The Colt Single Action Army was one of the most popular handguns in late 19th century and is easily the most iconic and most thoroughly associated with the American West. This example was manufactured in 1888, and it certainly has the classic look of an authentic western working gun. The barrel has the correct two-line Hartford marking on top. The left side of the frame has the three-line patent dates marking. Matching serial numbers appear on the frame, trigger guard and back strap, and the loading gate has assembly number "85". The included factory letter confirms the current configuration as well as shipment to Montgomery Ward & Co. in Chicago on 4 April 1888.
Very good plus, retains 30% plus of the bright original blue finish and 25% of the original case colors mostly in sheltered areas of the forward frame with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina and a few scattered patches of light pitting. The grips are very good with a moderate chip absent from the rear edge of the right panel, some light handling marks, and otherwise well-defined checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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