This No. 2 Navy Lever Action Pistol was manufactured by the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company c. 1856. This pistol features the distinctive octagon barrel with integral 10-shot magazine, brass receiver and cocking lever with finger hole. The eight-inch, Type I, barrel has a nickel-silver, cone-shaped front sight and small, iron, clam-shell shaped follower. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the legend: "THE VOLCANIC/ REPEATING ARMS CO./PATENT NEW HAVEN CONN. FEB. 14. 1854" in three lines. The receiver has a notched, dove-tail mounted, rear sight, hammer with knurled spur and two-piece walnut grips. The serial number is stamped on the right side of the loading lever, left side of the butt beneath the grips and on the inside of both grips. All of the visible serial numbers match. The barrel and lever are blued, the receiver has the natural brass finish, the hammer, and trigger are color casehardened and the cartridge elevator, bolt and rear sight are fire blue. The grips have a varnished piano finish. The Volcanic Repeating Arms Company operated from 1855-1857 and manufactured approximately 1000 No. 2 Navy pistols with eight-inch barrels. Provenance: The Dr. Gerald Klaz Collection
Fine. This pistol retains 60% of the original blue finish. The pistol shows minimal handling wear. The blue finish on the barrel has aged to an attractive plum patina with light edge wear. The barrel legend is crisp. The brass receiver is in very fine condition with only very slight handling marks with perfect side-plate joints. The brass has an attractive, un-touched, patina. The hammer, trigger and lever have 40% of the muted case colors. Traces of fire blue are present on protected areas of the rear sight, bolt and cartridge elevator. The grips are also fine with much of the piano finish and numerous scattered handling marks. This is a fine example of a historically important Volcanic Repeating Arms Company No. 2 Navy Lever Action Pistol.
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