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Griswold & Gunnison - 1851

Lot 1055
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Estimated Price: $16,000 - $25,000
Rare Confederate Second Model Griswold and Gunnison Revolver
Serial # ManufacturerGriswold & Gunnison Model1851
TypeRevolver Gauge36 Percussion Catalog Page183
Barrel Length7 1/2 Part Octagon FinishBrass/blue GripWalnut
Stock ClassAntique RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is an original example of a confederate Model 1851 Navy type percussion revolver that was manufactured by Samuel Griswold in Griswoldville, Georgia, in May, 1864. Griswold was the largest Confederate manufacturer of handguns and produced approximately 3700 percussion revolvers between 1862 and 1864. This Second Model Revolver has a Dragoon-style octagonal barrel lug with round barrel and brass pin front sight, brass frame, trigger guard and back strap and one-piece walnut grip The cylinder has the distinctive Griswold and Gunnison twist lines and safety pins between each nipple. The butt profile has a slight upward angle. The serial number "2751" is stamped on the right side of the barrel lug, the cylinder and on the right side of the frame. The secondary serial number "51" is stamped on the loading lever, wedge and right grip heel. All of the visible primary and secondary serial numbers match.

ConditionVery good. The revolver is original and shows typical Confederate service wear. The barrel, loading lever and cylinder have been lightly cleaned and have a silver-gray patina with scattered scratches and handling marks. The flats on the barrel exhibit sanding marks where markings could have been removed. The percussion nipples have heavy flash pitting; the safety pins are battered but intact. The brass frame, trigger guard and back strap have an attractive age patina and show the red tint common on Confederate brass components. (This is due to the high copper content in the brass they used). The grip is in very good condition with minimal shrinkage and moderate handling wear. This revolver is in superior condition for a Confederate handgun. This is a desirable original example of the most important Confederate-made Civil War revolver and it would be a standout piece in any Confederate or Civil War collection.
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