"COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 51844. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Made in the second year this marking was offered, 1879, it has 7-3/8" bbl that has been slightly trimmed. It has full front sight with feathers still visible on both sides and a 1-line block letter address with the etched panel on left side. Bottom of bbl has a tiny "44" just above the base pin and the last four digits of the serial number under ejector rod housing. It has second type ejector rod housing with bull's eye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates with "44 CF" on the left front web of trigger guard. Cylinder also has the last four digits of serial number and it is mounted with, what appears to be, an orig 1-pc ivory grip. Given the condition of this revolver it, almost certainly, was a frontier used side arm which would have probably complimented the owners Winchester 1873 in the same caliber. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver as found in cal 44-40, blue finish with bbl length and stocks not listed. It was shipped March 1, 1880 to Hartley & Graham, New York, NY in a shipment of 50 same type guns. Hartley & Graham was one of the major Colt suppliers to dealers on the Western frontier. CONDITION: About fine, all matching (grip was not checked). Overall retains a medium to dark smooth gray/brown patina consistent with long outdoor use, exposed to various weather conditions. Etched panel is a little thin but completely legible. Hammer, while of the correct style, does not match the condition of the rest of the revolver and probably is a period of use replacement. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with fine pitting. Grip is extremely fine with a beautiful mellow ivory patina. 4-33861 JR329 (3,500-5,000)"
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