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LOT 1277
Documented Factory Engraved, Nickel-Plated Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Factory Letter - Serial no. 347295, 45 Colt cal., 4 3/4 inch round bbl., nickel finish, carved grips. The Colt letter describes the features of this Colt Single Action Army Revolver as “Caliber: .45/c, Barrel Length: 4 3/4”, Finish: Nickel, Type of Stocks: Rubber” and “Factory Engraved: Yes”. The letter further states that this revolver was shipped to Von Lengerke & Antoine on 35 S. Wabash Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, for Harry Hessel on March 14, 1925. The revolver has a full nickel-plated finish with Colt “Grade A” factory engraving. The engraving consists of restrained German scrollwork on the barrel, ejector housing, frame, loading gate, cylinder, trigger guard and back strap. The engraving was almost certainly executed by Colt master engraver Wilbur A. Glahn. Although the Colt letter indicates that the revolver was shipped with hard rubber grips; it is fitted with a relief-carved steer head on the right grip with inlaid nickel-silver Colt medallions. These grips are contemporary to the revolver and are found on factory engraved Single Actions in this serial number range.
The ejector rod has the late, oval, head and the hammer has border-less knurling on the spur. The top of the barrel is roll- stamped: “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. Co./HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.” in two lines. “45 COLT” is roll-stamped on the left side of the barrel in
a panel formed by scrollwork. The Colt ‘Two-line/Three-Date’ patent markings are located on the left side of the frame in a panel formed by line and scallop borders. The Rampant Colt trademark on the left side of the frame is flanked by line and scroll engraving. The left front trigger guard bow is stamped with the assembler’s number “3” above the Colt “Triangle/VP” proof mark. The full serial number is stamped on the bottom
of the frame and right side of the trigger guard and back strap beneath the grip. The partial serial number “95” is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder. All of the visible serial numbers match. The assembly number “16” is stamped on the inside of the loading gate and on the right rear of the frame beneath the grip. Approximately 450 Colt Single Action Army revolvers were factory engraved between 1922 and 1940. Surviving examples are scarce and highly collectable.

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