This Colt Cavalry Model revolver was inspected by Lieutenant David A. Lyle and sub-inspectors John T. Cleveland and Lewis Draper. The barrel and cylinder were inspected by John T. Cleveland. The frame was inspected by Lewis Draper. Lyle's cartouche under "1877" is on the left side of the grip, and Cleveland's cartouche is on the right. Slightly over 1,000 of these revolver were manufactured bearing the "1877" date. The bottom of the grip has Cleveland's "JTC" initials. The frame has the three-line patent dates followed by "U.S." on the left side and "LD" on the underside just above the serial number. The underside of the barrel has a "P" proof and "JTC." The cylinder has a "P" proof and "JTC." "Duel inspected" Cavalry Models are extremely desirable revolvers. Colt SAA experts Kopec and Fenn only accounted for 36 Cavalry Models with Lewis Draper sub-inspected frames in the 30693-35569 serial number range on page 45 in "Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers…a Continuing Study." Matching full serial number "34214" appears on the frame, trigger guard, and back strap. The matching partial serial number "4214" is on the cylinder. In "Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers...a Continuing Study," it is noted that Lyle found many 1876-77 revolvers to have had barrel to cylinder alignment issues which led to many of these barrels having mismatching barrels or cylinders. This is one such example as the barrel has the serial number "31935." The revolver remains in original Cavalry configuration, and the fact that it is fitted with a barrel from condemned revolver highlights a chapter in the Colt Cavalry Model story. The revolver is featured in "A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver" on page 233 and photographed 234. Provenance: The Samuel L. Maxwell Collection; Property of a Gentleman
Very good overall. The replacement barrel (see above) has marks visible on both sides. This rare duel inspected Colt Cavalry Model revolver is a true survivor of the Indian Wars with a classic smooth brown-gray patina of a well-traveled U.S. sidearm that spent its life on the frontier. The lightly sanded and re-oiled grip has similar character with a chip and well worn high edge from spending time in the hand. Mechanically excellent.
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