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Lot 3055: Engraved Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver

Auction Date: May 16, 2021

New York Engraved Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with Attractive Relief Carved Mexican Eagle Grip

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Estimated Price: $5,000 - $8,000

New York Engraved Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with Attractive Relief Carved Mexican Eagle Grip

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1860
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 8 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: relief carved antique ivory
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Item Interest: Active
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Catalog Page: 40
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1866. The revolver is profusely engraved in Nimschke style patterns including a wolf's head on the hammer but writer believes it to be New York retailer engraved by quite possibly Hartley & Graham. Floral patterns decorate the loading lever. Scrollwork on a punch dot background is featured on all major components such as the sides of the barrel, top of the barrel ahead of the address marking, frame, recoil shields, hammer sides, back strap and trigger guard. Additional engraved scrollwork replaces the standard Texas Navy battle scene on the cylinder. The cylinder is marked "COLTS PATENT 6595." The left side of the trigger guard is marked "44 CAL." The top of the barrel is marked with the one-line "-ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-" legend. Matching full serial numbers with the third digit over stamped are found on the frame, trigger guard and back strap. The matching partial serial number "6595" is found on the barrel wedge, cylinder and cylinder arbor pin. The right side of the grip has a phenomenal relief carved Mexican eagle. This revolver certainly would have made for a fine presentation piece for a Mexican politician or military officer. Leaving aside the obvious Mexican connections with the relief grip carving, there is the engraving on the cylinder which removed the scene of the Naval Battle of Campeche. This naval battle reflected an earlier period of disunity in Mexico and intervention by the Republic of Texas. With the end of the Civil War, President Johnson pressured the Napoleon III to back down and unofficially armed the Mexican republicans against Maximilian and the foreign supported Mexican imperial forces. With the withdrawal of French forces, Maximilian was left scrambling to hold power and issued increasingly brutal orders, including a decree calling for the execution of any member of an armed band in a futile attempt to end resistance to his rule. He was captured and executed himself by firing squad on June 19, 1867. The revolver would have certainly been a fitting presentation piece for a leader of the "Restored Republic" in 1867-1876. Provenance: The John Fox Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good, retaining traces of original blue finish in the protected areas with a smooth gray patina on the balance and a crisp engraving. 40% original silver remains on the trigger guard with the exposed brass having an attractive appearance. The grip is fine with a couple small chips near the butt and a crisp relief carving with fine details. An engraved Colt Model 1860 Army with a classic Mexican Eagle carved grip. If only this revolver could talk. The stories it could tell!



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