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Lot 129: Antique Colt Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver

Black Powder Colt Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver with Acid Etched Panel Barrel

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Lot 129: Antique Colt Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver

Black Powder Colt Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver with Acid Etched Panel Barrel

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

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Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,750

Black Powder Colt Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver with Acid Etched Panel Barrel

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
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Catalog Page: 125
Class: Antique
Description:

When introduced in 1877, the .44-40 WCF SAA was intended to be used in conjunction with another legendary Western icon, the Winchester Model 1873 rifle, which used the same cartridge. "The .44-40 WCF was added to the list of Colt calibers for use with the popular Winchester rifle of the same caliber," wrote Colt author David Brown. "This combination of a rifle and a six shooter using the same cartridge made it possible for their user to buy only one kind of ammunition, and he could carry 'fodder' for both guns in the same cartridge belt." Offered here is an antique black powder frame .44 WCF SAA with the highly desirable etched barrel panel that was manufactured in 1883. These .44 WCF SAAs have found a special place in the hearts of Peacemaker collectors. The top of the barrel has the one-line Hartford address. The left side of the barrel has the highly desirable "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" in an acid etched panel. In 1889 this highly desirable acid etched panel was replaced with a roll stamped marking. The barrel also has the correct "44" caliber designation stamped in small font on the underside. The left side of the frame has the three-line patent dates marking, and the left side of the trigger guard is stamped "44 CF." The cylinder is a replacement ("0197"). The matching full or partial serial numbers appear on the frame, trigger guard, back strap and barrel.

Rating Definition:

Very good as a "working man's" SAA in highly desirable .44 WCF. The barrel, ejector rod housing, and cylinder retain half of the dull reapplied blue finish and the grip straps retain traces of blue with smooth gray patina on the balance. The etched barrel marking is legible. The very good grip has all the character of "frontier use" with a series of dings from using the butt as a hammer and high edge wear from spending a lifetime in the hand. Mechanically fine.



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