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Lot 3259: Colt London Agency Black Powder Single Action Army Revolver

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Cased Documented Colt London Agency Black Powder Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

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

Cased Documented Colt London Agency Black Powder Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 Eley Short
Barrel: 5 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 153
Class: Antique
Description:

The accompanying factory letter lists this revolver as chambered in .45 Eley Short (.450 Boxer) and blue finish while not listing the barrel length or grip. The revolver was shipped on October 11, 1877 to Colt's London Agency, London, England. Per R.L. Wilson in "The Book of Colt Firearms", just over 3,400 standard Colt SAAs were chambered in .450 Eley/Boxer. The top of the barrel is stamped with the Colt Pall Mall London address. The left side of the frame has the three-line patent dates marking. The caliber marking "45 CAL/B" is stamped on the left side of the trigger guard. London proofs are stamped on the underside of the barrel and behind each cylinder chamber. The ejector rod has a bullseye head. Matching full or partial serial numbers appear on the frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, and barrel. The partitioned case has an "E.T.B." marked brass initial inlay on the exterior of the lid, Colt London paper label on the interior of the lid, empty cartridge block, and cleaning rod.

Rating Definition:

Very good plus, retaining 30% original blue finish and strong patterns of original case colors with a smooth gray patina on the balance. The grip is fine with high edge wear, minor dings and scratches and retaining most of the original varnish. Mechanically needs work as cylinder does not rotate when action is cycled. The case is fine with minor handling/storage marks, typical high spot wear on the lining and overall legible stained paper label.



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