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Cased Colt Pocket Navy Percussion Revolver

Cased Colt Pocket Navy Percussion Revolver

Lot # 1 (Sale Order: 1 of 995)      

Very Fine, Near Excellent, Cased Colt Pocket Navy Percussion Revolver

Also known as the "Pocket Model of Navy Caliber," this model is based upon improved steels and the rebated cylinder design first used on Colt's Model 1860 Army revolvers and also used on the Model 1862 Police. These offered more fire power while still remaining the same size as the popular Model 1849 Pocket. This example is an exceptional find and appears to have hardly ever left its case since it was manufactured around 1862. It has the standard markings and features including all matching serial numbers. It comes in an English fitted hardwood case with lead balls and bullets, a Colt patent dual cavity bullet mold, cap tin, and double sided eagle powder flask.

Class: Antique

Very fine to excellent overall with 95% original glossy blue finish on the barrel, 30% original blue on the cylinder. Lack of blue on cylinder due to flaking, not wear. Smooth gray and brown patina where the finish has flaked, 90% plus of the vibrant original case colors on the frame as well as the hammer and loading lever, 25% original silver plating concentrated around the trigger guard bow and under the grip, dark aged patina on the brass, distinct markings and cylinder scene, and general light marks and scratches. The grip retains 95% plus of the glossy original varnish and has some minor pressure marks and scratches. Mechanically excellent. The case and accessories are good - very good and have mild storage wear including some repaired cracks in the case lid and re-glued interior partitions. This is one of the better standard Colt Pocket Navies we have ever brought to auction.

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Cased Engraved Colt Model 1855 Pocket Revolver with Carved Grip

Cased Engraved Colt Model 1855 Pocket Revolver with Carved Grip

Lot # 2 (Sale Order: 2 of 995)      

Factory Engraved Colt Model 1855 "Root" Percussion Pocket Revolver with Spectacular Mexican Eagle Relief Carved Grip

This Model 6A variation of the Colt Model 1855 was manufactured in 1866 and is particularly scarce in that it features factory vine style scroll engraving and a carved grip with raised relief golden eagle with a snake in its beak resting on a cactus based on the version of the Coat of Arms of Mexico used for most of the 19th century. Colt was no doubt particularly interested in cultivating the Mexican market following the Civil War given the tightening of the American gun market following the production and demand boom during the war. The matching serial number is on bottom of the barrel, cylinder, and butt, and the grip is numbered with the last three digits of the serial number in Roman numerals. An "E" for engraved is marked by the main serial number on the butt indicating the engraving is factory. It consists of the late vine scroll patterns and extends to the breech section of the barrel. The barrel also has a brass cone front sight and "ADDRESS COL. COLT/NEW-YORK U.S.A." The cylinder has the stagecoach hold up scene. It comes in a 19th century custom rosewood case with brass corner protectors and lid plaque inscribed "Amori Benson." The English style fitted interior contains several lead balls and conical bullets, a blued Colt patent bullet mold, single sided eagle pattern pocket powder flask, a rod, and an Eley cap tin. No detailed provenance is available to specifically indicate who Benson was or his connection with the revolver. The most well-documented man with this name from the period is physician, judge, and local politician Dr. Amori Benson (1799-1876) from Vermont (see "History of Bennington County, Vt" from 1899). Amori Benson Jr., the former's son, was born in 1823 and served as a policeman in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before moving to Maine.

Class: Antique

Fine overall. With 50% plus original blue finish on the frame and barrel, mostly gray patina on the balance, some mild oxidation/pitting, mostly visible cylinder scene, crisp markings and engraving, and mild overall wear. The grip has distinct carving, minor cracking at the heel on the left, some age cracks in the butt, and attractive natural aged tones. The barrel is loose, and the action does not lock up. The rare case is relined and in very good condition with mild storage type wear on the exterior and a fresh interior with minimal storage wear. The accessories are also very good and have mild storage and age related wear.

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Civil War Lt Col Hill Inscribed Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver

Civil War Lt Col Hill Inscribed Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver

Lot # 3 (Sale Order: 3 of 995)      

Exceptional Historic Documented Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver Inscribed to Lt. Colonel Joseph Hill, 45th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

Offered here is an outstanding piece of Civil War history: a commercial Colt Model 1851 Navy percussion revolver inscribed to a documented Union officer. Its condition alone makes this Model 1851 most desirable, but the addition of its historical significance places it in an elite category of Civil War arms collectors dream about owning. Manufactured in 1862, the revolver has the one-line New York barrel address, “COLTS/PATENT” stamped on the left side of the frame and naval battle scene on the cylinder. The barrel and cylinder have a high polish commercial blue finish, the hammer, frame and loading lever have vivid case colors, and the brass grip straps are plated in silver. Matching serial numbers are found on the barrel, frame, front grip strap, back strap, cylinder, loading lever and cylinder pin. The wedge is numbered to the gun (“27080”) but also has the number “8534.” The number “2” is stamped below or above the serial numbers found on the frame, barrel, trigger guard and back strap. The inscription on the back strap reads, “To Major Hill, 45th Regt. O.V.I” (Ohio Volunteer Infantry). Accompanying the revolver is extensive research related to Joseph Hill, Jr., the Civil War officer whose name is inscribed on the back strap. This research includes census records, military records and secondary source material that provide a vivid and well-documented biography of Joseph Hill (1824-1896). Hill, whose father was a War of 1812 veteran and a farmer, was born in Concord, Ohio, found steady work in the railroad business and listed his occupation as a civil engineer in the 1860 Census. In the mid-1850s, Ohio Governor Salmon P. Chase appointed Hill to his staff as a colonel in the Ohio State Militia. A major accomplishment under Chase’s tenure as governor (1855-1859) was the reorganization and strengthening of the state militia to which Hill certainly played a role in achieving. When the Civil War broke out, there was a pool of well-trained militiamen ready to join the Ohio Volunteers for the Union cause. In the spring of 1862, Hill was commissioned as a major in the 45th Ohio. Around this time, the revolver was likely obtained by Hill, possibly as a gift commemorating his commission. On November 16, 1862, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel. Hill was with the 45th when they participated in operations against Confederate forces in Kentucky from December 1862 through April 1863. In early December 1862, Hill commanded four companies of the 45th to guard Buckley’s Ferry on the Kentucky River. From February 18th to March 5th 1863, the 45th participated in operations against Colonel Roy Stuart Cluke’s Confederate forces. As a mounted regiment and brigaded with the 7th Ohio Cavalry and 10th Kentucky Cavalry, the 45th took part in operations against Confederate General John Pegram’s forces at Dutton’s Hill on March 30th. The 3-5 hour skirmish cost the 45th one killed and one wounded, but their efforts helped push Confederates back to the Cumberland River. Hill resigned his commission citing “private business” needing his “immediate attention” in a letter to Major General Burnside on April 11, 1863. His immediate commander wrote, “I know of no person who can fill Lt. Col. Hill’s place and I part with his services with regret. By his resignation the service loses a faithful and competent officer.” He was formally discharged on April 17, 1863. The 1870 Census shows Hill as a successful farmer in Urbana, Ohio. By then, he was the father of five children. Ten years later the 1880 census indicates Hill had moved his family to Logansport, Indiana, and had reentered the railroad business as his occupation was listed as superintendent for the Pittsburg, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad (also known as the Pan Handle Route). Written in 1881, “The History of Champaign County, Ohio” bestowed Hill with the following accolades, “Col. Joseph Hill, of Logansport, Ind., who for many years has been Superintendent of the Pan Handle Railroad, is a native of Concord Township. His aptness and ability as a civil engineer brought him into notoriety as a railroad man, hence the responsible position he occupies today. He controls over four hundred miles of railroad, and handles the rolling stock of the same with the same ease that characterized his early life.”

