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Simply amazing example. In absolutely stunning condition for its age. The fire blue really pops, the colors well preserved, and the fit of wood to metal embarrasses modern makers. The etched panel clear and sharp. Do you know the provenance?
 

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I've always liked their looks, but not their high prices. In 40 years of following Colts, these are one model that seems to never be cheap. I mean for a pocket pistol, there are lots of others that go cheaper, other Colts, Remington derringers, Sharps, etc. They always seemed to be 5 times as much as the others.
 

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I've always liked their looks, but not their high prices. In 40 years of following Colts, these are one model that seems to never be cheap. I mean for a pocket pistol, there are lots of others that go cheaper, other Colts, Remington derringers, Sharps, etc. They always seemed to be 5 times as much as the others.
When I got this,10/12 years ago, it cost about as much as a beater SAA
 

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Simply amazing example. In absolutely stunning condition for its age. The fire blue really pops, the colors well preserved, and the fit of wood to metal embarrasses modern makers. The etched panel clear and sharp. Do you know the provenance?
No provenance but it came in a period locking leather case with a cleaning rod and a screwdriver
Made in 1875
 

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No provenance but it came in a period locking leather case with a cleaning rod and a screwdriver
Made in 1875
Any idea of the manufacturing total in 41 caliber? I poked around the web a bit, but was not successful in that regard. Any factory records, or were they lost in the flood(s)?
 

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Any idea of the manufacturing total in 41 caliber? I poked around the web a bit, but was not successful in that regard. Any factory records, or were they lost in the flood(s)?
Book Of Colt Firearms says approx 7000 made. 1874-1879
I would think that a letter is possible.
I think i'll ask! Thanks
 

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It is VERY nice.
It also reinforces my observation that the earliest New Lines did not have the etched panel caliber markings.
I have seen this on other guns/calibers.
I think the etched panels began in 1875 and were the very first Colts so marked.
What year is your 22?
P.S. Letters ARE available:)
 
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