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    Consecutively Numbered Bisley Revolvers in Rare .455 Eley

    Cased Pair of Colt Bisley Flattop Target Model Single Action Revolvers
    This rare cased pair is shown on page 270 of The Book of Colt Firearms. It is attributed to the Robert Q. Sutherland collection.

    Comprising: 1) Serial no. 185322, .455 Eley caliber, 7 1/2-inch barrel with 1-line Hartford address and adjustable blade front sight and adjustable notched rear sight. Left side of barrel marked: (BISLEY MODEL) 455 ELEY. Blued finish with polished hammer sides. Left side of frame with 2-line, 3-date patent mark and circled Rampant Colt. Right side of frame marked: NOT ENGLISH MAKE with border. All matching serial numbers. The bottom of the barrel just ahead of the cylinder pin is marked: [crown]/P and [crown]/GP" proofmarks. Left side of frame also with a [crown]/V. Proofmarks are stamped in alternating cylinder flutes. Checkered trigger and wide target hammer. Checkered hard rubber grips with Rampant Colts. 2) Serial no. 185323. Same as #1 except with fixed front sight. Manufactured 1899.

    Contained in felt-lined English mahogany case with scalloped brass lid inlay. The inside of the lid with label reading: J. BEATTIE & Co. / 104. QUEEN VICTORIA STREET ,/ LONDON, E.C. / GUN, RIFLE & PISTOL MANUFACTURERS, / SPECIALTIES IN HAMMERLESS GUNS AND EXPRESS RIFLES / ALSO SELF EXTRACTING AND OTHER REVOLVERS / CONTRACTORS FOR MILITARY ARMS. THE TRADE SUPPLIED. The case has 7 compartments, (three have wooden lids), and a 24 round bullet block with 24 cartridges. Brass cleaning rod. Key present.

    Condition: 1) Very fine as possibly refinished as is typical of London retailers of this period. Retaining approximately 90-92% blue finish. Light muzzle wear. Very light tracking line. All markings clear. Grips excellent with fine checkering. Action crisp. 2) Same as #1 with some thinning on cylinder and very light high point edge wear. Minor flaking and pitting to grip straps. Front sight is a period replacement, likely to be in compliance with Bisley target shooting. Case is very good with light handling wear and scattered dents. Two compartment dividers are loose. Sliver chip to bullet block. Lock is tight.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2014
    14th Sunday
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