Colt Model 1862 conversion revolver manufactured in 1872. This revolver has New York style engraving that was probably executed by Louis D. Nimschke for Schuyler, Hartley & Graham with silver plated and gold washed finish and is fitted with Tiffany style grip. This revolver is extensively illustrated and described in detail on pages 290-291 of "Magnificent Colts, Volume II" by R.L. Wilson. The highly detailed silver plated bronze "Mexican Eagle" pattern grips feature the Mexican eagle and serpent motif from the Mexican coat of arms in relief beneath a small oval presentation escutcheon flanked by relief vines and scrollwork. The barrel, ejector housing, cylinder, frame, loading gate, trigger guard and hammer are profusely engraved with tight scrollwork on a punch-dot background. The ends of the wedge and the frame screws are fully engraved. The engraving on the left side of the barrel features an eagle head surrounded by scrollwork, and the right side is engraved with a snarling cat head. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the legend "ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA" in an engraved panel formed by double lines with a scrollwork flourish at the muzzle end. "COLTS PATENT" is engraved in a flowing ribbon on the left side of the frame. The serial number "3583" is located on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, and trigger guard. The barrel, frame, loading gate and trigger guard are silver plated, and the ejector housing, cylinder, hammer, and trigger have a gold washed finish.
Very fine as restored/replated overall. The revolver retains nearly 90% of the silver plated and gold washed finish. The gold finish is thin on the high points of the ejector housing, cylinder, and hammer, and there is some finish wear on the bottom of the trigger guard and grip strap. The highly detailed Tiffany style grip has some spotting on the escutcheon plate and butt but remains in very fine condition. The intricate and flawless engraving remains crisp and sharp. Provenance: Robert M. Lee Collection.
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