Martially Marked Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver

.36 caliber. 7.5" octagonal barrel. SN: 77949 (mfg. ca1857). Blued and color casehardened finish, brass triggerguard and grip strap, smooth one-piece walnut grip. All matching numbers including grip, wedge missing. One-line Hartford barrel address, two-line COLT'S/PATENT over U.S. on lower left of frame. 6-shot round percussion cylinder with usual Naval Engagement roll engraved scene. Single letter sub-inspections throughout, grip with two weak cartouches, what appears to be the script MM of Ordnance Department sub-inspector Miles Moulton on the left side and the final acceptance script inspection WAT of Ordnance Officer William Anderson Thornton on the right. Colt delivered some 16,778 Model 1851 Navy revolvers to the US Army between 1855 and 1858 on at least 14 separate contracts. As many of these guns saw hard use on the frontier against the Comanches and other adversaries long before they saw Civil War service, the surviving guns often show very hard use.


Good. Retains no finish, metal with a mottled and moderately oxidized brownish gray patina. Markings remain fairly clear in metal, with most of the naval engagement scene still clear and visible. Mechanically functional, fair bore is moderately pitted. Hammer screw and wedge screw replaced, some other screws with moderate slot wear. Muzzle with very visible holster wear. Grip worn with lower leading and trailing edges chipped and rounded, showing scattered bumps, dings and mars.

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
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