CIVIL WAR GUNS, REVOLVERS, PISTOLS, HANDGUNS
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This is a beautiful Remington Elliot 32 caliber, 4-shot Derringer with deluxe Factory Engraving and Factory Pearl grips. It's an outstanding little gun with full coverage of fine engraving that retains about 70% original silver plating. It shows most of its original fire-blue on each side of the trigger mechanism and the Factory Pearl grips are virtually new. The action is perfect.
PRICE - $3,995.00
This Colt Root Revolver is an ultimate rarity in the annals of Colt Collecting. Cased with all accessories, it is inscribed on its back-strap, "U. S. CAPITOL POLICE No. 8". The history of the United States Capitol Police dates back to 1801 when Congress moved from Philadelphia to the newly constructed Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. At the time, Congress appointed one lone watchman to protect the building and Congressional property. Created by Congress in 1828 following the assault on a son of John Quincy Adams in the Capitol rotunda, the original duty of the United States Capitol Police was to provide security for the United States Capitol. The unit is still working to protect both employees and visitors to the Capitol Grounds and buildings to this day. This is only the second one of these rare inscribed Colt's that I have ever seen and after several calls to other collectors, I have found that this is likely one of 3 in existence. From what I have have garnered, this is by far the best conditioned example. It retains 95% original blue on the barrel and frame with traces of blue on it's cylinder, showing a near perfect but light scene.
The hammer and lever show 90% case colors and the grips are excellent with 95% varnish. The accessories are fine as is the case. The gun is accompanied with a letter from noted firearms historian Larry Wilson who describes the guns' rarity and the issue of ten guns to the Capitol Police in 1856.
PRICE - $ 26,500.00
This is a nice condition Colt 1860 Army Revolver as purchased by the U. S. Government for issue to U. S. and State Volunteer troops, primarily Cavalry, during the Civil War. It shows generous traces of original blue on the barrel and cylinder with perhaps 50% light case-colors visible on the frame and hammer, the balance an untouched patina. The cylinder scene is very fine and deep and the grips are fine with nice cartouches. The gun has a crisp action. Month by month over the last few years, it's getting more difficult to find these guns in this condition.
PRICE - $ 3,275.00
This is a sharp and crisp condition Remington Army, the type generally issued and used by Civil War Cavalry during the Civil War and afterwards by US Cavalry, buffalo hunters, trappers, scouts and mountain men on the western frontier. These were probably the finest built revolvers of the Civil war period. This gun is very good and would be considered fine if it had any original finish remaining. The gun is extremely sharp and crisp showing very strong markings, a perfect action and beautiful grips with a sharp, single cartouche to the left grip. A really nice gun for the price in a dark gray patina finish. Loading lever does show finish and appears to have had a stronger blue at the time of manufacture or it's an original arsenal replacement. A really strong and crisp gun.
PRICE - $1,485.00
I don't suppose I have to describe how rare this holster is, but I'll do it anyway. I've seen two military style flap-holsters for the Colt Walker, two civilians that were very nice and two sets of pommel holsters that were bonafide originals. Everything else I've seen has been extremely questionable. This one is an absolute no-brainer, and it is world-class in terms of form, artistry and condition. When I first received photos of this holster, I couldn't tell exactly what it was other than the fact that it swallowed up a Dragoon in the photo. I was pretty sure that it was for an 8" Dragoon or a Walker. When it came in, I tried an 8" and it swallowed that as well, with the hammer dropping an inch into the holster, an absolute no-no as that hammer spur would have torn the holster up in no time. I then shipped it off to a Walker owner and lo-and-behold, we found ourselves one of the great rarities in Colt Accessories. The Colt Walker is the only gun I know of that fits this rig properly. The carving and bordering is exquisite, with about the finest detail I've ever seen on any early holster regardless of origin or period.
