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Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:22:18 PM »

 Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver

 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address "ADDRESS. COL: COLT.
 LONDON." with arrows. Left side of frame has small "COLTS PATENT" and the blued steel trigger guard & back strap
 contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Numbers in back strap channel are nearly
 obscured by oil stains. Left side of grip is stamped, up side down, "U_C / B / F / 9". Left side of bbl lug and cylinder have
 British proofs. Cylinder is numbered "35131". There are numerous possibilities for the mismatched cylinder but the most
 logical is that they were switched during a cleaning session. Both revolvers are from the same series issued to the Upper
 Canada militia. In 1854, with the British Army heavily engaged in the Crimean War, the Canadian government was
 asked to take a more active part in the defense of Canada. Canada accepted and a commission was formed to arm &
 supply their militia forces. Canada was divided into two halves, Upper Canada and Lower Canada. Upper Canada was
 the western area that later became Ontario and Lower Canada was the Eastern area that later became Quebec. In 1855
 the commission was sent to England to purchase arms for the militia and secured 800 Colt Model 1851 Navy revolvers
 along with rifles, carbines and swords. These revolvers were marked for their specific areas as found on this revolver. The
 "UC" stands for Upper Canada. The "B" and "F" stand for a small unit of about 20 cavalry militia in a little community
 called Yorkville. The unit later became the 4th York and very few of these revolvers have ever come to light. The "9" is
 for the 9th Volunteer of that company. There is considerably more information available about the Upper & Lower
 Canada Colts through research by a gentleman by the name of Robert W. Band of Toronto, Ontario, Canada as

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