RARE Civil War JOSLYN ARMY Percussion Revolver
1 of Only About 3,000!
Here we present a rare Civil War antique Joslyn Army Model Percussion Revolver in .44 caliber, made circa the early 1860s by the Joslyn Firearms Company of Stonington, Connecticut. Benjamin Joslyn patented this .44 caliber, 5 shot, side-hammer revolver in 1858. He initially contracted with W.C. Freeman to act as manufacturer and sales agent, but Freeman wasn’t able to actually fulfill the first 500-gun order received from the US military. The contract was cancelled by the military, Joslyn brought manufacturing in-house, and proceeded to make between 2500 and 3000 of the guns to sell on the commercial market. About 1100 of these were purchased by various units of the Federal military, including 225 by the US Navy, one of the few (if not the only) significant purchase of .44 caliber revolvers by the Navy. The guns did see combat at Shiloh and in other battles.
The overall condition is near fine. There is a lot of blue finish remaining throughout with some visible case colors as well. The markings are clear. The numbers match. The grips are in great shape. The bore is fine, sharp and shiny. The action is excellent. Here is a superior example of a rare Civil War revolver that would have been used by cavalry and officers!
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Barrel is 8 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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