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Lot 3059: Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver with Carved Grips

Auction Date: May 16, 2021

Colt Model 1860 Army Fluted Cylinder Percussion Revolver with Relief Carved Grip

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Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Colt Model 1860 Army Fluted Cylinder Percussion Revolver with Relief Carved Grip

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1860 Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 8 inch round
Finish: unknown
Grip: antique ivory
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Catalog Page: 42
Class: Antique

This Colt 1860 Army shows American South-West character with pride. This revolver features grips carved with a Mexican Eagle motif suggesting it spent at least part of its life along the U.S./Mexico border in the heart of the American West. Three of the six chambers in the fluted cylinder have a ball pressed into them, and five of the six have percussion caps on the nipple. It is possible this revolver was carried with an empty chamber before the owner met their untimely demise. The only visible marking on the gun is the number "4445" on the trigger guard. Fluted cylinders were found on some of the earliest examples produced. Provenance: The John Fox Collection

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This revolver shows someone trusted it with their life until their untimely end. There is a chip out of one of the cylinder chambers on the front suggesting this pistol was worked hard and was lost during a struggle of some sort, perhaps it was an encounter with a wild animal or perhaps a brawl turned shootout. The carved grips retain the now softened remnants of checkering as well as a fairly clear Mexican eagle depicted on the left side, showing the original owner's flair for elegance. Though inoperative, this revolver is filled with stories of the American South-West.

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