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Conversion of the Colt Model 1861 Navy Revolver

Object Number: 
1952.25ab
Date: 
ca. mid-1870's
Medium: 
Wood, steel, brass, nickel, leather
Dimensions: 
barrel length: 7 1/2 in. ( 19 cm ) Overall: 13 1/8 in. ( 33.3 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: barrel: "ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA" stamped: cylinder: "COLTS PATENT NO. 59006" stamped: left trigger gd. shoulder: "36 CAL" stamped: left frame: "PAT. JULY 25, 1871/PAT. JULY 3, 1872" stamped: buttstrap: "4406" and "U.S.N.
Description: 
Wood, steel, brass, and nickel revolver; nickel-plated brass gripstraps; roll-engraved naval battle scene; stamped marks on cylinder, barrel, trigger guard, frame, behind cylinder, and on buttstrap; leather holster with stamped marks on exterior.
Gallery Label: 
This revolver was owned by Waldemar d'Arcy Rose, a career Navy officer who entered the Naval Academy in 1872, and by 1891 had been promoted to Lieutenant. The pistol and holster were probably issued to him in the mid-1870's. The holster is stamped by the Ordanance Department of the New York Navy Yard (Brooklyn, NY). The stamp reads: "ORD' DEPT./NAVY YARD N.Y./1870"
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Henry A. Allcer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group