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    Help evaluating 1880 etched walnut CFSS

    Been looking wistfully (and fearfully) at 1st gen SAAs for a long time and now have the opportunity to buy this lettered 1880 etched CFSS...matching SNs, 7.5" barrel and walnut grips. Shipped to Hartley and Graham, NYC. Given the finish loss, is $4K range too much? Confess I can't seem to find much to compare to recently. Many thanks in advance...
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    I'm going to guess the experts are going to want to see the letter. Some of the photos you posted are too grainy and small for close examination.

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    the front sight looks funny.

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    Thanks for the replies...here's the letter. Photos unfortunately are not mine.
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    Just looking at the photographs of this revolver on my phone and not my computer at home allows me to come to some conclusions, which may change when photographs are viewed at home on a computer.

    From what I see, $4000 is probably fair if you want it badly enough, $3500 for an etched panel Colt Frontier Six Shooter is probably a more fair price to you for a gun with limited finish but a panel present. Be careful though as the panel is often quite worn on a well used gun and the question of a restoration arises.

    As for comparable sales, one sold over last weekend at auction and the overall appearance was less pleasing than yours as it appeared to have been heavily cleaned, bit a similar panel was present. That one was a bit more desirable because it had a 4 3/4" barrel, these being quite rare with regards to acid etched Colt Frontier Six Shooter revolvers. The auction house had a pre auction estimate of $2500 to $4500, and it hammered at $2600, which corresponds to $2990 if one pays cash. I thought overall prices at that auction were rather soft, but that could be part of a bigger trend.
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    IMO from the guns I have seen, this gun has a lot of wear for the etched panel to be that good. I could be wrong, but just a observation. If it was correct and original, that price is about what I see asking prices ($4000-$5000). However as Mrcvs pointed out, auction results are a great way to determine the going price.
    Thanks for sharing, it is a nice looking gun.
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    My Colt New Line dates to 1875 and the panel is in about the same condition.
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    I don't see anything wrong with the acid etched panel. I have had several over the years and this appears to be correct and not re-done. Acid etched panels were all done by hand at different times and by different workers. None of them in any serial range are going to be etched at the same depth. I have an 1883 vintage 7 1/2" with more finish than your gun and the panel is almost the same depth. Some are deep and some are not, simple as that. I would not worry about it at all. Price seems to be fair for the vintage and finish.
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    The price is fair in my opinion. Its a nice, honest gun!
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    As said the pictures are a bit on the small and grainy side but I see nothing alarming in them. Do you have any history on the gun? If it recently out of an estate or long time collection it has much less chance of being altered. I often hear the gun is too nice to be correct yet everyone wants a nice gun? As for the price I don't think 4000 is way off the mark. The market is always changing and some days thing go low and few days later they go high. On a gun like this it is up to you. If the gun is correct and original you may not get another chance for a long time at a gun like this. The only way to be certain is to examine the gun in person and check every part for being correct. Only with the gun in hand and enough knowledge can one be certain if it is all good.
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