Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1239: Colt Paterson Second Model Ring Lever Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Desirable Colt Paterson Second Model Ring Lever Percussion Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $16,000

Desirable Colt Paterson Second Model Ring Lever Percussion Rifle

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Ring Lever-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 32 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 527
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 105
Class: Antique

Samuel Colt manufactured approximately 500 Second Model Ring Lever Rifles at his Paterson, New Jersey factory from 1838 to 1841. These rifles were serial numbered in their own range starting with serial number 1. Surviving example of this historically significant Colt firearm are extremely rare. The rifle has the distinctive ring on the bottom of the frame ahead of the trigger guard to rotate the cylinder and cock the internal hammer and the Second Model type frame correctly without a top strap. Other Second Model features include the loading lever, capping channel in the recoil shield, rounded shoulders of the cylinder. The barrel has the dovetail mounted nickel silver front sight and dovetail mounted elevation adjustable notch rear sight. The top barrel flat is stamped "- PATENT Arms M'g Co. Paterson, N.J.-Colt's Pt-" with "snake and star" terminals at either end reading towards the muzzle. The matching serial number is stamped on the face of the barrel lug, ring lever, rear cylinder face, cylinder collar, barrel wedge and buttplate. The stock has a cheekpiece and an iron crescent buttplate. Includes a period leather sling. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the stock toe. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good. The metal surfaces have aged to a mottled brown-gray patina. The cylinder has a smooth brown patina. The loading lever has been rewelded/lengthened back to near correct length. The sanded stock is fair with a few repairs. Mechanically fine. A rarely encountered and historically significant Colt Paterson Second Model Ring Lever Rifle that is missing from even the most advanced Colt collections.

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