Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
Colt Single Action Revolvers
C1823 FANTASTIC PAIR OF FACTORY ENGRAVED IDENTICALLY PREPARED BLACK POWDER COLT SINGLE ACTIONS
Item # C1823
Cal 45. Elaborately engraved by Helfriech I believe. Beautifully done. Complete with matched Mother of Pearl carved grips with a buffalo on the left of one and right of the other. A lady is carved on each opposing side. Very nicely done and something I have not seen before on a Colt. Guaranteed correct and have been in a number of high profile collections. Tom Seymore of Texas and Larry Sheridan being a couple of them. Complete with Factory Letter stating 2 guns shipped in a batch to order. 7-1/2" bbls, silver finish, pearl grips, factory engraved and shipped to William Nelson on Sept 30, 1884. One gun is in the 95k serial range and the other in 111k range. Major William Nelson grew up in Evansville, Indiana. As a young man he moved to Oklahoma territory. He was a clerk of court and became involved in real estate and did well apparently since he purchased these Colts. There is quite a lot of paperwork with these giving details of the Major's life. Very interesting. One of the finest pair of Colts in the country. One has seen a little more use than the other but both are in excellent cond. One has a repaired crack on the grip that was nicely done. Mechanics are crisp and tight. To find a matched set of black powder single actions with silver finish is nearly unheard of. Guaranteed to please!
Antique $ 95,000.
C1956 COLT BISLEY REVOLVER
Item # C1956
5-1/2" bbl. Cal 41. Hard rubber grips are in excellent condition. The backstrap has the initials "DJ Roth". Bbl and cylinder retain about 60-70% orig blue. Frame has about 40-50% orig case colors. Excellent mechanics. 41 cal Bisleys are pretty scarce.
Modern $ 3,150.
C01 HIGH CONDITION 45 CALIBER COLT SAA
Item # C01
Good looking old Colt that was built in 1899 and just missing antique status. 7-1/2" bbl in 45 cal. Exceptional condition with 90%+ bbl blue. Very light wear. Some age to the ejector rod housing being a blue/brown color. VG blue on the cylinder. Nearly all case colors remain. They have dimmed a bit. Grips are nice. Action feels and sounds right!
Modern $ 7,975.
C1929A COLT SAA
Item # C1929A
This a later 1st gen in the just under 350k range.5-1/2" bbl. Cal 38 WCF. Gun has quite a bit of condition with bbl blue being quite nice. Especially in the protected areas. Some wear at the muzzle and left side of the bbl. Typical wear to the ejector rod housing. Case colors still remai but are faded some. Vivid in protected areas. Hard rubber grips look perfect with this gun. Just one light chip out on the upper right hand side. Crisp action with a VG bore. Nice Colt!
Modern $ 3,475.
C092 COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY SHIPPED TO EL PASO TEXAS
Item # C092
Cal 44-40. 4-3/4" bbl, full front sight and "Colt Frontier Six Shooter" marked on left side of the bbl. Carved American Eagle ivory grips. Most El Paso shipped SAA's saw some rough use since generally they were for cowboys, ranchers, lawmen or they went to Mexico. It is unusual to find them with any orig finish as this one has. Bbl retains most glossy blue with just some holster wear on the left side. Frame and hammer retain strong case colors. Ivory grips are in VG condition with typical wear. Action and bore are VG. This one is a Collector' Dream. Comes complete with Colt Factory Letter.
Modern $ 12,500 sale pending.
C062 COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER
Item # C062
Cal 44-40. 7-1/2" bbl marked "Frontier Six Shooter" on the left side. Carved steer head pearl grips. Bbl retains most blue with slight wear at the muzzle and ejector from holstering. Cylinder has some wear from rotation. Frame and hammer have a good amount of blending case colors. Grips have a chip out at the top and lower corners on the right side. Repair to the top left side corner. VG+ bore. Complete with Factory Letter.
Modern $ 8,500.
C1736 EXTREMELY RARE COLT EXHIBITION ENGRAVED PANEL NICKEL PLATED SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER
Item # C1736
Cal 45. 7-1/2" bbl. Checkered ivory grips of which appear to be replacements by the ill fit. Overall gun is elaborately and delicately engraved by Augustus Friedrich Ulrich who is known to have done a number of the panel scene guns. There is only 6-7 of them known. Quite elaborately engraved with about 75-80% coverage. Panel scene of a bear being shot by a hunter on one side of the frame and a dog and wildlife scene on the other. On top of the backstrap is a mounted Indian with full headdress. Gun is in beautiful shape with most orig nickel intact. The gun is accompanied by a lengthy letter from R.L. Wilson. He has a good deal to say about the rarity and quality of this gun. One of the best guns that I have had. However there are a few sticklers. There is two factory letters on this gun. They show that the gun was shipped twice. Once as a 7-1/2" nickel gun to Hartley & Graham and once as a blued frame gun 10 years later to a firm in St. Paul Minnesota. This gun is no doubt a factory show or exhibition gun. It is in the 32k serial range which a number of these are in. Also one thing that Larry Wilson pointed out is the hammer and ejector rod housing are very professional replacements. The engraving matches. I missed it completely but Wilson didn't. Other than that it is an outstanding gun even with those flaws. The engraving is fare superior to anything I have seen Colt do. Call for more details.
