The Colt Single Action Army was one of the most popular handguns in late 19th century and is easily the most iconic and most thoroughly associated with the American West. This early production example was manufactured in 1875, and it certainly has the classic look of an authentic western working gun. The barrel has the one-line Hartford address on top, the frame has the two-line patent dates marking, and "45 CAL" is stamped on the left side of the trigger guard. Matching full or partial serial numbers appear on the frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, and barrel. Includes a Shelton-Payne Arms Co. of El Paso Texas, leather holster rig (maker marking on front of holster) and bowie knife with leather sheath. The knife sheath is attached to the belt. The clip point blade was likely repurposed from a period sword, measures 11 inches long, and features an etched U.S. patriotic motif with "E PLURIBUS UNUM" in a banner, brass guard, and stag handle.
Good, remaining in as found condition for an SAA that spent a lifetime in an inhospitable environment with slight traces of original nickel finish in the sheltered areas of the trigger guard. The period grips show similar working gun character and have an attractive mellow appearance and grain. Mechanically fine. The holster rig and knife are good to very good. An SAA Texas holster rig with a lot of character.
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