1851 Navy Colt Revolver, Confederate Serial Number Shipping Range
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Category: Colt Revolvers - Navy - Colt Revolvers - Antique Percussion
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Seller: Old West Collectibles
Member Since: 4/11/19
Country: United States
Phone: (573) 310-6323
Number of Active Listings: 7
Seller: Private Seller
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
Payment Types Accepted: U.S. Postal Money Order, Cashier's Check
This is a beautiful 1851 Navy Colt with a Hartford, Connecticut barrel address. This revolver Serial #97429, was shipped in 1860 right before the beginning of the Civil War. Both the North and the South knew by this time that a Civil War was imminent. So, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia and Texas began to order revolvers from Samuel Colt to prepare for War. After April 1861 the U. S. government no longer permitted Samuel Colt to ship his guns South. This serial number is right in the middle of the serial number range of those guns known to have lettered as having been shipped South. I purchased this gun from North Carolina but I have never lettered it so the shipping destination is unknown.
This Hartford Navy is in fine condition. The action is extremely crisp, almost as if it was just shipped and it's edges are sharp. There is original blue under the ramming rod. And, at the muzzle of the gun there is some blue. The further down the barrel the blue goes the lighter the blue gets until it turns into a plum color which turns into an even and medium brown. The ram rod has nice traces of case color. The grips fit very well and have at least 97% original varnish. The trigger guard and the back strap have almost all the original silver. Only on the butt strap can I see that part of the silver is worn away. It has an outstanding cylinder scene. The Colts Patent on the cylinder is very strong. On the frame, the Colts is strong but the Patent is very light due to the fact that when the frame was stamped the dye was tipped a little upward. Sometimes they tipped it down and the Patent was stronger and sometimes they tipped it up and the Colts was the stronger. The serial numbers on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, butt strap, cylinder, ramming rod, wedge and arbor all match. This gun has been shot but the bore remains very good. The soldiers of the Civil War were just like any other men, some cared for their guns and kept them in top condition and others didn't. It is easy to see that this gun has been extremely well-cared for.