Serial number 108721, made in 1863, caliber .44 with an 8″ round barrel having a dark bore with very good rifling. This is a standard revolver as procured for the Union and has several small inspectors’ initials on the metal. The one-piece walnut grip is sound and shows wear, with small handling marks and tiny dings on the butt, and a faint outline of a government inspector’s cartouche on the left side. All of the steel surfaces have an even dark patina with very good factory lettering, only the “Patent” marking on the frame is a little light at the bottom. The cylinder retains about 50% of the naval engagement scene with several small dings, all of the safety pins are worn flat as is common. The brass triggerguard has an ocher patina. All of the serial numbers match on the metal with the wedge being a later replacement. The mechanism works properly. This is a nice example of a Colt Civil War Army revolver and as an antique gun it will transfer without any restrictions.
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Serial number 1155, caliber 56-56 Spencer rimfire. This serial number falls within the serial range of those Army rifles used by Custer’s Fifth Michigan Cavalry at Gettysburg according to Norm Flayderman’s guide and the buyer of this rifle would be advised to do further research. The 30″ round barrel has strong six-groove rifling with some scattered light pitting. All of the metal has a light gray patina with most of the surfaces smooth, only the right side of the same showing scattered fine pitting. The top of the frame has the worn but legible manufacturer’s marking “SPENCER REPEATING / RIFLE CO. BOSTON, MASS. / PAT’D MARCH 6, 1860.” The flat on the right side of the barrel over the chamber has light impressions from a vise, the flat on the left side has military inspector’s initials “S.L.” The buttstock has inspector’s initials “J.L.K.” behind the lower tang. The forend has a repaired grain crack on the left side of the barrel channel behind the lower band. Both stocks have some extra added oil finish and show almost no wear with only tiny handling marks. The mechanism is complete and works well. This is a particularly attractive Spencer Rifle and it comes with an original unmarked bright steel socket bayonet with an 18″ blade that is in excellent condition. RR Auction COA.
This is a regulation size drum with a painted design of the American eagle with a shield and a riband in its beak that reads, “Reg. U. S. Infantry.” The paper label inside reads, “MANUFACTURED/BY/HORSTMANN, BROTHERS & CO./MILITARY FURNISHERS/FITH & CHERRY STREET/PHILADELPHIA.” The drum is 14.5″ tall and is believed to have been shortened post Civil War. The rope that holds the heads is a later replacement but the leather tension devices appear to be of the Civil War period. Overall condition is fine with only minor wear on the painted eagle device and very good colors. The skin heads and the snares are in very good condition. RR Auction COA.