RARE Colt M1851 Navy US Marked in Very Fine Condition with Original Flap Holster, .36 cal, mfg. 1856. This gun came from a doctor's family in New London, Connecticut, who had owned it for generations. The US marked 1851 Navys are very hard to find, and are generally encountered in rough condition. This example shows a great deal of original condition and finish, with crisp markings. All serial numbers match, including the frame, backstrap, triggerguard, barrel, cylinder, wedge, and loading lever. The serial numbers and Colt barrel address are vivid, as well as the patent dates, cylinder scene, and US stamping on the frame. The revolver also shows numerous US inspector's marks ("L", "K", and "H") on nearly every piece of the gun including the grips. The original Walnut grips fit perfect, and show vivid cartouches on either side; "ADK" on the left, and "R.H.K.W." on the right. There is one small chip to the rear toe of the left grip. The case color on the frame and loading lever have turned to a silvery patina, with traces of case color swirls still visible on the lever. The barrel and cylinder bluing have turned brown. You can clearly see a contrast between the blued and case colored pieces of the gun. Nearly 80%+ of the original Silver plating remains on the backstrap and triggerguard. It is unheard of to find these guns with the Silver intact, as it is the first place to wear. The only real spot where it has worn through to the brass is on the triggergaurd, forward of the grip. The Silver is turning black in protected areas. The wedge screw is a replacement, as well as the forward triggerguard screw, which is Colt screw of the period. The bore is very good. The action works well, but gets a little hung up on one chamber. The other 5 turns of the cylinder will work fine. Included is it's original Civil War period Navy flap holster, which is well worn but fully intact and original. A rare opportunity to own an authentic US marked 1851 Navy with some condition!
WILD WEST SHOW
TRICK SHOOTER SMOOTHBORE COLT
majority of Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley's show guns were in fact smoothbores. This Colt is a good example of what an early trick shooter would have typically used on a daily basis traveling with one of the numerous wild west shows active around the turn of the 20th century. The gun retains approx. 85% of a frosty, old re-nickel finish with scattered pitting under the finish primarily along the top of the frame and triggerguard. The pitting around the trigger area appears to have been cleaned at some point. Matching serial numbers visible on the frame and barrel only, other serial numbers have been buffed away during refinishing. Colt patent dates are partially visible, barrel address is not visible. Small "44" marking can be seen on the underside of barrel The wood grips fit the gun very nicely and show pleasing wear and patina. There are no chips or cracks. The triggerguard butt screw, cylinder retaining screw, and ejector housing screw are later replacements. The front sight was modified during the period into a dovetailed high post sight. The action is very tight (though the first safety click is further back than it should be) and functions excellent. The gun has a hair trigger which is set off with very little pull. The light trigger and high front sight support the theory of this gun being used for trick shooting. The bore is completely smooth with no signs of rifling whatsoever. It is very clean with no pitting or rust. The first factory .44 Smoothbore was manufactured in 1890 according to my books, so I would assume this gun was modified afterward for use with .44 shot cartridges. Overall a great looking and very interesting old Colt that tells a story!
Documented M1873 Colt Single Action Army Owned by Ohio Pioneer, Missouri Judge, & Kansas Banker John R. Caldwell, .45 cal, mfg. 1894 with 4 3/4" barrel, factory Nickel Plated. John Rice Caldwell was born in Ohio in 1832. His family were pioneers in Ohio and Indiana, and lived among the indians there. In 1849 they moved by wagon to Rochester, Missouri. In 1865 John moved to Savannah, Missouri, and was elected as Judge of the Probate Court in 1868. He was re-elected in 1872. In 1887 he moved to Kansas and opened a bank there. He returned to Savannah in 1905 and lived there until his death in 1918. This Colt was ordered by John R. Caldwell in 1894 as a one gun shipment and delivered to E. C. Meacham Arms in St. Louis, Missouri as confirmed by the factory letter. The gun was originally Nickel plated, but now retains approx. 40% of a very old re-blue finish which has drifted to a gray/brown patina. The edges and markings are all still crisp, and there are traces of the original Nickel finish visible on the hammer and under the grips. Matching serial numbers on the frame, triggerguard, and backstrap. All original throughout, right down to the brass ejector rod spring. The original hard rubber grips fit great and show light wear with no chips or cracks. Clear markings including the serial numbers, patent dates & rampant horse, caliber marking, and two line barrel address. Full original front sight and muzzle show moderate holster wear. The action is tight and functions perfect, while the bore is fantastic for a black powder era Colt with crisp, clean rifling front to back. The gun is accompanied by a Colt factory letter, Caldwell family genealogy written by John R. Caldwell in 1907, and literally a binder full of Caldwell family history and information. This is a very nice antique Colt Single Action with some colorful, well documented western history!
