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Lot 385: Pair of Colt New Service Flattop Target Revolvers

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Pair of Colt New Service Flattop Target Revolvers in Dual Caliber 44 Russian/S&W Special with British Factory Letter and a NRA Case

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Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

A) Colt New Service Flattop Target

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: New Service
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 Russian S&W special
Barrel: 7 1/2
Finish: blue
Grip: checkered walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 442
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 284
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This is a beautiful example of a factory documented pair of Colt New Service Flattop Target revolvers in the ultra-rare dual calibers of .44, Russian/S&W Special. These pistols are serial numbered 306929 and 307135 and the included factory letter states they were shipped in August 1920 to Von Lengerke and Detmold of New York. Obviously after that they were shipped directly to England as both pistols have the full British import/firing proofs of the London proof house under each barrel. These revolvers have the Colt high polish commercial blue finish with the very rare fully checkered walnut grips in a Fleur-De-Lis pattern with the gold Colt medallions at the top of each grip. The top of the barrels are marked "COLT'S PATENT FIREARMS MANUFACTURING CO. HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A./PAT.AUG.5.1884. JUNE 5 1900, JULY 4.1905." and the left side of each barrel is marked with the designation: "NEW SERVICE RUSSIAN AND S&W SPECIAL, 44". The frames are the later Flattop Target style and the markings consist of the Rampant Colt trademark on the side plate behind the cylinder latch of each revolver. The underside of each barrel is marked with British proof marks from the London Proof house which are "the raised sword over NP (Nitro Proof) 44, .958 7 G.R.S. S.S X 246 G.R.S." just ahead of the frame, and each chamber of both cylinders also has a small Crown firing proof. The full serial numbers are located on the inside of the frames and the inside of the cylinder cranes and the back of each grip panel is marked with the full serial number in pencil (which would be the correct factory style at this time). They are fitted with the factory target sights that have the blade front sight and the blade rear, each adjustable for elevation and windage respectively, with the grip straps, face of the trigger and hammer spur, hand checkered. The two pistols are housed in an old black leather bound carrying case that is marked on the front with a small brass plate that reads "MFG. EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA , WASHINGTON D.C., REGISTERED No. 255/HARTMAN". The case has room for the two pistols and two other compartments for cleaning equipment and accessories.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 85% of the original blue finish with light wear on the edges and high spots overall, the bottom of the trigger guard and the muzzle, with numerous scratches on the sides of the chamber areas of the frames from sitting in the carrying case, along with a slight cylinder drag line. The grips are in fine condition showing nice checkering with some minor handling marks.



B) Colt New Service Flattop Target

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: New Service
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 Russian S&W special
Barrel: 7 1/2
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut checkered
Stock:
Item Views: 442
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 284
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Described in A.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 85% of the original blue finish with light wear on the edges and high spots overall, the bottom of the trigger guard and the muzzle, with numerous scratches on the sides of the chamber areas of the frames from sitting in the carrying case, along with a slight cylinder drag line. The grips are in fine condition showing nice checkering with some minor handling marks and one small chip in the lower front corner. The carrying case is very good. A scarce pair of factory documented Colt New Service Flattop target revolvers.



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