Post-CIVIL WAR Antique Colt 1860 Army Revolver
With Battle of Campeche Mexican-American War Scene
Here we present an antique Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver, made in 1863 in Hartford, Connecticut. The Model 1860 was the single most used pistol of the American Civil War. Over 200,000 were made from 1860 to 1873, and 156,000 were made by the end of the war in 1865. The 1860 Army was Samuel Colt’s finest achievement to that point, having finally developed a large caliber revolver that weighed about 2 lbs. 10 oz. to the famous Dragoon’s 4 lbs. 4 oz., and was adopted en masse by the U.S. government with huge contracts. The revolver was well balanced in hand, but had a long enough barrel to be effective when utilized as a carbine with the attachable shoulder stock. This revolver represented unprecedented firepower from a handgun in the field at the time, and was especially suited to Cavalry. The Confederacy, lacking in manufacturing capabilities though they were, managed to produce limited numbers of copies, and battlefield pickups of the 1860 Army were highly coveted. The 1860 Army went on to serve the U.S. military even after the Civil War and into the Indian Wars, until production of Colt’s 1873 Single Action Army created new waves in the revolver market, and again achieved great success in the military and commercial markets.
The cylinder roll engraving on the 1860 Army features a scene from the Battle of Campeche executed by American engraver Waterman Ormsby. The engraving pays homage to Texas in their fight with the Mexican government for independence. During this particular battle, the Mexican Navy wielded two ironclad steamers, while the Texans were armed with a variety of wooden ships, led by Commodore Edwin Moore. The scene also appears on the cylinders of the Colt 1851 and 1861 Navy Revolvers.
This specimen was made during the Civil War and features the military contract’s shoulder stock cutout in the bottom of the grip. Military sub-inspector marks are still visible on the gun. The most noticeable aesthetic feature of this gun may be the various notches cut into the gun, namely on the grip and the cylinder. These appear to be quite old, judging by the smoothness of wear of those on the grip, and by the uniformity of color of those in the cylinder.
This gun has been there and done that. Patina is very dark, especially on the barrel and iron grip frame. Serial numbers match aside from the unnumbered wedge. The bore is in good condition. The action is rough and does not hold full cock.
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Barrel is 8 inches in length.
Caliber: .44 percussion
The bore is in good condition and the action functional aside from holding full cock.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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