Class: Antique

Very fine. The barrel retains 75% plus original blue finish (most of the loss is on the right side likely from storage) and the cylinder retains 70% original blue finish with high edge wear and smooth brown patina on the balance. All of the cylinder scene remains. 90% vivid original case colors remain on the loading gate, hammer and frame. 20% original silver plating remains in and around the protected areas (heavier
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Colt London Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver in Case

Colt London Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver in Case

Lot # 4 (Sale Order: 4 of 995)      

Cased Colt London Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver with Accessories

Manufactured in 1854, the second year of production for the 1851 London Navy. The single line "ADDRESS. COL: COLT. LONDON" marking with flanking arrows is on top of the barrel, with the London "crown/V" and "crown/GP" proofs on the left side ahead of the wedge, "COLT'S/ PATENT" on the frame, and the roll engraved Texas Navy scene on the cylinder. Equipped with the iron back strap and trigger guard, which were only found on London guns during this period, and smooth one piece walnut grips. Matching numbers on the lever, barrel, frame, cylinder and grip straps. The case is unmarked, with a blank brass escutcheon on the lid, inlayed brass reinforcing bands, and a purple and white velvet lined French-cut interior with two lidded compartments, a "L" shaped tool, a Colt's Patent dual chamber mold marked "31PKt", brass powder flask decorated with the American eagle, flags and arms, key and a small box of Colt/Hazard combustible cartridges.

Class: Antique

Fine, with 40% of the original blue finish, showing a gray patina on the grip straps and cylinder and a mixed brown and gray on the barrel, with most of the bright blue in the protected areas. The frame has turned silver, with original color in, on and around the recoil shield. Grips are very good, with a few small chips, minor shrinkage and light pressure dents. The case is very good, with minor exterior wear and mild staining of the lining. Action is excellent.

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Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Lot # 5 (Sale Order: 5 of 995)      

Attractive Post-Civil War Commercial Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

This revolver was manufactured in 1866 for the commercial market. The classic Colt Model 1851 Navy remained popular into the late 19th century, particularly on the frontier, and was used Wild Bill Hickok and others even after the Colt Single Action Army was released. It has the standard markings and features.

Class: Antique

Fine with 60% plus original blue and 40% casehardened finish, aged patina on the grip straps, light gray and brown patina on the balance, minor edge wear and scratches, and distinct markings and cylinder scene. The grip is also fine and has moderate lower edge wear, glossy varnish, and some edge scrapes and numerous scattered dents on the butt. Mechanically fine.

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Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with Factory Letter

Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with Factory Letter

Lot # 6 (Sale Order: 6 of 995)      

Civilian Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with Scarce Four Screw Frame and Factory Letter

The accompanying factory letter lists this revolver with an 8 inch barrel in .44 caliber, blue and plated finishes and "wood" stocks when shipped to Colt's New York City office on September 3, 1862, as part of a 5 gun shipment. Factory records for Model 1860s are rarely found. This civilian marketed Model 1860 has a four screw frame cut for a shoulder stock, the one-line New York barrel address, "COLTS/PATENT" frame marking, naval cylinder scene and "44 CAL" on the left trigger guard shoulder. A number "2" is stamped above or below the matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, trigger guard and back strap. The cylinder, wedge and arbor pin are also numbered to the gun.

Class: Antique

Fine. The barrel retains 40% original polished blue finish with the balance a smooth brown-gray patina. 30% faded refinished blue finish remains on the cylinder with the balance a smooth dark brown patina and most of the scene remains. The back strap has a smooth dark gray patina. Traces of original case colors remain on the loading lever, frame and hammer. The trigger guard retains 90% plus original silver plating. The grip is very fine with scattered minor dings and scratches and retaining most of the original varnish. Mechanically excellent. A scarce documented civilian Model 1860 with four screw frame is a must have for the serious antique Colt collector.

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Civil War Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver

Civil War Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver

Lot # 7 (Sale Order: 7 of 995)      

Fine U.S. Contract Civil War Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver

Manufactured in 1862 with a "three-screw" frame cut for a shoulder stock, standard markings and sights, small single letter inspection marks, Orville W. Ainsworth "OWA" cartouche on the left side of the grip, and matching serial numbers aside from the wedge (21895).

Class: Antique

Fine with 30% original blue finish, 75% plus bright original case colors, gray and brown patina on the balance of the iron, some light oxidation and pitting, light aged patina on the brass, mostly distinct markings, and mild overall wear. The re-oiled grip is very good with clear cartouche, faint hand marked "13" on the upper left, and mild scratches and edge wear. Mechanically fine.

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G. Young Engraved Colt Millikin Dragoon Revolver

G. Young Engraved Colt Millikin Dragoon Revolver

Lot # 8 (Sale Order: 8 of 995)      

Incredibly Historic and Well-Documented Iconic Gustave Young Master Engraved Cased Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver with Inscribed Grip Strap, Known as "The Millikin Dragoon"

