I assume by your meter, that you don't agree and that all 1860 army's had engraved cylinders. It will be interesting if I get more input.
I was just kidding. I just went and pulled out one of my 1860's, also a '63 or so vintage. The scene on it is completely gone except for one little spot. I hadn't had this gun out for a while and thought there was more scene visible than there actually is. Also the address is gone as well, which is also common. But mine is just a wallhanger compared to yours. Broken/missing guts, broken nipples. I bought all the parts to fix, but I think I ended up using them in something else. So you're not alone!No, I didn't purchase from that dealer.
Well I don't think everybody had a lathe with them in the Civil WarI once heard a comedy routine that reminded me why so many Colts have cylinders without the rolled scene visible.
The comic explained when a man soaps up in the shower, he spends the time and effort on the easy to reach parts. That means a well soaped and very clean chest but dirty soles on the feet.
I think that when a man cleans up a percussion revolver of some rust or black power splatter, it is all too easy to remove the cylinder, put it on a lathe, spin it, and polish it nice and smooth.