Only several hundred of these revolvers are estimated to have been manufactured from the late 1870s to early 1880s in several variations. The top strap is stamped with the two-line address/patent dates marking along with "XL NO.8". Matching serial numbers are on the left side of the grip frame, right grip panel, and barrel. The assembly number "1501" is marked on the left side of the grip frame as well as on the loading gate, and barrel. The XL Army and Navy are often considered to be the finest quality handguns made by Hopkins and Allen and would have been serviceable military sidearms though no government contracts are known. Provenance: The Buckstix Collection
Very fine, retaining 85% original nickel finish with some handling marks and flaking on the frame. Grips are also very fine with crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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