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   LOT 3269
Exceptional Colt Model 1883 Side by Side
Hammerless Shotgun - Serial no. 4454, 12 gauge, 30 inch solid rib bbl., brown/casehardened/blue finish, checkered walnut stock. This beautiful Colt
Double Barrel Shotgun was manufactured in 1890. Colt manufactured approximately 7,366 Model 1883 shotguns between 1883 and 1895. It features a single brass bead sight on
the textured and extended solid rib which is marked “COLTS PT F A MFG CO HARTFORD CT U S A”. The
   action has lightly engraved borders and accents. The bottom of the action is marked: “PATENTED/AUG 22. SEP 19.1882”. The engraving patterns extends to the trigger guard, break lever and forearm hardware. The matching serial number is marked on the lower tang, water table, barrel flat and forearm hardware. Additional features include double triggers, a tang mounted automatic safety and a multi-point checkered walnut splinter forearm
with ebony forend insert and round knob pistol grip stock with a Colt embossed checkered hard rubber buttplate and
silver initial oval. Measurements: 2 3/4 inch chambers with ejectors, choked full/modified, and 14 1/4 inch length of pull. CONDITION: Very fine. 95% of the highly attractive original Damascus pattern is retained with only slight fading and 70% plus of the original vivid case colors remain with some areas such as the bottom of the action more vibrant. 75% of the blue finish remains with some fading from handling on the lower tang and rear forearm piece. The wood is also very fine with a few small dings or nicks and otherwise crisp checkering and smooth varnish. The buttplate has some slight chips/scratches at the edges but is otherwise in very fine condition. These Colt shotguns are uncommon in any condition, but examples in this high of condition are exceedingly rare. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 5,500 - 8,000
LOT 3270
Colt Model 1855
Percussion Revolving Shotgun - Serial no. 212, 20 gauge, 27 inch part octagon bbl., blue finish,
walnut stock. Colt only manufactured approximately 1,100 revolving shotguns split between 10 and 20 gauge between 1860 and 1863, and they were part of a series of Model 1855 long guns manufactured by Colt that today are highly sought after. Examples of this limited production shotgun are scarce in
any condition. These arms were also known as the Colt New Model Revolving Shotguns and are in basic design an enlarged version of the Colt Model 1855 Pocket revolvers. The
barrel has a brass bead front sight. The top barrel flat is stamped “COLT’S PT/1856” and “ADDRESS COL. COLT/HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.” Matching serial numbers on the frame, trigger guard and buttplate.
CONDITION: Very good. The barrel retains 30% original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. The frame retains strong amounts of original blue in and around the protected areas with the balance a
smooth brown-gray patina. The cylinder and buttplate have a smooth dark brown patina. There is flash type pitting. The wood is fine with a couple stress lines at the upper tang and minor dings and scratches. The ramrod is cracked/separated in two places. The cylinder does not lock properly, otherwise action functions fine. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection. Estimate: 4,500 - 7,000
LOT 3271 Colt Model 1883 Burgess Lever Action Rifle - Serial no. 5091, 44 WCF cal., 25 1/2 inch octagon bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. This model is famous as Colt’s only attempt to compete head to head with Winchester in the lever action rifle market, but that competition was quickly cut short after less then two years of production, reportedly due to an agreement between Colt and Winchester to stay out of each other’s respective markets. Colt may have also simply decided to focus their attention on their distinctive Lightning rifles. Regardless of the reasons, the Burgess was arguably superior to the contemporary Winchester Model 1866, 1873, and 1876 rifles; the action was shorter and
more refined than the comparable Model 1873. A total of just 3,775 rifles were manufactured in 1883-1885, 2,556 with octagon barrels and 1,219 with round barrels. This rifle has
a blade front sight, an elevation adjustable rear sight, the two-line Colt address and patent marking between Maltese crosses on top of the barrel, the Rampant Colt trademark on the left,
and a smooth stock and forearm with attractive grain and standard rifle cap and buttplate (compartment empty). CONDITION: Very good. The crisp barrel and magazine tube retain streaks of original blue finish, otherwise faded to a brown. The remaining metal surfaces have a mixed brown-gray patina with
strong traces of blue remaining on the lower tang. The revarnished wood is also very good with minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
      Estimate: 5,000 - 8,000

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