In truth and fairness for many hand gun connoisseur's the true revolver (dare I say it!), came about through one Samuel Colt, whose now legendary revolver designs of the 1840's and 1850's transformed the worlds view of the revolver, and the rest as they say is history.
Whilst we cannot trace this revolver for sure in our records as there is no visible serial number, it seems very likely that it is one of only 44 supplied by the company during the period 1856 to 1859. As such this makes it quite a rarity and having only ever seen one other that was of exhibition quality, there cannot be too many around in this kind of condition.
This pistol features a 5" barrelled cylinder of 55 bore, the main body of which is fully scroll engraved and case colour hardened with the exception of the safety slide and trigger. It is interesting to see that this type of finish is still executed on our modern guns and rifles where all the action parts are case colour hardened. Some things never change.