I inherited this, but I know very little about old guns. Can someone help me out with some information about this? History? Approximate value? Anything I need to be aware of? Thank you in advance.
Amen, brotherWelcome to the COLT Forum from the Cradle Of Liberty...Pennsylvania !!
Enjoy Our Community Sir... and that is a gorgeous all matching serial numbered, single line addressed, Black Powder framed Colt Single Action Army chambered in .45 Colt with what appears to be genuine Ivory stocks that was blue finished before it left the factory and has since been nickel plated & engraved...other than that, I leave you to the experts here.
If you decide to fire it, use ONLY Black Powder ammunition
I wasn’t sure here. I can’t see the Schreger lines on my phone. IF this is real ivory, then double my estimate. $2000 would be a reasonable estimate as to value.
Are you anywhere near our southern border? That is consistent with the styling and taste of fairly well-heeled owners in Mexico. The bottom of the trigger guard is so flat that I have to say that it was gunsmithed into that shape. Since all of the modification and ornamentation was to personal preference, the flat bottomed guard although unusual, may also have fit the taste of a prior owner. Consider that there have bvery likely been multiple owners over nearly 150 years. The engraving has been buffed, so that appears to have been accomplished long before the plating. This is one weapon that has an interesting, if not fascinating story to tell.Thank you all! The only reason I'm concerned about the value is for insurance reasons. I love the gun too much to sell... My grandpa was an awesome man! He loved his guns, knives, belt buckles, or hell, anything that is Western... I was blessed to get this. I really appreciate all the info. Always love learning new things. (And hopefully this doesn't turn into a new hobby, lol, I've already got enough!)
As others have said. Grips are old elephant ivory. Grips alone are worth $1000. Makes the gun easily worth $2K plus. Gun was shipped to NYC a month after Custer died. And two weeks prior to Bill Cody's dust up with Yellow Hair on Warbonnet creek.The grips on it now are a faux ivory.