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Lot 3349: U.S. Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Revolver, Letter

Auction Date: September 8, 2019

Documented U.S. David F. Clark Inspected Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Revolver with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000

Documented U.S. David F. Clark Inspected Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 LC
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 138
Class: Antique
Description:

The accompanying factory letter states the revolver was one of 150 units sold to the U.S. Government and delivered to the U.S. inspector at the Colt factory on December 14, 1885. The top of the barrel has the one-line Hartford address, the frame has the three-line patent dates marking followed by "U.S.", and the David F. Clark sub inspection "DFC" stamp is located on the underside of the barrel, bottom of the frame, bottom of the grip, and cylinder. A "P" proof mark is found on the barrel and cylinder. The grip has the date "1885" stamped above a script letter cartouche on the left side and "DFC" on the bottom. Matching serial numbers are on the frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, and barrel.

Rating Definition:

Very good plus, retaining bright original of blue on/around/under the ejector rod housing and faint traces of original case colors, otherwise a mottled brown/gray patina. There are a few scattered patches of pitting. The grip is very good with high edge wear, small chip near the bottom, some dings and faint cartouche. Mechanically fine.



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