Civil War South Carolina Hartford Colt Navy Revolver, Factory letter
Definate Confederate used Colt M1851 Navy Revolver sent to South Carolina in from Colt's factory in January 1861. Colt factory letter has the Revolver one of 60 shipped to South Carolina. Letter shows serial no. 98828, .36 cal., 7 1/2" barrel with blue finish & wood stock & date of shipment January 3, 1861. Another M1851 which also has factory letter with serial no. 98433 was sent to the firm Gravely & Prigle Charleston, S.C. to equip the Pametto Hussars Cavalry unit. Revolver is a standard colt M1851 Navy with 6 shot, 7 1/2" oct. barrel in .36 Caliber. Gun is in very good used condition, Action is still very good. Barrel is marked --Address Saml Colt Hartford Ct.-- & Sn 98828. Frame is mkd with Colts Patent & Sn 98828. Cylinder has some wear & traces of the Naval battle scene intact & has good Colts Patent No. 98828. Brass Trigger guard has mellow patina with some of the original silver finish intact & has Sn. 98828. Brass Backstrap has nice mellow patina & also has Sn 98828. Cylinder rod is mkd with 8828. Wood grips in good battle worn condition with two gouges worn smooth from handling. & has what is a 8 8 intact inside channel. Loading lever also has 8828 intact. Front sight is worn down but there. Metal on this revolver has a nice dark patina & shows use from the War. A for sure Confederate used South Carolina M1851 Navy Colt Percussion revolver.