Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1020: Volcanic Navy Model Pistol 41 Volcanic

Auction Date: September 11, 2015

Stunning Historic Volcanic Repeating Arms Lever Action Navy Pistol Documented from the Winchester Gun Museum with Cody Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $45,000 - $70,000

Stunning Historic Volcanic Repeating Arms Lever Action Navy Pistol Documented from the Winchester Gun Museum with Cody Letter

Manufacturer: Volcanic
Model: Navy Model
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 41 Volcanic
Barrel: 8 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 3214
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 17
Class: Antique

Manufactured by the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company circa 1857. This pistol is accompanied by a letter from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center that states it was on a loan exhibit at the Winchester Gun Museum from 1950-1974. The pistol has the distinctive brass (gunmetal) frame with eight inch octagon barrel, integral ten shot magazine and loading lever with finger hole. The barrel has a thin silver cone front sight. A simple fixed notch rear sight is mounted in a dovetail on the frame. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the legend: "THE VOLCANIC/REPEATING ARMS CO./PATENT NEWHAVEN CONN. FEB. 14. 1854." in three lines. The serial number "1514" is stamped on the right side of the loading lever, the left side of the frame underneath the grip and on the inside of both grips. All of the visible serial numbers match. The barrel and magazine have a high polish blue finish, and the hammer, trigger and lever are color casehardened. The rear sight, cartridge elevator, bolt, trigger spring and interior components have a fire blue finish. The two piece grips are nicely figured walnut with a piano finish. The Volcanic pistols and carbines are historic firearms that represent a major step in the evolution of American firearms. The combination of internal, spring loaded, magazine, lever action and self-contained, primed cartridges were revolutionary features in 1857. The Volcanic action, when combined with reliable metallic cartridges, was the basis for the Henry rifle and Winchester Model 1866, 1873 and 1876 rifles. Oliver Winchester's investment in the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company in 1855 ultimately led to the establishment of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The pistol is all original and shows only very minor storage and handling wear. The barrel and integral magazine retain 97% plus of the high polish blue finish with traces of thinning on high points and edges. The barrel legend is extremely sharp. The frame has a mellow, untouched patina with minimal handling wear. The side plate joints are perfect. The hammer, trigger and lever retain 90% of the color casehardened finish with strong case colors. The rear sight, bolt, cartridge elevator and trigger spring all have most of the fire blue finish. The grips are both in excellent condition with a few minor storage marks and one minor scratch on the edge of the right heel. The grips retain close to 98% of the high polish piano finish. The pistol appears to be un-fired. This is a stunning example of a historic Volcanic Repeating Arms Co. Lever Action Navy Holster pistol. It is certainly one of the very best examples of its type we have ever offered at auction!

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