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Lot 1413: Experimental Single Action Colt New Police 32 Revolver

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Documented Experimental Single Action Colt New Police 32 Revolver with Chernoff Letter and Box

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Documented Experimental Single Action Colt New Police 32 Revolver with Chernoff Letter and Box

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: New Police
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 32 police
Barrel: 4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hard rubber
Item Views: 328
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 310
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Included with this pistol is a 1978 dated letter from Arnold M. Chernoff, noted antique arms collector and expert, which discusses this item. According to Chernoff, this revolver was the work or concept of Walter Winans, noted firearms writer and two-time Olympic shooting medalist, who proposed a single action version of the arm for issue as a police sidearm. Colt chose to go different direction, with double action operation becoming the de-facto standard for American combat/defensive revolvers, and the New Police itself would be retired in favor of the Police Positive in 1907. Chernoff further attributes the arm to the Hagemann Collection. Blade front and notch rear sights, with the three-line address on top of the barrel, "COLT NEW POLICE 32" on the left, and the Rampant Colt surrounded by "+COLT+/NEW POLICE" on the left side plate. The hammer and trigger are finished in a bright niter blue, with the former finely knurled and the latter adjusted to significantly reduce the reset distance. As configured, the operation of the revolver is very smooth and rapid. Fitted with a pair of checkered "COLT" banner grips, which are hand-numbered "549" on the interior; this is the only serial number present on the revolver. Also included is a Colt "black box", with a number of hand markings added and erased from the bottom, a period-appropriate black-on-blue end label, a black-on-white lid label which notes the revolver is not configured for smokeless powder, proper internal lid label, a bore brush and a small alloy hanging tag marked "Ex.", likely to denote "experimental".

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 95% bright original high polish blue finish, showing some light scratches and handling marks overall, a small amount of bright edge wear and minor spotting. The grips are also excellent, with an internal crack in the left panel and a few dings and variations in color on the exterior. The box is fine showing mild wear and tear. Mechanically excellent.

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