Wonderful Cowboy Used Colt M1861 Navy Factory Conversion with Original Shoulder Holster
Nice Civil War era Colt M1849 Pocket Pistol with Beautiful Ivory Grips, .31 cal, mfg. 1862 with 4" barrel. All original and untouched, with a pleasing brown/greay patina throughout, with a darker contrast to the case hardened frame and loading lever. All matching serial numbers on the backstrap, triggerguard, frame, barrel, cylinder, and loading lever. The wedge is un-numbered, but seems to be original to the gun. Excellent quality one-piece Ivory grips that have beautiful color and grain, with no chips or cracks. They fit the gun well with some shrinkage along the backstrap. No doubt they are Colt manufactured grips of the period. Clean markings throughout, with a good visible stagecoach cylinder scene, and one line "Col. Colt" New York barrel address. The action works perfect, and the bore has strong rifling. Overall this is a very nice, honest, and untouched representation of a Civil War era Colt posket pistol, with an excellent set of period Ivory grips. Rare and Important Gustave Young Engraved "Apprentice Workshop Model" Colt M1849 Pocket Pistol, .31 cal, mfg. 1854 with 6" barrel. A fantastic working gun from the shop of one of the best engravers in history. Gustave Young is renowned as the finest Colt factory engraver, and while he worked there had employed under him a handful of apprentices who would learn his style to keep up with demand. What we have here is a M1849 Colt that is partially engraved by Young himself, and would have been a practice gun in his shop for one of his apprentices. The gun is comprised of all mismatched serial numbered parts, however the barrel, frame, loading lever, and cylinder show a punch dot. Colt used this small punch dot to designate parts that were to be engraved. Interestingly the loading lever shows no engraving, and the cylinder has no further embellishments. The barrel is engraved by Gustave Young himself, and features his distinctive Wolf's head motif on the left side. The address "Sam'l Colt" is engraved on top of the barrel in typical factory engraved fashion. The engraving on the frame appears to have been done by an apprentice trying to match his master's work on the barrel. It is exactly the same pattern and style of the barrel, but not quite the same quality. "COLT'S PATENT" is hand engraved on the left side, which would be correct for a factory engraved gun, but it is executed differently than the recognized pattern. Again, this would have been a practice piece for one of Young's engravers. The triggerguard is stamped with a small "G" in four places. This is the mark of a Colt sub inspector, but generally only appears on a gun once. The parts are numbered as follows; frame and cylinder pin: #59738, barrel: #97575, cylinder: #72126, triggerguard: #11627?, backstrap: #127083, loading lever: #8845, wedge: unnumbered. The parts were probably seconds, not being suitable for standard production and therefor used by the engraving shop. Notice the casting flaws in the triggerguard! The gun has an even plum patina overall, with more vivid traces of bluing visible along the lower flats of the barrel. The brass has turned a pleasing mustard color. Original wood grips are nicely worn with no chips or cracks. The action works perfect and is very strong, and all nipples are clean originals. The bore has strong rifling with light blackpowder frosting. The loading lever catch is missing, perhaps never even installed. Overall this is a highly intriguing Colt with fantastic factory history, and certainly a prominent addition to any collection. Early Second Year Production M1877 Colt Lightning Sheriff's Model Double Action Revolver with Double Loop Holster & Gun Belt Rig, Attributed to Montana Cowboy, .38 cal, mfg. 1878 with 3 1/2" ejectorless barrel. This gun has an old tag tied to the triggerguard which reads: Colt 1877 Lightning 38 cal SN 5194 Came from cowboy in Montana and retired to upstate NY". The gun has been polished bright long ago and does not retain any original finish. The grips show considerable wear but have no chips or cracks. The right grip is faded from sunlight due to many years of exposure in the holster. Original hammer, trigger, cylinder pin & screws. Original early production German Silver half moon front sight is worn down slightly from use. Matching serial numbers visible on the frame, triggerguard, and backstrap with clear Colt patent marking on the frame. The barrel address and caliber marking have worn away. The hammer has a good, strong spring to it however it does not lock in place when cocked and the cylinder does not rotate as it should (spins freely). The bore is good with strong, crisp rifling and very lightly scattered black powder frosting. The double loop holster is marked "406" under the tongue. The top loop has ripped from the rest of the holster at the front corner, otherwise the leather is in good, supple condition. The belt holds 27 cartridges and features a large Nickel plated belt buckle