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 LOT 237
Attractive Factory Engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion
Revolver - Serial no. 93350, 36 cal., 7 1/2 inch octagon bbl., blue/casehardened/silver
finish, antique ivory grips. This revolver was manufactured in 1860 on the eve of the Civil
War. Many of the revolvers within the 1860 dated serial number range are known to have been sold to dealers and
agents from the South, and many no doubt saw use by Confederate officers during the Civil War. This revolver features the
classic Germanic style engraving of Gustave Young and the other German immigrant engravers working
for Colt in the 1850s and 1860s. The left side of the barrel has an eagle’s head, and the left side of the
frame is hand inscribed with “COLT’S/PATENT” in place of the usual stamped markings. The factory dash
marking used to mark some of the revolvers for special finishing or grips is marked above or below the
serial numbers along the bottom of the revolver. The hammer is stamped with five dots, often said to denote
the level of work/time devoted by the shop in the embellishment. The barrel has a dovetailed blade front sight and the one- line Hartford address. The revolver also has the standard cylinder scene. “2” is marked near the bottom on the left of the barrel lug. The left side of the trigger guard has a “1” and a “G.” The revolver is fitted with a very attractive smooth grip.
CONDITION: Very good with crisp engraving, 80% original silver plating remaining on the trigger guard and back strap, aged patina on the silver and exposed brass, mottled gray patina on the steel, mostly distinct cylinder scene, and general mild overall wear. The grip is fine and has attractive grain patterns and natural aged patina, minor age cracks, and slight shrinkage. Mechanically excellent.
Estimate: 6,500 - 9,500
 LOT 238
Scarce Factory Engraved Colt Model 1855 “Root” Sidehammer Pocket Percussion Revolver - Serial no. 19542, 28 cal., 3 1/2 inch octagon bbl., blue finish, antique ivory
grips. This attractive factory engraved Colt Model 1855 Pocket revolver is a “Model 2” variant manufactured in 1858 with a 3 1/2 inch octagon barrel with a cone front sight and the pointing hand followed by the two-line,
two-block patent and address marking and a round cylinder with the cabin and Indian roll-scene. The bottom of the barrel also
has a “K” marking. A sight groove and notch rear sight are incorporated into the top strap. The revolver is finished with blue on the barrel,
cylinder, and frame; casehardening on the loading lever and hammer, and has an attractive grip. It is engraved with classic factory “Gustave
Young” style Germanic scroll engraving with beaded backgrounds. The front of the hammer has five dots, often said to denote the level of
work devoted by the shop in engraving.
CONDITION: Very good with mostly crisp engraving, 20% original blue
finish, mostly dark brown patina throughout, some spots of minor pitting, and general moderate overall wear. The grip is fine and has attractive natural grain and aged patina, slight shrinkage, and minor handling and age related wear. Mechanically fine.
Estimate: 4,500 - 6,500

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