"COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 276111. Cal. 45 Colt. Silver finish with 4-3/4" bbl, orig dimension front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Frame has 2-line patent dates with rampant Colt in a circle. Left side of trigger guard has the "VP" mark in front web and a "1" in rear web. Mounted with beautiful, smooth pearl grips. Frame, bbl, ejector rod housing, trigger guard & back strap are beautifully engraved by master engraver, Cuno Helfrecht, in his trademark style with sunburst patterns on recoil shield & loading gate, a fine fan at top of back strap with snake & dot patterns over top strap and zigzag Moorish patterns on back strap, butt strap & trigger guard. Sides of frame & sides of bbl have Mr. Helfrecht's stylized foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and the serial number on trigger guard is surrounded by an engraved ribbon. Cylinder has his usual patterns engraved on lands between the flutes with snake & dot pattern around rear edge. Rear face of cylinder has last four digits of serial number. Base pin is a fine replacement. Accompanied by a hand written letter from Lee Russell dated Nov. 16, 2007 certifying the provenance of this Colt back to 1965 as having remained in his family since that time. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found with silver finish, pearl grips, factory engraved and sold to "W.S. Cox", address unavailable. Shipped to Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co., Chicago, IL on March 14, 1906 in a shipment of one piece. The provenance letter from Mr. Russell states that this revolver was purchased from either the son or grandson of the orig owner and that his family was living in Grosse Pointe, Michigan at the time, which is near Chicago. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Overall it retains most of its orig silver plating with wear on outside radius of the ejector rod housing, a small spot of pitting by front sight and wear on back & front straps. It appears that it was carried in a holster for some length of time. Grips are exceptionally fine with great fire & color with only one small chip on right side by frame. Hammer is not strong in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-31757 JR201 (25,000-40,000)"
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