Manufactured in 1883, the included factory letter confirms the current configuration (grips not listed), as well as shipment to Hartley & Graham in New York on 22 October 1883. The top of the barrel has the standard one-line address and the left is marked "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" in an etched panel. "44.C.F." is marked on the left of the trigger guard. It is fitted with the standard blade and frame notch sights, as well as a pair of checkered hard rubber grips with Rampant Colts at the tops and a lanyard loop on the butt.
Very good, retains 30% of the original blue finish, mostly in sheltered areas and the sides of the frame, with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth brown grey patina and a well-defined etched panel. The grips are also very good with a noticeable chip absent from the back edge of the left panel and otherwise light wear. Mechanically needs work/adjustment, as the cylinder spins freely.
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