"COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY THUER CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 180676. Cal. 44 Thuer. Usual '60 Army configuration with 8" rnd bbl, German silver front sight & New York address. It retains its percussion rack & pinion rammer. Right flute of bbl lug has been deepened to allow cartridge loading. The orig rebated cylinder was altered for the conversion and has a number "3" on back edge in a web between two chambers, the same number "3" is found on Thuer conversion ring. It has a 3-screw frame, not cut for shoulder stock, with "COLT'S PATENT" on left front & brass trigger guard with iron backstrap and 1-pc walnut grip. Only about 5,000 Thuer conversions were made in period 1869-72 in six different models making this a very rare revolver. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Grip was not checked. Bbl retains about 75% orig blue, glossy & strong in sheltered areas with scattered flaking, not wear, to a medium patina. Rammer handle retains strong case colors, especially in pivot area. Cylinder is mostly a gray/brown patina and retains 70-75% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Thuer ring retains 60-70% orig blue. Frame retains 70-75% thin orig case colors with faded case colors on hammer. Trigger guard retains traces of silver in sheltered areas being mostly a medium mustard patina. Backstrap retains blue at top & on buttstrap with backstrap a gray/brown patina with battering on buttstrap & bottom of grips. Grip has a crack at right heel and shows moderate to heavy edge wear with nicks & scratches and retains about 80% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with fine pitting. 4-32313 JR380 (9,000-12,000)"
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