For many years, it has been thought that about 500 of these pistols were made by J. F. Garrett & Company in Greensboro, North Carolina around 1862 after Confederates took the Harpers Ferry Arsenal. The hammers, barrels and loading lever assemblies are from U. S. Model 1842 Pistol parts that were found there, and Garrett, who later worked or contracted with Jere H. Tarpley (who invented and patented the his namesake Confederate Breech-Loading Carbine) devised an ingenious way of creating a brass frame to mount these parts and produce a functional single shot percussion pistol. This example has matching serial numbers on the frame, side plate, barrel, etc. The barrel is marked underneath the bolster with a "C", which indicates it was a condemned U. S. barrel. The U. S. inspector marks are still present at the left rear of the barrel. This gun was cleaned long ago and has a nice look to it (my photos don't do it justice). New information is coming out about these pistols. There is research being prepared that claims these guns were not made by Garrett, so it is important to take note that their identification could change, which may increase or decrease their value. Either way, they are difficult to find and if proven to be from another manufacturer, North or South, they would still be considered among the most rare of primary or secondary martial single-shot pistols.