.31 caliber, 4" octagonal barrel, S/N 105627 with punch dot under serial numbers. Engraved on the barrel in script Sam Colt with banners. Fully factory engraved on the barrel, frame, backstrap and trigger guard. Cylinder with stagecoach scene. Beautiful burl walnut one-piece grips. Engraved and inscribe on the backstrap J.W. Williams To Hon Arthur B. Calef 1855. Blue finish with silver plated backstrap and trigger guard. Cased in an original factory casing of Mahogany with red lining, Case is portioned with the original mold, five packets of combustible skin cartridges. Tin can of Eley Bros caps.
Arthur Benjamin Calef (1825-1900) attended school at Wesleyan University at Middletown and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1852 and ran a long, successful practice in his home town. An influential Republican, he was heavily involved in politics and served in a variety government positions including State Treasurer (1855-1856) and as a delegate for the 1860 Republican National Convention. He died in 1900 at age seventy five.
Entire revolver was refinished many years ago. retaining most of the bright black finish. Backstrap and trigger guard retaining most of the silver plated finish. Walnut grips with most of the original varnished finish. Safety pins are still on the back of the cylinder. The engraving coverage is very close to that of a deluxe style. All numbers match. The refinish work could very well have been done by the factory. Case is excellent condition. The five packets have been opened exposing the top of the cartridges. Mold is about mint. Cap can is excellent with great label. Has an excellent look.