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Scarce U.S. Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Scarce U.S. Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Lot # 1000 (Sale Order: 1 of 871)      

Scarce U.S. Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

This is an example of a scarce U.S. Colt First Model Dragoon revolver that was manufactured in 1849. Colt manufactured approximately 5,000 First Model Dragoons. This 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". The left side of the frame is marked with the letter "B" followed by "COLT'S/PATENT". The "U.S." has been filed off. 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 "N" on the cylinder, left side of the loading lever, hammer and top of the back strap and on the bottom of the trigger guard bow. There is a "K" on the trigger guard plate next to screw and an "F" below the serial number. The complete matching serial number is marked on the barrel, frame, cylinder, trigger guard, back strap, wedge, loading lever, and cylinder pin. The revolver is fitted with a smooth one-piece walnut grip.

Class: Antique

Very good. The metal surfaces have a smooth mottled brown patina with strong original blue finish in the protected areas. The frame shows much of the original casehardened pattern with the U.S. having been removed and refinished in that area. The brass has a pleasant aged patina. The grip has been sanded and varnished, and remains in good condition with some lower edge wear and a few minor dents and handling marks. The fine cylinder scene is lightly visible and unless noted above, the markings are clear. The action is out of time, otherwise functions well.

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Cased Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Cased Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Lot # 1001 (Sale Order: 2 of 871)      

Factory Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

This attractive factory engraved Model 1849 was manufactured in 1855 and features traditional scroll engraving on the sides of the loading lever, barrel lugs, frame, hammer sides, trigger guard, and back strap. The engraving is most likely by Gustave Young and includes a bird head on the left side of the barrel lug and a wolf head design on the hammer. The same bird head design is shown on the '49 Pocket on page 58 of "The Book of Colt Engraving" by Wilson in his discussion of Young's work. In place of the usual barrel address it has "Saml Colt" inscribed in script with border designs. The cylinder has the standard stagecoach holdup scene. The frame has "COLTS/PATENT" hand inscribed amongst the scrollwork on the left side of the frame which matches multiple other Young attributed revolvers. The barrel lug, frame, trigger guard, and back strap are all marked with the full serial number and "." indicating factory designation for engraving. The matching full or partial serial number is also marked on the loading lever, wedge, cylinder, and cylinder pin and handwritten in the back strap mortise of the grip. It comes in a period mahogany case with maroon interior lining that contains an Eley cap tin, Colt patent bullet mold, cartridge pack and loose bullets and cartridges, a Colt patent double sided eagle pocket powder flask, an L-shaped combination tool, and a key.

Class: Antique

Fine with 90% original silver plating on the grip straps showing some aged patina, strong traces of original blue with the balance a smooth gray-brown patina, some faint pitting, distinct engraving, and legible cylinder scene. The grip has yellow tones from age and handling, attractive natural grain patterns, minor age cracks on the butt (stable), and light scratches. Mechanically functions, but does not have half cock capabilities. The relined case is very good with mild storage wear. The accessories are fine with natural patination and mild wear.

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Colt Model 1849 "Wells Fargo" Pocket Percussion Revolver

Colt Model 1849 "Wells Fargo" Pocket Percussion Revolver

Lot # 1002 (Sale Order: 3 of 871)      

Extremely Fine and Highly Desirable Colt Model 1849 "Wells Fargo" Pocket Percussion Revolver

Only 4,000 of this variation are estimated to have been produced, and this is easily one of the finest "Wells Fargo" revolvers we have seen. It has the distinctive 3 inch barrel with no provisions for a loading lever and a solid lug without loading slots. The origin of the variation is not known, but the design is of course in keeping with the Model 1849s predecessor, the Model 1848 Dragoon. It is likely there were requests for revolvers based on that pattern which was easier to conceal. It was manufactured in 1855 and has the standard cone and hammer notch sights, "{ADDRESS SAML COLT/NEW-YORK CITY}" on the barrel, "COLTS/PATENT" marked on the left side of the frame, the stage coach holdup scene on the cylinder, and matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, wedge, and arbor pin.

Class: Antique

Very fine with 85% plus strong deep original blue finish on the barrel, 40% original blue on the cylinder and 85% plus original case colors on the frame. The grip straps exhibit 95% original silver plating. The beautiful grip is very fine and has most of the original varnished finish some light edge wear and some minor warping. Mechanically excellent. Rare in any condition, a collector could spend a lifetime trying to find 105597's equal.

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Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Lot # 1003 (Sale Order: 4 of 871)      

Desirable U.S. Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

The Third Model Dragoons were the last of the massive Colt percussion revolvers that began with the famous Colt Walker and were replaced by the more streamlined Model 1860 Army that was the primary service revolver of the Union Army during the Civil War. Many Colt Dragoons saw significant use during the Civil War by both sides. The U.S. Dragoons were serving in the West at the outbreak of the war and fought in both the eastern and western theaters of the Civil War. They are the forerunners of many famous American military cavalry units still serving our country today. Manufactured in 1856. The top of the barrel flat is marked "-ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY-" and the left side of the frame is marked "COLTS/PATENT". It has all matching serial numbers and standard blade and notch sights. The cylinder has the Ranger and Indian battle scene and is marked "MODEL U.S.M.R./COLT'S PATENT." There are small inspection marks on several components and oval "JH" and "R.H.K.W." cartouches on the sides of the grip. The frame is not cut for a shoulder stock.

