This is an example of a U.S. Navy issue Late Third Model Colt Model 1851 percussion revolver. The early Navy-Navies are found in the serial range of 55500-62000, with most converted to cartridge configuration after the Civil War, making unaltered percussion examples scarce. This revolver features a large iron trigger guard, iron back strap, brass pin front sight, rear hammer nose rear sight, three screw frame and percussion cut-out without a capping groove. The top barrel flat is marked "-ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY-", with "COLTS/PATENT/U.S." marked on the left side of the frame. The cylinder is roll engraved with the Texas naval battle scene. Matching serial number on the cylinder, frame, barrel, trigger guard and butt. Small one letter inspector marks on various parts. The butt is marked "USN" and right grip base marked with "GMR" inspector initials. The matching partial serial number "9030" is marked on the loading lever, wedge, and arbor pin. Fitted with a smooth one-piece grip.
Very fine, retaining 40% plus original blue finish on the barrel turned to a brown patina with some light pitting at the muzzle, and scattered minor dents around the wedge. The cylinder retains 50% original blue finish with some mixed brown patina and nearly all of the roll stamped naval battle scene. 60% plus bright original case colors with mottled brown patina on the loading lever and hammer. Grip is excellent with some light handling marks. Crisp markings throughout. Mechanically excellent. This is a very attractive original example of a U.S. Navy Contract Model 1851 Navy percussion revolver!