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Lot 3134: U.S. Colt Cavalry Model Single Action Army Revolver

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Exceptional Documented David F. Clark Inspected U.S. Colt Cavalry Model Single Action Army Revolver with Holster, Factory Letter and John Kopec Gold Seal Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $25,000 - $40,000

Exceptional Documented David F. Clark Inspected U.S. Colt Cavalry Model Single Action Army Revolver with Holster, Factory Letter and John Kopec Gold Seal Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 45 LC
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 113
Class: Antique
Description:

This U.S. contract Colt "Cavalry Model" single action revolver was manufactured in 1885 and inspected by Ordnance Sub-Inspector David F. Clark. The included factory letter states the revolver was delivered to the U.S. government inspector at the Colt plant on November 18, 1885. This was a delivery of 150 Cavalry Models. Renowned Colt historian and author John Kopec examined this Cavalry Model and summarizes his conclusions in his included gold seal letter of authentication. The revolver was a new listing in his survey and he concluded "this revolver had originally served with a state militia regiment. We find that during 1896 there were 637 revolvers issued to the various states. The State of North Carolina alone had been issued 400 of this total on November 29, 1896. The State of New Jersey had earlier received 100 revolvers on July 29th of that year." These militia revolvers were later sold as surplus, and Kopec believed that the included U.S. M1881 flap holster was sold with the revolver. The revolver features the standard one-line Hartford barrel address, and the frame has the three-line Colt patent marking followed by "U.S." property mark. A small block "D.F.C." sub-inspection mark is stamped on the underside of the barrel, bottom of the frame above the serial number, side of the cylinder and on the left grip butt. "P" proofmarks are stamped on the underside of the barrel and side of the cylinder. The assembly number "793" is stamped on the inside of the loading gate. The full serial number is visible on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard, and back strap. The partial serial number "6395" is stamped on the side of the cylinder. The revolver was not disassembled to examine the partial serial number stamped on the barrel underneath the ejector housing due to a tight screw. The grip has a script letter cartouche on each side as well as the date "1885" on the left side. Kopec highlights the outstanding condition of the grip in his letter: "The grips of this revolver remain "Text-book" and very beautiful to behold! The Inspector's cartouches remain in 'as new' condition." See lot 623 for an exact replica, including proof marks and serial number, of this Cavalry Model made by US Fire Arms Manufacturing Co.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine. The barrel and ejector rod housing retain 90% plus bright original high polish blue finish with a series of handling marks on the underside. The grips straps retain 85% original blue and the cylinder retains 60% original blue. 60% original case colors remain with surface cleaning on the left front area of the frame and the brightest colors at the rear areas of the frame. As pointed out by Kopec, the excellent grip is in "as new" condition showing a few minor handling marks, nearly all original finish remaining, and crisp date and cartouches. Mechanically excellent. The holster is very good with extensive finish flaking and overall tight stitching. A high condition David F. Clark inspected U.S. Colt Cavalry Model Single Action Army Revolver with holster that will be a welcomed addition to any Colt SAA or U.S. military arms collection.



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