Antique $ $75,000 .
C106 COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY
Item # C106
Cal 45. 4-3/4" bbl. Overall gun shows a fair amount of use with medium to moderate pitting on the frame and side of the bbl. Traces of blue in the fluted parts of the cylinder as well as the cartridge ejector. Excellent functioning action. Traces of case colors on the frame. Gun is in the 343k serial range. Pearl grips. Comes with a period double loop Mexican style holster with 45 cartridge bullet loops and a bowie knife with org sheath. Knife measures a little over 11" with the blade being about 6-1/2". Marked toward the hilt is "Continental Cutlery Company Sheffield England". A nice looking Old Cowboy rig.
Modern $ 4,500.
C102 COLT SINGLE ACTION WITH 7-1/2” BARREL
Item # C102
Cal 32-20. Made in about 1902. Overall gun is in excellent condition with about 90% bbl and backstrap blue. Cylinder retains 90% blue as well with a few minor drag lines. 85-90% case colors on the receiver. Checkered hard rubber grips. Gun is very fine with what appears to be a factory replaced front sight or one that has been filed as it is shorter than usual with a bead on the top. Fine old gun.
Modern $ 5,950.
C100 COLT SINGLE ACTION
Item # C100
Cal 38-40. 5-1/2" bbl. Features rare factory full nickel finish. Overall gun is in excellent condition with an unusual 2-line barrel address missing the first character if each line. 5-1/2" barrels typically have a single line barrel address. The frame has the 2-line patent marking and the Rampant Colt insignia. Manufactured in 1901. VG checkered hard rubber grips. Mechanics are excellent. About 60% original nickel remains. Comes complete with Factory Letter and an interesting document from Red Jackson who owned it in 1970. He later sold it to Tommy Rholes, a serious collector and true gentleman from Texas.
Modern $ 5,750.
C03 HIGH CONDITION COLT SAA
Item # C03
Very good looking 1st gen SAA built in 1913. Cal 45 Colt. 7-1/2" bbl with strong blue showing just a little wear at the muzzle. The ejector shroud also has just a little wear at the high point. The frame has nearly all case colors remaining. This old gun is nice inside and out!
Modern $ 9,250 sale pending.
C012 EARLY SECOND GENERATION COLT SAA
Item # C012
This is a 5-1/2" bbl SAA in 38 special. Serial number is just over 12k which was shipped in 1957. This is information found on the Colt Factory Letter. A very nice condition Colt with nearly all orig finish remaining. Grips are also like new. Comes with Colt Factory Letter.
Modern $ 2,500.
C108A&B PAIR OF MAGNIFICENT CONSECUTIVE NUMBERED COLT SAA’S
Item # C108A&B
Cal 45 Long Colt. These revolvers are pictured on pages 478-481 of "The Art of the Gun: Magnificent Colts, Selections from the Robert M. Lee Collection Vol. II" by Lee and Wilson. Consecutive serial numbered and scroll engraved on most all metal surfaces. Cylinders are gold plated. Backstrap has "George Allen" engraved in script. Pearl grips. Completing the package is a Rhinestone encrusted rig made by "Nudies Rodeo Tailors" who have outfitted some of the best including Elvis Presley, Elton John, Gene Autry, Michael Jackson, Liberace, Glen Campbell, Ronald Reagan and Roy Rogers. Also included are 45 nickel plated cartridges. This is a very fine pair of custom revolvers that retain most of the gold and silver plating with just minor handling mars. Mechanics are crisp. Belt and holster are in excellent condition with just a few absent rhinestones. A stunning package to wear or collect!
Modern $ 16,500 for the set.
C1735 FACTORY DOCUMENTED GOLD AND SILVER PLATED HELFRICH ENGRAVED COLT SA
Item # C1735-27-716
7-1/2" bbl. 45 cal. Ivory grips. 56k serial range. Overall gun is in outstanding cond retaining a considerable amount of orig finish. Aged toning to the silver. Some loss to the gold especially to the hammer. Mechanical cond is excellent. Elaborately engraved with 3/4 coverage in beautifully done scroll work. Typical of Helfrich. Guaranteed all orig and complete with Factory Letter from the Colt Firearm Company as well as a Letter from R.L. Wilson. Just a Great gun!!
Antique $ 85,000.
