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Lot 263: Colt 1855 Revolving Military Pattern Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Colt Model 1855 Percussion Revolving Military Pattern Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,500

Colt Model 1855 Percussion Revolving Military Pattern Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1855-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 56
Barrel: 31 3/16 inch part octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 128
Class: Antique

Reportedly, 800 of the Colt Model 1855 rifle-muskets were manufactured in .56 caliber with 31 3/16 barrels out of 9,310 military rifles manufactured in 1856-1864. It has a front sight that also acts as a bayonet lug, two barrel bands, three leaf rear sight graduated for 100, 300 and 600 yards, sling swivels on the rear band and buttstock holding a black leather sling, unmarked top strap groove, "COLT'S/PATENT" (faint) marked upper tang, matching visible serial numbers on the underside of the frame, lower tang and buttplate, and smooth stock and forearm with cleaning rod under the barrel. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes US socket bayonet, leather scabbard with frog, leather sling, and cleaning rod in the butt compartment. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with the barrel having turned to a smooth brown patina with some light muzzle wear from socket bayonet mounting, traces of original blue finish on the sides of the frame and in protected areas, moderate pitting on the dinged up cylinder, scattered light pitting on the frame, and general mild scratches and dings on the metal surfaces. Wood is also very good with scattered light scratches and dents, a crack on the side of the cleaning rod channel, an absent section to the left of the loading lever, a small hairline crack behind the left of the upper tang, and a few mild chips on the underside of the buttstock. Mechanically functions fine. The loading lever is stuck. Included bayonet is very good with defined edges and some scattered light pitting. Leather scabbard is fair with age related cracking and some absent stitching. Sling is very good.

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