / TEXAS RANGER – AUSTIN”. Mounted with 2-pc silver medallion pearl grips with a deep relief carved eagle on right side and has a lanyard swivel in butt strap. Accompanied by two small badges, one marked “UNITED STATES MARSHAL” with an American eagle over the top, an American shield in the center and the other a rnd silver badge like the orig Texas Ranger badges made from Mexican one peso coins. This badge is 1-11/16″ in diameter with an early style pin-back marked on front “TEXAS RANGER/SPECIAL AGENT” with a “3” in the center of the star. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 38-40 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Abercrombie & Fitch Co., New York, NY on March 4, 1916 in a 1-gun shipment. Remarks section states “Records do not indicate any inscription on firearm when originally shipped.” John Reynolds Hughes, one of the most famous Texas Rangers in the illustrious history of that famous organization, was born in 1855 in Henry County, Illinois. When he was small they moved to Kansas where he learned to ride and by age 10 was an accomplished horseman. He received little education and by the time he was 14 left home for the Indian Territory (Oklahoma) where he lived with the Choctaws, Osages and later the Comanche where he became a close friend of Quanah Parker, Comanche Chief. He learned the Indian ways of tracking & hunting along with the languages and at age 17 was shot and severely injured in right arm & hand basically rendering that arm useless. Undaunted, Hughes taught himself to shoot left handed and became a noted expert with both rifle & handgun. He trailed the cattle over the Chisholm Trail and then bought a small ranch in Travis County, Texas where he trapped and broke & sold wild horses, building up a substantial herd of valuable stock. In 1886 rustlers stole much of his horse herd along with that of his neighbors and drove them off to New Mexico. Hughes gave chase, trailing the thieves & horse herd for over 1,000 miles until he located them. He enlisted the aid of a local sheriff and together they wiped out the thieves and recovered the stolen horses. Upon his return to Texas with his now recovered horses, he learned that the gang had been part of the Butch Cassidy Gang who had put out a contract on Hughes. When the contract assassin tried to kill Hughes the attempt failed and he & Texas Ranger Ira Aten tracked the killer and when the guy opened fire he missed but the ranger & Hughes didn’t. Ranger Aten persuaded Hughes to join the Rangers, which he did, becoming one of the most successful & brilliant crime solvers on the border earning the sobriquet “Border Boss”. He served with the Rangers for 28 years, the longest individual career in the history of the Rangers solving many crimes and preventing many others along the way. Capt. Hughes lived to age 92 and committed suicide with his trusty Colt 45 that he had carried throughout his career. Accompanied by reproduced copies of several pages from a book A Pair of Texas Rangers: Bill McDonald and John Hughes, Baugh, as furnished by the Texas State Archives. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 95% strong glossy orig factory blue with a few minor scattered spots and slight muzzle & sharp edge wear. Back strap is mostly a blue/gray patina with front strap turning slightly plum. Hammer retains mostly bright finish on sides and about 95% fire blue on top & back edges. Grips are sound showing little or no wear and retain great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. Badges are fine. 4-36836 JR34 (6,000-10,000)

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2219

EXTREMELY RARE & NEARLY UNIQUE CUNO HELFRICHT ENGRAVED NICKEL & GOLD COLT MODEL 1889 NAVY DA REVOLVER. SN 21029. Cal. 41 Colt. Nickel finish with gold plated cyl, 6″ tapered rnd bbl, 2-line address with last patent date “1888” and left side of bbl marked “COLT. D.A. 41”. Revolver is mounted with 2-pc pearl grips that have a very deep relief carved Mexican eagle on left side and an amateur carved Mexican eagle on right side. Revolver is probably from the bench of Mr. Helfricht himself with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background on frame. Left rear end of frame has rampant Colt in a circle. Matching engraving patterns extend 3/4 the way up each side of bbl with snake & dot patterns over top strap and around the bbl address terminating in geometric patterns just behind front sight. Both sides of frame below cyl opening are engraved in feather patterns with snake & dot patterns and sunburst patterns in gullets at front of frame. Sides of top strap are engraved in snake patterns which also appear at rear of frame around hammer slot. Top of back strap, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved in geometric patterns. Cyl is engraved with Mr. Helfricht’s trademark alternating foliate geometric patterns and sunburst patterns on lands between the flutes with snake & dot and simple snake border patterns around rear edge. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 41 Colt with 6″ bbl, nickel with gold cyl, pearl stocks “with Mexican eagle motif on left side”, factory engraved and shipped to “A. Combaluzier”, Mexico City, Mexico on Aug. 9, 1892 in a shipment of two same type revolvers. It is very likely that this revolver was intended for Mexican president, Porfirio Diaz, who had a penchant for nickel & gold revolvers having at least four others nearly identical to this one, SNs 12403, 12404, 19351 & 19354, and all were shipped to the same address in about the same time frame. Three of these revolvers are pictured in full color on p. 464 of The Colt Engraving Book Volume One, Wilson. The three pictured revolvers are somewhat more elaborate leading one to speculate that this revolver may have been intended as a presentation from Pres. Diaz. Regardless, it is an extremely rare, highly decorated, early dbl action revolver and reportedly is the only one of this series of revolvers that retains its orig finish, the others having been restored. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains 96-97% strong orig nickel with the only losses a small circle of missing nickel around muzzle. Cyl retains about 88-90% strong orig gold plating with most of losses around face & front edge of cylinder with some minor flaking in two flutes. Grips have chipped heels and some other minor flaking but overall are sound with great fire and color. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few minor scattered spots of light pitting. 4-40151 JR134 (45,000-65,000)

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2220

FINE NEW YORK STYLE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1877 DA LIGHTNING SHERIFF’S MODEL REVOLVER. SN 42692. Cal. 38 Colt. Nickel finish, mat cut for ejector rod housing, with 3-1/2″ bbl, half moon front sight, 2-line address and etched panel on left side of bbl. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked with caliber. Mounted with 2-pc smooth ivory grips numbered on inside “16089”. Revolver is very nicely engraved in New York style, probably from the Cuno Helfricht shop, with about 85% coverage on frame consisting of sweeping foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. One scroll on left side terminates in a large flower blossom. Engraving extends over top strap, both sides of bbl and around muzzle with a large foliate spray at the top of back strap. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver with 3-1/2″ bbl, shipped “soft” to Hartley & Graham, New York, NY on April 3, 1883 in a shipment of 25 same type revolvers. Shipped “soft” indicates that it was to be engraved & finished outside the factory. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Overall retains 98-99% strong nickel with some dulling on top strap and sides of bbl. Cyl retains 96-97% strong nickel with some minor flaking & fine pitting on front face. Grips are fine with several fine age lines and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-36839 JR2 (6,000-10,000)

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2221

*COLT MODEL 1877 DA LIGHTNING REVOLVER. SN 143669. Cal. 38 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 4-1/2″ bbl, half moon front sight and 2-line address with left side of bbl marked “COLT. D.A. 38”. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips on its rnd butt frame. Although the Lightninig was produced in fairly large numbers, their hard use on the frontier by persons from all walks of life, usually with limited maintenance in all kinds of weather, they are rarely found retaining much orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 98% strong, glossy orig blue and ejector rod housing 88-90% strong orig blue with one cleaned spot on outer radius. Frame is flaked, not worn, to a light/medium patina with a few spots of bright colors in the most sheltered areas. Trigger guard retains 95-96% strong orig blue with very slightly thinned front strap. Back strap has brilliant blue at the top with majority of back strap a flaked blue/gray patina. Cyl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with one small scratch. Grips are sound showing light high point wear with crisp diamonds. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-40547 JR97 (2,000-3,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE COLT MODEL 1877 DA LIGHTNING REVOLVER. SN 104726. Cal. 32 Colt. Extremely rare caliber in this model with only about 200 made in this caliber of the approx. 111,500 revolvers produced. Blue & color case hardened with 6″ bbl, half moon front sight and 2-line Hartford address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and the rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 32 Colt with 6″ bbl, blue finish and rubber grips shipped to E.K. Tryon, Jr. & Co., Phila., PA on Oct. 22, 1896. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue turning slightly plum with muzzle edge wear and a few spots of rust on right side by the sight and another spot on left side. Frame retains most of its orig case colors, bright & strong in sheltered areas, slightly faded elsewhere, turned silver on recoil shield & loading gate. Top edge of hammer has turned plum with back edge retaining most of its orig fire blue. Grip frame retains strong blue in sheltered areas with front & back straps and trigger guard turning plum. Cyl is mostly a plum patina. Grips are sound and show light to moderate wear. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36867 JR16 (3,000-5,000)

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2223

*COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL 1877 DA LIGHTNING REVOLVER. SN 145654. Cal. 38 Colt. Nickel finish with 2-1/2″ bbl, half moon front sight with 2-line address and “COLT. D.A. 38” on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Trigger, hammer & screws are all fire-blued with hammer having bright sides and it is mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. PROVENANCE: John Irwin Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains strong orig nickel with some bubbling on bbl, right side of frame & trigger guard. Trigger & screws retain thin fire-blue with strong blue on rear edge of hammer. Grips are sound with a small ding in bottom left edge and show moderate wear, beginning to turn chocolate on right side. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36772 JR126 (1,250-2,250)

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2224

DISPLAY LOT OF COLT MODEL 1877 DA LIGHTNING REVOLVER WITH FINE EARLY CRIPPLE CREEK, COLORADO BELT & HOLSTER RIG. SN 92718. Cal. 38 Colt. Revolver is nickel finish with 4-1/2″ bbl, half moon front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and it is mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips. Left grip has a repaired hole at the toe. Grip frame of revolver is missing its grip locator pin. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 38 Colt with 4-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish and pearl stocks. Under special notation is “Made S.A.”. It was shipped to J. Deutz & Son, address unavailable, Feb. 1893 in a 1-gun shipment. A brief Google search disclosed that Joseph Deutz came to American in 1848 and on to San Antonio in 1850. He worked in the hardware business for others and with partners until 1879 when he established his own business in Laredo, TX, under the name Deutz & Koehler which later became J. Deutz & Son. This information then makes this a Texas-used Colt or possibly having Mexican connections. Belt & holster rig consist of a fine dbl loop holster marked on the front with the cartouche “Wm ARDELL / CRIPPLE CREEK” with “MAKER” in large letters in the center. Holster is one piece of leather with narrow skirt and two loops with face of holster nicely decorated with three raised borders. Rear edge of holster is stitched and toe is open. Accompanied by 38″ long x 2-1/4″ wide money/cartridge belt with rectangular nickeled steel buckle and about 35 sewn-on cartridge loops for small caliber. Cartridge loops have been re-stitched with fine rawhide and both tongue & buckle billets appear to be replacements. These items are mounted in a deep elaborate shadow box picture frame with green felt backing and has four cards & a pair of dice mounted in lower left corner. Lower right corner had something mounted which is now missing. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Revolver is good to very good. Overall retains 25-30% orig nickel with exposed metal a gray patina. Grips have the repaired hole in left toe, otherwise are fine with oil & rust staining on right side at frame, and retain great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. Although the factory letter says that it was configured single action it apparently has been restored to dbl action function. Holster is fine & supple with some slight crackling on the face with the skirt dry and with crackled edges. Belt is soft & supple with crackled surface and retains most of its orig russet brown finish. Frame is fine. 4-36877 JR359 (3,500-5,000)

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APPROXIMATELY 86 PAIR OF IVORY, MOTHER OF PEARL & STAG HANDGUN GRIPS. SN N/A. Thirty pair of Colt 1-pc ivory grips; 8 with various carvings, 2 checkered, 1 with inlaid silver coins. Twenty one pair of Colt SA 2-pc ivory grips; 3 carved, 7 with medallions. Two pair of ivories for Colt small-frame DAs. One pair of ivory for Colt Paterson. One pair carved ivory for Bisley model. One pair of scrimshawed ivory target grips for Smith & Wesson K-frame. Two pair stag for Colt SA. One pair faux stag for Colt SA. Nine pair of pearl grips for Colt SA; 2 carved. One pair of 1-pc pearl carved for Colt SA. Nine pair of pearl grips for various Smith & Wessons. One pair of faux pearl for Smith & Wesson. Seven pair of ivory for Smith & Wessons; 3 carved. Fourteen single grips of various descriptions, some carved. Two broken pair of ivory for Colt SA. Housed in a leather-covered antique trunk with brass tack adornment. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection CONDITION: Varying Conditions. Ivories ranging from Near New and Natural to a number of them being tea-stained. Pearls are generally in Very Good condition. They are what they are. 4-36893 BDT260 (15,000-30,000)

