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Revolver - Colt 1877 Double Action Thunderer, 1905 Object Reg. No: HT 4554

Colt 1877 Double Action Thunderer centrefire revolver, cal. .41 in., rifled silver plated round barrel 113 mm (4 1/2 in) long with R.H.side rod ejector, good original blueing along ejector rod and side of barrel.

Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, serial number 155212, 1905.
Six chambered long fluted cylinder with light blueing, solid steel frame with overall patina, steel rounded trigger guard and back strap, two-piece chequered hard rubber grips with Colt rampant horse logo framed in an oval at upper on both sides, wear to chequering of grips, particularly on R.H.side. Bladed front sight, loading gate on R.H. side. Triggerguard L.H. triangle stamped '5'. Two-line Colt address stamped on barrel.
Statement Of Significance:
The Colt 1877 Double Action (DA) Thunderer and Lightning revolvers, were the predecessors to the larger Colt Frontier and Army models that appeared the following year. The Thunderer - as per this record - was distinguished from the Lightning by being produced in the larger .41 calibre, rather than the Lightning's .38. The were the first of Colt's self-cocking, or double action revolvers, and both models were designed with the 'bird's head' style grips. The models were introduced in 1877 and production continued until c.1912. In style, the model shows obvious physical traits of the popular 1873 Single Action Army revolver, though in a smaller scale. Their models common terms of 'Thunderer' and 'Lightning' were infact not Colt designated names, but appear to have originated in 1878 with B. Kittredge & Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio - at the time, one of America's largest distributors of firearms.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Victoria Police, 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 12.00 cm (Height), 4.00 cm (Width), 24.00 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length 11.30cm (4 1/2 in)

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Tagged with: firearms
Themes this item is part of: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Gunmakers, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, Arms Collection, Samuel Colt, Gunmaker (1814-1862), Colt Firearms in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Stamped on barrel: COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. Co./ HARTFORD. CT. U.S.A.
Stamped on L.H.side of barrel: COLT. D.A. 41
Stamped on L.H. side of frame: PAT SEPT.18.1871./ " " 5." 74./ " " JAN.19. " 75 (rampant colt logo)
Stamped on L.H.side of triggerguard: 5

Serial No. -
Frame: 155212; Triggerguard: 155212; Butt: 155212
Model Name/Number: 1877 Double Action (DA) Thunderer
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Connecticut, United States of America, 1905


Franco Turchetto Posted on 15 Apr 2010 8:14 PM
Are you interested in selling it?I'd like to buy your ancient revolver.
Discovery Centre Posted on 16 Apr 2010 2:10 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Thanks for your interest, Franco, but the Museum is not in a position to sell this object.

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