Colt Pocket Model of Navy Caliber, also known as the Model 1862 Pocket Navy, .36 caliber, five shot revolver. This is one of the most rare and difficult of the Colt percussion revolvers to locate as less than 22,000 were made and most of these were shipped as factory conversions from percussion ignition to cartridge or made originally as cartridge models. This example has serial number 33431 which matches on the barrel, frame, trigger guard, butt and cylinder. Grips are correct one piece walnut and still retain some fine original varnish. Grip straps are a lovely uncleaned mellow brass. The remaining steel parts show a soft and extremely attractive aged patina with sharp markings and a good roll engraved cylinder scene. The 4 ½” octagon barrel is clearly stamped with the correct Colt name and New York address. The rear left side of the brass trigger guard retains the “.36 CAL” stamping. Somewhat larger than the more common Model 1849 pocket revolver of .31 caliber, the larger .36 caliber Pocket Navy packed a considerably more powerful punch and doubled as an easily concealed pocket pistol as well as a compact belt or holster revolver. Further, this all matching example is mechanically tight, is fully functional, and as an historic pre-cartridge era Colt revolver is a rare prize for the Colt, antique firearm, Civil War or Old West collector. The percussion Pocket Navy Model of 1862 is seldom seen on the collector market today, and specimens in any condition are extremely hard to locate. Note: the final 9th edition of Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms and their Values, published twelve years ago in 2007 shows the Percussion Model 1862 Pocket Navy revolver in antique fine condition at $2250.
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