.44 caliber, 7.5" barrels. This lovely pair of deluxe Colt pistols is pictured in the July 1969 issue of the Texas Gun Collector and described as: "Deluxe Cased Pair of Colt 1860 Army Model percussion Pistols." Colt factory letter states that pair, serial numbers 171740 and 172025, were in the Colt Factory inventory February 28, 1868 and further states that this pair of pistols have been together since their manufacture in 1868. Both pistols are finished in an attractive combination of full silver plate on barrels, frames, back strap and triggerguard. Cylinder, hammer and trigger are finished in bright gilding. Loading lever finished in a combination of gilding and silver. All screws are nitre blue. Ivory grips with high relief and extremely well detailed carving of Mexican snake and eagle. All visible numbers are matching. These guns were later featured in an article about the owner S.P. Stevens in the 1971 Texas Arms Annual. Guns are cased in the most deluxe Colt factory casing with push on locks, brass bound corners and red paper outlining of the lid. Guns are cased in with spare cylinders finished in gold and are un-numbered.
Guns retain nearly all of their gold and silver finish. Cylinders retain all pin safeties. Screws retain their nitre blue. Grips rate very good with expected age cracks. One possible repaired crack on 71740. Spare cylinders retain nearly all of their original gilt finish with intact pin safeties and blue nipples. Silver-plated Colt's patent flask retains most of its darkened silver. Spring retains original blue. One dent on rear. Original Colt molds retain much original blue with some spotting. Two original Hazards cartridges for Colt's Army pistol. Two original bright blue nipple wrenches. Box of Eley caps retaining its paper label. Brass bound mahogany case rates excellent although red lining has faded to a beige color. TGCA S.P. Stevens ad included. A superb and most attractive set.