Rock Island Auction Company
Back to Catalog
Auction Date: December 5, 2014

Lot 175: Colt - 1860 Army

Sold for Colt - 1860 Army
Full Screen
Sold For:
Custom Engraved Civil War Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with Factory Letter Shipped to the New York Arsenal
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500
Item Views 228 Bid Activity Average
Serial #Colt - 1860 Army ManufacturerColt Model1860 Army
TypeRevolver Gauge44 Percussion Catalog Page45
Barrel8 Inch Round FinishBlue GripAntique Ivory
Stock ClassAntique RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis revolver features detailed custom scroll engraving along with an animal face on either side of the hammer and the otherwise smooth replacement grip has a relief engraved eagle clutching a shield on the right side at the bottom. The included factory letter lists this revolver with a "Blue/Brass" finish and wood grips as sold to the "United States Government" and shipped to the "Commanding Officer" at the New York Arsenal on Governor's Island, New York, on June 18, 1863, with a shipment of 1,000 guns of the same type. The top of the barrel has the one-line New York U. S. America address. "COLTS/PATENT" is marked in a banner on the left side of the frame, and the Texas naval battle scene is on the rebated cylinder. The matching serial number is marked on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, and back strap and the partial number "3798" is on the cylinder and cylinder pin. The wedges is unnumbered. It has German silver blade front and hammer notch rear sights. The Colt Model 1860 Army revolver was the primary handgun issued to the Federal cavalry during the Civil War and remained the primary cavalry handgun until the Model 1873 Cavalry revolver was issued to the regular cavalry regiments in 1874.

ConditionGood as custom engraved. The revolver has primarily an even pewter gray patina with traces of custom blue retained on the hammer and traces on the grip straps, some brown patina forming, and a few scattered scratches and nicks. The brass has an attractive aged patina. The grip is fine with smooth surfaces and detailed carving. Mechanically excellent with crisp engraving aside from the faint cylinder scene and clear markings. Overall, a very attractive piece in government use during the Civil War.
Click here to see keyboard shortcuts.
F Enters/exits full screen view for items
Esc Exits full screen view for items
Moves to previous lot, or moves to previous image if full screen view is enabled
Moves to next lot, or moves to next image if full screen view is enabled
Fully zooms the image when full screen view is enabled
Fits the entire image to the screen when full screen view is enabled


Buyer’s Premium: 17.5%

Cash Payment Discount: 2.5%

Participation Requirements: Valid Credit Card required for bidding approval. You will have the option to pay with these payment options: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Check, Money Order, Wire Transfer, and Cash.

Sales Tax: It varies each auction typically around 94% of auction items are not subject to sales tax. Read more here on sales tax.

We will contact you after the auction to arrange payment and shipping.


Premiere Auction Terms

Terms and conditions regarding Premiere Auctions. Revised : 08/29/2014


SHIPPING CHARGES. All shipping charges must be paid by the successful bidder prior to delivery of the firearm. If Rock Island Auction (RIAC) is asked to ship the purchased lots, there will be a separate charge for such shipping. Shipping charges will be based upon what it costs RIAC to ship the purchased lots to the purchaser. All items must have shipping insurance; this insurance is mandatory. RIAC will not charge any labor charges for shipping. RIAC is not liable for any acts of omissions in packaging or shipping. Purchased lots handled by outside carriers or packers, including those RIAC may have recommended, may carry their own insurance and any claims for losses or damages should be addressed directly to the outside carriers or packers. RIAC will arrange for packing and shipping at RIAC’s earliest possible convenience. RIAC will attempt to ship as soon as possible; however, due to RIAC’s high volume of absentee bids, shipping can take up to two weeks after full payment is received. In the case of crating or any exceptional packaging, the purchaser will be charged RIAC’s cost from outside agents. Purchaser pays shipping, packing materials, and insurance charges. The shipping of any purchased items outside of the United States is hereby classified as “foreign export”. All foreign export is the sole responsibility of the purchaser.