CIVIL WAR Antique MANHATTAN NAVY .36 Cal Revolver
Successful Colt Clone & Contemporary!
Here we present an antique Manhattan Navy Series IV Revolver, made circa 1864 in Newark, New Jersey. Manhattan Fire Arms Co. was founded in 1856 specifically to capitalize on the soon to be expiring Colt patents in 1857. This strategy worked very well for the company and they began by making high quality and very close copies of both Colts and other popular pistols with expired patents. In fact, Manhattan’s copies of Colts were so close that Colt tried to kill their production with a lawsuit, even though their patent had expired. Quite obviously, this pistol is a direct and quality copy of the Colt 1851 Navy.
Manhattan’s revolvers were very well received by the public. The company never received U.S. military contracts, except for a small delivery, most likely on the regimental level. Nevertheless, many Manhattan revolvers found themselves on smoky Civil War battlefields, purchased privately by officers and soldiers, and they were certainly in use at home. The war created a vast and unquenchable market for firearms of all types.
The overall condition is very good. Traces of the original blue and faint case colors remain. The cylinder scene frames are still very good while the interiors are faint. The markings are clear and legible. Numbers match. The walnut grips are in good shape. The bore is clean with good rifling. The action on this revolver is excellent.
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Barrel is 5 inches.
Caliber: .36 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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