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Auction Date: September 10, 2011

Lot 93: Massachusetts Arms Co - Wesson & Leavitt Belt Revolver

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A) Scarce Massachusetts Arms Wesson & Leavitt Belt Revolver
Estimated Price: $1,300 - $1,900
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Serial #Massachusetts Arms Co   - Wesson & Leavitt Belt Revolver ManufacturerMassachusetts Arms Co ModelWesson & Leavitt Belt Revolver
TypeRevolver Gauge31 Percussion Catalog Page24
Barrel5 1/2 Inch Round FinishBlue/casehardened/silver GripWalnut
Stock ClassAntique RatingSee Condition
DescriptionManufactured circa 1850-1851, with total production around 1000. Top strap is marked "MASS. ARMS CO. / CHICOPEE FALLS", lock is marked "WESSON'S & LEAVITT'S PATENT" and "LEAVITTS PATENT APRIL 29, 1837". The recoil shield is stamped 678 with the rotating assembly carrying an 1849 patent date. The lock, frame and hammer are broad floral scroll engraved and the cylinder is etched with floral designs and a stand of arms.

ConditionVery good. The revolver has a mottled gray patina with traces of original case colors around the trigger. The cylinder retains strong traces of the etching with some scattered minor pitting. The back strap and trigger guard retain 85% original silver plating. There is a series of minor dings on the bottom, otherwise the grips are very fine with some minor handling marks. Mechanically fine.
B) Massachusetts Arms Maynard Primed Pocket Revolver
Serial #B) Massachusetts Arms Maynard Primed Pocket Revolver ManufacturerMassachusetts Arms Co ModelMaynard Primed Pocket
TypeRevolver Gauge28 Percussion Catalog Page24
Barrel2 1/2 Inch Round FinishBlue GripWalnut
Stock ClassAntique RatingSee Condition
DescriptionMade from 1851 to 1860. Standard two line barrel address, patent date on primer door, light floral scroll engraving, and floral etched manual revolved cylinder. Matching serial number (65) on frame and both grips, with the number "74" on the barrel, cylinder pin latch, and top strap.

ConditionVery good. The barrel and cylinder pin latch retain traces original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. The remaining surfaces have a mottled gray patina with a patch of original blue finish on the primer door and traces of blue in the protected areas. The hammer retain an area of strong case colors. The left grip panel has been repaired, otherwise the grips are fine with some minor pressure dents and some minor scratches.
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