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1862 Civil War Period Colt Model 1862 Police Revolver in .36 Caliber Cap & Ball ** Presentation Gun / Old Reblue ** SOLD
This is a very handsome .36 caliber (Navy Caliber) Colt Model 1862 Police Revolver in perfect working order. Manufactured in 1862, it was actually made in the 2nd year of production for this model which started in 1861. This gun has a beautiful old fire-blue refinish and is engraved with a presentation on the backstrap "D.K. Gilson from B. F. Farrar", likely an original presentation from when the gun was new in 1862. The Colt Model 1862 Police Revolver was manufactured from 1861 until 1873, and was numbered with it's own serial number range from 1 to approximately 48,000. This .36 caliber revolver featured a 5-shot rebated and half-fluted cylinder, a creeping style loading lever, 1-piece Walnut grips, and a round barrel that was offered in lengths of 3.5", 4.5", 5.5", and 6.5" inches. This model was originally finished from the factory with a color case-hardened frame, hammer, and loading lever, a silver-plated brass grip frame and triggerguard, and a gloss blue finish on the barrel and cylinder. Like all Colt's of the period, the 1862 Police Revolver was a well-made gun and was a very attractive design. This model served all over the country, whether private purchase in military service during the American Civil War, or in civilian life as a personal protection weapon. Late in the production run with the demand for metallic cartridge arms increasing, several thousand of these revolvers were built as cartridge conversions. Today, many Colt collectors consider this model as the ultimate design in streamlined percussion revolvers from the cap and ball period, and the original percussion examples from the Civil War period are much more sought-after than the cartridge conversion models. This particular example is serial number 9288, and as mentioned previously, underwent a refinish as some point during it's life. Judging by the high quality of the blue finish and the wear and patina showing on it, we have no doubt that the finish is at least 60 years old at a minimum. The bluing is bright, glossy, and very close to what the original blue would have looked like when this pistol was new. All of the steel parts were blued on this Colt when it was done, replacing the case colors which would have been on the frame and small parts listed previously. As you can see from the pictures, the reblued finish shows shows some handling marks and prior evidence of surface rust but no bad pitting or eyesores. All of the factory markings and serial numbers are clear and legible except for the barrel address, which is mostly gone and only partially visible. All of the serial numbered parts are matching and original, including the barrel assembly, the frame, the triggerguard, the rear grip frame, the cylinder, the cylinder arbor, the barrel wedge, and the 1 piece Walnut grips (marked in pencil on the center section). The silver plating on the brass parts is in excellent condition on this Colt, rating 96 to 97% with only some tiny handling marks for deductions. The presentation on the butt and rear gripstrap is crisp and clear. The original Walnut 1 piece grip is in excellent condition as well, free from any cracks, chips, repairs, or major dings/dents. As mentioned earlier, the mechanics of this Colt are superb. The action is "in time" and all of the controls are in perfect working order. Of the 5 safety studs in-between the nipples, 3 are in perfect shape and 2 are partially intact. The hammer still both the half-cock and full-cock positions intact and they are solid, and the trigger breaks nicely with a light pull. The bore in this 1862 Police Revolver is average to good, showing some light pitting throughout but with solid, well-defined rifling from the forcing cone to the muzzle. The 5 cylinder bores are in great shape, free from any major damage or defects and showing only some VERY light pitting. All five of the original nipples are in-place and in solid condition. All in all, this is a very neat American Civil War period Colt Model 1862 Police Revolver that has a great look it, is all-matching, fully functional, and has the added bonus of a period presentation inscription. This Colt would be a great addition to any antique arms collection and would be a great display piece. As an antique, this can be shipped directly to your home, no FFL needed.
Handgun Caliber: .36
Model: Model 1862 Police Revolver
Serial Number: 9288
Barrel Length: 4.5" Inches
Condition: Very Good (As old reblue)
Metal Condition: Good
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Good / Average
Action: Single Action Revolver
Finish: Gloss Blue & Silver Plated
Manufacture Date: 1862
Extras: Period presentation inscription on backstrap/butt