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    1851 Navy Colt

    I have an 1851 Navy Colt serial number 41223

    My Colt mentor gave me a stack of Springfield research catalogs in which I found an 1851 Navy with the serial number 41226 unfortunately my mentor is 94 years old and cannot guide me any longer due to health reasons.

    I contacted SRS and they stated that did not have any records of 1851 Navy below serial number 91000. I gave them the issue in which this information was posted and received no reply.

    The 41226 belonged to Company E 1st California Volunteer Calvary

    Mr. Pate mentions this company in his book "The Colt Model 1860". He stated there were about 190 known Navy's (1851 Navy Colt)

    My question is how can I found out my Colt 41223 belonged to this company

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    First post some pictures. If your 1851 was an army issue it would be marked with a US.

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    Thanks for replying I am kinda new to this whole computer thing so please bare with me. left grip cartouche is Joseph C. Bragg , civilian inspector . Right grip Robert Henry Kirkwood Whitely-New York arsenal , 1854-1858 , captain of ordnance.
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    here goes nothing, trying to post some pics

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    That's a nice Navy.
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    That is a very nice Army contract 1851 and would have been one of the earliest of the army purchases . Jordan's book on the 1851 & 1861's states that the earliest order 41,000 to 42000 was sent to Ranger troops in Mexico and mounted Riflemen. Some went to the California Cavalry. Interestingly he states that the earliest number he had seen was 41256. you have a great Navy-Army. My Navy-Army is in the later 49000 to 80750 contract serial number range.

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    Thanks Jim, yours as well. with that information you posted I have to wonder if these troops kept records and are they obtainable.
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    That is a very fine example of a U.S. marked 1851 Navy! Great cylinder scene, grips, and inspector's cartouche. Your pictures present amazing detail too.
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    Hello and welcome to the Colt Forum from West Virginia. May I say that is quite a remarkable gun. Any true Colt collector would love to have that in their collection. Glad you have joined us here and thanks for sharing you great gun with us all here.
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    It would probably be worth getting a Colt Archive letter on your Navy-Army revolver.
    Last edited by Blackjack33; 08-14-2019 at 04:33 AM.
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