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    Rare Sam Colt Presentation 1851 Navy

    Sam Colt Presentation Cased and Engraved Model 1851 Squareback London Navy to Park Pittar of Charles, Nephew & Co. The famous Crystal Palace Exhibition in London in 1851 featured a treasure trove of Colt revolvers. Many of these guns were sold to the prestigious retailer Charles, Nephew & Co. Calcutta. This family earned the admiration of Sam Colt. 2 Years later in 1853 after Sam Colt opened his London factory he made a special presentation to the owner's nephew, Park Pittar of this cased engraved Navy revolver.

    Serial no. 207, .36 caliber, 7 1/2-inch octagonal barrel with New York address and brass pin front sight. London proofs on left side of barrel, lug and on cylinder. Cylinder with Naval Engagement scene and with 6 safety pins. Silver-plate backstrap and trigger guard. Entire revolver with beautiful English engraving including detailed floral scrolls. Matching patterns on rammer and at muzzle. Leaf and vine patterns found on rammer lever. Straps and guard engraved to match the frame. The numeral 2 below the serial number. Beautiful deluxe, burl one-piece walnut grip. Contained in original English case the lid of which has a brass medallion with the inscription: PRESENTED /TO/PARK PITTAR ESQR./BY/COL. COLT. The velvet-lined, partitioned case is complete with all accessories including James Barlow flask and Colt bullet mold. Also included are 7 lead bullets and two rare paper cartridges. Key present. Lock functions.

    Condition: Fine. Barrel retaining approximately 65-70% original high polish blue finish with some signs of very light cleaning. Loading lever retaining generous amounts of original case colors. Frame case colors have faded a little, retaining approximately 50-60%. Very strong scene on cylinder which still retains approximately 60-70% blue finish. One small spot observed on cylinder. Guard and straps retain nearly all of their original silver plate with some thinning at the heel and on the trigger guard. Grip fine with light handling wear and retaining most of the original varnish. Action crisp. Bore fine with scattered spots of fine pitting. Case fine with very light handling wear and retaining approximately 90-95% original varnish. Interior fine with light fading and very light soiling. One divider slightly loose. Accessories fine. Key functions. According to Pete Holder in: The Hero Of Two Worlds, "..#207...remained one of my favourite pieces in my collection for many years."


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2014
    14th Sunday
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