There's a first time for everything. Take a look at the shoulders of the back-strap on this little revolver, it is dated on the lugs! I've never seen that feature on any pistol in 30 years of collecting. I know the photos are a bit dark, but this gun is extremely sharp and crisp to include all markings, edges and action. The barrel and cylinder are in a smooth, dark-brown patina with generous blue on the bottom of the barrel. The factory engraved frame retains 80% original dark silver plate and the grips are excellent with 90%+ original varnish. The back-strap inscription reads, "ADJ. Cha's. E. Whitney / 40th Mass. Vols. / From Friends". Whitney mustered in as a Corporal in August of 1862 and served throught the war. The 40th saw action at Fort Wagner, Olustee, Drewry's Bluff (where Whitney was wounded), Bermuda Hundred, Cold harbor, and Petersburg among other places. This is a nice little gun with a great inscription and history to a man who advanced to the rank of Captain and was wounded at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia in 1864.