Navy Colt Revolver, Model 1851



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Navy Colt Revolver, Model 1851

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Navy Colt Revolver, Model 1851
Samuel Colt, Hartford, Connecticut

Content Description: 

Model of 1851 Navy Colt. Shape of cylinder: straight and round; engraving on cylinder: naval battle; shape of slots: rectangular; grips: walnut; shape of barrel: octagonal; ramrod: hinged lever; number of shots: 6; latch: Navy; trigger guard: oval brass; backstrap: brass frame: regular; weight: 2 lbs., 9 1/2"ozs. sights: brass pin and hammer notch. Serial number 77989 appears consistently on brass trigger guard, backstrap, frame, cylinder barrel and ramrod lever. Walnut grips bear proofmarks which are not wholly legible; however, one reads "JH" or "JJC" while only the final letter of the one on the opposite grip appears readable. "--D". The pistol does not seem to have been abused but shows only an acceptable amount of wear occasioned by use. A fair percentage of blued finish survives, particularly on the frame. The cylinder, with its roller engraved scene of a Naval engagement, exhibits one area of corrosion and pitting which is approximately the size of a dime; otherwise, pitting and fouling is relatively minor. Grips are unbroken and unchipped. Marks on gun: Top flat of barrel: "ADDRESS SAML COLT HARTFORD CT", Cylinder: "COLT'S PATENT 77989" Frame: COLTS PATENT U.S." Accompanying the pistol is a fitted leather holster with flap and belt-loop on rear. Holster is embellished with stamped decoration...various floral motifs... and is in a good state of preservation save that the thong for tying down the cover flap is partially missing. According to donor this pistol belonged to Salem Towne, Jr., of Charlton, Massachusetts.

Physical Description: 

Iron/steel, brass, walnut. Length - 13" (33.0cm); Barrel length - 7 1/2" (19.0cm); Approx. 36 caliber
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village