.36 caliber, 7.5" barrel, S/N 50739 (mfg. ca 1856). Blued and color case hardened finish, brass triggerguard and backstrap, one-piece walnut grip. Six-shot percussion cylinder. One-line barrel address reads: - ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY -. Frame marked COLT'S / PATENT / U.S. Cylinder with standard naval engagement roll-engraved scene with Colt's patent markings and serial number. Matching serial numbers throughout with the abbreviated serial number 0739 on the loading lever, the wedge and in ink in the backstrap cut out of the grip. Grip with a soft script ADK (Andrew D. King) cartouche on the left side and a similarly soft script RHKW final acceptance cartouche of Ordnance Officer Richard H.K. Whitely on the right side. Small "K" sub-inspection marks are found over most of the revolver with a small "H" inspection on the barrel. A crisp example of a scarce martial Colt M1851 Navy revolver.
Very good. Retains flecked traces of flaked blue on the barrel with a mostly even plum brown patina and some scattered surface oxidation and a couple of spots of moderate surface roughness. Frame with minute hints of mottled case coloring, having a mostly tobacco brown patina. Crisp markings throughout on the metal, retaining most of the cylinder scene. Mechanically functional, all safety pins on rear of cylinder battered and essentially missing, bore good with even pitting and moderate oxidation along its length. Grip good, lightly sanded with some scattered bumps and dings and softened cartouches.
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