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Revised: 10/4/2016 

Please Note: Due to a typographical error, the estimate should be $7,000-$10,000.


SN S08259A. Cal. 44-40. 5-1/2″ bbl. 3rd Generation SAA. Full Nickel finish. Incredible Factory ivory grips with an astonishingly rare Colt Factory carving of a Rampant Colt Pony carved in high relief on left side. Revolver shows the coverage of “C” class engraving overall. This is a masterfully engraved revolver with wonderful animal figures worked into the engraving, clearly executed by an extremely talented Colt Factory engraver. Top of bbl is elaborately scroll engraved on both sides of address, extending all the way to the muzzle, including accent work around front-sight. Ejector rod housing is scrolled engraved on outer edge and accented with line engraving in the gullet. Recoil shield and side of frame is also beautifully scroll engraved, which extends to the side of trigger guard and backstrap. There is an incredibly well executed figure of a horse head on the left side of the frame and a spectacular figure of a lion’s head on the right side worked into the engraving. Top strap is engraved on both sides with a spread-wing eagle design. Apron of the backstrap has another equally impressive figure of a horse’s head worked into the engraving, which is incredibly well executed, this is bordered with scroll running down 2/3 of backstrap. Backstrap is also bordered with a punch design. Butt is very nicely scroll engraved with a border. Trigger guard is engraved on outer bow and around front screw. Cyl has scroll engraving between flutes and a dbl band border around rear periphery. Bbl shows 1-line address on top, with model and cal mark on left side. Frame shows 2-line patent mark on left side with rampant Colt logo to rear. SN is stamped on bottom flat of frame. This specific revolver was shipped June 18, 1995 to “Armsmear II” which was the company affiliated to famed author and collector Mr. Albert Brichaux, who co-authored the “Factory Engraving” section of Don Wilkerson’s famous Colt books on Single Action Revolvers. Mr. Albert Brichaux was well known both at Colt and in the Colt collecting community during the time of this revolver’s engraving and manufacturing at the Colt Factory, and Mr. Brichaux’s notoriety is clearly on display in this spectacular revolver in both the quality of the factory engraving and the extreme rarity of the Rampant Colt Pony Motif on the factory relief carved ivory grips on this revolver. Colt factory letter confirms all features, including the details of the Rampant Colt Pony Motif factory ivory grips, and shipment details. Also included is the Colt custom shop box with end label, showing features of this revolver. A very finely executed engraved Colt single action army revolver. OF NOTE: A similarly spectacular Colt SAA in 44-40 Caliber with Relief Carved Factory Ivory Grips was delivered to “Armsmear II” the day after (June 19th 1995) that this revolver was delivered by Colt and is for sale elsewhere in this current James Julia auction, and is serial numbered just a few numbers away from this revolver. PROVENANCE: Special order by the collection of Albert Brichaux via Armsmear II, The Vince Sepulveda Collection, Colt Factory letter. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: As New. Un-fired. 50872-5 (4,000-7,000) C&R; IVORY – Lot 4298

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
Please Note: All prices include the hammer price plus the buyer’s premium, which is paid by the buyer as part of the purchase price. The prices noted here after the auction are considered unofficial and do not become official until after the 46th day.