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COLT PATERSON CAPPER
FOR RING LEVER RIFLE

 

Total production of Colt Paterson Ring Lever Rifles was approximately 700 guns (Two hundred Number One Models and 500 Number Two Models).  These cappers were supplied with the rifle as an accessory available for purchase by the buyer.  I don't know how many have survived but there can't be many.  Two types of rifle cappers have been found.  The difference between the two is the method of keeping the lid closed.  One type used a spring latch on the left side, which released the lid.  The other had a pivoting flat brass plate on the back, which engaged a post riveted to the top.  This capper is of the latter type.  I suspect it is for the Number One Ring Lever Rifle, but I am not sure.  This capper is approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter and approximately 3/8 inch thick.  It has the Rampant Colt, a ring lever rifle and two pistols cast into the face.  You will note that inside both the lid and the base are marked with the number 82 followed by three punch dots.  This is apparently a serial number and assembly mark combined.  The capper is in solid honest condition with nice patination.  It is complete and functional with a crisp interior.  An extremely rare accessory for a Paterson Ring Lever Rifle which is absolutely authentic.  SOLD!