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Lot 1537: Colt First Issue Detective Special Double Action Revolver

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Exceptional Pre-World War II Colt First Issue Detective Special Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips, Factory Letter, and Box

Estimated Price: $3,750 - $5,500

Exceptional Pre-World War II Colt First Issue Detective Special Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips, Factory Letter, and Box

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Detective Special
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 38 special
Barrel: 2 inch round
Finish: nickel
Grip: pearl
Stock:
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 279
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured in 1938 with standard markings, checkered trigger and hammer, and fitted with a pair of smooth pearl grips with Colt Medallions. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration as well as shipment to Von Lengerke & Antoine in Chicago on 23 June 1939. Includes a correct style, renumbered to match, replacement Colt maroon box with additional label marked "PEARL" as well as a retailer added label marked "V.L.&A./CHICAGO". Provenance: The Doug Ellison Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retains 99% plus of the original nickel finish with some scattered very light handling marks and spotting, and a faint cylinder drag line. The grips are also excellent with minimal handling evidence. Mechanically excellent. The box is very fine with some light edge and corner wear.



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