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    Bisley provenance

    It appears that most of those that own 1st generation SAA contact Colt for a letter showing where their gun were shipped for reasons of adding value, provenance, and hopefully some western history. However, I have not seen any efforts associated with the Bisleys that were produced during the same time frame. Other than a photo of Pancho Villa having one on his hip, were most shipped east of the Mississippi and stayed there. I am trying to decide if it is worth the cost to get a letter on a 1908 model.
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    I lettered three Bisleys. A Flat-top shipped to H W Peabody, New York in 1897, to Wyeth Hardware, Missouri in 1905 and to Simmons Hardware in 1910. Nothing exciting.
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    You can't assume anything. Most of ALL guns were shipped East of the Mississippi, that's where 85% of the people were!

    The Bisley didn't come out until 1894, when the "Old West" was closing. People letter guns from the teens, 20s through the 50s, on the off chance it went somewhere "interesting." I still don't think your chances are much better than playing scratch off lottery.

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    I have one Bisley - It letters to Shapeigh Hardware St. Louis MO. Ho Hum.
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    My 1903 was sent to Simmons Hardware. Most common.
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    Where is Simmons Hardware located?
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    I lettered my 1909 production Bisley and discovered it shipped to Wm Hoegee Co in Los Angeles. More than a run of the mill location but not sure this qualifies as such or not...based on your criteria.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jedavis View Post
    Where is Simmons Hardware located?
    Gateway to the West... St. Louis , Missouri
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    you can google Simmons and find out a good bit about them.
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    My 1905 Bisley shipped to Albert Stienfeld Hardware. Tucson, Arizona Territory.
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