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This is hands-down, one of the best Small-Frame Smith & Wesson Volcanic Pistols brought to market in the past 20 years. It retains about 75 - 85% original blue brown finish that is still vivid on its barrel and magazine and 30% blue on its frame. This original finish is blending naturally with a perfect plumb-brown patina. The grips are near mint retailing virtually all of their shiny varnish. The action, edges and markings are near perfect. There is the slightest bit of corrosion near the muzzle end of the barrel. It appears that this corrosion probably extended to the face of the muzzle as the face shows a recent cleaning. The tiny pin-tab on the face of the magazine is a replacement and I therefore believe this is an area that was corroded, possibly frozen or broken and is why these issues were addressed. If you blow-up the photos, you'll see the thin tab that has been replaced. I don't believe that this hurts the gun much as about 1/3 of these early guns I see have the replaced tab. I have only seen a handful of these guns in better condition in 35 years and those have sold in the $30,000 - $50,000 range.
PRICE - $ 24,500.00 - SALE PENDING !
This is a good condition Allen & Wheelock marked 31 caliber pepperbox with engraved nipple shield and fluted barrels. markings are visible but not sharp. Action is perfect when pointed down, but does not function when pointed up. It obviously needs a hand-spring. Fine, full grips showing most original varnish. A very presentable example.
PRICE - $450.00
Without question, this is one of the most outstanding Confederate Revolvers ever offered for sale. This is an absolutely gorgeous 12-stop, Augusta Machine Works Revolver that has seen little, if any use. The markings, edges and action on this beautiful gun with 7 & 3/4" barrel are nearly flat perfect. The grips show 99% original finish and the metal parts on this gun have a stunning, untouched patina. There are traces of original blue on the barrel. Note the brass wedge screw that I believe to be original, that contrasts with the blue hue. The gun is in dark, untouched brown patina and I have taken photos of the gun on both a light and a dark background so that you can see the color and texture of the metal properly. I picked up this gun in central Pennsylvania with a couple of Patersons and a very good Confederate Dance Revolver (Dragoon Size) along with some other goodies. I found a more common six-stop just a few weeks later. As I researched these guns, I found one with a ton of finish that had sold in an East Coast Auction for over $90,000 in 1993 with holster and unquestionable provenance direct from the family descendants of Lieutenant Colonel Roswell Russell of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry. After finding that the heaviest action the 9th ever saw was the Battle of Griswoldville during Sherman's famous "March to the Sea", the eventual landing places of the guns became clear to me. The Russell gun and this 12-stop were discovered in the Harrisburg, Pa. area, and the 6-stop on this website came from York, only 20 miles away. It was found at a garage sale and was thought by the owner to be a reproduction. All 3 guns, 20 miles apart from each other. During my reading, I learned that just a few days prior to the battle, word went out to all nearby towns (including Augusta) that the Union was on their way to destroy all the Military Works at Griswoldville. The local Militias and worker citizens from all the nearby towns converged on Griswoldville to help in their defense, but the Union forces were too much for what was primarily an army of citizen soldiers. It is clear to me that the eventual overwhelming victory of the 9th resulted in their troopers carrying home these guns as war trophies. Somebody should write a story about it. The 6-stop revolver I have is priced much lower than this gun. I love this classic 12-stop as it almost speaks to me and I don't mind keeping it. In a recent auction on the West Coast, some eye-popping prices were garnered for lesser guns. If you are a person of means and want the very best, this could be a candidate to add to your collection. It is unquestionably one of the best Confederate Arms ever found and sometimes such a chance to own is a once in a lifetime event.