Class: Antique

Very good plus with mostly a brown patina overall, some light spotting, distinct markings, and mild overall wear. The cylinder scene is light but is clearly legible. The grip is fine and has a crisp cartouche on the left, lightly legible cartouche on the right, mild edge wear, light scratches, and some dings. Mechanically fine. This is an attractive example of one of the key models in any antique Colt revolver collection that shows signs of real antebellum and Civil War era use as well as proper care over more than a century and a half.

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Colt Squareback Model 1851 Navy "Wedge Over Screw" Revolver

Colt Squareback Model 1851 Navy "Wedge Over Screw" Revolver

Lot # 1004 (Sale Order: 5 of 871)      

Very Scarce Early Production "Wedge Over Screw" Colt Squareback Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver, Serial Number 195

This Model 1851 was manufactured in 1850 (the first year of production) and is one of possibly as few as 800 Model 1851 Navy revolvers manufactured with the wedge positioned over the screw. The Colt Model 1851 Navy, first known as the "Ranger Model" and also known as the "Revolving Belt Pistol of Naval Caliber," was designed between 1847 and 1850, manufactured from 1850 until 1873, and was the second most popular Colt percussion revolver after only the Model 1849 Pocket. Though its name implies maritime use, most Navy revolvers saw use on dry land, including in the Old West. The Model 1851 was popular thanks to its intermediate caliber and relatively compact size. They definitely provided more firepower than other popular civilian firearms of the day such as the single shot Philadelphia derringers, and many 1851 Navies continued to be used in the well-after cartridge models became available. This example has the early style barrel with an non-beveled loading cut out, screw under the wedge, brass cone front sight, and the correct early production "ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY-" marking stamped on top. The left side of the frame has the "COLT'S/PATENT" marking. The cylinder has the standard naval engagement scene. The matching serial number is stamped on the loading lever, wedge, barrel lug, cylinder pin, cylinder, frame, trigger guard, and back strap, and the grip has a very faint marking hand written on the butt in the mortise that is illegible.

Class: Antique

Very good with traces of blue, dark brown patina on the balance of the iron, patches of original silver plating on the top of the back strap, butt, and front of the trigger guard; aged patinas on the silver and brass, scattered marks and scratches throughout, mild edge wear, some faint pitting, chipping and moderate lower edge wear on the otherwise mostly smooth grip which has some semi-circular pressure marks on the right side, and absent tail of the barrel wedge spring. Mechanically fine. Overall, this is a very solid example of a rarely seen variation of one of Colt's most famous and collectible firearms.

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Cased Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Cased Engraved Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver

Lot # 1005 (Sale Order: 6 of 871)      

Attractive Factory Engraved Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy Percussion Revolver in Rare Factory Form Fitted Case

This early and original "Pocket Model of Naval Caliber" revolver manufactured around 1861 with factory vine scroll inspired engraving has "E" markings by the main serial numbers in the fashion used around 1861 to the early 1870s to designate factory engraved guns. The barrel has a brass cone front sight and "ADDRESS COL SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA" on top. The frame has the "COLTS/PATENT" marking on the left, and the trigger guard has "P" and "36 CAL" on the bow on the left. The cylinder has the standard stagecoach holdup scene. It is fitted with a set of smooth "one-piece" style grips. The case is fitted to the gun and includes a Colt patent marked powder flask, Colt patent bullet mold, lead balls and conical bullets, cartridge pack, Eley Bros. cap tin, two spare nipples, and a key.

Class: Antique

Fine with 80% plus aged silver plating on the grip straps, 50% original blue finish that is aging and toning on the barrel. Frame and lever show case colors mixed with deep gray patina, some light pitting, small dings and scratches, distinct and clear cylinder scene, and crisp engraving. The attractive grips are fine and show age stress cracks and light natural aging. Mechanically fine. The rare and original case is fine, and the accessories are very good-fine with mild storage wear.

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London Proofed Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

London Proofed Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver

Lot # 1006 (Sale Order: 7 of 871)      

London Proofed Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver with Case and Accessories

Manufactured in 1864. It has standard markings and features as well as London proof and view marks on the barrel and cylinder. The barrel, wedge, arbor pin, frame, trigger guard, back strap, and grip have the matching full or partial serial number. The replacement wedge is also numbered "12505." The replacement loading lever is numbered "7762," and cylinder is numbered "56912." The contemporary case has a loading direction label inside the lid and contains a cleaning rod, L-shaped combination tool, brass ball and bullet mold without sprue cutter, oiler, Eley cap tin, and a three-way combination flask with oak leaf patterns.

Class: Antique

Fine with 85% plus finish. The silver remains 95% intact and has a natural aged patina. The left "barb" on the frame is broken off and in the corresponding hole in the barrel lug. There are some scattered marks and scratches concentrated on the barrel and period refinished cylinder. The grip is fine and has numerous scrapes and dents, light edge wear, and glossy varnish. Mechanically fine. The relined case is fair and has moderate storage wear including some chipping. The accessories are generally very good with mild storage wear.

