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    A 24 Karat Gold Decorated Colt Model 1851 London Navy Revolver This exceptionally rare 24 karat gold decorated Colt London Navy revolver bears matching serial numbers of "37061" indicating it was manufactured at Samuel Colt's London, England factory around 1857. Obviously a very special order due to its elaborate use of 24 gold leaf in a decorative floral motif, this .36 caliber six-shot percussion revolver with an octagonal barrel includes intricately carved ivory grips that accentuate the gun's beauty.

    Attesting to the overseas fame of his revolvers, the address on the top of the 7½" barrel is simply "Address. Col. Colt London". Colonel Colt aggressively marketed his revolvers in England and Colt maintained an agency there until 1904. With complete and matching serial numbers, this weapon bears the appropriate English hallmarks as well. Many such weapons made their way through the Union blockades during the Civil War. This particular highly gold accentuated revolver would have been made for a very special customer.

    The original mahogany case with its original key still contains the accessories for the pistol. Included are a James Dixon and Sons powder horn manufactured at Sheffield, England, a bullet mold, cap puller and percussion cap tool. Additionally, there is a tin of Eley Brothers percussion caps and a box of 'combustible envelope cartridges' for Colt pistols included in the green velvet-lined case which still locks with the original key. A handmade, checkered brown and white heavy wool cloth outer case equipped with a fastening button has kept the case in very good condition for many years. The revolver is in overall very good condition with scattered very light pitting to the metal behind the trigger guard. The craftsman that applied the gold leaf made good use of every surface on the revolver, even the backstrap. The gold has almost completely survived the years and this is an excellent presentation London Colt in its original case, perhaps one of a kind.

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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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