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SN 525. Cal. 36. Fantastic cased set consisting of a No. 5 Holster Model Texas Paterson with orig 4-13/16" oct bbl, tiny German silver blade front sight without bbl address, usual 5-shot cyl with round shoulders and stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. Mounted with 1-pc varnished walnut grip with SN on the bottom right edge. Serial number was observed on the rear face of the bbl lug, rear face of cyl, face of trigger, cyl rotating ring, hammer and right side of front & back straps under the grip and on both wedges. No additional disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. Pistol has a wide silver band around the muzzle with a wide & narrow band at the forcing cone end over the three top flats and another wide silver band on the top flat behind the front sight. Bottom of bbl has two additional wide silver bands. Recoil shield also is inlaid with a wide & narrow silver bands. Accompanied by its orig, matching numbered 12" bbl with identical silver band inlays as found on the short bbl. Top flat of this bbl is marked with the large Patent Arms address with a star & snake at each end. The back strap is inlaid with an empty scalloped corner rectangular shaped silver initial plate. Also accompanied by its orig fluted lid mahogany casing with empty rectangular silver plate in the center. Interior is brown velvet lined and recessed in bottom for the revolver, spare 12" bbl that has a small projection from the left front edge to accommodate the muzzle of this longer bbl, an orig copper & brass Paterson Holster Model charger that has the number "62" on both copper parts and has the same size Patent Arms address as found on the 12" bbl, an orig Paterson 3-pc single cavity bullet mold that has turned walnut handles with brass ferrules and numbered on inside "76", an orig wooden handled brass cleaning rod with rare 12-3/8" shaft, an orig Belt Model combination tool and an orig brass hinged lid capper, SN "148". In the right rear corner recess is an orig spare round shoulder cyl that has the SN "795" on rear face. This pistol was discovered in Marseilles, France in about 1989 or 1990 and purchased from the orig family by a European collector/dealer by the name of Rudy Holtz who sold it to well-known collector, Ray Kindle at the urging of internationally recognized Colt collector, dealer & authority, Martin Lane. Mr. Lane related the story of Mr. Kindle's purchase and stated that at the time he requested that if Mr. Kindle ever decided to sell this pistol that he would like to have first refusal. A short time later Mr. Kindle agreed to sell it to Mr. Lane who maintained it for several years before selling it to well-known collector/dealer Greg Martin. Mr. Martin, in a private sale, sold this set to an unidentified collector who sometime later either traded or sold it back to Mr. Martin who then resold it to nationally recognized Colt authority & collector, Bobby Smith. This exact pistol is pictured in full color on pp. 150 & 151 of The Paterson Colt Book, Dennis Levette Collection, Wilson, with credit to the Bobby W. Smith Collection. Conversations with several collectors of Paterson arms disclosed that the generally held belief is that fewer than ten Holster Model Texas Patersons with extra bbls exist today and that number is probably closer to five which makes this truly one of Colt's most rare pieces. PROVENANCE: Rudy Holtz; Ray Kindle Collection; Martin Lane Collection; Greg Martin; Bobby W. Smith Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including both bbls, cyl & grip. Revolver may be unfired as the chambers of the matching numbered cyl and bores of both bbls retain strong orig blue and there is no pitting around the nipple recesses or on the orig nipples of this cylinder. Short bbl retains 25-30% orig blue, mostly in sheltered areas with the balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina with a few scattered spots of light surface rust, brilliant shiny bore. 12" bbl retains about 80% glossy orig blue mixed with flaked areas of medium patina and scattered spots of surface discoloration. Also has a brilliant shiny bore. Frame retains 30-40% glossy orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Cylinder retains about 25% orig blue on rear area and rear face, strong on the shoulder with the balance flaked to a medium patina and retains about 90% stagecoach holdup scene with sharp "COLT" in a panel. Tip of wedge spring of the short bbl is broken. Grip is sound with light nicks & dings and retains about 99% glossy orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Case is completely sound with usual light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains 90-95% strong orig varnish. Interior is moderately faded and lightly soiled and mostly intact. Charger is completely functional and retains about 70% orig polish on the copper body and about 75-80% orig gold wash on the various parts. Other accessories are fine with some minor light spots of surface rust on the iron parts. Mold handles are all sound and the capper is a medium mustard patina. Spare cyl is a medium brown patina with moderate pitting and retains traces of stagecoach holdup scene. This is an exceptional set in extraordinary condition suitable for the most advanced collector or museum collection and is unlikely to be encountered again any time soon. 4-36669 JR157
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