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Title: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: Len on December 11, 2017, 08:40:56 AM
Original Manhattan Navy Series I, S/N 515
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: Len on December 11, 2017, 08:44:58 AM
So, I finally managed to resize a photo for this Forum!

The flap holster is made by Mike116 (who else?)
The hat thingie is also original
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: Mad Dog Stafford on December 11, 2017, 09:38:53 AM
I like it!  L@.
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: ssb73q on December 11, 2017, 10:20:09 AM
Hi Len, thanks for posting your photo. Interesting that your revolver has a blade front sight.

Regards,
Richard
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: Len on December 11, 2017, 10:56:02 AM
Hi Len, thanks for posting your photo. Interesting that your revolver has a blade front sight.

Regards,
Richard
I don't now about the front sights on the later series, but this one is definitely original.
Another first series' curiosity is the rounded grip, called "Miss America" (an understatement for "nice butt").
And then off course the double set of bolt holes for safety.
This is a 5 shot.
All four cylinder engravings are readable.
I got this at an auction a year and a half ago. It was wrongly described as a "pocket" in the catalogue, so it didn't draw much of an attention and I got it for $900, my cheapest revolver so far.

The Manhattans manufacturer was all set for when the Colt patent ran out in 1856, and they started producing right away in Jan 1857, so this one should have been made in Feb '57.

Glad you liked it, Richard
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: 99whip on December 11, 2017, 11:27:45 AM
Thanks for sharing Len.  I saw an original in town here a year or so ago at an antique dealer.  I really like them.  Pretty sure it was a IV Series as it had that different style loading lever that gets a little beefier about halfway down. 
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: Len on December 11, 2017, 11:55:04 AM
Hi Whip,
just out of curiosity, what did that antique dealer ask for the Manhattan?
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: 99whip on December 11, 2017, 12:28:51 PM
Pretty sure it was $1200.  He had a few Colts also, the Colts were overpriced, but the Manhattan seemed like a good deal, at least I thought so.
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: Calibre58 on December 11, 2017, 02:21:42 PM
Len; Question on size.  Is it Colt 51 Navy size or Pocket Model Model size?.......Is it .36 calibre?.....Jim
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: Len on December 12, 2017, 04:43:26 AM
Len; Question on size.  Is it Colt 51 Navy size or Pocket Model Model size?.......Is it .36 calibre?.....Jim
I suppose it's Colt 51 Navy size.
It's a .36 with a 6" barrel and it weighs 1.92 lb
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: mazo kid on December 12, 2017, 03:48:47 PM
Len, it looks like you got a good deal on that gun. Congratulations! L@.
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: Len on December 13, 2017, 09:05:32 AM
Len, it looks like you got a good deal on that gun. Congratulations! L@.
Hi Mazo, thanks, and yes I think I got the upper hand. It's a nice gun to handle. Shoots just fine.
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: mazo kid on February 22, 2018, 01:00:16 PM
This Manhattan was up for auction last month. I maybe should have bid on it, but didn't.

https://www.proxibid.com/aspr/Manhattan-36-cal-Percussion-Revolver/39852045/LotDetail.asp?lid=39852045
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: Len on February 23, 2018, 12:05:40 AM
Someone did a rather good buy. Looks nice and not too much battered.
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: 99whip on February 23, 2018, 06:21:36 AM
Yea, that's a nice one.
Title: Re: Manhattan Navy Series I
Post by: Len on June 03, 2018, 11:23:57 AM
Len; Question on size.  Is it Colt 51 Navy size or Pocket Model Model size?.......Is it .36 calibre?.....Jim

Hello Cal.58
a late answer to your question, I posted this comparison
http://blackpowdersmoke.com/colt/index.php/topic,2860.0.html
and the Manhattan is significantly smaller (and a bit nicer to handle)