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Factory Cased Colt No.1 Pocket Model "Baby" Paterson Revolver

Factory Cased Colt No.1 Pocket Model "Baby" Paterson Revolver

Lot # 1007 (Sale Order: 8 of 871)      

Magnificent, Historically Significant and Near Mint, Factory Cased Colt No.1 Pocket Model "Baby" Paterson Revolver with Full Complement of Stunning Accessories and Original William Locke Collection Inventory Card

This magnificent factory cased Colt Pocket Model Paterson Revolver No. 1 was manufactured c. 1838. Known to collectors as the "Baby Paterson", these diminutive revolvers were the first handguns manufactured at Samuel Colt's Paterson, New Jersey factory. Total production was approximately 500 pistols in 1837-1838. This revolver has the later production, round-back, five-shot, cylinder and lacks the loading lever found on the "Improved No. 1 Model" Paterson revolvers. The barrel, cylinder, trigger, frame and back strap have a high polish blue finish. The wedge and trigger are niter blue. The frame screws are bright. The hammer is color casehardened. The grip is nicely figured, select walnut with straight profile, sloping sides and a high polish piano finish. The top barrel flat has the one-line script legend: "- Patent Arms M'g Co. Paterson N.J. -Colt's Pt.-" reading from the breech to the muzzle. The cylinder is roll-engraved with the "Colt/Horse Head" motif and the centaur and horseman battle scene. The barrel has eleven rifling grooves and a nickel-silver front sight blade. The early style frame lacks the capping cut-out found on later production No.1 Paterson revolvers. The cylinder spur is smooth and the front of the hammer has a tiny rear sight notch. The serial number, "404" is visible on: (1) the bottom of the wedge, (2) rear face of the barrel lug, (3) inside of the frame in the trigger well, (4) front face of the trigger, (5) on the rear face of both cylinders between the chambers. All of the visible serial numbers match. The early style mahogany case has a beveled top with inlaid, German silver, inscription plate. The case interior is lined with dark brown velvet. The case contains an extra matching cylinder numbered "404" and a complete set of rare Paterson accessories. The accessories include: (1) Baby Paterson five-charger powder flask with copper body, gold-plated top, center ring and bottom; the center ring is marked: "-Patent Arms M'g Co. N-J Colt's Pt.-" and the flask is stamped with the batch number "53" in four locations, (2) gold plated Paterson pistol capper embossed with a Rampant Colt above two crossed revolvers and "PATENT ARMS MANg Co PATERSON. N.J. COLTS PATENT" around the edge of the capper body, (3) single cavity, round ball, bullet mold with three turned walnut handles, niter blue mold body and sprue cutter and gold-plated brass handle ferrules, (4) early style cleaning rod with threaded brass rod, gold-plated, sheet brass ferrule and turned walnut knob and (5) niter blue Paterson combination tool with ball seater, screwdriver, nipple wrench, and nipple pick marked "PATENT ARMS MG CO. PATERSON, NJ" in small script letters along the shaft and (6) key. The accessories are correctly secured to the case by distinctive wire retainers. This magnificent Colt Paterson set was once part of the prestigious William Locke collection as confirmed by the accompanying original Locke collection inventory card. Locke purchased the cased Paterson from James Graham of the famed Graham Galleries of New York City for $500. The included 1986 dated handwritten letter from Locke’s daughter, Jane Fleming, states that her father purchased the revolver in the early 1940s. The revolver remained in the Locke family until September 1986 when it was sold to Herb Glass. Provenance: Graham Galleries of New York City (1940's), William Lock Collection, Herb Glass Sr & Jr., Frank D'Agostino, Greg Lampe, Greg Martin, property of a gentleman.

Class: Antique

Excellent plus. This stunning Baby Paterson revolver, case and rare accessories are all original and remain in nearly new condition. The revolver retains 98% of the bright original high polish blue, fire blue and color casehardened finish with only the slightest amount of storage wear. The barrel markings and serial numbers are extremely sharp. The delicate roll-engraved markings on both cylinders are in perfect condition. There is no evidence of firing on the frame, hammer or cylinders. The rifling is sharp and deep and remains in excellent condition. The walnut grip is excellent with a few insignificant storage marks and several small spots of flaked finish. The case exterior is in excellent condition and retains most of the original finish with a few very insignificant handling marks. The case interior is also excellent. The excellent original velvet lining is clean, bright and un-faded. Wear is limited to light compression marks and four tiny spots where the lining is worn from contact with the revolver or accessories. The rare Baby Paterson powder flask, pistol charger, bullet mold, combination tool and cleaning rod are in the
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Soldier w/ Colt Pocket Navy Tintype in Gutta Percha Case

Soldier w/ Colt Pocket Navy Tintype in Gutta Percha Case

Lot # 1008 (Sale Order: 9 of 871)      

Cased Tintype of an American Soldier Armed with a Colt Pocket Model 1862 Navy Revolver

Installed with a viewable oval area 3 3/8 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches wide, this Ninth Plate tintype features an American enlisted man standing in uniform, with a light touch of blush on the cheeks, blue applied to the pants, and a "field encampment" themed background with a painted American flag. Tucked into the soldier's belt is a Colt percussion revolver (oriented for a right-handed cross draw, appears left-handed due to image reversal), likely a 36 caliber Pocket Navy based on barrel length and configuration. Colt revolvers of nearly all models were very popular private purchase sidearms during and after the Civil War. The matting is gilt brass with floral motifs, and a Gutta Percha case measures 4 inches wide and 4 3/4 inches tall, with a large window in the lid suitable for viewing the picture without opening the case, typically called a peekaboo case.

Class: Other

Very good. The image has shifted in the case, with an oval wear pattern around the edge and mild handling marks. The case is good, with some cracks and glue repairs.

