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Lot 3209: Colt Model 1878 Double Action Frontier Revolver

Auction Date: May 16, 2021

Colt Model 1878 Double Action Frontier Six Shooter Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,500

Colt Model 1878 Double Action Frontier Six Shooter Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1878
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44-40 WCF
Barrel: 4 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
Item Views: 914
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 122
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Manufactured in 1902, this revolver has the attractive Colt high polish commercial blue finish and is fitted with a 4 3/4 inch barrel and two-piece, checkered, hard rubber grips. The top of the barrel is marked with the standard Colt, Hartford, address in two lines. The left side of the barrel is roll die marked "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER". The encircled Rampant Colt motif is located on the lower left rear corner of the frame just ahead of the grips. The serial number, "48/814" is stamped in two lines on the bottom of the unnumbered bird's head grip just ahead of the lanyard loop. The loading gate is stamped with the batch number "86" as well as the frame under the left side grip. The rear face of the cylinder is numbered "814".

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 70% bright original high polish blue finish thinning to a brown with some scattered spotting and a series of scratches on the left side of the frame. Grips are also very fine with some minor handling marks and overall crisp checkering. Mechanically functions, but does not lock back for single action.

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