Single Action Army
“Antique” .45 Caliber
Condemned U.S. Revolver
Colt .45, 7 ½" barrel, serial #16453 with period belt and holster rig.
This SAA was part of the U.S. Army contract of 1875 per Kopek, “Study of SAA”, but was condemned during its inspection and consequently sold to the civilian market. It was shipped to H&D Folsom Arms Company (Colt letter included), New York on June 29, 1876. It was duel inspected by A.P. Casey and Samuel B. Lewis, both sub-inspectors in 1875. The appropriate “C’s” and “L’s” are still showing, but no “US” stamping on the frame. The “C” for “Condemned” is on the forward left trigger guard. It is completely period engraved and fitted with period, one piece, ivory grips, not noted in letter.
All parts appear to be original with the exception of the cylinder pin screw which is an old period replacement. The cylinder locking bolt was extremely worn and did not function properly so I replaced it (I still have the original bolt and it will go with the gun). I also had the cam replaced on the hammer by “Peacemaker Specialists”. The gun is worn grey metal color and shows use and carry with just a little dark blue still showing in protected areas. The barrel is the original 7 ½" with rounding at the muzzle from holster use. The bore is good to very good. The early slanted barrel address is fully visible and all the other markings are clear. The engraving is of the period and very nicely done. It is worn from use, but still shows nicely. The one piece ivory grips are bonded together by a wooden block. The ivory is beautiful with no cracks and is yellowed by age and has slight shrinkage. The grips still fit well and look great. The frame has a one line only patent date “July 2, 1872”. The top date appears never to have been there. The “Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia”, by Cochran, states that a broken die caused this factory error and it also shows up on serial #’s 14614, 15447, & 16428. The gun is in very good overall condition.
The gun is accompanied with a frontier era double loop holster and money belt, black in color. The holster is studded and concho decorated with matching belt, but unmarked as to the maker. The holster remains in good condition showing normal wear and carry and slight oiling to the leather, with cracking, crazing and normal use. It is of the Olive style and shows a catalog number on the skirt, “M2 7 ½" S”. It is edge decorated with a snake and flower design. There is a slight tear at the top but otherwise in generally very good condition. The belt has different border tooling and identical brass, nickel plated and German silver conchos, and original nickel plated buckle. It was originally a 45-70 (or similar large caliber) cartridge belt. The loops were trimmed down to pistol cartridge length, the conchos added, and the belt re-sewn at the top. The belt measures approximately 3 ¼” in width, 36” long, and is in similar condition as the holster showing wear, cracking, small frays, a loss of a few cartridge loops and some minor damage. It is in generally good to very good condition over all considering its age.
It looks much better than it sounds and is a very attractive rig with just some honest frontier use and normal aging. It is just what you would expect to find with a fancy SAA of the same era, and rarely found in black.