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Lot 3199: Serial Number 2 Colt "Pocket Navy" Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Extremely Desirable Single Digit Serial Number 2 Colt "Pocket Navy" Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Extremely Desirable Single Digit Serial Number 2 Colt "Pocket Navy" Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Pocket Navy
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 6 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 124
Class: Antique

This model has been known to collectors by various names over the years, including Model of 1853, Model 1862 Pocket Navy, Pocket Model 1865 of Navy Caliber, Pocket Model of Navy Caliber, and simply the Pocket Navy. The details of the serial numbers and dates of manufacture also remain disputed. Colt currently lists this revolver as a "Pocket Pistol of Navy Caliber" manufactured in 1861 within the same range as Police revolvers. However, the Colt Collector's Association now lists this model as manufactured from 1865 until 1872 within a serial number range of 1-22000 suggesting this revolver was manufactured in 1865. Regardless of the specific name or date, these are fairly rare and definitely desirable Colts, and this is the second one ever made! This was the last Colt percussion model debuted, and one of the most practical of all Colt percussion revolvers. It has "2" stamped on the wedge, arbor pin, cylinder, barrel, frame, trigger guard finial and left side of the bow, and the toe of the back strap. The latter also has a "0" ahead of the screw. The grip has "2" in pencil in the back strap inlet. All of the serial numbers match. The loading lever is not marked. The barrel has a brass post front sight and "ADDRESS COL SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA." The cylinder has the stagecoach roll-scene and Colt patent marking. The frame interestingly has no Colt patent marking on the left side, but the recoil shield has "P," "R," and "B" markings. The trigger guard has "36 CAL" on the left shoulder.

Rating Definition:

Very good with traces of original finish including strong original silver plating in the areas covered by the grip and otherwise gray and brown patina on the balance of the steel, attractive aged patina on the grip straps, moderate pitting on the barrel, lighter pitting elsewhere, some moderate dings and flattened safety pins on the cylinder, and generally legible markings including about half of the cylinder scene. The grip is good and has strong revarnished finish, mild edge wear, and light dings and scratches. Mechanically fine. This is a rare opportunity to get your hands on the second Colt Pocket Navy revolver produced!

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