7.5" barrel, .36 caliber. S/N 23 is a fine early all-original example of the most desirable Paterson Colts. Barrel has a particularly well rolled address, Pat Arms M'g Co. Paterson N.J. Colts Pt. Original German silver fore-sight. Both cylinders #23 with hold-up scene of stagecoach and Colt legend clearly visible. Blued frame with case hardened hammer, folding trigger, highly figured varnished walnut grips also properly numbered 23.
Octagonal barrel retains considerable original blued finish especially towards the muzzle and no pitting, just staining. Wedge is un-numbered, but appears to be an original Paterson wedge. Barrel lug numbered 23. Bore is excellent for a Paterson with crisp multi-groove rifling. Frame retains some original blue, mostly on left side where it is quite strong. Back strap mostly smooth gray metal with traces of blue where strap meets frame. Recoil shield with traces of blue. Hammer with traces of case hardening. Cylinders are mostly grey metal with good scene. All nipples appear to be genuine and original. Action is crisp and functions properly. Figured grips retain considerable original varnish with flaking and very minor marks. A full dimensioned and very attractive Texas Paterson with early serial number.
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