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Revolver - Uberti Colt 1862 Pocket Navy Object Reg. No: SH 980476

Summary:
Uberti Colt 1862 Pocket Navy model percussion revolver, cal. .36 in., rifled octagonal barrel 140 mm (5 1/2 in.) long with loading lever attached.

Made by A. Uberti Srl, Italy. Serial number 104723.

This particular example was used by Holden Brothers Circus, probably from the 1960s.
Description:
Five chambered cylinder engraved with crisp stagecoach hold-up scene, large rounded silver plated brass trigger guard, case-hardened steel frame, silver plated brass back strap, wooden grips, pin style front sight. Knurling on hammer is course style. Excellent original blueing on barrel and cyclinder and strong case hardening colours on frame and loading lever.
Statement Of Significance:
This 1862 Pocket Navy model is a copy made by the well-known Italian firearm manufacturer of replica firearms, A. Uberti, Srl. The company was founded in 1959 by Aldo Uberti. The company's first replicas, and still arguably one of their mainstays, are western era muzzle-loading firearms. The original Colt 1862 Pocket Navy reintroduced pocket sized models to Colt's line-up, following a decade dominated by the larger framed 1851 Navy and 1860 Army models. 1862 saw the introduction of both the Pocket Navy model, retaining the octagonal barrel of the 1851 Navy model, and the Police model - essentially a scaled down version of the 1860 Army with round barrel, and adopting a fluted cylinder. Many of the two models were later converted to accept metallic cartridge ammunition, and continued throughout the 1870s as cartridge revolvers.

This revolver was used by the well-known Australian 20th century Circus - Holden Brothers Circus. It is one of several firearms donated by Barry Holden, one of the two brothers involved with the Circus. The Holden Brothers Circus was formed in Melbourne in 1892, passing through three generations of Holden family. An archive was donated to the Performing Arts Collection of the Victorian Arts Centre.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Barry Holden, 1998
Discipline: History
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 14.00cm (6 in)

More information

Tagged with: amusements, circuses, entertainment, itinerant workers
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Stamped on barrel: A. UBERTI & C. GARDONE V.T. ITALY
Stamped on cylinder: No.
Stamped on cylinder with Uberti proofmarks as 'PN', denoting percussion.
Stamped on R.H. side of frame with Uberti proofmarks.
Stamped on R.H. side of barrel with Uberti proofmarks.
Stamped on L.H. side of frame: A. UBERTI & C./ ITALY
Stamped on frame underside with serial number: 104723
Model Name/Number: 1862 Pocket Navy
Manufacturer: A. Uberti Srl, Gardone val Trompia, Italy
User: Holden Brothers Circus, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1960s-1980s
References: http://www.uberti.com/firearms/1862-pocket-navy.tpl

Comments

Raul Mendoza Posted on 07 May 2010 11:21 AM
I came across a 1862 Pocket Canna 6 1/2 in Barrel Cal. 36 Revolver. Don't know if it fires or not I would like to get more info on this firearm.
Raul Mendoza Posted on 07 May 2010 11:24 AM
Revolver - Uberti Colt 1862 Pocket Reg. No: SH 980476 would like nore info on this item
Discovery Centre Posted on 07 May 2010 4:15 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Roberto. Regarding the above Colt firearm, we have provided above as much information as we have on the object in quite some detail. Regarding the other firearm, we will pass it on to our History & Technology Curatorial staff and get back to you.
dan Posted on 21 Jun 2010 4:10 AM
picked up an a uberti & c gardone v.t. italy mod 1862 reb conf. cal 36, ser.#65439. could you plz tell me more about this handgun. thank you
Discovery Centre Posted on 21 Jun 2010 12:58 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Dan, it's hard for us to give information on an object without seeing it. You should contact an expert in antique firearms who might be able to examine the piece and give you further information. You can find good links and information at Arms Collectors Guild
http://www.armscollectorsguild.com/index.htm
Tony Posted on 18 Jan 2011 3:11 PM
I assume that by now you will have learned that this firearm is a modern made reproduction of the original Colt pocket pistol, and is not an antique at all.
The firm of A Uberti & Co et Gardone is one of the leading mass manufacturers of replica firearms of the 17th & 18th Centuries, and their products are well known by the Single Action shooting fraternity.
The pistol you have was manufactured as a working copy of the original 'cap n' ball' (percussion) pistol designed by William Colt and, presuming it has been properly maintained, it will still be perfectly capable of shooting.
Reproduction percussion handguns do not have a strong market value so you are not about to make a fortune out of it.
henry Posted on 06 Jun 2012 4:02 AM
Hi, I have a weapon seen with following text on it. armi san marco-it is a black powder only v.t. gordone CAL. 44 made in italy 51730 serial number. I'm looking for the origin and fabriekdatum? can you give me to help. Thanks in advance

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