Manufactured circa 1872-1873, this was one of approximately 7,000 and was the direct predecessor to the famous Colt Single Action Army. The Model 1871-1872 was the first non-conversion Colt cartridge revolver. The top of the barrel is marked "-- ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW - YORK U.S. AMERICA --", the left side of the frame is marked "COLTS/PATENT", the cylinder is roll engraved with the Texas naval scene and "COLTS PATENT No "362" and the matching serial number is marked on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, arbor pin and back strap. The wedge is un-numbered and the loading gate is numbered "306". Blade front sight and the rear sight is a integral notch on the breech end of the barrel. Fitted with a one piece varnished early style Navy style walnut grip.
Fine. The barrel has traces of blue with the balance having had some old touch-up done on front section with the balance a smooth brown patina. The cylinder also has a smooth brown patina with a crisp original scene. The frame shows 40% original case colors, concentrated in the protected areas with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The brass has a very pleasant aged patina with strong original silver on and around the trigger guard bow. The grip is extremely fine with most of the original varnish remaining, showing some wear on the lower edges and a few minor and dents. The markings are clear. The action is excellent. An exceptional representative Colt Open Top revolver that is well above the other known examples!