"COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH POSSIBLE TEXAS ASSOCIATION. SN 310809. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4" bbl, slightly altered front sight with 2-line address. It has 2-line patent dates with rampant Colt in a circle on left side of frame and is fitted with extremely beautiful 2-pc pearl grips. It has about 80% coverage Cuno Helfrecht engraving with well-executed foliate arabesque patterns on frame & sides of bbl with a snake & dot pattern in ejector rod housing gullet and with alternating patterns between flutes on cylinder, also with a snake & dot pattern at back edge. Loading gate has Helfrecht's flower blossom and a rectangle of cross-hatching on top sides of frame. Top of backstrap has a well-executed fan with cross-hatched center and a zig-zag Moorish pattern on backstrap & buttstrap with a ribbon around trigger guard serial number and some light foliate patterns. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as cal. 38-40 (obviously a ledger entry mistake) with nickel finish, pearl grips & factory engraved. It was sold to Victoria Hardware, address unavailable (very likely Victoria, TX) and shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO. It was shipped Aug. 21, 1909 in a one gun shipment. CONDITION: Fine. Retains virtually all of a restored nickel finish, turning milky at muzzle end of bbl and on ejector rod housing. Refinish polishing somewhat thinned the engraving. Grips have a couple of age lines but are completely sound with great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with very fine pitting. 4-32624 JR344 (8,500-12,500)"
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