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Cased Ambrotype of a Gentleman w/Sharps Pepperbox Pistol

Cased Ambrotype of a Gentleman w/Sharps Pepperbox Pistol

Lot # 1009 (Sale Order: 10 of 871)      

Fine Cased Ambrotype of a Gentleman with a Sharps Pepperbox Pistol

Installed with a viewable area 2 5/8 inches tall and 2 inches wide, this Sixth Plate ambrotype features a seated gentleman in coat and top hat, holding a four-shot Sharps Pepperbox pistol in his left hand, with his arm rested on a small table and a plain background. The exact model of the Sharps Pepperbox pistol is unknown. The picture is set into a glass-topped brass frame with floral designs, with a red velvet pad inside the lid and a 3 3/8 inch wide by 3 3/4 inch tall Gutta Percha case with raised floral motifs and a fountain design in the center of the lid.

Class: Other

Very fine. Some fading/flaking of the image is visible around the edges, particularly along the top and right. The case shows minor cracks and chips. A great accessory for your Sharps Pepperbox/Derringer collection!

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Colt  1861 Navy Richards-Mason Conversion

Colt 1861 Navy Richards-Mason Conversion

Lot # 1010 (Sale Order: 11 of 871)      

Outstanding and Scarce Colt Richards-Mason Conversion Model 1861 Navy Revolver

The revolver has the high polish Colt commercial blue finish on the barrel, ejector housing and cylinder; casehardened frame, hammer and loading gate; silver-plated brass trigger guard and back strap and a one-piece varnished walnut grip. The cylinder is roll-engraved with the Texas Navy battle scene. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "-ADDRESS COL SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-" in one-line. The left side of the frame is marked with the two-line "-PAT. JULY.25.1871.-PAT.JULY. 2. 1872" patent markings over the original percussion "COLTS/PATENT" markings. The left side of the trigger guard is stamped with the original "36 CAL" markings. The full serial number is located on the bottom of the barrel lug, the frame, trigger guard, and back strap. The inside of the loading gate is stamped with the partial serial number "1486". The cylinder is numbered "602/486". All of the visible serial numbers match. The revolver has the distinctive plug in the loading lever hole of the barrel lug, ejector head with concentric rings, ejector housing screw on the left side of the barrel lug and loading gate spring screwed to the frame above the trigger screw. The hammer has the rimfire firing pin riveted to the left side and bordered and cross-hatched knurl.

Class: Antique

Excellent. The barrel and cylinder retain 85% of the gun's original high polish blue finish; nearly all of the roll-engraved naval scene remains. 95% of the case colors are present on the frame and hammer. The trigger guard and back strap have 75% of the silver-plated finish. The grip is in excellent condition and retains 95% of the high gloss varnish finish with minimal handling wear. All of the markings are sharp. The action is crisp and function perfectly. This is a very fine example of a scarce Richards-Mason Conversion of a Colt Model 1861 Navy Revolver.

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Scarce Colt Model 1860 Richards Transition Conversion Revolver

Scarce Colt Model 1860 Richards Transition Conversion Revolver

Lot # 1011 (Sale Order: 12 of 871)      

Scarce Colt Model 1860 Richards Transition Conversion Revolver

This particular Colt revolver was originally manufactured in 1871 and later in the 1870's converted to metallic cartridge. Known as the Second Model Richards this was the transition between the Richards and the Richards-Mason models. The distinguishing features of this model are the Richards-Mason breech plate and the presence of the firing pin hammer. The top of the barrel is marked "---ADDRESS COL SAML COLT NEW - YORK U.S.AMERICA---", the two line July 1871 and 1872 patent dates are marked on the left side of the frame over a slatted "COLTS / PATENT" and the naval engagement scene is roll engraved on the cylinder. All serial numbers match including arbor and loading gate (this confirms the configuration being correct). The revolver is fitted with smooth one piece varnished grips.

Class: Antique

Fine. The barrel and ejector housing retains 40% of the bright original blue finish mostly on the underside and in protected areas with the balance having a smooth gray patina. There is some strong original finish on the edge of the rebated portion of the cylinder, otherwise the cylinder has a smooth gray patina. The scene is strong and the markings clear. The frame retains 60% vivid original case colors mixed with smooth dark mottled patina. Strong blue finish on the top and butt of the back strap and the trigger guard shows some strong original silver with an aged patina in the guard area and a polished finish on the front strap. The grips are fine with 75% of the original varnish remaining with scattered "chipping" of the varnish. There are ten small notches on the upper rear of the left side and overall minor dings and dents. The markings are clear. The action is excellent.

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Factory Engraved Colt Model 1862 Police Conversion Revolver

Factory Engraved Colt Model 1862 Police Conversion Revolver

Lot # 1012 (Sale Order: 13 of 871)      

Rare Documented Factory Engraved Presentation Cased Colt Model 1862 Police Conversion Revolver