The Millikin Dragoon is a virtual superstar even amongst an elite category of antique firearms recognized by the collector fraternity by its nickname and, in the words of noted Colt historian R.L. Wilson, is “one of the classics of Colt collecting.” It is a type of revolver with an unprecedented level of historical pedigree, ownership pedigree, artistic merit and condition that collectors usually can only fantasize about owning. A one gun tour de force which transcends fine arms collecting in way that it has the ability to instantaneously reveals itself as fine art, a steel canvas by definition. This historic revolver (serial number 16477) falls into a known serial number range of presentation grade Dragoons. These sister revolvers include serial numbers 16474 and 16476, a matched pair, no presentation, shipped by Colt in April 1864, recipient unknown (Lee Collection); 16480, 16481, and 16482 which were presented by Samuel Colt to Russian Czar Alexander II and his two brothers (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg Russia); 16461 which was presented by Samuel Colt to his chief engineer E.K. Root (Autry Museum of the American West, Studio City California) ; and 16467 which was presented by Colt employees to Secretary of War John B. Floyd (whereabouts unknown, condition is reported "fair"). Manufactured in 1857, this revolver showcases Gustave Young’s abilities on an unrivalled surface and combination of finishes. The profuse engraving consists of Young’s signature tight and immaculate floral scrollwork featured on all major components. Note the engraving extends to the rear of the cylinder, a flourishment reserved for only the most important presentation specimens. Amongst the scrollwork is an eagle head and dog head on the barrel lug, a dog head on the frame and a wolf head on the hammer. The screw heads and barrel wedge are also engraved. Young’s attention to detail is astonishing. The Colt barrel address (“ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY”) and frame marking (“COLT/PATENT”) are hand engraved rather than the standard roll die impression. The inscription, which is flanked by scrollwork at each end, appears on the silver plated back strap. The inscription reads “Colonel P.M. Milliken.” The misspelling of the surname “Millikin” was an engraver’s error. The cylinder has the Ranger and Indian scene, and the left side of the trigger is marked with the letters “V” and “M.” Matching numbers are found on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, loading lever and wedge, and the cylinder pin is unnumbered. The revolver originally belonged to a heroic Union Army officer, Colonel John Minor Millikin, Jr. (1834-1862) of the 1st Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. The colonel went by his middle name Minor, and before the Civil War, he attended Harvard Law School, worked for his father's former law partner for a short time, married his college sweetheart, and co-owned the Hamilton Intelligencer Newspaper. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Minor assisted in outfitting the Captain Burdsall's Cincinnati Company with horses and saddles and helped to recruit men for the regiment. He started his war service as a sergeant, then lieutenant and was promoted to major in the 1st Ohio Volunteer Cavalry after several months of war. In 1862 he was promoted to the rank of colonel. On December 31,1862, Minor was killed in action while leading a saber charge against Confederate forces at Stones River near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Cited for gallantry by General Rosecrans, and noted in the field report of General John A Wharton, CSA- “Colonel Milliken was killed by private John Bowers, Company K, Texas Rangers, in single Combat”. Fought from December 31, 1862, to January 2, 1863, the Battle of Stones River or the Second Battle of Murfreesboro was a Union victory which deterred the Confederacy from controlling Middle Tennessee. Minor along with a small group of his men became cut off from the rest of the regiment but refused to surrender to the rebel cavalry. The fight evolved into hand to hand combat. Minor was killed by a Texas Rangers private, John Bowers, who, from a distance, shot the colonel in the neck. For his actions and ultimate sacrifice, Minor was cited for gallantry. Minor's college friend and future New York Times editor Whitlaw Reid eulogized the fallen colonel, stating with great pride "I cannot feel that I have done justice to the memory of my dead friend, without adding the conviction that by no single blow during the war did the Country lose, among her younger officers, one braver, more devoted, more unselfish, more cultured, purer in character, or loftier in honorable ambition...he was in some respects of too sensitive and peculi
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Scarce U.S. Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Scarce U.S. Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Lot # 9 (Sale Order: 9 of 995)      

Scarce U.S. Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

This is a nice example of a scarce U.S. Colt First Model Dragoon Revolver that was manufactured in 1849. The revolver has the distinctive First Model oval cylinder stops and brass square back trigger guard. The top of the barrel flat is marked: "{ADDRESS SAMl COLT NEW-YORK CITY}" reading from the breech to the muzzle. The left side of the frame is marked "COLT'S/PATENT/U.S.". The cylinder is roll engraved with the Ranger and Indian fight scene as well as the standard markings and serial number. There is a small inspection letter "K" on the cylinder, left side of the frame, top rear of the barrel and top of the back strap, an "A" on the trigger guard and a "G" on the left side of the loading lever. The complete matching serial number is marked on the barrel, frame, cylinder, trigger guard, cylinder and back strap, with the partial number "748" on the loading lever and cylinder pin. The wedge is mis-matched (881). The revolver is fitted with smooth one-piece walnut grip with clear boxed "WAT" cartouche on each side. Colt manufactured approximately 5,000 First Model Dragoons.

Class: Antique

Very good. The metal surfaces now have a smooth mottled brown patina with scattered traces of blue finish on the cylinder. The brass has a natural aged patina. The marking on the cylinder is fine with the scene being 50% visible. The barrel marking is sharp, and the frame marking is fading in places, but mostly clear. The grip is good with a chip on the left toe, wear on the lower edges, a few minor dents and clear restamped cartouches. The action is excellent. A solid example of a scarce and desirable U.S. First Model Dragoon.

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U.S.N. Colt Richards-Mason Model 1851 Navy Revolver

U.S.N. Colt Richards-Mason Model 1851 Navy Revolver

Lot # 10 (Sale Order: 10 of 995)      

U.S.N. Colt Richards-Mason Cartridge Conversion Model 1851 Navy Revolver

Manufactured in 1856 and almost certainly seen use during the Civil War. After the war, it was returned to Colt and converted for use with .38 centerfire ammunition for the U.S. Navy using the Richards-Mason system. The top of the barrel has the one-line New York City address, and the bottom has "R. W. M. [anchor]." markings of Commander Richard W. Meade of the U.S. Navy. An additional "U S N." mark is found on the butt. The frame has the two-line 1871 and 1872 patent marking and traces of the original "COLT/PATENT/US" marking. The matching full serial number is on the major parts aside from the cylinder which is numbered "4060" on the side and "12" and "61" on the rear face. The grip has "C. B." in large letters carved and filled in on the right side. "628" is marked on the loading gate.

Class: Antique

Fair. The revolver has an overall dark artificial brown patina over patches of mild pitting and various minor marks. The refinished grip is fair as crudely repaired and has chips at the toe, some fill absent from the "C. B." marking, mild scratches, and a splice or repaired pieced wood with visible crack on the left heel. The action is mechanically fine, and the markings are mostly clear.

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Civil War U.S. Contract Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver

Civil War U.S. Contract Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver

Lot # 11 (Sale Order: 11 of 995)      

Fine Civil War U.S. Contract Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver

The Colt Model 1860 Army was the primary handgun of the Union Army during the Civil War. Over 125,000 were delivered before the famous fire at the Colt factory in February 1864. This one was manufactured in 1863 under contract with the U.S. Ordnance Department with a German silver blade front sight, the "NEW-YORK" address, standard patent markings and cylinder scene, hammer notch rear sight, three-screw frame and back strap cut for a shoulder stock, cartouches on each side of the grip, and matching serial numbers.

Class: Antique

Fine overall with 60% plus original bright case colors, 40% original blue finish concentrated on the sides of the barrel at the breech, fairly bright front strap/trigger guard with some light aged patina, minor pitting at the muzzle, smooth gray and brown patina on the balance, crisp markings and cylinder scene, and some minor dents and scratches on the otherwise fine grip. Mechanically fine.

