"COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 138254. Cal. 45 Colt. Assembled single action with 7-1/2" modern replacement bbl with thick, full sight, 1-line block letter address with model & caliber markings on left side. Frame has 2-line patent dates and rampant Colt without a circle on left side. Left front web of the trigger guard has the "VP" in a triangle proof which was introduced in 1901 and this revolver was made in 1891. This is explained by the tiny "&" on the right front web of the trigger guard indicating a factory restored finish. Trigger guard has a tiny "A" (O.W. Ainsworth) inspector initial indicating that it was salvaged from a military firearm. Cylinder has the number "254" around cylinder bushing hole on front face. It has the early style straight-side firing pin and 1-pc fleur-de-lis checkered walnut grip. Engraving consists of about 70% coverage well executed foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and a fine engraved panel on top of bbl depicting a cowboy having been bucked off his horse. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver with 45 cal, with bbl length and type of stocks not listed and blue finish. It was shipped February 17, 1891 to the U.S. Government inspector at the Colt plant, no doubt as a Cavalry model. CONDITION: Very fine. Remains unfired since refinish with all of its bright gold finish over all surfaces. Grip is sound with a couple of minor dings showing light to moderate wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-33851 JR347 (4,000-7,000)"
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