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Col. Le Mat - Jean François Alexander Le Mat
St
øckel:  born 1824 in Paris, moved 1840 to New Orleans, receives 1856 patent for his revolver where the base / cylinder pin is also used as a buckshot barrel.
The revolvers started to be made 1859/1860 by Dr. Girard, Paris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Le Mat pinfire revolver

engraved Baby Le Mat with holster

  Le Mat center fire revolver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3  different Le Mat revolvers: Civil War percussion, pin-fire, center-fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LE MAT REVOLVER CONFEDERATE second MODEL
percussion caliber 42 in cylinder and 18 gauge in cylinder axis,
matching serial # 1950. This late model Paris made LeMat revolver is in beautiful condition and retaining much of its original finish. All parts normally numbered 1950. This revolver is pictured on page 207 of Forgett & Serpette's book, "LeMat: The Man, The Gun"; the estimated production is 1862 - 1863. Also pictured in Doug Adams book "The Confederate LeMat Revolver" page 69 This is one of the nicest standard model LeMat's one could own. Markings are great and it retains fine finish and beautiful stocks. Condition: Metal surfaces are smooth and brown throughout with 50%+ bright blue finish on pistol barrel and housing. Cylinder retains 30% or 40% original blue finish.  Frame and trigger guard retain 10% finish.  Other metal surfaces are smooth with scattered staining and minor pitting.  Stocks are sharp and crisp and well fit with one gouge a little less than a
¼" in left stock near frame.  Rifling is crisp. Mechanically  functions well. A letter from the Confederate Museum included.
All markings are well struck and easy to read.
            $26,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

◄◄  the early style of securing the frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

early style firing pin; left picture hit the pistols of the cylinder, right picture hit the center - buckshot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Mat "second model" percussion revolver,  matching serial # 767, cal. .42 for the nine-shot cylinder and .62 for the buckshot or grapeshot barrel.
7" octagonal barrel with  Col. Le Mat Bté. s.g.d.g. Paris
and additional on left side 767 LM with star over LM,
the round shotgun barrel is 5" long and is the cylinder axis.  Revolver as fashionable during the period probably "kept in the white". Today it is mottled gray. Very fine two-piece checkered walnut grips, and in good working order.
A fine example for one revolver according to the numbers used during the Civil War 
 sold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COl.. LEMAT'S PATENT
revolver with low serial number,
the cylinder contains 9 shots,
    cal. .42 percussion
the base pin or cylinder axis
    contains one grape- or buckshot, cal. 62


sold

ready for nine shot cylinder

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

ready for the buckshot center barrel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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hammer in carrying position

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hammer cocked for cylinder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hammer cocked for barrel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Mat "second model" percussion revolver with original flap holster and original provenance from the family,
matching serial # 1535, cal. .44 for the nine-shot cylinder
and .62 for the buckshot or grapeshot barrel.
7" octagonal barrel with  Col. Le Mat Bté. s.g.d.g. Paris
and add ional on left side 1535 LM with star over LM,
the round shotgun barrel is 5" long and is the cylinder axis.
Cylinder,  barrel and loading lever retaining 95% original blue, with traces of blue on the frame and trigger guard. Very fine two-piece checkered walnut grips. The Le Mat is fitted with the original flap holster in excellent original condition. With a notarized letter from the original family.     sold

 

 

 

 

 

 

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