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    Rare Engraved Transitional Squareback London Colt Second Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver. Serial no. 168 [all matching], .44 caliber, 7 1/2-inch, part-round, part-octagonal barrel with address reading left to right from muzzle to frame: -ADDRESS SaML COLT NEW YORK CITY-. [ these early numbered London Colts were assembled from parts shipped from Hartford and bear the standard markings of parts utilized in U.S. manufactured Colts]. German sliver front sight. Lower side of barrel London proofs [crown over a V and a crown over a GP monogram]. Case-hardened loading lever with vertical latch, the lower surface of front bar engraved with floral meander; the pivot section British-style scroll-engraved and the lower swivel screw surrounded with an engraved floral petal motif. Barrel lug with British style scroll-engraved panels and matching number wedge entering from left side with screw located above. Cylinder is roll stamp engraved with standard Indian and Ranger scene and etched with panels reading: Model U.S.M.R. and Colt's Patent. These form a frame for the placement of the serial number.Cylinder arbor numbered 168. Case-hardened frame engraved with British style floral scrolls, the left side with hand-engraved riband reading Colt's Patent. Rectangular cylinder stops. Left recoil shield engraved with vertical linear floral motif; right side with reprise of similar pattern around loading gate. Two screw entry holes surrounded with engraved floral petal motifs. Standard British scroll-engraved brass backstrap and squareback triggerguard numbered 8 on left side of front bow. Roller type hammer and mainspring, probably early period replacements for the original V-type early mainspring with internal copper stud, which is visible on gripstrap. Blued trigger. Case-hardened engraved hammer with V-notched lip and top with dolphin motif. Cross-hatched hammer spur. Deluxe burl walnut one-piece grip. According to noted Colt author R.L. Wilson, the engraver of this gun could possibly be Joseph DeLany who was present and engraving Colt revolvers in London from 1852-1856
    Condition: Very good for this model. the barrel assembly, cylinder and frame showing a mottled dark grey patina with very fine pitting present on barrel. Safety pins on back of cylinder worn. Brass gripstrap retaining approximately 60-65% silver-plated finish, the remainder with light brass patina. The right side of frame with two screws replaced and slots marred. The squareback triggerguard retaining approximately 60-65% silver-plated finish, the remaining brass with light age patina and minor marks and dents. Triggerguard and gripstrap screws are probable replacements. Grip fits perfectly, is retaining slight traces of original varnish and showing minor dents and blemishes. Right side with tiny chip to toe. Mechanically crisp. This pattern Colt percussion revolver was manufactured for sale in England about 1853-57 with approximately 700 manufactured but only 8 examples of the Second Model London are known [for information on this rare revolver, see The Book of Colt Firearms, by R.L. Wilson, pages 100-101 and Colonel Colt London by Joseph Rosa, page 136].

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