A cased and factory engraved Colt 3rd Model Dragoon percussion revolver
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A cased and factory engraved Colt 3rd Model Dragoon percussion revolver
The Whitney Dragoon
US$ 300,000 - 500,000
£180,000 - 310,000

Lot Details
A cased and factory engraved Colt 3rd Model Dragoon percussion revolver
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.
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Footnotes

  • Note: This revolver was engraved by Thomas J. Barlow, see Herbert G. Houze, Colt Factory Engravers, pp. 13-20. Evidently sold by the Whitney family in 1971, the gun was, by family history, a gift from Samuel Colt to Eli Whitney, Jr. Colt and Whitney had a close working relationship and Whitney produced the Colt Walker revolvers. This dragoon is one of a number in the 12000 serial range, including the gold inlaid guns gifted to the Sultan of Turkey and Czar of Russia, set aside for special decoration. It is one of the finest examples of the scarce 'donut' scroll style of engraving extant.
    Provenance: George Repaire Collection.
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ANTIQUE Antique - pre 1899

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