Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 2107: Civil War Era Butterfield Army Model Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: February 17, 2022

Scarce Civil War Era Butterfield Army Model Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,250

Scarce Civil War Era Butterfield Army Model Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Butterfield Jesse
Model: Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 41
Barrel: 7 inch octagon
Finish: blue/bright
Grip: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Class: Antique
Rating:

OF - FAIR- some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.

Description:

The Butterfield revolvers were manufactured by Jesse Butterfield of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1862. They were manufactured in anticipation of an unrealized government contract. Because no contract was awarded, production was limited to only about 640 revolvers. It is equipped with a special disc priming device loaded by loosening a thumb-screw in front of the trigger guard. The top strap is marked "BUTTERFIELD'S/PATENT DEc 11. 1855/PHILADA". The matching serial number "539" is found on the primary components and many of the smaller parts including the butts of the grips.

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