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Colt Model of 1901 US Army

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by CountryGunsmith, Mar 2, 2003.

  1. CountryGunsmith

    CountryGunsmith New Member

    Jan 29, 2003
    Deep Piney Woods of East Texas
    Posts: 14
    (11/23/02 7:44:14 pm)
    Reply | Edit | Del All Clot 1901 US Army
    I'm looking at a Colt 1901 US Army Revolver, SN #138xxx, Nickel finish, 6" Bbl, wood grips, Overall condition is 60-70%

    Inspector's initial RAC

    How likely is it that the nickel finish is original? The markings on the top of the barrel seem a little faint like they have been buffed.

    Year os manufacture? Value?

    What was the inspector's name? I know I've seen a list somewhere of the inspector's names and when they served but I don't recall where it was.


    *TFF Senior Staff*
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    (11/24/02 9:08:39 am)
    Reply | Edit | Del Re: Clot 1901 US Army
    The Colt Army Models 1894, 1896, 1901, and 1903 were virtually the same gun. The calibre is .38 Colt (NOT .38 Special).

    The years of manufacture would be 1901 and 1902.

    RAC was Rinaldo A. Carr. He inspected .38 and .45 Revolvers, Pistols and Gatling Guns at Colt from 1889 to 1909. Since he was a military inspector, your M1901 was a military weapon and would've been blued, not nickel plated.

    I've seen M1901s with 90%+ finish priced at $500 to 650 (asking price)......yours with a worn aftermarket nickel finish would be worth a good deal less.

    Edited by: Xracer at: 11/24/02 9:10:01 am

    Posts: 15
    (11/24/02 9:21:40 am)
    Reply | Edit | Del Re: Clot 1901 US Army
    Thanks for the information.

    I guess that since this is the ultra rare "Clot" version, it should be worth a whole lot more

    *TFF Senior Staff*
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    (11/24/02 12:03:18 pm)
    Reply | Edit | Del Re: Clot 1901 US Army
    A little additional detail:

    Mr. Carr was a civilian employee of the Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts.

    Given military production at the time, he probably visited the Colt (or Clot) Factory only once a month.

    He would've taken the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad train from Springfield to Union Station in Hartford. He would have then boarded the Connecticut Co. trolley marked "Old State House". He would then have transferred to the trolley marked "Hyshope Ave. Via Wethersfield Ave" which world drop him off at the front door of the Colt (or Clot) Factory.

    He died in Holyoke, Mass. at 88 years of age from a blood colt (or clot).