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          LOT 252
Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver Formerly of the Victor Friedrichs Collection with Documentation - Serial no. 19145, 44 cal., 7 1/2 inch part octagon bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut grips. The Third Model Dragoon can be quickly distinguished by its round trigger guard and was the most widely used of Colt’s massive “horse pistols” that began with the famous Colt Walker. Around 10,500 Third Models were manufactured in 1851 to 1861. Many of these were used in the Old West and during the Civil War. This commercial revolver was manufactured in 1860. The barrel has a German silver blade front sight and a period added two leaf rear sight partially obscuring the one-line New York address. The cylinder has the standard scene with U.S.M.R. and patent markings. Matching full or partial serial numbers are on the frame, brass trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, arbor pin, loading lever and wedge. An included collection record from the personal files of noted firearms collector and charter member of the Texas Gun Collector’s Association Victor Friedrichs indicates that Friedrichs purchased this revolver through a trade from Harry Thomas of Austin, Texas, in 1969. An accompanying letter from Friedrichs shows the Dragoon remained in his collection until he sold it in 1976. CONDITION: Very good, with a lightly pitted bright mottled appearance and traces of the cylinder scene remaining. The loading lever catch is a period replacement. The grip is good with a few filled repairs along the worn high edge and minor handling marks. Mechanically fine. A well aged Colt Dragoon that certainly has the appearance of a Civil War era sidearm that saw serious use. Provenance: The Victor Friedrichs Collection. Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000
LOT 253
Scarce Massachusetts Arms Co. Wesson & Leavitt Percussion Revolver - Serial no. 377, 40 cal., 6 1/8 inch round bbl., blue/ casehardened finish, walnut grips. Manufactured from 1850 to 1851 with total production around 1,000. Production was halted due to a patent infringement suit won by Colt. “WESSON’S & LEAVITT’S PATENT” marked on the action, patent marking on the rear cylinder face and Mass. Arms address on the top strap. “377” is marked on the top strap lug, “1” is marked on various other parts, “ and “4” is on the butts of the grips and toe of the backstrap. CONDITION: Very good, retains most of the dull, period refinished blue on the cylinder and back strap with some light pitting visible under the finish. Traces of original case colors in sheltered areas of the frame and lock with the balance showing mostly a smooth grey patina. The grips are fine with some minor dings and scratches scattered throughout. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 3,000 - 4,500
LOT 254
Rare IXL Navy Double Action Percussion Revolver Serial Number 5 - Serial no. 5, 36 cal., 6 3/4 inch octagon bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut grips. Reportedly only 50 of these sidehammer “IXL Navy” revolvers are believed to have been manufactured as part of a series of revolvers manufactured circa 1857, possibly by or for Benjamin J. Hart of New York City. Hart’s name appears on some IXL revolvers, and some of the pocket model versions are known with “IXL N. YORK” markings which have given the series its name. Quality control is known to have been an issue for these already scarce revolvers further cutting down on the number extant. This revolver is evidence of that given its fractured frame. It has no visible markings aside from the serial number on the underside of the barrel, loading lever, inside of the trigger guard, left side of the toe, and inside of the grips and an “F” on the right side at the toe. The hammer and trigger guard bow are scroll engraved, but the rest of the gun is plain. CONDITION: Very good as period reattached and repaired frame on the front lower edge
and rear of the top strap, 75% original blue on the barrel, original case colors remaining primarily on the lever and hammer, mostly gray patina on the balance, some light oxidation/pitting, and general mild overall wear. The grips are very good and have moderate edge wear and numerous mild scratches and dings. The trigger needs help resetting, but the action will function. This is an incredibly rare revolver. We have only sold one other IXL Navy and a few IXL Pocket revolvers. Estimate: 4,000 - 5,000
      LOT 255
Exceptional Colt 3 1/2 Inch Round Barrel Pocket Conversion Revolver - Serial no. 305443, 38 RF cal., 3 1/2 inch round bbl., nickel finish, walnut grips. This is one of around 10,000 revolvers of this type built using
a mix of converted on-hand parts from the Model 1849 Pocket, 1862 Police, and Pocket Navy revolvers along with newly manufactured components starting around 1873. These handy revolvers were still being shipped by the factory in the 1880s. Non-matching numbered slightly oversized replacement wedge screw. Matching full or partial serial numbers are on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, and arbor pin. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining 95% original nickel plating. All of the cylinder scene remains. 60% original case colors remain on the hammer. The grip is very fine with a notch near the bottom (left side), minor dings and scratches and retaining most of the original varnish. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 2,250 - 3,500

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