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Item sold by James D. Julia auctions on October 2007 for : $16,100.00

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"GRISWOLD REVOLVER. SN 810. Cal. 36. Standard 1st Model Griswold. 1st Models externally are differentiated from later guns due to the round barrel housing. SN appears on bbl housing, cyl, frame, trigger guard, and backstrap. Secondary number "10" appears on wedge, loading arm, and inside stocks in red pencil. The cryptic "DD" is stamped on backstrap, trigger guard, and frame internally and is also visible on back of cyl. A secondary number "26" is stamped on top of base pin. This is the only Griswold I have ever encountered with a number stamped there, and base pin is absolutely correct for this gun, showing typical Griswold features, such as the way the slot is made and the way the grease grooves are cut. This gun's frame also has unusual characteristics of six half moon-shaped, raised areas cast into raised platform ring in back of frame. Their purpose is unknown, and this is the only gun we have noted with this feature. Early 1st Model Griswolds are scarce; maybe this feature occurs on others. This is a well-known gun, formerly in the collection of Henry Stewart, who purchased this gun from a barber in Lexington, VA, while he was attending the Virginia Military Academy. It is pictured on p. 28 of Robert Abel's book, published in 1950, Early American Firearms. This is one of the earliest published Confederate handguns, and it presents very nicely, showing the characteristic twisted iron in the cyl and bbl, so typical of Griswold revolvers. Mr. Michel’s Notes State: “Manufactured by the partnership of Samuel Griswold and Arvin N. Gunnison in Griswoldville, Georgia, this revolver is typical of the earliest productions. The primary difference between the early and later production revolvers is in the shape of the barrel housing which is round in earlier production and octagonal in the later production. The change general occurs about serial number 1500 and this revolver, serial number 810, is with the round barrel housing characteristic of the earlier production. Well marked throughout, the serial number appears on the frame of this revolver, the cylinder, triggerguard, barrel, and grips. Not only is this revolver completely original, it is well documented. Formerly the property of Henry M. Stewart, it is pictured as the bottom revolver on p. 38 of Robert Abels’ book, published in 1950, ”Early American Firearms. “According to Mr. Stewart, he purchased the revolver from a barber in Lexington, Virginia, for $1.50 when he was a student at the Virginia Military Academy.” PROVENANCE: Ben Michel collection. CONDITION: Bbl and cyl have been overcleaned, revealing the very distinctive twist, characteristic of this manufacturer, especially in cyl. Front site is worn down. Brass surfaces cleaned. Stocks retain traces of orig varnish. Small shim has been welded to bbl housing where it attaches to frame. Markings are all clear and well struck with exception of weak SN on bbl housing, but it is still discernible. 4-31347 JS108 (15,000-20,000)"

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