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Lot 1394: Colt New Service Flattop Target Model Double Action Revolver

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Documented Individual Shipped Colt New Service Flattop Target Model Double Action Revolver in .45 Long Colt with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Documented Individual Shipped Colt New Service Flattop Target Model Double Action Revolver in .45 Long Colt with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: New Service
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 LC
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 483
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 301
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

Manufactured in 1920, this is one of only 3,400 of these special flattop target New Service Model revolver produced. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration (grips not listed) as well as it being sold to Jacob Weinberger and shipment to Rusk Cose, both with addresses unavailable, on 24 May 1923. Additionally the letter mentions a standard New Service Model revolver with the same serial number that shipped to Buenos Ares, Argentina in 1922. Also included is a printout of information relating to a Jacob Weinberger (1882-1974), who was a U.S. federal judge. It is unclear whether this is the same Jacob Weinberger mentioned in the factory letter, however the time frame certainly fits. The top of the barrel is marked with the standard two-line address and patent dates, model and caliber marking on the left of the barrel, and the Rampant Colt on the left of the frame. It is fitted with the flat top frame, adjustable blade front and notch rear sights, checkered trigger, checkered grip straps, and checkered diamond/fleur-de-lis pattern walnut grips with Colt medallions.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 85% plus of the original high polish blue finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina, primarily on edges and the grip straps, some minor scuffs on the edges of the cylinder, and a few scattered patches of very light surface pitting. The grips are fine with a couple minor scuffs, some light handling marks scattered throughout, and otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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