From the World famous William Locke collection. Gustave Young, factory engraved 4th Model Colt Belt Model 1851 Navy percussion revolver serial numbered 90588, manufactured circa 1859. All serial numbers are matching throughout, including the wedge. There is an apostrophe suffix after the number, which denotes special finish and engraving.
This 4th Model Navy revolver, with three-screw frame, is in .36 navy calibre with a 7½ inch, octagonal barrel with rare address “ – ADDRESS SAML COLT HARTFORD CT – ”, with long dashes at either end. The blued barrel, with the late bevelled cut-out on the right side has the rare dovetail target foresight often seen on shoulder-stocked examples. The roll engraved cylinder shows Ormsby’s Naval battle scene.
The frame, barrel, loading lever, wedge and grip-straps are all intricately engraved in the Gustave Young deluxe coverage of intertwined foliate style in what has been described as unusual arabesque patterns against a granular punch dot back-ground. Both sides of the hammer are engraved with the characteristic wolf’s head motif. There is a large dogs head beautifully engraved into one of the scrolls on the left side of the barrel lug above the loading lever retaining screw and COLT’S / PATENT’ is hand engraved within a kidney shape on the left side of the frame.
The barrel and cylinder are blued with the loading lever, frame and hammer case-hardened. The engraved brass back-strap and trigger-guard are silver-plated. This beautiful gun is complimented with one-piece ivory grips, with a raised ornate carving on the right side of the grip, depicting a shield, containing a deer, a pine tree and a cornucopia surrounded by a stand of flags and surmounted by a wreath.
This beautiful revolver, is pictured on page 104 of the book, “The William Locke Collection”. William Locke (1894-1972) was one of the early pioneers of Colt collectors.