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EXCEPTIONAL OUTFIT, OF REVOLVER, HOLSTER, HISTORY, AND AS IT IS FOUND
2nd MODEL, COLT SQUARE BACK, .36 1851 NAVY, AND ORIGINAL DECORATED SLIM JIM HOLSTER
Following the Dragoon era, Colt introduced their first holster size revolver in the personage of the Model of 1851, naming it the Navy revolver, and of .36 caliber. As with all new introductions they still have variances. In this case the Square Back trigger guard was carried over from the Dragoon era, and even the wedge screw was unique. This Navy, Serial No. 267X, is the standard screw above wedge, and is part of ONLY about 2,800 ever made. After that, the standard round trigger guard appeared until over 200,000 had been made and production ceased. Square backs are " THE" most sought after version of the '51 Navy series. This Square Back has mostly a soft blue/gray/plum patina finish, with only maybe about 10% of blue and case colors still present. The grips are immaculate with all their original varnish, and in perfect condition.
Mechanically, it operates perfectly, loading, cocking, indexing, locking tight, and firing. The cylinder scene is very crisp, all present and well defined and visible.
Now the "rest of the story". This Square back Navy was discovered in Sacramento California in a family. They went west in the late 1840's, and settled there. Defense is essential, so later this Navy was purchased. It is unclear if it saw any type Civil War service. However, it was always kept freshly loaded, and ready. The last real remembrance was the 1860's period when it changed hands in the family. Speaking of being ready, when discovered, and as it is today, the six round balls loaded into the cylinder in the 1860's are still there !! today !!
The Slim Jim is a story unto itself. It is Service/Patriotic carved. Up the center is a Chain ending in an Anchor, possibly Grappling Hook. At the op is the American Shield, a pattern of vertical stripes, with a crowned top. An extremely popular patriotic/military emblem of the times.
99.9% of all the original SILVER plate on the trigger guard and back strap are present, and "blackened" with age...wonderful, shows it is untouched !!
This is certainly a unique, maybe once in a lifetime opportunity, to own a RARE and highly sought after Colt .36 Square Back Navy , and with an ORIGINAL significantly carved Slim Jim holster. Both remain in very acceptable, in fact excellent condition for their rarity. In addition classic history comes with this Colt, even the original load of the 1860's !
|COLT POCKET NAVY, .36,
previously known as, Model of 1862 Pocket Navy, Model of 1853
This Model Colt was somewhat of an enigma for many years. Known by collectors under several names for many years, finally designated "The Pocket Navy" of .36 Caliber. It is absolutely one of the SCARCEST of all the percussion models from Colt. Estimated at only 22,000, which is also incorrect as most were converted to cartridge. So realistically you are looking at maybe 5,000 or less, original Pocket Navy .36 revolvers. then reduce that by survival rate, and you find very few available to collectors. This Pocket Navy . Serial No. 376X, has only traces of the once blue finish, mostly in protected areas. The balance a smooth perfect and correct plum patina There are very distinct amounts of case color remaining on the frame and hammer, plus most all the varnish remains on the grips. The brass trigger guard and back strap are untouched with the patina of age and some traces of silver. ALL factory applied markings are present, barrel address, frame patents etc.. plus all serial numbers are present and MATCHING. Mechanically it is correct. The revolver cocks, locks, indexes, and releases to fire flawlessly. The cylinder scene is VERY strong throughout most of the cylinder surface, and totally present. The grips still have 99% of all their original varnish.
ALL serial numbers are matching, including the cylinder and wedge. Speaking of cylinder, it has a very good and present scene throughout.
In comparison to it's peers, this is a very respectable condition example of a very scarce and desirable Colt percussion revolver. A solid plus for any collector of Colt and it's percussion era revolvers.
PRICE $3,650 SALES HOLD
This .36 cal. '62 Pocket Navy has the 5-1/2 inch octagonal barrel.
This Pocket Navy has an excellent cylinder scene. It is still strongly visible and present over the entire cylinder surface in different levels of intensity.
|"AN ULTIMATE RARE" NAVY
COLT 4th MODEL 1851 NAVY, .36 REVOLVER of 1861..
1986 CHRISTIES CATALOGUE & COLT LETTER,... "FULL TIN PLATE FINISH "....
This 1851 Colt, Serial No. 11163X, is fully and ORIGINAL Tin Plate, and remains in what could be described as "unfired" condition.
For basic information for Colt collectors both experienced and novice, Colt was experimenting with a variety of finishes as early as the 1840's. Tin Plating has been found on several Dragoons, Navy revolvers, and even on a few 1860 Army revolvers. Important to say, it was not a common plating, so it it exceptionally rare when encountered. This Navy has oiled finished Walnut grips in perfect condition, with a fine antique patina and luster to the wood.
