COLT M1851 HARTFORD NAVY REVOLVER SN# 95307 (1860)
Original Civil War .36 cal Colt M1851 Hartford Navy Revolver with a attic thick nice displaying dark patina. Pretty obvious to see how much I love these guns and this one is in the range with strong association to the Confederacy and documented Alabama Guns. Has all matching numbers of 95307 (1860) except for the cylinder which is 96913. With the perfect matching patina there is no doubt this gun was used this way and plays into the theory of Troopers carrying more than one loaded cylinder and/or guns getting separated as they were being cleaned. The action is tight and crisp and mechanics work perfect. The walnut grips are in great shape with normal wear from years of service. There is traces of cylinder scene and original finish on the brass hardware. Has the Colt Patent stamp on the left of the frame as well as Hartford Barrel Address. Please see all photos.
The Governor of Alabama purchased 600 M1851 Navy Colts and presented each commissioned officer in the regiments formed in the State. Colt records were destroyed in a fire up to late 1860 (97xxx) but I have info in my personal database that show guns 94865 and 94981 went to the C L Dragoons (Crocheran Light Dragoons) a unit later designated to Hollaway's 3rd Alabama Cavalry. Gun 94,886 surfaced in Alabama and was bought by Damon Mills. The Governor of Alabama J. B. Moore had gun 95844. Capt D. S. McCullogh of the 8th Tennessee served under Joe Wheeler and N.B. Forrest had SN 95905. A gun with the SN 95955 surfaced in Mobile, AL and is featured on footage of the Antiques Roadshow in 2007 with Chris Mitchell. 96004 went to Capt Charles Wood the Adjutant General to Gen Samual Garland. I also have copies of Colt Letters in the 99xxx range that went to James Conning.