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Lot 1035: Colt First Generation Single Action Army Revolver

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Documented Colt First Generation Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

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

Documented Colt First Generation Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 38-40 WCF
Barrel: 4 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: smooth
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 38
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Manufactured in 1911, this revolver was shipped to one of the many St. Louis firms that was known for shipping firearms and hardware further west, well before the west was truly "tamed". The included factory letter confirms the current configuration (grips not listed) as well as shipment to Norvell Shapleigh Hardware Co. in St. Louis on 22 November 1911. The top of the barrel has the standard two-line address with the two-line patent dates and circled Rampant Colt on the left of the frame. Matching serial numbers are on the frame, trigger guard, and back strap, and the loading gate is marked "229". Apart from the smooth one-piece grip, it has standard features.

Rating Definition:

Good, showing mostly a smooth dark grey patina overall with some scattered light pitting, typical of a western working gun. The attractive period replacement grips are very good showing a mellow aged tone, numerous hairline cracks that only come from age, and smooth moderate wear from years of being handled. Mechanically excellent. A Colt Single Action Army that would have made an obvious companion to a Winchester lever gun in .38 W.C.F. on the western frontier!

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