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U.S. Inspected Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

U.S. Inspected Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Lot # 12 (Sale Order: 12 of 995)      

U.S. Inspected Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

This revolver was manufactured in 1857 and has "U.S." under the "COLTS/PATENT" marking on the left side of the frame, small single letter inspection marks throughout, and "CGC" (left) and a second illegible cartouche (right) on the moderately worn grip indicating it was inspected as part of Colt's contracts with the U.S. Ordnance Department. In addition, it has a cone front sight, "-ADDRESS SAML COLT HARTFORD CT.-" on top of the barrel, standard cylinder scene and patent marking, hammer notch rear sight, some hand scratched markings including an "R" on the butt, and all matching partial or full serial numbers, including in the back strap mortise of the grip.

Class: Antique

Very good plus overall with strong traces of original blue finish mainly on the bottom of the barrel, patterns of original case colors, attractively aged patina on the brass, mostly brown patina on the balance, light oxidation/pitting, some nicks and marks scattered throughout, mild edge wear, small chip at the toe on the left grip, and overall wear consistent with military use. Mechanically fine.

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Engraved/Inscribed Colt 1862 Police with Mexican Eagle Grip

Engraved/Inscribed Colt 1862 Police with Mexican Eagle Grip

Lot # 13 (Sale Order: 13 of 995)      

Historic New York Engraved Cased Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver with Relief Carved Mexican Eagle Grip and Inscribed to Mexican Army General Mariano Escobedo

Manufactured in 1866. The revolver features an extensive, well-executed period New York style engraving consisting of floral scrollwork on a punch dot background, including near full coverage on the loading lever. A wolf head is engraved on the hammer. The back strap is inscribed with the initials "ME." The front strap is inscribed "General M. Escobedo." The barrel has the one-line Hartford address, and the left side of the frame is stamped "COLTS/PATENT." "M.N." is stamped between two cylinder stops. The grip features a relief carved Mexican eagle on the left side. Comes with a partitioned case containing a single eagle face powder flask, "L" combination tool, "COLTS/PATENT" marked bullet mold, Eley percussion cap tin, lead rounds, and package of combustible envelope New Model cartridges. This revolver was featured in the September 1945 Gimbel Brothers Department Store New York catalog. It came from an unnamed famous collection of percussion Colts that was gathered in Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s. The Escobedo 1862 Police is pictured prominently on Plate 1-Number 8 and was listed for the stunning retail price of $349.00 This interesting and important early Colt catalog is included with the revolver. Mariano Escobedo (1826-1902) was a Mexican Army general and statesman. During the Revolution of Ayutla (1 March 1854-12 August 1855), Escobedo fought along side the liberals that toppled the dictatorship of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. In May 1862, he fought in the Battle of Puebla and due to his bravery was promoted to colonel of cavalry. He was later promoted to general, and in 1867 during the Second French Intervention in Mexico, he organized an army corps which fought French invading troops. The French were defeated and Emperor Maximilian and two of his top generals were captured and executed under the command of General Escobedo. General Escobedo served in several political positions in the government including governor of several Mexican states, served as Secretary of War and as President of the Mexican Military Supreme Court. The International Airport in Mexico City is named the General Mariano Escobedo Airport for his prominence in Mexican history. However, the dream of a fully restored Mexican liberal democracy was short lived. General Porfirio Diaz sized power through a coup 1876, and Escobedo was exiled to the United States where he organized an uprising against Diaz. He was unsuccessful as Diaz and his allies ruled Mexico for the next 35 years. Although imprisoned for conspiring against Diaz, Escobedo surprisingly eventually joined the government he once planed to overthrow.

Class: Antique

Very good. An area of blue finish remains on the barrel lug and patterns of case colors remain on the frame, otherwise the revolver has a smooth gray patina. The grip straps retain 40% of the silver plating. The engraving is crisp. The grip is fine with typical age cracking on the bottom, minor handling marks and dark yellow aged appearance. The relined case is fine showing minor handling/storage marks and some worn lining. A beautifully engraved Model 1862 Police Revolver inscribed to an impressive Mexican Army general and patriot Mariano Escobedo that will make a great addition to any antique Colt collection.

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New York Engraved Colt Model 1861 Navy Percussion Revolver

New York Engraved Colt Model 1861 Navy Percussion Revolver

Lot # 14 (Sale Order: 14 of 995)      

New York Engraved Colt Model 1861 Navy Percussion Revolver

Manufactured in 1864. The revolver features the New York style scroll engraving on a punched dot background that appears to have been executed by Master Engraver Louis D. Nimschke or his shop. In addition to the scrollwork, the revolver is engraved with Nimschke's characteristic "fish fin" motif on the back strap behind the hammer, entwined lines on the bottom of the back strap and wavy line and dot borders on the edges of the trigger guard. The sides of the hammer feature a wolf's head motif. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the legend: "-ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-" in a panel formed by scrollwork. The "COLTS/PATENT" marking is located on a oval the left side of the frame with engraved flourishes above and below the marking. "36 CAL" is stamped on the left trigger guard flat and surrounded by scroll engraving. The cylinder is roll-engraved with the Texas Navy battle scene with hand engraved wavy line and dot borders. The full serial number "24534" is stamped on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and back strap. The cylinder arbor pin is stamped with the partial serial number "4534", and the wedge and cylinder are numbered "534". All of the serial numbers match. The letter "P" is stamped on the inside of the recoil shield below the capping cut-out. A "C" is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder.

Class: Antique

Very good. The revolver is mostly bright finish with some minor, scattered surface discoloration on the barrel and the cylinder. The trigger guard has traces of the original silver-plated finish in protected areas. The cylinder has 95% of the roll-engraved naval scene. The engraving is crisp and deep, and the factory markings and serial numbers are sharp. The percussion nipples and cylinder breech have traces of flash pitting. All of the safety pins remain solid. The grip is in fine condition and has a mellow age patina and slight shrinkage. There are two hairline age cracks visible on the bottom of the grip. The action is crisp and functions perfectly. This is a very good example of an L.D. Nimschke engraved Colt Model 1861 Navy revolver.

