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EXTRAORDINARY DELUXE ROSEWOOD CASED & DELUXE GUSTAVE...
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SN 67506. Cal. 31. Outstanding blue & case colored pocket model with 6" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and engraved "SAML COLT" in place of bbl address. It has 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene and silver plated trigger guard & backstrap mounted with deluxe presentation grade 1-pc walnut grip. This fantastic revolver is engraved in Gustave Young's most elaborate & beautiful intertwining sweeping foliate & arabesque patterns with some of the scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Bbl lug & rammer pivot are equally beautifully engraved with fine border patterns around the muzzle. Hammer is deluxe coverage engraved with wolf's heads on each side of hammer nose. Top of backstrap has a deep engraved fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns at top & heel of backstrap with matching patterns on butt strap & trigger bow. Shoulders of trigger guard & backstrap are beautifully engraved with sunburst patterns. Accompanied by its orig deluxe presentation rosewood casing with gilded brass reinforcements on corners, a blank plate in lid with an elaborate lock escutcheon on front. Interior is most beautifully lined with green & burgundy velvet, French fitted in bottom for revolver and its orig brass & ebony cleaning rod with concealed worm, which fits in the bore. Right rear corner has a compartment for the most rare spare matching numbered 5-shot cylinder, with other fitted recesses for a single sided "COLTS PATENT", "E PLURIBUS UNUM" flask, a silver plated brass 2-cavity "COLTS PATENT" mold without sprue cutter, an extremely rare silver plated brass loading tool with concealed worm and an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver. There are two covered compartments in front that have mushroom shaped ivory knobs. This fantastic set was purchased by renowned English dealer Pete Holder in 1990 from a gentleman by the name of James Millard of the Henry Monk Gunmakers, Queen Street in Chester, England, who stated that he had owned it since about 1960. He also stated that it had been owned since the 1940's by Millard's grandfather who was the owner of Joseph Braddell & Son, Gunmakers in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It reportedly came into his Grandfathers possession from a member of the Belfast Water Commissioners who was given the set when the Belfast Water Commissioners' Office was closed and its contents distributed amongst the management. These statements are supported by a hand written letter on Henry Monk letterhead, dated 8-3-1990, over the signature of James Millard, wherein he details the above information. This wonderful revolver was the center spread, the Roll of Honor, in the Sept/Oct 1989 issue of Man at Arms magazine, a copy of which accompanies this lot. This beautiful cased Colt was exhibited at the "Colt: The Legacy of a Legend" exhibition held at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody Firearms Museum, Cody, Wyoming in 2003. In addition to the above mentioned magazine publication, this fabulous revolver, case & accessories were featured in full color on pp. 86&87 of The Colt Engraving Book, Vol. I, Wilson. This set was also featured as Item 14 on p. 247 of Colt's Pocket '49 It's Evolution, Jordan & Watt. The latter reference states that it is the only known set with the cleaning rod in the muzzle. That this set was intended as a presentation to some high official there can be no doubt given the deluxe plus engraving and extraordinary casing. This is truly a one of a kind in exceptional unused condition. PROVENANCE: Pete Holder Collection; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including wedge & both cylinders (grip was not checked). Revolver & both cylinders retain about all of their fine orig factory finish with glossy bright blue on bbl & cylinders with minor flaking on bbl & one cylinder. Both cylinders retain all five safety pins. Rammer, frame & hammer retain about all of their strong orig case colors and grip frame about all of its strong orig silver plating, slightly thinned on trigger plate. Grip is sound with a couple of very minor nicks in the edges and overall retains about all of its bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. Casing has usual lightstorage & handling nicks & scratches with gilding losses on reinforcing corners and overall retains most of its orig factory varnish. Burgundy velvet trim on interior is moderately faded with light soil, with the green velvet extremely fine. Flask retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with some slight thinning on edges. Mold has a few light dents & dings but appears unused. Silver plates ball starter has a small repair near tip. Other accessories are extremely fine. Cleaning rod has a paint crack in the head. 4-36408 JR87
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