Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 271: LeMat Grapeshot Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: October 6, 2021

Scarce LeMat Grapeshot Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,000

Scarce LeMat Grapeshot Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Le Mat
Model: Percussion
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 16 ga./11 mm
Barrel: 6 5/8 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip: absent
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Item Interest: Active
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Class: Antique

OG - POOR- major or minor parts replaced; major replacement parts required and extensive restoration needed; metal deeply pitted; principal lettering, numerals and design obliterated, wood badly scratched, bruised, cracked or broken; mechanically inoperative; generally undesirable as a collectors firearm in its present state.


Though patented and used in 1856, the distinctive LeMat revolvers were most famously used during the Civil War by notable Confederates, including J.E.B. Stuart. Around 1,500 others were also ordered for use by the CSA Army and Navy. Jean Alexandre LeMat of New Orleans designed these revolvers with cavalry in mind, and the combination of a high capacity cylinder and central smoothbore barrel for shot was well-suited for running battles.

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