SESSION 4 - FABULOUS FIREARMS & MILITARIA AUCTION!

SESSION 4 - FABULOUS FIREARMS & MILITARIA AUCTION!

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SESSION 4 - FABULOUS FIREARMS & MILITARIA AUCTION!

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1ST MODEL COLT DRAGOON REVOLVER CARRIED BY WILLIAM

Lot # 4001 (Sale Order: 1 of 530)      

ROWE, 2ND ARKANSAS CAVALRY AND IMAGE OF HIM HOLDING REVOLVER AND PROVENANCE. Cal. 44. S# 3085. Bbl. 7 1/2" standard configuration, blue & case colors, silver plated grip frame. This is a very nice well documented example known. Soldier personalized revolver w/ iron tack design, small star on left grip & his initials W.R. on right. William also scratched his initials on backstrap “WFR”, “W” on left ear, “F” on top, & “R” on right ear. This was a very valuable gun even in its day & William wanted his name on it. It is very rare to see a photograph of a soldier holding the weapon he carried & he is proudly holding it across his breast in 9th plate tintype wearing enlisted cavalry shell jacket & forage cap w/ crossed saber insignia. It would be quite interesting to know how he came about this early Dragoon made in 1848. William F. Rowe (1843-1917) Born in Prussia, left his mother & father, immigrated by himself to America, landing in Fort Smith Arkansas December 7, 1859 at 16 years old. Enrolled in Company H, 2nd Arkansas cavalry September 7, 1863, & was mustered out Memphis Tennessee, August 1865. He lived his life, died & is buried at Fort Smith where he originally enlisted. When William mustered out in August 1865, he was charged $8 for retaining “pistol”, could this have been the pistol? This revolver was originally a civilian purchased from Colt in 1848. Could it have been captured during the war from Confederates & inventoried as US government property & reissued? There is indiscernible lightly scratched name on the butt w/ last initial “H” & a pair of initials scratched on the triggerguard “EH”. So, who had this gun originally w/ different last name? There is a wonderful article written in the Fort Smith Historical Society Journal in 1980 that is included w/ this lot. It details all the effects of William F Rowe. The article was written by his grandson who was 9 years old when William died, but still had vivid recollections of the war stories he was told. Nicholas J Kelly (1908-1982) the grandson died not long after this wonderful article was published, he had sold this pistol & other items for $3000 in 1970. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: accompanying this lot along w/ pistol and 9th plate tintype are US oval belt plate, GAR membership badge, GAR hat insignia, & GAR program from San Francisco 1886, all in shadowbox type frame. Revolver is nicely displayed in beveled casing w/ accessories. 1980 Fort Smith Historical Society Journal, 1970 letter from the Kelly selling the gun to Mr. Hodge along w/ other items. Manuscript genealogy showing descendants from William Rowe to Nicholas Kelly. There is a modern 20 x 24" color pastel copy of photograph, signed E. Gordon West. CONDITION: very good to fine overall, original, complete w/ matching serial numbers, traces of original finish in protected areas, iron now a smooth mottled streaked plum/brown patina, strong traces of silver in protected areas. Cylinder scene is mostly discernible. Grips are sound & well fit w/ moderate to heavy edge wear & remnants of old varnish finish. Markings are all crisp & discernible. Mechanically fine w/ crisp rifled bore. The accompanying compartmented casing is fair, refinished w/ numerous cosmetic blemishes, brown lining is loose, 2 cavity brass “COLT’S PATENT” mold is good w/ pitting on sprue cutter, round patent capper has dark mustard patina & functional, flask is poor unseamed & missing top w/ several small holes. (01-19824/JS). ANTIQUE. $10,000-15,000.
ROWE, 2ND ARKANSAS CAVALRY AND IMAGE OF HIM HOLDING REVOLVER AND PROVENANCE. Cal. 44. S# 3085. Bbl. 7 1/2" standard configuration, blue & case colors, silver plated grip ...moreframe. This is a very nice well documented example known. Soldier personalized revolver w/ iron tack design, small star on left grip & his initials W.R. on right. William also scratched his initials on backstrap “WFR”, “W” on left ear, “F” on top, & “R” on right ear. This was a very valuable gun even in its day & William wanted his name on it. It is very rare to see a photograph of a soldier holding the weapon he carried & he is proudly holding it across his breast in 9th plate tintype wearing enlisted cavalry shell jacket & forage cap w/ crossed saber insignia. It would be quite interesting to know how he came about this early Dragoon made in 1848. William F. Rowe (1843-1917) Born in Prussia, left his mother & father, immigrated by himself to America, landing in Fort Smith Arkansas December 7, 1859 at 16 years old. Enrolled in Company H, 2nd Arkansas cavalry September 7, 1863, & was mustered out Memphis Tennessee, August 1865. He lived his life, died & is buried at Fort Smith where he originally enlisted. When William mustered out in August 1865, he was charged $8 for retaining “pistol”, could this have been the pistol? This revolver was originally a civilian purchased from Colt in 1848. Could it have been captured during the war from Confederates & inventoried as US government property & reissued? There is indiscernible lightly scratched name on the butt w/ last initial “H” & a pair of initials scratched on the triggerguard “EH”. So, who had this gun originally w/ different last name? There is a wonderful article written in the Fort Smith Historical Society Journal in 1980 that is included w/ this lot. It details all the effects of William F Rowe. The article was written by his grandson who was 9 years old when William died, but still had vivid recollections of the war stories he was told. Nicholas J Kelly (1908-1982) the grandson died not long after this wonderful article was published, he had sold this pistol & other items for $3000 in 1970. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: accompanying this lot along w/ pistol and 9th plate tintype are US oval belt plate, GAR membership badge, GAR hat insignia, & GAR program from San Francisco 1886, all in shadowbox type frame. Revolver is nicely displayed in beveled casing w/ accessories. 1980 Fort Smith Historical Society Journal, 1970 letter from the Kelly selling the gun to Mr. Hodge along w/ other items. Manuscript genealogy showing descendants from William Rowe to Nicholas Kelly. There is a modern 20 x 24" color pastel copy of photograph, signed E. Gordon West. CONDITION: very good to fine overall, original, complete w/ matching serial numbers, traces of original finish in protected areas, iron now a smooth mottled streaked plum/brown patina, strong traces of silver in protected areas. Cylinder scene is mostly discernible. Grips are sound & well fit w/ moderate to heavy edge wear & remnants of old varnish finish. Markings are all crisp & discernible. Mechanically fine w/ crisp rifled bore. The accompanying compartmented casing is fair, refinished w/ numerous cosmetic blemishes, brown lining is loose, 2 cavity brass “COLT’S PATENT” mold is good w/ pitting on sprue cutter, round patent capper has dark mustard patina & functional, flask is poor unseamed & missing top w/ several small holes. (01-19824/JS). ANTIQUE. $10,000-15,000.

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RARE & FINE 1848 COLT SECOND CONTRACT DRAGOON

Lot # 4002 (Sale Order: 2 of 530)      

REVOLVER. Cal. 44. S# 2150. Bbl. 7 1/2". Long known as “Fluck” Dragoons after 1956 John Fluck article “Colt’s Hartford Walker”. Fluck contended that 300 Dragoons in the serial number range from 2216 through 2515 were replacements, which Colt was forced to supply for Walkers that had failed in service. These revolvers now are known to be 1848 2nd contract revolvers made by Colt, utilizing the same serial number dies used on civilian Walkers made by Whitney for Colt. There are several excellent accompanying articles which give details of these earliest Colt dragoons supplied to military w/ improvements made to the Walker model. All 2nd contract revolvers made were shipped in staggered lots in 1848. They were 1st issued to the 1st & 2nd US Mounted Rifles who saw hard service in the West. Of the 998 pistols made, survival is about the same as Walkers, w/ less than 150 examples currently documented. This is a nice representative, sharp original survivor. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: several copies of articles associated w/ this revolver & its contract. CONDITION: very good overall, appears complete & original w/ exception of pivot screw & loading lever catch. Matching S# throughout. Loading lever & bbl. have matching assembly number “40”. Sm/ inspection letter “P” is found on bbl., frame, cyl., loading lever arm, hammer, trigger guard & backstrap. Grips have 2 inspectors cartouches on either side, “WAT” (William A Thorton) & “NWP” (Nathan W. Patch). Markings all discernable including address, “COLT’S PATENT/U.S.” on frame. Iron has mixed gray patina w/ scattered areas of pitting, brass mixed medium mustard patina. Grips are sound & well fit w/ chips at front toes, moderate edge wear w/ discernable cartouches. Rolled dragoon fight scene is about 50% visible. Mechanically fine w/ crisp, rifled bore. PROVENANCE: Derek Provah Collection; Robert Howard Collection; Tom Power Collection, 2006. (01-19825/JS). ANTIQUE. $5,000-9,000.
REVOLVER. Cal. 44. S# 2150. Bbl. 7 1/2". Long known as “Fluck” Dragoons after 1956 John Fluck article “Colt’s Hartford Walker”. Fluck contended that 300 Dragoons in the s...moreerial number range from 2216 through 2515 were replacements, which Colt was forced to supply for Walkers that had failed in service. These revolvers now are known to be 1848 2nd contract revolvers made by Colt, utilizing the same serial number dies used on civilian Walkers made by Whitney for Colt. There are several excellent accompanying articles which give details of these earliest Colt dragoons supplied to military w/ improvements made to the Walker model. All 2nd contract revolvers made were shipped in staggered lots in 1848. They were 1st issued to the 1st & 2nd US Mounted Rifles who saw hard service in the West. Of the 998 pistols made, survival is about the same as Walkers, w/ less than 150 examples currently documented. This is a nice representative, sharp original survivor. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: several copies of articles associated w/ this revolver & its contract. CONDITION: very good overall, appears complete & original w/ exception of pivot screw & loading lever catch. Matching S# throughout. Loading lever & bbl. have matching assembly number “40”. Sm/ inspection letter “P” is found on bbl., frame, cyl., loading lever arm, hammer, trigger guard & backstrap. Grips have 2 inspectors cartouches on either side, “WAT” (William A Thorton) & “NWP” (Nathan W. Patch). Markings all discernable including address, “COLT’S PATENT/U.S.” on frame. Iron has mixed gray patina w/ scattered areas of pitting, brass mixed medium mustard patina. Grips are sound & well fit w/ chips at front toes, moderate edge wear w/ discernable cartouches. Rolled dragoon fight scene is about 50% visible. Mechanically fine w/ crisp, rifled bore. PROVENANCE: Derek Provah Collection; Robert Howard Collection; Tom Power Collection, 2006. (01-19825/JS). ANTIQUE. $5,000-9,000.

