Civil War Identified Officer's Hartford M1851 Navy Colt Revolver
Excellent example of the M1851 Colt Navy, early 4th Model, Revolver with the Hartford, Ct. address. This Navy came out of Colt's factory in 1860. Serial nos. 95038 are found on the frame, cylinder, barrel, loading lever, cylinder rod, trigger guard & wedge. The cylinder scene on this revolver is very strong, 90%+ & has most of the engaged line still intact. Clear, Colts patent No. 95038 also on cylinder. Very scarce a colt navy with partial silver finish still intact on back strap & on forward trigger guard quite a bit of the silver finish still there & on back part of trigger guard partial silver still intact. The barrel has flashes of original blue finish intact & the rest has turned to plum color. Clear address --Address Saml Colt Hartford Ct.-- intact. Barrel has the dovetail style front sight & there is a 2 stamped on left side of barrel where frame meets. The muzzle of the barrel has holster wear. Brass trigger guard has a G & S stamping. on the left side. The back strap butt has name S`E Joslyn nicely scratched in. The y in the Joslyn is very light. The frame has a clear Colts Patent & has a slight trace of case hardening. The loading lever has a little of the case colors intact. The action is excellent on this navy colt. The wood grips are in good used condition. Stephen E. Josyln enlisted on 9-21-1861 at Sonora, California as a private. He was promoted 2nd Lieut. 12/7/61 in Co. E 3rd California Infantry & later promoted to Capt. The 3rd California spent its entire term of service in the Western US during the Civil War. They operated against the Indians from Oct. 61- Aug. 1862. They protected the mail routes in july- Nov. 1862. Expedition from Fort Churchill to Sierra Nevada Montana. Skirmish at Bear River 1/26/1863 & full engagement on Bear River 1/29/63 against the Shoshone Indians in SE Washington territory.. they had detachment out checking on ranchers & Skirmishing & capturing Indians. There is copies of Lt. Joslyn's day by day reports, 150 of them & around 40 copies of correspondence from or about Joslyn also included a history of the 3rd California Infantry & info & pictures of the this revolver. The Civil War database identifies only one soldier with this name during the Civil War, they show different spelling of the name but they are all the same soldier. A really excellent used condition Navy Colt with both Civil War & Indian war connections.