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EXTRAORDINARY CASED ENGRAVED NO.3 COLT PATERSON BELT MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER.
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SN 566. Cal. 34. Incredibly beautiful Paterson with 5-5/8" oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight with usual Patent Arms rolled address. Address is a light strike with cylinder end very faint. Frame & hammer have the very rare case color hardening with a deluxe walnut 1-pc straight grip and 5-shot cylinder with centaur scene and round cylinder stop notches. The frame, recoil shields, hammer & bbl lug are engraved with very beautiful flowing foliate & vine patterns with a light incised dbl line border around the frame which extends over the shoulders of the back strap. Back strap & butt strap are engraved to match, also with dbl line borders. Center of back strap is inlaid with a rectangular silver initial plate with scalloped corners. Bottom of frame, behind trigger slot, is engraved with a beautiful sunburst beneath which is the vignette of a shore bird inside a foliate panel. Both sides, rear edge & nose of hammer are engraved to match with a hand cut checkered tear drop panel on the spur. Bbl has a wide silver band around muzzle with a short silver band across top flat, behind front sight. Two other silver bands are across bottom three flats of the bbl & the bbl lug and a wide & narrow silver bands over top three flats of bbl at cylinder end. Recoil shields also have a wide & narrow silver bands around front edges. Serial number was observed on wedge, rear face of bbl lug, cylinder rotating band, on bottom right edge of grip, on right side of front strap under grip and inside back strap. Both cylinders are also matching numbered. Accompanied by its orig fluted lid mahogany casing with scalloped corner rectangular silver plate in center and a mortised brass lock with escutcheon in the front. Interior is lined in dark velvet with recesses in bottom for the revolver & charger. Charger is orig Paterson equipment with gold washed body & bands with the center band having the No. 5 Belt Model bbl roll mark. Also accompanied by a sgl cavity 3-handled bullet mold, a combination tool, a wood handled cleaning rod and an orig capping tool numbered "7" on interior. Right rear corner has a dowel containing a second orig matching numbered cylinder, which is missing one nipple. According to The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, only about 800 of both styles of the No. 3 Belt Model Paterson were made in the period 1838-1840. Few of these rare revolvers are found cased today and of those exceedingly few were ever engraved. This exact revolver appears on pp. 4&5 in full color of the book Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching, appears to be unfired. Bbl retains virtually all of its orig factory glossy blue with only a minor nick or two. Frame & hammer retain about all of their strong & bright orig case colors, slightly thinned on front strap. Back strap retains about 96-97% glossy orig blue, slightly thinned around the heel. Cylinders are about identical, retaining virtually all of their orig glossy blue and 98-99% centaur scenes. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Case has a chip from left front bottom corner, otherwise is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig varnish. Accessories are also fine with the charger being extremely fine retaining most of its orig gold wash. Capper is a mellow medium mustard patina. 4-36399 JR100
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*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.


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