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2226

APPROXIMATELY 35 PAIR OF ASSORTED GRIPS. SN N/A. This lot contains 7 pair of Colt Single Action checkered hard rubber grips, one with eagle. Also one spare right-hand grip. Two pair of Colt Bisley hard rubber grips. Four pair of Colt Single Action 2-pc wooden grips with medallions, two are checkered. Two additional pair; one with medallions removed, the other checkered without medallion. One pair of Ruger Black Hawk with silver eagle. One pair of 1-pc checkered Colt Lightning grips. Seven pair of 1-pc wood grips for various Colt models. One pair of Colt SA NRA Commemorative grips. Six pair of Smith & Wesson grips; 4 wooden, (3 of which have diamond centers) 2 checkered hard rubber, also 2 hard rubber singles, (1 left, 1 right)2 wooden right-hand singles. A pair of checkered hard rubber grips, probably Spur trigger. One pair of Dbl Action Colt checkered hard rubber. SIZE: David Crocker Estate Collection CONDITION: Literally ranging from Poor to Near New. Most of them being Very Good or better. 4-36893-1 BDT259 (2,000-3,000)

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2227

FANCY R.T. FRAZIER CARTRIDGE/MONEY BELT. Frazier’s most fancy studded cartridge money/belt. Money/cartridge belt has the triangular mark reading “R.T. FRAZIER PUEBLO COLORADO”. 3-1/4″ wide belt that is 44-1/2″ long has rows of studding on scalloped edges along top & bottom. Loops are for 38 cal. cartridges. Canyon City Prison buckle is 2-1/2″ x 2-3/4″. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Overall is very good. All orig studs. Mark on billet is clear but thin. Retains all orig grommets on billet. Finish on buckle is flaking. 4-36826 (3,000-4,500)

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2228

MORAN BRO’S GUN RIG. Early style left handed single loop holster, small rectangular mark on front reads “MORAN BRO’S / MILES CITY M.T.”. Line tooled in 3/4 skirt. Belt is 3-1/2″ wide x 44″ overall length and marked on billet with large rectangular mark reading “MORAN BRO’S / MILES CITY M.T.”. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Holster has received major restoration at both throat and muzzle and mark is barely legible. Mark is orig but border has been enhanced. Belt has nice color with supple leather. Mark is clear but rivet placed directly through cartouche. Numerous added rivets. Billet has been moved and restitched. Buckle is of later style. One loop ripped at bottom. 4- 36827 (3,000-5,000)

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2229

COLLINS & MORRISON MARKED GUN RIG. Double loop holster with fancy border stamping, early style with contoured swell and full skirt. Large mark on body of holster “COLLINS & MORRISON / OMAHA. NEB.” Belt is 3-3/4″ wide x 44″ long overall including length of billet. Matching maker’s mark on very end of billet. Dbl row of 45 cal. loops. Later style nickel-plated buckle. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Holster shows complete restoration at throat, 7/8″ of leather added. Holster is completely restitched. Several paint drops on finish of holster. 80% of orig varnish remaining on body of holster. Body of belt is overall very good condition. All loops are recent additions and belt has also been completely restitched. 4-36824 (3,000-4,500)

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HENRY NORDHAUS MARKED GUN RIG. . Matching belt & money/cartridge belt for 4-3/4″ Colt single action. Holster is jock strap style with oval mark bearing “HENRY NORDHAUS / MAKER / DEMING, NM” and “45” mark above oval. Holster has orig hammer thong attached beneath loop. Belt is 3-1/4″ wide and 41″ overall length. Belt has embossed style edge tooling at bottom and correct clip corner buckle. Rectangular maker mark reading “HENRY NORDHAUS / MAKER / DEMING N.M.” on billet beneath “45” marking. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Overall fair. Holster shows major age cracking and loss to finish especially on maker’s mark. Slight tear at bottom of jock strap attachment. Belt has age cracking on body but retains all correct 45 cal. loops. Billet is cracked at rivet and appears trimmed at end. Color is a nice even russet to reddish brown overall. 4-36828 BJL1 (3,500-4,500)

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2231

C.E. COGGSHALL MAKER MARKED GUN RIG. Single loop holster for 4-3/4″ Colt SA with oval mark reading “C.E. COGGSHALL / MILES CITY, MONT.” with central star design. Vine & dot border tooling on body of holster. Orig muzzle plug. 3-1/4″ wide belt x 35-1/2″ long overall has matching maker’s mark on billet and 45 cal. loops PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Overall varies from fair to very good. Mark on holster is faint along right side. Several areas of re-stitching at trigger guard and muzzle plug. Color is bright and retains most of orig finish. Belt shows major areas of age cracking, missing several loops, fragile in spots along top edge and billet. Billet end has been trimmed and is cracked at holes. Darkening in spots. 4-36823 BJL2 (4,000-6,000)

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E. GOETTLICH TERRITORIAL GUN RIG. Dbl loop holster contoured to fit 7″ Merwin & Hulbert single action. Central football shaped mark “E. GOETTLICH / MAKER / MILES CITY. M.T.”. Belt is 4″ wide and measures 44″ overall length with integral billet. Belt has large clear mark on center of billet, matching marked to holster. 44 cal. loops along top edge. Buckle is early style with clip corners and narrow 1-3/4″ width. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Tooling & maker mark on holster are faint. Top loop has been re-attached to back flap. Restoration and reinforcement to area at top strap and trimmed at top and hammer location. Holster has also been completely restitched. Belt is soft and shows wear at edges. Holes added along length of body. Billet has been restitched and reinforced. 4-36829 BJL6 (3,000-4,000)

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ARIZONA TERRITORY GUN RIG. Very scarce mark of “FELIPE J. VILLAESCUSA / TUCSON, A.T.”. Holster is Slim Jim style for 7-1/2″ SA with leaf tooling on body and border flare tooling. Cartridge belt is simple strap style 1-3/4″ wide and measures 38″ overall length with 44 cal. loops. CONDITION: Holster shows severe wear at muzzle but retains bright color and clear markings. Leather appears to have been folded and is cracking at edges. Belt is in overall very good condition with sharp clear mark and slight wear to edges & billet. Retains good color. 4-40616 BJL7 (3,000-4,000)

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2234

EDWARD H. BOHLIN SHOW SADDLE ENSEMBLE. Square skirted show saddle by Edward H. Bohlin, Hollywood, CA. Sterling silver mounted with dome conchos at corners. Edges decorated with alternating diamonds & California poppies. Faux flower carved on black leather. Shield mark reading “EDW. H. BOHLIN / MAKER / HOLLYWOOD, CAL.” in seat. Seat is 14″ and has Cheyenne roll. Sterling presentation plate “TEXAS-JIM-LEWIS” has been added to back of cantle. Later variation of the “Tim Holt” model. Bridle is round with silver ferrules. Conchos & faceplate marked “BOHLINMADE / CALIF. / HOLLYWOOD”. Sterling mounted bit is “RENALDI”. Leather & buckles are unmarked. Martingale is adorned with matching graduated conchos to bridle. Leather on martingale is also unmarked. Martingale also has central engraved heart. Double gun buscardero is marked on belt & holster with large shield mark. Front of holsters & belt are flower tooled. Buckle has the North & Judd anchor mark. Belt is 41″ overall length. Accompanied by a custom wooden saddle stand. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Saddle is in very good condition with some age cracking at edges. Leather on bridle is fair and fragile in places and silver on all pieces show heavy cleaning with steel wool. Bit is well worn and the domes have been flattened. Leather on martingale is very poor and is heavily cracked. Gun belt rig is overall very good with no signs of damage. Saddle stand is fine. 4-36830 BJL8 (4,000-6,000)

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2235

UNMARKED DECORATED PARADE OUTFIT. Saddle with diamond shaped ornaments, deep floral carving and large nickel horn. Seat is 14″. Martingale is a good complement to saddle but not an exact match, also covered with similard nickel decorations. Gun rig is a contemporary buscadero style with added quick draw holster. Black leather decorated with silver colored buttons. CONDITION: Saddle is in very good and rideable condition. Martingale shows heavy wear and age cracking. Holster rig is as new. 4-40609 BJL9 (2,000-3,000)

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2236

COLT NEW LINE 22 SERIAL NUMBER 1 SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER. SN 1. Cal. 22 Short. Usual configuration with 2-1/4″ flat side bbl, German silver front sight with 2-line address. It has brass frame with 2-pc bird head rosewood grips and 7-shot cyl with short flutes and cyl pin without knurling. SN was observed on bottom of butt, bottom of bbl and rear face of cylinder. Accompanied by a letter on Berryman’s Sport Center letterhead over the signature of R.B. Berryman dated March 18, 1975 wherein he states that he certify that this revolver was purchased from the collection of R.Q. Sutherland (Co-author of the Colt bible, The Book of Colt Firearms, Sutherland & Wilson). The letter further states that this revolver was then purchased by C.G. Aycock, Jr. on March 13, 1975. PROVENANCE: R.Q. Sutherland Collection; Bob Berryman; C.G. Aycock, Jr. Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. No orig finish remains with the steel parts a cleaned steel gray patina and the brass frame retains a medium mustard patina. Grips are sound with a ding on right side, showing moderate to heavy wear and retain about 50% orig finish. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 4-40545 JR147 (1,500-5,500)

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2237
Revised: 9/22/2010

CORRECTION: This is a Factory engraved specimen not “New York Style” engraved as stated in the printed catalog. The estimate in the printed catalog is incorrect. The correct estimate is $12,500-17,500.

EXTREMELY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT NO. 3 THUER DERRINGER WITH HOLSTER. SN 4912. Cal. 41 RF Short. Blue & silver finish with 2-1/2″ rnd bbl, tiny German silver half moon front sight and large “COLT” on the top. Frame & bbl are beautifully Factory engraved with about 60% coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Forward sides of frame, below bbl, are engraved in feather patterns. Top of back strap is engraved in geometric patterns with arabesque & geometric patterns down the back strap. The bird head grip frame is mounted with full checkered ivory grips and early type short, high hammer. Accompanied by a very rare Moroccan leather Slim Jim holster with sewn edge and black finish. Holster is a little long for the derringer and is made without belt loop. Obviously intended to be carried in a pocket. Although the 3rd Model Derringer is not uncommon they are rarely ever encountered engraved. These little derringers were favorites of gamblers for vest pocket guns and with ladies as garter & muff pistols. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue with balance flaked to a medium patina. Frame retains about 50% orig silver plating with the exposed areas a medium mustard patina. Hammer retains virtually all of its strong, bright case colors and the trigger about all of its orig blue. Right grip has a hairline age line through the escutcheon, otherwise grips are sound with a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with fine pitting in two grooves near the muzzle. Holster is sound, soft & flexible and retains about 50% black finish. 4-39855 (12,500-17,500)

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2238

EXTREMELY RARE BOOK CASE FOR COLT NO. 2 DERRINGER. . Rare & unusual book casing for the Colt No. 2 Derringer, 6-3/4″ high x 4-1/2″ wide x 1-1/2″ thick, covered in green leather with gold embossed, ribbed spine marked “The / Gamblers / Choice” with the author “Colt”. The cover is embossed in gold “The / Gamblers Choice / by / Col. Saml. Colt”. The exposed edges are colorful period paisley style, marbled foliate print. Interior is green velvet lined and French fitted in the bottom for the derringer with a triangular compartment in the right front corner containing six orig 41 RF cartridges. These are some of the most rare of all Colt casings and are almost never encountered especially in fine usable condition. CONDITION: Very fine. Exterior shows light wear around edges and corners with strong bright colors and clear bold embossed lettering & decorations. Interior is lightly faded & soiled but completely intact. Cartridges are oxidized. 4-40976 JR342 (2,500-3,500)

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2239

RARE COLT 4-3/4″ POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER WITH TIFFANY STYLE GRIP. SN 2370. Cal. 38 CF. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. The rammer handle slot & screw hole are plugged. Left side of frame is hand engraved “COLT’S PATENT” in a ribbon and it is mounted with a wonderful silver plated metal Tiffany grip with raised cast foliate arabesque patterns with acanthus leaves around each side and a fine punch dot background. Back of grip has a deep relief Mexican eagle clutching a snake & cactus in its talons & beak, which is surmounted by an empty initial oval. Butt cap is a large oval sunburst. Cyl is usual 5-shots with rebated rear section which was machined to expose the chambers and a spacer screwed to recoil shield with loading notch in the frame without loading gate. Frame, bbl lug & trigger guard are beautifully engraved in late vine style by Gustave Young. A scroll on each side of the frame terminates in a flower blossom and a scroll on left side of bbl lug terminates in his stylized bird head. Two scrolls on right side of bbl lug terminate in flower blossoms. Both sides of hammer have full coverage engraving with foliate arabesque patterns on the shank, fish scale patterns on the spur and wolf’s heads on each side of hammer nose with fish scale patterns on top edge. Both ends of wedge are engraved. Bottom of grip, under the buttcap, is marked with a small stamped flower blossom. SN was observed in the usual places on the frame, trigger guard & bbl lug and are accompanied by a small “E” signifying that this revolver was destined to be engraved and was to receive special polishing. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, only about 4,000 of these scarce revolvers were produced in the period 1873-1875. Even though their production coincided with the advent of the single action Army revolver, these little revolvers were popular as gentlemen’s concealment side arm and with ladies as purse & muff pistols. Given their hard & continuous use with minimal maintenance they are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including cyl, except wedge & grip which are properly unnumbered. Overall retains about all of its fine orig factory nickel with only light edge wear and some minor flaking on front strap. Cyl also retains about all of its orig factory nickel and about 80% stagecoach holdup scene. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with light pitting in the grooves. 4-40149 JR185 (10,000-15,000)

