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    Garrett Single Shot Pistol about .58 caliber, serial number 25. These brass framed pistols have long been attributed to J&F Garrett of Greensboro, NC where approximately 500 were made before the Civil War. Typically unmarked, this pistol bears stampings on the 8.5 inch barrel of "US / S.K / P" from the U.S. Model 1842 pistol barrels used by the Garretts. The serial number is evident on the backstrap under the left grip panel. The steel barrel exhibits a speckled brown patina with some minor scrapes on the top. The brass is slightly pitted in some spots, especially the backstrap, but shows an overall even golden tone. The grips appear original with expected dings and dents. The pistol is in overall mechanically fine condition.

    Kent Wall's Report:
    Speculation as to the origin of the brass frame, single shot, percussion pistol continues to this day. Many collectors and authors attribute this to the firm of J. and F. Garrett and Company, Greensboro, North Carolina, therefore the designation.
    The surviving specimens are similar in many respects, including the swivel ramrod, typically found on the Model 1842 U. S. pistol, grips of wood, brass, one piece grip strap and the serial number stamped on the left side of the upper part of the strap.
    The highest known serial number is 505.
    Since the barrels are all from the Model 1842 pistol, Albaugh/Benet/Simmons believed these barrels were likely on hand at the Fayetteville Armory and were shipped out in 1861 to make room for the rifle machinery from Harpers Ferry.
    This .54 caliber pistol has a round, iron barrel, 8 ½" in length. The barrel markings are "U.S." over "S. R." over "P". The swivel ramrod is mechanically sound and is 8 ¾" long. Frame and one piece strap are brass as is the blade front sight. SN "25" is stamped on the left side of the upper strap under grip.
    Grips are 2 piece walnut and appear to be original. Written in pencil on the back of the left grip is "D. Hastings", over "Natick Mass" over "1929".
    Condition: Good. Iron parts exhibit a mottled gray appearance with light and dark patches. Hammer will not lock at full cock. Brass parts have been cleaned and exhibit minor dings, scratches and discoloration.

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    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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