Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 2229: Colt Single Action Army Revolver 45 Long Colt

Auction Date: July 11, 2014

First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Case, Knife and Hip Flask, All Inscribed to Timothy "Longhair Jim" Courtright, Old West Gunfighter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $15,000

First Generation Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Case, Knife and Hip Flask, All Inscribed to Timothy "Longhair Jim" Courtright, Old West Gunfighter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 Long Colt
Barrel: 4 3/4 inch round
Finish: nickel
Grip: antique ivory
Stock:
Item Views: 3635
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 132
Class: Antique
Rating:

OC - FINE- all original parts; over 30% original finish, sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood.

PRF - PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED OR RESTORED

WW - WOOD IS WORSE FOR THE PERCENT FINISH RATING GIVEN

Description:

Made in 1875. Scroll and punch-dot engraved, with "Timothy I. Courtright" inscribed on the backstrap. With a hardwood case bearing plaques for Courtright and the T.I.C. Commercial Agency, containing a cartridge block, empty 45 LC ammo box, a M. Price (San Francisco) knife (10 3/8" overall, 5 5/8"blade) with "T.I.C." carved antique grips, and a leather covered glass flask with "T.I.C." engraved cup. Timothy Isaiah Courtright, aka "Longhair Jim" and "Big Jim", was a Civil War veteran for the Union and an Old West gunfighter. Like many gunfighters, he spent time on both sides of the law, and after stepping down as Marshall of Fort Worth, TX started his Commercial Agency, which many historians identify as a protection racket. On February 8, 1887, while plying his trade, Courtright was gunned down by Luke Short, gambler and saloon owner. A gunfighter in his own right, Short had no interest in paying off Courtright, resulting in one of the few documented quick draw duels in the West. Also included is a copy of the book "Jim Courtright of Fort Worth" by R.K. DeArment.

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