Manufactured in 1882. The barrel in .455 Eley has the one-line Pall Mall London address on top, the frame has the three-line patent dates marking on the left side, and the left side of the trigger guard is stamped "455 CAL/E." London proofs are present on the barrel and cylinder. Matching serial numbers are found on the frame, trigger guard and back strap. Colt manufactured only 1,150 standard frame first generation SAAs chambered in .455 Eley (see David Brown's "The 36 Calibers of the Colt Single Action Army," page 38). These .455 Eley Peacemakers were made for the British market and were only made from 1882 through fiscal year 1883-1884. There were only 633 SAA produced in this shown configuration ("The Official Record of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver 1873-1895"). Making this revolver both rare as well as highly desired and sought after among collectors.
Very fine, retaining 60% plus bright original high polish blue finish with smooth brown patina on the balance. 70% original vivid case colors remain on the frame. The grip is also very fine with some high edge wear, minor dings and scratches, and most of the original varnish remaining. Mechanically excellent. A solid representative example of a .455 Eley blackpowder frame SAA for your Colt collection.
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