New York LETTERED Antique COLT 1883 SxS SHOTGUN
NY SHIPPED in 1887 with Damascus Barrels
Here we present an antique Colt Model 1883 Hammerless Double Barrel Shotgun in 12 Gauge, manufactured in Hartford, Connecticut in 1887. The Model 1883 was made from 1883 to 1895, with approximately 7,360 manufactured. These double barrel shotguns were often custom made to order and fitted with Damascus barrels from 28 to 32 inches in length. The Factory Letter included confirms the serial number, caliber, barrel length, finish, stock and its August 9, 1887 date of shipment to Hartley & Graham of New York, New York, as a single gun shipment. Schuyler, Hartley & Graham was the largest firearm dealer in the United States in 1860. Jacob Rutsen Schuyler (1816-1887), Marcellus Hartley (1828-1902) and Malcolm Graham (1832-1899) incorporated their company on March 1, 1854. In 1876 Schuyler retired from the company and by 1880 they changed the name to Hartley and Graham.
According to one source, “the Hammerless Model 1883 ranks among the best grade doubles produced in the entire American arms trade. The limited number completed and the great pains devoted to handling specific orders from often fussy shooters means that a considerable degree of quality and variety is evident in the Model 1883 series.”
The barrel address is “COLT’S PT F A MFG CO HARTFORD CT USA”. The underside of the frame is marked “PATENTED/AUG.22 SEPT.19 1882”.
The overall condition is near fine. The bores are shiny and bright! The action is strong for both triggers, and it feels even better peering down the Damascus barrels at the sight. There is chip off the toe of the butt plate as seen in the photo. The numbers all match, and the markings are clear. This is a great piece of history to display!
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Barrel is 30 inches.
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Length of Pull: 14-1/4 inches
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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