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Lot 3158: Engraved Mass. Arms Co. Wesson & Leavitt Belt Model Revolver

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Factory Engraved Massachusetts Arms Co. Wesson & Leavitt Belt Model Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Factory Engraved Massachusetts Arms Co. Wesson & Leavitt Belt Model Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Massachusetts Arms Co
Model: Wesson & Leavitt Belt Revolver
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 31
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened/silver
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 286
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 134
Class: Antique

Only around 1,000 of the Wesson & Leavitt Belt Model revolvers were manufactured by the Massachusetts Arms Co. in 1850 and 1851 before production was halted due to a patent infringement suit won by Colt. The design was in part by Edwin Wesson, older brother of Daniel B. Wesson of later Smith & Wesson fame. The younger Wesson and Horace Smith were among the incorporators of the Massachusetts Arms Co. In addition to the standard markings and cylinder etching, this revolver has higher quality engraving and silver plated trigger guard, grip washer, and back strap. "931" marked on the back of the barrel "barb" and face of the arbor pin. "297" marked on the underside of the back strap, on the right of the grip beneath the lock, front flat of the grip and front and rear flats of the frame.

Rating Definition:

Very good plus, retains strong traces of original blue finish on the barrel, strong traces of case colors in protected areas of the frame with smooth gray and brown patina on the balance, and crisp engraving and markings in the metal. 75% original silver finish turned to a black remains on the trigger guard and grip straps. Grip is also fine with some slight oil darkening at the edges and some light handling marks. Mechanically excellent.

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