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Colt Single Action Army with Spurious Nettleton Inspections

 .45 Colt, 7.5" barrel, S/N 48106.(ca1878) Blued and color casehardened finish with smooth one-piece walnut grip. A fraudulent cavalry single action that appears to be made from a renumbered civilian blackpowder frame with an added smokeless powder rifled barrel, rolled with the correct style address. Henry Nettleton "HN" inspections throughout are oversized and too deep, "P" on barrel oversized, barrel numbered in a different font than the balance of the gun, some parts renumbered to match. Poor quality fraudulent "US" mark on the frame is a glaring indication that this is a forgery, although many of the other parts are very well done and marked, in particular the grip which appears to be newly made and stamped with wonderful quality dies, but shows no age when removed and is numbered to the gun in a style that in no way approximates Colt work. A good example of an Indian War cavalry Single Action for the collector who cannot spend the five-figure price that this gun would potentially command if it were legitimate or to add to a display of such items at a reasonable cost. Includes a Colt Factory letter for Colt Single Action #48106, however it has no relationship to this gun as the the numbers on the gun are not the original ones. Includes Colt factory letter. 

Provenance:From the Collection of Charlie Hinton

Condition:

Good. Retains traces of finish. Overly clear markings in many locations, mechanically functional, very good bore. Grip with light wear and partially obscured cartouches.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,000
05/25/2021

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