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   LOT 3127
Exceptional Civil War Era Hartford Address Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver - Serial no. 99403, 36 cal., 7 1/2 inch octagon bbl., blue/casehardened/silver finish, walnut grips. This high condition Colt Model 1851 Navy was manufactured in 1861 and has the larger trigger guard that characterizes
the Fourth Model Navy revolvers. Given its year of production, it would have been a prime candidate to have been purchased as a sidearm for a soldier or officer during the American Civil War and may be early enough to have been one of the thousands of Colts sent to the South as the war loomed on the horizon. A large portion of Colt’s production in 1860 and early 1861 is believed to have been sold
 to southern buyers, and 1851 Navy revolvers in the 90000 to 100000 range are seen as likely candidates to have been sent south. Comparably few Civil War
era Colt revolvers remain in high condition like this one, especially those that were used by the Confederates. The barrel has a brass cone front sight and is marked with the desirable second style address: “- ADDRESS SAML COLT HARTFORD CT.-” widely believed to have been adopted by Colt to cater to southern buyers before the outbreak of the war. The cylinder is decorated with the roll engraved Naval Battle of Campeche scene. “COLTS/PATENT” is marked on the left side of the receiver. The matching serial number is visible on the barrel, trigger guard, cylinder and back strap. The loading lever is marked with the partial serial number “9403” and the same is correctly handwritten in black ink in the rear mortise of the grip. All of the visible serial numbers match. CONDITION: Excellent, with 95% original blue finish on the barrel, 80% of the muted original case colors blending with gray and brown patina, 85% original silver plating on the trigger, guard, 40% original silver plating on the back strap, attractive aged patina on the silver plating and exposed brass, crisp and complete cylinder scene, distinct markings, 75% original blue on the cylinder, half of the pins complete, the vast majority of the original niter blue finish on the screws and trigger, and relatively light edge and handling related wear overall. The grip is also excellent and retains nearly all of the original high gloss varnish and displays mild wear at the lower edges. Mechanically excellent. This is an exceptional example of a Civil War era Colt Model 1851 Navy. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection. Estimate: 16,000 - 25,000
LOT 3128
Outstanding Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy Percussion Revolver - Serial no. 18657, 36 percussion cal., 4 1/2 inch octagon bbl., blue/casehardened/
silver finish, walnut grips. This is an excellent example of a Colt Model 1862 Pocket Navy revolver that
was manufactured during the Civil War in 1863. The barrel and cylinder have the Colt commercial blue finish, the loading lever, frame
and hammer are casehardened and the brass trigger guard and back strap are silver plated. The stocks are walnut with a high gloss varnish finish. The top of the barrel is marked in a single line: “ADDRESS COL SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA”. The five-shot cylinder is roll- engraved with the stage holdup scene and “COLT’S PATENT/No 8657” in a panel. “COLTS/PATENT” is marked on the left side of the frame and “36 CAL” is stamped on the left side of the trigger guard at the junction with the frame. The complete serial number is located on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, back strap and “8657” is marked on the wedge (missing wedge screw). The compact Model 1862 Pocket Navy Revolver
was a popular privately purchased officers’ handgun during the Civil War.
CONDITION: Excellent. The barrel retains 98% of the original finish with wear limited to the muzzle and high edges. The cylinder retains 70% of the original finish mixed with smooth brown patina and very strong scene. The loading lever retains almost all of the bright, vivid case colors. The frame retains 75% original bright case colors, gray on the recoil shield. The trigger guard and frame retain 85% of the original thinning silver plating with an even, natural aged patina on the exposed brass. The grips are also excellent retaining 98% original varnish with some light wear and minor chips on the lower edges, a small dent on the left front and only a few light handling marks. The markings are crisp and clear. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 9,500 - 16,000

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