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Rare, Finest Known, Pre-Civil War U.S. Navy Inspected Colt Model 1851 “Navy-Navy” Percussion Revolver with Navy Holster and Navy Cartridge Box - Serial no. 89844, 36 cal., 7 1/2 inch octagon bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut grips. This is an exceptional example of a rare U.S. Navy issue Fourth Model Colt Model 1851 percussion revolver. Most of these Navy issued, also known as “Navy-Navy,” examples were converted to metallic cartridge configurations after the Civil War, making unaltered percussion examples rare. Approximately 2,640 Colt Model 1851 Navy revolvers were purchased by the U.S.
Navy between June 1856 and September 1859. This revolver was manufactured in 1858 and has the distinctive iron grip frame with large trigger guard, a post front sight, hammer nose rear sight, three-screw frame and percussion cut-out without a capping groove. The top barrel flat is marked “-ADDRESS SAML COLT HARTFORD CT.-”, with “COLTS/ PATENT/U.S.” marked on the left side of the frame. The cylinder is roll engraved with the Texas naval battle scene. All matching visible serial numbers marked on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, butt, cylinder, cylinder pin, wedge and handwritten in black ink inside the grip mortise. Small one letter inspection marks on various parts. The iron butt is marked “U*SN*” and the right walnut grip base is stamped with “I/G*WR*” inspection initials. Fitted with a smooth one-piece walnut grip. Includes an original Civil War Navy revolver black leather holster embossed “US.N.Y/BOSTON”, and an original Civil War “USN” embossed black leather Navy pistol/revolver cartridge box that is also embossed “US.N.Y/BOSTON” on the inner flap.

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