Image Lot Price Description




2255
$3,450.00

COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER WITH “MAJ. H.D. BLASINGAME FIRST PENN. VOL. 1861” ENGRAVED ON BACKSTRAP CASED WITH ACCESSORIES.

SN 149810. Cal. 36. 7-1/2″ bbl. Blue and case color finish. 1-pc walnut grip. This gun presents an enigma to this cataloger. The SN falls in the range of a 4th Model Navy made in 1863 with New York bbl address and a capping groove in the middle of the recoil shield cutout. Trigger guard and backstrap, although numbered to the gun, are of the 3rd Model type with a small rnd guard, which was discontinued in the 85,000 SN range. The date of the inscription “1861” falls in the range of an early 4th model. The inscription is spurious. There is some evidence that these grip straps may have been fitted at a later date. The grips are not numbered and do not fit well on this revolver, but are definitely Colt grips. The only conclusion that can be made is that this revolver is a composite of parts from 2 different revolvers, assembled and numbered together, at a later date. SN dyes match on the frame, trigger guard, and backstrap. Case is made of mahogany with green velvet lining. Case contains a Navy bullet mold marked “Colt’s Patent”. A flask with a stand of flags, canon, an eagle motif embossed on both sides. A packet of combustible cartridges, a tin of Eley caps, and a Colt combination tool. PROVENANCE: Collection of Daniel C. Scott. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 60-70% blue finish with high point and muzzle wear and a sharp bbl address. Some battering about the wedge. SN’s match on frame, bbl, rammer, wedge, trigger guard, backstrap, and cyl. Frame retains 50% vivid case color, as does the hammer in protected areas. Cyl shows 50% blue with a nearly complete cyl scene. Safety pins are intact on cyl. Trigger guard and backstrap retain nearly all of silver finish. Grips show nearly all varnish finish, with some dents and high point wear. Grips have a crack at top corner on both sides, which have been repaired. Case is very good with a small crack on top. Partitions are intact. Lining is good. Bullet mold shows 20% blue with clear markings. Flask is dark mustard-brown patina, with sharp embossing and few dents. Cartridge pack and cap tin are intact. Key is present. 50709-19 TEP (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2255

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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