Superb March 2009 Firearms Auction
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Auction: March 16 & 17, 2009

Preview: March 13-15, 2009

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2000
Revised: 4/16/2009

Correction to Typographical Error in the Printed Catalogue: This is a Paterson No. 2 belt model as it does not have flared grips.

EXTRAORDINARY CASED ENGRAVED NO.2 COLT PATERSON BELT MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 566. Cal. 34. Incredibly beautiful Paterson with 5-5/8″ oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight with usual Patent Arms rolled address. Address is a light strike with cylinder end very faint. Frame & hammer have the very rare case color hardening with a deluxe walnut 1-pc straight grip and 5-shot cylinder with centaur scene and round cylinder stop notches. The frame, recoil shields, hammer & bbl lug are engraved with very beautiful flowing foliate & vine patterns with a light incised dbl line border around the frame which extends over the shoulders of the back strap. Back strap & butt strap are engraved to match, also with dbl line borders. Center of back strap is inlaid with a rectangular silver initial plate with scalloped corners. Bottom of frame, behind trigger slot, is engraved with a beautiful sunburst beneath which is the vignette of a shore bird inside a foliate panel. Both sides, rear edge & nose of hammer are engraved to match with a hand cut checkered tear drop panel on the spur. Bbl has a wide silver band around muzzle with a short silver band across top flat, behind front sight. Two other silver bands are across bottom three flats of the bbl & the bbl lug and a wide & narrow silver bands over top three flats of bbl at cylinder end. Recoil shields also have a wide & narrow silver bands around front edges. Serial number was observed on wedge, rear face of bbl lug, cylinder rotating band, on bottom right edge of grip, on right side of front strap under grip and inside back strap. Both cylinders are also matching numbered. Accompanied by its orig fluted lid mahogany casing with scalloped corner rectangular silver plate in center and a mortised brass lock with escutcheon in the front. Interior is lined in dark velvet with recesses in bottom for the revolver & charger. Charger is orig Paterson equipment with gold washed body & bands with the center band having the No. 5 Belt Model bbl roll mark. Also accompanied by a sgl cavity 3-handled bullet mold, a combination tool, a wood handled cleaning rod and an orig capping tool numbered “7” on interior. Right rear corner has a dowel containing a second orig matching numbered cylinder, which is missing one nipple. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, only about 800 of both styles of the No. 3 Belt Model Paterson were made in the period 1838-1840. Few of these rare revolvers are found cased today and of those exceedingly few were ever engraved. This exact revolver appears on pp. 4&5 in full color of the book Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching, appears to be unfired. Bbl retains virtually all of its orig factory glossy blue with only a minor nick or two. Frame & hammer retain about all of their strong & bright orig case colors, slightly thinned on front strap. Back strap retains about 96-97% glossy orig blue, slightly thinned around the heel. Cylinders are about identical, retaining virtually all of their orig glossy blue and 98-99% centaur scenes. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Case has a chip from left front bottom corner, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig varnish. Accessories are also fine with the charger being extremely fine retaining most of its orig gold wash. Capper is a mellow medium mustard patina. 4-36399 JR100 (275,000-500,000)

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2001
Revised: 3/17/2009

Please Note: Capper top is non-antique replacement. Bottom is correct.

EXTREMELY RARE CASED ENGRAVED SILVER PLATED & INLAID COLT NO. 5 BELT MODEL TEXAS PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 351. Cal. 36. Bore actually measures .415″. Spectacular Texas Paterson with 7-5/8″ oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight with usual Patent Arms address. It has a silver plated frame, front & back straps. The bbl, cylinder, cylinder plate & recoil shields are blued with case colored hammer. Recoil shields, hammer & sides of bbl lug are very nicely engraved in very early vine style foliate arabesque patterns with sparse coverage. Bbl has five silver bands with a band around muzzle, a wide & narrow band at cylinder end, another wide & narrow band on the bottom flats with a sixth silver inlay being a band just behind the front sight. Recoil shields also have a wide & narrow silver band inlay for a total of eight silver bands. Mounted with a highly figured, deluxe burl, 1-pc walnut grip with wide flared butt and rounded bottom edges. Cylinder has five chambers with square rear shoulder and is rolled with the stagecoach holdup scene. Accompanied by an orig Paterson mahogany casing with fluted lid and a rectangular German silver plate centered in the top with a silver plated escutcheon on front. Interior is lined in dark velvet with recesses in the bottom for the revolver, an orig #5 size charger with the number “55” on the powder end and “100” on the ball end. Center band is roll marked identically to the bbl address. Brass fittings on charger are all gold washed. Also accompanied by an orig Paterson capper numbered “201” on the inside, a reproduction sgl cavity, 3-handle ball bullet mold, an orig combination loading tool, nipple wrench and nipple pick and finally a walnut handled brass cleaning rod. Right rear corner is recessed for a spare cylinder and contains an orig No. 5 Paterson cylinder with serial number “113”. The serial number was observed on the rear face of bbl lug, wedge, rear face of cylinder, on cylinder rotating ring, on bottom of cylinder plate, left side of front and rear grip straps under grip. While no number was observed on the grip, it is readily apparent that these grips are orig to this revolver. No further disassembly was affected to determine additional numbered parts. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, only about 1,000 of these rare revolvers were made in the period 1838-1840. Few survive today and those very few were cased and of those, only a very tiny number were engraved, making this truly one of the more rare Colts today. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 75-80% thin orig glossy blue with the loss areas a medium patina. Frame & front strap retain most of their orig silver plating with a few light nicks & scratches and a series of small nicks on left side. Front strap apparently was drilled & tapped at one time to attach a flat hammer spring to replace the orig “V” spring. That hole has now been plugged and the “V” spring stud & spring restored. There are light file marks on front strap. Back strap retains virtually all of its orig silver plating with some light battering on butt strap. Cylinder retains a silvery blue/brown patina and exhibits about 90% stagecoach holdup scene. Hammer has a chipped nose. Grip is sound, having been re-glued internally with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with minor scuffing toward chamber end. Case has a couple of light cracks in the lid with another in the bottom, with minor handling & storage marks, nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Interior is lightly faded with light soil. Charger overall retains about 90% strong orig finish. Capper is a medium mustard brass patina. Extra cylinder is a gray/brown patina. Combination tool retains 75-80% strong orig factory blue. Cleaning rod & bullet mold are fine. 4-36400 JR98 (350,000-650,000)

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2002
Revised: 3/16/2009

Please Note: Cappers are non-antique replacements.

RARE CASED COLT PATERSON NO. 3 BELT MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 169. Cal. 34. Rare No. 3 Paterson, one of only about 800 made in two grip styles in the period 1838-1840. It has 4-5/8″ oct bbl with 11-groove rifling, tiny German silver front sight with usual Patent Arms bbl address. Bbl lug is flat sided with a radius cutout on each side by the cylinder pin hole. Cylinder is usual 5-chamber with round cylinder stop holes, rounded rear shoulders and is rolled with the centaur scene. Frame & hammer have the very rare case color hardening and it has a deluxe burl walnut 1-pc walnut grip with flared butt. Serial number was observed on the top of wedge, cylinder rotating ring, bottom left edge of grip, inside back strap channel of grip, on left side of toe of front strap under grip, inside back strap and on hammer. No further disassembly was affected to check for additional matching numbers. Accompanied by an orig dark velvet lined Paterson casing with fluted lid that has a rectangular German silver inlay in center and a mortised brass lock in front. Interior is recessed for the revolver, a copper & brass charger numbered “47”. Center brass ring on charger has the same roll mark address as is on the bbl and the three brass collars are gold washed. It also has wire brackets containing a single cavity 3-handled bullet mold with sprue cutter, a combination loading tool/screwdriver/nipple wrench/pick, a walnut handle cleaning rod and a brass capping tool without number inside. Right rear of case has a dowel for the spare matching numbered cylinder which accompanies this lot. Altogether a very rare & complete belt model set. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except bbl which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 80-85% glossy orig blue with only light edge & muzzle wear. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, strong & bright on sides, faded on top & back edges of hammer & front strap. Cylinders are nearly identical retaining 85-90% thinning orig blue with about 95% centaur scene on both. Back strap retains about 90% glossy orig blue. Grip is sound with light nicks & dings and dark oil staining on right side and overall retains about 75-80% orig varnish, stronger on left side. Case has a crack in the lid, otherwise is sound with usual handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded & soiled. Accessories are fine, charger retains about 80% orig finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine and scattered pitting. 4-36401 JR99 (225,000-375,000)

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2003

FINE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT DRAGOON POWDER FLASK. Large copper bodied dbl sided flask with brass collar top & spout that is adjustable to 35-56 gains of powder. Separate ball compartment is marked “COLTS PATENT” and top is stamped in two places with the “WAT” (William A. Thornton) inspector’s cartouche. Body of flask is deeply repoussed with the usual trophy of flags & arms over crossed rifles & pistols with a ribbon at the bottom inscribed “COLTS PATENT”. Mounted low on the sides are brass hangers containing triangular shaped rings. These large Colt flasks, the descendants of the orig Walker flasks with slight changes in the motif, are rarely encountered and almost never have any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 50% orig finish with the balance a dark mustard patina. One side has two or three small dents, otherwise flask is very fine. 4-36403 JR291 (6,000-10,000)

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2004

EXTREMELY RARE PROTOTYPE TRANSITION COLT WHITNEYVILLE-HARTFORD DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 1104. Cal. 44. Blue & case colored with unmarked 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, early style vertical rammer lever latch with tiny German silver front sight and no bbl markings. Bbl has two cracks about mid-point with a complete circular bulge. This damage is reported to have occurred from an overload during Navy testing and it is further reported that Mr. Colt upon learning of this damage was overheard to say that he would never make anything for the Navy again. It has usual 6-shot cylinder, 2-3/16″ long with roll marked Ranger/Indian fight scene and a distinctive pressure ridge. Rear of cylinder has a single safety pin and the number “551” appears on a land between two of the nipple recesses. This indicates that this cylinder was salvaged from a Walker and was the 551st Walker revolver produced. Cylinder is still in the white. About centered on left side of frame is “COLTS PATENT” in an oval and appears to have been stamped over another “COLTS PATENT” stamping. Left recoil shield has a mortised 3-1/2″ belt hook secured with a screw. Trigger guard is Walker style with short trigger and square back trigger bow with long angled shoulders. Rear edge of the frame is radiused for the corresponding Walker style grip. Back strap is silver plated iron of Walker design, fitted with a 1-pc Walker grip with heavily beveled bottom edges. Butt strap channel under the grip is marked “10” which appears to be an assembly number which is also found on the right side of front strap under grip, rear face of bbl lug, on inside of the belt hook, on top of cylinder pin and only a “1” stamped on the flat of the rammer. Further disassembly was not affected to check for additional numbered parts. Cylinder pin, which is also serial numbered to the revolver is made without lubricating grooves. Serial numbers appear on bottom of the bbl lug, wedge, cylinder, cylinder pin, bottom of forward frame, trigger guard and butt strap. This revolver was made as a test piece for the U.S. Navy at the request of Gen. John M. Mason, Jr. in a letter to Samuel Colt dated Sept. 21, 1847, wherein he states “I have an instant order from the Secretary of the Navy that you should make & forward to me as soon as may be, one or two pattern pistols for the Naval Service – I would advise to macke (sic) two of somewhat different patterns —“. “—I should think the present Army pistol, you are making or something like it with a hook on the side, to fasten it to the Seaman’s belt, would answer the purpose —” and signed “J. Mason, Jr.” Pencil notations on this letter apparently in Mason’s hand state “The hook must be on the left side of the pistol —“. Also written in Colt’s hand above the date and city “2 arms delivered to Mr. J. Mason October 4.47 & by him to Secy of the Navy”. Written on the reverse of the letter in an unknown hand is “No 1104 and 11–“. The above information as extracted from the letters which appeared in the Dec. 2006 Man at Arms magazine in an article by Herbert G. Houze, noted author & researcher titled “Walker Colt Breakthrough, an Examination of Previously Unpublished Documents Relating to the U.S. Model 1847 Revolving Holster Pistol”. A copy of this article accompanies this lot. Additionally accompanying is a very rare, full, sealed tin of Eley’s caps with green & black top label & a gold printed blue wrapping with brown & white side label. Also accompanying this lot is the orig certificate from the Texas Gun Collectors Association Parade of Walkers, Spring 2003 in its orig red leather, gold embossed portfolio. Also accompanying this lot is a fine custom made mahogany & Plexiglas stand with a marquetry inlay border on the base. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains about 90% thinning glossy orig blue with a few small scratches and light wear with light peen marks about the left side rupture. Rammer handle & pivot retain most of their orig case colors, turned to dark with brighter colors on the pivot. Cylinder is still in its orig white with only slight discoloration and a full safety pin, retaining about 98-99% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Frame retains most all of its orig case colors, mostly faded to a smoky gray pattern. Hammer retains about all of its moderately faded orig case colors. Trigger guard retains virtually all of its lightly oxidized silver plating and the back strap about 90% orig silver plating with substantial bubbling. Grip has a chipped right toe, otherwise is completely sound with a few dings, mostly on left side and a worn spot on right side, retaining about 85-88% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting and the aforementioned ring. Cap tin is very fine with a few minor chips and regluing of the wrapping with the label showing light wear. Altogether an exceptional and outstanding prototype Whitneyville-Hartford Dragoon. Stand is extremely fine. 4-36404 JR93 (225,000-375,000)

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2005

EXTREMELY RARE COLT WHITNEYVILLE HARTFORD 2ND CONTRACT DRAGOON REVOLVER. SN 2464. Cal. 44. Rare 2nd contract revolver, often referred to as the “Fluck” Model, with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd reworked Walker bbl that has German silver front sight and address that reads from cylinder to muzzle and has Dragoon 1st Model style verticle latch on rammer lever. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” and there are tiny “P” inspector marks on numerous individual parts. It has a square back brass trigger guard and a Walker sized brass back strap with an oil finished 1-pc walnut grip of Walker dimensions with legible “WAT” (William A. Thornton) cartouche on right side and “NWP” (Nahum W. Patch) cartouche on left side. The trigger guard is a reworked Walker item with square juncture at the frame. Cylinder is dragoon sized with six chambers and a single, intact safety pin. Cylinder is rolled with the Ranger/Indian fight scene with an outstanding pressure ridge and oval cylinder stops. Side of cylinder has the usual “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” markings on the side with the serial number and “P” proof in the bracket. Serial numbers on all parts are very tiny Walker style and are found on bbl lug, rammer handle, wedge, frame, trigger guard, butt strap, cylinder and cylinder pin. The serial number was not observed in the back strap channel of the grip, however it is readily apparent that this grip has been with this revolver its entire life. This revolver is pictured on p. 46 of the book The Wm M. Locke Collection. Accompanied by a 5-page letter from noted author & historian, R.L. Wilson, detailing much of the above information. Also accompanied by a fine custom made Plexiglas & walnut stand. The so-called “Fluck” variation dragoon revolver was first definitively reported in an article in the Sept. 1956 American Rifleman magazine entitled “Colt’s Hartford-Walker” by John J. Fluck. Information available to Mr. Fluck at that time indicated that there were 300 of these revolvers made by Colt as replacements for Walker revolvers which had failed during testing & field use. An article entitled “Debunking the Fluck Myth” by Dick Salzer, Paul Sorrell & C. Kenneth Moore that appeared in the May 2004 Gun Report magazine, as the title suggests, disproves Mr. Fluck’s research, citing more modern research which discloses that the “Dragoon” revolvers in the serial range 2,000-3,000 were actually a second government contract and were actually produced prior to the lower numbered civilian Dragoons which were numbered in the 1,340-2,000 serial range. According to this article, and as everyone familiar with Colt firearms is aware, Samuel Colt was a very frugal individual and rarely allowed anything to be scrapped. Therefore it is extremely logical to understand that these “new” revolvers were assembled from leftover & reworked parts from the Walker production combined with other new made parts. PROVENANCE: Judge Winter Collection; William M. Locke Collection; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except grip as noted. This is probably the finest 2nd contract Colt Dragoon extant. Bbl retains 40-50% thin original blue with balance flaked to a medium patina. Rammer handle & pivot retain dark case colors. Frame retains about all of its orig case colors, mostly faded, brighter in sheltered areas. Trigger guard & back strap are a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound showing moderate wear and retains a smooth hand worn patina with a few minor nicks & scratches. Cylinder is a beautiful metal patina, still in the white, never blued, with its extraordinary pressure ridge and retains 96-98% Ranger/Indian fight scene and crisp safety pin. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Stand is extremely fine. 4-36405 JR92 (30,000-60,000)

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2006

THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY PAIR OF CASED ENGRAVED PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1861 PERCUSSION REVOLVERS AND SWORD PRESENTED TO GEN. ROBERT ANDERSON, THE HERO & DEFENDER OF FORT SUMTER, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA DURING THE BOMBARDMENT THAT SIGNALED THE BEGINNING OF THE CIVIL WAR. SN 12400 & 12401. Cal. 36. This extraordinary and famous cased pair of Colt Model 1861 Navy revolvers was presented to Brig. Gen. Robert Anderson shortly after his heroic defense of Fort Sumter, Charleston, SC, during the bombardment by Confederate forces on April 12 & 13, 1861. On Nov. 20, 1860, the then Maj. Anderson had been placed in command of the Charleston Harbor defenses which included Fort Moultrie, Castle Pinckney and Fort Sumter. Maj. Anderson & his small garrison of less than 100 men occupied Fort Moultrie as their primary headquarters. Realizing that Fort Moultrie could not be defended from a landward attack he withdrew his command, by boat, to Fort Sumter which although was still under construction was deemed more defendable than Fort Moultrie. With the workmen & soldiers he continued construction and implacing his artillery batteries until April 12, 1861, almost immediately after South Carolina’s secession from the Union. At that time a major force of Confederate artillery from Fort Moultrie and other surrounding batteries, after their demand of Maj. Anderson’s surrender of Fort Sumter was refused, began a sustained barrage of almost 36 hours. On April 13th with no remaining food or ammunition Maj. Anderson surrendered the fort and marched out with his 70 remaining men taking the flag with him. He was received in New York on the following day to great acclaim and recognition and was immediately appointed Brig. General and assigned to command the Dept. of Kentucky and later the Dept. of the Cumberland. It was, apparently, during these celebrations of Gen. Anderson’s heroic defense of Fort Sumter that this beautiful set of Colts were presented by Samuel Colt. Gen. Anderson, due to ill health, was relieved of duty on Oct. 27, 1863 and retired from active service. On Feb. 3, 1865 he was breveted Maj. General for meritorious & gallant service during the siege of Fort Sumter. On Feb. 17, 1865 the Confederate Army abandoned Fort Sumter and on April 13th Gen. Lee surrendered. In spite of his ill health, on April 14, 1865 Maj. Gen. Anderson and a large entourage returned to Fort Sumter where he raised the orig Fort Sumter flag up a hastily erected flagpole on the parade ground. With his health continuing to fail, in 1869 he sailed for Europe believing that the European climate would be beneficial to his health. He died in Nice, France on Oct. 27, 1871. His body was returned to the United States and was buried at West Point. Gen. Anderson was born near Louisville, Kentucky on June 14, 1805 and graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1825 and was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Artillery. In 1832 he served as a Colonel of Illinois Volunteers during the Black Hawk War. In 1835-37 he was an instructor of Artillery at West Point, then 1837-38 he served in the Seminole War and was breveted Captain and was subsequently attached to the staff of Gen Scott as Asst. Adjutant General and made permanent Captain. He served in the Mexican War in several battles and was severely wounded at the Battle of Molino del Rey receiving citations for bravery & gallantry. After the war with Mexico he remained in the military and in 1857 was appointed Major of the 1st Artillery which led to his being appointed Commander of troops at Charleston Harbor. This fantastic set is described as follows: Remaining pristine new & unfired with their glossy blue bbls and cylinders and brilliant case colors on frames, hammers & rammers and mounted with extraordinary smooth 1-pc ivory grips, these deluxe presentation revolvers are the epitome of the Colt collectors’ quest for quality, condition & historical significance all rolled into one package. They are engraved with Gustave Young’s finest most deluxe & widest coverage. The engraving consists of sweeping intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with full coverage over the frames, extensive patterns on both sides of the bbls & bbl lugs, around front sights & muzzles, on rammer pivots, tops of back straps, butt straps & trigger guards. Hammers have Mr. Young’s extensive deluxe engraving on both sides with exquisite eagle’s heads on each side of the hammer noses. Top edges of the hammers are equally beautifully engraved with hand cut swallowtail checkered patterns on the spurs. Cylinders are equally magnificent with hand cut Ormsby Naval battle scenes and extensive foliate arabesque patterns over the rear 1/3 of each cylinder. Handles of rammers have extensive, very fine, hand cut checkering with hand cut checkered pads on the rammer latches. Wedges are matching engraved on their ends. Engraving patterns on the frames & bbls frequently terminate in flower blossoms with Mr. Young having incorporated an eagle’s head in the patterns on the frame of #12400. Another eagle’s head is on the left side of the bbl lug and a dog’s head just above the wedge screw. Right side of the frame has a dog’s head incorporated in one of the patterns and right side of the bbl lug has an eagle’s head and a dog’s head within the patterns. Number 12401 has a dog’s head on the left side of the frame with a dog’s head & eagle’s head the on left side of the bbl. Right side of the frame also has an eagle’s head with one dog’s head on right side of bbl. The serial numbers on both revolvers on bottoms of the frames, bbl lugs, trigger guards & back straps are accompanied by the initials “IE”. Most importantly the back straps are engraved in period script “To Gen. Robert Anderson U.S.A. / With Compliments of Colt’s Pt. F.A.Mg.Co.”. The tops of both back straps have extraordinary foliate fan or shell patterns with chip borders. Shoulders of the back straps & shoulders of the trigger guards are also beautifully engraved and left sides of the frames are engraved “COLT’S PATENT” in kidney shaped panels. These spectacular revolvers are accompanied by their equally spectacular walnut casing that has gold plated corner reinforcements, an empty presentation plate in the center of the lid, a mortised lock with gold plated escutcheon and mortised European style gold plated sliding latches. Interior is lined in burgundy velvet, compartmented in the bottom for the revolvers, a new & unused “COLTS PATENT”, angle spout, Navy sized flask, a spectacular high polish presentation grade “COLT’S PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter, two lacquered tins for Eley’s caps, a presentation polished L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, two trigger springs, two nipples, two spare hammer springs and two spare hands with attached springs. The trigger springs & nipples remain sewn in place as they were originally presented to Gen. Anderson as does the orig key sewn to the lining of the lid. Also accompanying are four packets of Colt Cartridge Works combustible cartridges. Also accompanying this fantastic lot is a wonderful 1840’s pattern sword presented to Gen. Anderson during the same period of time. The sword is by Ames with a 31″ double edged tapered blade, 5/8″ at the ricasso, etched on both sides with trophies of arms & flags and an eagle on the right side. Left side of the blade has the Ames Company name & address. It is mounted with a spectacular carved ivory handle with a trophy of arms on the right side and raised carved acanthus leaves and a bust portrait on the left side. The pommel, knuckle bow & counter guard are gold washed with the pommel a very detailed helmeted knight’s head with acanthus leaves, lightning bolt arrows & flower blossoms on the knuckle bow. The handguard is engraved “ET DECUS ET PRETIUM REGTI. / The CITIZENS of TAUNTON, MASS. / MAJOR ROBERT ANDERSON U.S.A. / A tribute to his courage and his Fidelity / ACQUIRIT QUI TUETUR.” The scabbard is equally beautiful with full gold plating and rococo hangers with oak leaves & acorns on the drag and a beautiful handengraved panel in the center surmounted by a trophy of arms. Lower hanger is engraved with a very detailed rendition of Fort Sumter flying the American flag. The space between the hangers is engraved with a small trophy of arms and a wreath surrounding the inscription “DEO DUCE, FERRO COMITATE”. There is also a gold braid sword knot hanging from the lower ring of the upper hanger. Accompanied by its orig blue velvet lined walnut casing. Sword is also accompanied by Gen. Anderson’s General Officer’s gold braid sword belt with gold braid hangers and his orig gold & silver rectangular officer’s buckle. Belt is lined with fine brown Moroccan leather Additionally accompanied by a large volume of reference material, articles and copies of photographs of Gen. Anderson, his family and other officers along with an CDV of Major Anderson in uniform with his orig signature and another CDV of Anerdson in the uniform of a Brig Gen. There is also a fine steel engraving of Gen. Anderson by J.C. Buttre of New York. In addition there are four orig Harper’s Weekly newspapers dated Jan. 12, 1861 issue which features an article about Maj. Anderson; March 23, 1861 which has an engraving of the photo of Maj. Anderson and the other eight officers with him at Fort Sumter and the April 27, 1861 issue describing the bombardment of Fort Sumter; May 4, 1861 with the entire front cover an engraving of the shelling of fort Sumter with the City of Charleston in the foreground entitled “The House-Tops in Charleston During the Bombardment of Sumter”. It depicts the housetops covered with spectators, most of whom are cheering with some of the ladies openly weeping. Also accompanying is another steel engraving of Maj. Anderson by G.F. Perine of South Carolina. Also accompanying this extraordinary lot are two National Rifle Association (NRA) medals. 1) NRA Silver Medal #331 awarded to these revolvers as one of the Top Ten Displays at an association meeting; 2) NRA Gold Medal #3 a “National Treasure” Medal. Only three of these gold medals have ever been awarded since the inception of the award during the 1998 NRA Annual Meeting. Also accompanying is a Fort Sumter medal to Maj. Anderson from the Citizens of New York. This medal measures 2-3/4″ diameter with the image of the Bombardment of Fort Sumter surmounted by “SUMTER” with the dates April 12 & 13, 1861 below. Additionally accompanying are three of Gen. Anderson’s GAR medals, a bronze, a silver and a gold, with a tiny gold replica lapel pin. All four medals have American flag ribbons with an eagle resting on cannon bbls, a saber & cannon balls. All four medals are identical with 5-point stars and the Grand Army of the Republic inscription with the dates 1861-Veteran-1866. An additional accompaniment is the Fort Sumter token which is one of 400 ordered struck by Gen. Quincy Gilmore which has a raised depiction of the battered Fort Sumter over the date “AUG. 23D 1863” and the reverse in raised letters “FOR GALLANT AND MERITORIOUS CONDUCT / PRESENTED / BY / Q. Gillmore / Maryland”. Also accompanying is a certificate entitling Gen. Robert Anderson to 32 shares of the Chicago & Great Eastern Railway Company dated May 21, 1866. The shares were valued at $100 each. And finally accompanied by a bronze rampant Colt trophy mounted on a round walnut base. Overall height is 14″. The historic importance of these wonderful Colts cannot be overemphasized when considering the courage and gallantry exhibited by Maj. Anderson and his command in the defense of his flag and national honor. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection; Bob Berryman Collection; Chris Anderson Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all visible numbers are matching. No dis-assembly was attempted to check for other matching numbers. Both revolvers retain virtually all of their orig brilliant factory finish with glossy bright blue and strong bright case colors. Trigger guards & back straps retain most of their strong orig silver plating with #12400 showing about 20-25% silver losses. Grips are equally crisp & new with wonderful mellow ivory patina showing no use or imperfections. Case is equally new with a few minor grain checks in the lid and a couple more in the bottom under the cloth covering and overall retains most of its orig varnish with some losses of gold plating on the plate in the lid. Interior is extremely fine showing fading in the bottom with some minor damages from the front sights & hammer spurs. Flask, mold & nipple wrench retain about all of their orig factory finish. Spare parts & cap tins are also equally fine. All other accessories are extremely fine as are the accompanying ephemera, medals & medallions. Sword is equally new retaining virtually all of its orig gold plating and fine etching & frosting on the blade. Ivory handle retains all of its orig deep relief carving and has a beautiful ivory patina. Case is also extremely fine with some minor scratches, nicks & dings and light wear on corners. Interior is deep purple with slight edge wear. Sword belt lining is a little fragile with some crackling but complete and nearly intact with bright gold in the outside covering and on the buckle. Bronze is extremely fine with some minor oxidation around horses mouth. 4-36398 JR204 (1,250,000-2,500,000)

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2007

ELEGANT SILVER MOUNTED HALF STOCK PRESENTATION RIFLE MADE FOR UNION CIVIL WAR HERO MAJOR ROBERT ANDERSON BY DANIEL SEARLES, BATON ROUGE, LA WITH DISPLAY CASE. SN NSN. 36 Cal. rifled 41″ full octagon barrel with gold and silver band inlays on each end of the barrel which is signed Searles. Daniel Searles, Baton Rouge, LA, is best known for knives he made for Jim Bowie. The iron sideplate is richly engraved and inscribed R. Anderson, U.S. Army. Silver mounts are attributed to Rees Fitzpatrick, a Baton Rouge silversmith, considered the finest weapons artisan of his day in the South. This rifle is featured in a full-page color photograph on Page 76 of the book “Steel Canvas The Art of American Arms” by R.L. Wilson. The delicate silver four-piece patchbox is profusely and finely engraved and has 16 piercings. The 8″ silver toeplate and the silver trigger guard feature equally fine engraving. The silver buttplate, rear entrance ferrule and silver nosecap are similarly engraved. The barrel is held to the stock with two barrel wedges and the grip of the stock is finely cross-hatched. Its tremendous historical interest aside, this rifle would rank among the finest of half stocks. Accompanied by a fine, recently made, Plexiglass, display case. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: This rifle is in excellent original condition throughout with only minor dents and bruises. There is a relatively insignificant but noticeable crack in the stock at the wrist extending from one rear lockplate screw to the other rear lockplate screw. The barrel with most of its original finish does show signs of light pitting and small dings. 4-36431 RGG9 (20,000-40,000)

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2008

VERY RARE VERY EARLY CASED COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLER. SN 122. Cal. 31. Fantastic Baby Dragoon with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address without brackets reading from cylinder to muzzle. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” in the central position with a square back brass trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip in the very unusual earliest grip shape & butt angle found only on the first few Baby Dragoons. It has 5-shot cylinder with the Ranger/Indian fight scene roll marking and a single intact safety pin on rear face. Cylinder has “COLTS PATENT” & serial number in a single line as found only on the earliest types versus the two lines for “COLTS PATENT” on later specimens and it has round cylinder stop notches. Cylinder pin is of the earliest type with cupped end to serve as a ramrod and the hammer is without roller for the hammer spring. Accompanied by an orig Paterson style mahogany casing with fluted lid and brown velvet lining, recessed in bottom in Paterson style for the revolver, a fantastic double sided standing eagle “COLTS PATENT” flask, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter, a very early tin of “COLT’S PISTOL CAPS” by Eley Brothers, an L-shaped nipple wrench screwdriver and accompanied by a packet of “COLT’S CARTRIDGE WORKS” combustible cartridges. PROVENANCE: Herb Glass Collection; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains about 99% of the early dull Colt blue with only very faint muzzle & sharp edge wear and a few minor dings. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig dull case colors and the screws about all of their orig blue. Trigger guard & back strap have been polished and retain only traces of orig silver plating. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and very light sharp edge wear, retaining virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Cylinder is crisp, probably unfired and retains about 85% strong orig blue and about 99% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has a grain check in the lid with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of a fine restored finish. Flask is extraordinarily fine retaining 98-99% strong orig finish. Mold has a few minor dings and has been polished bright. Cap tin has a few minor chips in the edge around the label, otherwise is extremely fine. Nipple wrench/screwdriver has a few minor scattered pits and retains most of its orig blue. Cartridge packet has a cracked seal with two bullets exposed, otherwise is extremely fine with strong label. Altogether a rare & exciting set never to be again encountered. 4-36407 JR90 (35,000-60,000)

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2009

FABULOUS GEN. FRANKLIN PIERCE DOUBLE PRESENTATION CASED COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 3969. Cal. 44. Wonderful 1st Model Dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and address that reads chamber to muzzle. Rammer handle has the vertical latch. It has usual 6-shot cylinder with oval stop notches and the Ormsby Ranger/Indian fight scene. Frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. Square back trigger guard and back strap are silver plated and contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Back strap is engraved in period script “Presented by Col Seymour, Gov. of Conn. to Genl / Franklin Pierce, & by him presented to Thos J. Whipple.” Accompanied by a very early brown leather covered casing with coffin top having incised line decorations with a gold embossed black leather rectangle in center inscribed in gold “COL. T.J. WHIPPLE.”. It has a mortised brass lock with ornate rococco brass escutcheon and is lined in burgundy velvet with recesses in bottom for revolver, an early Dragoon size flask, a brass 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter unusually marked on right side “COLTS PATENT” and a reproduction Paterson style U-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver. Flask is dbl sided with a repoussed stand of flags & arms over crossed Paterson rifles which are over a crossed pair of Paterson revolvers and has a ribbon below embossed “COLTS PATENT”. It has hangers low on each side with triangle loops. One of hangers has been soldered in place. Cap on the top is also marked “COLTS PATENT”. Accompanied by an NRA Silver Medallion No. 378 awarded to this revolver as one of the ten best revolvers at an annual meeting. Franklin Pierce, 1804-1869, was from New Hampshire and a confirmed Democrat. His early life in New Hampshire was undistinguished even as an elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives and later the U.S. Senate until he enlisted for service as a Private in the Mexican War and was soon appointed Colonel. In March of 1847 he was appointed Brigadier General and took command of a brigade of reinforcements under the command of Gen. Winfield Scott marching to Mexico City. At the Battle of Contreras Gen. Pierce seriously injured his leg but the next day resumed command and fought in two more major battles and was with Gen. Scott at the capture of Mexico City. After the war he returned to New Hampshire and in 1853 became the 14th President of the United States. At the end of his term in 1857 he was not renominated by his party due to unpopular legislation he had promoted regarding the slavery issue in Kansas. He returned to New Hampshire and led a rather mundane and undistinguished life until is death in 1869. Col. Thomas Hart Seymour, 1807-1868, was also a confirmed Democrat from Connecticut where he was educated and served one term as a member of the U.S. Congress, 1843-1845. He declined renomination and in 1846 was commissioned a Major in the New England Regiment of Volunteers and served in the Mexican War. He fought with great distinction and bravery at the Battles of Melino & Chapultepec where he was accorded high military honors. During the assault up the steep slopes of Chapultepec, under murderous fire his Colonel was killed. He took command and continued the assault and capture of the fortified town. He fought through the remainder of the Mexican War and was with Gen. Scott at the capture of Mexico City. After the war he returned to Connecticut and in 1850 was elected Governor and was re-elected in 1851, 1852 & 1853. In April 1853 he was appointed Minister to the Russian Court by Pres. Franklin Pierce where he served four years. Both of these men were staunch Democrats and both were sympathetic to the Southern cause during the Civil War which, when discovered, led to their complete abandonment by the Democrat Party and general ostracizing by the public, so much so that Gov. Seymour’s portrait was, by vote of the Legislature, removed from the State House. Both died reasonably obscure. The above facts give credence to the connection between Gov. Seymour and Pres. Pierce. Thomas Jefferson Whipple was born in 1816 in New Hamshire and after receiving his education became a lawyer in New Hampshire. Sometime prior to 1840 he raised an independent military company, the Wentworth Phalanx, and was Aide-de-Campe to Gen. Cook when only seventeen years of age. He was later commissioned 1st Lieutenant in the 9th New England Regiment, became the Adjutant of Col. Pierce in the Spring of 1846. He fought in the Mexican War and was taken prisoner at Vera Cruz and subsequently exchanged at Jalapa. After the War he returned to New Hampshire where he remained, practicing law, until the outbreak of the Civil War. He served as Lt. Colonel of the 1st New Hampshire Regiment and then as Colonel of the 4th and later the 12th New Hampshire Regiments. He had been active in politics prior to the outbreak of the Civil War and then resumed his political connections after the Civil War. This information therefore ties Col. Whipple to Pres. Pierce having been Col. Pierce’s Adjutant during the Mexican War. As of this writing the actual reasons for the presentations are unknown. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “924” (grip was not checked). Bbl retains about 95% orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and flaking over bbl lug. Rammer & rammer handle retain dark case colors. Cylinder retains about 90% thin orig blue turning brown and also retains 96-98% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Frame & hammer retain dark case colors, smoky on right side, with brighter colors on right side of hammer. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig silver plating with a couple of thin spots with brass showing through. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered spots of pitting. Case has some minor cracks in the lid that are very old, otherwise is completely sound with light handling & storage marks. Interior is moderately faded, dark under the revolver & implements. Flask is exceptionally fine retaining most of its bright & unusual orig finish. Mold is equally bright & clean and nipple wrench/screwdriver retains most of its brilliant orig case colors. Altogether an extraordinary & rare Presidential presentation Colt. 4-36411 JR94 (250,000-450,000)

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2010

INCREDIBLY UNIQUE PRESIDENT FRANKLIN PIERCE FROM COL. COLT PRESENTATION CASED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 5270. Cal. 36. Spectacular, unique and well documented Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass mushroom pin front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of the frame has hand engraved “COLTS PATENT” and it is fitted with silver plated small oval brass trigger guard & back strap with spectacular deluxe, varnished, burl walnut, flame grain 1-pc grip with the matching serial number in the back strap channel. Frame, bbl & bbl lug, rammer pivot, hammer, back strap & trigger guard are beautifully engraved in pattern known as “Large Donut Scroll” with full coverage on the frame and recoil shields. Recoil shields have a wide triple border. Right recoil shield has a capping cutout without groove. Bbl & bbl lug have matching large foliate arabesque patterns with a most unusual and rare panel vignette on the right side of a 3-masted sailing ship under full sail with another sailing ship in port in the background. Left side of bbl lug has a round vignette of a fouled anchor. Top two side flats of bbl have matching foliate arabesque patterns with incised border lines around the address on top flat terminating in a leaf pattern. Muzzle & chamber ends of the bbl have border patterns with an anchor chain pattern at the left rear edge of bbl lug. Hammer is deluxe engraved to match with wolf’s head on each side of hammer nose and a very fine hand-cut knurled spur. Back strap has matching deep engraved patterns at top & heel with the center a rectangular panel with scalloped borders bearing the inscription “TO GENL FRANK PIERCE / from COL. COLT”. Butt strap & trigger guard are engraved with matching patterns and trigger guard flat has feather pattern borders. Shoulders of back strap & trigger guard are also engraved to match and all screwheads are engraved except the rammer screw which is probably an old replacement. Cylinder is usual 6-shot configuration with rolled Ormsby Naval battle scene that may have been hand enhanced. Accompanied by its orig blue velvet lined mahogany casing with shield shaped lock escutcheon for the mortised brass lock. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a wonderful “COLTS PATENT” angle spout Navy sized flask, a brass 2-cavity bullet mold with fire blued “COLTS PATENT” sprue cutter, a sealed tin of Eley’s caps with mottled paper wrapping and green & black label, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver and a rarely encountered wood handled nipple pick, occasionally seen in high grade presentation sets. Also accompanied by an NRA Silver Medallion, #100, which was awarded to this revolver on March 30, 1969 at the 98th Annual Meeting of the National Rifle Association in Washington, DC. The owner at that time was renowned firearms authority, Eric Vaule. Also accompanied by an American Society of Arms Collectors Medallion awarded to this wonderful Colt at the September 2008 meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia. Additionally accompanying is a Franklin Pierce Presidential pin-back which is a 2-1/8″ diameter button with the picture of General/President Franklin Pierce. Additionally accompanying is a large bronze rampant Colt statue awarded to this revolver at an annual Colt Society meeting & exhibit. Another accompaniment is a William Rogers sterling teaspoon with an embossed likeness of Franklin Pierce and his name on the handle with the inscription on a ribbon below his protrait “14th President 1853-1857”. Also accompanying is a modern made 31-star American flag commemorating the number of states in the Union when Franklin Pierce became President. And finally accompanying is a large binder of material on the life of Franklin Pierce, Congressman, U.S. Senator, Brigadier General of New Hampshire Volunteers in the Mexican War and 14th President of the United States (1804-1869). Franklin Pierce was born in 1804 in Hillsboro, New Hampshire, educated in New Hampshire and Bowdoin College in Maine where he formed a lifelong friendship with Nathaniel Hawthorne. Upon graduation in 1824 he studied law and was admitted to the Bar in 1827. He was a lifelong Democrat and became a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1829 and was elected Speaker in 1831 & 1832. In 1833 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and in 1837 to the U.S. Senate. He resigned in 1842 before the completion of his term and returned to practicing law in Concord, NH where he became a federal district attorney. In 1845 he was offered several political positions including Governor of New Hampshire, an appointment to fill an unexpired term in the U.S. Senate and Attorney General in President Polk’s cabinet. He rejected all of these appointments. In 1846, shortly after the outbreak of war with Mexico, Mr. Pierce enlisted as a private but was soon appointed Colonel of the 9th Regiment and later Brigadier General of Volunteers. He served under Gen. Scott in the advance toward Mexico City where he was injured at the Battle of Contreras when he was thrown from his horse which had stepped into a hole and broken his leg. Despite the injury he continued in the fight. He remained in command of his unit and continued with Gen. Scott to the surrender of Mexico City. After the war he returned to his law practice. In 1852, at the Democratic Convention in Baltimore he was nominated for the Presidency and later was elected in a near landslide. During his Presidency he supported several controversial pieces of legislation that were sympathetic to the Southern slavery issue and became unpopular, even in his own party and was not renominated for a second term. Upon the expiration of his presidency he returned to New Hampshire to his law practice, never again to enter politics, and died Oct. 8, 1869 of cirrhosis of the liver. During his service in the Mexican War General/President Pierce became well acquainted with Colt’s new holster pistol, the Walker Model. He is recorded several times as having enthusiastically endorsed Colt’s revolver for the U.S. Military and apparently became well acquainted with Col. Colt himself. There are several recorded instances of communication between Col. Colt and Sen. Pierce and in 1848 Colt presented a Dragoon revolver to then Gen. Pierce. Sam Colt, ever the inveterate business man, presented this Model 1851 Navy revolver to Franklin Pierce on the very eve of his ascendancy to the President after having been nominated by the Democrat Party. The use of the familiar “Frank” in the presentation by Sam Colt gives plausibility to the closeness he shared with the soon to be President of the United States. A large portion of this information was extracted from a 10-page letter by noted author, researcher & historian, R.L. Wilson. He states in the last paragraph of page 10 that of the thirty-six men in history who have held the office of President of the United States, Franklin Pierce was the only one known to have been presented with a percussion Colt firearm and he was presented with two. The other being a Dragoon revolver being sold elsewhere in this auction. Also included in this binder of material is a signed letter to Mr. W.G.C. Kimball, Kimball Arms Co., Woburn, Mass., from John M. Stark of Concord, NH on his Attorney at Law letterhead dated March 31st, 1938, wherein he states “In regard to the Colt revolver which you purchased of me and its history, I will say that I am 52 years of age. My mother, the late Annie McNeil Stark, was a grand-niece of the late President Pierce. This revolver was given to Franklin Pierce by Colonel Colt. Franklin Pierce gave this revolver to my grandfather, John McNeil. My grandfather gave it to his daughter, Annie McNeil Stark. I can remember when I was about eight (8) years old of seeing this revolver at the house; and as my father and mother are both dead I cannot give you any further information.” The letter is accompanied by an envelope with the return franking of Murray G. Peterson of Marblehead, Mass. which is written on the face in ink “Identification of Colt No. 5270 Navy Model”. Also in this lot is a certified copy of the will of Franklin Pierce wherein he specifically bequeaths various items with the bulk of his estate going to his nephew, Frank Hawthorne Pierce, which may have included this Colt revolver. This binder also contains a copy of a photograph of Franklin Pierce along with numerous other references to his personal, political & military careers. This revolver is pictured in full color on p. 30 of the book Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson and is mentioned on p. 58 of The Colt Engraving Book, Wilson. It is also pictured in full color on p. 126 with a large writeup in The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson. PROVENANCE: Murray G. Peterson Collection; Eric Vaule; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains about 70-75% fading orig factory blue, strong in sheltered areas. Rammer & rammer handle retain faded case colors. Frame & hammer retain dark case colors with pitting on hammer nose. Cylinder is a blue/brown patina and retains about 80-85% Ormsby Naval Battle Scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their heavy orig silver plating, slightly thin on heel. Grip is sound with light nicks & scratches showing light war and retains most of its piano varnish finish. Case has a slightly warped lid with usual storage & handling nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior retains strong royal blue color with spots of fading around cylinder area and light damage from front sight. Flask is extremely fine retaining about 95% thinning orig finish with light tarnish on collar & spout. Mold is very fine with a few light dings on each side and retains about 90% bright fire blue on sprue cutter. Cap tin wrapping is nearly intact with only one or two minor losses and lightly faded label. Other accessories are fine. The accompanying medallions, bronze, spoon and pin-back are equally fine. 4-36412 JR101 (150,000-275,000)

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2011

EXCEPTIONALLY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 7623. Cal. 31. Baby Dragoon revolvers in and of themselves are extremely rare. Early cased ones are still more rare and to find a cased engraved Baby Dragoon is unimaginable. This fantastic revolver has 4″ oct bbl, with brass pin front sight and 2-line New-York City address with dashes. It has silver plated square back trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” in tiny letters. Frame, bbl, trigger guard & back strap are beautifully engraved in early vine style with plain background. Frame has full coverage with matching patterns on each side of the bbl lug and top side bbl flats leaving the top flat with the address only. There is a wide band of engraving around muzzle. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard have fine foliate arabesque patterns with a series of arrowheads down the back strap. Hammer is engraved in a minimalist dog’s head with engraving patterns on the top edge and a hand checkered oval on the spur. Cylinder is of the usual 5-shots with the Ranger/Indian fight scene and oval cylinder stop notches. The single safety pin is battered. Extremely few of these rare little revolvers survive today with much orig condition and engraved ones are virtually unknown. Accompanied by an orig Paterson style mahogany casing with fluted lid and brown velvet lining recessed in the bottom for the revolver, a dbl sided standing eagle “COLTS PATENT” flask with silver plated collar, thumb lever & spout, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver and an extremely early “COLT’S PISTOL CAPS” tin by Eley Brothers with green lid and green & black label. Also accompanied by a sealed packet of “COLT’S CARTRIDGE WORKS” combustible cartridges. Additionally accompanied by a National Rifle Association Silver Medallion No. 197, awarded to this revolver as one of the ten best arms exhibited at an annual meeting. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, possibly unfired, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig early Colt blue with a few scattered chemical spots. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig muted case colors. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 50% orig silver plating with most of losses on back strap. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish on the exterior. Interior of lid is extremely fine. Bottom is lightly to moderately faded & soiled showing moderate wear. Flask retains 75-80% strong orig finish with slight wear on the collar. Mold & nipple wrench/screwdriver are extremely fine. Cap tin is lightly faded. Cartridge packet is extremely fine. 4-36402 JR97 (225,000-400,000)

