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Cased London Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver
« on: October 21, 2012, 05:32:59 AM »

 CASED COLT MODEL 1851 LONDON NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 32568. Cal. .36. Blue and color case
 hardened with 7-1/2" oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address "ADDRESS.COL:COLT.LONDON" with spears. Left side of the frame has London style "COLTS PATENT" and the large guard, blued steel trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of serial number in backstrap channel. Left side of the bbl lug and cyl have tiny British proofs. Backstrap is engraved in period script perpendicular to the axis of the backstrap "F.C.Forbes / 37th Regt." Surmounting the inscription is the Forbes family crest of Skellater and Kingerlock of Scotland. The crest consists of an arm clutching a vertical sword which is holding the head of a cow aloft. Accompanied its orig English oak casing with scalloped brass plate in the lid which is engraved identically to the backstrap of the revolver, also  with the family crest. Front of the case has a mortised brass lock with round escutcheon. Interior is green baize lined with an orig Colt directions label inside the lid. It is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a Dickson Navy size bag flask with graduated spout, a Colt's patent 2-cavity blued steel mold with sprue cutter, "L" shaped nipple wrench and a lacquered tin of Ely's caps. Covered right rear compartment contains a wood handled steel cleaning rod, an orig spare
 hammer spring, 5 orig replacement nipples and a functioning key along with cast lead bullets and balls. Francis Chateris Forbes was born October 1840 and commissioned as an Ensign (2nd Lt.) in August 1856 into the 37th Regiment of foot (North Hampshire Rgt.) He served during the India Mutiny from February 1858 to March 1861 as Lieutenant and was awarded the India Mutiny Medal without bar. He was then transferred with his unit to China where they participated in the Battles of Takau Fort and Peking. He was killed May 10, 1862. The August 1859 Roll of Officers for the 37th (North Hampshire) Rgt lists Forbes as a Lt, having joined the rgt in October of 1858. There is little doubt that this handsome
 revolver would have accompanied Lt. Forbes to India and China where they undoubtedly saw combat together in both countries. Very likely it was with Lt. Forbes when he was killed in China. This revolver was featured as found today in the Herb Glass advertisement in the November 1991 issue of The Gun Report magazine

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