accompanied by a smaller rear tightening buckle. The belt is marked "21 / 38". Overall just a great looking old west gun & belt rig that displays very nicely! M1871 Colt Open Top Pocket Model Revolver, .22 RF, mfg. 1874. This is a very nice, all original example with matching serial numbers throughout. The brass frame has a mellow untouched patina, while the barrel, cylinder, and hammer have turned a gray color with faint traces of original bluing visible in protected areas. Original Rosewood grips retain about 65% varnish with a very pleasing color and fit. No chips or cracks. Original German Silver front sight, "22 CAL" marking on frame, and Colt barrel address. The action works perfect and the bore is very good with visible rifling front to back. The barrel and cylinder bade pin have a little bit of a wobble that could probably be tightened up with little effort. A scarce little Colt! Fantastic M1849 Colt Pocket Pistol, Silver Plated with Beautiful Ivory Grips and Civil War Inscription, .31 cal, mfg. 1863 with 5" barrel. A great looking, tight gun with potential history. Matching serial numbers on the backstrap, triggerguard, frame, barrel, and loading lever. The wedge number does not match. The gun retains 95% of a period Silver re-plate, which has nice patina overall and is turning black in protected areas. The cylinder scene and serial number were apparently buffed away when the gun was finished. Mottled case color visible on the hammer, and the blued screws, trigger, nipples, and wedge have turned plum. The Ivory grips are original and look fantastic. The quality and fit are excellent, and they have a beautiful mellow color with no chips or cracks. A stamped inscription on the backstrap reads: "MARTIN HENRY BLATTNER 1862". We have been unable to find any history on Blattner, but since the date pre-dates the manufacture of the gun by one year, it could be assumed that this man was a soldier who enlisted in 1862. The action is without a doubt the best we have seen in a '49 Pocket. Where these guns are usually found to be quite sloppy, this gun cocks and locks up like new. The nipples are all in perfect condition. The bore is very good with strong rifling. The barrel address and "31 CAL" markings are visible, but washed out from the re-plating. Overall a very impressive looking and functioning Colt with a great seat of original Colt grips, and potential for some very intriguing history! Wonderful Cowboy Used M1861 Colt Navy Richards Mason Conversion, Nickel Plated with Original Shoulder Holster, .38 Cal, mfg. 1872-1878. This is a great, untouched cowboy gun that has literally been stored away in an attic for many decades. The gun is one of only 2,200 factory conversion '61 Navys ever made, and is one of the Factory Nickel Plated Colt M1873 Single Action Army with Very Rare Combination "Etched Panel" and 5 1/2" Barrel, .44-40 cal, mfg. 1881. A classic 100% original and untouched example. When the .44-40 caliber was introduced in 1877, the words "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" were acid etched along the left side of the barrel on revolvers chambered for the new round. This design was found to wear very quickly however, and as a result a change was made around 1889 that used a more standard roll die. Early etched panel Colts are highly sought after, and of those that turn up most feature 7 1/2" barrels. Etched panel Colts with 4 3/4" barrels are scarce, but for some reason it is very rare to find a 5 1/2" barrel etched panel Colt. They just didn't make many! This gun comes with a factory letter confirming it's caliber, barrel length, date of manufacture, and Nickel plated. It was shipped to Hartley & Graham on August 15th, 1881. The gun retains approx. 20% original Nickel finish, with vivid traces on the triggerguard, ends of the backstrap, sides and back of the hammer, cylinder flutes, and along protected areas of the barrel and ejector tube. The balance of the gun has turned a silvery/plum patina. The grips are noted as "not listed" in the letter, however the wood grips are without a doubt original. They have no chips or cracks, and retain approx. 40% original varnish. All matching serial numbers, screws, brass ejector spring, and long knurl hammer. Even the front sight is full and untouched. Three line patents dates on the frame and small "44CF" marking on the triggerguard are clear, barrel address is worn but fully visible, and the etched panel is for the most part worn away. You can just barely make out one edge of the border. The action works perfect and locks up tight, and the bore has strong rifling with light blackpowder frosting. Included is a wonderful period "fast draw" style leather holster, one of the only true vintage holsters we have encountered actually intended for quick removal of a revolver. It was specifically made for a 5 1/2" barreled Colt Single Action. Overall this is an excellent representation of how an untouched early Colt should look, and certainly a rare variant that seems to elude most collections!