PRICE - $70,000.00
This is a very good condition Colt Third model 1851 Navy Revolver that shows heavy carry. This carried history is evident due to the worn muzzle and heavily weathered but full grips. The site is actually worn down flush to the barrel. All markings remained extremely crisp and the cylinder seen is about 90% visible, though showing wear. The action is nearly perfect. There are traces of original silver plating on the back strap and trigger guard. The gun is in an overall gray patina. The hammer and lever screws appear to be replacements, but other than that the entire gun is original and matching. The gun is missing all its nipples, easily replaced. It's rather surprising to find a gun with this much muzzle where and yet still be in generally good to very good condition. It certainly appears to be a fine old veteran of the American Civil War and probably saw use on the frontier for an extended period as well.
PRICE - $1,485.00 - SALE PENDING !
This is a very ggod condition Massachusetts Arms Pocket Revolver in 31 caliber bearing the Wesson's & Leavitt's patent marking on the lockplate. This gun looks a bit blotchy as it was obviously found in brown patina and someone has cleaned, being done long, long ago. It shows good markings to the top-strap and lock-plate and nearly all of its acid etched cylinder scene. Nice full grips with chips to the toes but they retains no varnish. This gun is locked in the hammer-back position and needs work on the action. Not bad for a fairly rare gun in very decent shape.
PRICE - $ 1,350.00
When it comes to finding a great rarity, this one will be hard to beat. This is a rare 16" Volcanic Pistol, a very difficult to find variation of the large brass-frame Volcanic. It is accompanied with its original, matching numbered attachable shoulder stock. It's in wonderful, untouched condition.That in itself makes it a very desirable and top of the charts antique arm that any collector would proudly add to his collection at a handsome price. It doesn't end there though. It is accompanied with its original double compartment holster, with one side form-fitted to hold its excellent condition pistol and the other for the near mint condition shoulder stock. But wait,,,, the holster is embossed with the word 'Volcanic" on its strap, PLUS it's numbered to the gun and stock! Hold on,,,, there's more! It is accompanied with an ambro-type of a man holding the pistol! Think it couldn't get any better than this???? It does! There's a coin silver inlay on the right grip that reads, "W. C. Dodge". Dodge was a U.S. patent attorney who wrote a pamphlet during the Civil War describing the features and benefits of rapid-fire breech loading rifles to the military. He was one of the main champions of the Henry Rifle. A factory engraved (Nimschke Style) brass-framed Briggs Patent Rifle was presented to Dodge by the New Haven Arms Company in 1865 in recognition of his efforts and was sold at auction in California a few years ago for $220,000.00. One could easily assume that this particular Volcanic Pistol/Carbine was the apple of Dodge's eye that spread the seeds of realization concerning the distinct advantages of lever-action breech loaders. This is obviously one of the single most important discoveries ever to come to light concerning the Winchester Family of Arms, unquestionably worthy of the finest museum or personal gun collection. This outfit is not for sale but I thought it appropriate to share it with our website readers. I hope to be able to display it at a gun show in the future, possibly in Las Vegas, Denver or one of Ron Dickson's fine shows in Louisville.
PRICE - Although this set is not for sale, I will consider trade offers of high condition, Cased Colt Percussion Revolvers with proper Colt marked accessories or other Quality Artifacts with pre-1865 Historical Content.
This is a good condition third model Colt Root Revolver with a 3 1/2 inch octagon barrel, Hartford address with pointing hand motif. It is in generally good condition. The gun is in overall gray patina with traces of blue on the barrel and frame. The stagecoach cylinder scene is light but visible. The grips are sound and full retaining approximately 70% original varnish. The action appears to be perfect however there is no hand and spring installed in the gun. This is a very reasonable price on a colt such as this
PRICE - $ 750.00
This is a very nice Colt 1851 Navy. Don't let my lousy photography skills fool you. This gun is sharp and retains 30 - 40% original, thinning blue. It also shows some case colors, especially on the right side of its frame. The scene is an original light roll, as evidenced by the strong engagement date but little of the ships at sea. The grips show almost 90% varnish.
