Civilian Colt Second Model Dragoon percussion revolver, serial number 10288, was manufactured circa 1851. It is one of a total of only about 2,700 of this model produced. All parts have matching serial numbers.
The revolver is in .44 caliber, weighs 4 pounds and 2 ounces and has a 7½ inch part round and part octagonal barrel. The main-spring is of the flat design, with the addition of a roller bearing, where the hammer engages with the spring. The loading lever has the vertical catch.
The barrel and cylinder are blued, with casehardened frame, hammer and loading lever. The brass back-strap and square-back trigger-guard are silver-plated. The six-shot cylinder has rectangular cylinder stops, with guide grooves. It is roll engraved with a near 100% Texas Ranger and Comanche Indian fight scene. It has the cylinder panel marking in large letters ‘COLT’S PATENT’ along with a second panel of ‘MODEL U.S.M.R.’ (U.S. Mounted Rifles) with the serial number 10288 stamped within. All six cylinder locking pins are intact. This civilian revolver is furnished with varnished one-piece walnut grips. The barrel address reads from muzzle to breech ‘ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY’ with the ‘COLT / PATENT / U.S.’ stamping on the left side of the frame.
This rare revolver is in fine to excellent condition, with much original blue and case colours. It has an excellent bright bore. The action is in good working order. This rare revolver spent many years in a museum in Australia.