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"UPRR Co's Express"
EXCEPTIONALLY RARE & IMPORTANT Colt M1860 Richards Second Model (aka Richards II or R2) Transition Conversion with Union Pacific Railroad guard markings, Ivory Grips, and Tooled Holster, .44 cal, mfg. ca. 1878. The Colt Richards Conversion was the first factory conversion of the M1860 revolver, and roughly 9,000 of
these were produced. Nearing the end of production however, a transitional second model appeared which incorporated features of both the standard Richards and the new Richards-Mason. Approximately 800 of this type were manufactured, making them the rarest of the factory Colt conversions. The Type II features the altered M1860 percussion barrel of the Richards variant, while the cylinder and conversion ring are the type seen on the later Richards Mason. They also feature a riveted firing pin and 1871/1872 patent dates on the frame. Generally these guns will fall into the 180,000-200,000 serial number range. Very few Richards Transitional Type II revolvers exist today and are highly sought after by collectors. What we have here is a true original Type II Richards with exceptionally rare Union Pacific Railroad guard markings. The gun's serial number, 193999, falls perfectly into the serial range of the Type II. The barrel has been reduced to 5 1/8" at the period, with a brass bead front sight added. Matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, triggerguard, backstrap, and even the loading gate. The metal has an even grey/plum patina overall, and the brass triggerguard has a great untouched look. The backstrap is engraved; "UPRR Co's Express". The Union Pacific Railroad purchased a very small number of M1860 conversions and M1872 Colt revolvers and marked them in this fashion. This gun was carried by a railroad guard right in the golden age of the old west. The Union Pacific was even robbed by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's "Wild Bunch" in 1899, and again in 1900. The engraving features light wear overall but is very legible. The original Ivory grips show all the character of a true wild west Colt, with a dark yellow/orange patina and age checks. They are well worn and show minor shrinkage overall. A lanyard hole was once drilled through the grips to better secure the gun to the railroad guard. The holes appear to have been plugged long ago with Ivory. Clear original frame patent dates, "44CAL" marking on the triggerguard, and the barrel address is worn but visible. The action functions absolutely perfect and locks up tight, and the bore is very good with strong, clean rifling and only minimal black powder frosting. The gun comes with a fantastic double loop tooled holster that has been with the gun it's whole life. It fits like a glove, and you can even see where the muzzle has worn through the toe of the holster! This is an incredibly rare piece of wild west history. A very rare Colt variation combined with one of the absolute rarest Express Company markings known; in nearly 30 years of collecting we have never had a Richards Type II, or a Union Pacific Railroad marked gun. WHEN WILL YOU SEE ANOTHER?
M1871 Colt Open Top Pocket Model Revolver, Nickel Plated, .22 RF, mfg. 1877. This is a great looking little gun featuring 85% frosty original Nickel finish over the brass frame with 15% visible on the barrel and cylinder. The hammer retains a great deal of original Nickel finish as well, while the trigger and screws shows traces of being fire blued. The original wood grips fit perfect and have no chips or cracks. They show about 50% original varnish. Matching serial numbers visible on the butt and barrel, with clear Colt barrel address and "22 CAL" frame markings. Original German Silver blade front sight. The hammer has a strong spring to it but will not hold cock on it's own unless the trigger is pushed forward slightly. The cylinder does not rotate when the hammer is cocked. Bore is fair with worn yet visible rifling. Overall a nice representation of a Colt Open Top that displays very well as it is or can be improved with a little mechanical work if desired.
original 400 produced in .38 Rimfire. During the period, it was converted to the more popular centerfire, but the original Rimfire firing pin is still in place, riveted to the left side of the hammer. The gun retains approximately 25-30% original Nickel finish, the balance of the gun having worn to a grey/brown patina. Matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, triggerguard, backstrap, and cylinder. The wedge is unnumbered but absolutely original. The barrel has been reduced in length during the period to 5 1/2". The original wood grips show nice wear, and have no chips or cracks. Clear patent dates on the left side of the frame, and Colt New York barrel address. Original ejector and spring, and original loading gate. The action works perfect and functions tight, and the bore is very good with strong rifling. The shoulder holster appears unmarked, and though a little fragile it is intact. The gun fits like a glove and the two have no doubt been together since day one. These are relatively scarce conversions, and were made new at Colt with unused percussion parts, not to be confused with field conversions or old percussion revolvers that were shipped back. This gun has a lot of character and just speaks to you as a real western used Colt.
