James Julia is going to be selling off the late Tommy Rholes estate collection and there are a bunch of super conditioned original single actions listed.
On this forum we get a lot of questions about "is it original?" "how do you tell?" .
My advice to beginning collectors is to look closely at the various original conditioned guns listed here and study them and then you'll be better equipped to spot refinished single actions in the future. The best way to spot a fake is to know what the true original looks like and there are a ton of original nice single actions that were salted back through the years by Tommy for his own collection.
I was able to see some of those Colts and Winchesters first hand on my many visits to his shop over the years, certainly not all of them, but a lot. When I first saw that group of Flattop Targets together I almost had a coronary, they weren't for sale since they were part of his collection, but since I couldn't afford one anyway it was a moot point. Like a kid in a candy store!!!!!!
Fantastic! What a collection. I didn't know Tommy had stashed away that many good single-actions. He had been in the business a long time - from the late 60's, or so. I'm looking at a gun now that I bought from Tommy in Sept. 1981. Did some good gun trading with him years ago. This will be a chance to judge the current market on top end Colt Single-Actions. May not see that many good ones together for a while.