I would like to sell this Colt 1883 Hammerless Shotgun. The low serial number is 878. It's a 10 gauge with 30" damascus barrels. The first Colt letter says that it was shipped on July 16, 1879 as a 12 gauge with 28" barrels. But that letter was later corrected by Colt to show a ship date of December 1, 1885 in the correct gauge and barrel length. It's in great shape for it's age, but the stock had been damaged and repaired. The repair is good, but is noticable. There is also a small ding on one barrel, and I have tried to show it in the picture. I was asking $2,500.00 plus shipping. Feel free to ask any questions, but as I am selling this for an elderly WWII Navy Vet, I might have to ask him for the answer. He did say that he bought this gun many years ago, and used to hunt with it.
NOW REDUCED to $1,800.00 OBRO!
Last edited by FireChief; 12-06-2011 at 09:00 AM.
He would like to give it a good home with a Colt Collector.
Does free shipping help?
If I may chime in, a 1883 Colt hammerless would not have been originally shipped in 1879. A 1878 hammer gun could have been and letters have been known to have mistakes.
Thanks for the comment. Maybe the 1890 date is when this gun was shipped, and the 1879 date was a hammer gun with the same serial number? Should I call Colt back to ask them?
OK, you were right, Colt sent me a new letter that now looks correct.
This shotgin was shipped December 1, 1885 (maybe a Christmas present?) to W.C. Hodgkins in New York
The letter even shows that it had factory engraving for an additional $10.00!
I will include the new, correct letter and will also lower the price to $2,200.00 shipped.
Thanks for looking,
FireChiefCOLT LETTER 001.jpg
I did a little research, and it looks like W.C. Hodgkins was an Officer in the Office of the U.S. Coast Guard and Geodetic Survey.
He was involved in surveying the borders of Maryland and Pennsylvania, and determining the Mason-Dixon Line.
I even found a picture of him.
This may be an opportunity to gather a good deal of research on the original owner.
Also, the shotgun was shipped with a heavy frame, so perhaps he took it with him when he went out to survey borders.
Is my asking price too high?
I am trying to help an 87 year old Vet, and at the same time, get this Old Colt Hammerless to an owner that will love it!
It has the corrected Colt letter, and was traced to the original owner in New York.
If you have an interest, please PM me so that we can talk.