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Lot 562: Two Consecutive Engraved Colt Single Action Army Revolvers

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Matched Pair of Documented Consecutively Serialized William H. Mains Signed Factory Engraved Colt Second Generation Single Action Army Revolvers with Boxes and Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $11,000 - $16,000

A) Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 LC
Barrel: 5 1/2 inch round
Finish: nickel
Grip: smooth
Stock:
Item Views: 685
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 376
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

The included factory letter lists these two revolvers as having 5 1/2 inch barrels chambered in .45 Long Colt with nickel finish and wood grips as well as Class "C" engraving and consecutive serial numbers when shipped to West Hills Sport Shop in Corapolis, Pennsylvania on July 10, 1968. The letter also remarks that there were a total of four consecutive revolvers in this shipment. William H. Mains' signature "Buffalo (grade)" stamp can be found on the front of the frame beneath the cylinder pin on both revolvers. On page 135 of The Post-War Colt Single Action Army: 1955-1975 Wilkerson points out that Mains only engraved one set of four consecutively serialized Single Action Army revolvers in his career at Colt, making this half of that set. Both revolvers include an unmarked Colt Stagecoach box.

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original nickel finish with limited handling marks and crisp engraving. Mechanically excellent. Box is good with storage and handling marks and some peeling.



B) Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 LC
Barrel: 5 1/2 inch round
Finish: nickel
Grip: smooth
Stock:
Item Views: 685
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 376
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original nickel finish with limited handling marks and crisp engraving. Mechanically excellent. Box is finewith storage and handling marks. An attractive consecutively serialized set of William Mains factory engraved Colt SAA's.



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