Støckel: Edward Savage, Middletown, Connecticut, 1843 - 1875, received 1844 and in the following years together with Simeon North revolver patents
for gas seal inside the cylinder bores and the spring for pushing the cylinder on the coniczl end of the barrel
SAVAGE & NORTH NAVY second model “FIGURE 8” percussion revolver, no visible serial #, caliber .36. With 7¼" octagonal barrel, brass pin front sight and fixed dovetailed rear sight on top strap. It has 6-shot not fluted cylinder and a creeping style ramrod with Colt style spring loaded latch. Mounted with plain walnut grips. Top strap has the Savage 2-line address with patent date and the only other discernible marks are a tiny 3-pointed assembly mark found on the rear face of cylinder and in three places on bottom flat of the barrel. Inside both grips also has the same marks. These unusual revolvers have the "Figure 8" shaped rotating lever and side mounted hammer. The bottom trigger of the Figure 8 is used to revolve the cylinder and cock the hammer with the trigger mechanism in the top opening of the Figure 8. The unusual mechanism for these revolvers comes into play when the rotation / cocking lever is pulled, the cylinder is retracted against spring tension, the cylinder is revolved and the hammer cocked. When the lever is released the hammer travels forward to seal the chamber aligned with the barrel into a recess over the forcing cone into the barrel = “gas sealed.”. This revolver has the distinctive round iron frame with a spur at the top of the back strap. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 100 of these rare revolvers were produced in the period 1856-1859.
Very good condition with no finish remaining being an overall dark grey to brown patina. Cylinder is a dark brown patina. Grips are sound showing light to moderate edge wear and retain 60-70% varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Flayderman's # 7A-092 sold