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Colt Model 1851 Navy Revolver ID'd to H.Z. Howard with Docs
4/30/2014 - Firearms and Militaria: Live Salesroom Auction
.36 caliber, 7.5" octagonal barrel, S/N 100549. Single-line Hartford address. Silver-plated backstrap and triggerguard. Backstrap engraved H.Z Howard. Lot comes with a Navy Department honorable discharge statement signed by Gideon Welles to H.Z. Howard, Acting Ensign of Fair Haven, Connecticut dated February 18, 1864.

Horace Zerah Howard (1835-1928) was the acting ensign for the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. He was from Connecticut and ended up spending the end of his career after the Civil War in San Francisco, California working for steamship companies. He was president of the Board of Pilot Commissioners.

His military career included stints with the USS Chocura, USS Savannah, Admiral (previously the Fort Morgan) and the USS New London. 


Condition:  
Revolver is very sharp and crisp with all matching numbers.  Backstrap and triggerguard retain 75% of the blacken silver finish, losing most off the backstrap.
Sold: $4,112.50
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