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    Augusta Machine Works Revolver with Six Stop Cylinder .36 caliber, six shot, six stop, assembly letter U. Revolvers attributed to the Augusta Machine Works have long been a source of discussion among collectors. A letter written in 1918 by Samuel C. Wilson, secretary, Department of Public Health, Augusta does indeed state a Confederate Government factory producing pistols existed late in the war; however, no pistols marked as being produced in Augusta have been found. As CSA pistols were made mostly in Georgia and Texas, with the Texans preferring the larger .44 caliber, it is probable these unmarked pistols were made in Georgia. Without concrete evidence to the contrary, these pistols are attributed to Augusta by process of elimination. This pistol is a close copy of the Colt Model 1851 Navy bearing a 7.75" barrel and brass frame. The only marks on the revolver are the letter "U" stamped in many inconspicuous places. This is presumed to be an assembly number, and all the pistols attributed to Augusta bear either a single number or letter code. The metal retains over 60% of the original finish with the balance turning brown. The brass frame has a decidedly pink hue, indicating a high copper content, typical in Confederate brass. The grips show some dents and dings with some original varnish.

    Kent Wall's Report:
    Collectors of Confederate revolvers have long admired the workmanship of these .36 caliber, iron frame, octagon barrel revolvers, manufactured with both six and twelve stop cylinder, and share the collective frustration of not knowing the true origin. Albaugh/Benet/Simmons arrived at the 'Augusta' origin in 1963, based on a number of points yet, as of today, there is still no definitive proof of the origin other than it is probably American. However, the hypothesis established by these authors has prevailed, and hence the "August Machine Works" designation.
    Surviving specimens, of which there are few, indicate that there were more twelve stop cylinder revolvers produced than those with six stop cylinders.
    All numbers and letters found on both types are not visible until the revolver is disassembled and are usually of a single character. It seems these letters/numbers were intended to be used during the assembly process rather than for serial purposes.
    This revolver, assembly letter "U", is of .36 caliber and features a fully octagon, iron barrel, 7 5/8" in length, iron frame and iron cylinder. The trigger guard, back strap and front strap are brass. The front sight is a brass post.
    Assembly letter "U" is found on inside of barrel assembly, left side, the loading lever flat, top of plunger, inside frame to left of hammer, underside of back strap, underside of front strap, and in grip channel in two places. Grip is original and is one piece walnut with dings throughout.
    Condition: Very Good. Iron parts have an even dark patina with good edges. Loading lever plunger appears original and with a grayish patina. Brass parts have a dark, rosy, even patina. Casting flaw in trigger guard near front screw.
    Provenance: Albaugh/Benet/Simmons Confederate Handguns mentions a revolver with assembly "U".


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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