Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1147: Civil War Confederate Spiller & Burr Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: September 12, 2020

Very Scarce and Desirable Civil War Confederate Spiller & Burr Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $16,000

Very Scarce and Desirable Civil War Confederate Spiller & Burr Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Spiller & Burr
Model: Navy
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 7 inch octagon
Finish: blue/bright
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 1361
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 138
Class: Antique

Approximately 700 Spiller & Burr percussion revolvers were manufactured in Atlanta, Georgia, circa 1862-1864, and another roughly 700 were manufactured at the Macon Armory after the firm was purchased by the Confederacy in January of 1864. Production started with a very optimistic government contract of about 15,000 revolvers in 1862 but was stopped in November 1864 due to Sherman's March to the Sea. The revolver is patterned after the Whitney's Navy Model and has a distinctive solid brass frame. The brass frame and trigger guard were polished brass, and the remaining surfaces were blued. "C.S" is stamped on the lower left side of the frame at the front, and the loading lever/arbor pin is retained by a regular screw instead of a thumbscrew. It features a post front sight, frame groove rear sight, six-shot cylinder with safety notches between the nipples like the Remington revolvers, and smooth walnut grips. The barrel, loading lever (twice), cylinder, trigger guard (internally numbered), frame under the trigger guard, and the butt are all marked with the matching serial number.

Rating Definition:

Good with gray patina and moderate pitting on the iron, deep aged patina on most of the brass, some brighter areas at the back of the frame by the hammer, and moderate overall wear appropriate to a Confederate issued firearm, including numerous dings, scratches, and marks. The nipples appear to be older replacements. The repaired/refinished grips are fair and have chips and scratches, a spliced heel section on the left panel, and hairline crack on the right panel near the heel. Mechanically fine.

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