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*Colt, Presentation 1851 Navy model,

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.36 cal., s/n 80476, BP revolver, brl length 7.5" , single action percussion, very good condition, Manufactured 1857 engraved in what appears theatre engraving "LT. COMDR. LEROY FITCH/S.S. CARONDELET" in two lines. Leroy Fitch was a member of the United States Naval Academy class of 1856 and served with great distinction in the American Civil War. In 1941, the destroyer USS Fitch (DD-462) was named in honor of Commander Fitch. It is of great note that the backstrap is engraved "S.S." and not U.S.S. whereby it is believed the Carondelet started life out as a steamship before becoming what was called a "Tin Clad". The USS Carondelet was a 512 ton Cairo class river gunboat and was built at Saint Louis for the U.S. Army's Western Gunboat Flotilla. Commissioned in January 1862, the ship quickly entered combat taking part in the captures of Fort Henry and Donelson in February 1862 and spent most of the following two years in a long campaign against Vicksburg and decommissioned in June of 1865. Fitch commanded a group of six small converted steamers on the Cumberland, Tennessee and Ohio rivers. With the fleet he contributed substantially to the pursuit and defeat of the rebel general John Hunt Morgan. The revolver has full matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, cylinder, triggerguard and back strap with the last four digits "0476" present on the loading lever, wedge and cylinder pin. The wedge has a broken spring with an "H" on the left side of the barrel just behind the wedge retaining screws, an "H" on the top of the cylinder pin, and a "C" just behind the serial number on the cylinder. The naval engagement scene on the cylinder is light in some areas but present. the top flat of the barrel is marked "--ADDRESS SAML COLT HARTFORD CT. -- G" in a single line with the left side of the frame being marked "COLTS/PATENT/U.S." in three lines depicting a marshally marked revolver. The bore shines bright with nice rifling showing only a small amount of pitting. The brass back strap and trigger guard both have a nice patina with the top of the back strap being marked with an "S" in the center and just behind the trigger guard bow showing only light handling marks. The smooth walnut grips show some light indentations and the brass post front sight shows slight deformation. All metal surfaces show a gray mottled patina with some light handling marks mostly right side barrel flat and just a few small areas of very light flash pitting. The revolver is accompanied by a binder containing a lot of information about Commander Leroy Fitch and the U. S. S. Carondelet including a photocopy of the engagement between it and the CSS Arkansas and information on the Destroyer class U. S. S. Fitch.

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 Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 6:00 PM  Eastern
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*Colt, Presentation 1851 Navy model,
*Colt, Presentation 1851 Navy model,
Lot number: 19
Seller: Zettlemoyer Auction Co., LLC.
Event: Rare & Prototype Antique & Modern Firearms
Ends: Saturday, May 18 | 6:00 PM  Eastern

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