290. Factory Wilbur Glahn Engraved Colt Single Action Army Revolver

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serial #341866, 45 Colt, 5 1/2'' barrel with a bright excellent bore. The barrel and ejector rod housing retain about 97-98% original blue, showing only very light muzzle wear and leading edge of ejector rod housing wear. The barrel shows lovely loose open and foliate scroll for about 2 1/2'' from the breech, flanking the barrel address, with light sprays of scroll front and rear of ejector rod housing. The cylinder shows a bit more loss, perhaps 90% original blue remaining, the loss due to numerous light rotational marks, and one slightly more moderate turn ring. This shows light geometric and very Art Deco-style engraving. The frame shows perhaps 60% coverage of open flowing foliate scroll which continues onto the loading gate, retaining about 95% original color case-hardening which is very vivid in spots. The triggerguard and backstrap retain about 95-97% original blue, with light engraving on the strap and bow of the triggerguard. Clearly a specially ordered arm for an individual that was a shooter, the included factory letter verifies the configuration and interestingly includes ''hand finished smooth action''. There has been a very tiny brass bead added to the front sight blade during the period of use and a very small vertically adjustable U-notch blade has been extremely neatly fitted in the hammer recess in the frame. Additionally the hammer proper has been lightened by the removal of material at its rear spine, from the base of the spur to its root, at the pivot point of the frame, no doubt to speed lock time; the face of the trigger as well has been very neatly checkered and the trigger has been modified to sit further rearward in the frame, the frame of the triggerguard acting as its own overtravel stop. The arm wears a pair of antique ivory grips with silver Rampant Colt medallions, the right grip with a carved steer head, very Colt-like, although un-numbered and the grips are not listed on the factory letter. The letter lists shipment in February 1922 to the Gus Habich Company of Indianapolis in a single gun shipment, the work clearly that of Wilbur Glahn, the letter confirming factory engraving. Really a very handsome revolver overall, clearly shipped to a shooter who knew his business and exactly what he wanted, yet took excellent care of his arms. (38937-66) {C&R} [Cletus Klein Collection] (18,000/22,000) Sold For 18400.00

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