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Early CIVIL WAR COLT Model 1860 ARMY REVOLVER Made in 1861 Antique .44 Cal 4-SCREW with Primitive CARVING of an EAGLE on the Grip!
Early CIVIL WAR COLT Model 1860 ARMY REVOLVER Made in 1861 Antique .44 Cal
4-SCREW with Primitive CARVING of an EAGLE on the Grip!
Here we present an antique Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver—the early 4-Screw Frame variant—made in 1861 in Hartford, Connecticut. The 1860 Army was the single most used pistol of the American Civil War. Over 200,000 were made from 1860 to 1873, and 156,000 of those were made by the end of the war in 1865. These were excellent sidearms for officers, cavalry, infantry, and artillery troops. The 1860 Army was Samuel Colt’s finest achievement to that point, having finally developed a large caliber revolver that weighed about 2 lbs. 10 oz. to the famous Dragoon’s 4 lbs. 4 oz., and was adopted en masse by the U.S. government with huge contracts. The revolver was well balanced in hand and had a long enough barrel to be effective when utilized as a carbine with the attachable shoulder stock.
This revolver represented unprecedented firepower from a handgun in the field at the time and was especially suited to Cavalry. The Confederacy, lacking in manufacturing capabilities though they were, managed to produce limited numbers of copies, and battlefield pickups of the 1860 Army were highly coveted. The 1860 Army went on to serve the U.S. military even after the Civil War and into the Indian Wars, until production of Colt’s 1873 Single Action Army created new waves in the revolver market, and again achieved great success in the military and commercial markets.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong all around. The iron surfaces have a gray patina. The bore is a dim from age. Very faint remnants of the cylinder scene remain. This example features a hand-carved spread eagle on the left grip. “MAKER” is marked by the serial number on the trigger guard. “R.F. ENEWOLD” is stamped neatly on the top of the unnumbered barrel wedge. Robert Francis Enewold was a collector, dealer, and smith who worked on old guns and his name was put on at least a portion of those which passed through his hands in the mid-20th Century. All the numbers match. This is a fantastic piece of Civil War history with a personal touch in addition to being a scarce Colt!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 7-3/4 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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