Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3133: Colt London Single Action Army Revolver

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Cased Colt London Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $4,750

Cased Colt London Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 Eley Short
Barrel: 5 1/ 2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 112
Class: Antique

This black powder frame Colt SAA is chambered in .45 Eley Short, a desirable caliber that has bemused Colt collectors for decades. In "The Official Record of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver 1872-1895" on page 46 the authors write, “An interesting fact became evident when comparing listings in the Colt ledgers with copies of the actual invoices found in the Connecticut State Library. The designation ‘Eley’ or ‘Boxer’ was used interchangeably. Revolvers listed in .45 Eley in the record ledger may be listed on the shipping invoice as .45 Boxer and vice versa.” Per R.L. Wilson in "The Book of Colt Firearms" just over 3,400 standard Colt SAAs were chambered in .450 Eley/Boxer. The accompanying factory letter confirms the.450 chambering and blue finish with stocks and barrel length not listed. The top of the barrel has the Colt London address. "45 CAL/B" is stamped on the trigger guard. The frame has the two-line patent dates marking. London proofs appear on the underside of the barrel and behind each cylinder chamber. Matching serial numbers appear on the frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, and barrel. The partitioned case features a Colt London paper label on the interior of the lid and added cartridge block holding 24 rounds of .450, and contains four loss cartridges (3 rounds in .455 and 1 round .450), a James Dixon & Sons oiler, and "L" shaped screwdriver.

Rating Definition:

Very good plus. The barrel and ejector rod housing retain 30% original blue finish, the cylinder retains strong amounts of original blue finish in the flutes, 20% original blue finish remain on the grip straps and traces of original case colors remain on the frame and hammer with the balance between smooth brown and gray patinas. The grip is fine with high edge wear and minor dings. Mechanically excellent. The case is fine with a crack on the lid, minor handling/storage marks and typical high spot wear on the lining.

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