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Lot 1046: Texas Shipped Antique Colt Black Powder Frame Single Action Army

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Documented Texas Shipped Black Powder Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Documented Texas Shipped Black Powder Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 LC
Barrel: 5 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: hard rubber
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 46
Class: Antique
Description:

The Colt Single Action Army was one of the most popular handguns in late 19th century and is easily the most iconic and most thoroughly associated with the American West. This example was manufactured in 1890, and it certainly has the classic look of an authentic cowboy gun, as well as having been shipped to Dunlay & Geisler, a Houston, Texas retailer in 1891. The barrel has the correct one-line Hartford address on top. The caliber designation "45 CAL" is stamped on the left side of the barrel. The left side of the frame has the two-line patent dates marking and the Rampant Colt. Matching serial numbers appear on the frame, trigger guard and back strap, and the loading gate has assembly number "351". The included factory letter confirms the current configuration (grips not listed) as well as shipment to Dunlay & Geisler in Houston, Texas on 2 October 1891.

Rating Definition:

Very good, showing mostly a smooth grey patina with some traces of the original blue finish and case color patterns in sheltered areas along with a few small patches of light pitting near the muzzle, as is typical of a gun that spent years working on the Texas frontier. The replacement grips are also very good showing the moderate wear overall. Mechanically excellent.



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