ANTEBELLUM Antique COLT DRAGOON .44 Revolver
One of 10,500 Made 1855
Here we present an antique Colt 3rd Model Dragoon Revolver, manufactured in 1855 in Hartford, Connecticut. Only 10,500 of this model were produced. The Third Model was first offered in 1851 and continued production through 1861, for a total of 10,500. The revolver is in .44 caliber, weighs 4 pounds and 2 ounces and has a part round and part octagonal barrel. The main difference between a Second and Third Model Dragoon is the change from a square-back trigger-guard to a rounded version. The barrel and cylinder were blued with casehardened frame, hammer and loading lever. The revolver was furnished with one-piece walnut grips which were varnished for the commercial market and oil-stained for the military contracts.
Colt’s Dragoons experienced some of the harshest conditions the mid-19th century had to offer, and it is amazing that any survived, in any condition. This pistol was designed for use by horse-mounted rifleman, and it is so much pistol that you will want a horse to carry it for you because of its significant weight. This one would have seen use during the American Civil War and was made just prior.
The top of the barrel is marked “ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW-YORK CITY”. The left side of the frame is marked “COLTS PATENT”. The bottom of the grip is inspector marked “JH”.
The overall condition is good. The metal surfaces have a gray patina with some darker specks. The markings are legible. The numbers match though those on the frame have been obliterated. Wedge is a short replacement. The grips are in good shape. The bore is dark with good rifling. The action on this revolver is mobile and under spring tension, however the hammer will only stay in half-cock and not full.
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Barrel is 7-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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