Very good condition, Colt Model 1860 Richards Conversion of the Army revolver, s/n 5347 manufactured circa 1871-78 in obsolete 44 Colt centrefire calibre. Six shot rebated cylinder, eight inch round barrel, with ejector rod attached. It is a factory converted example, numbered its own serial range of factory conversions.
This early metallic cartridge revolver, is basically a Colt 1860 Army percussion revolver, with its loading lever removed and the barrel lug plugged. It is fitted with a conversion breech-plate, a rebounding firing pin, integral rear sight and a rim which projects slightly over the breech end of the cylinder. The loading gate and arbour pin have the assembly number “901”. The wedge is unnumbered as per normal on conversions.
The barrel address reads: -ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA-. It is stamped with the two-line patent dates: – PAT. JULY, 25,1871- / – PAT. JULY, 2, 1872.- on the left side of the frame and 44 CAL on the left shoulder of the trigger-guard.
It has a blued barrel, cylinder and back-strap, case coloured frame and breech-plate and silver-plated trigger-guard. The revolver is complimented with varnished one-piece walnut grips. The cylinder depicts the naval engagement scene. Total manufactured about 9,000.
Overall in very good condition with strong markings, very good cylinder scene and traces of its original blue and case colours in protected areas. There is a fairly deep gouge, possibly from a slipped screwdriver on the left side of the frame, below the rim at the breech end of the cylinder. It is not a crack in the frame. Good action and in excellent working order. The bore is bright 8 ½ out of 10 with excellent rifling. The action is in good working order. It was this model that “Won the West” prior and alongside the Colt 1873 single action revolver. A very good example.