Pistol / Hand GunsMuzzleloaderUsed£ 2,950
Largest selection of genuine antique weapons for sale in UK. See our website andrewbottomley.com. Ref 3219. A rare London Colt model 1851 Navy .36 calibre Percussion revolver with all matching serial numbers. This Colt Model 1851 navy revolver was supplied by Samuel Colt’s London factory in 1852, this was the only other Colt factory outside the United States of America. Colt received many famous visitors and would personally give them a guided tour. They included Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's husband) and the famous author Charles Dickens. Dickens was very impressed by the factory and working conditions and stated "It is the only place in England where one can see the complete manufacture of a pistol, from dirty pieces of timber and rough bars of cast steel, till it is fit for the gunsmiths case". Dickens was even invited to test one of Colt's .36 cal revolvers. His opinion was "After a little practise, I find that a mere novice may, with one hand, discharge the six rounds as rapidly as the eye can wink". Colt's revolvers were sold mainly in the United States of America as well as being retailed in London England. This is one of the London Navy revolvers that were so popular with British officers serving in the Crimean War during the period 1853-1856, as this example was supplied in 1852 it is quite possible this revolver saw use in the Crimean war. Engraved on the top of the 7.5 octagonal barrel with the words "ADDRESS COL COLT LONDON". All matching serial numbers including the wedge and rammer. Length approx 13 inches. Crisp working action. In good condition overall with traces of the original blueing. This is a good example of a rare Colt 1851 London Navy revolver. Ref 3219. An extremely fine pistol. If you wish to purchase this item please visit our website andrewbottomley.com where you can pay by credit/debit card. Established 1968....Read full description
MakeRef 3219. A rare London Colt model 1851 Navy .36 Percussion
Modelrevolver, all matching serial numbers.
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