Engraved CIVIL WAR Antique COLT 1861 NAVY Revolver
Beautifully ENGRAVED Civil War Made in 1864
Here we present an Engraved Antique Colt 1861 Navy Percussion Revolver, made in 1864, during the American Civil War. The introduction of the 1861 Navy was simply an update to the very successful 1851 Navy, with the primary differences being the round barrel instead of octagonal, and the addition of the creeping style of loading lever. These updates made for a sleek package that very much resembled Colt’s crowning achievement, the 1860 Army. The 1861 Navy still retained its .36 caliber, making this the preferred firearm for many not wanting to step up to a .44 like the Army, while still sharing most of its dimensions.
The Colt 1861 Navy was formally adopted by the Union government and was used by both the Army and the Navy. Many of those sold to the military were never martially inspected or marked. Of course, there was a healthy commercial market for these during the war, and many soldiers privately purchased these revolvers as well. In a slightly smaller and lighter package than its 1860 Army big brother, many soldiers and cavalry preferred the Navy in .36 caliber. Of course, these weapons continued to be used well after the Civil War, especially during Westward Expansion.
This Colt Navy was engraved using broad floral scrolls on the barrel and frame. The hammer bears the likeness of a dog on either side, a motif that was the unofficial trademark of Gustav Young.
The overall condition is good. The metal surfaces have a gray patina. The markings are clear. The numbers match. The wedge is unnumbered. The grip is dark and smooth with requisite handling marks and it remains solid. The bore is dark with visible rifling. The action is excellent, strong and crisp.
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Barrel is 7-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .36 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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