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ENGRAVED SILVER PLATED COLT POCKET NAVY CARTRIDGE CONVERSION REVOLVER WITH TIFFANY STYLE GRIP. SN 27881. Cal. 38 RF. Silver finish with 6-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is engraved “COLT’S PATENT” in a dbl ribbon. Rebated cyl is 5-shots with the usual factory conversion ring and loading gate with external spring. Mounted with a silver plated cast bronze Tiffany style grip with wonderful raised foliate arabesque patterns, acanthus leaves & a deep relief Mexican eagle along the back strap surmounted by an empty initial oval. Butt cap is an oval rosette. Frame, cyl & bbl are beautifully engraved in New York style with full coverage flowing arabesque patterns on the frame with punch dot background. Conversion ring is engraved in feather patterns around the outer edge. Hammer is beautifully engraved in foliate arabesque & feather patterns with hand-cut checkered hammer spur. Engraving extends up both sides of bbl with a fine dbl border around address which terminates in geometric patterns. There are matching foliate arabesque patterns on each side of muzzle. Outer radius of ejector rod housing is engraved in spiral foliate arabesque patterns. Cyl is also matching engraved in foliate arabesque patterns in place of the usual roll marking. The three frame screws and front trigger guard screw are all nicely engraved. Cyl arbor is numbered “163” and the loading gate “199”. No number was visible on the cyl or grip. CONDITION: Fine plus, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered and as noted above. Overall retains most of a fine professionally restored finish with some pin prick pitting inside trigger bow, on sides of front strap under grip and sides of hammer under the grip with a repaired hammer roller pin. Hammer spring is a replacement. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong sharp bore with fine pitting. 4-40150 (9,000-12,000)

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CASED COLT POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 4186. Cal. 38 RF. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, pin front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and hammer nose is fitted with a firing pin on left side retained by two rivets. Conversion was affected by machining away the rear of cylinder to expose chambers and attaching a conversion ring that has loading gate with internal spring to the recoil shield. Brass grip frame is fitted with a varnished 1-pc walnut grip that has four digits of SN in back strap channel “4146”. SN’s were observed on bottom of bbl lug, frame, trigger guard & back strap with cyl having three digits of SN “170”. SN’s on frame, trigger guard & butt strap are accompanied by a tiny “N” signifying nickel plating. Wedge is properly unnumbered. Spindle & loading gate bear the assembly number “4215”. Accompanied by a rare, orig, purple velvet lined, Colt mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for revolver and an open compartment in right rear corner containing a functioning key. Left front & center of the case has a mahogany cartridge block containing 111 orig 38 caliber rimfire cartridges. Also included is a Colt L-shaped screwdriver from a commercial semi-auto pistol. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Revolver appears to be nearly new and may or may not have ever been fired. Overall it retains about 96% strong, bright orig nickel finish with some losses around muzzle and minor flaking around face of cylinder. There is some light pimpling on hammer. Balance of nickel is bright & strong. Hammer screw is slightly battered and all screws retain most of their orig fire blue. Grip is crisp with a small gouge on left side and a couple of other very minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound with minor storage & handling nicks and retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Interior is lightly to moderately faded with light soil & wear in bottom with one spot in lid from an impression made by cylinder. Ammunition is lightly oxidized but fine. 4-36871 JR33 (3,000-5,000)

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2242

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1871/72 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER WITH WESTERN ASSOCIATION. SN 3208. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address with dashes. Left side of frame has the “1871” and “1872” patent dates and firing pin is affixed to left side of hammer nose with two rivets. Bbl has the Richards-Mason style integral “V”-notch rear sight at the breech end. Cylinder is not rebated and the frame is of the orig manufactured type without recoil plate. Fitted with an external spring loading gate. Blued steel trigger guard & back strap are mounted with an old 1-pc ivory grip with raised relief-carved Mexican eagle on left side. Grip is probably an old replacement very likely supplied by the retailer in the 1870’s. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found with type of stocks not listed, shipped to C. Gove & Co., Denver Colorado Territory, Jan. 10, 1874 in a shipment of 50 same type revolvers. This was Colt’s first successful production of a large bore self-contained cartridge revolver and was immediately successful, gaining great acceptance on the American frontier on both sides of the law and common cowboys & citizens. Majority of these revolvers saw continuous & hard service but were quickly succeeded by the Model 1873 Single Action Army and relegated to the dust bin of American western lore. The vast majority of these rimfire revolvers then found new life in Mexico & South America where the Henry & Winchester Model 1866 rifles & carbines were still popular and in extended service. Again these fine revolvers were subjected to hard frontier service with, at best, minimal maintenance and frequently were dramatically altered, usually by having bbls reduced in length. They usually are found with no orig finish and in sad state of repair. This fine revolver undoubtedly saw service in Mexico given that it has well worn Mexican grips, however the owner apparently carefully maintained his property. Carlos Gove was one of the premier gunsmith/gunmakers on the American frontier throughout the latter 1/3 of the 19th century, located in Denver, Colorado. His shop & the Freund Brothers, also of Denver & Cheyenne, were the primary arms, ammunition & equipment suppliers to the Southern Rocky Mountain Region. Mr. Gove was known to have supplied arms, ammunition & equipment to customers in Mexico, which by the volume of this single shipment, well after the advent of the Model 1873 Single Action Army, leads one to believe that this shipment was destined for Mexico. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching with spindle & loading gate having assembly number “377”. Wedge & grip are unnumbered. Bbl retains 65-70% glossy orig blue with balance flaked & lightly worn to a medium patina. Outside radius of ejector rod housing is a thin gray patina with strong blue in sheltered areas. Frame & hammer retain about all of their strong, orig case colors, bright on sides, dark on left recoil shield and turned silver on loading gate. Cyl retains 35-40% thin orig blue and about 80% Ormsby Naval battle scene with several small dings in the decorated area. Front strap, butt strap & back strap appear to have been polished and had touch-up blue applied. The trigger guard area retains strong blue in sheltered areas with balance flaked & worn. Grip shows heavy wear to edges & eagle carving with numerous age lines, a chip by the butt strap and a repair in left toe. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. 4-36841 (9,000-12,000)

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COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 1257. Cal. 38 RF. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight & 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address with dashes. There is an ejector housing attached to right side of bbl lug with the rammer slot plug. Left side of frame has the “1871” & “1872” patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Conversion is Richards-Mason style with rear of cyl having been machined away to completely expose the chambers and a commensurate spacer with internal spring loading gate attached to recoil shield . All external numbers are matching with spindle & loading gate assembly numbers “2159”. Mounted with a fine, replacement, 1-pc, smooth ivory grip. Only about 3800 of these scarce revolvers were produced in period of the mid-1870’s from previously unused & unfinished Model 1851 Navy parts. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge & grip which are unnumbered. Overall retains about all of a fine professionally restored nickel finish. Cyl retains about all of its Ormsby naval battle scene, slightly thinned in a few places during the restoration process. Grip is somewhat shrunken and may be an old period of use replacement, possibly added at time of restoration and retains a fine smooth mellow ivory patina. Wedge spring is broken, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-36889 (3,000-5,000)

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SCARCE COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 2712. Cal. 38 CF. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver front sight and “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address with dashes. This revolver was manufactured from previously unused & unfinished ’61 Navy parts with an ejector rod attached to right side of bbl lug and the rammer & rammer stud slots plugged. Rear end of cyl was machined to expose all chambers with a conversion ring that has loading gate with exposed spring attached to recoil shield. Hammer is of the style without exposed rivets securing firing pin. Left side of frame has “1871” and “1872” patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “38 CAL”. Fitted with silver plated steel trigger guard & brass back strap which contain a fine western motif 1-pc ivory grip that has a raised carved ox head on left side and two incised carved brands on right side. SN’s on frame, trigger guard & butt strap are accompanied by a small “1”. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 2,200 of these scarce revolvers were produced in mid-1870’s in three styles among which was a small contract for the U.S. Navy, those civilian revolvers returned to factory for conversion and revolvers in this series which were manufactured from previously unused & unfinished 1861 Navy parts. These revolvers usually saw hard service on the American frontier and are rarely found in orig configuration with any orig finish. High condition revolvers are a great rarity. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge & grip which are unnumbered. Spindle & loading gate have assembly numbers “1210”. Bbl retains 70-75% glossy, dark, orig blue with most of loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light to medium patina. There is one small cleaned area with some very fine pitting on right side of front sight and a lightly cleaned area on bbl lug. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, turned silver on left recoil shield and about half of loading gate. Balance of case colors are brilliant. Trigger guard retains 80-85% orig silver and back strap 45-50%. Cyl retains about 80% glossy orig blue and about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Grip has numerous age lines & a small repair on top left edge with a light ivory patina and shows moderate wear to edges & carving. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. Altogether a very scarce & beautiful ’61 Navy Conversion. 4-36862 JR24 (6,000-10,000)

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FINE COLT MODEL 1861 CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 20983. Cal. 38 CF. Conversion of a civilian revolver returned to factory for that purpose. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address with dashes. Left side of frame has “1871” & “1872” patent dates with orig caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. It has usual 6-shot cyl with orig 3-digit SN “359” in its usual place with last three digits of current revolver stamped underneath. Conversion is Richards-Mason style with percussion cyl having been machined to expose all chambers and a conversion ring with exposed spring loading gate installed on recoil shield. Hammer nose is usual conversion with centerfire firing pin retained by two rivets. It has silver plated trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. The top of back strap, top left of conversion ring & top of bbl are stamped “10”. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 2,200 of these revolvers were converted in three styles including orig manufactured revolvers from previously unused & unfinished parts and a small contract for the U.S. Navy and civilian revolvers such as this one. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 50% glossy orig blue with balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Frame & hammer retain about all of their brilliant orig case colors with recoil shield retaining about 50% colors. Cyl retains 50-60% glossy orig blue with balance flaked to a medium patina and overall retains about 70% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Grip frame retains orig silver in sheltered areas being mostly a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound showing light edge wear with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36851 JR23 (5,000-8,000)

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COLT MODEL 1871 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 1512. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line block letter address with dashes. Chamber end of bbl has an integral V-notch rear sight. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and extended front spindle spacer. Left side of frame has 2-line “1871” and “1872” patent dates. Hammer has the offset firing pin to the left side of the hammer secured with two rivets. The brass trigger guard and iron back strap contain a 1-pc ivory grip with very deep relief carved Mexican eagle on the right side that looks original to this revolver. Only about 7,000 of these scarce revolvers were produced in period 1872-1873. The vast majority of these scarce revolvers saw hard and continuous service on the American frontier until they were surplanted by the advent of centerfire cartridges. Subsequently they continued in service in Mexico and South America where they saw even harder service with limited or no maintenance and are frequently found with cut bbls and other major alterations. Given the Mexican eagle grip it is almost certain that this is one of the pieces shipped to Mexico and it retains amazingly strong condition for a Mexican used piece. PROVENANCE: David Crocker Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including cylinder, wedge & grip are unnumbered. The bbl & bbl lug retain 30-40% glossy orig blue in sheltered areas with balance a plummy brown patina and some fine pitting on left side at muzzle. Frame & hammer retain hints of color case hardening being mostly a dark plum/brown patina. Back strap & butt strap are a dark, dull, blue/brown patina and trigger guard is a light mustard patina. Grip has numerous small & large age lines but is completely sound showing moderate to heavy wear on the eagle and retains a wonderful golden ivory patina. Cyl is a plum brown patina with very fine scattered pitting and retains about 80% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-36850 JR13 (3,000-5,000)

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

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EXTREMELY RARE COLT-EHLERS HOLSTER MODEL, NO. 5 TEXAS PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 611. Cal. 36. All blue finish with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight and large letter address with star & snake at each end with broken “A” and “T” in “PATENT”, a broken “M” in “ARMS” and two breaks in the snake near the muzzle. Bbl lug is dbl scalloped with flat sides and is fitted with an Ehlers 3-pc rammer. It has 5-shot cyl with round shoulder and stagecoach holdup scene roll-marking. Frame and grip frame are blued with a capping cutout in the right recoil shield. It is mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip made from two pieces fastened together. SN was observed on the rear face of bbl lug, on the wedge, cyl rotating ring, hammer, butt strap, inside back strap and inside the butt strap channel of the grip. Cyl is not numbered, however there is no doubt that this is an authentic & orig Paterson cylinder. As most collectors & students of early Colt history are aware by about 1840 the Patent Arms Mfg. Co. under Samuel Colt was in trouble financially. Mr. Colt approached one of his board members, a fellow by the name of John Ehlers, to borrow money to support the company which Ehlers apparently complied with. What followed became a long series of heated correspondence, meetings and finally lawsuits wherein Mr. Ehlers prevailed and forced the liquidation of the Patent Arms Mfg. Co. Mr. Ehlers, as part of his settlement with Colt, received parts of 536 pistols and parts of 150-160 repeating rifles, carbines & shotguns in addition to accessories, supplies & equipment with the privilege of finishing these arms. Mr. Ehlers proceeded to finish what arms he could out of the available stocks and added the rammers as found on this and a few other revolvers. He continued the manufacturing & sales of Paterson revolvers into 1847 with advertising including his quote “improvements”. While it is unknown just how many of the Texas Patersons were fitted with the Ehlers rammer, they are quite rare and seldom encountered especially in complete unaltered configuration. It is also known that when Mr. Ehlers finished his revolvers he frequently applied the all-blue finish instead of the color case hardened frame. This is truly a fine rare example of an extremely rare percussion revolver. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching as noted above. Bbl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked to a dark patina. The Ehlers rammer is a smooth dark brown patina. Frame & grip frame retain strong bright blue on sides of the frame, front & back straps, with the recoil shields a smooth dark brown patina. Cyl retains a strong plummy blue finish. Grip is sound with a couple of very minor chips in the edges and overall retains 75-80% dark orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-41067 JR364 (150,000-200,000)

