"COLT MODEL 1871-1872 OPEN TOP REVOLVER. SN 3249. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Rare nickel finish with 7-1/2" rnd bbl, German silver front sight with 1-line block letter New-York U.S. America address. It has unfluted, straight, 6-shot cylinder with Ormsby naval battle scene roll marking and has tiny "1871" and "1872" patent dates on left side of frame. Left shoulder of trigger guard is marked "44 CAL" and it is fitted with a Navy sized 1-pc walnut grip. Only about 7,000 total production of the open top was made in period 1872-73 and extremely few were made with plated finishes. The bbl is fitted with the mason ejector rod housing and ejector rod head with a bull's eye on the face and it has an integral rear sight at the forcing cone end of the bbl. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including the wedge (grip was not checked). Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig nickel with some slight pimpling on both sides and on ejector rod housing. Frame retains about 90% strong orig nickel with some slight flaking on both sides. Trigger guard & back strap retain virtually all of their orig nickel with a couple of tiny spots of flaking. Cylinder retains 97-98% strong orig nickel with only a few tiny flaked spots and also retains about all of its Ormsby naval battle scene. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with light pitting in grooves. 4-33841 JR350 (10,000-15,000)"
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