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HI, I have a Colt 45 SSA I got from my dad about 55 years ago.I am going to hand it down to my son when I pass. A friend of mine said it might be better to sell it and give him the $ as he thinks it is quite valuable. It looks to be made of 2 45s. 5.5" barrel ser. is112123,cylender is same ;butt is 70041.The gun is in very good shape and nickel plated with simulated ivory handles.
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Is this a Single Action Army revolver?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I have paperwork showing barrel cylinder was made in 1884 ,butt was made around then too.

Do you have any photos of this gun?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
nope

OK, I'll need some time to research the values for you. I can tell you now though that if the gun has mismatched parts from different guns with different serial numbers, that will significantly hurt the value. I'll be back when I have more info.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Sorry ,was not home after 1;30 pm Pac. time yesterday , also will not be home until 4pm today.

Ok, I'm on eastern time so I can call later tonight.

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Can you tell me a good time to call?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
5 to 8 pm pac time

For some reason the phone call system won't allow me to connect to you. Can you try to request a call again? That may reset the system.

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Give me your # and I will call you around 6pm my time if that is OK

Unfortunately, I cannot do it that way. Let me see if I can get the website folks to reset the call.

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hope it works
I have not been able to find a good time to call do to the time difference, so I will opt out to see if another expert is able to assist you.
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This is Philip, let me see if I can help. How much of the original finish would you say is left on that gun?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
It is nickel plated and in very good shape. The muzzle shows very well ; no real scratches or mars ;no chips. It appears the nickel is original as you can easily see the ser.#,etc.

Is that paperwork from Colt?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I have paperwork from Colt on ser.#112123 showing mfg.10/30/1884,blue, part of a government shipment of 150 , barrel length is "NOT LISTED"

OK - so the gun was a blued gun sold to the government back then. Look underneath the gun in front of the trigger guard. There is probably a serial number there. Look below it or near it. Do you see the letters "D.F.C."? If not, do you see any letters there?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
DFC , below it is #112123
OK I’ll get back to you in a couple of hours I am out of the office right now and headed there.
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Back in the office - writing appraisal now.

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The frame of that gun was indeed a military one, originally blued, and most probably had a 7-1/2 barrel, as was standard for military versions. D.F.C. are the initials for the military inspector, David F. Clark, confirming that is a military and not a commercial gun. Your gun's frame was considered a Later David F. Clark model.

At some point the barrel and cylinder were replaced with parts from another Colt Single Action Army revolver and the gun was refinished with a nickel plating. The replacement parts and the new finish, especially nickel, all reduce the value of the gun significantly, but it is still worth some money.

The value, assuming working order and with about 70% to 80% finish should be from $7,500 to $9,750. I would suggest you take it to a local auction house that specializes in antique firearms for a "hands on" appraisal, as I cannot actually see the gun.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thanks for your involvement in this assessment ; do you have anybody you would recommend to do the " hands on" appraisal?

I don't have any particular ones in mind. Check for auction houses in the cities around you and see if they handle antique firearms.

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