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Description Colt 1851 Navy percussion revolver. .36 caliber, 6 shot, 7.5" octagon barrel with hinged loading lever under barrel. Action is inoperative and hammer can not be pulled back. Cylinder spins freely (pawl broken?). Faint engraved naval scene on cylinder depicting Texas Navy in battle with Mexican ships during Mexican American War. Wedge is loose and missing wedge screw. Serial number 109168 indicates manufacture date of 1860. One piece black walnut grips with left grip crudely carved "CY" Blue has turned a uniform gray/brown throughout. Serial number "109168" stamped four times on underside. Stamped: "COLTS PATENT No 109168" on side of revolver and "ADDRESS COL SAME COL NEW-YORK US AMERICA" on top of barrel.

The Model 1851 was one of Colt's most popular revolvers and was in production from 1850 to 1873.

Information supplied by donor indicates that this revolver was taken from a man charged with vagrancy by Oshkosh Chief of Police W.W. Neff, circa 1890, or by the donor's father, an Oshkosh constable, in 1876. Donor said that Cole Younger carried this 1851 Navy Colt Percussion revolver during the Civil War, when he was a Confederate raider with Major Quantrill. The holster that accompanied the revolver, destroyed in a fire in 1994, was inscribed with Younger's and Quantrill's names. CY initials carved on grip match those Younger carved on another item while in prison in Minnesota. Younger later became an outlaw with the Jesse James band of outlaws, and spent 25 years in prison (1876-1901) after the attempted bank robbery in Northfield, Minnesota. Another version of the story is that the pistol was acquired (purchased) in Northfield, Minnesota by the donor's father.



Dimensions H-5 W-1.5 L-14 inches
Year Range from 1860
Event Civil War
Year range to 1860
Material Steel/Wood
Object ID 4044-58
Object Name Pistol
Place of Origin Hartford, CT
People Younger, Cole
Used Younger, Cole
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