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    Cased Adams Revolver "Virginia" .44 caliber, five shot cylinder, serial number 13332 R. Robert Adams, partner in the firm of Deane, Adams and Deane was issued a British patent for a self-cocking revolver in 1851. While Confederate purchases of this revolver type are unknown, there is a passage in Firearms of the Confederacy by Claud Fuller and Richard Steuart stating that some 999 were delivered to the Virginia State Ordinance Department on January 21, 1861. If so, this revolver is certainly part of that pre-secession shipment. This pistol bears a 6 inch barrel with a moderate amount of scrollwork on the frame and trigger guard. Outline engraving is evident over the barrel and cylinder. The right side of the frame is marked, "ADAMS' PATENT" with the serial number, and the front of the frame is stamped "DA&D / 54". The cylinder is also marked with the serial number. Proofmarks appear on the cylinder between the nipples and on the upper left barrel flat. The top of the barrel is marked, "DEANE ADAMS AND DEANE, 30 KING WILLIAM ST. LONDON BRIDGE" and the bottom is marked, "VIRGINIA STATE ORDINANCE DEPT" with the buttcap marked "C.S.A". The pistol is pictured on page 70 of Firearms from Europe by David Noe, Larry W. Yantz and James B. Whisker. Mechanically excellent, it retains some 80% of the original bluing with excellent grips. Housed in a Deane and Son velvet lined oak case, a nipple driver, combination tool, ramrod, bullet mold, balls and (empty) cap pouch are included. The case itself, in very good condition indicative of expected usage, is of standard British construction with lock and key.

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    December, 2006
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