Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver, Serial Number 29705, with Case and Accessories
Samuel Colt (American, Hartford, Connecticut 1814–1862)
Engraved by Gustave Young (American (born Prussia), 1827–1895 Springfield, Massachusetts)
American, Hartford, Connecticut
Steel, brass, silver, wood, copper, tin, lead, paper
L. of pistol 13 in. (33 cm); L. of barrel 7 1/2 in. (19 cm); Cal. .36 in. (9 mm); case: 14 1/4 x 6 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (36.2 x 16.2 x 5.6 cm)
Gift of Jack Sayre, 2010
Not on view
Gustave Young (1827–1895), a German-born craftsman, engraved firearms with intricate and elaborate ornament for Colt in Hartford, Connecticut, and Smith & Wesson in Springfield, Massachusetts. His posthumous fame among firearms collectors caused the decoration on many pieces to be misattributed to his hand. Therefore, as one of the few documented examples of Young's work, this pistol is of primary importance as a touchstone for understanding his style and technique.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014," November 11, 2014–December 6, 2015.