This is a good example of an early Civil War US military issued Colt 1860 Army Percussion Revolver. 1861 production. Serial number is in the 8,000 range with 100% matching numbers including the wedge. Early style 4 screw frame for mounting shoulder stock. The early guns really got put through the grinds of war as many saw service for the entire 4 years of fighting and then some. This one shows use but well above average for such an early example. It comes with a reproduction shoulder stock that has been de-farbed and made to look old. Standard 8" barrel, .44 Caliber, rebated cylinder, and wood grips.
Overall, NRA Antique Good++ condition with the metal turned to a light silvery grey patina with very good edges and strong markings. Barrel address is excellent and reads "-ADDRESS COL. SAML COLT NEW-YORK U.S AMERICA-" Left side of frame is stamped "COLT'S PATENT". Cylinder shows evidence of holster wear with 35% original roll-engraved cylinder scene still visible. The Mexican American War Engagement date is still partially visible at the leading edge of the Cylinder. Cylinder has good nipples with 2 safety pins near perfect, 3 mashed but visible, and 1 gone. Good+ to Exc. screws throughout. Not bad for an 1861 vintage 4-screw! The action works perfectly and the bore is very good with very strong rifling and only minor scattered pits. Grips are solid with no chips, cracks, or repairs. There is a gash on towards the bottom of the grip on the right side. They appear to have been lightly cleaned at some point but still exhibit decent wood to metal fit and both cartouches, although worn, are still visible. In fact, this one is so early, it has the large oval cartouche on the right grip. We've only seen one other 1860 with this style cartouche and it too, was in the 8,000 serial range. Repro stock is nothing sensational but compliments this old warrior nicely and looks just like an original $6-10,000 example from 5 feet away. A nice solid example of an early 4 screw Colt that's 100% original down to the smallest screw.