Exhibition Panel Scene Colt Single Action. 45 cal. Antique
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Category: Colt Revolvers - Single Action Army - 1st Gen - .45 Colt Revolvers
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7 1/2" barrel, 80% engraved exhibition panel scenes of Northern Plains Indians made in 1876. Factory letter records the revolver as 45 caliber, barrel length not listed, blue finish, sold to JP Moores but shipped to Schuyler, Hartley and Graham, NY. June 14, 1876, 3 weeks before Colt Philadelphia Exposition in July 1876. The revolver shows matching serial numbers on barrel, frame, trigger guard, backstrap and cylinder, assembly number 81 on loading gate matching to frame under trigger guard. Engraved coverage includes barrel, ejector housing, cylinder, screws, frame, trigger guard, hammer, loading gate, and backstrap. Left side with Indian warrior on horseback hunting a buffalo with lance, an interesting motif considering the Indian relations in 1876. Condition of revolver is very good, as noted all serial numbers matching, retaining approximately 25-35% nickel, remainder a silver gray, some areas of scattered erosion on barrel ahead of ejector housing and forward area of address, visible nickel in cylinder flutes, ejector housing, top and bottom of frame, trigger guard, and backstrap. Included with revolver is factory letter, old notes and a 2 page copy of HD Folsoms ledgers listing highly embellished single actions by serial numbers for Colt Exhibitions 1877 including 10 in the 13,000 serial range. A small group of factory panel scene engraved SAAs were part of Colt’s exhibit at the Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from May 10 to November 10, 1876. It was America’s first official world’s fair, and it celebrated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. Colt’s Centennial “wheel” display, which consisted of elaborately engraved SAAs at the center, was perhaps the factory’s most spectacular display in its history. The Centennial SAAs were later loaned to the Henry Folsom Co. of St. Louis and were returned to Colt in October 1877.
Model: Single action
Caliber Info: 45