Colt 1851 Navy Revolver
Manufactured in 1863 and fitted with an original silver plated Tiffany grip
Late Colt factory “Vine Style” scroll engraving on the frame and barrel with additional engraving by master engraver L.D. Nimschke.
Barrel, frame, are silver plated
Hammer, loading leaver, trigger guard, cylinder, are gold plated
Fitted with rare and extremely desirable cast bronze silver-plated Tiffany grip
Grip features highly detailed Civil War battle scenes on both sides and an American eagle motif on the buttcap
Top of revolver is roll-stamped: “ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA”
“COLTS/PATENT” is roll-stamped in an engraved ribbon on the left side of the frame
Full serial number is stamped on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame and trigger guard, and the partial serial number is stamped on the lever.
Illustrated & described on page 166 of “The Book of Colt Engraving” by R.L. Wilson
Wilson states: “The factory running vine scrolls on the revolver appear to be augmented by the Nimschke pattern scrollwork on the cylinder. The arrow and crossed bands motif (both sides of the barrel) and the twirl pattern lever design are other distinctive LDN motifs.”
An amazing piece of history!