ORIGINAL WARTIME COLT MODEL 1851 ‘NAVY’ REVOLVER WITH PERIOD ALTERATION TO ACCEPT A STOCK

$3,250.00

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Item Code: G3502

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Presented here is a Fourth Model specimen of an original Colt 1851 Navy Revolver in good condition. One of the most popular pistols ever produced by Samuel Colt’s firm in Hartford, Connecticut was Colt’s Navy model, a premier medium caliber handgun. Colt designated the term ‘Navy’ to imply the caliber (.36) of the weapon, as he did with its later and heavier companion the Colt Model 1860 Army of .44 caliber.

Manufactured in the 1st quarter of 1863, this complete and used Model 1851 Navy revolver bears serial number #132503 and is an example of a much carried personal sidearm used before and during the American Civil War. As a six-shot, .36 caliber, percussion revolver, this specimen was one of over 215,000 such sidearms made. Weapon features an un-rebated cylinder mated to a 7½” long octagonal barrel. Sidearm boasts all matching serial numbers including the wedge. The mechanics are good but not crisp. Indexes well. The engraved naval engagement scene on the cylinder between the Republic of Texas Navy and the Mexican Navy is strong and near 100% but is marred by heavy mottling and scattered pinprick pitting. Bore is good but dirty with some pitting possible.

All six nipples are in intact but dirty with light surface rust. The cylinder safety pins are all hammered down. All metal surfaces exhibit a bright gray surface with heavy mottling throughout with areas of oxidation prevalent and light surface rust. Frame does exhibit some original case colors and features a strong clear “COLTS / PATENT” stamping on the left side. Frame screws are original and slightly buggered. Barrel address marking of “ADDRESS SAM’L COLT NEW-YORK U S AMERICA” is strong and clear.

Varnished grips are of one-piece walnut and are in good overall condition with no cartouches and some edge wear. No silver wash on the brass trigger guard or grip frame. The heel of the grip frame has a filed channel with a screw hole while a second screw hole can be found on the bottom of the grip. This is a period alteration to attach a stock.

‘51 Navies are getting hard to come by.

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