Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 9: Scarce U.S. Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: May 3, 2019

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $7,500

Scarce U.S. Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Dragoon
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 percussion
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch part octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 14
Class: Antique

This is a nice example of a scarce U.S. Colt First Model Dragoon Revolver that was manufactured in 1849. The revolver has the distinctive First Model oval cylinder stops and brass square back trigger guard. The top of the barrel flat is marked: "{ADDRESS SAMl COLT NEW-YORK CITY}" reading from the breech to the muzzle. The left side of the frame is marked "COLT'S/PATENT/U.S.". The cylinder is roll engraved with the Ranger and Indian fight scene as well as the standard markings and serial number. There is a small inspection letter "K" on the cylinder, left side of the frame, top rear of the barrel and top of the back strap, an "A" on the trigger guard and a "G" on the left side of the loading lever. The complete matching serial number is marked on the barrel, frame, cylinder, trigger guard, cylinder and back strap, with the partial number "748" on the loading lever and cylinder pin. The wedge is mis-matched (881). The revolver is fitted with smooth one-piece walnut grip with clear boxed "WAT" cartouche on each side. Colt manufactured approximately 5,000 First Model Dragoons.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The metal surfaces now have a smooth mottled brown patina with scattered traces of blue finish on the cylinder. The brass has a natural aged patina. The marking on the cylinder is fine with the scene being 50% visible. The barrel marking is sharp, and the frame marking is fading in places, but mostly clear. The grip is good with a chip on the left toe, wear on the lower edges, a few minor dents and clear restamped cartouches. The action is excellent. A solid example of a scarce and desirable U.S. First Model Dragoon.

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