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    J. H. Dance & Bros., Columbia, Tx. .44 Caliber Percussion Confederate Revolver, #220, with History of Use by Horace G. Young 5th Texas Cavalry. The gun is completely untouched and 'in the black, being an unrecorded/unknown specimen, offered here for the first time. The gun was given by Young, shortly after the war, to an ancestor of the consignor, and it has remained in his family since that date. The gun overall has a deep dark patina with some scattered surface rust and some light pitting on areas of the cylinder. The gun is numbered on the frame, barrel housing, trigger guard, underside of grip strap, left side of loading lever, left lower side of hammer and cylinder. Missing the wedge and wedge screw. The main spring is fine but the gun will not stay at full cock. Three nipples are broken, one is chipped and two are fine. The one piece grip shows heavy wear with some shrinkage. Also a small piece is broken/missing at the top of the right grip strap screw at the frame, although the screw is in place. There is a small chip at the top of the hammer The letters H Y are deeply scratched in the underside of the grip strap. Retains the original brass blade front sight and has a very good bore. The gun is original in every respect, and has clearly not been touched by a screw driver since the Civil War.
    Horace G. Young enlisted in Capt. Willis Lang's Lancer Corps, which was incorporated as Company B of the 5th Texas Cavalry, in 1861. Young served with the regiment through the New Mexico campaign, subsequently returning to Texas to defend Galveston Bay. The unit, along with Young, and doubtless this revolver, then moved into western Louisiana, and was engaged throughout the latter part of 1863 and 1864 along the Sabine River. In May of 1864, at the Battle of Yellow Bayou, Young was severely wounded by canister, resulting in the amputation of his left arm and the loss of his left eye. He returned to Falls County, Tx., married and raised a family.
    Dance's total production is estimate at no more than 500 guns, with 275 - 350 of the guns being this .44 caliber configuration. The guns saw heavy use with a very high attrition rate. Accompanied by a notarized affidavit from the consignor attesting to the gun's lineage and use. An important Confederate handgun, fresh to the market, with a wonderful history of Civil War use.

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    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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