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        LOT 3193
Desirable Nickel Plated Black Powder
Colt Single Action Army Revolver with Relief Carved Venus Pearl Grip and Factory
Letter - Serial no. 147248, 45 Long Colt cal., 4 3/4 inch round bbl., nickel finish, pearl grips. The accompanying factory letter states the revolver was
shipped on August 3, 1892 and delivered to Simmons Hardware Co. of St. Louis with a 4
3/4 inch barrel in .45 caliber, nickel finish and
type of stocks not listed. With period pearl grips with the right panel featuring a rarely encountered relief carved figure of the Roman goddess Venus. When
relief carvings are encountered they are generally steer heads; anything
other are even rarer. Matching serial numbers are on the frame, trigger guard, and back strap. CONDITION: Very good showing great authentic character and patina from true “cowboy use” while retaining 60% desirable, untouched original nickel finish and grips with most of the rare Venus goddess carving remaining and attractive fiery colors. Mechanically excellent. A desirable nickel plated antique SAA with rare relief carved Venus pearl grips that is a must have for any Colt collector. Provenance: The John Fox Collection; Property of a Gentleman.
Estimate: 4,500 - 6,500
LOT 3194
Scarce Western Saddle Mfg. Co. Denver, Colorado Marked Leather Holster Rig - Established c. 1885 in Denver, Colorado, The Western Saddle Mfg. Co. was in operation until the late 1950s. Like many western saddle makers, the firm also dabbled in other leather goods needed on the Western Frontier, including holsters and cartridge belts like this example. Both the holster and the belt have a large oval maker’s mark stamp that’s marked “THE WESTERN SADDLE/MFG. CO./ DENVER. COLO./MAKERS/OF THE/J.H. WILSON SADDLES”. The holster appears able to accommodate a Colt Single Action Army revolver with up to a 5 1/2 inch barrel, the outward face of the belt loop features floral tooling, and it has an open top with toe stitched closed. The belt has a single row of cartridge loops, a scalloped belt buckle, and it appears to have had the billet moved during the period, likely for resizing (the waist size of the belt is almost child- sized). The consignor states that he believes this to be the only matched and marked gun rig known by this Denver maker. CONDITION: Very good, showing some mild wear overall, typical of use in the American West. The billet on the belt was relocated during the period of use (see above), and the leather shows an attractively aged tone overall. Estimate: 2,500 - 4,750
LOT 3195
Browning Brothers Shipped
Antique Black Powder Colt Single Action Army Revolver with
Holster and Factory Letter - Serial no. 106669, 45 Long Colt
cal., 7 1/2 inch round bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut grips. This highly desirable
Colt SAA was shipped to Browning Brothers on August 26, 1885. The Browning Brothers
firm was founded in Ogden, Utah in 1878 by brothers Matthew Sandefur Browning and
the legendary John Moses Browning, who designed a plethora of iconic firearms around
the turn of the century, and the Browning business remains in operation to this day. The
included factory letter confirms the aforementioned shipping information as well as the 7
1/2 inch barrel in .45 caliber and blue finish with type of stocks not listed. This shipment was
for two revolvers. The barrel has the standard single-line address on top. The three-line patent date marking is on the frame, and “45 CAL” is stamped on the trigger guard. Matching full or partial serial numbers appear on the frame, trigger guard, butt, cylinder, and barrel. Includes an unmarked period leather flap holster. Based on notes provided by the consignor, the revolver was found in Kansas circa 1959 when it was purchased from firearms dealer Joe Sparks and in 1972 the revolver was purchased by our consignor from Bill Sisney. The iconic Colt Single Action Army is a revolver that has become synonymous with the American West due to its widespread use by people of almost every walk of life on the frontier. As an SAA shipped to the famous Browning Brothers of Ogden, Utah, this SAA certainly saw its share of frontier use.
CONDITION: Very good, displaying authentic and attractive “frontier issued” character, retaining 20% original blue finish
and traces of original case colors in the protected areas. The fine grip shows similar “working gun” character with well worn high edges and more than half of the flaked original varnish remaining. The holster is very good with the belt loop absent. Mechanically excellent. A factory documented Browning Brothers shipped black powder Colt SAA that is a must have for the serious frontier collector.
Provenance: Joe Sparks; The Joseph Weakly Collection; The Carl van Blart Collection; Bill Sisney;
Property of a Gentleman.
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,500
LOT 3196
       Colt First
Generation Single
Action Army
Revolver with Holster - Serial no. 331531,
32 WCF cal., 4 3/4 inch round bbl., blue/
casehardened finish, hard rubber grips.
Manufactured in 1915, this Colt Single
Action Army is chambered in the popular .32
W.C.F. This caliber was popular for multiple
reasons, one being that it had good range and
accuracy while being comfortable to shoot,
with less recoil than the larger .45 Long Colt,
and another being that there were various
Winchester lever actions available in the same
caliber. The top of the barrel is marked with the
left. The two-line patent dates and Rampant Colt are marked on the left of the frame. The matching
serial number is marked on the frame, trigger guard, and back strap. It is fitted with blade and groove
sights, as well as a pair of checkered hard rubber grips with Rampant Colts at the tops. The front sight has been slightly modified to a beaded blade style. Includes a leather holster marked “TRINIDAD/FRANK/COLO”.
CONDITION: Very good, retains 20% of the original blue and casehardened finish, mostly visible in the sheltered areas with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina. The front sight is slightly modified (see above). The grips are also fine with some mild wear and a few scattered light handling marks. Mechanically fine. The holster is very fine with light wear. Estimate: 1,800 - 2,750
two-line address and the caliber marking is on the

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