Very good to fine, Civil War period, martially inspected, Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver s/n 58892, manufactured circa 1862, with eight inch round barrel and one-piece, oil finished, military contract grips. The cartouche on the left side of the shows “PB” for US Government Inspector, Peter Barrett and the cartouche on the right side of the grip is the most famous inspector of all, “OWA” for O. W. Ainsworth. There are also sub-inspector marks with letters “P” and “O” stamped on various parts of the gun. All visible numbers matching numbers, including wedge.
Serial number 58892, has the one-line address: “-ADDRESS COL. SAM’ COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-” It has a six-shot rebated round cylinder, with the rolled scene that depicts the battle between the Texas Navy and the Mexico Navy. The three-screw frame, cut for shoulder-stock attachment, is stamped “COLTS / PATENT”. The revolver is fitted with the creeping style loading lever.
The barrel, cylinder and back-strap are blued and the frame, hammer and loading lever are case coloured. The one-piece walnut grips are oil-finished military contract grips with the brass square-back trigger-guard left bear.
A total of approximately 200,800 Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver were manufactured at the Hartford factory, from circa 1860, through to circa 1873. They were serial numbered in their own range, from 1 through to about 200800. This model, in .44 calibre, superseded the much heavier Dragoon model and was the most popular revolver, in the American Civil War.
This is a very good example of Colt Model 1860 Army percussion revolver, that was used, but not abused during the American Civil War. It retains approximately 10-15% original blue and case colours overall and strong grip cartouches. The action is tight and in good working order. The bore is good, 7/10.