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SN 170336. Cal. 44. Blue and color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “44 Cal.”, 3-screw frame. Cylinder is rebated and has the Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking with 5 of the 6 safety pins prominent and serviceable. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued steel backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Accompanied by an orig Colt mahogany casing that is burgundy velvet lined and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a dbl-sided trophy of arms & flags angle spout flask, a blued steel bow-legged “COLT’S PATENT” bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter marked on the right side with a “W”, L-shaped combination nipple wrench and screw driver, packet of Hazards Powder Co. combustible cartridges and a large tin of Eley’s caps with blue paper label. This gun was made near the end of production in 1870 and is a beautiful example of a cased civilian Colt Army. PROVENANCE: The Esteemed Collection of Steve Ardia. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, cylinder and grip. Bbl retains 97-98% inky bright blue with the several scuffs and scratches and several dings and dents along wedge slot on right side. Frame, hammer and loading arm retain most of their case colors, though muted, especially on right side of frame which is overall silver/grey with staining and light pinprick pitting. Cylinder retains most of it strong blue in rebated area with the major diameter retaining strong traces of blue with virtually 100% Naval battle scene roll marking crisp and discernible. Trigger guard is a light mustard patina retaining about 20% silver. Backstrap and buttstrap retain about 30% bright blue, especially in protected areas and on butt. Grip is sound and well fit showing edge wear, a few minor cosmetic blemishes retaining most of a newer applied varnish. Mechanics are fine with bright crisp bore. Case is sound and solid with usual light handling and storage nicks and scratches and retains most of its thin varnish finish. Interior is very good with soiling and wear, especially to areas where cylinder and muzzle make contact. Partitions are intact with one glued repair to short section. Flask has one shallow dent on one side and retains 80-90% orig varnish. Mold and gun tool are very good to fine retaining about 90% of their thinning blue finish. Cap tin is very good. Cartridge packet is fine and intact. 49631-19 JS (20,000-30,000) – Lot 4213

Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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