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Colt Model 1860 Army .44 Cal - RARE, PRESENTED TO PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S CABINET, vintage firearms inc
General Specs: Colt, Year 1861, .44, 43.2oz
Serial Number: 11701
The 1860 Colt Army Revolver is arguably one of the most iconic handguns of the U.S. Civil War. The Colt Model 1860 Army revolver was manufactured from 1860 through 1873 and total production consisted of more than 200,000. The .44 caliber revolver was a primary handgun used by Union troops (and others) during the Civil War, it was valued for its reliability and six shot capacity.
In the years leading up to the war, Colt had been doing business south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but when conflict broke out in April of 1861, he immediately turned his attention to the needs of the Union forces and in November, began a campaign to sell his revolvers to the Union Army. It is recorded that Colt presented sixty of his revolvers, including copies of his New Model Holster pistol, New Model Navy pistol and the New Model Police pistols to various high-ranking Army officers and members of President Lincoln's cabinet. These sets were cased with full accessories. Many guns where inscribed with the recipient's name, but in cases where an inscription would possibly lead to allegations of bribery, the guns were not inscribed. This is one of those guns, and while it was presented to an important name the original owner is still unknown. All of the Colt Model 1960 Army revolvers (about 40 in total) fall within the serial range of 11672 to 11719 and they were presented around the first few days of November 1861. As presented these guns where finished with blue on the barrels, backstrap and cylinders, silver plating on the front strap and trigger guard, and case colors on the loading levers, frames, and hammers. Each was fitted with a varnished walnut grip, the frames and back straps where cut for use with shoulder stocks. Samuel Colt died on January 10, 1862, but his factory produced hundreds of thousands of arms for the Union war effort. The presentations made in 1861 were thus the last of his personal presentation pieces and are particularly significant in the history of Colt firearms.
In March 2013 James Julia/Morphy house offered this historical revolver for sale: RARE SPECIAL PRESENTATION QUALITY CASED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 11701. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ round barrel, German silver front sight and "- ADDRESS COL SAML COLT- NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA", the left side of frame is marked with “COLTS PATENT” and the left shoulder of the trigger guard has the caliber marking- .44 CAL. Frame is a four screw type with flat head hammer screw and slightly extended stock screws. The silver plated brass trigger guard and blued iron backstrap contain a nicely figured varnished one piece walnut grip with matching serial number in backstrap channel (see photos). All the serial numbers on the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and buttstrap are accompanied by a small punch dot which indicates extra finishing attention was to be given to this revolver. The barrel has an extra high finish with glossy bright blue and the frame is bright with high polish color case hardening. The remnants of finish on backstrap and buttstrap are also of similar high polish.
This pistol is overall in very fine condition, the barrel retains 80-85% extra glossy bright blue with wear on each side of muzzle and slight thinning over the top by the address, the creeping rammer handle retains most of its factory case colors, frame and hammer also exhibit brilliant case colors. The cylinder retains about 55-60% original blue with the remaining areas gone to a gray patina, there is points of fine pitting and an area of deeper pitting around the “COLTS PATENT” panel which shows the Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard and front strap retain about 85% strong original silver, the backstrap and buttstrap show about 30% glossy blue with the backstrap mostly a gray patina with some fine pinprick pitting mostly at the heel. While the varnished grip has a couple of small chips on the edges and a few light dings and scratches and an indentation near the frame on the left hand side, it retains almost all of its original glossy finish. Mechanics are crisp, the cylinder well timed, the barrel has a brilliant shiny bore with sharp rifling.
When this gun was last sold, it came with a presentation case and went for $40,250. Since then the presentation box and this revolver have become separated. Vintage Firearms is pleased to offer this Presentation Colt 1860 at a price that reflects that fact, however this Colt Model 1860 is still one of a limited number produced and presented personally by Mr. Colt to members of President Lincoln's cabinet at at time of national emergency and as such is of great historical value.
The included documents lists 21 Model 1860 revolvers and their serial numbers including SN 11701. Also of interest- the cover photograph (and page 104) of the book, "Colts From The Locke Collection" by R. Berryman, 1973, illustrates a boxed set of Colt presentation guns. Of note is that the serial numbers are 11703 and 11704 (presented to Gen Andrew Porter), it is very likely that these Colts and Colt SN 11701 shared the same bench for their final polish over one hundred and sixty years ago!
Here is one of the very rare chances to own a legitimate Samuel Colt presented Model 1860, a centerpiece for any Colt collection, enjoy. More photos are available on our direct site.
Barrel Length: 8"
% Blue: 95%
Sights: Front blade, rear hammer V notch
Action: Single action percussion revolver
Receiver Condition: 95% Case color
Screws: Very good
Trigger Type: Single-crisp
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Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: No, Antique
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Handgun Caliber: .44