September 20, 2018 Colt Firearms Collection
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This gun was presented to Major General William Starke Rosecrans by Colt's Patents Manufacturing Company. One of the most important Colt factory presentations, the Rosecrans Army is as deluxe as a percussion Colt can be without gold inlay. The Rosecrans Army is embellished exactly like the pair presented to the Union Army George McClellan, one of which is in the Smithsonian Institution Museum. The barrel has much of the original blue finish. Cylinder has considerable traces of blue finish on the rebated portion. The case colored frame is faded to grey but still shows a few brighter spots. The backstrap is mostly grey patina but has blue in the protected areas Colt factory inscribed: "To Maj. Genl. W.S. Rosecrans With Respects of Colt's Pt. FA. Mfg Co". The inside of the triggerguard inscribed: "Genl R. to Colonel Coolbaugh". The trigger guard silver has drifted. Hammer case colors have faded to grey, factory checkered loading lever has traces of case color in protected area. Varnished deluxe grips retain most of their finish with a few minor marks throughout. The factory engraving on the Rosecrans Army is as deluxe as these presentation engraved Colt come. The barrel has nearly full coverage scrolls with eagle head on left side of barrel lug and dog head on right side of barrel lug. The cylinder scene is deeply hand enhanced and is engraved on the rebated portion. The hammer is fully engraved with hand checkered hammer spur and five dots indicating days of engraving. Two cylinder pin safeties are damaged and all others are relatively intact. All numbers match. This iconic Colt percussion Army is first featured in R. L. Wilson's first book, entitled "Samuel Colt Presents" and is pictured on page 189, fig. 118 with the owner listed as J. S. DuMont. The Rosecrans Army appeared again in the collection of George R. Repaire, owner of the Sultan of Turkey Dragoon. This Colt icon is offered in an original mahogany case with Colt's patent stand of arms flask retaining nearly all its lacquer, most of its gilding on spout and top. Includes also high polish screwdriver, Colt's patent mold retaining most of its original blue and Carte de Visite. Lining of case is very good with some small tears, exterior of case has most of its varnish. Provenance John S. DuMont and George R. Repaire. The history of General Rosecrans is well known. William Rosecrans was once a potential candidate for the presidency of the United States. Colonel Coolbaugh has an amazing history of his own especially following the Civil War. The Rosecrans/Coolbaugh Army is one of the most historical percussion Colt revolvers. CORRECTION: Barrel length is 8".
Case, Bullet mold, Powder flask, Caps tin, Photo of W.S. Rosecrans
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1860 Army
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $37,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $156,000.00
Estimate: $75,000 - $125,000
Number Bids: 23
Auction closed on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
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