Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 7: U.S. Colt 1851 Navy w/Holster, Cap Box and Belt

Auction Date: November 30, 2018

U.S. Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver Rig with Holster, Belt, and Ammunition Pouch

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

U.S. Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver Rig with Holster, Belt, and Ammunition Pouch

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1851 Navy
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 7 3/8 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 2305
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 10
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1857. Notes provided by the consignor attribute the weapon as a family heirloom carried by an unnamed ancestor who was a Civil War soldier. Silver blade front and hammer notch rear sights, with "-ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-" on top of the barrel, "COLTS/PATENT/U.S." on the left side of the frame, and the "Texas Navy" scene on the cylinder. Matching numbers are present on the barrel, frame, grip frame, loading lever, wedge, cylinder pin and cylinder. Fitted with a smooth walnut grip. Included with the revolver is a brown leather belt, a brown leather "J.A. BAKER/NEW.YORK" cap box (contains a number of lead bullets) and a brown leather cross-draw holster with no visible maker's marks.

Rating Definition:

Good. The metal shows a mixed brown and gray patina overall, with dents, war and spotting. The case colors have faded, with shadows of the original pattern, and the grip frame has taken on an aged mustard patina, with a number of dents and scratches on the butt along with the initials "THH". The grip is also good, with some rounding of the lower edges and mild dents. The holster is very good. The belt is fair, and the other leather gear show wear and tear appropriate to age and use, including lost stitching and possible vintage repairs on the cap box belt loops. Mechanically needs adjustment.

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