During the Civil War, my gr gr grandfather acquired (probably picked up off a battlefield) a 3rd Model Colt Dragoon, 44 cal, SN 17310. According to serial number lists I have seen, this revolver would have been manufactured sometime in 1858.
We just recently donated it to the Virginia Military Institute museum. The head curator pointed out that this gun had a two-piece wooden grip (similar to that of Remingtons of the same year). He told me that all Colt Dragoons that he had seen had the solid, one wooden piece grip, held in place by the butt strap & frame.
Does any one know of any original Colt Dragoons that may have been manufactured with two piece grips?
Thanks for any help.