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An engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy percussion revolver with shoulder stock in deluxe casing
Condition: Excellent. Possibly unfired. Barrel retains 98% plus bright blue finish with some scattered light scratches and edge wear; wedge with some loss to finish on face; cylinder retains patches of blue in some areas, otherwise even grey patina, crisp scene. Frame, hammer, and loading lever retain about 95% bright case colors, some light scratches on back of loading lever. Triggerguard/gripstrap retain 95% unpolished silver-plated finish, with scattered areas of flaking around edges. Grips retain 70 to 80% original varnish; scattered storage marks and upper portions show considerable shoulder stock wear; some deep scratches and small losses to finish elsewhere. Shoulder stock excellent and retaining 80 to 90 percent silver-plated finish on furniture; stock retains 100 percent of original varnish with some scattered light storage marks. Case excellent with one large crack across part of lid and scattered storage marks; missing keyhole escutcheon. Interior excellent; no fading, shows some wear to edges from removing and replacing items in case. Accessories excellent; flask with one small dent; bullet mold with scattered spotting on silver plating; percussion cap tins excellent.
Note: Previously attributed to Gustave Young, Herbert Houze, in his recent book Colt Factory Engravers, attributes the engraving to Georg H. Sterzing, see pages 91-92. This well-known revolver is illustrated on pages 42 through 45 of Fine Colts: The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection by R.L. Wilson; illustrated on page 34 of Antique Arms Annual, 1st Edition, edited by R.L. Wilson; illustrated on page 67 of Colt Engraving, 1st Edition by R.L. Wilson, on page 88 of Colt Engraving 2nd Edition by R.L. Wilson, and pages 76 and 77 of Colt Pistols by R.E. Hable. This set was sold in these rooms as part of the Press Collection on February 7, 1993; illustrated in the catalog as item 802 on page 2. With cased silver NRA medal for one of the ten best firearms displayed in 2005; medal no. 102.