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    Dance and Brothers Dragoon, Serial No. 332

    Rare J.H. Dance and Brothers Confederate Dragoon Single Action Revolver, Found at the Dance Factory in Columbia, Texas.
    Serial no. 332 [left side of loading lever, base of barrel and cylinder], .44 caliber, 8-inch octagonal and round barrel with fixed front sight. Blued finish. Iron frame. Six-shot cylinder. Brass triggerguard. One-piece walnut grip. Very intriguing history descending from the family of a WWII pilot, telling his son stories of this gun being in a factory fire and found at the factory site near the end of the war. Sold along with eagle head pommel Bowie knife. 15-inches in overall length with 9 3/4-inch clip-point blade. Brass crossguard and bone handle. Contained in unmarked leather scabbard. Typed and signed letter from the family is included with the items.

    The Dance firm started manufacturing firearms in 1862 and modeled their revolvers after the famous Colt Dragoon. The men who worked for this company were granted exemption from military service by the state because the need for firearms was so great. The J.H. Dance & Brothers factory, located in East Columbia, Texas, manufactured firearms exclusively for the Confederate States government. In December 1863, the workshop was relocated farther inland to Anderson, Texas, far from the Brazos river for fear that General Nathaniel Banks' Union gunboats would bombard it. Only a total of 350 revolvers were manufactured by this firm. The Dance factory did not have a consistent method for serializing their revolvers, some are marked cryptically versus numerically. The current census records 90 Army models and 14 Navy.

    Condition: Good as functionally restored. Finish primarily a smooth grey patina with heavy signs of wear and large areas of surface rust and pitting. Triggerguard is unserialized but appears original. Revolver was in a fire, most likely at the factory site and salvaged shortly after. Scattered scuffs and dings to replacement grip. Action functions. Pitted bore. Knife blade with noticeable age wear, pitting and small nicks to blade edge. Handle loose. Minor bone loss to base near eagle head. Leather showing some cracking and discoloration.

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    Auction Dates
    March, 2018
    17th Saturday
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