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    U.S. mark on Colt 1860

    I haven't seen a lot of Colt 1860 Army's with the U.S. imprint on the left side of the frame. This one was made in 1861. Does it look correct?
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    It is my understanding that when the revolvers were arsenal rebuilt for use during the Indian Wars that parts were mismatched and US was stamped on the brass trigger guard by the serial number. I would be leary of an 1860 stamped on the side of the frame by the patent marking as I have not seen this before. Are the serial numbers mismatched or do they all match?
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    I am like Colt1860, and am not used to seeing a U.S. on the frame. However, attached are two examples of arsenal reworked guns with the "US" added on the trigger guards. One has mostly matching serial numbers, while the other has thoroughly mixed numbers. The latter (mixed numbers) seems to be normal on these.
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    Have only seen pictures of the gun, but all visible numbers match: frame, trigger guard, cylinder and butt.
    Quote Originally Posted by Colt1860 View Post
    It is my understanding that when the revolvers were arsenal rebuilt for use during the Indian Wars that parts were mismatched and US was stamped on the brass trigger guard by the serial number. I would be leary of an 1860 stamped on the side of the frame by the patent marking as I have not seen this before. Are the serial numbers mismatched or do they all match?
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    My understanding is of the percussion Colts made under military contract, only the Dragoons & 1851 Navy models were stamped ‘US’ on the frame at the factory. The OP’s pictured example looks to have had the ‘US’ hand-stamped after manufacture.
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    This is where the 2nd generation 1860s were U.S. stamped when assembled at the old Iver Johnson factory in the late 1970s - early 80s time frame..I don't think any untouched originals , or post war refurbished , were U.S. stamped on the frame

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    You're going to need a lot more photos of this 1860 to make an exact determination. From the single pic, it appears to be a 2nd gen at best. Or a humped up Armi San Marco at worst.
    The cylinder leads aren't right, screws visible are current repos, Some kind of "T" inspector stamps all over it and twice on the trigger guard. No signs of any age, etc.
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    Like herd118 says, faked repro.
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    I agree it is questionable. It's coming up on Affiliated Auction's 2/12 auction.
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    Never seen the "T" inspector marks where they are located on the gun on any other 1860 Army. Too many red flags on this one.


 
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