This is an example of one of the approximately 5,800 percussion revolvers manufactured circa 1863-65 by Rogers & Spencer of Willowdale, New York, which is near Utica. The U.S. Ordnance contract was for 5,000 revolvers: 1,500 to be delivered by the end of April 1865 and the balance by September of 1865. There is no record of issuance of any of the revolvers due to the Civil War ending. The top strap is marked "ROGERS & SPENCER/UTICA NY". The matching serial number is marked on the bottom barrel flat, left side of the frame, cylinder and on the butt. There are small single letter "B" inspection mark on most of the parts, including the bottom of each grip panel. The revolver is finished blue with a casehardened hammer, trigger and loading lever assembly. Brass cone front, frame notch rear sights and fitted with smooth walnut grips with a sharp "RPB" cartouche on the lower left panel.
Very fine. The revolver retains 70% plus original blue finish with loss due to flaking. The barrel is mostly a smooth brown patina and the cylinder is a mix of smooth brown patina and original blue finish. The loading lever shows dark original case colors while the hammer has a smooth gray patina with strong faded original case colors on the right side. The grips are excellent with some minor chipping and the bottom edges, a few minor dings and sharp cartouche. The markings are clear. The action is fine. A crisp original example of a desirable U.S. inspected Rogers & Spencer Army revolver.
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