Colt 1873 Single Action Army (SAA) or Peacemaker centrefire revolver, cal. .450 in Boxer., rifled round barrel 190 mm (7 1/2 inch) long with right hand side mounted ejector.

Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut. Serial number 50781, 1880.

Physical Description

Six chambered cylinder with standard length flutes, steel trigger guard, solid steel frame, steel back strap, wooden grips loose on frame, left hand grip chipped on front edge, right hand grip chipped on rear edge with central split, blade front sight, loading gate on right hand side. Knurling on hammer is framed in an inverted U. Right hand side backstrap screw missing. Two screws on left hand side frame not original, both screws securing triggerguard missing. Cylinder pin missing, ejector spring damaged. Barrel address is a Hartford-London address. Serial number 50781, loading gate is number 191, cylinder numeral stamp illegible and 'S'. Three-line patent stamping on L.H.side of frame. The partly obscurred stamping onto triggerguard L.H.side of 45 CAL/ B denotes the calibre as being .45 Boxer, a less powerful charge than .45 Colt. Overall poor condition.


This particular example is of interest because of its barrel address. Respected Colt historian, R.L. Wilson notes that 'A collector's prize is the S.A.A. made for the European market, with the London address barrell roll: COLT'S PT. F.A. MGG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A. DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON' (Wilson, 'Colt - An American Legend', 1985)

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