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18WHT-5 COLT S.A. #52783

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  Lot #283  (Sale Order: 334 of 772)  
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Colt Single Action Army factory engraved revolver with double carved factory pearl grips described as Texas steer and Goddess of love motif in .44 caliber, barrel length not listed, nickel plated, Shipped to Capt. Smith, address unavailable, Nov. 5, 1879, 1 gun in shipment. Pictured in the book of Colt Engraving on page 424 and on page xiix of addendum where a story that has accompanied this gun is recanted at length. In summary Kid Curry of the Butch Cassidy Hole-In-The-Wall gang traded this revolver for fresh horses and saddles after the Wagner Montana train robbery. The trade was made with Plaz Price who had a relay station west of Hinsdale near N N Ranch where Plaz was acquainted. Plaz gave the gun to a friend who owned a saloon in Hinsdale. It mentions subject revolver, S/N 52783 was re-nickeled with barrel shortened to 5 ½” with honed down hair trigger (Work presumed to be factory). H L is scratched on outside of left grip. Also Sundance was known for fancy guns. Pictured in “The Official Record on the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, 1873-1895” by Don and Carol Wilkerson on page 342 and noted in Parsons 1949 book “Peacemaker and its rival”. A folder of information and research by previous owners is included but nothing is conclusive but a “Good story based on actual people, places and events that may be further researchable”. Sadly outlaws seldom ever authenticated their guns other than “Blackjack Ketchum” who took photos in jail of himself with the pistol he gave his jailer. This Colt in our opinion was a very fancy factory exhibition or display piece. The engraving is deluxe and profuse with engraved hammer, unusual “Pineapple” on top of backstrap and unique pattern of engraving. Also the 1st S.A. in records that letters with carved pearl and 1 of a very few with double carving (Less than 5). Also there is no number on loading gate and no number on the barrel and cylinder. The barrel was professionally shortened and original sight re-positioned. The parts like the barrel appear to have not been refinished but the remainder shows a very old refinish. 70%-80% old nickel finish remains. The barrel address is sharp. The frame markings are light. All matching visible serial numbers. The grips are very good with small losses and wear at high points from carry. In conclusion a very attractive and exceptional single action that Larry Wilson valued highly along with other old time experts. It is our belief it was factory display piece made 1876 and shipped 1879 when refinished after factory display. The key to this mystery was the name mentioned in letter Capt. Smith. Possibly James L. Smith who was hired by Wyoming Cattleman’s Assoc. in 1878. He was the man who captured Harry Longabaugh AKA “The Sundance Kid” also a member of the Hole-In-The Wall gang. (Antique) Est.: $25,000-$50,000

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 Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 | 11:00 AM  Pacific

18WHT-5 COLT S.A. #52783
18WHT-5 COLT S.A. #52783
Lot number: 283
Seller: Little John's Auction Service
Ends: Sunday, December 16 | 11:00 AM  Pacific

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