A RARE WAR DEPARTMENT .36 COLT LONDON NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER OF THE CRIMEAN WAR, CIRCA 1854, serial no. 19,755,
with 7 1/4in. octagonal barrel the top flat inscribed 'ADDRESS COL, COLT LONDON', (faint) the barrel lug with 'W.D.' arrow stamp, (faint) and fitted with Colt's lever rammer, plain open top frame stamped on the left 'COLTS PATENT', five shot cylinder stamped with the serial no. 19,938, (no scene) walnut grips chipped to both front edges and pegged, the barrel, rammer, barrel wedge and cylinder are numbered 19,938 and the frame, trigger-guard and back-strap 19,735, mixed numbers are not unusual on War Department Colt Navies
Provenance: This revolver dates to late 1854 possibly very early 1855 and was one or two of a batch supplied urgently to the British Army in the Crimea. It was refurbished at the War Department's Birmingham repair and refurbishment depot in the 1860's - this included total refinishing and during this process gun parts could be mixed. There is also the possibly the mixing could have happened in the Crimea due to service use. The Colt Navy was not declared obsolete in British service until November 1887
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