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SN 46076/49761. Cal. 31. Both revolvers are similar in engraved patterns, blue and color case hardened with 6″ oct bbls, engraved “Saml Colt” addresses, pin front sights. Both revolvers have silver plated trigger guards and backstraps containing highly figured, burl walnut 1-pc grips matching numbered to their respective revolvers. Both have 5 shot cylinders with stagecoach hold up scene roll markings. SN 49761 is engraved in typical factory style with wolf’s head hammer, large scrolls, cross-hatched backgrounds seen on other circa 1852 Colts as seen in the various books on engraving. Both engraved with “COLTS PATENT” on the frames; both in different styles as can be seen in photos, SN 49761 in a lozenge and SN 46706 in a ribbon. All screw heads are nicely engraved. Hammers are deluxe engraved, SN 49761 as noted with a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer noses, fish scale patterns on the sides of the spurs and top edges. SN 46706 appears to be orig factory engraved but is among the crudest Colt Factory work I have noted, the engraver obviously an apprentice not quite journeyman as were most Colt factory engravers. The following year, 1853, for Colt begins the Gustave Young era. Thomas Joseph Barlow was possibly the engraver of SN 49761 and his work with similar cross-hatching is shown in Herbert Houze text Colt Factory Engravers, 2012. Barlow is among the very few engravers known by name, engraving prior to 1853 when the heyday of Colt engraving began. Accompanied by a beautiful brass bound rosewood casing that has a gold washed plaque in the lid. Interior is dark green baize lined and compartmented in the bottom for both revolvers, a sgl sided eagle and shield pocket size flask, a iron 2 cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, two lacquered tins for Eley’s caps, along with one orig pack of 5 cartridges. PROVENANCE: Ex-Bobbie Smith. The esteemed collection of Steve Ardia. CONDITION: Revolvers are nearly identical in condition, both all matching. Both retain about 80-90% glossy orig blue on the bbls and dark case colors on the rammers and handles. Frames retain most of their orig muted case colors as is typical of the Colts of this era. Cylinders retain strong traces of their bright orig blue and about 99% stagecoach hold-up scene roll markings. Trigger guards and backstraps retain 95%+ of their orig silver plating with some minor edge wear. Grips are sound with good edges and light nicks & scratches and retain most of their strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bores with a few small scattered spots of pitting. Case is sound and solid, retaining most of its orig varnish with handling and storage nicks and scratches. Interior is lightly soiled inside the lid and bottom with light to moderate soil in the bottom. Partitions are all solid. Flask is as new. Mold is also excellent, retaining most of its orig blue with several small blemishes. Other accessories are equally fine. 49631-25 JS (25,000-35,000) – Lot 4207

Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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