Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 535: Pre-World War II Colt Super 38 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Excellent Pre-World War II Colt Super 38 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box, Accessories and Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Excellent Pre-World War II Colt Super 38 Semi-Automatic Pistol with Box, Accessories and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Super 38
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 38 super
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 661
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 313
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

According to the included factory letter, this pistol was part of a five-piece shipment on October 15, 1929, to the Tufts-Lyon Arms Company of Los Angeles, California. The letter confirms the major features, minus the traditional "Not Listed" grips. Fixed blade front sight and flat top square notch adjustable rear sight on the matching serialized slide with the caliber marking on the right and the two-line Colt address and patent dates on the left. Blue barrel with a factory polished chamber and no markings. Short checkered milled trigger, checkered magazine catch, slide stop, wide hammer, long grip safety, and an arched checkered mainspring housing. Fitted with fully checkered grips and a two-tone "COLT SUPER/38 AUTO" marked magazine. The included "black box" is matching numbered on the underside, with Super .38 label on the end, containing an instruction sheet, "Special Instructions" and "Proper Ammunition" info sheets, and a Super .38 pamphlet. A floral tooled S.D. Myres holster, floral tooled Bud Dolcater magazine pouch with a two-tone "COLT SUPER/38 AUTO" marked magazine and box of Winchester Super 38 cartridge box holding two rounds are also included. Provenance: The Doug Ellison Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 95% plus original blue finish, showing some light handling marks, bright edge wear, and a few small areas of dark surface corrosion on bottom front grip strap. The grips are very fine, with some dings and flat spots. The box is fair, with some absent sections, tearing of the edges, and mild stains and wear overall. Mechanically excellent.

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