A Fine CIVIL WAR PERIOD MANHATTAN .36 Caliber NAVY Percussion Revolver
A Fine CIVIL WAR PERIOD MANHATTAN .36 Caliber NAVY (Series III) Percussion Revolver, SN#20962, all matching, circa. made in (1859-1861) and in very fine condition. This pistol was used but not abused. Very 6.5", .36 cal. octagon steel barrel, blue and case hardened finish with barrel address "MANHATTAN FIRE ARMS CO. NEWARK N.J." on the top flat. The barrel retains approx. 95% original blue finish and the bore is a little dirty but will clean up nicely if desired. The 5-shot cylinder has approx. 60% of the scene visible with moderate pinprick pitting around the cylinder's percussion nipples from firing. Brass trigger guard and back-strap with approx. 98% of original silver plating. The frame retains 90%+ of the original case hardening colors. The hammer exhibits light to moderate pitting from firing and retains 90% of the case hardening finish. Slim Jim style wood grips retain 90% of the original varnish (some edge wear). The screw heads are slightly marred (a few worse than others). The pistol is in good mechanical working order with a good action. A great example !
NOTE - This revolver is the series III production (serial numbers 14,500-45,200). This model is the first to be built with the spring plate mounted on the face of the recoil shield and those revolvers produced before serial number 21,000 are worth a premium. The cylinder scenes are always very lightly applied and it is a challenge to find an example with a full cylinder scene. Many Colt revolvers are encountered with very lightly applied scenes as well.
Ref. pp. 129-130, FLAYDERMAN'S GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AMERICAN FIREARMS... and their values, by, Norm Flayderman, 9th Edition, c. 2007.