October 25, 2023 The Paul Friedrich Collection of Firearms & Gold Rush
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/25/2023
Extremely rare and desirable factory engraved blue and case hardened 1877DA Colt revolver in the original pink picture box. According to the Colt Archive letter, this gun was shipped to the Bandle Arms Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 4th, 1893, in a shipment of 2 guns. It was shipped with a 3 - 1/2" barrel with a blue finish, type of stocks are not listed, and it was factory engraved. Of all of the factory engraved 1877DA Colts, only 20% were blue and case hardened. 2 line address on top of the barrel, "COLT'S PT. F. A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." Roll die caliber designation on the left side of the barrel, "COLT. D. A. 38". 3 line patent dates on the left front of the frame with the Rampant Colt logo next to them. Half moon front sight with a V-notch rear sight. 2-piece Mother of Pearl grips which fit the gun very well, but they were added after it left the factory. 70% coverage of scroll and foliate engraving with a punch dot background. There are also zig-zag borders and starbursts on the gun. Matching serial numbers observed on the frame, trigger guard, and backstrap. It comes in an original Colt pink picture box. CONDITION: The barrel, trigger guard, and backstrap retain most of the original blue finish with some spots and some thinning. The cylinder has turned a pleasing brown patina. The frame has silvered with traces of case color in the protected areas. Grips are near mint, with one small chip on the left grip at the toe. Bright and shiny bore with sharp lands and grooves. The box is solid with some storage and edge wear. There is some staining and chipping on the label on top of the box. The box is in extremely good shape for its age.
Barrel Length
3 - 1/2"
.38 Colt
FFL Status
1877 DA
Copy of Factory Letter and Information
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $13,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $90,000.00
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Number Bids: 28
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 25, 2023.
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