Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 238: Cased John Adams Patent Model 1867 Double Action Revolver

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Cased John Adams Patent Model 1867 Double Action Revolver

Manufacturer: Adams
Model: Double Action
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 450
Barrel: 5 7/8 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 838
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 203
Class: Antique

This early John Adams's patent revolver is the Model 1867A variant with the rotating switch that releases the ejector rod. The barrel has "ADAMS'S PATENT SMALL ARMS Co., 391, STRAND, LONDON." and a dovetailed blade front sight. London proofs are on the upper left flat and the cylinder. The frame has a fixed notch rear sight, "ADAMS'S PATENT No 506" and the Adams's trademark on the right side, and "506" in the hammer well. Part of the matching serial number is visible on the right side of the trigger. The grip is checkered. The case has an original Adams's Patent Small Arms Company trade label with instruction inside the lid.

Rating Definition:

Fine with 50% plus original blue finish, smooth brown and gray patina on the balance, some minor oxidation mainly concentrate on the grip cap, a flaw on the front of the barrel lug, and mild scratches and marks. The grip is also fine and has crisp checkering, minor handling wear, a dent on the grip cap and grip at the heel, and a few small dings. Mechanically fine. The case is very fine with an exceptional trade label and has minimal age and storage related wear.

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