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SN 446/447. Cal. 36. Both pistols are nearly identical. Blue and color case hardened with half-fluted, rebated cylinders and silver plated steel trigger guards & backstraps which each contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip matching numbered to their respective revolvers. SN 446 has a 6-1/2″ rnd bbl and number 447 has a 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, both with brass pin front sight and 1-line Hartford address. SN 446 has the matching number in a cyl flute without patent date marking. SN 447 has SN in a flute with patent marking in adjacent flute. There were about 28,200 of these fine revolvers produced 1861-1873. Very few are known with the steel trigger guard & backstrap. These little revolvers were manufactured in the first year of production of 1861 and undoubtedly would have seen service throughout the Civil War and later on the American frontier, well into the 1870’s before being supplanted by cartridge firearms. Such hard and continuous service usually under extreme and adverse conditions has left very few with orig finish. Surviving consecutive pairs are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: The Estate of G. W. “Bill” Stewart of Sonora, Texas. CONDITION: Both revolvers are nearly identical condition, all matching including wedge, cyl and grip. 1) SN 446 fine. Bbl retains traces of orig blue being mostly a smooth blue/grey patina. Rammer pivot retains strong case colors, turned dark on the handle. Frame retains about 60% faded case colors, stronger on the left side, worn to silver on the recoil shields. Lockbolt screw is battered. Hammer retains bright case colors on the right side and rear edge, faded on left side and top edge. Cyl retains thin blue in the flutes being an overall grey patina. Trigger guard shows traces of orig silver, being mostly a grey patina. Backstrap retains about 10% silver with the balance a grey patina. Grip is sound showing moderate to heavy edge wear, light nicks & scratches and retains about 85% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with a couple of spots of pitting. 2) SN 447 fine. Bbl retains traces of orig blue being mostly a light brown patina with fine pitting on right side. Rammer pivot retains strong case colors. Frame shows faint case colors being mostly a grey patina. Trigger & lockbolt screws may be replacements. Cyl shows strong blue in 3 flutes and in the rebated area, being mostly a dark patina with some fine pinprick pitting in one area and has 3 of the 5 safety pins serviceable. Trigger guard is a grey/brown patina. Backstrap shows 10-15% silver plate mixed with dark patina with the balance a brown patina. Grip has a chipped right toe otherwise is sound showing moderate edge wear and retains 85% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with moderate pitting. 49973-207, 49973-208, JR44 (6,000-10,000) – Lot 2283

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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