Manufactured in 1879, the second year of production. This is one of only 1,653 Model 1878s manufactured in .450 Boxer with a 5 1/2 inch barrel and blue finish per Don Wilkerson in "Colt's Double-Action Revolver" (354). These revolvers in .450 Boxer were often exported to Australia for use by kangaroo hunters as well as shipped to Hudson Bay posts in North America for seal hunters. The barrel has the scarce "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG Co HARTFORD CT. U.S.A. DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON." The trigger guard is marked "45 CAL/B," a marking that was used prior to 1892. London proofs are stamped on the underside of the barrel and behind each cylinder flute. The cylinder is numbered to the gun. The partitioned case has a Colt London paper label on the interior of the lid and contains an empty cartridge block, James Dixon & Sons oiler, cleaning rod, and case key.
Very fine, retaining 75% plus original blue with smooth brown patina on the balance. The grips are also very fine with some high edge wear, some scattered minor handling marks, and overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The case is very good with minor handling/storage marks, stained label, and some worn lining.
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