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Title New York Colt Navy, .36 calibre, serial number 179079
Nationality American
Period 1864

Quite a nice example of a London proved .36 Navy Colt. These were popularised in England as a result of their service use, principally by the cavalry and the Royal Navy in the Crimean War (1854-56), when the British government bought some 23,700 for service issue.

It is maker marked on the top barrel flat 'ADDRESS COL. SAML. COLT NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA'. There are London proofs on the barrel flat by the head of the wedge and alternating on each chamber of the cylinder.

The action is sound, the bore lightly pitted from corrosion overall, but still eminently serviceable! The cylinder scene retains only vestigal traces of the roller engraved naval action. The cylinder stop is an old brass replacement. Both grips have age wear and oil stains, also some shrinkage and losses on the under side near the trigger guard, with a small, neatly executed repair to the right hand one. Numbers match throughout, excepting a missing number on the rammer, which is undoubtedly an original part. The large grip strap screw is a modern replacement; all the others would appear to be originals. I have a strong suspicion that the whole trigger guard and back strap assembly have been replated, but it has been carefully done, leaving all the markings intact. There is a little minor rounding to the barrel flats. Other than that, the gun is in quite good shape for its age.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Firearms : Percussion Revolvers : American : 19th Century]


Helmet arrived safely and am pleased with it.

A M, UK, 24.01.2013

Thank you very much for sending the order through so quickly.

S H, UK, 05.02.2009