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FINE COLT HARTFORD LONDON DRAGOON.

Lot # 4003 (Sale Order: 3 of 530)      

Cal. 44. S# 264. Bbl. 7 1/2" standard configuration oct. to rnd. w/ one line, New York address. All Hartford Londons were made in 1853 & were numbered from 1-700. British proofs are found on left side of bbl. housing & adjacent to each chamber on cyl. A percentage of these guns were returned to the United States at the outbreak of the Civil War & several are inscribed. CONDITION: very good to fine overall, all original & matching. Tiny traces of finish in protected areas. Cyl. has most of its rolled Dragoon/Indian fight scene & all 6 functioning safety pins. Tiny traces of silver are found in protected areas of grip frame. Grips retain much of their original varnish w/ edge wear. Mechanically fine w/ crisp, rifled bore. (01-19860/JS). ANTIQUE. $5,000-8,000.
Cal. 44. S# 264. Bbl. 7 1/2" standard configuration oct. to rnd. w/ one line, New York address. All Hartford Londons were made in 1853 & were numbered from 1-700. British...more proofs are found on left side of bbl. housing & adjacent to each chamber on cyl. A percentage of these guns were returned to the United States at the outbreak of the Civil War & several are inscribed. CONDITION: very good to fine overall, all original & matching. Tiny traces of finish in protected areas. Cyl. has most of its rolled Dragoon/Indian fight scene & all 6 functioning safety pins. Tiny traces of silver are found in protected areas of grip frame. Grips retain much of their original varnish w/ edge wear. Mechanically fine w/ crisp, rifled bore. (01-19860/JS). ANTIQUE. $5,000-8,000.

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COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON REVOLVER.

Lot # 4004 (Sale Order: 4 of 530)      

Cal. 44. S# 15606. Bbl. 7 1/ 2" standard configuration, w/ one line New York address, “Colts Patent” on the left side of the frame. Matching S#s found on bbl., frame, backstrap, trigger guard, loading arm, cyl., & arbor; wedge numbered 5605. The grips are also matching numbered, 5606 inked in backstrap channel. There is engraved German silver decoration tacked to right grip & butt. This is an honest survivor well cared for made in 1856 which appears completely original w/ traces of finish. CONDITION: very good overall. Iron is mottled gray/plum patina, crisp markings, slight muzzle wear, about 5% original bright factory blue in protected areas. Cylinder retains much of the dragoon fight rolled scene, scratch along central perimeter, retains single usable safety pin. Backstrap and triggerguard have light mustard patina, area scraped and scratched on backstrap. Original matching grips have hand worn patina, chipped inner toes, right grip has lifted abutting frame. Mechanically fine w/ crisp rifled bore. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Gary Parietti. (01-19788/JS). ANTIQUE. $4,000-6,000.
Cal. 44. S# 15606. Bbl. 7 1/ 2" standard configuration, w/ one line New York address, “Colts Patent” on the left side of the frame. Matching S#s found on bbl., frame, bac...morekstrap, trigger guard, loading arm, cyl., & arbor; wedge numbered 5605. The grips are also matching numbered, 5606 inked in backstrap channel. There is engraved German silver decoration tacked to right grip & butt. This is an honest survivor well cared for made in 1856 which appears completely original w/ traces of finish. CONDITION: very good overall. Iron is mottled gray/plum patina, crisp markings, slight muzzle wear, about 5% original bright factory blue in protected areas. Cylinder retains much of the dragoon fight rolled scene, scratch along central perimeter, retains single usable safety pin. Backstrap and triggerguard have light mustard patina, area scraped and scratched on backstrap. Original matching grips have hand worn patina, chipped inner toes, right grip has lifted abutting frame. Mechanically fine w/ crisp rifled bore. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Gary Parietti. (01-19788/JS). ANTIQUE. $4,000-6,000.

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SCARCE 4-SCREW MARTIAL 3RD MODEL COLT DRAGOON

Lot # 4005 (Sale Order: 5 of 530)      

REVOLVER. Cal. 44. S# 17174. Bbl. 7 1/2". There were over 10,000 3rd model dragoons made, but less than 15% were made for shoulder stocks, falling in 17,000 to 18,000 serial range. These were sold to the Army & civilian market alike, typically in pairs w/ shoulder stock numbered for both guns which are usually consecutive. This revolver made in 1858 is in standard configuration w/ 7.5" rnd. bbl. w/ one line New York address & oct. bbl. housing. The sm. contemporary 2 leaf rear sight has been added & dovetailed obscuring part of address. Revolver has matching serial numbers on all parts normally numbered: bbl., loading lever, frame, cyl., arbor, wedge, brass trigger guard, backstrap & last 4 digits inked inside grip channel. Frame marked on left side “COLT’S / PATENT / U. S.”, most parts are stamped w/ sm. inspector letters. CONDITION: good overall, metal is a mottled gray patina, markings are mostly discernible, faint vestiges of rolled cyl. scene can be seen w/ crisp serial number &inspection letter “C”. Grips have been refinished & no vestige of cartouche is visible, still well fit w/ edge wear, chipped toes, dents & dings. Gun appears all original w/ exception of replaced wedge screw & 2 nipples. Mechanically fine w/ crisp rifled bore. (01-19414/JS). ANTIQUE. $4,000-5,000.
REVOLVER. Cal. 44. S# 17174. Bbl. 7 1/2". There were over 10,000 3rd model dragoons made, but less than 15% were made for shoulder stocks, falling in 17,000 to 18,000 ser...moreial range. These were sold to the Army & civilian market alike, typically in pairs w/ shoulder stock numbered for both guns which are usually consecutive. This revolver made in 1858 is in standard configuration w/ 7.5" rnd. bbl. w/ one line New York address & oct. bbl. housing. The sm. contemporary 2 leaf rear sight has been added & dovetailed obscuring part of address. Revolver has matching serial numbers on all parts normally numbered: bbl., loading lever, frame, cyl., arbor, wedge, brass trigger guard, backstrap & last 4 digits inked inside grip channel. Frame marked on left side “COLT’S / PATENT / U. S.”, most parts are stamped w/ sm. inspector letters. CONDITION: good overall, metal is a mottled gray patina, markings are mostly discernible, faint vestiges of rolled cyl. scene can be seen w/ crisp serial number &inspection letter “C”. Grips have been refinished & no vestige of cartouche is visible, still well fit w/ edge wear, chipped toes, dents & dings. Gun appears all original w/ exception of replaced wedge screw & 2 nipples. Mechanically fine w/ crisp rifled bore. (01-19414/JS). ANTIQUE. $4,000-5,000.

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SCARCE LATE 3RD MODEL COLT DRAGOON WITH 8" BARREL.

Lot # 4006 (Sale Order: 6 of 530)      

Cal. 44. S# 18603. Bbl. 8". Standard production civilian dragoon w/ 1 line New York address, sm. “Colts Patent” on left side of frame. Cyl. w/ Dragoon & Indian fight rolled scene. Varnished walnut grips, silver plated backstrap & trigger guard. CONDITION: very good overall. Original, complete & matching w/ exception of replaced wedge & wedge screw. Gun overall has plum patina, traces of original blue in protected areas. Markings all good. Cyl. scene is only visible in traces, but crisp S#, safety pins all smashed. Mechanics are fine w/ crisp, rifled bore. Grips are well fit w/ light tacking, retaining about 1/3 of the original factory varnish. Strong traces of silver plate are found in protected areas of backstrap & trigger guard. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Gary Parietti. (01-19040/JS). ANTIQUE. $4,000-5,000.
Cal. 44. S# 18603. Bbl. 8". Standard production civilian dragoon w/ 1 line New York address, sm. “Colts Patent” on left side of frame. Cyl. w/ Dragoon & Indian fight roll...moreed scene. Varnished walnut grips, silver plated backstrap & trigger guard. CONDITION: very good overall. Original, complete & matching w/ exception of replaced wedge & wedge screw. Gun overall has plum patina, traces of original blue in protected areas. Markings all good. Cyl. scene is only visible in traces, but crisp S#, safety pins all smashed. Mechanics are fine w/ crisp, rifled bore. Grips are well fit w/ light tacking, retaining about 1/3 of the original factory varnish. Strong traces of silver plate are found in protected areas of backstrap & trigger guard. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Gary Parietti. (01-19040/JS). ANTIQUE. $4,000-5,000.

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CASED PAIR OF IMPROVED COLT BABY PATERSONS S# 11

Lot # 4007 (Sale Order: 7 of 530)      

AND 18. Cal. 28. S#s 11 & 18. Bbls. 2 9/16". Standard configuration improved 1st model (4th model Ehlers) Paterson revolvers made in their own serial range in 1840. Both pistols are all original w/ crisp proper bbl. addresses & centaur rolled cylinder scenes. This assembled pair are housed in Paterson-style casing w/ accessories. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: appraisal letter from Martin G. Lane. CONDITION: S# 11 very good to fine overall, appears all original & matching, retains strong original finish especially in protected areas. Matching serial number “11” observed on bbl. housing, back of cylinder, frame, backstrap, wedge, & grips. Grips are well fit w/ hand worn patina. Mechanically fine, crisp rifled bore. S# 18 very good overall, appears all original & matching, tiny traces of finish in protected areas. Missing right rear backstrap screw. Matching serial number “18” observed on bbl. housing, back of cylinder, frame, backstrap, hammer, base of lever & grips. Wedge is not serialized & shorter than “11” but appears original to time of use. Grips retain about 80% varnished finish w/ heavy edge wear. Mechanically functional w/ crisp rifled bore. Accompanying casing is sound, worn & soiled emerald green velvet lining, reproduction Colt capper retained in case by wire loop, brass & leather plunger flask, rare serpentine Ehlers-Paterson screwdriver/nipple wrench combination tool. Case is refinished & varnished, w/ a non-functioning key. PROVENANCE: SN 18 Ex-Gaines de Gaffenreid collection. (01-19964/JS). BOTH ANTIQUE. $50,000-70,000.
AND 18. Cal. 28. S#s 11 & 18. Bbls. 2 9/16". Standard configuration improved 1st model (4th model Ehlers) Paterson revolvers made in their own serial range in 1840. Both ...morepistols are all original w/ crisp proper bbl. addresses & centaur rolled cylinder scenes. This assembled pair are housed in Paterson-style casing w/ accessories. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: appraisal letter from Martin G. Lane. CONDITION: S# 11 very good to fine overall, appears all original & matching, retains strong original finish especially in protected areas. Matching serial number “11” observed on bbl. housing, back of cylinder, frame, backstrap, wedge, & grips. Grips are well fit w/ hand worn patina. Mechanically fine, crisp rifled bore. S# 18 very good overall, appears all original & matching, tiny traces of finish in protected areas. Missing right rear backstrap screw. Matching serial number “18” observed on bbl. housing, back of cylinder, frame, backstrap, hammer, base of lever & grips. Wedge is not serialized & shorter than “11” but appears original to time of use. Grips retain about 80% varnished finish w/ heavy edge wear. Mechanically functional w/ crisp rifled bore. Accompanying casing is sound, worn & soiled emerald green velvet lining, reproduction Colt capper retained in case by wire loop, brass & leather plunger flask, rare serpentine Ehlers-Paterson screwdriver/nipple wrench combination tool. Case is refinished & varnished, w/ a non-functioning key. PROVENANCE: SN 18 Ex-Gaines de Gaffenreid collection. (01-19964/JS). BOTH ANTIQUE. $50,000-70,000.

