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Lot 387: Southern Express Company Colt Police Positive Revolver

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Scarce Documented Factory Inscribed Southern Express Company Shipped Colt Police Positive Double Action Revolver with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Scarce Documented Factory Inscribed Southern Express Company Shipped Colt Police Positive Double Action Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Police Positive
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 38 LC
Barrel: 4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: carved
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 285
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured in 1913 with standard markings apart from the "S.E.C. No. 665" marking on the butt. This marking is for the Southern Express Company which operated a large railway network in the southeast United States from 1861-1918. It is fitted with a pair of Colt medallion grips with a relief carved steer head on the right panel. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration including the engraving on the butt (grips not listed), as well as shipment to C.L. Loop, V.P. of the So. Express Company for W. Buckner, Superintendent on 27 August 1913.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 85% original blue finish and 40% original nitre blue on the trigger with the balance thinning to a grey or brown patina, primarily in the form of spotting on contact areas. The undersized period replacement factory grips are very good with a couple minor chips absent on the butts, some hairline age cracks and discolouration, and well-defined carving. Mechanically excellent.



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