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RARE COLT NO. 5 HOLSTER PISTOL OR TEXAS PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 996. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight and usual large letter bbl address containing broken letters “A” and “T” in “PATENT” and a weak “M” in “ARMS”, with a broken snake at muzzle end. It has 5-shot cyl with round shoulder and traces of the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Bbl has dbl curved lug with scalloped frame and flared grip. Mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip. SN was observed on the butt strap, rear face of the bbl lug, on the wedge, cyl, inside the back strap and inside front strap. SN on rotating ring is “375” and the tip of the cyl spindle has been altered, probably from an old repair which obliterated the SN. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. This revolver is pictured on p. 155 of The Paterson Colt Book, Wilson. The rear face of bbl lug shows period of use attempts to close up or “tighten” the frame pin holes, apparently after this revolver had become loose from substantial service. Only about 1,000 of these rare revolvers were produced in the period 1838-1840. These revolvers gained great acclaim & fame in the hands of the Texas Rangers and the Republic of Texas, who in the three years, 1839-1841, acquired a total of 180 No. 5 Holster pistols for the Texas Navy and Capt. Jack Hayes & the Texas Rangers. The reputation of this first successful repeating revolver was cemented when Capt. Hayes and 15 of his men, equipped with Paterson rifles & pistols. attacked about 80 Comanche Indians, killing & or wounding about half of them. This is probably the first recorded instance of a small force armed with repeating arms overcoming a far superior force. After only about 1,000 of these revolvers were produced Colt was forced into bankruptcy resulting in the dissolution of his company and the disposition of his machinery and unfinished revolvers and stock of parts. The company was purchased by John Ehlers who continued producing & selling Patersons into the mid-1840s. Many of the Ehlers produced Patersons had attached rammers. Most of the above historical information was obtained from the above referenced publication. According to the referenced publication the highest serial numbered No. 5 Texas Paterson known is #998, which then makes this revolver possibly the second highest numbered such revolver known. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains being an overall medium gray/brown patina with scattered pitting. Cyl is a lighter gray patina and retains about 25% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking and “-OLT” of the roll marking. Grip has an internal splice between the two halves, otherwise grip is sound with several gouges on bottom edges and retains a dark hand worn patina. Hand is apparently broken or has a broken spring as the cyl will not rotate on cocking the hammer, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-40685 JR190 (75,000-100,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE AND HISTORIC COLT MODEL 1848 BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH LEATHER BOUND CASING OF MN GOVERNOR ALEXANDER RAMSEY. SN 14040. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and small 2-line New York City address with dashes. It has the attached rammer as is found on the succeeding Model 1849 Pocket revolvers. Left side of frame has forward stamped tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the silver plated square back trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last three digits of SN in back strap channel. Cyl is usual 5-shots with rectangular stop notches and stagecoach holdup scene roll marking and all five safety pins crisp & serviceable. Accompanied by an extraordinarily rare brown leather covered orig Colt casing with beveled top edges and brown velvet lining, recessed in bottom for the revolver, a small rnd brass plunger powder charger, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold and an L-shaped nipple wrench. Right rear corner has a covered compartment. Leather covering is lacquered or varnished and has a light decorative pattern around the top central panel and diagonally down each corner. Front is mounted with a repoussed brass escutcheon for the completely concealed lock. Only about 15,500 Baby Dragoons were produced in period 1847-1850 with only about a small portion of that number in the serial range for revolvers produced with attached rammers. Extremely few of the entire production were ever cased and they are rarely encountered today. Alexander Ramsey, is the only man to be both appointed first as Governor of the MN Territory by President Taylor in 1848 and then elected the second Governor of MN after statehood from 1860 to 1863. Ramsey was in Washington, D.C., in 1861 at the time the Civil War began, and as Governor, committed for service, the first volunteer troop regiment for the Union Army. Ramsey is also noted for his stern statements and actions against the Sioux during the Great Indian Uprising of 1862. He resigned the governorship to become a U.S. Senator, having been elected to that post in 1863 as a Republican. He was re-elected in 1869 and held the office until March 3, 1875, serving in the 38th, 39th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, and 43rd congresses. Ramsey’s initial appointment brought MN to the favorable attention of many of his former associates, resulting in a substantial migration of capital to the territory. His administration was marked by sound economic management-particularly of the state’s school lands-and by two crises: the Civil War and the Dakota Uprising. Ramsey’s daughter Marion took over the management of her father’s household after her mother died in 1884. Alexander Ramsey died in his home in St. Paul on April 22, 1903. His granddaughters, who never married, lived in the Ramsey House until their deaths. They willed the home to the Minnesota Historical Society, which maintains it as a museum reflecting Ramsey’s life and times. This historic lot is accompanied by a three ring binder containing a Ramsey biography, documents of provenance from the MN Historical Soc. including excerpts from Ramsey’s personal diary accounting for the gun and a 1968 Ramsey House affidavit confirming the sale of the revolver from Ramsey’s Granddaughter, Miss Furness, to Osborne Klavestad of the Stagecoach Museum. Also accompanied by a hardbound edition of “The Stagecoach Museum Gun Collection” in which this exact gun is pictured on p 26. as item #375. PROVENANCE: Ramsey Family Decendants; Stagecoach Museum Gun Coll. #375; Consignor’s Private Coll. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig factory blue with only light muzzle & sharp edge wear and a small series of very light scratches on left side flat at the muzzle. Rammer & handle retain faded case colors, stronger on the pivot. Frame & hammer retain dark case colors, lightly faded on right side. Cyl retains 85-90% thinning orig blue and about 98% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking with all five safety pins crisp. Grip frame retains virtually all of its dark oxidized silver plating with only slight wear on heel & toe. Grip is sound showing extremely light wear on sharp edges with only a couple of minor flaws in varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with one small spot of pitting. Case is sound with light corner & edge wear with some very minor losses on top left front corner and overall retains most of its dark lacquer or varnish finish. Bottom retains 70-75% orig blue paper with three or four cracks. Interior is moderately faded with light to moderate soil and wear to velvet lining in bottom. Altogether an exceedingly rare & historic set with rock-solid provenance suitable to the most discerning & highest caliber collector. 4-40020 (75,000-125,000)

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RARE CASED PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1848 BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 232. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address reading from cyl to muzzle. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” and it has silver plated square-backed brass trigger guard & back strap containing a slim, deluxe, burl walnut 1-pc grip. Back strap is engraved in period script “M M Rogers M.D. from D.M. Rogers / Savannah, Geo.”. Cylinder has five chambers with round stops and a tapered smooth cylinder pin with cupped end to use as a rammer for loading. Accompanied by an orig mahogany Colt casing with fluted beveled edge on top, lined with brown velvet and recessed in bottom for the revolver, a dbl sided early “COLTS PATENT” eagle flask, a 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” brass mold without sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a tin of Eley’s caps. The presentation on the back strap to M.M. Rogers from D.M. Rogers has been thoroughly researched by a previous owner with little information having been discovered about either man. It emerged that a Capt. Moses Rogers was the Captain of the steamship “Savannah” which was the first steam powered vessel to cross the Atlantic, which was accomplished in 1819 when she sailed from Savannah to Liverpool, England and on to Russia. It has not been firmly established that the M.M. Rogers in the presentation is a direct descendant of Capt. Moses Rogers, however a Dr. Moses Rogers was licensed to practice medicine by the Georgia Board of Physicians in Dec. 1834. It was also learned that Moses B. Rogers had been a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio in 1831 and that he was from South Carolina. Information from the Georgia Historical Society of Savannah revealed that Dr. Rogers was a delegate to a Union Party meeting in Savannah in 1841 and that in 1851 there was an advertisement in a local newspaper for medicines manufactured by Dr. Rogers. This revolver has a long and verifiable history dating back to at least 1942 when it appeared as Plate #38 in the exhibit of percussion Colt revolvers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was on loan from the world famous Albert Foster, Jr. Collection. It was also featured as Item #37 on p. 67 of the book Samuel Colt Presents, Wadsworth Atheneum, on loan from John E. Parsons, another world famous Colt collector. In addition it has also resided at one time or another in the collections of James E. Serven and Norm Flayderman. Also accompanied by the book S.S.Savannah The Elegant Steamship, Brainyard where on page 29 Capt. Rogers is mentioned regarding the sale of the Steamship Savannah. Capt. Rogers is an integral part of this book in that he was the master and captain of the Savannah on her successful trans-Atlantic voyage in 1819. PROVENANCE: Albert Foster Jr. Collection; John E. Parsons Collection; James E. Serven Collection; Norm Flayderman Collection; Dr. Robert A. Bettis Coll. CONDITION: Fair to good, all matching except grip which is unnumbered. No original finish remains being mostly a mottled heavy dark brown patina with light to moderate pitting. Cylinder is in matching condition and retains traces of orig Ranger/Indian fight scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 85% orig silver plating, thin on back strap. Grip is sound and moderately shrunken with minor nicks & scratches and retains 75-80% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. Case has a repaired crack on hinged edge of lid, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish. Interior is lightly faded with two hinge screws missing. Accessories are fine. 4-39298 JR100 (6,000-8,000)

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RARE COLT MODEL 1848 BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH FACTORY ADDED RAMMER. SN 12228. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 6″ oct bbl, pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has center struck, tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Square back silver plated trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last three digits of SN in back strap channel. Butt strap and right bottom edge of grip are stamped “JHFB”. Cyl is usual 5-shots with stagecoach holdup scene and a crack over one chamber. Rammer has been added by the factory with the assembly number that is either “89” or “68” and is stamped on top flat of rammer handle and bottom flat of bbl inside the pivot slot. Incongruously the rammer pivot is very nicely engraved in foliate arabesque patterns. The Baby Dragoon revolvers were initially produced without rammers, which continued well into the 12,000 serial range when, with the advent of the Model 1849 and its attached rammer, Baby Dragoons were intermittently produced with attached rammers and an unknown number were returned to the factory for retrofitting of rammers. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. No orig finish remains being an overall dark plummy/brown patina. Cyl has matching patina with its crack over one chamber and overall retains about 60% stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig factory silver plating with only slight wear on heel & toe. Grip shows moderate to heavy wear with some battering on bottom edges and retains a hand worn patina. Half cock notch is not functioning, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-40738 JR166 (5,000-8,000)

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VERY RARE COLT MODEL 1848 BABY DRAGOON POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 415. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 5″ oct bbl and 2-line left hand New York City address. Left side of bbl lug is stamped with tiny “COLTS PATENT”. Left side of frame is unmarked and it has the usual square back silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap with Slim Jim 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder is usual 5-shots with rnd stop notches. This is an example of the inexact procedures in the early goings of the Colt manufacturing process. Few of these early Colts were ever so marked and are rarely encountered today. PROVENANCE: Dr. Robert A. Bettis Collection; Leon (Red) Jackson, Jackson Arms. CONDITION: About good, all matching except grip which is too dark in the back strap channel to read. No orig finish remains being a smooth, clean and artificially aged patina with some mottling on frame & hammer. Cylinder has scattered light to moderate pitting with matching patina and retains 25-30% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Grip frame retains traces of silver plating, mostly around trigger guard with balance a medium mustard patina. Grip has a chipped left toe and a light gouge on right side and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting in grooves. 4-39299 JR167 (2,500-4,000)

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EXCEPTIONAL NEW HAMPSHIRE MARKED COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 10588. 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 with dashes. Left side of bbl is marked in small letters “NEW HAMPSHIRE”. Left side of frame has small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” Brass grip frame has square back trigger guard and was never silver plated and contains a wonderful, nicely figured 1-pc walnut grip with all five digits of SN in back strap channel. Left side of grip has a crisp rectangular “JCB” (Joseph C. Bragg) cartouche and right side has a crisp oval “WAT” (William A. Thornton) cartouche. Cylinder has the usual dragoon Indian fight scene roll marking and “MODEL USMR” and “COLT’S PATENT” legends and several of the various parts have small inspector initials. Five of the six safety pins are serviceable and cyl appears to be unfired. Only a few hundred of these revolvers were ever produced and are very rarely encountered today, only in the most advanced collections. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 50-60% strong orig blue, mostly on lug and in sheltered areas with rnd portion of bbl thin orig blue fading to brown. Rammer retains smoky case colors fading to silver. Frame also retains smoky case colors turned silver on left recoil shield. Hammer retains traces of case colors. Cyl, which appears to be unfired, retains about 80% thin orig blue and about 97-98% dragoon Indian fight scene roll marking with five of the six safety pins serviceable. Grip is sharp showing light wear with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, possibly unfired. 4-39857 JR124 (50,000-70,000)

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Accompanying this lot is a 3-ring binder of research material regarding the life & service of Robert T. Gault which includes an article entitled “Retracing Their Steps-An Old Ranger’s Inscribed 1st Model Dragoon”.