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Cased G. Young Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

Cased G. Young Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

Lot # 15 (Sale Order: 15 of 995)      

Stunning Factory Gustave Young Presentation Grade Engraved and Cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Factory engraved and cased Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver manufactured c.1856. The revolver features deluxe, Germanic scroll engraving on a punch-dot background. The barrel, loading lever, frame, hammer, trigger guard, back strap, wedge and screw heads are all engraved. A fox or wolf head is concealed in the scrollwork on the left side of the barrel lug, and the sides of the hammer are engraved with a wolf head motif and has three dots. The engraving is almost certainly the work of Gustave Young. An apostrophe stamped either above or below the serial number on the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and back strap indicates those components were designated by the Colt factory for engraving or special finish. The top barrel flat is engraved "Small Colt" in Old English letters surrounded by a flowing double line border with flourishes at either end. "COLTS/PATENT" is engraved in an arch on the left side of the frame contained in a panel created by scrollwork. The five-shot cylinder is roll-engraved with the Stagecoach Holdup scene and "COLTS PATENT". The full serial number is stamped on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard, back strap and side of the cylinder. The loading lever is stamped with the partial serial number "7593". All of the visible serial numbers match. The barrel and cylinder have the Colt high polish blue finish. The loading lever, frame and hammer are color casehardened. The trigger is niter blue. The brass frame and back strap are silver-plated, and the revolver has a one-piece grip. A nearly identical factory cased and engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver, serial number 138568, is illustrated and described on page 104 of "The Colt Engraving Book, Volume One" by R.L. Wilson. The revolver is contained in a mahogany American style case. The case has five compartments and is lined with blue velvet. The case contains: (1) 100 count Eley Brothers percussion cap tin with green label, (2) straight leg brass double cavity bullet mold stamped: "COLTS/PATENT' across the top of the block, (3) sealed wooden block packet of six Hazard's "Combustible Envelope Cartridges for COL. COLTS Patent REVOLVING POCKET PISTOL", (4) pocket pistol powder flask with fixed charger embossed on one side with "COLTS/PATENT", stars, eagle and shield motif, crossed revolvers and "E.PLURIBUS. UNUM" in a ribbon" and (5) L-shaped combination screw-driver and nipple wrench.

Class: Antique

Excellent. This revolver is all original. The barrel has 95% of the bright original high polish blue finish with some slight flaking on the left side of the barrel at the muzzle. The cylinder shows more flaking and retains 80% plus of the blue finish and all of the original stagecoach scene. All of the cylinder pins remain. The loading lever, frame and hammer have 97% of the case colors with minimal fading. The trigger guard and back strap retain 95% plus of the delicate silver-plated finish. The scroll engraving, hand-engraved Colt markings, serial numbers and roll-engraving on the cylinder are all extremely sharp. The finely grained grip is in excellent condition with an attractively aged patina. The action functions perfectly. The case exterior is very fine overall condition; the finish has dulled slightly with age and has a few minor handling marks. The blue velvet lining is bright clean and shows only light compression marks from contact with the revolver cylinder and some minor tears in the fabric from contact with the front sight cone and hammer spur. The cap tin retains most of the original caps and has a good label. The bullet mold is in very fine-excellent condition and shows very little wear. The cartridge packet is un-opened and in excellent overall condition. The power flask is in very fine overall condition and retains 80% of the brown lacquer finish on the body and gold-plated finish on the top and charger. Most of the fire blue finish is present on the flask spring. The embossed markings on the flask body are sharp, and the body has only one tiny dent in the side. The combination screw-driver/nipple wrench is in excellent condition and has most of the fire blue finish. This revolver has a truly stunning appearance and is a great example of the craftsmanship displayed on engraved Colt percussion revolvers.

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Cased Engraved, Gold & Silver Plated Colt 1851 Navy Revolver

Cased Engraved, Gold & Silver Plated Colt 1851 Navy Revolver

Lot # 16 (Sale Order: 16 of 995)      

Cased and Factory Engraved, Gold and Silver-Plated Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver with Relief Carved Grip

Deluxe, engraved, Colt Fourth Model 1851 Navy revolver manufactured c. 1866. This revolver has a silver-plated barrel, frame, trigger guard and back strap with gold-plated loading lever, cylinder and hammer. The revolver has a highly detailed, relief-carved grip that features the Mexican Eagle and Serpent motif on the left side. The right side of the grip is decorated with an arrow-head composed of carved dots and line borders. The revolver is engraved with what R.L. Wilson identified as "Colt Late Percussion Vine Scrollwork". The intaglio, single line, engraving features well-formed scrollwork. The sides of the barrel lug are engraved with an S-curve motif with berry fill-in. This device has been noted on Model 1866 Winchesters engraved by the Ulrich brothers. The engraving on this revolver was probably executed by Herman Ulrich who engraved at Colt from 1862-1871. A cased Model 1860 Army revolver with very similar engraving and a gold and silver-plated finish is illustrated on page 148 of "THE BOOK OF COLT ENGRAVING" by R.L. Wilson. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped: "-ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-" in a single line surrounded by a scalloped border with engraved scrollwork on the muzzle end. "COLTS/PATENT" is roll-stamped on the left side of the frame in a scrollwork panel. The cylinder is roll-engraved with the Texas Navy battle scene and COLTS PATENT. The hammer has the late bordered knurling on the spur and is engraved with a hound's head motif. The full serial number, "199552" is stamped on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number "9552" is stamped on the cylinder. The loading lever is not numbered. All of the visible serial numbers match. The engraved components are not stamped with the single letter mark used by Colt on many pistols to designate parts intended for engraving or special finish. The revolver is complete with a mahogany case with inlaid brass shield on the lid. The case has five compartments and is lined with crimson velvet. The case contains: (1) 250 count tin of Ely percussion caps with green paper label and blue paper wrapper, (2) silver-plated, .36 caliber, double cavity, straight leg bullet mold marked "COLTS/PATENT" on the sprue cutter and "W" on the right block, (3) silver-plated American Flask & Cap Co. "Coat of Arms" pattern powder flask with fixed charger, (4) packet of six Colt's Combustible Envelope Cartridges, (5) silver-plated, L-shaped combination screw-driver/nipple wrench and (6) assorted .36 caliber lead balls and conical bullets.

Class: Antique

Very good. The silver components on the revolver were period re-plated and retain over 90% of the silver-plated finish with smooth surfaces, crisp engraving and sharp markings. The loading lever, cylinder and hammer have about 60% of the original delicate gold-plated finish intact with scattered flaking and high point wear. The percussion nipples and rear face of the cylinder show moderate flash pitting. The cylinder safety pins are battered. The action is tight and functions well. The highly detailed, relief carving on the grip remains extremely sharp. The grip has an attractive yellow patina with typical age cracks. The case exterior is in very good condition with a few insignificant dents and scratches. The relined interior is in very good overall condition with slight fading. Wear is limited to some minor tears in the lining from contact with the hammer and front sight and compression marks from the revolver cylinder. The powder flask, bullet mold and screw-driver all retain 95% of the silver-plated finish and are in excellent condition. The cartridge packet and cap tin are in very good condition. This is a good-looking example of a factory cased, gold and silver-plated Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver with relief carved grip.

