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SN 52. Tucker & Sherrard and their government contracts for revolvers with the Confederate state of Texas in 1862 are well known. There are only 4 “Low Hammer” examples that have documented Civil War service; other varieties, which are also quite rare, were assembled right after the Civil War. SNs known for these “Low Hammer” guns are 54, 56, 81, and 52 being offered here. SN 81 was sold on these floors October, 2010, and had documented history of being captured by a Maine soldier who served in the Trans-Mississippi. Bill Gary has written several articles concerning these revolvers and their war-time usage and notes most recently in the spring 2012 Texas Gun Collector, pgs. 34-35, that updates the chapter from his 1987 book. He notes that Joseph H. Sherrard joined the 6th Texas Cavalry, company L (Lancaster Guards) in Dallas county in 1861 but was released from the Army in May 1862 at the same time that Texas had made its contract for the revolvers. It seems most likely that Sherrard would have been selling on the open market the few finished guns he had. The Lancaster, Texas, Tucker & Sherrard factory site was excavated between 2000-2004 and the hammers excavated of the low spur type were predominant. Charles F. Lee in 3 articles from Texas Gun Collector, pgs. 77-79, 2000; pgs. 33-35, 2004, and pgs. 37-39, Spring 2012, all but proves the likelihood these “Low Hammer” guns were made prior to September 1863 when State of Texas cancelled its military contract and possibly complained that the “Low Hammers” were not the “exact form and style” to the Colt Dragoon revolver as required by government inspectors along with square back trigger guards and shorter cyl. Regardless, this is a very well made gun that has the feel and action of the best Colt Dragoon. This particular example is far and above the best of the 4 known, all showing use, but this example shows fine care retaining much original finish. PROVENANCE: Chet Baranowski Collection; Pictured and described, pg. 95, Confederate Revolvers, by Bill Gary, 1987; Mike Clark, Houston, Texas; Don & Kathlee Bryan Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to excellent overall. Gun appears 100% original, authentic, complete and matching. SN 52 is found on bbl, loading arm, wedge, arbor, cyl, frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Bbl retains about 50% bright blue, especially on housing and bottom of bbl with balance mottled bright gray. Cyl retains thin traces of blue with balance a bright gray. Cyl retains 5 of 6 crisp safety pins, 6th pin is still discernible. Traces of blue remain in each chamber of the cyl. Frame, hammer and loading assembly are overall silver/gray with muted case colors still visible on lever, plunger, right side of frame, recoil shield and protected areas of hammer. All screws appear fine and original including unique long-headed backstrap screws which protrude past ears. Grips are well fit with hand worn patina, retaining about 50% of their original factory varnish. There are very small chips on the inside toes of each grip. Mechanics are excellent and bore is bright with crisp rifling. The accompanying holster fits gun, and that is difficult for a holster with this long low spur of this gun; but accommodates it well. Holster is sound and supple with a sewn repair inside top flap with newer piece of leather re-enforcement, toe of holster has glued crack repair about 3″ with inserted leather patch, repaired area quite dry and brittle, otherwise sound. 50122-17 JS (100,000-125,000) – Lot 2206

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Auction: Firearms - March 2016
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