December 14-17, 2021 Collectible Firearms & Militaria
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Model 1878 Frontier double action revolver in 1889 by Colt. The top of the barrel bears Colt's single line address, with the left side of the trigger guard being marked "44 CAL". Assembly number is matching on the frame and loading gate. Rear grip strap is engraved "ATLANTA POLICE No. 107", indicating purchase and issue by the Atlanta Police Department. These revolvers were ordered alongside special order Winchester Model 1873 rifles, with a total number of 90 Model 1878 revolvers being ordered by the Atlanta Police Department in three separate shipments between 1889-1891. The first batch of revolvers (#78-107) were ordered with a nickel plated finish, featured a 5 - 1/2" barrel, and were chambered in .44-40 WCF. This revolver features traces of blue finish, 5 - 1/2" barrel, standard blade and notch rear sights, as well as 2-piece Colt hard rubber grips. Complete with a summary of the revolver, as well as excerpts from "Colt's Double-Action Revolvers, Model 1878" by Don Wilkerson. CONDITION: Metal components retain traces of their original blue finish, exhibiting some areas of cleaned oxidation, and with the balance retaining a mixed gray and brown patina. Grip straps exhibit a dark mottled patina. Fair bore, exhibiting pitting and fair rifling throughout. Hard rubber grips show smoothing as well as some scattered handling marks, but are otherwise sturdy and serviceable. A desirable Colt Model 1878 revolver issued to the Atlanta Police Department. MLW
Name
Value
Accessories
Barrel Length
5 - 1/2"
Caliber/Bore
.44-40 W.C.F.
FFL Status
Antique
Manufacturer
Colt
Model
1878
Paperwork
Short Summary
Serial Number
22745
(A) ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT MARKED COLT MODEL 1878 FRONTIER DOUBLE ACTION REVOLVER (1889).
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Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,600.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Number Bids: 18
Auction closed on Friday, December 17, 2021.
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