COLT BELT MODEL #2 PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER: The Paterson is the first Colt and is widely regarded as the first successful revolver. Fewer than 3,000 were produced in several variations in the late 1830's, and surviving examples are prized by collectors and arms historians.
Extraordinary Cased Engraved Colt Paterson No.2 Belt Model Percussion Revolver U.S.A, 19th century.
COLT MODEL 1851 REVOLVER: While most of the standard production run of the “Navy” Colt model came out of the Hartford factory with a 7.5 inch barrel, this c.1853-made engraved example with ivory grip panels is quite a bit shorter, coming in at just 4 inches. Custom presentation examples like this truncated Colt are extremely rare, but the small sideways “2” following the cylinder number may indicate that this revolver was one of a pair.
Colt Navy Revolver Mystery: Part I-Sam Colt’s M1851 revolver bore a roll engraving of a naval engagement on its cylinder & gained its nautical nickname from that feature. Our well-worn example bears SN 73232. From the Colt ledgers we know the GOTD was made in 1857 & a check through the National Archives military records reveals that close SNs 73095 & 73569 went to the 2nd Illinois Cavalry in 1863. Could our US-marked .36 caliber Colt have served with the cavalry? There's no way to tell for sure.
COLT'S SIDEHAMMER POCKET REVOLVER: Although actually designed by Sam Colt himself, the M1855/Root was unusual in that it was the only percussion Colt handgun built with a solid frame and a wrap-around one-piece grip. Offered in both .28 and .31 percussion caliber variations, this sidehammer Colt continued in production through the American Civil War until 1870, even if only around 45,000 examples were to be manufactured.