This Colt Root Revolver is an ultimate rarity in the annals of Colt Collecting. Cased with all accessories, it is inscribed on its back-strap, "U. S. CAPITOL POLICE No. 8". The history of the United States Capitol Police dates back to 1801 when Congress moved from Philadelphia to the newly constructed Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. At the time, Congress appointed one lone watchman to protect the building and Congressional property. Created by Congress in 1828 following the assault on a son of John Quincy Adams in the Capitol rotunda, the original duty of the United States Capitol Police was to provide security for the United States Capitol. The unit is still working to protect both employees and visitors to the Capitol Grounds and buildings to this day. This is only the second one of these rare inscribed Colt's that I have ever seen and after several calls to other collectors, I have found that this is likely one of 3 in existence. From what I have have garnered, this is by far the best conditioned example. It retains 95% original blue on the barrel and frame with traces of blue on it's cylinder, showing a near perfect but light scene.
The hammer and lever show 90% case colors and the grips are excellent with 95% varnish. The accessories are fine as is the case. The gun is accompanied with a letter from noted firearms historian Larry Wilson who describes the guns' rarity and the issue of ten guns to the Capitol Police in 1856.