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    CONFEDERATE GRISWOLD AND GUNNISON .36 CALIBER PERCUSSION REVOLVER OF THE NAVY TYPE. Serial #8, matching. The earliest specimen known, by. Griswold & Gunnison, produced approximately 3700 of these revolvers at their factory in Griswoldville, Ga. The factory was totally destroyed by Union forces in November of 1864. Although no Confederate manufacturer produced more revolvers than Griswold the survival rate is very low and intact specimens are highly prized by collectors today. This gun is listed in William Albaugh's book "Confederate Handguns" and identified as the lowest serial number recorded. Without a doubt this is one of the most important Griswold & Gunnison revolvers extant.

    Condition: Numbered on the forward extension of the brass trigger guard, barrel lug, cylinder and right side of brass frame. The gun overall is completely untouched, with all metal including brass straps and frame displaying a dark smooth patina. Grips excellent with smooth even wear, again with a pleasing untouched patina. The gun displays two remarkable field expedient repairs testifying to the inferior metallurgy incorporated into the manufacture of these weapons contributing to the low survival rate. A hand forged iron bridge was constructed, pinned to the underside of the barrel lug and fitted to a mortise on the underside of the frame. Doubtless the pins hold the barrel lug to the frame failed requiring this repair to keep the entire barrel housing from turning on the cylinder pin. Additionally an iron pin was inserted laterally through the recoil shields as the result of a crack in the back of the frame. There is also a vertical line crack in the left side of the brass frame extending from the base of the recoil shield to the bottom of the frame. It is possible that the unmarked loading lever is a correct period replacement.


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