Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1247: Colt Model 1861 Richards-Mason Conversion Revolver

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Colt Richards-Mason Conversion Model 1861 Navy Revolver

Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,000

Colt Richards-Mason Conversion Model 1861 Navy Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1851 Navy
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 38 CF
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 122
Class: Antique

This Colt Model 1861 Navy revolver was manufactured in 1861 and later converted to fire the .38 center fire cartridge. The barrel is marked with the one-line New York address and has had the loading lever removed, holes plugged and an ejector rod (plain head) with housing added to the right side. The Texas Navy battle scene roll engraved cylinder is re-numbered "4522" and has been milled down as part of the conversion, with a breech plate, loading gate (1014) and center fire hammer firing pin added. The left side of the frame is marked with the two-line patent dates stamped over "COLTS/PATENT" and the left trigger guard shoulder is marked "36 CAL". The matching serial number is marked on the barrel, frame, trigger guard and back strap. The barrel, ejector housing and cylinder were finished blue, casehardened frame and hammer, and fitted with a smooth walnut grip.

Rating Definition:

Fine as Factory refinished with 20% blue finish remaining, concentrated mainly in the protected areas with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The non-factory re-numbered cylinder scene is faint and there is a small area of minor pitting. The barrel address is partially visible. The frame shows 60% case colors mixed with a smooth brown patina. The trigger guard and back strap retain 25% silver plating mainly on and around the trigger guard bow and on the top of the back strap. The brass has been polished some time ago and is beginning to age. The grip is also very good with some minor wear and a few small dings on the lower edges, and overall minor handling marks. The action is fine.

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