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Lot 1193: Hoard's Armory Freeman Army Model Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Outstanding Hoard's Armory Freeman Army Model Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Outstanding Hoard's Armory Freeman Army Model Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Hoard's Arms
Model: Freeman
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 percussion
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 403
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 152
Class: Antique

These rare Austin T. Freeman patent revolvers were manufactured by Hoard's Armory in Watertown, New York, in the final years of the Civil War. The design looks like a cross between the Remington and Starr revolvers. These revolvers have an interesting method of securing and removing the cylinder: a small switch on the right side that when pressed forward allows the cylinder and pin to fall out to the right. Total production is only estimated at 2,000 revolvers. None are known to have been purchased by the Federal Government. However, some may have been purchased and issued by state governments, and others were no doubt purchased privately and carried by soldiers. It is equipped with a small half-moon front sight, frame groove rear sight, "FREEMAN'S PAT.DECR 9. 1862" on the right side of the sight groove and "HOARD'S ARMORY, WATERTOWN, N.Y" on the left side of the groove, and smooth grips. The matching serial number is stamped on the bottom of the barrel, loading lever, frame, rear face of the cylinder, and underside of the grips. The Freeman Army Model Revolver was a robustly designed and finely finished revolver. Surviving examples of this limited production Civil War revolver are scarce in any condition.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The revolver retains 90% plus bright original polished blue finish with the balance a smooth gray patina. The loading lever retains flashes of original case colors, and the hammer retains 70% original nitre blue. There is a very small factory surface flaw visible on the right side of the trigger guard that does not distract from the highly attractive appearance of this specimen. The grips are excellent showing some minor pressure dents and scratches. Mechanically excellent. A high condition example of a rare Civil War era sidearm.

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