John J. Hayes Historical Collectibles

 
1861 Colt Navy
1861 Colt Navy

​This is one of the most attractive pistols I've ever offered for sale. It is also one of the rarest. Engraved mdl.1861 Colt Navy's are the scarest of the engraved Colt's to acquire and many advanced Colt collections are lacking one . The pistol is one of five that was shipped ​to Colt's New York City office at 240 Broadway on Mar.7, 1862 (factory letter will come with the pistol) .  From there it was sent out for special treatment where it was ​engraved, silver finished and had a set of checkered ivory grips added.  ​During this time period, Colt was sending his pistol that required special treatment to L.D.Nimschke ​who was also in New York. I believe this work was done by him or someone in his shop as it exhibits many of his decorative motif's. This beautiful pistol may have been on display at the Broadway office. The pistol retains most of it's silver finish which has now acquired a warm beautiful patina.  The checkered ivory's also have acquired a wonderful mellow patina. 

Price: $14,500.00