Connecticut Arms manufactured approximately 8,000 of these pistols following the Civil War. Some sources state production only ran from 1865 to 1868 while others indicate it continued into the 1880s. This is the first we have brought to auction with period type scroll and border engraving. The top of the barrel is marked "CONNECTICUT ARMS & MANF'G Co NAUBUC CONN," and the top of the breechblock is marked "PATENTED OCT. 25. 1864/HENRY HAMMOND." The Henry Hammond marking is not standard and was engraved rather than stamped. The serial number is marked on the left side of the grip frame under the grip and the back side of the left grip. It has a round blade front sight, and a notch in the breechblock release button serves as the rear sight.
Fine with 20% of original blue finish and strong case colors and otherwise mostly smooth gray and light brown patinas, minor spotting, crisp engraving and markings, and mild overall wear. The grips are also fine with aged coloration, crisp engraving, and mild handling wear. Mechanically excellent. Writer cannot recall ever having offered another example, extremely rare!
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