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Revolver - Colt 1851 Navy, Victorian Police, 1864 Object Reg. No: ST 024574

1851 Colt Navy percussion revolver, late fourth model, cal. .36 in., rifled octagonal barrel 190 mm (7 1/2 inch) long with loading lever attached.

Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut. The features of this example suggest that it was made at Colt's Hartford factory, Connecticut, using some components manufactured at Colt's London factory. Serial number 168579, 1864.

One of 250 Colt Navies purchased by the Victorian Police in 1864. The barrel lug is stamped with Victorian Police district mark 'D 32' (D - Castlemaine District). Converted to accept cartridge ammuntion by Melbourne gunsmith and retailer, James Watson Rosier in 1870.
Six chambered cylinder converted on the Thuer patent to accept cartridge ammunition engraved with naval battle scene, large rounded Hartford style steel trigger guard, steel frame, steel back strap, 'Slim Jim' style grips repaired on left hand side, and stamped on right hand side '614'. Percussion shield cut-out has cap slot, thick loading level catch, pin style front sight. Knurling on hammer is of typical course Hartford style. Barrel address is late New York address.

Bevelled loading notch has been machined when the revolver was converted under the Thuer patent to accept cartridge ammunition. Inspector's initial 'L' stamped onto triggerguard below serial number. Cylinder and left hand side of barrel stamped with British proof marks.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Constable R. Williams, 1959
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 12.50 cm (Height), 3.70 cm (Width), 33.00 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 19.00 (7 1/2 in.)

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Tagged with: revolvers american, victorian police, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Victoria Police, James Watson Rosier, Gunsmith & Dealer, Melbourne (1834-1920), Colt Firearms in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900, Arms Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Samuel Colt, Gunmaker (1814-1862), Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Gunmakers, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, Victorian Colonial Military Forces Units, 1854-1901
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 L.H. side of barrel with British proof marks
Stamped on cylinder with British proof marks
Stamped on barrel lug: D 32
Stamped on Triggerguard below serial no: L
Stamped on R.H. side of frame: V.P.
Stamped on L.H. side of frame: COLTS/ PATENT
Stamped on L.H. side of trigger guard: 36 CAL

Serial No. -
Cylinder: 846; Loading lever: 579; Trigger Guard: 168579; Frame: 168579; Barrel Lug: 168579; Butt:-6857- [Illegible.]
Model Name/Number: 1851 Navy 4th Model (Thuer's Patent Conversion)
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America, 1864
Manufacturer of Component: James Watson Rosier (Gunsmiths), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1870
User: Victorian Police, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, 1864-1900


john mclean Posted on 06 Dec 2009 9:20 AM
the retailer Challener n/a this item, I believe Navy #197522 has the grip with this stamping

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