Manufactured for the U.S. military circa 1876-77 with a total production approximately 5,934. The accompanying factory letter confirms the 7 inch barrel, blue finish and smooth walnut grips. The revolver was part of a shipment of 1,000 units that left the factory on April 11, 1877 and delivered to the National Armory, Springfield, MA. The butt lacks a visible "US" markings, however, U.S. Ordnance sub-inspector stamps "W" and "P" are on the rear of the cylinder and underside of the barrel lug, and matching serial numbers are on the butt, right grip panel, and cylinder. Each grip panel has a script letter cartouche while the left panel is also dated "1877." This revolver is from the collection of world famous American country singer and song writer Hank Williams Jr. and includes a certificate of authenticity confirming his ownership as well as the aforementioned factory letter, which is addressed to him. Provenance: The Hank Williams Jr.'s Collection
Very good plus, retaining 30% original blue finish with a smooth brown-gray patina on the balance. Cylinder has a few shallow dings. Traces of original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are very good with minor-moderate dings and scratches. The cartouches are legible. Mechanically excellent.
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