1994.002.025 Revolver, Confederate Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver ca. 1853-1857 (probably '56-'57 due to high serial number). 7 1/2"L octagonal barrel. Brass post front sight mounted 3/8" from the muzzle. Case-hardened frame is 2 15/16"L. Case-hardened hammer has a "V" notch in the lip -serves as the rear sight. The cylinder is 1 11/16"L, finished blue. Rectangular stop slots with guide grooves and six safety locking pins are at the rear. Large oval iron triggerguard with a steel or iron gripstrap. Catch for loading lever is missing. "ADDRESS COL COLT LONDON" stamped on barrel. "Colts/Patent on frame. Naval battle scene rolled engraved around the circumference of the cylinder. "V" under crown also stamped on the cylinder. Serial number "40955" stamped in the cylinder and on most major parts. British "VP" proofmark on the side of the barrel. "J.W. Wood/F.7.VA" handcarved on the butt.
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