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Lot 3416: Colt Model 1878 Revolver in .32 WCF

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Antique Colt Model 1878 Double Action Revolver in Scarce .32 W.C.F. Caliber

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Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Antique Colt Model 1878 Double Action Revolver in Scarce .32 W.C.F. Caliber

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1878
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 32 WCF
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
Item Views: 223
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 233
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1898. This is one of only 970 Model 1878 revolvers having been chambered for the .32-20 WCF cartridge. The barrel has the one-line address on top and "32 W.C.F." on the left side, the lower left side of the frame has a circled Rampant Colt, and a lanyard ring is mounted on the butt. The loading gate and left of the grip frame are marked with the assembly number "234". The revolver will letter per the factory records as having a 7 1/2 inch barrel in .32-20 caliber when shipped on April 7, 1898 to E.K. Tryon Jr. & Co., Philadelphia. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 80% plus of the original blue finish, the balance a smooth grey patina with a few minor dings and spots of light pitting. 70% of the original nitre blue on the hammer, trigger, and screws. The grips are very fine showing an attractive chocolate color with minimal handling evidence and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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