"COLT DRAGOON SECOND MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 9837. Cal. 44. Fine rare martial second model Dragoon with 7-1/2" oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight with 1-line New York City address reading from muzzle to cylinder and lever has the vertical latch. Frame has "COLTS PATENT" over a tiny "U.S." Grip frame is brass with square back trigger guard and 1-pc walnut grip with legible cartouches on each side. There are small inspector initials on various parts. Only about 2,700 of these rare revolvers were made in period 1850-51 and are substantially more rare than either the first or third models, reference Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge & cylinder. Grip was not checked. Bbl, rammer & rammer handle retain a smooth even dark brown patina with some light battering around the wedge slot and pitting on rammer handle. Cylinder retains a medium gray/brown patina with a scattered spot or two of pitting and retains about 60-70% Ranger/Indian fight scene with most of the model & Colt's Patent legends legible. Frame retains traces of case colors being mostly a smooth dark patina with a light spot of silvered case colors on left side. Screws have slipped slots. Trigger guard & back strap are a light mustard patina with some dings on trigger guard. Grip has chips on left edge, otherwise shows moderate to heavy wear. Cartouches are thin but legible. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered pitting. Altogether a rare & desirable dragoon with respectable condition. 4-32275 JR378 (20,000-30,000)"
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