A cased and factory engraved Colt 3rd Model Dragoon percussion revolver
The Whitney Dragoon
Serial no. 12405 (with a dot) for 1852, .44 caliber. 7 1/2 inch barrel marked Address Saml Colt New-York City within a dentate border. Barrel lug, loading lever lug and frame with fine 'donut' scroll engraving; left side of frame with hand engraved Colt's/Patent; hammer with scroll engraving and wolf's head. Blued, casehardened and silver-plated finish. Engraved screwheads. Cylinder with roll-engraved Dragoon and Indian scene and Model U.S.M.R. and Colt's Patent panels framing the serial number. Triggerguard engraved with leafage border, the bow scroll-engraved. Gripstrap with scroll engraved panels. Deluxe varnished walnut grips. Complete with original rose velour-lined mahogany case, the lid with brass corners. Partitioned interior contains sloping charger Army-style flask, two cavity brass mold with Colt's Patent-marked sprue cutter, the right side marked WAT, L-shaped combination tool, two packages of American Powder Company skin cartridges and an empty tin of Eley Brothers caps.
Condition: Excellent. Barrel retains 98% dark blue finish showing some browning and light edge wear. Cylinder retains perhaps 50% blue showing sharp scene and markings and scattered minor scratches. Lug and rammer with generous traces of faded casehardening. Triggerguard/gripstraps retain 100% unpolished silver-plated finish. Grips with 100% varnish and showing scattered light marks. Case lid showing numerous light marks. Lining faded and showing areas of staining and wear. Accessories excellent.