INSCRIBED COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 7618. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line block letter address that reads from muzzle to cylinder. Left side of frame is marked with “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” and there are small inspector initials on various parts. It has brass square back trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip with the outline of a cartouche on the left side denoting early U.S. issue from Colt’s 2nd Govt. contract. Butt strap is inscribed “R T Gault”. Accompanying this lot is a 3-ring binder of research material regarding the life & service of Robert T. Gault which includes an article entitled “Retracing Their Steps-An Old Ranger’s Inscribed 1st Model Dragoon”. He was born in 1841 in Tennessee and as a young man moved to Texas and became a farmer. During the Civil War he joined the 5th Regiment Texas Cavalry and served as a private in Company H and at the end of the war was a Corporal. The 5th Texas Cavalry was part of the Army of New Mexico under Texas Patriot Col. Thomas Green and was part of the brigade led by Brig. Gen. Sibley in the invasion into New Mexico Territory in Feb. & March 1862. The Confederates prevailed at the Battle of Valverde and then on March 26-28 at the Battle of Glorietta Pass were forced to retreat to Texas after their entire supply train & wagons were raided & destroyed by the Union forces. After New Mexico Col. Green’s regiment, including Mr. Gault, joined the Dept. of the Trane-mississippi and through the Spring of 1863 participated in a number of successive victories in Louisiana inflicting about 3,000 casualties on Union forces while only suffering 600 themselves. In April 1864 Col. Green was killed which greatly demoralized his command, but they fought on until June 1865 when they disbanded rather than surrender. Robert Gault returned to Texas and joined the “Texas Frontier Forces” which evolved into the Texas Rangers. This frontier battalion was created in 1874 and consisted of six companies of 75 men each. They were involved in at least 19 different fights with Indians and pursued about 40 others that they couldn’t catch but in so doing prevented raids. They also had six additional fights with organized outlaws & fugitives and arrested and turned over to authorities 110 men and $15-$20,000 worth of cattle & horses returned to their owners. Little more is known of Robert Gault except that he was twice married and had five children. He died in Nov. 1906 in Texas. Undoubtedly this is a revolver used by a brave and dedicated Confederate soldier and Texas patriot who would have used it in his duties as a Ranger. CONDITION: Fair to good, all matching except wedge & grip which are unnumbered. No orig finish remains being an overall very dark heavy brown patina with a few scattered spots of light pitting on the steel. Left side of muzzle shows extremely heavy holster wear and the wedge spring is broken. Trigger guard & back strap are a medium mustard patina. Cylinder is also a heavy brown patina with scattered light pitting. Grip has chipped toes and heavily worn edges with light nick & scratches and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, dark pitted bore. 4-40988 (12,500-22,500)

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SCARCE 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH HOLSTER. SN 7058. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, altered German silver front sight with a fixed rear sight dovetailed into top flat above forcing cone. Top flat has New York City address, with brackets, reading from cyl to muzzle. Left side of frame has forward marked “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. The silver plated square back trigger guard & back strap contain its orig 1-pc walnut grip with last three digits of SN in butt strap channel. Right side of grip has an inlaid mother-of-pearl diamond and the cutout from what was probably an inlaid mother-of-pearl heart. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Dragoon Indian fight scene and the scarce marking “U.S. DRAGOONS / COLT’S PATENT”. Accompanied by a period of use, brown, Slim Jim style holster with sewn-on belt loop on the back and a loop on the front which was probably for the tab of a flap which has been removed. 1st Model Dragoons are rarely encountered and especially in complete orig configuration and are almost never found with orig finish. These heavy revolvers saw hard service with the military from their initial issue in the late 1840s right through the Civil War, usually under harsh conditions with minimal maintenance. These great revolvers remained in service well into the 1870s when they were sold as surplus on the civilian market and re-entered service on frontier during the Indian Wars and the great Westward expansion, again under harsh circumstances with little or no maintenance. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching including cyl & grip, except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl retains about 30% orig blue, flaked to a medium/dark patina and showing very heavy wear on left edge of muzzle with a series of dings on right side. Frame & hammer are a plummy/brown patina over dark case colors. Cyl is a medium to dark blue/brown patina with all legends legible and retains 60-70% Dragoon Indian fight scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain 30-35% silver plating with balance a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy wear with light nicks & scratches and retains a fine hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright & shiny bore with scattered pitting. 4-39552 JR140 (8,000-12,000)

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COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 4039. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, altered front sight and 1-line left hand New York City address. Colt’s patent on left side of frame is obscured by pitting, however the tiny “U.S.” is visible. The square-back brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip that is very dark & oil stained obscuring any numbers in back strap channel. There were approx. 7,000 of 1st Model Dragoons produced in the period 1848 to about 1850. These revolvers, especially martial pieces, saw extreme hard service on the frontier with limited or minimal maintenance and are rarely ever found unaltered with orig finish. They continued in service right through the Civil War and even later again on the frontier when they were sold as surplus or retained by their Civil War soldier owners who participated in the great Westward expansion. They remained in service well into the 1870s as one of the most powerful handguns ever produced and retained this distinction until the advent of the 44 Magnum. CONDITION: About very good, all matching except wedge which is numbered “015” and grip whose number is obscured. Overall retains a crusty brown attic patina with scattered light to moderate pitting. Cyl is a smooth crusty brown patina with all six safety pins crisp. Trigger guard & back strap retain a medium mustard patina with a few nicks & scratches, showing moderate to heavy wear. Grip has a chipped left toe and also shows heavy wear with moderate to severe shrinkage and a couple of small cracks on right side. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with scattered heavy pitting. 4-40611 JR131 (6,000-10,000)

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ENGRAVED COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH CASE. SN 4668. 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 is marked “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. It has square back brass trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip with the outline of a cartouche on left side. Frame & cyl have full coverage New York style engraving consisting of heavy foliate arabesque patterns over the entire surfaces. Hammer is engraved to match with foliate arabesque patterns on shank and a wolf’s head on each side of the nose. Top edge of hammer is engraved in fish scale patterns. Engraving extends over both sides of bbl lug with three of four heavy scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Engraving extends over top side flats with a small pattern just on round section. Rammer pivot is engraved to match. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are also engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with a fan pattern at top of back strap. Accompanied by a homemade walnut case with brass corner reinforcements , green felt lined and compartmented in bottom for the revolver, an orig “COLTS PATENT” dragoon flask, dbl sided with repoussed stand of flags & trophy of arms over crossed Paterson rifles which are over crossed Paterson revolvers, all of which surmounts a ribbon embossed “COLTS PATENT”. Flask has triangle hangers mounted low on body. Also accompanied by a fine brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter and a tin of Eley’s caps. Additionally accompanied by a dragoon sized 1-pc ivory grip which has had the left side come loose from the central ivory block. The inside of both grips is pencil inscribed “AT THIS WRITING SHOULD SAY I’M TV ANNOUNCER WHO’D RATHER DEAL STRICTLY IN ANTIQUE GUNS – THIS ONE IS FROM AUTHOR BEN AMES WINANTS COLLECTION” and “THIS DRAGOON IS THE PROPERTY OF – GORDON KIBBY 1532 LEWISON G’D RP’DS MICH. USA 1961 APRIL. COME IF YOU ARE THE OWNER PLEASE REMEMBR (sic) MYSELF, WIFE BETTY AND DTR ALVA RAE GOD BLESS YOU”. Also accompanied by a framed Aug. 1963 issue of Guns magazine which pictures this revolver in full color with the aforementioned ivory grips on the cover. Page 5 of the magazine states that this revolver is in the collection of Mr. Gordon Kibby of Grand Rapids, MI. And finally accompanying is an 8×10 black & white photograph of this revolver with wood grip and the caption “GORDON KIBBY COLLECTION”. This revolver was engraved post-production probably in the late 19th century. PROVENANCE: Gordon Kibby Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. No orig finish remains being an overall smooth plummy brown artificially aged patina with the metal showing moderate to heavy wear. Trigger guard & back strap are a dark mustard patina. Grip is sound also showing very heavy wear and retains a hand worn patina. Ivory grip has several age lines and is probably a very old reproduction with artificial aging. Flask is orig with a few minor dents and orig finish in the repoussed area on one side being overall a medium to dark patina. Mold is very fine, cleaned & artificially aged with light pitting on sprue cutter. Cap tin is fair. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. Wedge spring is broken. Case is fine. 4-40975 JR360 (4,500-6,500)

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SCARCE COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 10723. Cal. 44. Very late 2nd Model, one of, if not the last 2nd Models made. All known publications give the serial range for 2nd Model Dragoons to run through about serial number 10,700. Obviously there are no known hard & fast rules when dealing with Colt given the company’s frugal ways in using any and all parts from a particular production run rather than scrapping them. 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 is marked “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. The square back brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with SN in back strap channel and completely legible “WAT” (William A. Thornton) cartouche on right side and a partially legible cartouche on left side. Various parts have small inspector initials. The 2nd Model Dragoon is the most scarce of the three models and the one usually found showing the hardest use. These sturdy revolvers saw hard military service from their first issue in 1850 right through the Civil War and later on the frontier after they were sold as surplus. Up until the advent of the 44 Magnum in the 1950s the Dragoon held the distinction of being one of the most powerful handguns in the world. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except wedge which is numbered either “566” or 995″. No orig finish remains being an overall very dark brown attic patina with a few scattered spots of rust. Wedge screw is broken which probably accounts for the mismatched wedge. Cyl has matching brown patina and retains about 40-50% Dragoon Indian fight scene. Grip frame retains a medium to dark brass patina. Grip has two large chips from left edge and a chipped right toe with other light handling & use marks, some battering on bottom edges and retains a fine hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-40543 JR139 (4,000-6,000)

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2261
Revised: 9/22/2010

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This is an Exhibition Quality Engraved Colt. The gun is known to have been in the private collection of Norm Flayderman for over 50 years.

CORRECTION: The estimate in the printed catalog is incorrect. The correct estimate is $35,000-55,000.

EXCEPTIONAL EXHIBITION QUALITY ENGRAVED & CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 105815. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and engraved “Saml Colt” address. Left side of frame has hand engraved “COLTS PATENT” in a pillow shape on left side. The small guard silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain an outstanding 1-pc ivory grip with SN in pencil in back strap channel. Grip is made in the old fashioned way with two slabs of ivory attached to a center ivory block. SNs on the bbl lug, frame, trigger guard & butt strap are accompanied by a small punch mark and on the frame & trigger guard with a number “6”. Revolver is engraved, probably from the hand of Gustave Young with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background on the frame with two scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. His deluxe engraving extends over the bbl lug and top side flats of bbl with a wonderful flower blossom and a mythical bird’s head incorporated into the patterns on left side. Right side has a similar foliate pattern with one scroll terminating in a flower blossom. Right side of lug also has a half blossom on bottom edge. The rammer pivot is engraved to match. Top of back strap is engraved in Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns on the back strap, butt strap & trigger bow. An unusual feature is a sunburst around the butt strap screw hole. All screw heads and ends of wedge are also engraved. Cyl is 5-shots with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking and all five safety pins crisp & serviceable. Stagecoach holdup scene appears to have been hand enhanced by Mr. Young during engraving process as the roll marking is very deep & sharp. Accompanied by the original fine American style, brass bound mahogany casing with brass reinforced corners and an empty name plate in the lid. Bottom corners are also brass reinforced. Front of case has a shield shaped brass escutcheon for the mortised lock. Interior is purple velvet lined and compartmented in bottom for revolver, a sgl sided “COLTS PATENT” / eagle flask, a very unusual “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity steel mold that is in the white, a lacquered tin of Eley Bros. caps, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a small nickeled tin of grease. Frequently in the day when these revolvers were carried, the owner, after the chambers were loaded, would cover the open mouths of the chambers with grease for water proofing, lubricating the bullet and to prevent chain fire. This presentation quality revolver was undoubtedly owned by someone of importance or high rank and saw little if any use. It may have been fired, but if so, very little. PROVENANCE: Ex Norm Flayderman Coll. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 96-97% glossy orig blue with one small wear spot on right flat at the muzzle and faint sharp edge wear. Rammer retains strong case colors on pivot with handle turned silver. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their strong orig factory case colors. Cyl retains 40-50% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked to a gray patina and retains virtually all of its fine hand enhanced stagecoach holdup scene. Grip frame retains virtually all of its strong orig silver plating. Grip is sound with sharp edges and retains a wonderful golden ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has a couple of cracks in bottom and some minor pry marks along front edge, otherwise is completely sound and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish with light handling & storage marks. Interior is moderately faded & soiled, primarily from lead oxide from bullets with light damage from front sight & hammer spur. One small partition is loose. Flask is crisp & near new with one small dent. Mold is in the white and appears to have never been blued. Cap tin, nipple wrench & grease can are fine. Altogether a wonderful high quality, high condition cased set suitable to the most discerning collector. Known to have been in the private collection of Norm Flayderman for over 50 years. 4-40021 (35,000-55,000)

