Lot #3075
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Lot 3076: New Orleans, Louisiana Shipped Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: May 15, 2022

Lot 3076: New Orleans, Louisiana Shipped Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: May 15, 2022

Estimated Price: $7,000 - $10,000
Price Realized:

Desirable Documented Confederate Use Attributed New Orleans, Louisiana April 1861 Shipped Colt Model 1860 Army Fluted Cylinder Revolver with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1860
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 percussion
Barrel: 8 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 1791
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 49
Class: Antique
Description:

The included factory letter confirms the serial number, caliber, barrel length, blue finish with brass trigger guard and wood grip. The letter states that the revolver was shipped to Kittredge & Folsom, New Orleans, Louisiana, on 9 April 1861 as a shipment of 50 guns. The date and shipping address undoubtedly indicates Confederate use (Colt's shipping of revolvers to the South at the outbreak of the Civil War has been a source of debate for years). This revolver is one of only about 4,000 Colt Model 1860 Army Revolvers manufactured with the full fluted cylinder. These revolvers appear in the first 8,000 serial numbers and have a four-screw frame with recoil shields cut for an attachable shoulder stock. Brass trigger guard and iron backstrap. The cylinder is stamped with the 1850 patent date and the full serial number, both markings are present in individual cylinder flutes. The top of the barrel is marked "-ADDRESS SAML COLT HARTFORD CT." and "COLT'S / PATENT" is stamped on left side of the frame. Matching full serial number on the cylinder, barrel, frame, trigger guard and backstrap, with the partial serial number "237" on the barrel wedge. Blade front and hammer notch rear sights, and fitted with a one piece smooth walnut grip.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The revolver has an attractive untouched smooth, dark brown patina, with some scattered mild pitting. The brass has a smooth aged patina and the period hand marked initials "TV". There is a period reglued chip (which has aged over naturally) near the frame, chipped toes and a couple chips absent, otherwise the grip is good with some minor dings and scratches and a minor indentation on the right side. Mechanically fine. A scarce opportunity to buy a highly desirable Colt Model 1860 fluted Army with unquestionable Confederate history. Seldom does this occur!



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