.45 caliber, 16" barrel, S/N 25922. Manufactured in 1876. This rare, early long barrel single action can be considered a pre-Buntline as the serial number is ca 3,000 numbers earlier than the Buntline specials which are in the serial number range of 28800-28830. 16" barrel is properly numbered 5922 and was one of the most prized guns in the collection of famous Texas collector and museum curator, Gaines De Graffenried and was written up in the September 1957 Gun Report Magazine as a “Brush Buntline” and featured on the cover. This revolver was sold at auction by Christie's New York on June 19th 2001 as lot 120 from the De Graffenried Estate with an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. Cylinder is numbered 5410, but matches in condition and patination. Barrel has early roll die address and frame with two-line patent dates, doughnut ejector rod and what appears to be the original walnut grips. Bore light examination of the bore indicates barrel is original length and has not been stretched. A rudimentary rear sight has been crudely added to the frame and a modern front sight placed in the dovetail in place of the original front sight. Gun is accompanied by what appears to be its original skeleton shoulder stock.
Provenance:Article was done By Rodger N. Conger in a 1957 Gun Report. And was in the collection of Gaines De Graffenried
Gun is an overall pleasing brown patina with clear markings. Doughnut ejector rod appears to be a later replacement. Ejector rod housing itself is possibly replaced. Markings are good and easily visible. Backstrap retains traces of bright original blue. Figured walnut grip with some original varnish and some considerable wear and flaking. Bore rates fair-to-good. Action is crisp, but requires some adjustment. A spectacular Colt revolver from the Custer era. Brass shoulder stock retains much original nickel finish with the expected blemishes.