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SN 193960. Cal. 44 Colt CF. This is believed to be the first centerfire conversion revolvers in the Richards Mason style, hand made and finished in the Colt Model Shop, one of only a very few made ca.1871. It has nickel finish with 8″ bbl and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with dashes, stamped over the orig “COLT’S PATENT”. The inside face of the bbl lug between the frame pin holes is stamped with a small “1”. There is also a very deeply stamped mark on rear face of cylinder that is indecipherable, along with a small “S” on opposite flat. It has a silver plated brass trigger guard, marked on left shoulder “44 CAL” and a nickel plated iron back strap which are mounted with very nicely figured 1-pc varnished walnut grip which has the last four digits of matching serial number in back-strap channel. Cylinder is rebated and has the Ormsby’s Naval Battle Scene on the major diameter. Cyl was altered from the orig percussion by having the rear portion containing the percussion nipples machined away leaving only the extended ratchet. The conversion ring, with loading gate,bearing the last four digits of the serial number is made without rear sight, leaving the extended hammer nose with rear sight notch. Firing pin is blind slotted into the hammer nose and secured with two rivets. The rammer slot in the bbl lug has been plugged in the usual way with attached 4″ ejector rod housing that has a half moon ejector rod head which has been hand checkered on front face. This revolver represents a major step in the evolution from percussion to the Single Action Army revolver as we know it today. Accompanied by its orig black velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a small square crystal oil bottle with nickel plated brass cap, a very rare tin of UMC/Colt primers, an L-shaped screwdriver and a very rare slot in the front edge which contains a 1911 style brass cleaning rod. Left front portion of the case has a cartridge block for fifty-one 44 cal. cartridges. This revolver is pictured on p. 142 of the book The Wm. M. Locke Collection as it is found today without the oil bottle or cap tin and with full cartridge block. Also pictured on pg 99 of Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collections, Wilson. PROVENANCE: Ex-William M. Locke Collection; Ex-Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including cyl & grip except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl, cyl, frame & back strap retain virtually all of their strong orig factory nickel finish with only a few minor nicks & surface mars. Cylinder retains most of its orig Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking, slightly thinned in one spot during finishing process. Trigger guard retains 15-20% orig silver plating with the exposed brass a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound showing very minor wear to the edges with a small gouge on right side and a few very minor mars in the varnish and overall retains about all of its fine orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with light to moderate pitting. Case is very fine with one minor grain check in bottom and light handling & surface scratches and overall retaining most of a fine old restored finish with some heat crazing on the lid. Interior is lightly soiled with some minor wear from front sight & hammer spur. Accessories are fine. Altogether an extremely rare & desirable cased set. 50223-2 JR230 (35,000-45,000) – Lot 4241

Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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