All Original Cowboy Used M1873 Colt Single Action Army
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Fantastic All Original Cowboy Used M1873 Colt Single Action Army, Engraved with Ivory Grips, .44-40 cal, mfg. 1882 with 5 1/2" barrel. This is an excellent example of an embellished Colt Single Action that shows plenty of honest cowboy wear. All matching serial numbers on the frame, triggerguard, backstrap, cylinder, and barrel. The gun is fully engraved from the period, and was probably done in New York, though it very well may be factory work. This gun is right of an old private collection and has not even been lettered yet! The engraving is well worn throughout but still visible. The gun shows a pleasing plum/grey patina overall. Someone probably added a little cold bluing a very long time ago, but it has mostly worn away to the original patina underneath, leaving only traces in protected areas here and there. The gun has wonderful original Ivory grips with a mellow color and plenty of wear. They have shrunken slightly along the backstrap, and there is an old reglued chip on the right front toe. Original trigger, screws, ejector, front sight, cylinder pin, and long knurl hammer. Original patent dates are visible on the frame, and barrel address is well worn but visible. Very small "44.CF" marked on the left side of the triggerguard and "44" under the barrel. The action is a little worn but has four clicks and works fine. The bore is very good with strong rifling front to back. This is a great looking, honest cowboy gun that is right out of the wild west. M1849 Colt Pocket Pistol, Possible Civil War ID to Prvt. James S. Kneale, 126th Ohio, .31 cal, mfg. 1853 with 6" barrel. This gun was formerly on display in a privately owned mid west museum for many decades. The name "J. KNEALE" is stamped with a single block stamp on both sides of the barrel, and on top of the barrel just behind the sight. These pistols were of course a very popular privately purchased sidearm during the Civil War. The name "Kneale" appears to have been a relatively uncommon name during this time, and a look through the National Civil War soldier records only yields one match for a "J. Kneale", and that is James S. Kneale of Co. I, 126th Ohio. The 126th Ohio fought in many battles between 1862-1865, including the Battle of The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Monocacy, Cedar Creek, Petersburg, and the Appomattox Campaign among others. Little information is available about James S. Kneale, however his name is listed on the 126th Ohio monument at Spotsylvania as a casualty of fighting at the "Bloody Angle" on May 12th, 1864. Correspondingly the condition of this revolver looks as though it could have rested on a battlefield for weeks or even months. The gun has an even plum patina overall and shows much wear, and as previously stated possible brief exposure to the elements. Matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, triggerguard, backstrap, and cylinder. We did not try to remove the wedge though it appears original as well. There are traces of original Silver finish in protected areas of the backstrap and triggergguard. The loading lever and retaining post are missing. The original wood grips are untouched with pleasing wear and have no cracks or chips. The hammer pulls back and springs forward strong however it does not lock into place. The cylinder rotates with a pull of the hammer on all but one chamber. The nipples are all intact originals, and all markings are clear and visible. The bore appears to have strong rifling, though it is dirty. The entire gun has a very honest and totally untouched appearance. A very interesting gun that would be right at home in any Civil War collection. Unfortunately we don't know much about the museum this came to us from, however it must have had some history to reside there for so many years. Civil War Era Relic M1849 Colt Percussion Pocket Revolver, .31 cal, mfg. 1860 with 6" barrel. This is a rough old Colt that looks to have either been buried for a period of time or stored in a barn. The metal has an even dark plum patina with some old surface rust along the left side of the barrel. Brass triggerguard and backstrap dark, untouched look. Original wood grips fit perfect and are equally untouched, though a large chip is missing from the forward left toe. Matching serial numbers visible on the frame, triggerguard, backstrap, barrel, cylinder, and loading lever. I did not try to remove the wedge. The cylinder base pin is extremely loose and both barrel pins have broken, causing the barrel and cylinder to be very loose on the gun. The action does not work at all, though the cylinder does freely spin. The triggerguard and backstrap screws are replacements, all others are original. The loading lever catch is missing, and the very tip of the loading lever has an old crack across the top. Bore is dirty but has a surprising amount of rifling remaining. Serial numbers, "COLT'S PATENT" markings, and early two line barrel address are all visible. If you're looking for a very affordable Civil War era Colt to hang on your wall, this will work! RARE Factory Inscribed New York City Police Department "Teddy Roosevelt" Colt New Police Double Action Revolver, .32 Colt cal, mfg. 1898 with 4" barrel. Among the many things Theodore Roosevelt did throughout his illustrious life, he was elected New York City Police President of the Board of Commissioners in 1895. Up to this point there had been no standardized weapon for New York City policemen, and it was up to each man to provide his own arms. In 1897, Roosevelt ordered 4,500 of the new Colt New Police double action revolvers to be issued to New York City policemen, becoming the first official NYPD sidearm. All the guns were factory inscribed with "New York Police" on the backstrap, and the police department stamped their own inventory numbers onto the butts. Due to the hard use these guns saw their survival rate seems to be relatively low. This is an all original and untouched example of one of the Roosevelt NYPD revolvers complete with matching serial numbers and "New York Police" engraved on the backstrap. Police inventory numbers "4489" are stamped into the butt. The gun retains approx. 75%+ bright original blued finish, with slight wear around the backstrap and left side of the frame from handling. Vivid fire blue is still visible on the trigger and back of the hammer. The original grips show light wear and slight sun fading, and there is a chip missing from the right rear toe. The action is amazingly tight and functions perfectly. The bore is very good with strong rifling, and only minor scattered black powder frosting. Crisp and clear markings throughout. These guns are very difficulty to come by in any condition, but this one is certainly above average! Rare M1855 Colt Root Model 3 Sidehammer Pocket Revolver, .28 cal, mfg. 1860's. A nice untouched little gun featuring a brown patina overall with a fluted cylinder and Hartford / hand motif barrel address known to the Model 3. The original wood grips are
nicely worn but have a small old chip out of the rear toe of both sides, and a worn or chipped flat on the leading edge. The loading lever and screw are missing. The hammer cocks and locks up very nicely, however the cylinder does not rotate on command. It does spin freely though. Clear markings overall and the bore appears to be fair with strong rifling visible. A nice representation of an early sidehammer Colt.
