Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 2175: Colt - 1851 Navy

Auction Date: February 16, 2018

Interesting Cased Pair of Colt London Model 1851 Navy Revolvers

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $16,000 - $25,000

A) Colt London Model 1851 Navy Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1851 Navy
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 7-1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 3869
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 151
Class: Antique
Rating:

OB - EXCELLENT- all original parts; over 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal; unmarred wood.

Description:

This is a unique cased set of 1851 London Navy Revolvers. Manufactured at the Colt London Armory in 1855, both revolvers are the 2nd Model with an iron frame and distinctive large round trigger guard. This is an interesting set due to possibly an error made by the London proof house or by the original owner. The revolvers have had their cylinders switched during stamping while at the proof house and were never changed back evident of the type of wear consistent on both revolvers. One saw everyday type use while the other was designated to sitting in the case. Obviously these revolvers have been together all this time. A) Brass cone front sight with notched rear. The barrel is marked "---ADDRESS. COL: COLT. LONDON---" with arrows at each end. The left side of the frames are marked "COLT'S / PATENT". British "Crown / V and "Crown / P" proofs are stamped on the left side of the barrel lug just in front of the wedge and alternating on the cylinder between each nipple. The cylinder is roll-engraved with the Texas Naval scene. The barrel, cylinder, trigger guard and back strap were blued; frame, hammer and loading lever casehardened. The serial number is marked on the loading lever, barrel, frame, trigger guard and butt. The mismatched cylinder is that of the other revolver in the set and numbered "23724". Finished with smooth oiled walnut grips.

B) Colt Model 1851 London Navy

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1851 Navy
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36 percussion
Barrel: 7-1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 3869
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 151
Class: Antique
Rating:

OE - GOOD - some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; lightly scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.

Description:

Same configuration and markings as A. The serial number "23724" is marked and all matching on the lever, barrel, frame, grip strap and butt. The cylinder is numbered "23715". Finished with smooth varnished walnut one piece grip. The revolvers are accompanied by a contemporary A. Mc COMAS walnut case lined with blue velvet. Brown lacquer finished navy flask marked "COLT NAVY FLASK" and "JAMES DIXON/ & SONS/ SHEFFIELD". A "COLT'S/PATENT" marked brass bullet mold with rare case hardened sprue cutter.

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