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2262

WONDERFUL CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 95479. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” and the small guard silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Cyl is 5-shots with usual stagecoach holdup scene and all five safety pins crisp & serviceable. Accompanied by an orig, burgundy velvet lined, Colt mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for revolver, a dbl sided eagle & stars pocket size flask, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter and an L-shaped nipple wrench. Right rear compartment contains lead bullets & balls and a functioning case key for the mortised front lock with shield shaped escutcheon. Lock tab in the lid is missing. Although the Model 49 Pocket revolvers are not uncommon they are quite rare with high orig finish and orig casings. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 96-97% strong glossy orig blue with only slight muzzle & sharp edge wear with one old cleaned spot on top & top side flats. Rammer & handle retain most of their orig case colors, strong on pivot, fading elsewhere. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig factory case colors, faded on top edge of hammer. These case colors are of the type that were never extremely bright but were originally somewhat muted. Cyl retains about 90% thinning orig blue and 98-99% strong stagecoach holdup scene with all five safety pins crisp. Trigger guard retains about all of its orig silver plating with thinned areas on trigger plate. Back strap retains 60-70% thinning orig silver plate. Grip is sound with oil stain spots near the frame and a few very minor handling marks in the finish and overall retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with two or three spots of pitting. Case has a couple of fine grain checks in bottom, otherwise is sound, retaining about all of its orig factory varnish with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches. Interior is bright & clean with only light soil at muzzle, on cyl and edge of grip impressions in the velvet lining with slight damage from front sight. Accessories are also very fine retaining most of their orig factory finish. Altogether a fine crisp set. 4-40741 JR167 (7,000-10,000)

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2263

FINE VERY EARLY CASED PRESENTATION COLT LONDON MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 154. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address “ADDRESS. COL: COLT. / LONDON.” with brackets that have long finials. Left side of frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT” in the English-style roll mark. It has large iron trigger guard & backstrap containing a very nicely figured 1-pc walnut grip with SN in backstrap channel. It has 5-shot cyl with stagecoach holdup scene. Bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. Backstrap is engraved in period script “Lieut. C.H. Bates from the Warren Club”. Buttstrap is engraved in the same hand “Salem Mass”. Lt. Charles H. Bates was commissioned 1st Lieut. on December 4, 1861 into Co. F of the 23rd MASS Vol. of the Salem Light Inf, serving in the Civil War until his discharge January 9,1863. Accompanied by an English-style oak casing with an empty scalloped edge brass plate in lid. Interior is lined in green baize with the Colt directions label inside lid. Compartmented in bottom for revolver, a Dixon bag flask, an iron “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a partial tin of W. & C. Eley caps. Right rear corner has an empty covered compartment and a wood handled cleaning rod in rear edge. Front of case has a mortised brass lock with brass escutcheon. This revolver is pictured in full color as Fig. 208 on p. 149 of Colt’s Pocket ’49 It’s Evolution, Jordan & Watt. It is also partially pictured several times in the same chapter on London-made Pocket 49’s. Also accompanied by copies of Soldier and Regimental historical data of the 23rd MASS Vol. During Lt. Bates service with the 23rd Mass Inf. his unit was with Burnside’s expedition to Roanoke Island, NC and participated in the Battle of Roanoke Island on Feb. 8, 1862. From then until November they were assigned to the Dept. of NC on Picket & Provost duty when they next saw action at Rawle’s Mill on Nov. 2nd then returned to Picket & Outpost duty when they joined Foster’s expedition to Goldsboro. They continued moving around NC until Lt. Bates’ discharge on Jan.9, 1863. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including rammer latch lug & grip with the wedge numbered “21483”. Bbl retains 60-65% glossy orig blue with balance flaked, not worn to a light patina. Rammer & rammer handle retain faded case colors, bright on pivot. Frame retains most of its orig case colors, moderately faded, stronger in sheltered areas and on right side. Hammer retains about 50% orig case colors. Grip frame retains traces of blue in sheltered areas being mostly a gray metal color. Grip is sound with handling & use marks and light to moderate wear and retains about 75% orig varnish. Cyl retains 25-30% thin blue and about 95% stagecoach holdup scene. Two of safety pins are missing with the other three battered. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with fine pitting at cyl end. Case is extremely fine with a couple of small cracks in lid and a grain check in bottom with light handling & storage marks and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Interior is very slightly faded with very light soil and light damage from front sight. Label has a couple of cracks and is yellowed and stained but mostly all legible. Flask & mold are fine with other accessories also fine. 4-40771 JR344 (6,500-8,500)

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EXTRAORDINARY GUSTAVE YOUNG ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 71621. Cal. 31. Blue and color cased hardened with 5″ oct. bbl, brass pin front sight and engraved “Saml Colt” bbl address. Left side of the frame has “COLTS PATENT” hand engraved in a kidney shaped panel. It has small guard silver plated brass trigger guard and backstrap containing a deluxe burl walnut 1-pc grip with the last four digits of the serial number in the backstrap channel. Cyl is usual 5 shots with hand enhanced stagecoach holdup scene. This fantastic revolver is engraved from the hand of the master engraver Gustave Young himself in his most elaborate and deluxe presentation quality coverage. The engraving consists of full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame and recoil shields which extend over the bbl and sides of the bbl lug with matching patterns on the rammer pivot. Top flat of the bbl has fine geometric patterns at each end of the address with dbl scalloped lines on each side. The rear edge of the bbl lug has a beautiful dbl border with zigzag and straight lines. Even the edge of the forcing cone has a chip and dot border which is also found at the muzzle end. Top of the backstrap has Mr. Young’s elaborate floral fan pattern with engraved ears and fan patterns on each side of the ears. The left ear has been repaired. Top end of the backstrap, at the heel, on the buttstrap and trigger guard are engraved to match with fine foliate arabesque patterns. Shoulders and front end of the trigger guard are also engraved to match with deep zigzag patterns down each edge. Front end of the frame, around the serial number, is engraved in an extremely fine quintuple line and cross hatch patterns. All of the engraving has extremely fine and, unusual for Mr. Young, a shaded background rather than the more common punch dot background. All of the screw heads, except the wedge and buttstrap screws, are beautifully engraved on both ends. The wedge also is deluxe engraved on each end. The hammer has Mr. Young’s extraordinary and most unusual deluxe treatment with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on both sides and the top edge with his extremely high-detailed wolf heads on each side of the hammer nose. In addition the hammer spur has extremely fine hand cut checkering in an extraordinarily long pattern with a triple band transition that has a series of eight punch dots in the center. In addition to the above described engraving Mr. Young has included within these patterns no less than nine of his stylized bird and animal heads, all with excruciating detail showing fine hairlines and eye detail. There are also twenty-nine full and partial flower blossoms incorporated within the engraving patterns, all of which constitutes one of Mr. Young’s most elaborate and extraordinary dlx revolvers fully comparable to his gold plated and gold inlaid royalty presentation pieces. The trigger guard is a replacement from another engraved 1849 pocket of lesser quality engraving. The serial number has been added with vestiges of the orig serial number still partially visible. Given the repair to the backstrap it is reasonable to speculate that the grip frame was damaged during some long forgotten incident. This exact revolver is pictured on page 90 of The Colt Engraving Book, Wilson, wherein Mr. Wilson describes it as “Fanciest grade of Gustave Young’s own scroll work; the same style as used on gold inlaid revolvers by Young.” The trigger guard in this picture does not appear to be engraved and has almost certainly been replaced by the one currently mounted on this revolver. Trigger guard screws are not engraved. CONDITION: About very good, all matching including wedge and grip except the trigger guard as noted. Traces of orig finish remain, mostly in the very sheltered a reason the bbl with minor vestiges of faded case colors on the frame. Metal is mostly a silver gray patina showing very light edge wear with crisp clean engraving showing very little wear. Cyl is a matching patina with a couple of small nicks on the front edge and overall retains 65-70% stage coach holdup scene. Trigger guard is a medium mustard patina. Backstrap retains 70-75% orig silver plating. Grip has a very old chipped right toe otherwise is sound showing moderate wear and retains about 20% orig varnish. Hammer spring is a little weak otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a couple of spots of heavier pitting and fine pitting near the forcing comb. This is an extremely rare Gustave Young engraved ’49 pocket and is one of the finest pieces ever produced by Gustave Young. 4-39702 (12,500-20,000)

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COLT POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER IN RARE CONTOUR COMPARTMENT CASE. SN 18130. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 6-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has small “COLTS PATENT” with caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. The silver plated trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Cyl is rebated and typical 5-shots with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Accompanied by an extremely rare orig mahogany Colt casing with faded gold velvet lining compartmented in bottom with contour compartment for the revolver, a single sided eagle & shield flask, a 2-cavity blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, a spare hammer spring and a small lacquered tin of Eley’s caps with green label. Also accompanying is a packet of five combustible cartridges. Along with cast lead bullets & balls and a non-functioning key. Cases for the Pocket Navy are seldom encountered and of those extremely few have the contour partition. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip, rammer handle is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 85% orig blue, thinning on left side with muzzle & sharp edge wear. Rammer handle retains strong bright colors on pivot with bright colors on top edge of handle. Frame retains about 60% faded case colors, stronger on left side. Hammer retains dark case colors on sides, bright on rear edge. Cyl retains blue in the rebated area with the major diameter a light gray patina with scattered spots of light rust and overall retains 75-80% stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard retains 60-70% thinning orig silver plating and back strap traces of silver with the exposed brass a light brass patina. Grip is sound with moderate to heavy edge wear, light nicks & scratches and a bruise on right side and overall retains 65-70% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. Case has a crack and a grain check in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is faded and moderately soiled in the bottom with all partitions solid. Bottom inside of case has some light mildew and scattered rust stains from damp climate storage. Flask has a couple of minor dents and retains 70-75% orig finish. Mold has been cleaned with scattered spots of rust. Nipple wrench is fine with strong orig blue. Cap tin label is lightly faded. Cartridge box is fine. 4-40991 JR374 (6,000-8,000)

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FINE CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 150109. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame has small “COLTS PATENT” and the small guard silver plated trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Cyl is 5-shots with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking and four of the five safety pins crisp & serviceable. Accompanied by an orig mahogany Colt casing with gold velvet lining, compartmented in bottom for revolver, a Root sized dbl sided stars & eagle flask and a 2-cavity brass “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter. Also accompanied by an L-shaped nipple wrench and a tiny tin containing a cap & a screw along with a functioning case key. These little revolvers, from their first production, were immediately accepted by the buying public and saw continuing hard service on the American frontier and especially the gold camps of California & the Northwest Territories. They continued in service right through the Civil War, on both sides, and remained in service well into the 1870s. They generally were hard used under harsh climatic conditions with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 60-70% strong, glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a light patina. Rammer pivot & handle retain about all of their brilliant case colors. Frame retains about all of its brilliant case colors. Hammer, inexplicably, is a gray patina. Cyl retains 75-80% strong orig blue with one small fingernail size cleaned area and overall retains about 98% stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain virtually all of their strong orig silver plating with only faint wear on toe & heel. Grip is crisp with only faint sharp edge wear and retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has several repaired cracks in lid and another crack in bottom, with lid mostly cleaned to bare wood. The edges & sides retain most of their orig varnish. Interior is heavily faded and moderately to heavily soiled with wear from front sight & hammer spur. Flask retains about 75% orig polish on collar & spout with traces of finish on body. Mold has numerous nicks & dings from use but has brilliant cavities. Mold may have been used as a hammer rather than its intended purpose. 4-40544 JR164 (4,000-6,000)

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2267

RARE COLT MODEL 1849 PERCUSSION POCKET REVOLVER. SN 112537. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with serifs. Left side of frame has small “COLTS PATENT” with a light strike. This revolver is fitted with the very rare small guard steel trigger guard & back strap containing a nicely figured varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Sutherland & Wilson, perhaps only about 200 of these rare revolvers in this configuration were produced in three different serial ranges. Consignor states that he has been told that only about 125 of these revolvers were produced. PROVENANCE: Dr. Robert A. Bettis Collection; Jim Eplen Collection; Frank Graves Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains about 75-80% glossy orig blue with the losses flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer & handle retain smoky case colors. Cylinder retains traces of orig blue and shows about 92-93% stagecoach holdup scene. Two of the five safety pins are still viable. Frame retains smoky case colors, stronger & brighter in sheltered areas, especially on right side. Grip frame retains traces of orig blue, being mostly a gray metal patina. Grip is sound with a few very minor tiny nicks & scratches in finish, shows little or no wear and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with some very fine pitting toward breech end. 4-39312 JR151 (2,500-4,000)

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2268
Revised: 9/23/2010

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Information provided to us by the consignor indicates that the former owner of the gun, was First Lieutenant, John W. Bowers of the 21st Regiment, New Jersey Infantry. Bowers was enrolled September 2nd, 1862 as a First Lieutenant. He was mustered in on September 15th, 1862 and on June 20th, 1863 he was dismissed. His dismissal was as a result of a Court Martial. He was accused of cowardice on the field of battle in Virginia in early May 1863. The results of the Court Martial found him guilty, thus he was dismissed. Copies of military records affirming the above will accompany the pistol.

