Manufactured in 1875. This example features a factory engraving with a nickel plated brass frame. Scroll and punch dot engraving is featured on the sides of the frame, behind the hammer and on the barrel at the breech. Simple dot motif engraving appears on the sides of the barrel lug, and geometric line engraving is featured on the cylinder. The top of the barrel is stamped "COLT'S PT.F.A. MFG. CO/HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A." flanked by Maltese crosses, and the left side of the frame is marked "22CAL". The matching serial number is marked on the butt, barrel and inside of the grips. Fitted with smooth walnut grips. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection
Very fine. The barrel, cylinder, and hammer retain 90% original nickel finish with the balance a smooth dark patina where the finish has flaked. The frame retains 40% original nickel plating with the exposed brass having an attractive untouched aged patina. The grips are excellent showing some minor high edge wear, with almost all of the varnish remaining. The engraving is crisp. Mechanically excellent.
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