Presentation Second Generation engraved and inscribed Colt Model 1851 Navy second-model square-back percussion revolver s/n 7117/. to Joseph G. Rosa, the noted British historian of Colt London firearms, circa 1972. Engraving executed by A.A. White Engravers and the backstrap inscription by K.C. Hunt. The inscription on the silver-plated backstrap reads “To Joseph G. Rosa / From / Colts Patent Fire Arms Mfg. Co.”. The engraving was copied from the two engraved Colt Model 1851 Navies that were presented to Lord Cardigan of “The Charge of the Light Brigade” fame, by Samuel Colt. Pictured on page 135 in ‘COLONEL COLT / LONDON’ by Joseph G. Rosa. This is Section One firearm in the UK.
Joe Rosa sold me 7117 many years ago. As far as I know, Larry Wilson purchased 7117 in Massachusetts in 1972. The presentation was masterminded by R.L. Wilson in conjunction with Colt Firearms, to thank Joe Rosa for his contribution to Colt collecting in the UK. The Colt historical letter confirms that 7117, with 7 ½ inch barrel in .36 calibre, was blue and case hardened with silver plated backstrap and trigger guard. Special features included “Furnished with a squareback trigger guard”. Number of same type guns in the shipment was twenty five.
Overall condition is near mint with 98% plus original, with bright unfired bore and good working order. Cased in an original second generation case for a second generation Colt Model 1851 Navy, with circular Colt logo inset in the bottom right corner of the lid. The case, lined in blue velvet contains second generation flask, brass mould with sprue with sprue-cutter, nipple key. This presentation gun represents a part of modern 20th century Colt history.
This is Section One firearm in the UK.