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Lot 1228: Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Exceptional Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver with the Highly Desirable "U.S. DRAGOONS" Marking

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1228: Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver

Exceptional Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver with the Highly Desirable "U.S. DRAGOONS" Marking

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Estimated Price: $30,000 - $45,000
Price Realized:

Exceptional Colt First Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver with the Highly Desirable "U.S. DRAGOONS" Marking

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Dragoon
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch part octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 204
Class: Antique
Description:

Only around 7,000 First Model Dragoons were manufactured in 1848-1850, and they are important as one of the massive "horse pistols" manufactured by Colt following the famous Colt Walker revolvers of 1847. Like the other Dragoon models, they were used in the antebellum era on the frontier and also saw considerable use during the Civil War. As such, they are very difficult to find in high condition since many spent years riding in pommel holsters out West and/or on battlefields of the Civil War. This revolver dates to 1849 and has the rare and desirable "U.S. DRAGOONS" marking on the cylinder rather than the more common U.S.M.R. marking. The barrel has a German silver blade front sight and "{ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY}" reading from the breech towards the muzzle. The cylinder has the Texas Ranger and Indian running battle scene and the correct oval stop slots and single safety pin of the First Model Dragoons. The frame has "COLT'S/PATENT/U.S." on the left. There are also small markings, mainly "1" and "S," on several components. The wedge is blank. "7259" is marked on the loading lever, arbor pin, cylinder, barrel, frame, trigger guard, and back strap. There are "0" markings above or below many of the serial number markings.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine. The barrel and cylinder retain 70% plus original bright blue finish. The cylinder has a crisp scene and solid safety pin. 50% muted original case colors remain on the frame. There is some minor pitting mainly on the cylinder. The markings remain crisp. The grip frame has traces of original silver plating and otherwise displays attractive aged patina on the brass. There are some mild dings and scratches throughout. The grip is fine and has most of the glossy varnish finish remaining, mild lower edge wear, light scratches and dings, and mild handling and storage wear. Mechanically excellent. It is very difficult to find a Colt First Model Dragoon in this high of condition, especially one with the always desirable "U.S. DRAGOONS" cylinder marking. Do not miss your chance!



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