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This New York engraved Colt is in very good condition overall showing use & carry and muzzle wear from being holstered. The engraving is excellent, showing only light wear. All the original silver plated finish is gone except for traces in protected areas and under the ejector rod housing. The gun now shows an overall dull grey gun metal color. The carved pearl grips show an ox head on the right side and plain on the left. They are in great condition, also showing use, a few minor nicks and some slight shrinkage, but appear to be original to the gun.
All serial numbers match and all markings are good. The etched panel is present, showing a lot of wear and only partially readable. The mechanics are good and the bore is good. A great looking Colt frontier six shooter 44 40.
Another SAA from serial range 101631-101635, showing the exact same engraving and caliber is pictured in “TheColt Engraving Book” (2nd edition) by R. L. Wilson, pages 372 & 373. The pictured gun was part of the same shipment of 20 “soft” SAA’s shipped to Hartley & Graham on October 11, 1883. Although the finish and grips on this gun were more deluxe, the nickel on the pictured gun in the book held up better as it shows less use and carry.
Clarks Antiques antique firearms New York Engraved Colt - Price $16,000.00
This beautiful 1883 etched panel SAA is a New York engraved Colt in .44-40 caliber, serial #102073, with a 7 ½” barrel, carved mother of pearl grips and full silver plating. This Colt frontier six shooter was shipped to Hartley & Graham, New York, on October 11, 1883, 20 guns of same type in shipment, finish soft. The word “soft” indicates the Colt SAA revolver was shipped without final finish for engraving outside the factory. All this information in confirmed by a factory letter – included.