Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Inscribed J.W. DAVIDSON.

    Remington Model 1858 New Model Conversion Revolver.
    Serial no. 83524C [inside right grip frame also], .46 rimfire, 8-inch octagonal barrel. Blued finish with casehardened frame. Top of barrel reads PATENTED SEPT. 14. 1858 / E. REMINGTON & SONS. ILION, NEW YORK, U.S.A. / NEW MODEL. Rollin White conversion without ejector, marked on cylinder PATENTED APR 3'D 1855. See Flayderman 5E-019 for more information. Conversion number 582? stamped on bottom barrel near muzzle. Gun is also stamped 70 [inside left grip frame]. Numerous inspector markings on frame, loading lever and triggerguard. According to Flayderman's Guide, Remington New Model Army Revolvers were manufactured between 1863 and 1875. Total quantity estimated approximately 122,000.
    Note: What makes this particular gun interesting and worth researching more is that it is inscribed J.W. DAVIDSON on the backstrap. According to consignor, this gun belonged to John Wynn Davidson, a West Point Graduate [1815], who was a brigadier general in the United States Army during the Civil War. Also, an American Indian fighter. According to research, in 1866, he received brevet grade appointments as a major general of volunteers and in the regular U.S. Army for his Civil War service. Wikipedia states "Following the end of the American Civil War Davidson was posted on the Western frontier, this time as a lieutenant colonel of the 10th Cavalry, known as the Buffalo Soldiers. It was there that he acquired the nickname BLACK JACK." John W. Davidson was born in 1825 and died in 1881. A photocopy of some of the internet research done by the consignor is included in the sale. This particular gun is worth researching further, we have not fully authenticated the inscription or ownership.

    Condition: Very good. Gun retains 10-15% faint traces of bluing and casehardening with the balance turning a plum brown patina. Some mars and dings to metal. Some scattered pitting present throughout with moderate to heavy patches near muzzle area. Grips ok, with dings and mars throughout. One visible crack on right side of grips. Inscription is a bit faint, but complete. Action good. Bore good.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    10th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 852

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 December 8 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 July 16 - 18 The Armstrong Family Collection III Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 July 16 - 18 The Armstrong Family Collection III Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $4,645,206