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StÝckel: New York, circa 1857, American revolver inspired by R. Adams and F. B. E. Beaumont English 1850s patents, some are sold by B.J. Hart & Co., New York.
Locke collection, page 447, unmarked "B. Hart side hammer revolver"
Flayderman's # 7A-041: "unmarked, only 50 pieces made"


# 5 inside both grips

 IXL Navy Model Percussion Revolver, extremely rare engraved

matching serial #5, caliber .36, 7" octagon barrel  is fine showing about 95% original blue with a couple of minor flaked spots and a good bore.  The loading lever shows faded case colors. The frame and the cylinder are a deep gunmetal gray patina. The side plate shows some very nice mottled smoky color case-hardening. The side hammer is mottled gray. The hammer shows nice quality open scroll, and the bow of the guard shows a nice flourish of scroll as well. The smooth walnut grips are very good and fit very well showing some flaking varnish along the sharp edges, they are stamp-numbered to the revolverl. The revolver will index and time well both single and double action with good lockup, however the trigger spring is weak and it must be helped to return to position each time. This is a pleasing and very good example overall. Although these were not an official martial arm, these revolvers may have been carried as privately purchased sidearms during the Civil War.
Provenance: ex. Russell Goldstein collection; ex. Al Cali collection.     $9,600.

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