Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1285: Cased Colt Model 1855 'Root' Pocket Revolver with Accessories

Auction Date: May 20, 2011

Cased Colt Model 1855 "Root" Pocket Revolver with Accessories

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250

Cased Colt Model 1855 "Root" Pocket Revolver with Accessories

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1855
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 28 Percussion
Barrel: 3 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 785
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 243
Class: Antique

Model 2 manufactured in 1860. The top barrel flat is marked "COLT'S PT. / 1855" followed by "ADDRESS COL. COLT / HARTFORD CT U.S.A." with the pointing finger and Maltese crosses. The cylinder is roll engraved with the Cabin and Indian Fight scene and marked "COLT'S PATENT / No 22769". All blue finish with casehardened hammer, loading lever and fire blue trigger, pin front and frame notch rear sights, and fitted with a smooth one piece walnut grip. Matching serial number on the butt, barrel and cylinder. Complete in a wooden case with brown velvet lining, eagle shield flask, wooden handled screwdriver, Eley Bros. cap tin (partially full), approximately 10 round and conical lead bullets and brass two cavity bullet mold with the iron sprue marked "COLTS / PATENT".

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The barrel shows 70% original blue finish mixed with smooth mottled brown patina. The frame retains 90% original blue finish with scattered flaking, scattered brown patina and minor spotting on the back strap, some high edge wear and a few minor scratches. The cylinder has a brown patina with the scene fading, but visible, and some flash pitting around the nipple recesses. The hammer and loading lever show strong original case colors with a smooth mottled patina and silver gray on the balance. The grips are also very fine with nearly all of the original vanish remaining, some minor wear on the lower edges and some scattered minor dings and scratches. The barrel marking is clear. The action is fine. The otherwise fine case lid slightly warped with a minor crack, a few minor cracks on the bottom, and overall scattered minor dings and scratches. The lining is beginning to come loose from the lid and shows some fraying on one edge, overall there is some moderate contact wear and some staining. All accessories are very good or better.

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