The Colt Model 1860 Army was the primary handgun of the Union Army during the Civil War. Over 125,000 were delivered before the famous fire at the Colt factory in February 1864. This one was manufactured in 1862 under contract with the U.S. Ordnance Department. The three screw frame is stamped "COLTS/PATENT" on the left side and is cut for a shoulder stock. The barrel has the one-line "NEW-YORK" address and a nickel-silver blade front sight. The cylinder has the standard patent markings and naval roll-scene. Matching full or partial serial numbers are on the frame, barrel, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, wedge, and cylinder pin. It has standard U.S. inspection marks, including a pair of crisp cartouches on the grip.
Fine with 60% plus original blue finish, 40% original case colors, smooth brown patina on the balance of the steel, attractive aged patina on the brass, distinct markings and roll-scene, broken wedge spring, three solid cylinder pins, mild cylinder drag lines, and generally light overall wear primarily from age and storage. The grip is very fine and has distinct cartouches, small chips near the toe, and light handling wear. Mechanically excellent.
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