C1898 ANTIQUE COLT SAA
Item # C1898
7-1/2" in 45 cal. A pretty good looking old Colt that has aged to a mostly grey patina on both bbl and frame. It looks like it was cleaned many years ago and is aging back. Nice replacement grips. Bore does have light to moderate pitting and roughness. Could use a good cleaning. Action is very nice on this Colt. Comes with a nice old holster and Deputy Sheriff's badge. Antique Colt single actions are very desirable and hard to find.
Antique $ 4,950.
C1949 45 CALIBER COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY
Item # C1949-27-721
High condition very impressive looking Colt. 7-1/2" bbl in 45 Colt. A somewhat later gun in the 350k serial range. Very nice case colors remaining. Blue is also very nice. Light wear at the muzzle and a little at the side of the bbl. The inevitable drag line on the cylinder and a few marks. Grips are in excellent condition. Just as pretty on the inside with a near excellent bore. Good solid collectible Colt. Comes with a Colt Letter.
Modern $ 7,950.
C06 COLT SAA WITH STEER’S HEAD GRIP
Item # C06 -27-735
Very good looking Colt with pearl grips and the steer head on the right side. There is a small chip out in the top corner. Cal 45 Colt with 5-1/2" bbl. Inside is a beautiful bright shiny bore. This classic Colt was built in 1908.
Modern $ 10,750.
C1955 VERY INTERESTING COLT SA
Item # C1955
Used in a homicide in New Mexico and has numerous supporting documents that go with it. 5-1/2" bbl. Cal 45. Overall metal appears to have been cleaned. It is a light grey color with good traces of finish in protected areas. 107k serial range. 3 notches carved in the stock. Interesting court case files accompany the gun as well as documents from other various characters. A very well documented interesting Colt.
Antique $ 9,750.
C024 COLT 3RD GENERATION 7-1/2” REVOLVER
Item # C024
Modern $ 3,175.
C025 FIRST GENERATION COLT IN VERY RARE .38 SPECIAL CALIBER
Item # C025
Cal 38 Special. Of the total 89 Colt Single Actions made in .38 Colt Special caliber, 36 were sent to England. All of these .38 Colt Special caliber guns have a better than average collector value. This one also has the seldom seen barrel address on the right side of the barrel. 5-1/2" bbl. Hard rubber checkered grips are in fine condition. Mechanics are good. Mint bore. Gun is nickel plated. Bbl and receiver have been polished some. Backstrap has not been polished. Nickel is dull in that part and has "RFW" engraved on it. One of the last 1st Gen Colts. Nice good looking scarce gun. A fine addition to any Colt collection!
Modern $ 7,750.
C010 COLT SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER
Item # C010
38 WCF cal. 7-1/2 inch barrel with bright shiny bore. Blued parts look good with most blue remaining. Case colored parts vary from bright vivid to a washed out silver. Grips look excellent and fit very well. A 1928 made 1st Gen Colt that would make a good shooter.
Modern $ 5,450.
C08 NICE CONDITION COLT SAA
Item # C08
5-1/2" bbl in 38 WCF. Good looking 1st gen Colt with nearly all case colors remaining. They are still quite vivid. Bbl blue at 90%+. Hard rubber grips are in very good condition with just a couple light scuff marks. Inside is just as pretty with a near excellent bore. Solid good sounding action. 350k serial range puts it towards the end of the 1st gen. Good looking Colt!
Modern $ 4,975.
C07 COLT BISLEY FLAT TOP REVOLVER
Item # C07 -27-732
32 Long Colt cal. 7-1/2 inch barrel with a shiny bore. Strong original blue remains on the bbl. and ejector rod housing with slight muzzle wear. Cylinder has strong original blue as well. Frame has blue in protected areas fading to silver/grey. The antique ivory grips fit well and look nice on this gun. Front sight is a blade with a drift-adjustable rear. Good lock up and timing on this Colt made in 1907. Good looking Colt Single Action with a scarce caliber!
Modern $ 9,500.
C1948 COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER
Item # C1948
Single action Army in 44-40. Built in 1905. Very nice condition gun with 7-1/2" bbl. 90%+ blue on bbl and ejector rod. Cylinder has most blue with the typical wear to the high points. Nice case colors on the frame. Mother of Pearl grips. Smooth crisp action and a VG bore. A very attractive Colt!
Modern $ 9,500.
C026 ANTIQUE COLT SINGLE ACTION
Item # C026
As per the Colt Letter, this SAA is in cal 44-40, nickel plated and was shipped in 1884. Bbl is 7-1/2" with some flaking of the nickel and a couple spots of light corrosion that have been cleaned. Bore is overall VG with good rifling and some pitting. Frame nickel is mostly gone with some remnants remaining. Ivory grips with a chip missing on the right side towards the bottom. Antique single actions are getting harder to find. Comes with Colt Letter.
Antique $ 5,750.