|Title||Colt Brevete 1851 Navy Model Percussion Revolver|
|Medium||steel, brass, walnut|
|Dimensions||H-5.25 W-13.5 D-1.625 inches|
|Makers inscription||barrel is marked "COLT / BREVETE"; "NC" stamped on the bottom of the frame and a circle "A" stamped on the left side of the barrel; Serial Number located in the trigger mechanism, pistol frame, and on the barrel.|
Private Collection, Lucerne
C. Dexter Jordan
|Credit line||Gift of C. Dexter Jordan|
Colt Brevete 1851 Navy Model Percussion Revolver produced mainly in Belgium. The term "Brevete" could apply to any revolver made under license by Colt patents in Europe. The Colt Brevete 1851 Navy Model Percussion Revolver is a percussion cap and ball revolver that fired a .36 caliber cartridge. A round lead ball projectile could be fired from the 7 ¼-inch smooth-bore barrel using a six-shot revolving round cylinder with steel hammer. A rammer under the barrel was used to load the cylinder. This pistol is silver plated with a brass square back trigger guard and back strap and a one-piece varnished walnut grip. This pistol includes some "improvements," such as a taller hammer, from the original 1851 Navy Model Colt.
Gunsmithing in the 19th century required the skills of a mechanic, woodworker, metalworker and artisan. Weapons had to be functional and accurate. They also often featured finishing touches like finely carved stocks and elaborately decorated metal.
C. Dexter Jordan, a long-time supporter of the Columbus Museum, donated over 500 objects associated with the history of firearms to the museum between 1960 and 1985.
C. Dexter Jordan
Colt Firearm Company