Period Engraved, Ivory CIVIL WAR COLT Model 1860 ARMY .44 Caliber REVOLVER
1864 mfr. Military Issued Sidearm!
Here we present an Engraved antique Colt U.S. Model 1860 Army .44 Revolver, made in 1864 in Hartford, Connecticut. The 1860 Army was the single most used pistol of the American Civil War. Over 200,000 were made from 1860 to 1873, and 156,000 of those were made by the end of the war in 1865. These were excellent sidearms for officers, cavalry, infantry, and artillery troops. The 1860 Army was Samuel Colt’s finest achievement to that point, having finally developed a large caliber revolver that weighed about 2 lbs. 10 oz. to the famous Dragoon’s 4 lbs. 4 oz., and was adopted en masse by the U.S. government with huge contracts.
The revolver was well balanced in hand and had a long enough barrel to be effective when utilized as a carbine with the attachable shoulder stock. This revolver represented unprecedented firepower from a handgun in the field at the time and was especially suited to Cavalry. The Confederacy, lacking in manufacturing capabilities though they were, managed to produce limited numbers of copies, and battlefield pickups of the 1860 Army were highly coveted. The 1860 Army went on to serve the U.S. military even after the Civil War and into the Indian Wars, until production of Colt’s 1873 Single Action Army created new waves in the revolver market, and again achieved great success in the military and commercial markets.
This one was period engraved on the aftermarket (almost certainly after the war). Clearly, Colt’s master engraver, Gustave Young, was influential to this work as the wolf’s head motif appears on either side of the hammer.
The overall condition is good. The action is strong. The bore is in good shape for age. The ivory grip is seated firmly. Numbers are matching. A very handsome old Civil War sidearm with a custom engraved flair!
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Barrel is 8 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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