Colt Model 1855 Military Revolving Rifle

.64 caliber, 31.25" octagonal-to-round barrel, S/N 42. Blued finish, walnut stock and forend, brass nose cap, five-shot fluted cylinder. Matching serial number "42" present on triggerguard, frame and barrel under forend. No markings present in flutes of cylinder, but cylinder was not removed to inspect rear due to the nature of the Root patent arbor pin mechanism. Top strap marked in a single line: COL. COLT HARTFORD CT. U.S.A. Left side of frame marked in an arc: COLT'S PATENT / NOV. 24th 1857 behind the recoil shield. Military configuration rifle with full-length forend retained by two clamping barrel bands, military pattern folding leaf rear sight, with leaves marked for 300 and 500 yards. Front sight doubles as lug for angular socket bayonet. Butt trap retains brass jag extension for cleaning rod, which is of the correct pattern. .64 caliber examples of the M1855 Military revolving rifles are extremely rare, with production estimates in the range of 25-50 guns. Rifle is accompanied by an angular socket bayonet that fits. The bayonet is of the US M1855 pattern with a 3" socket and a blade shortened to 15.5" that has been blued. The muzzle diameter of the socket is .781" and the bridge has been filed to allow the front sight of the rifle to pass through. The bayonet is accompanied by a US Pattern of 1864 (8-rivet) scabbard with a blackened buff frog.


Very good to fine. Barrel retains much of the blued finish, with fading, wear and loss, more finish is present under the barrel where it has been protected by the forend. Frame with traces of finish and scattered pitting. All metal with scattered surface oxidation and some surface scale and minor roughness. Markings in metal mostly clear. Cylinder with no visible marking and some added finish. Rear of cylinder with significant pitting and erosion. Mechanically functional, good bore with scattered light to moderate pitting along its entire length. Stock with numerous bumps, dings and surface mars, forend similar with some minor grain cracks visible on the interior of the forend. Overall a significantly better than average Colt revolving military-style rifle in an exceptionally rare caliber. Bayonet good as shortened, retaining much of the added blue finish. Scabbard very good with some minor flaking and finish loss.

Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000
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