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Lot 3280: U.S. Ainsworth Colt Cavalry Model Single Action Army Revolver

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

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

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

Desirable 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
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 159
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1874. 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 "US." The ejector rod has a bullseye head. The left side of the grip has a legible "OWA" script letter cartouche. The matching full or partial 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, and today they are rarely found in original configuration with original finish. This revolver escaped the Artillery Model modification recall in the late 19th to early 20th century and remains in original Cavalry Model configuration. In the accompanying letter of authentication, John Kopec states the revolver was likely issued to the 8th Cavalry which was then stationed in Texas and the New Mexico Territory. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good, retaining strong traces of original blue finish in the protected areas; otherwise, the revolver has a smooth dark brown patina. Hints of original case colors remain on the hammer. The grip is also very good with high edge wear, some minor handling marks, and a faint legible cartouche. Hammer spring has been replaced. Mechanically needs work as the cylinder does not rotate properly when action is cycled (hand spring absent).

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