Wild West Era M1949 Colt Pocket Pistol, .31 cal, mfg. 1870 with 4" barrel. This is a good looking Colt that for the most part is all original. Matching serial numbers visible on the frame, barrel, triggerguard, backstrap, cylinder, cylinder base pin, and wedge. The loading lever is un-numbered but no doubt looks original. The gun doesn't retain any of it's original finish, and a thin coat of varnish has been added long ago giving the gun a slightly gold hue. Much of the varnish has worn away revealing the gray patina underneath. The original wood grips fit well and show moderate wear. There is a small old chip missing from the right forward toe. The wedge screw is missing, and the triggerguard butt screw is a later replacement. All other screws appear original. The stagecoach cylinder scene has for the most part worn away, however the serial numbers, patent marking, and barrel address are all very clear. The cylinder does not rotate when cocked, however the hammer cocks, locks up, and fires tight. The nipples are all very clean originals. The bore shows scattered black powder frosting with lightly worn rifling. It may improve some with a good cleaning. Overall a good representation of a western Colt pocket pistol for the money. Rare and Possibly Unique Colt Firearms Mfg. Co Dip Pen & Inkwell Set, ca. late 1800's. This unusual set came right out of an estate here in Connecticut and was said to have been used by someone in the Colt factory. The black glass base measures 7 1/2" x 4 1/2" and the height to the tip of the rampant horse is about 5 3/4". The inkwell has a brass insert and the dip pen features a very nice wooden handle. It rests on two small fish motifs. The inkwell has come unsoldered from the base tab and will need to be reattached. There are no markings that I can see other than some measurement markings on the tip of the pen. Just a very interesting piece that would be a fantastic addition to any Colt collection. I can imagine someone scribing the original Colt factory records with this! M1871 Colt Open Top Pocket Model Revolver, Nickel Plated, .22 RF, mfg. 1875. A very nice, all original little gun featuring 65% Nickel finish on the barrel and cylinder, while the brass frame has turned a pleasing mellow patina. The original wood grips show about 40% varnish with no chips or cracks, and a perfect fit. Visible markings on the barrel and frame, and the action is tight and functions very well. The bore is very dirty and appears to have little rifling remaining. The original front sight is missing, however it should be an easy replacement. Overall just a great looking, tight, and original little Colt! Wild West Era M1860 Colt Army Percussion Revolver with Ivory Grips, .44 cal, mfg. 1867. This is a crisp, great looking Colt revolver featuring matching serial numbers on the frame, barrel, cylinder, backstrap, and triggerguard. The wedge is un-numbered. The gun has a gray patina overall with faint traces of original bluing under the barrel and plum traces in protected areas of the cylinder and breech. The frame and hammer have a slight hue of case color which has turned silvery/brown. There are some light traces of original Silver finish in protected areas of the triggerguard. The Ivory grips are original to the period and fit the gun well. There is some minor shrinkage along the face of the triggerguard and slight swelling along the butt. The grips have a wonderful mellow patina with various age checks and an old crack on the left front toe. Overall the edges of the gun are very sharp, and the cylinder scene is very clear. Notice the holster wear on the muzzle! This gun was certainly used but well taken care of. Serial numbers, patent stamp, caliber marking, and barrel address are all very clear. Original German Silver blade front sight. The action is tight and crisp, it functions perfectly. The nipples are all very clean originals and the bore is very good considering it's age. It has good, strong rifling front to back with light blackpowder frosting, most notably toward the muzzle. I think a good cleaning will improve it. This is just a good, handsome early Colt with a great set of grips that was no doubt used in the frontier! Unusual Wild West Show Smoothbore M1873 Colt Single Action Army, Nickel Plated, .44 Smoothbore, mfg. 1880 with 4 3/4" barrel. It's impressive to think trick shooters in the early days of wild west shows used regular bullets to hit glass balls and targets thrown into the air, however most used special manufactured or modified smoothbore guns with shot cartridges to even the odds. Even the M1877 Colt Lightning Sheriff's Model Double Action Revolver, Nickel Plated with Period Basketweave Tooled Single Loop Holster, .38 cal, mfg. 1894 with 3 1/2" ejectorless barrel. This is a great looking 100% original and untouched antique Colt that shows some good western use. The gun retains RARE M1849 Colt Wells Fargo Model Percussion Pocket Revolver with Scarce "Baby Dragoon" Short Frame, .31 cal, mfg. 1852 with 3" barrel, no provision for loading