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Our Price: $1950

Adams Patent Double Action Revolver. Caliber. 45. Serial number 30352. Barrell. 5 3/4" octagon with British proofs. Based on well known design in English patents held by Adams & Kerr. Left side of frame has sliding safety & is marked "ADAMS PATENT, No. 30352". Frame and 5 shot round cylinder have matching numbers. Left side is fitted with 3 3/4" iron belt hook. 1 Piece checkered walnut grip with steel buttcap. Considered by many to be a secondary Confederate gun and is in a good serial range.

Revolver has 60% dull fading blue with scattered spots of light pitting. Grips have moderate finish & checkering wear. Dark bore with areas of pitting. Fine example overall.


 

Our Price: $26,500

Very Fine 2nd Model Lemat Grapeshot Revolver. Serial number 1318. This is a beautiful original example of the standard production Confederate contracted LeMat grape-shot revolver retaining much original finish. Standard production Paris guns, often called 2nd Models, feature some improvements made by LeMat that worked the best after service in the field by Confederates in the field reporting problems in the early Civil War years. This gun still retains the reciprocating pin system for turning cylinder which would eventually be changed to the cog & ratchet system. (note: previous lot SN 1309 is the earliest noted gun with a experimental cog & ratchet). The revolver has the distinctive LeMat 9-shot cyl. 42 caliber rifled bbl with smooth bore ‘grape-shot’ 18 ga bbl for firing buckshot. Top bbl flat is engraved “Col. LeMat Bte s.g.d.g. Paris” which is the typical address on standard production revolvers.

Wiley Sword in his text Firepower From Abroad notes that probably only the first 1450 LeMats made it to the Confederacy in time for the Gettysburg Campaign. If that is the case this would have been one of the last shipments to make it through blockade for the major 1863 and 1864 Campaigns of the Civil War. LeMat revolvers were prized by their Confederate owners (and Yankee capturers too). Many notable Confederate Generals and Officers were known to have carried these unique weapons. Almost certainly the most popular side-arm of the Civil War then and now.

This is very fine example, all matching with fine aesthetics and high finish. Original bright blue finish is retained on about 50% of gun, balance of surface is mottled plum/gray with some staining, scratches and other minor cosmetic blemishes. Gun appears 100% original, authentic and matching. Serial number 1318 was found on barrel, shotgun barrel, loading arm & loading arm screw, plunger, cleaning rod, cylinder, frame, trigger, frame pin, each grip and grip screw. Mechanics are fine, bright well discerned shotgun and rifled bores.


 

Our Price: $18,500

Confederate Rigdon-Ansley Revolver serial number 1786. Calieber 36. All serial numbers on this revolver are stamped with the correct small number dies. It is also to be noted that the number “1” is a broken die which became broken at pistol #1237, continuing to be used through the small-die run to Rigdon & Ansley pistol #1900, or thereabouts. This gun has cryptic “W” stamped on left front web of trigger bow. Gun appears all original with matching serial numbers “1786” that are found on barrel housing, latch, loading arm, frame, arbor, cylinder, backstrap, trigger guard and wedge. The grips are also serial numbered internally in the channel and have a “WH” (Wescom Hudgins) inspector’s cartouche. Top barrel flat is properly stamped “CSA”.

Sometime in late November or early December of 1862, the firm of Leech & Rigdon, then located in Columbus, Mississippi, contracted with the Confederate Government to manufacture percussion revolvers of the Colt patent design, though contract was not signed for 1500 guns until firm settled in Greensboro, GA. With Union troops threatening the Columbus area, Leech & Rigdon moved its operation (its third move) to Greensboro, Georgia, where they began turning out revolvers in March of 1863. Approximately 1000 revolvers were produced at Greensboro, before it was again necessary to move because of Yankee pressure in the area. The Leech & Rigdon partnership split up in January of 1864, and Rigdon took all the gun-making machinery with him, moved to Augusta, Georgia (the fourth and last move) forming a new partnership with Jesse Ansley. Rigdon & Ansley assumed the responsibility of completing the original Leech & Rigdon contract, by manufacturing the remaining 500 revolvers of that model, then going on with a new contract to furnish 1500 Rigdon & Ansley revolvers. While the Rigdon & Ansley revolvers were practically identical in design to the Leech & Rigdons, there were some changes made which were considered improvements at the time. The most obvious change was the addition of six (6) more cylinder stops on the Rigdon & Ansley, and the omission of the locking pins on the rear shoulders of the cylinder. This was thought to be a safety improvement in that it allowed the cylinder to be locked in place with the hammer resting between the percussion nipples. An additional change was the milling-out of a groove in the recoil shield, which now came to be called a “cap release groove”, which allowed spent percussion caps an easier exit from the frame, so that they were expelled via the groove at the right top side of the recoil shields as the cylinder rotated to the right in the firing and re-cocking procedure, after each round was fired. This “cap release groove” is found on this revolver along with the employment of a “Colt-type” loading lever latching assembly, rather than Leech & Rigdon ball and pin type catches. This is a pleasing example of Georgia made Rigdon & Ansley revolver with fine aesthetics, complete and original.

PROVENANCE: Ex-Clifford Young Collection, 1954; Ex-Fred Slaton Collection, 1960; Lifetime Collection of Dr. Zack Catterton.

Very good overall condition, matching throughout, all major parts original, the only discernible replacement is the wedge screw. Barrel retains tiny traces of original blue finish with balance plum/brown with scattered nicks, dings, scratches and pinprick pitting. Frame and loading assembly have matching plum/brown color with pitting. Cylinder has rougher surface than rest of gun, grey/brown color with pitting, old cleaning and file marks, worn ratcheting and stops; serial number is only partially discernible and may not actually match gun, though it does appear to be an original Rigdon cylinder with correct partial serial number dies. Front brass post sight is original. Brass trigger guard and backstrap have yellow to dark mustard patina. Grips are sound and well fit with thin traces of original varnish. Mechanically gun functions with well discerned rifling in bore.


 

Our Price: $19,500

Fine Original Confederate Leech & Rigdon Revolver. Serial number 597. Caliber 36. This revolver was made under contract from the Confederate States government in Greensboro, GA in 1863. It conforms to other Leech & Rigdon’s with 7-1/2″ round barrel with octagonal barrel housing, marked on top flat “LEECH & RIGDON CSA”.  Condition is quite nice for a Confederate revolver.

PROVENANCE: Ex-Ted Meredith Collection, 1980; Pictured on pg 24 “ASAC Bulletin”, #72, May 1995; Lifetime Collection of Dr. Zack Catterton.

Very good overall condition, all matching. Everything normally Serial numbered is numbered and numbers all discernible. Numbers are found on barrel, arbor, frame, trigger guard, backstrap, loading arm, latch, wedge, cylinder and penciled inside grips. Maker’ mark is especially crisp and discernible. Metal is grey/plum, smooth overall with traces of original finish in protected areas and scattered areas of staining and pitting. Grips are sound and well fit with light edge wear, hand worn patina, small chip on inside left toe. Good mechanics, clean, crisp bore with light pitting. This revolver has had several professional conserved screws and the latch is an apparent restoration though properly numbered.


 

Our Price: $1550

 

Remington Beals Navy Revolver serial number 2311. 36 caliber, 6 shot cylinder. Metal surfaces are smooth and white. Old repair visible on bottom of grip strap. Complete and functional.


 

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