James, thankyou for your reply. I have to say I was a little suprised at such a low estimate but have absolutely no real ground to stand on in an arguement with you having never bought or sold one. As I said this gun will never come up for sale but I may have suggested a higher value based on what any Colt sells for here locally at an auction. However I will argue with you on the cold blue subject for two reasons. I know the family very well, three generations back. They ain't reblueing no guns. Also while I have little experience with antique Colts, I do alot of cold blueing. Old .22s and shotguns mostly but I do have an eye for it. Perhaps I could have posted a better picture but it is not my gun and well you know. Thanks again for your input. Do you think I was correct on the manufacture date?