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    EXCEEDINGLY RARE CONFEDERATE RIGDON, ANSLEY & CO. .36 CALIBER PERCUSSION PATTERN REVOLVER. One of two known specimens. Completely unmarked/unnumbered but unquestionably the product of Rigdon and Ansley being a prototype transitional pattern between the six stop Leech & Rigdon and the twelve stop Rigdon & Ansley revolvers. After the dissolution of the firm of Leech & Rigdon, Rigdon formed the Rigdon, Ansley Co. in Augusta Ga., completing the original Leech and Rigdon contract and beginning production of an improved revolver. This gun represents the transition between those two models. William A. Gary, author of "Confederate Revolvers" states in a letter of March 28, 1988 that "It is absolutely an authentic Rigdon & Ansley". And that he examined another specimen in the Washington on the Brazos museum in Texas which is identically "unmarked, unnumbered and has the cylinder stops ground out in exactly the same manner. Additional documentation of the revolver's lineage and identification are included. The revolver was originally discovered in California in the mid 1960s and the subsequent discovery of the identical specimen in the Washington on the Brazos museum provided the final clue to establishing the gun's true significance. Certainly one of the most important Rigdon, Ansley & Co. Revolvers known.

    Condition: In addition to its incredible rarity this is certainly one of the finest condition Rigdon & Ansley revolvers extant. All metal with smooth dark untouched patina mixing with scattered vestiges of blue, just a few minor dents by the wedge. Sharp and crisp, mechanically perfect, excellent bore and completely original in every respect.
    Brass straps with pleasing color, untouched, exhibiting a few minor casting flaws and some minor dents. Grips also excellent and untouched with traces of varnish. Overall really superb.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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