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Lot 252: Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver Formerly of the Victor Friedrichs Collection with Documentation

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Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000

Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver Formerly of the Victor Friedrichs Collection with Documentation

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Dragoon
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch part octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
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Catalog Page: 121
Class: Antique
Description:

The Third Model Dragoon can be quickly distinguished by its round trigger guard and was the most widely used of Colt's massive "horse pistols" that began with the famous Colt Walker. Around 10,500 Third Models were manufactured in 1851 to 1861. Many of these were used in the Old West and during the Civil War. This commercial revolver was manufactured in 1860. The barrel has a German silver blade front sight and a period added two leaf rear sight partially obscuring the one-line New York address. The cylinder has the standard scene with U.S.M.R. and patent markings. Matching full or partial serial numbers are on the frame, brass trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, arbor pin, loading lever and wedge. An included collection record from the personal files of noted firearms collector and charter member of the Texas Gun Collector's Association Victor Friedrichs indicates that Friedrichs purchased this revolver through a trade from Harry Thomas of Austin, Texas, in 1969. An accompanying letter from Friedrichs shows the Dragoon remained in his collection until he sold it in 1976. Provenance: The Victor Friedrichs Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good, with a lightly pitted bright mottled appearance and traces of the cylinder scene remaining. The loading lever catch is a period replacement. The grip is good with a few filled repairs along the worn high edge and minor handling marks. Mechanically fine. A well aged Colt Dragoon that certainly has the appearance of a Civil War era sidearm that saw serious use.



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