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    Rare and Historic Factory-Engraved Colt Model 1851 Navy Percussion Revolver Inscribed to Confederate Colonel Robert McMillan, 24th Regiment Georgia Infantry. Serial no. 15927, .36 caliber, 7 1/2-inch octagonal barrel with single-line New York address. Fully scroll-engraved with wolf's head hammer and floral blossoms. Case-hardened lever, hammer and frame. Engraved screws. Cylinder engraved with naval battle scene. Small triggerguard. Silver-plated brass triggerguard and gripstrap assembly. Varnished walnut grips. Sold together with portfolio of photostatic documents on Colonel Robert McMillan. He received his appointment as a colonel from Georgia Governor Joseph Brown on August 31, 1861. Provenance includes numerous copies of pay receipts for Company A, 24th regiment of Georgia infantry. Also included are copies of important letters to Confederate States President Jefferson Davis from Governor Joseph E. Brown of Georgia, Executive Department, Milledgeville, Georgia, recommending McMillan for promotion to Brigadier General. File also includes copies of two letters from A. Moise, Jr., to President Jefferson Davis, recommending McMillan be promoted to Brigadier General. Another has a note on reverse stating: "Referred by the President [Davis] asks appt. of Colonel Robt. McMillan, of Geo. now Commanding at Washington, No.[North] Ca. [Carolina] as General of the Military District of Beaufort , N.C. -has the Command now". There is a document showing McMillan present in Fredericksburg during November, 1862. Another shows McMillan was "slightly wounded in arm" and mentions a 30 day disability furlow, June 27, 1863. There are also copies of two letters from A. Moise, Jr. to the confederate Secretary of War, recommending McMillan to the appointment of Brigadier General. The 24th Georgia fought in more than 50 engagements during the war, including Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Chickamauga, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Sailor's Creek and Appomattox Court House. It would be difficult to find a better factory engraved Colt Navy with this much history or provenance. Condition: Good to very good. Metal showing a rich, grey-brown patina and light handling wear commensurate with age of revolver. Faded case-hardening with areas of vibrance on lever. Strong cylinder scene. Triggerguard and gripstrap retaining slight traces of silver finish, primarily in protected areas, the remainder with age wear and patina. Grips very good with light age wear and minor blemishes. Action tight and crisp.

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    Apr-May, 2012
    30th-1st Monday-Tuesday
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