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Cased Factory Engraved Colt Squareback Model 1851 Navy Revolver

Cased Factory Engraved Colt Squareback Model 1851 Navy Revolver

Lot # 17 (Sale Order: 17 of 995)      

Rare Exhibition Quality Factory Engraved Colt Squareback Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver with Case

This scarce factory engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver was manufactured in 1851, the second year of production. The engraving consists of broad leaf scrollwork accented with border designs, cross hatching, and shell patterns. A patriotic motif is engraved on the recoil shield, a shield is engraved on the trigger guard, and a wolf head is engraved on the hammer. "COLT'S/PATENT" is engraved inside a flowing banner on the right side of the frame. This marking is commonly located on the left side of the frame. The cylinder has the roll engraved naval scene. The top of the barrel has the one-line New York City address accented with engraved embellishments. It has the standard features for the Second Model which has the wedge under the screw unlike the First Model and retains the squareback trigger guard of the First Model. Only approximately 3,000 of these revolvers are estimated to have been manufactured given the serial number range of 1250-4200 includes some of the early Third Model revolvers. Matching serial numbers are found on the frame, barrel, trigger guard, back strap, loading lever, wedge, and cylinder pin. A factory "*" reserved for special finishing and engraving is marked above or below most the main serial numbers. Fitted with a burled walnut grip. The partitioned case contains lead rounds, W&C Eley cap tin for Colt model arms, correct early pattern "COLTS/PATENT" marked brass bullet mold, "L" shaped combination tool and patriotic motif double face "COLTS/PATENT" marked powder flask.

Class: Antique

Very good plus. Some areas of original blue finish remain on the protected areas of the barrel and some silvered out original case colors remain on the frame, otherwise the revolver has a smooth brown-gray patina. Nearly all of the cylinder scene remains. The engraving is crisp. The grip straps retain 80% original silver plating. The grip is fine with a hairline crack and numerous tiny dings on the bottom, otherwise some minor handling marks and retaining much of the original finish. Mechanically excellent. The case is very good with numerous handling/storage marks on the exterior and fading and wear on the lining. A rare early production Colt Squareback Model 1851 Navy Revolver with the added bonus of being factory engraved that will make a great addition to any antique Colt collection.

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U.S. Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

U.S. Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Lot # 18 (Sale Order: 18 of 995)      

U.S. Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver with Desirable "U.S. Dragoons" Roll Marked Cylinder

Approximately 7,000 First Model Colt Dragoons were manufactured. Most of these were marked "MODEL U.S.M.R." (U.S. Mounted Riflemen), but an undetermined small quantity were marked "U.S. DRAGOONS" like this example which was manufactured in 1849, the same year the 1st U.S. Dragoons engaged the Pawnee in multiple battles along the Oregon Trail and the 2nd U.S. Dragoons established Fort Worth. The U.S. Dragoons served in multiple posts on the western frontier in this era and remained loyal to the Union at the outbreak of the Civil War. The barrel has a German silver front sight blade and "{ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY}" on top. The cylinder has the Texas Ranger and Indian fight scene, the noted "U.S. DRAGOONS" marking, "COLTS PATENT," and the distinctive oval cylinder stops that identify the 1st Model Dragoons. The left side of the frame is marked "COLT'S/PATENT/U.S." The trigger guard has the distinctive squareback profile used on early Colt revolvers beginning with the Colt Walker. The grip has a faint outline of a cartouche on the right, and several components have small single letter inspection marks. The wedge is numbered "196" and "914." The matching partial or full serial number is marked on the barrel, loading lever, cylinder pin, cylinder, frame, trigger guard, back strap, and grip in the back strap mortise. "100" is lightly marked in the patina on the butt.

Class: Antique

Very good plus. The barrel retains strong traces of original blue finish around the wedge and in some of the other protected areas. The loading lever retains case colors on the rear above the hinge, and the frame and hammer have subtle original case colors. The grip strap have attractive aged patina. The remaining surfaces have mostly an attractive, untouched smooth brown patina. There is some light pitting and oxidation. The grip is very good and has some dings and scratches, small chips at the toe, traces of the cartouche on the right, and mild edge wear. Mechanically excellent. This is a very solid example of the historic Colt First Model Dragoon revolvers that features the less common U.S. Dragoons marking.

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Engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Lot # 19 (Sale Order: 19 of 995)      

Desirable Factory Engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver with Documentation

This scarce factory engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver was manufactured in 1860. The included letter from Historical Investment Arms lists this revolver as factory engraved by Gustave Young and as completely original. The letter also notes that this revolver is consecutively numbered with the presentation Colt Model 1851 Navy owned by Benito Juarez who was President of Mexico 1867-1872 and concludes "We may responsibly conclude that both Navys were together originally either double cased or not cased at all. Destiny sent them on two different paths. Navy SN 93348 was found in Mexico many years ago with no documentable provenance. It was in private hands in Texas until 1996." See pages 80-83 of "Colt Pistols: 1836-1976" by Wilson and Hable for images of the Juarez Navy which has similar, but not exactly matching, engraving patterns and has carved grips with an inscription to President Juarez from Sebastian Lerdo de Tejada, one of his cabinet members and his successor as president. The engraving consists of highly detailed acanthus scrollwork accents by border designs, floral blooms, shell patterns, and punched backgrounds. The hammer has the popular wolf head motif. The revolver also features a dovetailed blade front sight, "-ADDRESS SAML COLT HARTFORD CT.-" on top of the barrel, "COLTS PATENT No 93348" on the side of the cylinder, all matching visible serial numbers elsewhere, "I" marking above or below most of the main serial numbers, hand cut "COLTS/PATENT" marking on the left side of the frame, standard hammer notch rear sight, and smooth grip.

Class: Antique

Very good with strong original silver plating in the protected areas, aged patinas on the remaining silver and the exposed brass, dark brown patina on the balance, oxidation and pitting concentrated primarily on the rear of the cylinder and hammer face, light edge wear, and generally distinct markings and engraving. The somewhat shrunken grip is also fine and has attractive natural tones appropriate with the age, some stable cracks, and a chip on the right at the heel. Mechanically fine. Overall, this is a very interesting factory engraved Colt found in Mexico and possibly part of a set owned by Mexican presidents Benito Juarez and/or Sebastian Lerdo de Tejada.

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Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Lot # 20 (Sale Order: 20 of 995)      

Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

This Colt Third Model Dragoon revolver was manufactured c. 1855. This commercial production revolver has the combination of rectangular cylinder bolt stops and rounded trigger guard which identify it as a Third Model Dragoon revolver. The brass trigger guard and back strap show traces of the silver-plated finish found on commercial production Colt Dragoon revolvers. The part-round/part-octagon barrel has a nickel-silver front sight blade and the top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the legend: "ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY" reading toward the breech. The six-shot cylinder is roll-engraved with the Ranger and Indian fight scene and "MODEL U.S.M.R/COLTS PATENT" on either side of the serial number. "COLTS/PATENT is stamped in two lines on the left side of the frame. The full serial number is stamped on the: (1) bottom of the barrel lug, (2) cylinder, (3) bottom of the frame, (4) trigger guard and (5) back strap. The partial serial number "4152" is stamped on the loading lever, wedge and cylinder pin. All of the visible serial numbers match. The number "2" is stamped on the cylinder behind the serial number and an "R" inspection mark is stamped on the rear face of the cylinder. The revolver originally had the Colt commercial blue finish on the barrel and cylinder with casehardened loading lever, frame and hammer and silver-plating on the trigger guard and back strap. The one piece walnut grip has the original varnish finish. The massive, hard hitting, Colt Dragoon revolvers were popular with both soldiers and civilians on the frontier in the years before the Civil War.

