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Cased Colt Model 1862 Police Revolver, Serial no. 9174, with Thuer Conversion for Self-contained Cartridges, and Accessories

Manufacturer:
Samuel Colt (American, Hartford, Connecticut 1814–1862)
Steel-chiseler:
Decoration attributed to Louis D. Nimschke (American, New York, active ca. 1850–1900)
Maker:
Case made by Schuyler, Hartley and Graham (American, New York, 19th century)
Date:
1862
Geography:
Hartford, Connecticut; New York, New York
Culture:
American, Hartford, Connecticut and New York
Medium:
Steel, gold, silver, brass, wood (rosewood), textile
Dimensions:
Cal. .36 in. (9 mm); case 15 x 9 in. (38 x 23 cm)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols-Revolvers
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Berger, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.264a–r
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
The engraved decoration and elaborate grip cast in high relief are attributed to Louis D. Nimschke (active ca. 1850–1900), an artist often employed by the New York firm of Schuyler, Hartley and Graham, which produced the case for this set. The name of its owner, Benito Valdeavellano (1823–1903, Lima, Peru), is engraved on the revolver and on the case.
Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer, 1991). vol. 49, p.49, ill.

Wilson, R. L. The Colt Engraving Book. Vol. 1. New York: Bannerman's, 2000. p. 290, ill.

Boorman, Dean K. The History of Colt Firearms. New York: Lyons Press, 2001. pp. 72–73, ill.



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