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SN 3456. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin 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 stamped “36 CAL”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap contain a fine varnished 1-pc walnut grip with SN inked in buttstrap channel. Cylinder is usual 5-shots with rebated diameter and has the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Accompanied by an orig Colt mahogany casing with red velvet lining compartmented in bottom for the revolver; a sgl sided eagle & stars pocket sized flask marked “COLTS PATENT”; a blued steel 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold marked on right side “36P”; and a pack of Colt New Model Revolving Pocket Pistol Cartridges. This fine example was made first year of production in 1861 at the height of Civil War fervor and survived the war in very fine condition. PROVENANCE: The Esteemed Collection of Steve Ardia. CONDITION: Very fine overall, all matching and orig with exception of forward frame screw which is restored. Bbl retains about 90% orig factory blue finish with numerous small scratches and scuffs and other small blemishes especially around wedge slot. Frame, loading assembly and hammer retain traces of case color, especially on rammer pivot with balance silver/grey with areas of pitting on recoil shields. Cylinder retains about 20% orig blue with strong, discernible rolled stagecoach hold-up scene one side has pitting extending to frame which obliterates part of stagecoach scene. There are a few impressed tool marks over part of Colt’s Patent on cylinder. A light cylinder drag line is present, safety pins are all smashed flat. Trigger guard and backstrap retain tiny traces of silver in protected areas, overall yellow brass patina, several dents in buttstrap where used as hammer. Grip is sound and well fit, retaining most of its factory varnish with minor blemishes on sides and two chips on either right toe where chipped when probably used hammering many years ago as chipped areas have old patina. Mechanics are crisp, well discerned bore. Mahogany casing is sound and solid, well fit with scattered small blemishes. Interior is very good overall with soiling and wear, especially around where front sight, hammer spur and cylinder rubbed through cloth. Accompanying Colt’s Patent flask retains about 20% varnish with several small dents. Mold retains traces of finish with numerous small blemishes and pitting. Cartridge pack is fine with excellent label. 49631-37 JS (8,000-12,000) – Lot 4217

Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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