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Minimum Bid$100.00Final prices include buyers premium:$10,925.00Number Bids:19Auction Closed OnSaturday, November 18, 2023Share

Third generation Colt SAA revolver manufactured circa 1978. Colt records show it was shipped to Dave’s House Of Guns in Dallas, Texas. The gun was eventually acquired by the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum from the Frontier Museum in Temecula, California. Engraved and embellished by master engraver Alvin White for the 1996 Autry Museum fundraising Gala. The sixth of approximately ten revolvers to be auctioned over nearly a decade, it was purchased at the Gala by actor Richard Farnsworth and shown in The Colt Engraving Book Volume Two by R.L. Wilson. The left side of the barrel is inlaid in gold “Guns of the Wild West/Autry Museum Gala Revolver”. Standard single line company address on the top of the barrel. Typical patent dates on the left side of the frame behind “US”. “W.F. & Co.” (Wells Fargo) inlaid gold on the bottom of the butt. The back strap has Oliver Winchester and Samuel Colt’s signatures in gold etching. “AMWH-1996″ etched under the serial number, indicating it was for the 1996 Museum gala. The spirit of the West can be seen throughout featuring a Sharps Rifle, Whitney Carbine, Custer’s No. 2 Smith & Wesson Revolvers, stage coach shotgun and Indian trade gun scene. The case colored frame features multiple guns including a Colt Single Action Army, Colt 1851 Navy, Remington Double Derringer and Stevens Tip. A portrait of Wild Bill is present on the back of the recoil shield in gold. Barrel and grip straps are blued. Hammer and trigger are gold washed. Screws are fire blued. Fine scroll engraving and gold inlay throughout. 7-1/2” barrel with standard sights. Six shot fluted cylinder. Checkered plastic Colt replacement grips. Provenance includes a copy of The Colt Engraving Book, Volume One & Two, Colt factory letter and a notebook with extensive history and detail from author R.L. Wilson. CONDITION: Metal retains 95% of its applied finish. Some light browning in the engraving at the top of the barrel and on the backstrap. Grips are excellent. Bore presents with prior moisture with some light surface rust present. Rifling remains strong. Fine mechanics with a tight hammer and cylinder. No drag line on the cylinder. CALIBER: .45 COLT. FFL STATUS: Modern. S/N: 99580SA.