This holster isn't just carved, it's a combination of incised and relief carving and rivals the height and grandness of that on a fine, Golden Age Kentucky Rifle. The entire field of display is carved with a single flower stem, starting at the muzzle and rising with larger and more detailed foliage of leaf clusters and stems to terminate at the breech end with a large flower, possibly a Texas Rose. Lined backgrounds adorn each leaf and a simulated punch-dot background is scattered in other areas. The bordering is extremely detailed and the coverage is virtually 100% on the front side. The back-side shows some of the same bordering but the rest of the panel is absent of decoration. The leather is in wonderful condition and is softer than one would expect, probably due to age and a breakdown of leather fibers over time. I would expect that it was quite stiff originally. The plug is missing and that doesn't surprise me. This is not a slim-jim type holster that was closely form-fit. To hold a revolver the size and weight of a Walker, form-fitting at the front of the cylinder and trigger-guard would have distributed the weight of the gun better. I would expect that the plug blew-out on this holster within a few months of carry, and that's probably why it remained in such wonderful condition over the years. It's original belt loop is still on the back and there's an additional scabbard loop on the front that shows it was definitely used to hold a dirk or small Bowie. The rub lines from a sheath are still present. The interior is lined but now torn and creased in several areas and deteriorating. This may have been padded with raw cotton or other media originally.
Walkers were a big heavy gun and issued with pommel-holsters. All those government issued guns ended up with Texas Rangers and frontiersmen as well as in the California gold-fields. They didn't wear pommel holsters with a waist-belt, so a fine Martial Revolver would be just as appropriate with this rig as a Civilian Gun. All in all and in my opinion, this is one of the rarest and finest antique holsters ever discovered. Several years ago there was an original Walker Revolver in very good to fine condition that was period engraved. It was in an auction in California. If you know who currently owns that gun, please let him know I have a holster for him. That, or buy a great piece of Antique American leatherwork to park your own Walker in.
PRICE - $20,000.00 - REDUCED TO $17,500.00 !!!
This is hands-down, one of the best Small-Frame Smith & Wesson Volcanic Pistols brought to market in the past 20 years. It retains about 75 - 85% original blue brown finish that is still vivid on its barrel and magazine and 30% blue on its frame. This original finish is blending naturally with a perfect plumb-brown patina. The grips are near mint retailing virtually all of their shiny varnish. The action, edges and markings are near perfect. There is the slightest bit of corrosion near the muzzle end of the barrel. It appears that this corrosion probably extended to the face of the muzzle as the face shows a recent cleaning. The tiny pin-tab on the face of the magazine is a replacement and I therefore believe this is an area that was corroded, possibly frozen or broken and is why these issues were addressed. If you blow-up the photos, you'll see the thin tab that has been replaced. I don't believe that this hurts the gun much as about 1/3 of these early guns I see have the replaced tab. I have only seen a handful of these guns in better condition in 35 years and those have sold in the $30,000 - $50,000 range.
PRICE - $ 24,500.00 - SALE PENDING !
This is a good condition Allen & Wheelock marked 31 caliber pepperbox with engraved nipple shield and fluted barrels. markings are visible but not sharp. Action is perfect when pointed down, but does not function when pointed up. It obviously needs a hand-spring. Fine, full grips showing most original varnish. A very presentable example.
PRICE - $450.00
I'll make this description short and sweet on this Colt 1860 Army revolver. The action on this gun works great, it is all matching numbers and the markings are faint due too somebody whizzing it with sandpaper. It is still a real gun and should be salvaged by removing these marks. A good project gun for someone with skill and patience.
