CIVIL WAR Era Antique COLT POLICE Model 1862 .36 Caliber Revolver & RIG
With BRASS SPADE Inlaid in the Right Grip!
Here we present an antique Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver & Rig, made in 1861 in Hartford, Connecticut. These five shot revolvers were manufactured from 1861 to circa 1873 in their own serial range from serial number 1 through to approximately 47000. Its introduction was an attempt to fill a niche in the market for a pocket revolver suited for civilians and police of a larger caliber (.36) than the 1849 Pocket Revolver (.31). Much as the Colt 1851 Navy was a scaled-up version of the 1849 Pocket, the 1862 Police was a scaled down version of the 1861 Navy, which was a scaled down version of the 1860 Army. The result was a sleek, stylish and light, 5-shot pocket revolver in .36 caliber.
Collectors today largely view these as the climax of the development of the percussion revolver. Unfortunately for Colt, the commercial market for the 1862 Police was overshadowed by cartridge revolvers. As a result, production was quite limited by Colt’s standards with approximately only 28,000 manufactured between 1862 and 1873. And, of those that were produced, it is estimated that 70% of these were converted to cartridge firearms leaving only 8,400 in the original state. These factors make the 1862 Police Revolver in its original percussion format quite scarce for collectors today. In addition, this revolver comes with a 6-1/2 inch barrel, making it even more rare than the shorter 3-1/2 inch and 4-1/2 inch barrels.
This one is full of character and it has a large brass spade tacked into the right grip. It also comes with a belt, buckle, field flap holster and pouch from the period of the American Civil War.
The overall condition is good. Even, smooth brown patina. The grip is in good shape with a brass spade affixed on the right side. Numbers match with the exception of the unnumbered wedge. The action functions well. The cylinder will revolve pretty reliably but skip just every now and again. The loading lever has been repaired long ago and the frame pins were replaced at some piont. The leather gear is in great shape and the revolver fits the holster very well. This would make a fantastic display.
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Barrel is 6-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .36 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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