Class: Antique

Very good. The barrel, loading lever, cylinder, frame, and hammer have a mottled silver-gray patina. The barrel, frame, and hammer have scattered age spotting. The cylinder retains most of the roll-engraved scene with clear "U.S.M.R./COLT'S PATENT" markings. All of the cylinder safety pins remain intact and the percussion nipples and rear face of the cylinder show light-moderate flash pitting. The brass trigger guard and back strap have an attractive age patina with traces of the original silver-plated finish visible in protected areas. The walnut grip remains in very good condition with at least 80% of the original varnish and scattered minor handling marks. The action is tight and functions fine. Colt civilian and military Dragoon revolvers saw hard service on the pre-Civil War frontier and are rarely found with any original finish intact. This revolver shows expected handling wear but remains in much better than average condition for a Colt Dragoon revolver. This is a good-looking Colt Third Model Dragoon that would enhance any collection of Colt firearms.

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Colt Civilian 1860 Army with Holster

Colt Civilian 1860 Army with Holster

Lot # 21 (Sale Order: 21 of 995)      

Colt Civilian Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with Tooled Leather Slim Jim Holster

Manufactured in 1868. The revolver has the one-line New York address on top of the barrel, the standard naval battle scene on the cylinder, "COLTS/PATENT" on the left side of the frame, "44 CAL." on the left trigger guard shoulder and a one piece grip. Matching numbers are found on the frame, barrel, trigger guard, back strap, and arbor pin. The wedge is un-numbered. Comes with an open toe leather holster. Though metallic cartridges became more widely available after the Civil War, percussion revolvers remained popular even after the Colt Single Action Army was introduced.

Class: Antique

Fine. The revolver retains 30% plus original blue finish (strongest on the barrel) with strong patterns of original case colors, mostly visible in the protected areas, otherwise a smooth brown patina. Nearly all of the cylinder scene remains. The trigger guard retains heavy traces of aged darkened original silver in the protected areas. The grip is very fine with a long scratch (left side) and some minor pressure dents and scratches. Most of the original varnish remains. Mechanically excellent. The holster is fair with modified belt loop.

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Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1855 Root Pocket Revolver

Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1855 Root Pocket Revolver

Lot # 22 (Sale Order: 22 of 995)      

Fine Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1855 Root Pocket Revolver

This is a very fine example of a rare factory engraved Colt Root Pocket Revolver that was manufactured in 1861. The revolver features floral scroll and punch dot engraving on the rear sides and upper flats of the barrel, loading lever, frame, hammer sides, and upper and lower (including the butt) of the back strap. The top of the hammer is decorated with a fish scale motif. The top of the barrel is marked with "COLT'S PATENT/1855" and "ADDRESS COL.COLT/HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." flanked by Maltese crosses. The matching serial number is marked on the butt in a banner, on the cylinder and on the bottom barrel flat. Behind the barrel serial number is the letter "H". The cylinder is roll engraved with the cabin and Indian fight scene and is marked "COLT'S PATENT/26484" and "PATENTED SEPT 10th 1850". Post front and frame notch rear sights, all blue finish and fitted with a smooth one-piece grip. The revolver comes in a rosewood case with five compartments with wine colored velvet lining. In the case is a lacquer stars over eagle/shield over crossed revolvers and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" in a banner powder flask, an "L" shaped screwdriver, two cavity "COLT'S/PATENT" marked iron bullet mold, and a partially full Eley Bros. cap tin.

Class: Antique

Fine. The revolver retains 50% plus original high polish blue finish with the balance a smooth gray patina. The roll engraved portion of the cylinder has a smooth gray patina. The roll engraved portion of the cylinder has a smooth gray patina and a clear scene. The slightly shrunken attractive grip is very fine with a mellow caramel patina and attractive grain. All of the markings and engraving remain crisp and clear. The action is excellent. There is one screw missing from the left side of frame. The case is fine with a minor crack across the lid and some crazing of the varnish. The velvet on the bottom has some fraying and staining. The flask is very good with traces of the original lacquer finish remaining and shows numerous small minor dents. The bullet mold is very good with numerous minor dings visible on the block. The screwdriver shows some spotting and light oxidation.

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Cased and Engraved Colt 1851 Navy

Cased and Engraved Colt 1851 Navy

Lot # 23 (Sale Order: 23 of 995)      

Cased Colt Hartford London Engraved Model 1851 Navy Revolver

This Colt London Model 1851 Navy Revolver was manufactured in 1856. The sides and bottom of the loading lever, the end of the wedge, the barrel muzzle, upper flats and lug, frame, bottom and sides of the trigger guard, and back strap are covered with deeply cut English scroll engraving on a lined background. There are simple scroll work flourishes on the sides of the hammer and the top of the hammer is engraved with a scale motif. The edges of the recoil shields, back strap and trigger guard are engraved with double line borders. The legend "- ADDRESS COL. COLT LONDON - " is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel in a panel formed by engraved double line borders and scroll work flourishes. "COLTS PATENT" is engraved on a relief carved scroll on the left side of the frame. The cylinder is roll-engraved with the Texas Navy battle scene and "COLTS PATENT No". A punch dot utilized by Colt to denote components that required special finish or engraving is stamped below the serial number on the loading lever, frame, trigger guard and back strap. "1" is stamped below the punch dot on the trigger guard and back strap. The full serial number is stamped on the loading lever, wedge, barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number, "2397" is stamped on the cylinder and the arbor pin. London "Crown/V" and "Crown/GP" proof and inspection marks are stamped on the left side of the barrel lug ahead of the wedge slot and above each cylinder chamber. The revolver has a high polish blue finish on the barrel, cylinder, back strap and trigger guard. The loading lever, frame and hammer have a casehardened finish. The one-piece walnut, grip has a varnished, piano finish. The revolver has the distinctive London Navy features which include: large oval iron trigger guard, iron back strap with large hammer notch, elongated bordered knurling on the hammer spur, round head screws and bell-shaped grip contour. The left heel of the grip is crudely scratched with the markings: "Co. D 1862" and the right heel is scratched "JK 22 MI". The revolver is complete with a Colt London factory case and accessories. The mahogany case has a brass plaque inlaid in the lid and is lined with red felt. The case has six compartments and is complete with accessories that include a cleaning rod with steel shaft and iron knob, L-shaped combination screwdriver/nipple wrench, blued iron bullet mold for conical bullets and round balls stamped "COLT'S/PATENT" in two lines across the sprue cutter, 250-cap japanned tin of Joyce's percussion caps with embossed brass disk on the lid, James Dixon & Son, "COLTS NAVY FLASK" marked, bag shaped powder flask with adjustable charger, gilded top, fire-blue spring, brown lacquer body and lanyard ring on the end and several lead round balls and conical bullets. The markings on the bottom of the grip appear to be related to the U.S. Civil War. Colt returned unsold London Model 1851 Navy revolvers in the 42,000 serial number range to the United States in 1860-1861 in anticipation of increased demand with the outbreak of the Civil War. This revolver was apparently one of those guns.