PRICE - $ 2,475.00
This is a very nice, untouched condition Henry style Derringer. It is totally unmarked and I therefore suspect Great Britain as its place of origin. It is tastefully engraved on the lock, side-plate and hammer and has a coin-silver thumb-piece. The wood is excellent save for a crack on the left side near the barrel escutcheon and they are checkered.
PRICE - $750.00 - Reduced to $695.00 !!!
This is a very solid and good condition Large Frame Volcanic Pistol as manufactured by Smith & Wesson with iron frame. It has a good, crisp action, is in a medium gray patina and has very fine grips. It shows standard engraving as is found on most Volcanics of this type. The metal on this gun is not super-smooth but has a bit of an etchy surface but no roughness or pitting.
PRICE - $ 18,500.00
This is a very sharp and crisp Belgian made Mariette five shop pepper-box revolver. Although this gun retains no original finish it is in nearly excellent condition. The entire frame to include both sides top and back strap are covered in beautiful flowing scrolls. Each barrel exhibits a unique, roll applied Damascus style and a proof mark at the breach. There is an ELG in a circle on one base. The grips are fluted with a touch of carving at the upper base on each plaque and are in excellent condition as well. The action works perfectly. This is a very fine condition gun.
PRICE - $ 950.00
This is an extremely unusual Starr double action revolver and the only one like it that I have ever laid eyes on. On the other hand, I haven't owned as many as some dealers. It appears to be a standard revolver but has none of the usual martial markings, nor cartouches. However at the bottom of the barrel juncture to the frame there is an absolutely authentic, deeply and crisply struck anchor. This marking is unquestionably original and obviously represents issue to the United States Navy, if you collect martial arms of the Civil War there's a pretty good chance you've never come across this one either. The gun is in generally very good condition with traces of bright original blue mixing with patina. The action functions perfectly, however three of the pulls take a Yeomans finger strength. This is obviously a very rare 44 caliber gun issued to the United States Navy just prior to or during the Civil War.
PRICE - $1,450.00
Here is another high condition large frame Volcanic pistol. We have probably sold more Volcanic pistols in the last 10 years than all other dealers and auction houses combined. This excellent brass framed example with desirable six-inch barrel retains 95% original blue to its barrel blending with untouched brown patina the frame is a beautiful brass patina with minimal nicks and dings and the grips are almost meant with 97+ percent varnish. While continuing to make the Volcanic rifle and pistol, Henry began to experiment with the new rimfire ammunition, and modified the Volcanic lever action design to use it. The result was the Henry rifle. No Winchester collection is complete without one or more of the Volcanic Series of pistols or rifles within it.
PRICE - $ 22,500.00
This is a good condition Starr Arms single action 1863 Army revolver. Manufactured in New York, these guns were of 44 caliber with 8 inch barrels and approximately 32,000 were made. Next to Colt and Remington products, the Starr single action was the major model of revolving handgun bought by the US government. This example is in very good condition showing a medium gray patina finish and solid grips. The edges are relatively sharp but show use and the markings and action are crisp. If you looking for a good, solid example to fill a collection need this one is priced correctly and very representative of a gun that has not been abused but was probably used throughout the war.
PRICE - $995.00
This is a very fine and completely untouched Remington Elliot Single Shot Deringer. It retains 98% of its original nickel which is now frosted from age. The grips are near perfect with 100% original varnish. These very solidly made and reliable 41 rimfire deringers were made in a total quantity of about 15,000 and were made from 1865 to 1888. They don't come any more untouched than this one.
