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Colt Paterson Model 1839 Revolving Rifle Cylinder
An original cylinder for a Colt Model 1839 Revolving Rifle or Carbine. We should have photographed this with something for size-comparison because it's the largest cylinder I think we've ever had. 2 1/4" in diameter, 2 1/2" tall, 6 chambers in slightly over .52 caliber. It weighs nearly 2 lbs. The rifles that had these cylinders dwarf the Baby Paterson Revolvers in .28 Caliber and even the Belt Models in .36 caliber. This one is from Carbine or Rifle serial number "807" which is stamped on one of the lugs between the chambers at the rear of the cylinder. Only 950 were made. It has all of the original Paterson 4-pronged nipples intact. Typically, Colt Rifles came with 2 cylinders so these do turn up from time to time on the loose. This is the 3rd one I've had over the past 20 years...the previous two from earlier Ring Lever Paterson Rifles. In all three cases, I got them from well-known elderly dealers at shows who do not sell on the internet. You never forget buying a Paterson Cylinder and I distinctly remember at least two of them telling me these were used as pen holders on their desks. Unfortunately, they had reached an age where it was time to start selling things off with the adage.."otherwise, the kids will give my stuff away when I'm gone"! The outside of the cylinder has the distinct double set of decorative bands..prised of 4 lines that made 2 flat ribbons on the outside and the middle ribbon is more rounded in appearance. The cylinder has no visible scene that I can see although one might pick up on a few lines if they used their imagination. The metal has turned to a heavy brown patina with scattered light pits...and really only one significant sized pit. The metal is in good shape overall for being 180 years old. Nice opportunity to pick up a very rare cylinder for one of America's most iconic and historically significant rifles.