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2012

EXTRAORDINARY DELUXE ROSEWOOD CASED & DELUXE GUSTAVE YOUNG ENGRAVED COLT PRESENTATION GRADE MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 67506. Cal. 31. Outstanding blue & case colored pocket model with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and engraved “SAML COLT” in place of bbl address. It has 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene and silver plated trigger guard & backstrap mounted with deluxe presentation grade 1-pc walnut grip. This fantastic revolver is engraved in Gustave Young’s most elaborate & beautiful intertwining sweeping foliate & arabesque patterns with some of the scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Bbl lug & rammer pivot are equally beautifully engraved with fine border patterns around the muzzle. Hammer is deluxe coverage engraved with wolf’s heads on each side of hammer nose. Top of backstrap has a deep engraved fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns at top & heel of backstrap with matching patterns on butt strap & trigger bow. Shoulders of trigger guard & backstrap are beautifully engraved with sunburst patterns. Accompanied by its orig deluxe presentation rosewood casing with gilded brass reinforcements on corners, a blank plate in lid with an elaborate lock escutcheon on front. Interior is most beautifully lined with green & burgundy velvet, French fitted in bottom for revolver and its orig brass & ebony cleaning rod with concealed worm, which fits in the bore. Right rear corner has a compartment for the most rare spare matching numbered 5-shot cylinder, with other fitted recesses for a single sided “COLTS PATENT”, “E PLURIBUS UNUM” flask, a silver plated brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter, an extremely rare silver plated brass loading tool with concealed worm and an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver. There are two covered compartments in front that have mushroom shaped ivory knobs. This fantastic set was purchased by renowned English dealer Pete Holder in 1990 from a gentleman by the name of James Millard of the Henry Monk Gunmakers, Queen Street in Chester, England, who stated that he had owned it since about 1960. He also stated that it had been owned since the 1940’s by Millard’s grandfather who was the owner of Joseph Braddell & Son, Gunmakers in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It reportedly came into his Grandfathers possession from a member of the Belfast Water Commissioners who was given the set when the Belfast Water Commissioners’ Office was closed and its contents distributed amongst the management. These statements are supported by a hand written letter on Henry Monk letterhead, dated 8-3-1990, over the signature of James Millard, wherein he details the above information. This wonderful revolver was the center spread, the Roll of Honor, in the Sept/Oct 1989 issue of Man at Arms magazine, a copy of which accompanies this lot. This beautiful cased Colt was exhibited at the “Colt: The Legacy of a Legend” exhibition held at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody Firearms Museum, Cody, Wyoming in 2003. In addition to the above mentioned magazine publication, this fabulous revolver, case & accessories were featured in full color on pp. 86&87 of The Colt Engraving Book, Vol. I, Wilson. This set was also featured as Item 14 on p. 247 of Colt’s Pocket ’49 It’s Evolution, Jordan & Watt. The latter reference states that it is the only known set with the cleaning rod in the muzzle. That this set was intended as a presentation to some high official there can be no doubt given the deluxe plus engraving and extraordinary casing. This is truly a one of a kind in exceptional unused condition. PROVENANCE: Pete Holder Collection; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including wedge & both cylinders (grip was not checked). Revolver & both cylinders retain about all of their fine orig factory finish with glossy bright blue on bbl & cylinders with minor flaking on bbl & one cylinder. Both cylinders retain all five safety pins. Rammer, frame & hammer retain about all of their strong orig case colors and grip frame about all of its strong orig silver plating, slightly thinned on trigger plate. Grip is sound with a couple of very minor nicks in the edges and overall retains about all of its bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. Casing has usual lightstorage & handling nicks & scratches with gilding losses on reinforcing corners and overall retains most of its orig factory varnish. Burgundy velvet trim on interior is moderately faded with light soil, with the green velvet extremely fine. Flask retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with some slight thinning on edges. Mold has a few light dents & dings but appears unused. Silver plates ball starter has a small repair near tip. Other accessories are extremely fine. Cleaning rod has a paint crack in the head. 4-36408 JR87 (90,000-160,000)

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2013

EXTREMELY RARE CASED INVENTOR DOUBLE PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 91967. Cal. 31. This is an extraordinary Gustave Young engraved double presentation Model 1849 pocket revolver with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and engraved “SAML COLT” on top flat in place of bbl address. It has 5-shot cylinder and silver plated small guard trigger guard and back strap containing a deluxe select grain, piano varnish finished walnut grip. Revolver has Mr. Young’s deluxe No. 2 engraving with extra flourishes. Engraving consists of full coverage on the frame of his beautiful sweeping foliate arabesque patterns, some of which terminate in flower blossoms. “COLTS PATENT” is hand engraved on left side of frame in a kidney shaped panel. Bbl lug & rammer pivot are engraved to match with a most unusual detail incorporated into the patterns on left side. This feature is a man’s head with goat’s horns and a pipe in his mouth. Hammer has matching deluxe engraving with a wolf’s head on each side of hammer nose and hand cut checkered hammer spur. Top of back strap has Mr. Young’s distinctive fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns at top & heel with matching engraving on butt strap & trigger guard. Center of back strap bears the inscription in script “From Inventor to / Marshfield Fair / August 1854”. All screw heads are engraved which feature is only found on Mr. Young’s most deluxe & special presentation pieces. Samuel Colt, in addition to being a prolific inventor, was also an extremely astute business man and during his lifetime as the head of the Colt Manufacturing Empire made innumerable presentations to mostly military officers, highly placed political figures and personal friends who could possibly further his business interests. These presentations ranged from simple standard arms with simple presentations to deluxe engraved and presentation cased inscribed pieces. Very few (probably only two) are known with organizational presentations. This beautiful piece is accompanied by its orig deluxe rosewood casing with brass plaque in the top inscribed in period script identically to the inscription on back strap. It has a chip & dot engraved border and appears to have been engraved by the same hand, probably Gustave Young himself. Case has a mortised brass lock with burgundy velvet lining, compartmented in the bottom for revolver and an unusual “COLTS PATENT” “E PLURIBUS UNUM” eagle & shield flask with silver plated collar & spout. Flask compartment is somewhat unusual in that the compartment is shorter than the flask and has a notch in the center partition wherein rests the spout. Also accompanied by a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter that has the extremely unusual feature of heavily silver plated handles. Right rear corner contains an empty Eley’s cap tin. Left front compartment contains a very highly polished blued, L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver and a packet of “COLT’S CARTRIDGE WORKS” combustible cartridges. Front center compartment also contains an orig wire cleaning rod with slotted tip. Bottom of case is covered in faded purple oil cloth. Additionally accompanied by a 6-page letter from renowned author and historian, R.L. Wilson, describing this wonderful cased set, which appears on p. 64 of the book Colt Engraving, Wilson, and is described on pp. 94-95 of The Colt Engraving Book, Vol. I, Wilson, without photograph as no suitable photograph was available at that time. It is also pictured & described in Vol. II of the book Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Collection; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Revolver is extremely fine, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Bbl retains about 98% glossy orig factory blue with only very fine sharp edge wear. Rammer handle & pivot retain dark case colors turning silver on handle. Frame & hammer retain about all their orig case colors turned dark, brighter in sheltered areas. Cylinder retains 75-80% thinning orig blue with three of the five safety pins present and 96-97% stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain about all of their strong orig silver plating. Grip is sound with a very few, very minor slight mars in the finish and retains virtually all of its brilliant hand rubbed piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Case is exceptionally fine with only a few minor handling & storage scratches & mars with the presentation plaque & lock escutcheon retaining most of their orig finish. Interior is lightly faded with light soil and minor damage from front sight & hammer spur. Flask is very find, retaining most of its orig finish with some slight silver loss on collar & spout. The unusual mold has a few minor dents & dings on top, bottom & sides and retains most of its orig silver plating on handles. Cap tin label is moderately faded with some foxing. Cartridge packet is extremely fine and the nipple wrench/screwdriver is extremely fine, retaining most of its orig bright fire blue. 4-36410 JR89 (60,000-100,000)

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2014

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE & PROBABLY THE ONLY KNOWN CASED ENGRAVED PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1865 POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 16619. Cal. 36. Spectacular late vine style engraved with plain background, possibly by Gustave Young, this wonderful revolver has 4-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address with rolled “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame. Caliber marking is on left rear web of trigger guard. It has 5-shot rebated cylinder with rolled stagecoach holdup scene. It has silver plated large trigger guard & back strap with a most rare & extraordinary carved & checkered deluxe 1-pc walnut grip. Engraving consists of full coverage foliate arabesque vine patterns with the scroll on left recoil shield terminating in a blossom indicative of Gustave Young’s work. Bbl, bbl lug & rammer pivot are engraved to match as are the ends of the wedge. Hammer also has deluxe matching pattern engraving with a wolf’s head on each side of hammer nose and shading on sides of hammer spur. Top of back strap & shoulders of back strap & trigger guard are engraved with a fan & patterns also reminiscent of Mr. Young’s later identified work. Back strap has matching foliate patterns at top & heel and on butt strap with matching patterns on trigger bow and frame. Serial numbers on bbl lug, frame, trigger guard & butt strap are all accompanied by a small “E”. Back strap is engraved in period script “Presented to L.T. Pearson, Esq. / by Colt’s Pat. F.A. Mfg. Co. 17th July 1868. Accompanied by its orig Colt mahogany casing with black velvet lining, compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a single sided eagle & shield E Pluribus Unum pocket size flask, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver and a cardboard box of Goldmark’s Percussion Caps. Right rear compartment contains bullets & balls. Also accompanying is a packet of “COLT’S CARTRIDGE WORKS” combustible cartridges. This fabulous cased set appeared as Lot 130 in the Oct. 8, 2002 James D. Julia Auction of the incredible collection of Thomas K. Hutchinson and was purchased by the consignor from that auction. Subsequent to that auction information has come to light which firmly establishes this pocket sized Navy caliber revolver as the Model of 1865. This information was presented in an article in the Summer 2004 The Rampant Colt magazine by John D. Breslin & Philip Boulton, a copy of which accompanies this lot. The same information was also presented at the April 2002 meeting of the American Society of Arms Collectors and was in a lengthy article in their bulletin #85, a copy of which also accompanies. Additionally accompanying is a 10-page letter from noted author, researcher & historian, R.L. Wilson regarding this revolver and its presentation. Mr. Wilson states that according to the articles by Mr. Breslin, this is the only known dated Model 1865 Pocket Navy. Mr. Wilson further states that the grips were carved by Charles J. Helfricht, father of renowned Colt Master Engraver Cuno A. Helfricht. The presentation to L.T. Pearson was an internal presentation within the factory to someone obviously of great importance to the company who was held in very high esteem. This cased set was formerly in the William M. Locke Collection and apparently was so highly regarded by him that it appears in the color section of the book of his collection. It is pictured as plate 103 in the book Samuel Colt Presents, Wilson. It also appears on p. 73 in the book Colt Presentations from the Factory Ledgers 1856-1869, Houze. Mr. Houze states that on p. 561 of Journal B is the notation “Friday July 17.1868. 1. 4-1/2 in. New Pkt Pistol Engraved & Carved Stock presented to L.T. Pearson.” Mr Houze, in his note below the journal entry states “L.T. Pearson retired as the Colt’s Company’s Chief Accountant & Auditor on July 15, 1868” and only seven other numbers of Colt management were paid a higher salary. A copy of Mr. Houze’s book accompanies this lot. The quality & condition of this rare presentation piece renders it suitable for the most advanced collection or museum exhibit. PROVENANCE: William M. Locke Collection; Thomas Hutchinson Collection; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with some slight flaking on left side. Rammer handle & pivot retain strong case colors. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their strong orig case colors turning dark. Cylinder retains about 85-90% orig blue, stronger in rebated area with all five safety pins crisp. Cylinder also retains 96-98% stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig silver plating, slightly thin on back strap. The fabulous grip is sound showing light wear with a few fine nicks & scratches. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Case has a grain check in the lid and two more in the bottom, otherwise is sound with minor handling & storage nicks & scratches with a slight warp in the lid and overall retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded with minor soil from the cylinder and heel of grip with light damage from front sight & hammer spur. Flask is very fine, retaining about 90% orig finish. Nipple wrench/screwdriver, cap box & packet of cartridges are extremely fine. 4-36409 JR95 (75,000-125,000)

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2015

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE BOOK CASED INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 2845. Cal. 36. Revolver is blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl with Hartford address. It has silver plated trigger guard & back strap with deluxe, varnished, highly figured walnut grip. This revolver has Gustave Young’s deluxe coverage foliate arabesque pattern engraving with full coverage on frame, extensive coverage over bbl, bbl lug & around muzzle. Sides of hammer are engraved to match with his trademark wolf’s head on each side of hammer nose. Top edge of hammer is engraved in fish scale pattern with a hand cut swallow tail pattern knurled hammer spur. Mr. Young has incorporated one of his trademark dog’s heads in the pattern on left side of frame with several other loops ending in flower blossoms. Both sides of bbl lug have large flower blossoms incorporated into the patterns, with the wedge being engraved on both ends. Back strap is inscribed in script “Grosvenor Starr”. Front strap is engraved with a scroll & key that have the initials “C.C.J.” above and “C.S.P.” below. The scroll & key are symbols of the “Scroll & Key Society” of Yale, an exclusive invitation only club that admits only twelve members per year. Members of the Scroll & Key Society are considered the “power elite” of Yale and ultimately of the United States. The club was apparently formed in 1841 by dissatisfied members of the infamous “Skull & Bones Society” of Yale. Top of back strap has an unusual floral pattern with foliate arabesque patterns near top and at the heel with matching foliate arabesque patterns on butt strap & trigger bow. Adding to the deluxe presentation of this revolver is the matching engraved cylinder which has about 50% coverage, mostly on the rebated section with patterns over each chamber and a fine chip border around front edge. Accompanied by its exceptionally rare, orig, red leather covered book casing that is gold embossed with numerous figures, flags & symbols with a bust of George Washington in center of cover. Back cover has matching figures & patterns with the center a figure of Columbia or Lady Liberty. Spine of book is also embossed in gold with the title “COLT / ON THE CONSTITUTION / HIGHER LAW & / IRREPRESSIBLE CONFLICT” all in the top center panel with the bottom center panel embossed “DEDICATED / BY THE AUTHOR / TO” and across the bottom “JANY 1ST 1861”. The top, bottom & front edges are solid gilded wood and the center a hinged brass clasp. Interior is burgundy velvet lined with a mortised brass lock, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a blued 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “36P”, a dbl sided Colt-style eagle & shield E Pluribus Unum flask, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a packet of five combustible cartridges marked “POLICE PISTOLS” and a full sealed paper covered tin of Eley’s caps with mottled paper covering and green & black label. Grosvenor Starr was born Aug. 27, 1842 in New York City, attended a private military academy until age 15 when he was admitted to Yale. Due to his age he delayed one year then began his studies at age 16 with the class of 1862. In Aug. 1861, after his junior year he left his studies to join the Army in the Civil War. He was appointed Lieutenant & Adjutant of the 7th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. His unit was with Sherman’s Expedition to Port Royal in Oct./Nov. of 1861 and was involved in several engagements in North Carolina, South Carolina & Georgia until December. They moved to Tybee Island, Georgia building batteries and being engaged in fatique duty. Lt. Starr apparently contracted Typhoid fever and died in March of 1862. A tribute to Lt. Starr from his classmates appeared in the Yale Literary Magazine. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including wedge, grip was not checked. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue mixed with flaked patina. Rammer handle retains most of its orig case colors, strong & bright on the pivot. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, thin on left recoil shield with fine pitting on hammer nose. Cylinder retains 30-50% orig blue with balance having flaked to a medium patina. Four of five safety pins are prominent. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 90% strong orig silver plating. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. Case is very fine with light soil overall with some staining on the spine and a partially detached hinge. Interior is moderately faded & soiled but completely intact. Flask & mold are crisp & new with some minor flaking on mold. Other accessories are very fine to extremely fine. Altogether a rare set presented to a courageous young man. 4-36415 JR211 (75,000-135,000)

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2016

WONDERFUL CASED MARTIALLY MARKED ENGRAVED PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 63823. Cal. 36. Fine martially marked Gustave Young engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, scarce dovetail front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” It has a small siver plated brass trigger guard & back strap and there are various inspector initials on miscellaneous parts including a small “A” on left side of grip at frame. Mounted with a very highly figured, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip which has the last four digits of the serial number in ink in the back strap channel. Overall this revolver is engraved in Gustave Young’s deluxe coverage of graceful intertwined foliate arabesque patterns, several of which terminate in his distinctive flower blossoms. Left side of bbl lug incorporates his distinctive bird head into one of the scrolls. Hammer has deluxe coverage on both sides with a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer nose. Top flat of the bbl has a chip & dot border around the address with two wavy line borders at muzzle. Top of back strap has Mr. Young’s sparse fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns at the top & heel of back strap, across butt strap, trigger bow & trigger plate. Back strap is inscribed in script “Presented to Major General / Thomas Guyer / September 22, 1858 by the Colt Guard”. All of screw heads are also engraved. Accompanied by its spectacular burgundy velvet lined rosewood casing. Top of case has a blank brass plate with interior compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a sgl sided Navy sized “COLTS PATENT” angle spout flask, a blued 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter, a sealed tin of Eley’s caps with most of the marbled paper intact and a sealed packet of combustible cartridges. Also accompanying is a functioning key. Maj. Gen. Thomas Guyer was born in Westport, CT in 1809 and at an early age enlisted in the Connecticut State Militia, the date is unknown but it is recorded that in 1834 he was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Company headquarter in Norwalk where he resided most of his life. He worked his way up through the ranks and in 1851 was appointed Brig. General of the 2nd Brigade and in 1853 became a Major General in command of the Connecticut Militia. Although Gen. Guyer never saw service in the war with Mexico, nor in the Civil War, he apparently rendered great service to the Union cause in selecting officers to serve. For most of his adult life Gen. Guyer was employed at a door knob factory in South Norwalk and from 1872-1876 he represented Norwalk in the Connecticut House of Representatives and also served as Town Councilman & Assessor. In 1857 he was presented a wonderful Ames sword by the officers of the Connecticut Militia. In 1858 Gen. Guyer was presented this fine Colt revolver by Colt’s Guards Company B of the Connecticut State Militia as reported in the Hartford Courant, copies of which articles also accompany this revolver. Company B, Colt’s Guards was a company of militia men organized, armed & equipped by Col. Colt at the Colt Factory and was led by Capt. J. Dean Alden. One of the articles copied herein specifically mentions that “at a quarter before nine in the evening the Putnam Phalanx, to the number of about a hundred, arrived on the ground and were received by Colt’s Guards Company B. After marching about the camp for a while they were escorted to the Suttler’s tent where took place the presentation of a Colt’s revolving pistol to Maj. Gen. Guyer, from Colt’s Guards.” Also accompanying this revolver is a copy of a photograph of Maj. Gen. Guyer, a pair of his Major General’s shoulder boards with gold braid border and 7-point gold stars on a red velvet background. Back of one of the epaulets is marked “J.H. HORSTMANN COMPANY PHILADELPHIA”. Also accompanying is a sgl uniform button from Maj. Gen. Guyer’s frock coat which bears the seal of the State of Connecticut and is marked “CONNECTICUT” around the perimeter. Back of button is marked “SCOVILL MFG CO / WATERBURY”. This is a striking and wonderful presentation, pre-Civil War, to an apparently well-loved and respected commanding officer from his subordinates. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Revolver is very fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with a few scattered spots of surface etching. Rammer & lever retain faded case colors, strongest on pivot. Cylinder retains 30-40% faded orig blue and about 90% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Frame retains traces of orig case colors being mostly a cleaned gray patina. Hammer retains dark case colors. Trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver plating. Grip is sound showing little or no wear with a few very minor surface mars. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Shows little evidence of ever having been fired, just a lot of handling. Case has a grain check in lid, otherwise is sound with minor storage & handling marks and retains about all of its brilliant orig varnish. Flask has a minor dent on back and another on front, otherwise appears unused retaining most of its orig lacquer finish with brilliant blue on spring. Mold has a few minor dings on one side and retains about 95% strong orig blue. Cap tin paper covering is mostly intact missing a couple of minor slivers with moderately faded label. Cartridge packet is extremely fine. Epaulets are extremely fine showing little wear. Button retains 85% orig gilding. 4-36437 JR84 (75,000-125,000)

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2017
Revised: 3/14/2009

Correction: Serial Number is 151718, not 15713 as per Dr. Murphy and upon closer inspection. Several of the “8s” were light strikes, looking like “3s”.

Correction – Illustration of cased set in the printed catalogue depicts a tin of reproduction Ely caps. This is a mistake that took place during photography. This cap tin does not go with this lot. In its place is a genuine, full tin of antique Eley Bros. Colt caps wrapped in original paper with an antique, light green, Eley paper label on lid of tin.

EXTRAORDINARY & LEGENDARY UNION/LIBERTY CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY WITH EBONY GRIP ASSOCIATED WITH ULYSSES S. GRANT. SN 151713. Cal. 44. Spectacular engraved ’60 Army with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” and the caliber is on left rear web of trigger guard. It has silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel back strap containing a fantastic 1-pc smooth ebony grip with the last four digits of the serial number in pencil in the back strap channel. This fantastic revolver is exhibition quality finished with brilliant high polish blue & case colors and is engraved in late vine style with plain background consisting of full coverage on frame and sides of hammer with an unusual eagle’s head on each side of hammer nose. The hammer spur is hand checkered in a swallow tail pattern with serrated patterns in the “v” opening and six small dots in a band below. Bbl has matching engraving on each side with a ribbon incorporated into the patterns marked “UNION” on left side and “LIBERTY” on right side. Left side pattern, just above wedge screw, has a bird head incorporated at the end of a scroll, of the type associated with identified works by Gustave Young. Right side of bbl, above wedge slot, at end of a scroll is a grotesque man’s face. Engraving patterns extend forward up the sides of the bbl and meet over the top to form a frame around the address, with matching patterns around the muzzle & front sight. Rammer pivot is also engraved to match. Cylinder is typical 6-shot 1860 rebated pattern with the Ormsby Naval battle scene on the raised area and is most unusually engraved with matching patterns in the rebated area. All six safety pins are crisp. Back strap & butt strap are engraved in matching patterns with additional foliate arabesque patterns on trigger bow and front of trigger guard. Shoulders of back strap & trigger guard are engraved in patterns associated with known works by Gustave Young. Serial numbers on bbl lug, frame, trigger guard & butt strap are accompanied by a small “E”. Accompanied by a deluxe, burgundy velvet lined, rosewood casing with a blank brass diamond inlay in the lid and a diamond shaped brass escutcheon on the front. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a single sided straight spout “COLTS PATENT” flask with silver plated collar and thumb lever, an exceptionally high polished & brilliant blued “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter marked “44H” on right side, a high polished L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, two sealed packets of combustible cartridges and a blued tin of Eley’s caps with yellow & black label. Right rear compartment contains bullets & balls and there is a functioning orig key. Also accompanied by an extremely rare & important Matthew Brady CDV of Ulysses S. Grant in uniform, hand signed on the bottom “U.S. Grant / Lt. Gen. U.S.A.”. This wonderful firearm was discovered in 1998 by John Gangle, who states he acquired it from members of the Ulysses S. Grant family. Family history states that this fabulous firearm was presented to Gen. Grant but never used by him. This fabulous firearm is pictured in full color on pp. 90-91 in the book Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. PROVENANCE: U.S. Grant descendants; John Gangle; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Overall retains virtually all of its brilliant deluxe orig factory finish with glossy bright blue on bbl, cylinder & back strap and brilliant case colors on rammer, rammer handle, frame & hammer. Back strap is slightly flaked. Trigger guard retains virtually all of its lightly oxidized silver plating. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its smooth orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. Case has a repaired crack across the lid, otherwise is sound and retains about all of a fine professionally restored finish to the exterior. Interior is original and is moderately to heavily faded with moderate soil in the bottom and wear from front sight & hammer spur. Flask has a few small dents on the back and retains most of its orig finish on front with most of the wear on the back. Collar & thumb lever retain most of their orig silver plating with one small spot of wear on the collar. Mold is exceptional, probably unused and retains virtually all of its glossy factory blue. Nipple wrench/screwdriver is very fine. Antique cap tin, probably a reproduction, is very fine. 4-36419 JR96 (350,000-650,000)

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2018

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 78. Cal. 44. Extremely rare first production 1860 Army with 7-1/2” rnd bbl, German silver front sight and Hartford bbl address. It has rnd 6-shot rebated cylinder with Ormsby Naval battle scene and all six safety pins present. Frame is 3-screw style with rounded screwheads, not cut for shoulder stock, nor does it have a capping groove in the capping cutout on the right recoil shield. It has the extremely rare silver plated brass back strap & trigger guard with the very rare 1-pc Navy-size walnut grip. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, only 55 of the first 100 of the Model 1860 were made in this configuration making them one of the more rare Colt revolvers. Accompanied by an orig Colt mahogany casing built for the 7-1/2” Model 1860 Army with burgundy velvet lining and mortised brass lock, compartmented in the bottom for revolver, a fine “COLTS PATENT” angle spout flask and a blued steel 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “44 H” with a small “H” inspector initial. Also accompanying is a partially sealed tin of Eley’s caps with blue label, a packet of Hazard’s Combustible Envelope Cartridges and an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver. The right front compartment contains bullets & balls. This revolver represents Colt’s first production of the Model 1860 Army, obviously with design elements carried over from their very successful Model 1851 Navy revolver with 7-1/2” bbl and the Navy grip with an all brass grip frame. It is reported that the Army testing recommended the 8” bbl with larger grip which Samuel Colt found expedient to adopt in accordance with the wishes of his number one customer. The Model 1860 Colt was produced in large numbers for the Army, in excess of 200,000 in the period 1860-1873, with the majority going to the military. It had the distinction of being the most widely distributed model of handgun used in the Civil War. After the Civil War these venerable Colts saw extensive action on the American frontier in the Indian Wars until the advent of the Single Action Army and self contained cartridge arms were widely available. Even after that they were still in use in militia units and with private individuals. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Revolver is very fine, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Bbl retains 65-70% flaked orig blue with the loss areas a medium patina. Rammer handle & pivot retain dark case colors. Cylinder retains 60-70% thin orig blue, stronger in the rebated area and also retains about 92-93% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Frame retains traces of orig case colors, stronger in sheltered areas being mostly a silver/brown patina. Hammer retains about 70% strong case colors. Trigger guard & back strap retain 80-85% strong orig silver plating. Grip is sound showing light edge wear, a couple of minor bruises on right side and a few small nicks & scratches and retains most of its strong orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has a couple of grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its strong orig factory varnish. Interior is moderately faded with some very light soil and slight wear from front sight & hammer spur. Flask is very fine and retains 95-96% strong orig lacquer finish. Mold is equally fine, retaining most of its orig blue. Cap tin retains about 75% orig paper covering with some minor rust spotting on exposed edges of lid. Cartridge packet is extremely fine. Nipple wrench is also fine. 4-36413 JR88 (65,000-125,000)

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2019

EXCEPTIONALLY RARE & IMPORTANT CASED PROTOTYPE COLT FLUTED CYLINDER MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 29. Cal. 36. Rare prototype Model 1861 Navy with 7-1/2” rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line “New-York U.S. America” address. Left side of frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT” and it has a silver plated trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder, obviously modified from a full rnd cylinder before it was rolled with the Ormsby Naval battle scene, is full fluted. It has an “1850” patent date in one of the front flutes with the serial number on a land between nipple recess on rear face. All six safety pins are crisp. This early version of the Model 1860 Navy is very important in the evolution and development of that model and with only very few ever having been produced in this configuration, is almost never encountered. Accompanied by an outstanding deluxe rosewood casing with gold washed, scalloped brass corners and a rectangular cut-corner plaque in the lid. Bottom has gold washed brass corner reinforcements and a mortised brass mortised lock with cut-corner rectangular escutcheon. Bottom of case is covered with a patterned burgundy oil cloth. Interior is lined in burgundy velvet, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an exceptional one-sided “COLT’S PATENT” angle spout flask, a blued “COLT’S PATENT” 2-cavity bullet mold marked “36B” on right side, a full sealed tin of Eley’s caps, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver and a rare sealed packet of six combustible cartridges from “Colt’s Cartridge Works”. Right front compartment contains bullets & balls and one Eley’s Combustible Cartridge. Also accompanied by a tattered broadside regarding Eley’s Combustible Cartridges. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Revolver is very fine to extremely fine, all matching including cylinder, wedge & grip. Bbl retains 50-60% glossy orig blue with balance flaked to a dark blue/brown patina. Rammer handle & pivot retain most of their orig factory case colors turned somewhat dark on handle, brilliant on pivot. Frame retains about all of its strong bright case colors, slightly faded on left recoil shield, brilliant in sheltered areas and on right side. Hammer retains about all of its orig bright case colors under a coating of old dried oil. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig silver plating, slightly thinned on front strap. Grip is sound with only a few minor, very light, nicks & scratches and one gouge on bottom left side and overall retains about all of its bright factory varnish. Cylinder, with its intact six safety pins, retains 65-70% orig factory blue, mostly in the flutes, with balance having flaked to a medium patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting in the grooves. Case has one grain check in the bottom and some slight shrinkage in the lid with minor handling & storage marks and retains about all of its orig varnish. Reinforcements and inlays retain most of their orig gold wash with wear on corner reinforcements. Interior is lightly faded with slight wear from front sight and hammer spur. Flask is extremely fine, retaining about 75-80% strong orig finish. Mold retains 92-93% strong orig factory blue with some rust pitting on sprue cutter and end of one handle. Cap tin is extremely fine with a couple of small chips in the paper covering and moderate fading on label. Cartridge packet is extremely fine. Altogether a very rare prototype Colt and an extremely important step in the evolutionary progress of the 1861 Navy revolver 4-36414 JR86 (75,000-125,000)

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2020

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED ENGRAVED INVENTOR PRESENTATION COLT CHARTER OAK 1855 ROOT MODEL 2 PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 5887. Cal. 28. Fantastic Gustav Young engraved root with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address with pointing hand motif. It has unfluted 5-shot cylinder with cabin / Indian fight scene. It is mounted with 1-pc oak grip from the Connecticut Charter Oak. The frame, bbl, hammer & rammer pivot are beautifully engraved by Gustav Young in his intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch-dot background. Top & heel of the back strap & butt strap are engraved to match, with a small matching pattern on the bottom of the frame. Back strap is engraved in period script “A. W. Spies from the Inventor / Charter Oak stock / from J. W. Stuart”. Accompanied by an orig Colt burgundy velvet lined casing with an unmarked brass plate in the lid and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a single-sided “COLTS PATENT” eagle flask, a 2-cavity brass “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side with an “F”, a maple-handled turnscrew and a lacquered tin of Eley Bros. caps. Also accompanying is an L-shaped nipple wrench, an orig functioning key and a packet of 31 cal combustible cartridges. ¶ A. W. Spies was an arms distributor in New York City from about 1823 to about 1877 and was one of Colt’s major distributors. Obviously this revolver was a special presentation to Mr. Spies for services rendered. Mr. J. W. Stuart is mentioned in research material found on the internet as the Honorable J. W. Stuart, apparently a judge or senior politician. Mr. Stuart was apparently the owner of the land on which the Charter Oak stood when on August 21st, 1856, the ancient tree was felled during a heavy storm. The Charter Oak had stood for centuries and was part of the property of Samuel Wyllis in 1687 when the British governor of New England demanded the surrender of the Connecticut Charter of 1662 granted from Charles II. During a meeting of the legislature considering the demand by the governor, all the lights in the meeting hall were extinguished and when they were relit, the charter was gone. It had been surreptitiously spirited away by Captain Wadsworth who secreted it in the hollow of this venerable old oak until 1689 when it was returned and remained the law of Connecticut until about 1818. Upon the demise of the Charter Oak in 1856 it was removed, piecemeal, as souvenirs, historical relics & a few pieces obtained by Colonel Colt that were made into grips for a few special presentation pieces, this being one of them. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Revolver is extraordinarily fine, retaining 98-99% glossy orig factory blue with only slight sharp edge wear & some slight thinning to the back strap. Hammer & rammer retain virtually all of their bright factory case colors. Cylinder retains about all of its orig factory blue with a couple of tiny thin spots and about all of its cabin / Indian fight scene. Grip is sound and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. Case has one large and several small grain checks in the lid with a crack and grain check in the bottom and retains about all of a fine restored finish. Interior is lightly to moderately faded with light soil, a re-glued partition & damage from the front sight. Flask is extremely fine, retaining about 98% strong orig finish with a few light scratches and a couple of small dings. Mold is very fine with a few nicks & dings and a gray metal color on the sprue cutter. Turnscrew is equally fine, as is the cap tin. Cartridge packet & other accessories are also fine. 4-36420 JR76 (135,000-235,000)

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2021

SPECTACULAR DELUXE ENGRAVED MASS ARMS WESSON & LEAVITT’S PATENT DRAGOON SIZED REVOLVER WITH EXPERIMENTAL OR PROTOTYPE SPRING-LOADED LOADING LEVER. SN None visible.. Cal. 40. Very rare large heavy revolver with 6-1/4″ rnd bbl, brass blade front sight and fixed rear sight integral with top strap. It has heavy 6-shot cylinder with beveled front edge and square rear shoulder with angled nipples in individual recesses and safety notches on the lands between nipple recesses. It has a gold plated trigger guard with 1-pc walnut grip. Bbl has a rotating collar with a prototype or experimental 2-pc spring-loaded loading lever. It has a side mounted hammer with angled nose and a back action lock mortised into the right side of grip. This unusual action functions by means of a rack & pinion system which was an attempt to evade the Colt’s Patent on revolving cylinder arms including the locking bolt. Frame, back strap & loading lever pivot are beautifully engraved in extremely well-executed intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with a shield shape in center of back strap. Butt strap & top strap have small flourishes of matching engraving. Top strap is hand engraved “MASS ARMS CO. / CHICOPEE FALLS”. Lockplate is also hand engraved “WESSON’S & LEAVITT’S PATENT”. Cylinder is beautifully etched with two trophies of arms, one of which has the American Liberty cap and foliate arabesque patterns with borders at front & rear edges. The Mass Arms Company was issued a patent for this arm on Aug. 28, 1849 and was sued by Samuel Colt on June 30, 1851 in Boston, Massachusetts for infringement of his revolver patent. Mr. Colt sued on three points of patent infringement and was successful in his suit on all three points, winning a judgment of $1.00 (one dollar). This apparently ended the production of Mass Arms revolvers with only about 800 of the Dragoon size ever having been produced and about 1,000 of the belt size revolvers, all made during the same time period 1850-51. Mass Arms redesigned their revolvers making it a hand rotated cylinder and produced about another 1,000 of the belt model size, ending production in 1857. This beautiful revolver is undoubtedly a prototype piece or possibly a special presentation piece with its spectacular engraving & gold plated trigger guard. Accompanied by the hard-bound 327-page book The Trial of Samuel Colt, Rywell, published in 1953 which details the entire trial and verdict. Additionally accompanied by a scarce sealed packet of 44 combustible cartridges made by the Sage Manufacturing Company for W.J. Syms & Bro. of New York. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, appears to be unfired. Bbl, rotating lug, top strap, back strap & butt strap retain most of their orig glossy blue, thin on exposed part of bbl and center of back strap. Frame & lockplate retain faded case colors, stronger around trigger & hammer. Cylinder is a gray metal patina, apparently never finished and left in the white. Trigger guard retains virtually all of its bright gold plating. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Book is very fine, cartridge packet is fine. 4-36416 JR102 (50,000-90,000)

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2022

EXTRAORDINARY & RARE PROTOTYPE CONVERSION COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY REVOLVER. SN 1. Cal. 38 RF. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Bbl retains orig Model 1861 proportions with 7-groove gain twist left hand rifling. The rammer slot is plugged with the base for the attached ejector rod housing mounted to right side and secured with a screw. Ejector rod head is half moon shaped and beautifully checkered on the three exposed surfaces. Given the quality of checkering, it surely must have been done by one of Colt’s master gunsmiths and is identical to the checkering observed on other early prototype Colts. Ejector rod housing is of the longer style found on other prototype Colt revolvers which was later altered to a shorter style for production. It has the usual 6-shot straight cylinder with Ormsby Naval battle scene and a full rebated rear face to enclosed cartridge rims not found on production piece. Cylinder was reduced in length leaving the extended star wheel. Frame has a deep cartridge loading slot in right recoil shield, without loading gate. Conversion spacer ring with its captive, spring-loaded firing pin is apparently mounted with a screw up from the frame. Hammer nose was machined or filed with extended projection for sight notch to accommodate the conversion ring/firing pin. Hammer spur is very nicely hand knurled with a thin border & line. Brass trigger guard & back strap were never silver plated and contain a beautiful deluxe burled walnut 1-pc grip. Aside from bbl address and cylinder scene, the only other mark observed on this entire revolver was in the backstrap channel of grip, which is a penciled number “1”. Bbl, cylinder & conversion plate are of high polish, high luster charcoal blue and the frame & hammer are a beautiful deep bone meal case hardened colors. Accompanied by a 3-page letter from renowned historical researcher, R.L. Wilson, wherein he details most of the above information. Also accompanied by a copy of p. 73 from the John R. Hegeman Collection catalogue which identifies this revolver as an experimental and that it was manufactured in 1860. Additionally accompanied by a full sealed 2-pc box of Winchester, Stetsons Patent 38 RF long cartridges. Box has a green & black label with a line drawing of a cartridge and has an orange band with black lettering. This exact revolver is pictured on p. 213, photograph F, of The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, wherein he identifies it as having no serial number. This revolver is also pictured in full color on pp. 100 & 101 of Fine Colts of the Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. PROVENANCE: John R. Hegeman Collection; John E. Parsons Collection; John B. Solley Collection; Robert Q. Sutherland Collection; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, probably unfired. Overall retains most of its orig factory high gloss finish with slight high point & sharp edge wear with minor nicks & scratches. Cylinder has a few very minor nicks & scratches on front edge and retains about all of its slightly softened Ormsby Naval battle scene. Case colors on frame & hammer are deep & brilliant. Trigger guard & back strap have sharp edges with a medium mustard patina. Grip shows light edge wear with fine nicks & scratches and retains about 90% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Box of cartridges is very fine with intact label & band showing light wear & soil. 4-36418 JR78 (60,000-100,000)

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2023

EXTREMELY RARE CASED TRANSITION COLT 1860 ARMY CONVERSION CARTRIDGE REVOLVER. SN 3. Cal. 44 Colt. Nickel finish with 8″ 1860 Army bbl, orig front sight with 1-line “New-York U.S. America” address and a tiny rear sight dovetailed into the top of the bbl at cylinder end. The orig rammer slot was beautifully plugged and a 4″ ejector rod housing is attached through the lug with a screw. It has half moon ejector rod head with bull’s eye on front & rear sides. Cylinder is usual rebated 1860 configuration with Ormsby Naval battle scene and has had rear percussion face machined away leaving the extended star wheel. Frame is unmarked and neither does it have serial numbers in the usual positions. Mounted with brass trigger guard and steel back strap containing a deluxe grain walnut 1-pc grip that is numbered “3A” in pencil in the butt strap channel. A tiny number “3” is found on right side of the butt strap & trigger guard, under the grip. Number “3A” was observed on right rear face of frame under the grip with the number “3” on front face of cylinder, stamped three times on rear face of bbl lug and once on the wedge with a dot. This, undoubtedly, was a prototype or bench model for the Army conversion which was the predecessor to the Colt open-top, which led to the ultimately successful Single Action Army and is therefore an extremely important step in its evolution. Accompanied by an orig black leatherette covered cardboard casing that has a blue silk lining in lid with rope border and a diagonal red ribbon with hand written inscription “CAPT. WILL M. SMITH / CO F 161 REG. I.V.I.” The bottom of case is French fitted in brown velvet for the revolver with a cartridge block in front left side containing 50-rds of early U.S. Cartridge Co. 44 Colt ammunition. Also accompanied by a sealed box of Union Metallic Cartridge Co. 44 Colt ammunition. Box has a red & black label & band over a plaid paper covered box. This exact revolver is pictured on p. 171 in the book The Wm M. Locke Collection. Legend under photograph identifies this revolver with “no serial number” and describes the inscription on the ribbon with further information “According to a letter accompanying this gun, the gun was presented to Capt. Wm. Smith for organizing Company F of the 161st Regiment of Indiana Volunteer Infantry at Richmond, Indiana in 1898. This company fought the entire Spanish-American War in both the Cuban and Philippines Campaigns.” Apparently the letter has been lost in history. PROVENANCE: William M. Locke Collection; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains about all of its fine orig nickel finish with a few scratches and dings around wedge and a small spot or two of losses elsewhere. Face of cylinder around chambers shows evidence of having been fired with some nickel losses. Grip is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. Case has a small repair around the right end of lid with some minor wear, nicks & scratches. Blue silk lining of the lid is moderately faded & soiled with a couple of water spots but is intact. Bottom is moderately faded with light soil and moderate wear. Ammunition is fine. Box of cartridges is very fine with light wear around edges and a couple of small spots of wear on top label. Band has one small crack, otherwise is completely intact. 4-36425 JR91 (50,000-85,000)

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2024

RARE CASED PROTOTYPE RICHARDS MASON CONVERSION COLT MODEL 1860 REVOLVER. SN 193960. Cal. 44 Colt CF. This is believed to be the first centerfire conversion in the Richards Mason style, hand made and finished, one of only a very few made in ca.1871. It has nickel finish with 8″ rnd bbl and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with dashes, stamped over the orig “COLT’S PATENT”. The inside face of the bbl lug between the frame pin holes is stamped with a small “1”. There is also a very deeply stamped mark on rear face of cylinder that is indecipherable, along with a small “S” on opposite flat. It has a silver plated trigger guard with “44 CAL” on left shoulder and a nickel plated iron back strap and is fitted with very nicely figured 1-pc walnut grip which has the last four digits of the serial number in the back strap channel. It has the usual rebated 6-shot cylinder that has had the rear portion containing the percussion nipples machined down leaving only the extended star wheel. The conversion ring, with loading gate bearing the last four digits of the serial number is made without rear sight, leaving the extended hammer nose with rear sight notch. Firing pin is blind slotted into the flat machined hammer nose and secured with two rivets. The rammer slot in the bbl lug has been plugged in the usual way with attached 4″ ejector rod housing that has a half moon ejector rod head which has been hand checkered on front side. This revolver represents a major step in the evolution from percussion to the Single Action Army revolver as we know it today. Accompanied by its orig black velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a small square crystal oil bottle with nickel plated brass cap, a very rare tin of UMC/Colt primers, an L-shaped screwdriver and a very rare slot in the front edge which contains a 1911 style brass cleaning rod. Left front portion of the case has a cartridge block containing fifty-one Rem-UMC 44 Colt cartridges. This revolver is pictured on p. 142 of the book The Wm. M. Locke Collection as it is found today without the oil bottle or cap tin. PROVENANCE: William M. Locke Collection; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including cylinder & grip except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl, cylinder, frame & back strap retain virtually all of their strong orig factory nickel finish with only a few minor nicks & surface mars. Cylinder retains most of its orig Ormsby Naval battle scene, slightly thinned in one spot during finishing process. Trigger guard retains 15-20% orig silver plating with the exposed brass a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound showing very minor wear to the edges with a small gouge on right side and a few very minor mars in varnish and overall retains about all of its fine orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with light to moderate pitting. Case is very fine with one minor grain check in bottom and light handling & surface scratches and overall retaining most of a fine restored finish with some heat crazing on the lid. Interior is lightly soiled with some minor wear from front sight & hammer spur. Accessories are fine, cartridges are clean. Altogether an extremely rare & desirable cased set. 4-36421 JR85 (20,000-40,000)

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2025

EXTREMELY RARE BOX FOR 44 CALIBER CARTRIDGES FOR COLT’S 1860 ARMY CONVERSION REVOLVER. United States Cartridge Company empty box for fifty 44 calibre cartridges with yellow & black toplabel having a line drawing of the Richards-Mason conversion of the Colt Model 1860 Army with rare variation twelve cylinder stop notches. The label reads “CENTRAL FIRE METALLIC CARTRIDGES / FOR / COLT’S NEW BREECH-LOADING / ARMY REVOLVER”. Box has a pale blue band with black lettering marked similar to the top label with the large “US” trademark in a circle. These boxes for the 44 Colt Conversion revolver are extremely rare given that the actual revolvers were in production for such a very short period of time. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Top label is only slightly faded with a few minor chips and slight wear with some very light soil. Band is moderately soiled with some minor losses & chips and it appears there are a few open corners & edges. Altogether a very rare box. 4-36424 JR178 (600-1,000)

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2026

NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1862 POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 20147. Cal. 38RF. Beautiful engraved pocket navy conversion with 4-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of the frame has “COLTS PATENT” and “36 CAL” on the left rear web of the trigger guard. Is mounted with nicely figured 1-pc walnut grip and 5-shot rebated cylinder. Revolver is nickel finish and has full coverage, deep, bold Nimschke foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch-dot background. Shoulders of the trigger guard are engraved to match. Bbl & bbl lug are matching engraved with about 65-70% coverage, and it has a deep dash & dot border around the bbl address. Top of the back strap has a fine feather pattern fan with the back strap & butt strap having a deep scalloped border with Moorish patterns at the heel and on the butt strap. Bottom of the trigger guard and front end of the trigger plate are engraved with foliate arabesque patterns. The serial numbers on the frame, trigger guard & butt strap are accompanied by a small “E”. Cylinder has deep dash & dot borders around the front and rear edges of the raised area, not overly infringing upon the stagecoach holdup scene hammer has fully engraved sides with dog’s heads on each side of the hammer nose. The plug filling the rammer hole is partially broken away. Accompanied by a full 50-rnd. 2-pc box of Union Metallic Cartridge Co. 38RF cartridges with blue label that has black lettering and a picture of the cartridge. Body of the box has the blue, red & white plaid paper covering and a red band with black lettering. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, only about 4,000 of these revolvers were made in the period 1873-75. These revolvers were very popular with law enforcement officers, outlaws & ladies of the red light district due to their ease of concealment and respectable short-range cartridge. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including cylinder & grip, except the wedge which is properly unnumbered. Overall retains about 98% strong, bright factory nickel with a few scattered flaked spots on the bbl. Cylinder retains 80-85% orig stagecoach holdup scene, having been somewhat thinned during the conversion finishing process. Grip is sound showing very light wear with the varnish having flaked to about 90%. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired since conversion. Box is open but fine, showing moderate edge wear & slight chipping in the paper and retains 75-80% orig red band. 4-36417 JR72 (7,500-12,500)

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2027

RARE EARLY COLT MODEL 1851 REVOLVER CASE & ACCESSORIES. SN NSN. Fine early Colt mahogany casing for the Model 1851 revolver Models 1, 2 or 3 with small trigger guards. The later models with large trigger guards will not fit. Case has a mortised brass lock with a shield shaped escutcheon and bottom is covered with fine red leather. Interior is burgundy velvet lined and compartmented in bottom for a revolver and contains an outstanding Colt’s Patent dbl sided angle spout flask, a fine brass 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter that has a small “S” inspector initial on sprue cutter. Left hand compartment contains an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver and the orig functioning key. Right rear comparment contains a tin of Eley’s caps. In addition there is also a sealed packet of combustible cartridges. A rare opportunity to purchase a complete early casing for your Navy revolver. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Lid has a couple of repaired grain checks and retains most of an outstanding restored finish. The sides appear to have orig finish. Interior is lightly to moderately faded with damage from revolver’s front sight & hammer spur with wear from the cylinder. Flask has a slight repair on one seam with a minor dent near the top and overall retains about 85% orig finish. Mold has a few nicks & dings and has been cleaned in the past. Nipple wrench & cap tin are fine. Cartridge packet is extremely fine. 4-36436 JR83 (10,000-15,000)

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2028

EXTREMELY RARE U.S. CARTRIDGE COMPANY PICTURE BOX FOR 45 CALIBER COLT CARTRIDGES. Very rare empty early 2-pc box with yellow label & black lettering having a picture of a Colt Single Action revolver in the upper left corner. Label reads “CENTRAL FIRE METALLIC CARTRIDGES / FOR COLT’S NEW BREECH LOADING / ARMY REVOLVER. / ADOPTED BY THE UNITED STATES ARMY FOR THE CAVALRY SERVICE”. Box has a Kraft colored band marked on one side “45 CALIBRE / COLT’S CENTRAL FIRE.” and on each end “45 CAL. / COLT’S C.F.”. Side with printing & top label are over-stamped in red ink “SMOKELESS”. These boxes are among the most rare and some of the earliest commercial cartridges made for the Colt Single Action Army. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection CONDITION: Very good to fine. Label is lightly to moderately faded with moderate soil and slight chipping around the edges. There is one spot of bug damage on the lower left corner and a small hole not affecting any image or printing. Band is moderately soiled with some very minor losses & chipping, otherwise box appears to be completely intact & solid. Lower left top corner is damaged. 4-36430 JR177 (3,500-5,500)

