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Largest selection of genuine antique weapons for sale in UK. See our website andrewbottomley.com Ref 3811. A rare London Colt model 1851 .36 calibre Navy Percussion revolver. Manufactured in 1853. The serial number denotes the year of manufacture as being 1853. This Colt Model 1851 navy revolver was supplied by Samuel Colt’s London factory, this was the only other Colt factory outside the United States of America. Engraved on the top of the 7.5 octagonal barrel with the words "ADDRESS COL COLT LONDON". Marked Colts patent to the side of frame. London proof marks. The naval scene still visible on the cylinder. The roll-engraved cylinder scenes found on early Colt revolvers were the creation of Waterman Lilly Ormsby, a professional siderographer. Siderography is the art of engraving on steel plates, a profession commonly associated with the production of bank notes. The scene depicted on this cylinder shows a battle that took place in the Gulf of Mexico on May 16, 1843, between ships of the navies of the Republic of Texas and Mexico. The Texas Navy was armed with Colt revolvers during the battle. The scene was used on the Model 1851 Navy, Model 1860 Army and the Model 1861 Navy Revolvers. Overall length approx 13.5 inches. Crisp working action. In very good overall condition with a few minor dings and scratches during it's working life. This is one of the London manufactured Colt Navy revolvers that were so popular with British officers serving in the Crimean War during the period 1853-1856. The handgun favored by most mounted troops was the 1851 Colt Navy. Ref 3811.This is an obsolete antique item and is sold as a collectors item only. No Licence is required in the United Kingdom. If you wish to purchase this item please visit our website andrewbottomley.com where you can pay by credit/debit card. Established 1968.