Class: Antique

Fine. 40% of the blue finish is present on the barrel. The cylinder has a silver patina with crisp naval scene and traces of blue finish in protected areas. All of the safety pins are intact and the rear of the cylinder and percussion nipples have only very minor flash pitting. The back strap has a silver-gray patina. Traces of the blue finish are present on protected areas of the trigger guard. The loading lever, frame and hammer have a silver-gray patina with small amounts of the case colors in protected areas. There are some minor takedown marks on the right side of the barrel lug around the wedge slot. The delicate deeply cut scrollwork is crisp. The case exterior is very good with several minor scratches and handling marks. The case interior is very good. The red velvet lining is slightly faded and has several minor stains and compression marks from contact with the revolver. The screwdriver is very good with 70% of the blue finish. The bullet mold has a dark patina and is good. The cap tin is empty but is very good and retains much of the brown japanned finish. The powder flask is very good; the flask body shows light to moderate wear but retains half of the brown lacquer finish, the spring retains most of the nitre blue finish and the brass top and adjustable charger have an attractive age patina. This is a fine example of a factory cased and engraved Hartford London Model 1851 Navy Revolver that appears to have been carried in the American Civil War.

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London Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver

London Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver

Lot # 24 (Sale Order: 24 of 995)      

Very Scarce London Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver without London Proofs

This very scarce Colt Model 1860 Army was manufactured in 1867 within the known late "London" range and has the "-ADDRESS COL. COLT LONDON-" barrel address, iron grip frame, and "L" by the main serial numbers that usually indicates the revolver was destined for Colt's London depot; however, it lacks London proofmarks suggesting it may not have went abroad despite the factory's original intentions. The other markings and features are standard including all matching visible serial numbers.

Class: Antique

Very good with 20% original blue and otherwise dark brown patina, some light pitting, and mild overall wear. The grip is also very good with mild lower edge wear, strong original varnish, and light scrapes and dings. Mechanically fine. These are one of the most difficult to find Model 1860 Army variations and are key pieces in any complete collection of Colt percussion revolvers.

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Double Cased Set of Colt London Model 1849 Pocket Revolvers

Double Cased Set of Colt London Model 1849 Pocket Revolvers

Lot # 25 (Sale Order: 25 of 995)      

Rare Factory Double Cased Set of Colt London Model 1849 Pocket Revolvers -A) Colt London Model 1849 Pocket Revolver


Rare Factory Double Cased Set of Colt London Model 1849 Pocket Revolvers -A) Colt London Model 1849 Pocket Revolver
Factory double cased set of Colt London Model 1849 Pocket revolvers with "W. Richards/Liverpool" (Westley Richards) dealer label. The set consists of a revolver with six-inch barrel, serial no. 4497, and a revolver with five-inch barrel, serial no. 8028. The serial numbers indicate the set was assembled in 1855. Both revolvers have small sized grips with iron back straps and trigger guards, bordered knurling on the hammer spurs and screws with rounded heads which are typical of Colt London Model 1849 Pocket revolvers. Both revolvers are stamped with London "Crown/V" and "Crown/CP" proof and inspection marks on the left side of the barrel lug and over each cylinder chamber. The top flats of both barrels are roll-stamped: "{ADDRESS COL. COLT/LONDON}" in two lines. "COLT'S/PATENT" is stamped in two lines on the left side of the frame of both revolvers. The five-shot cylinders are roll-engraved with the Stagecoach Holdup scene and "COLTS PATENT". The revolver with the six-inch barrel has the full serial number stamped on the loading lever, bottom of the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard, back strap and side of the cylinder. The five-inch barrel revolver has the full serial number stamped on the loading lever, barrel lug, frame, trigger guard, back strap and cylinder. All of the visible serial numbers on both revolvers match. The revolvers have the English high polish blue finish on the barrels and cylinders. The trigger guards and back straps are silver plated. The loading levers, frames and hammers are color casehardened. The one-piece grips are nicely figured English walnut with a high polish piano finish. The British style case is oak with an oval brass disk inlaid in the lid, brass reinforcing screws on the lid and hook latches. The case has a blue baize lining with eight compartments. The compartments contain: (1) L-shaped combination screw-driver/nipple wrench, (2) blued iron .36 caliber double cavity straight leg bullet mold stamped "COLTS/PATENT" on the top of the sprue cutter and "36R" on the right block, (3) bag-shaped powder flask with adjustable charger and lanyard ring marked: "COLTS POCKET FLASK" above the charger and "JAMES DIXON/& SONS/SHEFFIELD" below it, (4) sealed and wrapped 250 count tin of Eley Brothers percussion caps and (5) pewter oil bottle. Author R.L. Wilson estimated that approximately 3,000 of the 11,000 London Model 1849 Pocket revolvers were sold as cased sets; he noted that double cased sets of London Model 1849 revolvers are "extremely rare".

Manufacture: Colt
Model: 1849 London
BBL: 6 inch octagon
Stock:
Gauge: 31 percussion
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grips: walnut
Serial Number: 4497
Class: Antique

Condition: Fine with 60% of the original blue finish remaining with numerous light handling marks. The cylinder retains nearly all of the Stagecoach Holdup scene with battered safety pins and minimal flash pitting. The frame, loading lever and hammer have 80% muted case colors. The back strap retains 80% original silver plated finish and the trigger guard has 50% original silver plating. The grip is very good with 80% of the piano finish and scattered minor handling marks. The action is tight and functions well. The oak case exterior is very good overall. The interior is very good overall. The lining on the inside of the lid is bright and the dealer's label remains very good overall. The lining on the bottom of the case shows dirt and oil stains and is good overall. The accessories are good overall and with the exception of the bullet mold are all original to or appropriate for the case. This is a fine example of an extremely rare factory double cased set of Colt London Model 1849 Pocket revolvers.

B) Colt London Model 1849 Pocket Revolver
As described in "A".

Manufacture: Colt
Model: 1849 London
BBL: 5 inch octagon
Stock:
Gauge: 31 percussion
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grips: walnut
Serial Number: 8028
Class: Antique

Condition: Fine. 60% of the original blue finish remains with several spots of light pitting along the edge of the upper right barrel flat and the right side of the barrel lug is battered near the wedge slot. The cylinder has 30% of the blue finish and retains 100% of the Stagecoach Holdup scene. This revolver shows more firing wear and has light-moderate flash pitting on the percussion nipples and sides of the hammer. The frame and loading lever have nearly 90% of the color casehardened finish with strong colors. The case colors on the hammer have faded to a mottled silver-gray. The trigger guard and backstrap have traces of original silve
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