63. Early Fluted Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver

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serial #3678, .44 cal, 7 1/2" barrel with an about good bore showing moderate oxidation and strong rifling throughout. The metal surfaces of this revolver are mostly worn to gunmetal and gray patina overall with fine pinprick pitting throughout the barrel and cylinder. There are still some strong streaks of original bright blue in the cylinder flutes and on the underside of the barrel, the frame and hammer retain some faint silvery remnants of case colors at the rear. The iron backstrap has mostly worn to gunmetal while the brass triggerguard retains some nice silver plating in the more protected areas lightly tarnishing and the brass mostly bright goldenrod. The one-piece smooth walnut grip is ink-numbered to the gun and remains in near excellent condition as lightly refinished long ago with some tiny chips around the edges, dings on the base and scattered light handling marks. The New York barrel address, cylinder patent marking and "COLTS PATENT" on the frame have softened some but are still quite legible and all of the serialized parts are matching including the wedge and the cylinder is numbered at the rear. The hand spring is worn and the cylinder no longer advances without manual assistance but once properly locked up timing is good and the action robust. Included with this revolver is a Colt factory letter indicating the revolver was shipped as described with a 7 1/2" barrel and fluted cylinder to Colt's New York office on 240 Broadway in a shipment of twenty guns. The date is not specifically listed but the letter goes on to suggest it shipped in early July 1861. Overall a very nice example with a host of early features for the Colt collector. (138690-1) {ANTIQUE} (3000/5000) SOLD FOR $4,600.00

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