.44 Caliber Colt 1st Model Dragoon Revolver, 1848, percussion army revolver. The serial number on multiple components is 3570, indicating that it was made in 1848 (according to accession file letter - see related tab for this letter). The top of the barrel lug is flat and is stamped with "ADDRESS SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY". "COLT PATENT U.S." is stamped on the proper left side of the case-hardened frame just below the 6 shot cylinder. The grip of the gun is wooden, but the rest of the gun is solid metal (steel and copper alloy) and quite heavy. The copper alloy/brass trigger guard is a continuation of the rear frame which encircles the one piece black walnut grip.
The exhibition label for Tools of War (2011) reads: In the early 1840's, Samuel Colt and Captain Sam Walker of the Texas Rangers designed a massive 4 pound 9 ounce .44 caliber six-shot revolver, and the government ordered 1,000 of them for issue to mounted troops. Colt was known for using advanced manufacturing techniques in many components for the pistol. The revolvers were sophisticated pieces of machinery for the 1840's and great care was required in production to insure reliable functioning. This order was completed in 1847. During that same year, Colt began to produce smaller, lighter .44 caliber revolvers. These so-called "transitional Walkers" were followed by the First, Second and Third Model Dragoon revolvers, as well as the Baby Dragoon, the Model 1849 Pocket Revolver, and the Model 1851 Navy Revolver.
|Dimensions||H-6 W-1.25 L-14 inches|