This extraordinary U.S. contract Colt Model 1860 Army revolver was manufactured in 1861 and is the benchmark example for approximately 129,000 Model 1860's purchased by the U.S. government as the primary handgun issued to the Federal cavalry from 1860-1863. This Model 1860 Army revolver has the four-screw frame with shoulder stock cut-outs. The butt is notched for a shoulder stock. Standard markings and features including matching serial numbers throughout. The Ordnance inspector's final inspection mark "ADK" (Andrew D. King) in an oval is stamped on the lower left side of the grip. "S" or "K" Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on the right side of the barrel lug, top of the cylinder and trigger guard on the grip strap. Includes correct "44H" marked blue bullet mold. For the premier reference and study on the Model 1860 see The Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver By Mr. Charles W. Pate
Excellent plus. 98% plus overall finish exhibiting slight collector type surface scratches overall. The original factory "feathered" polishing marks on the sides of the barrel lug are clearly visible. The cylinder has at least 97% of the blue finish and retains 100% of the roll-engraved battle scene AND crisp markings. The cylinder safety pins are excellent. There is no flash pitting on the percussion nipples, front and rear cylinder face, hammer or the hammer well. The back strap retains 97% of the original military blue finish with a few small age spots and again exhibiting wonderful sharp and distinct original "feathered" polish markings. The loading lever, frame and hammer exhibit 98% of the brilliant and vivid original casehardened finish. The revolver does not appear to have been fired after proofing at the Colt factory. The grip is in nearly new condition with nearly all of the oil finish, raised feathered grain and a perfect Ordnance final inspection mark. The bullet mold is excellent. This is the finest known example of a Civil War martially inspected U.S. Contract Colt Model 1860 Army revolver with scarce four screw frame, impossible to improve upon for condition and "box checker" for every investment grade classification. Provenance: Robert Berryman, Robert "the bear" Bretherton, Richard Ellis (exhibited at the 1990 NRA Show, Anaheim California, winner of best in show overall display: Colt Sidearms In the U.S. Military Service), Al Cali, property of a gentleman.
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