.44 percussion caliber. 8” round barrel. SN: 44708 (mfg. ca1862). Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver. 6-shot single action percussion revolver. Round Cylinder with a 3-screw frame, cut for shoulder stock. Standard grip with faint marking on left grip towards the butt. Notch on the butt grip strap. Very faint color case hardening on the frame. Rebated Cylinder with creeping style loading lever. Notch sight on the hammer. All matching serial numbers including wedge and cylinder arbor. Barrel denotes a New York manufacture of the firearm. Markings include: "-ADDRESS COL. SAM.L COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-" on the top of the barrel. "COLTS/PATENT" on left side of the frame. "COLTS PATENT No 4078" on cylinder. "DD" on cylinder. "H" on rebated portion of the cylinder. "S" on brass trigger guard. Mostly legible script “CSL” cartouche on lower left grip, for US arsenal sub-inspector Chester S. Leonard. A nice, fairly crisp and very honest, untouched early Civil War production Colt Model 1860 Army.
The Colt Model 1860 Army revolver was the primary handgun of the Union Army during the America Civil War. Over 200,000 were produced with a nearly 130,000 of them going to the Union government. Colt patented his first revolving firearm design in England in 1835. He received two patents in the United States for a five or six round revolving rifle and pistol in 1836. The Colt's Patent Firearms Company held a significant place in the revolver market due to the early patent date of his firearms that wouldn't expire until the 1850s. The revolver in and of itself provided a successful repeater on the battlefield at a time when the standard infantry arm was a single shot, muzzle-loading rifle-musket.
Very good. Revolver with a lightly oxidized mottled brown and gray patina with some scattered light surface roughness and some patches of pitting. Cylinder scene remains mostly visible, frame with some minute traces of case coloring in protected areas. Loading lever and hammer with lesser traces of mottling. Mechanically functional, bore with strong rifling and moderate oxidation, showing some flecks of rust and some pitting. Grip very good, with a mostly clear cartouche, some scattered handling marks, and some minute chipped loss to the sharp leading edges.
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