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.