This revolver was manufactured in 1856 and would have likely seen use by the Navy during the Civil War. After the war, it was returned to Colt and converted for use with .38 centerfire ammunition for the Navy using the Richards-Mason system. The top of the barrel has the one-line New York City address, and the bottom has "R. W. M. [anchor]." markings of Commander Richard W. Meade of the U.S. Navy. An additional "U*S*N." mark is found on the butt of the iron grip frame. The frame has the two-line 1871 and 1872 patent marking and traces of the original "COLT/PATENT/US" marking. The matching full serial number is on the major parts. The cylinder is also numbered "56844."
Very good with 40% of the factory refurbished case colors and otherwise gray patina with some minor pitting and spotting, general dings and scratches, mild edge wear, fairly distinct cylinder scene, and some faded markings. The grip is fair with heavy handling and edge wear including some chipping at the toe and heel. Mechanically fine.
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