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    Okay... so I thought I'd post this up because it may be of some interest. I started digging a little further and the "shipped to" name on the archive letter is Robert Stevens. That's not who owned the Colt previously, so I called my brother's wife to ask questions. Here's the deal: Robert Stevens was a wealthy businessman and former chairman of J.P. Stevens Company, one of the largest textile manufacturing companies in the U.S. He served as Eisenhower's Secretary of the Army from 1953-55. Mr. Stevens owned a ranch near Two Dot, Montana and employed a man named Louis Brannin as his ranch manager. When Louis retired, Mr. Stevens hired Louis' son, Stanton Brannin as the next ranch manager. Stanton never married and never had children. He died in 2019, and his will designated his niece, Kim, as the executor of his estate. Kim is my brother's wife's mother. When I saw Kim over Christmas, she unloaded a bunch of Stanton's old guns because she knew I'd like to see them and potentially buy some. In Kim's possession was this Colt SAA. Of course, I knew none of this at the time. All I knew was that it was a nice-looking old Colt.

    So... there you go... some of the back-story as I'm unearthing it.
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    You sir are a very lucky man...great Colt and great history to go with it !

    https://www.nytimes.com/1983/02/01/o...ies-at-83.html
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    That's him! Pretty wild.
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    That's a great history, now you can keep it with the gun, and the next owner will one day know your part of the story too!
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    What were the other guns?

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    That Colt is in outstanding condition! I'll give you $3k for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dandak View Post
    What were the other guns?
    I purchased another Colt SAA from Kim. I'll be posting about it soon. I don't have the Archive Letter yet, which is why I refrained. It's a 1970 2nd Gen SAA. It's also in very nice shape, but that's another story...

    There were also two old Winchesters, a Model 54 and a Model 64. They were both working guns and were not in mint condition, but still cool. Stanton also bought a lot of shotguns over the years at DU events. She had an Auto 5s and some other Brownings from the late 80s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDRider View Post
    That Colt is in outstanding condition! I'll give you $3k for it!
    Thanks SDRider. I think I'm hanging on to this prewar/postwar SAA for a while, but I am interested in trying to get a feel for what it is worth. I'm sure there is someone on here who can help or point me in the right direction. Anyone know of a person to contact to get some sort of quick estimate or appraisal or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yelljack View Post
    Thanks SDRider. I think I'm hanging on to this prewar/postwar SAA for a while, but I am interested in trying to get a feel for what it is worth. I'm sure there is someone on here who can help or point me in the right direction. Anyone know of a person to contact to get some sort of quick estimate or appraisal or something?
    Man, I'm not sure but I would guess $3k easily. If you ever want to part with it let me know, I'm definitely interested.

    Condition and originality is everything and yours looks to be in excellent condition. It's a beautiful gun.
    Last edited by SDRider; 02-11-2020 at 04:52 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yelljack View Post
    And here's the Archive Letter. I just received this in the mail a couple of days ago.
    Attachment 680277
    I wonder how many folks live in Two Dot, Montana?


 
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