Cased inscribed British proofed factory engraved, early Colt Model 1851 Hartford-London Second Model Square-back Navy percussion revolver s/n 1751/. manufactured circa 1853. Inscribed on the back-strap of the gun, in block letters ‘CAPTN / FREDERICK CONNOR / 2ND REGT.’
In ‘Hart’s Annual Army List 1860’on Page 173, it states that Frederick Connor 29th was listed as an Ensign on September, 1838, a Lieutenant on 27th January, 1840 and a Captain on 10th September, 1851. He served with the 2nd (The Queen’s Royal) Regiment of Foot. Captain Connor served in the Kaffir Wars of 1851-1853 in South Africa and in the China campaign in the 1860’s. He was promoted to “Top” Captain and then Brevet Major on 9th March, 1863. He served in the Armed Services for more than twenty six years.
Serial number 1751/. has an hand-engraved ‘ – ADDRESS. SAML COLT. NEW-YORK CITY – ’ address with arrows at each end pointing in. It is in .36 calibre, with six-shot cylinder and a 7½ inch octagonal barrel with attached loading lever. The barrel and cylinder are blued with a casehardened frame, hammer and loading lever. The brass back-strap and trigger-guard Grips are silver-plated. The left side of the frame bears a hand-engraved ‘COLT’S / PATENT’ within a scroll. The roll engraved cylinder scene depicts the battle between the Texas Navy and that of Mexico.
This fabulous Belt Model Square-back Navy, is sparsley engraved in the early vine style of London scroll engraving, on the barrel, loading lever, frame, hammer, back-strap and trigger-guard. All the frame and loading lever screws and screw-heads are also finely engraved. The frame, recoil shield and trigger-guard all have early scroll work engraving. On the rear of the recoil shield, there are engravings of trailing vines. This piece of metallic art is complimented with one-piece, varnished walnut, slim-jim stocks. There are intricate scrolls to the breech end of the barrel and a fine scalloped border at the muzzle end. The loading lever is finely scroll engraved. The silver-plated back-strap and trigger-guard are engraved with vine-like scrolls. Both sides of the hammer are scroll engraved, with scrolling on the top.
Serial number1761/. Is in very fine to excellent condition, with much blue to its barrel and cylinder. There are also strong case-colours to the frame, loading lever and hammer. The brass back-strap and trigger-guard retains most of their original silver-plating. The cylinder scene is about 95% strong with a faint Ormsby marking below the ‘COLTS PATENT No 1751. The pins on the rear of the cylinder remain intact. The action is in good working order.
Cased in its original early London oak case, circa 1851, with two brass slide catches at both ends of the front, along with lock and round brass escutcheon and key in the centre. There is an ornate circular vacant brass plaque with a border in the middle of the lid. The partitioned case is lined in pink beige. Accessories include an early ‘JAMES DIXON / & SONS / SHEFFIELD’ bag-type flask, five hundred count galvanized cap tin, with a green label that reads ‘ ELEY BROS, Manufacturers, London.’ around the circumference. In the centre it reads ‘METAL-LINED / CAPS, / Made expressly for / COLT’S PT. / Belt and Pocket / PISTOLS’, brass .36 bullet mould with sprue-cutter stamped ‘COLTS / PATENT’, to cast one conical and one round lead ball, L-shaped iron nipple key and a pewter oil bottle, stamped ‘C & J.W / Hawksley. Also a spare mainspring, a small screw driver with turned wooden handle, key and lead balls. The case and accessories are all in fine condition. The early cases had no provision for a cleaning rod.
A fine and rare casing of an early British proofed Colt Hartford-London Square-back revolver with military provenance that requires more research.