Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 384: Boxed Colt Detective Special with Factory Letter

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Excellent Boxed Pre-War Colt Detective Special Double Action Revolver with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Excellent Boxed Pre-War Colt Detective Special Double Action Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Detective Special
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 38 S&W special
Barrel: 2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: smooth
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 284
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured in 1932. Included factory letter lists this revolver with type of grips "Not Listed" and shipped to H & D Folsom Arms Company New York, New York on February 2, 1933 in a 10 gun shipment. Featuring a half moon blade front sight, notch rear sight and 6 round capacity. Marked " 38 DETECTIVE/SPECIAL" on the left side of the barrel with the early two line address/patent dates on the right. Rampant Colt motif on left side of the frame. Wearing grips with Colt medallions possibly retailer installed. Includes replacement re-numbered to match correct maroon factory box.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 90% plus original Colt high polish blue finish with light muzzle wear, faint cylinder drag line and handling marks. Grips are fine oversize replacements with a 7/8th inch hairline crack on the high right and a small chip on the lower right. Box is good with slight edge wear, partial labels, and one corner of lid missing. Mechanically excellent.



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