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

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LeMAT REVOLVER. SN 637. One of the most desirable and important Confederate revolvers on the market today is this rare Transitional First-Second Model LeMat revolver serial number 637, all matching. LeMat revolvers were invented by Dr. Jean Alexandre Francois LeMat of New Orleans. The LeMat revolver is a .42 caliber cap & ball black powder revolver which featured an unusual secondary 16 gauge smoothbore barrel capable of firing grapeshot. This First Model LeMat was produced in Paris France in 1862-3 and features a spurred trigger guard, part round, part octagon barrel and a swivel lanyard ring (missing) attached to the butt cap. All iron, these revolvers had checkered walnut two-piece grips. This distinctive revolver exhibits most of the major features of the Second Model LeMat, however, the First Model style spurred trigger guard has been retained as has the lever release for barrel immediately below the shotgun barrel and the lanyard ring (missing) is attached with a pin instead of being cast integral with the butt cap. On the right face of the barrel is the mark “LM” surmounted by a 5-pointed star. The early 2nd model barrel marking reads “COL. LeMat BTE. s.g.d.g. PARIS” appears across the top barrel flat in fancy script. Here we have a rare transitional model showing the improvements made to the Second Model LeMat revolver while retaining some of the features of the First Model. Very few of these Transitional Models are known and this revolver represents a rare opportunity to obtain one. Mr. Michel’s Notes State: “LeMat revolver serial number 637 is an example of what has been referred to as “transitional” between the first model and the second model. The trigger guard with finger grip extension is typical of the first model, as is the swivel lanyard ring in the butt cap (missing on this piece), but the loading lever is now moved from the right side of the frame to the left side, characteristic of the second model of this revolver. The serial number appears on essentially every part. The octagon barrel is marked (in small, Old English lettering) “Col. LeMat Bte S.G.D.G. Paris” in an engraved panel.” CONDITION: Very Good. No original finish remains but all iron parts have evenly aged to a mellow dark brown patina. The grips show light wear consistent with handgun. Never cleaned and, with no visible pitting, this LeMat is in very attractive condition. 4-31369 CW7 (20,000-22,000)

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