How do you like this one? Checkered slide serrations and parallel links operation. Browning's Patent marking. Correct nickel 1884 patent date magazine. Hard rubber grips perfect. Finish is old but not too marked up. What condition would you rate this?
As an owner I would say 50%, as a potential buyer maybe a little less. As for value, I've seen the mag go for nearly $200 by itself. Because it's early ( the first 3200 had the rear front checkered serrations) I would add 25% or more to the value of a similar yet later 1902 Military. I have some of these early Colt autos listed by serial number in my data base. If you want me to check yours, get me the serial.
This is a 30% - 40% gun, on a good day. I see 50% finish alright....around the trigger guard and in non exposed places. The rest is a 30% gun, so that is the balance too. The reason being, what finish is there is faded, browning, and basically gone. The finish that is gone is white metal, scratches and scuffs. It's doesn't look good to they eye.
I would call it 15 percent, tops...and or I would not even assign a 'percentage' to it, and, instead, I would merely say "Residual Blue present on some areas, ranging where present, from thin, to almost vidid in some deeper and protected areas."
Still quite valuable of course, and a lovely old Colt! - but no way is it "50 percent" on any basis of assay.
Sorry, Don't have 14587 in my data base. Near yours are: 14765 to Admiral ONeil, USN; 14658 14657 14638 14637 and 14610-14605 all to Browning Winchester Rep Arms Co.; 14550-14547 to Browning. Interesting period in early Feb, March and April 1903.
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