This Navy Model Lever Action Pistol was manufactured by the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company c. 1856. This pistol has an eight inch Type I barrel with full rib and integral 20-shot magazine, plain brass frame and two-piece walnut grips. The barrel has a high polish blue finish with crowned muzzle and rounded, fire blue, T-bar spring, brass cone front sight and clam-shell shaped steel follower. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the legend: "THE VOLCANIC/REPEATING ARMS CO./PATENT NEWHAVEN CONN. FEB. 14.1854" in three lines. The plain brass receiver has a small cut-out at the muzzle end of the ejection port, larger crescent cut-out at the rear of the port and simple, dove-tail mounted rear sight. The serial number is stamped on the left side of the butt beneath the grip. The loading lever, hammer and trigger are color casehardened with muted case colors. The loading lever, correctly, lacks a finger spur. "1441" is stamped on the right side of the lever. The hammer has hand-cut knurling on the spur. The walnut grips have a varnished piano finish. "1441" is stamped on the inside of both grips. All of the visible serial numbers match. Provenance: The Dr. Gerald Klaz Collection
Excellent. This exceptional pistol retains most of the original blue and casehardened finish with only very limited handling and storage wear. 95% plus all of the original high polish blue finish is present on the barrel and integral magazine. The T-bar spring has 60% of the delicate nitre blue finish. The barrel legend is extremely crisp. The brass frame is in excellent condition with a beautiful, untouched patina. The frame has minimal handling marks and perfect side plate joints. Significant amounts of fire blue finish remain on the bolt, cartridge elevator, rear sight and trigger spring. The hammer, trigger and lever have 90% plus of the original case colors. The grips are excellent and retain most of the original piano finish; the only significant wear is some finish loss on the lower edge of the right grip. This is an exceptional example of a Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Navy Model Lever Action in excellent plus condition. It would be very difficult to improve upon this scarce and very desirable Volcanic pistol.
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