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    J.H. Dance & Bros. Confederate Percussion Single Action Revolver with History of Use by Horace G. Young, 5th Texas Cavalry.

    Serial no. 220 [barrel, frame, triggerguard, hammer, cylinder and butt], .44 caliber, 8-inch barrel with fixed front sight. Blued finish. Brass triggerguard and backstrap. Six-shot cylinder. Smooth walnut one-piece grip. Dance's total production is estimate at no more than 500 guns, with 275 - 350 of the guns being in this .44 caliber configuration. The guns saw heavy use with a very high attrition rate. Note: This gun was sold by Heritage Auctions back in 2011 for $56,762.50 dollars, in our Signature Arms & Militaria Auction and comes to us via the buyer's family. The gun comes with a notarized letter attesting to the history of the gun and information on Horace G. Young of the 5th Texas Cavalry.

    The gun was given by Young, shortly after the war, to an ancestor of the previous consignor [2011], and it remained in his family till our sale in 2011. Horace G. Young enlisted in Capt. Willis Lang's Lancer Corps, which was incorporated as Company B of the 5th Texas Cavalry, in 1861. Young served with the regiment through the New Mexico campaign, subsequently returning to Texas to defend Galveston Bay. The unit, along with Young, and doubtless this revolver, then moved into western Louisiana, and was engaged throughout the latter part of 1863 and 1864 along the Sabine River. In May of 1864, at the Battle of Yellow Bayou, Young was severely wounded by canister, resulting in the amputation of his left arm and the loss of his left eye. He returned to Falls County, Tx., married and raised a family.



    Condition: Good. Revolver overall has a deep dark patina with some scattered surface rust and some light pitting on areas of the cylinder. Missing the wedge and wedge screw. The main spring is fine but the gun will not stay at full cock. Three nipples are broken, one is chipped and two are fine. The one piece grip shows heavy wear with some shrinkage. Also a small piece is broken/missing at the top of the right grip strap screw at the frame, although the screw is in place. There is a small chip at the top of the hammer The letters H Y are deeply scratched in the underside of the grip strap. Moderately pitted bore.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2020
    7th Sunday
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