FINE INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 202263. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with desirable 6″ bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address with dashes. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and the large guard silver-plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Cyl is 6-shots with stagecoach holdup scene roll-marking. Back strap is engraved in period lettering “JOHN.W.BOWERS. Hamilton Square N.J.”. No information is currently available on Mr. Bowers, however there are two John W. Bowers that appear on the Civil War roster from NJ, one as a private and the other as 1st Lieut, neither of which have an enlistment address listed. Given the age of this revolver and the inscription it is most likely that this was a Civil War used side arm. Obviously additional research is required. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except rammer handle which is numbered “2269” (probably an assembler’s error). Bbl & cyl retain factory quality restored blue with the bbl retaining about 90-92% and the cyl about all of this fine blue. Cyl also retains about 75% stagecoach holdup scene. Frame & hammer also retain factory quality restored color case hardening with moderately faded colors. Trigger guard retains 75-80% orig silver plating and back strap silver plating at the top and on butt strap with exposed brass a light mustard patina. Grip is sound with a few light nicks & dings and some battering on bottom right edge and retains most of a restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. 4-41071 JR363 (3,500-5,000)

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2269

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 203523. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 5″ oct. bbl, rare and unusual brass dovetail front sight with drift windage adjustment marks and one line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of the frame has small “Colt’s Patent” and it has large guard silver plated brass trigger guard and back strap containing a one piece walnut grip. The cylinder is stamped with the inspector initials “P / GG” and the buttstrap is stamped “UDC”. Cylinder additionally has the rolled stagecoach holdup scene. The wedge is also most unusual in that it has a spring compared to a simple groove as on most Models 1849. Accompanied by a large volume of research material and various magazine articles regarding the subject of martially inspected Colt 1849 pocket pistols. Several of the articles and correspondence are from Grayham Burnside, staff editor of The Gun Report wherein he discusses this particular revolver and together with Col. R. C. Kuhn have authenticated the markings as being correct military inspector markings. Other articles and correspondence detail identical markings on other handguns and shoulder arms. They identify the markings as follows: The “P” on the cylinder is a private purchase mark; the “GG” on the cylinder is the inspector mark of Guert Gansevoort who was a military inspector for a variety of military arms and edged weapons. He rose through the ranks from mid-shipman in 1823 and retired as a captain in 1867 and died in 1868. One large article by A. W. Lindert titled “U. S. Naval Martial Sidearms”, 1755-1875 dealt with these exact inspector markings and identified Mr. Gansevoort as the Navy inspector at the New York Navy yard as of June 1861. He further identifies the “UDC” marking on the buttstrap as the initials of the “Union Defense Committee”. The Union Defense Committee was apparently formed in about April 1861 in both Chicago and New York in response to President Lincoln’s call to raise troops and arms for the defense of the Union after the attack on Fort Sumpter. This article discloses that the Union Defense Committee purchased a large variety of arms, both handguns,shoulder arms and edge weapons, and most of the known items are marked identically to this revolver. The Union Defense Committee chartered the steamship Quaker City and armed her with cannon and a variety of Naval arms. Some of the known 1849 pocket revolvers are also marked “USN” at the top of the backstrap. These articles and correspondence accompanying this lot certainly lend credibility to the long thought beliefs that the Union Military did in fact purchase Colt Model 1849 pocket pistols although until the emergence of research conducted by Mr. Burnside and a few other of his contemporaries there was no definitive proof. PROVENANCE: From the Dr. Robert A. Bettis Collection; Dale Terry Collection; Dormal Allen Collection. CONDITION: About good, all matching except the rammer (#4617), the grip which is unnumbered or too dark to read and the cylinder arbor which has had the number obliterated. Wedge and cylinder are matching numbered. No original finish remains being an overall smooth gray cleaned metal finish with minor nicks and dings and scattered fine pitting. Trigger guard and backstrap are a cleaned light mustard patina with traces of original silver plating. Cylinder is a matching gray metal patina with clear markings and retains 15- 20% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip has chipped toes otherwise is sound with minor nicks and dings showing moderate heavy edge wear and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore with a small bulge about an 2″ from the muzzle. 4-39320 JR164 (2,750-3,500)

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FINE COLT LONDON/HARTFORD MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 186043. Cal. 31. Scarce Pocket Model with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address with dashes. Left side of frame has the Hartford “COLTS PATENT” marking with usual 5-shot cylinder that has the stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap with large bow are silver plated iron and contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with SN in back strap channel. Only approx. 470 Models 1849 were produced with these exact characteristics and were assembled in 1861 from parts returned from the London plant. Accompanied by a period of use russet leather 1-pc holster with flap & tab and keeper loop and has a Cheyenne plug. Holster is nicely decorated with a dbl row of stamped stars around top of the body and on flap. Rear edge of holster is sewn and has a sewn-in Cheyenne plug and belt loop. PROVENANCE: Dr. Robert A. Bettis Collection; Nolen De Borde Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Overall retains a smooth medium to dark brown patina with traces of blue in most sheltered areas. Rammer pivot has traces of case colors. Cylinder is a lighter gray/brown patina with a couple of minor dings around front edge and retains 50-60% stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of orig silver plating in most sheltered areas being mostly a silver to brown patina. Grip shows moderate wear with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains about 75% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, good bore with moderate pitting. Holster retains most of its orig russet brown finish with some crackling on front edge of body and flap tab. 4-39318 JR160 (1,750-2,500)

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EXTREMELY RARE COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH SCALLOPED RECOIL SHIELD AND CAP CUT IN THE FRAME. SN 71409. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 5″ oct bbl, dovetailed pinched post German silver front sight and 2-line New York City address with brackets. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” with small guard silver plated trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip with partially visible SN in back strap channel. This pocket model has an extremely rare feature, in addition to the rare dovetail front sight, of the milled recoil shield with adjacent cap channel in the frame. This is apparently a feature experimented with by Colt to alleviate jamming from exploded cap particles. The cap channel in the frame is reminiscent of the Paterson revolvers which also had a cap clearance groove in recoil shield. It is unknown how many of these so modified revolvers were ever produced but given the very few known specimens apparently they were produced in very limited quantities. Accompanied by a letter from well known collector, Jeff Millet, to Dr. Robert A. Bettis transferring ownership of this revolver wherein he discloses that the previous provenance is as follows: “The story has it that the gun hung on a barbershop wall in Nebraska” and that “it came from the large collection of Dr. de Jarnette”. PROVENANCE: Dr. Robert A. Bettis Collection; Dr. M.B. De Jarnette, Nebraska City, NE; Jeff Millet Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including wedge and grip. Bbl retains about 50% thinning orig blue on left side and bottom with part of top flat and right side moderately pitted with a medium to dark patina. Rammer handle & pivot are also pitted on right side. Left side of rammer handle & pivot retain smoky case colors. Frame retains smoky case colors on left side with stronger colors on hammer. Right side of frame has some very fine scattered pitting, probably having been cleaned. Cylinder is a cleaned blue/brown patina with about 30% of surface covered in fine pitting and retains about 50% strong stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain 50-60% orig silver plating with exposed brass a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound showing light to moderate edge wear and a few scattered light dings and overall retains about 92-93% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-39306 JR162 (2,500-4,000)

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RARE COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH CROWNED MUZZLE. SN 332065. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” and the brass trigger guard with large loop and brass back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Cylinder is 5-shot with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. According to Colt’s Pocket ’49, Jordan & Watt, the crowned muzzle was Colt’s last improvement on the Model 1849 and is only found in the revolvers starting at approx. SN 331600 and above. They state that they estimate “fewer than 400 were made and less than 50 survive”. This exact revolver is pictured as the center plate on p. 87 of the book THE WM M. LOCKE COLLECTION, Sellers. This was the first of Colt’s revolvers to have a crowned muzzle with all other succeeding models having crowned muzzles on their barrels. Having a crowned muzzle reduces holster wear and protects the bore at the muzzle from damage should the bbl be struck on the muzzle end or dropped onto a hard surface, thereby maintaining inherent accuracy. PROVENANCE: Dr. Robert A. Bettis Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 25-30% orig blue in sheltered areas being overall a blue/gray patina. Rammer retains dark case colors, stronger & brighter on pivot. Frame retains dark case colors on sides, turned silver on recoil shields. Hammer is also darkened case colors with very fine pitting on sides and with a dressed nose. Cylinder is a smooth blue/gray patina and retains 80-85% strong stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap are a medium mustard patina with no traces of visible silver plating. Grip has some minor wood fill on bottom edges, otherwise is sound and has a few dings & scratches and retains a lightly restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-39322 JR152 (2,000-3,000)

