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Lot 33: Colt Bisley Model Single Action Revolver

Auction Date: December 6, 2019

Excellent Colt Bisley Model Single Action Revolver with Factory Letter

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $8,000

Excellent Colt Bisley Model Single Action Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Bisley
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 32-20 WCF
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: hard rubber
Stock:
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 30
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

The letter describes the revolver as caliber .32/20 with 7 1/2 inch barrel and blue finish. The type of stocks are not listed. The letter states that this revolver was one of four shipped from Colt to Schoverling, Daly & Gales in New York, New York, on August 31, 1907. The revolver has the distinctive Bisley hunch-back back strap and grip profile, special wide spur hammer and large trigger guard bow. The barrel, ejector housing cylinder, trigger guard and back strap have the Colt high polish commercial blue finish. The frame, loading gate and hammer are color casehardened with fiery case colors. The trigger and frame screws are niter blue. The revolver has two-piece black checkered hard rubber grips with the Rampant Colt trademark embossed in an oval at the top. The left side of the barrel is roll-stamped: "(BISLEY MODEL) .32 W.C.F.", and the top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." in one-line. The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the Colt three-date/two-line patent marking followed by the encircled Rampant Colt trademark. The assembly number "1466" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. The Colt "Triangle/VP" proofmark is stamped on the left front trigger guard bow, and a "6" assembler's mark is stamped on the left rear. The full serial number is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard, and back strap. All of the visible serial numbers match.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The revolver is all original and retains 95% plus of the Colt high polish blue finish with some slight thinning on the back strap. The case colors on the frame are vivid and retain 85% with some scattered patchy spots. The screws and trigger retain nearly all of the niter blue finish. The action functions perfectly. The hard rubber grips are in nearly new condition and show minimal handling marks. This is an excellent example of a Colt Bisley Model Single Action revolver. Provenance: The Doug Ellison Collection



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