PRICE - $ 995.00
Without question, this is one of the most outstanding Confederate Revolvers ever offered for sale. This is an absolutely gorgeous 12-stop, Augusta Machine Works Revolver that has seen little, if any use. The markings, edges and action on this beautiful gun with 7 & 3/4" barrel are nearly flat perfect. The grips show 99% original finish and the metal parts on this gun have a stunning, untouched patina. There are traces of original blue on the barrel. Note the brass wedge screw that I believe to be original, that contrasts with the blue hue. The gun is in dark, untouched brown patina and I have taken photos of the gun on both a light and a dark background so that you can see the color and texture of the metal properly. I picked up this gun in central Pennsylvania with a couple of Patersons and a very good Confederate Dance Revolver (Dragoon Size) along with some other goodies. I found a more common six-stop just a few weeks later. As I researched these guns, I found one with a ton of finish that had sold in an East Coast Auction for over $90,000 in 1993 with holster and unquestionable provenance direct from the family descendants of Lieutenant Colonel Roswell Russell of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry. After finding that the heaviest action the 9th ever saw was the Battle of Griswoldville during Sherman's famous "March to the Sea", the eventual landing places of the guns became clear to me. The Russell gun and this 12-stop were discovered in the Harrisburg, Pa. area, and the 6-stop on this website came from York, only 20 miles away. It was found at a garage sale and was thought by the owner to be a reproduction. All 3 guns, 20 miles apart from each other. During my reading, I learned that just a few days prior to the battle, word went out to all nearby towns (including Augusta) that the Union was on their way to destroy all the Military Works at Griswoldville. The local Militias and worker citizens from all the nearby towns converged on Griswoldville to help in their defense, but the Union forces were too much for what was primarily an army of citizen soldiers. It is clear to me that the eventual overwhelming victory of the 9th resulted in their troopers carrying home these guns as war trophies. Somebody should write a story about it. The 6-stop revolver I have is priced much lower than this gun. I love this classic 12-stop as it almost speaks to me and I don't mind keeping it. In a recent auction on the West Coast, some eye-popping prices were garnered for lesser guns. If you are a person of means and want the very best, this could be a candidate to add to your collection. It is unquestionably one of the best Confederate Arms ever found and sometimes such a chance to own is a once in a lifetime event.
PRICE - $70,000.00
This is a very good condition Colt Third model 1851 Navy Revolver that shows heavy carry. This carried history is evident due to the worn muzzle and heavily weathered but full grips. The site is actually worn down flush to the barrel. All markings remained extremely crisp and the cylinder seen is about 90% visible, though showing wear. The action is nearly perfect. There are traces of original silver plating on the back strap and trigger guard. The gun is in an overall gray patina. The hammer and lever screws appear to be replacements, but other than that the entire gun is original and matching. The gun is missing all its nipples, easily replaced. It's rather surprising to find a gun with this much muzzle where and yet still be in generally good to very good condition. It certainly appears to be a fine old veteran of the American Civil War and probably saw use on the frontier for an extended period as well.
PRICE - $1,485.00 - SALE PENDING !
This is a very ggod condition Massachusetts Arms Pocket Revolver in 31 caliber bearing the Wesson's & Leavitt's patent marking on the lockplate. This gun looks a bit blotchy as it was obviously found in brown patina and someone has cleaned, being done long, long ago. It shows good markings to the top-strap and lock-plate and nearly all of its acid etched cylinder scene. Nice full grips with chips to the toes but they retains no varnish. This gun is locked in the hammer-back position and needs work on the action. Not bad for a fairly rare gun in very decent shape.
PRICE - $ 1,350.00
I know this 1861 Colt Navy Revolver doesn't look like much, but it's better than it appears. One need only look at the front sight and the grips that retain 99% of their original varnish to realize that this gun saw little use. It shows strong markings and edges but needs a little TLC to bring it back to full glory. The action is sharp, but it needs a hand-spring as the cylinder doesn't index unless you have the gun pointing down. It's obviously missing a wedge and wedge screw and the hammer screw needs to be replaced as the head is busted off. It shows an artificially aged barrel and cylinder of an ugly light brown and could use a good cleaning. The scene is light as on most 1861's. I have priced this reasonably for someone that knows what they're doing and they'll have a very nice gun for their efforts. If it doesn't sell, I'll have the aforementioned problems taken care of myself and raise the price. This is could be a very nice gun.
PRICE - $1,785.00
This is a good condition third model Colt Root Revolver with a 3 1/2 inch octagon barrel, Hartford address with pointing hand motif. It is in generally good condition. The gun is in overall gray patina with traces of blue on the barrel and frame. The stagecoach cylinder scene is light but visible. The grips are sound and full retaining approximately 70% original varnish. The action appears to be perfect however there is no hand and spring installed in the gun. This is a very reasonable price on a colt such as this
PRICE - $ 750.00
This is a very nice, untouched condition Henry style Derringer. It is totally unmarked and I therefore suspect Great Britain as its place of origin. It is tastefully engraved on the lock, side-plate and hammer and has a coin-silver thumb-piece. The wood is excellent save for a crack on the left side near the barrel escutcheon and they are checkered.