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2029

LOT OF TWO RARE BABY DRAGOON COMBINATION LOADING TOOLS. While these little tools were commonly issued with the Baby Dragoon revolvers they are almost never encountered today. These tools are overall 2-9/16″ long with a 5/16″ diameter cupped end steel ramrod and a brass mushroom shaped cap with knurled edge pinned to the shaft. Protruding from the side of the shaft is a 1-1/2″ long screwdriver. Removal of the cap exposes a nipple wrench. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Both brass caps retain strong orig finish with clean knurled edges. Screwdriver blade on one may be a period of use replacement while the other appears to be completely original. Both nipple wrenches are fine. 4-36406 JR292 (2,000-3,000)

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2030

THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS ENGRAVED & GOLD INLAID COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, THE SEARS & ROEBUCK “COW BOY” SPECIAL. SN 172485. Cal. 45 Colt. The Sears & Roebuck Colt Single Action Army Revolver, like few other firearms known, has reached near-mythical legend since it was discovered in recent years. It has the belonged to several notable collectors and is almost completely documented from its production in 1897 and shipment to Sears & Roebuck in Chicago where it was used as a promotional item in their advertising & catalogues. Apparently when Sears was no longer using this wonderful piece in their advertising it was relegated to a storeroom or one of the company officials’ office displays, it was sold to an unidentified private individual and remained in the Chicago area until 1954 when the famous singer & actor, Mel Torme, learned of its existence through Mr. Ted Busse, a salesman for Klein’s Sporting Goods Store in North Chicago. He purchased it after much agonizing for the grand sum of $750.00, a truly substantial amount of money in that day & age when an ordinary Colt Single Action could be purchased for $50.00 or less. This fabulous Colt remained in Mr. Torme’s collection until 1975 when he was tempted to sell it to Mr. John Solley for the astronomical sum of $100,000. From Mr. Solley it was sold to David S. Woloch, then to a private collector in Texas and from there to Stanley Shapiro. There are probably other owners between Mr. Shapiro and Dr. Murphy who are unknown at this time. Of the total Pre-WWII production of 357,859 Single Action Army revolver only about a single handful are known with factory engraving and gold inlay. In addition to the Sears & Roebuck colt simply being a superior price, it is also one of the most rare. This fantastic Single Action Army revolver is described as having a 5-1/2” bbl with orig full front sight, 1-line block letter address and the caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and it is fitted with exceptional 2-pc pearl grips that are unusually Bas relief carved with the figure of seated Columbia holding a staff & cap at her right side. It has D+ coverage spectacular engraving by master engraved Cuno Helfrecht with beautiful intertwined foliate arabesque patterns on frame, recoil shield & loading gate. Top strap has braided rope patterns down each side. The bbl has extensive coverage with foliate arabesque patterns, some of which terminate in flower blossoms with beautiful shell patterns on each side surrounding a diamond & dot checkerboard pattern. Bbl address is very nicely framed with multiple borders of chip & dot, straight lines and feather patterns which terminate toward the muzzle in a figure-8 pattern around front sight. Ejector rod housing has foliate & arabesque patterns at each end with a vine & leaf pattern on outside radius with a snake pattern in top gullet and fine side patterns. Bbl has wide & narrow gold bands at the frame end with a narrow gold band at muzzle. Engraving on the frame itself is outlined with a fine gold wire border and the rampant Colt on left side is within a gold circle. Cylinder is spectacularly engraved with four different patterns of engraving on the lands between the flutes, consisting of three panels of foliate arabesque scrolls, another of flower blossoms & stones, still another of different flowers and the last one of multiple flower, foliate & leaf patterns. The bands between cylinder stop notches & approaches are lightly engraved with foliate arabesque patterns and two fine borders. Rear of cylinder has a feather pattern border between two fine gold bands. Top of back strap is engraved with a beautiful foliate fan pattern outlined in gold wire with foliate arabesque patterns down back strap, at the heel and across buttstrap. Trigger guard is engraved to match with another fan around the frame serial number. All engraving has an extremely fine punch dot background with delicate & fine shadings. Accompanied by its orig gray suede covered, French fitted casing that has a purple satin lining in the lid with gold edged ribbon over center and a purple velvet lined bottom that is recessed for the revolver and a pillow shaped covered cartridge recess in right front. This casing is similar to earlier Colt factory casings. This revolver is pictured in full color on p. 421 of The Colt Engraving Book, Vol. I, Wilson, on pp. 157-159 of Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. Accompanied by three issues of Man at Arms magazine: March/April 1983 which contains a 5-page article on this revolver by R.L. Wilson along with full color center photographs; November/December 1985 which includes the aforementioned advertisement by Clark Cail on p. 11; and September/October 1988 which includes a 2-page guest editorial by Mel Torme wherein he mentions selling this revolver and being presented with a facsimile serial number 172485 for giving a concert at the Benefit Auction Preview for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Arms & Armor in New York in October 1985. That facsimile revolver is being sold immediately following the sale of this revolver, the original. Also accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in 45 caliber with 5-1/2” bbl, blue finish, pearl stocks “with carved Goddess of Liberty motif” and engraved and inlaid in gold. It was shipped to Sears Roebuck & Co., Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 23, 1897 in a shipment of one firearm. Also accompanied by a bronze rampant Colt, Colt Collector’s Association Award. The bronze stands 14-1/2″ high by about 11″ wide on a 8-5/8″ round walnut base. Additionally accompanied by a small grouping of Sears & Roebuck items including a 2-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ oval sharpening stone that was a company handout; a 6″ x 4-3/8″ painted tin tip tray which pictures the Sears & Roebuck store in Chicago and a box of 50 stereoptic viewer cards of the Sears store and catalogue operation including a picture of Mr. R.W. Sears, President of the company. The box has a black paper cover embossed in gold on the lid “A TRIP THROUGH SEARS ROEBUCK & CO.” PROVENANCE: Klein’s Sporting Goods, Chicago; Mel Torme Collection; John Solley Collection; David S. Woloch Collection; Stanley Shapiro Collection; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains about 98% fine orig factory blue, including the frame which is not now and never was case colored. Bbl has slight muzzle edge wear and light wear at front of ejector rod housing. Body of ejector rod housing has a few small scattered spots of chemical staining which has left fine pitting. Frame retains virtually all of its fine orig factory blue, including screw heads. Back strap & butt strap retain about all of their orig factory blue, slightly thinned on back strap. Trigger guard is slightly thinned on trigger bow with a small spot of pitting and some light rust on front strap. Grips are sound with tremendous fire & color with some visible rust staining on both sides that has been present since this revolver was rediscovered. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is lightly soiled on exterior with some slight weakness in fabric over the hinge and some minor damage in recess in bottom around revolver. Bronze and Sears items are all very fine to extremely fine. 4-36438 JR79 (450,000-800,000)

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2031

RARE AND IMPORTANT NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 22574. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel & gold finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 1-line script address having the broken letters “T” in “PT.”, the “O” in “CO.”, and “A” in “HARTFORD”. The last 4 digits of the serial number are found on the bbl under the ejector rod housing and on the outer radius of the cylinder and caliber marking is on the left shoulder of the trigger guard. It is fitted with rare 1-pc pearl grip with very deep relief-carved Mexican eagle on the right side. The cylinder, hammer and ejector rod housing retain traces of orig gold wash, strong on the hammer and front & rear faces of the cylinder. The frame, bbl, cylinder, back strap, trigger guard and ejector rod housing have about 40% coverage fine L.D. Nimschke engraving consisting of foliate arabesque patterns with punch-dot background. The cylinder has matching patterns on the lands between the flutes and the top of the back strap has a beautiful fan with chip-engraved edge. Ejector rod housing has a deep engraved pattern on the outer radius and the back strap has very fine wavy-line borders with a Moorish pattern at the heel. Butt strap is engraved to match and the trigger guard has a deep engraved hunter’s star. Top strap is engraved with snake & dot pattern with chip & dot borders around the bbl address and a Moorish pattern between the front sight and bbl address. Both sides of the front of the frame have 2 deep engraved hunter’s stars. Recoil shield and loading gate are engraved with a sunburst pattern. Accompanied by a 1967-dated 2-page letter from R. L. Wilson, addressed to Jonathan M. Peck wherein discusses the fact that this revolver was engraved by Nimschke. Also included is a copy of an article by Herbert G. Houze which discusses the life and work of Mr. Nimschke. Additionally accompanying is a page from a book of Mr. Nimschke’s engraving pulls. PROVENANCE: Jonathan Peck Collection; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its orig nickel finish, slightly dulled, with some fine pimpling in the gullets on the frame. Cylinder retains strong gold wash on the front & rear faces with faint gold in the flutes. Hammer retains 50-60% gold wash with the exposed areas a dark patina. Ejector rod housing retains strong gold wash in the sheltered areas with the outer radius a light to medium metal patina. Hammer screw retains strong orig fire blue with thin fire blue on the other screws. Grip is extraordinary with wonderful color & fire and a slightly chipped right heel. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, possibly unfired. 4-36427 JR69 (50,000-80,000)

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2032
Revised: 3/24/2009

Title Should Read: EXTRAORDINARILY RARE PANEL SCENE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, THE EARLIEST KNOWN FACTORY ORDERED AND ENGRAVED SINGLE ACTION “THE 1876 CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION COLT”.

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE PANEL SCENE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, THE EARLIEST KNOWN ENGRAVED SINGLE ACTION “THE 1876 CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION COLT”. SN 8928. Cal. 45 Colt. Extraordinary single action with nickel finish, 7-1/2” bbl, script 1-line address with serifs at each end. Frame has 2-line patent dates on left side and is mounted with extraordinarily rare diamond checkered 2-pc walnut grips. Fitted with Type I ejector rod housing and bulls eye ejector rod head. Serial numbers on frame, trigger guard & butt strap are accompanied by a small “E”. The complete serial number is found on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing and last two digits of serial number are stamped in the inside radius at rear of ejector rod housing. Cylinder has complete serial number in a shallow arc in a panel on outside radius at rear edge of one of the flutes. The entire revolver is spectacularly engraved, probably by Herman Ulrich. A Colt Lightning rifle in a museum in Canada is engraved nearly identical to this revolver and is signed Herman Ulrich, however others have attributed the engraving to Cuno Helfricht. It is embellished with astounding delicately intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with 75-80% coverage over the entire revolver. Frame has full coverage with panel scenes on each side consisting of a wolf standing over its deer kill with very fine detailed background scenery. Right side panel depicts a large grizzly bear at bay with a mountain scene in the background. Both panels are surrounded by the aforementioned fine foliate arabesque patterns. Recoil shield & loading gate have flower blossom panels surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns and top strap is engraved to match with smaller flower panels surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns terminating in triangular shaped spider web patterns at front ends. Both sides of front frame have matching flower panels with geometric designs over the base pin radius and ejector rod housing radius. Bottom gullets of front part of frame are simply very finely stippled with punch dot background leaving an untouched border and untouched round dots creating a beautiful foil to the engraving. Cylinder is equally spectacularly engraved with full coverage except for the flutes with matching delicate foliate arabesque patterns and a fine shaded diamond border at the rear edge. Bbl & ejector rod housing are also richly engraved to match with matching flower blossom panels on each side of bbl. Muzzle is engraved with three bands, two of which are shaded chip engraving and the center a very unusual dot pattern. Top of backstrap depicts a creeping panther surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns which extend completely down back strap with cross-hatched oval panels at top & bottom. Butt strap, front strap, trigger bow, trigger plate & bottom of frame are engraved to match with very detailed scallop shells around the serial numbers on trigger guard & frame. Front edge of frame is also engraved to match and there is a flower blossom around the base pin hole. All of the engraving has an extraordinarily fine punch dot matted background. Bulls eye ejector rod head has a diamond border around its circumference and the hammer has full coverage engraving on the sides, rear & top edges with extremely elaborate wolf’s heads on each side of the hammer nose and an extended hand-checkered spur. Screws are all fire blued with front trigger guard screw slightly battered. This revolver is pictured & described on pp 132-139 in Fine Colts the Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. Accompanied by a copy of two pages from the Henry Folsom & Co. of St. Louis ledger dated Oct. 15, 1877 to H.D. Folsom, New York, NY, which lists this revolver near the top, as found, with ivory grips and the cost as $36.60 which is the third most expensive single action on the inventory. There is a total of five single actions listed with three of them bearing earlier serial numbers – number 8925, 8926 & 8927 but apparently these three earlier items are not known today. On the bottom of the second page is a notation dated -?-?- 7 77 “Colt’s Pat Fire Arms Co”. “We sent these guns to you by boat this day. They attracted a great deal of attention at the Exposition and in Berlin they have been a grand advertisement. Please chg to us the frt on the next bill to us. Thanking you for the use of these goods -?-?- “ and signed H.D. Folsom. In addition there is a grouping of material from the 1876 International Exposition (World’s Fair). This material consists of an orig Centennial portfolio in book form that is 11” x 7-1/4” x about 1” thick; a 25 cent “Authorized Visitor’s Guide to the Centennial Exhibition and Philadelphia 1876” and is touted as “The only guide book sold on the exhibition grounds”; there is also a smaller burgundy, white & gold “Centennial Pocket Album” as embossed on front cover with back cover embossed “1776” / “1876”; additionally there is an International Exhibition package ticket with the dates “1776” and “1876” in top corners and overstamped “Fifty Cents”. It is also serial numbered; there is also a scarf from the exhibition that is marked “Exhibition / Fairmount Park / Philadelphia / 1776 1876” with other writing that is inside the folded scarf which was not unwrapped and in addition, this grouping contains two Philadelphia 1876 medallions; one is 2-7/8” diameter x 3/8” thick and the other 2-1/16” diameter x 1/8” thick. Also accompanying is a National Rifle Association of America Silver Medal No. 114 and a small plaque indicating a “Ten Best Arms Award 1998”. Additionally accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver in 45 caliber, bbl length not listed with nickel finish, ivory stocks and factory engraved. It was shipped to the H & D Folsom Arms Company, New York, NY on Feb. 12, 1878 in a shipment of two same type guns. Under remarks section there are also two other shipments listed, one showing it with a 7-1/2” bbl and wood stocks, shipped to A.G. Spalding Brothers, New York, NY, April 30, 1897 in a one gun shipment and another entry to the same company with checkered wood stocks shipped on Sept. 12, 1897 in a one gun shipment. In addition it is accompanied by the July/August 1982 issue of Man at Arms magazine which contains a 4-page article by noted author, historian R.L. Wilson on pp. 31-34 which gives a history of some of the Colt Exhibit arms from the 1876 World Expo, including this famous revolver, wherein he states that this is the earliest known factory engraved single action. The two center pages of the magazine illustrate this revolver in great detail in full color. Mr. Wilson explains that due to “gaps in the factory ledgers, the initial shipments of 8928E for the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 and to H&D Folsom for the 1877 St. Louis showing have not been located.” He also says that it is likely that this revolver was shipped any number of other times that are not recorded. And, finally accompanied by its spectacular exhibition case that was undoubtedly created by Arno Werner with fine blue leather covering with gold embossed borders on lid, inside which is embossed in gold “COLT’S ARMY .45 SERIAL NO. 8928 / FACTORY SHOW PIECE / OF THE / PHILADELPHIA CENTENNIAL / AND OTHER EXHIBITIONS / THE EARLIEST KNOWN / FACTORY DOCUMENTED / ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION”. Interior is lined in blue velvet with a leather covered hinge and French fitted bottom with a leather plaque embossed with the identical inscription as on the lid. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine and original. Overall retains all of its orig factory nickel finish with only a small ding on front sight and another adjacent on muzzle. Left grip has a few minor chipped diamonds in one small spot, otherwise retains about all of its orig factory finish showing light diamond point wear with a few minor scratches on bottom edges. Hammer is not solid in the safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. Case has a loose right front corner in its bottom and a loose left front corner in the lid, otherwise it is sound showing minimal wear on the exterior. Interior is exceptionally fine. 4-36439 JR81 (350,000-600,000)

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VERY EARLY CASED CIVILIAN COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 9076. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with rare orig German silver front sight and 1-line script address that has the broken “O” in “CO” and the broken “A” in Hartford, with serifs at each end. It has 2-line patent dates on left side of frame and the caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. Mounted with extremely beautiful 1-pc varnished walnut grip. It has first type ejector rod housing with bulls eye ejector rod head and the serial number is on the bbl underneath the ejector rod housing. Cylinder also has the serial number on its outside diameter at the rear edge behind one of the flutes. Accompanied by a green felt lined English oak casing with brass medallion in the top of the lid and the Colt’s paper label inside the lid. Bottom is compartmented for revolver, a small Dixon pewter oil bottle, an L-shaped screwdriver, and the left front has an oak cartridge block drilled for 29 cartridges that contains ten live rds and eighteen fired cases of 450 Eley cartridges. Right rear corner has a covered compartment containing a replacement steel cleaning rod. It is very likely that this casing is not orig to this revolver as there are no British proofs on cylinder or bbl. Accompanied by a 2-page article that appeared in the Fall 2003 issue of The Dallas Arms Collector’s News which deals with why the single action Army is called the “Model P”. The other article is from the Nov/Dec 1992 Man at Arms magazine pp. 17-30 and deals with U.S. Cavalry Colts. This single action is undoubtedly one of, if not the finest, civilian models extant. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching (grip was not checked). The bbl retains about 99% glossy orig Colt factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear at the muzzle. Frame & hammer retain about all of their bright orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, slightly faded elsewhere. Hammer is brilliant. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard retain about all of their orig glossy Colt blue, slightly thinned from flaking in center of back strap with some light thinning on front strap. Cylinder retains 97-98% strong orig factory blue with two small cleaned spots and one spot of pitting and a slight drag line. Grip is absolutely brilliant with some minor chemical crazing on right side and on left side at frame retaining about all of its brilliant orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound with a slightly warped lid and an old repair in the top. There are a couple of grain checks in the bottom and overall retains most of an old restored finish. Interior is lightly to moderately faded, label is yellowed with a couple of spots of minor wear. Accessories are fine. 4-36426 JR82 (75,000-125,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1877 THUNDERER DA REVOLVER. SN 39537. Cal. 41 Colt. Nickel finish with 6″ bbl, full front sight with 2-line address. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and the left rear web of the trigger guard is marked with the caliber. It is fitted with extraordinarily beautiful, smooth, 2-pc pearl grips. The frame, bbl & back strap are engraved with outstanding intertwined foliate arabesque patterns by L. D. Nimschke. The frame has just about full coverage with feather patterns over the top strap and matching pattern on the outside radius of the ejector rod housing. Both sides of the bbl, almost all the way to the muzzle, are equally engraved, all with fine punch-dot background. Top of the back strap, behind the hammer, has Nimschke’s fine peacock fan decorations and the back strap is engraved in zigzag Moorish patterns. Cylinder has matching foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes and Moorish patterns in the flutes. Rear edge of the cylinder has a fine zigzag border. Accompanied by a russet brown double-loop holster that is unmarked but is definitely of the period. It has a sewn back edge and toe. The edges of the holster have fine stamped patterns in 2 lines with a leaf pattern at the terminus by the trigger guard slot. The rivet at the top rear edge of the holster is missing. Also accompanied by a packet of information which includes a Colt factory letter listing this revolver as having been shipped “SOFT”, type of stocks is not listed, to Hartley & Graham, New York, New York, October 26, 1882, in a 2-gun shipment. Under remarks section the letter states that the word “SOFT” indicates that it was shipped for engraving outside the factory. Also included is a 2-page letter from Arnold Marcus Chernoff, dated December 10, 1977, addressed to Richard C. Marohn, M.D., stating that this is one of the finest engraved “LIGHTNING” revolvers known to exist. Additionally accompanying is an article from Issue Number 6, 1997, Man at Arms magazine by the late Richard C. Marohn, M.D., entitled “THE COLT MODEL 1877 DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER / A TWENTY-YEAR REVIEW 1877-1897”. This article deals primarily with production, quantities & dates. Additionally, there is a copy of an article from Issue Number 1, 2003, Man at Arms magazine by Herbert G. Houze which details the life and work of L. D. Nimschke. Additionally accompanying is another article by Dr. Marohn from the January / February 1983 issue of Man at Arms which deals with Colt Lightning grips. This exact revolver is pictured, in full color, on p. 250 of Colt Pistols, Wilson & Hable. PROVENANCE: Robert Hable Collection; Arnold Marcus Chernoff; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains 97-98% strong nickel finish with only slight losses around the muzzle, the balance remains bright & crisp. Fire blue on the back of the hammer and back of the trigger is bright with the top edge of the hammer and face of the trigger a soft gray patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Holster is very fine, showing light wear on the face with more wear and sweat staining on the back side. 4-36428 JR70 (40,000-70,000)

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EARLY NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1877 LIGHTNING SHERIFF’S DA REVOLVER. SN 7364. Cal. 38 Colt. Nickel finish with 3-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 2-line address and a fine, clear, etched panel “COLT D.A. 38” on the left side. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and left rear web of the trigger guard has the caliber marking. It is mounted with smooth, 2-pc pearl grips. Last 3 digits of the serial number and a small “p” are on the bottom of the bbl under the base pin. The frame, bbl, back strap & trigger guard are very nicely engraved from the Nimschke shop with about 60% coverage fine foliate arabesque patterns with punch-dot background and Moorish patterns incorporated into the engraving on both sides of the bbl. Left recoil shield has a beautifully engraved Mexican eagle, probably by the master himself. Top of the back strap has crossed ribbons in the shape of a Confederate flag with fine punch-dot background. Back strap & trigger guard have Moorish patterns. Cylinder has light foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes and it has fire-blued screws, trigger & back edge of the hammer. Accompanied by copies of 3 articles from Man at Arms magazine: 1). From the January / February 1983 issue, entitled “GETTING A GRIP ON YOUR LIGHTNING” by Richard C. Marohn which deals with Lightning grips. 2). From the Number 6, 1997 issue, “THE COLT MODEL 1877 DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER / A TWENTY-YEAR REVIEW 1877-1897”, also by Dr. Marohn which deals with production numbers & dates of the Model 1877; and 3). From the Number 1, 2003 issue, an article by Herbert G. Houze dealing with the life & work of L. D. Nimschke. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains 96-97% strong orig nickel on the frame & bbl with some flaking in the gullets on the front part of the frame, and some minor pimpling on the back strap. Cylinder retains 80-85% strong orig nickel with some flaking & discoloration in the flutes. Trigger retains 80-85% orig fire blue, thin & dull on the front, strong & bright on the back. rear edge of hammer retains most of its orig fire blue, slightly thinned on the top. Grips are outstanding with great fire & color. Timing needs attention, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-36429 JR71 (20,000-40,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE CASED COLT FAMILY PRESENTATION COLT 1877 DA LIGHTNING SHERIFF’S MODEL REVOLVER. SN 22070. Cal. 38 Colt. Nickel finish with 3-1/2″ bbl, full half-moon front sight, 2-line address with crisp etched panel “COLT D.A. 38” on the left side. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and it is mounted with checkered 1-pc rosewood grip. All the screws, trigger, back edge of the hammer & base pin are fire-blued. It is made without ejector rod and has an extended knurled base pin. Back strap is inscribed in period script and block letters “Patrick Parker. Esq. / WITH COMPLIMENTS OF / Saml P. Colt. Jany. 1st 1880.” Accompanied by its orig black leatherette-covered presentation box with blue silk lining in the lid and black velvet lining in the French-fitted bottom. Inside border of the bottom has a blue & white silk rope and it has a padded blue silk covered cartridge well in the left front. Front of the case is fitted with a gold-washed Rococo brass latch. Also accompanied by a copy of a letter dated Providence, December 29th, 1879, on State of Rhode Island, Assistant Attorney General’s Office letterhead and addressed to Hugh Harbrow Esq. wherein Samuel P. Colt orders 3 “Self-Cocking 38 cal, 3-1/2″ bbl, nickel-fluted, rosewood stock” with one engraved “James O. Swan Esq.” and the other “Patrick Parker Esq.”, both inscribed “With Compliments of Saml P. Colt. Jany. 1st 1880”, and the third one “Chief Charles H. Hugh” with the same inscription & date. He also requests “a case for each similar to those you had made for me a few years ago, which were of dark morocco and cost I think $2.50 each.” He requests they be shipped express to a Providence address. Additionally accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver as found with nickel finish & rosewood grip, shipped to Sam P. Colt, address not available, December 31, 1879, in a shipment of 3 same type guns. Further accompanied by a note on Sam’l P. Colt / Attorney-at-Law letterhead dated June 18th, 1880, wherein he acknowledges receipt of $240.34 apparently for collection services. Further accompanied by an orig broadside for the “NEW, DOUBLE-ACTION, SELF-COCKING, CENTRAL FIRE, 6-SHOT REVOLVER”. Additionally accompanied by a copy of a photograph, presumably of Samuel P. Colt. Also accompanied by 3 articles from Man at Arms magazine, all by Dr. Richard C. Marohn: 1) from the Jan/Feb 1983 issue which deals with grips for Lightning revolvers; 2) from the No. 6, 1997 issue titled “THE COLT MODEL 1877 DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER / A TWENTY-YEAR REVIEW 1877-1897”; and 3) from the Mar/Apr 1981 issue titled “CASING THE COLT DOUBLE-ACTION MODEL OF 1877”. Article no. 3 on pp. 43-44 describes the exact case as above and states that they were made in Hartford by a gentleman named Alfred Teweles. Page 44 has pictured an identical cased Lightning with the presentation to James O. Swan, the same individual as mentioned in the above described letter. ¶ Samuel Pomeroy Colt (1852-1921) was born Jan. 10, 1852, to Christopher Colt (brother of Samuel Colt, the arms maker) and his wife. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1876 and was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives where he served until 1879 when he became Rhode Island Assistant Attorney General. In 1882 he was elected Attorney General for the state. In 1886 he founded the Industrial Trust Company and served as its president until 1908. That company later became known as the Industrial National Bank and Fleet Bank. In 1887 he was appointed receiver of the bankrupt National Rubber Company which he reorganized and reopened in 1888 as the National India Rubber Company (which supplied hard rubber grips & buttplates to Colt Firearms and other makers). In 1892 he merged this company with several others he had acquired to form the United States Rubber Company, which became the world’s largest producer of rubber goods. In 1901 he became the president of that company and served until 1918 when he was appointed chairman of the board of trustees. In 1903 he unsuccessfully ran for governor of Rhode Island. In 1905 he ran for the U.S. Senate but withdrew. He died August 13, 1921. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Revolver is extremely fine plus, probably unfired. Overall retains about 98-99% strong orig factory nickel, having a few minor, tiny flakes and one spot on the cylinder, with crisp clear etched panel. Screws, hammer & trigger retain most of their orig fire-blue. Grip is crisp with crisp checkering and retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound and retains most of its orig finish on the outside. Lid lining is lightly faded & fragile but intact. The orig ribbon across the lid interior is missing. Bottom is lightly soiled and shows wear around revolver recesses and minor damage from the hammer spur. Cartridge recess silk cover is somewhat fragile with very slight fading. Altogether an exceptional & original presentation set. 4-36422 JR74 (25,000-50,000)

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2037

EXTREMELY RARE PAIR OF PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1877 DA LIGHTNING SHERIFF’S MODEL REVOLVERS. SN 48967 and 48989. Cal. 38 Colt. Both revolvers are identical with nickel finish, 3-1/2″ bbls, full half-moon front sights, 2-line bbl addresses & etched panels “COLT D.A. 38” on the left sides. Left sides of the frames have 3-line patent dates with caliber markings on the left rear webs of the trigger guards. Both have rampant Colt hard rubber grips, matching numbered in pencil on the insides. The back straps are beautifully inscribed in block letters with Gothic capitals on ribbons “Joseph O. Goodwin FROM ALEX THUER 1884”. Joseph O. Goodwin was born in 1843 in East Hartford, Connecticut, where he resided until his death in 1923 on land that his family had settled in 1697. He was educated in East Hartford schools and later in a private school. He worked at his family’s general store business & post office which he left in 1862 to learn the printing business in Hartford until 1871. At that time he left the printing business to work with his brother and devoted his spare time to writing. In 1874 he was elected town clerk which position he held until his death, a period of more than 48 years. He was involved in politics and for a while in 1878 was state representative to the Connecticut General Assembly. He was deeply involved in local politics and was directly responsible for the founding of the East Hartford High School and for later school consolidation. From 1879-1921 he was secretary of the school board and for many of those years was chairman of the high school committee. In 1879 he published a 250-page history of East Hartford entitled East Hartford, Its History and Traditions. He was also one of the publishers of East Hartford’s first newspaper The Elm Leaf. He also contributed articles to Harper’s Magazine and other periodicals. In addition, he was requested to and wrote Memorial History of Hartford County. ¶ Accompanied by 2 Colt factory letters for these 2 revolvers fully identifying them with nickel finish and type of stocks not listed, with shipment to A. Thuer, address “COLT PATENT FIREARMS CO.”, on March 22, 1884, in a shipment of 2 same-type arms. Under the remarks section it is noted that “Alexander Thuer was the designer of the first metallic cartridge system available commercially on Colt revolvers.” Also accompanied by numerous excerpts of publications regarding the Goodwin family, and other publications wherein Joseph Goodwin is mentioned, along with a memoriam of Joseph O. Goodwin. Additionally accompanied by 2 boxes of 38 Colt ammunition: 1) Union Metallic Cartridge Company, 38 long, 2-pc sealed box with a picture of a Lightning revolver on top, green label with black lettering & black line drawing with green band on a plaid body. Band has the usual lettering on one side & end with the other side printed in script “Colt Patent Fire Arms Manuf Co” and a line drawing of the rampant Colt; 2) Full open box of Winchester 38 short, 2-pc box with buff-colored label, probably faded from yellow, with black lettering & an orange band with kraft-colored 2-pc box. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Both revolvers are exceptionally fine, with both retaining about all of their orig finish, with some slight flaking on the right front side of the frame on No. 48967 and a line of pitting on the cylinder & loading gate of No. 48989. The etched panels on both are crisp & clear, and the grips are all exceptionally fine, showing little or no wear. The screws, triggers & hammers retain about all of their orig factory fire-blue. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bores. A truly exceptional & rare pair of Lightning revolvers, never to be encountered again. Ammunition: 1) Very fine plus, label & band are completely intact with minor chips & light soil; 2) Fine, top label moderately faded with some minor water staining, completely intact, band around the sides is open but intact, ammunition is fine. 4-36423 JR75 (30,000-50,000)

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2038

EXTRAORDINARY CASED REPRODUCTION OF THE LEGENDARY SEARS & ROEBUCK COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, MADE FOR SINGER/ACTOR MEL TORME. SN MT172485. Cal. 45 Colt. Absolutely fantastic mirror image reproduction of the fabulous and legendary the Colt Sears & Roebuck “Cow Boy” Special Single Action Army revolver, made for singer, actor, song writer and a myriad of other talents, Mel Torme. Mr. Torme had owned the original Cow Boy Special, having purchased it in 1954 in Chicago after it had been rediscovered and sold or brokered by Klein’s Sporting Goods of North Chicago. The Cow Boy Special was the centerpiece of Mr. Torme’s collection for nearly twenty years when he was tempted into selling it for the astronomical sum of $100,000. He frequently stated that he always regretted selling that Colt and, in hindsight, wished to have it back but could not bring himself to pay the even more stupendous prices that it subsequently sold for. In 1985 Mr. Torme was asked by renowned author & historical researcher R.L. Wilson what he would charge to perform at the Benefit Auction Preview for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Arms & Armor. Mr. Torme reportedly jokingly replied “The Sears & Roebuck Cow Boy Special”, knowing that it would be impossible to have that dream become reality. Mr. Wilson asked if a clone would be acceptable to which Mr. Torme readily agreed. Mr. Wilson then approached the intrepid restoration artist, Tom Haas, and presented him with the project. Mr. Haas obtained a Colt Single Action Army revolver of the approx. same production range and in the same configuration. After carefully reviewing the original and taking numerous measurements, returned to his shop in Indiana and recreated the Sears Cow Boy Special. He polished all the metal surfaces to mirror finish, re-rolled the bbl address and frame patent dates along with the rampant Colt and re-stamped the frame, trigger guard & butt strap with serial number of the orig Sears & Roebuck Cow Boy Special. The prepped revolver was then delivered to Mr. Leonard Francolini for engraving. Mr. Francolini masterfully recreated the entire engraving patterns from the original which was engraved by the master Cuno Helfrecht and added the deep “MT” to the frame serial number. Once the engraving was complete the revolver was taken to master gunsmith & engraver, Dan Cullity, for finishing, which in virtually all ways duplicated the original, including the blued frame. It was then mounted with superb 2-pc pearl grips that have the relief carved figure of Columbia on the right side. These grips were carved & fitted by Colt master engraver, Alvin White. The revolver was then taken to master book binder, Arno Werner, where he created a fantastic casing befitting such a memorable arm and occasion. The case is covered in fine gray leather with gold embossed tooling border on top, inside which has the inscription “TO MEL TORME / IN APPRECIATION / OF HIS SPECIAL PERFORMANCE / AT THE BENEFIT AUCTION PREVIEW / FOR / THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART / DEPARTMENT OF ARMS & ARMOR / ST. REGIS SHERATON HOTEL / OCTOBER 3RD 1985 / NEW YORK CITY / THE ARMOR & ARMS CLUB OF NEW YORK / COLT IDUSTRIES FIREARMS DIVISION / CHRISTIE’S * STURM RUGER & CO.” The interior is lined in gathered & pleated purple cotton in the lid and French fitted in purple velvet in the bottom with a gray leather plaque in the right front, identically inscribed as the top. Also accompanying is a gold plated brass plaque engraved with a large “M” at the top and inscribed “TO MEL TORME / IN APPRECIATION / M BENEFIT AUCTION PERFORMANCE / OCTR. 3RD 1985 NYC”. This wonderful revolver, as previously noted is engraved identically to the original Sears & Roebuck Cow Boy Special. It has about D+ coverage of fantastic foliate arabesque patterns with some scrolls terminating in flower blossoms on frame. Top strap has a braided rope pattern on each side. The bbl has nearly full coverage engraving with fan & foliate panels on each end of a dot & diamond checkerboard pattern on each side. Bbl address has multiple borders on each side with chip & dot straight line & feather patterns which blend into a figure-8 pattern around front sight. Ejector rod housing has foliate & arabesque patterns at each end with a vine & leaf pattern on outer radius and a snake pattern in top gullet with zig zag borders. Cylinder is wonderfully engraved with four different patterns on the lands between the flutes with three panels of foliate arabesque designs and three distinctly different foliate & floral patterns on other three lands. The areas between cylinder stop notches & approaches are lightly engraved with foliate arabesque patterns and a wavy line border toward the rear. Rear end of cylinder has a complete feather pattern border in between fine gold wire bands. Bbl has wide & narrow gold bands at the cylinder end with a narrow gold band at the muzzle. Each side of frame is outlined in fine gold wire with a gold wire circle around rampant Colt on left side. Top of back strap has a beautiful foliate fan surrounded by a decorative gold wire border. Top of back strap and at the heel along with butt strap have foliate arabesque patterns. Trigger bow & trigger guard are engraved to match. The area above serial number on frame has large relief engraved initials “MT” to distinguish it from the original. Altogether a spectacular and faithful reproduction of the original Sears & Roebuck “Cow Boy” Special. Accompanied by a 7-page letter from noted author & historian, R.L. Wilson, wherein he details most of the above information. Also accompanied by another letter from Mr. Wilson to Mel Torme thanking him for his performance at the Christie’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Auction Project and informing him that almost $350,000 was raised. Additionally accompanying is a letter from Leonard Francolini giving the history of his involvement in the recreation of the Sears & Roebuck Cow Boy Special. This revolver is pictured in full color on pp. 784-785 of The Colt Engraving Book Vol. II, Wilson. The September/October 1988 issue of Man at Arms magazine has a guest editorial by Mel Torme on pp. 26-27. Mr. Torme relates his Colt collecting history and on p. 27 details his reluctant sale of the orig Sears & Roebuck Cow Boy Special and of the recreation & presentation of its clone by Tommy Haas, Leonard Francolini & Dan Cullity. PROVENANCE: Mel Torme Collection; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Appears to be unfired since restoration finishing. Overall retains about all of its spectacular Dan Cullity charcoal blue. Grips have an age line on right side, otherwise are extremely fine with extraordinary fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with moderate pitting. Case is extremely fine with light soil on exterior, bright & clean on inside. 4-36433 JR80 (15,000-25,000)

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2039

*EXTRAORDINARY ALVIN WHITE ENGRAVED AND GOLD INLAID COLT 2ND GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER INTENDED FOR PRESENTATION TO NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV. SN 23311SA. Cal. 38 Special. Highly decorated and very beautiful, this single action has 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight, 1-line block letter address with model & caliber on the left side. Bottom of the bbl, under the ejector rod housing, has the last 2 digits of the serial number. Left side of the frame has 2-line patent dates and rampant Colt. The serial number was also observed on the left side of the front & back straps, under the grip, and last 3 digits of the serial number are around the cylinder bushing hole on the face of the cylinder. Right side of the front strap, under the grip, has the Alvin White recessed silver cartouche which is marked “A A WHITE / ENG.”. The frame, bbl, cylinder, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard, along with the ejector rod housing, are engraved in Mr. White’s distinctive deep intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with about 65-70% coverage. The frame has gold wire borders on both sides and around the recoil shield & loading gate, along with gold wire inlay around the engraving pattern on the upper front sides of the frame. Left recoil shield has a relief raised gold inlay depicting a Russian building with 4 different-height onion domes that may be St. Basil’s on Red Square in Moscow. Top of the back strap has another relief-engraved raised gold Russian building with 4 onion domes, undoubtedly another famous Russian building. This building is surrounded by a silver wire inlay in an onion dome shape. The bbl has beautiful gold wire inlay in onion dome shapes along with a silver band just in front of the frame and gold wire inlay incorporated into the arabesque patterns on top of the bbl. The muzzle has 3 onion dome shapes outlined in silver wire with a silver band around the muzzle. The hammer has light engraved patterns with a gold wire outline on both sides. Ejector rod housing is engraved to match the bbl with gold wire incorporated into the arabesque pattern and an onion dome shape at the front & back ends with gold wire around the rear and silver wire around the front, along with a silver band at the rear end. The back strap also has gold wire incorporated into the arabesque pattern with a silver wire onion dome at the heel. Butt strap has silver wire border with a silver wire onion dome shape around arabesque patterns. Trigger guard also has gold wire incorporated in the arabesque patterns. Cylinder is fully engraved with continuous gold wire around the flutes & lands with onion dome shapes at the rear of the flutes. Rear edge of the cylinder has a silver wire band. Is mounted with 2-pc ivory grips with a raised carved horse head on the right side. Inside of the right grip has the last 2 digits of the serial number in pencil. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver in 38 Spcl. caliber, 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, sold to Jackson Arms, Dallas, TX, and shipped to Alvin A. White of Attleboro, Mass. in a 2-gun shipment on Jan. 26, 1959. ¶ According to consignor this spectacular single action was one of a pair created for presentation to Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev in the late 1960’s by Mr. Romaine Fielding, president of an export company doing business in the Soviet Union. The revolvers were presented but Premier Khrushchev’s security personnel objected to his keeping them, thinking they may have been booby-trapped or may have contained listening devices. Therefore they remained in the United States and were eventually sold on the open market. Accompanying this lot is a file of copies of numerous letters & newspaper articles regarding Mr. Fielding, including letters from Vice President Richard Nixon, Congressman Wilbur Mills and Senator J. W. Fullbright, as well as letters from Russian businessmen. PROVENANCE: Romaine Fielding; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grips. Overall retains virtually all of its strong blue finish with unusual blued frame, with only very slight muzzle edge wear on the left side. Grips are extremely fine showing no wear with a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-36435 JR73 (12,500-22,500)

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2040

*SPECTACULAR HOWARD DOVE ENGRAVED 2ND GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 19537SA. Cal. 44 Special. Bright nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight, 1-line address with model and caliber marking on the left side. Frame has 2-line patent dates with a rampant Colt. Left side of the front and back straps have the serial number beneath the grip and left side of the butt strap has the engraver’s initials. The assembly number “673” is on the loading gate and around the cylinder bushing hole on the front face of the cylinder. Screws and base pin are all beautifully fire-blued and it has a lanyard loop in the butt strap. It is fitted with extremely beautiful scrimshawed 1-pc ivory grip that depicts the 7th Cavalry Regimental flag on the left side and the 7th Cavalry guidon over crossed sabers surmounted by the number “7” on the right side. The entire revolver is custom engraved by Howard M. Dove in what he refers to as “D plus” coverage. The engraving consists of a depiction of Custer’s Last Stand at the left rear of the frame, an Indian on a horse with a lance at the left front of the frame, a large bust of General Custer on the left recoil shield with fine matted background and a trumpet with lanyard on the loading gate also with fine matted background. The right side of the frame depicts cavalry troopers attacking an Indian village and the top of the back strap has crossed single action Colt and trapdoor carbine with fine matted background. The back strap is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns with punch-dot background and an Indian lance with feathers in the center. Top front sides of the frame have diamond checkerboard patterns and the top strap has a braided rope pattern with punch-dot background. The cylinder has full coverage, except for the flutes, with foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes and between the cylinder stop notches, all with punch-dot background, along with 3 different border patterns at the rear edge. The bbl has spectacular fan patterns on both sides with diamond & dot panels on each side with the remaining patterns in foliate arabesque scrolls with punch-dot backgrounds. The ejector rod housing is engraved to match and also has a vine & dot pattern in the top gullet. Mr. Dove’s signature and “COLT ENGR.” appear in the bottom gullet beside the base pin. ¶ Accompanied by a Howard Dove letter dated 1990 describing his work on this revolver and stating that it was “ENGRAVED ON SPECIAL ORDER FOR: W. A. DASCHER / 449 DISCOVERY ROAD / VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. 23451”. There is a small strip of paper inside the back strap channel of the grip with Mr. Dascher’s name and address. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinary, all matching. Remains new and unfired with no evidence of a cylinder line. 4-36434 JR68 (6,000-12,000)

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2041

*RARE FRANCOLINI ENGRAVED 3RD GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN S14733A. Cal. 45 Colt. Extraordinary engraved single action with brilliant royal blue finish with 4-3/4″ bbl that has skeletonized front sight and block letter address inlaid in platinum. Serial number on the frame is also inlaid in platinum. Mounted with spectacular, checkered, 1-pc ivory grip. Frame is most unusual in that it has been converted to a screwless style. Hammer screw, trigger screw & lockbolt screw have been internalized. Disassembly was not affected to determine how this was accomplished. Entire revolver is, quite simply, a piece of art. Frame is engraved with about 70% coverage spectacular intertwined foliate arabesque patterns which extend over the shoulders of the trigger guard and shoulders of the back strap with highlighted, unfilled spaces below the recoil shields and in the front frame gullet. Both sides of the frame are inlaid with gold wire in arabesque patterns. Recoil shields are inlaid with incredibly fine gold wire borders along with the upper front part of the frame. Top strap is engraved to match with inlaid gold wire & foliate patterns. Bbl & ejector rod housing are engraved to match with intertwined foliate gold wire which is incredibly inlaid around & through the front sight. Muzzle end of bbl and corresponding end of ejector rod housing have very wide inlaid gold band. Back strap & trigger guard are engraved to match, also with extraordinary gold inlays. Cylinder is equally beautifully engraved with gold inlay on four opposing lands between the flutes with the rear 2/3 of surface of the cylinder a very fine punch dot stippled effect. The other two lands are engraved with foliate arabesque patterns. Mr. Francolini signed his work in gold on the front edge of the frame with the date “97”. Base pin, cross bolt & trigger are beautifully fire blued. Accompanied by a fine green, ultra-suede lined Huey oak & leather case French fitted in the bottom for the revolver, large & small ivory handled turn screws with gold washed ferrules and a tiny gold rampant Colt on the ivory handles. Each end has a covered compartment with ivory pull and inside the lid has a leather Colt label. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, new & unfired retaining all of its custom finish. Case is equally new. 4-36432 JR288 (12,500-22,500)

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2041A

COLT NO. 3 BELT MODEL PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 552. Cal. 34. Usual configuration with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and usual Patent Arms marking. It has 5-shot cylinder with rounded shoulder that is rolled with the Centaur scene. Grip has flared butt with a 1-pc bird’s eye maple grip. Serial number was noted on the rear face of bbl lug, on the wedge, rear of cylinder, cylinder rotating ring, right side of front strap under the grip, inside back strap and in the butt strap channel of the grip. There was a total production of about 850 of the No. 2 & No. 3 Belt Model Patersons combined, produced in the period 1837-1840. CONDITION: About good. No orig finish remains being mostly a cleaned & artificially aged patina with scattered fine pitting on the bbl, bbl lug, cylinder & sides of recoil shields. Frame & grip frame are a smooth artificially aged patina. Cylinder retains about 50% Centaur scene. Grip has a repaired chip on left side at the top, otherwise is sound and retains about all of a fine restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-38005 JR328 (40,000-60,000)

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2042

EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE CASING & ACCESSORIES FOR A COLT BABY PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Rare early mahogany casing for a Baby Paterson with fluted lid and a narrow brass plate in top, roll marked with the Baby Paterson bbl marking. Interior is lined with lined dark green velvet with recesses in bottom for an orig Baby Paterson and contains an original 3-handle bullet mold, a walnut handle cleaning rod, an orig capping tool, SN 112, and an orig Baby Paterson charger SN 46. Charger is numbered “46” on all visible parts except ball charger tube which is numbered “42”, but which appears to be orig to this set as the condition is identical to other parts of charger. Center band is roll marked with same marking as on lid. Case also has a recess for a second cylinder and clips for a combination tool, which is missing. Paterson revolvers, while very scarce or even rare, are not nearly so rare as an orig casing with accessories and are rarely ever encountered separated from a revolver. CONDITION: Case is very fine with some very slight shrinkage and one raised corner on lid, otherwise is sound with minor nicks & scratches and crackled varnish. It appears that something approx. 1-1/4″ in diameter, probably the revolver’s cylinder, containing a solvent of some sort was left standing on the lid and left an impression in the varnish. Possibly an old applied varnish. Interior is moderately faded and lightly soiled but intact. Mold retains generous amounts of thin orig blue. Capper retains traces of orig finish in lettering and sheltered areas. Interior is crisp and bright. Charger retains about 80% orig finish but is missing two of the tiny screws that hold the powder charger end in place. 4-37302 JR39 (15,000-25,000)

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2042A

EXTREMELY RARE COLT WALKER REVOLVER. SN C Company No. 10.. Cal. 44.The Holy Grail of percussion Colt collecting is the Walker model since very few survive in any condition. This Walker has an 8-15/16″ oct to rnd bbl with usual bbl marking reading from cyl to muzzle. It has serial number on left side of lug & “US / 1847″ on right side just above wedge slot. The cyl, frame, trigger guard & butt strap are all marked with serial number. It has a 1-pc walnut grip. Of the 1,000 Walkers ever produced only a few survive and very few of those remain intact with all orig parts. PROVENANCE: Paul Sorrell Collection; Parade of Walkers, TGCA, 2003. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains being a cleaned metal color with light to moderate pitting over all surfaces. All markings are distinct & legible. Hammer screw & lever latch spring appear to be replacements and there appears to have been about a 1-1/4” extension added to bbl with a short extension added to tip of rammer handle. These extensions are only noted upon close examination. Grip is sound showing very heavy wear with a crack in right side & chipped toes. Hand spring appears a little weak, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong worn dark bore. 8-87493 JJ5 (60,000-90,000)

