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Lot 1215: Cavalry Trooper Inscribed Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver

Historic Civil War Era Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver with Silver Grip Inscribed to an Identified 1st Cavalry Trooper

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1215: Cavalry Trooper Inscribed Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver

Historic Civil War Era Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver with Silver Grip Inscribed to an Identified 1st Cavalry Trooper

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Estimated Price: $8,500 - $13,000
Price Realized:

Historic Civil War Era Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver with Silver Grip Inscribed to an Identified 1st Cavalry Trooper

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1851
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: silver
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Catalog Page: 179
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1864 with an interesting silver grip featuring an engraved floral blossom on either side at the top and an inscription on the bottom of the silver grip that makes it a highly sought after physical piece of history from the Civil War/Indians War. The high condition alone makes it a rarity in Colt collecting. The inscription reads, "E.W. Schulze/1st Cavalry of Colorado." Quartermaster Sergeant Edward W. Schulze is identified as a member of the 1st Regiment, Colorado Cavalry on the online National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database. Based on records presented on the website his last name may have had an alternative spelling: Schultze. Formed in November 1862, the 1st Colorado Cavalry Regiment defended Colorado against incursions from Confederate forces as well as Native Americans. The regiment participated in the Colorado War which was fought in 1864-1865 and was a conflict between groups of native peoples and the U.S. Army which had the backing of the Colorado militia and white settlers living in and around the Colorado Territory. The regiment is remembered for its role in the Sand Creek Massacre that resulted in the killing of 150 Native Americans, mostly woman and children. The barrel has the one-line New York address. "COLTS/PATENT" is marked on the frame. The cylinder has the naval battle scene along with "COLTS PATENT 75980." The wedge and loading lever are unnumbered. Matching full or partial serial numbers on the frame, barrel, trigger guard, back strap, cylinder and arbor pin.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The barrel retains 90% bright original high polish blue finish with some spots of light pitting visible on right lug. The cylinder retains 25% original blue finish and nearly all of the scene. The hammer and frame retains flashes of original case colors. Some strong traces of original case colors remain on the flats of the loading lever. The grip straps retain 75% age darkened original silver plating. The silver grip is very fine with an attractive age appearance and clear inscription. Mechanically excellent. A very interesting, high condition Colt Model 1851 Revolver with silver grip inscribed to a known Civil War/Indian Wars Colorado cavalry trooper.



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