65. Colt U.S. Single Action Army Cavalry Revolver with Nickel Finish

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serial #95798, 45 Colt, 7 1/2" barrel with a mostly bright very good plus to near excellent bore which shows strong rifling but also with a few spots of light oxidation or very light pitting, more prominent nearer the muzzle. An interesting revolver which falls into the known range of Colt "buyback" guns, this example features an over all later, excellent quality nickel plate. There is some light loss and very light pitting on the right side of the ejector rod housing and a few light flakes missing from the barrel, most notably around the front sight and at the muzzle with a small area of loss near the frame. The cylinder shows some overall light oxidation and flaking along the sharp edges around the flutes. The frame shows a bit more flaking on the high edges and contact points as well as the loading gate and recoil shield. The top of the backstrap knuckle has toned plum as has the frontstrap. Many of the screws still show some good pale fire temper blue with strong traces on the trigger and mottled color case-hardening present on the hammer. The revolver has been fitted during the period of use with a pair of genuine mother-of-pearl grips with a carved right-side steer head. The grips are un-numbered and fit rather well, being slightly shy along the butt edge and showing minor flakes left and right at the top of the frame. The numbers are matching on barrel, frame, triggerguard, backstrap and cylinder with David Clark's inspectors markings on the underside of the barrel, leading edge of the frame and on the cylinder. There is a light "U.S." beneath the nickel on the left side of the frame to the rear of the patent dates. Really a very good example over all which seems to retain about 92% of what is likely Colt factory nickel , this example falling within a block of 15 numbers in the Colt records which was delivered to the U.S. Government in 1883, then re-purchased by Colt in 1888, the nearest number to this revolver's serial number being "95918"; revolver number "95743" and "95849" are also known DFC series nickel-plated revolvers, all this according to Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers a Continuing Study (6000/8000) SOLD FOR $6,037.50

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