This Colt Model 1862 Police Conversion revolver with factory engraving was manufactured c. 1873-1875. This revolver is illustrated and described on pages 329-330 of "COLT CONVERSIONS" by R. Bruce McDowell. McDowell states that this is one of the finest known Model 1862 Police Conversion revolvers and describes it as: "In exceptionally fine condition with most of its rich factory blue and vivid color case hardening". He further notes that this revolver was factory engraved in percussion form and subsequently converted by Colt to a metallic cartridge revolver. He states that the conversion ring shows a later style (dot and zig-zag) engraving and that the original hand-engraved patent marking has not been over-stamped. The revolver has a blued barrel, ejector housing and five-shot cylinder, casehardened frame, loading gate and hammer and silver-plated trigger guard and back strap. The one-piece walnut grip has a high polish piano finish. A block "E" stamped above or below the serial number on the barrel lug, frame and back strap indicates that those components were designated by Colt for engraving or special finish. The barrel, frame, loading gate, conversion ring, trigger guard and back strap are decorated with what Colt expert R. L. Wilson described as "Late Percussion Vine Style Scroll Engraving". The hammer is engraved with a wolf head motif. The cylinder is roll-stamped with the Stagecoach Hold-Up scene and "COLTS PATENT". The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA" in one line. "COLTS/PATENT" is hand engraved on the left side of the frame in a panel formed by scroll-work. The full serial number is stamped on the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard, and back strap. The cylinder and inside of the loading gate are stamped with the partial serial number "1384". All of the visible serial numbers match. The barrel has a brass cone front sight. The hammer has a center-mounted firing pin. The revolver is complete with a mahogany, French-style, case designed specifically for a conversion revolver. The case is lined with purple velvet and contains: (1) empty, carton of 50 UMC .38 "Central Fire Cartridges", (2) L-shaped screw-driver and (3) blued steel cleaning rod in fitted compartments.

Class: Antique

Very fine. The barrel retains 75% of the bright original high polish blue finish with scattered finish loss. The ejector housing shows contact wear. The cylinder has faded to a smooth, gray-brown patina. Nearly all of the roll-engraved scene remains. The frame, loading gate and conversion ring retain 80% of the original casehardened finish with strong case colors. Nearly 85% of the original silver-plated finish remains on the trigger guard and back strap. The engraving, markings and serial numbers are crisp. The grip is in very fine condition and retains at least 85% of the original piano finish varnish with minor handling marks. The case exterior is in very good condition with a hair-line crack across the top of the lid. The case lining is in fair condition. The fabric on the lid is in very good condition with bright colors and one small oil stain. The lining in the bottom of the case is discolored from contact with the revolver barrel and cylinder and torn at contact points with the revolver muzzle, trigger guard, cylinder and hammer. The empty cartridge carton is in fine condition. The screw-driver and cleaning rod remain in excellent condition. This is a very fine and well-documented example of a rare factory engraved, cased Colt Model 1862 Police Conversion revolver.

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Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver with Desirable Fluted Cylinder

Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver with Desirable Fluted Cylinder

Lot # 1013 (Sale Order: 14 of 871)      

Fine Early Production Three Digit Serial Number 842 Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with Highly Desirable Fluted Cylinder

Manufactured in 1860, the first year of production, and is one of only about 4,000 Colt Model 1860 Army Revolvers manufactured with the full fluted cylinder. Many early production Colt Model 1860 revolvers with fluted cylinders were sold to southern dealers before the outbreak of hostilities in April 1861 and were used by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. These revolvers appear in the first 8,000 serial numbers and have a four-screw frame cut for a shoulder stock. It also has the one-line Hartford barrel address, "COLTS/PATENT" frame marking, patent date on a cylinder flute and matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, wedge and arbor pin. The trigger guard (brass) and back strap (iron) are sliver plated.

Class: Antique

Fine. The barrel retains 30% original blue finish and the cylinder retains traces of original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. Traces of original case colors remain on the hammer, frame and loading lever. 60% original silver plating remains on the grip straps. The grip is also fine with a couple missing surface chips, minor-moderate dings and scratches and retaining much of the original varnish. Mechanically excellent.

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Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Lot # 1014 (Sale Order: 15 of 871)      

Exceptional Post-Civil War Colt Model 1851 Civilian Production Navy Percussion Revolver with Herb Glass Letter

The Colt Model 1851 Navy is one of the most iconic of all American firearms and was Colt's second most popular military service percussion revolver and second only to the Model 1849 Pocket in terms of the numbers manufactured. Buffalo Bill Cody famously used this model as did many other American folk heroes of the mid and late 19th century. This revolver was manufactured in 1867 and feature a cone front sight, "-ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-" on top of the barrel, "COLTS/PATENT" on the left side of the frame, "36 CAL" on the left side of the trigger guard, the standard Battle of Campeche cylinder scene, and matching serial numbers (loading lever not numbered). Herb Glass notes that this revolver is "completely original, unused, and probably unfired with some fading of original finish due to improper storage."

Class: Antique

Exceptionally fine with 80% original bright case colors, 75% plus of the original blue finish with the loss due to flaking rather than wear, 60% original silver plating, aged patinas on the exposed brass and silver, and light oxidation. Most of the cylinder pins remain. The grip is excellent and has strong original varnish, minor edge wear, and a few slight marks and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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Cased Pair of Colt Model 1855 Sidehammer Pocket Revolvers

Cased Pair of Colt Model 1855 Sidehammer Pocket Revolvers

Lot # 1015 (Sale Order: 16 of 871)      

Scarce Documented Cased Pair of Colt Model 1855 Sidehammer Pocket Revolvers -A) Colt 1855 Sidehammer Percussion Revolver