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RARE CASED & UNIQUE FLORAL ROCOCO ENGRAVED

Lot # 4009 (Sale Order: 9 of 530)      

EXPOSITION, COLT LONDON POCKET MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 31. S# 26. Bbl. 5". This is a very rare & beautifully engraved Colt Model 1849 most likely made for the Dublin Exposition of 1853. The engraving style is unique w/ floral and rococo designs. The bbl. address is hand engraved in unique small lettering not seen on any other revolver. London proofs were added after engraving as the normal proof on right side of bbl. housing is found in unengraved area below wedge slot which is not noted on any other specimens. Deluxe grips are nicely burled w/ fine color. The casing also has unique carved mother of pearl flower shaped compartment knob not seen on any other specimen. Larry Wilson in his Colt Engraving text shows this gun & states there are 3 types of London engraving & cites this example as being the rarest, few examples & under 100 serial range on pocket models. Gun appears original, complete & authentic as manufactured though serial number on cylinder does not match balance of gun though still two digits “95”. There are other Colt exhibition guns known w/ unserialized cylinders, this gun possibly was rushed for the exposition & this was the cylinder available. Most likely this is the only Model 1849 w/ this style of engraving as made for the Dublin Exposition in 1853 & this 2 digit gun was first year produced in London. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: rare early London oak casing; has no provision for cleaning rod, & no mortise cut for bullet mold sprue cutter. Case contains near new Dixon bag flask w/ virtually all of its original varnish, a 2 cavity "COLTS PATENT" brass bullet mold, L-shaped combination gun tool, original pack of caps w/ Eley Brothers paper label & original 5 cartridge pack of Colt cartridges. Also included in this lot is a copy of “Fine Colts, The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection”. CONDITION: extremely fine overall, all matching w/ exception of cylinder as noted. Bbl. retains about 95% bright blue finish w/ crisp markings. Cylinder has traces of thin blue w/ crisp, complete rolled “Stagecoach Holdup” scene w/ balance silver/blue patina. Frame & hammer retain most of their original muted case color w/ balance silver/gray. Trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all their silver plate. Grips retain virtually all their original factory varnish w/ light edge wear & a few sm. dents. Accompanying case is very good overall w/ vacant scalloped brass plaque, blue velvet interior is very good w/ light fading, there are several repairs to velvet lining wear worn through apparently in revolver compartment, sides to lidded compartment are bowed out slightly w/ old glued repair. Mold & gun tool are both very good & smooth overall, gun tool retains about half its finish. Cap tin is empty but discernable label, cartridge pack is very good & complete. The pre-Colt contract Dixon flask is excellent retaining virtually all varnish & bright fire blue to spring. PROVENANCE: Raymond Kendall Collection; pictured on pages 230, 239 & 240 of Wilson’s “Colt Engraving Book Volume I” (Though Wilson misidentifies serial number); Pictured on page 87 of the 1999 “Fine Colts, The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection” as front is showing this example as epitome of English engraving of London Colts. (01-17677/JS). ANTIQUE. $10,000-15,000.
EXPOSITION, COLT LONDON POCKET MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 31. S# 26. Bbl. 5". This is a very rare & beautifully engraved Colt Model 1849 most likely made for the Dub...morelin Exposition of 1853. The engraving style is unique w/ floral and rococo designs. The bbl. address is hand engraved in unique small lettering not seen on any other revolver. London proofs were added after engraving as the normal proof on right side of bbl. housing is found in unengraved area below wedge slot which is not noted on any other specimens. Deluxe grips are nicely burled w/ fine color. The casing also has unique carved mother of pearl flower shaped compartment knob not seen on any other specimen. Larry Wilson in his Colt Engraving text shows this gun & states there are 3 types of London engraving & cites this example as being the rarest, few examples & under 100 serial range on pocket models. Gun appears original, complete & authentic as manufactured though serial number on cylinder does not match balance of gun though still two digits “95”. There are other Colt exhibition guns known w/ unserialized cylinders, this gun possibly was rushed for the exposition & this was the cylinder available. Most likely this is the only Model 1849 w/ this style of engraving as made for the Dublin Exposition in 1853 & this 2 digit gun was first year produced in London. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: rare early London oak casing; has no provision for cleaning rod, & no mortise cut for bullet mold sprue cutter. Case contains near new Dixon bag flask w/ virtually all of its original varnish, a 2 cavity "COLTS PATENT" brass bullet mold, L-shaped combination gun tool, original pack of caps w/ Eley Brothers paper label & original 5 cartridge pack of Colt cartridges. Also included in this lot is a copy of “Fine Colts, The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection”. CONDITION: extremely fine overall, all matching w/ exception of cylinder as noted. Bbl. retains about 95% bright blue finish w/ crisp markings. Cylinder has traces of thin blue w/ crisp, complete rolled “Stagecoach Holdup” scene w/ balance silver/blue patina. Frame & hammer retain most of their original muted case color w/ balance silver/gray. Trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all their silver plate. Grips retain virtually all their original factory varnish w/ light edge wear & a few sm. dents. Accompanying case is very good overall w/ vacant scalloped brass plaque, blue velvet interior is very good w/ light fading, there are several repairs to velvet lining wear worn through apparently in revolver compartment, sides to lidded compartment are bowed out slightly w/ old glued repair. Mold & gun tool are both very good & smooth overall, gun tool retains about half its finish. Cap tin is empty but discernable label, cartridge pack is very good & complete. The pre-Colt contract Dixon flask is excellent retaining virtually all varnish & bright fire blue to spring. PROVENANCE: Raymond Kendall Collection; pictured on pages 230, 239 & 240 of Wilson’s “Colt Engraving Book Volume I” (Though Wilson misidentifies serial number); Pictured on page 87 of the 1999 “Fine Colts, The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection” as front is showing this example as epitome of English engraving of London Colts. (01-17677/JS). ANTIQUE. $10,000-15,000.

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HORATIO ACEVEDO GOLD INSET AND ENGRAVED COLT MODEL

Lot # 4010 (Sale Order: 10 of 530)      

1849 POCKET REVOLVER LIKE CZAR NICHOLAS PRESENTATIONS. Cal. 31. S# 63305. This gun is a faithful elaborate gold inset facsimile made from a Colt 2nd Generation black powder revolver circa 1965. As can be seen in photographs it is quite elaborate. The original 6" bbl. pocket model is copied from in the Hermitage Museum & was presented by Col. Colt to Czar Nicholas in 1856. It is in truly amazing condition retaining virtually all its original finish & gold inlay. Horatio Q. Acevedo (1924-2010) & his work is prominently shown on pages 706-719 of The Colt Engraving Book Volume Two by R.L. Wilson. No comparable examples have sold publicly, though a couple have been sold as original over the years. Well known Colt collector & comedian Buddy Hackett commissioned several “clones” of Colt’s finest work like this in the 1970s. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: custom wood & metal display stand. CONDITION: extremely fine, retaining virtually all original finish. Mechanically fine, bright crisp polished rifled bore. (01-19961/JS). ANTIQUE. $10,000-15,000.
1849 POCKET REVOLVER LIKE CZAR NICHOLAS PRESENTATIONS. Cal. 31. S# 63305. This gun is a faithful elaborate gold inset facsimile made from a Colt 2nd Generation black powd...moreer revolver circa 1965. As can be seen in photographs it is quite elaborate. The original 6" bbl. pocket model is copied from in the Hermitage Museum & was presented by Col. Colt to Czar Nicholas in 1856. It is in truly amazing condition retaining virtually all its original finish & gold inlay. Horatio Q. Acevedo (1924-2010) & his work is prominently shown on pages 706-719 of The Colt Engraving Book Volume Two by R.L. Wilson. No comparable examples have sold publicly, though a couple have been sold as original over the years. Well known Colt collector & comedian Buddy Hackett commissioned several “clones” of Colt’s finest work like this in the 1970s. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: custom wood & metal display stand. CONDITION: extremely fine, retaining virtually all original finish. Mechanically fine, bright crisp polished rifled bore. (01-19961/JS). ANTIQUE. $10,000-15,000.

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INSCRIBED CIVIL WAR CASED COLT POCKET REVOLVER.

