The accompanying factory letter confirms the 7 1/2 inch barrel in .44-40 caliber and nickel plating (type of stocks not listed). The letter also states the revolver was shipped on May 9, 1884 to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, Missouri. This was a 25 gun shipment. The barrel is stamped with the one-line Hartford address on top and features the desirable etched panel ("COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER") on the left side. The underside of the barrel has the correct caliber designation "44" in small font. The left side of the frame has the three-line patent dates marking. The left side of the trigger guard is marked "44 CF." Fitted with a set of attractive pearl grips.
Very good as showing great working gun character, retaining 40% heavily flaked nickel plating with a smooth gray patina on the balance and numerous spots of deep heavily cleaned pitting. The etched panel is faint. The replacement pearl grips are fine with a couple tiny chips, a repair towards the bottom (right panel), and attractive fiery colors. Mechanically excellent. Certainly has the authentic look of a period used factory nickel plated black powder SAA in desirable .44 WCF!
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