"COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER SHIPPED TO BROWNING BROTHERS. SN 129317. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2" bbl, missing front sight with 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing, is stamped with the factory refinish number "597N". The same assembly number is found inside the ejector rod housing, on face of cylinder around cylinder bushing hole and on right side of front strap under grip. Right rear web of trigger guard is stamped with a small star and left front web has the caliber marking. Fitted with rampant Colt, deep, left & right medallions in smooth pearl grips. Revolver has about "C+" coverage engraving by Cuno Helfrecht with his distinctive style consisting of readily identifiable Helfrecht leaf patterns on recoil shield & loading gate. Top of back strap has his distinctive fan pattern with alternating patterns on lands between flutes of cylinder. Rear edge of cylinder has a snake & dot pattern with identical pattern on each edge of top strap. Ejector rod housing has snake & dot pattern in the gullet and on outer radius. Back strap & butt strap have his zigzag Moorish patterns. Balance of engraving consists of extremely well executed foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Screws are fire blued. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver in 45 caliber with 7-1/2" bbl, nickel finish, pearl grips, factory engraved & shipped to Browning Bros., Ogden, Utah on March 27, 1889 in a 1-gun shipment. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains most of its fine factory restored finish, slightly dulled, that should clean much better. Grips are extremely fine with only a tiny chip on right side and retain most of their orig factory polish with tremendous fire & color. Grips may be replacements as they are slightly long, otherwise fit fine. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with good shine and a partial ring about 1-1/2" from muzzle. 4-33872 JR366 (15,000-25,000)"
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