Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 39: Volcanic Lever Pistol 38

Auction Date: June 30, 2013

Desirable Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Lever Action Navy Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000

Desirable Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Lever Action Navy Pistol

Manufacturer: Volcanic
Model: Lever
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 38
Barrel: 8 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 9
Class: Antique
Rating:

OE - GOOD - some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; lightly scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.

NPRF - NON-PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED/COLD BLUE, ETC.

WB - WOOD IS BETTER FOR THE PERCENT OF FINISH RATING GIVEN

Description:

This is a solid example of one of approximately 1,500 lever action Navy pistols with an eight inch barrel manufactured by the Volcanic Repeating Arms Co., circa 1856. This pistol was manufactured before Oliver Winchester acquired the majority of the Volcanic Repeating Arms Co. stock and reorganized it as the New Haven Arms Co., in 1857. The pistol had a blue octagon barrel with an integral magazine. The frame, side plates and grip straps are brass. The hammer has a casehardened finish and the finger hole loading lever, bolt and cartridge elevator were niter blue. The barrel is fitted with a nickel silver post front sight with a fixed iron notch rear sight dovetailed to the top rear of the frame. The top of the barrel is marked with the three-line legend "THE VOLCANIC/REPEATING ARMS CO./PATENT NEW HAVEN CONN. FEB 14. 1854." (partially visible). The matching serial number is stamped on the right side of the loading lever, the left side of the frame under the grip and on the inside of each grip panel. Fitted with varnished two piece smooth walnut grips.

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