Colt 2nd Gen 1851 Navy Robert E. Lee Commemoratives Percussion Revolver

SOLD FOR: $1,130

WOA#: WY240129AC029

Make: Colt

Model: 1851 Navy

Serial Number: 1537 REL

Year of Manufacture:  1971

Caliber: .36 Caliber

Action Type: Single Action Cap and Ball Revolver

Markings: The top barrel flat is stamped “Address SamL Colt New-York City”. The left barrel flat is inscribed, “Robert E. Lee Commemorative – Nineteen Seventy One”. The left side of the frame is stamped “Colt’s /Patent”. The serial number “3970REL” is inscribed on the bottom of the barrel assembly, the bottom of the frame, the trigger guard, and the heel of the grip frame. The cylinder is etched with the naval battle scene commemorating the battle of Campeche, and is inscribed, “Colt’s Patent No. 3915 / Engraved by W L Ormsby, New York”, and “Engaged 16 May 1843.”

Barrel Length:  7.5” Approximate

Sights/Optics:  The front sight is a brass bead.  The rear sight is a notch in the hammer.

Stock Configuration and Condition:  The grip is one-piece varnished wood, with nice grain. There are no chips or cracks. There are a couple shallow nicks. These show practically no wear and are otherwise in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition:  The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 10/10.

Overall Condition:  This revolver retains about 95% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows only minor storage marks.  Other than that this pistol appears unhandled and unfired.  The silver has begun to naturally tarnish.  Some of the case color has been lost on the frame.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup has some play with the trigger depressed on all chambers. The single action trigger pull is crisp and the double action is smooth. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork, and Accessories:  This revolver comes with its presentation case with powder flask, period-style percussion cap container, brass two-cavity bullet mold, a nipple wrench, and factory handouts.

Our Assessment:  The Colt 1851 Navy Robert E. Lee Commemorative from 1971 is a splendid homage to one of the most iconic figures in American military history, General Robert E. Lee. This revolver is a special edition of the legendary 1851 Navy, a firearm renowned for its reliability and widespread use during the mid-19th century, especially during the Civil War period. The 1851 Navy itself was a .36 caliber revolver that gained fame for its superior balance, accuracy, and dependability, characteristics that made it a favorite among soldiers and civilians alike.

The Robert E. Lee Commemorative edition was crafted to celebrate the life and legacy of Lee, featuring intricate engravings and adornments that reflect the significance of his role in American history. Produced in 1971, this collector’s item is distinguished by its high level of craftsmanship, with attention to detail that includes historical motifs and imagery associated with Lee’s career and the era he lived in. The revolver typically features a blued barrel, a silver-plated frame, and beautiful grain varnished wood grips.

As a commemorative firearm, the Colt 1851 Navy Robert E. Lee edition is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts of American history, particularly those with an interest in the Civil War and its key figures. Its production not only pays tribute to General Lee’s complex legacy but also to the enduring impact of the Colt 1851 Navy revolver on American firearms design and heritage. Owning such a piece offers a tangible connection to the past, embodying the spirit of an era defined by conflict, courage, and transformation.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid!  – L.S.

Colt 2nd Gen 1851 Navy Robert E. Lee Commemoratives Percussion Revolver
Colt 2nd Gen 1851 Navy Robert E. Lee Commemoratives Percussion Revolver