"COLT DRAGOON THIRD MODEL REVOLVER PERCUSSION. SN 12384. Cal 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2" oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and brass grip frame with 1-pc burl walnut grip. The trigger guard, just in front of trigger bow, and cylinder are hand stamped "F105". Frame and entire bbl lug have full coverage donut type scroll engraving with shaded background and delicate shading on the scrolls. Recoil shield has a zigzag border and the hammer nose has wolf's heads on each side. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard, along with the rammer handle pivot are engraved to match. Left side of bbl lug has the large oval vignette of a running buck deer and the right side has a bird dog on point. Very few of these panel engraved Colts are known and most were presentations to important people in Colt's life at that time. CONDITION: Fair, all matching including wedge & cylinder. Grip was not checked. Right side of bbl and bbl lug, along with the rammer & rammer handle, have heavy, deep pitting. The engraving on both sides of bbl lug was somewhat softened during cleaning process. Frame also has deep pitting, primarily on left front side, bottom front edge and slightly around the right front edge. Balance of frame engraving is clear & fine with good detail & definition remaining. Hammer screw & trigger screw are probably old replacements as they are not engraved like all the others. Trigger guard retains about 50% thin orig silver plating and the back strap traces of silver plating with the exposed brass a mellow medium mustard patina. Cylinder is a medium gray patina with two large areas of deep pitting. The deluxe burl grip shows moderate wear with some battering on the bottom and retains a hand worn patina with traces of orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-32270 JR380 (25,000-45,000)"
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