PRICE - $750.00 - Reduced to $695.00 !!!
This is a very solid and good condition Large Frame Volcanic Pistol as manufactured by Smith & Wesson with iron frame. It has a good, crisp action, is in a medium gray patina and has very fine grips. It shows standard engraving as is found on most Volcanics of this type. The metal on this gun is not super-smooth but has a bit of an etchy surface but no roughness or pitting.
PRICE - $ 18,500.00
This is a very sharp and crisp Belgian made Mariette five shop pepper-box revolver. Although this gun retains no original finish it is in nearly excellent condition. The entire frame to include both sides top and back strap are covered in beautiful flowing scrolls. Each barrel exhibits a unique, roll applied Damascus style and a proof mark at the breach. There is an ELG in a circle on one base. The grips are fluted with a touch of carving at the upper base on each plaque and are in excellent condition as well. The action works perfectly. This is a very fine condition gun.
PRICE - $ 950.00
Here we have a late fourth model variation of a Colt 1851 Navy is in generally very good condition retaining approximately 70% of its original cylinder seen all numbers are matching to include the wedge. The action and markings are sharp and crisp and the grips are full, showing the little use. The gun is an overall great patina. This gun is in the 200,000 serial range and was manufactured after the Civil War. Ffrom its general appearance I would say that it definitely saw use on the Western frontier. These Navy revolvers are of a similar size to the colt single action revolver and were popular among cowboys and gunslingers most notably Wild Bill Hickok, who wore a pair of engraved 1851 Navy's with carved ivory grips. You'll note in the photographs that this gun has a very small wedge screw. This wedge screw goes all the way through the barrel lug and is a perfect example of a high quality field repair.
PRICE - $1,675.00
This is an extremely unusual Starr double action revolver and the only one like it that I have ever laid eyes on. On the other hand, I haven't owned as many as some dealers. It appears to be a standard revolver but has none of the usual martial markings, nor cartouches. However at the bottom of the barrel juncture to the frame there is an absolutely authentic, deeply and crisply struck anchor. This marking is unquestionably original and obviously represents issue to the United States Navy, if you collect martial arms of the Civil War there's a pretty good chance you've never come across this one either. The gun is in generally very good condition with traces of bright original blue mixing with patina. The action functions perfectly, however three of the pulls take a Yeomans finger strength. This is obviously a very rare 44 caliber gun issued to the United States Navy just prior to or during the Civil War.
PRICE - $1,450.00
Here is another high condition large frame Volcanic pistol. We have probably sold more Volcanic pistols in the last 10 years than all other dealers and auction houses combined. This excellent brass framed example with desirable six-inch barrel retains 95% original blue to its barrel blending with untouched brown patina the frame is a beautiful brass patina with minimal nicks and dings and the grips are almost meant with 97+ percent varnish. While continuing to make the Volcanic rifle and pistol, Henry began to experiment with the new rimfire ammunition, and modified the Volcanic lever action design to use it. The result was the Henry rifle. No Winchester collection is complete without one or more of the Volcanic Series of pistols or rifles within it.
PRICE - $ 22,500.00
This is a very nice 5 inch colt pocket revolver. It's very early, and in the 34,000 serial number range. It shows an overall gray patina and has an almost complete absence of original finish other than a trace of blue under the barrel. The nice part about it is it's very crisp with almost all of its cylinder sscene, 98% original silver plate on the back strap and trigger guard and 98% original varnish on fine, full grips. The cylinder has a score mark around it that's actually very slight where someone screwed the wrong screw into the front of the trigger guard and it protruded out the top of the frame. As the cylinder was rotated, it left a line where the screw scratched the cylinder. The timing was also off on this gun at one time and the result are the visible score marks from the hammer scraping the back shoulders of the cylinder. With a little TLC this could be a very presentable gun. It's the type I wouldn't mind having in my own collection if it had some history to accompany it. I like sharp crisp guns that look like they were used, not guns that look like they sat in a drawer.
PRICE - $ 875.00