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Lot 302: Allen & Wheelock Lip Fire Revolver 36 lipfire

Auction Date: April 24, 2015

Historic Allen & Wheelock Center Hammer Lipfire Navy Revolver with Pearl Grips Inscribed to General Daniel White with Shoulder Bar, Medals, and Documents

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Historic Allen & Wheelock Center Hammer Lipfire Navy Revolver with Pearl Grips Inscribed to General Daniel White with Shoulder Bar, Medals, and Documents

Manufacturer: Allen & Wheelock
Model: Lip Fire
Type: Revolver
Guage: 36 lipfire
Barrel: 6 inch octagon
Finish: nickel
Grip: mother of pearl
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Catalog Page: 89
Class: Antique
Rating Definition:

Very fine as the revolver retains 90% of the period retailer applied nickel plating with some light edge wear, some slight flaking and a drag line on the cylinder. The grips are very good with some small chips and scratches. Mechanically fine with legible markings



Description:

This revolver is one of only an estimated 500 produced in the early 1860s and is made all the more rare by its unique inscription to a Civil War officer. The revolver is marked "GENL DANIEL WHITE/FROM HIS FRIEND C.D.C." and has the two-line Allen & Wheelock address and Allen's patent information on the left side of the barrel. It is equipped with blade front and notch rear sights and a pair of mother of pearl grips. Included with the revolver is a small display box holding a general's shoulder board and hanging plaques marked "CO. D/31/MAINE./VOL. INF." Also included is a photograph of General White and additional images of his grave stone. White helped raise a company in the 2nd Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment and served as a captain. The men of the unit saw action in more than eleven battles and skirmishes during some of the bloodiest days of the war including both battles at Bull Run and Antietam. Only 275 of the men returned to Maine after two years of service. Many had been killed, wounded or captured and some sources indicate that only 137 men in the regiment were able to carry arms after the Second Battle of Bull Run. 120 of the men had inadvertently signed on for 3 years and went on to fight in the 20th Maine at Gettysburg after much protest. When most of the remainder of the 2nd Maine returned home, White went back into battle with the 31st Maine Volunteer Infantry and was promoted to a colonel. He was captured by Confederate forces at the Battle of the Crater and was released during a prisoner exchange in early 1865. By war's end he was granted the honorary title of Brevet General for his service to the Union.

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