This is near perfect example of a civilian Model 1889 Revolver made by Colt...well ALMOST. This was the very first American Double Action revolver with the swing-out cylinder and the Grandfather to all modern American DA revolvers made during the 20th century and up through today. Probably the most famous Model 1889 Revolver was the one that was carried by Teddy Roosevelt up Kettle and San Juan Hills during the Spanish American War. The gun was recovered from the wreck of the USS Maine and was a gift from a US Naval officer to Roosevelt. Roosevelt's gun was stolen from a museum in 1990 and just recently recovered. See the FBI website for more details and a photo.
This particular gun is almost identical to the one Roosevelt used. For starters, it has a low 4 digit serial number and was made in the year 1890; 2nd year production....very close to the early US Naval serial ranges...but a Civilian issue. True to the model 1889, it has a very smooth looking cylinder with long flutes as there are no milled cuts for cylinder stops located on the outer walls of the cylinder. It has the early 1884 and 1888 patent dates on the barrel, blued finish, and checkered hard rubber grips. Matching assembly numbers. Overall condition is NRA Antique Excellent+ with 95% bright shiny original blue remaining overall with fire trigger, hammer back, and screws. The grips are near perfect with sharp checkering with a small chip on the back corner of the left grip that has been glued back. The bore is Fine+. The action works. Its about as nice of an example of a Model 1889 Colt as you'll find with one exception. Apparently, some Rhodes Scholar decided to install target sights on this gun....otherwise, the gun is completely original and just about as perfect an 89 as you'll find. Without the sights, it would probably easily bring $1500 or more. If you can live with the target sights, here is a good opportunity for someone to own a beautiful example of this scarce revolver for half price. The best 1889 we've ever offered!