mr. dirt thanks very much for your kind words...it is a very interesting collecting period....lots of interesting history...not just of Militaria.
You have had the good fortune of having been exposed to both the Northern and Southern story.
The Model 1860 Colt Army revolver shown below was recently sold at auction (January 2010)...these old Colts are truly things of beauty in this condition.
This is a civilian pistol so it did not go through the rigours of a very nasty war.
Interesting to see what these guns originally looked like.
The bid closed at $97,750….far beyond my means.
Lot #1043. Cased Colt Civilian Model 1860 Army Revolver in Exceptional Condition, with Accessories
Description: Serial no. 152329, .44 perc. cal., 6-shot cylinder with roll-engraved naval engagement scene, 8” barrel marked “ – ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA - .” Left side of frame stamped “COLTS/PATENT.” Left shoulder of triggerguard with “44 CAL” marking. Frame cut for shoulder stock on recoil shield, but made with the civilian pattern three-screws. Notch on buttstrap for shoulder stock clamp. High gloss civilian blued finish, with case-hardened loading lever, frame and hammer. Silver-plated brass triggerguard. Varnished one-piece walnut grips. Mahogany case, lined in burgundy velvet, with accessories of stand-of-flags Colt’s Patent powder flask embossed on both sides, blued steel mold with “COLT’S/PATENT” on spruecutter and “C” on one arm, blued steel L-shaped screwdriver/nipple wrench, can of Eley Bros. percussion caps in paper wrapper, case key and four extra nipples.
Condition: Excellent. Showing 98% bright blue and 99% vivid colors to case-hardening, minor marks on blued surface, minor patch oxidation on right side of barrel, the buttstrap with oxidation and small amount of blue remaining, rest of backstrap with 99% bright blue. Traces of silver plating on triggerguard strap, mellow patina to brass. Crisp markings and cylinder scene, relatively light roll partly due to factory polish for bright blue. Grips with 100% rich varnish, minor nicks at butt. Minor fading and wear to velvet case lining. Light marks on exterior with 99% varnish. Ex Collection: Russell Goldstein; Fred Sweeney.
Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000
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