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    LOT 1109
Documented Factory Engraved Colt Model 1877 Thunderer Double Action Revolver with Pearl Grips and Factory Letter - Serial no. 66670, 41 Long Colt cal., 4 1/2 inch round bbl., nickel/gold finish, pearl grips. Manufactured in 1888, this is a solid representative example of a documented, factory engraved, nickel and gold plated Colt Model 1877 Thunderer revolver. According to Colt historian R.L. Wilson, approximately 475 Model 1877 Thunderers were factory engraved per the factory records. The included factory letter states the revolver was shipped to E.C. Meacham Arms Co. of St. Louis, Missouri, on September 5, 1888, with a 4 1/2 inch barrel,
nickel finish with gold plated cylinder, factory engraving, and stocks not listed. The engraving is consistent with patterns used by Cuno Helfricht and his shop: mostly floral scrollwork on punch dot background along with fan motifs, zig-zag lines, and dots. The top of the barrel is marked with the standard two-line address with the acid etched panel “COLT D.A. 41” on the left. The three-line patent dates is marked on the left of the frame. The trigger guard is stamped “41 CAL” on the left side. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard, back strap, and rear face of the cylinder (“670”), and the assembly number “451” is marked inside the loading gate. The revolver is fitted with a set of replacement pearl grips.
LOT 1110
Exceptional Etched Panel Colt Sheriff’s Model 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver with
Factory Letter - Serial no. 28374, 38 Colt cal., 4 1/2 inch round bbl., nickel finish, checkered hard rubber grips. The included factory letter confirms
that this exceptional revolver was shipped with 25 guns of the same type on January 22, 1881, to B. Kittredge & Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a 4 1/2 inch
barrel chambered for .38 Colt with a nickel plated finish and rubber grips. This revolver is rare in that it is not equipped with an ejector as was standard for this barrel length. The barrel is also marked
with the etched caliber markings on the left (slightly off center) and stamped two-line address on the top. The caliber is also marked on the left rear of the cylinder. All visible serial numbers match, and the assembly number “292” is marked on the loading gate. It has the standard round blade front and frame groove rear sights, niter blued
small parts, and checkered hard rubber grips with
the Rampant Colt near the top. Also
included is a survey form
that also lists the revolver’s
attributes and is marked
“Return to: Bruce E.

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