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Lot 273: U.S. Ainsworth Colt Cavalry Model Single Action Army Revolver

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Desirable Documented Early Production U.S. Ainsworth Inspected Colt Cavalry Model Single Action Army Revolver with John Kopec Letter

Estimated Price: $10,000 - $16,000

Desirable Documented Early Production U.S. Ainsworth Inspected Colt Cavalry Model Single Action Army Revolver with John Kopec Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 LC
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 146
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in late 1873 (nos. 3478 is the last shipped Cavalry of 1873, per Kopec letter). O.W. Ainsworth's desirable "A" inspector mark is found on the trigger guard, barrel, cylinder, back strap and bottom of grip. A "P" proof is found on the cylinder and barrel. The barrel has the one-line Hartford address, and the frame has the two-line patent dates marking followed by an obliterated "US." The ejector rod has a bullseye head. The left side of the grip has a faint script letter cartouche. The matching full serial number is found on the frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, and barrel. Ainsworth physically inspected SAA revolvers recorded in the serial number range 200 through 14343. This was the first major block of U.S. Cavalry revolvers. Per the included letter of authentication, noted SAA expert and author John Kopec states the revolver was likely issued to the 4th Cavalry during the early Indian Wars period and noted the replacement base pin screw, obliterated "US" frame markings as characteristic of a period soldier/deserter stolen revolver and correct script barrel address. He concludes the authentication letter, "Truly this revolver remains a 'cut above' the revolvers we frequently encounter. It clearly shows the thoughtful care of its former owner(s)."

Rating Definition:

Very good plus. Strong traces of original blue finish remain on and around the ejector rod housing and traces of original case colors remain on the frame and hammer in the protected areas, otherwise a smooth brown-gray patina. The grip is also very good with a couple chips at the toes, high edge wear and minor handling marks. Mechanically functions, but is slightly out of time as cylinder skips.



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