Scarce Documented Cased Pair of Colt Model 1855 Sidehammer Pocket Revolvers -A) Colt 1855 Sidehammer Percussion Revolver
This cased set of .31 caliber Colt Model 1855 Sidehammer Pocket revolvers and accessories are pictured and discussed on pages 92-93 of Wilson and Hable's COLT PISTOLS. They write "Among the true rarities in Colt casings are cased pairs from the Model 1855 Sidehammer series. Pistols Nos. 370 and 1124 may well be unique, due mainly to the casing: Leather covered wood, with a contour-lined interior…The extra fine condition overall suggests the set saw little, if any, use but undoubtedly was a conversation piece for all who saw it." The pair of 'Model 3A' revolvers have 3 1/2-inch octagon barrels, fluted five-shot cylinders, round loading levers and 5/8-inch capping cut-outs in the recoil shields. The barrels are roll-stamped with the second style legend, without the pointing hand. "PATENTED SEPT. 10th 1850" is roll stamped in the cylinder flutes of both revolvers. The serial number is stamped on the underside of the barrel and on the butt of revolver A and revolver B is stamped with the serial number on the underside of the barrel and the butt. Both revolvers have the Colt high polish commercial blue finish on the barrels, cylinders and frames. The loading levers, hammers, triggers and cylinder pins are casehardened. The barrels have brass cone front sights and the hammer spurs have bordered knurling. The one-piece walnut grips have a high polish piano finish. The revolvers are in a wooden, French-fitted dealer case. The case has a black painted finish and the lid is secured with two hooks. The case is lined with brown velvet and has seven compartments. In addition to the revolvers, the case is complete with: (1) a blued, iron, straight leg, .31 caliber, double cavity bullet mold for round balls and conical bullets marked "COLT'S/PATENT" on the top of the sprue cutter (Rapley #M25), (2) American Flask and Cap Co., pocket pistol flask with fixed charger embossed with the 'Eagle and Shield' motif and "E.PLURIBUS UNUM." in a ribbon on both sides of the flask (Rapley, P.309, Fig.7 and 8), (3) Combination tool for Root Sidehammer pistols (Rapley #T19), and (4) assortment of lead round balls and conical bullets. The case has a compartment for a cap tin but no tin is present.

Manufacture: Colt
Model: 1855 Root Pocket
BBL: 3 1/2 inch octagon
Stock:
Gauge: 31 percussion
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grips: varnished walnut
Serial Number: 370
Class: Antique

Condition: Very fine with 85% of the high polish blue finish. The barrel shows only very minor edge wear. The finish on the cylinder is thin with an area of cold blue touch up on two chambers. The back strap and butt have some handling wear and much on the blue has faded to a smooth, dark patina. The hammer, cylinder pin, trigger and lever retain at least 95% of the fiery case colors. The grip has a few minor handling marks but is excellent with nearly all of the original piano finish. The barrel and cylinder markings are crisp. The action functions perfectly.

B) Colt 1855 Sidehammer Percussion Revolver
As described in "A".

Manufacture: Colt
Model: 1855 Root Pocket
BBL: 3 1/2 inch octagon
Stock:
Gauge: 31 percussion
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grips: varnished walnut
Serial Number: 1124
Class: Antique

Condition: Very fine with 80% of the original blue finish with light edge wear and scattered handling marks. There is light-moderate flash pitting on the percussion nipples and surrounding areas of the cylinder. The hammer, cylinder pin, trigger and loading lever retain at least 90% of the casehardened finish. There is a small chip in the front of the walnut grip; the balance of the grip is in excellent condition with minimal handling wear. The markings and serial numbers are crisp. The cylinder will not turn when the hammer is cocked. The case exterior shows moderate-heavy wear and retains 60% of the black painted finish. The interior is very good, the lining is clean, unfaded and shows minimal wear. The bullet mold is good-very good; most of the blue finish remains but there are a number of dents on the edges of the mold body and sprue cutter. The powder flask is excellent; the body has no dents and retains 95% of the original brown lacquer finish, the top and charger have 90% of the gold plated finish remains and most of the fire blue finish remains on the spring. The combination tool is excellent and retains 90% original fire blue finish. This is an excellent cased pair of .31 caliber Colt Model 1855 Sidehammer Pocket Revolvers.

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Cased Colt Model 1861 Navy Percussion Revolver

Cased Colt Model 1861 Navy Percussion Revolver

Lot # 1016 (Sale Order: 17 of 871)      

Very Fine, Near Excellent Cased Colt Model 1861 Navy Percussion Revolver

Only 38,843 of these revolvers were manufactured compared to over 200,500 of the Model 1860 Army making surviving examples desirable and those in high condition especially sought after. This revolver was manufactured in 1865 for the commercial market and has the standard markings and features including all matching serial numbers. It comes in an English fitted mahogany case with a flask, cartridge pack, lead balls, L-shaped combination tool, bullet mold, and cap tin.

Class: Antique

Very fine, near excellent overall with 90% original blue finish on the barrel, 30% original blue on the cylinder, 85% original case colors, 25% original silver plating concentrated around the trigger guard bow, nearly all the varnished finish on the grip, aged patinas on the silver and exposed brass, light edge wear and dings on the grip, smooth gray patina on the flaked areas, and minimal minor oxidation. Mechanically excellent. The case and accessories are very good-fine with mild storage wear and some minor cracks in the case.

