A .36 COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER OF THE CIVIL WAR, CIRCA 1863, serial no. 16,700,
with 4 1/2in. streamlined barrel the top stamped 'ADDRESS COL SAML. COLT NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA' and fitted with creep style lever rammer the invention of Elisha K. Root, open top frame stamped on the left in small letters 'COLTS PATENT', five shot half fluted cylinder and one piece walnut grips, all matching numbers including wedge, the revolver is to a grey patina, but quite sharp overall
Provenance: The Colt model 1862 Police was produced 1861 through to 1873. Total production was approx. 48,000, by the end of the Civil War the serial range had reached No. 32,000. - making this a true Civil War Model 62 Police many of which were privately purchased by officers and enlisted men as backup guns. It is also considered my some authorities to be the most attractive of all Colt percussion revolvers
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