Successor to the Third Model Dragoon, the 1860 Army ranks third in total production among Colt's percussion guns and was the chief sidearm of the Union Army during the Civil War. Manufactured in 1870, this example is a civilian model that remains in very fine condition. The top of the barrel has the one-line New York address. The left side of the frame is marked "COLTS/PATENT." The left side of the trigger guard is marked "44 CAL." The cylinder has the naval battle scene. The frame, loading lever and hammer are casehardened. The barrel, cylinder and back strap are blued. The brass trigger guard is plated in silver. The wedge is unnumbered. Matching full or partial serial numbers are on the frame, trigger guard, back strap, and cylinder. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection
Very fine. The barrel retains 70% bright original high polish blue finish. The cylinder retains 40% original blue finish on the rear portion with the remainder a smooth brown patina and strong cylinder scene. All six safety pins are prominent, and nipples are crisp. The back strap is mostly a smooth brown patina with traces of the original blue finish. The loading lever and hammer retain most of the original case colors. The frame retains 60% plus of the original case colors, fading somewhat on the recoil shield and some very fine pitting. The trigger guard retains 50% original silver plating. The grip is excellent with almost all of the original varnish remaining, some minor handling marks and some high edge wear. Mechanically excellent. A very fine civilian Colt Model 1860 Army percussion revolver.
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