PRICE - $ 1,250.00
This is another completely untouched offering that came in just last week. It is an English Adams revolver in 45 caliber that has never been cleaned or touched in any way, nor have the box or accessories. It is left exactly as we received it. The photographs of this gun are horrible but I wanted to get them done as quickly as possible. The integral barrel and frame retain 90% very bright shiny blue. The cylinder shows about 50% bright shiny blue mixing with scattered patina and pinpoint rust with one area of slight pitting across the cylinder where it laid on its side in the case. This gun shows other very minor spots of corrosion and edge wear which lead me to believe that it was holstered and carried, but well cared for. The action, edges, markings and screw heads are all excellent and the one piece walnut grips are finely checkered and in virtually perfect condition. The case retains its original and near mint 54 bore marked bullet mold (44.2 caliber), a nice powder flask retaining 90% original lacquer with 100% original gold gilt on its top and spout, a tin of percussion caps, an excellent cleaning and oiler. The barrel is marked with a Robert Adams address and the case retains a Robert Adams label in the lid. All in all a very fine set save for the aging of the cylinder. I have no doubt that this gun was carried during the Civil War and if so, probably by a Confederate Officers who cared for it in a proper manner.
PRICE - $ 3,650.00 - ON HOLD !
This is a wonderful little pair of British muff pistols with screw-off barrels made by Thomas Hutchinson of London, who was a premier gunmaker of the early 1800's. Hutchinson is well noted as teaching a young James Purdy the unmaking trade that later flourished into the famed Purdy Firearms that are so popular today. Hutchinson was a fine maker in his own right, and these fine little pistols are a great example of his work. They are in their original case with all original accessories. The guns are in excellent condition but retain no finish and are in excellent working order with very finely engraved frames and dolphin head hammers. The grips are wonderful with perfect checkering and again in excellent condition. The case is also very nice but there is no key and it shows evidence that at one time, someone forced the case open and broke the twin teeth that fasten into the lock. The lid is slightly warped. If you can find a key, this can be rectified quite easily and such keys can be found at local antique shops. (Who usually carry rings upon rings of old keys). All in all, a very nice and original cased set of pistols from the early 1800's.
PRICE - $ 2,985.00
LeMat Revolvers are "hands-down" the most romantic of all handguns used by the Confederacy during the Civil War. The LeMat revolver was used by such famous Confederate officers as Generals P.G.T. Beauregard, Braxton Bragg, J.E.B. Stuart, Richard Anderson, Major Henry Wirz and others. I can remember first learning about the LeMat Revolver over 30 years ago from Damon Mills of Montgomery, Alabama when we examined a near mint, ivory stocked example that I dug out of an auction in Texas. I have no doubt that since that time, Damon has uncovered 20 or more Lemats directly from families who have owned them since the Civil War and more than half showed up without a loading lever. This is the 6th LeMat that I have turned up in the last 10 years, and every one of them came in without a loading lever. Damon and I have surmised that the lever was so notorious for getting hung up in a belt or holster that users just removed them and threw them away. This example is straight out-of-the-woods and has never been offered for sale before. It is sharp and crisp to include all edges and markings, especially the Paris barrel address which is particularly bold. The action was frozen when it came in, but a good soaking and oiling has freed it. The barrel fastening pin is missing with a screw in its place. This gun is completely untouched. It is in gray patina mixing with gun-metal gray with the slightest traces of blue in protected areas. The grips are fairly sharp and all parts are matching in the 17XX range. This is a nice condition LeMat.
PRICE - $ 6,850.00 - SALE PENDING !!
This is a fine little Sharps 4-barrel that functions perfectly. It retains about 30% bright blue mixing with untouched patina to the barrel. The frame shows 50% original silver plating mixing with patina to the brass. It also sports a very rare and virtually perfect pair of beautiful and original checkered ivory grips. A really nice gun that is untouched and out of the woods, still dirty and dusty. A nice wipe-down with some mineral oil should bring this little gem to life.
PRICE - $ 1,095.00 - Sale Pending !!!
This is a good condition, small-frame Volcanic pistol with Iron Frame made by Smith & Wesson. This gun shows evidence that it was carried for some time as its edges are slightly rounded. I wouldn't doubt that it was actually used as a back-up during the Civil War or accompanied someone on a regular basis back in the day. It's in gray patina, functions properly, has strong markings and has fine grips that retain about 90% original finish.
PRICE - $12,500.00