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2043

SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON REVOLVER. SN 5189. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line address reading from cylinder to muzzle. It has the vertical rammer latch with small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” on left side of frame. It has square back brass trigger guard and back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip with clear cartouches on each side. Most of the various parts of the revolver have small inspector initials. Cylinder has oval stop notches with usual markings and the Ranger/Indian fight scene. While there were an estimated 7,000 of these revolvers produced in the period 1848-50 they are rarely encountered with visible cylinder scene or grip cartouches making this a scarce & desirable item. CONDITION: About fine, all matching except wedge & grip which are unnumbered. Bbl retains about 30% orig blue mixed with mottled patina. Rammer handle retains dark case colors. Frame & cylinder are a cleaned gray metal patina with cylinder having a series of chatter marks in three spots and overall retains 70-80% orig Ranger/Indian fight scene. Trigger guard & back strap are a medium mustard patina. Grip has a chipped right toe, otherwise is sound showing moderate wear and a smooth hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few spots of light pitting. 4-37737 JR168 (15,000-25,000)

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2044

SCARCE COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 6663. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl with address that reads from cylinder to muzzle. Rear end of top flat has a professionally added tiny fixed sight. It has usual 6-shot cylinder with oval stop notches and the Ranger/Indian fight scene. It has square back brass trigger guard and back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip. Left side of frame is marked with tiny “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. While about 7,000 of these 1st Model Dragoons were produced in period 1848-1850, they are seldom encountered as most were issued & used immediately upon receipt by the government and remained in service until well after Civil War. Thereafter they were removed from military service and sold commercially where they saw further service on the Western frontier and even in foreign militaries. CONDITION: Fair to good. No orig finish remains with metal being an overall mottled dark brown patina with scattered areas of light to moderate pitting. Several screws are battered and the wedge is a replacement, otherwise all parts are matching. Frame & hammer are also lightly to moderately pitted. Cylinder is a mottled silver/brown patina and retains 20-25% Ranger/Indian fight scene with the Dragoons and “COLT’S PATENT” legends mostly legible. Trigger guard & back strap are a medium mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes and shows heavy wear with a dark handworn patina. Timing needs attention, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-35276 JR201 (11,000-15,000)

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2045

COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 19220. Cal. 44. Late 3rd model with rare 8″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and New York City address on top flat. Left side of frame is marked with a small “COLTS PATENT” and it has silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap containing a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of the serial number in the back strap channel. Cylinder has usual Ranger/Indian fight scene with four of six safety pins prominent. Few of these late 3rd models were produced with 8″ bbls making this a rare variation. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge & grip. No orig finish remains being an overall cleaned gray metal patina. Muzzle edge shows moderate to heavy wear. Cylinder retains 60-70% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of orig silver being mostly a light to medium mustard patina. Grip is sound showing moderate wear with nicks & scratches and retains 75-80% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine & scattered moderate pitting. 4-37811 JR240 (10,000-15,000)

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2046

COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH SAN ANTONIO ARSENAL CONNECTION. SN 13154. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, replacement dovetailed copper front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” over tiny “U.S.”. Fitted with brass trigger guard & back strap and a replacement 1-pc walnut grip. This revolver is only about 20 numbers from a known revolver that was a battlefield pickup at Glorieta Pass, NM. That battlefield pickup revolver, and probably this one, was among those seized by the Confederates under Gen. Sibley from the San Antonio Arsenal at the outbreak of the Civil War. Gen. Sibley, after having resigned his U.S. commission, joined the Confederate Army and was given command of the Department of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona & Colorado and any other territory he could capture. In March of 1862 Confederate forces attempted to cross New Mexico to Colorado to seize the gold & silver mines for the Confederacy. On March 26-28, 1862 Maj. Charles Pyron & Lt. Col. William R. Scurry in command of the 4th, 5th & 7th Texas Cavalries, the accompanying artillery and a company of independent volunteers met Maj. John C. Chivington (later the commander at the infamous fight at Sand Creek) and Col. John P. Slough, the commander of the U.S. Northern Division of the Army of New Mexico at Glorieta Pass, NM, where both sides suffered serious casualties. The Union forces retreated to their temporary headquarters at a ranch east of the pass while the Confederates, thinking they had won the day, retired to their temporary headquarters west of the pass only to find that the Union forces, under Maj. Chivington, had flanked them and destroyed their supply train and mules and captured 19 of the Confederate guards. This ended the Confederate dream of capturing the gold fields in Colorado and on to California. They were forced to retreat to Texas and never ventured westward again. CONDITION: Fair. No orig finish remains being an overall mottled gray/brown patina with several nicks & dings and light battering on bbl lug and over top of octagon section. Both sides of bbl lug have been cleaned. Frame also shows heavy use with some pitting. Grip frame is fine with what appears to be repairs at the shoulders of the backstrap and retains a medium mustard patina. Replacement grip is fine. Cylinder retains a matching patina with traces of the orig Ranger/Indian fight scene visible. Cylinder also has a few spots of pitting. Wedge is an old replacement that has had the number stamped on top. Several screws are also replacements. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong sharp bore pitted in the grooves. 4-35303 JR228 (4,500-6,500)

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2047

COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 13921. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-3/8″ oct to rnd bbl, shortened during period of use. It has an added tiny dovetailed front sight with 1-line New York City address and “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame. Trigger guard & back strap are brass with rnd trigger guard and 1-pc walnut grip. Butt strap is crudely hand engraved “SANTRA–“. CONDITION: About good. No orig finish remains with the bbl and cylinder a cleaned gray metal color and the bbl showing heavy muzzle wear. The cylinder retains no roll markings and rammer handle is moderately pitted near the tip. Frame and hammer retain a dark silver brown patina. Trigger guard & back strap show heavy wear and are a medium mustard patina. Rammer latch stud is a replacement and latch is possibly an old replacement. Grip is sound showing light to moderate wear with a small gouge on the right side and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore with a couple of large pits. 4-37299 JR56 (3,000-5,000)

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2048

SCARCE INSCRIBED COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 4461. Cal. 31. Fine Baby Dragoon with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with brackets reading from muzzle to cylinder. Left side of frame has tiny “COLTS PATENT” with a brass square back trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip. It has usual 5-shot cylinder with round stop slots and a single crisp safety pin and is rolled with the Ranger/Indian fight scene. Cylinder pin has the cupped end to be used as a ramrod. Butt strap is inscribed in period script “S.C. Hutcheson”. Approx. 10,400 of this early style were produced and were Colt’s first truly successful attempt at a small pocket size revolver, not counting the limited success of the Baby & Belt Model Patersons. The vast majority of these little revolvers saw service almost exclusively on the frontier and are rarely found with much orig finish. They were extremely popular with outlaws, lawmen and other frontier folk needing a backup or easily concealed firearm. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except the wedge & grip which are unnumbered. Wedge is the proper type and appears to be the same condition as the rest of revolver. Bbl retains about 95% strong dark orig factory blue with only muzzle & sharp edge wear and a couple of small flaked spots. Frame retains about all of its faded case colors with smoky patterns in gray finish. Trigger guard retains about 70% orig silver plating and back strap about 80%. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy wear with light nicks & dings and retains traces of orig varnish. Cylinder retains 85-90% thin orig blue with its crisp safety pin and retains about 96-98% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore with a couple of scattered tiny spots of pitting. 4-37747 (30,000-35,000)

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2049

RARE GUSTAVE YOUNG ENGRAVED 1861 NAVY REVOLVER PRESENTED TO COL. FRANK WOLFORD. SN 13564E. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and New-York U.S. America address. It has unfluted 6-shot cylinder with Ormsby Naval battle scene and all six safety pins remain crisp. It has silver plated trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc ivory grip that has deep relief, highly detailed Mexican eagle on left side. Back strap is inscribed in period script and block letters “From the Union Citizens of Lexington to / COL. FRANK WOLFORD / August 1863”. The frame, bbl, hammer, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are beautifully engraved by Gustave Young in his distinctive style of sweeping foliate arabesque scrolls, many of which terminate in flower blossoms. The hammer has his deluxe engraving on both sides with wolf’s heads on hammer nose. Top edge of the hammer has fish scale patterns. Bbl lug is engraved with matching foliate & floral arabesque patterns which extend about half way up the bbl. Top of back strap has Mr. Young’s distinctive fan pattern with a zig zag border and a narrow panel with four small dots, and it has foliate arabesque patterns at top & heel, on butt strap & trigger guard. The serial numbers on the bbl lug, frame, trigger guard & butt strap are all accompanied by a small “E” signifying engraving. Wedge is numbered “3096” and has engraved ends by another hand. Frank Lane Wolford was born Sept. 2, 1817 near Columbia, KY. He attended local schools, studied law and was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Liberty, KY. Prior to the war, in 1847 & 1848 he was a member of the State House of Representatives. With the Civil War eminent, Wolford was appointed Lt. Colonel in the Kentucky Cavalry and was authorized to recruit men for the looming fight. By August 1861 three companies had been raised and on August 6th they rode to Camp Robinson. Upon arrival the commander, Col. Landram, announced his resignation and the mantle of command fell to Lt. Col. Wolford. They were mustered into service on Oct. 28, 1861 and in December were issued their regulation blue uniforms and Colt Navy pistols. They fought through numerous skirmishes and battles with great distinction earning respect from both Union & Confederate forces. Their most notable engagement was the pursuit and capture of the famed Confederate raider, Gen. John H. Morgan. Morgan was also a Kentuckian fighting for the Confederacy and a notorious independent raider that was creating havoc behind Union lines. At the Battle of Lebanon, where Wolford & Morgan opposed each other, Col. Wolford was severely wounded in the hip during the engagement and captured by Morgan’s forces. Even though he was bleeding profusely Gen. Morgan forced him to ride about ten miles as a prisoner before Wolford was recaptured by his own troops. Morgan was able to escape capture by seizing a small skiff and rowing across a river which Wolford’s troops were unable to cross on their worn out horses. When the First Kentucky departed Lebanon on the morning of May 6th they marched to Murfreesboro leaving Col. Wolford behind to recuperate. On July 1, 1863 Gen. Morgan began his most famous raid when he crossed the Cumberland River near Burkesville and marched to Columbia where he encountered a scouting party of about 100 troopers of the First Kentucky Cavalry. By July 3rd Morgan was moving toward Lebanon, Kentucky which he captured after a short battle. On July 6th a combined force including the First Kentucky Cavalry was ordered to pursue Gen. Morgan and overtake him which began one of the most famous pursuits in the annals of the Civil War. The ensuing march lasted 24 days from July 2-26, during which time the men under Wolford’s command rode continuously without sleep or rest. Gen. Shackleford, who was in command of the entire force, wrote about Col. Wolford “the noble, true and gallant Wolford, who was in the entire pursuit, is one of the coolest, bravest and most efficient officers in the Army”. After the Morgan Raid and capture of Gen. Morgan, the First Kentucky returned to Somerset. Lt. Col Wolford was promoted to Colonel and assigned to command the Independent Cavalry Brigade consisting of the 1st, 11th & 12th Kentucky Cavalry along with Laws Mountain Howitzer Battery. It was probably at about this time that Col. Wolford was presented this fine Colt by the grateful citizens of Lexington. This exact revolver is pictured on p. 147 of the book The Wm M. Locke Collection, Sellers. It is identified by serial number and is pictured in a presentation case complete with flask, mold & cap tin, all of which are now missing. It is also pictured on p. 91 of the book Colt’s History and Heroes, Hamilton, and in the same book Col. Wolford’s career is detailed on pp. 103-106. A copy of this book accompanies this revolver. This revolver was also on the cover of the 6 November 2003 issue of The Gun Report and was the subject of a 2-page article by Edward Scott Meadows, along with a photograph in the same publication. A copy of this magazine accompanies this revolver. Also accompanying is a 1-page letter by noted researcher, historian & author, R.L. Wilson, dated June 14, 1984. This revolver is a fine example of a Civil War presentation to a gallant and brave soldier. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains 35-40% orig blue, mostly in sheltered areas with the balance a blue/brown patina and fine pitting around muzzle. Frame & hammer retain dark case colors with pitting on hammer nose. Trigger guard & back strap retain 30-40% orig silver with the balance a light mustard patina. Cylinder retains 75-80% thin orig blue and about 98% orig Ormsby Naval battle scene and all six crisp safety pins. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few spots of scattered fine pitting. 4-37832 (75,000-100,000)

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2050

CASED INSCRIBED & ENGRAVED PAIR OF COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVERS OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL R.L. WALKER. SN 63590 & 93754. Cal. 36. Wonderful pair of Navys that belonged to a genuine Civil War hero & patriot of the Confederacy. These revolvers have usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbls, dovetail front sights, one with Hartford address and the other with New York City address. One is a 3rd Model with small trigger guard and the other a 4th Model with large trigger guard. Both have silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip with the 4th Model having very highly figured walnut. They are identically engraved in Gustave Young’s deluxe style with his trademark foliate arabesque patterns over the frames, bbl lugs, rammer pivots & back straps. Left side of the bbl lug on each is engraved with a most unusual man’s head with a pipe in his mouth, partially obscured by wedge screw. Tops of back straps have Mr. Young’s trademark fan with spider web pattern & engraved chip border. Left side of frames are engraved “COLT’S PATENT” in pillow shapes and sides of hammers are matching engraved with a dog’s head on each side of hammer noses. Back straps are inscribed “R.L. WALKER”. Butt straps & trigger guards are engraved in matching patterns. Accompanied by a fine orig, Colt, rosewood dbl casing not orig to this set. Although it is an orig Colt casing accompanying documentation shows that it was added in the 1960’s. Casing as noted, is of rosewood with a brass plaque in the lid and brass escutcheon for the mortised lock in front. Interior is lined in black velvet compartmented in the bottom for both revolvers, a dbl sided Navy sized eagle flask, a “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity bullet mold with sprue cutter, a spare cylinder SN “69698”, two tins of Eley Bros. caps, a sealed packed of Sage Combustible cartridges, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver (with broken tip), a Dixon pewter oil bottle and a smaller Sykes pewter oil bottle and several spare parts, screws & nipples. Right rear compartment contains bullets & balls. This fine set was the property of Brig. Gen. Ruben Lindsey Walker of the Confederate Army. He was born in Virginia in 1828 and educated at the Virginia Military Institute as an engineer. Upon graduation he pursued a career of Civil Engineering and later farming. At the outbreak of hostilities Mr. Walker enlisted as a Captain in the Purcell Battery of Artillery of the Confederacy. In March 1862 he was promoted to Major and served as Chief of Artillery for Gen. A.P. Hill’s division. On July 3, 1862 he was promoted to Lt. Colonel and assigned to Gen. Robert E. Lee’s staff as his artillery officer. He was then promoted to Colonel on March 14, 1863. At Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, he was Chief of Artillery for the 3rd Corps and according to reports acquitted himself and his command extremely well. On March 1, 1865 he was promoted to Brig. General of Artillery. Gen. Walker fought throughout the entire Civil War, engaging in at least sixty-three major battles & engagements and was never wounded. Gen. Walker was, by all reports, an imposing and dashing figure being 6’4″ tall with long black hair, large black mustache & beard. After the war Gen. Walker returned to his engineering profession and in 1884 was Superintendent of Construction of the Texas State Capitol building, finishing the project in 1888. He died in June 1890. These revolvers are accompanied by a very large volume of research material, photographs and Gen. Walker’s military record. Among the correspondence, included are several letters between the apparent owner of this set at the time, S.P. Stevens of San Antonio, TX, and Arnold Marcus Chernoff, who had previously owned this pair. Another letter dated Nov. 1961 from Carlos Crister of Phoenix, AZ to Mr. Stevens acknowledging that he had previously owned them also. Also accompanying is a copy of a 2-page hand written from Charles W. Vogel of Phoenix, AZ wherein he states that he had sold these revolvers to Mr. Crister in 1955. He further states that he had purchased them from Walter Hastings, an old time gun collector from Michigan. He states that Mr. Hastings was collecting guns before he (Mr. Vogel) was born and that Mr. Hastings was now near 80 years old. Additionally accompanying is a copy of another letter dated Nov. 1961, Apache Junction, AZ from a Mr. Walter A. Hastings to Mr. Stevens wherein he states that he had purchased this pair from a Mr. Fred Dustin who ran a “second hand shop” in Bay City, Michigan. He further states that “about ten years ago” he sold them to Mr. Charles Vogel of Phoenix, AZ. Apparently sometime afterward these revolvers were separated by a subsequent owner and Mr. Stevens was responsible for reuniting them. Additionally accompanying is a photograph of Mr. Stevens and Mrs. Lindsay Hay Masiello, Gen. Walker’s great-granddaughter holding the cased revolvers and Mr. Stevens holding Gen. Walker’s saber that remained in the family. Another photograph is of Mrs. Masiello holding one of the revolvers in her left hand and the case with the other revolver in the other hand. Additionally accompanying are two frames containing the reprint of an article regarding these revolvers and Gen. Walker that appeared in the Texas Gun Collectors Association pamphlet from a 1960’s San Antonio meeting. PROVENANCE: S.P. Stevens; Carlos Crister; Arnold Marcus Chernoff; Walter A. Hastings; Fred Dustin; Charles Vogel. CONDITION: Number “63590” is fine to very fine, all matching including wedge, grip was not checked. Bbl retains a thin blue/brown patina, having been cleaned, with traces of orig blue in most sheltered areas. Rammer handle retains strong colors on pivot. Frame & hammer are sharp and retain most of their orig case hardening with light colors in sheltered areas. Cylinder is a gray metal patina and retains most of its hand enhanced Ormsby Naval battle scene with all six safety pins crisp. Trigger guard & back strap retain 40-50% orig silver with balance a medium to dark mustard patina. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy wear and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. Number “93754” is equally fine, all matching including the wedge, grip was not checked. Bbl retains about 30% thin orig blue with balance a blue/gray patina. Rammer handle retains dark case colors. Frame & hammer also retain dark case colors with hammer nose slightly battered. Cylinder is a gray metal patina with some scattered nicks & dings and pitting on the front face and retains 60-70% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 60% orig silver plating. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains 70-75% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong dark bore. Wedge has a broken spring. Case has a crack and a few grain checks in bottom and is missing the left rear corner filler, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately faded with moderate to heavy soil in the bottom, otherwise is completely intact with all partitions solid. There is moderate damage from front sights & hammer spurs. Flask is fine with a dent in one side and retains 60-70% orig finish. Spare cylinder is fine, being a blue/brown patina and retains about 80% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Mold is very fine with a few minor dents & dings and retains most of its thin orig blue. Cartridge packet is crisp. Nipple wrench has a broken screwdriver tip, otherwise is fine. Oil bottles are fine. One cap tin is sealed, complete & orig and retains about 75-80% orig paper wrapping. Label is completely intact. Parts, screws & nipples are mostly brown patina. This is an exceptional set from a gallant & patriotic Confederate officer who served his cause extremely well. 4-37730 JR176 (25,000-40,000)

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2050A

RARE CASED PAIR OF 2ND MODEL SQUAREBACK COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS. SN 3265 & 3563. Cal. 36. Blue & case colored finish with 7-1/2″ oct bbls, pin front sights and 1-line New York City addresses. Left sides of frames are marked in tiny letters “COLTS PATENT”. They have silver plated brass squareback trigger guards & back straps containing 1-pc walnut grips. Accompanied by a brass bound walnut casing that is probably not an orig Colt casing that has swinging English style latches on front with a mortised lock case is green felt lined, compartmented in bottom for the two revolvers, a dbl sided eagle & shield Colt style Navy size angle flask, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, a packet of Sage Combustible Cartridges and a full sealed, paper wrapped tin of Eley’s caps with blue label. Right front compartment contains bullets & balls with two other small compartments empty. Revolver #3265 appears to be all orig except cylinder which has had three of four digits of serial number restamped. Other numbers appear to be correct. Revolver #3563 is a total restoration, albeit an exceedingly fine one, probably from the Tommy Haas shop. Second Model Navy’s are extremely rare with only about 2,950 produced. CONDITION: SN 3265. Very fine, the cylinder number as noted. Bbl retains 95-96% strong glossy orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear. Rammer & rammer handle retain about all of their lightly faded case colors. Frame & hammer retain orig dark case colors, brighter on right side and in sheltered areas with light pitting on hammer nose. Cylinder retains about 90% thin restored blue and about 95% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig silver plating. Grip has slightly chipped toes, otherwise is sound and retains 85-88% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with one small area of pitting. SN 3563. Very good. Overall retains about all of an outstanding professional restored finish, probably by Tommy Haas. Bbl retains about 99% glossy orig style blue. Rammer & handle retain strong case colors. Frame & hammer also retain strong bright case colors with the cylinder pin also case color hardened. Trigger guard & back strap retain about all of their restored silver plating. Cylinder retains thin artificially aged blue/brown patina and about 90% Ormsby Naval battle scene. It appears that all six safety pins are replacements. Grip is sound with sharp edges and numerous small light scratches and retains most of its orig Colt varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore with light to moderate pitting. Case is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of its fine orig varnish. 4-37999 JR326 (15,000-25,000)

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2051

JOHN S. MOSBY PRESENTATION C.S.A COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 142683. Cal.36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass cone front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. It has “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame and caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. It has brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Back strap is engraved in period script “To J.S. Mosby from R.H.D.” and butt strap is inscribed in matching script “Welbourne”. John Singleton Mosby was born in Virginia in 1833, educated locally and in 1849 entered the Univ. of Virginia. In 1852 he was expelled for shooting another student, a bully, who had insulted him. He was convicted of the crime and was sentenced to one year in jail and a $500 fine. He was pardoned by the Governor and the fine rescinded. At the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the Confederate Army as a private even though he was opposed to secession. He later stated that he fought for Virginia, not for slavery. In his early career he rode with the Washington Mounted Rifles but was recognized for his intelligence gathering abilities and in early 1862 was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and was authorized to form & command the 43rd Battallion, 1st Virginia Cavalry, Partisan Rangers. He was promoted to Captain and then Major in March 1863, to Lt. Colonel in January 1864 and Colonel in December 1864. His command was notorious for their lightning-like & stealthy raids on Union supply trains and encampments. He was known by one & all as the “Grey Ghost”. At the end of the war he did not surrender his command but simply disbanded them. After the war he became a staunch Republican and worked on Gen. Grant’s campaign for president and subsequently was appointed Consul to Hong Kong 1878-1885. He served in numerous other government & state positions throughout the remainder of his career and died in 1916. The initials in the presentation on back strap of this revolver, “RHD”, are for Richard Henry Dulany (1820-1906), also a Virginian and cavalryman for the Confederacy. The Dulanys are a very old and venerated Virginia family and members of the wealthy Virginia aristocracy having arrived from Ireland in 1703. The Dulany ancestral home is called “Welbourne” and remains in the Dulany Family today as a public Bed & Breakfast Inn. In July 1861 Richard H. Dulany personally equipped a company of mounted riflemen, the Dulany Troop. Col. Mosby and Dulany were apparently friends during the war with recorded instances of Mosby & his troops resting & recuperating at Welbourne. Richard Dulany was originally a Captain in the 7th Virginia Cavalry in command of the Dulany Troop then was appointed Lt. Colonel in October 1862 and Colonel in October 1864. He was wounded on three separate occasions and survived numerous campaigns & battles including Jackson’s Valley Campaign, Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, Antietam, Wilderness Campaign, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor & several others. Accompanied by a packet of information regarding Col. Dulany including copies of his military record and copies of several photographs of Col. Mosby both in and out of uniform and with his family. Also included is the book The Dulanys of Welbourne, A Family in Mosby’s Confederacy, Vogtsberger, which consists primarily of letters between Col. Dulany and his family. Col. John Mosby was one of the most famous and enigmatic characters of the Civil War. Due to his unpredictability and daring & dashing raids against the Union troops his capture and/or death was greatly pursued by the Union. This cataloguer recalls reading somewhere that there was, unusually for a military person, a substantial reward offered for his capture or proof of his death. Apparently his continuing raids and the inability of the Union to capture him was greatly demoralizing to the Union Army in that area. Mosby supposedly preferred the 1851 Navy to all other hand guns. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except wedge which is numbered “20364” and the rammer handle which is numbered “2688”. (Grip was not checked.) Bbl & frame retain a gray/brown patina with traces of blue in most sheltered areas of bbl. Rammer handle is also a gray patina with traces of case colors in sheltered areas. Grip frame is an even light mustard patina, having been cleaned & polished in the past, now beginning to regain a patina. Grip is sound showing heavy edge wear with nicks, dings & scratches and retains about 50-60% orig varnish. Cylinder is a matching patina to the frame and retains about 60% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-37697 (15,000-25,000)

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2052

COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY 4TH TYPE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 165377. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass cone front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. It has “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame with caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. Trigger guard & back strap are brass with a fine 1-pc walnut grip that has the last four digits of the serial number in back strap channel. It has usual 6-shot cylinder with Ormsby Naval battle scene and five of six safety pins are prominent. Large numbers of these revolvers were produced in period 1850-1873 with vast majority serving during the Civil War and afterward on the western frontier during the Manifest Destiny migration westward. This model was said to have been the favorite of Wild Bill Hickock and numerous others of that era. It was also a favorite during the Civil War and afterward due to its reliability and reasonably powerful charge. Loaded with the conical shaped bullet with a normal charge of black powder these revolvers were very accurate and in the hands of a skilled user were serious man stoppers. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except rammer which is unnumbered. Bbl retains 92-94% strong, orig, glossy factory blue with sharp edge wear, some losses around muzzle and scattered chemical spotting. The rammer handle retains about all of its orig case colors, strong & bright on pivot. Frame retains about all of its orig case colors, moderately faded on left side, strong & bright on right side. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors, turned dark on top edge, moderately faded elsewhere with pitting around hammer nose. Cylinder retains 50-60% thin orig case colors with aforementioned five prominent safety pins and overall retains about 80% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of orig silver plating being mostly a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound with minor mars in finish and overall retains about 98% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-37758 JR122 (7,500-12,500)

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2053

INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER. SN 45215. Cal. 36. Fine Colt Navy with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York City address. It has “COLTS PATENT” on the left side of the frame with most of “COLT” missing, from a light strike. It has scarce steel, large trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip. It has usual 6-shot cylinder with Ormsby naval battle scene. The back strap is engraved in period block letters “LT. COLONEL 2D REGT”. Presumably this was a revolver that was passed from the Lieutenant Colonel of whichever 2nd regiment this was to his successor. No additional information is known to this cataloger regarding this unusual inscription. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). No orig finish remains, being a dark attic brown patina with scattered fine pitting. Cylinder retains about 75% Ormsby naval battle scene. Tip of wedge spring is broken and the large end is battered. Grip is sound and retains 65-70% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-35923 JR55 (3,000-5,000)

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2054

UNUSUAL MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 21. Cal. 36. Usual configuration for a 3rd model with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line Hartford address. There is a tiny anchor at the cylinder end of the bbl. It has the usual 6-shot cylinder with Ormsby naval battle scene. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” It has a small, round brass trigger guard & back strap and 1-pc walnut grip. Left side of grip has a clear “MM” (M. Moulton) cartouche in a rectangle, who was an inspector for Colt Model 1851 revolvers in 1861. Right side of grip has an oval “WAT” (Capt. William A. Thornton) cartouche, who was the inspector for Colt Patterson, Walker and Dragoon revolvers 1840-1861. The back strap channel of the grip does not have an apparent hand written serial number; however, the butt strap channel has a tiny script “WAT” and the bottom edges are marked with “H” on the right side and “W” on the left side. Front edge of the cylinder has a matching “WAT” set of script initials. Obviously the serial number of this revolver falls within the 1st model square back version, but is clearly on a 3rd model revolver. With the other anomalies, both reported and unreported herein, leaves doubt as to the authenticity and originality of this revolver, and therefore we cannot guarantee its authenticity, although careful measurements against a known sample reveal identical measurements within a very few thousandths of an inch, certainly within acceptable tolerances. CONDITION: Good, all matching including wedge, except the rammer which is unnumbered and the grip as reported. Overall retains a cleaned metal finish with scattered light surface pitting. Trigger guard & back strap appear to have never been silver plated and retain a medium to dark mustard patina. Grip has a chipped left toe and shows moderate wear with its clear cartouches and retains a hand worn patina with traces of orig finish showing through. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-35950 JR54 (3,000-5,000)

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2055

COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER. SN 103863. Cal. 36. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass cone front sight and New-York, U.S. America address. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” and it has silver plated trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of the serial number in ink in back strap channel. Bbl lug is completely unnumbered but appears old & Colt’s the wedge is mismatched (#1482) while the rammer handle has the last four digits of the serial number, parallel with the handle, in tiny numbers. CONDITION: Fine, matching as noted above. Bbl retains about 95% strong glossy orig blue with muzzle & sharp edge wear and some cleaned spots of rust on right side flat. Rammer handle retains strong orig case colors moderately faded. Frame & hammer retains most of their moderately faded orig case colors. Cylinder is a gray metal patina with all six safety pins prominent and retains about 80-90% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain 60-70% thin orig silver plating with balance a medium mustard patina. Grip shows moderate wear and retains 92-93% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-37738 JR167 (2,000-3,000)

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2056

EXTRAORDINARY PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER INSCRIBED BY GUSTAVE YOUNG. SN 111585. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” with “44 CAL” on left shoulder of trigger guard. Frame is 3-screw style with flat head hammer screw, not cut for shoulder stock. It has silver plated trigger guard and blued steel back strap containing a deluxe burl walnut 1-pc grip with last four digits of the serial number in the back strap channel. Back strap is inscribed by Gustave Young in period script “Brig. Genl R.O. Tyler / From Colt’s P.F.A. Mg. Co.”. This fine revolver has a few additional special features including a fine hand checkered panel on the ejector rod handle, hand enhanced Ormsby Naval battle scene & serial number on the cylinder and a beautiful hand cut knurled hammer spur in swallow-tail pattern with a single chevron containing seven small dots. This revolver is pictured in full color on p. 168 with description on p. 169 of The Colt Engraving Book Vol. I, Wilson. Robert Ogden Tyler (Dec. 1831-Dec. 1874) enlisted as a captain in May 1861 as an assistant Quartermaster. In Aug. 1861 he was promoted to Colonel in the artillery. Nov. 1862 he became a Brigadier General and in March 1865 became Brevette Major General, a promotion for “great gallantry at the Battle of Cold Harbor”. He was the Commander of Artillery in the Army of the Potomac and participated in a number of battles including the Peninsula Campaign, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville & Gettysburg. In 1864 he was assigned as the Commander of a Division of heavy artillery, turned infantry, during the Overland Campaign and was wounded at Cold Harbor. After recovering from his wounds he spent the remainder of the war in administrative duties. Gen. Tyler was mustered out in 1866 and recommissioned a Lt. Colonel in the regular Army as the Deputy Quartermaster General. This revolver most certainly was a gift from Samuel Colt in recognition of his gallant service. Inventor, entrepreneur and industrialist Samuel Colt was a master salesman above all else. He knew that the best kind of advertising he could employ to promote his firearms were the firearms themselves. Therefore, he handed out many finely engraved and inscribed guns with his name on them to anyone he thought to be a worthy recipient. He knew that samples placed in the hands of influential persons could do much to win public acclaim and acceptance for his products, particularly in the United States’ armed forces. After Colt’s death in early 1862, fewer presentations were made. Some still were and, as in the case of this fine example, they carried the company inscription instead of Sam Colt’s personal name. Brevet Maj.Gen. Tyler seems to have had some ties in Hartford, Connecticut where the Colt’s Patent Firearms Company was located. It may be that he was known to factory officials if not Samuel Colt himself. Brevet Major General Robert O. Tyler was born in Hunter, New York December 31, 1831. He was a nephew of Daniel Tyler, who also would serve as a general in the Civil War. He received an appointment to the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, and graduated 22nd in the Class of 1853. He received a brevet as a second lieutenant and was assigned to the artillery. Tyler served as an artilleryman in the Utah Territory during the Mormon disputes and was among the U.S. Army officers who signed a petition supporting the reappointment of the controversial Mormon leader Brigham Young as governor. During the April 1861 Bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, Tyler was part of a hastily assembled relief force that tried unsuccessfully to reinforce the garrison. He also helped to reopen communication with Baltimore, after the attack on the 6th Massachusetts regiment in that city on April 19, 1861. In September, he was appointed as the colonel of the 4th Connecticut Infantry. Tyler began training the men as artillerymen, and the regiment was eventually renamed the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery. The regiment served in the Peninsula Campaign, and Tyler commanded the siege train for the Army of the Potomac. On November 29, 1862, Tyler was promoted to brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers and assigned command of all the artillery in the “Center Grand Division” of the Army of the Potomac. His guns participated in the Battle of Fredericksburg, providing artillery support for the series of assaults on Confederate positions on Maryes Heights. Gen. Joseph Hooker assumed command of the Army of the Potomac and reorganized it, creating a formal Artillery Reserve under Tyler’s command. Tyler commanded the reserve during the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, where many of his guns were used to help repel Confederate attacks on the Union positions at Cemetery Ridge and Cemetery Hill. His unit also helped repel the charging Confederates during Pickett’s Charge on July 3, 1863. (Tyler was disabled by sun stroke during part of the Gettysburg campaign) In early 1864, Tyler was assigned command of a division of infantry comprised entirely of heavy artillery regiments, which he led at the Spotsylvania in the Battle of Harris Farm, attached to II Corps. He then led a brigade at Cold Harbor where Tyler was badly wounded in the foot. This injry incapacitated him from any further field duty during the war. Following his recovery, Tyler served in a variety of administrative posts. At the close of the war, Tyler received the brevet rank of major general of U.S. Volunteers for “great gallantry at the Battle of Cold Harbor” on March 13, 1865. In 1866 he mustered out of volunteer service and was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel in the Regular Army, serving as deputy Quartermaster General. Tyler died in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of 42 having suffered from his battlefield wounds. He is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford. Before he died, he was able to complete his autobiography, the Memoir of Brevet Major-General Robert Ogden Tyler (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1878). The Robert O. Tyler Post #50 of the Grand Army of the Republic in Hartford was named in his honor. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “401”. Bbl retains 96-97% glossy orig blue with only slight muzzle edge wear on the left side and a few minor nicks & spots of discoloration. Rammer handle retains most of its orig factory case colors, brilliant on the pivot. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, strong & bright on sides of the frame, thinned & turning silver on the left recoil shield. Hammer is slightly pitted around the nose. Cylinder retains 75-80% orig factory blue, strong & bright in rebated area, somewhat dulled on raised area and retains about all of its fine hand-enhanced Ormsby Naval battle scene. All six safety pins are prominent. Trigger guard retains about 90% strong, lightly oxidized silver plating. Back strap & butt strap retain most of their orig factory blue, glossy & bright at top of back strap and butt strap, thinned in the middle of the back strap. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches, showing light wear and retains about all of its fine orig factory piano varnish finish. Grip is slightly proud on the front strap but fits perfectly elsewhere and is numbered to the revolver. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-37752 (90,000-110,000)

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2057

COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 175457. Cal. 44. Blue & case colored with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York address. It has “COLTS PATENT” on left front side of frame with caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. Trigger guard is unplated brass with a blued steel back strap & butt strap and 1-pc walnut grip. It has the usual rebated 6-shot cylinder with Ormsby Naval battle scene. This is a civilian model Army produced just after the Civil War and certainly could have seen service on the frontier. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Bbl retains 75-80% orig blue with a few small spots of pitting and some battering around wedge slot. Wedge screw is a replacement. Rammer handle retains about 60% dark case colors. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig factory case colors, strong on left side, more faded on right side. Hammer retains about 50% faded case colors. Trigger guard appears to have never been silver plated and retains a medium mustard patina. Back strap & butt strap retain about 85% orig blue, strong at top & bottom, thinning on back strap. Grip is sound with slightly worn edges and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Cylinder retains traces of orig blue and about 90% Naval battle scene. Four of six safety pins are crisp. Mechanics are fine, strong bore, pitted in grooves. 4-35931 JR11 (3,500-5,000)

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2058

INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 3662. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 6-shot full fluted cylinder with serial number in one of the flutes. Frame is 4-screw type with flat head hammer screw and cut for shoulder stock with round head shoulder stock screws. It has brass trigger guard with a steel back strap and 1-pc walnut grip. Many of these guns were shipped to the South before the War and likely this was also.back strap is inscribed in period script “Sgt. John Sawyer Co. A NC Vols 1862”. A preliminary internet search disclosed numerous Confederate enlistees named “John Sawyer”, all having enlisted from NC as privates with no indication of any having reached the rank of sergeant. CONDITION: Fair to good, all matching. (Grip was not checked.) No orig finish remains being a cleaned gray/brown patina with numerous dings and fine pitting over most of the iron surfaces. Cylinder is mostly a dark brown patina in flutes with raised areas over the chamber a cleaned metal patina. Trigger guard is a medium mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes, shows heavy wear with a smooth hand- worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-37739 JR166 (6,000-10,000)

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2059

SCARCE NAVY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 5341. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line address. It has “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame with a brass trigger guard & iron back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip. Butt strap is stamped “USN” and the left bottom edge of the grip is stamped “I / F.A.R”. Frame is 4-screw style with flat head hammer screw and short round head stock screws. Cylinder is full fluted with the patent date in one of the flutes. Erosion & wear have eliminated the serial number on back of cylinder. This revolver appears to have had a nickel or tinned finish which has, unfortunately, been severely cleaned. CONDITION: Fair, all matching except wedge which appears to be from a smaller revolver with number “4874”. Back strap channel of grip has only a “5” and a partial “3” visible with other two numbers not visible. Metal retains a worn cleaned steel color with scattered light surface pitting. Frame & front strap retain 50-60% orig tinned or nickel finish. Back strap retains about 70% coverage of same finish. Grip has chipped toes and retains a very dark oil stained hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, very worn dark bore. 4-35922 JR123 (3,500-5,000)

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2060

SCARCE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 188946. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and New-York U.S. America address. It has brass trigger guard & an iron back strap containing a 1-pc ivory grip carved on left side “’72”. Frame is very nicely engraved in New York style, possibly from the Nimschke shop with full coverage on frame consisting of foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and a sunburst with diamond & dot center on left recoil shield. Bbl lug & muzzle of bbl are engraved with matching patterns. Top of back strap is engraved with a fine fan or shell pattern with foliate arabesque patterns at top & heel with Moorish patterns on butt strap & a hunter’s star on trigger guard. Serial number on trigger guard & butt strap are accompanied by small initials “IP”. Hammer screw is an old replacement. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered, grip was not checked. No orig finish remains being a cleaned silver metal color with scattered fine pin prick pitting on bbl, slightly heavier on bbl lug. Frame, cylinder & back strap are also cleaned with fine pitting on back strap & hammer. Cylinder retains all six crisp safety pins. Wedge has a broken spring. Trigger guard retains 65-70% orig silver plating with a series of small dings on front strap. Grip has a few age lines and is sound retaining a wonderful mellow ivory patina, slightly shrunken on frame. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 4-35302 JR223 (6,000-7,500)

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2061

RARE EARLY CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 52986. Cal. 31. Blue & case colored with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight with “SAML COLT” hand engraved in place of the bbl address. It has silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap containing a deluxe burl walnut 1-pc grip. Frame, hammer, bbl lug, rammer, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are spectacularly engraved, probably from the hand of Gustave Young in deluxe donut scroll foliate arabesque patterns. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” diagonally in a panel incorporated in two of the large scrolls. Background is cross-hatch shaded with fine shading on scrolls. Hammer has full deluxe engraving on both sides which extends out on sides of spur with wolf’s head on each side of hammer nose. Top edge of hammer is engraved in fish scale patterns with a large hand cut checkered hammer spur. Matching engraving patterns extend over bbl lug on both sides and on rammer pivot. Muzzle has a zig zag border pattern. Top of back strap is engraved with Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern with chip cut border. Top & heel of back strap, along with butt strap & trigger guard have large foliate arabesque patterns. Screw heads are all deluxe engraved. Cylinder is 5-shot with stagecoach holdup scene and all five safety pins prominent. Accompanied by its orig deluxe rosewood casing with brass reinforced corners and an unmarked brass panel in center of lid. Interior is lined with burgundy velvet, compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a fine “COLTS PATENT” eagle & shield 1-sided flask, a “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity brass mold without sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, two packets of Colt’s Cartridge Works combustible cartridges, a nearly full lacquered tin of Eley Bros. caps with green & black label and a unique ivory handle turn screw. The case has brass bound corners and a homemade shield shaped lock escutcheon with black oil cloth covering on bottom and four small feet, one at each corner on bottom. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge, grip was not checked. Bbl retains 95-97% glossy orig blue with sharp edge wear and one small chemical spot near muzzle. Rammer & frame retain about all of their orig case colors which in this era were originally not bright vivid colors. Trigger guard & back strap retain about all of their strong orig silver plating, moderately oxidized. Grip is sound showing light wear with a few small dings on left side and retains 96-98% orig piano finish varnish. Cylinder retains about 90% thinning orig blue and about 98% stagecoach holdup scene with its five prominent safety pins. Case has a grain check in the lid, otherwise is sound, missing one lower left corner reinforcement with light storage & handling marks and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Interior is moderately faded with moderate soil in bottom and damage from front sight & hammer spur, partitions are sound & correct. Flask is extremely fine with one tiny dent in back and retains about all of its orig factory finish. Mold is also extremely fine with a few light dents & dings but appears to have never been used. Cartridge packets are still sealed and extremely fine. Turn screw, nipple wrench & cap tin are also extremely fine. 4-37790 JR209 (47,500-57,500)

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2062

EXTREMELY RARE CASED ENGRAVED PRESENTATION SILVER PLATED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 80221. Cal. 31. Silver finish with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight with engraved “Saml Colt” address. Has 5-shot cylinder with silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap and is fitted with 1-pc ivory grip. Frame, bbl, rammer pivot, hammer, back strap & trigger guard are beautifully engraved in Gustav Young’s deluxe coverage with spectacular intertwined foliate arabesque patterns and punch-dot background with some of the patterns terminating in flower blossoms. The left side of the bbl lug, left recoil shield & right side of the bbl lug have Mr. Young’s stylized animal heads of a dog’s head on each side of the bbl lug & a bird on the recoil shield. Having three animal heads incorporated within the engraving patterns is quite unusual. Ordinarily there is only one animal head. This signifies the deluxe nature of this engraving and the importance which was accorded this presentation. The hammer nose has Mr. Young’s wolf’s head for each side. Top of the back strap has his trademark fan with sunbursts on each shoulder of the back strap. The cylinder scope appears to have hand engraved enhancements. Accompanied by a wonderful distributor supplied, burgundy velvet-lined, rosewood case compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a 2-sided silver plated eagle flask, a silver plated “Colt’s Patent” bullet mold & 2 covered compartments with carved pearl buttons containing a tin of Eley Brothers pistol caps and the other lead balls. The lid of the case has a small inlaid rectangular silver plate engraved in period script “A. B. Smith”. The bottom is covered in fine blue linen with leather corners. The front edge of the bottom and the lid toward the right corner have pry marks. Also accompanied by a small packet of information and copies of unit service for Brevet Brig. Gen. Alfred Baker Smith. Gen. Smith was born in St. Lawrence County, NY, in 1825, graduated from Union College in 1851, briefly taught school, studied law, was admitted to the Bar in 1855 and practiced law in Poughkeepsie, NY, until Oct. 1862 when he was commissioned to raise a regiment in his area and was then commissioned Major and Commander of the 150th Regiment NY Infantry. He was promoted to Lt. Col. in Nov. 1864 and Col. April 1865 and was Breveted Brig. Gen. for meritorious service in the campaigns of Georgia and the Carolinas with Sherman. The 150th saw its first action at Gettysburg in July 1863 and acquitted themselves very well at The Peach Orchard. That unit has a monument commemorating them at Gettysburg. Gen. Smith continued in local politics after the war and was very active in the Republican party. He died at Poughkeepsie Jan. 28, 1896. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge. Grip was not checked. Overall, metal retains 97-98% strong orig silver plating on bbl, frame & grip frame. Cylinder has flaked to mostly a gray patina with a few spots of orig silver plating and has a lightly battered face. Cylinder retains 75-80% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip is truly outstanding with crisp edges and a beautiful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp bore with scattered light to moderate pitting. Case is equally outstanding with only minor scratches in lid and the aforementioned pry marks on front. Interior is lightly faded with light wear from muzzle, front sight & hammer spur with a worn impression from cylinder & grip. Accessories are equally fine with some minor wear on flask. A truly outstanding set. 4-37785 JR210 (20,000-30,000)

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2062A

EXTRAORDINARY CASED COLT MODEL 1865 POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 8722. Cal. 36. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. It has 5-shot rebated cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard has caliber marking. It has silver plated trigger guard & back strap with fine 1-pc walnut grip numbered to this revolver. Accompanied by its orig burgundy velvet lined Colt mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a single sided “COLTS PATENT” eagle & shield flask, a blued steel “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “.36P”, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a lacquered tin of Eley’s double waterproof caps. These fine pocket size revolvers in the heavier & more powerful Navy size caliber were extremely popular in the immediate post-Civil War era during the Manifest Destiny westward expansion. They were used by every manner of citizen traversing the wild west from lawman to outlaw and just plain citizens for both protection and other more nefarious purposes. It is estimated that about 20,000 of these well made little revolvers were produced in period 1865-1873. This model was originally referred to as the Model 1862 Pocket Navy but subsequent research proved that they were a separate and distinct model with beginnings in 1865 and were serial numbered in their own separate range. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains 96-98% glossy orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and a few minor nicks & scratches. Rammer handle retains most of its orig case colors, brilliant on pivot. Frame & hammer retain about all of their brilliant orig case colors slightly faded on left recoil shield and top edge of hammer. Cylinder retains about 95% glossy orig blue and 99% stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain about all of their orig silver, slightly thinned on back strap. Grip is sound with very minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting in grooves. Case is extremely fine with a couple of minor bruises in lid and a couple of grain checks in bottom & overall retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Interior is moderately to heavily faded with light soil and minor damage from front sight and hammer spur. Flask is extremely fine, retaining about 98% strong orig finish. Mold appears to be unused with a few minor nicks & dings and retains about all of its orig factory blue. Nipple wrench & cap tin are very fine. 4-37748 (40,000-45,000)

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2063

SCARCE CASED COLT LONDON MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 7839. Cal. 31. Blue & case colored with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line London address “ADDRESS. COL: COLT. / LONDON” with normal bracket with leaves. Left side of frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT” and it has blued iron trigger guard & silver plated iron back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip. Left side of bbl lug & cylinder have British proofs. Accompanied by an orig oak English casing with red velvet lining and the Colt Directions label inside lid. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a Dixon bag flask, a “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver in high polish fire blue, an early lacquered tin of Eley Bros. caps and a packet of six combustible cartridges. Covered right rear compartment contains a functioning key and a brass handle steel cleaning rod. Only approx. 10,755 of these “LONDON” marked pocket models were produced and few remain in high condition today. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge, grip was not checked. Bbl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with balance having flaked, not worn to a medium patina. Rammer & handle retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant on pivot. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, mostly brilliant on frame, darkened on hammer. Cylinder retains 80-85% glossy orig blue thinned over rolled area and retains all five safety pins. Stagecoach holdup scene appears to have been hand enhanced with fine deep markings and retains about 98% orig scene. Trigger guard retains traces of blue with front strap & trigger bow a gray patina. Back strap retains about all of its orig silver plating. Grip has a chipped right toe, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and light edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks in bottom & another in lid, otherwise is sound, having been lightly cleaned with small gouges in lid and usual handling & storage marks. Interior is lightly faded with yellowed “DIRECTIONS” label with light soil in bottom. Flask has a few small dents and retains about 85% orig finish. Mold is fine and retains most of an old restored finish. Nipple wrench/screwdriver retains most of its brilliant fire blue. Cartridge packet is extremely fine and cap tin is good. Cleaning rod has areas of pitting. 4-35304 JR224 (9,000-12,000)

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2063A

FINE CASED COLT LONDON MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 8110. Cal. 31. Blue & case colored with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address “ADDRESS, COL. COLT. / LONDON.” with brackets & leaves. Left side of frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT” and it has silver plated steel trigger guard & back strap containing a highly figured 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder & left side of bbl lug have British proofs. It has 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene. Accompanied by an orig English casing in scarce mahogany with rounded edges and an empty brass plaque in lid, missing the front escutcheon. Interior is red velvet lined and has the “DIRECTIONS” label inside lid. Compartmented in bottom for revolver, a 3-compartment Hawksley brass & copper flask, a 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, a scarce large tin for Eley’s caps containing a smaller lacquered tin of Eley’s caps and the back compartment contains a wood handled rod that is simply a steel rod in a wood handle, not a cleaning rod. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, grip was not checked. Bbl retains about 70% glossy orig blue with balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer & handle retain most of their orig case colors turned gray, brilliant on pivot. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, slightly faded and turning dark on left recoil shield & hammer, brilliant elsewhere. Cylinder retains traces of orig blue and about 95% stagecoach holdup scene. All five safety pins are present but somewhat reduced. Trigger guard retains about 80% orig silver and back strap about 60%. Grip is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its strong orig varnish. Timing needs attention, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with light to moderate pitting. Case has slight lid shrinkage, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage marks and retains most of an old restored finish. Interior is lightly faded & soiled with all partitions sound. Flask is very fine retaining about 85% orig finish. Mold is fine with scattered surface rust. Other implements & accessories are fine. 4-38002 JR233 (7,000-10,000)

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2064

FINE CASED EARLY COLT LONDON POCKET MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 766. Cal. 31. Blue & case colored with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line London address with brackets & dashes. It has “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame with blued steel trigger guard & backstrap containing deluxe 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder is 5-shot with stagecoach holdup scene. Accompanied by an orig English oak, blue velvet lined casing with brass plate in lid and compartmented in bottom for a blued steel 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a Dixon bag shaped flask marked “COLTS POCKET FLASK” and a large lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Covered compartment in right rear contains bullets & balls. Cleaning rod is missing and one leg of case latch is broken away. Hammer spring is very slightly too long and occasionally will bind, a simple fix. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains 93-94% glossy orig blue and rammer most of its orig case colors, bright on pivot. Frame retains virtually all of its strong orig case colors, moderately faded. Trigger guard retains 95-97% glossy orig blue. Backstrap is mostly a blue/gray patina. Grip is sound showing light nicks & scratches and very minor edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Cylinder retains 88-90% glossy orig blue and 98-99% stagecoach holdup scene. All five safety pins are present. Hammer spring as noted, otherwise mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. Case is very fine with light handling & storage marks. Interior is lightly soiled with minor wear from front sight & hammer spur. Mold & nipple wrench retain about 90% orig blue. Flask is probably an old replacement showing moderate to heavy wear with several small dents. Cap tin is missing most of its label otherwise is fine. 4-35956 JR32 (4,000-6,000)

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2065
Revised: 3/14/2009

Correction to Typographical Error in Catalogue: This is an 1849 Pocket model, not an 1851 as stated in the catalogue description.

