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    Original nickel does flake off, so this alone is not a sure sign of a refinish.

    However, blurry stampings, rounded off corners and edges that should be sharp, and waves and ripples in the barrel and flat surfaces are indications of a refinish.

    Pricing a refinish is more a matter of personal judgment.
    More goes into it. As example, how good was it done, WHO did it (Colt is better) what's the overall condition of the gun now, (Rust, pitting, heavy wear)?

    Other factors are, when was it actually shipped by Colt, and very important, was it really a Bisley when it was shipped, or is it a post-factory conversion.

    Simply too much to offer a price without a lot more info and some good pictures, and even then only a real expert can give a reliable price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50calray View Post
    Thanks,

    Now do you know if it's possible to tell if Colt did the refinish job?
    Look for an "&" or a 6-pointed star on the right rear trigger guard bow. Generally, the "&" means factory refinished. The star means the factory worked on the gun, but does not necessarily mean they refinished it - could be refinished - but might mean it was just sent in for repairs and not refinished.
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    That's not ugly.....

    That's not ugly, that's character, and character is part of what makes these old guns special. You have a beautiful old revolver there that should be left as is cosmetically and enjoyed. Just my opinion.

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    Unfortunately that is without a doubt refinished, and not by Colt. Someone was over zelous and very heavy handed when they did the job of polishing. Value would be tough, I beleive originality is key with any Colt and in this condition it would be the market that sets price. By market I mean if you put this up on one of the auction sites and started it at a penny with no reserve you could get the auction frenzy going and maybe get up to ????. No matter the extreme of condition, honest use and wear looks the most appealing to me. Although some folks just want a century old shooter that is affordable and this might fit that bill. If you like it and it functions and throws lead down range then shoot it and have a good time!
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    I would say the grips are celulloid. Colt probably won't work on it. If you like it, just shoot it and enjoy it.


 
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