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    Exceptional and Rare Cased Colt Model 1855 Pocket Model Sidehammer Revolver, Variation with Screw in Cylinder
    Serial number 13576. .31 caliber, 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup roll scene. 3 1/2-inch round barrel with brass pin front sight. Top of barrel stamped
    Address Col. Colt
    New-York U.S.A.
    Blued, with case-hardened hammer, and loading lever. The grips of varnished walnut.
    Accessories of a varnished mahogany case, lined in maroon velvet. Embossed eagle clutching revolver powder flask, blued steel double cavity bullet mold, tin of Eley Bros. percussion caps with green paper label, packet of Colt's Cartridge Works combustible envelope cartridges, blued L-shaped screwdriver, and miscellaneous round and conical lead projectiles.
    The rarity of the screw-in-cylinder variation (Models 7 and 7A) of the New Pocket Revolver series is confirmed by factory ledgers, and the scarcity of examples. According to R.L. Wilson, The Book of Colt Firearms (page 155):
    . . . because of its distictive shape, the cylinder pins on the 7 and 7A pistols will not interchange with those on other Sidehammer models. . . . Approximately 2,925 Model 7 and 7A pistols were made (serial range c. #11075-c.#14000). . . .
    The exceptional condition of no. 13576 adds to the cased set's desirability.
    Literature:
    American Arms Collectors Percussion Colts and Their Rivals The Al Cali Collection, pp. 60-61.
    Pictured, page 127 of Frank Sellers, The William M. Locke Collection.
    Provenance:
    William M. Locke
    Al Cali


    Condition Report*: Excellent. 98% bright blue with minor patina and light storage marks. Vibrant case hardened colors. 100% varnish on grips, minor marks on grips. Case and accessories excellent.
    *Heritage Auctions strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Heritage regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Heritage. All lots offered are sold "AS IS".

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    September, 2011
    18th Sunday
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