These cartridge revolvers were dubbed the "Improved Navy" revolvers, and many originally left factory as a cartridge revolver circa 1873-1888. Engraved blued examples in high condition are difficult to find. Many were nickel plated. The frame has scroll engraving on the rear and wavy line and dot patterns under the cylinder. The revolver also features a "pinched" blade front sight and the three-line patent/address/New Model marking on the barrel, a 6-shot .38 caliber cylinder, a loading gate, an ejector rod installed on the right side of the barrel and frame, smooth walnut grips, and matching serial numbers on the barrel, trigger guard, and left side of the grip frame.
Very fine with 70% original blue on the cylinder and loading lever, 30% original blue on the frame, 80% original blue on the loading lever, 50% original aged silver plating on the trigger guard, smooth brown patina and some light oxidation where the finish has flaked, crisp engraving, and generally minor overall wear. The grips are also fine and have mild handling wear, most of the original glossy varnish, some hammering marks on the butts, and mild lower edge wear. Hammer will not remain in full cock position; otherwise, it functions from half cock.
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