Colt Root Sidehammer Collection: Model 1A
Guns International #: 100679097 Seller's Inventory #: SN214
Category: Antique Revolvers - Percussion - Civil War Revolvers
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Member Since: 12/13/14
Last Name: Burnette
Country: United States
Phone: (828) 231-1930
Number of Active Listings: 16
Seller: Private Seller
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
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The Colt Root Sidehammers pictured and listed here are not for sale individually. They are offered as a complete collection. There is one each of all 13 models, properly cased, included in this collection plus two additional examples.
A good number to start talking about a purchase would be $150,000.00. We will listen to your number if you don't like ours. Perhaps we can get together. If you are interested, arrangements will be made for you to see the collection on display in Florida. Details given with appointment.
Model 1A, serial number 214, is a very rare blued revolver that has maintained a high degree of the finish. All the numbers match including the grip and the mechanics are strong. The case is an original Colt mahogany case with a red lining. The accoutrement group includes a two sided “Colts Patent” copper eagle on the hummock flask , a 28 caliber brass bowlegged “Colt’s Patent” bullet mold with iron sprue cutter, a 100 count stamped "Eley Bros London" japanned cap tin with a split base, a typical wooden handled period screwdriver, a few bullets, and of course a key.
We have documentation that shows that this particular Colt Root was in the Paris Museum of Antique Armories from 1934 to 1973.
“This Root was taken into our museum and archived under the number 979 and the pistol was stamped with this number (the number is on the butt of the pistol). It was then sold to a Paris collector in 1973.”
This information was supplied by the museum’s curator.
The Colt Root Sidehammer was one of the least produced percussion revolvers manufactured by Samuel Colt. There were only a total production quantity of approximately 40,000. Made up of 26,000 of the 28 caliber models and 14,000 of the 31 caliber models. The production period for these percussion revolvers was from 1855 through 1870 which spanned the Civil War period. Therefore, the surviving quantity of these 40,000 produced is an unknown.
This remarkable collection was 20 years in the making—20 years that culminated in winning 3rd place in the Antique Percussion Arms category at the 2015 Colt Collectors Association show.
Much care was taken to select artifacts in similar condition so that they make a consistent and attractive collection. Included are rare pieces such as two consecutively numbered Model 1s, a Model 7A, a Model 2A with a case-hardened frame, an L. D. Nimschke engraved Model 2, a Gustave Young engraved Model 2A, and a fully silver-plated Model 3. Some of these take years of diligent searching to locate: To see a complete collection with all 13 models together is nearly unheard of.
All cases, bullet molds, powder flasks, cap tins, and other accessories are appropriate for the models they accompany according to research in The Powder Flask Book by Ray Riling, The Complete Collector’s Guide to the Identification of Colt Percussion Accoutrements, 1834 – 1873 by Robin J. Rapley, and A Guide To The Proper Accoutrements For Hartford Produced Percussion Colt Revolvers by Fred Sweeny.
As the centerpiece of a serious firearms connoisseur’s gunroom, an addition to a sportsman’s den, or a complement to a Civil War historian’s library, this collection would be a coveted enhancement to any fine residence
We’ll include the display furniture and some of the props for the award-winning display pictured as well as the firearms, cases, and accessories. You can enjoy hunting other related period antiques and enhancing your own showcase for
Price: $150,000.00 for the complete collection
Serial Number: 214