Manufactured in 1889, this is a much sought after example of an acid etched panel black powder and fully factory nickel plated Colt Single Action Army revolver in 44-40 WCF. The left side of the barrel has the acid etched “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” panel. This highly desirable etched barrel panel was officially replaced by the Colt factory in the 120,000 serial number range with the much easier to produce and larger roll-stamping. The top of the barrel has the stamped one-line Hartford address, the left side of the frame has the stamped three-line patent dates marking, and the underside of the barrel has the correct small "44" marking. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard, and back strap. The loading gate is marked with the assembly number "4" and it is fitted with a pair of original eagle pattern hard rubber grips. The accompanying factory letter confirms the 7 1/2 inch barrel in 44-40 caliber, nickel plating and hard rubber grips. The factory letter also states the revolver was shipped to A. Combaluzier of Mexico City, Mexico on January 24, 1889.
Exceptionally fine, retains 85% plus of the untouched original nickel finish with the balance a smooth grey patina with a few scattered patches of light pitting and some frosting. The etched panel is excellent. The grips are excellent with minimal handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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