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    A 'Confederate Colt' Revolver- Hand-Carved Ivory Grips of Virginia State Seal marked Mitchell & Tyler from the Albaugh Collection This unmarked six-shot 7" barreled .36 caliber revolver is Confederate made based on the .36 caliber Navy model of 1851. The striking detail work on the pistol grips is quite amazing, especially the hand-carved grips made into the form of the Virginia state seal done in deep bas-relief including the Virginia Latin motto "Sic Semper Tyrannis" translated to "thus always to tyrants" above the name "Virginia". An interlocking "CS" has been carved above the state seal.The grips are marked "Mitchell and Tyler" inside indicating they were crafted by the premier military outfitter of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. The reverse of the grips are striking in appearance as well. An arrangement of 8 brass rivets capped by a five-pointed brass star, the ivory is beautifully carved to maximize the utility of the grip.
    The revolver has a brass back strap and trigger guard with all other metal parts being iron except for the pinched front sight inset into the top barrel flat, the metal for which may be gold. The back strap and trigger guard exhibit a deep, reddish-yellow patina. This revolver was part of the world-renowned William Albaugh Collection and has been illustrated extensively. This was William Albaugh's favorite Confederate pistol.
    There are two accompanying photographs of the gun in the Albaugh collection that are published in his book.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History; The William Albaugh Collection

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum

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