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W. Stokes Kirk Type Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

W. Stokes Kirk Type Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Lot # 1017 (Sale Order: 18 of 871)      

Very Fine "U.S." Marked W. Stokes Kirk Type Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

The revolver has "-ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY-" on top of the barrel, a "2" on the lower left of the barrel lug, the standard Texas Navy battle scene on the cylinder, "COLTS/PATENT/US" on the left side of the frame, "H" at the top of the back strap, no serial numbers at the primary locations, "45" on the left side of the hammer, what appears to be "9917" hand written in the back strap mortise of the grip, and "14" on the loading lever, cylinder, and arbor pin. These revolvers are believed to have been assembled from original parts at the surplus goods store of William Stokes Kirk in Philadelphia in the first half of the 20th century.

Class: Antique

Very fine with 95% plus bright blue finish on the barrel, nearly all of the vibrant case colors on the loading lever and hammer, 20% case colors on the frame, strong niter blue finish on the trigger and screws, traces of original finish, mottled gray and brown patina on the balance of the steel, mustard yellow toned aged patina on the grip frame, and minor overall wear. The grip is also very fine and has minor edge wear, glossy varnish, and minor marks and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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Engraved and Inscribed Colt Model 1855 Pocket Revolver

Engraved and Inscribed Colt Model 1855 Pocket Revolver

Lot # 1018 (Sale Order: 19 of 871)      

Very Scarce Factory Engraved and Inscribed Colt Model 1855 "Root" Percussion Pocket Revolver

This Model 2 variant of the Model 1855 revolver series was manufactured in 1856 and has finely detailed acanthus scroll engraving with punch-dot backgrounds and track line borders covering approximately half of the metal surfaces that is closely follows engraving on the revolvers on page 74 of "The Book of Colt Engraving" in the section covering Master Engraver Gustave Young. "John Dunlap" is inscribed in script on the back strap, and a banner is engraved around the main serial number on the butt. The man specified in the inscription is not documented which leaves a great many possibilities given the commonality of the name. The most famous man of that name in the U.S. was John Dunlap (1747-1812), official printer to the Continental Congress, and the printer of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence. (Obviously not him as the revolver was made after his death.) Many of his descendants carried on that name, including one of his sons and grandsons who lived in Sangamon County, Illinois, in the period which was represented by Abraham Lincoln in the state legislature and U.S. Congress. The barrel has a post front sight, "[manicule] +COLT'S PATENT/1855+" and "ADDRESS COL. COLT/HARTFORD, CT USA+" on top, and the matching serial number on the bottom.

Class: Antique

Fine with strong patches of original blue finish on the sides of the forward section of the frame below the barrel and the protected areas, gray and brown patina on the balance, crisp engraving and markings other than the cylinder scene, some light oxidation and pitting concentrated on the cylinder, and mild overall wear suggesting the gun was actually used and carried. The hammer has been professionally casehardened, and is most likely a replacement. The grip is very good other than chips on the heel on the right and the toe and minor age cracks and displays attractive natural tones and patterns. Mechanically fine. This is a very attractive and scarce revolver most likely engraved by Gustave Young and also inscribed. It would be an excellent addition to any collection of antique Colt firearms.

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Cased Colt Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolver w/ Accessories

Cased Colt Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolver w/ Accessories

Lot # 1019 (Sale Order: 20 of 871)      

Cased Colt Model 1849 Percussion Pocket Revolver with Accessories

Manufactured in 1958. The top barrel flat is marked "{ADDRESS SAML COLT/NEW YORK CITY}", the left side of the frame is marked "COLTS/PATENT" and the left trigger guard shoulder is marked with a small letter "G". The lower left side of the barrel lug is marked with the number "2". The complete matching serial number is marked on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, cylinder and back strap, partial number "7597" on the loading lever and arbor pin and "47597" on the wedge. The cylinder is roll engraved with the stagecoach holdup scene and marked "COLTS PATENT" above the serial number. Standard brass post front and hammer notch rear sights, blue barrel and cylinder, silver plated trigger guard and back strap with casehardened remaining parts. Fitted with smooth one piece varnished walnut grip. Complete in a mahogany case with maroon velvet lining with five compartments, eagle flask, brass "COLTS/PATENT" marked bullet mold, nipple wrench/screwdriver, Eley 250 count cap tin (partially full), and a key.

Class: Antique

Very fine. The barrel retains 75% original blue finish with overall minor flaking, edge wear and some scattered minor dings. The cylinder has a smooth mottled gray patina with scattered traces of the original dark blue finish, a few minor dents and clear scene, and markings. The trigger guard and back strap retain 90% original silver plating with some pin point blistering on the strap edges and some darkening with age. The exposed brass has an attractive aged patina. The hammer has a smooth mottled brown patina. The frame and loading lever retain 60% plus original case colors with some fading to a smooth gray. The grips are excellent with 95% plus original varnish, some very minor lower edge wear and a few minor dents and dings. The case is very good with scattered minor dents and scratches on the exterior. The lining has faded and there is some contact wear (heaviest from the front sight), and soiling. With the exception of the cap tin, which shows considerable oxidation, the accessories are very good.

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Colt Civilian Model Second Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Colt Civilian Model Second Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Lot # 1020 (Sale Order: 21 of 871)      

Colt Civilian Model Second Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Manufactured in 1851, this is an example of one of the approximately 1,700 2nd Model Civilian Dragoons. The top of the barrel flat is marked "-ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY-," and the left side of the frame is marked "COLT'S/PATENT". The cylinder has the Ranger and Indian fight scene, "MODEL U.S.M.R./COLT'S PATENT" and a clear matching serial number. The matching serial number is also marked on the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard, back strap, loading lever and cylinder pin. The partial serial number "892" is marked on the wedge.

