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SN 127099. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER.” in an etched panel on the left side. Bottom of bbl is marked with a tiny “44”. Left side of frame has 3 line patent dates and left front web of trigger bow is marked “44 CAL”. Ejector housing is 3rd type with half moon ejector rod head. Mounted with exceptional 2-pc pearl grips with an outstanding raised carved flying American eagle and American shield on the right side. Revolver has full coverage New York style engraving on frame, probably from the L.D. Nimschke shop. Matching engraving patterns extend nearly full length of the bbl on each side with a triple border around the address terminating in fine foliate & arabesque patterns. Top of backstrap is engraved in Mr. Nimschke’s typical large fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns on the backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard. Cylinder is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes and has an unusual chain border around the rear edge that has 6-pointed stars in each link. Hammer is nickel finished. Screws, trigger & base pin are fire blued. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies this revolver in Cal. 44-40 with 5-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, pearl stocks with a “carved Mexican eagle motif”, factory engraved and shipped to Western Arms & Cartridge Co. Chicago, Illinois on Aug. 23, 1888 in a one gun shipment. Also accompanied by a typed Bill of Sale for this revolver, transferring ownership to Tommy Rholes over the signature of Michael Eric Ecton of Blue Springs, Missouri. Additionally accompanying is a second Colt Factory letter dated March 4, 1969, with identical information to the previous factory letter addressed to Mr. W.F. Bradford of La Plata, Missouri. PROVENANCE: Michael Eric Eaton; W.F. Bradford; Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, has been fired but very little. Overall retains about 98-99% strong orig nickel finish with slight dulling on the left side of the muzzle and tip of the ejector housing. Front face of cylinder has 2 or 3 small spots of flaking with light pitting under the grips. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue, showing wear on the trigger & lock bolt screws. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-50687 JR66 (75,000-125,000) – Lot 1190

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Auction: Firearms - Spring 2014
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