Colt Model 1851 Navy 4-Screw Revolver with Rare Prototype Pewter Attachable Canteen Stock

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Colt Model 1851 Navy 4-Screw Revolver with Rare Prototype Pewter Attachable Canteen Stock
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Estimate: $20000 - 30000
This Colt 1851, Fourth Model, Navy Revolver with four screw frame and iron back strap was manufactured in 1862. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with Colt's New York address. "COLTS/PATENT" is stamped in two lines on the left side of the frame. The full serial number "128105" is visible on the bottom of the barrel lug, frame, trigger guard and back strap. The partial serial number "8105" is located on the cylinder and the loading lever. The third pattern attachable canteen stock has a pewter body with cast brass yoke. A brass canteen cap screws in the hole on the edge of the stock comb and is retained by a brass chain attached to the upper stock yoke. The stock does not have any serial number or markings. Colt manufactured attachable canteen/stocks in very limited numbers for the Model 1848 Dragoon, Model 1851 Navy, Model 1860 Army and Model 1861 Navy revolvers. Documents that accompany the revolver indicate that the attachable canteen stocks were received by future Confederate President Jefferson Davis when he served as the U.S. Secretary of War. Pewter canteen stocks similar to this example have been identified by collectors but are extremely rare.
BBL: 7 1/2 inch
Gauge: 36 percussion
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grips: walnut
Serial Number: 128105
Condition: Fine. The revolver retains about 20% of the original blue finish and 30% of the casehardened finish. The barrel, frame and cylinder have scattered pitting and moderate age discoloration. Markings are clear and strong. Approximately 40% of the cylinder scene is visible. Traces of the silver-plated finish are visible on the trigger guard. The grip has seven notches carved in the right heel, otherwise retains approximately 60% of the "piano" finish. The finish on the upper portions of the grip is heavily scratched from contact with the stock yokes. The action is tight and functions well. The stock is very fine, the pewter body has an even gray finish and the brass yoke has an even age patina. This is a very rare attachable third model canteen stock that may be a patent model or experimental piece. This is a solid Civil War period Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver with four screw frame with a truly unique, possibly one-of-a-kind prototype pewter attachable canteen stock that would be a key piece in any advanced percussion Colt collection.