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   LOT 188
Engraved Colt Black Powder Single Action Army Revolver with Pearl Grips and Holster - Serial no. 30256, 45 Long Colt cal., 7 1/2 inch round bbl.,
nickel finish, pearl grips. The Colt Single Action Army Revolver is one of the most iconic historical firearms and is forever connected to the American West. Its legacy as a working man’s gun in rough circumstances has made the Peacemaker particularly
desirable for collectors, and the limited factory engraved guns especially so. This SAA no. 30256 is especially appealing as the embellishment is highly unusual and rare. Unfortunately, there is no factory record available for this SAA; however, serial no. 30259, which is only two digits away from our subject revolver, is fully documented as Colt factory engraved and the embellishment
is nearly identical to what is featured on this revolver. No. 30259 is pictured and identified in R.L. Wilson’s “Colt Engraving” on
page 247. Wilson described the engraving as “handsome and unusual” with “quite light and graceful” scrollwork and while not profuse, the pattern of engraving includes “the quite scarce coverage on the hammer.” No. 30259 letters as shipped in January 1880 to Simmons Hardware of St. Louis and this shipment included five guns. It is quite possible that our revolver was also part of the January 1880 shipment. Based on the serial numbers, both of these revolvers were manufactured in 1876. The four year delay from when no. 30259 was manufactured and shipped suggests the revolver was a Colt factory exhibition piece. Add the “handsome and unusual embellishments” and no. 30256 makes for the perfect exhibition companion. The year 1876 was
the same year the World’s Fair was held in the United States for the first time in celebration of the centennial of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the United States. Fittingly, the Centennial Exposition was held in Philadelphia. The fair presented a tremendous advertising opportunity for American arms companies
like Colt and Winchester. Both displayed elaborate exhibition arms and took in orders, including for high end deluxe arms. Colt’s famous display was perhaps the factory’s most spectacular display in its history. While there is no documentation to confirm one or both of these revolvers were at the Centennial Exposition, nos. 30256 and 30259
would have without a doubt made for a fine pair for Colt to proudly display.
The barrel has the one-line Hartford address surrounded by the engraving, a light wavy line band at the muzzle, and an entwining oval pattern with punch dot around the front sight. The frame has the two- line patent date on the left side as well as the broad floral scrollwork. The cylinder is decorated with scrolls on each chamber, star bursts at each flute and light scroll band at the rear. The scrollwork carries on the back strap, ejector rod housing, hammer, and trigger guard. A fan pattern is engraved on the top of the back strap. The revolver wears a set of pearl grips and each panel is numbered to the gun on the back. Traces of the serial number remains on the barrel under the ejector housing and appears to be matching. Matching full or partial serial numbers appear on the frame, trigger guard, back strap, and cylinder. Includes an unmarked tooled leather open top/closed toe holster featuring an elaborate horse rider scene.
CONDITION: Fine, retaining 80% period replated nickel finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The engraving is crisp. A tiny hole has been drilled through the side of the front sight. The grips are very
good with a few missing chips and attractive fiery colors. Mechanically excellent. The holster is very good with strap partially attached. This black powder Colt SAA revolver with “handsome and unusual embellishments” is a rarity in decorative firearms art and is a must have for the serious SAA collector.
Estimate: 7,500 - 12,000
  LOT 189
Attractive San Francisco Shipped Antique Colt Single Action Army with Pearl Grips and Factory Letter - Serial no. 174108, 45 Long Colt cal., 5 1/2 inch round bbl., nickel finish, pearl grips. This factory nickel plated Colt Single Action Army revolver was manufactured in 1897 and is fitted with period smooth two-piece pearl grips. The included factory letter lists it as one of three in .45 caliber with 5 1/2 inch barrels, nickel finish, and rubber grips when shipped to Colt’s San Francisco Agency on January 22, 1898. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the one-line elongated block address, and the left side has the caliber designation. The left side of the frame marked with the two-line/three-date patent information followed by the circled Rampant Colt. The assembly number “447” is stamped on the loading gate. The serial number is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard, and back strap.

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