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 LOT 3376
Desirable Squareback Trigger Guard Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver, Serial Number 1698 - Serial no. 1698, 36 cal., 7 1/2 inch octagon bbl., blue/ casehardened/silver finish, walnut grips. The Colt Model 1851 Navy was the second most popular of all the Colt percussion revolvers, after only the Model 1849 Pocket, with 215,348 of these revolvers manufactured between 1850-1873. This early revolver was manufactured in 1850, the first year of production, and has the distinctive combination of the wedge under the screw and the squareback trigger guard that differentiates the Second Model from the other variations.
  LOT 3378
Fine Civil War U.S. Contract
Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver
with Holster - Serial no. 37307, 44 cal., 8 inch round bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut grips. The Model
1860 Army was the primary revolver used
     It has a brass cone front sight, “-ADDRESS
top of the barrel, “COLT’S/PATENT” marking on the left of
the frame, the classic Naval Battle of Campeche roll scene on the
cylinder, and all matching visible serial numbers on the loading lever,
barrel, frame, trigger guard, wedge, cylinder pin, cylinder, butt, and
handwritten in black ink inside the grip mortise.
CONDITION: Very good, with scattered mild spotting and gray patina on the iron surfaces,
scattered patches of light to mild pitting, mostly visible cylinder scene and markings, and 60%
original silver plated finish with bright golden patina on the exposed brass. Grip is also very
good with a defined left edge, minor wear on the right edge, some scattered scratches and
dents, and retains most of its original varnish. The action occasionally slips out of time, otherwise mechanically functions. This is an honest representative example of a desirable Colt Model 1851 Navy variation.
Estimate: 4,500 - 7,000
LOT 3377
Very Fine Colt Round Barrel Pocket Navy Conversion Revolver with Attractive Mexican Eagle Relief Carved Grip - Serial no. 43983, 38 CF cal., 5 1/2 inch round bbl., nickel/silver finish, antique ivory grips.
Only around 2,000 of these revolvers were manufactured by Colt c. 1873-1875. It has a post front sight, the one-line New York barrel address along the top of the barrel, “-PAT. JULY. 25. 1871-/-PAT. JULY. 2. 1872.-” on the left side of the frame, “36 CAL” on the left trigger guard shoulder, “4619” on the loading gate and cylinder, matching visible serial numbers, and a grip with a golden eagle, snake, and cactus pattern in raised relief carving based on the Coat of Arms of Mexico.
CONDITION: Very fine with 90% plus original finish remaining and polished mostly bright, minimal minor flaking at the edges, and mild marks and scratches. The grip is also very fine and has mostly distinct relief carving, minor shrinkage, attractive aged tones, and a chip at the toe on the right. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 3,000 - 4,500
by the Union during the Civil War. This example was manufactured in 1862. Full and partial matching serial number “37307” marked on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, butt, wedge, cylinder, cylinder pin and handwritten in black ink inside the grip mortise. Includes an unmarked period brown leather Slim Jim holster. CONDITION: Fine, retains 40% original case colors and original blue finish with smooth gray and brown patina on the balance, some areas of minor oxidation, attractive golden bright patina on the brass, retains all of its cylinder safety pins with some minor wear on a few of them, defined cylinder scene and markings in the metal overall. The grip is very good and has mild scratches, mild edge wear, and a lightly worn but legible cartouche. Mechanically excellent. The holster is fine with mild wear and cracking. Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000
LOT 3379
Civil War Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver Inscribed to George A. Jones of Concord, New Hampshire, a Union Casualty at the Battle of Gettysburg, with Case and Accessories - Serial no. 204957, 31 cal., 6 inch octagon bbl., blue/casehardened/silver finish, walnut grips. The revolver is a classic six-shot Model 1849 Pocket manufactured in 1862 during the Civil War and has the two-line Hartford address and standard markings and features, including matching visible serial numbers. The butt is inscribed “Geor A. Jones. Co. D/Concord. N.H.” Includes a modern case fitted to the revolver and containing a brass ball/bullet mold, screwdriver, eagle powder flask, and three cap tins. Sergeant George A. Jones (1841-1863) was originally a corporal and is identified as serving in Company E of the 2nd Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers and died from wounds received on July 2, 1863, during the Battle of Gettysburg during which the regiment had 353 soldiers engaged and in less than three hours on July 2nd lost 47 killed, 136 wounded, 36 missing, and 21 of their 24 officers killed or wounded in battle, including Colonel Bailey who was wounded. They were part of the 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Division, III Corps and were placed in the Peach Orchard during the battle. Further investigation indicates Jones was mortally wounded by a hit to the spine that paralyzed him and led to his death at the end of that month. He was initially buried in Michael Fiscel’s cornfield by a walnut tree but was later moved to the New Hampshire Plot in the National Cemetery at Gettysburg (see “Union Casualties at Gettysburg” by Travis and John Busey). The 2nd NH were using the controversial Gardiner exploding bullets, some of which exploded when Corporal Thomas Bignall of Company C’s cartridge box was hit. They were the only regiment to make much use of this ammunition which could be used to damage enemy artillery and supply lines as well as producing debilitating wounds and deaths among the enemy soldiers. CONDITION: Fine with 30% original blue finish, 50% original case colors, 75% plus original age darkened silver plating, distinct inscription and markings, absent wedge retention screw, and mild wear, including some light pitting. The grip is also very good and has some mild dings and scratches, edge wear, and most of the original varnish finish remaining. Mechanically fine. The modern custom made case is very good with minor storage wear. The mold is fine, and the other accessories are good.
    Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000 219

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