.36 caliber, 5.5625" octagonal-to-round barrel, S/N 700. Blued finish and color case hardened finish, figured walnut grip. Single action, 6-shot percussion revolver produced for the Austrian Navy ca1849-1854, based upon Colt's Dragoon revolver, of which it is a licensed copy. Left side of frame engraved F. JESTER, right side engraved: INNSBRUK. Revolver decorated with simple foliate scrolls on the frame, triggerguard, barrel web, loading lever web and cylinder, along with engraved patterns through the round cylinder stop slots. Matching serial number 700 found on the left side of the backstrap under the grip, on the rear web of the barrel, and on the rear face of the cylinder. 1,000 of the M1849 Pattern Austrian Naval Revolvers were produced at the Imperial Machine Works in Innsbruck, Austria circa 1849-1854. Most were produced for general issue with leather holsters, but a limited number were produced for officers with leather covered cases complete with a full array of accoutrements.
Another example of the officer's revolver is known, in the the original leather case with the serial numbers 705, suggesting the officer's revolvers might have been produced during a specific period in a specific serial number range. This example is substantially nicer than the standard issue revolver with more engraving that is of higher quality and with a varnished beech grip. While the leather casing is apparently lost to the ages, an old casing, probably from just after the period of use was constructed to house the gun and its accessories. The lovely folk art style marquetry decorated case has a green baize lined, French fit interior. It contains the correct Austrian military issue brass accessories including the powder flask, cleaning rod, cap container and bullet container. The correct iron accessories include the correct pattern combination cone wrench and screwdriver and the bullet mold.
Very good. Retains some blue on the barrel, the balance a steel gray patina with scattered surface oxidation, some pitting and minor surface roughness. Markings remain clear as does all of the engraving. Mechanically functional, very good bore with strong 10-groove rifling and scattered light to moderate pitting. Grip with some of the original varnish, showing loss and scattered handling marks. The casing shows some wear and age, some surface cracking to the veneer and some loss to the edge decorations. Exterior with bumps and dings, interior with expected wear, replaced hinges and some fading, loss and damage to the lining. Accessories are all good to very good.