Lot # 4011 (Sale Order: 11 of 530)      

Cal. 31. S# 218101. Standard configuration, bbl. 4" oct., 1 line New York address. Nicely engraved on backstrap “STEWART HANCOCK”. Serial numbers all match; revolver was made in 1862. Housed in compartmented mahogany casing w/ burgundy velvet lining. ACCESSORIES: 2 cavity “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold marked “31PKT”, cap tin, and small eagle flask. CONDITION: revolver is good to very good overall. Iron is smooth gray patina w/ areas of staining, markings all good & discernible, rolled stagecoach holdup scene is visible on cyl. Grips retain much of their original factory varnish w/ numerous nicks, scrapes & scratches. On the edges of each grip at butt, there are carved notches of unknown purpose. There are also tacking marks on bottom of grips. Brass backstrap & triggerguard have traces of silver in protected areas balance of brass burnished bright. Mechanically fine, crisp rifled bore. Casing is good, interior lining faded to purple; one partition broken. Mold is average w/ some dull blue finish, eagle flask appears to be a reproduction in good condition. (01-19921/JS). ANTIQUE. $2,000-2,500.
Cal. 31. S# 218101. Standard configuration, bbl. 4" oct., 1 line New York address. Nicely engraved on backstrap “STEWART HANCOCK”. Serial numbers all match; revolver was ...moremade in 1862. Housed in compartmented mahogany casing w/ burgundy velvet lining. ACCESSORIES: 2 cavity “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold marked “31PKT”, cap tin, and small eagle flask. CONDITION: revolver is good to very good overall. Iron is smooth gray patina w/ areas of staining, markings all good & discernible, rolled stagecoach holdup scene is visible on cyl. Grips retain much of their original factory varnish w/ numerous nicks, scrapes & scratches. On the edges of each grip at butt, there are carved notches of unknown purpose. There are also tacking marks on bottom of grips. Brass backstrap & triggerguard have traces of silver in protected areas balance of brass burnished bright. Mechanically fine, crisp rifled bore. Casing is good, interior lining faded to purple; one partition broken. Mold is average w/ some dull blue finish, eagle flask appears to be a reproduction in good condition. (01-19921/JS). ANTIQUE. $2,000-2,500.

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CASED COLT 1849 POCKET MODEL REVOLVER.

Lot # 4012 (Sale Order: 12 of 530)      

Cal. 31. S# 107511. Bbl. 4" oct. w/ brass bead sight & New York address. 5 Shot rnd. cyl. w/ stage coach scene engraving. Blued & case colored finish w/ silver finished brass trigger guard & backstrap. 1 Piece walnut grip. Frame, bbl., grip straps, cyl., loading lever & wedge have matching numbers. 1855 Mfg. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: hardwood case w/ red velour fitted interior. Case lid has an inlaid brass shield. Case contains sm. eagle flask, iron 2 cavity mold, Eley Bros. cap tin, 2 spare nipples & a few unsized lead rd. balls. CONDITION: metal finish has faded to mottled gray brown w/ scattered areas of pitting & sm. dents. Grip straps retain 30% nickel finish acquiring a pleasing aged tarnish. Grips show finish wear w/ numerous scratches & marks. Functioning mechanics. Bore is dark showing spots of pitting & retains sound rifling. (01-20043/DS). ANTIQUE. $2,000-2,750.
Cal. 31. S# 107511. Bbl. 4" oct. w/ brass bead sight & New York address. 5 Shot rnd. cyl. w/ stage coach scene engraving. Blued & case colored finish w/ silver finished b...morerass trigger guard & backstrap. 1 Piece walnut grip. Frame, bbl., grip straps, cyl., loading lever & wedge have matching numbers. 1855 Mfg. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: hardwood case w/ red velour fitted interior. Case lid has an inlaid brass shield. Case contains sm. eagle flask, iron 2 cavity mold, Eley Bros. cap tin, 2 spare nipples & a few unsized lead rd. balls. CONDITION: metal finish has faded to mottled gray brown w/ scattered areas of pitting & sm. dents. Grip straps retain 30% nickel finish acquiring a pleasing aged tarnish. Grips show finish wear w/ numerous scratches & marks. Functioning mechanics. Bore is dark showing spots of pitting & retains sound rifling. (01-20043/DS). ANTIQUE. $2,000-2,750.

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NICKEL PLATED & FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT 1849 POCKET

Lot # 4013 (Sale Order: 13 of 530)      

REVOLVER WITH CASE. Cal. 31. S# 266837. Bbl. 5", has Colt US America address on top. "Colt's Patent" is on right side of frame. Cal marking is on rear of trigger guard. Bbl., frame & grip straps are factory engraved in late vine style & revolver is fitted w/ 1 piece ivory grips. All numbers match including loading lever & bbl. wedge. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: housed in walnut case lined in purple velvet & contains sm. 4 1/2" copper bodied eagle flask, "Colt's Patent" marked brass bullet mold, Eley cap tin & a key. CONDITION: all metal parts w/ nickel replate have engraving softened. Scene on cyl. considerably softened. Ivory grips don't fit well; under metal at top & above at bottom have mellow aged appearance. Fair to good bore. Mechanically good. Safety pins mashed. Case retains most of what appears to be it's original varnish w/ scattered marks & soiling. Interior cloth faded to grayish purple. Partitions are good. Flask w/ toned body, mold w/ flaked plating. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Gary Parietti. (01-19800/MGM). ANTIQUE. $2,000-3,000.
REVOLVER WITH CASE. Cal. 31. S# 266837. Bbl. 5", has Colt US America address on top. "Colt's Patent" is on right side of frame. Cal marking is on rear of trigger guard. B...morebl., frame & grip straps are factory engraved in late vine style & revolver is fitted w/ 1 piece ivory grips. All numbers match including loading lever & bbl. wedge. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: housed in walnut case lined in purple velvet & contains sm. 4 1/2" copper bodied eagle flask, "Colt's Patent" marked brass bullet mold, Eley cap tin & a key. CONDITION: all metal parts w/ nickel replate have engraving softened. Scene on cyl. considerably softened. Ivory grips don't fit well; under metal at top & above at bottom have mellow aged appearance. Fair to good bore. Mechanically good. Safety pins mashed. Case retains most of what appears to be it's original varnish w/ scattered marks & soiling. Interior cloth faded to grayish purple. Partitions are good. Flask w/ toned body, mold w/ flaked plating. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Gary Parietti. (01-19800/MGM). ANTIQUE. $2,000-3,000.

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CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER.

Lot # 4014 (Sale Order: 14 of 530)      

Cal. 31. S# 328104. Bbl. 4", has "US AMERICA" stamp on top flat. "Colt's Patent" stamped on left side of frame & cal. is stamped on left side of grip strap. All numbers match except bbl. wedge (grip frame not disassembled). Standard 1 piece walnut grips. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: housed in a walnut case lined in reddish velvet. Case contains 4 1/2" powder flask w/ heraldic eagle & "Colt's Patent" marked blued steel bullet mold. CONDITION: bbl. retaining about 70% original blue w/ scattered freckling & high edge wear. Cyl. retains a considerable amount of its blue, mostly flaked. Scene is strong. Frame retains 40-50% case hardening color. Color on loading lever almost silver. Grip straps retain a little over half original silver. Grips have 80% original varnish. Shiny bore w/ considerable pitting. Mechanically good. Safety pins flattened. Case retains most of its original finish. w/ numerous marks. Interior cloth is good, marked & lightly stained. Accessories are very good to fine w/ quite a bit of dark lacquer on flask & bright blue on mold. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Gary Parietti. (01-19795/MGM). ANTIQUE. $2,000-3,000.
Cal. 31. S# 328104. Bbl. 4", has "US AMERICA" stamp on top flat. "Colt's Patent" stamped on left side of frame & cal. is stamped on left side of grip strap. All numbers m...moreatch except bbl. wedge (grip frame not disassembled). Standard 1 piece walnut grips. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: housed in a walnut case lined in reddish velvet. Case contains 4 1/2" powder flask w/ heraldic eagle & "Colt's Patent" marked blued steel bullet mold. CONDITION: bbl. retaining about 70% original blue w/ scattered freckling & high edge wear. Cyl. retains a considerable amount of its blue, mostly flaked. Scene is strong. Frame retains 40-50% case hardening color. Color on loading lever almost silver. Grip straps retain a little over half original silver. Grips have 80% original varnish. Shiny bore w/ considerable pitting. Mechanically good. Safety pins flattened. Case retains most of its original finish. w/ numerous marks. Interior cloth is good, marked & lightly stained. Accessories are very good to fine w/ quite a bit of dark lacquer on flask & bright blue on mold. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Gary Parietti. (01-19795/MGM). ANTIQUE. $2,000-3,000.

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COLT 1849 POCKET REVOLVER WITH JJ ARCHER MARKED

Lot # 4015 (Sale Order: 15 of 530)      

ACCESSORIES. Cal. 31. S# 31917. Bbl. 4" oct. w/ bead sight & New York address. 5 Shot rnd. cyl. w/ stage coach scene roll engraving. Blue finish w/ case colored frame & silver finished brass backstrap & sm. trigger guard. 1 Piece walnut grip. Bbl., frame, grip straps, cyl., & loading lever have matching numbers. 1852 Mfg. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: 11 5/8" x 8 1/8" x 3 3/4" wooden box. Brass plate on lid engraved "JJ Archer". Box interior has paper lining w/ added dividers & lids. Box contains ceramic bottle, sm. pistol flask, steel dividers, antique wire frame glasses & 2 sm. dice. Also includes a folder of Wikipedia & internet printed information regarding the life & career of James Jay Archer. (Dec. 19, 1817 - Oct. 24, 1864). Archer was a lawyer & US Army officer during the Mexican-American War. He served as a Brigadier General for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Archer was the first general officer captured from Robert E Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. He was taken as prisoner on the first morning of the Battle of Gettysburg. CONDITION: bbl. & cyl. have faded to mottled gray brown showing sm. dents & light corrosion. Cyl. retains unusually clear scene. Frame retains sm. amounts of fading case colors in protected areas fading to gray showing surface corrosion. Grip straps retain 60% silver finish acquiring a dark tarnish in protected areas. Grips show light wear & handling marks. Butt of wood & metal shows numerous sm. dents. Bore retains strong rifling showing sm. spots of light pitting. (01-20059/DS). ANTIQUE. $1,200-1,500.
ACCESSORIES. Cal. 31. S# 31917. Bbl. 4" oct. w/ bead sight & New York address. 5 Shot rnd. cyl. w/ stage coach scene roll engraving. Blue finish w/ case colored frame & s...moreilver finished brass backstrap & sm. trigger guard. 1 Piece walnut grip. Bbl., frame, grip straps, cyl., & loading lever have matching numbers. 1852 Mfg. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: 11 5/8" x 8 1/8" x 3 3/4" wooden box. Brass plate on lid engraved "JJ Archer". Box interior has paper lining w/ added dividers & lids. Box contains ceramic bottle, sm. pistol flask, steel dividers, antique wire frame glasses & 2 sm. dice. Also includes a folder of Wikipedia & internet printed information regarding the life & career of James Jay Archer. (Dec. 19, 1817 - Oct. 24, 1864). Archer was a lawyer & US Army officer during the Mexican-American War. He served as a Brigadier General for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Archer was the first general officer captured from Robert E Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. He was taken as prisoner on the first morning of the Battle of Gettysburg. CONDITION: bbl. & cyl. have faded to mottled gray brown showing sm. dents & light corrosion. Cyl. retains unusually clear scene. Frame retains sm. amounts of fading case colors in protected areas fading to gray showing surface corrosion. Grip straps retain 60% silver finish acquiring a dark tarnish in protected areas. Grips show light wear & handling marks. Butt of wood & metal shows numerous sm. dents. Bore retains strong rifling showing sm. spots of light pitting. (01-20059/DS). ANTIQUE. $1,200-1,500.

