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SN 20579. Cal. 36. This cased revolver contains among the very rarest of all Colt flasks. This case contains a James Dixon “COLTS POLICE FLASK” in nearly very fine condition. This gun conforms to other model 1862 revolvers being blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address with British proofs on bbl housing and “E”s above SNs. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. Left side of trigger guard is stamped “36CAL”. The rare blued variant iron trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cylinder is typical half flutes rebated and has a patent date in one flute. Accompanied by an orig, English oak brown felt lined casing compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a 2-cavity brass bullet & ball mold, a Dixon bag flask marked “COLTS POLICE FLASK”, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Casing has 7X5″ label pasted “DIRECTIONS FOR LOADING COLT’S PISTOLS”. There were only about 28,000 of these scarce revolvers produced in the period 1861-1873. This particular pistol was made in mid-1863 based on SN. They were very popular during the American Civil War and the various British wars in their Empire for their small size with powerful load and saw extensive hard service throughout the world in this era. They remained in service well into the 1870s until supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridge revolvers. This is an exemplary example in an unusual English walnut Colt casing with fancier escutcheons. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent overall, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl contains about 85% original blue. Frame, loading assembly and hammer retain most of their orig case colors though muted with balance turning silver/blue. Cyl retains about 85% strong blue overall with light drag line and small blemishes and scratches consistent with bbl; trigger guard & backstrap retain 95% plus original bright blue with small scratches as seen on bbl and cyl. Grip is sound and solid and well-fit retaining about 97% of its orig bright varnish with scattered dings and dents. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with crisp rifling. Case is typical English oak with polished bone keyhole escutcheon, overall solid with light handling & storage nicks & scratches. Interior is very good, though soiled and stained. Correct “36 B” mold is in beautiful condition retaining almost all of its muted blue finish; flask is excellent and retains much of its orig red/brown shellac and is one of only a few known with “COLTS POLICE FLASK” marking. Spring retains fire blue color though about 1/4 of its length is missing. Embossed Eley Cap Tin is overall very good with torn label on sides. L-shaped gun tool is excellent retaining most of its bright fire blue finish though one ear of nipple wrench is broken. Label in case is all discernible with several cracks and areas of soiling. 4-54419 JS19 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 1340

Auction: Firearms - March 2015
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