Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

.44 caliber, 7.5" barrel, S/N 1845 (mfg. ca 1848). Blued and color case hardened finish brass triggerguard and backstrap, ivory grip. Matching numbers throughout, including wedge, with the exception of the grip, which is a later replacement. One-line bracketed left-hand barrel address, two-line Colt's Patent mark over US on frame. Cylinder with Texas Ranger and Indian fight scene, with MODEL U.S.M.R. and COLT'S PATENT in bannered arcs above and below the serial number. Square-back triggerguard, oval stop slots. Roughly 7,000 of these revolvers were produced ca 1848-1850.


Good. Retains no finish, metal cleaned with sharp edges softened. Markings remain legible throughout. Retains some good cylinder scene. Mechanically functional, good bore with light to moderate pitting. Brass with a deep golden patina, gripstrap with a round repair in it. Loading lever screws replaced, wedge screw an old replacement, frame screws worn and polished with heavy slot wear. Ivory grip very good, showing some good age but is not likely from the period of use and seems to be a more recent addition to the gun as the fit is poor with gapping around the grip frame.

Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000
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