"COLT MODEL 1848 BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 1972. Cal. 31. Blue & case colored with scarce 6" oct bbl, pin front sight, 2-line New York City address with serifs and 5-shot cylinder with Ranger/Indian fight scene. Left side of frame has "COLTS PATENT" and it has a square back, silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Only about 15,000 of these little revolvers were made in the period 1847-1850. They usually saw hard frontier service and then frequently were a sidearm in the Civil War. Rarely is one found with much orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge. Bbl retains 60-70% flaked orig blue, strong on bottom, around muzzle and around lug. Cylinder retains 85-90% strong orig blue, thinned around front edges with a few scattered spots of light pitting, apparently from storage rather than use, as the face of cylinder retains most of its orig blue. The orig safety pin is crisp and the cylinder retains about 98% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig dark case colors, faded on recoil shields with a few spots of pin prick pitting. Top edge of hammer is mostly a gray patina. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 30% orig silver plating. Grip is sound showing light to moderate edge wear with a few nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-32042 JR197 (12,500-17,500)"
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