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Lot 3213: Colt Bisley Model Revolver with Factory Letter

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Colt Bisley Model Revolver with Factory Letter and Holster

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

Colt Bisley Model Revolver with Factory Letter and Holster

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Bisley
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 LC
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: hard rubber
Item Views: 664
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 133
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

The included factory letter confirms the current caliber, barrel length, and finish when it shipped to Wm. H. Hoegee Company in Los Angeles, California on September 8, 1910. Includes a lightly tooled brown leather holster. The accompanying letter of provenance states the revolver and holster purchased in 2017 from the George Beach de Forest Jr. family. Georg Beach Jr. (1848-1932) was a prominent New York society, Gilded Age capitalist. His son, George Beach III, was asked to work on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos but turned done the offer to work at John Hopkins University where he worked on the proximity fuze, “one of the most original and effective military developments in World War II.” Also includes a paper copy of the plaque with Beach III and the other signatures of the John Hopkins proximity fuze team and family tree.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 70% original blue finish and 75% original case colors with rotation marks on the cylinder, polish marks on both sides of the grip straps, and a gray brown patina on the balance. Grips are very fine with crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. Holster is good with handling marks and some flex wear.

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