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Lot 1101: Pair of Colt Hartford English Dragoon Revolvers

Auction Date: May 14, 2022

Scarce and Desirable Cased Pair of Colt Hartford English Dragoon Percussion Revolvers

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $20,000 - $30,000

A) Colt Hartford English Dragoon Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Dragoon
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch part round
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 757
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 84
Class: Antique
Description:

Both of these Third Model Dragoon pattern revolvers were assembled at Colt's London factory in 1853 from parts manufactured at the Hartford factory. Only 700 of these revolvers were manufactured, making them significantly rarer than the London Navy and '49 Pocket revolvers, and cased pairs like this are very hard to come by. They have nickel-silver blade front sights, the New York barrel address, London proof and view marks, "COLTS/PATENT" on the left side of the frame, the Indian fight scene and "MODEL U.S.M.R." on the cylinders, and all-matching serial numbers on the various metal components. They are finished with blue on the barrels and cylinders, silver on the grip frames, and case colors on the loading levers, frames, and hammers. They come in an English style case with green baize lining, a Colt directions for loading and cleaning label inside the lid, an L-shaped combination tool, large cap tin, Colt patent brass ball and bullet mold with iron sprue cutter, James Dixon & Son bag shaped powder flask, extra mainsprings, and a James Dixon & Son oiler.

Rating Definition:

Fine with 40% plus original blue finish on the barrel, 30% original case colors, 50% original silver plating mostly on the trigger guard, attractive aged patina on the exposed brass, and mix of gray and smooth brown patina on the balance of the iron. There are patches of minor pitting at the muzzle and breech. The cylinder scene and markings are distinct. The grip is also fine and has much of the original varnish, some light dings and scratches, and minor edge wear. Mechanically fine. The case and accessories are good with mild age and storage related wear, including some split dividers and tears in the lining.



B) Colt Hartford English Dragoon Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Dragoon
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch part octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 757
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 84
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Very good with 75% plus original silver on the grip straps, traces of original blue on the breech end of the barrel, mottled brown patina on the balance, mild oxidation and pitting, partially faded cylinder scene, and general mild overall wear. The grip is very good and has some small dings and scratches, most of the varnish, and minor edge wear. Mechanically fine.



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