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The Colt Single Action Army was one of the most popular handguns in late 19th century. It has become a true piece of Americana as it is easily the most iconic and most thoroughly associated with the American West. Offered here is a fine, early example of the legendary Peacemaker in .45 LC. In the words of Colt author and expert David Brown, "[T]he Colt Single Action Army .45 was 'the soldier's friend' throughout the remaining years of the Indian Wars in the West. Adopted also with equal enthusiasm by civilians, it was the pet and the 'good right arm' of lawman and outlaw alike on every American frontier of its era" ("The 36 Calibers of the Colt Single Action Army," page 70). The factory letter states the revolver was shipped to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham of New York City on December 31, 1875, in .45 caliber and with blue finish. The barrel length and type of stocks were not listed, a common indication of a 7 1/2 inch barrel and walnut stocks, which this revolver features. The shipment was for 67 guns. The revolver remains in high condition, especially for an 1875 production example. The barrel has the one-line italic Hartford address. The left side of the frame has the two-line patent dates marking. The left side of the trigger guard is marked "45 CAL." Matching full or partial serial numbers appear on the frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, and barrel. Comes with consignor research pertaining to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, where this revolver shipped, including original handwritten correspondence on the New York retailer's letterhead addressed to Sharps and Colt and copies of advertisements. Provenance: The George S. Lewis Jr. Collection
Exceptionally fine. The barrel and ejector rod housing retain 85% plus bright original polished blue finish with holster type wear. The cylinder retains 60% original blue finish with high edge wear and thinning to brown on the balance. The grip straps retain 40% plus original blue finish with smooth bray patina on the balance. 70% original case colors remain on the hammer. 40% original case colors remain on the frame. The grip is also fine with high edge wear, some minor handling marks, and most of the original varnish remaining. Mechanically excellent. A highly attractive 1875 production black powder Colt SAA.
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