Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 6: Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with Factory Letter

Auction Date: May 3, 2019

Civilian Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with Scarce Four Screw Frame and Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Civilian Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with Scarce Four Screw Frame and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1860 Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 percussion
Barrel: 8 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 9
Class: Antique

The accompanying factory letter lists this revolver with an 8 inch barrel in .44 caliber, blue and plated finishes and "wood" stocks when shipped to Colt's New York City office on September 3, 1862, as part of a 5 gun shipment. Factory records for Model 1860s are rarely found. This civilian marketed Model 1860 has a four screw frame cut for a shoulder stock, the one-line New York barrel address, "COLTS/PATENT" frame marking, naval cylinder scene and "44 CAL" on the left trigger guard shoulder. A number "2" is stamped above or below the matching serial numbers on the barrel, frame, trigger guard and back strap. The cylinder, wedge and arbor pin are also numbered to the gun.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel retains 40% original polished blue finish with the balance a smooth brown-gray patina. 30% faded refinished blue finish remains on the cylinder with the balance a smooth dark brown patina and most of the scene remains. The back strap has a smooth dark gray patina. Traces of original case colors remain on the loading lever, frame and hammer. The trigger guard retains 90% plus original silver plating. The grip is very fine with scattered minor dings and scratches and retaining most of the original varnish. Mechanically excellent. A scarce documented civilian Model 1860 with four screw frame is a must have for the serious antique Colt collector.

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