Having its serial number factory applied in 1940, this is an example of a scarce pre-World War II Colt Single Action Army revolver that was later assembled and finished after the war and kept at the factory. The pre-war/post-war SAAs are found in the 356,000 and 357,000 serial number range, many were used by Colt for advertising and public relations purposes, and they have been thoroughly discussed in several of the Colt Single Action books. The accompanying factory letter confirms the 5 1/2 inch barrel in .38 Special and blue finish (type of stocks not listed). The letter also states the revolver was shipped on November 6, 1952 to Colt President Graham Anthony for presentation to Theodore Nelson, Jr., "The Boulders," Upton, Massachusetts. Both grip panels are numbered to a different gun. Matching serial number on frame, trigger guard and back strap.
Fine, retaining 50% plus original blue finish with thinning to gray on the balance and cylinder drag lines. The frame retains 80% original case colors. The grips are also fine with some fading, wear along the top of the checkering, and some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent.
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