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SN 1972. Cal. 38RF. This exact gun once in the collection of Robert Q. Sutherland & pictured in his book states “Purchased with an interesting history which attests to original ownership by several Mexican military officers & revolutionaries, including Diaz, Villa, & Zapata. Nickel and silver finish with 5-1/2” rnd bbl, brass pin front sight, & 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Right side of lug has an attached ejector housing with bullseye/half-moon ejector rod head. The old rammer slot is plugged. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT”. Mounted with a fine, nicely detailed silver plated cast brass Tiffany grip with rare Mexican eagle on the backstrap and raised foliate arabesque patterns with acanthus leaves around the bottom edge. Bottom edge of the buttcap is beaded with 4 flower blossoms. Buttcap insert is typical Tiffany sunburst. Inside the cap is numbered “88”. Under the buttcap, on the grip has two small punch dots with corresponding dots on bottom edge of grip frontstrap. Revolver is very nicely engraved by L. D. Nimschke with about full coverage on the frame, recoil shield & loading gate. Left recoil shield is engraved with Mr. Nimschke’s typical flower blossom with radiant rays on the loading gate. Edge of the conversion plate is engraved in chain & dot patterns and shoulders of the trigger guard are engraved in diamond & dot patterns with matching pattern on bottom front of frame. Foliate arabesque patterns extend over the bbl and each side of the muzzle with a long oval pattern on the ejector housing with foliate sprays at each end. Cyl has engraved wavy borders at the front & rear edges of the major diameter and chip & dot border around the rear edge. Cyl has 5 chambers with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking and the last 3 digits “087” of a SN. Very rarely are orig & authentic Tiffany gripped revolvers seen in market. PROVENANCE: Robert Q. Sutherland Collection; Pictured on pgs 229, 576-577 “The Book of Colt Firearms” by Sutherland & Wilson, 1971; Lot 913 July 23, 1996 Butterfield & Butterfield, SF. CONDITION: Fine, matching except wedge which is unnumbered & cyl as noted. Ejector housing door & cyl pin both numbered “1915”. There are small assembly letters also found on face of cyl & rear of bbl housing. A very similar 62 conversion with Tiffany grips, SN 1029, is found on pg 327 “A Study of Colt Conversions and Other Percussion Revolvers”, Bruce McDowell 1997. Bbl retains about 80% orig nickel showing wear on each side of the muzzle and some fine pimpling on bottom edges. Frame retains virtually all of its orig nickel and the hammer about 70% nickel. Cyl retains traces of nickel, being mostly a cleaned metal patina and shows about 75% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Trigger guard & front strap retain about 70% nickel. The loading gate spring is broken or missing. The Tiffany grip shows light to moderate high point wear and retains about 60-70% orig silver. Buttcap with its orig nut retains about all of its orig silver. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 50140-3 JS109 (25,000-35,000) – Lot 2179

Auction: Firearms - March 2016
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