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with scattered light pitting from period use, with strong traces of original blue finish visible on the cylinder, and the serial number markings are mostly defined. The left of the wedge has been draw filed smooth. The brass frame, trigger guard, and back strap retain an attractive
aged golden patina. The re-oiled grip is fine, with a few light scratches and some minor edge wear. Modern replacement wedge screw. The butt screw does not thread. Mechanically fine.
Estimate: 16,000 - 25,000
 LOT 3296
Desirable Civil War Confederate Griswold and Gunnison
Percussion Revolver - Serial no. 1389, 36 cal., 7 1/2 inch round
bbl., blue/bright finish, walnut grips. This Colt Model 1851 Navy style percussion revolver was
manufactured by Samuel Griswold and Arvin Gunnison at Griswoldville, Georgia, circa 1862-1864. Griswold
& Gunnison manufactured approximately 3,700 revolvers and were the largest Confederate handgun maker during the
Civil War. This standard model revolver has an octagonal barrel lug with round barrel, brass frame, trigger guard, and back strap. The six-shot cylinder has the distinctive twist lines found on Griswold & Gunnison revolvers, rectangular stops, and safety pins between the percussion nipples. The hammer has crude knurling on the spur. The revolver has a one-piece walnut grip. The revolver, correctly, has no maker identification; however, it has a few of the cryptic marks found on most Griswold & Gunnison revolvers. In this case, “III” and “M” are stamped on the right
side of trigger guard extension, “6” on the left side of the trigger guard
extension, and an “M” on the rear flat surface of the frame, all hidden
underneath the grip. “6” is also marked on the loading lever and the wedge.
The serial number “1389” is stamped on the right side of the barrel lug, right
side of the frame and on the cylinder. Initials that appear to read “TAO” are
carved on the butt of the back strap. These well made Griswold & Gunnison
revolvers are one of the most desirable Confederate made Civil War handguns.
CONDITION: Very good, well above average condition as Confederate used.
The iron barrel, loading lever, cylinder, and hammer have a dark brown patina

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