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   LOT 58
Deluxe Factory Engraved Colt New Line 41 Revolver with Pearl Grips - Serial no. 5007, 41 RF cal., 2 1/4 inch round bbl.,
 silver finish, pearl grips. Manufactured in 1876 as a second model with long cylinder flutes and locking slots on the back of the cylinder. The revolver features near full coverage deluxe factory broad floral scroll engraving on a punch dot background. The profuse scrollwork makes for a striking work of firearms art that you would expect from a factory engraved piece. The scroll patterns suggest the engraving was done by Colt Master Engraver Cuno Helfricht or his shop. Helfricht was Colt’s chief engraver from the late percussion era in the 1870s up to 1921 and personally designed, engraved, and/or oversaw the embellishment of some of the most historic Colt firearms in existence, including those owned by presidents Grover Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt, General George S. Patton, and members of the Colt family. The top of the barrel has the two-line Hartford address inside a panel. The barrel and cylinder are numbered to the gun. The butt is marked “41 CAL.” The caliber marking on New Lines is generally located on the left side of the lower frame strap but on this example the caliber marking was moved to the butt to accommodate the extensive factory engraving. The revolver is fitted with pearl grips. CONDITION: Very fine, retaining 85% original silver plating with flaking visible on the forward cylinder flutes. The engraving is crisp. The grips are also excellent with a couple tiny surface chips at the top and highly attractive fiery colors. Mechanically excellent. This factory deluxe engraved New Line 41 revolver will make a great addition to any Colt or antique firearms collection. Estimate: 5,000 - 7,500
LOT 59
Exceptional Colt New Line 30 Etched Panel Single Action Revolver - Serial no. 6295, 30 RF cal., 2 1/4 inch round bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut grips. This particular Colt New Line was manufactured in 1875, the second year of production. Standard two-line address flanked by crosses on top of barrel, with the acid etched “COLT NEW 30” panel on the left side.
Casehardened frame, blue barrel and cylinder. (scarce) “30 CAL”
marked on the right upper frame just behind the recoil shield.
Smooth varnished bird’s head grips.
CONDITION: Excellent, with 90% of the bright original high polish blue finish with small scattered areas of brown patina, along with some light spotting and handling marks overall. At least 80% of the bright, vivid case colors remain on the frame, with silvering on the edges, top strap and back strap. Grips are also excellent with nearly all of the original varnish remaining and some scattered light handling marks. Mechanically excellent.
Estimate: 2,750 - 4,250
LOT 60
Scarce and Desirable Blue Finish Chicago Firearms Co. Protector Palm Pistol with Scarce Box - Serial no. 5183, 32 XSRF cal., 1
3/4 inch round bbl., blue finish, hard rubber grips. Just under 13,000 of these palm pistols were manufactured by Chicago Firearms Co. in the 1890s, with only 1,000
in the 3700-5400 serial number
range estimated to have blue finish
like this example. The right side
MCH.6.83.AUG.29.93” in a circle at
the center. The removable left side
plate is marked “CHICAGO FIRE
ARMS CO. CHICAGO, ILL” in a circle
at the center and has a textured
border. The matching serial number
is marked on the inside of the
frame, on the side plate, and on the
cartridge block. It has a checkered
hard rubber plunger pad and
matching side plate inserts. Includes
a green Chicago Firearms Co. factory
box with white “THE IMPROVED PROTECTOR” label on the lid.
CONDITION: Very fine, retains 75% original blue finish with the balance a brown-grey patina. The grips are very good with the left side panel warped outward with age and showing moderate wear, some scattered light handling marks, generally mild wear from use, and the plunger pad showing crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The box is fine with moderate wear, mild staining, and the label nearly complete. A very fine example of a scarce and desirable blue finish Chicago Firearms Co. Protector Palm Pistol with scarce box.
Estimate: 4,500 - 6,500
LOT 61
Outstanding Factory
Engraved Colt No.
1 Derringer - Serial
no. 494, 41 RF cal., 2
1/2 inch flat top bbl., nickel finish, metal
grips. Colt’s No. 1 Derringer was manufactured from 1870 to 1890 after the purchase of the National Arms Company which had previously manufactured this model.
It was first manufactured by Moore’s Patent Firearms Co. in the first half of the 1860s. Colt called it their “No. 1 National Derringer.” It has a rounded nickel-silver blade front sight, the two-line address and “No. 1” on top of the barrel, matching serial numbers on the barrel and butt, factory floral scroll engraving on the frame, “41 CAL” marked on the right side of the frame, and standard thumb print knurled panels for better grip. Includes consignor research related to the development history of the No. 1 Derringer. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining 97% plus original nickel finish with some pin point speckling of plating visible left side of barrel and minor handling marks on the balance. The engraving and knurled panels are crisp. Mechanically excellent. A high condition Colt No. 1 that will be a welcome addition to your Colt handgun or derringer collection. Estimate: 3,000 - 4,500

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