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Lot 20: Engraved and Cased Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Navy Pistol

Deluxe, Engraved and Cased Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Lever Action Navy Pistol

Auction Date: June 5, 2020

Lot 20: Engraved and Cased Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Navy Pistol

Deluxe, Engraved and Cased Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Lever Action Navy Pistol

Auction Date: June 5, 2020

Estimated Price: $45,000 - $75,000
Price Realized:

Deluxe, Engraved and Cased Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Lever Action Navy Pistol

Manufacturer: Volcanic
Model: Navy Model
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 41 Volcanic
Barrel: 8 inch
Finish: blue/silver-plated
Grip: antique ivory
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 23
Class: Antique
Description:

This deluxe, engraved, Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Lever Action Navy Pistol has factory antique ivory grips, silver-plated receiver and factory case. The silver-plated brass receiver is decorated with elaborate floral engraving on a punch-dot background on the receiver top, sides, back strap and side plates. The engraving features complex border and accent work and is more detailed than the standard floral motif engraving found on most Volcanic firearms. The engraving is similar to but more elaborate than the engraving on the pair of Volcanic Navy pistols owned by Oliver Winchester and illustrated on page 97 of "VOLCANIC FIREARMS" by Lewis and Rutter. Similar but slightly different engraving on a silver-plated Volcanic Navy pistol is shown on page 57 of "VOLCANIC FIREARMS". In addition to the deluxe engraved, silver-plated receiver, and serial numbered grips, the pistol is complete with a factory walnut case. The case is lined with maroon velvet and has four compartments. One compartment contains a lacquered, black, japanned box of New Haven Arms Co., No. 2 pistol cartridges with a partial label on the inside of the lid. The cartridge box contains thirty-five, brass base, .41 caliber cartridges. In addition to the cartridges and tin, the case contains a hickory cleaning rod with brass tip and several patches. The No. 2 pistol has an 8-inch, full octagon barrel with integral ten-shot magazine. The Type I barrel has a full rib, crowned muzzle, T-bar magazine catch, small 'clam-shell' follower and brass cone front sight. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped: "THE VOLCANIC/REPEATING ARMS CO./PATENT NEWHAVEN CONN. FEB. 14. 1854" in three lines. The third line is deeper than the other two and was stamped separately. The silver-plated brass receiver has a shallow semi-circular cut-out at the rear of the ejection port, dovetail mounted rear sight, lever with finger hole and coarsely knurled hammer. The serial number, "1094" is stamped on the right side of the lever, left side of the butt beneath the grips and the inside of both grips. All of the visible serial numbers match. The barrel and lever have a high polish blue finish, the bolt, rear sight and cartridge elevator are fire blue and the trigger and hammer are color casehardened. This is one of the most elaborately engraved Volcanic or New Haven Arms Company pistols extant.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. This deluxe Volcanic Navy pistol is all original. The barrel has 70% plus of the bright original blue finish with sharp edges and extremely crisp markings. Wear is limited to extensive scattered age spotting on the barrel and magazine. The receiver has 50% of the delicate silver plated finish with wear on high points of the receiver and contact points on the back strap. The well-executed scroll engraving is crisp. The rear sight, lever, cartridge elevator and bolt retain significant amounts of bright blue and niter blue finish. Most of the case colors are present on the hammer. The two-piece grips are in excellent condition with a mellow age patina. Wear is limited to one small chip on the left grip at the junction with the lower receiver. The case exterior is in fine overall condition with a few scattered handling and storage marks. The case interior is in very fine condition; the velvet lining is bright and clean. Wear is limited to some light compression marks from contact with the receiver. The cartridge box retains 60% of the black japanned finish. The New Haven Arms Co. label on the inside of the lid remains about half intact. The remaining cartridges are in very good overall condition. This is a very rare example of a deluxe engraved, silver-plated Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Lever Action Navy pistol with equally rare factory case and cartridges in very good original condition. Provenance: Dr. Gerald Klaz collection.



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