Colt New Navy .38 M1895 U.S.N.-Marked — Made in 1898!
An unusually nice condition Colt New Navy Model of 1895 U.S.N. marked revolver, .38 Long Colt, 6” barrel, blued finish, checkered black gutta percha grips, serial # 9519X with Naval Anchor markings on butt strap, Navy issue No.. 9878 and “W.B.W” inspecttor’s mark. In overall very good to nearly fine condition with a majority of muted original blued finish to metal surfaces, a good bore, crisp action, good sharp markings and very good condition original grips. A Colt factory letter confirming all features, indicating the USN service number “9878” was assigned to the revolver and noting the pistol was shipped to the United States Government Commander Navy Yard Brooklyn, New York April 28, 1898. Most Navy Service Colts suffered from humid, salty conditions, but this one was obviously very well cared-for! A fine example of a U.S. Navy-marked martial pistol shipped just a week after the start of the Spanish-American war. It should also be a very practical shooter. (PPPL-842)