This is a nice example of a Colt New Line Revolver from the mid-1870's. Caliber is .38 Rimfire. Five-shot cylinder. 2-1/4" barrel. Left side of the barrel has a perfect etched panel which reads 'Colt New 38'. Standard nickel finish with fire blued appointments and varnished rosewood grips. Overall condition grades to NRA Antique Excellent with 90% original nickel plating. There is a bit of flaking around the edges of the muzzle and front of cylinder. Fire blue is visible on several of the screws, the trigger, front of the cylinder pin, and back of the hammer. Hammer profiles still retain much of their original bright polish. Nice working action. Cylinder has a little bit of lateral play...about the width of two sheets of paper. Bore is Fair with some pitting...typical of 19th century black powder revolvers. Rosewood grips are excellent with no chips, cracks, or repairs with 90% original piano varnish. The New Line came in several different sizes...with the .38 being the largest. It was even larger than the .41 cals due to the length of the longer .38 cartridges it chambered. Nice example.