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Lot 1184: Two Engraved Colt Single Action Army Revolvers with Bohlin Grips

Auction Date: May 14, 2022

Pair of Embellished Colt Single Action Army Revolvers with Elaborate Bohlin Sterling Silver and Gold Grips and Extraordinary Tooled Holster Rig

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $15,000

A) Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 special
Barrel: 4 3/4 inch round
Finish: nickel
Grip: silver
Stock:
Item Views: 859
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 150
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Offered here is a pair of Colt Single Action Army Revolvers decorated with custom engraving and stellar Bohlin of Hollywood sterling silver grips, and this set is complete with a Bohlin sterling mounted and full tooled double holster rig. Each gun sports differing board scroll patterns and flourishes but coverage for both is about 50%. Gun “A” features scrollwork with shaded backgrounds, entwining line and dot motifs, and large floral blossoms. In addition to the differing scrollwork, gun “B” features starburst and wavy line and dot motifs. The barrels have the one-line Hartford address in a panel on top and “COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .44 SPECIAL,” a marking introduced in 1930, inside a panel on the left side. The consecutive serial numbers (355221 and 355222) have been remarked with the numbers falling in the 1935 production range. The left side of the frames have the two-line patent dates followed by a Rampant Colt. The rear cylinder faces are marked with the caliber designation “44S.” The left side of the trigger guards are stamped with the Colt triangle proof and the letter “K.” The exquisite Bohlin sterling silver grips are embellished with copper and 14k gold overlays such as a steer head, floral scrollwork and floral blossoms. The back of each grip panel is marked “BOHLIN MADE/CALI./HOLLYWOOD/STERLING/14K.” Includes a phenomenal Bohlin sterling mounted and full tooled double holster rig. The sterling silver belt buckle and tongue tip are marked with the Bohlin cartouche and “STERLING.” An additional Bohlin cartouches are marked on the back of the belt and on the back of both open top holsters. The tooled cartridge loops carry a complete count of 36 solid sterling silver marked Bohlin cartridges. Each cartridge head has the Bohlin cartouche and “STERLING.” Edward H. Bohlin (1895-1980) was born in Sweden and was obsessed with the American West. As a teenager he ran away and boarded a ship to the U.S. with the hope of joining Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West show. After working on ranches and learning English, he opened his first saddle store in Cody, Wyoming, in 1920. He was also a performer, and he visited Hollywood as part of a vaudeville show. While there, he met western actor and "King of Cowboys" Tom Mix who convinced him to stay and sell his high end silver and leather items in the Los Angeles area. Mix supposedly actually bought Bohlin's coat and boots right off his back and feet and also purchased his traveling bag. Many of Bohlin's saddles were highlights of the Rose Parades and some can still be seen there today. Bohlin was known to be a perfectionist, and the grips and holster rig demonstrate that. The tooling and engraving patterns remain absolutely crisp and beautiful today.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as professionally embellished and restored, retaining 99% plus of the nickel plating with limited handling marks. The grips are excellent having attractive aged tones. Mechanically excellent. The holster rig is extremely fine with minimal wear and sterling silver having an attractive aged appearance.



B) Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 special
Barrel: 5 1/2 inch round
Finish: nickel
Grip: silver
Stock:
Item Views: 859
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 150
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Very fine as professionally embellished and restored, retaining 99% plus of the nickel plating with limited handling marks. The grips are excellent having attractive aged tones. Mechanically excellent. Grips and holster rig are fine examples of work by the famed Edward Bohlin that will add dimension and beauty to any Colt or western frontier collection.



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