Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3101: Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1851
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 537
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 80
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1853. Features a brass cone front sight, "-ADDRESS SAMl COLT NEW-YORK CITY-" on the top of the barrel, the standard naval battle scene and patent markings on the cylinder, and "COLTS/PATENT" marked on the left of the frame. Matching full and partial serial number marked on the loading lever, barrel lug, cylinder, arbor pin, frame, trigger guard, and butt. The period replacement wedge is marked with number "2178". Blue finished barrel, casehardened frame, cylinder and hammer, and silver trigger guard and backstrap.

Rating Definition:

Fine, the barrel retains 40% plus of its original bright blue finish with scattered light flaking, the cylinder and frame exhibit a smooth gray patina with traces of original case colors visible in protected areas, and 95% original bright silver finish remains on the trigger guard and straps with a slightly age darkened patina on the butt. Defined cylinder scene and markings with the front edge bevel slightly modified during the period of usage. Grip is very good with scattered scratches and crazing, some minor chipping on the lower edge of the right panel and otherwise defined edges. Mechanically excellent.

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