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EXTREMELY RARE & VERY FINE CASED PAIR OF GUSTAV YOUNG ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVERS.
inv # 01-19957
S# 92264, 92280
Bbl. 7 1/2″
This pair is featured in the full color page in “The Colt Engraving Book”. Guns are beautifully engraved en suite with exceptions of the right frames & left barrel housings which have same curls to scrolls but terminations counterclockwise to each other, scrolls on barrel housing terminate into Indian’s head on 92264, grotesque face on 92280. Revolvers are in standard configuration made late 1859 or early 1860 with 7.5″ oct. barrel, 1 line Hartford address. There are a handful of other exquisitely engraved and ivory gripped revolvers in this serial range. S# 92286 was given to William H Vanderbilt. The Vanderbilt gun has virtually identical engraving except the barrel housing scroll terminates in the more commonly seen dog’s head.
Accompanied by their burgundy velvet lined mahogany Colt casing with diamond shaped brass lock escutcheon. Casing is compartmented for the two revolvers, angled spout flask with double-sided eagle & panoply of arms design, large green label cap tin, paper wrapped pistol balls, cartridge pack, and 2 cavity bullet mold. Like so many cased pairs made at the onset of the Civil War, one gun was carried & used and the other remained in the case. The gun that was carried also has a slightly different inset dovetailed front sight, both front sights are original and possibly the German silver blade wore and was replaced with this pinched iron variety on 92264. Regardless, rarely offered are such a beautiful cased pair of deluxe engraved & ivory Hartford navies.