COLT 1860 ARMY REVOLVER MANUFACTURED IN 1862

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Item Code: 2021-547

This Colt .44 Army Revolver rates very good for condition. It is complete and original, with no finish remaining, largely a muted silver gray with a few dark gray spots on the left side of the barrel, but with smooth metal and crisp markings. Serial numbers match throughout: 50408, which gives it a mid-1862 production date, with an estimated 5,000 pistols made per month and the numbers starting around 25000 at the beginning of the year and ending around 85000. This places it in the field in time for use in most of the major battles and cavalry expeditions of the war. The frame is the three-screw model, but still cut for shoulder stock, which came in around February 1862, and allowed Colt to cut some production costs.

The barrel address, “ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW - YORK U.S. AMERICA” has light wear in the middle (on “COLT” and “NEW,) but is generally sharp and is fully legible. There is some very slight rounding to the muzzle. The front sight is in place. There are some tiny dings around the wedge on the right, certainly from an old attempt to tap it out. The loading assembly is complete and good, with a little bluish gray showing on the hinge, likely from old case colors. On the frame “COLTS / PATENT” mark on the left side is sharp and it, too, shows slightly bluish-gray. The cylinder shows just traces of the naval combat scene, but the patent markings and serial number are good, with some light wear to the upper line. The nipples are not battered. The brass triggerguard has a nice medium patina. The grips have a good fit and show the outline of a cartouche on the right and traces of one on the left. There is a chip out on the left toe, but the color and surface are good and otherwise just light handling marks. The butt strap shows gray, but the bottom screw has blue.

The 1860 Army was well-liked revolver. The government purchased more than 125,000 of them. They were used in every theatre of the war and carried by Confederate troopers, when they could get them, as well. This would be a key piece in a cavalry collection, would look great displayed with saber, belt and holster, and its early date is a bonus.  [sr] [ph:m]

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