Pistol / Hand GunsRevolverUsed£ 2,950
This is a rare Allen & Wheelock centre hammer Army revolver in 44 calibre. The large revolver uses an unusual rammer system which forms part of the trigger guard and in unlatched by a switch at the rear of the trigger guard.
It is estimated that around 700 of these revolvers were made and the Federal Government bought 536 of them for the Michigan Cavalry.
This is an unusual example as it has been nickelled plated either for civilian use or Naval use. It has a serial number of 136 stamped where you would expect to see it on the rammer, cylinder, frame spindle.
Normally the guns are marked in two lines, on the left octagon barrel flat: ALLEN & WHEELOCK. WORCHESTER, MASS. U.S. / ALLEN’s PT’s. JAN. 13. DEC. 15. 1857. SEPT. 7, 1858. This gun does not bear this marking, nor does it appear to have been cleaned or polished off. Allen & Wheelock markings are notoriously light, but there is absolutely no indication that this revolver was ever marked. Allen was a notorious “cheapskate” and many revolvers have been found unstamped and others partially stamped. I believe this one was unstamped as it was a nickel-plated prototype and it was assumed the plating would cover the stamping. I can direct interested parties to others on the Internet that are similarly not stamped.
The revolver functions extremely well and remains mechanically excellent. It times, indexes and locks up perfectly. The cylinder rotates when the hammer is cocked and the trigger functions as it should. The half-cock notch also works correctly, freeing the cylinder to rotate. The loading lever functions correctly and smoothly and operates exactly as it should. All of the six nipples are original and they are in very good condition.
This is a very interesting revolver made during the Civil War and it has had definite use. The nickel is fading and patchy but not unattractive and it is a handsome and intimidating weapon and a “must” for any definitive Civil War collection of side arms.
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