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RR Auction US’ Marked Colt 2nd Model Dragoon Revolver

RR Auction US’ Marked Colt 2nd Model Dragoon Revolver#9732, caliber .44 with a 7.5” part round/part octagonal barrel with a fair bore. The barrel has the marking “- ADDRESS SAM = COLT NEW YORK CITY” and the left side of the frame is marked “COLT’S / PATENT / U.S.“ All numbers match, including on the wedge. The steel surfaces have been cleaned in the past and now have a smooth dark gray patina. There is no cylinder scene remaining. The barrel lug has a small surface crack at the very rear that looks like an original forging defect. The brass gripstraps have an ocher patina and the one-piece walnut grip shows wear with an old refinish. This big Colt was made in 1851 and was one of only 2700 made. Because this total included revolvers for civilian sales, U.S. military issue Second Model Dragoons are very uncommon. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Revolver


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RR Autograph Auction Early Colt Single-Action Army Revolver

RR Autograph Auction Early Colt Single-Action Army Revolver#28825, cal. .45 Colt, 7.5″ barrel with a dark bore and worn rifling. The front sight slightly altered, the barrel has the early italic marking for factory address. The serial numbers match on the frame and gripstraps, the last two digits are visible on the barrel, and the cylinder number is illegible. The revolver retains all of a good-looking nickel-plated refinish with a clear two-line patent marking on the frame and a partially legible barrel address. The cylinder and ejector housing have some light pitting under the finish. The one-piece walnut grip is in good condition and shows moderate wear. The mechanism functions well. This old Colt S.A.A. was made in 1876, the same year as the Custer Massacre.

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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Revolver


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RR Auctions Ivory Gripped Colt 1860 Army Revolver

#81137, caliber .44 with an 8” barrel having a very good bore. This was a standard military issue revolver with a few small inspector’s initials remaining on the metal. All of the steel surfaces have been cleaned to bright. There are no patent markings on the frame, the cylinder scene has been removed, and the “NEW-YORK” barrel address is clearly legible. The numbers match with the exception of “200737” on the backstrap and a plain wedge.

The ivory grips are repaired with a small piece of brown bone in the right hand side, otherwise they have nice age toning. The mechanism works well. RRAuction COA.

No Federal Firearms License or other permits are required to either purchase or receive these guns as the date of manufacture of this revolver was before the cut-off year of 1898.

Please note: RR Auction does not warranty the safety of the firearm. Therefore, we recommend that, before you use any firearm, purchased here or anywhere else, you have it examined by a qualified gunsmith to determine whether or not it is safe to use.

Notice Regarding the Sale of Ivory and Tortoiseshell: Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing ivory or tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Revolver


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RR Auctions Gold Plated British Tranter Percussion Revolver

This .44 caliber double trigger Tranter pattern revolver is engraved on the topstrap by the maker “B. COGSWELL 224 STRAND LONDON” and on the barrel in very tiny letters is the stamp of the retailer “GRISWOLD & CO. N.O.” The trigger is marked “TRANTER” and the right side of the frame is engraved “No. 12445T.” The revolver is engraved with tight British scrollwork and has full gold plating with blued screwheads. The one-piece walnut grip has very fine checkering. This revolver has seen very little use. The 5 15/16” octagonal barrel has a very good bore and its chambers in the cylinder still retains some original gold plating. The mechanism works well although a small easily replaced spring is missing from the upper trigger. About 85% of its gold plating remains on this very attractive revolver. The original wood case is lined in green baize and has an original large trade label inside the lid with “B. COGSWELL / Gun, Rifle & Pistol Manufacturer, / 224 Strand near Temble Bar, London…” The case contains all of its original accessories, including a bag shaped James Dixon and Sons powder flask, a two-cavity mold for Tranter pattern bullets, a Brittania metal oil bottle, a tin for “Tranter’s Patent Bullets”, a tin for “JOYCE” percussion caps, an ebony and brass cleaning rod, an ebony handled turn screw and nipple wrench. Five spare nipples and an original key are also included. The case shows normal wear with a couple of grain cracks in the lid, overall in very good condition with the accessories rating fine or better condition. At the outbreak of the war, Tranter had a contract with the importing firm Hyde & Goodrich in New Orleans to import and distribute his revolvers commercially. Following the outbreak of the Civil War, Hyde and Goodrich dissolved their partnership, and its successors, Thomas, Griswold & Company, and A. B. Griswold & Company, continued to distribute Tranter’s guns. Among notable Tranter users were Allen Pinkerton, Richard Gatling, and J.E.B. Stuart. This was a showpiece when new and would still be the prime attraction in most gun collections. RRAuction COA.

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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in Revolver


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