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I have an 1851 Navy, late fourth model, 212XXX, with British…

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Hello, I have an 1851 Navy, late fourth model, 212XXX, with British proof marks . On the trigger guard ,on the opposite side from .36 cal, is the rampant colt trademark and the letter "C" Did colt apply the trademark often ? I have not seen other Navy models with this .

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The overall condition is good . Wedge has been replaced. Grips are very ancient but appear to be professionally checkered .The checkering is worn proportionately to the pistols finish . Every other marking is as it should be .

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Can you attach some photos showing the gun and its markings?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Philip, Below are a few photos . The first one shows the trademark . The others show the two British proof marks . No British military marks . The barrel address and everything else is right for a late fourth model ,I think. The wedge is old ,but no numbers on it that I can see. Wedge screw is replaced. My main question is the use of the trademark, as I have not seen that on other Navy models or the other Colt percussions I have owned.

What are the address markings on that gun? "Address Saml. Colt New York U.S. America" or "Address Col. Colt London"?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
New York US America

OK - that rampant colt on the gun indicates it was sold by the Colt London Agency. So the gun was made in America. but imported into England for commercial sale. Hence the British proof marks, but no British or American military markings.

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The serial number is ***** the fourth model and is close to the ending serial number of 215348 (1873).

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That rampant colt marking was also used on other early models of Colt guns, including derringers, sold by the Colt London Agency.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Thank you Philip Very interesting . This old guy has probably seen the world

Yes, sir. One can only imagine all the people who have handled that gun during those years.

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