This is an excellent example of a Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy revolver that was manufactured during the Civil War in 1863. The barrel and cylinder have the Colt commercial blue finish, the loading lever, frame and hammer are casehardened and the brass trigger guard and back strap are silver plated. The stocks are walnut with a high gloss varnish finish. The top of the barrel is marked in a single line: "ADDRESS COL SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA". The five-shot cylinder is roll-engraved with the stage holdup scene and "COLT'S PATENT/No 8657" in a panel. "COLTS/PATENT" is marked on the left side of the frame and "36 CAL" is stamped on the left side of the trigger guard at the junction with the frame. The complete serial number is located on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap and "8657" is marked on the wedge (missing wedge screw). The compact Model 1862 Pocket Navy Revolver was a popular privately purchased officers' handgun during the Civil War. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection
Excellent. The barrel retains 98% of the original finish with wear limited to the muzzle and high edges. The cylinder retains 70% of the original finish mixed with smooth brown patina and very strong scene. The loading lever retains almost all of the bright, vivid case colors. The frame retains 75% original bright case colors, gray on the recoil shield. The trigger guard and frame retain 85% of the original thinning silver plating with an even, natural aged patina on the exposed brass. The grips are also excellent retaining 98% original varnish with some light wear and minor chips on the lower edges, a small dent on the left front and only a few light handling marks. The markings are crisp and clear. Mechanically excellent.
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