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RARE CASED ENGRAVED PAIR OF PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1851 LONDON NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS. SN 23660 & 23671. Cal. 36. Pair is identical, blue & color casehardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbls, brass pin front sights and “ADDRESS, COL: COLT, LONDON” with spears at each end. Left sides of frames have “COLTS PATENT” hand engraved in a ribbon, silver-plated iron trigger guards & back straps contain dlx varnished, burl walnut, 1-pc grips with matching SNs in back strap channels. Left sides of bbl lugs & cyls have British proofs. They are identically engraved in London style with fine English foliate arabesque scrolls with about 50-60% coverage on frames which extends over onto bbl lugs and rammer pivots. Hammers have light patterns on sides of spurs with top edges of hammers engraved in dolphin patterns. Ends of wedges are also engraved. Back straps & trigger guards are engraved with matching patterns. Altogether a wonderful brace of Navys owned by a gallant American Civil War officer. They are accompanied by their orig, English, brass-bound mahogany casing with bull’s eye medallion in the lid and brass reinforced corners. Front of case has sliding latches and a mortised brass lock with round escutcheon. Lock accompanies the case, however it has been removed. Interior is green baize lined and compartmented in the bottom for the pistols, a fine Dixon bag flask marked on top of the collar “COLTS NAVY FLASK”. Also contains two, blued steel, 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” molds with sprue cutters, one of which has a tiny “S” on the sprue cutter. Both have the locator pin in the right arm. Also accompanying are two L-shaped nipple wrenches and a large laquered tin of Eley’s caps with repoussed brass label on the lid. Left front covered corner contains five orig spare parts including a trigger, two hands with attached springs, a trigger/lock bolt spring and a lock bolt. Left rear compartment contains lead bullets. Inside the lid is mounted with a 7″ x 3″ brass plaque inscribed “THESE COLT REVOLVERS WERE USED DURING THE CIVIL WAR OF 1861-1865 / BY / HENRY STURGIS RUSSELL / WHO SAW ACTIVE SERVICE WITH THE 2ND MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY / THE 2ND MASSACHUSETTS CAVALRY AND / AS COLONEL OF THE 5TH MASSACHUSETTS CAVALRY / AFTER THE WAR HE WAS MADE BRIGADIER GENERAL BY BREVET FOR / FAITHFUL AND MERITORIOUS SERVICE DURING THE WAR AND PARTICULARLY / FOR DISTINGUISHED GALLANTRY AND GOOD CONDUCT AT BAYLOR’S FARM / BEFORE PETERSBURG. JUNE 15, 1864 / THE PISTOLS WERE GIVEN TO THE / MILTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY / IN MAY 1941 BY HIS SON / JAMES SAVAGE RUSSELL.”. This plaque has obviously replaced the orig Colt directions label which is folded & rolled in the right rear covered compartment. Both cleaning rods are missing from the case. Henry Sturgis Russell was born June 21, 1838 in Dorchester, MA and died Feb. 16, 1905 in Boston. Mr. Russell had been employed in MA when on May 25, 1861 as a 23 yr old, with the outbreak of the Civil War, he became one of the first volunteers and enlisted as a 1st Lieut. and was commissioned into Company G of the MA 2nd Inf. He was promoted to Capt. on Jan. 6, 1862 and to Lt. Col. on Jan. 22, 1863 (probably a Brevet promotion). On March 19, 1863 he was commissioned into the Field & Staff of the MA 2nd Cav. and on March 2, 1864 he was commissioned Lt. Col. into the Field & Staff of the MA 5th Cav. and on April 5, 1864 was promoted to Col. & Commander of the MA 5th Cav. Regiment. On March 13,1865 he was promoted by Brevet to Brig. Gen. Mr. Russell, with the MA. 2nd Inf, was mustered into service May 25, 1861 and performed various duties until early 1863 when they became part of the Army fighting in the Shenandoah and took part in several skirmishes and battles. Russell was taken POW at Cedar Gap with no indication of whether he escaped or was exchanged. In late 1862 a group of 100 Californians with eastern roots had enlisted, equipped themselves and paid their shipboard transportation to the east coast and arrived at Camp Meigs, Readville, MA, on Jan. 4, 1863 and became Company A of the 2nd Regiment of Cav, MA Vol, along with seven companies of troops from MA. The regiment, along with Lt. Col. Russell, took to the field in July 1863 near Yorktown, VA and from July 1863 to July 1864 continually skirmished with John Mosby’s partisan rangers and later served as part of the Army of the Shenandoah under Gen. Sheridan during the campaigns of 1864. The regiment participated in numerous other actions throughout the remainder of the war. Then on March 7, 1864, Lt. Col. Russell was transferred to the MA 5th Cav. Regiment and became Col. & Commander of the regiment. Col Russell had an excellent record in his previous assignment with the 2nd Regiment MA Vol. Inf. and the 2nd regiment MA Cav. The 5th MA Cav. was the only black American Regiment of Cavalry raised in the northern states during the Civil War. The white officers were chosen not only for their military skills but also for their abolitionist beliefs and family connections. The 5th MA Vol. Cav. was raised in the winter of 1863 and participated in various garrison & picket duties until Spring of 1864 when they took part in the battle at Baylor’s Farm leading up to the siege of Petersburg. Col. Russell was wounded in this battle and out of action until Sept. 30, 1864 when he resumed command of the regiment where he remained until Feb. 14, 1865 when he resigned his commission and returned to civilian life. Then in March of 1865 he was retroactively Breveted Brig. Gen. for gallantry in action at Baylor’s Farm. No additional information is readily available regarding Col. Russell, however the website (escholarship.bc.edu/dissertations) will lead to a site called “Crossed Sabres: A history of the Fifth Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry, an African-American regiment in the Civil War” by John Dwight Warner, Boston College. In the brief abstract of that dissertation Mr. Warner states that the dissertation looks at the prior service of the officers & men of this regiment and also traces the careers of several officers & men after the war. CONDITION: Revolvers are very fine to extremely fine, both are all matching including rammers, cyls & grips. 1) SN 23660. Bbl retains 60-70% glossy orig factory blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium to dark patina. Rammer & handle retain most of their lightly faded case colors. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their strong, bright orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas. Cyl is flaked to mostly a light gray/brown patina with small patches of brilliant shiny blue and retains about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene with five of the six safety pins crisp and the other serviceable and the Ormsby signature visible. Grip frame retains about 95-96% strong orig silver with some fine pimpling on front & back straps. Grip is sound with a very few, very scattered, tiny nicks in the finish and retains virtually all of its bright orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 2) SN 23671. Bbl retains 88-90% glossy orig factory blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn to a dark patina. Rammer & handle retain about all of their brilliant orig factory case colors. Frame & hammer retain about all of their brilliant orig factory case colors. Cyl, inexplicably, is factory refinished with all six safety pins crisp & sharp, unfired, and retains about all of its dark factory blue with some light flaking and retains about 90% Ormsby Naval battle scene with Ormsby’s signature legible. Grip frame retains about all of its orig silver plating, strong & bright on trigger guard & front strap with heavy pimpling on back strap. Grip is sound with no discernible flaws and retains virtually all of its brilliant orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. Case has four grain checks in bottom, otherwise is sound with normal handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Interior is lightly soiled with very minor damage from front sights and retains its dark green color. Flask has two small dents in body, otherwise retains virtually all of its brilliant orig factory finish. Molds are moderately flaked but appear to be unused with the remaining blue dark & strong & flaked areas a smooth dark patina. Nipple wrenches are unused and brilliant. Cap tin & spare parts are also extremely fine. Detached label from inside the lid is lightly yellowed and quite brittle with one small tear in the fold and need conservation but is completely legible. This is a wonderful unused brace of Navys that belonged to a courageous & gallant Union officer. 4-40636 JR337 (30,000-50,000)

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WONDERFUL CASED PAIR OF ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS. SN 14538 & 14543. Cal. 36. Silver & gold finish with 7-1/2″ rnd bbls, German silver front sights and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left sides of frames are marked “COLTS PATENT” and the left rear webs of trigger guards are marked “36 CAL”. They have brass trigger guards & back straps that contain spectacular 1-pc ivory grips with raised carved standing Lady Liberty on left sides. Cyls have usual Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Revolvers are engraved, although not identically, by master engraver Gustave Young in his wonderful deluxe style consisting of full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background on frames with several scrolls that terminate in flower blossoms. Hammers are also full coverage engraved with wolf’s heads on each side of hammer noses. Engraving extends about half way up both sides of bbls with several scrolls that terminate in flower blossoms and one scroll on #14538 that incorporates a fish. Tops of back straps are engraved with Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern and foliate arabesque patterns on back straps, butt straps & trigger guards. Hammer and cyl notches on #14543 retain traces of orig gold wash. SNs on bbl lugs, frames, trigger guards & back straps are all accompanied by a small “E” signifying that these revolvers were destined to be engraved and were to receive special polishing. Accompanied by an English style dbl oak casing with empty scallop edge plate in lid. Interior is green baize lined and compartmented in bottom for the revolvers, a dbl sided Colt style Navy sized angle spout flask, a 31 caliber “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, an unmarked pewter oil bottle, a packet of reproduction combustible cartridges, two wonderful tins of Joyce caps, an ebony handled metal wiping rod in its compartment in the back edge. There are two covered corner compartments. Also included is an orig Kriegsmarine brass capping tool marked with a “KM” on the back. Inside lid has an orig directions label. Engraved ’61 Navys are quite rare and to find a cased pair is most rare and an extraordinary find. CONDITION: Both revolvers are all matching, except grips which are unnumbered. #14538 is fine. Bbl retains 30-35% bright silver with balance gray metal patina. Frame & hammer retain traces of silver in sheltered areas with the balance gray metal patina. Grip frame retains traces of orig silver being mostly a bright yellow mustard patina. Grip has four professionally installed pin repairs and numerous fine age lines, showing heavy wear and retains a fine ivory patina. Cyl is a gray metal patina and retains 35-40% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. #14543 is fine to very fine. Bbl retains 75-80% strong silver with the balance flaked to bare metal. Frame retains 60-65% strong silver with the balance flaked to bare metal. Hammer retains about 50% silver with about 20% gold wash. Cyl retains 10-15% silver with traces of gold wash in stop notches and around rear face and shows 30-40% Ormsby Naval battle scene with four serviceable safety pins. Grip frame retains strong silver around trigger guard with the balance a light mustard patina. Grip has several light age lines, showing heavy wear, with a wonderful light ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with some light, fine scattered pitting. Case has one crack in bottom with slightly shrunken top panel, otherwise is sound with usual handling & storage marks and retains most of a very old added finish. Interior is heavily faded and moderately soiled with two loose partitions and a couple of others that have been repaired, with light damage from front sights & hammer spurs. Flask is fine with a couple of minor dents and retains 30-40% orig finish. Cap tins are crisp & bright. Mold is cleaned to bright metal, other accessories are fine. 4-40251 JR141 (45,000-75,000)

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Revised: 9/22/2010

CORRECTION: The estimate in the printed catalog is incorrect. The correct estimate is $75,000-100,000 .

RARE GUSTAVE YOUNG ENGRAVED CASED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 19484. Cal. 36. Extraordinary ’51 Navy, blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame is engraved “COLT’S PATENT” in a pillow shape. The silver plated small guard brass trigger guard & back strap contain a deluxe varnished burl walnut 1-pc grip with the SN in the back strap channel. Revolver has full coverage Gustave Young extra deluxe engraving on the frame which consists of elaborate, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with very fine punch dot background. The left recoil shield incorporates Mr. Young’s stylized dog’s head in one of the patterns. The bbl lug & top side flats of the bbl are engraved to match and Mr. Young has incorporated a man’s head with protruding tongue and a snake biting his nose in one of the scrolls on left side and another scroll on the right side terminates in a flower blossom. Bottom sides of the lug are engraved in a delicate spider web pattern. Rammer pivot is engraved to match. Top flat of bbl has a dash & dot border around the address with another dash pattern around the muzzle, accompanied by a fine wave pattern border. Ends of wedge are also engraved. Top of back strap is engraved in Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern with back strap, butt strap & trigger guard engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns. Sides of the ears of the back strap are engraved in spider web patterns. Hammer has also received Mr. Young’s deluxe treatment of foliate arabesque patterns on the shank, fish scales on the spur and a most unusual stylized animal’s head on sides of hammer nose. Top edge of hammer is engraved in fish scale patterns and the spur has hand cut checkering. The cyl has the usual Ormsby Naval battle scene with the entire Ormsby signature and “ENGAGED 15 MAY 1843” legends completely visible. Four of the six safety pins are crisp and the other two are serviceable. Accompanied by an extraordinary brass bound rosewood American casing with an elaborate empty brass plate in lid and brass reinforcements on the corners with other brass reinforcements around the corners of the bottom. Front of the case has a shield shaped brass escutcheon for the mortised brass lock. Interior is burgundy velvet lined compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a wonderful dbl sided angle spout eagle, shield & flags flask, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, two sealed packets of sage combustible cartridges, an empty lacquered Eley Bros. cap tin, four spare nipples and cast lead balls. This is truly an extraordinary set with a crisp, probably unfired Navy revolver. This early third variation is quite unusual in retaining its orig condition as it was produced in the early 1850s when firearms of all types were in great demand and usually saw hard use on the frontier under harsh conditions with little or no maintenance. Almost undoubtedly this revolver would have been the property of, and likely a presentation to, a high ranking military officer or notable civilian of substantial stature for it to have remained in unfired condition. Any Colt of this quality & age that remains in this condition is a true exception and very rarely does one have the opportunity to examine such a specimen. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip. Overall retains about all of its crisp orig factory finish with glossy blue on the bbl with only sharp edge wear and one small area of flaking on top left flat and another on the right side flat. Rammer & handle retain most of their orig case colors, turned slightly dark. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, turning dark, brighter on left side. Cyl retains a thin plum blue finish with a light cyl line and retains about 98% crisp Ormsby naval battle scene with the Ormsby signature completely visible. Grip frame retains virtually all of its orig strong silver plating with a small scrape on butt strap. Grip is sound with sharp edges and three or four minor dings and a few light handling marks and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has a few minor grain checks in the lid and another in the bottom, otherwise is completely sound with light handling & storage marks and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Interior is moderately faded & soiled with light damage from front sight and has solid partitions. Mold & flask are extremely fine with the sprue cutter on the mold having light pitting, cleaned to a gray patina. Screwdriver, cartridges and cap tin are extremely fine. Altogether a rare & exceptional cased Colt, unlikely to be encountered again. 4-39856 JR197 (75,000-100,000)

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Consignor states he had previously seen a picture of this casing (without guns) before it was relined and all the partitions were loose in the bottom and since then it obviously has been restored. The consignor initiated the case restoration after having discovered the mate to the M1849. This pair of revolvers is accompanied by two 3-ring binders of information regarding the life & service of Lt. Col. Charles Moses Whelden of Pittsfield, MA and an article entitled “Reunited After 125 years- An Unusual Pair of Presentation Colt Revolvers”, illuminating the research and reunion of the Colt pair. Gen. Reed, who presented the revolvers to Col. Whelden, was also a member of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Boston, whose Museum at Faneuil Hall still holds Whelden’s uniform and flag of the Mass 31st.

DOUBLE CASED SET OF PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET & COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS TO COMMANDER 31ST MASS VOLS & 1ST U.S.COLORED CAV. SN 1) 182485; 2) 22082. 1) Model 1849 Pocket. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address with dashes. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and the large guard silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last three digits of SN visible in back strap channel. Any other numbers are obscured. It has 5-shot cyl with stagecoach holdup scene roll-marking. This revolver is one of the pieces assembled from English parts returned from the London Armory and has the domed English style screws in the frame. Other screws are American style. Back strap is engraved in period script “Qtr. M Genl J Reed to Adgt C M Whelden” and the butt strap is engraved “April 25th 1861”. 2) Model 1851 Navy. Cal. 36. Third Model Navy with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT” and the left shoulder and left front web of trigger guard have tiny inspector initials. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene and three of safety pins serviceable. Small guard silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with three digits “208” visible in back strap channel with the fourth number obscured. Back strap is engraved in period script identically to the Model 1849 Pocket revolver above, “Qtr. M Genl J Reed to Adgt C M Whelden” and the butt strap is engraved “April 25th 1861”. Accompanied by a fine brass bound rosewood casing with brass reinforcing corners and an empty rectangular plate in the lid. Front has sliding brass latches and a mortised replacement lock with oval escutcheon. Interior is newly burgundy velvet lined with newly attached partitio