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Revolver - Colt 1851 Navy, London Model, 1853 Object Reg. No: ST 024506

Colt 1851 Navy percussion revolver, late or typical London model. Cal. .36 inch, rifled octagonal barrel 190 mm (7 1/2 inch) long with loading lever attached.

Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., London, England, serial number 34798, 1853.

The features of this example show it to be an example of a London model Navy, produced in London with English manufactured components. The London factory closed in early 1857 after just over three years.
Six chambered cylinder engraved with naval battle scene, large rounded steel trigger guard, steel frame, steel London style back strap, London style wooden grips, thin loading level catch, pin style front sight. Knurling on hammer is of typical London style framed in an inverted 'U'.

Barrel address is London-London address, as opposed to the Hartford-London address. Serial number 34796. Serial number falls into the range allocated for London models in their first year of production and suggests a production year of 1853.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Miss Buse, 1959
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 12.50 cm (Height), 3.70 cm (Width), 33.50 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 19.00 (7 1/2 in.)

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Tagged with: revolvers american, black powder only, 150467
Themes this item is part of: Firearms in Gold Rush Victoria, 1850s, Arms Collection, Colt Firearms in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900, Firearms in Gold Rush Melbourne, 1850s, 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: COLT. LONDON.
Stamped on L.H. side of barrel with British proof marks
Stamped on cylinder with British proof marks
Stamped on L.H. side of frame: COLTS/ PATENT

Serial No. -
Cylinder: 34798; Loading lever: 34798; Trigger guard: 34798; Frame: 34798; Barrel lug: 34798; Butt: 34798
Model Name/Number: 1851 London Navy
Maker: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, London, England, Great Britain, 1853


Phil Boulton Posted on 07 Dec 2009 12:07 AM
London production ceases at 37500, remaining 5500 supplied by Hartford as the Hartford/London address change shows, making this sample the last year of production definite not the first!
Discovery Centre Posted on 28 Dec 2009 2:52 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there Philo, thanks for your enquiry. We've referred this to one of our History & Technology staff for their advice. We’ll get back to you soon with some more information
Discovery Centre Posted on 12 Jan 2010 10:44 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Phil, our collection managers consulted R.L. Wilson's Colt, and American Legend (1985) to confirm serial numbers and dates. For the London-made Colt Navy they are: 1853 – 1; 1854 – 4000; 1855 – 15000; 1856 – 41000. Therefore, our London model 34798 falls within the range of serial numbers being produced in 1855, not 1853 as we've indicated. But it was not the final year of production (1856), as this commenced with 41,000. Thanks for your feedback, which will enable us to correct our records.
Denis Carriere Posted on 24 Nov 2013 3:59 AM
I have a revolver no.28978 on the handle I have a mark U.C. A 17.what is it please.

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