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Lot 3100: Unserialized Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Unique Unserialized Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Unique Unserialized Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1851
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/in the white
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 80
Class: Antique

This is a very interesting and unique Colt Model 1851 Navy. Most of the components on this revolver have no serial numbers aside from "6514" or "0514" on the wedge and "5599" in the back strap mortise of the grip. The "No Serial Number" '51 Navy revolvers are discussed in Swayze's "'51 Colt Navies" on page 217 where the author notes: "Although a few of these guns are known to exist, the reason for the lack of serial numbers is - to the Author's knowledge- unknown." One possible theory is that this revolver and others were made up near the end of production from remaining parts on hand. Some of the parts are in the white, unfinished, and an "&" is marked on the right side of the trigger guard, a mark believed to relate to factory reworked guns. The barrel has a post front sight and the one-line New York address. The frame has no markings. The cylinder has the standard roll scene and patent marking. A spare reproduction cylinder numbered "20928" and marked "B528" on the rear is also included (no nipples).

Rating Definition:

Fine with strong niter blue finish on the trigger and some of the screws, mostly gray and brown patina and some patches of mild pitting on the steel, aged patina on the brass, and mild overall wear. The second cylinder has been aged and has mottled gray and brown patina, moderate oxidation, and mild overall wear. The grip is very fine and has some light edge wear, minor dings and scratches, and glossy varnish finish. Mechanically fine.

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