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Lot 3248: 450 Eley Colt Single Action Army Flattop London Target Revolver

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Fine Documented Colt Single Action Army Flattop London Target Model Revolver in Very Scarce 450 Eley Caliber with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $11,000

Fine Documented Colt Single Action Army Flattop London Target Model Revolver in Very Scarce 450 Eley Caliber with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 450 Eley
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
Item Views: 409
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 146
Class: Antique

OC - FINE- all original parts; over 30% original finish, sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood.


This revolver was manufactured in 1891. These revolvers are highly regarded and sought after by collectors. Colt only produced 84 in the 450 Eley caliber making this Flattop Target Model very scarce. Adding to the rarity of this revolver is the fact that only a few had the London address on the barrel. The top of the barrel is marked "COLT' S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A. DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON," and the left side is marked "450 ELEY". The two line, three patent dates information is marked on the left side of the frame in front of the Rampant Colt. British proofs are present on the underside of the barrel ahead of the cylinder pin and similar markings are at the rear of each cylinder flute. The entire revolver is blue with a casehardened hammer. The grips are checkered with the Rampant Colt and American Eagle in relief. The Flattop Target revolver had its greatest popularity in England. Complete with factory letter confirming configuration and that it was shipped to Colt London Agency, London, England, on April 12, 1891. This particular revolver is pictured on page 117 in Kopec's "A Study of The Colt Single Action Army Revolver". Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine. The front sight has been period replaced, and the finish on the first one inch of the muzzle is worn probably from the heating of the barrel to solder on the front sight. 70% of the original blue finish remains on the barrel and 75% on the frame with thinning on the edges and high spots and areas of brown and gray patina. The rear sight has also had a period repair as evidenced by the sides of the top strap adjacent to the sight. The cylinder retains 30% blue with the balance a smooth brown patina. The hammer has the correct polished sides with a gray patina on the top of the spur and brilliant coloring visible on the underside of the spur and the face. The butt strap has a smooth gray/brown patina with a rather large spot of significant deep pitting on the bottom. The unnumbered, correct, possibly replacement grips are fine with crisp definition. Mechanically excellent.

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