COLT M1851 HARTFORD NAVY REVOLVER SN# 95637 (1860)
This is an original Civil War Colt M1851 "Hartford" .36 cal Navy Revolver SN# 95637 which is an 1860 Production with a strong association to the Confederacy and the State of Alabama. In 1860, The Governor of Alabama purchased 600 1851 Navy Colts and presented each commissioned officer in the regiments formed in the State.
Colts records were destroyed in a fire up to late 1860 but I have info In my personal Colt Database that show guns 94,865 and 94,981 that went to the C.L. Dragoons (Crocheran Light Dragoons) a unit later designated Holloway's Company 3rd Alabama Cavalry. Gun 94,886 surfaced in Alabama and was bought by Damon Mills. The Alabama Governor A. B. Moore had SN 95844. Capt. D.S. McCullogh 8th Tennessee served under Joe Wheeler and and N.B. Forrest had SN 95,905. Gun with the SN 95,955 surfaced in Mobile, Alabama and is featured on the Antiques Roadshow in 2007 (Chris Mitchell). 96.004 went to Capt. Charles Wood the Adjutant General to General Samuel Garland. I have copies of Colt Letters in the 99,000's that were lettered to James Conning in Alabama.
Beautiful displaying Civil War Cavalry weapon. The walnut grips are in great shape and fit the gun perfectly. Gun was cleaned at some point but starting to age back nicely. The Barrel has a deep Hartford Barrel Address as well as Colt stamp on the side of the frame. All matching serial numbers except for the wedge which is a Colt original. Has some original finish on the trigger guard and backstrap of the handle. Good working action and nice bore. Please see all photos.