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I have a old colt revolver. Side of the barrel reads

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I have a old colt revolver. Side of the barrel reads "colt frontier six shooter .44-40 Top of the barrel reads "colt's pt f.a, hartford ct. u.s.a" the side below the barrel reads"pat sept 19 1871 july 2 -72 jan. 19-75 the serial numbers on the gun
all match and read 64352 it has wood grips and the barrel is 4.5 long Any ideas on value?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Blue Book of Guns, Firearms Appraisals
Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Philip Van Cleave replied 1 year ago.

I believe that is actually a 4-3/4 inch barrel, but please check carefully. If so, there is a premium to be added to the values given below (see NOTES below).

September 2, 2015

Thank you for your interest in our Firearms Appraisal service. The information you provided was used to properly identify the information below. Here is the information you requested about your Firearm firearm taken from

Manufacturer/Trademark – Colt

Model/configuration – Model Etched Panel .44-40 Single Action Army revolver, .44-40 cal., with 4-3/4 inch bbl., and blue or nickel finish.

Serial Number – 64352 mfg. circa 1881.

Additional Information – the most desirable of all Commercial black powder era Single Action Army revolvers, this variant has the words "Colt Frontier Six Shooter" acid etched in a panel on the left side of the barrel. This marking was the result of a request in January 1878 by J. P. Moore's and Sons, one of Colt's largest distributors in New York. to help them market the new .44-40 Winchester chambered SAA. Colt agreed, and shipped the first "etched panels" to Moore's and Sons in February 1878. The lowest serial numbered known etched panel .44-40 is in the 41,000 serial range (1878) and the highest in the 129,000 range circa 1890.

Value Range (based on percentage of original finish on the gun and in working order):

100% - $--
98% - $65,000
95% - $50,000
90% - $35,000
80% - $25,000
70% - $18,000
60% - $15,000
50% - $12,000
40% - $10,000
30% - $8,000
20% - $7,000
10% - $6,000


* Subtract 50% for nickel finish.
* Add 20% for one-piece wood grips.
* Add 20% for 4-¾ in. barrel.

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The information and values in this appraisal are compiled from a variety of sources including the current editions of the Blue Book of Gun Values , my internal reference library, my network of Firearms experts across the United States, firearms auctions, and through various online sites.

The values in this appraisal are based on recent sales of comparable and similar firearms taking into account the rarity, desirability, and overall original condition of the firearm. In the case that a comparable sale is not readily available, the value is based on a projected amount that the firearm would be expected to sell for.

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