A cased and factory engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy percussion revolver
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A cased and factory engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy percussion revolver
engraving attributed to Joseph Delaney
US$ 200,000 - 300,000
£120,000 - 180,000

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A cased and factory engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy percussion revolver
A cased and factory engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy percussion revolver
engraving attributed to Joseph Delaney
Serial no. 2383 (with a dot) for 1853, .36 caliber. 7 1/2 inch barrel stamped -Address Saml Colt New York City-. Barrel lug, loading lever, and frame with early vine style scroll engraving on a plain ground; stiff leaf engraving around muzzle. Hammer engraved with a wolf. Blued, case-hardened, and silver-plated finish. Cylinder with roll-engraved naval engagement marked Engaged 16 May 1843, Colt's Patent with serial no., and Engraved by W.L. Ormsby, New York. Triggerguard and gripstrap with extensive vine and scroll engraving. Varnished walnut grips. Complete with partitioned mahogany case, with key, lined in burgundy velour. Accessories include sloping charger Navy flask, brass Colt's Patent two-cavity mold with sprue cutter in the white, L-shaped combination tool, unopened and paper wrapped tin of 250 Eley Brothers percussion caps, and a skin pack of 6 cartridges, ...Hazard's powder for Colt pistols.
Condition: Excellent. Barrel retains 98% plus dark blue finish with some light storage scratches and edge wear. Cylinder retains nearly 100% of blue finish with sharp scene. Lug, rammer, and frame show perhaps 30 to 40% case colors, faded in same areas, bright in protected areas. Triggerguard/gripstrap retain 100% unpolished silver-plated finish. Grips with 100% original varnish and some storage marks on right side. Two frame screws on left side slightly marred. Case with original finish; lid with scattered scratches and storage marks. Accessories excellent.
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Footnotes

  • Note: See pages 33-38 in Colt Engravers of the Nineteenth Century by Herbert G. Houze for a discussion of this engraver and compare M. 1851, sn. 2870 illustrated there and also attributed to Delany.
    Also illustrated on page 42 of The Colt Engraving Book, Volume I by R.L. Wilson.
    Provenance: William M. Locke Collection, George S. Lewis, Jr. Collection.
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ANTIQUE Antique - pre 1899

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