Lot 2331 Detail
A Fine and Rare Nine-Inch Colt Texas Paterson No. 5 Holster Model Revolver, with Eight
Silver Band Inlays
Serial no. 148, .36 caliber, 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup cylinder roll
scene, top of 9-inch octagonal barrel with standard roll marking of "Patent Arms M'g.
Co. Paterson N.J. Colt's Pt." with snake and star terminals; German silver front
sight blade at muzzle; COLT within band as part of cylinder roll; German silver inlaid
bands as follows: one at muzzle of barrel, two on bottom of barrel lug, two on top of
barrel breech, and two on recoil shield; backstrap with scalloped German silver escutcheon
inlay. 148 marked on barrel breech, partially visible on breech of cylinder, also marked
on trigger, bottom of frame plate (visible when trigger flopped down), inside of
backstrap, partially visible on bottom of right grip panel (1 and 8); pistol not taken
further apart to check for other numbers, which will certainty be found. All parts
original, though wedge lacks number marking. Finely knurled hammer spur. Select walnut
grips, originally varnished.
Condition: Very good to fine. Gray patina, pitting primarily on
barrel, with spots on other parts; barrel marking 70%, as is cylinder scene, both with
light wear; traces marking of number 148 on cylinder breech (1 clearly visible). Small
rectangle inset of steel on bottom of frame, likely done at factory when revolver
produced. Traces varnish on grips, which have a very high polish; minor chipping from butt
and at juncture with frame at lower section of top of grips. Bore fine with light pitting.
Note: Early production, with round back cylinder configuration. The German silver
inlays and the select grain walnut grips (two panels secured by glue at center) are
indicative of the extra-quality, special production nature of this revolver. Nine-inch
Paterson Holster Model revolvers have a lower survival rate than No. 5 revolvers with 7
1/2-inch lengths, due to heavy use by Texas forces, as well as by U.S. troops.
Accompanied by letter and original invoice of 1976, from Herb Glass.
Provenance: John Driscoll (purchased 1976 from Herb Glass)
For comparable Texas Paterson revolvers, see R.L. Wilson and Dennis LeVett, The
Paterson Colt Book, Chapter V, "The No. 5 Holster or Texas Model Revolver,"
which illustrates only the following banded revolvers with escutcheon backstrap inlays:
nos. 515, 525, 574, and 944 (also engraved). Chapter X, on Paterson engraving, pictures
Texas Paterson revolvers nos. 351, 530, 580, 603, 882, 940, 982 and 984, each with German
silver bands and engraved decoration. Many of these arms are presently in museum
Estimate: $80000 - $150000
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