FINE CASED COLT LONDON MODEL 1851 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 9037. Cal. 31. Blue & case colored with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight, 2-line London address with serifs and “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame. Bbl lug & cylinder have British proofs. It has blued steel trigger guard & backstrap with 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder is 5-shot with stagecoach holdup scene and all five safety pins crisp. Accompanied by a scarce & unusual orig bird’s eye maple, blue velvet lined English casing. Inside lid has orig Colt directions label and is compartmented in bottom for a maple handled cleaning rod, blued 2-cavity iron “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold marked on right side “31 PKT”, a Hawksley bag shaped flask with broken spring, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a lacquered tin of Reilly’s caps. Covered compartment in right rear contains a few bullets & balls. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Appears to be unfired with bbl retaining 75-80% glossy orig blue with balance cleaned to a light patina. Rammer pivot retains strong case colors with handle having been cleaned bright. Frame retains about all of its orig factory case colors, strong & bright on right side, somewhat faded on left side. Hammer retains about all of its orig case colors, turning silver on top edge. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about 30% orig blue with balance a silver patina from handling, not use. Cylinder retains 75-80% thinning orig blue and about 98% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and light edge wear and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with blue still in grooves. Case has a couple of minor loose corners and is missing front escutcheon, otherwise is completely intact with only minor handling & storage marks. Interior is extremely fine with very light soil with some yellowing to label in lid. Mold retains 60-70% thin orig blue. Flask has a small dent on one side, with aforementioned broken spring and retains most of its orig finish. Cap tin & cleaning rod are fine. 4-35955 JR31 (4,000-6,000)

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2066

CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 177990. Cal. 31. Scarce Hartford pocket model with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address. It has “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame with 5-shot cylinder that has stagecoach holdup scene. It has large brass trigger guard & back strap that contain a 1-pc smooth ivory grip. Accompanied by an orig mahogany, purple velvet lined Colt casing compartmented in bottom for revolver, a single sided “COLTS PATENT” “E PLURIBUS UNUM” eagle flask, a 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” brass bullet mold without sprue cutter and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Bbl retains 93-95% glossy orig blue and rammer most of its orig case colors, strong & bright on pivot. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant on right side, faded on left side. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of silver plating being mostly a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound, slightly shrunken and retains a wonderful golden ivory patina. Cylinder retains about 85% orig blue with a couple of dings on front edge and shows 97-98% stagecoach holdup scene with all five safety pins prominent. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Case has a repaired crack in lid and retains most of a restored varnish finish. Interior is moderately faded & soiled with a repair in fabric in lid. Flask is sound with traces of orig finish. Mold is good with battering on both sides and a dark black patina. Cap tin is fine. 4-35957 JR38 (3,000-5,000)

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2067

CASED ENGRAVED COLT POCKET MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 122234. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 4″ oct bbl, engraved “Saml Colt” address with “COLTS PATENT” in a kidney shape on left side of frame. It has silver plated trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc ivory grip. Frame, bbl lug, rammer pivot, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are beautifully engraved in Gustave Young’s deluxe coverage consisting of intertwined foliate arabesque patterns, some of which terminate in flower blossoms. Top of back strap has Mr. Young’s stylized fan pattern with chip border and foliate arabesque patterns near the top at the heel, on the butt strap & trigger bow. Screw heads are all engraved. Hammer & wedge screw are modern replacements and are not engraved. Accompanied by an early casing with beveled edge bottom, black velvet lined & compartmented in bottom for revolver, a dbl sided eagle & shield flask, a small 2-cavity ball mold without sprue cutter and a wooden handled ramrod/cleaning rod and a tiny powder measure with twisted wire handle. Right rear corner contains a tin of UMC caps. CONDITION: Fair, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered, grip was not checked. No orig finish remains being an overall cleaned mottled gray/brown patina with some hammer marks on cylinder & light to moderate pitting. Cylinder retains 15-20% stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their thin orig silver plating. Grip is fine showing heavy wear and retains a wonderful yellow ivory patina. Cylinder catches a little in one notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong dark bore with moderate to heavy pitting. Case has a loose lower left corner and a repaired crack at back edge of lid with grain checks in bottom and retains most of a restored finish with light handling & use marks. Interior is moderately soiled. Flask is fine and retains about 60% orig finish. Mold & other implements are fine. 4-35301 JR215 (4,500-6,500)

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2067A

EXTRAORDINARY & RARE CASED SILVER PLATED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER. SN 86088. Cal. 31. Silver finish with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and engraved “SAML COLT” bbl address. Left side of frame is engraved “COLT’S PATENT” in a pillow shape. It has silver plated trigger guard & back strap with small guard & a 1-pc ivory grip. Revolver is engraved in Gustave Young’s deluxe foliate arabesque patterns with full coverage on the frame with several scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Hammer is also engraved on itssides with a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer nose, with fish scale patterns on top edge and a hand checkered spur in swallow tail pattern. Top of back strap has Mr. Young’s trademark fan with chip border and foliate arabesque patterns near the top, at the heel, on the butt strap & trigger bow. Bbl lug is engraved on both sides and the two top side flats with Mr. Young’s bird head incorporated in one scroll on left side with two scrolls terminating in flower blossoms on right side. Rammer pivot is engraved to match. Cylinder is 5-shot with all five safety pins crisp. All screw heads are engraved in keeping with the deluxe nature of this engraving. Accompanied by a rare Colt style mahogany casing, burgundy velvet lined and French fitted in the bottom for the revolver, a dbl sided brass eagle & shield flask, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps and a covered compartment with ivory pull in right front containing a packet of Colt’s Cartridge Works combustible cartridges. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge. Grip was not checked. Overall retains virtually all of an extraordinary professionally restored silver finish. Restoration is of the finest, highest quality equal to Tommy Haas’ best with only a few minor pin pricks of pitting and a nick or two under the plating to disclose the rework. Cylinder is equally fine having been polished and retains about 90% stagecoach holdup scene. Grips are probably old replacements. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with moderate pitting. Case, also possibly by Tommy Haas, has a grain check in the lid and others in the bottom, otherwise is sound with normal handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately faded with light soil and completely sound. Flask & mold are a medium mustard patina with nicks & scratches on mold. Nipple wrench & other accessories are fine. 4-38004 JR234 (4,000-6,000)

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2067B
Revised: 3/14/2009

Correction: The correct estimate is $8,000-$12,000 for the pair of guns in the case.

TWO CASED ENGRAVED INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVERS. SN 101925 & 101935. Cal. 31. Both revolvers have silver finish with 6″ bbls that have pin front sights with engraved “Saml Colt” address. They have silver plated brass trigger guards and backstraps with fine, 1-pc ivory grips. Both are engraved by Gustave Young, but not identically. They have Mr. Young’s deluxe coverage of foliate arabesque engraving with SN 101935 having a dog’s heads incorporated in two of his fine scrolls on the left side, one on the frame and the other on the bbl lug, with others ending in flower blossoms. SN 101925 is engraved nearly identically, without the dogs’ heads, having several scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Both have “COLTS PATENT” engraved on the left sides of the frames in kidney-shaped panels. Tops of both backstraps have Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns at the top, at the heels, on the buttstraps and trigger guards. Shoulders of the trigger guards and backstraps are also engraved. Backstraps are inscribed in script “Jas. R. Morris, April 1860”. Accompanied by a burgundy velvet lined mahagany, 2-gun casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolvers, a double sided, silver plated eagle & shield flask, a silver plated 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold without sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver and 2 tins of Eley’s caps. Also included is a packet of 5 combustible cartridges. A preliminary internet search for James R. Morris disclosed numerous entries in both the Union & Confederate Armies. CONDITION: Both revolvers retain about all of their fine professionally restored silver finish. Both cylinders have been buffed with the cylinder on number “101925”, possibly re-rolled. Grip on “101925” is probably an old replacement. Both grips have light age lines and retain wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics on both revolvers are very fine. Both bores show heavy use with moderate to heavy pitting. Both cylinders have all five safety pins replaced. Case has a couple of grain checks in bottom, otherwise is sound with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig varnish. Interior in the lid is moderately faded with a reglued section of the lining. Bottom is relined and shows moderate soil with pressure points from grips & cylinders. A small section of the dust seal is missing in left front corner. Flask has several small dents and retains about all of an applied silver finish. Mold is very fine with a few nicks & dings and retains about all of its applied silver finish. Cartridge packet is extremely fine. Cap tins are fine. 4-38003 (8,000-12,000)

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2068

EXTREMELY RARE INSCRIBED COLT WELLS FARGO PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 122218. Cal. 31. Rare revolver with 3″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with serifs. Bbl lug is made without provision for a rammer. It has 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene and the left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT”. It has a silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap inscribed in period script on butt strap “Jacob Bennett / 12th Reg’t N.Y.” and is fitted with 1-pc walnut grip. Very few of these rare revolvers were ever produced and of those only a very few are known with inscriptions. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Bbl & cylinder retain traces of orig blue being mostly a blue/brown patina with some scattered light rust on bbl. Cylinder retains about 75% stagecoach holdup scene with four of the five orig safety pins partially present. Frame retains 25-30% faded case colors, mostly on left side with balance a silver/gray patina. Trigger guard & back strap retain 70-75% orig silver plating, thin on back strap. Grip is sound with a few battered spots on bottom edges and light wear elsewhere and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. Altogether a very rare & desirable pocket model that requires additional research. 4-35948 JR8 (5,000-7,000)

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2069

SCARCE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 173286. Cal. 31. Fine Gustave Young engraved pocket model with 5″ oct bbl, scarce dovetailed front sight with German silver blade and engraved “SAM’L COLT” on top flat. Frame, bbl lug, rammer pivot, hammer & grip frame are beautifully engraved with Mr. Young’s deluxe foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background, his trademark dog’s head on left side flat of bbl and wolf’s heads on each side of hammer nose. Top of back strap has his trademark fan and pillow shaped pattern around the hand engraved “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame. Fitted with orig 1-pc ivory grip in its silver plated brass grip frame. It has a 5-shot cylinder. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge. Bbl & cylinder retain a silver gray/brown patina with traces of blue in most sheltered areas on bbl. Frame retains darkened case colors. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 50-60% orig silver plating. Grip is sound with a minor chipped right toe. All screws are fine. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with minor pitting in grooves. 4-36286 JR1 (4,000-7,000)

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2070

INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 192031. Cal. 31. Blue & case colored with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York address. It has 6-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene and “COLTS PATENT” on left front side of frame. It also has silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Back strap is engraved in period script & block letters “Capt. Jacob Lenhart Jr. Co, A, 3d Regt P.R.V.C.”. Accompanied by copies of several documents which reveal that Company A of the 3rd Regiment Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps was mustered into service July 28th 1861 and mustered out June 17, 1864. During that time this unit saw service and fought in most of the major battles except Gettysburg. Some of the more notable battles were Manassas, Gaines Mill, Malvern Hill, Gainsville, Bull Run, South Mountain, Fredericksburg and the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain, Tennessee on May 9, 1864 in which Capt. Lenhart was wounded. He survived his wound and was mustered out with his regiment in June 1864. During this entire term of service Capt. Lenhart was the commander of this company, obviously a brave & respected soldier. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Bbl & rammer handle retain traces of orig finish being mostly a cleaned light patina. Cylinder retains 50-60% blue and about 70% stagecoach holdup scene, possibly cold blued. Frame retains 60-70% orig case colors, strong & bright on left side, somewhat more faded on right. Trigger guard & back strap retain minor amounts of orig silver plating, being mostly a dark mustard patina. Grip is sound showing edge wear and light nicks & scratches and retains 88-90% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with good shine and scattered light pitting. 4-36287 JR10 (3,500-5,000)

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2071

SCARCE CONFEDERATE PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 205346. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York address. Left side of frame is marked with “COLTS PATENT” and it has a large brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Back strap is engraved in period script “To: John G. Walker / From: Henry H. Sibley, New-Orleans, 1863”. It has 6-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene. A brief Google search disclosed that on Sept. 25, 1863 Maj. Gen. John George Walker, Provisional Army of the Confederate States, was the President of the Court’s Martial of Brig. Gen. H.H. Sibley, Provisional Army of the Confederate States. Gen. Sibley was accused & charged with three specifications of disobedience of orders and two specifications of “unofficer-like conduct”. He was found not guilty and acquitted. Apparently Gen. Sibley felt strongly enough that Gen. Walker had influenced the court in this decision and presented him with this Colt revolver. Gen. Walker was from Missouri, having grown up around St. Louis. He enlisted as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1846 and served with distinction in the Mexican War where he was breveted Captain at San Juan Des Los Llanos and was wounded at Molina Del Rey. He remained in the Army until 1861 when he resigned and enlisted in the Confederate Army as a Major of Cavalry. He served with the 8th Texas Cavalry and was promoted to Lt. Colonel and in August 1861 was transferred to the Dept. of North Carolina and in Sept. 1861 was promoted to Colonel. In Jan. 1862 he became a Brigadier General and in Nov. 1862 was promoted to Maj. General. He survived the war, having participated in several major campaigns & battles. Gen. Walker’s unit was known as Walker’s Greyhounds and spent most of their tenure during the Civil War in Louisiana and further west. After the war Gen. Walker fled to Mexico where he remained several years. After returning to the United States he served as U.S. Consul in Columbia and a Special Commissioner to the Pan-American convention. He died in Washington D.C. in 1893. Henry Hopkins Sibley was born May 25, 1816 at Natchitoches, LA and graduated West Point in 1838. He took part in the Florida Indian War and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1840. He served against the Indians in other parts of the country and during the Mexican War was at the Siege of Vera Cruz and was breveted Major for gallant and meritorious conduct. He received a regular commission to Captain in Feb. 1847 and participated in all the succeeding battles of the Mexican War and remained on duty on the frontier until May 13, 1861, when he was commissioned Major. On the very same day he resigned and enlisted in Confederate Army as a Colonel. In June he was promoted to Brig. General and given charge of the Dept. of New Mexico. He led the Confederate advance into New Mexico but was without supplies and forced to retreat. He returned to Texas and later was assigned to the Trans-Mississippi Dept. After the war he traveled abroad and from 1869-1874 was a General of Artillery in the Egyptian Army. He died Aug. 1886. Gen. Sibley was known as the inventor of the Sibley Tent which was in use for many years in the U.S. Army. CONDITION: Good, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). No orig finish remains being an overall blue/gray patina with artificially aged bbl. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of orig silver plating. Cylinder has fine pitting and retains 60-70% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy wear and retains 65-70% orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-35940 JR45 (3,000-6,000)

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2072

PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 203202. Cal. 31. Scarce presentation pocket model with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight with 2-line Hartford address with dashes. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” with silver plated large brass trigger guard & back strap and 1-pc walnut grip. Back strap is inscribed in period script “Presented to Bro. Benjamin Day by Members of Washington Lodge” and butt strap is inscribed “I.O. of G.T. May 14, 1861,”. Preliminary research disclosed that there were several Benjamin Day enlistees from Pennsylvania but none directly identifiable with this revolver. Lodge I.O. of G.T. appears to be either International Order of Good Templars or International Order of Gnostic Templars, probably an association with the Masonic order. CONDITION: Good, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). No orig finish remains on steel parts, being a cleaned silver/gray metal color with usual nicks, dings & scratches and a few scattered areas of fine pitting. Six shot cylinder retains 40-50% stagecoach holdup scene and one safety pin. Grip frame retains traces of silver plating being mostly a medium mustard patina. Grip has a small chip on left toe and shows moderate wear and retains about 85% orig varnish. Timing needs adjusting otherwise mechanics are fine, dark worn bore. 4-35953 JR50 (2,500-4,000)

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2073

PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 207245. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York address. It has 6 shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene and “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame. It has silver plated large brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Back strap is inscribed in period script “Presented to Tho. Rofs by the Employees” and on butt strap “G.W.R.R.”, presumably the Great Western Railroad. No information was immediately available regarding Mr. Rofs or the Great Western Railroad beyond the fact that there was a Great Western Railway in England in the 19th century which operated into the 20th century and of course the Chicago Great Western Railroad. Further research should prove interesting regarding Mr. Rofs’ history. CONDITION: Good, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). No orig finish remains with metal being a medium silver/brown patina with scattered light surface spotting with some of the screws lightly to moderately battered. Cylinder retains about 40% stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of orig silver plating while grip is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about 90% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, dark pitted bore. One frame to bbl pin is broken. 4-35954 JR46 (2,000-3,500)

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2075

PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER. SN 181056. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 6″ oct bbl, slightly altered brass pin front sight and scarce 2-line Hartford address with dashes. It has 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene and “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame. It has silver plated large brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Back strap is inscribed in period script reading from heel to top “Lieut. E.S. Redstreake Comp. C. Philada. City Guards / Presented by Chas. Yeager Esq.” Edward S. Redstreake enlisted in Company C Pennsylvania 23rd Infantry in April 1861 as a 1st Lieutenant and was mustered out July 1861. No additional information available. Indications are however, that he survived the war. CONDITION: Good, all matching including wedge (grip not checked). Metal retains a medium brown patina with scattered light pitting on bbl. Cylinder retains about 90% stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig silver plating and grip is sound with a few nicks in edges and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with light, fine pitting. 4-35966 JR49 (3,000-5,000)

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2076

INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 204600. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 6″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and scarce 2-line Hartford address with dashes. It has 6-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene and “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame. It has large brass trigger guard & back strap and 1-pc walnut grip. Back strap is inscribed in period script “Theodor G. Glaubensklee 7th Regt. N.Y.S.V.”. Preliminary research disclosed that Theodor Glaubensklee enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant in April 1861 into H Company New York 7th Infantry. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant August 1861 and became Adjutant on 8/16/1861 and resigned 10/1/1861. Records indicate he was from New York City and was prominent in New York City politics in opposition to the Tammany Hall political machine and was at least nominated as County Clerk. An obituary in the New York Times of April 6, 1890 disclosed that he had died on the preceding Friday. Apparently Mr. Glaubensklee was also a professor and the author of several books with reference to the German language. He was born in East Prussia on April 17, 1823 and was educated there, immigrating to the U.S. in 1843 where he became a teacher of German language in private schools and was also the Chair of Professor of German at the College of the City of New York. He was also a Trustee of the Citizens Savings Bank. CONDITION: Good, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). No orig finish remains on steel parts having been cleaned to a light metal patina. Trigger guard & back strap retain silver plating around trigger guard with front & back straps a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound with some light battering on left bottom edge and light handling & use marks and retains 93-95% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. 4-35952 JR51 (3,000-5,000)

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2077

SCARCE PRESENTATION MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 201187. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line Hartford address with dashes. It has 6-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene and “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame. It also has silver plated large brass trigger guard & back strap and 1-pc walnut grip. Back strap is inscribed in period script “Presented to / G.W. Thompson by Warren H. & L. Co. No. 1”. No information was readily obtainable on either Mr. Thompson or the Warren H. & L. Co. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Bbl has been cleaned to a gray metal patina with a few spots of discoloration. Rammer pivot retains dark case colors. Cylinder retains about 80% thinning orig blue and about 95-96% strong stagecoach holdup scene. Three of six safety pins are prominent. Frame retains about 75% faded case colors and hammer traces of case colors. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 60% orig silver plating with balance a light mustard patina. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-35937 JR47 (2,500-4,000)

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2078

SCARCE NICKEL FINISH PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 55100. Cal. 31. Rare early pocket model with nickel finish and 4″ bbl with brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with serifs. It has “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame and nickel plated trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder is 5-shot with stagecoack holdup scene. Left side of grip is inlaid with a kidney shaped silver plate secured with six silver pins which is engraved in period script & block letters “Presented to / HARRISON G. CLARK /Lieutenant of Police for / The District of Southwark / by his Friends Feb: 1853”. No information was readily available regarding Lt. Clark, however a quick Google search disclosed that there is a Southwark District of Philadelphia, PA and a Southwark District of London, England. The appearance of this revolver leads one to believe that it was the Philadelphia Southwark in which Lt. Clark served. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl & rammer retain about 95% strong nickel finish turning slightly milky. Cylinder retains 60-70% nickel finish and about 70% stagecoach holdup scene. Frame retains 65-70% strong nickel, thin on left side. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 95% nickel. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains 75-80% orig varnish. Presentation plate is oxidized silver. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-35962 JR48 (3,000-5,000)

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2079

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER. SN 113153. Cal. 31. Blue & case colored with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address with serifs. Bbl address appears to be over a partial 1-line address, apparently a factory error. It has 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene and all five safety pins are prominent. Left side of frame marked “COLTS PATENT” and it is mounted with rare large steel trigger guard & steel back strap. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firarms only approx. 175 of these rare revolvers were ever made. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Bbl retains about 95% strong glossy orig blue with slight edge wear and minor rust on right side of muzzle. Rammer retains faded case colors. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, heavily faded, with pitting around hammer nose. Trigger guard & back strap are a cleaned gray metal color. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains about 95-97% strong orig varnish. Cylinder is fine and retains about 95% orig blue and about 99% stagecoach holdup scene. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. 4-35938 JR43 (2,500-4,000)

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2080

INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSIION REVOLVER. SN 206084. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York address. It has “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame with silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip. Butt strap is inscribed in period script “H.R.” and both sides of grip, at the frame, are stamped with a number “10”. It has 6-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene. CONDITION: About good, all matching except wedge which is numbered “9862”. No orig finish remains being an overall medium gray patina. Cylinder retains about 50-60% stagecoach holdup scene. Trigger guard & back strap, at one time were polished bright with some remains of that polish and retain traces of silver finish. Grip shows moderate to heavy wear and retains an old restored finish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch and sometimes the hand will not catch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. Hammer screw is a replacement. Butt strap screw is replaced with a brass rivet and the other two frame screws are battered. 4-35965 JR44 (750-1,250)

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2081

COLT LONDON POCKET NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 37296. Cal. 36. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line London address. Bbl lug & cylinder have British proofs. Cylinder is 5-shot with stagecoach holdup scene. Left side of frame has a tiny “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard has caliber marking. Fitted with blued steel trigger guard & back strap and 1-pc walnut grip. Not many of these “LONDON” marked pocket Navys were produced. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, except rammer which is properly unnumbered (grip was not checked). Bbl retains 80-85% glossy orig blue mixed with a few scattered spots of rust and a cleaned area on left side. Rammer & rammer handle retain most of their orig case colors, bright & strong on pivot. Frame retains most of its orig case colors, turning dark. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 90% strong glossy orig blue with a few light scratches & wear spots. Cylinder retains 40-50% orig blue and about 85% stagecoach holdup scene. Rear face of cylinder is moderately battered from having been played with, not from firing and front trigger guard screw is battered. Grip is sound with a few light bruises on left side and a few small chips in edges and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few tiny scattered spots of pitting. 4-35939 JR7 (3,500-5,000)

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2082

PRESENTATION CASED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH CONFEDERATE ASSOCIATION. SN 11628. Cal. 36. Blue & case colored with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight & New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. It has silver plated trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip. Back strap is inscribed in period script “B. Frank Palmer to Lieut. E. Osborne”. Serial number was observed in the usual places with the cylinder being marked “1638”, obviously a workman error stamping a “3” instead of a “2”. Accompanied by a spectacular orig deluxe rosewood casing with brass corner reinforcements and a shield in the center of the lid engraved in Olde English that appears to be “H.U.O.” Lock escutcheon is missing. Interior is lined in faded burgundy velvet, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a fine “COLTS PATENT” eagle & shield single side flask, a blued 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “36 P.” Also accompanied by an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver and a lacquered tin for Eley’s caps with green & black label. Right front compartment contains lead balls & a non-functioning key. A brief search of the internet disclosed that Edwin Augustus Osborne (1837-1926) enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant in May, 1861 into Company C, 4th NC Infantry. In May 1862 he was wounded at Seven Pines, a POW in Sept. 1862, exchanged Dec. 1862 and again wounded in May 1864 at Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia. He was promoted to Captain May 1861, Major Dec. 1862, Lt. Colonel May 1864 and Colonel July 1864. Prior to his enlistment Osborne was a lawyer and had been appointed Clerk of the Superior Court, Mecklenburg County, NC (Charlotte). After the war he became an Episcopal minister and in May 1898 re-enlisted as a Captain and regimental chaplain. He was mustered out with his regiment in Nov. 1898 at Raleigh, NC. He died Oct. 1926. An internet search on B. Frank Palmer disclosed that he was credited as being the inventor of artificial limbs and an author of books on locomotion. He was issued a patent for an artificial leg in 1849 and was active at least through the Civil War and the aftermath in dealing amputees. As of this writing no connection could be made between Osborne and Palmer other than a suspicion that Osborne, as an attorney, may have helped Palmer with his patents. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge & grip, cylinder numbered as noted above. Bbl retains 95-96% strong glossy orig blue with slight muzzle edge wear with minor pin prick pitting. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant orig case colors with some minor light corrosion around hammer nose. Cylinder retains about 85% glossy orig blue with loss areas flaked, not worn, to medium patina. Four of the five safety pins are crisp. Trigger guard & back strap retain most of their orig silver plating. Grip is sound with a minor nick or two showing little or no wear and retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered spots of light pitting. Case, with its black oil cloth covering on the bottom, is missing two small corner fillers and the aforementioned lock escutcheon, otherwise is completely sound with light storage & handling marks. Interior is moderately faded with light soil inside lid and moderate soil in bottom. Flask is extremely fine retaining most of its orig strong finish, slightly thinned on back. Mold is equally new with some minor flaking on the sprue cutter. Nipple wrench/screwdriver & cap tin are equally fine. This is a wonderful cased set with strong Confederate association. 4-37793 JR208 (25,000-30,000)

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2083

SCARCE CASED EARLY COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 1256. Cal. 36. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line Hartford address. It has 5-shot fluted cylinder with the full serial number in one of the flutes and all five safety pins are crisp. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” and it has a silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by a rare orig orig purple velvet lined mahogany casing with bevel edged bottom compartmented in bottom for revolver, a dbl sided E PLURIBUS UNUM eagle flask and a blued steel 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter and “36 P” on right side. Right rear corner contains a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps along with bullets & balls. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Bbl retains 80-82% thinning glossy orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas. Rammer pivot retains faded case colors. Cylinder retains about 80% thinning glossy orig blue. Frame & hammer have been cleaned to nearly bright metal with strong case colors in sheltered areas. Trigger guard retains 90% thinning orig silver plate and back strap 40-50%. Grip is sound with minor edge wear and a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with moderate pitting. Case has a couple of grain cracks in lid and others in bottom, otherwise is sound and retains most of its orig varnish having been lightly cleaned. Interior is moderately faded & soiled with wear from front sight & hammer spur. Flask is crisp & clean, near new. Mold is very fine with about 65% glossy bright blue and battering on right side. Cap tin is fine. 4-35958 JR34 (3,000-5,000)

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2084

INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 12264. Cal. 36. Blue & case colored with 6-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York address. It has 5-shot fluted cylinder and silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip. Backstrap is engraved in period script “Edw. E. Taylor” and butt strap “11 Mass. Battery”. This is a fairly scarce Colt with an inscription that requires additional research. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Bbl retains about 40% orig blue with balance a blue/gray patina. Rammer handle retains about 60-70% strong case colors, rammer screw is battered. Cylinder retains 60-70% thin orig blue. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, strong & bright on frame, dark on hammer. Trigger guard & back strap retain 88-90% strong orig silver plating. Grip is sound showing light wear with some light flaking to orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine & moderate pitting. 4-35947 JR9 (5,000-7,000)

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2085

PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 3768. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line Hartford address. It has 5-shot fluted cylinder with one missing and one prominent safety pin. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” with a silver plated trigger guard & back strap and 1-pc, nicely figured walnut grip. Butt strap is very nicely engraved in period block letters & script “To / Capt. D. Quirk / Irish Brigade / by John McNally”. No information was immediately found on either of these gentlemen. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Bbl retains 30-40% orig blue mostly in sheltered areas with scattered light surface pitting. Cylinder is a cleaned gray patina with light to moderate pitting in one area. Frame & hammer retain traces of case colors being mostly a cleaned silver/gray patina. Trigger guard & back strap retain thin scattered orig silver plating. Grip is sound showing light to moderate wear with light nicks, dings & scratches and retains about 80% orig varnish, stronger on right side. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. 4-35943 JR52 (2,500-4,000)

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2086

INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 14000. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York address. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” and it has brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Butt strap is engraved in period lettering “Lieut. C.S. Schaeffer / 1st, Del. Vol.”. A quick search disclosed a listing for Lt. Schaeffer in the 1st Delaware Volunteer Infantry but no additional information. CONDITION: Good, all matching including wedge (grip not checked). Steel parts retain a dark even brown attic patina with minor nicks & dings and some small hammer dents on top of bbl. One frame screw is battered. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of orig silver plating being mostly a medium mustard patina. Grip has a chipped right toe otherwise is sound showing moderate wear with nicks & dings and retains about 80% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-35942 JR53 (2,500-4,000)

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2087

CUT DOWN COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 47152. Cal. 36. Blue & case colored with bbl reduced during period of use to 2-1/8″. It has a small dovetailed Rocky Mountain front sight with German silver blade. The rammer hole has been expertly & professionally plugged. It has a 5-shot fluted cylinder and brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Recoil shield is fitted with a curious flat spring with a pad end that appears to prevent the caps from retracting and when a chamber lines up with bbl to fire, the pad portion of the spring presses against the cap and forms a flat firing surface between hammer & cap. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” and the caliber is marked on left shoulder of trigger guard. These cut down revolvers were popular with lawmen, gamblers and outlaws on the frontier due to their ease of concealment. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered (grip was not checked). Bbl retains 15-20% orig blue, mostly in sheltered areas with balance a blue/gray patina. Frame & hammer retain strong case colors, moderately faded, turning silver on right side. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of silver plating, being overall a strong mustard patina. Grip & buttstrap are badly battered on bottom edges with chips in both edges and usual nicks & scratches elsewhere and retains about 85-90% strong orig varnish. Cylinder retains 75% orig blue. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with minor scuffing in grooves. A fine frontier piece with an unusual modification. 4-35941 JR42 (2,000-3,000)

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2088

CASED COLT MODEL 1855 NO. 2 ROOT PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 15487. Cal. 28. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight with pointing hand motif. Cylinder is round with five chambers and has the cabin Indian fight scene. Mounted with nicely figured 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined, mahogany Colt casing with compartments in bottom for revolver, a tiny dbl sided eagle & shield flask, a scarce 2-cavity brass “COLTS PATENT” mold with nickeled sprue cutter, an L-shaped screwdriver from a later automatic pistol and a lacquered tin for Eley’s caps. CONDITION: Extremely fine, possibly unfired. Overall retains most of its glossy orig factory blue and case colors with some flaking on bottom of frame and back strap. Cylinder retains about 96-97% glossy orig blue and most of the cabin Indian fight scene with a clear “COLT’S PATENT” panel on the side. Grip has a small chip on left side, otherwise is crisp & clean and retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is completely sound with light to moderate storage & handling marks and retains about all of its orig varnish. Interior is heavily faded in lid lining with moderate fading in bottom and damage from the front sight. Flask & mold are crisp & clean retaining virtually all of their orig finish. Cap tin label is chipped & faded. 4-35289 (11,000-14,000)

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2089
Revised: 3/14/2009

Correction to Typographical Error in Catalogue: Serial Number is “11232-IE” (the “IE” stands for ivory & engraved, which is correct)

CASED INSCRIBED & ENGRAVED COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 7 PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 112321E. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ rnd bbl, 2-line New York address and mounted with 1-pc ivory grip. Engraved in early vine style with light coverage foliate arabesque patterns without background. Back strap is engraved in period script “J.N. Burgess”. It has 5-shot cylinder with screw through side retaining the cylinder pin. Serial number on butt is unusual in the extreme in that it is six digits followed by an “E” when the highest recorded serial number observed by this cataloguer is approx. 30,000 which was for the Model 3 with oct bbl. Apparently the workman applying serial numbers got carried away or had one too many beers for lunch and whacked an extra “1” while applying the number. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a scarce brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter having an “H” on right side, a 2-sided early eagle flask and two other compartments containing bullets & balls. The lock escutcheon is replaced with light colored wood. CONDITION: Very good. Overall retains 30-40% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas, blue/gray patina elsewhere. There is a small gouge on bbl and moderate wear elsewhere. Cylinder has light to moderate pitting, front & rear and retains about 50% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip has a couple of very minor age lines and may be an old replacement as it does not fit perfectly and overall retains a wonderful golden mellow ivory patina. Hammer will not catch in half cock or full cock notches and the hand jams in one of notches. Strong bore, dark in the grooves. Case has had lid reglued, otherwise is sound with heavily faded interior and soil in bottom with damage from front sight. Mold & flask are fine. 4-35920 JR36 (5,000-8,000)

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2090

RARE CASED ENGRAVED 1855 ROOT NO. 3 SIDE HAMMER PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH SILVER FINISH. SN 26528. Cal. 28. Full silver plated with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, with pin front sight and pointing hand motif bbl address. Cylinder is unfluted with five chambers. Receiver, bbl, hammer, back strap & butt strap are all beautifully engraved in Gustave Young style with fine foliate arabesque patterns that have punch dot background. Top strap is engraved to match with matching patterns on lands between the flutes on the cylinder. Mounted with a 1-pc burl walnut grip. Accompanied by an extraordinary brass bound, deluxe, rosewood casing with faded burgundy velvet lining compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a sliver plated 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter and a silver plated brass or copper tiny ribbed flask. Right rear compartment contains a tin for caps with a reproduction Eley’s label on lid. Left rear compartment is empty. A rectangular plate in the lid is engraved in Olde English script “BA”. Few of these little revolvers were ever engraved and encountering a deluxe rosewood casing is most rare. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Overall retains about all of a fine professional, possibly factory, restored silver finish. Grip also retains a fine professionally restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of roughness. Case is exceptional and completely sound with only minor nicks & scratches. Interior is moderately faded with light soil and compression stains from the cylinder & hammer screw. Accessories are very fine. Altogether a very beautiful and rare set. 4-37994 (10,000-20,000)

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2091

INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 2 1855 ROOT SIDE HAMMER PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 7448. Cal. 28. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight with usual address & pointing hand motif. It has 5-shot cylinder with cabin & Indian fight scene. Mounted with fantastic, deep relief carved, 1-pc ivory grip with a dragoon helmeted soldier on left side. Back strap is inscribed and reads from heel upwards “J.P. JONES / 1859 U.S.A.” A Google search reveals a J.P.Jones who was an aide to Gov. Denner of Kansas during Kansas Wars. He was later a Lt in Second U.S. Artillery and reported to Pres. Buchanan on John Brown raids. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & frame retain 80-85% strong orig blue with a few scattered spots of light surface rust. Back strap is a cleaned blue/gray patina with a few light dings and light to moderate surface rust. Cylinder retains a blue/gray patina and about 50% cabin/Indian fight scene. Grip is slightly shrunken and has a couple of minor age lines, otherwise is sound and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore, lightly pitted in grooves. Cylinder pin crossbolt spring is missing. 4-35944 JR13 (3,000-5,000)

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2092

FINE CASED COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 2 SIDE HAMMER PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 1787. Cal. 28. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and usual bbl address with pointing hand motif. It has 5-shot cylinder with cabin & Indian fight scene and is mounted with 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig, green velvet lined mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for revolver, a 2-cavity brass “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter, a dbl sided E PLURIBUS UNUM eagle flask (49 Pocket size) and an orig, ebony handled steel cleaning rod with jag end. Case has a replacement lock escutcheon. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Revolver retains about 90% strong orig blue, lightly thinned on bbl & back strap. Cylinder is a light gray patina and retains about 75% cabin/Indian fight scene. Grip is sound showing moderate wear with nicks & scratches and retains about 75-80% orig varnish. Hammer will not hold in half-cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. Case is sound with light to moderate nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded & soiled with light damage from front sight. Mold is extremely fine. Flask has a broken spring and a couple of minor dents on one side, otherwise is very fine and retains about 95-96% orig finish. Cleaning rod is fine. 4-35919 JR40 (3,000-5,000)

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2093

CASED COLT 1855 ROOT MODEL 7 PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 11665. Cal. 31. Blued finish with 3-1/2″ rnd bbl, 2-line address and brass pin front sight. It has 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene and a screw cylinder pin retainer. Mounted with 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Accompanied by a fine orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for revolver, a unmarked 2-cavity iron mold with sprue cutter, a single sided E PLURIBUS UNUM eagle flask and an L-shaped nipple wrench. Right rear compartment has an added partition and contains percussion caps with bullets & balls. Front shield-shaped lock escutcheon is missing. CONDITION: Very fine. Revolver overall retains 92-93% glossy orig blue, lightly thinning on bbl and back strap. Cylinder retains traces of orig blue being mostly a blue/gray patina and shows 65-70% stagecoach holdup scene possibly having been cleaned. Grip is sound with minor edge wear and a few minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Case is also very fine with minor storage & handling marks. Velvet lining is moderately faded & lightly soiled with solid partitions. Mold retains 30-40% thin blue with some minor pitting. Flask is fine with a minor dent on reverse and retains about 75% orig finish. Nipple wrench is fine. 4-35959 JR33 (3,000-5,000)

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2094

CASED COLT MODEL 1855 TYPE 3 ROOT PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 28598. Cal. 28. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and Colt’s Hartford address without pointing hand motif. It has full fluted 5-shot cylinder and 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig Colt Root mahogany, red velvet lined casing compartmented in bottom for revolver, a 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” brass mold without sprue cutter, a rare dbl sided peacock flask and a tin of Goldmark’s percussion caps. Front compartment contains a functioning key. CONDITION: About fine. Overall retains about 80% thinning orig blue with the loss areas mostly flaked to a medium patina with wear on back strap. Grip is sound with a few nicks in the edge and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case is completely sound with moderate storage & handling marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior lining is bright with moderate soil and one loose partition. Flask is fine with no visible dents and retains a medium mustard patina. Mold is also fine. 4-35298 JR213 (3,750-4,750)

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2095

SCARCE CASED COLT LONDON 1855 ROOT SIDE HAMMER MODEL 7 PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 12170. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line London address. It has 5-shot cylinder with cylinder pin retaining screw through the side and stagecoach holdup scene. Mounted with smooth 1-pc walnut grip. Right side of frame, just behind recoil shield has caliber marking and bbl & cylinder have British proofs. Serial number is accompanied by a small “L”. Accompanied by an orig English, green felt lined oak casing with brass medallion in lid, compartmented in bottom for revolver, a 2-cavity blued steel steel “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked “31 PKT” on right side, a tiny Hawksley bag shaped flask, an L-shaped screwdriver, a maple handle cleaning rod and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps in right rear compartment. Right front compartment contains bullets & balls and there is the orig directions label inside lid. “LONDON” marked root revolvers are exceedingly rare. CONDITION: Revolver retains 60-70% thinning orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas with balance flaked to a medium patina. Cylinder pin is frozen in place and was not removed. Grip is sound showing light wear and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore. Case has a grain crack in top & bottom, otherwise is sound showing handling & storage nicks & dings and retains much of its orig varnish, missing lock escutcheon. Interior is moderately faded & soiled with some minor moth damage in lid. Label is yellowed & stained but mostly intact. Mold & flask are extremely fine. Altogether a rare set. 4-35918 JR35 (4,000-6,000)

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2096

LOT OF TWO COLT CASES FOR MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVERS. Both cases are nearly identical with one appearing slightly older than the other. One is walnut, one is mahogany and both are burgundy velvet lined. Both are compartmented in bottom for a 4″ Model 1849 pocket revolver with compartments for a flask, mold, cap tin & bullets. Walnut casing contains a fine dbl sided E PLURIBUS UNUM eagle flask, a steel “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “31 PKT”, a shortened L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, a blue label cap tin and several bullets & balls. The lid has been removed, with hinges present, missing four screws. Mahogany casing contains a dbl sided fan mold, a brass “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity bullet mold without sprue cutter and an L-shaped nipple wrench with a few bullets & balls. As previously noted this lid has also been removed and is missing some of the hinge screws. CONDITION: Walnut casing is fine with a small gouge and a few scratches on lid and a couple of grain checks in bottom with moderately faded & soiled interior. Flask has a couple of dents and retains about 80% orig finish. Mold has been cleaned with fine pitting. Nipple wrench is fine. Mahogany casing is equally fine with a soiled lid and a couple of grain checks in bottom. Interior is heavily faded and soiled with wear from front sight and hammer spur. Flask is tired. Mold has clean & bright cavities with hammer marks on outside. 4-37300 JR30 (2,000-3,000)

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2097
Revised: 3/14/2009

Additional Information: Springfield research Service records indicate this Serial Number in the immediate range of New Model Army gun issued to Company K, 3rd Arkansas Vol Cavalry.

EXTRAORDINARY REMINGTON MODEL 1858 NEW MODEL ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 46708. Cal. 44. Blue finish with 8″ oct bbl, pinched post front sight, brass trigger guard & crisp 2-pc walnut grips with crisp cartouche on left side. Several of the various parts have small inspector initials. While these revolvers were produced in very large quantities during the Civil War and were one of the most popular revolvers during the war they are rarely ever found in crisp, unfired condition as is this one. Just in case anyone would wish to know, this is what one looks like in unissued, unused condition. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine. Overall retains about 99% plus crisp orig factory finish with brilliant deep blue and case colors. Trigger guard has crisp sharp edges, as do the grips. Grips do have a few minor nicks on edges. Revolver has a few minor nicks on sharp edges with one small spot on right side of frame. Cylinder is extremely crisp with only the hint of a drag line. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-35291 JR193 (8,000-12,000)

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2098

SCARCE PETTENGILL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 1709. Cal. 44. Rare Pettengill, blue finish, with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, German silver cone, Remington-style, front sight with pinch frame style groove in the top strap. Top strap is marked with the makers’ names and patent numbers on each side flat of the top strap. It has a 6-shot cylinder with attached 3-pc rammer and 2-pc walnut grips. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms a total of only about 3400 of these rare revolvers, including 2000 martially marked, were manufactured between October 1862 and January 1863. This is one of the more scarce non-martially marked pieces. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains a smooth mottled blue brown patina. Cylinder retains 75-80% thinning orig blue. Frame & grip frame are a cleaned metal color with fine pin-prick pitting. Grips have a chipped and slightly altered left side with file marks on the bottom, otherwise they are sound with a dark oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong smooth dark bore. 4-35907 JR63 (2,500-4,000)

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2099
Revised: 3/14/2009

Correction: The barrel is, in fact, Hexagonal rather than Octagonal. This is an exceptionally RARE variation on the Pettengill Army Models.

