Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1140: Martially Inspected Colt Model 1861 Navy Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: May 15, 2021

Exceptional Civil War Martially Inspected Colt Model 1861 Navy Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $15,000

Exceptional Civil War Martially Inspected Colt Model 1861 Navy Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1861 Navy
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 97
Class: Antique

With the overwhelming majority of Model 1861 revolvers converted to cartridge loading, original percussion models are scarce, with this one having martial inspection stamps to top it off. According to Flayderman's Guide, "Several hundred were sold to both the Army and Navy during the Civil War. Many of these bear no inspector markings; when inspector marks are present they mostly appear on the grips and in single letters on various metal parts." German silver blade front and hammer notch rear sights with "-ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-" roll stamped on the barrel. "C" inspector mark on the left breech end, and "F" on the right. Cylinder with Naval Battle of Campeche scene, partial matching number "082", and "L" and F" inspector marks. "COLTS/PATENT" on the left side of the frame. Matching serial numbers are present on the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard, and butt. Unnumbered wedge. Brass grip straps with "L" inspector mark behind the hammer. Smooth one piece grip with "PB" (Peter Barrett) inspector cartouche on the left side with matching partial number "082" marked in black ink on the back strap mortise.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 60% faded original military blue finish on the barrel and cylinder with the balance a light brown patina, 50% vivid case colors with brown patina on the loading lever, recoil shields, and hammer. Grips are also very fine with some dents and scratches and an exceptionally fine cartouche. Mechanically excellent. This variation of U.S. Colt revolver is much sought after!

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