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    Dance Revolver with Very Rare Original Holster .44 caliber, six shot, serial number 222. The Dance brothers operated two factories during the Civil War, one in Columbia and the last in Anderson, Texas. The first location was a private enterprise and the second a move after the Confederate Government purchased the works. In these factories, approximately 135 .36 caliber and 350 .44 caliber revolvers were manufactured. Most of the pistols lack recoil shields, a notable feature of the Dance. This pistol bears a 7.875 inch barrel with brass trigger guard and iron backstrap. The serial number is marked on the backstrap by the toe, on the trigger guard, on the frame bottom, on the barrel lug, on the cylinder and on the right side of the loading lever. This pistol is pictured on page 87 of Dance and Brothers: Texas Gunmakers of the Confederacy by Gary Wiggins. The metal is brown and gray with brass exhibiting a brown gold patina. The grips retain about 40% varnish with the expected dings and dents. The holster is original, probably unique, consisting of standard cavalry flap construction and also comes with a "shoe buckle belt rig." The leather is black with some flaking from age.

    Kent Wall's Report:
    During the Civil War, J. H. Dance and Brothers manufactured revolvers in Columbia, Texas and later in Anderson, Texas.
    Bill Gary in his classic book Confederate Revolvers (1987) estimates that Dance Bros. produced as many as 350 revolvers in .44 caliber and perhaps as many as 135 in .36 caliber, making this Texas enterprise the fourth largest producer of revolvers for the Confederacy.
    This revolver, serial number 222, is of .44 caliber with a 7 7/8" part octagonal and part round iron barrel, and with the to be expected flat recoil shield. The trigger guard is brass and has the quite rare iron back strap. Serial Number "222" appears on bottom of wedge, circumference of cylinder, bottom of barrel lug (lightly), bottom of frame, and also on the front of the trigger guard. Number "22" appears on right side of loading lever lug, bottom of cylinder pin, left side of hammer, and on butt strap, near the butt screw.
    The grips are one piece walnut with some original varnish remaining, but displaying evidence of expected period use and wear.
    The front sight is a brass blade type.
    Surviving Confederate revolvers are infrequently encountered with their original wartime used holsters. Very rarely do both the original holster and waist belt survive with a Confederate made revolver. The belt is not completely unique, but is of a style that is occasionally seen in period images of soldiers associated with the deep Southern states, as well as the western portion of the Confederacy.
    The belt is dark brown leather, 2" wide with an embossed edge accent line and two small iron, black japanned buckles. The holster, of a similar grade of leather as the belt, has the same accent line on flap as that found on the holster.
    Condition of Revolver: Very Good. Iron surfaces have a dark patina and exhibit only minor pitting. Trigger guard has a pleasing, dark, mottled patina.
    Condition of Belt & Holster: Good. All leather exhibits cracking with some flaking. Belt loop on back of holster is missing and the holster has been cut to accept a belt. Holster end is ragged and shows evidence of some minor loss.
    Provenance: Discovered in Socarro, New Mexico in late 1960s and acquired by William Hozie. Ted Meredith collection, 1977. Pictured in Dance Brothers - Texas Gunmakers of the Confederacy (1986), p. 87. American Society of Arm's Collector's Bulletin #60, 1989, p. 55.

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    December, 2006
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