Colt First Model Dragoon Revolver

.44 caliber, 7.5" octagonal-to-round barrel, S/N 6131 (mfg. ca 1849). Blued and case hardened finish, brass backstrap and square-backed triggerguard, walnut grips. Matching numbers throughout, with arbor and loading lever marked 131, and both the wedge and grip unnumbered. Top flat of barrel with left-hand, bracketed address reading: {ADDRESS SML COLT NEW YORK CITY}. Frame with weak COLT'S/PATENT over US mark. Sub-inspected with an "N" on the frame, backstrap and loading lever. Grips with correct "SK" (Samuel Knous) sub-inspection cartouche on reverse of grip and a WAT (Capt. William A. Thornton) acceptance cartouche on obverse. Cylinder with oval stop slots and clear re-stamped serial number, but none of the other markings are present and only minute traces of the cylinder scene are visible under magnification. Only about 7,000 of these massive revolvers were produced ca 1848-1850, and martial examples with good cartouches in crisp condition like this are extremely scarce.


Very good. Retains minute traces of blue in protected areas, the balance a mostly smooth brown patina. Most markings remain clear and legible, except for the cylinder, which only shows the serial number. Mechanically functional, good bore that is dirty and evenly pitted. Grips very good with wear and small chips out at the leading edges, retaining two very good cartouches, with some added finish that had probably protected the cartouches from wear. A solid example of a marital 1st Model Dragoon revolver.

Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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