Colt Revolver Cylinder Scenes

More than just decorative artwork!


Have you ever wondered what the roll-engraved cylinder scenes on the old percussion Colts depict?

Some were added solely for the sake of decoration and customer appeal, while others pay tribute to people and events of historical significance.


Early Pocket and Belt Model Patersons—Samuel Colt’s first efforts—depict variations (depending on the revolver’s cylinder size) of  what is known as the “Centaur” cylinder scene, which shows a centaur shooting two horsemen with a revolver. Colt’s larger No. 5 Holster Model Paterson bears an illustration of a stagecoach holdup, portraying revolver-armed pas-sengers dispatching several highwaymen. Furthermore, Colt adapted variations of this theme on the late-production 1848 Model, all 1849 Pocket Models, certain 1855 Sidehammer revolvers and the 1862 Pocket Navy Models.

Ranger and Indian

The massive .44 bore Walker Model of 1847, the early .31 caliber 1848 Pocket revolver (the so-called Baby Dragoon) and the later full-sized...

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