Colt Model 1851 Navy, Third Model

.36 Caliber. 7.5" octagonal barrel. SN: 53505. Single action revolver with hammer notch and dovetailed brass blade sights. Blued metal finish with case hardening to frame, hammer, and lever. Item features a brass backstrap and triggerguard. Markings include "ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY-S" to top of barrel. Left of frame is marked "COLTS/PATENT" with the patent markings partially obscuring a "U.S." mark. There is also a roll-marked naval scene, along with the markings "COLTS PATENT NO. 3505" and "ENGAGED 16 MAY 1843" to cylinder. There is a weak cartouche to right grip near base. All serial numbers are matching on this item except for wedge which is unmarked. Manufactured in 1856. Item appears to have a mismatched grip and does not have any sub-inspector marks. Letter provided from Colt Industries' Firearms Division indicates the weapon does not appear in their research range. Letter is dated to 1980. The gun is further accompanied by an old typewritten index card associating the gun with a specific Michigan soldier and a likely apocryphal story about it being taken from his dead body at Gettysburg by a Confederate soldier. Copies of the service records of the deceased solider are included, but the story seems extremely unlikely.


Fair to good. Bore is dark. Blued finish has been almost completely worn away leaving a brown patina that is darkest on the left side of the barrel and a gray patina on the right side. The right side of the barrel features a pitted and darkened area one inch from the muzzle while some additional pitting appears around the muzzle itself. Further mars appear on the frame and breechblock while the cylinder has clear drag lines. The one piece walnut grip has two small mars towards the base while the cartouche is illegible. Action is functional. 

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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