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 Collector’s Fact
According to The Book of Colt Firearms, only 84 Colt Single Action Flattop Target revolvers were produced in .450 Eley.
        LOT 3248
Fine Documented Colt Single Action Army Flattop London
Target Model Revolver in Very Scarce 450 Eley Caliber with Factory Letter - Serial no. 139470, 450 Eley cal., 7 1/2 inch round bbl., blue finish, hard rubber grips. This revolver was manufactured in 1891. These revolvers are
highly regarded and sought after by collectors. Colt only produced 84 in the 450 Eley caliber making this Flattop Target Model very scarce. Adding to the rarity of this revolver is the fact that only a few had the London address on the barrel. The top of the barrel is marked “COLT’ S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A. DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON,” and the left side is marked “450 ELEY”. The two
line, three patent dates information is marked on the left side of the frame in front of the Rampant Colt. British proofs are present on the underside of the barrel ahead of the cylinder pin and similar markings are at the rear of each cylinder flute. The entire revolver is blue with a casehardened hammer. The grips are checkered with the Rampant Colt and American Eagle in relief. The Flattop Target revolver had its greatest popularity in England. Complete with factory letter confirming configuration and that it was shipped to Colt London Agency, London, England, on April 12, 1891. This particular revolver is pictured on page 117 in Kopec’s “A Study of The Colt Single
Action Army Revolver”.
CONDITION: Fine. The front sight has been period replaced, and the finish on the first one inch of the muzzle is worn probably from the heating of the barrel to solder on the front sight. 70% of the original blue finish remains on the barrel and 75% on the frame with thinning on the edges and high spots and areas of brown and gray patina. The rear sight has also had a period repair as evidenced by the sides of the top strap adjacent to the sight. The cylinder retains 30% blue with the balance a smooth brown patina. The hammer has the correct polished sides with a gray patina on the top of the spur and brilliant coloring visible on the underside of the spur and the face. The butt strap has a smooth gray/brown patina with a rather large spot of significant deep pitting on the bottom. The unnumbered, correct, possibly replacement grips are fine with crisp definition. Mechanically excellent. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 7,500 - 11,000
LOT 3249
Colt Bisley Model Single Action Army Revolver -
Serial no. 300997, 45 Long Colt cal., 7 1/2 inch round bbl., blue/casehardened finish, hard rubber grips.
Manufactured in 1907, this is one of 8,005 standard Bisley revolvers chambered in .45 LC. The revolver has the distinctive Bisley Model humpback profile grip, curved hammer with wide spur, higher frame, larger
trigger guard and longer, wider trigger. The barrel is marked “(BISLEY MODEL) 45 COLT” on the left side, and the one-line Hartford address is marked on top. The left side of the frame has the
two-line patent marking followed by a circled Rampant Colt. The ampersand mark is on the right side of the trigger guard indicating it was sent back to the Colt factory. “812B” is marked on the grip frame, “812” is marked on the loading gate arm, and “5098” is marked inside the grips. Matching full serial numbers are on the frame, trigger guard and back strap.
CONDITION: Very fine as factory rebarrelled/refurbished with 97% of the blue finish and 98% of
the case colors remaining and only a few minor marks and scratches and minor handling wear. The grips are also very fine and have crisp checkering and emblems and minor age and storage related wear. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 1,800 - 2,750
Collector’s Fact
According to The Book of Colt Firearms, only 8,005 Colt Bisley revolvers were produced in .45 Colt.

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