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Lot 3191: Cased Pair of Factory Engraved Colt 1851 Navy Revolvers

Auction Date: December 6, 2020

Incredible Documented Cased Pair of Factory Engraved and Silver Plated Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolvers Inscribed for Rosendo Velasco

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $40,000 - $60,000

A) Factory Engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1851 Navy
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: silver
Grip: antique ivory
Stock:
Item Views: 1509
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 124
Class: Antique
Description:

These exceptional and nearly consecutive revolvers (only one serial number in between) date to 1856 and are briefly discussed on page 127 of "The Colt Engraving Book Vol. 1" by R.L. Wilson and noted as engraved by Gustave Young's shop. They feature the legendary 19th century master engraver's classic style of floral scroll engraving inhabited by a wildcat on the left side of the barrel lug of gun "A" and an eagle in the same location on gun "B" as well as the engraved "COLTS/PATENT" marking on the frame as is often found on Colt revolvers engraved by Young and his shop. The hammer has the classic wolf head motif and no dots on the spurs. The factory apostrophe marking is by the main serial number locations indicating designation by the factory for engraving. All of the serial numbers match with the one exception of the wedge of the first revolver which is marked "5280." The barrels have cone front sights, "2" on the left side of the lugs, and "-ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY-" on top. The cylinders have the standard Naval Battle of Campeche roll-scene. Each revolver has an attractive, one-piece grip. The back straps and case lid plaque are inscribed "Rosendo Velasco" in script. The rosewood case has brass corners and a closely fitted interior containing an cleaning rod that matches the grips, a silver plated "COLT'S/PATENT" ball/bullet mold, silver plated dog and pheasant embossed powder flask, cartridge pack, balls, cap tin, and a nickel-silver James Dixon & Sons caper.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine with crisp markings and engraving, 85% plus original silver plating remaining and displaying a mix of bright and naturally aged surfaces, smooth gray-brown patina on the flaked areas, and minor overall wear mostly from age. The grip is excellent and similarly has minimal age and handling related wear and displays attractive natural grain and tones. Mechanically excellent. The case is fine and has an absent key hole escutcheon, slight gaps at the right corner protectors of the lid, mild wear on the lining, and some cracks in the lid and bottom. The accessories are very fine and retain the majority of the silver plating and have mild age and storage related wear including some minor cracks in the rod.



B) Factory Engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1851 Navy
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: silver
Grip: antique ivory
Stock:
Item Views: 1509
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 124
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine with crisp engraving, 85% original silver plating on most of the revolver aside from the back strap which has traces of original silver and otherwise smooth gray patina on the balance, some small dings on the barrel, and generally only minor age and handling related wear. The grip is excellent and has attractive natural grain and tone, some age cracks, slight chip at the toe, and minor handling wear. Mechanically excellent. This is an incredibly rare and very attractive cased pair of nearly consecutive Colt Model 1851 Navy revolvers engraved by Gustave Young's shop and silver plated. Provenance: Sold by Miguel Mujica Gallo of the Gold Museum of Peru and Arms of the World in Lima, Peru, to well-known Dutch collector Henk Visser in January 1975.



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