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    CONFEDERATE THOMAS GRISWOLD & CO. CASED ENGRAVED GOLD WASHED TRANTER DOUBLE ACTION .44 CALIBER PERCUSSION REVOLVER. An absolutely magnificent gun with superb Confederate association. The gun is exquisitely engraved at the muzzle and rear of the barrel, loading lever, cylinder, trigger guard and rear strap, butt cap, and frame, with very tight and delicate scroll and shell motifs. Butt cap and loading lever screws also engraved. All metal parts, except screws which are blued, are covered with a heavy gold wash. Hand engraved "B. Cogswell 224 Strand London" on the top of the frame, HH stamped on the side of the frame and "W. Tranter's Patent die stamped on loading lever and trigger. The one piece walnut grip is checkerd over 90% of its surface with a tight diamond pattern. Most importantly, executed with a single stamp in tiny letters on the top flat of the barrel is "Griswold & Co. N. O.". This appears to be underneath the gold wash indicating the finish was applied after its arrival in America. Griswold took over operations from Hyde & Goodrich in August 1861. A number of English revolvers are known bearing the agent's mark of Hyde & Goodrich and this revolver doubtless through the hands of Griswold shortly after he took over to business. The gun is presented with all accessories in the original walnut case. The case is assembled with brass screws along the top and bottom edges and a circular brass escutcheon is inset in the top of the lid. Brass key escutcheon and closure is accomplished with two flat brass hooks. The case is lined in green wool with a paper lable for Cogswell pasted on the inside lid. The casing includes: oiler, paper covered tin for percussion caps by F. Joyce, bag shaped copper flask, screw driver and nipple wrench with checkered ebony handles, japanned tin with green paper lable for "Tranter's Patent Lubricating Bullets", patch cutter, ebony handled cleaning rod, wooden container with five extra nipples, double cavity brass bullet mould with blued iron sprue cutterand the original key for the case. A striking case set with very rare markings to a known Confederate outfitter.

    CONDITION: Bright gold wash with just some minor speckling and some minor wear on the loading lever and plunger and the butt cap. Gun overall appears to be unfired with no scorching on the face of the cylinder. Mechanically perfect, nipples mint. Bore excellent - mint and all screws retain 95% of the original blue. Checkered walnut grip also about mint. All accessories excellent as is the casing, just showing some minor scratches with nice rich patina. Lining just shows some very minor wear.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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