LeMAT SECOND MODEL REVOLVER. SN 1635. One of the nicest 2nd Model LeMat revolvers recently seen on the market. This example has the earliest 2nd model barrel marking dating it to the late war period 1864-65. The LeMat revolver is a .42 caliber cap & ball black powder revolver which featured a rather unusual secondary 16 gauge smoothbore barrel capable of firing grapeshot. This 2nd model was manufactured in France and has the distinctive round trigger guard without spur. Full octagonal barrel with loading lever on the left side and a lanyard ring cast in general with the steel butt cap. Serial number 1635 all matching. 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. The revolver is all iron with a two piece checkered walnut grip. Mr. Michels Notes State: This LeMat revolver, serial number 1635, is typical in all regards of the second model, including elimination of the finger grip on the trigger guard and the swivel ring in the buttcap and location of the loading lever on the left side of the revolver. The cylinder still contains considerable of its blued finish and the barrel also shows traces of blued finish as well. The serial number appears on essentially every part. It is missing the pin securing the barrel housing to the frame and one nipple is broken off in the cylinder. The barrel is marked in large, Old English letters, Col. LeMat Bte S.G.D.G. Paris in an engraved panel. This novel revolver was first patented in America in 1856 and later in several European countries. They were popular with a number of high ranking Confederate officers and a substantial number of them were purchased by the Confederate States of America under a direct government contract. CONDITION: Fine. This example retains much of its original factory blued finish in protected areas. The cylinder retains about 90% of its finish and the barrel about 50% being worn at the muzzle and near the breech. The iron frame and remaining parts, with minor traces of blue, have turned a pleasing plum brown color. The grips show very little wear and the revolver is mechanically fine. One screw, on the right side of the frame has minor damage to the slot. The frame release pin is missing and one nipple is broken. A marvelous opportunity to obtain one of the most desirable Confederate handguns in truly nice condition. 4-31370 CW6 (20,000-24,000)
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