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    Rare Colt Model 1871-72 Open-Top Prototype Single Action Revolver. A prototype with an assembly number 3 only on the loading gate. .44 centerfire caliber. 7 ½-inch barrel with New York U.S. America address. German silver front sight. Early pattern rifling. British proofs on the cylinder and left side of barrel lug. Blued finish. Brilliant case-hardened hammer, frame and loading gate. Navy size gripstrap. Original one-piece ivory grips. Sold together with a 1985 letter from Greg Martin to a collector describing this gun and its collector origins. Finer than any known standard issue 1871-72 Open-top .44. Stunning!
    Condition: Excellent to mint.

    Ex Martin B. Retting Collection

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    18th Sunday
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