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SN 7754

One of the few pleasures of growing old after decades of collecting, buying and selling Colt Percussion Revolvers, is to find something in one of the major auctions that nobody understands.  This four inch barrel Colt Baby Dragoon was in one of the major auctions. It had been very carefully and professionally re-blued.  The re-blue was unusual in the care that was taken but nevertheless, the barrel, cylinder, frame and hammer had been re-blued.  The gun belonged to Elmer Keith, an early author and promoter of handgun techniques.  The auction house described the gun as a re-blued Baby Dragoon with later added engraving.  That is absolutely not the case.  This gun has the earliest form of factory engraving to be found on a Baby Dragoon.  It is in the correct serial number range and has an un-bordered engraving on the frame.  The backstrap, trigger guard and hammer are also factory engraved.  The gun has completely matching serial numbers to include backstrap, trigger guard, grips, frame, barrel, cylinder, cylinder pin and barrel wedge.  There are traces of the original cylinder scene on the cylinder and the barrel address is the correct variant for this serial number range.  Further, the forward portion of the trigger guard, above and below the serial number are sub-inspected with a "K" and a "Q".  The Tuller "T" is still to be found on the rear of the barrel and the right side rear of the trigger guard.  If you will go to the book by Jordan and Watt titled "Colt's Pocket 49 It's Evolution Including the Baby Dragoon and Wells Fargo" you will find a wealth of authenticating data about this pistol.  This gun has an unusually nice bore and a crisp, functioning action.  The big problem was, it had been re-blued, probably in the 1950's.  Even though it was unusually well done, very professional, I just don't like a re-blued gun.  I had the blue removed from the gun by a professional, stipulating that no buffing wheels, belt sanders, or files be used.  In other words, it has to be done carefully by hand, preserving all the original lines, edges and contours.  The results are a bright gun with very nice lines and edges.  Now I know that there are any number of restorers who can put a patina on this gun, but I believe that should be done by the person that buys it if they so choose.  It is an exceptionally nice, early factory engraved Baby Dragoon which is correct in every technical detail.  SOLD!!