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Lot 79: Cased London Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: June 5, 2020

Exceptional Cased "Hartford-London" Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,500 - $13,000

Exceptional Cased "Hartford-London" Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1851
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 2009
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 59
Class: Antique

This revolver was manufactured in 1855 for the London market while Colt's short-lived London factory was still in operation. The barrel has a cone front sight, London proofs, and "-ADDRESS COL. COLT LONDON-" on top. The cylinder has the standard Naval Battle of Campeche scene without the Ormsby signature and is also properly London proofed. The frame has "COLTS/PATENT" on the left. The trigger guard has "V" and "G" on the left. The grip straps are the usual Hartford silver-plated brass version. The grip is varnished walnut. Matching serial numbers are stamped on the loading lever, barrel, cylinder, arbor pin, frame, trigger guard, and back strap, and the back strap inlet of the grip has "821" in black ink. The case has a red lining, an assortment of lead balls and conical bullets, an L-shaped combination tool, an oiler, a Colt patent dual cavity bullet mold, an Eley Bros. cap tin, a James Dixon & Sons bag shaped flask marked "COLTS NAVY FLASK," and a key.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 95% plus bright original high polish blue finish remaining on the barrel, mostly a smooth dark gray patina on the cylinder which retains all but one of the safety pins, 90% plus fiery original case colors on the frame as well as the loading lever and hammer, vibrant original niter blue on the trigger and screws, 98% plus original silver plating on the grip straps exhibiting mild aged patina, minor edge wear, and some light scratches and marks. The grip is excellent and has nearly all of the original varnish and only minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. It appears this revolver has scarcely been out of its case. The case and accessories are all fine and have mild storage wear including some compression marks and small tears in the case lining and slight dents on the flask. Overall, this is a great cased set centered on a very fine London shipped Colt Model 1851 Navy.

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