Antique COLT RICHARDS-MASON NAVY .38 Centerfire Revolver ANCHOR MARKED
Early-1870s Precursor to the Colt SAA M1873!
Here we present an antique Colt Richards-Mason .38 Centerfire Revolver, made circa 1870 in Hartford, Connecticut. The Smith & Wesson monopoly on modern cartridge revolvers was coming to an end due to the expiration of the Rollin White patent for the bored through cylinder. Colt & Remington, among others, were doing their best to catch up with the times. This revolver is a rare example of the evolutionary step between Colt’s very successful (even into the 1870s) percussion line to the truly modern Colt Single Action Army revolver (aka the Model 1873, Peacemaker, SAA, etc.). This revolver would pioneer concepts such as the barrel-mounted ejector rod as well as the loading gate that would be used for many years in the Colt lineup. These early cartridge Colts were many times converted from existing percussion revolvers or existing parts. You will notice the “36 CAL” marking on the left side of the brass trigger guard as well as the seemingly afterthought patent markings rolled onto the frame. Imagine what these revolvers would have seen throughout the remaining decades of the 19th Century in the Old West and beyond!
This one has a naval anchor located at the breech-end of the barrel.
The overall condition is very good. The metal surfaces have a gray patina. The markings are clear. The Naval Battle of Campeche cylinder scene is quite visible. The loading gate has been removed. The grip is dark and smooth with handling marks and it remains solid. The bore is in very good condition with sharp rifling. The action is excellent, strong and crisp. Here is a nice example of Samuel Colt’s coveted Richards-Mason revolver!
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Barrel is 7-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .38 Centerfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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