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EXTREMELY RARE AND VERY FINE CASED PAIR OF GUSTAV

Lot # 4016 (Sale Order: 16 of 530)      

YOUNG ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVERS. Cal. 36. S# 92264, 92280. Bbls. 7 1/2". This pair is featured in the full color page in “The Colt Engraving Book”. Guns are beautifully engraved en suite w/ exceptions of the right frames & left bbl. housings which have same curls to scrolls but terminations counterclockwise to each other, scrolls on bbl. housing terminate into Indian’s head on 92264, grotesque face on 92280. Revolvers are in standard configuration made late 1859 or early 1860 w/ 7.5" oct. bbl., 1 line Hartford address. There are a handful of other exquisitely engraved & ivory gripped revolvers in this serial range. S# 92286 was given to William H Vanderbilt. The Vanderbilt gun has virtually identical engraving except the bbl. housing scroll terminates in the more commonly seen dog’s head. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: accompanied by their burgundy velvet lined mahogany Colt casing w/ diamond shaped brass lock escutcheon. Casing is compartmented for the two revolvers, angled spout flask w/ double sided eagle & panoply of arms design, large green label cap tin, paper wrapped pistol balls, cartridge pack, & 2 cavity bullet mold. Like so many cased pairs made at the onset of the Civil War, one gun was carried & used & the other remained in the case. The gun that was carried also has a slightly different inset dovetailed front sight, both front sights are original & possibly the German silver blade wore & was replaced w/ this pinched iron variety on 92264. Regardless, rarely offered are such a beautiful cased pair of deluxe engraved & ivory Hartford navies. Appraisal letter from Martin J. Lane. CONDITION: S# 92280 is extremely fine retaining 95% plus bright blue on bbl., most muted case color on frame & loading assembly. Cylinder retains about 10% bright blue w/ balance dark plum/silver. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about 90% original silver. Original smooth "certifiable antique" ivory grips are excellent & well fit. Mechanically fine w/ crisp bright bore. S# 92264 is fine, crisp engraving & markings w/ traces of original finish in protected areas. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about 90% original silver w/ well fit smooth original ivory grips. Mechanically fine w/ crisp rifled bore. Case is sound & solid w/ an age crack in the lid. Case retains much of its original factory varnish w/ moderate cosmetic handling & storage blemishes. Interior is fading w/ soiling & wear from front sights & hammer spurs. Flask is extremely fine, retaining virtually all its original finish. The “Colt’s Patent” 2 cavity mold retains much of its original bright blue but is not correct for this casing as it is marked for a 31 caliber pocket model. The cap tin, rolled pistol balls, & cartridge pack are all good. The compartment for the L-shaped screwdriver is empty though pictured in Colt Engraving Book. (01-19957/JS). BOTH ANTIQUE. $60,000-80,000.
YOUNG ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVERS. Cal. 36. S# 92264, 92280. Bbls. 7 1/2". This pair is featured in the full color page in “The Colt Engraving Book”. Guns are...more beautifully engraved en suite w/ exceptions of the right frames & left bbl. housings which have same curls to scrolls but terminations counterclockwise to each other, scrolls on bbl. housing terminate into Indian’s head on 92264, grotesque face on 92280. Revolvers are in standard configuration made late 1859 or early 1860 w/ 7.5" oct. bbl., 1 line Hartford address. There are a handful of other exquisitely engraved & ivory gripped revolvers in this serial range. S# 92286 was given to William H Vanderbilt. The Vanderbilt gun has virtually identical engraving except the bbl. housing scroll terminates in the more commonly seen dog’s head. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: accompanied by their burgundy velvet lined mahogany Colt casing w/ diamond shaped brass lock escutcheon. Casing is compartmented for the two revolvers, angled spout flask w/ double sided eagle & panoply of arms design, large green label cap tin, paper wrapped pistol balls, cartridge pack, & 2 cavity bullet mold. Like so many cased pairs made at the onset of the Civil War, one gun was carried & used & the other remained in the case. The gun that was carried also has a slightly different inset dovetailed front sight, both front sights are original & possibly the German silver blade wore & was replaced w/ this pinched iron variety on 92264. Regardless, rarely offered are such a beautiful cased pair of deluxe engraved & ivory Hartford navies. Appraisal letter from Martin J. Lane. CONDITION: S# 92280 is extremely fine retaining 95% plus bright blue on bbl., most muted case color on frame & loading assembly. Cylinder retains about 10% bright blue w/ balance dark plum/silver. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about 90% original silver. Original smooth "certifiable antique" ivory grips are excellent & well fit. Mechanically fine w/ crisp bright bore. S# 92264 is fine, crisp engraving & markings w/ traces of original finish in protected areas. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about 90% original silver w/ well fit smooth original ivory grips. Mechanically fine w/ crisp rifled bore. Case is sound & solid w/ an age crack in the lid. Case retains much of its original factory varnish w/ moderate cosmetic handling & storage blemishes. Interior is fading w/ soiling & wear from front sights & hammer spurs. Flask is extremely fine, retaining virtually all its original finish. The “Colt’s Patent” 2 cavity mold retains much of its original bright blue but is not correct for this casing as it is marked for a 31 caliber pocket model. The cap tin, rolled pistol balls, & cartridge pack are all good. The compartment for the L-shaped screwdriver is empty though pictured in Colt Engraving Book. (01-19957/JS). BOTH ANTIQUE. $60,000-80,000.

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EXTREMELY FINE MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER WITH

Lot # 4017 (Sale Order: 17 of 530)      

EXTREMELY RARE MATCHING 1ST MODEL CANTEEN STOCK. Cal. 36. S# 62638. There are only 5 or 6 examples known of Colt factory 1st model cut for stock navies, all made 1855-1856. This coordinates w/ 1st model shoulder stocks for Dragoon revolvers also made 1855-1856. The design for the stock closely follows that of the US Model 1855 pistol carbine w/ 2 prongs extending from the stock yoke to engage 2 slots in pistol’s backstrap & then secured by tightening knurled knob on bottom of yoke. The most common version, which was standard after 1857, required 4 screw frame, slotted butt strap & yoke extension on stock to fit into slot. This earliest 1st model design w/ out yoke & 3 screw frame is more complex to manufacture requiring steel grip frame. Like the other 2 known 1st models, trigger guard is fitted w/ sling swivel as is stock. The special order revolver has Colt factory German silver front sight fitted in dovetailed slot & deluxe burled walnut grips. Revolver has matching serial number 62638 on every part normally numbered w/ exception of loading arm 2639 & cylinder numbered 62689. Unique canteen stock has silver plated yoke w/ matching serial number 62638, silver plated brass buttplate has serial number, probable factory error 62628. Two small sling swivels are fitted in stock, one on yoke & one on oval escutcheon. This is the only example of the 1st model Colt Navy shoulder stock w/ pistol we are aware ever offered in auction. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: 6 page R. L. Wilson letter detailing rarity & its discovery in Scandinavia about 1995. CONDITION: extremely fine overall. Revolver retains about 95% bright factory blue on bbl., about 40% blue on cyl., muted case colors on frame, hammer & loading lever. There is rust & pitting on two of the sling swivels on pistol & stock where, according to the accompanying letter, stated original leather sling had been attached for decades causing the corrosion. There is also corrosion on slightly flat trigger bow & other areas on grip frame & one streak on cylinder which does not affect overall aesthetic of this great rarity. Burled grips retain most all of their factory varnish w/ light edge wear but varnish worn through in 2 crescents where yoke attached. Mechanically fine w/ crisp bright rifled bore. Stock retains most of its original silver plate on yoke, buttplate, & rear sling swivel escutcheon. Stock retains 95% original factory varnish w/ scattered small dings & dents & 3" long gouge on right side. Canteen screw in plug & attached chain are intact & functional. (01-19959/JS). ANTIQUE. $20,000-25,000.
EXTREMELY RARE MATCHING 1ST MODEL CANTEEN STOCK. Cal. 36. S# 62638. There are only 5 or 6 examples known of Colt factory 1st model cut for stock navies, all made 1855-185...more6. This coordinates w/ 1st model shoulder stocks for Dragoon revolvers also made 1855-1856. The design for the stock closely follows that of the US Model 1855 pistol carbine w/ 2 prongs extending from the stock yoke to engage 2 slots in pistol’s backstrap & then secured by tightening knurled knob on bottom of yoke. The most common version, which was standard after 1857, required 4 screw frame, slotted butt strap & yoke extension on stock to fit into slot. This earliest 1st model design w/ out yoke & 3 screw frame is more complex to manufacture requiring steel grip frame. Like the other 2 known 1st models, trigger guard is fitted w/ sling swivel as is stock. The special order revolver has Colt factory German silver front sight fitted in dovetailed slot & deluxe burled walnut grips. Revolver has matching serial number 62638 on every part normally numbered w/ exception of loading arm 2639 & cylinder numbered 62689. Unique canteen stock has silver plated yoke w/ matching serial number 62638, silver plated brass buttplate has serial number, probable factory error 62628. Two small sling swivels are fitted in stock, one on yoke & one on oval escutcheon. This is the only example of the 1st model Colt Navy shoulder stock w/ pistol we are aware ever offered in auction. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: 6 page R. L. Wilson letter detailing rarity & its discovery in Scandinavia about 1995. CONDITION: extremely fine overall. Revolver retains about 95% bright factory blue on bbl., about 40% blue on cyl., muted case colors on frame, hammer & loading lever. There is rust & pitting on two of the sling swivels on pistol & stock where, according to the accompanying letter, stated original leather sling had been attached for decades causing the corrosion. There is also corrosion on slightly flat trigger bow & other areas on grip frame & one streak on cylinder which does not affect overall aesthetic of this great rarity. Burled grips retain most all of their factory varnish w/ light edge wear but varnish worn through in 2 crescents where yoke attached. Mechanically fine w/ crisp bright rifled bore. Stock retains most of its original silver plate on yoke, buttplate, & rear sling swivel escutcheon. Stock retains 95% original factory varnish w/ scattered small dings & dents & 3" long gouge on right side. Canteen screw in plug & attached chain are intact & functional. (01-19959/JS). ANTIQUE. $20,000-25,000.

