3175: Very Fine U.S. Colt Model 1851 Army Contract Navy
Manufactured in 1857, this is a very nice example of a 3rd Model 1851 "Army-Navy" revolver in the 42000-80000 serial number range which were purchased by the U.S. Army prior to the Civil War. Revolvers in this serial number range were issued to the 1st and 2nd Cavalry Regiments and were used extensively in campaigns against hostile Indians in and prior to the Civil War. These revolvers also saw service during the Civil War and saw additional service on the Frontier after being sold as surplus.The term "Army-Navy" is derived from the fact that the Army purchased more of these revolvers than did the Navy. The top of the barrel flat is marked "--ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY.--" and the left side of the frame is marked "COLT'S / PATENT / U.S.". The left side of the barrel lug at the bottom is stamped with the single inspection letter "T", next to the wedge screw is "D", with an "H" on the opposite, "H" on the top of the back strap, "K" directly behind the trigger guard bow and there is a "R", and two "D"s on the cylinder. The matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the barrel, frame, trigger guard, and back strap, with the partial serial number "9136" marked on the loading lever, wedge, cylinder and cylinder pin. Standard brass cone front and hammer notch rear sights, blue barrel and cylinderand casehardened frame, loading lever and hammer. Fitted with the correct matching serialized (last four digits, "9136" in ink under back strap) one piece oil finished walnut grip with a crisp and clear "CGC" cartouche on the left side and "WAT" on the right.
BBL: 7 1/2 inch octagon
Gauge: 36 percussion
Serial Number: 79136