This truly exceptional U.S. contract Colt Single Action Cavalry Model revolver was manufactured in 1891 and inspected by Captain Stanhope E. Blunt (S.E.B.) and Ordnance Sub-Inspector Rinaldo A. Carr (R.A.C.). The revolver has the Colt commercial blue finish utilized on the final production U.S. contract single actions on the barrel, ejector housing, cylinder, trigger guard and back strap. The screws and trigger have a fire blue finish. The frame, hammer and loading gate are color casehardened. The one piece walnut grip is oil finished. The ejector rod has the late, oval head utilized after serial number 113,000. The "cavalry style" hammer has elongated, bordered knurling on the spur. The "U.S." property mark is stamped on the left side of the frame. The small "R.A.C." sub-inspection mark is stamped on: (1) the underside of the barrel, (2) bottom of the frame above the serial number, (3) side of the cylinder and (4) left grip heel. A "P" proofmark is stamped on the underside of the barrel and on the side of the cylinder. The lower left side of the grip is stamped with the year "1891" above the final inspection mark which consist of the script initials "SEB" surrounded by a rectangle with rounded ends. The Ordnance sub-inspection marks which consists of the script initials "RAC" in a rectangle with rounded ends is stamped on the lower right sides of the grip. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the "Type IV" address: "COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A." in one line. The late "two-line/three-date" patent markings are stamped on the left side of the frame. The inside of the loading gate is stamped with the assembly number "382". The full serial number is stamped on the bottom of the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number is stamped on the underside of the barrel beneath the ejector housing and on the side of the cylinder. All of the visible serial numbers match. A Colt "K" sub-inspection mark is stamped on the bottom of the trigger guard, back strap beneath the serial number, on the barrel behind the ejector housing stud and on the face of the ejector housing. This "K" sub-inspection mark is found primarily on 1890-91 production Cavalry Model revolvers.
Excellent. This revolver is all original and retains most of the original blue and color casehardened finish. 90% of the blue is present on the barrel with some minor edge wear at the muzzle and a few scattered handling and storage marks. The Colt legend, serial number, proof and inspection marks are all crisp. The ejector housing has some light finish wear on the front edge. The cylinder has 85% of the blue finish with the drag marks visible between the stops high-point wear on the front edge and flutes and some scattered spots of age discoloration on the sides. All of the cylinder markings are sharp. The trigger guard and back strap have 95% of the blue finish with some high point wear and some minor scratches and handling marks. The frame retains 85% of the vivid case colors with some scattered handling marks and silvering on the recoil shield. The loading gate has faded to a mottled gray with some spots of age discoloration. The hammer shows cycling wear and has about 85% of the case colors. The trigger and screws retain most of the fire blue finish. The grip is in good overall condition with a number of shallow dents and handling marks on the sides and edges of the heels. The date and Ordnance final and sub-inspection marks are clear and legible. The action is tight and functions perfectly. Most of the Colt Cavalry Model Single Action revolvers were altered to Artillery configuration between 1895 and 1903. Unaltered, original Cavalry Model Single Actions are scarce and very desirable. This is an exceptional, original example of one of the last Colt Single Action Cavalry Model revolvers purchased by the U.S Army.
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