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SOLD at 2012 Sep 08 @ 05:38UTC-5 : EST/CDT
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Estimate: $14000 - 22500
Manufactured in 1874. This revolver was inspected by Orville W. Ainsworth and is stamped with his distinctive "A" sub-inspectors mark on the bottom of the barrel, below the serial number on the trigger guard, on the cylinder and on the top of the back strap. These nickel plated Cavalry Models were plated for issuance to Indian Scouts, special order "officers" revolvers, surplus militia revolvers sold back to Colt or nickeled by commercial businesses and U.S. Navy revolvers. Kopec's "The Story of The Colt Single Action Army Revolver" identifies the largest single block of nickeled Cavalry revolvers as occurring in the 11,800 through the 14,230 serial number range, all manufactured in 1874 and all inspected by Ainsworth. The top of the barrel is marked with the one line address and the left side of the frame is marked with the two line, two patent dates followed by "US". There is a "P" on the bottom of the barrel ahead of the cylinder pin and on the cylinder. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap, and the partial serial number "2387" is marked on the bottom of the barrel under the ejector housing and on the cylinder. Standard blade front and frame notch rear sights, "bulls-eye" ejector rod head and fitted with a smooth one piece walnut grip with an "A" on the bottom left side and faint cartouche on the lower left side.
BBL: 7 1/2 inch round
Gauge: 45 LC
Serial Number: 12387
Condition: Very fine. The revolver retains at least 80% original nickel plating with scattered flaking and wear. The grip is fine with a chip on the left toe, some wear on the lower edges and a few minor dents and dings. The cartouche is lightly visible. The markings remain clear and crisp. The action is excellent. This is a very fine totally original U.S. nickel plated Ainsworth inspected Cavalry.