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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED COLT PATERSON #1 BABY...
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SN 457. Cal. 31. Blue finish with 4" oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight and usual 1-line left hand script letter address which reads "Patent Arms Mg Co. Paterson N.J. - Colt's Pt." with dashes at each end. Cylinder has 5 chambers with centaur scene roll marking. Frame is usual configuration and is mounted with varnished 1-pc, square butt, walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig Colt casing with fluted lid and brown striped velvet lining, recessed in the bottom for the revolver, an orig copper & gold washed brass charger with matching number "53", an orig capper numbered "89" inside the lid and in the body, a sgl ball bullet mold with three turned walnut handles, a loading tool with nipple pick, a walnut handle brass cleaning rod and a matching numbered spare cylinder. There were about 500 of these baby-sized Paterson revolvers produced in the period 1837-1838 with a few having loading levers added in the period 1840-1841. Matching SNs were observed on rear face of bbl lug, wedge, both cyls, side of trigger, inside back strap and backstrap channel of grip. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. These diminutive revolvers are rarely ever encountered and of those, extremely few are cased with original accessories and rarely with much, or any, orig finish remaining. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching as noted. Bbl retains about 97-98% glossy orig blue with strong feathers on each side of front sight; overall shows only sharp edge wear; frame, recoil shields and front strap retain 88-90% glossy orig blue with light surface rust and some light flaking; top of backstrap and buttstrap retain glossy orig blue with most of the backstrap flaked to a light patina; hammer retains brilliant case colors on both sides and rear edge, turned silver on top edge; cyl in the revolver retains about 95% strong orig blue and shows about 99% centaur scene roll marking; spare cyl retains about 90% strong orig blue with some light rust and shows about 97-98% centaur scene roll marking. Grip is sound showing very light edge wear with a few light nicks in the finish and overall retains about 98-99% crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Case is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about 85-90% orig finish with some heat crazing, and a chemical spot in the front left corner of lid; interior is moderately faded and lightly soiled inside the lid and lightly faded with moderate soil in the bottom; charger retains about 50-60% orig finish with strong gold wash on the powder end and middle ring; capper is very fine and is a medium brass patina; all three mold handles are sound showing moderate wear and strong orig finish; mold body and sprue cutter are very fine with light, scattered surface rust and shows about 70% bright blue; tool & cleaning rod are fine. All together a complete and very rare Baby Paterson. 4-50351 JR132
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