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Lot 3054: Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy Revolver

Auction Date: April 15, 2018

Exceptional, Well Documented and Extremely Rare Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $160,000 - $250,000

Exceptional, Well Documented and Extremely Rare Cased Factory Engraved Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1862 Pocket Navy
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36 percussion
Barrel: 5 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: highly figured varnished walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 32
Class: Antique

Offered here is perhaps the finest example of a factory engraved Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy percussion revolver with case and accessories. Simply put, this is the most difficult of the production percussion Colt models to obtain particularly in this league and by a long shot. The factory scroll engraving, which was done by Gustave Young or his shop, is featured on the frame, rear barrel section, loading lever flats and grip straps. "COLT'S PATENT" is engraved in a wavy banner on the left side of the frame. The sides of the hammer have an engraved wolf's head, and the left side of the barrel above the wedge has an engraved eagle's head amongst the scrollwork. The top barrel flat is stamped with the one-line New York U.S. America address, and the left side of the trigger guard bow is marked "36 CAL." The cylinder is roll engraved with the stagecoach hold-up scene. The complete matching serial number along with the letter "E," which designates factory engraving, is marked on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and back strap. Other matching numbers are found on the cylinder (2378), arbor pin (2378), loading lever (378) and wedge (2378). The barrel and cylinder are bright blue, the loading lever, hammer and frame are casehardened, and the back strap and trigger guard are silver plated. The partitioned case, which features interior walls that follow the contours of the revolver, contains a sealed tin of UMC percussion caps, unmarked plain powder flask, "COLTS PATENT" marked double cavity bullet mold, "L" combination tool, extra hammer spring, lead rounds, case key, and one sealed package of combustible envelope cartridges. Note the packet of cartridges has a "New Model Revolving Pocket Pistol 36/100 Caliber" label, one of the rarer Colt packets and equally rare high conditioned, highly polished deluxe bullet mold. It is pictured and described in "The Colt Engraving Book Volume One”, page 268.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The revolver retains 97% plus original bright blue finish showing some speckling of patina mixed with barely noticeable pitting. The loading lever, hammer and frame retain 95% original case colors. Generous amounts of original silver plating remain around the trigger, otherwise the exposed brass on the grip straps have an attractive even patina. The grip is excellent showing a few minor handling marks and retaining nearly all of the original varnish. The engraving is crisp. Mechanically excellent. The case is very fine with a series of deep handling/storage marks on the lid and faded lining showing high spot wear. The powder flask and highly finished deluxe bullet mold are both excellent, retaining most of their respective original finishes. An exceptional cased Model 1862 Navy revolver that will be a welcomed addition to any Colt percussion collection fortunate enough to posses one of these extremely rare revolvers!

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