"COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY. SN 1528. Cal. 44. Rare configuration with 7-1/2" bbl and Army sized grip. It has German silver front sight and 1-line Hartford address. Left side of frame has "COLTS PATENT" and frame is 4-screw style cut for shoulder stock with round head hammer and stock screws. It has the aforementioned Army sized 1-pc grip with silver plated brass trigger guard & iron back strap. Cylinder is full fluted with the patent date in one flute and serial number in an adjacent flute. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only about 4,000 of these fluted Army revolvers of the total Model 1860 production of 200,500. It is generally accepted that a large proportion of these early fluted Army revolvers were shipped to southern destinations just immediately prior to the outbreak of the Civil War and are often considered as secondary Confederate sidearms. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including wedge. Bbl & rammer handle retain a dark mottled blue/gray patina. Tip of wedge spring is broken. Cylinder is a lighter gray patina with scattered light to moderate pitting. Frame is a smooth dark patina with traces of dark case colors. Trigger guard retains about 80% orig silver with traces on back strap which has moderate pitting. Grip has chipped toes and a chipped right edge with light handling & use marks and retains about 70% orig varnish. Timing needs adjustment, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-32185 (5,500-6,500)"
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