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Here is Ron Gabel's answer to question number 5619

Question:

I inherited a Colt Frontier Six Shooter with real Ivory Grips with 1871, 1872, 1875 patents under the cylinder. The serial number is 71809 in front of trigge guard and on butt. Marked on top of the barrel is: COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A. The barrel measures 5" from front to cylinder and 4 7/16" of actual straight part of barrel. This pistol is nickel plated, looks all original, but very worn with about half of the nickel plating gone, one piece of the ivory on each grip gone, and in need of restoration. I am interested in finding a buyer, or would trade for a motorcycle or guitar. If you don't know anyone interested maybe you could refer me to a gun auction on the internet. I tryed to list it on Ebay but they cancelled the auction and warned me not to try and sell dangerous weapons! You can probably tell I'm a city slicker! I'm looking forward to retiring to Oregon soon. Any help would be appreciated. Sincerely, Harold Walt

Answer:

Your Colt revolver serial number would indicate manufacture in 1881. Manufacture prior to 1889 makes it legal to sell or trade as an antique. In original but worn condition your revolver would retail at $600 to $1200 according to Flayderman.

Submitted By: Harold Walt On: 1/17/2004 6:34:00 PM

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