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PRESENTATION PAIR COLT NAVY REVOLVERS TO GUSTAVUS

Lot # 4018 (Sale Order: 18 of 530)      

SNIPER WITH OIL ON CANVAS ESCUTCHEON. Cal. 36. S#’s 111188/111225. This beautiful pair of Colt Model 1851 Navy revolvers are standard configuration & are fine crisp examples w/ identical presentations on backstraps of each revolver: "PRESENTED TO MAJ. G. SNIPER 101ST REGT N.Y. VOLS BY HIS / LATE COMMAND CO. E 51ST REGT NYSM". Pistols are displayed in mahogany casing w/ accessories. There is a lone monumental equestrian statue in Syracuse, New York & that is of German Emigre Sniper (1836-1894) where he resided. Sniper had local military career, first in the Syracuse Light Guards in 1854 & volunteering in 1861; when the war began as captain of the local 51st NY in Army of the Potomac facing Robert E Lee in the Seven Days battles. Capt. Sniper, 26 years old would return home, marry & start a family, but soon returned to service as Major in 101st NY when these revolvers were presented in February 1862. Sniper would stay in Syracuse though 1863 but would join the newly formed 185th NY in his county as Lieut. Col. & would serve under Gen. Joshua Chamberlain. Sniper’s 185th left Syracuse in September 1864, joining the Army of the Potomac during its siege of Petersburg, Va. The regiment saw action there in skirmishes at Burgess Farm, Hatcher’s Run & Watkin’s Farm. The regiment saw its heaviest action, suffering more than 200 casualties, at a place called Quaker Road on March 29, 1865, as Grant pressed Lee’s right flank. During the battle, Union forces were initially being repulsed. The brigade commander of the 185th, Gen. Joshua Chamberlain, anxiously asked Colonel Sniper if his regiment could “save the day.” Sniper replied “he would try”, and the 185th launched a counter-attack. While carrying the regimental flag, the unit’s color-bearer, Benton H. Wilson, was wounded twice. The sergeant of the color-company took over carrying the Stars & Stripes, but was killed in short order. Another member of the color guard seized the flag, but was immediately shot in the hand. Capt. Lathrop next grasped the colors, but was severely wounded in the foot. At this juncture, Sniper seized the flag & shouted, “Men of the 185th, forward!” They rallied, followed the gallant Sniper & the final advance was made, overrunning the Confederate position. Further action for the 185th occurred at the critical Union victory at Five Forks & eventually near Appomattox Court House. It was there, on April 9, 1865, just as Lee’s flag of truce to discuss surrender was being shown, that Lt. Hiram Clark of the 185th became the last man killed in the Army of the Potomac when a rebel shell took his life. Sniper & the 185th returned to Syracuse by train on June 3, 1865 and marched from the station in Vanderbilt Square to welcoming ceremonies in Hanover Square. The tattered remains of the silk flag that Sniper used to rally his men rests at the Onondaga County Courthouse. Sniper was brevetted Brig. Gen. for gallantry shown at the battle of Quaker Rd., March 29th1865. There was always a sincere measure of respect between members of the 185th & the former commander of their brigade, Chamberlain. In June 1899, Chamberlain traveled to Baldwinsville from Maine to address a reunion of the 185th. After the war, Sniper’s reputation as a leader & his popularity among the city’s German-American community propelled him into government service. He served three terms in the state assembly, was elected county clerk and eventually a deputy collector of internal revenue. Sniper died unexpectedly in his North Side home, at 504 Prospect Ave., in 1894, just a few blocks from where his statue would be unveiled in 1905 – a civic project sponsored by local veterans & designed by Syracuse architect Charles E. Colton & sculpture by Frederick Moynihan. Framed oil escutcheon (37" x 31") details Sniper’s Civil War career & rarely found are these oil on canvas examples, most were on preprinted paper as cost of an original painting was high. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: folder of paperwork relating to Gustavus Sniper. CONDITION: revolvers are both very good overall w/ crisp edges & markings, traces of original finish can be found in protected areas, role cyl. scenes are mostly discernible. Safety pins on cyls. all functional, though one is smashed on serial number 111188. Grips retain most of their original factory varnish. Both revolvers are mechanically fine w/ crisp rifled bores. The accompanying casing has soiled & stained lining. The angled spout “COLT’S PATENT” panoply of arms flask retains much of its original varnish. Mold, cartridge pack, cap tin & L-shaped tool are good overall. Casing has partially detached hinges but otherwise is sound. Escutcheon is fair to good overall w/ several sm. holes in canvas, painted text discernible. PROVENANCE: Sniper Family Estate; Vinny Caponi; ex-Tom Carter Collection; estate collection Gary Parietti. (01-19784/JS). ANTIQUE. $7,000-9,000.
SNIPER WITH OIL ON CANVAS ESCUTCHEON. Cal. 36. S#’s 111188/111225. This beautiful pair of Colt Model 1851 Navy revolvers are standard configuration & are fine crisp examp...moreles w/ identical presentations on backstraps of each revolver: "PRESENTED TO MAJ. G. SNIPER 101ST REGT N.Y. VOLS BY HIS / LATE COMMAND CO. E 51ST REGT NYSM". Pistols are displayed in mahogany casing w/ accessories. There is a lone monumental equestrian statue in Syracuse, New York & that is of German Emigre Sniper (1836-1894) where he resided. Sniper had local military career, first in the Syracuse Light Guards in 1854 & volunteering in 1861; when the war began as captain of the local 51st NY in Army of the Potomac facing Robert E Lee in the Seven Days battles. Capt. Sniper, 26 years old would return home, marry & start a family, but soon returned to service as Major in 101st NY when these revolvers were presented in February 1862. Sniper would stay in Syracuse though 1863 but would join the newly formed 185th NY in his county as Lieut. Col. & would serve under Gen. Joshua Chamberlain. Sniper’s 185th left Syracuse in September 1864, joining the Army of the Potomac during its siege of Petersburg, Va. The regiment saw action there in skirmishes at Burgess Farm, Hatcher’s Run & Watkin’s Farm. The regiment saw its heaviest action, suffering more than 200 casualties, at a place called Quaker Road on March 29, 1865, as Grant pressed Lee’s right flank. During the battle, Union forces were initially being repulsed. The brigade commander of the 185th, Gen. Joshua Chamberlain, anxiously asked Colonel Sniper if his regiment could “save the day.” Sniper replied “he would try”, and the 185th launched a counter-attack. While carrying the regimental flag, the unit’s color-bearer, Benton H. Wilson, was wounded twice. The sergeant of the color-company took over carrying the Stars & Stripes, but was killed in short order. Another member of the color guard seized the flag, but was immediately shot in the hand. Capt. Lathrop next grasped the colors, but was severely wounded in the foot. At this juncture, Sniper seized the flag & shouted, “Men of the 185th, forward!” They rallied, followed the gallant Sniper & the final advance was made, overrunning the Confederate position. Further action for the 185th occurred at the critical Union victory at Five Forks & eventually near Appomattox Court House. It was there, on April 9, 1865, just as Lee’s flag of truce to discuss surrender was being shown, that Lt. Hiram Clark of the 185th became the last man killed in the Army of the Potomac when a rebel shell took his life. Sniper & the 185th returned to Syracuse by train on June 3, 1865 and marched from the station in Vanderbilt Square to welcoming ceremonies in Hanover Square. The tattered remains of the silk flag that Sniper used to rally his men rests at the Onondaga County Courthouse. Sniper was brevetted Brig. Gen. for gallantry shown at the battle of Quaker Rd., March 29th1865. There was always a sincere measure of respect between members of the 185th & the former commander of their brigade, Chamberlain. In June 1899, Chamberlain traveled to Baldwinsville from Maine to address a reunion of the 185th. After the war, Sniper’s reputation as a leader & his popularity among the city’s German-American community propelled him into government service. He served three terms in the state assembly, was elected county clerk and eventually a deputy collector of internal revenue. Sniper died unexpectedly in his North Side home, at 504 Prospect Ave., in 1894, just a few blocks from where his statue would be unveiled in 1905 – a civic project sponsored by local veterans & designed by Syracuse architect Charles E. Colton & sculpture by Frederick Moynihan. Framed oil escutcheon (37" x 31") details Sniper’s Civil War career & rarely found are these oil on canvas examples, most were on preprinted paper as cost of an original painting was high. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: folder of paperwork relating to Gustavus Sniper. CONDITION: revolvers are both very good overall w/ crisp edges & markings, traces of original finish can be found in protected areas, role cyl. scenes are mostly discernible. Safety pins on cyls. all functional, though one is smashed on serial number 111188. Grips retain most of their original factory varnish. Both revolvers are mechanically fine w/ crisp rifled bores. The accompanying casing has soiled & stained lining. The angled spout “COLT’S PATENT” panoply of arms flask retains much of its original varnish. Mold, cartridge pack, cap tin & L-shaped tool are good overall. Casing has partially detached hinges but otherwise is sound. Escutcheon is fair to good overall w/ several sm. holes in canvas, painted text discernible. PROVENANCE: Sniper Family Estate; Vinny Caponi; ex-Tom Carter Collection; estate collection Gary Parietti. (01-19784/JS). ANTIQUE. $7,000-9,000.