Class: Antique

Very good. The metal surfaces have a smooth mottled dark patina with a very small amount of flash pitting on the forward edge of the cylinder and a number of dings on the rear of the barrel. The original cylinder scene is lightly visible. 60% of the original silver plating remains on the trigger guard and back strap, which has darkened with age. The exposed brass has a natural aged patina. The grip is also very good with some lower edge wear, and scattered minor dents and scratches. The markings are clear. The action is excellent.

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

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

Lot # 1021 (Sale Order: 22 of 871)      

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

It was manufactured in 1856 and converted in the 1870s and has the iron grip frame and falls within the 41000-91000 range with the other U.S. Navy conversions. Many of these revolvers saw decades of use by the U.S. Navy in both percussion and cartridge configuration. They weren't replaced until the adoption of the Colt Model 1889. The barrel has a cone front sight and the early New York City address and has been renumbered to match. The matching serial numbers are also visible on the cylinder, loading gate (669), frame, trigger guard, and butt (faint).

Class: Antique

Very good with strong traces of original blue finish, subtle original case colors on the sides of the frame, mottled gray and brown patina on the balance, some light oxidation/pitting, and mild overall wear. The replaced grip is very good with dark oiled finish, minor edge wear, and some scratches and dings concentrated on the butt. Mechanically excellent.

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U.S. Colt 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

U.S. Colt 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Lot # 1022 (Sale Order: 23 of 871)      

Scarce Pre-Civil War U.S. Navy Contract Colt 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver with Iron Grip Frame

The Colt Model 1851 Navy series was the second most popular Colt percussion revolver manufactured and were widely used by the U.S. military, and this example was produced for the U.S. Navy. Most of these were converted for metallic cartridges, and these Model 1851 Navy revolvers even remained the standard U.S. Navy and Marine Corps handgun until the adoption of the Colt Model 1889 double action revolver. This revolver was manufactured in 1856 and has an iron grip frame as was standard for the Navy-Navy revolvers, the early "-ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY-" barrel address, a cone front sight, "COLTS/PATENT/U.S." on the left side of the frame, the standard cylinder scene, and all matching serial numbers, including in the grip mortise. Note that it lacks the capping groove; this is often seen on early revolvers purchased for the Navy. Not all Navy-Navy revolvers received inspection and Navy property markings.

Class: Antique

Very good with mottled dark brown and gray patina, some faint traces of original finish, light oxidation, smooth oiled finish on the grip, minor scratches and marks on the wood and metal, lower edge wear on the grip, visible cylinder scene, mostly crisp markings, general mild wear, and an out of the attic appearance overall. Mechanically excellent.

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American Soldier w/ Colt Dragoon & 1840 Cav Sword Tintype

American Soldier w/ Colt Dragoon & 1840 Cav Sword Tintype

Lot # 1023 (Sale Order: 24 of 871)      

Cased Tintype of an American Soldier with a Colt Dragoon Revolver and Sword

Installed with a viewable oval area 1 7/8 inches tall and 1 3/8 inches wide, this Ninth Plate tintype features a standing American soldier, cloak thrown back to reveal an 1840 Heavy Cavalry sword on one side and a Colt Dragoon Revolver tucked into the reverse. Of particular interest is the cap, which appears to bear a "horn" badge in the style of Great Britain's "Highlander" regiments; this might be a personal badge from a former British trooper who later set up shop in America, or a unit badge relevant to one of the Highlander/Scottish regiments established during the Civil War. The typical symptoms of image reversal (belt put on upside-down to re-orient sword, sword guard branches in opposite direction) are present. The glass topped brass frame bears martial motifs and a banner reading "THE UNION NOW AND FOREVER", with a red velvet pad and a 2 1/2 inch wide by 3 inch tall Gutta Percha case with raised floral motifs and an American patriotic design in the center of the lid.

Class: Other

Very good. Most of the original image is present, with some wear on the top and right sights, minor spotting, and generally sharp detail to the face and armaments. The case is very good, with some light wear. A unique and desirable accessory item for your Colt Dragoon!

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Fine American NCO w/Colt 1860 Revolver Tintype

Fine American NCO w/Colt 1860 Revolver Tintype

Lot # 1024 (Sale Order: 25 of 871)      

Fine Tintype Image of an American NCO Armed with a Desirable Colt Model 1860 Percussion Revolver

Installed with a viewable oval area 2 1/2 inches tall and 2 inches wide, this Sixth Plate tintype features a seated American soldier, with a light touch of blush on the cheeks, yellow painted buttons and Sergeant's chevrons, and a white background. A Colt Model 1860 Revolver is in the Sergeant's hand, with visible details indicating it as a desirable 4-screw model with the recoil shield notched for installing a stock, with the positioning of the barrel wedge reversed, as is typical for vintage photography. The glass-fronted frame is impressed/repoussed with American flag and shield-themed decoration, with a green velvet pad and a 3 1/4 inch wide by 3 3/4 inch tall Gutta Percha case with geometric and floral motifs, featuring a scene on each side of a sailing vessel proceeding past a set of forts flying American flags.

Class: Other

Fine. The image shows some wear/loss around the edges, especially around the lower left hand side, with sharp detail. The case is very good, with mild wear. One will look a long time to find another image of a 4-screw frame variant Colt Model 1860 revolver!

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