EXTREMELY FINE MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVER W/ EXTREMELY RARE MATCHING 1ST MODEL CANTEEN STOCK.
Cal. 36. S# 62638.
There are only 5 or 6 examples known of Colt factory 1st model cut for stock navies, all made 1855-1856. This coordinates with 1st model shoulder stocks for Dragoon revolvers also made 1855-1856. The design for the stock closely follows that of the US Model 1855 pistol carbine w/ 2 prongs extending from the stock yoke to engage 2 slots in pistol’s backstrap & then secured by tightening knurled knob on bottom of yoke. The most common version, which was standard after 1857, required 4-screw frame, slotted butt strap, & yoke extension on stock to fit into slot. This earliest 1st model design without yoke & 3-screw frame is more complex to manufacture requiring steel grip frame. Like the other 2 known 1st models, trigger guard is fitted w/ sling swivel as is stock. The special-order revolver has Colt factory German silver front sight fitted in dovetailed slot & deluxe burled walnut grips. Revolver has matching serial number 62638 on every part normally numbered w/ exception of loading arm 2639, & cylinder numbered 62689. Unique canteen stock has silverplated yoke w/ matching serial number 62638, silverplated brass buttplate has serial number, probable factory error 62628. Two small sling swivels are fitted in stock, one on yoke & one on oval escutcheon. This is the only example of the 1st model Colt Navy shoulder stock w/ pistol we are aware ever offered in auction.