Rock Island Auction Company
Back to Catalog
Auction Date: December 5, 2014

Lot 1323: Colt - Single Action

Sold for Colt - Single Action
Full Screen
Sold For:
Outstanding Pre-War Factory Engraved Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Carved Pearl Grips and Factory Letter
Estimated Price: $25,000 - $40,000
Item Views 197 Bid Activity Average
Serial #Colt - Single Action ManufacturerColt ModelSingle Action
TypeRevolver Gauge45 Colt Catalog Page150
Barrel5 1/2 FinishNickel GripMother Of Pearl
Stock ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionA factory engraved, nickel-plated, Colt Single Action Revolver engraved by Master Engraver Wilbur Glahn. The Colt factory letter that accompanies the revolver states that it was shipped from Colt to Albert Steinfeld and Company in Tucson, Arizona, on July 7, 1926. The letter states that the revolver had a nickel plated finish and a 5 1/2-inch barrel. Engraving is listed as level "C" in the factory letter but this appears to be a transcription error on the part of the archivist. The engraving coverage is approximately 25% of the revolver and appears to be Colt's Grade "A" engraving. The stocks are listed as rubber but were subsequently replaced with pearl stocks decorated with a hand-carved buffalo on the right side. The revolver features exquisitely executed scroll pattern engraving on a punch-dot background. Wilbur Glahn's signature "V" is engraved on the back strap just behind the hammer. The caliber, "45 COLT", is located in a rectangular panel on the scroll flourish on the left side of the barrel. The top of the barrel is marked with the one-line, Hartford, address. The two-line/three-date patent marking and the Rampant Colt trademark are in a panel on the left side of the frame. The left side of the trigger guard bow is stamped with a "3" above the Colt "V/P" proof mark. The serial number, "349148", is located on the frame in front of the trigger guard. Colt records show approximately 450 Single Action Army Revolvers were factory engraved between 1922 and 1940. Documented factory engraved revolvers such as this one are extremely rare.

ConditionExcellent plus. The revolver retains 95% of the original factory nickel plated finish and shows only minor handling wear. The engraved surfaces are deep and sharp. There is some minor finish loss on the edges of the barrel at the muzzle, the front of the ejector shroud, and on the forward edge of the frame ahead of the trigger guard. The plating on the back strap has thinned from handling. The buffalo on the right side of the grips are expertly carved, and the pearl stocks are in excellent condition. A scarce documented, high condition, factory engraved Colt Single Action Army Revolver engraved by one of the 20th Century masters, Wilbur Glahn.
Click here to see keyboard shortcuts.
F Enters/exits full screen view for items
Esc Exits full screen view for items
Moves to previous lot, or moves to previous image if full screen view is enabled
Moves to next lot, or moves to next image if full screen view is enabled
Fully zooms the image when full screen view is enabled
Fits the entire image to the screen when full screen view is enabled


Buyer’s Premium: 17.5%

Cash Payment Discount: 2.5%

Participation Requirements: Valid Credit Card required for bidding approval. You will have the option to pay with these payment options: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Check, Money Order, Wire Transfer, and Cash.

Sales Tax: It varies each auction typically around 94% of auction items are not subject to sales tax. Read more here on sales tax.

We will contact you after the auction to arrange payment and shipping.


Premiere Auction Terms

Terms and conditions regarding Premiere Auctions. Revised : 08/29/2014


SHIPPING CHARGES. All shipping charges must be paid by the successful bidder prior to delivery of the firearm. If Rock Island Auction (RIAC) is asked to ship the purchased lots, there will be a separate charge for such shipping. Shipping charges will be based upon what it costs RIAC to ship the purchased lots to the purchaser. All items must have shipping insurance; this insurance is mandatory. RIAC will not charge any labor charges for shipping. RIAC is not liable for any acts of omissions in packaging or shipping. Purchased lots handled by outside carriers or packers, including those RIAC may have recommended, may carry their own insurance and any claims for losses or damages should be addressed directly to the outside carriers or packers. RIAC will arrange for packing and shipping at RIAC’s earliest possible convenience. RIAC will attempt to ship as soon as possible; however, due to RIAC’s high volume of absentee bids, shipping can take up to two weeks after full payment is received. In the case of crating or any exceptional packaging, the purchaser will be charged RIAC’s cost from outside agents. Purchaser pays shipping, packing materials, and insurance charges. The shipping of any purchased items outside of the United States is hereby classified as “foreign export”. All foreign export is the sole responsibility of the purchaser.