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SN 15304. Cal. 45 ELEY SHORT. 5-1/2″ bbl. Blue and case color finish. 1-pc walnut grip. Top of bbl shows correct script Colt address with broken O-die. Left rear of bbl shows 2 small British proof marks. Last 4 digits of SN stamped under ejector rod housing at breech. “C” inspector mark behind ejector rod stud socket. “S” inspector mark between socket and screw hold. Ejector rod housing is of the first type with locating stud and no exit provision for the rod. Frame shows correct 2-line patent mark on forward left side. SN matches on frame, trigger guard, and backstrap. Last 4-digits of SN appears on bbl, cyl, and are written in ink in backstrap channel of grip. Assembly no. “25” is stamped on rear face of loading gate and on bottom of frame under trigger guard. Left side of trigger guard is stamped “45” over “B”. Cyl shows small British proofs around rear periphery. Right side of trigger guard shows the trademark stamped of Barron Fredrick Von Oppen, who was Colt’s London agent. Accompanying this revolver is a Colt Factory Letter showing cal and blue finish. Bbl lengths and grips are not listed, and showing shipment to Colt’s London Agency on November 5, 1874 in a shipment of 100 guns. Also included is a letter stating that this revolver was purchased from well-known collector/dealer Ron Dean. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 50% bright blue finish with the balance having flaked to a smooth plumb-brown patina with some light scratches. Markings are sharp. Front sight is full-sized. Bore is frosty with sharp rifling. Ejector rod housing retains 70% blue finish with most of wear on outer edge toward muzzle. Donut ejector rod head shows wear on outer edge. Frame retains 90% of vivid case color finish that is somewhat thin on top-strap, left recoil shield, and loading gate. Frame screws retain nearly all of their fire-blue finish. Frame markings are sharp. Trigger guard retains 90% blue-finish that is slightly worn on outer edge of trigger guard and forestrap. Some scratching around front screw. Markings are sharp. Backstrap retains 80% bright-blue that has faded down backstrap and at heel of butt. Hammer shows vivid case color on both sides and rear face with some slight scratch marks on sides of hammer. Trigger shows bright blue on both sides. Grip screws retain a generous amount of blue finish. Cyl retains 30-40% blue that has flaked to a blue-gray patina. Flutes have a strong blueberry color. Cyl has a slight drag-mark. Markings are sharp. Chambers are good. Cyl base pin retains nearly all of blue-finish and is not marred. Base pin screw also retains nearly all of blue. Grip shows almost all of orig varnish finish with a few dents and scratches particularly on right heel, and some high point wear. Grip fits perfectly. A chance to purchase a very fine example of a Colt Single Action Army revolver with early features and a genuine Von Oppen trademark. 51033-58 TEP (15,000-20,000) – Lot 4265

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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