.44 caliber, 7.5" octagon to round barrel, S/N 15667 (mfg. ca 1856). Blued and color case hardened finish, brass trigger guard and backstrap, six-shot cylinder, varnished one-piece walnut grip. Four screw frame, cut for shoulder stock. Top flat marked "ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW YORK," matching serial numbers with the exception of the loading lever (#6808) and the wedge that has two serial numbers, one matching the gun that appears to be in the same font and from the same dies as the balance of the numbers and a second number "3665" that is much weaker. Barrel address partially obscured by the addition of a large, fixed rear sight that appears to be period.
Noted firearms dealer, Damon Mills, of Damon Mills Fine Antique Guns and Swords of Montgomery, Alabama has some additional information on this gun. Mills noted that "This gun is in the 15,000 serial number range, but four screw cut for stock dragoons did not go into production until the 17,000 range." Mr. Mills states that there are several odd nuances with this firearm, but he gives a case-by-case argument stating that the work was factory done. He discusses variances with the barrel, brass back strap, hammer screw, lack of Colt Patent stamp on left side, and un-numbered cylinder pin. He concludes that this was a developmental prototype of which a few were made by the Colt factory to have clients comment on, which was a common practice of Colt Firearms Company. Mr. Mills concludes his letter by stating, "To me, it is a precious piece of Colt history that should be preserved."
Good. Revolver with an evenly oxidized brown patina, clear barrel markings and only minute traces of cylinder scene. Metal mostly smooth with scattered minor roughness and some light pitting here and there. Left frame pin broken and missing, percussion cones battered. Mechanically functional, good bore with scattered pitting. Grip worn with traces of varnish and numerous handling marks and surface mars.
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