October 22-23, 2019 Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms
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Extraordinary engraved, silver plated Colt single action revolver with backstrap inscription. 4 - 3/4" barrel, standard sight, two line barrel address with two line patent date and rampant Colt in circle. Fitted with fine, smooth pearl grips and has the last three digits of its serial number on the back of the cylinder. This pistol is silver finished with fire blued screws beautifully engraved by the master, Cuno Helfrecht, with about C level coverage. Engraving consists of about 60-70% coverage wonderful foliate arabesque pattern with very fine punch dot background. Top strap has feather pattern and top of barrel has Moorish pattern. The gullet of the frame in front of cylinder on each side has tiny flower blossoms and top of back strap has beautiful fans with central "V"s. Top bottom of actual back strap has beautiful incised pattern and the central part of back strap is inscribed "JOE PERIA". The butt strap is lightly engraved and trigger guard bow has pattern that match the back strap. Full factory silver plated Single Action Armies are rare to begin with and to find one with beautiful engraving by master engraver Cuno Helfrecht presents a wonderful opportunity for the collector of decorated Colt firearms to acquire a gun with great rarity. Accompanied with a copy of Ron Graham letter. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Retains about 96-97% strong original silver plating and most of the original fire blue on the screws with only minor muzzle edge wear and some sharp edge wear on the frame. Grips are excellent, possibly period replacements. Bore is excellent. Mechanics are excellent showing little use. Gun (B) Colt Single Action Army. Serial number 208673. Caliber .45. 4-3/4" barrel. This is the pair to serial number 208657; only it is presented to "N. GARZA" and retains its original factory pearl grips. CONDITION: Virtually identical to its mate serial number 208657 in every respect. Matched pairs of Helfricht engraved revolvers are virtually unknown and to find a silver plated pair with such beautiful and masterful engraving that letters from the Colt Factory as well as being lettered by a noted Colt authority Ron Graham, represents a not to be missed opportunity to acquire the rarest and best in decorated Colt Single Action Armies. TDW
Barrel Length
(BOTH) 4 - 3/4"
(BOTH) .45 Colt
FFL Status
Curio & Relic
(BOTH) Colt
Info Sheet, Letter, Consignor Research, Factory Letter
Serial Number
(A) 208657 (B) 208673
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $50,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium:
Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
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