RARE MARTIALLY MARKED PETTENGILL ARMY MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN None visible.. Cal. 44. Rare martial Pettengill, blue finish, with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight with pinch frame style groove in the top strap. Top strap is marked with the makers’ names and patent numbers on each side flat of the top strap. It has a 6-shot cylinder with attached 3-pc rammer and 2-pc walnut grips. The butt strap and various small parts are stamped with small inspector initials and proofs. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 2000 of these martially marked Pettengills were manufactured between October 1862 and January 1863. CONDITION: Fine plus. Bbl retains most of its strong orig factory blue with a coating of old dried oil. Cylinder retains 60-70% strong orig blue with the balance flaked to a medium patina. Frame retains traces of orig blue, being mostly a silver brown patina. Rammer pivot and handle retain dark case colors. Grip is sound with worn edges, nicks & scratches and retains about 90% orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong dark bore with light pitting. 4-35926 JR62 (4,000-7,000)

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2100

CASED JAMES WARNER POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 209. Cal. 31. This is a 2nd Model 2nd variation with 3-1/8″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight with rear sight notch in hammer nose. It has an attached rammer with ball & detent latch and an unfluted 6-shot cylinder. Mounted with matching numbered ebony or rosewood grips. Accompanied by an orig brown velvet lined, mahogany casing for a revolver with a 4″ bbl. Compartmented in bottom for revolver, an orig standing eagle Mass Arms flask, a tiny brass 2-cavity ball mold without sprue cutter and a tin of Goldmark’s caps. CONDITION: Fine. Frame retains traces of orig blue in most sheltered areas, being mostly a smooth gray patina. Cylinder retains 85-90% glossy orig blue. Grips are sound showing light to moderate wear and retain about 85% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is extremely fine retaining most of its orig factory varnish with minor storage & handling nicks & scratches. Flask is also extremely fine, retaining most of its orig finish, mold is also fine with a few nicks & scratches. 4-35299 JR216 (2,750-3,750)

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2101

SCARCE CASED ENGRAVED BLISS & GOODYEAR POCKET MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 686. Cal. 28. Tiny percussion revolver with 3″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address on top flat. Bottom of bbl has a 3-pc rammer with ball & detent style latch and it has a spur trigger with visible cylinder latch spring in bottom of frame. Receiver, cylinder & rammer pivot are nicely engraved in New York style with sweeping foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Cylinder is engraved in areas between chambers with geometric patterns and shaded backgrounds. Top of back strap has an engraved pattern identical to that found on cylinder. Mounted with 2-pc ivory grips with a stylized Mexican eagle on left side. Eagle has its wings raised straight up and is clutching a snake in its beak & talons. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 3,000 of these tiny revolvers were made in about 1860. Accompanied by its orig mahogany casing with beveled top edges and a mortised brass lock with brass escutcheon. Case is purple velvet lined and compartmented in bottom for revolver, a tiny dbl sided Colt style eagle flask with crossed revolvers at bottom. Also accompanying is a brass nutcracker style ball mold with sprue cutter and a lacquered tin of Goldmark’s caps. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains 50-60% thin orig blue with top flats having been cleaned which has thinned bbl address. Balance of revolver is a dark gray patina with dark case colors on rammer pivot & handle. Grips are sound with one minor age line and retain a fine mellow ivory patina. Grip screw is a replacement. Mechanics are fine, dark eroded bore. Case has a grain check in bottom, otherwise is completely sound and retains most of its fine orig varnish, having been cleaned, with minor nicks & scratches. Interior is heavily faded & soiled with right rear partition loose which has damaged lining in bottom. Flask is very fine and mold is good. Altogether a scarce & unusual set. 4-35960 JR41 (2,500-4,000)

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2102

JAMES WARNER 2ND MODEL 1ST VARIATION ENGRAVED POCKET REVOLVER. SN 3970. Cal. 28. Blue finish with 3-1/8″ rnd bbl, brass cone front sight with rear sight a notch in the hammer nose. It has attached 3-pc rammer with ball & detent latch, a 6-shot cylinder and is fitted with beautiful 2-pc ivory grips with deep carved Dragoon’s bust on left side. Frame is lightly engraved in shaded foliate arabesque patterns with vine patterns on each side of top strap. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only a few hundred of this model was produced in the period 1857-1860. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains 65-70% strong orig blue with balance a blue/gray patina. Frame & grip straps are a blue/brown patina with traces of orig blue in sheltered areas. Cylinder retains 30-35% thin orig blue with balance a blue/brown patina and overall retains 50-60% cylinder etching with a couple of small battered areas. Grips are extremely fine plus, showing light wear with a dark mellow ivory patina on the right side and light ivory patina on the left side, a gorgeous set of grips. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch & mechanics are a little stiff, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-35300 JR235 (3,750-4,750)

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2103

FACTORY ENGRAVED TRANTER PATENT DA PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 9109T. Cal. 45. Blue & case colored with 6″ oct bbl, dovetail front sight and fixed rear sight. Top strap & top flat of bbl are engraved “HOLLIS & SHEATH MAKERS TO H.M.s WAR DEPARTMENT”. Fitted with a case colored 5-shot cylinder and has the loading lever on left side and is mounted with a checkered 1-pc walnut grip. Frame & bbl are lightly engraved in fine foliate arabesque patterns. Rammer handle, back strap, butt cap & trigger bow are engraved to match. Accompanied by a period brown leather flap holster. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains 92-93% strong orig factory blue with the rammer handle & cylinder retaining smoky case colors. Grip is sound showing moderate wear. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Holster shows heavy wear with some surface crackling, missing the closure strap & stud with belt loops missing from the back. Toe plug has been restitched. 4-37951 JR187 (1,500-2,500)

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2104

ADAMS PATENT DOUBLE ACTION PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 545. Cal. 44. Blue finish with 5-3/4″ ovoid shaped oct bbl, with dovetailed front sight and fixed rear sight. Rammer is attached to the left side of the bbl lug. It has 5-shot cylinder and checkered 1-pc walnut grip. Right side of frame is marked “ADAMS PATENT NO 40573” and the cylinder is marked “NO 40573”. Left side of bbl lug is lightly stamped in an arc “B KITTREDGE & CO / CIN. O”, a major supplier of arms to the Union Army and to frontier people moving westward during the manifest Destiny Expansion. This revolver is both dbl action and sgl action. CONDITION: Good. Traces of orig blue remain in sheltered areas, being mostly a blue gray patina. Grip is sound showing light to moderate wear. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-35929 JR58 (1,000-2,000)

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2105
Revised: 3/14/2009

. Correction to Typographical Error in Catalogue: Serial Number is 21834T.

TRANTERS PATENT GRISWOLD & CO DOUBLE ACTION ARMY SIZED PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 21. Cal. 44. Blue finish with 5-7/8″ ovoid shaped oct bbl, tiny dovetailed front sight and fixed rear sight. Top strap and top flat of bbl are marked “MADE BY WM. TRANTER FOR A.B. GRISWOLD & CO NEW ORLEANS”. The rammer and handle are attached to the left forward side of frame with the Tranters Patent mark, which also appears on the left front side of the frame. It has the extended dbl action trigger that protrudes through a slot in the trigger guard, and has the spring-loaded safety on the left side of the frame, with a 5-shot cylinder. Frame, bbl & rammer handle are lightly engraved with foliate arabesque patterns. It is mounted with a checkered, 1-pc, angled, saw-handle style grip with engraved steel butt cap. CONDITION: About good, overall retains 70-75% thin, dull orig blue with some moderate pitting around forcing cone and top strap areas. Ramrod latch is broken. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy wear and a dark oil stain. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-35968 JR59 (750-1,500)

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2106

INSCRIBED MASS ARMS ADAMS PATENT DA POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 2825. Cal. 32. Small DA revolver with 3-1/4″ oct bbl with brass pin front sight and fixed rear sight. It has 5-shot cylinder and a checkered 1-pc walnut grip. Rammer handle is attached to the left front side of the frame, rammer is missing. Left side of frame is inscribed in period script “Chs. Fortescue / 5th Regt N.Y.V”. Charles Fortescue enlisted in the 5th New York Infantry as a corporal in April 1861, was promoted to sergeant in October 1861, reduced to private in November 1861 and mustered out in May 1863. No additional information available. CONDITION: Fair to good. Traces of orig finish remain in the most sheltered areas, being mostly a gray brown patina with moderate to heavy pitting on right side of bbl, with lighter pitting on left front side of frame. Grip is sound with a couple of small gouges and shows heavy wear with dark oil staining. Mechanics need work, sometimes hand will not engage. Strong dark bore with moderate pitting and one spot of heavy pitting. 4-35945 JR60 (1,000-1,500)

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2107
Revised: 3/14/2009

Please Note: Not only is the engraving style identical in these two lots, but the serial numbers are only 4 numbers apart thus almost positively factory engraved.

RARE ENGRAVED STARR SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 52575. Cal. 44. Fine late Starr Single Action with 8″ rnd bbl, dovetailed front sight and mounted with checkered 1-pc walnut grip. It has usual markings on both sides of frame. Frame, cylinder, bbl & back strap are nicely engraved, through the blue in sparse foliate arabesque patterns. Upper front sides of bbl lug have Hunter’s stars and top strap has simple geometric designs as does back strap & trigger guard. This revolver and another being sold in this auction apparently were an attempt by Starr or its receivers to enhance sales of unsold Civil War arms. While no records are known to exist regarding these engraved revolvers, several have been observed with the identical engraving & checkered grips leaving little doubt that this was in fact a factory employed device to enhance civilian sales. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains about all of its fine, strong orig blue finish with minor flaking on the cylinder. Engraved areas show white metal. Hammer retains about all of its brilliant orig case colors. Grip shows light wear and retains most of its orig oil finish with minor dings on heel. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-37400 JR170 (6,000-10,000)

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2108
Revised: 3/14/2009

Please Note: Not only is the engraving style identical in these two lots, but the serial numbers are only 4 numbers apart thus almost positively factory engraved.

RARE ENGRAVED STARR SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 52571. Cal. 44. Fine late Starr Single Action with 8″ rnd bbl, dovetailed front sight and mounted with checkered 1-pc walnut grip. It has usual markings on both sides of frame. Frame, cylinder, bbl & back strap are nicely engraved, through the blue in sparse foliate arabesque patterns. Upper front sides of bbl lug have Hunter’s stars and top strap has simple geometric designs as does back strap & trigger guard. This revolver and another being sold in this auction apparently were an attempt by Starr or its receivers to enhance sales of unsold Civil War arms. While no records are known to exist regarding these engraved revolvers, several have been observed with the identical engraving & checkered grips leaving little doubt that this was in fact a factory employed device to enhance civilian sales. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains about 75% thinning orig blue, strong in sheltered areas. Hammer retains dark case colors. Grip has chips & dings on bottom, and several small gouges on right side, otherwise grip is sound showing heavy wear. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine, pitted in the grooves. 4-37399 JR171 (3,000-6,000)

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2108A

EXTREMELY RARE BOXED BLUNT AND SYMS BABY PEPPERBOX WITH TOOLS. SN 74.. Cal. 25. 2” fluted and ribbed bbls. Marked only “R-C” at muzzle along with SN “74.” Frame has light scroll engraving. Contained in a 2-pc 6-3/4” x 3-1/2” red covered cardboard box with blue lining on bottom, along with combination nipple wrench/screwdriver, a brass bullet mold, an iron mushroom head cleaning rod, and powder flask. Nipple wrench fits the nipples but is the wrong style. It does have the correct very narrow blade to fit the cyl screw and pit screw. CONDITION: Fine. 80% blue on bbl grips, 40% scattered bright blue on frame, and 90% varnish on grips. Flask retains almost all of its orig brown finish on body and blue on spring. Loading/cleaning rod has one jag tip broken off and missing. Nipple wrench/screwdriver has scattered spots of light pitting. Bullet mold has a bright cavity with some minor dents on one side. Box has chips and scuffs around edges with some staining and corner repairs on lid. 8-87569 JJ3 (4,500-6,500)

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2109

BEAUTIFUL ENGRAVED BAR HAMMER ENGLISH PEPPERBOX. SN NSN. Cal. 36. Pocket sized pepperbox with 3″ 6-shot bbl cluster having raised ribs in flutes and British proofs in each flute. Frame, grip frame & butt cap are all German silver and nicely engraved in foliate arabesque patterns. Top & heel of back strap have fine engraved sunbursts. Trigger guard is steel with a matching engraving pattern and the grip frame is mounted with beautiful 2-piece skip-line checkered ivory grips. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls, hammer, trigger & trigger guard are an even blue/brown patina with fine pitting on trigger guard. Frame & grip frame are a mellow silver patina. Grips are sound with a fine medium yellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bores. 4-37705 JR154 (1,500-2,500)

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2110

RARE SUTHERLAND RICHMOND, VA AGENT MARKED AMERICAN PEPPERBOX REVOLVER BY STOCKING. 31 cal. 4″ bbl. This iron framed six-shot single action pepperbox functions well, was made and marked “Stocking & Co. Worcester”/”Warranted/Cast Steel” with eagle head proof, hammer is marked “Patent Secure 1848”, one cylinder flat is also stamped in two lines “S. Sutherland Richmond, VA” below maker’s mark. Iron frame and barrel housing are engraved with scrolls, two piece stocks have small inlet German silver oval plaques which are unengraved. Stocking pepperboxes are scarce and Southern Agent marked pepperboxes are even more scarce. CONDITION: Metal surfaces are gray/brown with ares of staining and pitting. Engraving is worn on barrel housing. Left stocks are chipped at frame, some original varnish remains. Markings are good, Sutherland die is well struck, but missing a bit of it’s top line due to over-stamping on raised panel above flute as seen in photographs. 4-35305 (3,000-4,500)

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2111

SCARCE TINY FOLDING-TRIGGER PINFIRE REVOLVER IN PERIOD CIGARETTE CASE. SN 4. Cal. 5 mm pinfire. Nickel finish with 2″ oct bbl, pin front sight with ejector rod on right side of bbl lug and 6-shot cylinder with loading gate in right side. It has folding trigger and is mounted with beautiful dragon & foliate deep relief hard rubber grips. Frame & cylinder are nicely hand engraved in foliate patterns with stippled background. Bbl & back strap are engraved in Moorish patterns. Cylinder has Belgian proofs. Accompanied by an orig nickeled frame, leather covered, red satin & red velvet lined casing with recess in one side for the revolver and a small hinged lid covered compartment for ammunition. The other side is a cigarette case. Left side of bbl is engraved in French, apparently with the distributor’s name & address in Paris. Also accompanied by a typewritten letter signed “Robert W. Allen / Sgt. Jeep Driver / July 9, 1979”. The letter tells the story of how he acquired this revolver from a woman on the street in Paris shortly after France was liberated. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Retains virtually all of its orig factory nickel with no evidence of having been fired. Grips are crisp & sharp with no visible wear. Mechanics are crisp, bore was not checked. Case shows light wear, nicks & scratches with detached partition in cigarette case. Revolver side of case shows light to moderate wear & soil. 4-35309 JR245 (2,500-3,500)

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2112

VERY EARLY COLT 1861 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 96. Cal. 38 RF. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, full front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Richards-Mason style conversion having had the rammer slot in bbl lug beautifully plugged and a 4″ ejector rod housing mounted on the right side with a screw. It has half moon shaped ejector rod head with incised bull’s eye on front flat. Serial numbers are all matching with assembly number “298” on loading gate & cylinder pin. Loading gate has internal tension spring & plunger. It has nickel plated brass trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip. Serial numbers on frame, trigger guard & butt strap are all accompanied by a small “1” and the serial number is in ink in back strap channel of grip. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 2,200 of these revolvers were produced in the mid-1870’s. This one falls in the standard model series which were assembled from previously unfinished parts. It is indicated that the serialization began at around serial number 100 making this an extremely early item, possibly a pre-production sample. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grip, except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Overall retains virtually all of its strong, bright orig nickel finish with a few very minor nicks & scratches and some freckles of discoloration on bbl lug. Cylinder retains about 98% strong Ormsby Naval battle scene and the screws most of their fire blue, slightly thinned. Hammer retains about all of its case colors, slightly darkened. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with light pitting in grooves. 4-37704 JR151 (15,000-25,000)

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2113

FINE COLT MODEL 1861 CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 2466. Cal. 38 RF. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, full front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked with 2-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “38 CAL”. Richards-Mason style conversion having had the rammer slot in bbl lug beautifully plugged and a 4″ ejector rod housing mounted on the right side with a screw. It has half moon shaped ejector rod head with incised bull’s eye on front flat. Serial numbers are all matching with assembly number “3420” on loading gate & number “809” on cylinder pin. Loading gate has internal tension spring & plunger. It has nickel plated brass trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip with matching serial number in back strap channel. Serial numbers on frame, trigger guard & butt strap are all accompanied by a small “1”. Wedge is numbered “506” and has a broken spring. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 2,200 of these revolvers were produced in the mid-1870’s. This one falls in the standard model series which were assembled from previously unfinished parts. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grip, except wedge and cylinder pin. Overall retains 94-96% strong, bright, orig nickel finish with only losses on front strap and minor sharp edge wear. Back strap is a little milky. Cylinder retains 96-97% strong orig nickel and about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Grip is sound showing light edge wear and a few minor nicks & dings and retains 95-96% strong orig varnish. Timing is slightly off, otherwise mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-37753 (18,000-22,000)

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2114

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1871-72 OPEN TOP REVOLVER. SN 1906. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Rare orig open top, one of about 7,000 manufactured in the period 1872-73. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, 1860 Army style front sight and New-York U.S. America address with integral Richards-Mason style fixed rear sight at the chamber end of the bbl. Right side of bbl lug is mounted with a 4″ ejector rod housing that has a half moon ejector rod head with incised bull’s eye on front side. It has usual 6-shot cylinder with Ormsby Naval battle scene. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with nickel plated steel trigger guard & back strap containing a 1-pc walnut grip. Serial numbers are all matching including the grip which has the serial number in back strap channel. Loading gate has the external tension spring and has assembly number “931” which number is also found on the cylinder pin & wedge. Given this model’s limited production in the period of the massive westward migration when cartridge revolvers were in their greatest demand, the vast majority of this model saw rough & heavy use on the frontier with lawmen, outlaws & general citizens requiring protection. Few are ever found in absolute orig configuration with strong orig finish remaining. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching as noted above. Overall retains about 98% strong orig nickel with some slight dulling to the back strap and areas of the bbl. Cylinder is crisp & clean and retains 99% plus Ormsby Naval battle scene. Grip is sound with three or four small nicks on right edge and overall retains about all of its orig varnish. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with fine pitting. 4-36378 JR202 (10,000-15,000)

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VERY FINE COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 61626.. Cal. 38 CF. Usual factory conversion with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, New York City address with factory attached ejector rod & plugged rammer slot. It has case colored frame & hammer with blued iron trigger guard & backstrap with 1-pc walnut grip. Bottom of bbl has inspector initials “R.W.M.” with an anchor & butt strap has “U S N” separated by stars, not by periods. Cylinder is dbl numbered with orig number being “1763” & last four digits of this revolver’s serial number added below. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl retains about 85% orig blue, brilliant in sheltered areas & mixed with flaked light patina & light nicks & scratches. Wedge retains about 90% orig blue. Cylinder retains 60-70% thin orig blue with light nicks & scratches and a dent over one chamber, not affecting chamber & retains about 75-80% Ormsby naval battle scene. Frame retains most of its brilliant orig case colors showing some wear on left recoil shield & loading gate. Hammer retains 75-80% brilliant orig case colors, mostly on sides & back edge with top turned silver. Grip frame retains traces of orig blue in very sheltered areas, being mostly a gray/brown patina. Grip has chipped toes & is missing a sliver from left heel & a chip from right heel with some battering on bottom edges. There are a couple of scratches on left side with moderate to heavily worn edges & shows moderate wear retaining about 75% dark orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with some shine & moderate to heavy pitting. 8-87435 JJ4 (10,000-12,500)

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2115

FINE ENGRAVED INSCRIBED COLT POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 2704. Cal. 38 RF. Early pocket Navy conversion with 4-1/2″ oct bbl, 1-line New York City address with brass pin front sight. It has 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene. Frame, bbl & back strap are beautifully & early Gustave Young engraved in vine style with a bird head incorporated into the patterns on left side of bbl lug. Hammer is deeply engraved on both sides and top edge. Top of back strap has Mr. Young’s typical sunburst pattern and back strap is inscribed “ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY”. Several of the scrolls terminate in flower blossoms as is typical of Mr. Young’s engraving. It has silver plated trigger guard & back strap and is fitted with deluxe 1-pc walnut grip. The serial numbers on bottom of frame, trigger guard & back strap are all accompanied by a small “E”. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including wedge & cylinder (grip not checked). Overall retains 25-30% orig blue on bbl with balance of bbl & frame having been cleaned to a light patina. Engraving all remains sharp. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of silver plating with balance a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound showing light wear with a few nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig piano finish varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-35946 JR6 (4,000-6,000)

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COLT 3″ OCTAGON BARREL CONVERSION POCKET NAVY REVOLVER. SN 20414. Cal. 38 RF. 3″ bbl. Blue & case colored with brass pin front sight. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and “36 CAL” is on left shoulder of trigger guard. It has 5-shot cylinder with thick conversion plate attached to recoil shield and has a deep loading groove cut into right recoil shield. Orig cylinder number is “9118” with last four digits of the revolver serial number “0414” stamped below. It has silver plated trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig, period oil cloth inside the belt holster with German silver belt clip on right side. Left side of top band of holster is marked “Le PAGE’S / POCKET PISTOL CASE / PAT. APR 23, 1878”. Only about 4,000 of these little revolvers were produced in period 1873-75. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains traces of orig blue in sheltered areas with vice marks on each side of bbl and what appear to be wrench marks around oct section. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, lightly faded. Trigger guard & back strap retain strong orig silver plating, worn on back strap with exposed brass a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound showing light wear and retaining about 95% strong orig varnish. Cylinder retains bright blue in rebated area with larger diameter a blue/gray patina. Cylinder also retains about 95% stagecoach holdup scene. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with scattered moderate pitting. Holster shows light wear and moderate soil. 4-37770 (1,500-2,500)

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2117

EXTREMELY RARE EARLY CASED ENGRAVED COLT OPEN TOP REVOLVER WITH EJECTOR ROD. SN 766. Cal. 22 Short. Tiny brass frame revolver with extremely rare 2-7/8″ rnd bbl, missing front sight with 7-shot rnd cylinder & brass frame with 2-pc pearl bird head grips. Bbl has 2-line Hartford address with the 2nd type flat firing pin on hammer nose and high hammer spur. Revolver has about 60% coverage fine New York style Nimschke engraving with foliate arabesque patterns and punch dot background. Both front sides of frame, ejector rod housing and cylinder pin housing with matching patterns behind hammer slot have fine feather patterns. Top of back strap has Nimschke’s sunburst pattern. Ejector rod is missing. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined rosewood casing with a silver, scalloped-edge plate in lid and compartmented in bottom with French fitted form for revolver and a cartridge block with holes for 28 cartridges. Accompanied also by a functioning key. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, only a few hundred of this model revolver was manufactured with 2-7/8″ bbl & ejector rod and of that number only a very few, probably ten or fewer, are known with Nimschke engraving. As of the writing of this book the authors had never seen an American cased long barreled open top. CONDITION: Revolver is fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. No orig finish remains having been cleaned to a light gray metal patina on bbl & cylinder with a medium mustard patina on brass frame. Right grip has a repaired crack through escutcheon, otherwise grips are fine with great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. Case is very fine with a couple of minor grain checks in lid and usual light handling & storage nicks & scratches. Interior is lightly faded with minor soil in bottom from cylinder & grip. Altogether a beautiful and rare set suitable to fill a hole in anyone’s collection. 4-37303 JR37 (5,000-8,000)

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2118

FINE COLT NEW LINE 2ND MODEL SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER. SN 11877. Cal. 38 CF. Nickel finish with 2-1/4″ tapered rnd bbl with half moon front sight and 2-line address on top, patent date & serial number on bottom and a crisp, clear etched panel on left side “COLT NEW 38”. Left side of frame below cylinder has caliber marking “38 CAL C”. Cylinder has 5-shots with long flutes and stop notches on rear face. Mounted with 2-pc smooth birdhead rosewood grips pencil numbered to this revolver. Only about 5,500 of these little pocket revolvers were produced 1874-1880 in both rimfire and centerfire calibers. They were used extensively by gamblers, outlaws and other frontier folk due to their concealability and short range lethality. They were also popular with soiled doves as well as genteel ladies as purse or muff pistols. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including cylinder & grip. Retains virtually all of its orig factory nickel with no discernible flaws. Grips show light sharp edge wear and retain most of their orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. 4-35274 JR243 (3,500-4,500)

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SCARCE COLT 2ND MODEL ETCHED PANEL NEW LINE SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER. SN 18362. Cal. 32RF. Nickel finish with 2-1/4″ tapered rnd bbl that has half moon front sight and 2-line address on top with a crisp, clear “COLT NEW 32” etched panel on left side. Left side of frame just below cylinder is marked “32 CAL”. Cylinder has long flutes and cylinder stop notches on rear face. Mounted with “COLT” embossed bird head checkered hard rubber grips. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains about 98-99% strong, bright orig factory nickel with only one small flaked spot on the cylinder. Etched panel is crisp & clear. Grips are equally new showing faint diamond point wear with one small nick in the right toe. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few small scattered spots of pitting. 4-35273 JR244 (2,000-3,500)

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SCARCE COLT CLOVERLEAF HOUSE PISTOL. SN 5566. Cal. 41 RF. Nickel finish with 3″ rnd bbl, integral pinch blade front sight & 2-line address with patent date in top strap sight groove. It has checkered long spur hammer with spur trigger and bird head rosewood grips matching numbered to this revolver. These revolvers were made in fairly large numbers, however few survive with much orig finish today as they were very popular on frontier with gamblers & soiled doves due to their ease of concealment and powerful short range cartridge. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains 95-96% strong orig nickel with some minor flaking around sideplate. Grips are sound showing light high point wear and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting, appears to have been used very little. 4-36368 JR114 (2,000-3,000)

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SCARCE CARD CASED PAIR OF COLT NO. 3 THUER DERRINGERS. SN 44950 & 44962. Cal. 41 RF. Identical pair with nickel finish, 2-1/2″ bbls, half moon front sights & short spur hammers. They have spur triggers with “COLT” on top of bbls and “41 CAL” on left side of frames. Both are mounted with 2-pc smooth ivory grips. Inside one pair of grips is numbered “1” and the other set has what is probably “2”pr an “X”. Accompanied by a leather, green felt lined, card style case about 5-3/4″ long x 4-1/2″ wide x 1-1/4″ deep with a brass latch on front. CONDITION: Both pistols are very fine to extremely fine retaining virtually all of their orig factory nickel showing light handling & use, slight dulled finish with one small spot of flaking on the bbl of #44950. Both hammers retain strong orig case colors with slight edge wear. Left grip on #44950 has a hairline by the escutcheon, otherwise all grips are sound and retain beautiful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bores. Case lid is detached, otherwise case is fine showing light handling & use. Interior is lightly to moderately faded, bottom may be an old re-line with light soil. 4-35275 JR241 (4,500-6,500)

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SPECTACULAR CASED, ENGRAVED, GOLD & NICKEL COLT MODEL 1878 FRONTIER DA REVOLVER PRESENTED TO CAPT. JACK CRAWFORD BY COLT FIREARMS. SN 233. Cal. 45 Colt. Extraordinary cuno Helfricht engraved Colt Model 1878 frontier DA revolver w/nickeled frame and gold-plated cylinder, mounted w/smooth 2-pc bird head pearl grips with a lanyard swivel in the butt. Engraving is undoubtedly from the Helfricht shop, probably by the master himself, with full coverage on the frame, consisting of foliate arabesque patters w/punch dot background and feather patters along the bottom front edges. Top strap and rear edge of the frame by the hammer slot are engraved w/snake and dot patterns which form an “X” on the panel behind the hammer w/four sets of four dots. Bbl is engraved in matching patterns w/a wavy border around the address and Moorish patterns toward the front sight. Ejector rod housing is also engraved in snake and dot patterns. Cyl is engraved w/alternating sunbursts and foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes w/a tight snake and dot pattern at the rear edge. Back strap is engraved in period script and block letters, “Presented to Capt Jack Crawford / by the Colts Patent Fire Arms Mfg. Co.” Back strap has a wavy line border which terminates in Moorish patterns at the swivel. Trigger guard is engraved in zig-zag Moorish patterns. Accompanied by its orig natural suede-covered presentation case w/royal purple velvet lining, recessed in the bottom for the revolver and a compartment for a 50-round cartridge box which contains an empty box for Winchester .45 cal. cartridges that has a green and black label w/a line drawing of an 1878 DA revolver w/the notation “FOR / COLT’S DOUBLE ACTION AND SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS”. It has orange band w/Colt’s and Winchester signatures. Top left corner inside the lid of the case has a black diagonally mounted ribbon embossed in gold “THIS HANDSOME COLTS REVOLVER WAS PRESENTED TO CAPT. JACK CRAWFORD, / “THE POET SCOUT” BY THE COLT’S PATENT FIRE ARMS MFG. CO., IT / BEING HIS FAVORITE MAKE OF REVOLVER, AND THE ONE HE RECOMMENDS / ABOVE ALL OTHERS FOR DURABILITY AND EFFECTIVE WORK.” Undoubtedly the folks at Colt intended for this presentation to become an effective advertisement for their company. Accompanied by a binder of information regarding Capt. Jack Crawford (1847-1917). Cap’n Jack was born John Wallace Crawford in Ireland in 1847 and immigrated w/his family to the United States in about 1854. His mother, Susan Wallace Crawford, was a direct descendant of Sir William Wallace, the famous Scottish chieftain who fought for the freedom of Scotland. His father was apparently an alcoholic coal miner in Pennsylvania. Early in the Civil War, Jack’s father enlisted in the Union army, forcing young Jack to work in the coal mines to support the family. As the war escalated, under-aged Jack attempted to also enlist, but was refused until finally being accepted in the Pennsylvania Regulars. He was wounded twice and while convalescing in a hospital near Philadelphia, one of the Catholic sister’s taught him to read and write. After the war, Jack returned to Pennsylvania and continued to support his family. In 1869 he married and fathered four children, three of whom survived.Cap’n Jack made his mother a death bed promise that he would never drink, a vow he kept throughout his life. Jack moved his family to New Mexico but continued his writing and story telling even becoming a newspaper reporter. The year 1875 found Cap’n Jack in Nebraska working as a journalist for several newspapers. He became enamored of the lure of the Black Hills gold strike and on a borrowed horse, made a trip into the Black Hills. After he arrived in Custer City, he was elected to the town council and continued his news reports and journalistic efforts to various newspapers about the Black Hills gold rush. In August 1875 he was appointed Captain of the newly formed Black Hills Ranger Militia. He became a military guide and scout and w/his flamboyant dress, manners and gift of poetry, became one of the region’s earliest celebrities. In July of 1876, just after the Custer massacre, Cap’n Jack was employed to carry dispatches to Gen Crook where he encountered Buffalo Bill Cody who was Gen Crook’s chief scout at the time. Buffalo Bill, in his autobiography, told of that meeting in which Cap’n Jack brought him a present of a bottle of whiskey, stating “I will say in passing, that I don’t believe there’s another scout in the west that would have brought a full bottle of whiskey 300 miles”. During that same meeting, Cap’n Jack gave Cody a letter from Gen Sheridan announcing that he was also appointed a scout. On August 24, 1876, Cap’n Jack replaced Buffalo Bill Cody as chief of scouts for the 5th Cavalry which was only three weeks after the murder of Wild Bill Hickok, his friend, in Deadwood. He scouted for Gen Crook and it was under that command when he would make his extraordinary, famous ride from the Battle of Slim Buttes, Northern Dakota Territory to Ft. Laramie, a distance of about 350 miles in four days. In the process, he killed two horses. Captain Jack Crawford was one of the historical giants of the emerging west who had the gift of poetry and writing and produced numerous poems, even writing an autobiography and book of poetry titled, The Poet Scout. He performed w/Buffalo Bill for a period of time. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver w/7-1/2″ bbl, nickel w/gold cyl, pearl stocks, factory engraved and shipped to Capt Jack Crawford, address unavailable on December 13, 1893 in a one-gun shipment. This revolver ranks amongst the finest, most historical firearms from the old west both in condition and historical importance. Cap’n Jack was a legend in his own time that survives today. PROVENANCE: Captain Jack Crawford; the Crawford family; Greg Martin; Mike Del Costello Collection; Fred Sweeney Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, may have been fired but if so, very little. Overall retains about 98% strong, orig nickel w/a few very small, scattered spots of flaking. Screws, trigger and rear edge of hammer retain about all of their factory fire blue. Face of trigger is blue/gray patina. Cyl retains about 92-93% orig gold plating w/some minor pimpling. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. Case is equally new w/one little tear in the lid covering and a few small nicks in the bottom w/very minor, light soil on the exterior. Interior is lightly soiled and retains its brilliant orig color. Cartridge box is very fine w/minor fading and a couple of water spots. An opportunity to own an exceptional piece of history. 4-38007 JR262 (175,000-225,000)

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2123

SCARCE COLT MODEL 1878 COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER DA REVOLVER. SN 39839. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight & 1-line block letter address on top with the roll mark “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on left side. Mounted with an ejector rod housing with half moon ejector rod head on right side. Frame has the rampant Colt in a circle on lower rear left side. Mounted with bird head diamond checkered walnut grips with a lanyard swivel & ring in the butt. Only about 51,000 of these revolvers were produced in the period 1878-1905. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms this one was made prior to Dec. 31, 1898. Although these large frame revolvers were popular during their production due to their having similar features of its famous cousin the single action army, large caliber and dbl action feature, few were produced and still fewer survive today. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains about 80% thin orig blue mixed with blue/brown patina with strong blue in sheltered areas. Cylinder also retains good blue in flutes with outer diameter a blue/brown patina. Grips are sound showing light to moderate wear with a few chipped diamonds and retains most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-37809 JR238 (3,000-5,000)

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SCARCE EARLY COLT 1878 DA FRONTIER REVOLVER. SN 7380. Cal. 455 Eley. All blue finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with Hartford & Pall Mall addres. Left front web of trigger guard has caliber marking and there are tiny British proofs on bottom of bbl & on ylinder. It has usual round butt grip frame mounted with diamond checkered walnut grips and has a lanyard stud & ring in butt strap. Last two digits of the serial number are on the rear face of the cylinder between chambers. While not produced in large numbers, this large frame Colt saw considerable popularity both in the United States & Europe due to its large caliber and similarity to the Colt Single Action with the addition of the dbl action function. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including grips. Overall retains about 75% orig blue mixed with flaked patina and fine pin prick rust pitting. Grips are very fine showing light wear and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with moderate pitting. This revolver appears to have had little use, mostly poor storage. 4-37931 JR183 (1,500-2,500)

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*EXTRAORDINARY “C” ENGRAVED 1ST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 354901. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and wide sight notch. Top of bbl has 1-line block letter address and left side has the model & caliber markings. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a rampant Colt. Mounted with orig factory, medallion, 2-pc ivory grips with a raised carved eagle & shield on right side. Engraving is “C” plus coverage consisting of wonderful, elaborate, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background over the entire frame & cylinder except for the flutes of cylinder. Engraving patterns extend over shoulders of trigger guard in the style of Wilbur Glahn and given the quality of this engraving there is no doubt that it was done by the master himself. The elaborate deep patterns extend over 95% of top half of bbl, in top gullet of ejector rod housing and on outer radius. Top of back strap, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are all engraved to match. Trigger is fire blued and frame screws are all nicely blued. Serial number was observed on right side of trigger guard & back strap, under grip and the last two digits of serial number are on rear face of cylinder between two chambers. Wilbur Glahn (1888-1951) was the primary factory engraver at Colt’s from about 1919 through about 1950, operating out of the factory through about 1923 and then as a private contractor until about 1950 when he became ill and couldn’t work any longer. Mr. Glahn’s engraving style & patterns are very distinctive and readily identifiable with his bold sweeping intertwined arabesque scrolls and full coverage on sides of frame which extend down over shoulders of trigger guard. This revolver is one of, if not the finest examples of his work and certainly one with the finest of condition, probably remaining unfired. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter stating that shipping records for this serial range have been lost but that their production book indicates that this revolver was manufactured on March 28, 1933 and sent to shipping room on May 16, 1933 and that it was engraved. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains 99% plus orig factory finish with strong bright blue and crisp brilliant case colors. This revolver may have been fired but if so very little. Grips are crisp & clean with a couple of minor age lines and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. It would be virtually impossible to improve upon this revolver. 4-37659 JR24 (70,000-80,000)

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*RARE GLAHN ENGRAVED 1ST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 350384. Cal. 45 Colt. Beautiful engraved single action, blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl, orig thick front sight with narrow rear sight notch. Frame, cylinder, bbl, backstrap & trigger guard are very beautifully engraved in ilbur Glahn’s distinctive patterns consisting of intertwined foliate & floral arabesque swirls & blossoms with a fine punch dot background. The recoil shield, loading gate buttstrap & top of backstrap bear Mr. Glahn’s distinctive V-shaped patterns. This revolver has about 75% coverage engraving patterns on frame with matching patterns extending over each side of bbl, at top & heel of back strap, on butt strap & trigger guard with a smaller pattern on ejector rod housing and a snake pattern in ejector rod housing gullet. Cylinder has foliate patterns on lands between flutes and a snake pattern at rear edge. Mounted with extremely beautiful, orig Colt, silver medallion, ivory 2-pc grips with a raised carved eagle & shield on right side. Right side of front strap & backstrap under grip have the serial number and last two digits of serial number are on rear face of cylinder between two chambers. Wilbur Glahn (1888-1951) was the primary factory engraver at Colt’s from about 1919 through about 1950, operating out of the factory through about 1923 and then as a private contractor until about 1950 when he became ill and couldn’t work any longer. Mr. Glahn’s engraving style & patterns are very distinctive and readily identifiable with his bold sweeping intertwined arabesque scrolls and full coverage on sides of frame which extend down over shoulders of trigger guard. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter fully identifying this revolver in caliber 45, blue finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, ivory stocks and factory engraved “#2”, shipped to Von Lengerke & Detmold, New York City, NY on April 20, 1927 in a one gun shipment. A hand written note on bottom of letter, apparently from consignor, states “I purchased this gun from Mr. Ott May 1984”. Mr. Ott is the person to whom the letter is addressed. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains 98% plus strong, dark orig factory blue with only faint muzzle & sharp edge wear on bbl & cylinder. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant orig factory case colors, extraordinarily bright in sheltered areas. Grips have a couple of small age lines around escutcheons, otherwise are completely sound and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-36288 JR29 (40,000-60,000)

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RARE SILVER PLATED NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 27881. Cal. 45 Colt. Silver finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, orig front sight and 1-line bbl address. Last four digits of the serial number are on bottom of the bbl, under the ejector rod housing and on the cylinder behind one flute. It has second type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head and its orig cylinder pin with a dimple in each end. Left side of the frame has 2-line, 2-patent dates and is mounted with checkered 1-pc ivory grip. Frame, bbl, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard, along with the cylinder are beautifully engraved by L.D. Nimschke in beautiful New York style, consisting of fine foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Shoulders of trigger guard are engraved to match. Bottom front edges of the frame are engraved with feather patterns as are both sides of top strap. Left side of the frame bbl boss is engraved with a large 4-petal flower reminiscent of the engraved patterns Nimschke applied to cartridge carriers on 1866 rifles he engraved. Right side of the ejector rod housing boss and left side of the cylinder pin boss have hunter’s stars. About 2/3 of both sides of bbl are engraved to match with short patterns on each side of the muzzle with a band of scalloped pattern engraving around the muzzle. Back strap is engraved with a beautiful fan pattern that has a diamond & dot center. Shoulders of back strap are engraved to match and the tips of shoulders are engraved with tiny flower blossoms that overlap onto the frame. Top & heel of the back strap, butt strap & trigger bow are engraved with foliate arabesque patterns. The flat of the frame around the serial number is engraved similarly to the fan pattern on back strap. Cylinder is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes with a small sunburst at the back of each flute. Back edge of the cylinder has a chip & dash border. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in caliber 45 Colt, bbl length not listed, blue finish and type of stocks not listed showing shipment to B. Kittredge & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio on Oct. 31, 1876 in a shipment of fifty same type guns. Also accompanied by a 6-page hand written letter from noted single action authority, researcher & author, Ron Graham, wherein he states that this revolver is authentic & original as found. He debunks the factory letter as being in error regarding the finish. He identifies the engraving as “New York style with L.D. Nimschke influence”. He theorizes that Oct. 31, 1876 was an “end of the month Tuesday” and, like most any other company there was likely a big rush to get the shipments out before close of business on the last day of the month. He states that there are three other known revolvers in the same serial range that are shown as having been in shipments of fifty “blue” revolvers with one being blue, another nickel and a third one silver engraved with all having been certified by various Colt authorities as being factory original. He states unequivocally that this revolver “was not blue and case hardened when it left the factory. It was engraved, probably at the request of B. Kittredge & Co. soon after leaving Colt’s, and its silver plating appears contemporary”. These statements from such a noted authority leave little doubt that this is indeed, an authentic factory engraved single action. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching, grips were not checked. Bbl retains 65-70% strong orig silver plating with some of the losses a dark patina. Frame & hammer retain most all of their orig silver plating with a thin spot on the right side of the frame and part of the top strap. Back & front straps are mostly gray patina with strong silver at top of back strap, on butt strap and around the trigger guard. Cylinder retains about 70% orig silver. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-38084 JR325 (20,000-30,000)

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SPECTACULAR & RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 172734. Cal. 45 Colt. Silver finish with 3-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 2-line address on top and the caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates with rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with factory 2-pc pearl grips with deep relief raised carved bull’s head on right side. Revolver has Cuno Helfrecht’s deluxe coverage engraving consisting of sweeping foliate arabesque scrolls with punch dot background. Frame has full coverage with his trademark sunburst on the loading gate with unusual snake & dot patterns by the hammer slot. Both sides of the cylinder pin boss have small sunbursts. Top strap is engraved with feather patterns and the bbl has matching foliate arabesque patterns almost full length on both sides with Moorish patterns around front sight. Cylinder is engraved with small sunbursts and foliate arabesque patterns on lands between flutes. Rear edge of cylinder has a zig zag border with two very fine chip borders. Top of back strap has a beautiful sunburst pattern with zig zag and Moorish patterns at the top & heel and over the butt strap. Trigger guard has foliate arabesque patterns. Back strap is engraved “Johnie Johnson”. Front strap is engraved in a different hand “FROM” and butt strap “Mrs R L G to”. Accompanied by two Colt Factory letters, one from 1984 and the other 2007. Both supplying identical information fully identifying this revolver in caliber 45 with 3-1/2″ bbl, silver finish, carved bull head pearl stocks, factory engraved with inscription as found on back strap and shipped to H. Woodhaus & Son, address not available on Sept. 15, 1897 on a one gun shipment. This revolver is made without provision for an ejector rod housing on a standard black powder frame. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only about 600 of these rare revolvers were made in the period 1882-1896 and of these only a few were engraved. While this revolver was shipped in 1897 which, theoretically, should have placed it in the smokeless powder frame era, Colt obviously, being their usual frugal selves, used a carryover black powder frame to build this revolver. Surviving authentic engraved sheriff-models are virtually nonexistent and this may be the only factory inscribed example. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains 30-35% orig silver plating with balance a gray patina with orig silver strong in sheltered areas. Engraving remains sharp & clear showing only light surface wear with heavier wear around the muzzle and slight dings on the front sight. Front & back straps are gray metal patina showing moderate to heavy wear. Left grip has a tiny chip at left heel and another at the frame, otherwise grips are sound with a few minor rust stains around the edges and show great fire & color with sharp carving on bull’s head. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with fine pitting. 4-35284 JR232 (90,000-110,000)

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RARE FIRST SERIES FLUTED FRAME COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 77612. Cal. 45 Colt. Early style configuration with rare 3-1/2″ bbl, built without ejector rod housing and has the early style fluted frame. Top of bbl has the full orig front sight with 2-line address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and it is mounted with 1-pc walnut grip. This single action was part of the Mel Torme Collection and was displayed on his exhibit board. Accompanied by a copy of a picture from a newspaper or magazine article showing Mr. Torme and a show official standing in front of Mr. Torme’s show exhibit of single action revolvers. Bottom of photograph is noted that this revolver is “pictured to right of center”. Also accompanied by a Colt Factory letter fully identifying this revolver in 45 caliber with 3-1/2″ bbl, blue finish (blue & case colored) with type of stocks not listed and shipped to Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co., Chicago, IL on Feb. 25, 1882 in a shipment of ten same type guns. Additionally accompanied by a 3-page hand written letter from noted single action historian, author & authority, Ron Graham, wherein he authenticates this revolver as being of historic importance in that it was one of the first 25 “Sheriff’s Model” single actions produced and one of the first ten made with 3-1/2″ bbls. Mr. Graham points out that this revolver has the usual factory markings as noted above with an “H” in the hammer slot and a “B” & a “2” inspector stamps on rear of cylinder. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were only a total of about 1,000 Sheriff’s Model Single Actions ever produced of which about 350 were manufactured in the period 1882-1884. PROVENANCE: Mel Torme Collection. CONDITION: Fine. No orig finish remains being an overall even medium plum/brown patina with some very fine pin prick pitting and a series of small dings on right side of bbl. Cylinder pin is probably an old replacement although Colt is known to have produced special order cylinder pins and this one does have dimples in each end. Screws are all fine showing no evidence of battering. Grip has chipped toes with heavy wear and a dark oil stained finish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with scattered light pitting. 4-35285 JR231 (20,000-30,000)

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*RARE COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 192852. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 4″ bbl, made without provision for an ejector rod. Bbl has full front sight with 2-line address on top and the caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and the rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Inside left grip is crude initials “BFC” and inside right grip is “NAT”. Accompanied by two Colt Factory letters dated 1996 & 2007, one refers to a “Storekeeper’s Model” and the other a “Sheriff’s Model” with both having identical information, which fully identifies this revolver in 45 caliber with 4″ bbl, blue finish (blue & case colored), type of stocks not listed and shipped to J.S. Dunlay Hardware Co., Houston, TX on Jan. 23, 1900 in a shipment of three same type guns. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were only approx. fifty Sheriff’s Model Single Actions produced in the smokeless powder frame 1896-1911 making this, indeed, an extremely rare single action. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except bbl & cylinder which are properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 30% thin orig blue, stronger in most sheltered areas. Frame retains about 25% faded case colors, mostly in sheltered areas with balance turned silver. Hammer retains smoky case colors. Trigger guard & back strap retain blue in sheltered areas being mostly a blue/brown patina. Cylinder retains thin blue in the flutes with outside diameter a blue/brown patina. Grips are sound with two notches in the right edge and show moderate to heavy wear. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. A truly rare find, a genuine Texas shipped Sheriff’s Model that undoubtedly saw service on the frontier. 4-35286 JR230 (17,500-22,500)

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RARE COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 122392. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & case colored with 4″ bbl made without ejector rod with slightly altered, thinned front sight and 2-line address on top with a tiny “44” on the bottom just forward of base pin. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and the left front web of the trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Mounted with rampant Colt & eagle hard rubber grips. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver in 44-40 caliber with 4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, shipment to Browning Bros., Ogden, Utah On Jan. 19, 1889 in a shipment of two same type guns. According to the Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only about 600 of these standard black powder frame Sheriff’s/Storekeeper’s models were built in the period 1882-1896 and of those, only 180 were in 44 caliber. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & grip frame retain about 85% thinning orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas. Frame retains about all of its orig case colors, moderately faded, strong in sheltered areas. Hammer retains faded case colors. Cylinder retains about 90% orig blue, strong & bright in flutes. Grips are sound and show moderate to heavy wear. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-37812 JR239 (25,000-40,000)