lever. Approximately 6,400 of these so called "Wells Fargo" model revolvers were made throughout production and their survival rate seems to be relatively low. This is a 100% authentic example of an early production Wells Fargo Colt that features the very scarce short frame and barrel breech extension. Only the first 2,200 Wells Fargo revolvers made have this feature, which is likely the result of using left over Baby Dragoon barrels and frames. Of those, 1,450 had a long trigger as this revolver also does. The gun has an even gray patina overall with traces of what appear to be Silver or Nickel finish visible on the right side of the frame. The brass backstrap and triggerguard retain 40% original Silver finish turning black. Matching serial numbers are present on the frame, barrel, triggerguard, backstrap, and cylinder. The backstrap number is partially obliterated due to the butt's apparent use as a hammer at some point in time, however upon close inspection the numbers are legible. The original wood grips show moderate wear with about 60% original varnish remaining. There is an old chip missing from the right front toe, and a very small chip on the left front toe. Original hammer, long trigger, and brass front sight bead. The barrel wedge and screw are somewhat ill fitting replacements, and the hammer screw is also a replacement. Otherwise the rest of the screws appear to be original. Clear two line barrel address and "COLT'S PATENT" marking. The cylinder stagecoach scene is partially visible. The hammer cocks, locks up, and fires tight, however the cylinder is not rotating. The nipples are all clean originals. The bore has good, strong rifling front to back with lightly scattered black powder frosting. Overall this is a very honest and original example of a rare short frame Wells Fargo Colt. RARE Gustave Young Factory Engraved M1849 Colt Pocket Pistol with Burl Grips, Contemporary Case & Accessories, .31 cal, mfg. 1852 with 5" barrel. This is a fantastic, 100% original and untouched example of a very early engraved '49 Colt, featuring one of Gustave Young's earlier patterns which was introduced in 1852. The frame, hammer, and loading lever have small yet vivid traces of case color in protected areas, while the balance has faded to a gray patina. The barrel and cylinder have turned a plum/gray color, while the backstrap and triggergard retain 85%+ original Silver finish. The engraving is very crisp throughout, and even the original fire blued screws are engraved. Matching serial numbers visible on the frame, triggerguard, backstrap, barrel, cylinder, and loading lever. The wedge is un-numbered as many were but appears original. A punch dot is visible on the barrel, frame, triggerguard, and backstrap. Colt used this mark to designate parts which were to be engraved. "COLT'S PATENT" is engraved on the side of the frame, and "Sam'l Colt" is script engraved on the top barrel flat. These markings were generally engraved in this fashion on engraved guns rather than the typical stamped markings found on standard finish guns. The select grade Burl wood grips are original and fit the gun perfectly. They have no chips, cracks, or repairs whatsoever and even retain 70% of their original varnish. The action is crisp and functions flawlessly, and the nipples are all clean originals. The bore has good, strong rifling with lightly scattered black powder frosting. The case is contemporary but very well made and displays quite nicely. The flask, cap tin and nipple pick are older reproductions. The bullet mould is an original .31 cal Colt mould and is in relatively good condition for it's age. Upon close inspection you can just barely see the end of "COLT'S PATENT" stamped on top. Overall this is a well above average condition, sound, and original example of a very rare Gustave Young engraved Colt Pocket Pistol.
about 35% original Nickel finish, the majority of which remains along the left and rear portions of the frame and down the backstrap. The balance of the gun has turned a rich brown patina. The screws are all original, and the backstrap screws even still have slight traces of their original fire blued finish. The original hard rubber grips show consistent wear and fit excellent. There is one tiny 1/8" chip on the top edge of the right grip. Matching serial numbers visible on the frame, triggerguard, backstrap, and rear face of cylinder. Original hammer, loading gate, trigger, cylinder retaining pin, and full front sight. The markings are slightly worn but all visible and legible. The action functions excellent in both single and double action. The bore is fair with visible rifling front to back and light scattered black powder frosting. The holster is quite interesting with a very wide construction. It features a single loop with a tooled half moon boarder and basketweave pattern. There are no visible markings that I can see. The revolver fits nicely into the holster and appears to have been with the gun since the period of use. Overall a solid, honest western used Colt Lightning!
