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Old October 19, 2004, 02:50 PM   #1
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colt navy 1851

I recently inherited a colt navy and was wondering if anyone could help with some info. found on pistol.

Macthing #'s
L.C.A on grip
Hard to tell,but looks like rkgcw on other side of grip.
Made in NewYork

any help would be appreciated.
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Old November 4, 2004, 10:58 PM   #2
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I would not know what to make of the letters you report on the grips. Some colts had the New York address line-apparently a business location as the Hartford plant pre-existed introduction of the navy. The New York address was said to be reassuring to Colt customers from the Confederacy before the War as New York was regarded as more sympathetic to the southern cause than the rest of the north.

Without a serial number it is impossible to say much about your revolver. it might be helpful to know R.L Wilson attributes serial numbers 1- 90,000 to the 1850s, 93,000-180,000 to the civil war years; 185,000- 215,000+ from 1866-1873
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Old November 5, 2004, 09:22 AM   #3
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Is it really marked "Made in New York?" Real Colts aren't.
To get good information you will have to post the EXACT markings, ALL of them, and their locations on the gun. Pictures help.

LCA was Lucius C. Allin, an armory sub-inspector.
Dixie shows him working only in 1859 and on Colt Dragoons, Mass. Arms Co., Adams, and Starr revolvers. He might have inspected and marked a Navy, but you would need serious literature or expert opinion on that.

rkgcw might have been the owner or his unit. Is it stamped or scratched on?
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Old November 7, 2004, 09:34 AM   #4
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"LCA was Lucius C. Allin, an armory sub-inspector."

Good information. I looked all over the RL Wilson Colt book and couldn't find that.
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