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SN 7052 & 7062. Cal 38 RF. Revolvers are virtually identical in every respect with silver finish, 3-1/2″ oct bbls that have half moon front sights and 3-line addresses. Cylinders, hammers & rammers are gold washed. Mounted with 2-pc smooth pearl grips. Revolvers are beautifully and identically engraved by master engraver L.D. Nimschke with nearly full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on sides of frame and a fan patterns on left recoil shields. Top straps are engraved in chain & dot patterns which are also found on the top side flats and side flats of bbl. Top front of frames are engraved in a large foliate patterns. Backstraps are engraved in a variety of patterns with chip & dot borders. Butt straps are engraved with a 6-pointed hunters stars and trigger guards with an elaborate hunter’s stars. Cylinders have a full band of foliate arabesque patterns with chip & dot borders around front edges. There were about 18,000 of these revolvers produced 1865-1873 with the majority of them made as cartridge conversions. These were very popular pocket revolvers for their compact size and moderately powerful cartridge. They remained in service well into the 1870s or later, until supplanted by the more powerful center fire cartridges. Although this model was produced in fairly large numbers, not many were engraved and extremely few had special finish. Extraordinarily few were pairs. PROVENANCE: The Elliott Burka Estate Collection. CONDITION: 1). NO. 7052. Bbl & frame retain about 75-80% orig silver finish; rammer handle retains strong silver under-plating while the cyl retains about 75% gold wash with the balance thin gold wash and exposed silver; trigger guard & front strap retain about 75% orig silver; backstrap & buttstrap are grey metal patina. Right grip has a chipped heel, otherwise grips are sound with great fire & color. Mechanics are fine; strong bore with light pitting. 2). NO. 7062. Overall retains 75-80% strong orig silver with loss areas on sides of frame. Rammer handle, cyl & hammer retain most of their orig gold wash with silver showing through in one area of cyl. Left grip has a couple small chips and right grip has a chipped heel, otherwise grips are fine showing tremendous fire and great color. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp bore, dark in the grooves. A rare pair. 4-56318, 4-56319 JR186 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 1099

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Auction: Firearms - March 2015
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