.28 caliber, 3.5" barrel, S/N 11323 (mfg. ca 1856). Blued finish, varnished walnut grip. Matching numbers on frame, barrel and cylinder, revolver not further disassembled due to the delicate nature of the Root mechanism. Barrel marked with pointing hand and in two lines: COLT'S PATENT / 1855 and ADDRESS COL. COLT / HARTFORD CT USA, flanked and separated by Maltese crosses. Cylinder with usual roll engraved "Cabin & Indian" scene. Revolver contained in a period Colt case that appears to be for a longer barreled, 4.5" Model 6A or 7A Root revolver. Casing also contains an unmarked copper shell motif powder flask and a key for the lock mechanism that is not functional.
Very good. Retains some nice original streaky blue finish with fading, wear and loss, the balance of the metal mostly a smooth plum brown patina. All markings clear, cylinder scene mostly visible. Revolver needs mechanical attention as the hammer does not always stay at full-cock and rarely locks into the half-cock position. Arbor pin shows minor damage at rear from being removed incorrectly. Bore good with some oxidation, pitting and patches of rust. Grip very good with nicely figured walnut that shows scattered light bumps and dings and retains some nice varnish. Case about good, showing some repairs and replaced wood around the lips and edges, with some added finish. Lining appears original and is well worn with some fading and loss, some of the dividers are loose. Flask is very good.
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