RARE COLT BABY PATERSON EHLERS MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. Cal. 31. SN 335. One of the most rare of the Paterson revolvers with about 500 made in period 1837-38. It has 3” oct bbl with faint markings on top flat, appears to not have the “M’g Co.” portion of the address. It has 5-shot cyl with the Ehlers rammer. It has 1-pc walnut grip with square butt. Serial number was observed on the cyl plate, sides of the front and backstraps and on the rammer handle. No additional disassembly was attempted to check other parts. Although the serial number could not be found on cyl, it is this cataloguer’s opinion that this is the orig cyl with pitting on front face and mild battering on rear face which seems to have obliterated any numbers. The wedge is unnumbered and grips are soiled and oil stained in the backstrap channel, covering any number that might be there. Again, it is this cataloguer’s opinion that these are the orig grips. The rammer latch is a replacement. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & rammer retain a silver/gray patina with traces of orig blue on the bbl lug. Frame retains 50-60% thin orig blue with balance a silver/gray patina. Cyl retains about 50% centaur scene. Grips are sound being mostly a cleaned patina with some traces of orig varnish. There are small chips at both toes. Hammer spring is broken at the hook on front strap but still functional. The timing needs adjusting, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore, dark in grooves. A fine, rare little Colt. 4-31046 JR495 (30,000-50,000)
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