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Colt Paterson Belt Model Revolver No. 2 (Fifth Model Ehlers)
« on: December 09, 2012, 07:16:01 PM »

Colt Paterson Belt Model Revolver No. 2 (Fifth Model Ehlers)

erial #: 285 Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Paterson Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31 percussion Catalog Page: 165
Barrel Length: 3.0 inch
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut 
Description: Colt Paterson Belt Model Revolver No. 2 manufactured by Colt but completed by John Ehlers after he took control of the

Patent Arms Manufacturing Company from Samuel Colt in 1840. The revolver has the distinctive attached loading lever, capping channel in

the recoil shield and 1-1/16-inch, five shot, cylinder with rounded rear. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the legend: "- Patent

Arms Paterson N-J Colt's Pt -" in one line with an arrow at either end of the legend. The marking lacks the "M'g Co" found on Colt

Paterson revolvers and has a space where the marking was removed from the die. The cylinder is roll-engraved with the Centaur scene with

"COLT" located between a four-horse-head motif. The serial number, "285" is visible on the wedge, the lower face of the barrel lug,

between the cylinders on the rear face of the cylinder, and on the inside of the frame. All of the visible serial numbers match. The

barrel, cylinder, frame and backstrap have a high polish blue finish. The hammer and loading lever are color casehardened. The walnut

grips have a high polish 'Piano' finish. John Ehlers completed approximately 500 No. 1and No.2 Paterson Pocket Model and Belt Model

revolvers between 1840 and 1843. This revolver is accompanied by a letter from Arnold Chernoff dated May 31, 1980. The letter describes

this revolver and notes it was formerly in the John E. Parsons collection that was on loan exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

in 1942 and was described and illustrated in the museum catalog.

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