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Lot 3256: Factory Engraved Colt SAA Revolver with Matching Miniature

Auction Date: June 7, 2020

Documented Factory Engraved Colt First Generation Single Action Army Revolver with Matching Hutchens Made Miniature Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $14,000

A) Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 LC
Barrel: 4 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: carved
Stock:
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 114
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

The accompanying factory letter lists this revolver with a 4 3/4 inch barrel in .45 caliber, blue finish, factory engraving and type of stocks not listed when sold to Marfa Mercantile (address unknown) and shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis Missouri, on December 6, 1911. The Cuno Helfricht style factory floral scroll engraving on a punch dot background is featured on the sides of the barrel and frame and on the cylinder between the flutes. Zig-zag line and dot motifs appear on the back strap, butt, cylinder at the rear, ejector housing, top strap, and recoil shield. The Rampant Colt medallion grips feature an unusual relief carving of Saint George and the dragon on the right panel. The barrel has the two-line address on top and "45 COLT" inside a banner on the left side. The left side of the frame has the two-line patent date marking inside a banner followed by a circled Rampant Colt. Matching serial numbers are on the frame, trigger guard and back strap. Comes with a hobbyist case fitted only for the full sized SAA. This set is pictured and identified on page 69 of "Scale Model Firearms" by Joseph D. Kramer. Writer is familiar with this iconic set of revolvers that were displayed on numerous occasions at the OGCA shows and others by Kramer for many years.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine as professionally restored, retaining 99% plus of the blue and casehardened finishes with minimal handling evidence. Butt screw is a replacement. The undersized replacement grip is fine with a few hairline age cracks, attractive mellow color and crisp carving. Mechanically excellent. The case is very good showing minor handling/storage marks.



B) Hutchens Miniature Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Manufacturer: Unmarked
Model: single action
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 22
Barrel: 2 3/8 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: relief carved
Stock:
Item Views: 1463
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 114
Class: Modern Handgun
Description:

According to author Joseph D. Kramer, this miniature revolver was made by Raymond E. Hutchens shortly after World War II. It is beautifully proportioned and engraved to match its full sized sister as described in "A", including matching serial numbers and carved grips.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue and casehardened finishes showing minimal handling marks and crisp engraving and craving. Mechanically excellent. A true one-of-a-kind SAA set!



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