95. Fine Hopkins & Allen XL No. 8 Army Revolver

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serial #298, 44-40, 6 3/4" barrel with a fair-good bore showing moderate oxidation and good rifling throughout. The metal surfaces of this revolver retain about 92% original nickel finish showing some areas of clouding, some scattered flaking to dark gray patina, mostly limited to areas on the right side frame, barrel and cylinder flutes, some further light staining and small dings. The hammer and triggerguard are mostly a pleasing mix of dark gray and silvery case-hardened patina showing some very fine pinprick pitting while the hammer retains bold case-hardened colors with some light staining and freckling. The black checkered hard rubber grips remain in excellent condition and just have a few small dings and minor smoothing overall. The right panel may have been numbered incorrectly at the factory as the original number is scratched over with the correct number, the left is un-numbered and both display excellent fitting to the frame and are no doubt original. A few of the screws show some light slot damage and the original thumb button on the loading gate has been replaced at some point with a smaller nickel-plate screw; this rather subtle change does not detract much from the revolver. The barrel, cylinder and all over visible parts are matching the frame, the lanyard ring is intact and the mechanism functions well with excellent timing and lockup. This revolver is pictured on page 45 of The Texas Gun Trade by Chris Hirsch and is noted as originally being part of the author's collection. Finally included is a very nice vintage brown leather belt holster featuring a small floral motif on each strap and in overall very good condition with some minor cracking, light scuffs and staining. Overall a lovely example of these scarce revolvers rarely seen in such nice condition. (138745-2) {ANTIQUE} (2500/3500) SOLD FOR $2,185.00

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