Lot 1166: Colt - Lightning-Rifle
|Extremely Rare Deluxe Presentation Factory Engraved and Inscribed Colt Lightning Slide Action Rifle with Factory Letter|
|Estimated Price: $40,000 - $60,000|
|Barrel||26 Inch Octagon||Finish||Blue||Grip|
|Stock||walnut checkered||Class||Curio & Relic Long Gun||Rating||See Condition|
|Description||Colt Lightning Magazine Slide Action Rifle with factory letter manufactured in 1901. The rifle is accompanied by a Colt factory letter that describes it as: ".44 CLMR" with 26-inch octagon barrel, blue finish, "Fancy wood stock, checkered pistol grip and name plate" and factory engraving. The letter describes the engraving as $5.00 worth of engraving and the inscription "Awarded for the highest individual score at annual Rifle Match State Range 1901". The letter further states that the rifle was shipped to Lt. Colonel W. F. Richardson on August 6, 1901 and notes that LTC Richardson was Division Quartermaster of the Pennsylvania National Guard. A notarized letter with the rifle states that it was awarded to Sergeant William S. Dunham of the Pennsylvania National Guard and remained in the possession of the Dunham family until 2013. The rifle has a blue finish on the barrel, magazine and receiver. The hammer and crescent buttplate are color casehardened. The special order pistol grip stock is fancy grain walnut with a piano finish and fine checkered panels. The checkering includes the bottom of the pistol grip. An oval German Silver escutcheon plate is inlaid on the underside of the stock. The barrel has a nickel-silver, "Rocky Mountain" front sight and sporting style rear sight. The right side and top of the receiver, dust cover, trigger guard, bottom of the slide bar and heel of the buttplate are engraved with Germanic scrollwork on a punch-dot background. The left side of the receiver is engraved with the Rampant Colt trademark surrounded by an ribbon inscribed " AWARDED FOR HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORE AT ANNUAL RIFLE MATCH N.G.P. STATE RANGE 1901". The trademark and inscription are surrounded by the same Germanic scrollwork and punch-dots as the remainder of the receiver. The serial number on the lower tang is enclosed in a hand-engraved banner. The engraving was probably executed by Cuno A. Helfricht or his shop. The top of the barrel is roll-engraved with the two-line Hartford legend and 1883-1897 patent dates ahead of the rear sight. "44 Cal." is roll-stamped in bold letters on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. The serial number "85738" is stamped on the lower tang. In "THE BOOK OF COLT FIREARMS" author R.L. Wilson states that fewer than 40 Colt Lighting rifles were factory engraved and only about 20 of these rifles were inscribed or monogrammed. Wilson further states that: "Engraved specimens are extreme rarities".
|Condition||Fine. The rifle is all original and shows moderate handling and storage wear. The barrel and magazine retain at least 85% of the original blue finish. The finish on the barrel and magazine is dull and there are some scattered spots of shallow pitting on the top and left side of the barrel. The barrel legend and caliber markings are crisp. The blue finish on the receiver, dust cover, trigger guard and tang has faded to a silver-blue patina with stronger finish in protected areas. The factory engraving and inscription are sharp. There is scattered pitting along the upper one-third of the left side of the receiver and a small part of the inscription is obscured by the pitting. The buttplate has a silver-gray patina with moderate pitting on the bottom. The stock and forend are in very good condition. Most of the high polish piano finish is present of the stock and the checkering on the sides and bottom of the pistol grip is sharp. The sides of the stock have a number of minor handling and storage marks. The forearm shows more handling and finish wear then the stock but remains in very good overall condition. The action is tight and functions very well. This is a very good example of an extremely rare, deluxe, presentation, factory engraved and inscribed, medium frame, Lightning Magazine rifle with impeccable documentation.|
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