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Cased Engraved 2-Gun Set of Early Colt 1851 London Navy's
« on: October 09, 2012, 04:02:39 AM »

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Cased Engraved 2-Gun Set of Early Colt 1851 London Navy's

SN 1100 & 1101. Cal. 36. Cased set of consecutive numbered, very early London Navys with 7-1/2" oct bbls, pin front sights with London addresses with dashes. Both have small guard silver-plated brass trigger guards & back straps with extraordinary dlx, smooth, French walnut grips. Both are English engraved similarly but not identically with tasteful light coverage of foliate arabesque patterns with "COLT'S PATENT" engraved in a ribbon on each frame. Hammer screws on both revolvers have a flower blossom around hammer screw holes with another flower blossom around rammer pivot screw & rammer screw on No. 1100. No. 1101 does not have rammer screw decorations. Both have light decorations on sides of hammers with dolphin motifs on top edges. Back strap of No. 1100 is inscribed "Honble D. F. Monson / 52nd Lt. Infantry". Back strap of No. 1101 is inscribed with initials "J.V.B.". These early London Navies were apparently produced shortly after Colt set up his first operation in London and were assembled mostly from parts sent over from the Hartford factory with only about 2,000 more. There are apparently variations in parts with most of parts being Hartford made, as noted, but some of parts were also made in London and obviously these two were engraved in England with London made grips. Both revolvers have British proofs on bbl lugs & cylinders. Accompanied by a spectacular, mahogany, 2-gun, British casing with brass reinforced corners & a concealed lifting ring in brass inlaid bull's eye in lid. Interior is rose velvet lined, compartmented in bottom for two revolvers, a Hawksley bag shaped flask, a blued steel "COLT'S PATENT" 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter, marked on bottom "N.J", signifying that it was part of a shipment to the New Jersey Militia. Case also contains two L-shaped nipple wrenches of different sizes & an early galvanized tin of Eley Bros. caps

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