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Webley Wedge Frame Revolver .44 caliber, five shot cylinder, serial number 3366 with flap holster. Webley revolvers were well made "self-cocking" pistols not often encountered during the Civil War. Any such pieces are thought to be personally purchased sidearms brought into the Confederacy privately by blockade runners as no official CSA contracts have surfaced. The only markings on this 6.25 inch octagonal barreled pistol are "PATENT NO." and the serial number on the left side of the frame, proofmarkings on the barrel and proofmarkings on the cylinder between the nipples with chambers numbered one through five, inclusive. The pistol bears a fairly uniform brown patina with some pitting evident on the top strap and in front of the cylinder, evidently from use. The included leather holster is of a standard cavalry flap type retaining excellent softness with minimal cracking. Alas, the holster is unmarked. It should be noted that sometimes historical objects propose more riddles than answers, and this revolver is no exception. An aged tag hanging from the trigger guard states, "Webley revolver carried in the Civil War by Confederate Col. John Spring Smith of Mision (?), Alabama #3366." While we can't confirm any connection with Colonel Smith, we can point out both pistol and holster appear on page 69 of Firearms from Europe by David Noe, Larry W. Yantz and James B. Whisker.

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Auction Dates
December, 2006
1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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