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Lot 1051: Montana Shipped Colt Bisley Model Revolver

Auction Date: May 15, 2021

Montana Shipped Colt Bisley Model Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Montana Shipped Colt Bisley Model Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Bisley
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44-40 WCF
Barrel: 4 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: antique ivory
Item Views: 1022
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 40
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

The accompanying factory letter confirms the 4 3/4 inch barrel in desirable .44-40 caliber and blue finish. The revolver was shipped on August 19, 1908 to Missoula Mercantile Co. of Missoula, Montana. Matching serial numbers on the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The Missoula Mercantile dominated wholesale and retail trade in the Missoula area from 1885 to 1920, and was known as the "go to" shopping center in the town. Across its three floors of space The Mercantile offered hardware, plumbing supplies, local groceries, furniture, farm equipment, and of course guns. Over the years stories about The Mercantile have ranged from urban legends of Ringling Brothers elephants being kept in the basement when the circus was in town, to the true story of the passage in the basement used by John Wayne to move between the store and the nearby Florence Hotel when he was in Missoula. Provenance: The John Fox Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 40% original blue finish and traces of original case colors with the balance a smooth gray patina and a few scattered patches of light pitting. The cylinder shows some period battering which has distorted one lead into a cylinder notch. The grips are also fine with a couple fill repairs and attractive grain and color. Mechanically excellent. A desirable Bisley Model Frontier Six Shooter that radiates great frontier character for your growing Colt collection. It is a SAA that proudly wears the spirit of the American West.

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