"LeMAT GRAPESHOT REVOLVER. SN 8545. Cal. 42/16 ga. Usual configuration with 6-5/8" oct bbl, with orig tall dovetail front sight and marked on top "LEMAT & GIRARD'S PATENT LONDON" with a smoothbore bbl/cylinder pivot mounted into frame. It has a 9-shot 42 caliber cylinder, missing one nipple. Loading lever is on left side of bbl and has a welded repair above pivot. It has a sliding pin bbl/frame connection and has checkered 2-pc walnut grips with a Fleur-de-lis proof on left raised panel. Front end of frame has assembly number "599" which number is also found on back of cylinder & inside face of bbl boss. Inspector or assembly number "02" is also found in this location and on rear of cylinder. This revolver, while not documented as a specific Confederate used sidearm, is only 39 numbers away from a known Confederate revolver, serial number 8584, which was used by Lt. Simeon Cummings of the C.S.S. Alabama to commit suicide or accidentally shoot himself on board the Alabama while in port in South Africa. This story is related in LeMat The Man The Gun, Forgett & Serpette. Accompanied by an early pine casing that may or may not be orig to this revolver. It has coarse green wool fabric lining that appears to have great age. Compartmented in bottom for revolver, an orig LeMat brass bullet mold with s[rue cutter for a conical bullet and two small rnd balls. It also has a small decorative brass & copper flask, what appears to be a maple handled orig nipple wrench with half of orig ebony cap and a turned maple tamping rod for shot bbl. It is generally accepted that the London LeMats are Confederate firearms. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 80% glossy orig blue with flaked areas a dark patina. Cylinder retains 60-70% flaked orig blue with its missing nipple. Frame is flaked to a medium patina with traces of orig blue. Grips show light wear and retain most of their orig oil finish. Rammer is orig with matching number its welded repair. Rifled bore is strong with moderate to heavy pitting. Shotgun bore has scattered spots of pitting. Case has a couple of cracks in lid and another in bottom and shows heavy wear. Interior is faded with moth damage inside lid with wear & soil in bottom. Flask is fine, mold is very fine. A rare set that would fit into anyone's collection. 4-31115 JR201 (8,000-12,000)"
Back to the index
Reloading kit for pinfire cartridges (5mm,7mm, 9mm & 12mm)
does it work?