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*Colt, Presentation 1861 Navy Model,

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.36 cal, s/n 6502, BP revolver, brl length 7.5", single action percussion, very good condition, Manufactured in 1862 the revolver is listed in the Colt Shipping Records in Book 2, page 113. It did not go directly to the Navy but is listed as Government proofed and sent to Kansas. It was apparently shipped in the standard configuration and was decorated and inscribed upon arrival or sometime later. Appears to have been gold washed or copper flashed for tin. Much evidence in protected areas and very thin otherwise. The back strap is engraved "Presented to Capt J. C. Febiger". Admiral John Carson Febiger entered the Navy as a Midshipman from Ohio in 1838 and was on the Concord of the Brazil Squadron when she was wrecked on the eastern coast of Africa in 1843. He became passed Midshipman in 1848 and Lieutenant in 1848. He was for some years in the Coast Survey Service and in the East Indian Squadron. In 1863 he was commissioned Commander and assigned to the Kanawha of the Watson Gulf Blockading Squadron. After commanding various vessels in that and the Mississippi Squadron he was assigned to the Matabeset of the North Atlantic Squadron in 1864 and in that steamer took part in the fight between the little fleet of wooden vessels and the Confederate Ram Albemarle in the Albemarle Sound. In this engagement the ram was defeated and her tender, the Bombshell captured and Febiger was commended for his gallantry and skill by Rear Admiral Lee. He was made Captain in 1868 and Commodore in 1874. He was promoted to Rear Admiral February 4, 1882 and July 1, 1882 was retired on his own application having been in the service over forty years. All information to be included with revolver. All serial numbers are matching with the barrel frame, trigger guard and backstrap having full numbers, the cylinder, wedge and cylinder pins all have the last three numbers present 502. markings appear as follows, "C" left side of barrel with an "O" just below trigger guard serial number. There is an "L" & "H" located just to the right of the serial number on the cylinder. The top of the barrel reads "-- ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA --" with some areas being light. Left side of frame is marked "COLTS/PATENT" in two lines with left side of trigger guard being marked "36CAL". The bore shows nice rifling with very light pitting in some areas having a blade front sight and smooth walnut grips showing little wear being slightly undersized. The naval engagement scene on the cylinder is faint in some areas but present with some freckling. The brass trigger guard and backstrap have a very nice patina with the backstrap having a slightly darker patina. The barrel and frame both show a few areas of light freckling. Fantastic example of a Government proofed presentation Colt revolver.

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*Colt, Presentation 1861 Navy Model,
*Colt, Presentation 1861 Navy Model,
Lot number: 21
Seller: Zettlemoyer Auction Co., LLC.
Event: Rare & Prototype Antique & Modern Firearms
Ends: Saturday, May 18 | 6:00 PM  Eastern

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