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   “US” markings on the frames are sometimes worn away and as a clear way to distinguish privately purchased arms from government property, especially since former
government owned weaponry was also being sold as surplus. It has the usual markings and features of a U.S. contract Model 1860 Army aside from the added marking and
mixed numbers on all the components. This example has the three-screw frame and back strap cut for use with a shoulder stock (not included). The frame serial number dates to 1861.
CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, retains 70% arsenal refurbished blue finish on the barrel, 40% of the blue finish on the cylinder, hammer and backstrap with smooth brown patina on the balance, some patches of surface oxidation and a few patches of light pitting visible underneath the finish, and 70% attractive vivid case colors on the frame with smooth gray patina on the balance and loading lever. The cylinder scene is defined. The brass exhibits a bright golden patina. The grip is also fine with defined edges, scattered light scratches and handling marks, and some dings concentrated mostly on the bottom right flat. Mechanically excellent. These arsenal refurbished Colt Model 1860 revolvers saw hard use in the West, making an exceptional condition example such as this one which was quite possibly issued to a “Buffalo Soldier” of the 9th or 10th Cavalry a desirable piece for the U.S. Military collector!
Estimate: 6,000
 - 8,000
  LOT 258
Rare and Desirable Schuyler, Hartley, & Graham and U.S. Marked Colt Model 1860 Army Shipping Crate - This is an example of a rare shipping crate for 10 Colt Model 1860 Army percussion revolvers. Both long sides of the crate are marked in black paint “10 COLT’S NEW MODEL ARMY/44-100”. One short side has deeply impressed “U.S.” above an inlaid metal tag stamped “6982”. The lid is marked “SCHUYLER, HARTLEY, & GRAHAM/19 MAIDEN LANE/ NEW YORK CITY”. Schuyler, Hartley & Graham was the largest Colt, and general arms, dealers during the time of the Civil War. The crate measures 20x10 3/4x7 1/2 inches.
CONDITION: Very fine showing age from over a century of storage with scattered dings dents, chips, and a few cracks. The majority of the nails remain. Stencils remain clear and dark with minimal fading. This would make an incredible display in any Colt 1860 Army or
U.S. martial collection!
Provenance: The George S. Lewis Jr. Collection.
Estimate: 5,500 - 8,500
Rare and Desirable Civil War Era Watervliet Arsenal Marked Crate for Colt 1851 Navy Belt Pistol “Skin” Cartridges - Offered here is a shipping crate for early Colt “skin” cartridges. The
crate is made of pine and is marked “FROM/WATERVLIET/ARSENAL” on one of the long sides with “600 BALL CART,S/COLTS NAVY/BELT. PISTOL 1864.”The short ends are unmarked. Inside is three compartments which would have originally held the ammunition. These were an early form of waterproof cartridge that were popular during the Civil War for Colt revolvers made by drying animal intestines to create a protective seal from the wet conditions of the battlefield. Watervliet Arsenal was the main manufacturer of cartridges for the Union during the Civil War, and remains the oldest continually active arsenal in the United States.
CONDITION: Very good, showing wear from standing the test of time. Most all of the original nails remains, a portion of the lid is absent and the edges are rounded, but the markings on the body remains crisp. This is an incredible rare accessory missing from even the most advanced Colt collections! Provenance: The George S. Lewis Jr. Collection.
Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000
LOT 259
 LOT 257
Exceptional Indian Wars U.S. Marked Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver
- Serial no. 24881, 44 cal., 8 inch round bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut grips. This revolver and others
like it with “US” markings on the trigger guards and mixed numbers are believed to be Civil War contract Model 1860 Army
revolvers that were refurbished by the government for use by the U.S. Army, especially the cavalry, out in the West during the Sioux
Wars, Yavapai Wars, Texas-Indian Wars, and other conflicts before they were replaced by converted Model 1860 Army, Single Action Army, and Schofield revolvers. They are believed to have been in part issued to the famous “Buffalo Soldiers.” Some were likely used to arm Indian scouts and other Native American allies as well in the West. The added “US” markings on the trigger guards may have been added since the

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