Colt 1862 Police Model Revolver
The Colt 1862 Police Model Revolver is a .36 caliber, single action revolver with a fluted cylinder.
Brief history & description
Designed by American inventor and firearm manufacturer Samuel Colt, the 1862 Police Percussion Revolver is considered by many collectors as the epitome in development of the cap and ball revolvers. Manufactured from 1861 until approximately 1873, it was designed in response to the demand for pocket pistols by both civilians and the police force.
One enduring legend states that 1862 Police Percussion Revolvers were particularly popular with Civil War Officers who, rather than using them in combat, relied on them as a defence against over-zealous surgeons determined on amputating a limb on the battlefield.
Guide for collectors
Between 1861 and 1873, around 47,000 1862 Police Percussion Revolvers were manufactured, with several variations of the model. The earliest models have silver-plated iron grip straps and are engraved with “Address Saml. Colt / Hartford CT” on the barrel. The rarest models have the barrel address of “Address Col. Colt / London”.
Instances of Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolvers being sold at auction are extremely rare, however, Collectorsfirearms.com advertise a number of 1862 Models and prices range from $2,000 to $6,000.
There is an enthusiastic community of Colt Walker collectors and there is a large supply of information and sources found on the internet that can be used as a reference tool when searching for Colt Walker revolvers and related memorabilia. Examples include Colt-walker.com and Vintageweaponry.com.
Additionally, collectors should consult the following books that specialise in antique American firearms; “Colt Conversions” written by R. B. McDowell or “Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms” by Norm Flayderman.
In March 2009, a rare cased Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver realised a price of $155,250 through James D. Julia, Maine.
A Colt Model 1862 Police Percussion Revolver, with the barrel address “Address Col. Sam L Colt New-York U.S. America” was sold for $2,500 through Americanarmsandantiques.com. Date of purchase is unknown.