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    Tranter English Revolver Carried by a Confederate Officer in the 45th Alabama, .44 caliber, five shot cylinder, serial number 4987. William Tranter produced revolvers under license from Deane, Adams and Deane after producing frames for the firm. He improved on the Adams self-cocking trigger by incorporating a double-action trigger mechanism allowing for more accurate fire. This pistol bears a 6.25 inch barrel with mostly illegible engraving on the top, most likely retailer information. The serial number is stamped on the cylinder and proofmarks are between each nipple. The left side of the frame is stamped "ADAMS PATENT" in an oval. The left side of the barrel under the loading lever is stamped, "CO. E. 45 ALA. INF." and the right side of the grips is marked, "A.J. BETHUNE." The muster roll of Company E of the 45th Alabama Infantry Regiment as listed by Robert Horn in Men of the 45th Alabama Infantry Regiment lists one Bethune, A. J. with the following notation, "Muster Roll, March, 20, 1862: Enlisted same date in Macon County by W.J. Lee. POW - Captured near Ackworth, Georgia, June 11, 1864, Sent to Louisville, to Camp Morton, arriving Camp Morton, July 1, 1864; transferred for exchange February 26, 1865." Photographs of this pistol appear on page 71 of Firearms from Europe by David Noe, Larry W. Yantz and James B. Whisker. This pistol, mechanically very good, retains some blue on the trigger and hammer with the balance turning a plum brown. The grips are worn with expected dings and dents.

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    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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