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Lot 1299: U.S. Colt Cavalry Model Single Action Army Revolver

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

U.S. Rinaldo A. Carr Inspected Colt Cavalry Model Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

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Estimated Price: $7,500 - $12,000

U.S. Rinaldo A. Carr Inspected Colt Cavalry Model Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 LC
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 141
Class: Antique
Description:

This is a fine, solid representative example of a U.S. Colt Cavalry Model Single Action Army. The accompanying factory letter lists this revolver as one of 200 SAAs sold to the U.S. government and delivered to the U.S. Government Inspector at the Colt plant on February 3, 1891. The revolver is one of the U.S. Colt Cavalry Model revolvers in the serial number range 131187-140361 that were inspected by Ordnance Sub-Inspector Rinaldo A. Carr. Carr's sub-inspector "RAC" mark is found on the frame, barrel, cylinder, and bottom of the grip. Carr's script letter cartouche is on the right side of the grip. The left side of the grip has the correct date "1891" over "LEB" script letter cartouche. The top of the barrel has the one-line Hartford address. The ejector rod has a bullseye head. A "K" Colt inspection mark is stamped below the serial number on the trigger guard and back strap. "P" proofmarks are stamped on the cylinder and barrel. The left side of the frame has the three-line patent dates marking followed by "U.S." Matching full or partial serial numbers are on the frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder and barrel.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel and ejector housing retain 60% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. The cylinder retains traces of original blue finish in the flutes with the balance a smooth-brown gray patina and several flutes with worn edges. 30% original blue finish remains on the grip straps with a smooth gray patina on the balance. 25% of the original case colors remain on the frame with some once cleaned dents visible on lower left recoil shield. 40% faded original case colors remain on the hammer. There is minimal pitting. The grip is also fine with a repaired chip near toe (left side), some scattered minor handling marks and faint but legible cartouches. Mechanically fine.



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