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RARE & IMPORTANT COLT NO. 5 HOLSTER MODEL TEXAS PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
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SN 574. Cal. 36. Rare & unquestionably authentic, this important Paterson revolver and its brethren represent a chapter in the great westward expansion of the Manifest Destiny and helped further that expansion with the additional fire power available with a repeating pistol not previously encountered. In an era when the only firearms available were muzzle loading single shots, the advent of a 5-shot revolver was probably the single greatest factor in the rapid expansion of the fledgling America. This fine revolver has 9" oct bbl with tiny German silver front sight and large letter bbl address "Patent Arms M'g. Co. Paterson, N.J. - Colt's Pt." with a star & snake at each end. Bbl has one wide and one narrow silver band at the cylinder end with a medium band completely around the muzzle and another back of the front sight. Bottom of the bbl has two additional medium bands, one just in front of the lug and the other on the lug. Frame has one wide and one narrow silver band around the recoil shields. It has the usual 5-shot cylinder with round shoulder and the roll-marked stagecoach holdup scene. The cylinder has what is referred to as a "double roll" wherein the die was allowed to travel beyond completion and the word "COLT" has a double strike. Grip frame has the extremely rare & spectacular pearl grips with flared butt. Grip panels are secured to their central wood block by means of three German silver rivets through escutcheons. Back strap is inlaid with a German silver rectangle that has scalloped corners. The SN was observed on the rear face of the bbl lug, rear of the cyl, trigger, cyl rotating ring, retaining ring, left side of front strap under the grip and inside the back strap. Wedge is unnumbered but it is a correct Paterson wedge likely an old period of use replacement. These No. 5 Patersons are today some of the world's most rare and sought after firearms with only about 1,000 produced in the period 1838-1840. Of those still in existence, more & more of them are being taken into museum collections and removed from the commercial market and are rarely ever encountered today. This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire such a fine Texas Paterson. This exact revolver is pictured on p. 143, in full color, in The Paterson Colt Book, Wilson. Also pictured on p. 20 in full color in the book Colt Pistols, Wilson & Hable. In the later presentation it is pictured cased with all accessories and a spare cylinder, none of which are present today. Accompanied by a reproduction silver Paterson capper with the number "39", a packet of five caliber 36 Paterson combustible cartridges, a Paterson 31 caliber 3-handle mold and a Paterson capper money clip in sterling silver. Also accompanied by a 7-page letter from noted Colt historian & author, R.L. Wilson, wherein he delineates most of the above information. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 75% glossy orig blue, thin on top flat & sides of bbl lug. Frame retains a blue/gray patina with back strap a mottled blue/gray. Cyl retains a thin blue patina, with stronger blue in sheltered areas and about 85% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip has several small chips with some rust staining on back strap and retains great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. Cartridge box is sealed in plastic wrap but appears to be sealed & intact with crisp clear label. Mold is extremely fine. Capper & money clip are fine. 4-36486 JR125
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