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Revolver - Colt 1861 Navy, 1866 Object Reg. No: ST 024311

Colt 1861 Navy percussion revolver, Cal. .36 in., rifled round barrel 190 mm (7 1/2 inch) long with loading lever attached.

Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut. Serial number 27987, 1866.
Six chambered cylinder engraved with naval battle scene lightly worn, large rounded brass trigger guard, steel frame, brass back strap, wooden grips, blade front sight. Knurling on hammer is of typical London style framed in an inverted 'U'. Barrel address is one-line New York address.

Triggerguard right hand side screw missing.
Statement Of Significance:
The 1861 Colt Navy followed on from the 1860 Colt Army in general design and appearance with the obvious exception that it was produced in the Naval calibre of .36 in. rather than the Army's .44 in. It had a relatively short production of thirteen years with a total production figure of 38,843. Undoubtedly many more would have been produced were it not for the introduction of metallic cartridge ammunition and the disastrous fire at the Colt factory in 1864. Production of this model declined markedly after this date.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Australian Army, 1957
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 12.80 cm (Height), 3.50 cm (Width), 33.30 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 19.00 (7 1/2 in.)

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Tagged with: revolvers american
Themes this item is part of: Colt Firearms in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900, Arms Collection, Samuel Colt, Gunmaker (1814-1862), Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Gunmakers, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Stamped on barrel: ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA.
Stamped on cylinder: COLTS PATENT No. 987
Stamped on L.H. side of frame: COLTS/ PATENT
Stamped on L.H. triggerguard triangle: 36 CAL

Serial No. -
Cylinder: 987; Trigger guard: 27987; Frame: 27987; Barrel lug: 27987; Butt: 27987
Model Name/Number: 1861 Navy
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America, 1866


rex mcminn jr. Posted on 24 Mar 2010 8:28 AM
I own a colt that looks like the one here, but mine has a patent number on all parts of 9973. it also has a date of 1850 0n the cylinder, along with a sailing ship.
is there anything you could tell me about this gun,thank you.
Discovery Centre Posted on 24 Mar 2010 11:04 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
We're checking with expert staff in our History and Technology department, Rex. Watch this space!
Discovery Centre Posted on 24 Mar 2010 11:59 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Okay, Rex - according to this object's Curator, the 9973 number on your Colt is likely to be the serial number, rather than the patent. The 1850 date is just a patent date.

You really need to work out what model Colt you have; this could be done looking at the different models on Wikipedia, or if you can find R.L. Wilson, Colt – An American Legend (1985), which provides a good overview of the company and its main productions.

Once you know the type, you can then check the serial number for the different Colt weapons at the following website: http://www.proofhouse.com/colt/index.html

If your pistol is an 1861 Navy, the serial number 9973 would suggest a production date of about 1862.

Hope this helps!
Dudley Moore Posted on 11 Mar 2014 9:29 PM
I have an 1861 Navy Colt, serial no: 14150. It has an 8in barrel but unfortunately the barrel stamp is no longer visible. You can just see the 'Colt patent' stamp on the left hand side beneath the cylinder. Do you have any info on it? Is the 8in barrel a custom job?

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