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Lot 3140: Cased Colt London Model 1851 Navy Revolver with Accessories

Auction Date: May 16, 2021

Exceptional Cased Colt London Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver with Accessories

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Estimated Price: $35,000 - $55,000

Exceptional Cased Colt London Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver with Accessories

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1851 Navy
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
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Catalog Page: 86
Class: Antique
Description:

This high condition revolver was manufactured at Colt's London factory in 1856, the same year the factory closed due to competition from British designs. The revolver has the distinctive blued iron grip frame, London proofs on the barrel and cylinder, and the "-ADDRESS COL. COLT LONDON-" barrel address. Matching serial numbers are on the loading lever, barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, wedge, and arbor pin (latter two partial). The varnished walnut grip is also hand-numbered to the gun with "1833" in pencil in the rear mortise. The frame has the "COLTS/PATENT" marking, and the left side of the trigger guard has a "V" and an "M." The case has directions for loading and cleaning Colt revolvers inside the lid, a James Dixon & Sons "COLTS NAVY FLASK," brass "COLTS/PATENT" dual cavity bullet mold, L-shaped combination tool, Eley cap tin, cartridge pack, and key. Provenance: The Mac McCroskie Collection

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine. The barrel retains 85% plus of the original, bright, high polish blue finish and has some scratches and dings. The cylinder has 75% of the original blue, a patch of brown patina on the balance, and a distinct roll-scene. The grip straps retain 40% original blue and have gray and brown patina on the balance. The loading lever has essentially all of the fiery original case colors remaining, and the frame and hammer retain 80% plus original case colors. The grip is also very fine and has most of the original glossy varnish remaining, a few dings, some light scratches, and minor overall wear aside from the absent lid plaque. Mechanically excellent. The case and accessories are fine with mild age and storage related wear. The exterior brass plaque is absent from the lid. This is a very high condition Colt London Navy that would be difficult to improve upon.



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