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FINE CASED & ENGRAVED INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1851

Lot # 4019 (Sale Order: 19 of 530)      

NAVY REVOLVER, CAPT. HENRY MILLETT, 5TH MAINE. Cal. 36. S# 91153. Bbl. 7 1/2". Inscribed on backstrap “Capt. H. R. Millett / Co. A. 5.ME.INF.”. Engraved in the style attributed of Gustav Young w/ typical fine scrolls w/ pearl backgrounds. Left side of bbl. housing has scroll terminating into dog’s head. Revolver is in the standard configuration w/ one line Hartford address engraved “COLT’S / PATENT” on left side of frame, fancy high gloss burl grips. There is a sm. “2” stamped on bottom of left side of bbl. housing, possibly denoting this gun was part of a pair. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: mahogany Colt casing is compartmented for pistol, two sided eagle & panoply arms, pack of cartridges, “Colt’s Patent” two cavity bullet mold & L shaped screw driver/nipple wrench combination tool. Lg. file of copies of Millett's wartime letters & copy of wartime photo from Maine State Museum Collection. Henry Ripley Millett enlisted 6/24/1861 as a 28 year old Sgt. in Company A 5th ME infantry. He was soon promoted to Capt. of Company A August 6th 1861, about the date of this presentation. The revolver was mfg. late 1859- early 1860. Millet would go on to be promoted to major & finally Col. in Jan. of 1864. The 5th ME was in the army of the Potomac being involved in most major battles in the east & is honored w/ a monument at Gettysburg. CONDITION: very good to fine overall, appears all original & matching. Retains strong traces of blue & case colors in protected areas. Cyl. retains traces of blue in stops w/ good cyl. scene. Grip frame retains strong areas of silver in protected areas, especially around trigger bow. Grips are well fit retaining most of their high gloss varnish w/ edge wear. Mechanically fine w/ crisp, rifled bore. Accompanying Colt casing is very good externally w/ typical storage dings & dents. Flask is good w/ traces of varnish & overall dark patina. Mold is very good, retaining strong traces of original finish, properly marked “36B”. L shaped tool is very good. Cartridge pack is fair w/ broken edge & missing cartridge. (01-19822/JS). ANTIQUE. $5,000-8,000.
NAVY REVOLVER, CAPT. HENRY MILLETT, 5TH MAINE. Cal. 36. S# 91153. Bbl. 7 1/2". Inscribed on backstrap “Capt. H. R. Millett / Co. A. 5.ME.INF.”. Engraved in the style attr...moreibuted of Gustav Young w/ typical fine scrolls w/ pearl backgrounds. Left side of bbl. housing has scroll terminating into dog’s head. Revolver is in the standard configuration w/ one line Hartford address engraved “COLT’S / PATENT” on left side of frame, fancy high gloss burl grips. There is a sm. “2” stamped on bottom of left side of bbl. housing, possibly denoting this gun was part of a pair. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: mahogany Colt casing is compartmented for pistol, two sided eagle & panoply arms, pack of cartridges, “Colt’s Patent” two cavity bullet mold & L shaped screw driver/nipple wrench combination tool. Lg. file of copies of Millett's wartime letters & copy of wartime photo from Maine State Museum Collection. Henry Ripley Millett enlisted 6/24/1861 as a 28 year old Sgt. in Company A 5th ME infantry. He was soon promoted to Capt. of Company A August 6th 1861, about the date of this presentation. The revolver was mfg. late 1859- early 1860. Millet would go on to be promoted to major & finally Col. in Jan. of 1864. The 5th ME was in the army of the Potomac being involved in most major battles in the east & is honored w/ a monument at Gettysburg. CONDITION: very good to fine overall, appears all original & matching. Retains strong traces of blue & case colors in protected areas. Cyl. retains traces of blue in stops w/ good cyl. scene. Grip frame retains strong areas of silver in protected areas, especially around trigger bow. Grips are well fit retaining most of their high gloss varnish w/ edge wear. Mechanically fine w/ crisp, rifled bore. Accompanying Colt casing is very good externally w/ typical storage dings & dents. Flask is good w/ traces of varnish & overall dark patina. Mold is very good, retaining strong traces of original finish, properly marked “36B”. L shaped tool is very good. Cartridge pack is fair w/ broken edge & missing cartridge. (01-19822/JS). ANTIQUE. $5,000-8,000.

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EARLY LONDON COLT NAVY REVOLVER WITH SCROLL

Lot # 4020 (Sale Order: 20 of 530)      

ENGRAVING & WITH PRESENTATION TO LT. COL. JOHN D. LENTZ OF THE MUCH BLOODIED 91ST REGIMENT PA. VOLUNTEERS & CASE. Cal. 36. S# 2719. Bbl. 7 1/2" oct., marked "ADDRESS SAMl COLT NEW-YORK CITY" on top flat. Takedown lug is of early thin type & has sm. loading cutout. Frame stamped "Colt's Patent" & there are no cal. marks on silver plated front strap. Cyl. has naval scene. Bbl. & cyl. stamped w/ "GP" & "V" proofs. All external numbers match & have "A" suffix. Bbl. & frame engraved w/ about 70% coverage very nicely cut lg. shaded scroll w/ floral highlights in a pattern not noted in "Jordan". Backstrap engraved "Lt. Colonel John D. Lentz 91st Regt Inf. PA. Vol." "from his men Sept. 1864". Lentz was promoted to 3rd in command in 1862, the Reg. fought in multiple key engagements of the Civil War including the Battle of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg & the Overland Campaign. During Spottsylvania, after other officers were wounded, he assumed command. The regiment served for almost 4 years & mustered out on July 10, 1865. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: housed in quartered oak case w/ rnd. brass escutcheon on top lined in green velvet. "Directions for Loading Colt's Pistol" label is in lid. Case compartments hold Sykes patent brass & copper bag flask, Eley cap tin, repro. combo tool & tin box w/ orange label for 50 centerfire cartridges. There are 2 covered compartments each w/ brass knobs. Revolver is undersized for case. Also two early auction tags describing this revolver as lot 145. CONDITION: all iron parts have remnants of older reblue. Cyl scene is good. Grip straps have renewed silver plate & are somewhat distorted from polishing. Mainspring is replaced. Grips do not fit well & have leather shims internally to hold them in present position. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Gary Parietti. (01-19811/MGM). ANTIQUE. $3,000-4,000.
ENGRAVING & WITH PRESENTATION TO LT. COL. JOHN D. LENTZ OF THE MUCH BLOODIED 91ST REGIMENT PA. VOLUNTEERS & CASE. Cal. 36. S# 2719. Bbl. 7 1/2" oct., marked "ADDRESS SAMl...more COLT NEW-YORK CITY" on top flat. Takedown lug is of early thin type & has sm. loading cutout. Frame stamped "Colt's Patent" & there are no cal. marks on silver plated front strap. Cyl. has naval scene. Bbl. & cyl. stamped w/ "GP" & "V" proofs. All external numbers match & have "A" suffix. Bbl. & frame engraved w/ about 70% coverage very nicely cut lg. shaded scroll w/ floral highlights in a pattern not noted in "Jordan". Backstrap engraved "Lt. Colonel John D. Lentz 91st Regt Inf. PA. Vol." "from his men Sept. 1864". Lentz was promoted to 3rd in command in 1862, the Reg. fought in multiple key engagements of the Civil War including the Battle of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg & the Overland Campaign. During Spottsylvania, after other officers were wounded, he assumed command. The regiment served for almost 4 years & mustered out on July 10, 1865. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: housed in quartered oak case w/ rnd. brass escutcheon on top lined in green velvet. "Directions for Loading Colt's Pistol" label is in lid. Case compartments hold Sykes patent brass & copper bag flask, Eley cap tin, repro. combo tool & tin box w/ orange label for 50 centerfire cartridges. There are 2 covered compartments each w/ brass knobs. Revolver is undersized for case. Also two early auction tags describing this revolver as lot 145. CONDITION: all iron parts have remnants of older reblue. Cyl scene is good. Grip straps have renewed silver plate & are somewhat distorted from polishing. Mainspring is replaced. Grips do not fit well & have leather shims internally to hold them in present position. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Gary Parietti. (01-19811/MGM). ANTIQUE. $3,000-4,000.

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FINE MARTIAL 3RD MODEL COLT NAVY REVOLVER WITH

Lot # 4021 (Sale Order: 21 of 530)      

HOLSTER. Cal. 36. S# 68666. This very attractive pistol & holster is fresh from a Portland estate. Pistol has survived in immaculate condition retaining much of its original finish w/ fine private purchase military flap holster. Standard configuration, bbl. 7.5" oct. w/ early 1 line New York address, small triggerguard & “US” stamped below “COLT’S PATENT” on frame. All major components have sm. inspector initials which was typical on pre Civil War government purchased navies. This revolver was made in 1857. Most sm. arms in service this early saw hard use before & through the Civil War. This is a beautiful, honest survivor w/ great aesthetic from muzzle to butt. CONDITION: fine overall. Bbl. has an overall mottled plum patina w/ strong bright factory blue in protected areas & scattered pitting blue throughout. Frame is smooth dark mottled silver/gray. Cylinder has strong, mostly complete rolled Naval battle cyl. scene. Grips are sound & well fit w/ moderate edge wear & light tacking marks. Inspector cartouches are both visible but lightly struck on left side but sm. inspection letter K is crisp on left side abutting frame. Mechanically fine w/ crisp bright bore. Holster is matching very good to fine condition, the original closure tab has been reinforced w/ modern silk thread. Scattered scuffing. (01-20014/JS). ANTIQUE. $3,000-4,000.
HOLSTER. Cal. 36. S# 68666. This very attractive pistol & holster is fresh from a Portland estate. Pistol has survived in immaculate condition retaining much of its origi...morenal finish w/ fine private purchase military flap holster. Standard configuration, bbl. 7.5" oct. w/ early 1 line New York address, small triggerguard & “US” stamped below “COLT’S PATENT” on frame. All major components have sm. inspector initials which was typical on pre Civil War government purchased navies. This revolver was made in 1857. Most sm. arms in service this early saw hard use before & through the Civil War. This is a beautiful, honest survivor w/ great aesthetic from muzzle to butt. CONDITION: fine overall. Bbl. has an overall mottled plum patina w/ strong bright factory blue in protected areas & scattered pitting blue throughout. Frame is smooth dark mottled silver/gray. Cylinder has strong, mostly complete rolled Naval battle cyl. scene. Grips are sound & well fit w/ moderate edge wear & light tacking marks. Inspector cartouches are both visible but lightly struck on left side but sm. inspection letter K is crisp on left side abutting frame. Mechanically fine w/ crisp bright bore. Holster is matching very good to fine condition, the original closure tab has been reinforced w/ modern silk thread. Scattered scuffing. (01-20014/JS). ANTIQUE. $3,000-4,000.

