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Lot 3206: Cased Colt London Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Very Fine Cased Colt London Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Very Fine Cased Colt London Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1851 Navy
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 132
Class: Antique

This revolver was manufactured in the Colt London factory in 1855 and remains in very fine condition. It has the "-ADDRESS. COL. COLT. LONDON-" barrel address, London proof marks on the barrel and cylinder, "COLTS/PATENT" on the left side of the frame, matching serial numbers, standard cylinder scene, varnished walnut grip, and rounded head screws. The case has a blank lid escutcheon, navy blue velvet lining, exceptional James Dixon & Sons "COLTS NAVY FLASK," cleaning rod, L-shaped combination tool, iron dual cavity bullet mold, Eley cap tin, key, and variety of bullets and balls.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 85% plus of the bright original blue finish on the barrel, 30% original blue finish on the cylinder, traces of original blue on the trigger guard and back strap, 60% original case colors concentrated strongest on the right side of the frame, and generally only minor age and storage related wear and little signs of actual use. The grip is also very fine and has most of the glossy original varnish, slight marks and scratches, and minor handling and storage wear. Mechanically excellent. The case is fine and has mild storage wear mainly on the edges and exterior. The flask is very fine with most of the lacquer and gild remaining and a few noticeable dings on the base. The mold and cap tin are both very good.

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