This is a wonderful example of an early Colt Lightning Revolver with the desirable etched panel. Original nickel plated finish with its fragile fire blued appointments almost completely intact. Standard checkered hard rubber grips with rampant Colt motif. Pre-1898 antique serial number is in the 68,000 range and was manufactured in 1888. Caliber .38 Colt with 4-1/2" Barrel and six-shot cylinder. All matching numbers and 100% original down to the smallest screw including its original bronze ejector spring.
Overall Condition grades easily to NRA Antique Excellent Plus with 98% original nickel finish on the frame, 97% nickel on the barrel with perfect etched panel. Ejector housing retains 97% original nickel plating. Cylinder retains 98% nickel finish with some minor spider veining but no flaking. Trigger guard has 97% original nickel. Backstrap appears to have not received a very good coat of nickel as in contrast to all the other parts, it has only 25% original nickel remaining. The screws, cylinder pin, and trigger retain nearly all of their original fire blue which ranges from a deep violet to an electric fire blue. Mechanics are in nice working order in both single and double action modes. Bore is nearly mint...bright and shiny with perfect lands and grooves. I can't say if this Colt is unfired but judging from the nearly perfect nickel on the front and rear face of the cylinder, it shows very little use. Checkered hard rubber grips are Fine+ overall with nice checkering and tight fit to the straps. There is one small chip on the bottom of the left panel which has been re-attached. Hardly noticeable. Otherwise, they're perfect. An exceptionally strong example of the Model 1877 Colt Lightning.