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WONDERFUL, HISTORIC TOMBSTONE ARIZONA TERRITORY LOT INCLUDING EXTREMELY RARE, DOCUMENTED, SAMUEL L. HART MARTIALLY MARKED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER & EXTRAORDINARILY RARE TOMBSTONE “PATTON & CO.” DOUBLE LOOP HOLSTER. SN 111602. Cal. 45 Colt. In the annals of Western History very few incidents have been so repeatedly portrayed, both in print & movies than the event that occurred Oct. 26, 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona, “The Gun Fight at the OK Corral”. This famous shootout was between the three Earp brothers & Doc Holliday who were loosely considered law enforcement in Tombstone and the Clanton Brothers, McLaury Brothers & Billy Clairborne who were outlaw gang members of a loose confederation in the Tombstone area known as “The Cowboys”. At the time of the shootout there was only one gunsmith shop in the area and that was the Hart Gun Shop owned by Samuel Lombard Hart, a former Civil War soldier, who had his shop on Fremont Street, across the street from the O.K. Corral, in Tombstone from about 1880 to about 1890. Mr. Hart apparently marked all of the arms he sold with small hearts accompanied by the initials “SL”. Very few Colts are known, probably only five, with, most likely only this one still being in orig configuration without shortened bbls. The subject Colt Single Action Army revolver is an orig “DFC” (David F. Clark) inspected cavalry model with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates with a small “U.S.” which is overstamped with a heart over each letter and tiny initials “SL” above each heart. Fitted with 1-pc walnut grip which has the last four digits of serial number in the back strap channel. Left side of grip has rudely scratched initials “E.C.G.R.” which stands for Edward C. Griswold Robinson who married Ruth Hart, the daughter of Samuel Hart. Right side of grip is marked with large crude initials “D.R.” which stands for Dorothy Robinson, Edward & Ruth’s daughter. Revolver has the “DFC” inspector initials in the usual places on the frame, bottom of bbl & cylinder with the grip cartouches either never stamped or worn away. The trigger guard & butt strap have tiny “G” (Capt. John E. Greer) inspector initials. Fitted with third type ejector rod housing and a bull’s eye ejector rod head. This revolver was produced in the period Aug. 1882 – Apr. 1883, which was during the Indian War period on the Western Frontier and certainly could have and likely did see service during that period. This revolver is accompanied by an extraordinarily rare, possibly one of a kind, orig dbl loop holster. It is made from one piece of leather which measures about 6″ at widest point of the skirt and is overall about 11″ long with two 3/4″ loops. Skirt is elliptical shaped coming to a point at the bottom with a small hole, apparently for a leg thong. Front of the holster has a dbl rolled border with stitched rear edge and toe and is marked across top “PATTON / TOMBSTO–” which should read if fully legible, “PATTON & CO / TOMBSTONE AT”. The wear and slight deterioration to the surface has obliterated part of the lettering. The Patton & Co. leather works was only in business from 1884-1888 which certainly dates this holster. Although it was shortly after the shootout at the OK Corral, it and this Single Action were still part of the wild and woolly West. Among knowledgeable gun leather collectors & experts this ranks as one of the most rare and earlier Western holsters. Accompanied by a photo of a young man from Fly’s Gallery of Tombstone, and a silver match safe with repoussed scene of a hunter & dog with treed bear in a forest scene on one side and a leather insert embossed in gold “CAN CAN / TOMBSTONE A.T.” The Can Can was a single story gambling hall/saloon which was located at 14th & Allen St. in Tombstone and was a favorite watering hole for outlaws & gamblers. A reproduced photo of the old building with still visible marquee accompanies this lot. Also accompanying is a convention or reunion ribbon of an attendee of the I.O.O.F. (International Order of Odd Fellows). The top is a red & black rosette with black ribbon embossed in gold with the logo of the I.O.O.F. over “COCHISE LODGE #5, TOMBSTONE, A.T.” Additionally accompanying are two reproductions of large photos, one of which depicts six men on horseback and two standing with the six mounted men all armed. The scene is set in front of what appears to be a livery stable with a hitch rail and a horse drawn Hearse in the background. The six men are identified with one being the Steve Birchfield, the Deputy Sheriff to whom the above described badge belonged and another identified as C.S. Fly, the owner of the photography studio mentioned above. The other photo is a vertical image set in front of the same livery stable with the foreground scene of two cowboys standing behind the hitch rail, one holding a Winchester Model 1892 SRC and the other a Colt Single Action. These two men are identified in a smaller copy of the photo as Deputies Steve Birchfield and Pink Peters, looking over saddles & guns captured from Black Jack Ketchum’s Gang. Also accompanying this provenance are the Civil War photos of Samuel Lombard Hart from the Arizona Historical Society and photos of Edward C. Griswald Robinson, Ruth Hart Robinson and their daughter Dorothy Robinson obtained from the family in Rochester, New York. Additionally accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver as having been shipped to the U.S. Government Inspector at the Colt Plant Oct. 30, 1884 in a shipment of 450 same type arms. Also accompanied by a 2-page letter from John Kopec, noted Colt Historian & Author, which verifies most of the above information regarding this revolver with the exception of the grip which he states was very likely a Colt replacement when it was resold after having been declared surplus by the government. He states that the number in the back strap channel is not consistent with the earlier style of numbering. Mr. Kopec ends his letter by saying “not only is this revolver a remarkable original condition U.S. cavalry example, but its association with the historic town of Tombstone, Arizona Territory, just puts icing on the cake! A collector’s dream…” Also included are copies of letters , ca-1880, to Hart’s wife. In one he tells her to send his gun tools as soon as possible as there is a great need for a good gunsmith in Tombstone. Included with the numerous research papers is a detailed list of ownership of the Colt to the present day. The gun apparently remained in the Hart family for generations. CONDITION: Revolver is very fine, all matching including grip, as noted above. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue with wear around muzzle, strong & bright in sheltered areas. Frame retains 60-70% orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas. Hammer retains about 75-80% bright case colors. Trigger guard & back strap both retain strong orig blue in sheltered areas with front strap a gray patina and back strap dull blue. Cylinder retains 70-80% thin orig blue/brown patina on outer diameter with dark blue in the flutes and faces of the cylinder. Grip is sound showing moderate wear with usual nicks, dings & scratches and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Holster is sound with some drying & crackling on holster body & skirt and retains about 60% orig russet brown finish. Match safe & photograph are extremely fine, reproduced photographs are also fine. This is a very rare opportunity to own a genuine and historic lot from the most famous town in the history of the wild west. 4-37304 (100,000-150,000)

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*EXTREMELY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED SILVER PLATED INSCRIBED COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER WITH ORIGINAL PERIOD HOLSTER. SN 308877. Cal. 45 Colt. Full silver finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 2-line address on top and left side marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 45 COLT”. Mounted with extraordinary 2-pc pearl grips with a raised carved eagle on the right side. This beautiful revolver is engraved in about “D+” coverage in beautiful sweeping foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Left forward side of frame has a very unusual intertwined 8-pointed star pattern and a diamond pattern on right side. Right lower part of frame has an unusual checkerboard pattern. Bbl address has simple wave & dot borders that extend into a Moorish pattern that terminates in a foliate pattern. Top straps are engraved in foliate patterns. Loading gate is engraved with a sunburst pattern and the top of the back strap has a modified fan pattern. Center of the back strap is engraved in period script “Nabor Pacheco”. Butt strap & trigger guard are engraved to match the frame. Ejector rod housing is beautifully engraved with a leaf & vine pattern on the outer radius and a snake & dot pattern in the top gullet with a fine zig zag border pattern at the edge. Cylinder is engraved on lands between the flutes with diagonal patterns surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns and has a dbl line border at the rear edge with a snake & dot pattern. Rear face of cylinder has the last four digits of the serial number between chambers. This work appears to be from the Cuno Helfricht shop. Accompanied by a fine period single loop holster marked “THE F. RONSTADT CO. / TUCSON, ARIZ.” Body of holster is deeply tooled in foliate patterns with the large round part of the loop tooled in a large flower blossom. Each end of the loop has two small leather pads attached with rivets where a leg thong may have been attached and is now cut away. Also accompanied by a notarized letter from Richard Pacheco Jr., Nabor Pacheco’s grandson, who states that this revolver was presented to the very popular ex-Pima Co Sheriff Nabor Pacheco by the City of Tucson in 1909 at the time he was newly appointed Tucson Chief of Police. He further states that just before Nabor Pacheco’s death he gave this revolver to his son, Richard Sr., which occurred in the 1920’s. In about 1952 this revolver & holster were loaned to the Arizona Historical Society where it was displayed with Nabor Pacheco’s picture and a brief synopsis of his career as a lawman where it remained until July 2008. An image of this display accompanies the lot. When Richard Sr.passed away in the 1970’s the revolver was bequeathed to his Son. Nabor Pacheco was born July 12, 1859 in Tucson, was educated in Tucson schools and spent his early life working on his father’s ranch. He served as a City Policeman and then in 1904-1908 was the Pima County Sheriff and City Marshall thereafter. He died Feb. 14, 1920 in Tucson. During his term as Sheriff he supervised the hanging execution of two condemned murderers in Tucson and as one might imagine, was involved in numerous other law enforcement duties throughout his career in this wild west frontier town. Also accompanying this lot is a packet of information, mostly regarding Sheriff Pacheco’s law enforcement career with copies of photos and newspaper articles. The Pacheco name is very ancient having first come to light in recorded history during Roman times in 92 BC when a Roman General named Vivio Pacieco served Julius Caesar in Andalucia, Spain, where the family prospered with descendants spreading around the world from there. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter fully identifying this revolver as found in 45 caliber with 4-3/4″ bbl, silver finish, pearl grips with carved eagle motif, factory engraved with “Nabor Pacheco” on back strap, sold to F. Ronstadt, address unavailable, and shipped to Wyeth Hardware & Mfg. Co., St. Joseph, MO, Feb. 27, 1909 in a one gun shipment. The F. Ronstadt Co. of Tucson is the maker of the holster and was a business associate and friend to the Ronstadt family in their ranching business. While this revolver did not reach Mr. Pacheco to be used during his term as Sheriff, it most certainly would have been with him during his term as City Marshall (Chief of Police). PROVENANCE: Pacheco Family. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains most of its orig factory silver plating with some minor roughness and slight losses on front & back straps. May have been fired, but if so very little. Grips are sound with a minor chip on right side at the frame and what may have been an old chip on the eagle’s head, now smooth with handling over time. Grips retain tremendous fire & color. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Holster is very fine with some slight darkening over the top half and a few minor water stains, with toe stitching loose. It retains most of its orig finish. Altogether a rare rig used by a popular frontier lawman in very desirable condition & configuration. 4-37674 (35,000-55,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE JOHNSON COUNTY WAR COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 118765. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with bbl cut from a longer length to 4-13/16″. Front sight is replaced near the muzzle and it has a 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and it is mounted with extremely worn rampant Colt eagle hard rubber grips. This Colt is one of the very few positively identified firearms that was used in the infamous “Johnson County War”. The Johnson County War took place in Johnson County, WY, between Buffalo & Casper, Wyoming between big ranchers and smaller ranchers & homesteaders. In early 1892 the Cattlemen’s Association of that area decided to put an end to rustlers & cattle thieves in the region by importing a group of hired gunmen from Texas & Idaho to come to Wyoming to kill these perceived cattle thieves. In early April 1892 they staged the invasion by this group of hired guns, who had arrived by train from Cheyenne to Casper. Initially the invasion force intended to ride to Buffalo where a number of men on the “Death List” were to be found. Shortly after unloading from the train at Casper, however, they were told that there were several other men on the death list to be found at the KC Ranch. They sidetracked to the KC Ranch and surrounded the small cabin there, killing Nick Ray & Nate Champion. There had been two trappers also at the KC Ranch who escaped and rode to Buffalo spreading the word about the invasion. The local men, alarmed at this invasion, mobilized and trailed the invaders to the TA Ranch and besieged them there. The siege lasted two days until the Army was called in to put a stop to all the unlawful activity. When the invaders surrendered, their defacto leader, Maj. Walcott, a former Civil War officer from Kentucky, recorded all the participants’ names state of residence or occupations & their individual firearms including caliber & serial number. This revolver was seized from a young man named J.A. Garrett who was listed on Maj. Walcott’s list as a “Texan”. Mr. Garrett was one of four of the invaders charged and indicted for first degree murder in the deaths of Nick Ray & Nate Champion. The charges were first brought on June 6, 1892 but through pressure brought by the cattlemen and lack of evidence as the two trappers who witnessed the killing had disappeared, the charges were dismissed on Jan. 21, 1893. Mr. Garrett then disappeared in history. Accompanied by a packet of information regarding the Johnson County War and another which includes Maj. Walcott’s list. Also included are two copies of a photograph of the invaders taken at Fort D.A. Russell (now Francis E. Warren Air Force Base), Cheyenne, WY, wherein Mr. Garrett is pictured as number 27. Also accompanied by a well-worn dbl loop early F.A. Meanea holster. Holster is typical early Meanea made of 1-pc of medium weight leather with a wide and a narrow loop. Face of holster is nicely decorated in checkered pattern with a line & scallop border. Rear edge is sewn and the Cheyenne plug is missing. Also missing is the orig thumb strap. The back of the skirt of the holster has crude buckstitch laced repair. CONDITION: Fair. No orig finish remains retaining about 75% re-nickled finish. Grips are extremely worn. Mechanics are somewhat loose but function. Strong bore with fine pitting. Holster is in comparable condition to the revolver being very dry with some crackling and a break on front edge of skirt. “MEANEA” cartouche is crisp. Altogether an extremely rare opportunity for a piece of true western history. 4-35295 JR229 (30,000-50,000)

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FINE COLT ETCHED PANEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 50947. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 1-line block letter address and 2-1/4″ long “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” etched panel on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “44 CF”. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” just forward of base pin and last four digits of serial number are under the ejector rod housing. Ejector rod housing is second type, having been factory altered from orig first type, with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Cylinder also has last four digits of serial number back of one flute with a tiny “S” on rear face between two chambers. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that also has last four digits of serial number in ink in the backstrap channel. Etched panel bbls were in use from about serial number 38,704 to about serial number 135,000 (1889). Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which fully identifies this revolver as found with nickel finish, bbl length not listed with wood stocks. It was shipped March 29, 1879 to Winchester Repeating Arms, New Haven, CT in a shipment of five same type guns. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including cylinder & grip. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig factory nickel with crisp etched panel. Frame retains 96-97% strong orig factory nickel with some tiny pimples and a series of tiny nicks on left side. Frame & grip frame screws retain most of their fire blue. Front strap has a brown spot at toe, otherwise grip frame retains most of its orig factory nickel with some slight pimpling at top of back strap. Cylinder retains 83-85% strong orig factory nickel with one area of flaked loss. Grip has slight, light edge wear with one small nick on left edge and retains most of its bright orig factory varnish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36283 JR3 (20,000-30,000)

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RARE EXTREMELY EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 44565. Cal. 44-40. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with block letter address. It has the “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” etched panel on left side & a tiny “44” on bottom just in front of base pin. Last four digits of serial number are found under ejector rod housing. Ejector rod housing is 2nd type with bullseye ejector rod head. It has early beveled edge cylinder with a small “P” proof on rear face with its early style cylinder pin having a dimple in each end. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates with caliber “44 C.F.” on left shoulder of trigger guard. Hammer slot has an “S” inspector mark. Fitted with varnished 1-pc replacement walnut grips. Bore has the extremely rare seven lands & grooves with left hand gain twist found only on the very earliest caliber 44 caliber SAA’s. These were the very first 44 caliber bbls produced before the August 1873 government production began by which time tests had proven that six lands & grooves had superior accuracy. It is known that fifty & maybe up to one hundred 44 caliber bbls in this configuration were produced in 1872 & 1873 and given Colt’s propensity for never throwing anything away, it stands to reason that the bbl on this subject revolver was recycled from this very first batch of “leftover” bbls. Reference p. 44 of the book A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver in 44-40 caliber, blue finish with bbl length & type of stocks “not listed”, shipped to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, NY, NY on June 15, 1878 in a shipment of fifty same type revolvers. It is well known that these early etched panel SAA’s were originally finished blue with case colored frames & shipped to Adams Metal Plating for their nickel finish with Colt having applied the etched panels. According to the above publication there are only three other known examples with seven lands & grooves. Also accompanied by an early mail order holster of high quality made of 1-pc medium weight belting leather with attached single loop. Face of holster & edges of skirt are tooled in foliate & floral patterns with stippled background. The loop is tooled to match & holster has a sewn-in Cheyenne plug. There is a small hole in top center of face of holster & another in skirt. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains most of its fine nickel finish mixed with polished metal. Etched panel is thin near frame end of bbl which also has wrench marks. Frame has a few nicks on bottom edge & another on right bottom side of cylinder slot. Cylinder retains about 95% strong orig nickel & hammer retains about 75-80% faded case colors. Grip with light bruising on right side retains about 90% strong varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Holster shows moderate wear retaining most of its orig black finish. 4-35115 JR92 (10,000-12,500)

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INCREDIBLE HENRY NETTLETON COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 49167. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with orig “feathers” on each side. It has block letter address on top with 2 lines under “0” in “Co” & the broken seraph on the “T” _________ and the last four digits of serial number on the bottom under the ejector rod housing. Frame has 3-line patent dates with a small “US” on left side. Mounted with oil finished, 1-pc walnut grip having crisp “JEG” (Capt. John E. Greer) cartouche and the date “1878” on the left side with the “HN” (Henry Nettleton) cartouche on the right side. Mr. Nettleton’s initials appear on various parts including frame, trigger guard, back strap, left side of hammer, cylinder & bottom of bbl. The Nettleton inspected revolvers are one of the smaller and most desirable production runs, there having been only 3,000 pieces inspected by him in the period May through August 1878. Reference: Cavalry & Artillerey Revolvers A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn. Nettleton inspected cavalry models are rarely ever found with much orig finish as they were almost exclusively issued to Frontier Cavalry units during the Indian Wars and saw continued & rough service on the frontier most were subsequently recoiled & converted to artillery configuration. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including grip. Overall retains virtually all of its strong orig factory finish with deep, strong blue and brilliant case colors. Bbl has two or three scattered spots of discoloration with the case coloring lightly faded on lower left side of frame and left recoil shield, brilliant elsewhere. Trigger guard, back strap & ejector rod housing are crisp & strong. Cylinder has a pencil eraser size spot of flaking back of one flute and a few scattered spots elsewhere, otherwise retains all of its orig blue. Grip is incredible with crisp cartouches & date, a couple of minor bruises & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-37749 JR105 (90,000-110,000)

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FINE & RARE COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 137618. Cal. 45 Colt. Very fine Colt Cavalry, blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, 1-line block letter address with 2-line patent dates and a small “US” on left side of frame. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with fine, sharp cartouches on each side. Left side of grip has “SEB” (Capt. Stanhope E. Blunt) under the date “1891”. Right side bears the “RAC” (Renaldo A. Carr) cartouche. Bottom of bbl, just in front of base pin, also has the “RAC” sub-inspector initials which also appear on the frame adjacent to serial number. Trigger guard has a small “K” beneath serial number and there is a “K” below serial number on butt strap as well as another “K” on right rear face of frame under grip. Last four digits of serial number are found on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing and on cylinder. Cylinder & bottom edge of grip also have “RAC” and “P” proofs. Grip has last four digits of a serial number “7614” in back strap channel, obviously and readily apparent, an assembler’s mistake at factory or the grip having been switched with its mate later in the field. Regardless the grip fits as orig to this revolver and is in no way detracting. This revolver is somewhat an anomaly in that it escaped alteration to artillery configuration in the 1890’s and early 1900’s recalls. Neither was it one of the known New York Militia issues of the 800 revolvers from 1895. While these later issue cavalry revolvers have a higher survivability rate with higher condition, very few retain the condition of this revolver. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching except grip as noted above. Bbl retains 96-98% strong, glossy orig blue with slight muzzle edge wear and slight thinning on each side of muzzle along with a few minor scratches. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, moderately faded, stronger in sheltered areas. Cylinder retains 85-88% thinning orig blue, strong & bright in flutes. Trigger guard retains about all of its strong orig factory blue and back strap about 90% thinning orig blue. Grip is outstanding showing only minor wear and a few light nicks & scratches and some very minor chips along edges and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-37638 JR27 (45,000-75,000)

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2139

RARE SPANDAU ARSENAL EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 1468. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and slanted address on top that has broken “O” in “CO” and broken “A” in “HARTFORD”. Left side of frame has 2-line 2-patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Mounted with 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Bottom of bbl has the exposed serial number just forward of base pin. Serial number was observed on all usual places including bottom of bbl, cylinder & in the back strap channel of the grip. It has first type ejector rod housing with orig bull’s eye ejector rod head. This revolver was part of a shipment of forty same type revolvers shipped to Spandau Arsenal in Prussia probably on Nov. 18, 1873. They were shipped in caliber 45 Colt as this one is found today and upon receipt by the Prussians were immediately returned because of the large caliber. At that time German handguns were using an 11 mm or 44 caliber cartridge. The entire forty gun shipment was returned to Baron Von Oppen Colt’s London Agency where they apparently remained for a number of years with the majority probably being sold in Europe, thereby explaining their relative rarity on the market today. There is also a possibility that after a sojourn in England, in 1885 the shipment may have been returned to the Colt Plant in Hartford where they were “upgraded” with the modification to the thicker cylinder stop and corresponding wider cylinder stop notches and longer leads as well as replacing the orig military oil finished grips with civilian varnished grips as is found on this revolver. They also had the caliber marking stamped on the trigger guard shoulder and then were sold commercially. According to a letter from noted Colt single action author & historian, John Kopec, this revolver is listed in the book Single Action Army Revolvers and The London Agency, Moore, as one of the forty of the Spandau shipment. Mr. Kopec also explains in his accompanying letter that the “US” marked frame, in this instance, does not indicate that it was U.S. issued but that the frame was pulled from the production line for the special order to one of America’s allies with the “US” already stamped. According to Mr. Kopec, this is the only example from this shipment that he has encountered. Also accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver as having been part of a shipment, six same type gun sent to Browning Bros., Ogden & Salt Lake City, Utah on Aug. 3, 1887. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including grip. Bbl retains glossy bright blue under the ejector rod housing with flaked blue around & on the sides of the front sight. Balance of bbl is a smooth brown patina with some pin prick pitting near the muzzle. Ejector rod housing retains glossy orig blue with some flaking in gullets and is a brown patina on outer radius. Frame retains traces of case colors in most sheltered areas. Trigger guard & back strap retain blue in sheltered areas being mostly a blue/brown patina. Hammer retains strong case colors on sides, dark on edges. Cylinder is a brown patina. Screws retain traces of orig blue with no evidence of battering. Grip is sound with a gouge on the left side and light handling & use marks elsewhere, showing moderate use and retaining about 90% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with some pin prick pitting. 4-35271 JR207 (17,500-27,500)

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2140

FINE MARTIALLY MARKED CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 116302. Cal. 45 Colt. Fine Colt Cavalry Single Action with 7-1/2″ bbl, altered front sight with a small copper insert at top. It has block letter 1-line address on top with “DFC” (David F. Clark) inspector initials on bottom of bbl, bottom of frame and cylinder. Last four digits of the serial number are on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing & on cylinder. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates with a small “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip having the outline & partially legible “FH” (Capt. Frank Heath) ordnance inspector initials and the partially legible “1885” date. The “DFC” cartouche on right side is worn away with only a partial outline visible. Right side of grip has the hand carved name “J R McBRIDE”. This revolver was part of the 9th Contract for 2,000 revolvers that ran from Aug. 11, 1884 thru Jan. 31, 1885 and the 10th Contract for 2,000 more revolvers June 22, 1885 thru Oct. 28, 1885. Given that this time frame was during the frontier Indian Wars it can be readily assumed that the vast majority of all the revolvers produced during this time were issued to frontier Cavalry Units. Most were returned to Colt or the Springfield Armory in the 1895 and later recalls and altered to artillery configuration with 5-1/2″ bbls. Therefore finding an authentic frontier used Colt in orig configuration is quite rare. CONDITION: Good to very good. Traces of orig finish remain in most sheltered areas with bbl having bright blue under ejector rod housing, good, visible blue on ejector housing and traces at bbl root and around front sight. Frame retains case colors in the front gullets, otherwise all metal has a mottled silver/brown patina. Grip shows heavy wear and light abuse retaining a smooth hand worn patina with losses & chips primarily on left side. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with fine pitting. Screws & base pin are possible replacements. 4-35296 (7,000-9,000)

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2141

SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 31997. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & cased colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 1-line block letter address with dashes at each end. Bottom of the bbl, just forward of the base pin has the sub-inspector initials “J.T.C.”(JOHN T. CLEVELAND) and the last four digits of the serial number are under the ejector housing. It has 2nd type ejector rod housing with bulls-eye ejector head & the cylinder has the partial serial number “4494” which is from another revolver in the same series. Cylinder also has “J.T.C.” and “P” proof marks. The frame has the rare and desirable “L.D.” (Lewis Draper) sub-inspector initials. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and U.S. that has been re-engraved. It is mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with the partially legible “DAL”(Lt. David A. Lyle) cartouche on left side and the mostly legible “J.T.C.” cartouche on right side. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as having been sold and delivered to the U.S. Government inspector at the Colt factory on Dec. 23, 1876 in a shipment of 300 same type guns. Also accompanied by a Kopec letter detailing much of the above information. He speculates that this revolver may have been issued to the 3rd cavalry or possibly a state militia unit. He states that the mismatched cylinder on this revolver is a common occurrence in this series of martial Colts as there was considerable switching of parts at the factory to correct mis-alignment problems. In item No. 3 of his list of deviations he states that the ejector head is a “modern manufactured replacement” which this cataloger does not agree, having observed fine pitting with finish in the sheltered areas which is consistent with the current restored finish on the revolver. Additionally accompanied by a custom, red-felt lined walnut case, French fitted in the bottom for the revolver with a raised cartridge block containing 6 original Frankford Arsenal inside-primed, copper cased 45 cal cartridges. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except the cylinder as noted and the grip where the number is obscured by oil staining. Overall retains about 99% of its fine custom restored finish with strong bright high polished blue and fine case colors that have a moderately faded look with brilliants colors in the most sheltered areas. Hammer is a later post-1900 commercial replacement. Grip is sound and retains most of its older, professionally restored finish. Hammer is without safety notch otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Box is fine. 4-33471 JR113 (7,500-12,500)

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2141A

ULTRA RARE COLT’S VERY FIRST CALIBER 44 CENTERFIRE SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER PRODUCED. Cal. 44 RF Henry/44 WCF (44-40). SN 36026. This revolver has a somewhat long history beginning on April 26, 1877 when it was shipped to Colt’s London Agency for delivery to the Turkish Government for test trials. It seems that Baron Von Oppen, Colt’s brother-in-law and European representative, had learned that Winchester was attempting to sell the Turkish Government some 30,000 of their, then available, 44 caliber revolvers. He hurriedly contacted Gen. Franklin, Colt’s Vice President regarding the situation. Gen. Franklin, under the impression that Turkey was using the Winchester Model 1873, had three revolvers, including this one, made up and shipped to the London agency for delivery to Constantinople. This was apparently done in very short order as this revolver has no British proofs indicating it did not stay in England for any length of time. Gen. Franklin’s mistaken belief regarding the model of the Turkish rifles being .44RF Henry for the 1866 Winchester rather than the cal 44-40 of the Model 1873, led to the modification of this revolver, apparently by a Turkish armorer. He cleverly replaced the orig firing pin with a hook-billed, pointed; flat firing pin retained with a sgl rivet and modified the frame firing pin recess to accommodate this rimfire adaptation. It is readily apparent in looking into the chambers that this revolver was fired innumerable times using the much shorter 44 rimfire case as there is a ring in each chamber at precisely the correct distance to where the mouth of the rimfire case would have been. The areas forward of the ring & face of cylinder have heavy pitting, a further indication of heavy use by these corrosive cartridges. The orig first type ejector rod housing was apparently lost or damaged and replaced during the period of use with a later second type stud mounted into the orig screw hole in bbl. Unfortunately the person doing this work was not an accomplished gunsmith as the stud extends into the bore. Had it been fired after installation it would have blown the stud back out of the hole. It still retains its orig bullseye ejector rod head. This revolver is described as having a standard 7-1/2” bbl with 1-line “script” address with serifs at each end. The bore has the standard rifling of six wide lands & grooves and was probably intended for one of the early rimfire revolvers. It has the broken die in the “O” of “CO” and on the “A” in “HARTFORD” of the bbl address. It is thought that this address was completely discontinued in the early 20,000 serial range, therefore further supporting the theory that this was a recycled 44 rimfire bbl that Colt was simply disposing of. As it stands, this is on record as probably being the highest serial numbered revolver with a script bbl address. This revolver also has the caliber marking “44 CF” on left shoulder of trigger guard and has the 1-pc walnut grip. There is a spurious “U.S.” stamp on left side of frame, apparently by some nefarious individual thinking to make this a more valuable piece by making it a martial Colt. A previous consignor states that he had owned this revolver well over 40 years, having purchased it from an antique dealer at that time. Accompanied by a 3-page Kopec letter detailing most of the above information. Also accompanied by a copy of the Summer 2002 The Rampant Colt magazine in which Mr. Kopec has also written a 3-page article with photographs of this same revolver. Additionally accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver as having been shipped to Colt’s London Agency April 26, 1877 in a shipment of three same type guns. The other two serial numbers are 36327 & 36264. CONDITION: Good, all matching including bbl & cylinder. Traces of orig finish remain in very sheltered areas being mostly a smooth gray/brown patina. Grip is sound showing heavy wear with traces of orig varnish. Buttstrap screw is battered as are the frame screws and the base pin screw. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with fine pitting. 4-35884 (8,500-12,500)

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2142
Revised: 3/14/2009

Please Note: Barrel appears to be replaced, “C” mark on wood stock is not typical or consistent of those used by Colt inspectors.

FINE EARLY COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 16770. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with script address. It has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.” on left side of frame. Fitted with 1-pc walnut grip bearing cartouche on left side of “APC”, the cartouche of A.P. Casey. This revolver is from the series produced in 1875 during the height of the Indian Wars and were almost certainly 100% issued to cavalry units on the frontier engaged in the Indian wars. The trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, bbl & bottom right edge of grip are all stamped with small “C” inspector mark. While not considered to have been Custer-issue Colts, they were certainly produced well before the 1876 Custer fight. Ejector rod housing is of the first type with a bull’s eye ejector rod head. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl, cylinder & grip frame retain a smooth even blue/brown patina with minor nicks & scratches. Frame & hammer retain 50-60% moderately faded case colors, stronger in sheltered areas. Grip is sound with minor chipped right toe showing light wear with minor nicks & scratches and retains about 50-60% orig finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with some very fine pitting in the grooves. 4-36336 JR128 (5,000-8,000)

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2143

COLT ETCHED PANEL FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 46735. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line Hartford address on top with legible “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” etched panel on the left side. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” along with tiny British proofs and the last four digits of the serial number are found under the ejector rod housing. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates with the caliber “44 CF” on left rear web of trigger guard. Cylinder also has tiny British proofs back of each flute at rear edge. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip. Right side of frame is stamped “T2667”. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, with shipment to Colt’s London Agency, April 21, 1879 in a 4-gun shipment. CONDITION: Very good, all matching. Grip was not checked. No orig finish remains in exposed areas with strong blue under ejector rod housing. Overall the metal surfaces are a cleaned gray metal patina with scattered fine pitting. Base pin screw, trigger screw & lockbolt screw are replacements. Grip shows heavy wear with battering on bottom edges and retains 60-70% varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-37945 JR184 (3,000-5,000)

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2144

COLT CAVALRY MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 5380. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, script address, with full front sight and tiny “A” (O.W. Ainsworth) inspector initial. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a tiny “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the serial number in back strap channel. Left side of grip has an “OWA” cartouche. The small “A” is also found on trigger guard, top of back strap & cylinder. The serial number of this revolver places it in the Lot 5 of 1,000 revolvers shipped in January 1874, from which the 7th Cavalry under Custer was known to have drawn arms for his troops. This is a beautifully restored Cavalry with all markings restamped & rerolled, including serial numbers and a modern reproduction grip and modern cylinder with replacement cylinder pin. Accompanied by a modern 2pc craft box. It would make an outstanding Cowboy Action Shooter. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about all of a beautiful custom finish with strong bright blue and brilliant case colors. Grip retains a fine oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with good shine and light to moderate pitting. 4-37714 JR136 (4,000-6,000)

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2145

OUTSTANDING COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 152714. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 1-line block letter address on the top and rolled panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on left side. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” underneath the base pin. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the last five digits of the serial number in ink in back strap channel. This fine revolver must have been a special order item as by the time it was produced, 1893, hard rubber grips were standard and 1-pc wood grips, while available, were no longer standard. Single actions of this era are usually not found retaining strong orig finish as they were manufactured in the time of the great westward expansion and usually saw hard & continuous service on the frontier. It was a time of hard riding law men & outlaws as well as homesteaders and cowboys of all stripes. These were the men who carried & used these Colts and to find one with this fine condition is a great rarity. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter fully identifying gun as being a 7-1/2″ 44-40, with blue finish and wood grips shipped to Kennedy & Curtis , Phila. PA, July 18th, 1893; 1 gun in shipment. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including grip. Bbl retains 95-97% strong glossy orig blue with a lightly cleaned area on left side with some other light scratches, probably from coarse steel wool. Ejector rod housing retains about all of its glossy orig factory blue. Frame & hammer retain about all of their strong orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded, brilliant in sheltered areas. Cylinder retains 92-93% glossy orig blue with some minor flaking & light surface scratches. Trigger guard retains about all of its strong glossy orig factory blue and back strap most of its orig blue, glossy & bright at top and on butt strap, cleaned & dull in center with a small spot of pitting. Grip is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig piano varnish finish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore with a few scattered small spots of pitting. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue with no evidence of having been turned except the base pin screw and back strap screws. 4-38047 JR194 (32,500-37,500)

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2146
Revised: 3/3/2009

Additional Information – Please Note: The condition states “all matching except cylinder and grips which are unnumbered but appear to be orig to this revolver”. This is, of course, correct and as the gun should be. Colt SA in this SN range did not have SN on cyl or on the grips. The gun is a superb example in outstanding cond.

EXTRAORDINARY COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 133607. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & case colored with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight having been very minutely reduced in height. Bbl has 2-line address on top with roll mark “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on left side. Left side of frame has the early 3-line patent dates with the caliber marking on left front web of trigger guard. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” under the base pin. Mounted with rampant Colt eagle grips that are unnumbered. Cylinder has a tiny “G” on rear face. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 44-40, with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, rubber stocks and shipped to John P. Lower & Sons, Denver, CO on July 11, 1890 in a shipment of two same type guns. This is one of the finest Western shipped 4-3/4″ Frontier Six Shooters extant. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching except cylinder & grips which are unnumbered but appear to be orig to this revolver. Bbl retains 95-96% glossy, inky, orig Colt blue with light muzzle edge wear. Ejector rod housing retains 88-90% of the same blue with holster wear on outer radius. Ejector rod head is bent. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant orig factory case colors, only very slightly faded on top strap and recoil shields. Trigger guard retains 95% strong orig blue with some slight etching on front strap. Back strap retains about 85% orig blue, strong & bright at the top with flaking & etching on back strap & butt strap. Cylinder retains 90-92% glossy orig blue, slightly thinned around rear edge, strong & bright in the flutes with scattered pin prick pitting in the flutes. Grips are sound showing light diamond point wear, beginning to turn chocolate. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. Has been fired but very little. 4-38085 (22,500-27,500)

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*RARE LATE PRE-WWII COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 354935. Cal. 45 ACP. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and block letter address on top with left side bbl marking “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45”. 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. Serial number is found on right side of front & back straps under the grip. The chambers in the cylinder have short shoulders for the 45 ACP and will not chamber a 45 Colt cartridge. Accompanied by two Colt factory letters, one from 1966 and the other 1990 with both reporting identical information which fully identifies this revolver in caliber 45 ACP with 5-1/2″ bbl, blue finish (which means blue & case colored), type of stocks not listed and shipped to Shapleigh Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO on June 12, 1934 in a shipment of two same type guns. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia only 44 revolvers were produced in caliber “.45 Automatic” making this, indeed, an extremely rare single action. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except cylinder which is unnumbered. Bbl, ejector rod housing, cylinder & grip frame retain most of their strong orig factory blue with faint muzzle edge wear and tip of the ejector rod housing wear. Cylinder has a few faint scratches and a light drag line with slight front edge wear. Frame & hammer retain about all of their moderately faded case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas. Grips are crisp with no discernible wear or flaws. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-35287 JR226 (45,000-60,000)

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2148

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 261100. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Blue & case colored with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Frame has 2-line patent dates with rampant Colt in a circle and is mounted with orig style, 1st generation rampant Colt hard rubber grips beginning to turn chocolate. CONDITION: Fine plus. Bbl retains 65-70% glossy orig blue with holster wear on both sides. Ejector rod housing retains about 60% orig blue, mostly in the gullets. Frame retains 60-70% orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas turned silver elsewhere. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors, moderately faded & turned dark on top edge. Trigger guard retains 65-70% strong orig blue and back strap traces of blue at top and on butt strap. Cylinder is fine and retains about 50% thin orig blue. Grips are sound showing moderate wear, more so on right side, with right side turned chocolate. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few spots of scattered pitting. Another outstanding Cowboy Action Shooter. 4-36341 JR126 (3,000-5,000)

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2149

FINE F.A. MEANEA DOUBLE LOOP SINGLE ACTION HOLSTER. Made for 5-1/2″ Colt Single Action Army Revolver from 1-pc of heavy belting leather, dark brown finish with two loops, one wide & one narrow. Face of holster has Meanea’s typical decorations of three incised lines around entire perimeter with zig zag & dot borders and a flower blossom at each juncture. Top center of body of holster is stamped with the cartouche “F.A. MEANEA / CHEYENNE WYO.” Skirt & loops have simple line borders. Back of skirt has two small crude cut slots and Cheyenne plug is missing. CONDITION: Good. Plug missing as noted, otherwise holster is completely sound with some minor loose stitching at top near the trigger guard area. Holster shows moderate to heavy wear with some minor losses to front and heavy soil on back. Leather is soft & supple and still usable. 4-37916 JR225 (3,000-5,000)

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*FINE COLT 1ST GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH ORIGINAL BOX. SN 356524. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl, orig thick front sight, 1-line block letter address with model & caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. Right side of front & back straps, under the grip, are marked with serial number and rear face of cylinder has last two digits of serial number between two chambers. Accompanied by its orig matching numbered hinged lid, dark burgundy box with blue & white end label and instructions inside lid. Also accompanying is a “SHOOTING SUGGESTIONS” pamphlet and an orig brown paper. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its brilliant orig case colors on frame, slightly faded on recoil shield and loading gate. Bbl, ejector rod housing & grip frame retain about all of their bright orig factory blue. Grips & mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired in all respects with only a minuscule cylinder line. Box has a couple of minor chips in burgundy covering with slightly worn corners. 4-36291 JR21 (10,000-15,000)

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2151

*SCARCE 1ST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH ORIGINAL BOX. SN 352313. Cal. 44 Russian and S&W Spcl. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl, orig thick front sight with narrow sight groove. Bbl has 1-line block letter address with caliber markings on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. Right side of trigger guard & back strap, under grip, are marked with serial number. Last two digits of serial number are on rear face of cylinder between two chambers. Accompanied by its orig hinged lid, dark burgundy box numbered to this revolver, with blue & white end label and a black & white end label on the lid marked “S.&W. CARTRIDGE”. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grips. Overall retains about 98% strong orig factory finish with bright blue and moderately faded case colors. Case colors are bright & strong in sheltered areas. Grips show very light diamond point wear. May have been fired but if so very little. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Box shows wear & tear with a small section missing from left front corner of lid. 4-36290 JR22 (9,000-15,000)

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*FINE 1ST GENERATION COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH ORIGINAL BOX. SN 321826. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & case colored with high polish blue, 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 1-line block letter address and “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44-40” on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. Accompanied by its orig matching numbered, hinged lid, dark burgundy box with blue & black end label, label inside lid and a grip advertisement inside bottom. Also accompanied by a “SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS” pamphlet and a 3-in-one oil advertising pamphlet, an orig wire & bristle cleaning brush and an “L” shaped blued screwdriver. While this particular caliber is not the most scarce in this model of single action it is very scarce to find it with its orig box in this condition. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including grips. Overall retains about all of its orig factory finish with extra polish bbl & cylinder. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig factory case colors, only slightly faded. Grips are crisp & clean. Cylinder has a few minor scratches and a couple of small spots of flaking. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. Box is sound showing lightly worn & chipped edges with fuzzed corners. 4-36281 JR23 (7,000-10,000)

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2152A

*COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 244716. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). SN 244716. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2” bbl, slightly altered front sight & roll-marked on left side “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with a rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with replacement heavy stag grips. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver with type of stocks not listed and indicating shipment Feb. 18, 1904 to Krakauer, Zork & Moye, El Paso, TX in a shipment of one gun. It was returned to factory Oct. 29, 1907. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain 92-93% glossy orig blue with muzzle edge wear and a spot of fine pitting on left side of muzzle. Frame retains 75-80% orig case colors, bright in sheltered areas, faded elsewhere. Frame screws retain most of their glossy orig blue. Hammer retains 60-70% faded case colors. Cylinder retains about 90% orig blue, thin on outer diameter, strong & bright in flutes. Backstrap has some chemical spotting and is mostly a blue/gray patina with strong blue at top and on buttstrap. Front strap is a blue/gray patina with glossy orig blue on trigger bow and around trigger guard. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-35358 JDJ (6,500-7,500)

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2153

*1ST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 352323. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered thick front sight with a modern 2nd generation replacement bbl & cylinder. Cylinder is numbered “488” around bushing. It has 2-line patent dates and rampant Colt on left side of frame and is mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Right sides of front & back straps, under grip, are marked with serial number. Consignor states that when he purchased this revolver it had been altered to another caliber. When he obtained a Colt letter he learned that it had originally been in 45 caliber so he restored it to its orig caliber. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver with blue finish in 45 Colt caliber with 7-1/2″ bbl and rubber grips, sold to Gafford Penchout, address unavailable, and shipped to “NRA Service Company”, Washington, D.C. on Feb. 15, 1929 in a shipment of two same type guns. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & cylinder retain about 99% strong factory blue. Ejector rod housing retains about 90% strong orig factory blue. Frame retains 80-85% faded case colors, strong in sheltered areas. Back strap is a dull blue and trigger guard retains about 92-93% orig blue. Grips are extremely fine. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36284 JR20 (2,500-4,000)

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2154

*COLT 1ST GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 353144. Cal. 38 Spcl. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, orig thick front sight with 1-line bbl address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and rampant Colt without circle. Right side of front strap & back strap, under grip, are matching numbered. Rear face of cylinder, between two chambers has the last two digits of serial number and the front face has a small “K”. Mounted with orig 2-pc rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered “975”. Although these grips are numbered to another revolver they fit extremely well. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only about 27 revolvers were produced in 38 S&W Spcl. caliber and 89 in 38 Colt Spcl. caliber prior to 1940. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl, cylinder & ejector rod housing retain 96-97% strong orig factory blue with only light muzzle & sharp edge wear. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig factory case colors, slightly faded, moreso on recoil shields, strong & bright on hammer & brilliant in sheltered areas. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36279 JR2 (4,000-6,000)

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2155

*FINE BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 230352. Cal. 41 Colt. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 1-line block letter address and “(BISLEY MODEL) 41 COLT” on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Fitted with unnumbered rampant Colt checkered hard rubber grips. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia Vol. 2, Cochran, of the 44,350 Bisley model revolvers produced only 3,159 were in caliber 41 in all configurations. CONDITION: Extremely fine, near new, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Retains virtually all of its strong bright factory blue and case colors, brilliant colors in sheltered areas. Screws are crisp and retain virtually all of their bright factory blue. Cylinder retains most of its deep glossy factory blue also. Grips are crisp, mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36282 JR5 (8,000-12,000)

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2156

*FINE COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 303801. Cal. 45 ACP. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address on top with “(BISLEY MODEL) 45 COLT” on the left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and rampant Colt in a partial circle. Mounted with spectacular diamond checkered 2-pc ivory grips. Cylinder is usual configuration with the late pre-war bevel on front edge and is chambered for 45 ACP with a distinct shoulder in each chamber to headspace the rimless round. A 45 Colt cartridge will not chamber. Left side of front strap & butt strap, under grip, are marked “558B”, a Colt refinish assembly number, which is also found on bottom of the frame, under the trigger guard, along with the date “10 18″ and in the inside radius of the ejector rod housing. Cylinder & bbl are not so marked indicating that they were replacements at the time of restoration. Right rear web of trigger guard is marked with a 6-pointed star which is the factory refinish mark. It appears that the new bbl & cylinder were installed in 1918 during the restoration. According to a letter written by consignor’s brother-in-law it appears that this revolver was purchased from the W. Torrey Little Auction Company in October 1958. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 32-20 with 4-3/4” bbl and blue finish with type of stocks not listed, shipped to the Shapleigh Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO, Aug. 3, 1908 in a shipment of five same type guns. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 98-99% strong restored factory finish with orig factory blue on bbl & cylinder. Case colors on frame are strong & bright, brilliant in sheltered areas. Grip frame, bbl & cylinder retain virtually all of their bright blue. Grips are sound with one minor age line and retain a beautiful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-37765 JR143 (3,000-5,000)

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2157

RARE COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH CUSTER RANGE BARREL. SN 132436. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2” bbl, slightly altered front sight with early script address with serifs at each end and tiny “A” (O.W. Ainsworth)inspector mark on bottom. It has third type ejector rod housing with half moon ejector rod head. Frame, trigger guard & back strap are matching numbered with frame having “RAC” (Renaldo A. Carr) inspector initials and a “K” inspector initial on trigger guard, buttstrap & end of ejector rod housing. These parts are reported to have been replacement parts used during artillery conversions. Cylinder is not numbered in usual position but has the assembly number “514B” on the face around cylinder sleeve which number is also found inside the ejector rod housing, on the left side of front strap & butt strap under the grip and on bottom of the frame underneath the trigger guard along with factory date “8 12”. This is a Colt assembly number marking replacement items during refinishing or in the alteration process. A letter from Colt might clarify this information. Front strap has been drilled for a grip pin, now missing. Bbl is an early Ainsworth inspected item with serial number “6603” and is possibly a Springfield replacement item. This bbl is from Government purchase Lot 7 which encompasses the serial range 6517-7527. Serial number 6604 is listed on p. 270 of Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, as having been turned in as an unserviceable cavalry revolver which certainly lends credence to the probability that this bbl was on a genuine Custer Battlefield used Colt. It has a modern replacement cylinder pin. Frame is most unusual in that it is without patent dates or “US” and has a rampant Colt with only a partial circle below horse’s hind feet. It has 1-pc walnut grip. This exact serial number is listed on p. 83 of Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, where it is shown as an overrun of the contract. This would therefore explain the lack of “US” on frame since it was never given final acceptance inspection by the government but does not explain the lack of patent dates. This could also possibly explain the Colt assembly number on the various parts. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about all of an old restored finish and ejector rod housing 60-70% Colt finish, mostly in gullets. Frame retains 30-40% factory case colors, mostly in sheltered areas, with balance turned silver. Trigger guard & backstrap retain strong blue in sheltered areas with balance turned gray patina. Grip has a spot of wood fill in left toe and has grooves in both sides by the front strap at the toe, probably where a lanyard was inserted by its owner during period of use, otherwise grips are sound with a dark hand worn patina. Timing is a little off, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-36335 JR127 (3,000-5,000)

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2158

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH AFTER MARKET ENGRAVING. SN 111475. Cal. 45 Colt. Early single action with 5-1/2″ bbl, altered front sight with 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and is mounted with faux ivory grips. Base pin and base pin screw are replacements. Frame, cylinder, bbl & back strap are after-market engraved in a rather coarse Cuno Helfricht style with about 60% coverage foliate arabesque patterns with stippled background. Top strap and ejector rod housing radius are engraved with snake & dot patterns. Top of back strap has Helfricht style fan with foliate & floral patterns at top & heel and a hunter star on the trigger bow. Cylinder is engraved in alternating patterns on lands between the flutes with simple line & dot borders at rear edge. CONDITION: Good to very good. Traces of blue remain in most sheltered areas being mostly a cleaned metal color. Left side of bbl, near muzzle, has a few light dings. All serial numbers have been restamped. Grips are sound. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore. Would make a fine Cowboy Action Shooter. 4-36331 JR112 (1,500-2,500)

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2159

*FINE TURNBULL RESTORED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 203030. Cal. 41 Colt. Blue & case colored with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line bbl address on top with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that are orig unnumbered Colt equipment. Entire revolver has been spectacularly restored by the Doug Turnbull Shop with authentic style Colt blue & case colors. All markings & legends, along with serial numbers have all been re-rolled or re-stamped. CONDITION: As noted, very fine. Retains virtually all of its spectacular restored finish. Blue is strong & bright, case colors are brilliant and screws retain all of their fine fire blue. Grips show moderate heavy wear, turning chocolate. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-38059 JR196 (1,500-2,500)

