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SN 18520. Cal. 45 BOXER. 7-1/2″ bbl. Full nickle finish with blue screws. 1-pc varnish walnut grip. Bbl shows 1-line Hartford script address with cross finials. Last 4-digits of SN are stamped at breech end under ejector rod. Ejector rod housing is of the first type, with a donut shaped head on rod, a locating stud on the housing, and no removal slot for rod. Bbl has no bolster and has a rnd slot for the locating stud on housing. Frame shows a correct 2-line patent stamp on the forward left side. “45CAL” over “B” is stamped on left rear flat of trigger guard. SNs match on frame, trigger guard, backstrap, bbl, cyl, and grip. Assembly no. “442” is stamped on bottom of frame under trigger guard, and on back face of loading gate. Hammer has correct long coarse knurling. Small British proof marks appear on bottom of bbl and over each chamber of cyl. Case is made of oak in the English style, with a screwed on lid that has a rnd medallion inlaid. Case is lined in green felt with what appears to be an orig Colt label on the inside of lid. Case has a cartridge block for 31 cartridges. Case also contains a cleaning rod, combination tool, and oil bottle. Accompanying this approx 26 Eley cartridges and a tin Eley .450 Cal cartridge box of approx 50 rounds. Former collection of noted SAA collector Richard Atkinson. This exact gun is pictured on pg 19 of the 1976 edition of A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver by Graham, Kopec, and Moore. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95% bright nickel finish with a small spot of erosion on the top near the end of the ejector rod housing, and a few small flakes along the right side. Front sight is full-sized with some dark stains on either side. Very slight muzzle wear. Ejector rod housing retains nearly all the orig nickel finish. Frame retains 95% of orig nickle finish, with some erosion in front of cyl. Patent mark is sharp. Backstrap retains 98% of orig nickle finish, as does the trigger guard, with only some slight speckling. Cyl retains 90% of orig nickle finish, with some losses at front face and rear periphery. There is one small 1/4″ size area of light pitting on rear periphery. SN is sharp. Proofs are sharp. Hammer and trigger retain nearly all the orig nickel finish, with some scratches on both sides of hammer. Frame screws show considerable fire-blue, as do the grip strap screws. Cyl base pin is of the correct type and also shows considerable blue, as does the cyl base pin screw. Ejector rod screw retains nearly all the fire-blue finish. Cal mark on trigger guard is sharp. Grip retains nearly all of orig varnish finish, with only a few small handling marks and some high point wear on bottom of sides. Case is in very good condition, with no breaks, and an age crack on the bottom. Felt lining is intact with some damage near the front-sight. This is an opportunity to obtain a very fine early Colt single action revolver with early features, manufactured in 1875 with many of the early features. 50470-3 TEP (15,000-25,000) – Lot 4263

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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