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SN 445. Cal. 31. This rare little revolver is 100% original all matching SN’s including wedge and grips and is in very fine condition retaining much of its original finish, presented nicely with an original Colt casing with a minty flask and brass mold. This is a rare, fine example of among the first 750 guns or so produced with correct left hand address, short bbl forcing cone, single safety pin, Ormsby “Dragoon and Indian fight” rolled scene and round cyl stops. Gun conforms to other examples blue & case colored, brass trigger guard & backstrap with 1-piece walnut grips, 5″ oct bbl without rammer, 2-line New York address as noted and small “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame. PROVENANCE: The Esteemed Collection of Steve Ardia. CONDITION: Pistol is fine to very fine. All matching including the wedge and grips. Bbl retains about 80% thinning orig blue with scratches, scuffs and small dings around right side of wedge slot, overall turning plum/gray on the right side of the bbl lug. Cyl safety pin is smashed but retains an overall dark plum/gray patina with tiny traces of orig blue. Overall the cyl retains 90% plus discernible and crisp Indian fight scene. Frame retains thin muted dull color overall blue/gray patina and the trigger guard & backstrap retain about 40% silver plate. Grip is sound and solid with several old nicks & dents especially in butt with an old re-varnished finish. Several of the screws are slightly battered. Mechanically gun functions sloppily rotating cyl improperly and needs tuning. Bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light to moderate pitting. Accompanying mahogany Colt casing is in fine condition retaining much of its original varnish with large crack in lid, blue velvet lining has good color with soiling and staining where cyl and muzzle contact. Accompanying pistol flask with raised relief revolver is excellent retaining virtually all of its original finish and bright fire blued spring. Brass “COLTS PATENT” mold is excellent with small dents on one side with bright yellow patina. Tin of caps are also excellent. 49631-3 JS (12,000-15,000) – Lot 4205

Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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