GRISWOLD BRASS FRAME REVOLVER. SN 1531. This is one of the earliest SN in the Griswold 2nd Model range with 1510 & 1516 being the two earliest SNs. This Griswold & Gunnison revolver produced in Griswoldville, Georgia, serial number 1531 is a brass framed copy of the .36 caliber Colt Model 1851 Navy revolver with a 6-shot round cylinder, dragoon style barrel, octagon to round, with one-piece walnut grips and a brass frame, trigger guard and back strap. The serial is stamped in large numbers beneath the frame, on the bottom of the barrel lug, and on the cylinder. A single digit serial number 1 appears on the on the loading lever and trigger guard. Some 3,600 to 3,700 revolvers were produced by Griswold and Gunnison from about July 1862 until the destruction of the factory in the November 22, 1864 during the Battle of Griswold Station. There is speculation that either production continued elsewhere or parts were hidden prior to the battle as deliveries continued until April 1865. Samuel Griswold established a number of manufacturing enterprises in an area nine miles south of Macon, Georgia on the Georgia Central Railroad. This site became known as Griswoldville. In 1861, he shifted the cotton gin factory to the production of pikes for the Confederate Government. In mid 1862, he was joined by Arvin Gunnison, who had begun revolver production in New Orleans but had escaped just before that citys capture. The Griswold brass frame copies of the Colt Model 1851 Navy were made in two patterns: One with a round top barrel housing and the second with an octagonal top barrel housing. This example is the so called Second Model with a 7.5 inch barrel, octagonal breech and brass frame. This is a fine example and represents a wonderful opportunity to obtain one of the most recognizable and desirable Confederate manufactured brass frame revolvers. Mr. Michels Notes State: Typical of the later production of Samuel Griswolds and Arvin N. Gunnisons manufacture of pistols at Griswoldville, Georgia, this revolver has an octagonal barrel housing as opposed to the rounded housing which appeared on the earlier production pieces. Serial number 1531 places this revolver at about the transitional point in production. Not only is this revolver all completely original, it is well documented as once part of the collection of Robert Sutherland as an example of the Confederate copy of the Colt and is shown on p. 144 of the book devoted to his collection, The Book of Colt Firearms by Sutherland & Wilson. CONDITION: Good. The revolver has been lightly cleaned a long time ago leaving small areas of pitting on iron parts. The brass frame and furniture have obtained a nice mellow patina. Some tool marks and dents appear on the right side of the barrel lug. The grips are very good with a shallow chip out of the left side at the toe. 4-31348 CW9 (20,000-24,000)
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Reloading kit for pinfire cartridges (5mm,7mm, 9mm & 12mm)
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