"COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 151830. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 4-3/4" bbl, slightly altered front sight, 2-line address on top and 2-line patent dates on left side of frame. Mounted with wonderful 1-pc ivory grip with a raised carved buffalo head on left side that has jeweled eyes. Grip is constructed of two pieces of ivory glued to wood spacers as in orig Colt grips. Frame, bbl, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard, along with cylinder & ejector rod housing are beautifully engraved in foliate arabesque patterns in New York style, possibly from the Helfrecht shop, with about 50% coverage. All engraving has a fine punch dot background. Top of back strap has a scalloped edge fan with small fans on sides of ears of the back strap and there is a flower blossom on the ejector rod shoulder. Ejector rod housing is third type with a flat, half-moon ejector rod head. The ejector rod itself has been milled half flat. Engraving is unsigned but is of fine high quality with strong bold strokes and clean sharp loops of the finest New York engravers. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver and Cal 38-40 with 4 3/4" bbl., nickle finish and type of stocks not listed. It was shipped May 24, 1893 to Montgomery Ward & Co., Chicago, IL in a shipment of three same type guns. CONDITION: Very fine. Appears to be unfired since engraving retaining virtually all of its strong nickel finish. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy wear and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina with a few age lines on bottom. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of very fine pitting. Base pin is a modern replacement. 4-33875 JR359 (4,000-7,000)"
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