Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 57: Colt Model 1877 Lightning Long Barrel Revolver

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Documented Colt Etched Panel Model 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver with Scarce Long Barrel and H.H. Heiser Skeleton Holster Rig

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

Documented Colt Etched Panel Model 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver with Scarce Long Barrel and H.H. Heiser Skeleton Holster Rig

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1877
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 38 LC
Barrel: 6 inch round
Finish: nickel
Grip: hard rubber
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 54
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1888. The scarce and desirable 6 inch barrel features the acid etched "Colt D.A. 38" panel marking on the left side. Matching serial numbers are on the frame, trigger guard and back strap. Includes a H.H. Heiser of Denver, Colorado, skeleton pattern shoulder holster rig, circa 1910-1920, that accommodates this revolver. The revolver and holster rig are pictured together and identified in Richard Rattenbury's "Packing Iron" on page 156. According to Rattenbury, this Heiser holster "was a knock-off of the original Zimmerman/Furstnow design with the addition of a flap leather cover over the grip and hammer area of the pistol." Provenance: The John Fox Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 70% original nickel finish with the balance a smooth brown patina and very good worn grips. Mechanically excellent. The very good holster rig shows authentic use. A rarely encountered western frontier revolver rig that would be a welcomed addition to any Colt or American West collection. The holster alone is missing from even the most advanced collections.



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