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2160

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 287890. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Blue & case colored with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight with 2-line patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle on left side of frame. Mounted with faux stag grips. Cylinder appears to be a more modern replacement. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains most of a fine restored finish with about 95% strong blue on bbl, ejector rod housing & cylinder. Trigger guard & back strap are equally fine with blue slightly dull. Frame appears to have been re-hardened with mottled gray & blue case colors. Hammer is a modern replacement. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. Would make an outstanding Cowboy Action Shooter. 4-36353 JR125 (1,250-1,750)

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2161

*COLT 2ND GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 13755SA. Cal. 38 Spcl. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and block letter address on top with the model & caliber number on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with the rampant Colt without a circle. Mounted with 2nd generation rampant Colt/eagle grips numbered “53686” on inside. The serial number was noted on left side of front & back straps under the grip. Assembly number “552” is found on loading gate & on front of cylinder around bushing hole. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 98% strong orig finish with bright blue and brilliant case colors showing only light muzzle edge wear on left side and on tip of ejector rod housing. Grips have one small chip on right side, otherwise appear new. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-37865 JR197 (1,500-2,000)

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2162

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, MODERN REPRODUCTION OF THE FAMED SEARS & ROEBUCK “COW BOY SPECIAL”. SN 442CCT. Cal. 45 Colt. All blue finish like the orig Cow Boy Special with 5-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight, with 1-line block letter address and the caliber marking hand engraved on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with a rampant Colt in a partial circle. Mounted with extraordinary 1-pc ivory grip made from three pieces of ivory glued together that has the three digits of the serial number in ink in back strap channel. It has raised carved stooping bald eagle on left side and a raised carved eagle clutching olive branches & arrows in his talons with an American shield on its breast and a ribbon in its beak inscribed “E PLURIBUS UNUM” on right side. Except for the grip this is a fine facsimile of the famous Sears Cow Boy Special being sold elsewhere in this auction. The engraver whose initials “MVS” appear on front flat of frame just below base pin, nearly duplicated Cuno Helfricht’s masterpiece work with full coverage engraving on frame consisting of very fine foliate arabesque patterns with a sweeping pattern on left recoil shield terminating in a flower blossom. Loading gate has a shell pattern like the original. Hammer screw has a flower blossom around hole. Top strap is engraved in braided rope patterns. Bbl is engraved like the orig with checkerboard diamond & dot panels in the center with shell & foliate fan patterns at each end of both sides with beautiful foliate & floral patterns elsewhere. Bbl address has multiple borders terminating in a figure-8 pattern around front sight. Ejector rod housing is engraved like the original with tapering foliate patterns on outside radius with a foliate pattern around screw hole and an arabesque pattern at rear end. Gullet has a smake pattern without dots or border patterns. There is a narrow gold inlaid band around muzzle with a narrow and a wide gold band at the cylinder end. Both sides of frame are outlined in gold wire inlay. Top of backstrap is engraved with a foliate fan pattern outlined in gold wire. Back strap, unlike the original has a center checkerboard diamond & dot pattern with foliate arabesque patterns at top & heel. Butt strap & trigger guard are engraved to match with another foliate fan pattern around trigger guard screw. Cylinder is engraved nearly identically to the original with alternating patterns of flowers & blossoms and foliate arabesque patterns. It has fine arabesque patterns between cylinder stop notches with a feather pattern at rear edge between fine gold wire inlays. Rear face of cylinder has a rampant Colt between two chambers and front face has three digits of serial number around the bushing hole. The entire serial number was observed on right side of front & back straps under the grip. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including grip. Overall retains virtually all of its strong finish showing no discernible wear. Grip is sound with a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. 4-36330 JR116 (3,000-5,000)

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2163

FINE AFTER-MARKET ENGRAVED COLT FRONTIER SIX-SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 138129. Cal. 44 WCF. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly thinned front sight with 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with 1-pc checkered ivory grip made with two ivory panels glued to wood blocks on interior. Frame, cylinder, bbl, back strap & trigger guard are after-market engraved in Cuno Helfricht style with nearly full coverage on the frame consisting of sweeping foliate arabesque patterns with his trademark sunburst on recoil shield & loading gate. Top strap of the frame has snake & dot patterns. Bbl has extensive foliate arabesque patterns with a snake & ball pattern on each side. Top of bbl has straight line borders around address which terminates toward muzzle in a Moorish pattern. There are two narrow gold bands inlaid around the muzzle and a wider gold band at the chamber end. Ejector rod housing, which is second type, is engraved with snake & dot pattern in the gullet, a scalloped border at top of radius and a sparse arabesque pattern in the center. Cylinder is engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns on lands between flutes with a small sunburst at rear of each flute. Rear edge of cylinder has a narrow gold band inlay with a swag & dot border pattern. Top of back strap has a fan pattern reminiscent of Mr. Helfricht’s work with foliate arabesque & Moorish patterns down the back strap. Butt strap & trigger bow are engraved to match. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Overall retains about all of its fine custom finish, appears to be unfired since engraving. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36351 JR111 (2,500-3,500)

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2164

*FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT NEW FRONTIER SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 03893NF. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, ramp front sight, flat top frame with adjustable rear sight. Bbl has usual markings with 1-line block letter address and left side marked “COLT NEW FRONTIER S.A.A. .45”. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with a rampant Colt without circle. Serial number was observed on frame and on left sides of front & back straps under the grip with four digits of serial number around cylinder bushing hole. Mounted with orig type 2nd generation rampant Colt/Eagle hard rubber grips. Frame, cylinder, bbl, back strap, butt strap, trigger guard & ejector rod housing are very beautifully factory engraved in flowing foliate & floral arabesque patterns in D+ coverage. Left side of front strap, under grip, is stamped “COLT ENG.”. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter fully identifying this revolver as found with type of stocks not listed and factory class “D” standard level scroll engraving, furnished with a presentation case & shipped to John’s Sporting Goods, Canton, OH on July 21, 1980 in a one gun shipment. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching except grips which are replacements. Overall retains virtually all of its strong orig factory finish with bright blue & crisp case colors, brilliant in frame gullets. Grips are fine. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36338 JR118 (3,000-5,000)

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2165

*WONDERFUL AFTER MARKET HELFRICHT STYLE ENGRAVED SILVER PLATED COLT BISLEY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 263656. Cal. 32 WCF. Beautiful silver finish Bisley with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 2-line address, marked on left side “(BISLEY MODEL) 32 W.C.F.” Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with exceptional real pearl grips with raised carved steer head with ruby eyes on right side. Frame, cylinder, bbl, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved in Cuno Helfricht style, probably from his shop with about 80% coverage on frame, fine sweeping foliate arabesque patterns with his trademark sunburst on left recoil shield & loading gate. Ejector rod housing radius on frame has a delicate flower blossom. Matching engraving patterns extend up sides of bbl nearly to the muzzle with simple line border around bbl address terminating in a Moorish pattern with dots. Top strap & ejector rod housing gullet are engraved with snake & dot pattern with a hunter star in center of the ejector rod housing and sunbursts at each end. Top of back strap shoulders are engraved with delicate fan patterns with foliate arabesque patterns on sides of back strap shoulders & trigger guard shoulders. Top & heel of back strap along with butt strap & trigger bow are engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns. Cylinder is engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes with foliate patterns at rear of each flute. Entire revolver is beautifully & professionally after market silver plated. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 32-20 with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to K.L. Hart, Tucson, AZ on Feb. 21, 1905 in a shipment of three same type guns. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its strong silver plating with only a minor nick or two. Grips are exceptional with tremendous color & fire. Safety notch in hammer is not functional, otherwise mechanics are crisp. Strong bright bore with light scattered pitting, probably unfired since replating. 4-36355 JR113 (3,000-5,000)

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2166

*AMERICA REMEMBERS GERONIMO COMMEMORATIVE SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN TF06422. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with Colt bbl address on top and “COLT COWBOY 45 COLT” on left side. Left side of frame has rampant Colt without circle and it is mounted with 2-pc rampant Colt composition grips. Entire revolver is nickel & gold plated with various geometric Indian designs and “GERONIMO” on each side of bbl. Left recoil shield has an image of Geronimo holding his Springfield carbine. Top of back strap has a diamond inscribed “081 of 100”. Bottom of trigger guard is stamped “A & A ENGRAVING / RAPID CITY, SD” and butt strap is marked “AMERICA REMEMBERS / AHL ASHLAND, VA”. Accompanied by its orig glass topped, purple velvet lined walnut casing. CONDITION: Appears to be new & unfired retaining virtually all of its orig nickel & gold finish with surface chemical staining. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Case is new. 4-36339 JR169 (750-1,500)

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2167

*SPECTACULAR ENGRAVED AND GOLD INLAID COLT 2ND GENERATION BUNTLINE SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 21659SA. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and case colored with 12″ bbl, tall thick front sight and 1-line address with model and caliber marking on the left side. Bottom of bbl, just forward of the base pin has the number BB2837. Left side of the frame has 2-line patent dates with a rampant Colt. Left side of the front and back straps under, the grip, has the serial number and the last 3 digits of the serial number are around the cylinder bushing hole on the front face. Rear face of the cylinder has a rampant Colt between 2 of the chambers. The grip is 1-pc ivory, made in the manner of originals, with a wood block between 2 ivory panels. Both sides of the grip have raised carved steer’s head. The frame, hammer & bbl are beautifully engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch-dot background. Frame has a gold wire border around each side and the bbl has a gold band at the frame end with 3 Moorish patterns in gold and a gold band around the muzzle. Ejector rod housing has very fine, delicate patterns in the top and bottom gullets with an arabesque pattern at the rear end and gold wire Moorish pattern at the front end. Cylinder is engraved to match with arabesque patterns and punch-dot background on the lands between the flutes with 2 small border patterns at the rear edge along with a gold band. Back strap & trigger guard are engraved to match. Front edge of the frame, just below the base pin, has the engraver’s signature which is indecipherable to this cataloger. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains all of its fine bright blue and brilliant case colors. Grips are a mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. 4-36347 JR67 (3,000-5,000)

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*COLT 3RD GENERATION BUNTLINE SPECIAL SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN SA45726. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and case colored with 12″ bbl, orig tall thick front sight with 1-line address and model & caliber markings on the left side. Left side of the frame has 2-line patent dates with a rampant Colt, and it is mounted with rampant Colt / Eagle hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. The serial number also appears on the left side of the trigger guard & back strap under the grip and the last four digits of the serial number are around the cylinder bushing on the front of the cylinder. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including grips. Blue is crisp and case colors are brilliant with sharp crisp grips. Mechanics and bores are equally new. 4-36350 JR66 (1,000-1,500)

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2169

*COLT 3RD GENERATION BUNTLINE SPECIAL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN SA57356. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and case colored with 12″ bbl, orig tall thick front sight, with 1-line address and the caliber marking on the left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with rampant Colt, and it has deluxe 1-pc walnut grip. Serial number was also observed on the left side of the trigger guard & back strap underneath the grip and the last four digits of the serial number are around the cylinder bushing hole on the face of the cylinder. Grip is not numbered in the back strap channel. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except grip as noted above. Overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with bright blue and lightly faded case colors, probably unfired. Grip is crisp and retains about all of its orig oil finish. Hammer will not hold in full cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. 4-36348 JR64 (800-1,200)

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2170

*COLT 2ND GENERATION BUNTLINE SPECIAL SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 20603SA. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and case colored with 12″ bbl, orig thick tall front sight, 1-line address with model and caliber marking on the left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with rampant Colt. Mounted with 2-pc rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered 641. Left side of the trigger guard & back strap, under the grip, marked with the serial number and cylinder has number 712 around the cylinder bushing. Bbl is marked “BB2061”. Although grips and cylinder are not numbered to this revolver, they fit as orig. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine. Retains virtually all of its brilliant orig factory finish with crisp blue and slight muzzle edge wear with brilliant case colors. Grips are crisp. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36349 JR65 (1,500-2,000)

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2171

*COLT PEACEMAKER SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN G25575. Cal. 22 LR/22 Mag. Blue & case colored with 6″ bbl, fixed sights and 2-pc rampant Colt/eagle composition grips. Accompanied by its orig 2-pc gold colored box with end label matching numbered to revolver. Also accompanying is the spare cylinder in its orig box, owner’s manual, warranty card & pamphlet with an orig Colt 3-blade screwdriver. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Appears to be new & unfired with bright factory blue & brilliant case colors. Grips & mechanics are crisp, box is equally new. 4-36292 JR4 (350-500)

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2172

COLT 2ND GENERATION MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 197. Cal. 44. Nickel finish with 8″ rnd bbl, standard front sight and 1-line address. It has “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame with caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. Trigger guard is nickel plated brass with iron back strap marked in center “SAML COLT” and is mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip. Frame is 4-screw style cut for shoulder stock with rnd head hammer screw and extended stock screws. It has usual 6-shot rebated cylinder with Ormsby Naval battle scene and all six crisp safety pins. Bore is conventional rifled with left hand twist. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Retains virtually all of its orig factory finish, remaining new & unfired. 4-36374 JR119 (500-1,000)

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2173

*ENGRAVED DOUG TURNBULL U.S. FIREARMS SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 334DT. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 4-3/4″ bbl, full thick front sight and 2-line bbl address on top with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and it is mounted with beautiful full checkered, 1-pc ivory grip. Engraved in Nimschke style with about “D” coverage fine intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Top strap & ejector rod housing gullet are engraved with feather patterns and the outside radius of the ejector rod housing, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved to match the frame. Top of back strap has a well-executed fan pattern. Both forward sides of frame have hunter stars and center of back strap is engraved with orig owner’s initials “GWW”. Doug Turnbull purchased these well-made single actions from the manufacturer in the white and finished them with his beautiful blue & case colors. These are the finest of the modern made single actions, made in the U.S.A. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, new & unfired. Retains virtually all of its orig Turnbull finish with glossy bright blue & brilliant case colors. Grips are exceptional with mellow ivory patina. Crisp mechanics, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36337 JR140 (1,250-1,750)

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2174

*PAIR OF ENGRAVED STAINLESS U.S. FIREARMS SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS. SN CC60 & CC6. Cal. 45 Colt. Fine pair of modern single actions with black powder frames, 4-3/4″ bbls with full front sights and 2-line bbl addresses on tops with caliber markings on left sides. They have bull’s eye ejector rod heads. Left sides of frames have 3-line patent dates and are mounted with beautifully checkered & carved 1-pc ivory grips that are slightly loose on frames. Grips have raised carved American eagles with shields on its breasts and ribbons in their beaks inscribted “E PLURIBUS UNUM” on both sides. Frames cylinders, bbls & back straps are engraved in Cuno Helfricht style in about “A” coverage foliate arabesque patterns with the Helfricht style sunbursts on recoil shields & loading gates and his trademark fan at top of back straps. Bbs & cylinders are engraved to match. CONDITION: As new, both appear to be unfired, retaining about all of their factory orig polish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bores. 4-36329, 4-36354 JR139 (2,000-3,000)

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2175

*U.S. FIREARMS SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 131236. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 3″ bbl made without ejector rod, full front sight and 2-line address on top with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. Mounted with very nice diamond checkered 2-pc ivory grips. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with glossy strong blue and brilliant case colors. Grips are equally crisp. Appears to be unfired with only a faint drag line. 4-36343 JR138 (1,000-1,500)

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2176

*CIMARRON BY UBERTI SHORT BARREL SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 014967. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored black powder frame with 3-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 2-line Cimarron address on top and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and it is fitted with 1-pc checkered birdhead faux ivory grip. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 96-97% orig finish with slight muzzle edge wear. Otherwise retains glossy strong blue with faded case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas. Grip is fine. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36344 JR137 (1,000-1,500)

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2177

*CIMARRON/UBERTI SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH HOLSTER. SN C129589. Cal. 44 WCF. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 2-line Cimarron address on top with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and bottom of bbl has the “UBERTI” name. Mounted with thick, smooth, 1-pc old ivory grip. Accompanied by an extremely fine Ralph Hunt Williams handmade belt holster with buckskin fringe and tooled face with brass studs. Center of top front has a large concho in a tooled rosette with beaded buckskin strings. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains about all of its fine orig factory finish with bright glossy blue and orig thin case colors. May have been fired but if so very little. There is slight muzzle edge wear. Grips are sound, slightly loose on frame. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Holster is exceptionally fine with little evidence of use. 4-36332 JR141 (400-600)

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2178

*U.S. FIREARMS DOUG TURNBULL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH HOLSTER. SN 373DT. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and 1-line address on top with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and is mounted with beautiful full checkered 1-pc ivory grip. Accompanied by a fine Ralph Hunt Williams dbl loop holster with Cheyenne plug and two beautiful silver conchos on the loops. Doug Turnbull purchased these revolvers from the manufacturer in the white and finished them with his beautiful blue and exceptional case colors and mounted this one with the checkered ivory grip. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. New & unfired, retains all of its strong orig blue and brilliant case colors. Grip is equally new, holster is extremely fine. 4-36352 JR142 (900-1,200)

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2179

OUTSTANDING KIRKPATRICK HAND MADE TOOLED BELT & HOLSTER RIG FOR SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. Made of lined heavy russet brown harness leather with 3″ wide x 48″ long belt that has twenty-five large caliber loops. Entire length of belt is heavily tooled in foliate arabesque patterns with six large silver conchos and six small silver conchos. It has silver riveted and sewn buckle billet with a sewn on tongue billet containing a beautiful Montana Silversmith’s buckle set that is all hand tooled silver. Holster is single loop over the belt style, also of lined heavy belting leather with a full tooled holster body and skirt. The single loop is tooled to match with one large and two small silver conchos. All the conchos are also probably by Montana silversmiths. Holster is made to fit a 5-1/2″ single action and it has a rawhide thumb loop with leather tab. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. Has had a revolver inserted a few times but appears to be completely unused. This is truly a beautiful hand tooled quick draw rig and would look great on the range at a Cowboy Action Shoot. 36330-1 JR120 (500-1,000)

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2179A

RARE PROBABLY ONE OF A KIND BERDAN SPORTING RIFLE. SN 1. Cal. 42 Berdan. This rifle was built by Colt in the period circa 1868 when every manufacturer was scrambling to produce a sporting rifle for the “Manifest Destiny” westward expansion. Undoubtedly it was built by Colt’s master gun makers under the direct supervision of Hiram Berdan, perhaps even by Mr. Berdan himself. This fine rifle utilizes the Type 3 breechblock and has a 26-1/2” medium weight, rnd bbl, globe front sight, no provision for rear sight and an unusual tang sight mortised into top of wrist. It has a 2-1/2” long thick staff with a Sharps type eye cup that is dovetailed onto the beveled staff with a delicate windage knob & bar built in. The slide is secured only by the friction of the dovetail. Mounted in a highly figured, uncheckered, flame grain, American walnut half stock with straight grip, secured with a single wedge through the forearm and a screw through the top tang. It has a pewter nosecap with triangle shape that has a ball at the apex. Wedge is through two German silver escutcheons and it has a fancy, German silver, serpentine triggerguard/finger rest. It also has an unusual single set trigger. Buttplate is of nickeled brass, crescent in shape with a thick toe and stepped tang. This is a Model 1874 Sharps type S-20 (Target) buttplate, possibly procured by Hiram Berdan from Sharps, as he had close ties with that company as well as Colt. The back action lock is mortised into wrist with a wood screw at back end and is attached to receiver at the front end with a short machine screw. It is case colored and very nicely engraved as is the hammer with a dolphin style engraved nose. This exact rifle is fully illustrated in three photographs and discussed in some detail on p. 183 of Hiram Berdan Civil War Chief of Sharpshooters Military Commander and Firearms Inventor, Marcot. It is well known that Berdan was employed at Colt as a firearms designer in the period immediately following the Civil War. This rifle may have been Mr. Berdan’s personal possession, although at this time no documentation is available. The serial number is in pencil on the inside of various parts and there is a small “1” stamped on the small breechblock parts. CONDITION: Fine. The bbl retains thin orig brown finish in very sheltered areas, very strong brown under forearm & breechblock with balance a cleaned gray/brown patina. Stock is sound with minor handling & storage marks and retains about all of an old restored finish. Lockplate & hammer have dark case colors, very bright on inside . Breechblock retains most of its orig case colors, fading to patina over the top, stronger & brighter on inside. Breechblock base retains 75-80% orig blue. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. A truly rare & one of kind rifle. 8-87280 JJ1 (10,000-15,000)

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2180

FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1883 SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. SN 2007. Cal. 10 ga. 30″ Damascus bbls, tapered concave rib, with single ivory sighting bead, 3″ chambers, extractors, and dbl triggers. Top rib of bbl is marked “COLTS PT. F.A.MFG.CO.HARTFORD, CT.U.S.A.” The box lock receiver has $3 engraving, which is a fine border engraving outlining receivers and circular spoked wheel pattern around pins & screws. Trigger plate is engraved “PATENTED/AUG 22 SEP 1882″. Mounted with highly figured walnut, checkered splinter forend with ebony tip insert, checkered rnd knob pistol grip, and Rampant Colt logo checkered hard rubber buttplate. Bore diameter: left -.800, right -.795. Bore restrictions: left -.020, right -.028. Wall thickness: left -.039, right -.042. Drop at heel: 3-1/2″, drop at comb: 2″. Weight: 9lbs. 12oz. LOP 13-1/2”. Accompanied with Colt Factory Letter, identifying as 10 ga., 30″ bbls, blue with wood stock, 10lbs., $3 engraved, Grade 1, to Andrus Naedle, Hartford Connecticut, October 25, 1887, one gun in shipment. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbls retain nearly all of their beautiful Damascus pattern with some minor thinning and brown spots near muzzle. Receiver retains 95% orig case colors, with some minor thinning blending with silver patina on bottom and across the fences. Trigger guard has 50% orig blue, flaking and blending with silver patina and worn through grip area to silver patina. Stock is sound with sharp checkering a minor dent on upper right side and typical nicks & scratches, but retains most of its orig finish. Forend is sound with sharp checkering, a few minor nicks & scrapes and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with auto-safety and nice shiny bores. 4-35282 BDT163 (7,500-12,500)

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2181

COLT LIGHTNING LARGE FRAME PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 1992. Cal. 40-60-260. 28″ rnd bbl, full mag, dovetailed Lyman ivory bead front sight, serrated side, “V” notch sporting rear. Standard large frame Lightning with Rampant Colt logo on left side and tang mounted peep sight. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, checkered 2-pc forend, uncheckered straight grip stock, with steel crescent buttplate. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue with some minor nicks and scratches and very faint light surface oxidation. Magazine has turned a blue brown patina with typical minor nicks & dings. Receiver retains 70-75% orig blue mixing with brown patina, it has typical minor scratches and handling marks. Stock is sound with small chips on each side of top tang, slightly dark around receiver and top tang, typical nicks & dings, retains a light coat of added oil blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound, good checkering with a couple small dents, usual minor nicks & dings retaining orig finish, blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with nice shiny bore with some minor shallow pitting. 4-37396 BDT208 (5,000-8,000)

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2182

COLT LIGHTNING PUMP ACTION CARBINE. SN 56239. Cal. 44-40. 20-1/2″ rnd bbl, full mag, rectangular base front sight, carbine ladder rear sight in reverse position, mag tube has banded sling swivel. Standard medium frame, lightning receiver with Colt’s Rampant Colt logo on left side. Mounted with straight grain walnut, 2-pc checkered forend, checkered straight grip stock, checkered butt with heel and toe plates and sling swivel. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 85-90% orig blue with minor scuffing, nicks & dings and some areas lightly thinning and blending with brown patina. Receiver retains 85-90% orig blue with a small cleaned area of shallow pits on left side and numerous small nicks & scratches. The fine replacement stock is sound with lightly worn checkering, typical nicks & dings, a shallow dent on upper left side of tang, and retains a fine oil finish blending with hand worn patina. The orig forend is sound with sharp checkering, some minor nicks & dings and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-37922 BDT207 (4,000-7,000)

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2182A

RARE COLT BURGESS RIFLE WITH HALF-OCTAGON BARREL. SN 5763. Cal. 44-40. 25-1/2″ half-round/half-octagon bbl, full magazine, modified Rocky Mountain front sight, serrated side sporting rear, mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent butt with trapdoor and standard rifle forend. Accompanying gun is a Colt letter identifying it as a half-octagon bbl gun shipped to J.C. Grubb & Co. Philadelphia, Pa., March 12, 1884. Data from page 49 of “The Colt Burgess Magazine Rifle” by Samuel L. Maxwell, Sr., shows 32 special order half-octagon bbl guns, 26 U.S. shipment and 6 to the London agency, making this one of the rarest variations of the Burgess rifle. CONDITION: Good. Bbl and receiver are a combination of silver and brown patina with nicks and dings and evidence of heavy use. Screws on left side of receiver show considerable battering and modification. Stock is sound with some minor chips missing around tang, numerous nicks and dings, a small hole behind lower tang, and carries a hand worn patina finish. Forend has slivers of wood missing on both sides running back from forend cap, nicks and dings, a minor hairline crack and a hand worn patina finish. Mechanics are good with a weak lever retaining spring, dark bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-33817 BDT24708 (2,000-4,000)

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2183

COLT BURGESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4334. Cal. 44-40. 25-1/2″ oct bbl, full mag, fine bead front sight, blank in rear seat.Top of bbl marked “COLTS PT.F.A.MFG.CO. HARTFORD.CT.U.S.A./PAT.JAN.7.78 OCT.19.75. APR.1.79 DEC.7.80. DEC.18.91. JAN.3.82.” Usual Burgess receiver with Rampant Colt logo on left side and tang mounted peep sight. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, uncheckered forend with nose cap, unchecked straight grip stock, steel crescent buttplate with trap door. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain traces of orig blue blending with a brown patina, silvering on sharp edges and cleaned about the entire length of the right side. Receiver retains a dark brown patina and cleaned on left side to a silver patina. Stock is sound with numerous nicks & dings, a series of 4 shallow dents below lower tang, and retains a varnish finish blended with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with two grain cracks on left side starting at receiver, typical nicks & dings and retains a varnish finish with hand worn patina. Mechanics are good with a weak lever retaining spring, dark bore, with distinctive rifling and scattered shallow pitting. 4-36322 BDT206 (3,000-5,000)

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2183A

RARE MARLIN 1893 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 94804. Cal. 32-40. 26″ octagon bbl, full magazine, fine bead front sight, and sporting rear with set screw. Tang is mounted with Lyman course knurled post tang sight with windage adjuster. Mounted with nicely figured flame grain walnut, checkered serpentine pistol grip, crescent butt and deluxe checkered forend. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and magazine tube retains 90-95% original blue mixed with brown patina. Minor sharp edge wear and a few minor nicks and scratches. Receiver has 70-75% thinning original case colors, blended with silver. Loading gate retains 90% of its fine nitre blue. Lever and hammer show most of their fading case colors with lever showing wear to silver and brown patina on bottom. Stock is sound with typical nicks and dings and retains most of its fine deluxe finish. Buttplate is silver with spots of brown patina. Forend is solid with a few minor nicks and dings, good checkering and retains most of its fine deluxe finish. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore with strong rifling. 4-35662 BDT136 (4,000-6,000)

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2184

SCARCE EARLY MARLIN MODEL 1881 WITH REBATED FRAME. SN 231. Cal. 45-70. 28″ oct bbl, full mag, hand fashioned post front sight, flat top “V” notch sporting rear. Top flat of bbl is marked “J.M.MARLIN.NEW HAVEN,CONN,U.S.A./PAT’D FEB.7. 65, JAN.7.73 SEP’T.14.75 NOV.19&26.78 JUNE3,79 DEC.9.79 NOV.9.80 REISSUE NOV.9.1880” Chamber marking adjacent receiver “45 Gov t”. Early rebated frame mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered forend with nose cap, uncheckered straight grip stock with steel rifle buttplate. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains a brown and silver patina with wear at sharp edges, usual nicks & scrapes and a few areas of dark brown spotting. Receiver has numerous minor nicks & scrapes and retains a brown mixed with silver patina finish. Stock is sound with a repaired break on left side, a couple of chips missing from around top tang, a small crack on left side of top tang, typical nicks, dings & dents, some darkening around buttplate and retains a hand worn patina finish. Forend is sound with numerous nicks & dings and retains a hand worn finish. Mechanics are good, bore has strong rifling with some fine shallow scattered pitting. 4-37685 BDT205 (1,000-2,000)

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2185

RARE AND OUTSTANDING BULLARD EXPRESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 184. Cal. 50-115. 26″ part rnd/oct bbl, 1/2 mag, 1/2 nickle front sight, “V” notch sporting rear, unique Bullard action with dust cover is marked on receiver ring “EXPRESS/50/115”. Left side at ejection port is marked “BULLARD REPEATING ARMS COMPANY/ SPRINGFIELD MAS.U.S.A.PAT.AUG.16 1881”. This unique lever action repeater is mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, uncheckered forend, and nose cap with factory installed closed loop sling swivel, uncheckered straight grip stock with Bullard Repeating Arms Co. logo with head of bull elk hard rubber buttplate, factory sling swivel base and closed loop swivel installed in toe line. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 90% orig blue with some cleaned areas just being front sight, rnd portion toning towards blue/brown patina and some minor thinning on oct portion. Mag tube has flaked and is blending orig blue with brown/silver patina. Receiver retains 95-98% orig factory blue with some minor flaking spots blending with brown patina and minor nicks & scuffs. Hammer and lever retains strong brilliant orig case colors. Stock is sound with typical light nicks & dings, some minor scuffing in toe area, and retains most of its orig finish. Forend is sound with some minor bruising, a couple scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore as gun appears to have seen very little use. 4-37789 BDT213 (12,500-17,500)

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2186

EXTREMELY RARE PRESCOTT MAGAZINE PISTOL. SN 6. Cal.32RF. Most unusual American handgun with 4-3/8″ bbl cluster that has integral rib with German silver front sight. Frame is gold washed brass with two piece bird head walnut grips. Appears to be an over/under derringer with spur trigger while in fact is a self-loading repeating pistol. What appears to be the bottom bbl is in fact a magazine tube which holds 6 rds. The bbls are secured with a spring-loaded latch on the top, and when depressed allows the bbl cluster to tip down which automatically extracts the empty casing and brings a fresh cartridge into position to be inserted into the chamber. It is single action in that the hammer must be cocked for every shot. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms probably fewer than 100 of these rare pistols were ever made circa 1875. Pictured on page 140, figure 280, in the book The Derringer in America,Vol. II, Eberhart & Wilson. PROVENANCE: Henry Stewart Collection; Frank Sellers Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl’s are still in the white showing a cleaned metal patina with scattered pitting. Brass frame retains traces of gold with the balance a dark mustard patina. Grips are sound with a smooth hand worn patina. Screws are battered and the latch screw is probably a replacement. Mechanics appear to be fine, strong shiny bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-37818 JR251 (10,000-15,000)

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2187

RARE AND HISTORICAL SHARPS MODEL 4D: CHRISTIAN SHARPS’ PERSONAL POCKET PISTOL. SN NSN. Cal. 32RF. Blue&cased colored with 3-1/2″ bbl cluster, German silver front sight. Groove in the top of the frame as a rear sight. It has flat side frame with flattened recoiled shields and the knurled release button on the left side of the frame. It has spur trigger and with the Sharps patent marking on the right side of the frame and is mounted with spectacular deep relief carved eagles heads on the grips. The carving is extremely clever using the grip screw escutcheons for eyes in the eagles. This pistol is pictured on page 156 of the book Sharps Firearms, Sellers. Mr. Sellers states in his book that “this pistol was supposedly the personal property of Christian Sharps but the documentation is a little sketchy”. No indication of what the documentation was but, having known Frank Sellers for many years, there must have been something available to him for him to have even considered putting such a statement in print. Given that this pistol is not serialized lends strong credence to the probability that it, in fact, did belong to Christian Sharps. PROVENANCE: Robert Seiforth Collection; Frank Sellers Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl cluster retains 60-70% glossy orig blue with the sides of the two right bbls moderately heavily pitted. Frame retains traces of smoky cased colors having turned silver to gray with pitting on the right side. Grips are extremely fine showing light to moderate wear and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bores with scattered pitting. 4-37815 JR252 (18,000-25,000)

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2188

RARE SMITH & WESSON MODEL 1 FIRST ISSUE 2ND TYPE TIP UP SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER. SN 661. Cal. 22 Short. Blue & silver finish with 3-3/16″ oct bbl with integral rib and German silver front sight. It has rounded silver plated brass frame with 2-pc, square butt, rosewood grips and 7-shot unfluted cylinder. It has the 1st type bayonet bbl latch which was replaced shortly in the 3rd type with improved latch system. With numbers fewer than 1,000 ever made, few of these early little Smiths survive today in orig configuration especially with orig finish. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including the grips. Bbl retains about 30-35% thinning orig blue, mostly flaked to a light patina. This is an exceptional amount of blue to be found on one of these early little Smiths. Cylinder is a blue/brown patina and frame retains 85-88% orig silver plating with some fine pimpling around the cylinder. Exposed brass is a medium mustard patina. Grips are sound showing moderate to heavy wear with nicks & scratches and retain 75-80% orig finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-35307 JR236 (5,500-7,500)

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2189

SCARCE CIVIL WAR ERA SMITH & WESSON MODEL 2 ARMY TIP-UP REVOLVER. SN 24086. Cal. 32RF Long. Blue finish with 6″ oct bbl that has integral rib & German silver front sight with case colored hammer, trigger and ejector pin. It has fluted six shot cylinder with patent dates around the center and is fitted with 2 pc rosewood grips serial numbered to this revolver. The assembly number “69” was found on the left heel of the grip frame under the grip, on face of the cylinder and on the rear face of the bbl lug. Many of these fine revolvers, being the only readily available cartridge revolver during the Civil War, saw service thurout the war and afterward throughout the United States and are rarely found with orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grips. Overall retains 96-97% glossy orig factory blue with some minor scattered flaking and a small amount of very fine pinprick pitting around the muzzle. Cylinder retains about 25-30% orig blue with the balance having flaked, not worn, to a smooth dark patina. Hammer and ejector pin retain most of their orig dark case colors with some minor dings on the side of the pin. Trigger is a gray patina. Grips are sound showing faint edge wear with a very few, very minor handling surface mars and retain virtually of the fine factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore with a spot or two of pitting. 4-35306 JR249 (3,250-4,500)

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2189A

RARE KITTRIDGE-SHIPPED SMITH & WESSON HALF-PLATE MODEL NO. 2 ARMY SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER. SN 34570. Cal. 32 RF. Scarce dual tone, “half-plate” finish with blue bbl & cylinder with silver finish frame. It has 6″ oct bbl with German silver front sight, rear sight notch in cylinder stop with 6-shot unfluted cylinder and matching numbered smooth rosewood grips. Accompanied by a Smith & Wesson factory letter fully identifying this revolver as found as having been shipped April 29, 1865 to B. Kittredge & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio in a shipment of 75 same type revolvers, all having half-plate finish. Letter further states that this model revolver was introduced in 1861 with continued manufacturing until 1874 with a total production of 77,155 revolvers. This revolver, having been manufactured & shipped just prior to end of the Civil War to a known Civil War supply company, it could have & probably did see service during the war & most certainly on the frontier during the ensuing westward expansion. They were a popular revolver having the exclusive patent bored-through cylinder for several years. PROVENANCE: Wm. J. (Bill) Maier Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including grips. Bbl retains 60-70% orig blue being mostly a flaked plum/brown patina with stronger blue in sheltered areas. Cylinder is a dark plum/brown patina. Frame retains about 95% strong orig silver finish. Grips are sound showing light to moderate wear & retain most of their orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-36233 JR339 (2,000-3,500)

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2190

FINE CASED SMITH & WESSON OLD MODEL 1-1/2 SPUR TRIGGER REVOLVER. SN 2991. Cal. 32 S&W. Nickel finish with 3-1/2″ keyhole shape bbl with pinned half moon front sight and usual markings on top of rib & top strap. It has bird head diamond checkered hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. This revolver is the earliest type with the hidden strain screw mounted inside front strap under the grip. Accompanied by an M.W. Robinson red felt lined orig mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for revolver & an empty 2-pc box of very early American Metallic Cartridge Co. cartridges with a line drawing of this model of revolver on the lid. It has a kraft colored band with black printing which states that this box is for shot cartridges. CONDITION: Revolver is extremely fine, all matching including bbl, bbl latch, cylinder & grips. Overall retains about 99% strong orig nickel finish and bright case colors. Grips are crisp showing very slight diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. Case has a grain check in bottom, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly to moderately faded with light to moderate soil and a few minor moth holes in lid lining. Cartridge box is fine with very light soil. 4-35308 JR212 (2,750-4,250)

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2191

RARE SMITH & WESSON REVOLVING RIFLE. SN 329. Cal. 320 S&W rifle. Blue finish w/rare 20″ bbl, one of only 224 produced in the period 1879-1887. It has integral rib on the bbl with attached combination front sight and tiny adjustable dove-tailed rear sight. Is mounted with mottled red and black hard rubber forearm and dark burgundy & black mottled diamond checkered grips with embossed “S&W” at the top. Accompanied by an orig S&W stock with nickeled yoke with S&W embossed hard rubber butt plate. Top of the yoke has an orig S&W windage adjustable tang sight. Cylinder is numbered 1 thru 6 on the lands over each chamber. Accompanied by an orig, full, open 2-pc box of Union Metallic Cartridge Co. .32 cal. cartridges. Top label has a line drawing of a S&W revolving rifle and is marked “ESPECIALLY ADAPTED TO / SMITH & WESSON’S / REVOLVING RIFLE.” It is marked “HOBBS’ PATENT, OCTOBER 31ST. 1876” Label and band are kraft paper colored on a kraft colored box with black lettering. One end of the band is mark “.32 S.& W. / RIFLE.” One side of the band is marked “SMITH & WESSON” in script and the other side has reloading instructions also signed “SMITH & WESSON” in script. CONDITION: Rifle retains about 95% strong, glossy orig factory blue with some light muzzle edge wear, a couple of thin spots on the bbl and a series of four flaked spots with fine pitting on the right side of the bbl. There are a few other scattered small chemical spots. Frame retains 96-97% glossy orig factory blue and the cyl strong blue in the flutes, thinning on the outer diameter. Hammer and trigger guard retain most of their orig case colors, moderately faded. Forearm and grips are very fine. Stock has a chipped toe and butt plate and retains most of its orig varnish with light, fine mars in the varnish. Yoke retains most of its orig nickel with a thin spot on the top tang. Tang sight retains about all of its glossy orig blue. Mechanics are crisp. Very bright, shiny bore. Cartridge box shows moderate soil with a few water spots and has one open corner in the lid with minor chipping on the edges of the top label, not affecting the image. Ammunition is crisp and clean. 4-38041 JR259 (12,500-17,500)

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2192

SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED SMITH & WESSON #3 FIRST MODEL SCHOFIELD SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 2856. Cal. 45 S&W. Scarce revolver with blue finish, 7″ bbl with integral rib and pinned German silver half-moon front sight. Rib is grooved with a sight notch in the bbl latch. Bottom flat of the ejector rod housing has small inspector initials with usual markings on each side. It is mounted with smooth walnut grips that are numbered to this revolver with the left side having a mostly legible cartouche. Butt strap, in addition to the SN, is stamped with a small “US”. This revolver is quite rare in that only 3,035 were produced ca. 1875 of which 3,000 were sold to the US government. They mostly saw hard service on the frontier then were sold as surplus to a New York dealer where large numbers of them were altered to 5″ bbl and sold to Wells Fargo. This one, in retaining generous amounts of orig finish, is indeed a rare commodity. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching incl grips. Bbl retains about 50% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas with the balance a blue-brown patina. Frame retains 75-80% strong orig blue with edge wear and natural candy-striping on the right side. Front and back straps are thin blue, turning to patina. Cylinder retains dull blue in the flutes with the outer diameter a blue-brown patina. hammer and trigger guard retain smoky case colors. Right grip has a chipped edge, otherwise grips are sound with a smooth hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of fine pitting. A rare find for a genuine frontier used revolver. 4-38042 JR257 (6,500-9,500)

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2193

SCARCE SMITH & WESSON #3 SECOND MODEL SCHOFIELD SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 4492. Cal. 45 S&W. Scarce with only about 5,934 produced with 5,285 sold to the US Military ca. 1876-77. This example is all orig with 7″ bbl that has integral grooved rib, pinned half moon front sight with grooved rear sight in the bbl latch which also has knurling on the top edges. It has blue finish with smooth 2-pc walnut grips that have legible cartouches on each side with the date 1876 also on the left side. Ejector housing has tiny inspector initials on the bottom flat with usual markings on each side. Butt strap, in addition to the serial number also is stamped with a small “US”. This revolver is quite unusual in that it has retained its full length bbl as many of the production were sold as surplus to a New York dealer who cut the bbls to 5″ and sold them to Wells Fargo. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including grips. Bbl retains traces of blue in the most sheltered areas being mostly a mottled gray brown patina with scattered light pitting. Frame retains about 40% thin orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas. Cylinder retains blue turning brown in the flutes with the outer diameter a brown patina. Back strap, front strap and trigger guard are a silver brown patina. Grips, with their sharp, legible cartouches and date, are sound and retain a smooth hand worn patina. Timing needs adjustment, other wise mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting with heavier pitting in one area. 4-38043 JR256 (4,500-8,500)

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2194

RARE MARTIALLY MARKED SMITH & WESSON FIRST MODEL AMERICAN SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 496. Cal. 44 American. Very rare frontier used S&W American, one of the first 1,500 of these large frame Smith’s built in 1870. It has blue finish with 8″ rnd bbl with integral rib that has a tiny “US” stamped near the cyl end and has a pinned half moon German silver front sight. It has the long ejector rod housing with a small hole drilled in the bottom flat to allow for oiling. It is mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips that are matching numbered to this revolver. Left grip has a mostly legible “OWA” (O.W. Ainsworth) cartouche and there is a tiny “A” on the frame below the cyl on the left side. Accompanied by a S&W factory Historian letter identifying this revolver, as found, as shipped to the United States Government, National Armory at Springfield, MA, on March 16, 1871. These early Smith’s were a substantial improvement over the percussion side arms that had been the standard for the cavalry since the Civil War. They were simple and fast to reload on horseback and were well liked by the cavalry. Almost the entire military order of 1,000 pieces saw heavy duty on the frontier and rarely are found today w/very much orig finish or orig configuration. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 30-40% thin, flaked orig blue being mostly a blue-brown patina with pitting around the muzzle. Frame retains 50-60% stronger orig blue with the balance a blue-brown patina. Cylinder is mostly a blue-brown patina with traces of blue in the flutes. Hammer retains about 75% strong case colors and the trigger guard silvered case colors. Butt strap and bottom of grips are moderately battered. Grips are sound with minor nicks and scratches and retain a hand-worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-38040 JR258 (8,000-12,000)

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2195

SMITH & WESSON NEW MODEL NO. 3 SINGLE ACTION TARGET REVOLVER. SN 22955. Cal. 44 S&W Russian. Nickel finish with 6-1/2″ rnd bbl with integral rib and orig target sights. Mounted with black hard rubber grips with “S&W” embossed at top. It has 1-7/16″ cylinder with patent markings on the rib including re-issue patent July 25, 1871. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including grips. Overall retains about 95% strong orig factory nickel with slight muzzle edge wear and some minor flaking on right side of frame & bbl lug. Hammer retains most of its strong, bright case colors and trigger guard smoky, faded case colors. Grips are sound showing light wear with right side turning chocolate. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-38046 JR289 (2,500-4,000)

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2196

SMITH & WESSON NEW MODEL NO. 3 TARGET SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 21575. Cal. 44 Russian. Blue finish with 6-1/2″ keyhole shaped bbl, broken front sight with adjustable rear sight mounted on bbl latch. Lower left side of bbl & cylinder have tiny British proofs. Mounted with diamond checkered, black, S&W embossed hard rubber grips that have the number “30340” scratched inside. Left grip has a repaired crack and an area of fill in bottom from the pin hole down and has been repainted. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching except grips as noted. Bbl retains 25-30% orig blue in sheltered areas being mostly a blue/brown patina. Frame retains 60-70% thinning orig blue with gray grip frame. Cylinder retains blue in flutes with outer diameter a blue/brown patina. Grips as noted above. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few spots of pitting. 4-37930 JR185 (1,250-1,750)

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2197

SMITH & WESSON DOUBLE ACTION FRONTIER REVOLVER. SN 13324. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue finish with 6-1/2″ keyhole shaped bbl with pinned steel half moon front sight and diamond checkered S&W embossed hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. It has color case hardened trigger & hammer with double stop notches on cylinder. Bbl has usual markings & patent dates on top of the rib with “44 WINCHESTER CTG” on left side. This revolver was produced in limited quantities and usually saw hard service rarely being found with much orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including grips. Overall retains 93-95% glossy orig blue with muzzle & sharp edge wear and some minor, light chemical spotting. Cylinder has strong blue in flutes being mostly flaked to a medium patina. Grips show light to moderate wear with right side turning chocolate. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-37706 JR148 (2,000-3,500)

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2197A

FACTORY ENGRAVED MERWIN & HULBERT SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 3308.. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40).Later model with top strap & conventional flutes with nickel & gold finish, 7” rnd bbl having integral cyl pin housing with birdhead grip frame that has integral lanyard hole. It has 2-pc ivory grips with a deep relief carved, Mexican eagle holding a snake. Frame is beautifully & typically factory engraved with vignette of a mountain farm scene on left side with their typical flower & leaf patterns elsewhere. Bbl & cyl are engraved to match. Cyl is bright orig gilt gold with factory engraving, has assembly number “4882” which does not match revolver assembly number of “3209”. CONDITION: Very fine. Frame & bbl retain about all of their orig factory nickel with a spot or two of flaking on bbl, light surface spotting over entire revolver and some rust spotting on front & backstraps. Grips are extremely fine, showing light wear with great detail in carving. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 8-87281 JJ6 (8,000-10,000)

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2198

SCARCE EARLY MERWIN & HULBERT OPEN TOP ARMY MODEL SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 13934. Cal. 44 M&H. Nickel finish with 7″ rnd bbl, integral front sight with 1-line Merwin & Hulbert Co. name & address with patent numbers on top and the Hopkins & Allen name & address on left side. Revolver is the early model with open top and scooped flute 6-shot cylinder. Mounted with checkered square butt brown hard rubber grips with lanyard stud & ring in butt strap. The assembly number “3482” is found on left side of the front strap, under the grip, which number is also found inside right grip, on cylinder pin, cylinder & bbl lug. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, Merwin & Hulbert were not manufacturers but were simply distributors of a variety of firearms including these revolvers. They actively pursued various military contracts which never materialized and therefore few of these revolvers were produced. Although these revolvers were not usually distributed they were well received on the frontier because of their reliability and ease & speed of reloading. With the simple push of a button, pull & twist of the bbl & cylinder, the empty cartridge cases were extracted and shook free, then the bbl & cylinder returned to battery and the cylinder reloaded by means of the loading gate dovetailed into the right side of the frame. This revolver is in the proprietary Merwin & Hulbert caliber and later versions were produced in the venerable 44-40 caliber. Given their limited production and frontier use it is rare to find one of these early models retaining orig finish. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including grips. Overall retains 98-99% strong orig nickel finish with a few very minor nicks & scratches, a faint cylinder line and appears to be unfired. Hammer & trigger guard retain most of their orig case colors, moderately faded and the trigger retains about all of its orig blue. Grips are crisp with very minimal diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-37791 JR205 (9,000-12,000)

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2199

RARE ENGRAVED REMINGTON NEW MODEL CONVERSION REVOLVER.