Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1170: Civil War Era Allen & Wheelock Center Hammer Army Revolver

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Scarce Civil War Era Allen & Wheelock Center Hammer Army Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,750

Scarce Civil War Era Allen & Wheelock Center Hammer Army Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Allen & Wheelock
Model: Center Hammer
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch part octagon
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 266
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 127
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured from 1861 to 1862, this is an improvement over Allen & Wheelock's sidehammer revolvers. It is believed that a very small group of this type of revolver was issued to the 2nd and 3rd regiments of Michigan cavalry during the Civil War and 536 revolvers were bought by the U.S. government in 1861. The left barrel flat is stamped with the two line address/patent dates (1857, 1858) marking. Matching number "98" marked on the left of the grip frame, underneath both grip panels, rear face of cylinder, cylinder pin, and underneath the trigger guard/ramming lever. It is likely that these numbers are batch assembly numbers, not serial numbers.

Rating Definition:

Very good, retaining strong traces of the bright original blue finish with smooth gray and brown patina on the balance. Grips are fine with most of the original varnish, scattered light scratches, some crazing mostly concentrated on the bottom edges, and a moderate chip on the underside of the left grip panel. Mechanically excellent.



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