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.