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Lot 3165: Antique Colt Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver

Etched Panel Colt Black Powder Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver with Holster and Factory Letter

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Lot 3165: Antique Colt Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver

Etched Panel Colt Black Powder Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver with Holster and Factory Letter

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500
Price Realized:

Etched Panel Colt Black Powder Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver with Holster and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Single Action Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: antique ivory
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Item Interest: Very Active
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Catalog Page: 128
Class: Antique
Description:

The .44-40 WCF SAA has found a special place in the hearts of Peacemaker collectors. When introduced in 1877, the .44-40 WCF SAA was intended to be used in conjunction with the 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." The accompanying factory letter confirms the .44-40 caliber chambers and blue finish.The barrel length and type of stocks are not listed, a common indication of standard 7 1/2 inch barrel and walnut stocks. The letter also states the revolver was shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, Missouri, on August 4, 1879. This was a 50 gun shipment. Missouri stood as a gateway to the West. This Peacemaker certainly has the look of being carried by a cowboy or pioneer looking for their fortunes out on the wild and unruly frontier. 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 has the correct "44" caliber designation stamped in small font on the underside. The top of the barrel is stamped with the one-line Hartford address. The left side of the frame has the three-line patent dates marking. The left side of the trigger guard is stamped "44 CF." Matching full or partial serial numbers appear on the frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, and barrel. Includes an open top/open toe lightly tooled leather holster marked "44" on the back loop.

Rating Definition:

Very good displaying all the character associated with a trusty frontier issued sidearm. The revolver has a pleasing as found smooth brown-gray patina with traces of original blue finish in the protected areas. The hammer has faded to a smooth dark patina. The etched panel is faint but legible. The heavily worn replacement grip shows similar working gun character with a repair visible on left lower panel. Mechanically excellent. The holster is very good. An antique black powder Colt Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army revolver showing authentic use.



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