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COLT 1851 HARTFORD NAVY
SN 95195

This is a solid, very good condition Colt Hartford Address 51 Navy manufactured in 1860.  The gun is completely original.  I see no replacements of any kind.  All components have matching serial numbers including barrel, frame, cylinder, back strap, trigger guard, loading lever, barrel wedge, cylinder pin and grips.  It retains about 90% of the silver plate on the backstrap and trigger guard and the great majority of the original varnish on the grips.  The grips have no major chips, dings or repairs and are showing a nice rubbed appearance with minor nicks and abrasions.  The barrel address is complete as is the Colt patent on the left frame and the Colt Patent line and serial number on the cylinder.  The cylinder has traces of cylinder scene.  The metal has no major dings or disfiguring pitting and the action is sharp and crisp. 

I have read in recent publications that the reason the Hartford address shows up on Colt Armys, Navys and Pocket models a year or two before the Civil War, that Colt no longer needed the advertising glitz of the New York City barrel address.  I suspect, this is fanciful.  New York was the center of the abolitionist movement in the United States prior to the Civil War.  As the North and South drifted further and further apart, the likely hood of Southerners boycotting products from New York became increasingly possible.  The old school explanation was that Sam Colt changed the address so as not to offend his Southern customers is probably more realistic.  Otherwise, why would he have changed back to the New York address after the war got started?  When it came to making a dollar, Sam Colt was nobodies' fool and he knew that by 1860 his bulk sales were going to the South.  At any rate, these Hartford addressed Navies in the 90,000 range were heavily purchased by southern states and commercial importers throughout the South.  So much so that in my experience, the majority of guns in this range went to the South as it was arming up just prior to the American Civil War.  I have long considered them to be virtually a secondary Confederate arm.  There are Alabama purchased Navys in the 92,000 range and guns in the 99,000 range purchased by James Conning in Mobile.  Kittridge & Folsom of New Orleans sold them in the South as did dealers in Charleston, South Carolina.  Almost every southern state bought quantities of these Navys in the 90,000 range.  This gun is a solid example of a Civil War southern purchased 1851 Navy.  Price $2,750.  Reduced!! $2,250  SOLD!!