Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 108: Civil War Rogers & Spencer Army Model Percussion Revolver

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Fine Civil War Rogers & Spencer Army Model Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Fine Civil War Rogers & Spencer Army Model Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Rogers & Spencer
Model: Army
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 410
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 128
Class: Antique

These revolvers were manufactured under U.S. contract by Rogers & Spencer of Willow Dale, New York, in 1865. They received a contract from the U.S. Ordnance Department for 5,000 revolvers in November 1864 but had only delivered 1,500 revolvers by the time the war came to a close in the Spring of 1865. The remaining 3,500 revolvers were delivered by that September. Therefore, none of these revolvers were apparently issued, and they were instead subsequently sold as surplus through Francis Bannerman in New York. This revolver has notes in pencil on the backside of the grip indicating it was purchased by Charles W. Springmyer of Cincinnati, Ohio, and noting the date June 8, 1894. This well-designed revolver has a full octagon barrel with nickel-silver cone front sight. The solid frame has a sighting groove on the top strap and "RODGERS & SPENCER/ UTICA, N.Y." on either side of the sight groove. The revolver barrel, loading lever, cylinder, left side of the frame, butt, and grips are marked with matching serial numbers, and most components have small "B" sub-inspection marks. The lower left grip is stamped with an Ordnance inspection mark which consists of the script initials "RPB" enclosed in a rectangle for Captain R.P. Barry.

Rating Definition:

Fine with 50% original blue finish remaining, flaked patches concentrated on the cylinder and barrel and exhibiting smooth brown patina, distinct markings throughout, and mild overall wear including light drag lines and scratches. The grips are very fine and have a crisp cartouche on the left, smooth oiled finish, some flakes absent on the lower edges, and generally minimal overall wear. Mechanically excellent. This is a fine representative example of one of the era's best designs. Had the Rogers & Spencer Army Model been introduced earlier in the war, it would no doubt have been popular.

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