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Lot 163: Colt Richards-Mason Conversion Model 1861 Navy Revolver

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Outstanding and Scarce Colt Richards-Mason Conversion Model 1861 Navy Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Outstanding and Scarce Colt Richards-Mason Conversion Model 1861 Navy Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1861 Navy
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 38 RF
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 165
Class: Antique

The revolver has the high polish Colt commercial blue finish on the barrel, ejector housing and cylinder; casehardened frame, hammer and loading gate; silver-plated brass trigger guard and back strap and a one-piece varnished walnut grip. The cylinder is roll-engraved with the Texas Navy battle scene. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "-ADDRESS COL SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-" in one-line. The left side of the frame is marked with the two-line "-PAT. JULY.25.1871.-PAT.JULY. 2. 1872" patent markings over the original percussion "COLTS/PATENT" markings. The left side of the trigger guard is stamped with the original "36 CAL" markings. The full serial number is located on the bottom of the barrel lug, the frame, trigger guard, and back strap. The inside of the loading gate is stamped with the partial serial number "1486". The cylinder is numbered "602/486". All of the visible serial numbers match. The revolver has the distinctive plug in the loading lever hole of the barrel lug, ejector head with concentric rings, ejector housing screw on the left side of the barrel lug and loading gate spring screwed to the frame above the trigger screw. The hammer has the rim fire firing pin riveted to the left side and bordered and cross-hatched knurl.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The barrel and cylinder retain 85% of the gun's original high polish blue finish; nearly all of the roll-engraved naval scene remains. 95% of the case colors are present on the frame and hammer. The trigger guard and back strap have 75% of the silver-plated finish. The grip is in excellent condition and retains 95% of the high gloss varnish finish with minimal handling wear. All of the markings are sharp. The action is crisp and function perfectly. This is a very fine example of a scarce Richards-Mason Conversion of a Colt Model 1861 Navy Revolver.

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