An unusual cased transitional Colt Model 1871/1872 cartridge conversion revolver

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Lot 1164ANTIQUE
An unusual cased transitional Colt Model 1871/1872 cartridge conversion revolver

US$ 30,000 - 50,000
£ 24,000 - 40,000
An unusual cased transitional Colt Model 1871/1872 cartridge conversion revolver
Serial no. 3, marked inside loading gate; .44 caliber centerfire; 8 inch nickel-plated barrel marked -Address Col. Saml Colt New-York U.S. America-; front blade sight and rear sight. Nickel-plated frame absent of any markings. Rebated six-shot cylinder with roll-engraved Naval engagement scene surrounded Colts Patent No. panel; no serial number on cylinder. Hammer, ejector rod and housing, triggerguard, gripstrap, and trigger are all nickel-plated. Blued screws. Deluxe one-piece varnished walnut grips. Complete with unusual case covered in black leather with two fastening hooks; interior lined in brown velour; lid lined in French blue silk with red ribbon with Capt. Will. M. Smith/Co. F. 161 Reg. I.V.I. written in ink. Interior fitted for pistol and with 50 slots for cartridges.
Condition: Excellent. Retains about 90% to 95% of nickel-plated finish; front of wedge with most of plating flaked off; scratches and small dents around wedge on both sides of barrel lug. Some nickel finish absent near breech and on ejector rod housing; housing with a series of small dents. Some flaws beneath nickel finish on frame. Gripstrap with a few small areas with nickel finish flaked away. Cylinder with drag mark and losses to nickel on face around each chamber. Grips retain perhaps 95% original varnish with some wear or staining on both sides; a few minor scattered storage marks. Case very good with some small areas of loss to leather covering and scattered storage marks. Interior with light fading wear; lid with some staining.
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Footnotes

  • Note: Illustrated on page 171 of The William M. Locke Collection and on pages 102 and 103 of R.L. Wilson's Fine Colts: The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection.
    Provenance: William M. Locke Collection

    Note: After the U.S.S. Maine was sunk in 1898, Capt. Will M. Smith organized a volunteer company in Richmond, Indiana. It was mustered into the army as Company F, 161st Indiana Volunteer Infantry.
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An unusual cased transitional Colt Model 1871/1872 cartridge conversion revolver
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ANTIQUE Antique - pre 1899

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