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SN 351971. Cal. 45LC. 5-1/2″ bbl. Blue and case color finish. Checkered 2-pc hard rubber grips with Colt medallions at top. Bbl shows 1-line Colt address on top and 45 Colt on left side. Front-sight is of the high fat type. Frame has correct 2-line patent mark on left side with rampant Colt logo to rear without a circle. SN matches on frame, trigger guard, backstrap, and inside of grips. Cyl has last 2 digits of SN stamped on rear face between 2 chambers. Loading gate has assembly no. “549” and on frame under grip. Hard rubber grips are checkered with rampant Colt medallion at top. Accompanying this lot is a notarized affidavit from noted arms Dealer Michael Ronald Zomber, in which he states that he purchased 3 firearms that were the property of Zane Grey, one of which was this Colt Single Action Army revolver that is listed by SN. Purchase was in July of 1974. Purchase was from Zane Grey’s son, Romer Zane Grey (10/1/1909 – 3/8/1976). Also included is a notarized letter to Mr. Zomber dated July 24, 1974 from Romer Zane Grey. In this letter Mr. Grey states that this exact revolver, noted by SN, was given to him by his father in 1929, possibly as a 20th birthday present. The revolver was manufactured in 1928. Mr. Grey also states that “this gun was with me constantly since it was given to me.” Pearl Zane Grey (1872-1939) was a dentist and author of a plethora of novels based on the western genre. His most famous book was “Riders of the Purple Sage”, written in 1912. 112 films and 2 television series were based on his novels. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl shows 80% blue finish with holster wear on both sides. Bbl address is sharp. Front sight is full-sized. Bore is bright with strong rifling. Frame retains 20-30% case color, which is vivid in the gullets in front of frame, under loading gate, and along sides of hammer. Balance has turned a smooth silver-gray patina. Frame markings are sharp. Trigger guard retains 60-70% blue finish, turning a plumb patina on the forestrap. Screws are very good. Backstrap shows 20% blue finish, near the apron and on the butt, with the balance blending into a smooth plumb brown patina. Cyl retains 60% blue finish. Chambers are clean. Hammer shows 80% case color with a few scratch marks. Grips are fine with sharp checkering and clear medallion. SNs are clear on inside. This revolver shows holster wear but was very well cared for. An opportunity to obtain an historically significant Colt Singe Action Army revolver once owned by famous Author Pearl Zane Grey. 51023-1 TEP (55,000-75,000) C&R – Lot 4250

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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