ALL factory markings are present and vividly clear: barrel address, cylinder scene, serial numbers, patents etc... ALL parts are the original parts to the Colt. This is simply one of those rare occasions where time passed this Colt bye, and left it for us, as it was seen in 1861. Incredible !!! Mechanically, this '51 Navy is 100% PERFECT in all percussion phases of operation , loading, cocking indexing, firing, and starting over each time. The CYLINDER scene is PERFECT, every line, every sails etc... plus the Engaged Date . This is an exceptional opportunity for the collector, as it is an insight into Colt, various finishes, and shipping location. This Colt was shipped into Boston in 1861, to an unusual source, not a straight forward arms dealer. This I think saved the Colt, and preserved the ability to find it today in this magnificent condition. I believe this to be a once in collecting lifetime opportunity, a FULL Tin Plate Colt 1851 Navy, and a known history back to 1986, and 1861. PRICE $13,750 SALES HOLD
1877, DA .38, "SHERIFFS MODEL", 1880.
This Model of 1877 has the 2-1/2 inch barrel, no ejector, and the early style acid etched panel, COLT DA .38. This barrel length is not as rare as a 2 inch, but the 2-1/2 inch is still a very scarce barrel length, as most were either 3 or 3-1/2 inch. Serial No. 2341X was manufactured in 1880, still fairly early, a 3rd year production. It has 99.99% of all the original factory bright nickel on the frame and barrel, and the cylinder shows some loss, and would be rated at about 85%. Most of the fire blue is still present on the screw heads, and VERY present on the hammer reverse and trigger reverse.
Serial No. 2341X is very fortunate indeed, as it is 100% mechanically perfect, in all it's operating actions ! The checkered hard rubber grips still have all their crisp checkering, and show only minor handling.
This is a very strong condition mechanically perfect, early production "Lightning", and in the exotic Sheriffs Model barrel length of 2-1/2 inches. PRICE $1,850
This 2-1/2 inch "Lightning", still has it's perfect acid "etched panel" on the barrel, " COLT DA 38 ".
ACTION ARMY, .45. U.S. , ARTILLERY MODEL......
The history of this variation is well known. In the late 1890's the Army adopted the new Colt Double Action .38 revolver, and retired the Single Action from active service. Then along comes the Spanish American War, and the Philippine Insurrection, followed by the Banana Republic Wars. Simply put, the new .38 lacked "stopping power". The old SA war horses were called out of moth balls, had their barrel shortened to 5-1/2 inches, and were refurbished. No regard for Serial Number integrity was exercised. They were then shipped extremely fast to the ongoing battles in the Philippines, Cuba, and other locations. They had "stopping power". This Artillery Colt, is composed of two sets of Serial numbers, and Inspectors. It has a DFC 11992X frame, and a Ainsworth Trigger Guard and Back Strap, Serial No. 488X. The barrel is an RAC, and the cylinder has 4 exposed numbers 2455. The RAC and 1903 cartouche appears on the right hand Walnut grip. This Colt would have been destined for service in the Philippines. This Artillery has extremely strong condition for an issued revolver. It has about 65-70% blue on the barrel, cylinder, and grips areas. There is even quite visible case color hardening on the frame and hammer. The Walnut grips are smooth, free from damage, and have a perfect cartouche ! The mechanical actions are PERFECT !! all phases, of cocking, locking and firing, a tight perfect action. ALL Colt applied markings are present and vividly clear. ALL Military markings are present and clear.
Just in passing, the trigger guard and back strap numbers are very much in the Custer Issue range of Serial Numbers. An excellent Colt Artillery Model, both in condition, markings, and Serial Numbers. PRICE $6,500
SIGNIFICANT, .36cal, '51 COLT NAVY REVOLVER
This Colt Model 1851 Navy, 4th Model, Serial No. 11893X, has a very interesting story. Shipped in 1862 to B. Kittridge & Co., Cincinnati, it was "glamorized" for sale to Union, and oh yes!, Confederate Officers. This Navy was Silver Washed, and had the Deluxe Burl Walnut grips. The screws were lightly blued, to create a very attractive revolver. Kittridge was a real "marketing" force for Colt. Remember the names " Lightning" , "Thunderer" and "Rainmaker" were coined by Kittridge. Plus other names for other models, like the Big Colt on the .41 New Line. Along with the Factory letter comes a hand written letter from a *noted dealer, who has seen many Kittridge innovations, such as silver washing, and details this in the letter. This "glamorizing" of the Navy made it more appealing to the Officer Class of Civil War participants. This location served as the Western "supply" store, for the Trans- Mississippi Army, and perhaps down into Missouri and "Reb" hands. Today, only about 20% of the Silver wash remains, the balance is a soft gray patina. ALL Serial numbers are matching, and ALL parts are ORIGINAL to this Navy. ALL factory applied markings are clear and present. The working action is SUPERB and functions PERFECTLY all the time!!
