Colt 1851 Navy
The Colt 1851 navy was a very popular model. Wild Bill Hickok carried a pair. They were popular in the California Gold Fields, purchased by the US army in the 1850s and by many soldiers in the Civil War. This model was produced from 1850 until 1873. It is a 6 shot 36 caliber handgun. Colt even produced them in London. More 1851 navies were produced than 1860 armies.
This example was produced in 1856. It is a tight solid example with all numbers matching, including the wedge. There is some silver remaining on both the trigger guard and and the backstrap. The wood grips are nice and solid with over half the original varnish remaining. The metal is a pleasing grey patina with some scattered small areas of light pitting. The markings are all deep, clear and readable. The cylinder scene is about 60% present. The action is nice. The barrel address is the New York city address. There is a factory installed dovetailed front sight. It matches the patina. On the hammer is an accentuated rear sight groove.