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    A Cased 1855 Colt Sidehammer Revolver With Ivory Lincoln Grips This 1855 model .28 caliber Colt sidehammer model revolver is one of the more uncommon guns found in the Civil War. It is called the 'Root' revolver from the designer Elijah Root. This gun has a 3½" barrel and bears the inscription "Colt's Pt. Address Col. Colt Hartford, Ct, USA 1855" on the top of the barrel. This five-shot model has fluted cylinders and an octagonal barrel.

    The most interesting aspect of this revolver are the carved ivory grips made into the form of a bust of Abraham Lincoln on one side and a pistol on the reverse. With the serial number 25835, the revolver is housed in a walnut case with 'Colt's Patent' bullet mold, a brass "E. Pluribus Unum" powder flask, a wooden ramrod and empty tin of Ely Brothers percussion caps.

    Accompanying the gun are several objects that have been in the family of the owner of this rare gun that are quite interesting. One is a 'gem' tintype of Abraham Lincoln, a good example of the small ¾" x 1" photographs used in the 1860 Lincoln presidential campaign and thereafter as pins and mementoes.

    Additional items inside the gun's case include a piece of mid 1800's lined paper with a small scrap of wood attached with the notation 'a piece of rail split by Abe Lincoln' in black ink.

    This is an interesting grouping that includes a rare revolver that has been passed down through the generations with a reverent connection to President Abraham Lincoln, whose portrait is carved on the ivory grips.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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