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Selling: September 11, 2015

Lot 1329: Colt - Single Action Army

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A) Colt Single Action Army Revolver
Estimated Price: $110,000 - $160,000
Serial #Colt - Single Action Army ManufacturerColt ModelSingle Action Army
TypeRevolver Gauge45 Long Colt Catalog Page148
Barrel5 1/2 Inch Round FinishBlue/casehardened GripOriginal
Stock ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionColt Single Action Army revolver manufactured in 1928 and factory engraved with Grade B engraving by Wilbur A. Glahn. The revolver is accompanied by a Colt factory letter which describes the features as: "Caliber:45/c, Barrel length: 5 1/2", "Finish: Blue, Type of Stocks: Ivory, Factory Engraved: Yes", and "Special Notation: S.H. R. Stock". The letter further states that the revolver was shipped to J.S. Cronthers on October 22, 1928. The revolver has the Colt commercial blue finish on the barrel, ejector housing, trigger guard, back strap and cylinder. The frame and hammer are color casehardened. The two-piece stocks are inlaid with nickel-silver Colt medallions and the right stock features a relief-carved steer head. The barrel, ejector housing, frame, loading gate, trigger guard, back strap, and cylinder are decorated with flawlessly executed scroll engraving by Wilbur Glahn. The engraving is nearly identical to the engraving on Colt Single Action serial no. 352131 also engraved by Glahn in 1928 and illustrated on page 574 of T"HE COLT ENGRAVING BOOK VOLUME TWO", by R.L. Wilson. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "COLT'S PT.F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." in one line. The caliber designation, "45 COLT" is roll stamped on the left side of the barrel in a panel formed by engraved line serrations. The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the Colt "Three-Date/Two-Line" patent marking enclosed by engraved borders and followed by the Rampant Colt trademark surrounded by an engraved oval border. The assembler's number "1" is stamped above the Colt "Triangle/VP" proof mark on the left front trigger guard bow. The assembly number "437" is stamped on the loading gate. The full serial number, "352470" is stamped on the bottom of the frame and on the right side of the back strap and trigger guard underneath the grip and the partial serial number "70" is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder. All of the visible numbers match.

ConditionExcellent. The revolver retains 90% plus of the original blue and color casehardened finish. The blue finish is thin on the back strap and there is very light edge wear on the cylinder. The front face of the frame has some scattered age spotting and the case hardened finish on the top strap has developed a dark patina. The grips are in excellent overall condition with yellow age coloration along the side of the left grip and a small spot on the right grip next to the medallion. The heel of the left grip has a few very fine age cracks. The engraving remains in perfect condition. The action requires repair: the hammer will not remain cocked, the bolt is retracted, and the cylinder turns freely when the hammer is down. This is an excellent example of a rare, late production, factory engraved Colt Single Action Army revolver.
B) Colt Single Action Army Revolver
Serial #Colt - Single Action Army ManufacturerColt ModelSingle Action Army
TypeRevolver Gauge45 Colt Catalog Page150
Barrel5 1/2 Inch FinishBlue/case-hardened GripOriginal
Stock ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionColt Single Action Army revolver manufactured in 1928 and factory engraved with Grade B engraving by Wilbur A. Glahn. The revolver is accompanied by a Colt factory letter which describes the features as: "Caliber:45/c, Barrel length: 5 1/2", "Finish: Blue, Type of Stocks: Ivory, Factory Engraved: Yes", and "Special Notation: S.H. L. Stock". The letter further states that the revolver was shipped to J.S. Cronthers on October 22, 1928. The revolver has the Colt commercial blue finish on the barrel, ejector housing, trigger guard, back strap and cylinder. The frame and hammer are color casehardened. The two-piece stocks are inlaid with nickel-silver Colt medallions and the left grip features a relief-carved steer head; the other revolver in this pair has the steer head carved on the RIGHT grip . The barrel, ejector housing, frame, loading gate, trigger guard, back strap, and cylinder are decorated with flawlessly executed scroll engraving by Wilbur Glahn. The engraving is nearly identical to the engraving on Colt Single Action serial no. 352131 also engraved by Glahn in 1928 and illustrated on page 574 of "THE COLT ENGRAVING BOOK VOLUME TWO", by R.L. Wilson. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "COLT'S PT.F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." in one line. The caliber designation, "45 COLT" is roll stamped on the left side of the barrel in a panel formed by engraved line serrations. The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the Colt "Three-Date/Two-Line" patent marking enclosed by engraved borders and followed by the Rampant Colt trademark surrounded by an engraved oval border. The assembler's number "1" is stamped above the Colt "Triangle/VP" proof mark on the left front trigger guard bow. The assembly number "1044" is stamped on the loading gate. The full serial number, "352449" is stamped on the bottom of the frame and on the right side of the back strap and trigger guard underneath the grip. The partial serial number "49" is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder. All of the visible serial numbers match.

ConditionExcellent. The revolver is all original and retains 95% of the blue and color case-hardened finish. Nearly all of the blue finish is present on the barrel, ejector housing, cylinder, and trigger guard. The back strap shows handling wear and the blue finish has aged to a dark patina. The case colors are thin on the top strap, recoil shield, loading gate, and top of the hammer spur but the balance of the frame and hammer have strong case colors. The two-piece grips are in excellent overall condition and have no cracks, chips, or repairs. The grips have a mellow age patina and the relief carved steer head on the left grip shows light handling wear. The flawlessly executed factory engraving is crisp and deep. The action is tight and functions perfectly.
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