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    My guess is she took a package deal on the whole lot that is worth way less than the flat top by it's self
    HEY, can you get us the name of the dealer? I wouldn't be surprised if HE doesn't know what he has!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 22_Matt View Post
    There's a VP, proof stamp on the trigger guard. Those don't start until 1904. Possibly a later grip frame? It shoud have a matching serial number. Looks like a great find reguardless. There must be a treasure chest in that attic. What were the other guns?
    Flat Tops can be a strange breed,with things that dont seem to add up.Quite a few are found with the push button pin release, but well below the accepted 160000 range.
    Look in the latest book by hoyt and wilkinson.
    My friend owns a 38 in the 140000 range but has the push button release.(possible request from the British)
    Nothing is normal with colts.

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    Were there ever any Flattops with color case hardened frames? I have only seen blued but I haven't seen that many.

    OP, sorry you didn't get the gun but thanks for sharing with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LonesomePigeon View Post
    Were there ever any Flattops with color case hardened frames? I have only seen blued but I haven't seen that many.

    OP, sorry you didn't get the gun but thanks for sharing with us.
    I think they could be ordered with CCH frame but the standard was full blue with CCH hammers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 22_Matt View Post
    There's a VP, proof stamp on the trigger guard. Those don't start until 1904. Possibly a later grip frame? It shoud have a matching serial number. Looks like a great find reguardless. There must be a treasure chest in that attic. What were the other guns?
    The owner needs to make sure they have the serial number correct and then contact colt archives and see when the gun was shipped. If it was shipped in the 1890's then about the only way to explain the VP on the triggerguard bow would be that it went back to colt after 1904 or so and was worked on and when colt had it they proofed it. Or another possibility is that it could be a really late shipped out of range gun.
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    Beautiful gun. This is one of those " WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF " .. Thanks for sharing it with us here. WOW !!!!
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    An original flattop is highest of all on my wish list as well ... shame you missed that one !

    Far as the vp goes, maybe it had been returned to Colt at some point after 1900 and they stamped the bow like so. I've read plenty about guns being returned for various reasons and upon factory inspection (& then release) many were givin the vp smokeless stamp... including certain series of blackpowder frame Colts. So who knows.

    Hell of a nice Flattop either way
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    Example. Serial indicates 1902 manufacture. However, not shipped until March, 1910. No VP stamping.898AEE98-39AC-4615-9DAC-DCF407320B83.jpg

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    Rick I notice yours is a .45 Colt whereas the original poster's is a .38 Colt. Maybe a .38 Colt would be more likely to get a VP stamp than a .45 Colt when using up the old frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LonesomePigeon View Post
    Rick I notice yours is a .45 Colt whereas the original poster's is a .38 Colt. Maybe a .38 Colt would be more likely to get a VP stamp than a .45 Colt when using up the old frames.
    Possible.


 
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