Very rare, hard to find, British proofed, “WD” inspected Colt Model 1851 London Navy percussion revolver s/n 20138, manufactured circa 1855 for the British military during the Crimean War and later in the Indian Mutiny.
This London, London Navy revolver, in .36 calibre, has a three-screw frame, not cut for shoulder-stock, six shot cylinder and 7½ inch octagonal barrel, with attached loading lever. The gun barrel bears the one-line “ADDRESS. COL. COLT. LONDON” with arrows pointing inward at each end.
All metalwork on the revolver has been arsenal refinished, including the barrel, frame, cylinder, loading lever assembly, hammer, iron back-strap and large rounded iron trigger-guard. This is a military revolver with “WD” and broad arrow stamped on the left side of the barrel. There are several other military and inspector marks that are almost indistinguishable, including Crown over “BR” over “7”on right side of the grip, “P” on left side of the grip, “GE” on the butt. The inspector numbers include “1” on various parts.
British proof-marks on the left side of the barrel and on each shoulder of the chambers of the cylinder. There is a very faint cylinder scene remaining. This British military revolver has all matching numbers 20138, including the wedge which is numbered with the last three digits 138.
Bright 9/10 bore, with all six pins on the rear of the cylinder remaining. All the screw heads are excellent. Overall in very good condition as refinished. The action is good and everything is in good working order.