M1855 Colt Revolving Rifle
FIRST MODEL ~ SERIAL NUMBER 57
RARE M1855 Colt Revolving Percussion Sporting Rifle, FIRST MODEL Serial Number 57, with Deluxe Wood, .36 cal, mfg. 1856 with 26 1/2" barrel. The First Model Sporting Rifle was the very first Hartford manufactured Colt longarm ever produced. These guns have some features that are unique only to the First Model including a patent oiler, side mounted cleaning rod, spurred long tang triggerguard, and flip up rear frame sight among other details. Of the approximately 1,000 or so
produced, the earliest of these guns are found with the exceptionally rare Gustave Young engraved Colt barrel address, as opposed to the standard production rolled address seen on most First Models, and subsequently all other M1855 rifles. This is a very scarce example of an early production First Model baring the serial number "57". The frame, cylinder, and furniture has an even brown/gray patina while the barrel has turned plum. The stock is a very nicely figured Deluxe grade and retains a wonderful untouched patina, never sanded or cleaned. There is a very old 3 3/4" crack along the bottom right portion of the wrist which has been secured during the period by way of a nail driven through the left side and split on the right. The loading lever and patent oiler are both missing. Original dovetailed brass post front sight and adjustable rear frame sight are present. An additional rear sight dovetail has been cut into the top barrel flat just forward of the frame. The side mount cleaning rod is missing, though both muzzle and frame mounted eyelets are intact. The serial number can be seen on the lower tang/triggerguard, frame, cylinder, base of the buttplate, and the wedge. I have not attempted to remove the barrel though I am absolutely confident it will also be found numbered. The top barrel flat is engraved "Address S. Colt Hartford Ct. U.S.A.". The hammer cocks, locks up, and fires quite nicely however the cylinder is not rotating. The nipples are all clean originals. The bore is remarkably good for it's age with clean, strong rifling. These early two-digit First Model rifles are very difficult to acquire. Serial number 60 was recently sold at auction with an estimate of $65,000-90,000! Aside from it's incredible high condition and standard wood it was identical in configuration to this rifle. With a little restoration preservation this will make a fine addition to any Colt collection and will certainly fill that commonly vacant space that represents the First Model Sporting Rifle!
RARE Colt-Rock "The Courtship of Lady Nicotine by Colt" Hideaway Book Cigarette/Humidor Box, mfg. 1930's. These book styled humidor boxes were part of Colt's Plastics division and are made of "Colt-Rock", or a type of gutta percha/hard plastic. This example is in excellent original condition and measures 4 7/8" wide, 6 1/2" tall, and just over 1 1/4" deep. There are no chips, cracks, or repairs. The faux pages still retain much of their original gold painted finish. These cigarette cases are very hard to find and especially in such fine condition. A unusual and practical vintage accessory for any Colt collector. Scarce High Condition Colt New Line .30 Cal Pocket Revolver, Nickel Plated, .30 RF cal, mfg. 1875 with 1 3/4" barrel. These New Line revolvers were the only Colts ever manufactured in the unusual .30 caliber rim fire cartridge. Other more common variants were chambered for popular .22 and .32 calibers. The revolver is all original and untouched with matching serial numbers on the butt and rear face of the cylinder. Overall the revolver retains 90%+ bright original Nickel finish with very minimal flaking around the edges of the cylinder and near the breech. Vivid traces of original fire bluing can be seen on the rear face of the hammer, while finish on the trigger and screws have mostly faded to gray. Original Rosewood grips are perfect with no chips or cracks and retain 85% original varnish. Crisp and clear barrel address with full original front sight. The acid etched "COLT NEW 30" marking on the left of the barrel is somewhat faint as they all are, but is fully legible. The hammer pulls back, locks up, and fires strong however the cylinder does not rotate. The action will need a little work. The bore is excellent with clean, sharp rifling front to back and only a little frosting near the breech. Overall a very fine original and scarce Colt New Line revolver.
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Scarce High Condition Colt New Line .30 Cal Pocket Revolver, Nickel Plated, .30 RF cal, mfg. 1876 with 2 1/4" barrel. These New Line revolvers were the only Colts ever manufactured in the unusual .30 caliber rim fire cartridge. Other more common variants were chambered for popular .22 and .32 calibers. This is a very late production gun (SN 10555 of 10946 made). The revolver is all original and untouched with matching serial numbers on the butt and rear face of the cylinder. Overall the gun retains 95%+ bright original Nickel finish with vivid fire bluing visible on the rear face of the hammer and protected areas of the trigger. Original Rosewood grips are perfect with no cracks or chips and retain 80%+ original varnish. Crisp and clear barrel address with full original front sight. The acid etched "COLT NEW 30" marking on the left of the barrel is very sharp. The action is crisp and functions like new. The bore has very clean and sharp rifling visible front to back however there are a few spots of thin surface rust beginning. A proper cleaning should take care of it. This is a fine example of a scarce Colt New Line revolver. You just don't find them in this condition!