An American civil war era Colt Army model 1860 .44 percussion revolver. Manufactured in 1863. The 8 inch barrel engraved with the makers name, Address Col Saml. Colt New York U.S. America. The frame is marked Colts patent. All matching serial numbers except the wedge. The serial number records the year of manufacture as 1863 which was in the middle of the America Civil War. The United States Army made their order in May 1861 and 127,156 of these Model 1860 Army Revolvers were purchased for the Union Army before the fire at the Colt factory in 1864. The fire began around 8:15 in the morning on Thursday, February 4, 1864. The Colt plant was in full production when the fire broke out and many of the workers were, in accordance with Colt policy, locked inside of their departments. It was only with considerable effort and much luck that there was not a great loss of life amongst the Colt workforce. When firemen arrived on the scene shortly after the first blast of Colt's steam whistle announcing the fire, they found the main Colt production building fully engulfed in flame. Eventually, the fire would destroy the entirety of the original 1855 Colt factory, measuring 500 feet long by 60 feet wide with a large wing measuring 250 feet long and 60 feet wide, all three stories tall. The fire would also destroy Colt's Main Office, connected to the plant by a covered bridge. The damage was immense and completely halted all of Colt's production for the duration of the Civil War. The factory would eventually be re-built after the Civil War, but it ended all Colt Model 1860 Army production except for very small batches of weapons that were assembled from components saved from the fire until several years after the war ended. Overall length 14 inches. In good condition showing some signs of wear and use. Action in good working order. Ref 2053.
This is an obsolete antique pistol and is sold as a collectors item only.
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