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EXCEPTIONAL CASED COLT BREVETTE NAVY REVOLVER OF

Lot # 4022 (Sale Order: 22 of 530)      

CLIPPER SHIP CAPTAIN MOSES RICH COLMAN. Cal. 36. S# 18151. This is a beautiful, well preserved, cased Colt Brevette Navy made in Liege & so proofed. The 5 digit S# no doubt does not represent the amount made. The original walnut casing has Moses Rich Colman initials contemporarily inscribed "M.R.C." on top plaque of case. Also included in the lot is a 1949 published text "CAPTAIN MOSES RICH COLMAN, Letters of a Yankee Clipper Ship Captain". The book is interesting, telling of Capt. Colman's exploits worldwide including his voyages carrying goods including firearms in the time frame this Brevette would have been made in the 1850s. Gun is cased in a partitioned purple velvet compartmentalized mahogany case w/ bag flask, matching serialized brass 2-cavity mold marked "COLT", combination nipple wrench & screwdriver, cleaning rod & Eley cap tin. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: notes stating that this gun belonged to Moses Rich Colman (1807-1872), albumen photo of his home in Scituate, Mass, copy of CDV of Capt. Colman. CONDITION: near excellent overall. Bbl. & cyl. retain 90% plus bright finish. Bbl. marked "COLT / PATENT" on top. Cyl. is etched w/ animals & trees. Well figured grips retain most of their original varnish having light edge wear. Brass trigger guard & backstrap show traces of silver wash, brass overall light mustard patina. Matching S#s throughout. Mechanically excellent w/ crisp bright shiny smooth bore w/ muzzle face notched to emulate rifling. Casing is in matching very good to fine condition. Lining has some light fading & soiling. Flask retains much of its original lacquer & bright fire blued spring. The brass 2 cavity mold is also very good- fine w/ steel sprue cutter retaining much of its original finish. PROVENANCE: Estate of Capt. Moses Rich Colman; David Walsh; Don Bryan collection 1994; estate of western gentleman. (01-19494/JS). ANTIQUE. $3,000-4,000.
CLIPPER SHIP CAPTAIN MOSES RICH COLMAN. Cal. 36. S# 18151. This is a beautiful, well preserved, cased Colt Brevette Navy made in Liege & so proofed. The 5 digit S# no dou...morebt does not represent the amount made. The original walnut casing has Moses Rich Colman initials contemporarily inscribed "M.R.C." on top plaque of case. Also included in the lot is a 1949 published text "CAPTAIN MOSES RICH COLMAN, Letters of a Yankee Clipper Ship Captain". The book is interesting, telling of Capt. Colman's exploits worldwide including his voyages carrying goods including firearms in the time frame this Brevette would have been made in the 1850s. Gun is cased in a partitioned purple velvet compartmentalized mahogany case w/ bag flask, matching serialized brass 2-cavity mold marked "COLT", combination nipple wrench & screwdriver, cleaning rod & Eley cap tin. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: notes stating that this gun belonged to Moses Rich Colman (1807-1872), albumen photo of his home in Scituate, Mass, copy of CDV of Capt. Colman. CONDITION: near excellent overall. Bbl. & cyl. retain 90% plus bright finish. Bbl. marked "COLT / PATENT" on top. Cyl. is etched w/ animals & trees. Well figured grips retain most of their original varnish having light edge wear. Brass trigger guard & backstrap show traces of silver wash, brass overall light mustard patina. Matching S#s throughout. Mechanically excellent w/ crisp bright shiny smooth bore w/ muzzle face notched to emulate rifling. Casing is in matching very good to fine condition. Lining has some light fading & soiling. Flask retains much of its original lacquer & bright fire blued spring. The brass 2 cavity mold is also very good- fine w/ steel sprue cutter retaining much of its original finish. PROVENANCE: Estate of Capt. Moses Rich Colman; David Walsh; Don Bryan collection 1994; estate of western gentleman. (01-19494/JS). ANTIQUE. $3,000-4,000.

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RARE COLT 3RD MODEL 1851 PROTOTYPE NAVY REVOLVER.

Lot # 4022A (Sale Order: 23 of 530)      

Cal. 36. S# 38958. Bbl. 7 1/2". This gun appears original & authentic as mfg. in 1854 based on S#. Revolver has unique loading assembly & wedge not noted on any other Colt products. Experimental loading arm has plunger type pinned catch & a 90 degree pivot of arm. There is a sm. “58” stamped on arm, matching last 2 digits of S#. Wedge is a nicely beveled “L” shape w/ longer screw attaching to usual position of wedge screw. Revolver has 2 sm. “X” stamped on left side of trigger guard & trigger bow, denoting experimental. Nathan Swayze in his text on this model states experimentation was being performed in this serial range, including beveling. This is a most interesting gun in nice condition & we are unaware of no other example. CONDITION: very good to fine overall. Appears to have possibly been finished in the white, sharp edges & markings. Cyl. retains strong, rolled scene w/ area of pinprick pitting, all 6 usable safety pins. Grips retain about 90% of their original factory varnish w/ edge wear & cosmetic scuffs & scratches. Trigger guard retains 90% original silver & backstrap about 30% silver. Mechanically crisp w/ shiny bore. (01-19861/JS). ANTIQUE. $3,000-5,000.
Cal. 36. S# 38958. Bbl. 7 1/2". This gun appears original & authentic as mfg. in 1854 based on S#. Revolver has unique loading assembly & wedge not noted on any other Col...moret products. Experimental loading arm has plunger type pinned catch & a 90 degree pivot of arm. There is a sm. “58” stamped on arm, matching last 2 digits of S#. Wedge is a nicely beveled “L” shape w/ longer screw attaching to usual position of wedge screw. Revolver has 2 sm. “X” stamped on left side of trigger guard & trigger bow, denoting experimental. Nathan Swayze in his text on this model states experimentation was being performed in this serial range, including beveling. This is a most interesting gun in nice condition & we are unaware of no other example. CONDITION: very good to fine overall. Appears to have possibly been finished in the white, sharp edges & markings. Cyl. retains strong, rolled scene w/ area of pinprick pitting, all 6 usable safety pins. Grips retain about 90% of their original factory varnish w/ edge wear & cosmetic scuffs & scratches. Trigger guard retains 90% original silver & backstrap about 30% silver. Mechanically crisp w/ shiny bore. (01-19861/JS). ANTIQUE. $3,000-5,000.

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CASED BREVETTE COLT NAVY REVOLVER.

Lot # 4023 (Sale Order: 24 of 530)      

Cal. 36. S# 24139. Revolver has no external numbers, other than S# stamped in bottom left grip. Bbl. housing & cyl. have British powder proofs. Matching 2 digit numbers are stamped internally on all major components except loading lever & cyl. which is British proofed on chambers, Liege proof on front. Cyl. is also hand engraved w/ shaded scrolling acanthus & floral highlights. Bbl. 6 7/8" oct., marked "ADDRESS COL. SAMl COLT NEW' YORK U.S.A. AMERICA". Left side of frame marked 'COLT'S PATENT". Iron backstrap & triggerguard. Revolver is blued & case hardened. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: housed in dense mahogany case w/ inlet fancy bordered rectangular escutcheon. Interior is lined in blue velvet & has remnants of lg. paper label in lid, partially marked "DIRECTIONS FOR LOADING COLTS XXX". Case contains unmarked copper bodied plain 5" bag flask, "Colt's Patent" marked bullet mold, combo nipple wrench & Eley cap tin. CONDITION: gun is fine overall, bbl. retaining most of it's original bright blue w/ considerable scattered freckling & loss from flaking. Loading lever & frame w/ approx. 70% original case hardening color. Cyl. retains about 50-60% dark inky blue, retains 4 partial safety pins. Straps retain traces of blue & are mostly gray brown. Grip retains most of an old varnish finish, has S# somewhat softened, but still legible. Gun appears all matching & complete, wedge numbered “329” w/ matching surface to balance of gun. Mechanics are functional, though sluggish. Crisp, rifled bore w/ pitting. Case has old refinish on exterior. Top escutcheon replaced. Interior cloth is very good w/ soiling & reductions where rubbed. 30% Of label is on lid. Accessories are good. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Gary Parietti. (01-19789/JS). ANTIQUE. $3,000-4,000.
Cal. 36. S# 24139. Revolver has no external numbers, other than S# stamped in bottom left grip. Bbl. housing & cyl. have British powder proofs. Matching 2 digit numbers a...morere stamped internally on all major components except loading lever & cyl. which is British proofed on chambers, Liege proof on front. Cyl. is also hand engraved w/ shaded scrolling acanthus & floral highlights. Bbl. 6 7/8" oct., marked "ADDRESS COL. SAMl COLT NEW' YORK U.S.A. AMERICA". Left side of frame marked 'COLT'S PATENT". Iron backstrap & triggerguard. Revolver is blued & case hardened. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: housed in dense mahogany case w/ inlet fancy bordered rectangular escutcheon. Interior is lined in blue velvet & has remnants of lg. paper label in lid, partially marked "DIRECTIONS FOR LOADING COLTS XXX". Case contains unmarked copper bodied plain 5" bag flask, "Colt's Patent" marked bullet mold, combo nipple wrench & Eley cap tin. CONDITION: gun is fine overall, bbl. retaining most of it's original bright blue w/ considerable scattered freckling & loss from flaking. Loading lever & frame w/ approx. 70% original case hardening color. Cyl. retains about 50-60% dark inky blue, retains 4 partial safety pins. Straps retain traces of blue & are mostly gray brown. Grip retains most of an old varnish finish, has S# somewhat softened, but still legible. Gun appears all matching & complete, wedge numbered “329” w/ matching surface to balance of gun. Mechanics are functional, though sluggish. Crisp, rifled bore w/ pitting. Case has old refinish on exterior. Top escutcheon replaced. Interior cloth is very good w/ soiling & reductions where rubbed. 30% Of label is on lid. Accessories are good. PROVENANCE: The Estate Collection of Gary Parietti. (01-19789/JS). ANTIQUE. $3,000-4,000.

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