Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1131: Civil War Confederate Griswold and Gunnison Revolver

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Civil War Confederate Griswold and Gunnison Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,500 - $13,000

Civil War Confederate Griswold and Gunnison Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Griswold & Gunnison
Model: 1851
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 36
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch part octagon
Finish: blue/bright
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 521
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 110
Class: Antique

This is an example of a Colt Model 1851 Navy type percussion revolver that was manufactured by Samuel Griswold and Arvin Gunnison at Griswoldville, Georgia. Griswold & Gunnison manufactured approximately 3,700 revolvers and were the largest Confederate handgun maker during the Civil War. This standard model revolver has a part octagon barrel lug with round barrel, brass frame, brass trigger guard, and brass back strap. The revolver is fitted with a six-shot Colt Model 1851 Navy period replacement cylinder with the Texas naval battle scene, six rectangular stops, and marked "COLT'S PATENT No 2697". The hammer has crude knurling on the spur. One-piece walnut grip. The revolver, correctly, has no maker identification; however, it has the cryptic marks found on most Griswold & Gunnison revolvers. "&" is stamped on the right surface of the front grip strap and rear surface of the frame. "XIXXX" is stamped on the left surface of the front grip strap with faint markings that appear to be the same thing on the lower left surface of the rear grip strap. "29" is stamped on the trigger guard and on the artificially aged modern replacement renumbered loading lever. The full serial number "2909" is stamped on the right of the barrel and frame. These well made revolvers are one of the most desirable Confederate made Civil War handguns.

Rating Definition:

Good. The barrel exhibits an artificially enhanced smooth gray patina, the replacement Colt cylinder displays a mix of gray and brown patina with a lightly visible cylinder scene and some scattered light pitting, the modern renumbered replacement loading lever shows a mix of blue finish with scattered mild pitting and brown patina, and brown patina on the hammer. The brass frame and trigger guard retain an attractive golden aged patina with bright patina on the back strap. The serial number markings are clear. The modern replacement barrel wedge is slightly loose fitting. Modern replacement grip is very good with some light dings around the bottom edges and some light handling marks. Mechanically fine.

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