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Lot 3148: U.S. Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Model

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Scarce Frank Heath Inspected, David F. Clark Sub-Inspected U.S. Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Model Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,000 - $10,000

Scarce Frank Heath Inspected, David F. Clark Sub-Inspected U.S. Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Model Revolver

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: 128
Class: Antique

This revolver falls within the range for the series of revolvers inspected by Captain Frank Heath (111656-116931) noted on page 77 of "Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers...a Continuing Study" by Kopec and Fenn where the author's note that the "G" markings are believed to stand for "Government" and that the ninth government contact for Colt Single Action Army revolvers was dated August 11, 1884, and called for 2,000 revolvers. They were manufactured between August 11, 1884, through January 31, 1885. The tenth contract, again for 2,000 revolvers, was signed on June 22, 1885. These revolvers were sub-inspected by David F. Clark, and many of the revolvers in this range are known to have been issued to the New York Militia. This revolver was manufactured in 1885 and remains in its original "Cavalry Model" configuration. The 7 1/2 inch long barrel has a blade front sight, "COLT'S PT. F. A. MFG Co HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." marked on top, "P" and "D.F.C." stamped on the bottom just ahead of the cylinder pin, and "G/J" and the matching partial serial number "4347" under the ejector housing. The ejector has the bulls-eye head. The cylinder has "P," "D.F.C.," and the matching partial serial number "4347" on the sides and "S" and "3" on the rear face. The frame has the three-line patent marking followed by "U.S" on the left, an "S" above the firing pin hole, a "U" on the left side rear under the grip, and "D.F.C." over the full serial number on the bottom. The loading gate has the assembly number "952". The trigger guard and back strap have the full matching serial number and the noted "G" markings. The grip has a faint Frank Heath oval cartouche under what appears to be "1884" on the left, a faint outline of a cartouche on the right (David F. Clark's), and partial "D.F.C." stamped to the right on the butt. No number is legible in the rear mortise of the grip, but all of the serial numbers on the metal components are matching.

Rating Definition:

Good, having all appearances of a true survivor of the American West, it shows mostly a mottled grey-brown patina, traces of faint original blue finish in sheltered areas, and some scattered small patches of light pitting. The grip shows extensive wear consistent with use, some scattered minor handling marks, and faint but visible cartouches. The trigger is a later production replacement. Mechanically excellent. A solid representative example of a Frank Heath inspected Colt Cavalry Model revolver that is full of "Wild West" character, having the look of a real survivor!

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