28. Cased Colt Model 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver

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serial #95311, 38 Colt, 4 1/2" barrel with a bright about excellent bore which shows sharp rifling but with a few spots of very sparsely scattered light oxidation or perhaps light pinprick pitting. The barrel and ejector rod housing retain perhaps 95% original blue, the loss is due primarily to even fading and some light oxidation in the area of the barrel roll marking which has left very light pinprick pitting. The cylinder is a pleasing mix of fading original blue and plum-brown flaking, also with some very minor rotational rings and scattered light oxidation staining showing a few spots of very light pitting. The frame retains about 97% original color case-hardening which is quite vivid in spots and drifting only slightly on the left recoil shield. There are a few spots of sparsely scattered very light oxidation and two small areas of pitting on the right of the frame below the loading gate; the loading gate is a dull pewter gray patina showing some very light oxidation or pinprick pitting. The backstrap and triggerguard show about 90-92% original blue, the loss due to even fading and toning to a plum brown on the bow of the guard. The spine of the hammer shows some brilliant pale fire temper blue with the bright-polished sides showing light oxidation staining, the trigger still with strong pale blue. The checkered hard rubber Rampant Colt grips rate very good with light wear to the points, worn smooth along the sharp edges of the contour of the birdshead grip; they are un-numbered but fit precisely. The gun seems to function well mechanically. The revolver comes cased in an older mahogany presentation case with amethyst-colored baize lining and 18-place cartridge block. The case includes the key and rates very fine-excellent overall. Really a very nice lightning overall, still in a very fine state of condition, very attractively cased. (38346-1) {ANTIQUE}[Richard Grundhofer Collection] (1800/2200) SOLD FOR $2,185.00

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