Saturday, November 23, 2019

Auction: Confederate Items

 Handguns:Single Action Revolver, Fine and Rare Second Model Griswold & Gunnison Confederate
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           Fine and Rare Second Model Griswold & Gunnison Confederate Revolver.

Serial no. 2751 [barrel, cylinder and frame] and 51 [base of right grip panel, loading lever and wedge], .36 caliber, 7 1/2-inch barrel. This second model example has the octagonal barrel lug with round barrel and brass pin front sight, brass frame, triggerguard, backstrap and one-piece walnut grip. The cylinder has the distinctive twist lines and safety pins between each nipple. This is an original example of a Confederate Model 1851 Navy type revolver that was manufactured in Griswoldville, Georgia, by Samuel Griswold. Approximately 3,700 made between 1862 and 1864.

Note: "Samuel Griswold, whose factory made these revolvers, was a transplanted Yankee from Connecticut. His first munitions production for the Confederacy was an infantryman's pike, in 1862. The success of the venture soon led to revolver production, and no Confederate maker outdid Griswold in quantity; few equaled him in quality. The CSA contracted Griswold for revolvers, an important point to collectors. The factory was thoroughly destroyed by Union forces in November 1864. Early collectors identified these arms as the Griswold and Grier, and sometimes that terminology is encountered today" as told in Flayderman's [10-009].

Condition: Very good to fine for this type of Confederate handgun. Finish primarily a bright grey patina with scattered signs of age, handling wear and patches of pitting. Appears to have been cleaned at some point. Brass frame, triggerguard and backstrap with age patina and scattered red marks found on similar examples. Few noticeable dings and scuffs present to wood, primarly to the left side. Action tight but functioning. Moderately pitted bore.

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