Lot #23
Lot #25

Lot 24: Massachusetts Arms Co. Wesson & Leavitt Dragoon Revolver

Fine and Scarce Massachusetts Arms Co. Wesson & Leavitt Percussion Dragoon Revolver

Auction Date: May 19, 2023

Lot 24: Massachusetts Arms Co. Wesson & Leavitt Dragoon Revolver

Fine and Scarce Massachusetts Arms Co. Wesson & Leavitt Percussion Dragoon Revolver

Auction Date: May 19, 2023

Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500
Price Realized:

Fine and Scarce Massachusetts Arms Co. Wesson & Leavitt Percussion Dragoon Revolver

Manufacturer: Massachusetts Arms Co
Model: Wesson & Leavitt Belt Revolver
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 40
Barrel: 6 1/4 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 587
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 41
Class: Antique
Description:

Reportedly, 850 of these Dragoon revolvers were manufactured between 1850-1851 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. This nickel finished example has standard markings and features with a six-shot cylinder. "MASS. ARMS CO./CHICOPEE FALLS" marked on the top strap, "WESSON'S & LEAVITT'S PATENT" marked on the lock, "LEAVITTS PATENT APRIL 29. 1837" on the back of the cylinder, "WESSON'S PATENT AUG. 28. 1849" on the bevel gear. "412" marked on the back of the barrel "barb", "17" marked on the bottom of the barrel topstrap, recoil shield, rear of the frame, underside of the back strap, and front face of the grip. Scarce 6 1/4 inch barrel.

Rating Definition:

Very good plus, retains 30% original blue finish strongest on the backstrap, rear edge of the barrel and in protected areas, with strong patterns of vivid case colors visible on the frame and strong in protected areas with smooth gray patina on the balance, fiery original niter blue finish visible on various screws, and scattered light pitting and surface freckling. Brass exhibits attractive bright golden patina. Grip is fine with scattered dents, a few small chips, and some light edge wear. Mechanically excellent.



Customer Product Questions

There are currently no customer product questions on this lot