FALL 2021 PREMIER FIREARMS & MILITARIA AUCTION
AUCTION DATES: November 5, 6 & 7, 2021
PREVIEW: November 3 & 4: 9 am - 5 pm; Opening at 8 AM Days of Auction, Early Preview Available By Appointment
EXCEPTIONAL CASED FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT ROOT MODEL 1855 SIDEHAMMER PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH IVORY GRIPS.
inv # 01-19960
Bbl. 3 1/2″.
Standard configuration of late 1861 manufactured factory engraved (attributed to Gustav Young) with 3 1/2″ octagonal barrel, brass tapered pin front sight, 2 line Hartford address. 5 shot cylinder has rolled ”Indian and cabin” scene and single line patent mark. Beautifully engraved with foliate scrolls with finely pearled backgrounds, mounted with smooth 1-pc “certifiable antique elephant ivory” grip. Accompanied by mahogany case, burgundy velvet lining, compartmented for the revolver from left to right showing the hammer which is unusual, elegant and rare “peacock” powder flask only found in Root casings, green label cap tin, brass bow-legged 2 cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with bright steel sprue cutter, oak handled spacer tool (Rapley T #20), and additional spacer tool/screwdriver (Rapley # 21). This beautiful cased revolver and accessories would be difficult to upgrade. Malcolm Burnette in his fantastic text “Collector’s Guide to Colt Root Sidehammer” states that this revolver falls in serial range of a model 3 (S# 25478-30000) and should have fluted cylinder. Every characteristic of this revolver is model 3 except the exception of round cylinder. Serial numbers match on cylinder and gun is impeccable. I doubt there exists another minty factory engraved model 3 original with round non-fluted cylinder. There is always exception to the rule especially if they paid extra for custom revolver and casing.