"COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY WITH NAVY SIZE GRIP. SN 24. Cal. 44. Extremely rare Army with 7-1/2" bbl, German silver front sight & Hartford address. It has rack & pinion rammer with the handle numbered to frame. It has 3-screw frame not cut for shoulder stock and without capping groove with tiny "COLT'S PATENT" on left front side. It has brass trigger guard & backstrap with 1-pc Navy size walnut grip with four notches by backstrap on right side and a crude carved "W" centered on right side. Left shoulder & left front web of trigger guard have tiny inspector initials. The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, states that about 55 of the first 100 revolvers are in the same configuration as this revolver. Accompanied by a letter from old time gun dealer/collector, Henry Stuart, dated Aug. 31, 1985, authenticating this revolver and giving some of its past provenance back to 1938. PROVENANCE: William T. Stroud, 1938; Henry M. Stuart, 1956; H.H. Miller, 1974; L.R. Littlefield, 1985 to consignor. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching including rammer, wedge & grip. No orig finish remains on metal, being a mottled silver/brown patina with scattered fine pitting. Cylinder has one area of heavier pitting and retains 10-15% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Frame has clear markings and hammer screw appears to be a replacement. Grip frame retains a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound with chipped toes & a few gouges & scratches and retains 60-70% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 4-32330 JR379 (7,500-12,500)"
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