104. Colt Single Action Army Frontier Six Shooter Etched Panel Revolver with Montana ID

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serial #87621, 44-40 WCF, 7 1/2? barrel with an about good bore which shows evident rifling but with pitting its full-length. The metal surfaces are an overall gunmetal gray and are mostly smooth. There are the expected light dings and handling marks one would imagine from the years, evidence of light oxidation staining on the frame and spots of light pitting in the cylinder flutes with perhaps a few widely scattered very light pits here and there. The barrel shows the faintest ghost of the etched panel evident if one bounces the light off it properly. The one piece walnut grip rates very good with remnants of original varnish and dings and handling marks, most prominent along the butt edges and right side of the gun, it is numbered to the gun in antique ink pen and fits very well. All of the numbers are matching and the gun seems to time well and locks up appropriately and has a very robust hammer spring. The ejector rod head is slightly bent and some of the screws show some light slot damage. The included factory letter shows shipment in March 1883 to Hartley & Graham in New York. There is an additional letter included, on business letterhead, from a former owner in Texas, a Mr. H. Griffith, which details how the arm belonged to his father, Hiram Griffith, a Quaker rancher in Montana Territory, in-which he also relates an amusing anecdote about his father shooting a rattlesnake with the revolver when they were astride horses one day. There is an image of the man included in frontier garb with his Colt slide action rifle and belt and holster. There is also a copy of his registration of a brand in Montana Territory, dated June 19, 1885, the brand appearing to be a ?lazy G?. The holster and belt are included as well and appear to be the one in the image of Mr. Griffith, the buckle differs slightly. They rate about very good with the expected drying and flaking from the years, the holster is double ?Mexican jockstrap? style and is kid-skin lined and shows light floral decoration. Federal records do indicate that Hiram Griffith was indeed a cattle rancher in Montana in both the 1910 and 1930 censuses. Overall a very honest etched panel Frontier Six Shooter with a very frontier look and an interesting connection to this Montana rancher. (38864-4) {ANTIQUE} (4000/6000) SOLD FOR $3,910.00

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