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    A Sawed-Off Double-Barreled Shotgun With Cavalry Slide and Ring. This double-barreled .12 gauge shotgun with the cavalry slide and ring device is the type used extensively by Confederate cavalrymen. The 18" barrel would have ensured that this weapon provided the utmost in close-range firepower for the horse soldier. Cursed by the Union troops, these shotguns were a cavalier's best friend when the fighting came at close quarters. Loaded with a variety of projectiles from rocks to nails to a simple slug, these sawed-off weapons with their double hammers and triggers are prized collector's items today and are very scarce.

    Most intriguing about this shotgun is the fact that it has a small flag bearing the St. Andrews cross on the right side of the stock. With an iron butt plate, cavalry slide and ring, the shotgun shows moderate wear but is in mechanically sound condition with the lower release lever, hammers and triggers all functioning properly but showing rust pitting and wear. The barrel bears the markings "real twist" on the top indicating that the metal was made using the Damascus twist steel process, possibly in England which could indicate that the weapon ran the Union blockades to reach the Confederacy. There is resulting rust pitting at the breech and running along the gun sight channel toward the front sight which is still intact. This is a significant and attractive Civil War weapon used by gallant cavalrymen for close range fighting.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum

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