The cylinder scene is strong, present and complete.
This is a very unique Colt 1851 Navy revolver, with a very significant history, and most probable Civil War history, generated by Kittridge & Co, Cincinnati, Ohio. PRICE $3,850 SALES HOLD
The Silver wash still is intact on some of the surfaces, as seen here on the frame, recoil shield, and hammer.
You can see the DELUXE Burl Walnut wood used for the grips.
|" A MOST UNIQUE
REVOLVER" dating to the LATE 1840 to 1850'period..DRAGOON / WALKER
COLT, ALL OLD, AND PERIOD TO THE TIME FRAME
This revolver is a mystery as to it's existence. The rear half of the revolver is all 1st Dragoon Colt parts. It has been examined, and re-examined by many authorities, and it is the opinion that all those parts were manufactured by Colt, and are 1st Dragoon parts. The barrel, is virtually indistinguishable from a Colt Walker barrel.
The frame still shows some remnants of case coloring, and the barrel traces of blue.
This Percussion .44 revolver is the product of Colt Dragoon parts, and a Walker barrel. The entire package is "OLD" this is NOT an Italian copy, and NOT a modern re-pro. It is an old Colt revolver from the mid 19th century. The reason for the marriage of the two models we will never know, or why? Perhaps a Colt revolver for the secondary market or the frugal use of parts for a secondary market revolver. It has the "heft" of the Walker, and it was actually used "during the day"
Original Lead fill hole for the V-Spring
This revolver has no maker identification, and is not marked in any way. It is in every way, a large Dragoon/Walker pistol from the mid 19th century. Lunchbox parts? left over parts, secondary market dumping, either way, a solid specimen. So, if you always wanted a "Walker" and the price left you in the cold, this is a close representation, and a 19th century revolver, more Colt than we think and can confirm at this point.
AFTER EXAMINATION AT THE RECENT LAS VEGAS ANTIQUE ARMS SHOW, (JANUARY 2013) BY A TEAM OF ONGOING RESEARCHERS INTO THE WALKER COLT, IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THIS IS A COLT FACTORY BENCH, "PROTOTYPE" FOR THE 1ST MODEL COLT DRAGOON. EXHIBITING 1ST DRAGOON PARTS, MIXED WITH WALKER PARTS. THE RESEARCH TEAM HAS UNCOVERED STARTLING INFORMATION ABOUT WALKERS, AND WHEN THEY ACTUALLY WERE FIRST MADE, PREDATING 1847! THE HISTORY OF THE WALKER, A.K.A. "OLD MODEL ARMY REVOLVER".
|A VERY SCARCE COLT !!!!!
COLT 1849 POCKET MODEL, with IRON BACK STRAP & TRIGGER GUARD mfg'd 1859
The Pocket Model by Colt held somewhat of a production record, being produced from 1850 to 1873, non interrupted. During this period approximately 340,000 were manufactured. Within this there are many variations. One of the SCARCEST is New York City barrel address, with IRON back strap and trigger guard. It is theorized, that with the closing of the London operation, all parts in the Hartford warehouse were used. Therefore Iron back straps and trigger guards were assembled with the standard New York City barrel address, and shipped domestically!
There is still a large amount of Silver Plating remaining on the Trigger Guard, and upper and lower quadrants of the Back Strap. The percentage of Iron Back Strap '49 Pockets is infinitesimally small ! The barrel and cylinder have turned a dark blue with lighter original blue tones, mixed with a correct plum patina, and have strong and clear factory markings. The cylinder has a very good scene remaining:
Serial No. 15344X has some case color remaining , and ALL factory applied roll dies are clear and crisp. All Serial Numbers are matching, and screw heads are fine with clean slots. Speaking of crisp, this 4 inch barrel '49 pocket, still has an EXACT and PRECISE working action, with each cocking of the hammer. This is a very strong and pleasant example of a VERY scarce variation in '49 Pockets. PRICE $2,850
There are still strong areas of case hardening color on both sides of the frame.
|COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY .45, U.S.
MILITARY, ONE PIECE WALNUT GRIPS, 1877
CARTOUCHE ON LEFT GRIP "DAL" FOR DAVID A. LYLE, PLUS 1877 DATE.
CARTOUCHE ON RIGHT GRIP "JTC" FOR JOHN T. CLEVELAND.
These grips are authentic, period grips. The show normal hand wear for their age, but have no chips missing, or damage!. A pair of grips like these are nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find, and if you need them, this is a great opportunity. It is exceptionally rare to find U.S. grips as a single item ! PRICE $450
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