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Factory Engraved Colt Paterson No. 2 Belt Model Revolver with Eight Inlaid Silver Bands

Serial #: 506 Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Paterson Type: Revolver
Gauge: 34 Percussion Catalog Page: 244
Barrel Length: 5 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue fancy
Grip: walnut   
Description: This is an extra ordinary example of a factory engraved, silver banded Colt Paterson No. 2 Belt Model Revolver manufactured

between 1837 and 1840. The revolver has a 5 1/2-inch, .34 caliber, barrel and five-shot, round back cylinder. The straight walnut grip

has a flat butt. The barrel lug has a double curve. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "- Patent Arms M'g Co Paterson N-J Colt's

Pt.-" with arrows at either end of the legend. The legend reads from the breech to the muzzle. The serial number "506" is stamped on the

front face of the barrel lug, the underside of the wedge, the breech end of the cylinder and on the cylinder turning ring. All of the

visible serial numbers match. The cylinder is roll-stamped with the Colt centaur and horsemen scene. The hammer spur has heart-shaped

knurling. The revolver is factory inlaid with eight silver bands (the most bands found on any Paterson revolver is ten) and has a

scalloped German escutcheon inlaid on the back strap. The sides and bottom of the frame, recoil shields, hammer, back strap, and sides

of the barrel lug are decorated with vine scroll-work on a plain background. An anchor is engraved on both sides of the barrel lug and a

hound and sunburst are engraved on the underside of the frame behind the trigger. Engraved Colt Paterson revolvers are extremely rare.

Colt Paterson expert R.L. Wilson stated in "THE PATERSON COLT BOOK" that only 5-7% of the approximately 2,850 Colt Paterson handguns

were engraved. This revolver may be the only Colt Paterson decorated with the unique combination of eight inlaid silver bands, vine

scroll-work and an anchor motif.

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