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    Rare and Historic Consecutively Numbered and Factory Engraved Pair of First Generation Colt Single Action Revolvers Attributed to W.F. Cobb, Early Rancher and Resident of Lubbock, Texas, Sold together with Two Documenting Colt Factory Letters and Authentication Letter from the Noted Colt Expert Ron Graham. Serial nos. 160786 &160787. .45 caliber, 5 1/2-inch barrels. Factory scroll-engraved. Single-line Hartford addresses. Nickel-plated finish. The butts are custom rocker-engraved with legend: W.F. Cobb. Aftermarket matching period steerhead pearl grips. Sold together with two Colt factory letters, both stating that the guns were manufactured and shipped as a pair to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, Missouri on June 26, 1895, in a single shipment of two guns. Also accompanying the pair is a binder containing a photostatic file on early Lubbock, Texas, and early resident and rancher W.F. Cobb, the attributed original owner of the revolvers. Also included is an important holographic authentication letter on the pair of Colts by noted Colt single action authority Ron Graham. While a detailed history of the attributed owner of the guns, Mr. W.F. Cobb is not available, some important information has been uncovered. We know he was born in Texas, May, 1861 and married Susan E. [Cobb] in 1887. The city of Lubbock, Texas was founded in 1887 under a series of laws known as the Four Section Settle Acts which led to the founding of Lubbock. According to the existing records (Series 1, Roll 424), W.F. Cobb (listed as no. 18 on the list), made his filing under these Acts on August 13, 1890, making him one of the original founding residents of Lubbock, Texas. He is also listed in the City of Amarillo, Texas Directory as working for the Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway as a Special Officer in 1923. He died on August 2, 1936. Condition: Fine to excellent as configured: 160786: Retaining approximately 70-75% original nickel finish, the edges polished to blend into the whole, retaining its overall attractiveness. The barrel address and trigger guard have been refreshed and detail sharpened. The hammer is probably an early replacement. The hand-carved pearl steerhead grips are period aftermarket additions, the left grip with a stable, small hairline crack hardly noticeable near the steerhead. The action is tight and crisp. 160787: Retaining approximately 85-90% original nickel finish, the edges polished to blend into the whole, retaining its overall attractiveness. This revolver was cleaned and polished with more care than its mate and probably was used less. The hammer appears to have been refinished and again, the steerhead pearl grips are period aftermarket. As the factory letters show the type of grips were not listed, these pearl steerheads were probably similar to those added at time of presentation or delivery. Colt single action authority Ron Graham has personally and thoroughly examined this pair of Colt single action revolvers and has determined that they are both original, consecutively numbered and factory engraved. He states that "subsequently, many years after 1895" both guns have been subjected to some cleaning, polishing and non-factory alterations, including refreshing of addresses and addition of aftermarket period pearl steerhead grips. All this was no doubt, done to restore the pair to their original handsome appearance. Colt single action revolvers in the category of consecutively numbered and factory engraved pairs are extremely rare in any condition, numbering less than half a dozen pairs. This pair, while having some alterations, still appear much as they must have when used by Mr. Cobb, a Texas rancher and original founding resident of Lubbock, Texas.

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    December, 2012
    9th Sunday
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