Too many 'maybes' to be of much interest, but it makes one wonder how many originals might you suppose survived those years?
Boxes of the era were cheaply-made and designed to hold the weapon and keep it separate, and from being jostled against others in the crate they were shipped in - not to carefully conserved and become collectable as they have, today.
Back then - folks bought the piece, holstered it, carried it and shot it - and all without a need for Renaissance Wax and a pillow to rest it on.
What Colt 'should' do, is to replicate it like S&W did for the Schofields they shipped without the display case - it'd make for a nice display item.
Being made of modern paper/cardboard, they wouldn't cause the angst that the fakes do, yet being 'Colt-Made' folks would accept them.
I think it was on gunsamerica before and it wasn't for sale...they were just trying to get information about it but now they have a price on it.
I do know of a turn of the century 45 x 7-1/2" blue smoothbore that came out of England over 20 years ago that an American arms dealer brought back that was totally legit and lettered all the way. A friend of mine was interested in it but it was nearly $30K at the time which would be a drop in the bucket for it now, but it had the vast majority of the original blue and case colors still on it. I'm with CJS57.....if it's a new box someone sure did a good job "distressing" it. If you own the gun the box is cheap...but I don't need any $3000 pieces of pasteboard laying around my house....I'd probably find my grandson coloring on it!