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Lot 182: Colt Bisley Flattop Target Revolver in 32 WCF

Very Fine Documented Colt Bisley Flattop Target Revolver with Factory Letter

Auction Date: September 11, 2020

Lot 182: Colt Bisley Flattop Target Revolver in 32 WCF

Very Fine Documented Colt Bisley Flattop Target Revolver with Factory Letter

Auction Date: September 11, 2020

Estimated Price: $7,500 - $12,000
Price Realized:

Very Fine Documented Colt Bisley Flattop Target Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Bisley
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 32 WCF
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
Stock:
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 182
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured in 1911. This is one of only 976 Bisley Flattop Target revolvers manufactured by Colt between 1894 and 1913. It has the correct blue frame and target sights. The barrel has the one-line Hartford address on top and "(BISLEY MODEL) 32 W.C.F." on the left side. The left side of the frame has the two-line patent dates marking followed by the Rampant Colt. The left side of the trigger guard has a double struck Colt factory verified proof (factory error). Matching serial numbers are found on the frame, both grip straps and both grip panels. The matching assembly number "17" is stamped on the loading gate and frame. The accompanying factory letter lists this revolver as a target model with a 7 1/2 inch barrel in .32-20, blue finish and type of stocks not listed (as was the practice by Colt). It was sold to Jas S. Fennell and shipped to Logan-Gregg Hardware Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 16, 1913 in a two gun shipment.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The revolver retains 85% plus bright original high polish blue finish with the balance a mottled brown-gray patina. The hammer retains 70% original case colors, and the trigger retains traces of original niter blue. The grips are excellent with a few minor dings and scratches and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent.



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